OOTD: Cause You're a Good Girl & You Know It

Saturday, 1 August 2015

I am still 100% awkward about photographing myself for blog posts, but yesterday I drafted my mother in for some assistance. Considering I was expecting some fuzzy, slightly curious looking shots, I was quite impressed with her skills. The only think curious looking in these photos is myself. 

I have a slight guilty (actually, not guilty at all) penchant for pretty patterns. So, when I saw this top, I put it straight in my basket. It like the way that it is longer at the rear, meaning that it covers said, rear. I wore it to work on Friday, and with it being dress down Friday, I chose to wear it with my trusty (and rather mucky) Converse's. Practicality and comfort are always the key to my outfit choices. I usually live in Deck Shoes.

OOTD: Feeling like an animal with these cameras all in my grill

Thursday, 30 July 2015

There is something quite nostalgic by taking photos of myself in a mirror, and posing. I won't lie, I am certainly not a natural, I am at best, awkward. I am twenty now, and the days of posing are long behind me, however, on re-establishing the blog, I am re-establishing my selfie arm. I am also shamefully using my iPhone to take my blog photos. Its surely a sin in the blogging community and something unheard of since 2012 for sure.

This jacket was so sought after by myself that I did nothing but refresh to Mango website continually for several months awaiting for it to hit the sale rail. My patience paid off and I managed to grab myself a bargain. The skirt was bought on my lunch break routine trip to the shops. I have a little soft spot for animal print currently, which may be accountable to my recent trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park. My shoes are also animal themed, faux snake skin, and they're ridiculously comfortable and trendy (trendy?!),  but sadly not on sale anymore, however I did find a picture of them up close here. 

Tomorrow is Friday (YAY!) which means it is dress down friday, so no doubt I shall be back with my awkward phone mirror shots tomorrow with my outfit of the day.

OOTD: He Could Be the Silence in This Mayhem

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


If all else fails, revert to on outfit of the day, right? A few quick, poor quality iPhone snaps later and I have something mildly appropriate. 
If you followed my back in 2013 before my blogging break, you may notice that I have grown up and matured slightly (who am I kidding?!) and this has resulted in some changes:
  • A mini disaster at the hair dressers, where I lost a large majority of my long locks. Rest in peace all you split ends.
  • I have acquired glasses. Infact, I have owned these glasses for years and until this week I have been to embarrassed to wear them in public. Then I cam to the realisation that I'm twenty and ain't nobody got time for that. So, now, I embrace sporadically wearing my spectacles.
  • My body shape has changed. I was a teenager in 2013 and now I'm twenty....Im a woman now, a young lady (pfft) and therefore have the body to accompany that.
  • I have gained a large scar on my left knee, which isn't visible in these grainy iPhone shots, but trust me, its there. This is the result of an operation in January this year, and I have actually learnt to love it.
Its one thing having Facebook to remind you of how cringey you were in your younger years, but owning a blog is on another level. Reading posts from the early days in 2011, and I weep tears of pity for myself. 

I am slightly out of the loop, so please leave blog links in the comments and I'd love to have a browse! In the meantime, I am going to get myself prepared for Great British Bake Off!

Recipe: Fudgey Triple Chocolate Brownies

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

In the future, I picture my house being made purely of chocolate brownie slabs. Its a dream, that as a major chocoholic, I take very seriously. So, when the weather decided to put a stop to all play at the weekend, my boyfriend and I decided that we would get in practice for the return of The Great British Bake Off. 
Cut 185g of unsalted butter into small pieces and place into a glass bowl, add 180g of milk chocolate and 100g of dark chocolate and melt all together in the bowl suspended above boiling water. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Once all melted together, leave to cool.

Prepare your baking tin, and pre-heat the oven. I have a fan oven, and cooked these at 160C. Break three large eggs in a bowl and add 200g of caster sugar and 75g of light brown sugar. Use a hand whisk and beat together until they mixture looks thick and creamy (kind of like a milkshake), which takes about 5 minutes of whisking.

Then add the chocolate mixture from step one to the egg mixture from step two. Mix them slowly together and then stir with a wooden spoon gently.

Then sift in 85g of plain flour and 30g of cocoa powder. Mix the whole mixture well, without beating the hell out of it. Then add white chocolate chips and they're ready for the oven. Bake for around 20 minutes before checking on them, depending on your oven you may need to bake them for longer (I baked mine for around 30 minutes). However, be careful not to overtake, thats a sure way to ruin all your hard-work. 

Don't forget GBBO starts next week...!

Back in Business

Thursday, 23 July 2015

This, I guess, is the comeback. If I had a bigger budget, there would be a dramatic video to accompany this, with the soundtrack being Eminem's Without Me, GUESS WHOS BACK, back again. I picture it being as gripping as the latest Bond trailer, or like a Taylor Swifts video for Bad Blood. However, due to lack of said budget, I shall have to disappoint, which isn't really the ideal start, but bear with me.
Good question, one I struggle to answer sometimes. My name is Olivia. I am twenty-years-old, emphasis on the 'old'. I am ginger, which is actually, dare I say it, cool nowadays (no need to pretend to be 'strawberry blonde' anymore). Working girl, nine til five and all that, meaning that I am basically a qualified grown-up and now firmly in adulthood, and there doesn't seem to be an escape (trust me, I've looked).

