Where Olivia Went: Paris pt 2

Monday, 30 July 2012

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(Dress: Zara, Belt: Topshop, Shoes: Zara, Bag: Mulberry, Sunglasses: New York)

Our second, and last full Paris was a little more relaxed than out first, but nonetheless still as lovely. Waking up bright and early (well, relatively early) we began the day with a trip to visit and snap some tourist photos at the Moulin Rouge, making a following beeline for the vintage in Les Marais. After heading heading to Freep'star, we made a run for The Kilo Shop, which was amazing. I have never seen so much organised and sorted vintage in one place- hello rails of simple polka dot shirts! I was in heaven (and all at a snip of London prices)... We then continued our stroll along the Seine, heading past Notre Dame and onto a parade of gorgeous independent shops, filled with delicious chocolates, fresh blooms and more Nutella fuelled crepes and ice cream than I could possibly fathom. We also made a stop at a beautiful graphics and pens stop, to which I spotted the below wall covered in old letter envelopes with the most stunning calligraphy (if you know me, you'll know I go crazy for a good font or two) so although slightly nerdy, was pretty cool.
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We then made a pit stop for the Paris Saint Germain stadium, which although was essentially for Joe's benefit I may have enjoyed his endless football facts, and am certainly impressed with their signing of Thiago Silva (see Joe, I DO listen). We then headed back towards Notre Dame and although passing a Pizza Express-esque restaurant on the way (my weakness), headed to a cute little bistro, to enjoy Spaghetti and some (very) overpriced drinks to some typically French accordion music, before heading over to the Quai d'Austerlitz, to watch the sun set over the Seine with Audrey- before rounding off the holiday watching the Eiffel Tower light show- which, was a perfect and magical evening to say goodbye to one of my new favourite cities.

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Where Olivia Went: Paris pt 1

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(Dress: C/O Olive Clothing, Sunglasses: Zara, Sandals: ASOS, Bag: Mulberry, Lipstick: Mischief by Topshop)

Bonjour! Salut! Bonsoir! Sadly, that's pretty much still all I have in my French vocabulary since my trip to Paris (bar the odd bit of GCSE textbook French including what I did on my holidays last year, and my personal favourite French word: 'Bibliothèque') but I thought I'd try something a little more exotic than 'hello!'
Anyway! After a long week of what feels like no blogging, I'm back! I had an amazing time in Paris (so beware of a couple of VERY packed picture posts) and still a little sad that it flew by so quickly! I've tried to narrow down my favourite pictures, and have a few posts lined up of what I got up to, and bought. Saying that, I can't take credit for most of the gorgeous places we visited- but a big thanks to Audrey and Laura for lots of handy hints!
Anyway, without further ado...

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Having arrived on the Monday evening at the gorgeous and 'hyper cool' Mama Shelter, our first day was probably the busiest, as Joe and I had a day filled with lots of touristy sightseeing in order to make our second, and last day a little more relaxed. The day began popping to one of my favourite French brands, A.P.C and browsing the beautiful 60s inspired new collection- although I managed to refrain from buying anything, we shortly headed to the Champs Elysees which included stops at Zara, H&M, Sephora and yes, Marks & Spencer (you can take a girl out of London...) We then made stops at the Arc de Triomphe, following onto the beautiful grounds surrounding the Louvre, and then onto Notre Dame. It sounds daft, but before now I was pretty oblivious as to how simply stunning the architecture, history and sculptures are in this city, and was endlessly bowled over by the craft and creation gone into each one.

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The afternoon consisted of visiting some of Paris' gorgeous bridges; Pont des Arts being the one shown above, with all of the named padlocks, and then heading onto visit the imfamous Tour Eiffel, which is definitely as beautiful in real life, and oozed a certain magic, even in the height of daylight. To round off our first day we headed for dinner at Loulou Friendly Diner on Boulevard Saint Germain, to enjoy some seriously tasty burgers and fizzy drinks- to cool down from the Paris heat...

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And then she fled in the path of a lightning bolt

Sunday, 22 July 2012

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(Dress: C/O Olive Clothing, Bag: Mulberry, Shoes: C/O Swedish Hasbeens)

After being so 'on the ball' the last week or so, my blogging this weeks seems to have taken a slight back seat. With finishing another work experience placement (which, for those asking was amazing thanks) to last minute stresses about mine and Joe's trip to Paris tomorrow, everything became a little much and I didn't have enough hours in the day to force my awkward poses unto your dashboards.

However! I'm back, for now. I train off to France tomorrow, so blogging, tweeting and replying to emails will be a little sparse, but I will try to assure you there will be a huge compensation upon my return! Maybe even a give away... we shall see! Anyway, this is what I wore yesterday. I was lucky enough to come home on Friday evening to discover a beautiful box from my favourite Olive clothing, with this dress being one of the surprises inside, and I can easily say it's quickly become one of my faves. With it's boxy, yet girlie shape and subtle, neutral colour and print it's possibly one of the easiest things I have to style and wear; and looks amazing with cute plimsolls too (plus is foolproof for British weather- score!)

