Sunday, 12 July 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a major confidence crisis.

So, the moment I start talking about the fairytale is the moment I suddenly crash. BPD? I think not, I just feel at a loss slightly. A few things have happened in the past week that have just made me lose my confidence and I've spent some time this week wondering whether I put myself in the right situations. I'm hoping it'll all pass soon, work is keeping me crazy busy. My loved ones have been amazing, I just hope they're all proud of me.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a lack of blogging.

This blog is my baby, you all know that, right? Yet a tiny part of me has had a whistful and strange love affair with Dressing For since the loss of my Internet connection. My will to change the world- or the North East of England, at least- with my fashion passion has often taken a back seat to love, heart break, loss, education and, of course, baking. I haven't blogged recently for all the latter reasons and yet I punish myself because getting back into the game has a huge tinge of guilt and thus I provide you all with a deep apology from me.

I'm currently sat in a secret location; Sex And The City the movie has just finished, my hair freshly blow-dried and I can feel the most amazing breeze hitting my bronzed cheeks. I have a large glass of wine cuddled next to me, I'm wearing lounge-wear in shades of peach and nude and I have pearls round my neck. From Wednesday through to today has been a time in my life that I've craved for three years and, my God, if you knew how much I've wanted this then you'd forgive me for forgetting all but my mind and promised words. A picnic all home baked taken to a work place in a Cath Kidston basket, sherbet cocktails, and plain old excitment.

I think back to myself this year. I was in a mental coma induced by the worst incident in my life, my best friend wrapping me up in blankets and supplying me with endless DVDs... But I came alive for fashion. All it took was a black, white and pink floral skirt to make me feel like Hollie again.

A year later and I've worked hard to make all my dreams come true. I'm most like Charlotte from SATC, although most would say Carrie what with the writing career and my up and down love life. I'm like Charlotte because I've never been so thankful to be part of a life that feels like a fairytale, yet I'm terrified that I'll lose it all.

As I sit here, the Sunday evening sounds of a soul mate and my Vera Wang fragrance filling the air, I wonder if it's my inner 60s hippy that is embracing love and peace or whether I'm just the optimistic character in the fairytale that has gone from tragic to a dream come true. Getting lost from blogging these few days didn't mean I didn't care or want to write, I've simply had to take time in to believe the fairytale before I actually write it.

One other thing, I've been appointed as PR Director of a small beauty firm. It's early days but I hope you'll all enjoy this chapter.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for A&E.

You'd thing they'd be advantages to your step-dad breaking his finger, mainly lots of time in A&E equalling lots of fit doctors. But, sadly, it wasn't to be and I only spied one gorgeous junior doctor that looked a he'll of a lot like MYB. It's been a weird day, resulting in eating McDonalds outside at 10pm. I'm glad today is over. I've got an exciting week ahead with some life changing stuff happening on Tuesday and loads of hugs and lots of smooching sessions later in the week. Hope you've had a good one!

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for shop, shop, shopping!

My word am I exhausted! Spent today shopping for hours looking for the perfect dress for an important day on Tuesday. In the end, Evans came out on top which is odd as I tend to really dislike their stuff and never shop there. I spied a darling midnight blue trapeze dress but was gutted when there was only a size 4 up from my size left. But with a bit of fashion magic, I made it work! Turns out it was a top but because it was so big on me, it became my new dress. I'm going to accessorize with bright purple sandals for evening and black tights and flats for a chic day look.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for her purse.

My D&G purse went missing today. All dressed up and ready to take my brothers to McDonalds for a special treat, I was packing by satchel when I realized my beloved patent purse was missing from my gym bag I'd used last night at my salsa class. My brothers and I looked everywhere and I started to cry. I gave up looking and retired to my bed to call MYB so he could comfort his girl. Then an email popped into my inbox. The people at the gym had found my purse and found my email address inside my purse so they contacted me that way. The sad thing is is that £20 was missing but I still had £30 in there so I've been lucky. Isn't it weird how it's the sentimental stuff that matters most? A car park ticket from a romantic day at Chatsworth, a tiny card from mum and MYB's business card which inspires me so much.

Some exciting career news happened today! Watch this space...

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for salsa classes.

I'm rather painfully shy so attending my first salsa dance class was a big deal for me. But I managed and I'm so proud. I hearted salsa dancing and, surprisingly, I'm rather good at it. A darling friend of MYB (My Yummy Bloke) encouraged me and I'm so thankful to her. Now, I should say that I can't wait until next week but I have the pleasure of going on a dinner date so I'll be giving the class a miss until two weeks time- I'm excited already!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for Pizza Hut with mummy.

I love girly summer evenings. Mum and I met up and had a pretty dinner out after doing a little shopping. I really mean it when I say my mum is my best friend, I've had a few things on my mind and she's made me see sense. The weather was so beautiful today so a maxi dress and little cardigan was the fashion order of the day- what did you wear in the pretty sun today? Bet you all looked fab!

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the silly iPhone.

iPhone playing up so not much time to blog as it may go down again. Kthxbai!!!

Monday, 22 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for bake, bake, baking!

My BPD has sent me a little off today so I'm not feeling too great. But, to try and keep me level, I've been baking mini muffins! The first batch were peanut butter and chocolate muffins and the second were bananna and honey ones- yum!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for Father's Day.

What did you lot do for the daddies in your life today? I'm guessing the biggest treat would be to stop buying Jimmy Choos with his credit card but that's not going to happen, right? Today was a bit odd for me, the past year has been strange and I have the typically upper middle class problem of "having issues with my father" - cliché, I know. But I did buy a card and baked a huge Victoria sponge with white chocolate and red berries. Good effort from moi, I think.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being such a girly girl.