I blame the poor English weather for forcing me to spend a rainy day in 2011 getting deeper and deeper into the internet and there stumbling across the world of blogging, along with other things, which I would rather forget about. Feeling the need to have my own personal space to write, I created this blog and began to post mundane daily updates (which I have removed from the internet out of pure embarrassment). I was then hugely influenced by the beauty blogging community and aged sixteen started to develop my interests and document them here. Then in December 2013, I had a blogging break-up. Its not you, its me. Can we just be friends? You're too demanding! I think in all honesty, I needed to grow up. I was eighteen and had other interests, and I doubt I need to explain what those interests where.

In a daydream world, hence the blog name. A world where ice cream sundaes have no calories. Where Topshop always has a sale on. Where my hair doesn't go frizzy when damp. Where real caterpillars taste as good as M&S Colin the Caterpillar's. The list is endless. 

Constantly. I am always writing lists, short stories, dodgy poetry and essays. Usually in the form of texts to my friends. 'So, last Saturday, I was on the dance floor in Smack and...'

How is possibly the most important element. How will I now use this blog? I am obviously a different version of myself, and quite different to my 2013 self. So, I expect that this will have a large effect on my content. How long will my blogging career last this time? Ideally, for the foreseeable future as staying in to write blog posts keeps me out of mischief. How am I so awesome?

I hope that you can stay with me on the second attempt at my blogging journey. Dolly Daydream will be a different area now that I have grown as a person and become a more elegant, mature and sophisticated young lady.

...or, maybe not so much. Above photos are courtesy of alcoholic beverages, which I do not think is big and clever, although, maybe I did at the time.

NARS Eyeshadow in Ondine

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

In recent months I have become a big fan or NARS cosmetics. Perhaps its because NARS was the first high-end brand that I indulged in, then again it may be the amazing quality and the fact that its worth every penny. I convinced myself that I needed to invest in more NARS eyeshadows, due to my love for my duo that I received for Christmas. The quality is far above that of any other eyeshadows I own from drugstore brands, and now that I have branched out into the higher end eyeshadows, such as NARS, I will not be going back!

Ondine immediately caught my eye when I was last at the NARS counter in Space NK. Its a beautiful light dusty rose shade, with a shimmery undertone, which is hardly noticeable. When worn I find it to be only a few shades darker than my natural eyelids, and its therefore an incredibly subtle colour to wear, perfect for natural makeup looks. As custom with NARS eyeshadow, the shadow is highly pigmented and it is long lasting. 

If you're thinking of branching out into the more expensive makeup brands, then NARS really is the place to begin. The prices are justifiable when you realise hoe superior the quality is. 

Lush 'Butterball' Bath Bomb Review

Monday, 16 December 2013

The winter months have arrived, and it is customary that when the winter rolls in, the bath products roll out. I go slightly overboard on bathbombs when the weather gets colder, I find that there is something comforting about a warm bath and colourful bubbles!

I recently decided to try 'Butterball', a low fuss bathbomb. Its not the most exciting, there are no colours too it, no confetti that pops out, no masses of bubbles, no glitter, no loud fizzing, all in all its quite the boring bathbomb. However, it has other qualities that make it equally worth it. Firstly, its not called 'Butterball' for nothing, it leaves your skin feeling as if you've soaked in butter, and there is certainly no need to use body butter after popping this in your bath. It leaves your skin feeling thoroughly moisturised, and baby soft. It almost feels that there is a layer of the bath bomb still clinging to your skin for days afterwards.

It doesn't have a scent, that I could determine. Just a slight hint of cocoa butter. It fizzes marginally, (in the photos, I added the bath bomb into an already bubble filled bath), but it generally goes quite undetected after the bathbomb has completely disintegrated. 

Its one of Lush's cheaper bath bombs, at only £2.50. But it certainly is packed with all the goodness, and not worth missing out on!

MAC Eyeshadow in Sumptuous Olive

Friday, 13 December 2013

I very rarely shop at MAC, purely because my nearest counter is over an hour away and I dont trust buying makeup online. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I came across a MAC store on my travels in London last week. I could have spent hours, and hours deliberating over what I wanted, and I really could have bought a big bundle of items, but I am trying to be restrained and so I went in with the idea of picking up an eyeshadow. Initially I wanted Woodwinked, but it is incredibly similar to all the other eyeshadows I own, so I decided to go for something a little different. So, thats how I came to own Sumptuous Olive, which is a shade I have heard mentioned frequently in videos by Tanya Burr and Pixiwoo. Having green eyes, I felt that the olive toned shadow would suit my eyes and just be a better alternative to my go-to neutrals.

Sumptuous Olive is a gold toned olive shade, with a deep green undertone, it is ideal for green eyes. Its highly pigmented, and long lasting, as custom with MAC shadows. It is understandable as to why Sumptuous Olive is mentioned frequently on blogs and YouTube as it is a very different and unique shade. It also blends alongside brown shadows and works to create a beautiful smokey eye for green eyes.

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