Without sounding like a complete cliché , it's fair to say July has flown by- especially considering it spoils us with a whole 31 days! The weather has been absolutely beautiful (albeit a couple of scary thunderstorms, which won't be making this months favourites) but I've truly enjoyed getting a bit of colour and enjoying the most perfect stay cation with my family in the sunshine! We also ~may~ have gone to visit a certain little puppy which ~may~ be joining the Purvis'- but let's keep that for September favourites! ; )
Monthly Favourites
(1. Glow All Out by Soap and Glory, 2. Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil, 3. Body Shop Body Sorbet, 4. Origins GinZing and Well Off, 5. Illamasqua Glamore Lipsticks, 6. Clinique Chubby Sticks)

This months beauty favourites include an old gem, in the shape of this Soap and Glory highlighter- which has even made pasty-faced me look a little glowing! I've also been pairing that with the new Glamore collection lippies from Illamasqua which are absolutely beautiful, and will definitely become handbag staples! Other lip and cheek products include the new Chubby sticks from Clinique which include some seriously stunning peach shades that I've been using as blush alternatives, and make for a pretty dewy look. In the evenings and after a morning wash I've been using the Origins GinZing moisturiser which smells divine and is super nourishing, as well as the Well Off eye make up remover, which is wonderfully gentle- with the Body Shop body sorbet as an ice cream inspired all over body treat- mmm! For my hair I've also given the new Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil travel set, as recommended by Myla & Davis a spin- which has certainly stopped my hair from getting so split and heavy, I think it may be love.

Monthly Favourites
(1. Jamie Oliver and Mollie Makes Magazines, 2. Charlotte Olympia Jukebox Bag, 3. Lush Gorilla Perfumes, 4. Oh Gosh Cindy, 5. Billy and Me, 6.Kusmi Tea, 7. Flamingo Shoes)

If you can tell anything from the above, it's that quirky accessories have seen me through the month. Wether it's been my go-to Charlotte Olympia bag or these awesome Office shoes- it's safe to say that my go-to shoes 'n' bag motto has been 'more is more'! I also treated myself to some seriously bad ass prints from Oh Gosh Cindy- who is one of the coolest illustrators out there, and someone who I could buy from again and again. In terms of reading material, I've loved flicking through this Blogging edition of Mollie Makes (so useful) and this Jamie Oliver mag packed with amazing recipes and inspiring styling ideas! Plus, I very rarely cry at books (the last time I did I was probably reading Jacqueline Wilson)- but this book by Giovanna Fletcher really pulled on my heartstrings, and oozed the perfect balance of romance, plot and wonderful characters that you really fall in love with, and I've already ordered her next novel to get stuck in to- which I'll be partnering with this Kusmi tea (which has truly converted my to using a tea pot again- huzzah)! I must also take a moment to mention the amazing new Gorilla perfume collection from Lush. Although the fragrances are something different to your standard floral/fruit scents, these smells are distinctive, arty, beautiful and packed with the most wonderful stories behind them, which truly make them something different and collectable.


What Olivia Loved in July 2014...

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(Dress: Opening Ceremony C/O Zalando, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell via Sarenza, Bag: Lulu Guinness)

It's been a long time since I've been really influenced by a musicians style. Okay, I lie- I absolutely love Florence Welch's seventies inspired look- but other than Avril Lavinge and my debatable flares with chains and fishnet phase, nobody has sent me rushing to Tammy girl (or ahem, the shops) for some hip 'n' happening clobber. Yup, I said clobber. So, after spotting a certain Este from Haim in this Opening Ceremony dress, I'm pretty sure I felt as in love with it as I had Avril's striped tie- and knew I had to get my mitts on one. After searching high and low I found one tucked away on Opening Ceremony (and boy do they have a pretty tip top array of brands) and couldn't be more chuffed with my latest Haim inspired get up.

Also- can we please take a moment to ignore my rain soaked barnet- unlike the Haim babes, during this snapping session the heavens opened upon Joe and I and I was left literally looking more like a drowned rat than a '70s inspired pop princess (lol, first clobber now this)- but I'm pretty sure the dress makes up for it on this occasion!

