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!


Olivia’s Christmas Gift Guide 2013

I don’t mean to get all Miss World on you, but in total honesty- Christmas present shopping is one of my favourite things to do, and there are few things as lovely as giving something filled with sentiment to someone you love- and knowing they’ll probably love it just as much. I’m the kind of person that tries to listen in carefully whilst on shopping trips way before the big day- keeping out for the important ‘ooh I’d love this!’ However, sometimes, as we all know- it isn’t that easy. There’s always people, who, no matter how close you are- you can never quite hit the nail on the head. But when it comes to trawling the net, or dragging your heels up and down Oxford Street- there’s only so many times it can be done. SO! I’ve tried to do the hard work for you. Ok, this probably won’t cure all of your pressie needs, but I’ve hit my favourite sites (and it’s taken a while) to dig out some of my favourite online treasures- and all in good budget! Happy shopping!


(Afternoon Tea Book, Soap, Pyjamas, Paul & Joe Washbag, Hot Water Bottle, Jo Malone Candle, Alphabet Mugs, Slippers, Diptyque Candle, iPhone Case, Make Up Bag, Pink Bag, Percy Pigs, Necklace)

After looking back on these it seems these are probably just a collection of things I’d treat myself to if I could (hence the, erm pink)- but in all honesty, I’m in love with this selection. With the bag coming in at under £10, and the phone case being one made from my dreams (I like living in London ok?) Plus which girl would say no to a Jo Malone or Liberty Diptyque candle? Exactly.


(Orla Kiely Cushion, Body Creme Selection, Dressing Gown, Cowshed Hand Lotion, Cath Kidston Cutlery, Recipe Book, Make Up Brushes, Estee Lauder Gift Set, Chopping Board, Eyeko Gift Set, Birchbox Subsciption, Diffuser)

A mixture of home ware (can you fault it, if it’s Jamie Oliver?), pamper basics (there are no words as to how amazing the Real Techniques brushes are) and some general treats (ahem, Alexa Chung for Eyeko) are probably what I’d describe as the perfect picks for any mums, friends, sisters or nans in your life. Additionally, it sounds lame, but last year I received the first dressing gown for Christmas that I’ve worn since I was about 7- and it changed my bedtimes (it makes me feel like I’m in a plush hotel- EVERY evening) and that feeling can’t be substituted at Christmas.


(Watch, Backpack, Personalised Cushion, Gardening Kit, Film Print, iPad case, T Shirt, Film Vinyl, Vinyl Player, Kiehls Gift Set, Headphones, Mini Phone Speaker)

I think it’s official that men are the hardest people to buy for. There’s only so many pairs of socks one man can own (even though I saw Joe’s ‘Odd Sock Box’ yesterday and was quite taken aback) but sometimes being uber original is hard. Some of my favourite things from the above are the more personal things- like the cushion you can customize (the cutest) and the film posters, and film soundtracks on vinyl (perfect to pair with a frame from Urban Outfitters). Guys also like techie stuff, so anything that requires charging or a battery should be ok too!


(Mini Hamper, Coffee Maker, Mr & Mrs Print, Popcorn Maker, Initials, Mr & Mrs Mugs, Mini Pie Maker, Mum and Dad Mugs, Lamp)

If you ever need to buy for boyfriends parents, your parents, or a newly married pair these are a few of my favourite wee ideas- including a popcorn maker (because I’m pretty sure EVERY household needs one of these), one of the most reasonable and cool lamps out there- and some gorgeous Emma Bridgewater mugs, because everything that lady creates is beautiful.

I hope these have helped spur on some ideas a little! Happy shopping!


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