(Hat: ASOS, Coat: Orla Kiely, Jumper: Topshop, Dress: Topshop, Bag: Reiss, Boots: Zara (similar here)

Photos by Joe Galvin

When it comes to new items of clothing, I have about as much confidence as I do before I speak publicly in front of a big crowd (i.e none). Most of the time (in the wonderful words of a certain Gok), it's 'all about the confidence'- but when it comes to braving trends I've seen others sail through and look cool as f doing, it's a little intimidating, isn't it? Especially when you walk around like an anxious extra Oliver Twist cast member too...

But hey ho! I feel like with this look I've definitely aired on the side of Birds Eye opposed to Birkin or Dylan-esque cool, but there's nothing wrong with that, right, RIGHT? Although braving the baker boy seemed a little bit Kiera Knightly circa Love Actually for me (or even, as I mentioned on Twitter, Anastasia), sometimes it's fun to step out of your comfort zone a little, and if I managed to do it during the 'beehive' phase of last year, a little hat won't hurt will it...



and here's what I wore...



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That 'Beatnik' (or, Birds Eye) Look

(Hat: ASOS, Dress: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Zara (similar here), Bag: Reiss)

Photos by Joe Galvin

A few months back now, Joe and I decided to book a little festive stay cation. Having never visited Scotland before, we settled on a pre-Christmas visit to the capital, Edinburgh, for a couple of days of relaxing, Christmas markets, practising our accents (not joking), last-minute shopping and of course exploring and playing tourists. With budget flights booked (so much quicker than the blooming train), a hotel sorted and a bursting itinerary thanks to the wonderful suggestions of Twitter and Instagram- we were set, and I couldn't have been more excited. The city was everything I'd hoped for and more; swirling higgledy cobbled streets, untouched Georgian architecture, a stunning hilltop castle, endless independent shops and some of the loveliest people I've come to meet.

Although it was notably chillier than London, we were lucky in that a coat, bobble hat and scarf would normally suffice (I feel the cold ok)- but during our trip, I was set on parading about my new Urban Outfitters dress- layers, or not (coat just out of shot). Paired with my favourite ever sale buy boots (£40 last year and still going strong), a classic fedora and no notable goosebumps- I was set for a day of exploring, just stay tuned for the guide coming up this weekend!



and here's what I wore...


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Blue Florals

...and not end up in a sweat/panic/hot mess (cross as appropriate)...

In all honesty, after Christmas I try not to spend too much. The lead up is a costly time (as is the promise of another new year being self employed), so the thought of spending more money is often a little bit daunting, and a lot of the time I'd rather get lost in a Netflix series I've yet to complete (read: all of them), indulge in some serious PJ time and not think too much about the internet. But hey, I'm only human right? Providing things don't get too impulsive, sale shopping can be a bit of a luxury (yup, you did just read that sentence), and in the past has allowed me to purchase things I possibly wouldn't have otherwise, meaning the big red banners aren't all wasted on me...

So, this year I wanted to share a few of my top sale shopping tips (like my inner Martin Lewis was yearning to do) if you are thinking of parting with some pennies and a few of my favourite finds, to perhaps inspire some of you sitting on the post-Christmas spending fence!

My top tips for getting the most out of the discounts!

If you can, sign up early: A lot of shops offer early sale access to registered customers, so making sure you're signed up to their mailing lists can actually be really handy. Selfridges and Kate Spade are really good at this, and that way most things are ~normally~ still in stock too!

Have a hit list: In the past, some of my best ever sale buys (which, years later I'm still wearing) are the things I actually wanted and waited for. Planning out the things you're willing to wait for (even if it's during the 'first' reductions) is so handy, and saves time trailing through until you get to 'that top I wanted!' Saving items for later in your basket is always handy!

Like anything, budget: It's often easy to assume that if something has gone from £200 to £50 it's an amazing deal, but if it wasn't something you necessarily needed in the first place, it's still an expense. Try and budget accordingly for things, and try not to waver too much from how much you'd normally spend on something.

