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(Hat: American Apparel, Dress: C/O Missguided, Jacket: Virgos Lounge via Designer Desirables, Shoes: Topshop)

I have a little love story for you today- from the second I saw this jacket happily sat on the ASOS site i knew it was love, lust initially- but it definitely developed into something a little more. The first thing I thought was Saturday Night Fever (and wearing this jacket would make me the ultimate human disco ball), but the thing that gave me the 'NEED/WANT/PLEASE' factor was the fact that this jacket ultimately reminds me of a Paco Rabanne get-up Francoise Hardy would have worn circa '68, and that, my friends is more than enough for me. Paired with this perfectly easy to wear Missguided swing dress, I felt like Francoise's younger, far less cool but totally enthusiastic younger cousin (three times removed)- just give me those legs and that face and I think we have this sorted.
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Photos by the uber talented Amber Rose Photography
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Let me be Francoise

eBay Collections livpurvis Hello I am Olivia and I am a bad shopper. Not in all senses, I am a great shopper when it comes to impulse buys, frivolous spending and being completely impatient with vintage shopping- but in terms of finding great deals, rummaging for bargains and discovering incredible one off's, I'm pretty pants. For ages I longed to be that girl who picked up that one off vintage sixties mini off of eBay, and there are still days I scour the site for that Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop dress (yup, if anyone's selling, ahem)- but it's only until lately that I've developed a real penchant for eBay- with a little help from their new Collections feature.
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Okay, I'm not much of a dedicated seller (although with a little patience there's a blog sale around the corner) but it's creating Collections (and subsequently buying from them) that's really had me at hello. Inspired by my favourite people (read: A Chung) and eras (60's/70's) I've curated twelve boards filled with items that I love, making shopping a little more straightforward and outfit building hopefully a little simpler- a Pinterest for shopping if you like, and I hope you can get as inspired shopping and building your own as I have mine! Have a nosey here if you fancy!
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Getting my eBay on...

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(Hat: ASOS, Jumper: Urban Outfitters, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Jeans: American Apparel, Boots: Topshop, Lipstick: Sephora)

Worn ready for a day of catching Bailey's Stardust (which I hugely recommend, never have I debated saving up for so many beautiful photographs in one sitting- and 'Box of Pin Ups' is something else), hot footing it to catch 12 Years A Slave at the pictures and later indulging in the perfect Sunday Roast- it's jumpers and jeans days that come up as some of my favourites when it's a little cooler outside- and this Urban Outfitters number is ticking all of my boxes...

I suppose I love this jumper because it kind of reminds me of the Stella McCartney one, albeit a little cheaper and fancy- plus, part of me thinks this could just about qualify as a Lucy Williams outfit (I know I'm not quite on her level of cool, but girls gotta try)- so, with that in mind I think I'll be keeping this one out a little longer- I'm not too bad at this tartan thing after all.
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Let's keep it cosy

Warpaint Liverpool Academy When at a Warpaint gig there's two things you're likely to find yourself doing.

1. The indefinite likelihood you'll find yourself wishing you were Theresa, and pondering where on earth she picked up that cool waistcoat (and for that matter, why you're not cool enough to pull a waistcoat off)

2. Getting completely lost in their music and singing a little louder than any other gig goer there. I'm a big fan ok- and spelling Billie Holiday out loud is far more fun than it sounds on paper.

Either way, it'll be amazing- and if you don't leave wishing you had the skill set to play the drums, guitar and bass guitar and could sing as part of a Californian based girl quartet, then you've probably been in the wrong place for the last hour- but that's ok, I'm here to fill you in on that part.
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Opening with 'Keep it Healthy' and continuing on to play a selection of new album songs such as 'Love is to die', 'Disco/Very', 'Feeling Alright' and 'Hi'- they're songs that even when heard for the first time, or new fresh from a new record sound just as familiar and assertive as anything you've heard a hundred times over from them, proving they've only gotten better with time- big high five girls.

Saying that, inevitable highlights came from 'Undertow' and 'Elephants'- acting as perfect displays of the girls haunting and hypnotic vocals and arguable proof that these ladies are so in sync with one another you'd be surprised to hear they couldn't read each others minds. This may as well be an open jam session for all we know- they're pretty bloody on it.

Finishing on Elephants (one of the first Warpaint songs I ever heard)- the whole set felt completely special and intimate- just make sure you don't find yourself yelping 'I'll break your heeeart' in public places- not everyone wants to be Emily Kokal as much as you ok.
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If you do nothing else listen to:
- Undertow - Elephants - Billie Holiday - Keep It Healthy -


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When Olivia Saw: Warpaint

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(Dress: C/O Boden, Cardigan: C/O Boden, Shoes: Primark, Belt: Vintage, Glasses: C/O London Retro)

If my day to day occupation didn't involve working from inside my duvet, and was more office based- I'm pretty sure this is what I'd call my 'power dressing' outfit. It's no androgynous suit with sharp Loubs, but there's something about a fifties style shape, with simple heels and a classic cardigan that make me feel like a proper grown up, and pretty ready to take on the world (or, erm, rush hour).

