MINKPINK Dungaree dress cossack hat seventies style MINKPINK Dungaree dress cossack hat seventies style Ring detail MINKPINK Dungaree dress cossack hat seventies style
(Hat: C/O Ruby & Ed, Top: ASOS, Dungarees: MINKPINK, Scarf: Borrowed from Joe, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Shoes: ASOS, Kitty ring: Paris boutique)

If you've read this little corner of the 'net for long enough, you'll remember my little phase with the cossack hat. It's the 2011 equivalent of todays fedora, and I was rarely seen without it- even making it part of my sixth form outfit (trust me, a suit has never looked so cool- erm, kind of). It almost amazes me that I had the confidence to wear it to school like some kind of modern day Sam Shakusky or wannabe Russian Princess (funnily enough my history A Level topic was Russian History, coincidence? I think not), when styling it with this outfit required a lot of thought, and worrying that it just looked like a wild emo haircut gone wrong.

Ok, perhaps I'm being a little dramatic- but I have to say I think I've rediscovered a bit of a staple (until you've felt how warm these hats are then you've not been cosy) and I am all for a little faux fur headwear- especially when paired with a cute pinafore and roll neck (Ok, I'm starting to sound about 80- but you get the idea)!
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and here's what I wore...


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Come and keep your comrade warm

Pancake Pop Recipe
Being a blogger, if there's one thing that isn't macaroons that go down a treat with the twenty-something style loving lady (or y'know just a chick that has a bit of a sweet tooth)- it's a cake pop. On top of that, with pancake day being something that probably occurs about once a week in my calendar (I can't help it) I thought I'd pop up something a little different to the classic crepe, but equally as yummy- and probably a little bit less naughty. The pancake recipe is based on a fluffy American pancake by Jamie Oliver with the pop idea coming from Pinterest, and my love for all things a little bit cute (come on, a pancake, on a stick guys)! The best part is that you can pop anything inside of them- blueberries just adding a little to the guilt-free factor, although I'm sure chocolate chips and marshmallows would be amazing!

You will need:
- A frying pan (heated a little)
- A whisk/electric whisk
- 3 eggs
- 115g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 140ml milk
- A pinch of salt
Pancake Pop Recipe
1. Separate the eggs, and put the egg whites and yolks into two separate bowls. Add the flour, baking powder and milk and mix to make a thick batter.

2. Whisk the whites and pinch of salt until it forms stiff peaks, like a meringue mix (if you're doing this by hand it could take a while- perseverance is key)!
Pancake Pop Recipe
3. Fold the whites into the yolk batter gently, this is what makes is all very fluffy!

4. Using a teaspoon, create small circle shaped pancakes in your heated pan and leave to brown for a couple of minutes (if that- keep checking at this stage)! You don't want them to be undercooked, but equally not burnt.
Pancake Pop Recipe
5. Whilst the bottom side is cooking sprinkle your filling/blueberries on the top side, before flipping them over, and leaving for another couple of minutes!

6. Leave to cool for a few seconds and pop the sticks through the centre (these are definitely best warm) and lather with golden syrup, honey or lemon and sugar! Enjoy!
Pancake Pop Recipe Pancake Pop Recipe
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!


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What Olivia Cooked: Pancake Pops

Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer
(Dress: C/O The Little Deer, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Lipstick:Kate Moss for Rimmel in 07)

With a day out with friends, and a big brunch in a favourite hideout on the cards (yup, we're talking the whole French toast shebang- will post about this soon)- a smock dress is always a good idea. Not only did the cute-as-a-button tartan Peter Pan collar have me at hello (I'm pretty sure this is dipping toes in trends at its finest), but the fact it has a little tie waist means it's a little more forgiving than most smocks on me- always a good thing! On top of that, this bad boy still does the job of allowing overindulgence when it comes to scouring the menu- which, judging by the amount of pancakes, ice cream and scones I've had in the last week, is never a bad thing...

Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer Tartan Smock Dress Beehive Sixties The Little Deer

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It's all in the detail...