I may be tattooed and pierced but I ain't by 'alf a girly girl. I love interior design and shopping and getting my hair done and all those other things which lead to being a pampered wife. I've taken time out tonight to read magazines, watch 27 Dresses and raid my products cupboard. I spent a good hour with body butters, cellulite rollers and facial toners- bliss! I suggest Body Shop, Garnier and Stella McCartney.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for getting her nose pierced.

In my teens, I was the quiet, sensible, bookish girl that always had plaited hair and stayed in most nights enjoying the comfort and company of her mother. In my 20s, little has changed. I'm shy, quiet and very bookish and the word 'rebel' means nothing to me. Until now- sort of!

My family, friends and lover all joke that my tattoo was me rebelling and making up for my teenage years but the in-joke is that my mother put me up to it! But today I did something for myself and finally got my nose pierced! Did it hurt? A little. It was the idea of the gun being in me more than actually getting it done. I now have my pretty sparklie sparklie and the good news is that MYB loves it!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the one year anniversary.

Today is the day. It's exactly one year ago since I was plugged up to machines and terrified I was going to die. I reflect and dwell on anniversaries a lot and despite the fact that some people find them pointless and can cope well with them, I've felt teary today. I look back and I just cry for the girl who was all alone and so scared. But I've done amazing this past year: I'm earning good money, doing well in my studies and I know I've found the man I'm going to marry. So why can't I look at all that and be proud rather than being upset for the past ? I guess I'm just one of those people.

Last year I was given a second chance and I had a birthday cake today to celebrate the anniversary of the new Hollie-Anne. This girl is an ambitious young journalist, a talented academic and a girl who makes decisions rationally. When someone told me I was beautiful that night one year ago, I knew I had something and someone to live for.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the night before her "birthday"

My mother is a beautiful woman, at 44, she looks more beautiful than any super model and her cute words of wisdom never fail to wow me. This time last year I was undergoing a major manic period and I spent 2 weeks ruining myself. Tomorrow marks the day when it all came to a head and i'm the luckiest girl in the world to still be here. Anniversaries can be quite sad but my mum turned this one around: "Tomorrow is your other birthday, the start of the rest of your life began on that night" I now feel secure in tomorrow. It's my 1st birthday tomorrow and we'll celebrate the start of the new Hollie-Anne Brooks- the journalist, the student and the girl who has found the love of her life.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for an apology from her father.

So, this week is the one year anniversary of the worst week of by life and seeing my father today was always going to be hard. But as we sat chatting about my fabulous weekend when MYB and I saw Britney Spears, my father cut me off and apologised for the past year. What's your view on apologies? Do you think they count for anything if said so much longer after the event? I couldn't help but feel he was saying sorry for his guilt and not for what the mess he caused if his own life, for all the pain I went through. Sometimes saying sorry feels hollow.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for thunder storms.

I have several phobias in life: spiders, rats, pregnant women and thunder storms. I've been sick today so when I woke fro
an afternoon nap to the sound of thunder, I pulled myself under the duvet and had a tiny cry. I hate the noise, the lightening and the fear it's going to get worse. It's a silly phobia, I know. But it appears many people couldn't avoid the storm today- eeek!

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for an afternoon at the beach.

When I was a child, I was scared stiff of sand but nowerdays I love the stuff. A family member lives right by the beach so I spent a joy filled day with six small children and lots of sea air.

I would have loved to have lived by the sea as a youngster. My best friend lives on the coast in Dovercourt and I love photos and stories of sand castle building every day and catching fresh fish. It was a really pretty day today.

But did being surrounded by so many cute kids make me want my own? Well, I've never denied I'd love to stay at home writing as my husband works but I have too much ambition which is the same reason I can be 100% sure I never want children of my own.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for photographs.

Anyone close to me could tell you what I'm like with my camera- snap, snap, snap constantly with a hunger to keep the moment alive in several images which I can hold onto forever. I love documenting everything- outfits and purchases for style blogs and fashion groups, flowers and plants in the garden so I can watch the seasons change in several shots, tiny moments filled with love and private jokes to hold close to my heart if we were to be ever so unlucky and lose that happiness.

But how often do you actually get your photos processed? It's rare I have something to hold and rather Flickr and Facebook become my frames of choice. So today, still high from last weekend, I took my camera card and within minutes held several images of 2 people so in tune, so lost in the moment and so very happy. To hold the smiling faces in my hand reminded me that technology often always lacks in reality.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the very last day of college.

Words about Descartes and signing out, now I have to worry no more. I sat by final exam today and it feels so weird. Next week marks the anniversary of the worst week of my life and I cannot believe what I've managed to do in a year. Being on campus today was bizarre, all the hopes and wishes I've had over the past few months are now in the hands of exam markers- wish me luck!

And don't forget, you can find Dressing For on Twitter now:

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being back.

Hi everyone. I'm back. I know how odd it is of me not to blog for several days in a row but there's been a number of reasons.

The weekend: Time just kept slipping away. I spent the weekend dancing with my love, seeing Britney at the O2 and then spending time Up North with my two favourite people. Best weekend in a long time.

This week: I've been to hospital and back with my ear infection. The pain got so bad that I was screaming and crying for hours. I'm only just starting to feel a bit better.

Blog will continue as normal from now on.

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being back.

Hi everyone. I'm back. I know how odd it is of me not to blog for several days in a row but there's been a number of reasons.

