(Top: Brandy Melville, Dungarees: Topshop, Shoes: Salt Water Sandals, Bag: Tidy Street Store (similar here)

Whilst in St. Ives, one of the most special things about our little Beachspoke cottage was it’s proximity to the sea. Tinged with turquoise even on the cloudiest of days, the water looked positively tropical from the moment we pulled in from St. Erths to the time we spent on the sand before checking out. Being woken up every morning with an alarm of nattering ‘gulls, it was never hard to forget we weren’t in London anymore, but having the Porthmeor coastline approximately two minutes from our door was better than any hotel or bed and breakfast we could have asked for.

After a rainy second day in the town and tackling the Tate and a heap of unanswered emails, we spent our last morning lapping up the water and enjoying the sun as it burned through the last of the rainclouds next to the shore. It felt a little bit magical arriving in the midst of a moody morning and leaving with the sea glittering- but we couldn’t have asked for a fonder farewell from one of our new favourite places- before heading on to our next destination.



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Porthmeor Beach



When this post goes up, Joe and I would have been in our house for nearly a month, and it's already amazing how it's changing, developing personal touches and really becoming a home. Coming home from a day in town doesn't feel weird- it's my new normal getting off at a different station, and I look forward to evenings cosied up amongst the cushions watching Love Island and nights on our mattress listening to the rain patter outside on muggy July evenings. But take note here folks- the cushions and mattress are very much still without sofa and bed frame (why do these things take so much time?), so it's taking a little bit of extra effort to make things feel homely when there's Big Yellow Boxes standing in for where a sofa should one day be.

And that's where the little touches come in. Candles that fill a room, embroidered cushions, chunky throws and prints collected from travels and equally newly acquired- all putting in the extra legwork to make things feel suitably more us. Despite having collected a handful of prints over the last few years, it was a recent browse of Desenio that had my heart a flutter. There were a few spots in the house that needed a little somethin' somethin' added, and I think I've found some solutions in the shape of their gorgeous prints. From this illustrated herb print which has a beautiful vintage feel, reminds me of old recipe books and sits perfectly in our kitchen, to the more contemporary photographic prints which we love. Pink seems to be a running theme in the house, so the undertones from the photos in each room tie everything together pretty splendidly. It's been so nice starting to add some more personal touches (as well as plenty of family photos too)- so do expect plenty more interiors coming up soon!



P.S, If you love these prints as much as me (plus some of their gorgeous new ones) you can use the code '25OLIVIA' between the 25-27th July for 25% off your order (except from “handpicked” and frames categories)- have a nosey!


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A House to a Home

(Jumpsuit: ASOS, Sunglasses: ASOS, Shoes: ASOS)

I've spoken about it before, but this year I've tried to be a little more sensible when updating my summer wardrobe. Picking out pieces I know I'll have and wear for multiple occasions, rather than impulsively picking up things I'll more than likely forget about. Having moved house earlier this month, it's been challenging digging out things when I need them (and finding where anything is- I had to use a cardigan on my head as I didn't have a rain mac to hand)- so it's safe to say ASOS New In (with a special shout out to their kick-ass 'holiday' section) has been a total saviour (let's just say my DPD man and I are v. friendly)...

And of course, because nothing says unpredictable like the British summer weather, and I've been turning to pieces like this jumpsuit for ultimate all-rounder kudos. Whether you switch up pretty espadrilles to worn-in trainers and a denim jacket, or pull out some chunky heels for something more night time- these kind of pieces are the perfect staple for, well, pretty much anything. With pretty ankle ruffles giving it a little pizzazz, it's quickly become the striped tee of my summer wardrobe- and know it'll be just as pretty layered with a knit or a tee underneath too. Not badio, daddio!

Some other jumpsuit picks that have stolen my heart...


Post in collaboration with RewardStyle and ASOS but love of ASOS, jumpsuits and weird British summer weather all my own


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School's Out For Summer


(Jacket: Jigsaw, Top: Brandy & Melville, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Superga, Bag: Radley)

Before this year, it had been years since I’d visited the beautiful Cornish town of St. Ives. I’d only visited once before when I was about 10 on a family holiday, and although I have fond memories of the sun shining, a favourite GAP hoodie and lunch at the Seafood Cafe (which we actually revisited this time around too)- it was all but tarnished by a seagull incident and an instant need to wash my hair. Ten year old drama-pre-teen-Liv was not amused (but totally rode on the fact it’s meant to be good luck, so I’ll go with that).

Anyway- seagull toilet trips to one side, this year Joe and I booked a little summer trip back to the Cornish coastline- starting in St. Ives and ending the week just across in Penzance. As timing would have it, it fell two days after we’d moved into our new house- but actually meant we got to spend a week not worrying about lack of broadband/furniture, and could actually just soak up the coast, eat endless fried fish and satisfy long-overdue cravings for blue-tounge inducing slush puppies (I promise I have grown up since I last came)!

After arriving late on the Monday afternoon, following one of the longest and most beautiful train journeys I’ve been on, we pulled into the station, dropped our bags off at our cottage (more on this soon) and set out making the most of the British sunshine. With an early fish supper and delicious drippy malted Cornish ice cream- who said you needed a passport for a gorgeous holiday? More soon!



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Back To The Sea

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