Monday, 27 December 2010

Shining and New.

After playing round with the HTML and editing my photo on picnik.com, I finally realised taking AS Computing does actually have its use. At my school, one must take some sort of computer based course for GCSE and after much debate, I opted for the AS course on computing. I often found myself thinking, but when will this ever come in use throughout my classes and now, I have found the answer! I really felt it was time Union Olivia had a little re-vamp, just in time for the New Year, and began first with a new title and image. I felt a little glamour and decadence was needed, so snapped at a newly erected chandelier in my house with my Nikon et voila... That's one of my favourite things about this time of year; all the lights which seem to transform even the most plain to the opulent.
What I wore
Black Brogues - Office
Pink Ankle Socks - M&S
Black Trousers - Zara
Black Corset - Thrifted Moschino
Pink Shirt - Topshop
Black Jacket - ?

Here we are at Westfield, just leaving, as snow began to fall. It was a lovely day, (sadly no wearable purchases were made - only some necessary make up) and to step outside at the end of the day into the freezing temperatures to be met with thousands of lights creating an impossibly starry sky was just the vanilla icing on the raspberry and white chocolate 'bombe' cake. 


Sadly I have been bed bound for the second day and have been unable to hit the sales... In store, that is. However, I have already made my first purchase at trusty old ASOS: a pair of knitted khaki shorts. I have been feeling a little bit starved of bottom halves recently, especially since all my shorts are vintage and hence come with the indicative size issues, so these, in my size, fit the bill perfectly. 

So, after now reading this post and absorbing and hopefully getting used to the new layout, what do you think? You made any sale purchases yet?

UO x

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Christmas.

Christmas is here, it is almost the New Year and, my goodness, I have missed blogging (I have even been so terrible as to not read any of your lovely blogs for such a while). But, anyway, I am back and hopefully better than ever! Haha! I have such a lot to update you with, but first things first; Christmas.


Regalo numero uno.


This fabulous little number, a Nikon D3100, was half the reason I stopped blogging and wholly my inspiration to start again. After asking for a shiny new massive camera with a cool lens for Christmas and having a little break from UO, I just could not bring myself to do another post knowing it could be adorned with those higher quality, perfectly focused, perhaps with a blurry background, images that I see in all your blogs. And well, now I have been generously purchased one by Santa, I immediately clicked on that dusty old bookmark 'blogger.com' sitting untouched underneath the address bar for too long a time! 


Otros regalos.


A smattering of make up, dress, shoes, Rihanna tickets... Yes, my beautiful Lucy, very generously bought them for me! Aaah, so excited!... DVDs and other lots of gorgeous bits and bobs. Hope everyone else got what they wanted! Most importantly though, I hope you all had a lovely day, a delicious Christmas dinner and enjoyed your company.



What I wore
Party Hat - Christmas Cracker
Brownie Shirt - Topshop
Black Sequined Skirt - Zara
Gold Polka Dot Socks - GAP
Leopard Print Shoes - River Island


We'd planned to spend the day at Richmond Park, come back for some turkey then head off to friends for festive games... But those plans soon turned to dust when we all woke up with colds! Instead, we chose to put our feet up all day, save for eating lunch, and watch a little bit of Christmas bit of television and Step Up 3. Today, I managed to catch some of High Society and Nanny McPhee (how I love Christmas television!)


Merry Christmas everyone!


UO x

Monday, 1 November 2010

For Roz.

Dearest Roz,

I am so thrilled to hear you are out of hospital and thankfully well enough to post again. What you have been through must have been really hard, but you have managed to go through it with such poise and grace, though I am very sorry to learn of the slight complication after the op, that must have just been very unpleasant for you, especially on top of everything else. But from now on, I have you make a seamless and rapid recovery.

So, it was today, the day before I go back to school, when I was feeling like I had had  enough of doing my art coursework and was going into my kitchen draw when I spotted my pair of little sewing scissors which I had been looking for ever since I had got the email from you, a few months back, asking me to participate in blogging experiment. (please click here for Roz's explanation of this novel idea and how to get involved) It made me think to myself, 'Gosh, now I feel silly complaining about simply art coursework when some people have far more important problems.' but then... 'I can finally show my support and hopefully be part of the bigger effort to help you feel better!'

So, here is my contribution to your innovative and inspiring project...

I went for a purple ribbon and leopard print scruffy bow because I am really getting into the whole "glam grunge" thing... Glamorous ribbon and leopard print - Grungey frays and colour.

So, go! Go visit Roz and get involved in this experiment... Hopefully it will spread across the blogosphere!

UO x


Thursday, 21 October 2010

Chinatown.

