From The Archive: 2013

With magazine placements on the side, 2013 was the last year I juggled blogging as a side gig. Things get a bit girlier in the style department too, with a lorra love for the sixties and a 'hive!


Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2013


(Dress: C/O Lowie @ ASOS, Shoes: Zara, Bag: C/O Lulu Guinness)

Warning: This post could potentially reach soppiness. It may get gushy, and a little awards speechy- but hey, you’ve been warned.

This time two years ago, I was on the train back to Liverpool University. I remember everything about it so vividly. I’d come down for the weekend, not long after beginning What Olivia Did, to my first ever Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. Much to my complete shock and panic, I came away with Best New Fashion Blog- and I’m pretty sure that evening was one of my favourites ever. After that moment I took this little piece of the internet a lot more seriously, and leaving London to go back to a course I wasn’t particularly enjoying (understatement of the year) wasn’t a fun experience. I remember sitting on the train, frantically writing this post and vowing to keep making this blog as good as I possibly could, all because you lovely people had given me such an opportunity.

Fast forward two years and I found myself eagerly meeting Kim at Waterloo, ready for pizzas and catch ups before an evening of cocktails, cupcakes and serious snapping at The Oxo Tower for the Cosmo Blog Awards 2013.

Now, without being the ‘Oh, I reaaaally didn’t expect to win’ person- I honestly didn’t. Kim and Caroline can fully vouch for how much of a nervous Purvis I was, and did not see my anxious wobble up to collect the award coming from a mile off. Saying that, I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am. To even establish that my parents aren’t the only people who read this corner of the internet is amazing, and to think people actually voted is something else. So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! (Enough now, Liv). To make it a little better, Kim also walked away with a pretty bad-ass award, I got to meet some of my favourite bloggers and babin’ Youtubers and catch up with some of the gorgeous brains behind my favourite mag. Not bad for a Wednesday evening hey?

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2013
P.S Thank you again. Just because you know, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it enough.
P.S The winner of my Missguided shoe giveaway is Jess/Paloma from Cos It’s The Bee’s Knees (you may have to decide between you!)


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