The weekend: Time just kept slipping away. I spent the weekend dancing with my love, seeing Britney at the O2 and then spending time Up North with my two favourite people. Best weekend in a long time.

This week: I've been to hospital and back with my ear infection. The pain got so bad that I was screaming and crying for hours. I'm only just starting to feel a bit better.

Blog will continue as normal from now on.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for packing.

My perfect weekend is now only one sleep away. All the planning and excitment and now it's finally happening! I haven't been this excited since I was a small child.

I have a super important meeting tomorrow at a magazine I've adored for years so wish me luck! Then, once evening draws in, it's a romantic dinner in Islington. Saturday is Britney Spears and Sunday is cuddles on the train up to Newcastle.

I've packed, I've had my hair coloured and I've even baked. This time in 24 hours... Yum!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for an ear infection.

Oh my god, I am exhausted! I hardly slept last night due to a terrible pain in my ear and found myself crying this morning when the pain was so bad that I couldn't swallow my coffee. I have, of course, got some kind of infection.

Do you ever get to the point where you're just feeling a little fragile and every small thing feels like mountain? That's me today. Bring on the weekend. I won't be happy until I have a champagne cocktail in my manicured hand.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for Twitter .

Hurrah- Dressing For is finally on Twiiter. A little snap selection of celeb gossip, fashion must haves and lust haves and the odd tiny rant. Feel free to follow and let me know what you're up to:

Monday, 1 June 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for finishing one book and starting another.

I love books. Indeed, in my manic episodes I have a tendancy to purchase paper backed chick-lit which I devour in days and then relish the next trip to Waterstones. In my manic episodes, books feel safe and are much safer than choices of alcohol, drugs, gambling or many other vices taken on by those with BPD or bi-polar. Because of my love of books, an upside to my BPD is summer upon summers worth of beautiful reading.

As I may have mentioned, I've been re -reading "A good girl comes undone" which is my favourite book of all time. I love that excited moment when you're reaching the last five pages or so and you even ignore the telephone ringing or needs for more herbal tea just to reach the end. I consumed the end of my favourite novel once more like my first cocktail in weeks.

But then there's the most exciting bit, having the next title lined up. Within seconds you're finishing one tattered book and opening the crisp cream paper of another with a crackle and crack of the spine. I'm now onto "The egg race" also by Polly Williams. I read carefully with a rather amused smile in knowing I never plan on having children.

What are you all reading?

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for getting excited about next weekend.

June will mark a year since the most life changing and tragic event of my life. But before I get sad about it all, I have next weekend to look forward to. My darling love and I are staying beautifully strong through any sad emotions and flashbacks we may have thus meaning next weekend will be filled with champagne, Hyde Park, the V&A, a pretty hotel and Britney Spears on Saturday 5th!

So today, my love and I have exchanging gorgeous words, booking spa hotels and getting excited about bring reunited! I have also, of course, spent today shopping! A simple skinny black belt which shall remain ever classy, elegant tan peep toes, a sparkly rose ring and the most divine dress which will make MYB want to marry me in an instant.

It's ironic, really, I shouldn't be wishing my life away when I am ever so lucky to be alive but I cannot wait until Friday night.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the final of BGT.

Hurrah for Diversity. I take it you've all been watching it? I was clearly cheering for Hollie Steel, if only because of the spelling of her name. I'm currently talking to MYB over his dislike for the show but he'll have to get used to it if he's keeping me around!

The rest of today has, once more, been a day in the garden with wine and books and feature ideas. And beautiful messages from the man I would happily grow old with. Indeed, he feels the same whether we agree what we watch on TV or not! Normality is beautiful.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the beautiful weather.

Wow, how amazing has this lot of weather been? I soaked up the sun in the garden with magazines, notebooks filled with ideas for features and lots of pineapple juice. I have a silly little white ring where my Gucci watch has rested. I had to watch my brothers today so couldn't exactly leave home but had I done, a pretty walk along the beach would have been nice with nothing but my thoughts and my iPod.

Again, sorry for the lack of images.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for working in McDonalds.

Urgh, call me a snob if you will but getting my laptop out and working in a greasy McDonalds is pretty much my worst nightmare. Screaming kids, dirty tables and businessmen on their lunch hour- not so much to my taste but I, wish Internet unavailable right now, needs must. I had to finish and email an article so the free wifi in McDonalds proved fab.

Article sent, I spent the afternoon texting pretty messages to the love of my life, reading my favourite book and drinking coffee. I'm so blissfully happy today and it's all down to one man. Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a super productive day.

I'll admit, I didn't wake up until 930am today and that was only because MYB woke me with a sweet text. I even took the pleasure of a lazy breakfast of coffee and grapefruit in front of the TV (BBC news 24, if you're wondering). And all during the day I took upon myself the great modern day need that is to Twitter.

But when I did start working, I got so much done. I managed to 90% finish a freelance piece and do a really good 3000ish words on the novel. Between all that, I set to work as the baking queen! I made some simple biscuits which I later iced with tiny red hearts. I then made a yummy flourless chocolate cake which was deliciously gooey. For dinner, I made my famed super spicy sausage pasta bake- yummy! Oh, and I managed to find the time to watch season 1 of Sex and the City.

It's been a pretty little day with discussions of love and romance. Hope you've all had a gorgeous day.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for report writing.

Dull, dull, dull. How, tell me, are reports interesting? I was trying my hardest to make it fun but I failed. 1.1, 2.5 , 4.7.6... Argh! I want to write about shoes and dating and pretty dresses and finding the love of my life. But sometimes we all have to do things we don't want to, right? Needs must and all.