Sunday 17th of October 2010 was the birthday of one of my girls, Charlie! For her birthday, thirteen of us ventured up to Chinatown for a meal. After missing our first train, we left a half an hour late, but were still on time so did not miss our reservation luckily. We sat down on a large round table; round tables are always best, so you can all see eachother and allows whole table conversation. Then, came the task of ordering. As you can imagine, ordering dishes to share for thirteen people was a mammoth task, especially with the slight language barrier with the waiters! But, we soon had our list written on the back of an envelope, with the total reached, within our budget. Now, I always find at Chinese restaurants that the ordering can go one of two ways 1) FAR TOO MUCH or 2) not enough. However, this time, suprisingly, we got it bang on!


Feeling pleasantly full, we popped across the road on our way home to an oriental sweet shop. I picked up some delicous strawberry Pockey and managed to steal a few of my friend's different sweeties. Is it just me, or do foreign chocolate and sweets always taste better? It must be something to do with them being semi-exclusive and flown from a different country that just makes them that little bit cooler! Haha!

We decided we were not quite ready for home yet and did a little detour to Leicester Square, had a little walk round, gawped at Ben and Jerry's, had our picture taken with a foreign man and hot footed it home for X Factor.

What I wore:
Leopard Print Boots - Zara
Fluffy Socks - Topshop
(these are a new buy from the other day and
I just absolutely love them.
It feels like I am wearing snow!)
Skirt - Gifted, H&M
Shirt - Topshop
Leopard Print Jacket - ?
Earrings - Gifted

As Christmas is coming up (in about 2months, but hey, it is never too early to be thinking about Christmas) I am seriously hoping for a new camera... But to persuade my dad to actually buy me one, I need to approach him with a proper idea of what I want. All I know is, I want one of those big ones with the lenses. Now, I know you all have incredible photographs on your blog and I would love to know what you take them with, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

UO x


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Minimalist.

As I said in my previous post, I went to see my lovely and talent friend Jodie in her dance show, what is now, a couple of weekends ago. After managing to miss our stop, but thankfully getting their on time, my friends and I had a wonderful time at the theatre and thoroughly enjoyed the show! But, as promised, here is my outfit...

A few weeks ago, when the weather started to turn and the leaves started to fall, it was time to get out those overflowing clothes bags from the loft. Each year, my mother brings them out and I never fail to find a few things to add to my winter wardrobe. This time, it was the coat and dress I am wearing! The dress is a perfect camel shift, ideal for this A/W, and captures the minimalist trend effortlessly (ie. without spending!), as does this grey oversized jacket. I paired it with my updated summer clogs and thick woolen socks. Plus, lest we should forget, this is me, so I cannot go all minimalistic and had to add some pattern with a leopard print bag and some sparkle with my new earrings.

UO x

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Fifteen.

The celebrations of my fifteenth birthday have been and gone and the return of school is more ominous than ever it seems at the moment. But for now, I have this post and all my gorgeous birthday goodies to remind me of my fabulous weekend...

Let's start from the beginning... Friday night, two days before the big one-five, was my party; a few friends round to celebrate the almost-occassion;
Saturday consisted, first of all, of cleaning as quite a few more friends turned up after this civilised looking ladies and my house was left a little dirty, as it has been raining that whole day and everything was a little bit muddy. But, I soon left my father scrubbing the conservatory floor on his hands and knees to watch my friend in her dance show... Outfit post later.

Then, the day finally came around and I was fifteen... One of my first acts was to open my presents!

Very happy with these beauties; I am was in need of some flat shoes and these do the trick perfectly. 

Then this interesting rust coloured cropped number was unfurled and I can't wait to layer it up with the weather turning colder...


Sorry... But what is that poking in the corner there?...

No, your eyes are not fooling you... Vintage Burberry from two very generous stylish friends...
There were quite a few more absolutely lovely presents which I wish I could post to you but simply do not have enough time to photograph! But thank you so much to every single one of you.

To celebrate, with my family plus special guest Lucy, The Treasure Chest, we ventured to an restaurant unbeknownst to me, in Richmond/Kew, named Rock and Rose. I had heard only but praise about this apparently remarkably chic eating establishment and could not wait to set eyes on it for the first time... And my gosh, were my hopes exceeded...




Saved the best to last is the incredible leopard print blouse I am wearing, which was actually made by the wonderful girl standing next to me...


Fabulous weekend with food, family and friends!

UO x

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Wish List.

With my fifteenth birthday near approaching, one week to be precise, I have suddenly found a new lease of life concerning clothes because this time (well, in seven days) I can actually afford them - or at least some of them!
So, I was quick to draw up a birthday list to present to my parents, with the help of the two new online shopping websites; H&M and Zara, just in time.

This was my favourite find on the new H&M online shopping website. I really love blouses at the moment and I thought this looked pretty perfect. The only downside is I have not seen it in store, so you can never know what it really looks like! However, when I was in store the other day, I found the most incredible pair of camel coloured, high waisted trousers which was exactly what I had been looking for! But unfortunately they are nowhere to be found on the website so I cannot share them with you... Until an outfit post later!


