The Perfect Girls Night In xo

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A night in with the girls are the best for many reasons, they’re perfect for catching up with your closest friends, saving a bit of money and making some yummy treats. Here’s our guide to hosting the perfect cosy girls night in!

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The first thing you need to do is call up your girlfriends and invite them over! Theres no perfect girls night in without your favourite people being there.


“Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with, and still have the best time.”

 


 

girls cosy.jpgThe next thing you need is to arrange the chilling area, this could be outside on a summers evening. Or if the weathers not good, fairy lights, duvets and dens make any room cosy!

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The final step to being the best girls night in host, is the sweet treats! Popcorn, chocolate, pink cocktail…mmmm.

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We hope you enjoyed our tips to the perfect girls night! Share with us what you like to do when your hosting yours.

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How To Get The Insta Perfect Flatlay xo

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Taking a flatlay is way harder than it looks! At Olive & Lile HQ, we are obsessed with them. We think its a super cute and creative way to show you our products! So our stylist has put together her top tips for getting the perfect flat lay for Instagram.


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Lighting is what will make or break your flatlay, so the brighter the better. We think daylight is the best, but if the room your shooting in has bad lighting we recommend investing in a ring light to keep the picture nice and bright, to show off all the amazing details in your flatlay!

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Flatlays are all about telling a story, and every prop counts – so choose wisely. Ask yourself what are you trying to portray, whats your theme? We love featuring fresh blooms and interior products in ours. Some of our favourite shops to pick up the perfect flatlay props; Amazon Ebay Etsy & random little homeware boutiques.

inspo.jpgWhen planning your flatlay, there are some amazing websites to get ideas and inspiration. Our favourites are Pinterest & We Heart It.

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Angles are so important in a flat lay, don’t be surprised if you take 200 shots of the same flatlay each time at a different angle, and slightly tweaking the positioning of the the items! It takes a few goes to get the insta perfect shot.

Once you’ve got the perfect shot, edit the lighting and sharpening, put on your fav filter and then your flatlay is Insta ready! For more of our flatlay’s, follow our Instagram & Pinterest


Have you got any flatlay tips? Share them with us..

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A little British Summer Getaway xo

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Summer is all about saying yes to new adventures, this week at Olive & Lile HQ it has been amazing summer weather! So we have been planning what little getaways we would take on our home turf here in the UK.

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Olive & Lile was founded in one the most beautiful rural county’s in England, all the greenery, fresh blooms, clear summer skies are what gives us our daily inspiration for the brand. Here are our favourite scenic destinations in the United Kingdom, ideal for a short breaks.

Edinburgh

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This quaint Scottish city is full of amazing things to do and see over the weekend. We recommend a visit to the Edinburgh castle, walking the Royal Mile to check out the shops and stopping by the Balmoral hotel for a spot of afternoon tea.

Cornwall

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Cornwall is the little gem right at the bottom of England, home to white sandy beaches and the best weather in the whole of the United Kingdom – it’s no wonder we forget we are in our own country when we go to visit it. We suggest taking a long 5 day break here. Rent a beach house, enjoy surfing during the day, take long walks along the cliffs, try the local delicacy (mmm cornish pasties!) and watch the sun go down on the beach, wrapped in blankets with a cup of tea. Can’t get more British than having a cup of tea in hand! Ahh we can feel that refreshing sea air just thinking about Cornwall.

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Where will your summer adventure at home take you? Let us know…

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Chokers – How To xo

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This summer it is all about the Choker! It is the must have accessory of the season. Everyone is being spotted wearing them, check out our girl Vanessa Hudgens rocking a suede tie up choker. We are going to show you how to style them.

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Chokers are a super versatile accessory, you can wear them with so many different looks. Here is some of our style inspo when wearing them to a formal occasion, relaxing at the weekend or to a summer festival.

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The chokers are multiway, so you can get super creative and tie it however you wish. Here’s how our stylist wore hers in the office.

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For more of our inspirations and styling tips, follow our Pinterest

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All things silk and blush! xo

silk blog.jpgThe perfect transitional trend for this late summer is silk! Spotted on the most stylish celebs, such as Kendal, GiGi and Rosie HW, it is the must have look this season.