So, what would I rather have done tonight? Well, I'm missing MYB so I would have loved to have done a pretty cinema and dinner date. Failing that, my actual night of working on an article, flicking through Vogue and relaxing in my pjs with a mocha and cake has actually been rather simple and lovely. How was your evening?

Just a little thing as regards images, connection isn't going to be fixed any time soon so you'll have to make do with words for a little while. But feel free to tell me all your current fashion must haves! I'm lusting after some blue Cavalli sandals and a pink H&M trench. Yum.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for baking a cake.

I'm still stupidly ill so I failed to venture out into the glorious sunshine. In my sadness, I spent this morning drinking yards of coffee, sharing romantic words with the man I fully believe is The One and watched 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' Season 1. Romance and an extreme lot of naughtiness- what more could a girl want?

This afternoon, however, I made the decision to prove my wifery skills and cooked up a storm. First was an incredible orange, passionfruit and mango sugar cake and second came a masala with roti bread for dinner. Cooking certainly cheered me up a bit.

Hope you've all had a beautiful weekend.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for missing out on the sunshine.

Have the tummy bug from hell, sorry for lack of blog post.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for baking.

I've been feeling quite ill today (ouch- sore tummy!) so I've managed little else but soaking in the bath, throwing my favourite jersey dress/leggings/pashmina combo on and doing the grocery shopping. But what I did manage , however, was finding the time to teach my younger brother how to bake a chocolate fudge cake! He delighted in all the folding, mixing and pouring of the cake but what we both really enjoyed was a sneaky lick from the bowls once we were all done. Needless to say, the cake turned out amazingly scrumptious and we all ate some after dinner.

For those of you who were wondering how last night went, I have little to say but for the very fact that I came away feeling empowered and inspired. Beyonce is an inspirational angel and I adore her.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for seeing Beyonce.

Oh my God, I'm seeing my girl tonight! So many of Beyonce's songs mean so much to me so I'm guessing I'll be crying a tiny tear when I hear the likes of 'halo' and 'hello' live tonight. Beyonce is such an idol to me because she's so confident, gorgeous and hard working.

I'm currently sat with my hair in curlers and the gold draped dress I wore on my birthday is hanging up. I heart getting all dressed up, I just wish my man could be with me but we're off to see Britney at the O2 in two weeks.

Again, no image but we're hoping to get the connection fixed soon.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the ontological argument.

I'm so tired! Aren't you? I've had such a busy day that has mainly been filled with writing around ten billion words on theories for the existance of God. I was tempted to write about my own God that is Dylan Jones but I'm guessing it wouldn't have gone down well with the philosophy department!

When it came to finishing up the essay, a mixture of time and satisfying my chorizo craving meant I didn't blog so you'll have to make do with just words once more. No visual just doesn't feel right, does it? It's getting me down but I hope all technicalities are sorted soon.

Tomorrow night is the night i've been waiting for for weeks- I'm seeing Beyonce! I will be blogging before I go. I'm so excited that I'm already getting butterflies.

I'm 90% sure I'm not spending the weekend with my love so i'm certainly going to make the most of tomorrow evening.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for forgetting her ID card.

Is the entire world against Dressing For this week? I had hoped to deliver you all a blog sized fashion treat
as I was in the library today but I stupidly forgot my ID card this no fashion aided blog post. But all is not lost, I
promise to deliver tomorrow and may well style up a few outfits to replace the lack of input this week. Please stay with me, those of you that know me well will know I'm rubbish with all this technology and new media lark. Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for another day without connectionzm.

Oh how I miss the simple pleasure of bloggging but my iPhone is coming in a treat right now. I'll be blogging sometime during the day tomorrow. Missing you lots!

Monday, 18 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a third day without internet connection.

No idea what's wrong, hope everything will be sorted soon.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a second day without Internet connection.

Another day without pretty clothes- sorry! How did you lot spend your Sunday? I spent my morning having a delicious black bottom cupcake that I'd brought home from London. My afternoon was spent in a weird little pub by the river Tyne with a stack load of family friends and some cider. Tonight? Well, i'm exhausted so it'll be an early one for me. Hope you've had a fab weekend.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for Eurovision.

Horray! How fabulous was Eurovision tonight? Don't tell me you don't love it. I'm a total sucker for Euro electro pop and I fear my darling love will never move in with me during to being ever so slightly afraid of my CD collection. Personally, I adored the entry from Greece- total OTT pop verging between fabulous and utter rubbish. A huge well done to the beautiful Jade who not only sang her heart out but looked astonishingly beautiful too.

Sadly no outfit tonight as my Internet connection is down and I'm blogging from my iphone but I think it would have involved way too many sequins and glitter. Hope you've had a wonderful night.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for filming.

I am so exhausted. I was up at 530 and haven't long got home. I was filming in London today for and I'd like to thank everyone there for helping things run so smoothly.

Another lot of thanks goes out to the famed Start Boutique and I was totally blown away to meet the owner, Philip Start. I've always had an urge to own my own boutique one day and perhaps that's something I'd do once I've finished my degree. Start really is something else though and I've admired it for ever so long.

The outfit I put together today is pretty, girly and fabulous- just like today. I've started with a blazer from, added a pretty Forever21 lace shift and some pearls which also come from Forever21. The look is finished with some fab Miu Miu flats and a colour pop Marni bag.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for an apology from her father.

I didn't blog about it too much on Monday but, in normal fashion, my father had me in tears once more. This time it was worse than ever though, I have to stay. My stunningly beautiful boyfriend and my darling mother made everything better and I went from feeling like death inside to feeling like normal Hollie once more.

