good golly miss hollie

A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 5 years.

Friday, 26 August 2016


My first memories of beautiful jewellery...

If you're a long time reader over here on GGMH you'll know that I am a total jewellery fiend...a love affair that stems back to early childhood when I would sit on the end of my Nana's bed and we would talk through each piece in her exquisite jewellery collection. As the hours passed, i'd end up with my fingers adorned in cocktail rings and my neck embellished in layers and layers of beads...I would feel a million dollars. 

This was the beginning of a deep rooted passion for interesting pieces of jewellery that I still have to this day. For some people their 'thing' may be shoes or handbags...for me beautiful jewellery makes me feel special whether i'm having a casual day running errands or heading out for dinner with friends. 

I was recently introduced to Browns Family Jewellers who have 6 jewellers situated within my beloved home county of Yorkshire. As well as a contemporary collection, what really makes Browns stand out is their specialism in vintage, pre owned jewellery. My antique jewellery collection is constantly evolving and whilst I love collecting pre loved jewellery, I also have a soft spot for more contemporary jewellery inspired by the styles and settings of a past era. 

I currently have 5 piercings in my ears and I like to keep the jewellery in my lobes fairly simple with the exception of a statement style in my lowest lobe piercings. I am currently wearing a seriously stunning pair of Amethyst Drop Earrings* from Browns Family Jewellers and my goodness aren't they beautiful? 

Purple is my favourite colour and the alluring tone of deep violet makes the Amethyst precious jewel light up any outfit. When it comes to style my general vibe is quite rock n roll and I am rarely seen without a leather jacket, a pair of spray on skinny jeans and some ankle boots...With that in mind I like to add a chic touch to my otherwise edgy wardrobe through my jewellery and these 9 carat rose gold beauties do just that.

If you're looking for a beautiful piece of jewellery, contemporary or antique I strongly recommend the wonderful jewellers at Browns


Tuesday, 23 August 2016


I have recently re-discovered my inner bookworm, someone I haven't seen a very long time since kickstarting my marketing career and continuing to beaver away on this little corner of the internet. It's terrible to say, but for the longest time I simply couldn't find the time or the right mindset to settle down with a book. As a total work-a-holic I find it super hard to wind down and switch off but I recently decided that enough was enough, I wanted to enjoy a story again and as i've done quite a bit of travelling here, there and everywhere recently, there was no better time to get immersed in a new read...or three.

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright young couple who are bored by the banalities of suburban life and long to be extraordinary. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April's decision to change their lives for the better leads to betrayal and tragedy.

I have to admit, I watched the film adaptation before I read this early 1960s classic simply because it saw Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio join forces again for the first time since Titanic. The film prompted me to pick up the book as the storyline is just so unique and scarily relatable, I simply needed to see how the stagnation and mania that consumed the protagonists Frank and April Wheeler could be portrayed on paper. This book depicts the dark side of the American dream and I will be honest, it isn't a beautiful love story. Author Richard Yates told the Boston Review...

"If my work has a theme, I suspect it is a simple one: that most human beings are inescapably alone, and therein lies their tragedy." 

Shop Girl - Mary Portas

Whenever I am asked who my role model is...I always reply with the same person and that is retail strategist Mary Portas. Whilst I was away in America, I took her memoir 'Shop Girl' away with me and it was so nice to discover Mary's beginnings from a cheeky school girl to a window dresser at Harrods. 

My only qualm with this book is that the last few chapters feel a bit rushed, i'd loved to have learned more about her kickstarting her creative agency Yellow Door (Now the Portas Agency) and discover more about her time as a window dresser. Instead, the book is more focused on her childhood and family life. Weirdly, there is SO much of Mary's story that resonates with me. I just really hope Mary brings out a more detailed memoir on her journey into becoming the UK's best loved retail consultant. 

Not That Kind Of Girl - Lena Dunham

I currently have this book on the go and I have to say as a 22 year old woman growing up in the digital age of social media and blogging... I totally get it.

I haven't finished it yet so I can't comment wholly but whilst this book is funny and I love 'Girls' Lena does come across a little bit self indulgent and at times I cringed with just how far she goes (the bed sharing situation anyone?) but overall I have been enjoying it, it's honest and witty and a great accompaniment to the HBO series. If you've read this one, i'd like to know your thoughts because I don't think i'd be mates with Lena but I like hearing her reflections.


Friday, 19 August 2016


Yep, I know. Before you say anything I wasn't planning on it and it sort of just happened.You know how it is, big life shift = new hair and for me that always tends to be something drastic. So there we have it i'm blonde again and absolutely loving it. I'd forgotten how much lighter and brighter my skin looks when my hair is lighter and truth be told I was fed up of being dark and looking super washed out when I wasn't wearing make-up.

I did it myself, following a similar procedure to what I did last time starting with a colour before formula to break down the colour in my hair then a series of bleaches and dyes to get my hair to a light, non orange or canary yellow shade. Surprisingly it didn't take as much effort this time around and within three days I was working with an acceptable colour. As i'm sure you can see i'm not 100% there yet as there is still a lot of warmth in the lengths but overall i'm loving it.

To tone and condition my hair I have been using the Knight + Wilson 'Colour Freedom Toner' in 'White Blonde' now, of course I know this conditioning toner won't budge the warmer tones but it has given my hair a more general ashy base which I can work with. The formula is bright blue and I leave it on for an hour once a week to nourish and tone my hair to the shade you can see in the pictures above. You can use it straight after bleaching to help tone down any undesirable shades left after the process and I have to say it is a joy to work with.  I bought mine from Superdrug for around £6.99 and there are various other toners to play with in the range including pink and silver which might be fun to try again (lol) when my hair has brightened up to a more white shade.

Which is your favourite toner for blonde hair?

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