Zara had loads of knits in this season's colours that I just adored! The first mustard 60s cable knit shift and the maxi chunky knit dress with polar neck are just some of the fabulous A/W finds of the Zara website. They have really outdone themselves this season with winter woolies.
Now, I have been wearing heels too much, for too long and am in desperate need of some flat shoes (the only ones I have are some look-a-like Dr Martens from Brighton a couple of years ago) and these loafers are exactly what I am looking for. I love the burgundy colour!


This hat, which Lucy from Treasure Chest, spied in M&S this morning is so gorgeous. A perfect replacement for my Urban Outfitters hat I lost during the summer which was the same shape. Also, as we both love leopard print, the little tie around the bow gives it an edge...

My most favourite is the incredible Brownie's Shirt from Topshop Unique. Sorry for the awful image quality, but I promise you, it is to die for!

What are you lusting after this A/W?

UO x

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Clothes Swap.

With the first of September, came a day greatly anticipated by myself and the other attendees throughout the Summer; The Clothes Swap, organised by Lucy, of Treasure Chest. A day of clothes and swapping was to be had by all, with the added bonus of delicious lemon loaf, chocolate chip cookies and black bottom cupcakes (all home baked, of course). I took along six items of clothing; an array of jumpers, tops and skirts which were just simply not to my taste anymore, which I am happy to say all found new owners. In return, I picked up these goodies...

Firstly, a sheer dusty blue shift dress, with cream detailing and buttons, which Jenni, from A School Girl's Lunchbox, had kindly brought to be swapped. I also tried it on backwards and, although it prohibited all normal arm movement, it looked pretty good that way too...

A perfect pleated brown woolen skirt, also from Jenni, which I managed to sneak away from under a large pile of skirts, to try on before anyone else, also from Jenni...

A leopard print dress - which I just so happened to be looking for - which luckily fit well...

And finally, a grey marl corset, from The Treasure Finder herself!

It was beautiful sunny day, which left me feeling elated; who would have thought you could get gorgeous clothes and, in the meantime, make space in your closet, for free (minus the small entrance fee which went toward Lucy's World Challenge Fund)?! Plus pick up a brand new, beautiful pencil case... but more on that later...
Have you attended a Clothes Swap recently? Did you feel you got a good deal on the clothes you gave in?

UO x

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Jacket #3, #4 & #5.

Back at school now, which means more structure and hence more blogging time. My holidays seemed to pass in a whirlwind and I did not have any spare time. But now, with the month of September, comes with, not more free time, but just structure, in which I can finally fit blogging in to! But more on school later...

Something which I had been pretty busy with over the holidays, was making my jackets. I have now come up with four more designs, three of which will be featured today (I am not allowed to blog about the fourth one at the moment, but all will become clear in due course...)

The first, I loved so much, and actually is now apparently a necessity in my wardrobe, so I am hence making one for myself, is #3.


This was the most complicated design I had ever attempted, and after a few more hours than usual, I was happy with the result! Leopard print jacket, with marron rose edging to the sleeves and a purple and marroon checked lapel with hook and eye fastening. Structed shape and hangs well once on. I also made another, with the same design, in a beige material, different checked lapel and carmel rose edging which was sold before I could take a photo!

Jacket #4 arrived after I spotted this most fabulous material in my local fabric shop. I have already snapped up a few metres so as to not have the same problem as I did with my first jacket; the material was discontinued!


Black material with material discs attached. I made this one a larger size than I usually do so it could be over-sized and ruffley, which is how I like it.

Jacket #5 is perfect for this A/W and I already have three orders... (Yes yes, they may be from my mother and two close friends, but orders are orders!)
It is a thick wooly fabric of bottle green, navy and matte gold with a short body and huge bell sleeves. Note, in this picture I have not seamed the sleeve yet.

So again, these are all for sale, at the price of £20 plus p+p, so if you are interested please contact me at olivia.isabella@hotmail.com All proceeds go towards funding my World Challenge trip to Croatia!

UO x

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Crete.

Hello all, back from Crete and Bournemouth now. I have got quite a busy schedule before we go back to school, so I will update as regularily as I can, I promise. Today, I will leave you with some holiday snaps as I have not got much time at the moment...







Just a snippet of a brilliant scrapbook-worthy holiday as we managed to pack so much in to a week, it seemed... Yoga, water aerobics, visiting the near by town which was truly beautiful but with incredibly modern and trendy bars, jet skiing, water skiing, pulled a long on an inflatable, beach parties... The list seemed endless! Plus, a whole lot of tanning time! Apologies if you have seen the outfits before; Holiday, you know how it is.
No photos from Bournemouth as I decided to actively ban them; I had had enough, I felt.

Hope all your summers are going fabulously! Make the most of your final few weeks!

UO x