My father made a call to my mother today and made an apology to me via my mum. What made me sad was that he didn't have the guts to say it to me. What do I make of it all? My father is my father, he messes up and says sorry and we all go along and pretend his toxic lifestyle of women and alcohol is fine. It's not fine this time but I have some incredible friends and a wonderful family and that's all I need.

But the sad thing is is that when my dad popped by tonight to pick up some keys (don't ask!), I rushed to change from my leggings and vest to a pretty dress and cardigan. I also did my hair. Why? Because I want him to know I'm fine without his dollars, I'm fine alone.

The outfit today is set to impress. I've started with this beautiful Anna Sui floral dress, added some Valentino shoes that I'd love to get married in and finished with a Stella McCartney bag. The earrings are Forever21, the bangles are Miss Selfridge and the hair pin is Accessorize.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a girly evening in with mum.

I have the best mother and boyfriend in the entire world. I'd love someone to live my life for a day and just see how kind, caring, sweet and gorgeous my two most important people are. But it's all about my yummy mummy tonight!

My mum called me this morning to make sure I was well and insisted we have a sweet little evening of cooking dinner, painting nails and just being fabulous. It's been such a simple evening of cooking chicken and pesto pizza, watching television and my mother plaiting my hair as if I was three once more. But it's what I've needed and I'm much happier than I was at the start of the day.

The outfit I've styled for today is perfect for a relaxed dinner out or a few chilled glasses of white wine in the spring heat. I've started with this pretty Topshop tunic, added some Current/Elliot jeans and beautiful sandals by Musa. Forever21 provide pretty extras in the form of a bracelet and ring and this simple but chic clutch is Stella McCartney.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for sleeping super late.

Wow, this medication is certainly taking over me. I slept until an appalling time today, curled up in a sweet white tee and pink bottoms until lunch time. Luckily, I have Tuesdays free but today feels like such a waste. Once I did wake, I snacked on rice cakes and strawberries for lunch and did a little work before soaking in a hot bath.

However, as willed as I was to be really productive with the rest of the day, I fell back to sleep this afternoon for a good two hours whilst I was in the middle of reading. And I'm ready for bed again! My word, I'm so tired of sleeping.

I've put together such a simple outfit today but it's a classic casual that always looks comfortable and chic. I've started with a tee by James Perse, added some jeans by Adili and thrown on some Dorothy Perkins bangles. Statement pieces come via this cute Chloé bag, Antik Batik sandals and this gorgeous floral bib necklace by Dorothy Perkins.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for dinner with the English Language lot.

Ah, will my Monday evenings ever be the same? No more English Language lectures, no more note taking and no more late night bus journeys. How I'll miss it.

Our last task was to review our favourite book and I did so in the allocated time. I titled my essay "A good girl comes undone: a tale of ambition, morals and mind blowing orgasms with powerful older men". I think that sneakily tells a tale of my own life, hehe.

After we finished writing, we headed into town and ignored the match evening mess to feast on Chinese food until we were all so full we could hardly move. Good night out!

The outfit I've styled today is a lot like what I'm currently wearing. Indeed, this New Look blazer is my very own boyfriend blazer that I've just taken off. I've added a Diane von Furstenberg maxi dress, a bag and hair band by Miss Selfridge and a necklace by Forever21. The look is finished with gladiators from and my darling Disney Couture necklace.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for book reading.

Tomorrow will see my reviewing a certain book. Covered in gold card, gold leaf flowers, a slash of red for Louboutin-esque shoes and a white silhouette. Behind the cover lies "A good girl comes undone" by Polly Williams. Behind the cover you'll find me- the sensible magazine writer with high aspirations and a certain niceness which can sometimes mean one suffers in this industry. Amongst the pages you'll find a character who reminds me of the love of my life (intelligent, powerful and intriguing no matter how long time passes) and you'll find characters who remind me of my best friend, of my mother, of people I've met through work. It's simply my favourite book because it is one in which I relate to more than any other on the shelves of our libraries and book stores across the world. It may not be a classic but it's mine and I adore it.

Perhaps I should memorise that paragraph and include that in the review tomorrow? I'm sure I'll write something similar. I've been flicking through the pages again today, reading with the type of hunger I only get when I'm put in an enchanting work situation of kissing my darling boyfriend for the first time in two weeks.

What's your favourite book? It surprises me that people often think a favourite book should be "a classic"and something millions of others have enjoyed but a favourite book is simply something which touches you to the point that, by the end of several hours of reading, you feel you actually are the character.

The outfit I've styled for today would be worn for an afternoon reading in a coffee shop, looking outside at the sun and busy people. I've started with this stunning Chloé sequin vest which I've teamed with Topshop jeans and super gorgeous Rupert Sanderson t-bar sandals. Accessories are peachy and nude with a Topshop bag, Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop scarf, bracelets by Miss Selfridge and a fab straw trilby by American Eagle.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for falling asleep.

Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. I fell asleep before I had a chance to blog last night. I feel so bad! I started a new course of medication yesterday and the side effects include extreme tiredness. After an hour and a half of taking the first pill, my head was hitting the pillow and I went to sleep straight away. I may have to start blogging during the day for the next few weeks until I get used to the medication.

MYB (my yummy bloke) called me around 830 last night and I can hardly remember our conversation because the medication had made me so sleepy, dizzy and drowsy. Apparently we barely had a conversation because I was that zonked out!

So, I do super apologise to you lovely lot.