Inevitably, the combination of cropped cashmere cardigan and printed fit and flare sun dress (the print from this Boden number was taken from an original 1940's wash bag- amazing right?) pretty much equates to me thinking I'm some sort of Mad Men extra- cue the glasses and beehive for added sass factor (did I just say that? Ok fine)- which is never a bad thing, and certainly helped this lady stand out at London Bridge, ahem.
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Sunshine and sun dresses

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(Hat: ASOS, Dress: C/O Wondaland, Shoes: Topshop, Coat: MINKPINK)

Looking at the weather outside, I'm definitely hoping this outfit will be one of the last times I wear tights and a coat this thick (plus probably anything that isn't pastel)! As much as I adore this little (or big) MINKPINK number (any coat and hat combination that'll get me the 'hey, you look a bit like Snoop Dogg today' reference are winners in my book) I'm certainly happy to take out a smaller jacket for the next few months, work with me here Met Office!

Anyway- these snaps were taken on a day out with the lovely Amber, a lady I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years ago now and a chick that shares my love of cute doggies and rabbits, good food and an even better giggle- plus she's a dab hand with a camera too! These outfit snaps are part of a wee series we shot together, so stay tuned both here and on her blog for some more of that!
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Carnaby Street

Workshop Coffee London Workshop Coffee London Workshop Coffee London If ever there's been a time to give praise to someone, it without a doubt goes to the guy that invented the meal between breakfast and lunchtime- brunch, to you and I. The modern day equivalent of afternoon tea (because afternoon tea is just an extra meal between lunch and dinner, right?) and the perfect excuse to indulge in extra toast/pancakes/waffles/fry ups- with it being totally socially acceptable, amazing.
Workshop Coffee London Workshop Coffee London Fortunately I have several friends who celebrate (or, erm, indulge in) brunch just as often as I do- meaning that when the lovely Stella introduced me to Clerkenwell based Workshop a few months back, I was over the moon to have a new hide-out to add to my list. Not only is there (nearly) always room to pop in for a cuppa on a Sunday morning (especially being so near to the bustling Modern Pantry) but it's certainly put a welcome spin on some of my brunch favourites (French toast is perfect with the addition of espresso mascarpone and crunched hazelnuts, and banana bread is my new wholemeal toast) and has definitely helped broaden my somewhat small brunch pallet- with smoked salmon with seaweed and wasabi aioli being a welcome savoury alternative (and breathe).
Workshop Coffee London Okay, so I don't drink coffee (which ultimately, being brewed on site should be the main point of focus here) but the brunch is amazing and original, the cheery Aussie people that work there make you feel right at home and you can even pick up some treats to take away with you- a must visit? Most certainly.

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Brunch at Workshop

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(Top: C/O Petit Bateau, Jeans: American Apparel, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Bag: C/O Vivienne Westwood via Sarenza, Watch: C/O Olivia Burton)

Although outfits like this one will never be the most original or mind blowing, it's sometimes the simplicity of an outfit that makes me love it- and if you ever ask me what my go to outfit would be- it will always be a striped t shirt, jeans and a slick of lipstick. Additionally, matching your bag to your make up is completely optional- but with Sarenza having a pretty nifty new SS14 collection, how could I not with this bag?! Plus, can we do a small cheer for the fact that a coat wasn't necessary too? I'm still coming round to the fact that I may be able to put my big fluffy numbers away until September, and only need a leather jacket for 'cold' days- but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Anyway, this little get up was worn on a recent visit to Borough Market for some lunch time supplies (read: focaccia and chocolate brownies) before hopping on the train home for a cosy afternoon of soup, The Simpsons and relaxing- sometimes it really is the simple things that makee the world go round.
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and here's what I wore...


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Breton Stripes & Red Lips

Hello My Name Is Paul Smith Exhibition Hello My Name Is Paul Smith Exhibition Living in London, there's a lot of exhibitions you hear about, think 'oh that sounds nice- must go there!' and never get round to visiting. It happens to me about 99% of the time, and because I'm no longer studying art or photography- making integral visits and gathering evidence as 'sketchbook research' has slipped away from my priorities list, meaning I get a little lazy when it comes to being a culture vulture. Anyway- after hearing about Paul Smith's latest residency at the Design Museum (not literally, sadly) I dragged Nana P and Mr Galvin along, so we could spend the afternoon getting to know a little more about the fella behind those striped socks and the cool boutique in Covent Garden's Floral Street.
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Seeing the exhibition itself felt a little like experiencing a 3D walk through, and more in depth version of his talk he did last year at the Vogue Festival with a certain Miss Chung (otherwise known as the dream team). The element of 'look and see' was consistent throughout- with inspiration literally coming from anywhere and everywhere (see spaghetti shirt picture for an idea of this)- and certainly left me with an open mind and ready to get my creative hat on (technical term guys).
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On top of that, one of the things I loved most about 'Hello My Name Is Paul Smith' was the fact that everything was so, real (without getting all deep on you). It was incredibly insightful being able to gage what his workspace looks like, how the whole creative design process works, and even set-ups helping visualise what his first ever studio space looked like- far more fascinating than a black block letter paragraph on a white wall. Of course, saying that- if you can, I truly recommend you head along to see this- after all, Paul is about the 'looking and seeing' (and not digitally FYI).
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'Hello My Name Is Paul Smith' is at the Design Museum until June 22nd


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Hello My Name Is Paul Smith

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