Don't ponder, but check policies: Obviously leaving things too long means they sell out, and during sale time trying to find the item you needed when it's flown out of stock isn't bloody fun. If you see something, don't hesitate too long in buying- but check returns policies- you don't want to get stuck with anything if you change your mind...

Know what you need, but don't rule everything else out: Knowing what you'll get use out of is so handy come sale time (for e.g I know I'll always love a good knit, denim and coats) but if you do see something that you do fall for, go with your gut. Last year, as an exception to my sale rules, I bought a pair of Zara ankle boots for about £40, and I haven't taken them off since. I'm now sad I didn't pick up a backup...

Get on Pinterest: A good way of planning what you could do with, is creating a Pinterest board. Get some ideas of the things you've liked for a long time, the looks that are inspiring you and the items you've got an eye on. I've even known Pinterest to email me when items on my boards have been marked down too, which is incredibly useful!

Oh my god, the TRAVEL SALES: One sale I've started visiting every year is the B.A sale, and OMG it's amazing. For the last two years Joe and I have booked our holidays to New York through it, and it's one of the best sales I've ever encountered. Not only are the flights amazing value, but there are incredible hotels as part of packages (not just old or corporate ones)- and the best part is you can pay everything off in instalments, so there's no hefty downpayment- huzzah! I seriously recommend checking both the B.A and Virgin Atlantic sales out.


...and now my picks!

High Street Honeyz



Hey big spender (but, now, ahem, slightly less)



A house, a home



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How To Survive Sale Shopping



Because, sometimes, just sometimes, it's ok to blow your own trumpet...

Okay, not all the time- nobody likes a bragger, cheeky. But after reading the amazing Emma's post about her 'Anti-Bucket List' (and then going on to read the original Glamour article by the wonderful Lauren Laverne- both huge babes), I felt inclined to pop my own together too; partly as a way of actually sitting down, taking a moment to reflect on my year- and yup, to celebrate a few of the successes this year has brought. I'd obviously be telling a porky if I said 2015 had been all pink macarons, well organised flat lays and chirpy moments, but rather than dwelling on the not-so happy moments (there's plenty of time offline for those), I thought I'd take a post to blow my own trumpet, even if it is just a reminder to myself that 'hey, you're not always the girl sitting indoors in her PJS watching Judge Rinder, you fool!'.

Working online, and being self employed, there's nobody there to give you a yearly appraisal, and sometimes social media comparison can indeed be a little bit of a meanie- so I encourage you, dear blog reader, to do the same right now. It doesn't have to me huge momentous moments, but rather than looking at the things you haven't achieved yet, look at what you have. It's truly uplifting. Whether that's keeping a job you love and being bloody good at it, being a top mate, saving up for a deposit, taking on a new degree- or what have you, give yourself a big ol' pat on the back. You deserve it. Now for some achievable resolutions...

So, here I have, my year- in a list!

