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My Vintage Brighton – Olivia Purvis

3 May 2015 No Comment

Fashion blogger, writer and avid seaside day-tripper Olivia Purvis of www.whatoliviadid.com answers our questions on all things vintage and Brighton…

Olivia Purvis on Brighton Pier

Who are you? My name is Olivia- and I’m a 21-year-old fashion blogger from London, who spends a lot of time in Brighton!

What do you do? I write a fashion blog called What Olivia Did and do some freelance writing on the side.

Olivia Purvis on Brighton Pier

What does vintage mean to you? It means being able to relive an era gone by and celebrate the style from the past by wearing something with history, which is pretty special!

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? I try to think of what I’ll be doing that day, how I’ll feel most comfortable and confident – and also take nods from things that are inspiring me at the time – be it music, people or films.

Olivia Purvis in Brighton

What’s your favourite decade for style? This is tough, and changes regularly! I love the ’60s and ’70s and the whole transition from sharp mod style and culture to a more ‘free love’ and laid-back feel to dressing (which is probably why I turn to people like Jane Birkin so often – as I think she really had it spot on)! Saying that, I also love the prom silhouettes and glamorous side to the ’50s and the decadence of the ’20s too.

Beyond Retro Brighton - photo by Olivia Purvis

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? It’s got to be Wolf & Gypsy, as I find it very hard to leave there empty handed! Saying that, I know I can always find something in Beyond Retro as their selection is second to none.

What’s your favourite online vintage shop? Probably Beyond Retro but I absolutely love trawling through Etsy to find some gems.

The Creperie, Brighton - photo by Olivia Purvis

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things in Brighton? Ooh there are so many! My favourites (at the moment) are; Hen, The Creperie, Food for Friends. And I’m desperate to try Silo!

What are your favourite vintage hangouts? And have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? I love going for a good afternoon tea and Brighton does an amazing traditional one at The Tea Cosy, which is filled with British memorabilia and nods to the Royal Family, which I love! I also went to a vintage fair recently (although in Swindon) at the McArthur Glen outlet, a collaboration with A.N.G.E.L.O vintage, which was amazing.

Olivia Purvis - Snoopers Paradise photobooth, Brighton

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? It totally depends where I am! My local high street is filled with charity shops, so if I have time and a bit of patience, I’ll normally try and tackle them! The ones in Chelsea and Marylebone are amazing for this too.

Olivia Purvis on Brighton Pier

What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? Ooh tough! I bought an amazing vintage floral ruffle dress in Brighton last year which I adore, and also discovered a 1970s jumpsuit too which just about fits that I love!

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? The people and the sea.

Brighton Pier - photo by Olivia Purvis

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond?

I’ve written a couple of blog posts – one on where to stay in Brighton and another more general Brighton guide, so hopefully they can help!

All images courtesy of Olivia and originally published on www.whatoliviadid.com

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