ootd | dancing a catchy rhythm, singing a happy song

December 27, 2013

| jumper and midi skirt = ark clothing |
I'd just like to start this blog post by wishing you all a merry Christmas, hope you all got everything you wished for and ate too much, just like me. The pictures above depict a fatter Olivia, who spent too much time eating and not enough time exercising. Hopefully I'm not the only one who's pigged out over Christmas, because if I am it'll make me feel bad. Boo.  
I'm wearing a tartan midi skirt (you can't deny tartan is the best thing in the world) from Ark, and even though it is a little bit long and a little bit too stretchy, I like it. When I'm a bit thinner (or what I was before the mince pies were brought out) it'll look lovely. Well I hope it will, anyway. 

I'm also wearing a super cosy and snuggly cropped jumper, also from Ark. Because it's a pastel blue, it'll be ok to wear on those chilly spring days where the suns shining but not exactly releasing heat.... boo. That justified the price for me, because at £30 it was a little expensive, especially as I'm skint from buying millions of christmas presents.
Did you eat too much over Christmas like me, and did you get anything nice?
Lots of love,
Olivia x 

ootd | we're looking like stars in here, lets light it up

December 23, 2013

| dress = ark clothing |
The dress I'm pictured in above is from the new collection at Ark Clothing, and is beautiful. I think it's meant to be a short, skin tight mini dress which would (for normal people) be suitable for nights out on the town, but because of my shortness I'm able to wear it on a normal day as the hemline is a little bit lower than it would be on an 'average' person - haha!
If you haven't had a chance to visit an Ark store yet, I'd recommend it. As well as stocking their own 'made by Ark' clothing, they've teamed up with brands such as Motel Rocks and Fred Perry to stock their clothing too. I've had a store on my local high street for as long as I can remember, and have appreciated it for years because of the cheap but well made clothes - and the accessories! Everything in there is a little bit whacky and different to what you'd expect to see in stores such as Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, where the stock is all a bit samey. I've got my eye on a couple of tie dye tees which have gone into the sale online, so all I need now is funds! Oh, girls just wanna have funds... *starts singing*
I do apologise for the lack of #ootd's at the moment, I have a bunch of photos saved onto my phone of outfits but I just either haven't had time to put them onto the computer or have had other brainwaves for posts so the pics have just kinda.. sat there. Oops. I also apologise for the dreaded hashtag, I think in future I'll leave them to Company magazine because we all know they love them! (meow)
Have you ever visited an Ark store or had 'short girl' problems?
Please let me know!
Love, Olivia x

life's like a box of chocolates

December 20, 2013

Todays post is just me rambling and trying to get my brain sorted. Expect lots of disjointed paragraphs which you may find vaugly entertaining and slightly weird. I kinda wanted to make sure my drafts page was empty before 2014 because I feel like 2014 will be a life changing year for me and I really want to start afresh. Normal posting will resume soon. *pinky promise* So without further ado, a little delve into the mind of Olivia....
Written November 20th 2013
I've decided to read a lot more, especially meaty and gritty books which aren't all fluffy and light like my usual reading (which is Company magazine and the TV guide - I recommend What's On TV.) I've chosen to read the book "Girlfriend in a Coma" by Douglas Coupland, which from the blurb seems to be right up my street and one that will leave me with lots of unanswered questions, a great (not so) light relief from coursework and writing essays! It's about a girl is put into a coma to wake up 30 years later trying to live in a world that has moved on. It's sad, but life isn't always one big joke. 
Written November 26th 2013
I've also chosen to reread the George Orwell classic 1984, which I loved first time round because of all the ideas that in my little opinion tie in so well with the world right now. I mean, even Girls a Aloud had a single kinda centered around it. That isn't the reason I'm reading it. Promise. 
Written November 12th 2013
I've started creating playlists. Yay. They're just little personal ones with a dozen or so tracks each on them, but they're all centred around a theme so when I'm feeling down, I pick my depressive theme and when I'm happy I pick my happy ones. I also have one named Independence which has tracks like Boy by Little Mix and Ain't No Hat For That by Robin Thicke. There's a little kid right at the beginning who just says in such a cute voice 'ain't no hat fo' thattttt' and he's so cute and aw. The main reason I love that song right there.