The outfit I've made up for today would be worn for a pretty walk around the park and dinner eaten in the garden. I've started with this beautiful red animal print dress by Just Cavalli, added some heels by Kors by Micheal Kors and a bag from Accessorize. The gorgeous tribal necklace is By Malene Birger, the ring is- again- Accessorize and the sunnies are from Topshop. Hope you all had a fab Friday.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for an early morning in Manchester.

I'm back. Indeed, I was back twelve hours ago. My plan to stay wriggling in bed and enjoy several more hours of sleep whilst my love got an early morning train kind of changed. Once he woke up, the idea of a hot bubble bath was too tempting and I threw my outfit together and was holding hands with my love on the streets of Manchester by 0610am.

Early mornings are nice sometimes, aren't they? I enjoyed the crisp air hitting my face as I snuggled into my love as we walked to the station. By 0630, I was alone as MYB went off for a train to work and I used my spare half hour to grab an iced mocha and a granola bar from Starbucks.

I had such a lovely morning. I like normality best so silly things like morning walks to the train station and waving goodbye to the man I am in love with make me a very happy girl indeed. It's similar to the smell of library books, seeing a man in a tuxedo, wearing my hair in plaits or drinking hot chocolate. Y'all know I'm a simple country girl!

I have to admit, my darling and I looked rather stunning together this morning- perfectly styled clothes, shiny hair, shiny shoes and loving smiles- and I felt beautiful despite the early hour. I've styled up a really sharp outfit for today, starting with this Rebecca Taylor ruffle front sweater. I've added some fab purple A.P.C cotton shorts and Fendi strappy heels and finished the look with a white Celine frame bag. Jewellery comes in the form of these crest earrings by ModCloth and a cute little turtle necklace by Accessorize.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for romantic reunions at terminal 3.

Sometimes love really is like the movies. I love those scenes in films where lovers embrace at train stations or airports and they share a wildly passionate smooch as if they've been apart for years due to war or some such.

After an afternoon of writing and editing, I popped into Manchester Selfridges and bought the prettiest cupcakes. I had a relaxing bath, threw on a simple outfit of amazingly fitting jeans and my new boyfriend blazer and headed off to the airport to meet my love. Everything felt a bit 1950s as I saw the love of my life emerge from the arrivals doors and he scooped me up like I was his dream come true- and perhaps I am!

It's been a very odd day: lots of hard work, lots of travel and now there's about to be a big spoonful of romance and kisses to finish the day off. Hope you've had a good one, guys. Outfits resume tomorrow.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for refreshing the page.

Oh my god, I hate the Internet! I had some stuff to sort out online today and the website went down/crashed/died and I spent ages in my pajamas just wishing for the website to work. After many phone calls, a few tears and hours of stress, all was sorted and I'll reveal some information very soon.

But, for tonight, I feel low. Deadlines and idiots being the main problem but isn't that just life as a journalist? Not even chocolate could help me cope tonight but I keep clicking through the beautiful pictures of my beautiful man and I at the weekend and I grin when I'm reminded how stunning we look together and how happy we look. I think the best way to deal with stress is just to scream and cry all you want through it and then think of some beautifully happy times.

I'm going for an early night tonight as I think it'll do me some good. I'm off to Manchester tomorrow for work, a little shopping and perhaps a romantic late dinner with my love. I'll make sure I blog!

The outfit I've picked for today is so cute just for staying at home and working in. I love this quirky McQ scarf/tee which I've paired with Miss Selfridge jeans. The pink shoes are Converse, these sweet seahorse earrings are Topshop and this gorgeously classic bag is Anya Hindmarch.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being so sorry she missed an entry.

Yesterday was my birthday and, in the evening, I was rather too drunk for words- literally. My birthday was a little stressful (the whole weekend didn't go to plan by far) so when I finally went out in the evening with my love, we were stressed and in the mood for one too many cocktails.

We sat sipping on AMAZING cocktails and it didn't occour to me that I hadn't blogged. And the more cocktails I had, the less I thought about the real world and the more I thought about tramp food, swine flu and penguins. The conversation got silly, we got giggly and we had a legendary night out.

Thanks to my lovely family and friends, my birthday was wonderful. I have the most incredible people around me who know my taste so well and know just what to say at the right times. I treasured every second of this weekend, even in the really low points, I was happy just to be Hollie-Anne and I'm never going to change that, people love me for it and that makes me happy.

The outfit styled for tonight would be worn for more celebrations- perhaps a tea party with my family or a pub lunch just like I had earlier today? I've kept it simple with shades of blue and yellow- a colour combination that spells happiness and fun. This Marc by Marc Jacobs dress looks like it would be so flattering and the colour is gorgeous with a tan. I've added a Monsoon bracelet, a gorgeous daisy ring by and a clutch by Dorothy Perkins who are my current fave. Finally, some gorgeous as gorgeous can be heels by Brian Atwood which are perfect for dancing the night away. Hope you've had a lovely holiday weekend.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the night before her birthday.

It's the night before my birthday and I'm lying alone in a huge bed with half a glass of wine next to me and magazines surrounding me- I'm making the best of a bad situation. I was meant to be out drinking champagne tonight but plans have changed. Tomorrow morning I shall be joined by my love where I'll open birthday cards and gifts from family and then enjoy a day filled with beautiful surprises and lots of love. I've been promised another birthday weekend (as such) as this one hasn't turned out as planned but I'm still going to make the most of tomorrow.

I went on a mini shopping spree this afternoon and dropped a small fortune- who knew Dorothy Perkins would become my new favourire store? Check out their bags this season, I picked up a coral satchel today which looks like it's worth some serious dollars but cost a mere £35!

