31 January 2018

THE JANUARY '18 EDIT // MONTHLY BEAUTY FAVOURITES + POP CULTURE LOVES


JANUARY.


I don't think 2018 could have got off to a more difficult start. Whilst i've been feeling physically well this month following a dire virus pre Xmas and subsequent tiredness as my body recovered from its battering, family bereavements and sadness in my boyfriend's family had caused a dark cloud to ascend over what I already deem to be a traditionally gloomy month. It hasn't been easy at all. 

In light of positivity though, we finally got to walk inside our new house and as I write this on the (28th) we'll be signing our contract today. Oh, and after what feels like an eternity sat on deck chairs -  our new sofa from Made was also delivered on time, so things are, pardon the pun, now moving. It's been a frustrating 6 months, as I guess is always the case when you choose to go for a new-build property, but I have a feeling the finishing line is now in sight and who knows, perhaps in February i'll be rounding up my monthly reflections from said house?


TV. LIFE. PODCASTS + MORE.

Reading: There have been so many interesting and through provoking articles doing the rounds this month! I think the Christmas break has given some of my favourite writers the space to juice up their brains because there have been some corkers. One of my favourite pieces is by no other than (surprise, surprise) Dolly Alderton. In her article for Vice entitled: 'Notes on being a woman' Dolly muses about existential lady crisis' that had me nodding along like Churchill. One of my favourite parts were her notes on 'The hardest things about being a women' Dolly says:

 "(It's) feeling scared all the time. I often wonder if I’ll ever be able to wander down a dark road at two AM with a grin on my face and a gut-full of wine, or sleep on my own in a house in the middle of nowhere or amble through a field under the stars and feel properly safe and free."


'The fierce triumph of loneliness' written by Helena Fitzgerald for Catapult is a piece I could have written, word for word myself. It hit a nerve with me because it comforted me that i'm not the only person in this world who 1. hates sharing a bed. 2. loves being in a relationship but prefers to live alone, 3. Understands the way being an only child makes you more insular by nature and 4. Appreciates the hard facts of how being in a relationships helps you to reflect on the ugly side of yourself. 



Youtube: I've followed 'MissBudgetBeauty' aka Mikhila McDaid for as long as i've been dedicated to blogging and for a time, Youtubing - I think this time period begins way back in 2009! Wow. Khila is a fellow Yorkshire gal and for a reason other than that, but one I can't quite put my finger on, I really relate to her, always have done. Khila recently uploaded a video called 'Another Divorce' and whilst i'm not married myself, some of the points about relationships Khila touched upon, really struck a chord with me. In particular the way we grow as people and the way that a relationship doesn't always grow in the same way. I also enjoyed Khila's thoughts on the ways people are inclined to take on their partners stresses and how that can affect you mentally. The video is hugely personal and so brave to put out there - Hats off to Khila.



Netflix: I'm a bit of a weirdo in the way that I find committing to watching a film or a new series on Netflix, a chore. By nature, in my personal life I have no commitment issues lol, but when it come to having to sit and engross something for a couple of hours, I just can't do it! Adam is constantly badgering me to start a new series with him but i've yet to commit. One Netflix series that I did however get on board with this month was the insanely powerful dark comedy 'End of the Fxxing world' - Oh. My. What a treat this was, I throughly enjoyed binging on every 20 minute long episode. Whilst it's a bit odd and quirky with some very disturbing undertones, it's shot brilliantly, the acting from the two lead characters is incredible and it tackles some really prevalent social issues such as sexual abuse, mental health, period poverty and family/relationship complexities.


Podcasts: How have a I only just discovered 'Desert Island Dishes?!' Hosted by Margie Broadhead who has such a soothing and velvety voice, Margie interviews a series of media personalities about the food and culinary experiences that make them who they are. I really enjoyed journalist, Daisy Buchanan and writer, Laura Jane Williams episodes as you can tell they both genuinely love food.


BEAUTY FAVOURITES.

hair: Unfortunately, at the back end of 2017, I was struck down with a virus that really knocked me for six. No warning and no letting up for at least 3 weeks, I was bed bound and disgusting. After feeling pretty gross over the course of Christmas and New Year, as soon as I felt well enough to apply some lippy and actually brush my hair, I felt the urge to spend some time it the salon to do something different with my hair. And, after 4 hours in my stylist Stefan's chair, I walked out with my choppy bob lightly sun-kissed with a natural balayage and it made me feel that little bit more brighter. I never thought i'd see the day that a bottle of ProVoke Touch of Silver would find its way back into my shower. Having dabbled with peroxide blonde hair on and off for years, I thought those days were done. Apparently not. The deep purple formula really does work too, helping to fight brassiness and keep bleached ends toned to a more ashy shade. It's a little drying, so be sure to use a nourishing conditioner or mask.

