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INTERVIEW WITH LIV PURVIS FROM WHAT OLIVIA DID

Hey Olivia! Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Hello lovely people! So my name is Olivia, I’m a 25 year old blogger and writer from South London and have been writing my blog, What Olivia Did, for the last 8 years (which makes me feel like a pensioner in this age of social media). I also run the account The Insecure Girls’ Club which I bloody love.

Olivia Purvis in Chicago

What’s the best thing about what you do?
Honestly I feel so lucky about so many elements of my weird and wonderful job, but getting to meet so many brilliant women (and men) is a highlight. I’ve met some of my best friends through the Internet so it’s been very kind to me in the friendship department! It’s amazing connecting with people, and since starting the IGC people have been so generous and open with sharing their stories, which makes me feel incredibly lucky indeed. I also love being able to travel to places I know I’d probably only ever reserve for a ‘one day’ bucket list, so that never ceases to make me pinch myself.

Do you have any tips for aspiring bloggers, or those wanting to share their words/images on the internet?
As boring as this sounds, I’d really just say to just bloody do it! I think we hesitate or wait for the ‘perfect moment’ for so many things, and sometimes just diving in is the best thing. My friend Charlotte (Betty magazine) once said to me ‘you can never improve if you don’t start’ and that’s something that has always stuck with me. I’ve always kept in mind that to get better at something you have to give it a go first, and realise that everything else will come after.

Olivia Purvis in mint coloured top and trousers

What brand(s) has been your favourite to work with? Can you explain why?
Oh goodness, don’t make me pick! One highlight has definitely been working with Kate Spade. Not only is it one of my absolute favourite brands but it was one of the biggest projects I’d ever done a few years ago, and being flown to New York to see their NYFW show (and stay in The bloody Bowery) was unforgettable. I remember getting the email and then phoning my mum afterwards in pure shock, haha!

If you hadn’t gotten into blogging, what do you think you’d be doing now, or what could you see yourself doing in an alternate life?
So many things! I often think about this. Growing up I was always into drawing (and equally had phases with wanting to be a vet or ice skater)- and loved the idea of design or photography (which was more when I was a teenager). I sometimes think I’d still fancy myself as a music photographer! Who knows where I’ll be in a few years time!

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