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P.S Today it's the birthday of the boy behind all of my blog photos (and who does the most amazing job ever) and the most special boyfriend I could ever wish for (#soppynotsoppy) so thank you Joe for always making me smile and being the oat talented, willing photo taker I know- go show him some Insta-lovin' too over here!


How to pretend to be in Haim...

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(Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Jacket: Oh My Love, Top: Topshop, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Next, Bag: Lulu Guinness)

Despite living in London, it's rare I ever have a full day to myself to actually play tourist in my own city. Days are dotted with bus trips to and from Oxford Circus and Soho for meetings, but it's very rare that I actually ever get to step inside a beautiful museum, or boat it along the river. So, a couple of weeks ago when Joe and I were spending the evening in the city- we decided to hop on a bus to the Victoria and Albert Museum and loose an hour or two winding between the beautiful marbled bodied statues and admiring the intricately crafted Chinese fashion (which almost made me wish I was still studying art and textiles- the place was rife with inspiration)! We also paid a visit to the Tate Modern, which although usually results in us having to get our arty hats on; 'Yes, it's a piece of metal, but what does it mean'- had a really lovely afternoon, and it certainly made a change from my regular haunt that is Topshop Oxford Circus.

For our little adventure I opted for a new favourite Topshop top (which although bared a little more midriff than I'd usually opt for, was the perfect summery piece) with my cropped biker jacket, and some new favourite silver loafers that I picked up in Next on an impulsive Saturday afternoon shopping spree (and which make me feel a little more like David Bowie than they probably should)...

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and here's what I wore...


West London Sunshine

Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe What Olivia Did Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe What Olivia Did You will need:
- A cooking pan and lid
- A saucepan
- 2/3 handfuls of popcorn kernels/maize
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 200g caster sugar
- 110ml double cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 100g salted butter cut into cubes

If there's one thing I seem to have become obsessed with of late, it's the two words: salted caramel. My goodness. I know I'm definitely late to the caramel party- but WOAH. What a party in your mouth it is. I've bought chocolate, considered dipping sauce and ice cream all in this beautiful flavour, and this obsession doesn't seem to be stopping soon. So- where better to put it than with some homemade popcorn, amirite? This caramel in this is based on a recipe by Alice Hart, and the popcorn is so blooming easy that I'm pretty sure it's a sin to buy it pre made. So grab your favourite film and a cosy blanket (for afterwards, that is) and lets get going!

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Taking your coconut oil, pop it in a pan- and heat on a medium heat until it melt completely- which shouldn't take long. Once melted and warm, pop your kernels in the pan and cover them completely with oil- and then pop the lid on (leaving it ajar so air can escape) and leave to pop.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe What Olivia Did
2. Once the corn is popping, and the pops reduce to 1-2 every 10 seconds or so, remove from the heat to prevent them burning and leave to stand.

3. Pour your sugar into your pan and put onto a medium heat until it has melted (try to avoid stirring it at this point, and simply swirl the pan the mix if necessary). Once melted, turn the pan up to medium high heat and simmer for about 30 seconds until the caramel turns a deep golden colour- and swirl the mixture to prevent any burning.
Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe What Olivia Did
4. Turn the heat off (leaving the pan where it is) and stir in your salt and double cream. Remove the pan from the hob, and gradually drop in your knobs of butter, and keep stirring until it becomes a slick caramel.

5. Carefully pour your caramel over the popcorn and stir until all of your popcorn is totally covered.
Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe What Olivia Did
6. Taking your baking tray, spread your coated popcorn over it and pop in the oven for about 15 minutes to help the caramel set. Remove a little earlier if necessary, and leave to cool completely before breaking it apart.
Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe What Olivia Did
7. Once cool, break the popcorn up and pop into some bowls to enjoy (have I said the word 'pop' enough?)- yum!
Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe What Olivia Did
If you give these a go yourself don't forget to use the hashtag #bakewithliv so I can see! Also, let me know if there's any recipes you'd like to see! I have a baking giveaway coming up too, so keep your eyes peeled!