Written December 8th 2013
You know when you're so stressed out everything becomes funny? At the moment I'm meant to be sat reading books about Russia and Russian people and I usually love reading about it because Russian people were interesting like 100 years ago but I just don't want to read it right now. Hence me writing this now because I'm a proper little procrastinator and if I do this I don't have to do the thing I'm meant to be doing. For tomorrow. Oh I'm stupid.

Written December 12th 2013
I've just realised I've got more Bloglovin followers than usual, which is amazing because that means that at least 24 of you are reading this on a regular basis. Hi to my regulars! (I sound like a pub I know) My readers seem to be interested in one topic I write about but then not the next, which is kind of weird because I think seem to write about the same kind of thing all the time and I don't want to get bored myself and I defo don't want you to get bored either. Please tell me in the comments box if I'm boring you and what you like to see me write about etc etc. And then I'll see what I can do. I'll be like Bob the Builder CAN WE FIX IT YES WE CAN kinda thing. Yay.

What kind of things do you find in your 'draft posts' folder? Are they as weird as mine?
Love Olivia x

review | little mix salute

December 16, 2013


Thanks to Simon Cowell and the amazing four girls that are Jade, Jesy, Leigh Anne and Perrie, Little Mix have become massive over the past year. Their first album, DNA, was a smash on both sides of the pond, and their second album, Salute seems to be going the same way. I was lucky enough to buy myself a signed version before they sold out (yay) so here's my review of the "best pop album of the year" according to the Sun! 

Salute is a great opening and reminds me of Beyonce's Run The World, with all the carnival sounds playing through it. It certainly would get me up on my feet dancing and continues the theme of GIRL POWER that was running through their debut. 

Move is a track that you've all probably heard by now, it's a mish mash of sounds which I'm still unsure about whether they fit together but it's damn catchy so yeah, it's good. Get your back off the wall, don't ya get comfortable... 

Little Me is the girls second single from the album, and is an uptempo ballad. I love the message running through it but if I'm perfectly honest, it should have stayed an album track because it doesn't really sound chart friendly and is really only there to make the Mixers happy. Tell her she's beautiful, wonderful etc etc 

Nothing Feels Like You has a great opening and a really catchy beat moving through it. I love Jesy and I felt like she shined so much in this track. Aw. 
Towers is another ballad, but I quite like this one. It's not memorable at all and reminds me so much of ballads on sone of The Saturdays' albums, but it makes me smile which is a good thing I guess. 

Competition is next. I LOVE IT! Me and my friend Beth always sing this one to each other "I say it once, you say it twice, you know I like a bit of competition from time to time..." It's one of the best tracks on the album but I don't think it's single material. Yay. 
These Four Walls is the proper ballad of the album. The tear jerking stringy one. You may of heard the girls performing it on Suprise Suprise where they were amazing and if you say they can't sing live, your wrong. Just listen to this track please. 

About the Boy has such a great opening and has lots of swagger. Maybe they've been taking tips from Cher Lloyd (my phone changed that to Cher Alloys hahaha) - their swaggers in check! *starts to sing*

Boy is kinda acapella (they'll have aca babies I know it) and showcases their voices and aw I love it. And it includes a line that says AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT - google it please if you haven't seen the video before hahaha 

Good Enough is yet another ballad and it's one I listen to when I'm in a depressive mood. It's even on my sad playlist on ITunes along with lots of sad Marina Diamondis and Lana Del Ray tracks. Cry. 

Mr Loverboy is practically a polar opposite to Good Enough, so much that it's on my happy playlist! Yay. I boogie around the room every time this comes on. You wish you were me, promise. 

A Different Beat is the last track on the normal album, and is a great happy upbeat ending. It basically finishes where Salute started off. Just keep matching to a different beat and be yourself is the message it says, and I hope the girls finish the tour with this track because it's amazing. Aw. 

And there you have it, my fave tracks would probably be A Different Beat, Salute, Competition and Boy. And when I'm upset, Good Enough. But I'm not upset right now, I'm actually very happy (and meant to be revising) so it's not in my faves which may make you upset but it doesn't make me. Isn't that a mind blagger for a morning?! Anyway, I'm off. See you in a couple of days!
Love Olivia x

favourites | november edition

December 13, 2013

November's such a funny month isn't it? Everybody seems to just sit there in their cosy jumpers and wooly knits but can't really do anything Christmassy because it's too early. So I end up sitting there and drinking hot chocolate and watching family movies with the fam (while eating food again) but by the time it comes to Christmas I'm sick of eating and watching movies so it's rather annoying. I never know what to do. Anyway, ramble over and here's what I've been doing and loving in November.

