#BlogBabes: Liv from WhatOliviaDid!

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano


What Olivia Did!

Start the fanfare! ShinyThoughts is turning a big 6 years old at the end of May! Whoop! To celebrate, I’ve decided to interview my closest Blogger friends who are the reason why Blogging is so fun, to ask them about our friendship. I hope you enjoy it! First up, a trip to Vapiano with Liv!

Cooey! Please introduce yourself!

LIV: Hello! My name is Olivia! I’m 21 years old and I write the blog WhatOliviaDid and I am the annoying friend to Lucy who is always on the other end of a facebook chat messgage!

How long have you been doing this blogging thing for?

LIV: 5 years this June! Half a decade of writing nonsense.

How did we meet – do you remember the sitch?

LIV: Well I thought it was the Cosmo Blog Awards but then I remembered you weren’t there! haha

LUCY: Well.. erm I’m sure that was really good fun *awkward*..
I remember first ever meeting you at a Press Day with Next and you walked into the toilets with Jazzabelle’s Diary!  I knew you were from What Olivia Did and that already had met Carrie. I know there were other people around when we met and you looked amaze so I thought ‘oh I hope she likes me because she’s an important Blogger’. I knew I was out of your league!

LIV: It’s lucky because as we’ve become friends, I’ve appreciated that actually we’re at the same level (because we’re both total nut jobs!) *hahahaa!*

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano

What did you think of ShinyThoughts on first impression?

LIV: I remember thinking it was so well done and co-ordinated and I wished that I could style things as adventurously as you. I saw you as a stylist extraordinaire!

LUCY: Man, I don’t know about that!!

LIV: There was a sparkle about you and I like that you’re the same person on your blog as you are in real life. You’re very consistent with… having fun!

LUCY: Haha! That’s surprising because I don’t think I’m co-ordinated at all, I think the same about you!

LIV: Yeah but then I have a co-ordinating problem, it’s like next-level. Sometimes colour popping and blocking looks really cool and works better than [an outfit in all] the same tones.

LUCY: We’re the most critical of ourselves! I look at your blog and I want my outfits to look like yours.

LIV: And mine like yours! You know, it’s hard, it’s hard when you’ve got two great people in a friendship. *hahaa*

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano pasta

Lets talk about how we built up the What Shiny Did friendship. When did it grow?

LIV: When we went to Brighton and met Dunya. It was a few years ago and we all went to the Diner by the seafront. We did the Barbara Hulaniki exhibition at the Brighton dome!

LUCY: Oh yeah! We draw those pictures of each other at the activity point at the end!

LIV: Yeah we did some colouring in! Do you remember our Christmas party we did at my house? I picked all you girls up at the station and we ordered Dominoes in our PJ’s.

LUCY: Aah yes! And we did the first project as five blogger friends with Uniqlo.

LIV: Yes! that was sweet, and cold. haha We had a couple of sleepovers at Carries too.

LUCY: I’ve still got that photo of you dressed up as Mary!

LIV: There were definitely lots of times. But the most important thing is that you gel and have a sense of humour with someone and it’s even better if it can be silly and crude. Especially if you can be crude.

*Livs boyfriend Joe takes some photos of us while Liv sings ‘Hall of Fame’ out loud in Vapiano.*

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano

What has been the shiniest thing to happen in our friendship?

LIV: Amsterdam! Because it’s the longest that we’ve all spent time together and I think that says a lot about our friendship; that we can all have a real laugh.

LUCY: I think what was really nice was that we all  just wanted to stay together all the time, even sleeping in the same rooms until Carrie and I had to leave.

LIV: We’d share a bed if there was space

LUCY: Yeah all stacked up in a pile!

Something weird that people wouldn’t know about me?

LIV: You finish my plate of food. *hahaha* I don’t know how to word this but you’re basically the Samantha of the group. If I need help, I feel like I can ask and you’ll sit me down and be knowledgable on the subject.

LUCY: Hahaha!

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano

If our blogs went on a date together, where would they go?

LIV: Well firstly we’d need to go somewhere that has nice tables as a base for your Instagrams! We would go to a street food market and find nice tables and then after that we would go to a gig at The Roundhouse like we did when we went to Haim together there!

LUCY: Oh yeaaahh! We went to Honest Burger and it was the nicest date!