What Olivia Cooked: Salted Caramel Popcorn

Seventies Inspired Look H&M Blouse American Apparel Shorts Seventies Inspired Look H&M Blouse American Apparel Shorts What Olivia Did American Apparel Shorts Rings
(Hat: ASOS, Shirt: H&M (similar here), Shorts: American Apparel (similar here), Boots: c/o Boden, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Rings: Mainly Miss Selfridge)

Without even realising when I put this outfit together, this certainly seems to be a nod to one of my favourite fashion bloggers; Lucy Williams (although, that lady can certainly rock denim shorts better than yours truly). I'm often in awe of the way she can piece beautiful basics together- such as beautiful embroidered blouses, denim cut offs and a trusty fedora, and make it look entirely effortless (and I've certainly spotted similar things on Pinterest which I've been noting for these special #barelegdays).

Anyway- I paired this get up with these awesome Boden leopard print dicker style boots, which make me feel about ten times cooler than I am (it's amazing what some animal print can do to your feet, ain't it) and I'm looking forward to pairing them with some pretty dresses and attempting the whole 'Chung' thang- because, hey- if Chung can do it I'll certainly give it a go!

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I put some new shoes on and everybody's smiling

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(Hat: ASOS, Dress: Reformation, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia)

I mentioned in my last outfit post a little about being a bit less frivolous with my buying- and I think this dress was one of the first steps I took in doing so (by, ahem, buying something). Okay, so that might sound a little weird on paper, but by not buying a mini haul of random high street items, I opted for saving my pennies and buying a staple basic, from new favourite shop- Reformation.

Now, if you know me- you'll know I have enough striped clothing items to open a shop dedicated to them (it's be a small minimal boutique style shop, but nonetheless I have a fair few). But in the same breath, they're the one thing I wear again and again and again- my absolute go-to, and in short- I bloody love a stripe, so this dress seemed like a wise move. But that's not the only reason I love it. Inspired by Jane Birkin (their words not mine), Reformation are the coolest online boutique ever, plus- they're really into saving the planet.

In short- they source eco friendly materials, rework vintage pieces, make sure they 'incorporate green practices throughout their supply chains' and make sure all of their pieces are made in downtown LA- which, for a brand with such cool pieces- is pretty blooming rare to come by- and certainly makes me happy to spend a little more on a gorgeous piece- especially when it's striped ; )

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Nope, this post isn't sponsored, I just blooming love 'em



English Muffin Recipe English Muffin Recipe Based on a recipe from Paul Hollywood (those eyes though), these muffins make for the perfect breakfast (or lunch) time meal, plus are so delicious toasted with jam and butter- I even converted Joe to them! Although they take a little while to make (if you factor in all the proofing and leaving), they're perfect to make the night before and have as a morning after snack- and will definitely get you on the good side of any housemates or family you have living with you!

You will need:
- A shallow cooking pan (to cook the muffins)
- A baking sheet or tray
- 300g bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fast action-dried yeast
- 15g caster sugar
- 15g salted butter, in small cubes
- 1 beaten egg
- 170ml milk at room temperature
- 15g polenta

Let's get going!

English Muffins Recipe
1. Pop the flour in a mixing bowl, with the yeast in one side of the bowl, and salt on the other. Add the sugar, beaten egg and milk in too. Mix everything together to make a soft dough!

2. Sprinkle your clean worktop with a little flour and knead you dough for about 15 minutes until soft. Pop the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise until it has doubled in size (this works best if your dough is left in a warm room).
English Muffins Recipe
3. Roll your dough on your surface until it is about 1.5cm thick and leave to relax for 15 minutes to avoid them shrinking in size.

4. Sprinkle half of your polenta on to your baking sheet, and using a cutter (or, like me, a mug) stamp out your muffins. Pop them on the baking tray and sprinkle the rest of your polenta on top of your muffins and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
English Muffins Recipe
5. Pop your pan onto a low heat, and once heated pop your muffins on to the pan and cook for about 8-10 minutes on each side (until the colour has changed and reached about halfway up each muffin) and they look well toasted (but not burnt).

6. Leave to cool and toast with jam and butter for a tasty breakfast treat!

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If you give these a go yourself don't forget to use the hashtag #bakewithliv so I can see! Also, let me know if there's any recipes you'd like to see! I have a baking giveaway coming up too, so keep your eyes peeled!


What Olivia Cooked: English Breakfast Muffins



Hello, you! I'm Olivia, or Liv- a 23 year old girl living in London, spending most of her time blog writing, photo taking, social media updating and occasionally cake baking.


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