I went to see Catching Fire on Monday (if you say the hunger games two I have permission to scream at you) and it was bloody amazing. Me and Tara sat on the back row as you do, munching on popcorn and swooning over Peeta Mellark - apologies if this comes up as smell ark because my predictive text really does have some of the weirdest ideas! Hopefully he doesn't smell. Or he smells good, like David Beckham. Oooh. But back to Catching Fire, it was the best film I've seen all year, made the One Direction movie look nothing within two minutes and had great acting in from all involved. I'm even planning on going to see it again, and I never go for repeat viewings of a movie. Unless it's Mean Girls, but that doesn't count.
This month has centered around the big day, the 25th of December. Even though it isn't actually happening for agessss, every supermarket has started to bring out their turkeys and in turn, their Christmas adverts. Personally, my favourite this year is Morrisons' offering (although that may be because I do like a bit of Declan Donneley) haha! I don't really see why there's been such a big hooha about the John Lewis advert mind, the best bit about it for me is the background music! I don't understand how the advert will make people pick John Lewis over Next for example, but I might just not be actually getting it. Hm. Please can somebody write in the comments what the real meaning of it is because I really am intreigued to find out. *hint hint hint*
I also bought the Little Mix album (expect review soon!) which was also bloody amazing and has some great little stompers in. My fingers are crossed that I'm able to get tickets for them in concert, but if I don't I'll be stalking the Sheffield Arena facebook page a few days before because they always seem to offer the front row like a day before the gig. Mad, I know. In other CD news, I ordered the Robin Thicke and Olly Murs album too. I really hope I have enough money to last me now hahahaha, compact discs aren't cheap anymore you know :(
How was your November?
Love Olivia x

the sunshine award |

December 09, 2013

I got a lovely message from Megan ('meganruthxo') last week telling  me that she had nominated for a "sunshine award," which is given out to bloggers who are "positive" and who "creatively inspire others in the blogosphere," which I thought was really cute and kind of humbling! I mean me nominated for an award?! Who'd have thought it. It might only be little but good things come in small packages and all of that... 
When you are nominated for this award, you are meant to share eleven facts about yourself, answer eleven questions, nominate eleven bloggers and write eleven questions for eleven other people to answer. That's one hell of a lot of elevens. So here we go!
What is one food you couldn't live without? That would have to be potatoes. They can be made into anything and everything. Or broccoli.
Would you rather have a good makeup day or a good hair day? Make up day because my hair couldn't look nice if it tried *sobs*
Favourite fashion trend for A/W? TARTAN! I've gone completely overboard and bought everything tartan that you possibly could, but I don't care (I love it)
Where's the best place you've ever been? Disneyland! No contest.
Worst fashion/beauty mistake you've ever made?Backcombed hair every single day. My hair still isn't the same and probably will never be, which is sad. 
Favourite Nail Varnish? I have a pale pink one from MUA, the cheap Superdrug brand. Most of you would probably say the brush is waaaay too small and that the colour isn't strong enough, but I have unsteady hands as it is so the little brushes suit me. Yay. 
What was your most recent purchase? A chip butty in Morrisons yesterday. Living the student life #yolo 
Favourite pizza topping? Either super supreme without the olives or just plain old vegetable. Complete opposite ends of the spectrum haha. 
What are you most looking forward to in winter? Drinking way too many cups of hot chocolate and having a valid excuse. It's cold alright? 
Do you have any talents? Nope. *cries* 
Why did you start blogging? I was always a big reader of blogs, my favourite always used to be This Must Be Pop because she used to introduce all of these new, talented artists months before anybody else. It was through her that I got to know who Parade were (of turn it up louder, louderrrrrrrr fame) and then I decided to create my own. Little did I know that 2 years down the line I would have had 3 blogs, deleted two of them and have people actually reading this blog. Aw. 
I nominate milkte4, coloursandcarousels, theweekendertrender, gingerlypale, hiddenbeauty, funfairsandfairydust (oh god I can't think of anymore) and I would like you guys to answer the same questions I answered because they're very very good - thanks Megan - and I think it'd be nice to compare your answers to mine, like see who also likes Morrisons cafe food and who is also untalented like me. I'd be nice to have a talent *cries again*
Adios amigas!
Olivia x

