Style Stalker | Three Looks From Olivia Palermo

Dear Olivia Palermo, welcome back to The Online Stylist – it’s been a while. I’ve missed you!

Whilst I’m a confirmed no-fuss, COS wearing, monochrome loving minimalist most of the time, it doesn’t mean to say I don’t regularly check up on Ms Palermo via the magic of Pinterest.

Admittedly, most of what Olivia wears only looks so darn good because she is wearing it. She of the slender frame, glossy locks and ability to look good in a bin bag tied with string. I once tried playing Dress Like Olivia and look how that turned out… *insert shame faced emoji here*

Working With Brands | Design Your Own Media Kit

Want to know the blogging question I’m asked the most often? “How DO you go about working with brands?” The short answer would be, how much time do you have…as my answer will be L O N G!

Before the advent of bloggers freely sharing advice on their own blogs, this was definitely the question I asked the most often…both of others and myself! So I thought I’d kick off a new series here in Hints & Tips to cover some of the most common points about working with brands, all broken down into bite sized pieces.

Whether you’re just starting out as a blogger or are a bit more established and ready to take that next step towards generating an income, the question as a whole can honestly feel a bit daunting. I had no clue and so just tried a number of things over the years to see how they worked out.

Some fell flat, some flew and I aim to keep figuring out better approaches and strategies as the landscape continually shifts… but honestly, I don’t see it as a one size fits all secret formula…

The Weekend Starts Here…

I think that’s quite enough for this week. Rain, the dog at the vets for an op, broken central heating and then water dripping down through a light fitting? Yup. We’ll have no more of that!

It’s amazing how quickly January schmizzle can sap your enthusiasm for a fresh start!

And so to the weekend and the application of that famous divide and conquer technique when you have a family but still lots of things to achieve. Saturday is Mr’s DIY day and Sunday is my clean out the closet day – Woot Woot! Can’t wait!

Stepping Out In Side Stripe Trousers

Confession time. I’m in the midst of an ongoing obsession with all things H&M.

This generally surfaces every year around the end of October when I start investigating their online home section for Holiday Season decorations. Or whenever I check in with Alex from The Frugality’s Instagram feed – she just has a knack for finding the best pieces.

I don’t tend to go in store at my local branch very often as it seems to get a bit messy but whenever I pass one in London I always stop in. And nine times out of ten, I’ll leave with another style gem. Or three.

During a recent online festive shop I happened across a pair of side stripe trousers and this sweater.  There are so many reasons why I’m living in these trousers, not least the soft silky feel and lets be honest here, the elasticised waist. Yes… I’m looking at you cheese.

Interiors | Coffee Table Must Haves

This time last year, we were excitedly planning the living room makeover and gathering all sorts of pieces with which to furnish and finish it.

Actually, scrap that. Mr OS was doing the planning – i.e. how much paint we’d need, how to get the radiator moved etc. and I was the one doing all the gathering of everything else. Gathering is my forte.

Whilst we gained a foot stool and a small side table, we did lose a coffee table in the new layout and I have to say, it’s one of the things I miss. Not least because it’s once more space on which to style up a vignette or two.