skin: I won't dwell too much on this as i've already done a full review of the skincare i've tried from The Ordinary however, in these winter times whereby central heating dries your skin out, the cold, biting winds make your skin feel sore and the season generally batters your face, The Ordinary skincare has been a saviour. One of my favourite steps in my skincare routine is to apply the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% - This Vitamin C based formula gives my skin a real boost in terms of glow and vitality. And for the £8.90 it costs, you really can't go wrong.


scent: If I could travel through time back to 1985 I would, my Dad says it was one of the best times of his life, many of my favourite songs from Simple Minds, Tears for Fears and Wham were number one then and I feel like i'd have done alright had I been around in 1985. Interestingly my current favourite perfume was also released in 1985. Obsession by Calvin Klein. What a heady, pungent, strong scent this bad-boy is. Not for the faint hearted it demands to be known with amber, spicy, and woody notes. The simplistic bottle featuring an amber formula and tortoiseshell lid are also pretty lovely to look at. You could say i'm obsessed.

makeup: I can hear myself saying: "No, I hate nude lips - i'll never wear them" - As a bold lip kinda gal, always have been since I raided my Grandma's makeup bag aged 3, I think nude lipstick looks kinda weird on me. That was until I tried the infamous 'Cake' lipstick from their Generation G collection. This sheer matte lipstick is comfortable to wear, looks like you're wearing next to nothing on your lips and stays put after a 3rd glass of wine or chowing down on pizza. I like this one for the ease of everyday wear - I can guarantee I won't be heading to a meeting with lipstick on my teeth, or smudged lips, like the Joker.


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24 January 2018

WHY JEWELLERY IS ONE OF MY GREATEST LOVES // MY EVERYDAY ACCESSORIES


I talk about jewellery a lot over here on my little slice of the internet. Heck, there's even a a whole section of my blog dedicated to jewellery.  I've spoken at great lengths about how I began an affinity with treasures and trinkets, but rarely why I love stacking multiple bracelets and adorning each finger with a weighty ring.

I love the connection that jewellery gives me to people and places...

Above, are the pieces I am currently wearing everyday, probably because there is a story behind them all. Whether it be a gift from a friends travels to The Alps, a ring sourced on a romantic walk down Portobello Road, or a bracelet from the hippy market in Ibiza - I like to wear each piece to remind me of someone, or somewhere.


The most recent piece in my collection is a necklace from Lola Rose. And whilst this is a relatively new necklace in my rotation, it marks a significant wind of change in my life.

Changes that I hope will align with a new beginning that is just on the horizon. I'm trying to go for a more fuss-free approach to the way I dress and the way I organise my house - even my desk at work. Instead of the loud and bold approach to life and accessorising that I usually take - I am going for something a little more pared back to see if it helps unlock the clutter in my brain.


Watch: MVMT | Beaded Bracelet: Zakynthos | Teardrop earrings: M Vintage | Wooden bracelet: A gift | Palm earrings: etsy | Ring: Portobello Market | Gold Bangle: Ibiza

This is why the Lola Rose Nocturne Teardrop Pendant featuring a delicate Labrodite stone is the perfect everyday necklace to compliment my new, cleaner way of thinking. It's simple, understated and gracious. On a side note, how beautiful is the pastel pink packaging? Fits in pretty well around here huh?


And now, when I look at my new necklace it reminds me of the future to come...




* Post contains gifted items from Lola Rose
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17 January 2018

FINDING CONFIDENCE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA // MY EVERYDAY CASUAL LOOK

I bet you weren't expecting to see me here? Today, i'm talking about self confidence...

Between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, I work as an influencer marketing manager. Without sounding too reductionist, one area of my job involves setting up brand collaborations between e-commerce fashion brands and bloggers. Then, on my lunch break i'm often found perusing my favourite style blogs such as shotfromthestreet or meganellaby - It's safe to say i'm nearly always surrounded by fashion blogger content.

I have a great interest in personal style, as well as clothes -  anyone who knows me in real life can vouch that I swing between looking OTT like Edina Monsoon, to rocking a super pared back 'Insta-fashun' look. I think the great thing about personal style is that it's an expression of how you're feeling at a particular point in time and what influences you. With all of this in mind:

It's always interested me how i've never felt confident enough to document more of myself and my style over here on Good Golly Miss Hollie.

As you can imagine, when the opportunity to collaborate with a brand came up for me personally, I was terrified! I spend my days setting these kind of collabs going for other people - why was I so scared now that I would actually be standing in front of the camera? 