Emma Bridgewater Personalised Mug
There's nothing I love more than rolling out of bed on a Saturday morning, making a sugary cup of Earl Grey and padding back into bed, tea in hand, to welcome in the morning. I know it's not exciting- but it's little things like not setting an alarm, and being able to enjoy Saturday Kitchen at a leisurely pace that make weekend-Liv a happy girl indeed.

Another thing I love, is Emma Bridgewater home ware. You can guarantee that during every John Lewis visit (with Joe's discount, they're not infrequent) you can find me gawping at her beautiful hand painted pottery, getting nostalgic with her Royal family inspired pieces- and even deliberating how much I need a mug with every different breed of dog on it (usually, quite a lot).
Emma Bridgewater Personalised Mug
One thing I didn't know- is that she did personalised pieces, and you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across the section online (it went a bit like 'which one do I need the most'). Anyway- because giveaways round here are about as regular as a sunny day in London at the moment- I thought I'd treat one of you lovely people to your own personalised mug, making cuppas and Saturday mornings a little prettier indeed, and hey, you're a lovely bunch.

To enter just hit Rafflecopter below- sadly this is U.K only (there'll be another giveaway coming for people overseas soon)- but good luck and have a lovely weekend!
Emma Bridgewater Personalised Mug a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How do you like your tea in the morning?

Zara floral dress fedora seventies look Zara floral dress fedora seventies look Zara floral dress fedora seventies look
(Hat: ASOS, Jacket: Oh My Love, Scarf: Topshop, Dress: Zara, Bag: Zara, Shoes: C/O Bertie at Sarenza)

It's safe to say I've found dressing for this weather a little tricky ('yes, it's just you Liv'- I hear you scream). Perhaps it's the fact the only time this hat comes away from my head is when I'm in the bath, or when an unfortunate gust blows it off, and the fact most of my floral or pastel dresses simply don't quite cater for 180 denier tights- but I'm starting to feel ready for Spring. Laughably, there was a time last Summer where I genuinely (and romantically) thought 'Ah, how I can't wait to wear tights and jumpers and layers again'- that's cute Liv. I promise to never say such a thing again- and it's safe to say I'll be burning all of my tights the second the temperature hits twenty degrees (okay, not quite- but you get the jist).

Either way, this outfit was something a little braver for me. Yes, I said brave. I justified it by playing the 'I know I'm dressed as an art teacher card (nothing wrong with that, arty ones)'- but I guess I had more of a Stevie Nicks look in mind, opposed to an easel wielding creative type, but regardless- I've now 'braved' the light shoes and dark tights and floral midi look, and perhaps it's not all too bad on me after all.
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and here's what I wore...


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All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey

P1010008edit GIRLS Cafe De Paris Now, I'm not one to usually document events or nights out- or, dare I say What Olivia really did on a weekday night (sleep, FYI), but on this occasion I'll make an exception. I'm certainly the kind of girl that's normal Wednesday evening is spent wishing she had a bath bomb to hand, wondering when Made In Chelsea will be starting again and falling asleep at her laptop at silly o'clock- wild, I know. But once in a blue moon (or when a new series of GIRLS begins) something quite amazing happens and a Wednesday night looks like an evening in Haymarket with Hannah, Jessa, Shoshanna, Marnie and my main gal Gemma. Not bad hey?
GIRLS series 3 party Nina Cosford It's only recently I've become a fully fledged GIRLS convert, after slacking a little after the first episode (I'm the person that still hasn't watched Mad Men, Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones- I'm a bit slow, ok?) and rapidly zooming through the second season DVD- it's no wonder people adore it so much.