Outfits resume on Monday, guys. Thanks for all the birthday messages so far.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for room service.

Spending birthday weekend in beautiful hotel. So full from nomming on french fries.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for cancelling her birthday dinner.

Today has just been a big load of fail from the start and it's got worse. I'm just exhausted and tired. I got very little sleep last night and had an unproductive day of work. When I got home this evening, I took my mother to one side and explained how tired and low I felt. I cancelled dinner with my family tonight despite looking forward to it. I've been in bed since 4:30pm and I just plan on sleeping through the next few days. I'm sorry this entry isn't very happy and smiley, things aren't great tonight.

Anyway, this is the outfit I would have put together for a relaxed dinner with the people I love the most. I've used a vest by Splendid which I'd wear tucked into this stunning Dorothy Perkins skirt. I've added Chanel-a-like shoes from Topshop, an ASOS bangle and an Alexander McQueen scarf. To finish off the look, I've gone for a Marc B envelope stud bag.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for birthday tea with her father.

I'm heading off to the land of love for my birthday thus I'm catching up with friends and family this week. Tonight, it was the turn of my father. I rushed home from lectures, dismissing the pleasure of drinks with friends, and made sure I looked fabulous and had something equally as fabulous in the oven.

My father didn't offer to take me out tonight. My father asked me if I'd make him tea, I said yes because I hate to argue. I popped a quick dinner in the oven and slipped into a pretty dress, my tattoo looking beautiful as it sat on my arm and reminded me how proud I should be of myself.

When my father arrived, we sat down and drank tea and he looked appalled at my quirk on my arm (although later got used to it and loved it). I served dinner at the table and we continued talking- but that was the problem.

My dad drained me tonight. All he went on about was Muffin Top, booking an expensive holiday with Muffin Top and er...Muffin Top! He went on and on about getting in trouble at work, almost being proud of the fact. My father always has been a mess, he has nothing to his name but a car and half a dozen items of clothing. I don't feel sorry for him, he doesn't put himself across as a sad man, but I do feel cross. Why do people feel they can mumble through life without any stability and normality? Call me middle-class if you will.

I'm off to bed soon, happy in the knowledge that tomorrow night is my birthday dinner with my mother and step-family. My father gave me cash and a card, both of wish I don't need.

I've made up a stunning outfit for today. If my father has to put me down, I may as well look stylish as he does so. I've picked this stunning dress by Thurley which is a clear show stopper wherever worn. I've colour clashed the outfit with a turquoise Pucci clutch and jewellery by Bijoux. The pretty hair comb is designed by Salcome, the sandals are by Azzedine Alaia and the look is finished with a Topshop ring.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for getting her tattoo.

That's it, it's all over and I now have something with me for the rest of my life (I don't mean MYB). My 'believe' tattoo is simply beautiful, a stunning reminder that I have my happy ending.

I'm shocked at how easy it all was, actually. I expected to come back and tell you all that I was screaming at the top of my voice in crazed pain and that I passed out but it was fine! The pain itself was just like a cat scratch and nothing unbearable, even by my girly girl standards. It was over in a few minutes and the after care is going to be so easy.

I'm very pleased to say that I'm a happy girl this evening. Now, my Internet is playing up and I'm typing this from my iPhone. There won't be an outfit tonight, sadly. Apologies.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the night before.

It's the evening before my first tattoo. I sit here nervous and knowing that in 12 hours time, I'll have the numbing cream on and be ready to leave the house. The more people I tell, the more shocked people are that I'm getting inked up but when I explain the motives behind it, it all makes sense to people.

So, what is it that I'm afraid of? Well, the answer is simple- the pain! I've been scared on needles ever since I was a tiny little girl and had to get an operation. I've asked a few friends who already have little inked drawings on their bodies and I'm told to grit my teeth through it, remember why I'm getting it down and take lots of deep breaths. I'm planning on taking my iPod to drown out the sound but I think chatting away might help more and take my mind off things. I keep telling myself it'll be over in no more than half an hour. Wish me luck, eh?

I plan on trying to take a few pics (before, during and after) so I'll let you know where you can find them if it's to your taste.

The outfit I've selected today would be worn out for cocktails with friends- a few drinks to get my courage going. I have a love/hate relationship with this green suede jacket by Acne which I've paired with some Sass & Bide jeans. I love a bit of colour clashing so I've added a pochette clutch by Proenza Schouler, a ring from ASOS and some friendship bracelets by Monsoon. Finally, to finish this fierce look, some show-stopping 5.5 inch heeled sandals by Christian Louboutin.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the start of the birthday week.

My birthday is one week away. On Sunday May 3rd, I'll turn a year older and I'm welcoming a new and beautiful stage into my life. My birthday plans are unsorted at the moment but I always struggle with unhappy memories of birthdays past (hi, rubbish father running away and getting engaged to his mistress on my birthday) and therefore a huge party has never been to my taste. I think I'll go out for lunch and then stay in with some birthday cake, DVDs and an extra load of cuddles from my love. I look forward to it.

Yesterday, my mother ruined my brown rice and grilled fish healthy week by taking me out for lunch and, with my parents split and friends all over the place, this week is going to be a busy one. Tomorrow, however, I have the day alone and plan to rest and write before the formalities of birthday teas and champagne cocktails take over.

My mother took me out to purchase my birthday gift today. A shiny new iPhone. It's so pretty! I'm an e-mail addict and all my work is organised by e-mail now that I'm living in the North so having access to my inbox is a must for me. I fear the iPhone will make me even more of a work-a-holic but at the same time, I'm hearting the Elle Canada application with fashion news updates- nice one! So, for those of you who have an iPhone, what are your favourite apps and how has the iPhone changed your life so far?