There was only one thing to do, engage my longtime friend Laura of the travel and lifestyle blog, Wander with Laura to help me feel at ease doing something i've always wanted to do, but always felt too unstylish, too fat or too ugly. Before heading out to take some snaps, we headed to Mowgli, Liverpool for a bite of fresh, Indian home cooking. I highly recommend!

Eating: Himalayan cheese toast, Temple Daal, Picnic potato curry, Roti and Pilau rice

Wearing: Hold Me Close Black Tee | NARS 'Red Square' lipstick | Earrings: etsy
I honestly have so much respect for those bloggers heading out to snap their outfits on a regular basis, not only was I feeling MAJORLY self conscious as people passed by with disconcerting looks, I didn't know what to do with my face, with my hands, with my feet! And there were so. many. questions...Is my hair ok? Are my necklaces the right way around, are my socks showing? Why is it sooooo freezing cold?!

I suddenly realised why I have never before created this kind of content...



Once i'd got into the swing of things, I started to relax a little. Who cares if someones watching? I'm likely to never see them ever again. And now i've eased myself into the water of this style capturing lark, I can share with you the outfit that i've been calling upon time and time again whether it's a lazy Sunday, or a day in the office.

Based around a pair of ridiculously comfy girlfriend jeans  - I've been wearing a variation of this slouchy, oversized attire for the past few months. if you'd have told me this earlier last year, i'd have laughed! I've always been a through and through black, skinny jeans gal!

Paired with brown, heeled Chelsea boots from Next, a navy oversized chenille jumper (and white, mottled scarf) from Zara as well as my prized  oversized teddy coat from Warehouse - I feel comfy and casual whilst still looking presentable! This really has been my go-to look of now that makes me feel confident and happy - hopefully that translates into the pics, despite me being a total newbie.

See, Laura even managed to get a smile out of me at the end...





* Post contains gifted items from Tobi

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12 January 2018

THE TILBURY AURA // MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FROM CHARLOTTE TILBURY


I've always been enamoured by the aura of Charlotte Tilbury, an acutely astute saleswoman with a genuine passion for her craft and industry. Charlotte is always that little bit too much to process and I really do wonder how she keeps up such a vigorous energy in every appearance, darling. 

Charlotte's brand is everything I'd want in a collection were I trailblazer in the cosmetics space, it is premium, innovative, joyfully named and packaged up beautifully with classically luxe burgundy and gold branding. Granted, I haven't tried everything from the Charlotte Tilbury range on myself, but I have spent many an hour at the Tilbury counter in John Lewis, swatching and testing. 

I have two stand-out favourite products from the Charlotte Tilbury line...


I love the way you can 'shop by look' with the CT range, it makes it easier to pick your products and have half an idea what may or may not suit you. Charlotte gives you everything you need to find your look led by a latter-day and modern-day muse. My favourite collections are the: 'The Dolce Vita' 'The Rock Chick' and 'The Bombshell' - all beautiful looks inspired by knock-out women.


I have long since admired the 'Stoned Rose' lipstick from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection. This warm peachy/coral nude is perfect for when you want to wear a nude lip shade with impact. Comfortable to wear and impressively packaged, yes, it's a treaty purchase but you feel extra special when applying this kissable nude.


I really like the way Charlotte creates colours that compliment your eye colour. My own eye colour is quite complex, much like many people with light eyes, sometimes they're green, sometimes grey, sometimes blue. When it comes to eyeshadow, I'm a smokey eye gal at heart and more often than not, I pile on way too much. Charlotte's colour chameleon shades are super pigmented, blend-able and easy to wear. I slightly deviated from Charlotte's 'blue eyes' recommendations and opted to join the brown-eyed camp with 'Amber Haze' - Apparently infused with synthetic sapphire, this eyeshadow pencil makes my eyes pop and is a failsafe for when I need my 'eyes on' in a jiffy.









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9 January 2018

ONE FOR THE FRANCOPHILE // RED FROM AND OTHER STORIES


It was a snowy, grey, and extraordinarily wet Monday in London town, my inaproproate choice of footwear, a pair of faux fur boots had caused my socks to become sodden and you could hardly see your face as the rain lashed sideways. Still, we trudged on and made the best of it with a few dips into Starbucks for hot chocolate and a little mooch around the iconic and terribly grand Liberty's. However, when it got to the point whereby my parka jacket and bobble hat could be quite literally rung out...

I decided to seek solace in the warmth of And Other Stories. 

I might have been in there on the hunt for a pair of androgynous chelsea boots, but I came away with some new makeup goodies. (The chelsea boots came later!) Now, I am a self-confessed Franco-phile and everything about And Other Stories gives me those Jeanne Damas vibes.