  • I braved my fear of public speaking, and spoke at Selfridges about blogging- and didn't need to run out and shed a tiny tear!
  • Travelled to Asia for the first time, rode a Tuk Tuk, a longboat and ate more new food in 4 days than I have in my life.
  • After 4 years, I redid my blog layout, which gave me a new love of blogging and this little space of the internet.
  • Met Taylor Swift. Yup. I can't believe it either. So tall. So perfect.
  • Visited New York again and realised it's probably essential I now visit every single year. Completely essential.
  • I started learning to drive. It's undeniably taken a while, but I'm persevering, and that's definitely half the battle. Next year I MAY pass!
  • I went on a surprise holiday to Ibiza to surprise my dad, succeeded and it was amazing.
  • For the first time in forever I put in for a competition, and entered Stylist's Fiesta Stylista competition and made it to the final, and couldn't have been more blood chuffed!
  • Saw Joe graduate and my brother get an apprenticeship and felt so proud of them both I could pop
  • Went to see two musicals, and cemented my love of singing inappropriately in public.
  • I don't know about you but I turned 22! And celebrated with some of my favourite human beans.
  • Shot an advertorial for Cosmopolitan with Claire's, New Look for Now! and featured in Glamour Magazine with Nana P too- VERY surreal!
  • Took my mum and nan to Paris for the first time, and played city guide.
  • After reading the magazine for nearly 10 years, I got to go to the NME Awards and felt so over the moon to be there. I also fell in love with Brett Anderson.
  • Kept in touch, and continued to hang out and laugh with some of my oldest school friends, and realised it's not the quantity of pals you have, but the quality. Also to continue to make an effort with the people that truly matter- they are always worth the effort.
  • Maggie turned one! We celebrated with more treats than necessary and plenty of cuddles.
  • Saw Fleetwood Mac, wished I was Stevie Nicks and cried many a tear- ILY FM.


  • Let me know if you do an Anti-Bucket list, I'd love to see!

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    Celebrating 2015!


    (Suit: C/O M Missoni, Bag: Kate Spade, Shoes: River Island, Earrings: Anna + Nina, Bracelets: Anna + Nina)
    Photos by Joe Galvin

    And, as always, Liv was parading around in something suitably festive for the time of year...

    ...but hey, it's not often you get to wear a velvet suit and present box bag and it be socially acceptable, right? But before you think this was as glamorous as it looked, this was taken on a windy, rainy and very cold December evening (where #thinhairprobs totally applied) and getting the lighting right was one hundred percent reliant on cars driving past at tactical times. So yes, a little bit of context for you there- although, this suit is pretty special, right? A little addition care of M Missoni, it's every bit my dream party outfit and requires absolutely no thought (or layering) to look effortless and, if I'm honest, really quite cool (said in a Hugh Grant voice).

    So- yes! 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a create is stirring, not even a mouse. I thought I'd publish this early as I know you'll all be in bed early for a certain red-wearing present-giving visitor this evening- but wanted to share something a little more special before the big day. I'll be taking a couple of days away from my laptop over the season (with content still going up after Boxing Day)- but wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I'm actually doing some work with Crisis on Boxing Day, so if anyone would be interested about hearing about my experiences (as I think it's an amazing cause) let me know too! I never want to sound self righteous or 'Miss Worldly' when discussing charity, but am always keen to share the good things in the world too- especially if it enlightens someone new to something important.

    Anyway! Santa, Miss World and charity aside- have a very happy and healthy Christmas (and New Year), eat all the mince pies, watch all the Elf and sing all the Shakin' Stevens too- and the Queen's speech, too! MERRY CHRISTMAS!



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    The Night Before Christmas

    (Jumper: C/O Glamorous, Skirt: ASOS, Boots: River Island, Bag: & Other Stories, Ring: Paul & Joe)

    Photos by Joe Galvin

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with 3 days to go it's safe to say I'm feeling the festive cheer. It may be hitting 18 degrees outside (which I'm absolutely not ok with- no white Christmas for me), but after spending this Sunday weaving out of mini Christmas fir trees (and sausage dogs) at Columbia Road Flower Market- I felt suitably ready for the big day. With the market being a signature Sunday activity for yours truly, seeing it adorned with winter berries, steaming mulled wine and vibrant wreaths adorning the rainbow doors, meant there was something a little more special in the air the Sunday before Christmas.

    So, for the occasion I pulled out one of my current favourite looks, a pleated skirt and playful knit- with this gold metallic number being the perfect partner next to the Autumnal midi. With the weather being significantly warmer than I'd like (for once I'd be genuinely merry if there was a frost in the air)- it was back to leather jacket weather for the time being, and bare ankles a go-go. I suppose there's no pleasing some people though- so my snow boots will go away for now...



    and here's what I wore...



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    Christmas Sparkle

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