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Chats with James: Creativity, Proving Yourself & Unexpected Inspiration


When planning blog posts it is easy to get into a cycle of hauls and favourites posts, without stopping to think about what you are creating. That's not to say that those posts aren't great fun to put together, and hopefully lovely for you to read, it's just that sometimes it is good to mix things up and get inspired by trying out new ideas. So, with that in mind, today that is exactly what we are going to do with a first for The Art of Being Holly - it's time for an interview. Here with us today, to provide the ultimate creative inspiration, is musician, artist and very good friend of mine, James. A bundle of fun, James is the definition of artistic and I know if anyone can help us all to make the most of our creativity then it is definitely him. Enjoy!

Style File: For the love of Vintage


Something that you may not know about me is that shopping for vintage homewares and clothing is one of my all time favourite things to do. Take me to an antique market or charity shop and I am in my absolute element! Over the years I have collected quite a few gorgeous, one-off pieces from various places, but I'm not sure any quite compare to my latest find. Enter the summer dress of dreams. Yes, you did hear right! I think summer is finally on the way and I know exactly what I am going to be spending my long summer days wearing. Any guesses? 

4 Ways to Wear Le Beret


Today, inspired by Georgia Nicholson and her friends plight to find the best way to wear their 'outdoor' school berets in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, I thought I'd share my four favourite ways to style the good ol' beret. Unlike the characters in the film, I absolutely love my these little french hats - maybe because I never had to wear them as part of my school uniform, but who knows - and think they are such a versatile choice of headwear. At risk of making you all look like pompous art students, maybe avoid wearing them with already 'out-there' outfits, here are the four ways you can wear this season's hat of choice. Le beret.

Card Haul and 3 Must-Visits for Stationary Lovers


As I spoke about in my last Card Haul, I love the process of buying cards. Finding a card that is perfect for someone you love is one of the best feelings in the world. Full stop. Since my last haul I seem to have amounted quite a few new cards for my nearest, dearest and as back ups for every occasion. This is my way of saying I have bought way too many, oops! Today I thought I'd share a few of my favourite purchases and where I bought them from. Alongside this, let's chat about how you can save a tonne of money, whilst still buying beautiful cards; and three companies that have caught my eye recently, which are all must-visits for anyone who adores cards & stationary as much as yours truly. 

The Battle of the Micellar Waters


A few years ago micellar water wasn't even on the radar, apart from for the French - lucky things. However, nowadays it is a completely different story, suddenly it is everywhere and I for one am a huge fan. As someone with super sensitive skin this magic product has been a lifesaver. Why? Because the micelles in the water act like magnets to cling to all the dirt and makeup on your face without you having to rub your face until it's sore! It cleanses and removes makeup all with the swipe of a cotton pad making it easy, quick and soothing. The winning combination. But which of these magic waters is the best? I have put three different brands to the test, using an entire bottle of each (maybe two of some!) to see which one would come out on top... and here are the results!