And Other Stories have a 'Paris Atelier' sub-line that is a little more spendy and comes in prettier, more classic packaging. My go-to lip hue has always been red and so there is nothing more cheery on a rainy, winter day than the naughty purchase of a new, roaring red lipstick. I chose the shade: 'Rouge Verite' or 'Red Truth' as it translates - is a gorgeous, deep crimson shade that comes in a comfortable satin finish, this lippy contains cold pressed plum oil and vitamin E so you know your lips are getting a serious treat!


In true cliche fashion, winter calls for a burgundy/plum nail colour and to compliment my new red lipstick, I also bought the 'Miniver Wine' nail polish from the existing beauty range. This polish is beautifully long lasting, shiny and oh-so-Parisienne, it also looks cute on shorter nails.


Rogue Verite on the lips - I've been parcial to wearing it with no eye makeup especially on days like above when the lurgy hits

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5 January 2018

ALLURING SCENTS // PERFUME I LOVE IN WINTER



Like a lot of people, i'm powered by scent. I have an incredibly acute sense of smell, which let me tell you is NOT always a good thing. However, when there's something lovely lingering in the air, or on the back of someones neck, I am all over it like a rash! The January/February side of winter is always a drag and I often turn to beautiful scents to keep my mood uplifted. Having previously shared a small snippet of my perfume collection, today i'm talking about the fragrances that make me happy in the dull, gloom of winter.



Aura by Thierry Mugler - I have to say, I was courted by the emerald green packaging, distinctive 3D heart bottle shape and the mysterious TV advert. When I finally inhaled the churchy, captivating scent I was sold - it's just so unique! It's not to everyone's tastes mind, my mum says it smells medicinal and reminiscent of the mouthwash the dentist gives you.

For me, it's sexy and different - just how I myself want to be. With sweet, vanilla, white floral (my favourite) woody and sour notes, this perfume is definitely one you'll either love or hate. Aura's complex ingredient list includes: Rhubarb leaf, tiger liana (a smokey, sugared almond note), orange blossom, bourbon vanilla, and wolfwood notes. And if you still can't imagine, think of a dusty church within a wet rainforest. Confused? I don't blame you! It's so hard to put your finger on what it smells like. If you like Alien and Angel, Aura is their quirky, more muted little sister.





Okay, I admit, the classic Blackberry and Bay fragrance from Jo Malone is by far and away not a winter scent. It is however my favourite scent composition of all time and if I could live in a world that smelled as juicy and fresh, i'd be one happy woman. I was very generously treated to this fragrance for my 24th birthday and I have used it very very sparingly ever since. With fruity, citrus, fresh, spicy, woody and aromatic notes this fragrance isn't one that i'd usually choose however, I am wholly addicted. The unisex fragrance reminds me of being younger playing in my Nana's back garden which was just like a secret flower garden. I like to spritz this beauty to stay positive and happy about the spring days to come.





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2 January 2018

WE'RE ALL STRESSED THESE DAYS // AVEDA STRESS FIX COLLECTION


I've had a long love affair with Aveda products since my Aunt introduced me to them years ago. There's something in particular about the classic 'Shampure' scent that mesmerises me. I was recently treated to some products from the 'Stress Fix' range and whilst it isn't AS alluring in scent as Shampure, it is pretty darn lovely.

We're all stressed these days...

It's hard not to be in a world where we are constantly switched 'on' - I feel enormous weights and pressures myself. Whether it's my long and unnecessarily prolonged house move, or a factor as simple as exercise anxiety - facing a long commute home from work and having to throw on my gym gear to head out into the cold, dark night to work out. It's often nice to make time for a little self care and if a product claims to help aid that all important me time, i'm sold.


Powered by essential oils, the Stress Fix range containis organic lavender oil, lavandin and clary sage. By nature, I am drawn to herbally scents and this cleverly balanced fragrance hits the nail on the head without being too medicinal.

Creme Cleansing Oil I like my showers extra hot and seriously steamy, and I don't mean like that. One thing that I can guarentee is that I always, always, always feel better after a shower or bath, no matter how worked up or upset I may be. The Aveda Creme Cleansing Oil cleanses deeply whilst softening dry skin all thanks to organic babassu (a vegatable oil) and sunflower seed oils. The scent of this power house is amazing and leaves both you and your bathroom smelling fantastic.

Body + Hand Creme Once i'm out of the shower, applying a a luxe body cream is always a treat. There's nothing more satisfying than smelling sassy and pulling on clean, fresh pjays before climbing into bed. I have the Stress Fix hand cream on my bedside table to apply before bed, it's a ritual i've done for years. Perfect for dry, dehydrated skin both products contain organic shea butter and sunflower oil to protect delicate skin. 




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