With a Q&A with the cast and creators (hosted by none other than Richard E Grant) followed by a screening of the first two episodes, it was amazing to listen to someone as intelligent and talented as Lena talk about the show, and then watch her performance in it afterwards (yup, talk about world class multi-tasking)- plus, I also discovered the a-mazing talented of illustrator Nina Cosford at the event, who illustrates scenes from each episode, which are quite frankly, awesome. Check out some of my favourites below! The lady is a dream.
Nina Cosford Plus, you can watch all of the episodes over on NOW TV (and all past series' too)- with this handy entertainment pass! Cool huh? What series' should I get watching next? Send answers on a TV guide!

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Here come the GIRLS...

Check Coat Tartan Trend Outfit Fedora Hat Check Coat Tartan Trend Outfit Fedora Hat Check Coat Tartan Trend Outfit Fedora Hat Katie Mullally Radio Necklace
(Hat: ASOS, Scarf: Topshop, Watch: C/O Daniel Wellington, Coat: C/O LOVE, Jumper: Sugarhill Boutique, Jeans: Whistles, Boots: Sarenza, Bag: Folli Follie, Necklace: C/O Katie Mullally)

Tartan? Check. Knitwear- erm check? Scarf? Maybe for AW14? Okay, so this outfit might not be 'totally bang on trend'- but it's certainly one way I'm keeping warm at the moment. Despite the fact I have an array of summer dresses yelping to be worn and hanging merrily on my wardrobe (yup, we're talking pink, glitter and organza), unless it can be layered with super cosy tights, paired with slipper socks or sported with a thermal vest (hot, quite literally)- I'm giving it a miss for now.

But hey with the whole tartan thing being wintery and cool, I suppose you could say this is my subtle nod to everything 'fashwun' during this LFW- opting for a miniature but lovely seaside break and some family time during one of the busiest Instagram times of the year- maybe next season folks!
Check Coat Tartan Trend Outfit Fedora Hat Check Coat Tartan Trend Outfit Fedora Hat Daniel Wellington Watch
and here's what I wore...


(P.S For 15% off of all Daniel Wellington orders use the code "whatolivia" at checkout and it gives 15% off until 10th of March


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Cosy in tartan

Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe Come rain, shine, snow or sleet- I am indefinitely one to encourage the enjoyment of afternoon tea (so much so, it seems to make weekly appearances on here)! Perhaps it's a British thing (like my incessant complaining of the rain, sarcastic sense of humour and drinking tea at optimum temperature) or perhaps it's because they're so damn easy- but these scones are the perfect remedy to any afternoon at home (three cheers to freelancing), and they hardly take any time at all! Based on a Bake Off recipe- you can also add marmalade to the filling for an extra twist, but either way is just as tasty #greedygalprobs.

These scones do taste best hot out of the oven, so much so that I hot footed it to my neighbours with a small bundle to enjoy with some marmalade (or Nutella) and a good cuppa! I also took the opportunity to pop on my awesome new Goodmans Heritage Radio whilst in the kitchen- way to make baking a little more fun!
Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe
You will need:
- A baking tray, lined and greased.
- 250g self raising flour
- Pinch of salt
- 50g caster sugar
- 50g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg
- 100ml buttermilk
- 60g chocolate chips (Sainsburys now do a milk choc 'Taste the Difference' pack which are life changing)
- 1/2 tablespoons marmalade (optional)
Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe
1. Heat your oven to 220 degrees. Sift your flour, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl.

2. Rub your butter into the mixture, to create a mix which looks a little like small crumbs (technical).
Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe
3. Put your egg and buttermilk into a bowl, and beat until combined. Pour into the crumby mixture.

4. Add your chocolate chips and marmalade, and mix with a round edged knife to blend into a dough.
Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe
5. Use your hands to bring the mixture together and tackle the last crumbs, creating a soft dough.

6. Dust your worktop with flour, and knead your dough for a few seconds- pat out until about 3cm thick. Use a small round cutter (or teeny bowl) to stamp out your scones- re-flour your surface if things get sticky!
Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe 7. Separate the scones on your baking tray and pop in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes until golden brown (yup, this song will now be in your head) and cool very slightly before gobbling up!
Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe Chocolate Marmalade Scones Recipe
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!


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What Olivia Cooked: Choc Chips Scones

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