How have we helped each others blogging life?

LIV: We’ve been able to do lots of nice things together, opportunities that we’ve been able to share memories of.

strawberry salad at vapiano

You have a Blogging crisis – when would your phone-a-friend be me?

LIV: For everything! You don’t realise it but you’re good at lots of different creative things and you’re modest about them. You need a reality check!

LUCY: *Lucy can’t deal with the praise* PPFFF!! Liv, I can’t write all this on my blog!!

Liv: Liv is giving Lucy permission to write what I say. You’re extremely creative, you have great vision, a way with colour – you’d be great as an Art Director! Anything I’d need, you’d be able to help me with it, that’s why everyone always asks you to take their photos!

LUCY: I’ve got really sweaty palms now.

LIV: That what happens, when your head grows, your palm sweat hahaha!

LUCY: Livvo, that’s very, very lovely!

If we had one blog together, what would it be about/specialise in?

LIV: We’d make a good food lifestyle blog! Or maybe it would be a blog that also talked about sex because we like talking discussing that! One that combines pairing Italian food to the perfect date perhaps? haha!

LUCY: There’s definitely a market for this.

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano

Any catch phrases?

LIV: ‘Oh are theeey’ – From a thrilling candid video that I shot when we were all hanging out in your front room talking lazily about hotels in Amsterdam. Your unenthused tone of voice was gold. *Get’s out the video*. OMG there’s the inflatable flailing arms man video!

LUCY : hahahaaaha omg so good. When I danced in a jumper that hard arms waay too long for me in that weird country pub in Somerset that had a disco for someone’s 40th that we just crashed. Priceless!

recording on my iphone flatlay at vapiano

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano


Quick fire questions:

Who can cook better?
LIV: You
LIV: No you, I’ve seen your snapchats.
LUCY: You can bake like a bitch.

What would you steal from my wardrobe?

LIV: All I can see is colour! Ok, your button up Urban Outfitters skirt.

LUCY: I love all your printed co-ords. Your Topshop jumpsuit – aaah.

Which Inbetweeners character are you? (impromptu question)
LIV: Neil – The one that dances!
LUCY: That’s definitely me.

What’s your shiny rule to live by?
OLIVIA: It’s nice to be nice to people. Treat them like you’d like to be treated. If they’re your friends then you can laugh at them but still be a little bit nice.

What would you steal from me?
LIV: Your smile! You are beautiful!
LUCY: Erm, have you SEEN my snaggle tooth?!
LIV: Have you seen my fangs? I need to book in a session with you to boost your ego! *starts squealing*
LUCY: I think you’ve done that for the next 10 years right here Livvo! I’ve realised that these questions are really asking for a compliment assault.
LIV: *In a mocking voice pretending to be Lucy* So what is great about me? What part of me is the prettiest?
LUCY: hahahhaa!
LIV: There’s loads of things I would steal from you – your en-suite, your world map above your desk.
LUCY: Ok, you can have that! Thanks Livvo, that’s all!
LIV: Bye now!

olivia purvis whatoliviadid and lucy shinythoughts at vapiano

I went to the toilet and when I got back, the inevitable had happened, Liv had ‘taken charge’ of my phone. Read: taken a million selfies. Still, this series was clearly meant to be kept – love you too Livvo! <3

Liv purvis gif pulling cute faces


Stay tuned for more interviews with my #BlogBabes in celebration of ShinyThoughts turning 6! Whoop!


  • SJ June 2, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    This is such a great way to celebrate turning 6 (happy almost-blogaversary, btw) – that interview was hilarious and shows you both in a different (good!) light 🙂 x

  • Paris by Friday May 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    What a fantastic idea to celebrate 6 years of Shiny Thoughts and a great way to commemorate your friendship – both the online and offline kind. The two of you have inspired me plenty throughout the years and it’s been amazing to see both your blogs grow and the wonderful collaborations you do as well. Can’t wait to see the rest of this little series.

    With love ♥︎ » Paris by Friday

  • Tessa / Bramble & Thorn May 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Awww this is such a lovely post! Both you and Liv have such gorgeous blogs, and it’s so nice to see that you’re friends IRL!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Charlie Elliott May 23, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Naaaawwwwww, that’s adorable!