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!

Lifestyle Style

What Olivia Did in 2013

(YES! Finally a post where my blog name has it’s big moment)

I’m not normally one for horoscopes (read: I totally am but try to steer away in order for them not to govern my life)- but at the beginning of this year I had a read at my ELLEscope for the year (totally fashwun); and it declared 2013 to be a year of travel. Now, I know there are about a million and one other Gemini’s out there who probably were to hop on a plane this year (no really, I think I have this star sign thing sussed); but looking back- there was something pretty correct about that the whole travel thing they were on to. On top of that, it’s strange how looking through ones Instagram photos can provoke so much emotion (and make you realise how often your phone is snapping away at things)- and I can’t quite get to grips with how fortunate I’ve been this year, with the friends I’ve made, places I’ve been and experiences I’ve had- it’s quite overwhelming (definitely shed a tiny tear) and I can’t thank you all for following the year with me! On to the round up!

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When Joe and I booked a mini break to Paris this February, I certainly didn’t imagine it to be the first of four trips I’d pay this year (my mind is blown too)- let alone the start of a year of continent hopping and braving a fear of flying. As well as getting to know my own city a little better, May bought trips to Brighton for The Great Escape festival- followed by a festival filled June at both the Isle of Wight fest and my first ever Glastonbury. July saw a flying visit to Switzerland’s Lake Lugano and my first family holiday in about 4 years to Ibiza, both seeing family and getting some well deserved chill-out time. August saw my first visit to Cardiff (everyone is so lovely) followed by an incredible trip to Las Vegas where I spoke at one of the worlds biggest trade shows, and met some incredible people- I’m still a little in awe.
Since then I’ve been back to Wales’ and France’s fine capitals, and simply can’t get over it all. Crikey indeed!

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Music: Carrie said to me recently ‘you’re always at gigs’- and without being that person, I think it’s quite an accurate comment (girl is always right). Although it might sound a bit dorky, there’s nothing greater than seeing a good band live, and nothing more satisfying than discovering a new band or artist, and following them through the year. Whether it’s queuing up at 8am for wristbands at Rough Trade (Haim, you were worth it), RT-ing every shop account in order to get Arctic Monkeys iTunes tickets- or wading through mud to get to The Park Stage on time- every single time was completely worth it- and I’m excited to see what sounds 2014 brings.

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Food: Oh my god Liv- you like food? Who knew! If you follow my Instagram (be it for a minute or a year) you’ll know I’m a big fan of the stuff- and this year saw me eating a little more than just pasta too (although even when in Switzerland, I did manage to find my faithful Spag Puttanesca dinner- YES)! 2013 saw a lot of burgers (forever an Honest gal), a couple of steaks (I’m coming round to them- don’t ask why it’s taken so long), more money spent on baking ingredients then I care to admit online (every macaron and brownie was worth it) and even trying soup again (and having not eaten anything else for lunch since). Here’s to another year filled with good food and broadening my pasta-consumed pallet.

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People: First things first, the above collage certainly isn’t everyone that’s made this year what it’s been (sadly flicking through my year in Insta snaps made me realise I didn’t have any/many snaps with some of my closest pals and family) BUT these people know who they are and I’m pretty sure that’s the main thing. Without a doubt I have the best family and friends out there, and can’t get over how fortunate I’ve been to be surrounded by such a supportive, caring, downright hilarious and wonderful bunch this year. From the Purvis gang, my main ladies and Joe, direct family (and getting to see my wonderful cousins who sadly live across the pond) and getting to know some new lovely people more- I can only say a massive thank you to them for making 2013 such a special year- you gems!

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Fashion: Surely a fashion blog wouldn’t be complete without a fashion and shopping round up category? Not only did this year see my ickle blog winning ‘Best Established Fashion Blog’ at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards (omgomgomg), investing in my most saved up purchase ever (cat shoe love), facing that I was addicted to Chung- as well as working with some of my favourite brands and appearing in a couple of magazines (AND TEEN VOGUE)- (it never gets any less surreal)- I can safely say this corner of the internet had a massive proud moment happy dance this year and I can’t quite believe it. Also- without sounding gushy (WARNING: This could get a little emotive) I’d like to say a continuous and massive thank you to everyone that still visits WOD (fancy abbreviations there) and continues to tweet, comment, like and read every post, awkward pose or silly waffle- it means the absolute world to me, and no matter how many ‘is blogging dead?’ articles I read, you can rest assured I’ll keep on rambling over here, as long as you guys keep coming over. So thank you <3 (Nope still not finished…) Amazingly, I’ve already put together a wee list of resolutions for next year that I think may be pretty achievable- and fingers crossed they’ll help 2014 be as special as this year- we shall have to see! Here goes… – Start that Youtube channel that I keep cracking on about. And learn how to edit (lolwishmeluck).
– Think about a little blog redesign- I think I’m the only person that hasn’t changed layout in about 3 years. Oops!
– Watch Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones (and stop being late to every TV party)
– Save for a KitchenAid. Then use it to try out a new recipe every couple of weeks.
– Try and exercise even if it’s just a little- remember, you still have a gym membership.

P.S If you’re still reading you are amazing. Thank you.


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