From The Archive: 2012

A year of fewer questionable outfit choices, I finally found my blogging groove in 2012, and here you can find some favourite pieces, band interviews as they first appeared and a lot of hats too...


Ladies behind the sidebar: August 2012

Every month on ‘What Olivia Did’ I take on a series of adverts and sponsors on my sidebar, all of which are ladies behind some serious gorgeous blogs or businesses. Since last month, I thought it’d be nice to start introducing my monthly ads on my blog, so you can get to know them better and what they do!

So without further ado, meet my August ads…

With stunning outfit pictures, photography to rival that of any experience professional, tales of romantic adventures and pictures of the most delicious food you could imagine- The Storybook brings you the tales of Suzi and Si, a Brighton based couple blogging about their ‘memories, experiences thoughts and feelings’ and documenting the beginning of their life together. All together now *awwwwh!*


You may have seen this gorgeous online shop featured in several of my previous posts; but just in case you haven’t, Ever Ours are a cute-as-a-button online boutique. Run by the gorgeous and extremely talented Kim, the shop stocks adorable jewellery (moustaches aplenty), some bargainous bags and some seriously amazing clothing (think good value + MIU MIU esque prints) A seriously savvy way to part with your pennies.


Founded by the incredibly talented Amy He, Mod Dolly was born in 2010 for modern girls who ‘like to be a little playful in their everyday styling’. Inspired by eras gone by, the pieces channel a modern twist on classic looks, each item carefully handmade and designed to be worn with love. With the Mod Dolly website having just relaunched and a stunning limited collection to choose from, it’s simply too good to miss out on!


Selling a selection of handmade and hand picked jewellery, Little Nell stocks some of the most gorgeous accessories. Created using unique charms, stunning gem stones, pretty beads and colourful feathers, the shop stocks everything from rings to pendants- all for under £20 (with orders over £15 receiving a free gift- hurrah!) I adore the gold bead necklaces and ring trios and am constantly tempted by the 6 items for £10 lucky dip, more than worth a cheeky peek…


With fashion, lifestyle, cooking and beauty posts making up the majority of Amanda’s stunning page; there is literally something for everyone on this gorgeous blog. With personal entries, wedding planning and tales of her days out (with a nod to lots of lovely places to visit) you can easily get lost on her little slice of the internet.


Mei Mei Says… is written by Meimei, a twenty something ‘self confessed blogging addict’ who’s blog includes her favourite trends, key pieces, music and places she visits (including awesome festivals), as well as some absolutely stunning photography by the lady herself. With wishlists, foodie pics galore (don’t read when hungry!) and cute-as outfits, I seriously recommend a click to this ladies blog.


All about the girl comes from the gorgeous fashion loving Caroline. Despite having never read a copy of Vogue, Caroline channels top notch ‘trends on trial’ posts, gorgeous outfits, style icon inspiration, awesome hair tutorials- plus some actually well written and funny writing to accompany her pictures- can the girl do no wrong?!


Jem’s blog, Beautiful Clutter is the perfect example of vintage heaven. Shortlisted in this years Cosmo Blog Awards, Beautiful Clutter is adorned with beautiful whimsy photographs, florals galore, the most enviable thrifty finds, delicate crockery, countryside scenes and tales of her day-to-day living. A quintessentially British blog, to sit down and get lost in with a good cuppa!


The Strawberry Sisters is written by the stunning Emily and Beth, two gorgeous red headed sisters with a penchant for fashion, food and fabulous cocktails- what’s not to love? With food photography gorgeous enough to make your tummy rumble (and recommendations of where to find it), gorgeous DIY’s to get under your belt and shopping trips and dresses to make your heart skip a beat, these girls are seriously in the know, and their gorgeous blog is a first stop for my fashion and foodie quandaries.


As soon as I discovered Charlies blog several months back, I fell in love- this girl had the style I wanted, and her dreamy photographs of trips to tea rooms and the British seaside had me at hello. With a fashion sense gorgeous enough to rival that of Leith Clark, photography to make you book that train to Falmouth (or London, depending where she is), and storybook writing skills- Charlie’s blog is one of my absolute faves, go go go!


If you’re ever in need of a sparkly jewellery fix; Tentative Decisions should be your first internet stop. With handmade crystal jewellery coming in dozens of beautiful rainbow colours, this treasure trove (or online twinkling cave) has all the rocks you could ever want; and being crafted by hand has the beauty of sentiment too- see you at the checkout!


Not only is Stephs blog a collection of honest beauty reviews, must-do DIYs (DIY studded brogues anyone!?), enviable cool outfits (I sometimes wonder if there’s anything she couldn’t pull off…) and stunning places to visit; but she’s one of the lovliest people ever (and has gorgeous hair, sigh!). With her blog being one of my favourite beauty, lifestyle AND fashion blogs- a visit should be in order from you all!


The thing I love about the gorgeous Beckys blog; is, not only does it incorporates beautiful crisp clear photography, stunning chic outfits and places and events posts to send you on your merry way- but each post is so so well thought out. Her writing proves she seriously knows her stuff, and her attention to detail is second to none- which can only mean hours is scrolling time and an urge to just get out there and explore with your camera.


Twenty year old Sheri is the uber talented and doubly gorgeous lady behind, ‘Just Blog It All Instead‘. Her blog is a sunny mix of gorgeously girlie outfits (she knows her floral prints, ladies), perfectly photographed blue skied adventures by the sea, must have recent buys, beauty tips and tricks all wrapped up with Sheri’s beautiful smile. If you fancy getting lost in a fuzzy warm feeling blog, then I seriously suggest you head over here pronto!

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