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The key colour when rocking the silk trend, is blush pink. Our personal favourite colour here at Olive & Lile HQ–  we are blush obsessed!

 

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The great thing about the silk trend, is you can rock it from day to night. These style queens show us exactly how to do it…

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We have some lovely silk pieces at oliveandlile.com our favourites are the No Love Lost Playsuit & the Triss Bomber Jacket. This gorgeous silk dress on the right will be coming soon! Check your emails for the announcement!


Enjoy silking it up this season, love the Olive & Lile styling team

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O&L’s guide to St Tropez xo

stSt Tropez is, quite simply, the most famous resort in Europe – one of the iconic Bridget Bardot’s favourite places to holiday. St Tropez attracts the chicest of people, and is perfect place for any fashion lover to go!

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Where to stay?

The Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez inventively combines charm and design to praise the ever so precious feeling of getting away from it all. Elegance, refinement and tranquillity describe the hotel experience. The interior was designed by French designer, Christophe Pillet.

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Where to eat & swim?

Le Club 55, is a popular spot amongst the celebrities and we can see why! Enjoy sunbathing on the beach, cocktail in hand, and then throw on your kaftan and head to the restaurant for some delicious lunch and refreshing glass of wine.

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Chanel’s pop up boutique

The La Mistralée private mansion has re-opened its doors for Chanel’s summer pop-up boutique in Saint-Tropez and every fashionista has to go see it! A shopping experience like no other.

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What to wear?

There is that French Riviera look, one that St Tropez famously sports. We recommend, shirt dresses, flowing caftans, floppy sun hats and gladiator sandals. If you can describe your outfit as chic, your good to so in St Tropez.

#OOTD #OOTN

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Shop your St Tropez outfit with us, we suggest the Long Lost Two Piece by day, and the Quinn Dress by night.

Share with us your snaps of your summer vay-cays on Instagram!

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O&L’s guide to New York xo

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The city that never sleeps, the big apple, New York City is a global influencer in fashion, art, culture & finance – it is an absolute bucket list must see.  Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty to just name a few, NYC is filled with iconic sites to see, amazing restaurants to dine in, bars to drink in and of course streets to shop on! This is an Olive & Lile girls guide to NYC.

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Where to Stay?

The Carlyle hotel, just situated off Madison Avenue, is the perfect place to stay on your visit to New York. With the royals often staying here and many fashionistas such as Alexa Chung, it is a popular hotel amongst the celebrities. However, you don’t need to be one to stay here. Just act like a New Yorker and saunter into Bemelmans Bar just after 5 p.m., pull up a chair beneath the gold-plated ceiling, and enjoy live music as you sip your martini.

What Sights to See?

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NYC has so much to offer in terms of picturesque iconic sightseeing, we recommend taking a cycle around Central Park, checking out the 360′ view of the city from the Rockefeller Centres observation deck, taking a trip to see the Statue of Liberty and going to visit the famous Times Square.

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Where to Eat?

Omg we are dying over all the tasty treats you can get in New York! First off, the Popbar – a  popsicle bar serving handmade gelato on a stick, so cute! Then have a Carrie Bradshaw moment, and stop by the Magnolia Bakery for one of their to-die-for buttercream frosting cupcakes. You can’t leave the city without going to the Bagel Store to try the worlds coolest bagel – a rainbow bagel! OMG! And finally head to the Black Tap for the worlds most monstrous milkshakes ever, yes you really can get a slice of cake on top of your shake.

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What to Pack?

When taking a trip to NYC, we advise keeping it cool. Pack like Gigi would, denim, tee’s, bomber jacket, mirrored sunnies and a cross body bag. Don’t forget your comfy sneakers, you will be doing A LOT of walking!

Shop your New York OOTD with us

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Rose Gold Bomber Jacket

Ripped Jeans

White Slogan Tee

Mirrored Sunglasses 

If your heading to NYC this summer – tag us in your photos on Instagram!

happy travels, love Olive & Lile xo