Additionally, you may or may not have seen on my Instagram that after much umming and ahhing I have upgraded my camera! Still keeping my dear Nikon D40 close by, I decided to invest in a Canon 550d- and hopefully it will provide some gorgeous images for this blog, and even some videos- hurrah!

Last but not least (this post has been quite a mouthful hasn't it?) I'm also starting to take ads for August, so email or tweet me if you'd be interested! (whatoliviadid@hotmail.co.uk & @livpurvis). I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful sunshine and have a lovely Sunday!

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P.S I'd like to say a HUGE HUGE thank you to those of you who nominated me for a Cosmo Blog Award, I have amazingly made it through to voting and been short listed!! I honestly can't believe it (it was surreal enough the first time round), and am so lucky to have such dedicated and lovely readers, it really means the world to me. If you'd like to vote for my blog you can click HERE too!

Olivia's Guide to Smart Sale Shopping

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

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(Jacket & Shirt: ASOS, Shorts: Topshop, Sunnies & Shoes: Urban Outfitters)

I can't lie. I'm no expert on sale shopping, but throughout the many years of being what could only be described as a 'Shoppaholic' and enduring '50% summer sales' and the dreaded Boxing day sales, I have gradually picked up hints and tips on how to sale shop sensibly, minus any impulse buys (no, you DON'T need those fluro hi-tops). So when 'Most Wanted' at Voucher Codes contacted me, asking me to road test this summers Great British high street sales, I was certainly up for the challenge. With a £70 budget, and the internet being my oyster- I scoured high and low for some smart bargains in order to make the most of what was on offer, minus any back-of-wardrobe wastage!

After hours of searching the net; my two top sites wound up being ASOS and Topshop. I managed to pick up this gorgeous peter pan collared shimmery bouclé jacket, Juke Box print shirt and tacky-yet-amazing ice cream collar necklace- all of which I'm confident as pretty sale savvy buys. I had had my eye on the jacket for as long as I can remember, so although it was quite a fraction out of my budget, knew it was quality over quantity and that I will certainly get the wear out of it all the way through until winter. The same goes with the blouse; lately I've been in need of more tops to wear with my expanding collection of bottoms and this shirt seemed to add the perfect pizazz to a basic pair of jeans (or even hidden under a jumper with the collar poking out). Finally, I went with this amazing ice cream collar necklace from Topshop. Another thing I'd had my beady eyes on, and another thing that will update so many things I have in my wardrobe already- perfect!

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Below I have compiled my top 5 tips for sale shopping, and what to bear in mind before you part with those pennies! After all, sales are about saving money, right?

1. Look at the markdowns! Check out the actual price reduction. Some high street shops (ahem, Zara, ahem) cheekily only reduce things by £10 or so, occasionally lulling us into thinking things are far cheaper than they actually are. Do you need those snake print trousers because they are a few pounds cheaper? Thought not. Also! See if there is anyway of getting a further discount. Check voucher code websites for free delivery and extra percentage markdowns- they can really make a difference!

2. Before you hit the websites and fall into the trap of needing anything sparkly and with cats printed on it; have a think- what do you need in your wardrobe for the rest of this year? Do you need a good jacket? Do you need some nice sandals? It’s far easier to go shopping knowing what you need, so you don’t impulse buy on things you don’t. Look for versatile basics, and things you always keep going back to (in my case, printed trousers).

3. What have you had your eye on? With my blog; making wishlists sadly documents things I’ve wanted for a while, so when things go into sale- I know the first things im going for. When I spotted this jacket in the ASOS sale after coveting it since Spring, I knew it had to be in my cyber basket!

4. Accessorise! When people sale shop they're usually after top notch clothing bargains, but places like Topshop always have amazing accessory reductions, instantly updating old outfits, or things you already have. Update outfits with reduced statement pieces.

5. What's ‘in’ next season? (A horrible phrase I know) but if you’re a savvy fashionista you’ll want to be taking into consideration the upcoming trends, key transseasonal pieces, and certainly things that will last throughout the year. For example; the jacket I picked up. Not only is good for summer (due to its vibrant colouring) but also makes a fantastic winter piece- being very 60s inspired and due to it's bouclé appearance.

Have you bought anything amazing in the sales this year? What are your best sale tips?

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Ladies behind the sidebar: July 2012

Monday, 16 July 2012

Every month on 'What Olivia Did' I take on a series of adverts and sponsors on my sidebar, all of which are ladies behind some serious gorgeous blogs or businesses. Having never done this before, I thought it'd be nice to start introducing my monthly ads on my blog, so you can get to know them better and what they do!

So without further ado, meet my July ads...

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You may have seen this gorgeous online shop featured in several of my previous posts; but just in case you haven't, Ever Ours are a cute-as-a-button online boutique. Run by the gorgeous Kim, the shop stocks adorable jewellery (moustaches aplenty), some bargainous bags and some seriously amazing clothing (think good value + Miu Miu esque prints.