prize | card games make me smile

December 06, 2013

(apologies for the photos not coming out properly, I have yet to work out how to use my new camera)
A few weeks back I recieved a parcel from Charlotte, who runs the amazing fashion and lifestyle blog Colours and Carousels. Now, my parcels and letters are usually really boring and they usually only include bank statements and adverts from local takeaways, but this one was good and therefore I needed to write about it.
The parcel I recieved include a pack of playing cards, but these weren't any average playing cards with boring diamonds on or anything - they were blogger playing cards! Yep, these cards showcased what it was to be a blogger in the United Kingdom. Flying the flag for us again (sorry if I reminded you of the Eurovision track oops)
Charlotte is a lovely girl who I have serious blog envy of. Her blog design is amazing, her pictures are so bright and airy and make me want to visit or have every single thing she posts about, and her music taste is perf. I mean, who has both Oasis and Lorde in the same playlist and isn't awesome?
I tested these cards out with one of my friends and I hate to say it, but I WON! (if I'm perfectly honest I don't hate to say it at all I love winning at things because it isn't the taking part that counts at all) I don't usually win at things except Monopoly when I'm the banker so it was a nice suprise to win something. As I'm never going to win anything at sports. *hides from flying footballs*
I have a review coming up of the new FaceB4 facewashes and getting rid of spots things, so you'll be seeing that soon. Sadly, it was a bit sh!t and my face came out with 5000000000 spots which made me look lovely when I woke up. Aw.
Have you ever won anything in a competition and if so, what did you win? (I'm nosey alright)

desert island essentials

December 02, 2013

Hi guys, long time no see! As you can probably tell, I've kinda deserted my little place on the internet for the past week or so, just because I've had so many other things occupying my time. I've been rushed off my feet with 'teenager stuff' (which did include too many trips to Costa for my bank balance) and even though I've currently got five posts saved in my drafts, not a single one of them have come close to fruition recently. Which makes me sad.

I thought I'd give you a chance to read the post I was involved in over at Charlottes blog, she runs a series called Desert Island Essentials and asks bloggers six very important questions about how they'd survive. I also noticed that the name of the series does spell out DIE which made me laugh, even if it was unintentional. (was it Charlotte?)

On your lovely little desert island you find an Ipod, however it can only hold 5 songs - which five songs would you choose?
This is such a hard decision! I'll probably regret this list as soon as I get there if I'm honest...
I'll Stand by You - Girls Aloud
Live in the Country - Girls Aloud (can you tell I'm a Girls Aloud fan)
Dance with Me Tonight - Olly Murs
Things We Lost in the Fire - Bastille
Move - Little Mix because right now it is stuck in my head and it probably will never leave - haha!

Surprisingly, there is also a TV on the island! But, you can only pick one movie or TV show to watch for your time here, what would you choose?

Coronation Street because there'll be a never ending amount of episodes to watch - you see, tactical thinking here!

Before you were stranded you were carrying a book, what one book would you want to have on the island with you?

Pop Tart by Kira Coplin or one of the Goddess Guide books. Probably Pop Tart.

Obviously, you’re not going to be left to starve. If you could only have 1 meal and 1 drink a day what would it be?

A roast dinner with all the trimmings, yum! And probably Diet Coke to drink because everybody needs caffeine.

When stranded on your island what would your must have beauty essential be?

Cleansing wipes so I can take all the dirt off my face while being nice to my skin, because you never know what's going to be lurking under the sea so I don't want to wash my face in there...

Everywhere has WiFi these days, right? Well your island does! However you are limited to one blog and one YouTube channel - who would you choose?

For the blog I'd have to support my fellow Olivia and choose www.whatoliviadid.com, not only does she have beautiful posts, she also updates regularly which would be a godsend, because I guess I'll get rather bored and lonely on this island! The Youtube channel would have to be Zoella just because I don't watch any other Youtubers that often... that's really bad isn't it!?
And there you have it! I've made a promise to myself to update more often from now on because I really do enjoy writing and designing my little part of the world wide web and it shouldn't be pushed to the side. Hopefully there'll be a post on Friday. You can view the original Desert Island Essentials post here and follow me on Bloglovin here.
Love Olivia x

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