I am so delighted to introduce the lovely Olivia Purvis of the ever-wonderful blog, What Olivia Did. Liv is a fashion-focused blogger with a love for yummy food, good tunes, and always looking effortlessly stylish. She is a familiar blogger face in her current home of London – having starred in a campaign for fashion store Mod Dolly, and nabbing not one – but two Cosmopolitan awards. The thing that always strikes me about Olivia (besides her witty writing and general all-round loveliness) is how incredible her hair is – seriously, just look at those waves! Another reason for me to adore Liv? We’ve even styled the same dress! If you fancy learning more about this charming and talented lady – then read ahead. (You might even discover some of her trusty hairdo secrets. Reason enough, eh!)
Firstly, let’s talk about your gorgeous mane! Does is take any special tricks to get hair as wavy and effortless as yours?
Oh you! Not particularly, my hair is naturally very thin (you’d be surprised) so it’s mainly just curled with some cheap but fail-safe straighteners, back brushed a little and lathered in hairspray – eek!
You seem to cover absolutely everything on your blog – whether it’s food, fashion, or just all-round fun! What are some of your biggest tips for finding inspiration?
Probably just get out there and see the world! It’s amazing what a visit to town, or picking up your favourite magazine can do. I also like to read other blogs for inspiration, or spend a little time (hours) on Pinterest.
Being a blogger, you must spent a whole lot of time browsing the internet. Do you have any particular favourite blogs or websites at the moment?
Oh goodness, a little too much time! I don’t think I could possibly single out any favourite blogs – as I have so many, all of who are so varied. I love spending time on Pinterest however, and love the Lula Scrapbook. My reading list (although a little out of date can be found here.
It must have been such an exciting moment when you won the Cosmopolitan ‘Best New Blog’ award in 2011. What other exciting opportunities has blogging brought for you?
Oh goodness yes! I still can’t quite believe it, but it’s amazing, and so flattering to know people read my little blog. It’s brought so many – I’ve been so lucky. From meeting people who I can call some of my close friends, going to the theatre, to several music festivals (and Wales!) and coming in Highly Commended for Social Savvy blog at this years Cosmo awards too! I’ve also managed to appear in Company and Lionheart magazine, and work with a few of my favourite brands – so surreal!
It’s no secret that you love music. Can you share some of your favourite musicians that we should we listening out for?
Oh don’t get me started! After fashion (or maybe on par) is music, and I’m constantly on the lookout for amazing new music. At the moment I’m loving Haim (SO MUCH), Temples (ones to watch), Peace, Palma Violets, Alt-J, Frank Ocean, Solange and Tame Impala.
Brr, it’s winter over in the UK! What is your go-to outfit for staying warm and looking chic?
I don’t know if I’ve quite mastered the warm AND chic look (hey, I try) but I currently love bundling up in an oversized boyfriend coat, chunky knit scarf, bobble hat (or furry Cossack hat), distressed jeans and biker boots – all with a slick of lipstick of course!
And finally – what’s next for What Olivia Did in 2013?
Hopefully just trying to keep writing a blog that I love, and have people enjoy it too – anything else is a bonus!