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With stunning outfit pictures, tales of romantic adventures and pictures of the most delicious food you could imagine- The Storybook brings you the tales of Suzi and Si, a Brighton based couple blogging about their 'memories, experiences thoughts and feelings' and documenting the beginning of their life together. All together now *awwwwh!*


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Inspired by fashion, photography, interiors and people, Laura's gorgeous blog brings up to date listings of the most covetable pieces, some seriously striking outfit pictures, photographic updates of her daily adventures and some amazing hints and tips as to the best places to eat and see. Having met the lady herself at this years fashion week, I can confirm her as lovely as her blog presents- go go go!


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Cathy from My Pinktastic Life is a super talented make up blogger, and as well as showcasing some of her amazingly experimental and flawless looks, reviews some of her favourite beauty discoveries from across the pond! From monthly favourites, to some of the coolest eye looks I've come across, this girl is one to definitely check out.


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Founded by the incredibly talented Amy He, Mod Dolly was born in 2010 for modern girls who 'like to be a little playful in their everyday styling'. Inspired by eras gone by, the pieces channel a modern twist on classic looks, each item carefully handmade and designed to be worn with love. This month, the Mod Dolly websites relaunches and will feature a (stunning) limited collection- too good to miss out on!


littlenell
Selling a selection of handmade and hand picked jewellery, Little Nell stocks some of the most gorgeous accessories. Created using unique charms, stunning gem stones, pretty beads and colourful feathers, the shop stocks everything from rings to pendants- all for under £20 (with orders over £15 receiving a free gift- hurrah!) I adore the gold bead necklaces and ring trios...


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If there's something I love; it's experimental style and 23 year old Lucy is one that has it down to a tee. From the most gorgeous printed trousers, to girlie dresses, classic stripes and distressed denim- I'm pretty sure this girl looks good in everything! You can also spot reviews, current purchases, gorgeous snaps of her day-to-day doings and well, things Lucy M Loves.


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A French manufactured shoe shop, born only in 2011, with some absolutely gorgeous limited edition leather shoes in an array of beautiful bright colours (I'm in love with the contrast pink ballerina flats!). Stocking both women and men's footwear, Jacques & Déméter specialise in only the finest shoes- making and designing each and every pair by hand- that's talent!


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Written by the gorgeous beauty-loving Lauren, Little Red is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog; specializing in pretty much everything! Whether you love gorgeous outfits, honest product reviews, interesting book reviews, snippets of the week and the top beauty and fashion picks that you simply have to have- there's something for everyone on this lovely ladies site.


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Written by gorgeous Scottish born Paula, 'I'd go to hell for a pice of Chanel' is the blog of a girl 'with a passion for fashion, but an even bigger passion for a good bargain'. Posting everything from the hottest high street news and buys, outfit and beauty posts (the girl has the coolest nails) and daily 'shoe porn' this blog should be on every girls bookmark list, certainly one to watch.


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Online boutique, Vintage Style Me stocks a huge range of unique hand picked vintage items, made to be affordable, wearable, and accessible- with pieces all the way from the 1940s to the 1990s. Not only are the pieces well priced, but with garments for both men and women (as well as a whole host of accessories on offer) there will always be something to satisfy your vintage cravings!


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Rhiannon's blog focusses on her musings of 'fashion, art, music and sparkly things' and anything she find interesting. Introducing brand spanking new music, hot new brands, the coolest models (who knew Agy Deyn's sister was with Select?!) and some seriously bad-ass nail art, Rhiannon offers a little something extra in the sea of fashion blogs and I can't get enough of it.


(if you'd be interested in advertising on my blog for August email me at 'whatoliviadid@hotmail.co.uk)

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Project Take 10: Uniqlo Best of British

Sunday, 15 July 2012

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(Top: Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo C/O Uniqlo, Trousers: Topshop, Shoes; New Look, Necklace: C/O Astrid & Miyu, Lipstick: Mischief by Topshop)

This month, the lovely Take 10 girls and I had the pleasure of styling a t shirt from one of Uniqlo's amazing Brit-designer collaborations (including Lulu Guinness, Orla Kiely and Laura Ashley) and were asked to style it around the very appropriate 'Best of British' theme. Containing some of her most 'iconic prints and images', I instantly opted for a t shirt from the Lulu Guinness collaboration, and received this gorgeous monochrome number, which I couldn't wait to team with my matchy Topshop trousers, a very regal pearl collar necklace and a retro themed hairstyle- and well, wouldn't it be rude to not include a Lulu-esque red lipped finished pout?


Here's how the other girls styled theirs!
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(Paula- Pink Bow, Ellie- Pretty Much Penniless, Lucy- Snippets of Shiny Thoughts, Me, Sarah-We Shop Therefore We Are, Sherin- HiFashion, Jen- A Little Bird Told Me, Vicki- The Magpie Girl, Fritha- Fish Tank Fashion, Harriet- Where is Harriet)


Additionally, we also each created a Pinterest board to show our sources of British 'pinspiration'- check them out here!

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