This time in 48 hours I'll have my tattoo- eeek!

The outfit I've picked for today would be worn to a pre-birthday lunch followed by sitting in the garden with cups of tea and lots of gossip. All the items featured here are certainly on my birthday wish-list, MYB- take note! This stunningly simple pleated dress in a flattering shade is by Viktor and Rolf, I've added a Topshop bracelet, Juicy Couture necklace and a Roberto Cavalli ring to really give it that 'wow' factor. These beautiful shoes featured are Yves Saint Laurent and I've used this ostrich bag from one of my favourite labels of all time, Bottega Veneta.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for booking her tattoo.

Oh my god, can you believe I just typed that? Can you believe I'm getting a tattoo on Tuesday at noon? My word. But speaking of believe, that's exactly what my tattoo shall be. Perfectly inked on my wrist, the word 'believe' will sit there as a reminder of the ups and downs of life and the most treasured phrase repeated by my mother: "Believe in yourself and believe things will get better".

Now, as I sit with my happy ending in the form of the most beautiful man alive and a career I totally adore, I trust her words more than ever. I do realise I'll always have a struggle with BPD but now- several months after feeling content and calm and as if BPD never existed- I know how to deal with it. I take every single minute as a treasure- I shouldn't be sitting here today- and I adore life, even if that just means reading the newspaper on my journey home.

I think self belief and belief in those around you is the most important value in life. You give up when you stop believing and, in an evening last June, I really did give up. But with the help of my mother, best friend, my darling man and those other people around me, I am now the most content girl alive. Perhaps this entry comes across as me gushing with happiness, even being smug, but I know a lot of you who read this blog can really understand what I mean by all this.

But, as many of my friends are thinking, what is this typical middle-class girl getting a tattoo for? Surely, the girl who votes Conservative and cannot wait to get married is against inking herself up? It's surprised me too, I must say, but it was my mother who suggested it and I want to give something positive back to my body which has dealt with so much psychical abuse in the past.

Finally, before we get onto the outfit, I'd like to say a HUGE thank-you to all who read the comment and contact with such lovely words. This is the 200th entry and Dressing For is my baby. The blog means a lot to me and the best thing is hearing all your sweet comments. I'm glad a lot of you get a lot out of Dressing For, I certainly do too!

Fashion o'clock? Go on then! I've picked this sweet 3/4 length sleeve striped dress from French Connection- it would really show off my little addition to my wrist. With it, I've added an Yves Saint Laurent chunky gold necklace, a ring by Forever21 and a rope bracelet from . The red sunglasses featured here can be found at , the cute nautical inspired bag is by APC Madras and costs £91 and, finally, these classic sandals are designed by the wonderful Sigerson Morrison.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a headache.

My psychical health hasn't been great lately. I feel all I've done is blog about how ill I've been feeling this week, sorry. I've had a headache all day which probably wasn't helped by a late night last night and getting involved in a silly argument. I'm hoping, really hoping, to have a calm night tonight.

When I get psychically ill, it's normal due to stress so I've promised myself an ultimate weekend of relaxing and trying to apologise to those around me who I've annoyed with my silly hormones and grumpy attitude. Wish me luck!

What have you lot been up to this week? I hope you've had a great one and that you have a brilliant weekend lined up.

The outfit I've made up for today would be worn out to dinner with friends or my love. I've selected a Marc by Marc Jacobs tunic, some white Topshop jeans and earrings from Forever21. I've gone all multi-coloured with accessories and used some Antik Batik sandals, Topshop bangles and a fab bag Fendi.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being sick.

What was wrong with me today? I was perfectly fine this morning (apart from sleeping in) and enjoyed a philosophy lecture before getting ready to go and sort my sprained hand out. But then, just as I'd finished applying my lip balm and buttoning up my cardigan, I went all faint and nearly passed out. And then I was sick. I'm lush, right? Yuck!

I came home this afternoon, drank lots of green tea water and felt a little better. I've been yawning all day and I'm looking forward to a lie-in tomorrow. I kept myself busy by sorting out University stuff, doing a little writing and relaxing on the sofa with the paper. Tomorrow will be a much better day, I'm sure.

On a slightly cute note, my mother came home from work today with a little parcel for me. My mum bought me some anchor print pjs and jelly sandals! Isn't she sweet? She wanted to make me feel lots better and she has.

This outfit cheers me up! A bright pink sleeveless ADAM silk jumpsuit is worn with a lilac Topshop belt and a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. To keep this look casual and fresh for daytime wear, I've added a boyfriend cardigan from Forever21 and some lace-ups from Wet Seal. The bangles featured here and from the wonderful ASOS and I've added a lust worthy watch by Toy Watch.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for art and philosophy.

My day was always going to be a little tough when a smelly bloke into trains sat next to me on the bus and insisted on talking to me about his house near a windmill. I tried to apply my bronzer, tried to put my iPod in, tried to call MYB... nothing worked! He got off after a few stops though, I was so thankful.

Then, with the sun blazing outside and begging me to sit my maxi skirt covered bottom on the grass and read Grazia, I had to endure a long philosophy lecture. Normally, I adore my philosophy lectures but I felt a little lost today. We were looking into art and philosophy in the 1600s. The subject really interested me but the more my lecturer went on and on and on, the less intelligent I felt and I started to feel sad when I was thinking more about lip gloss as my other students were taking notes. I'm intelligent, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I feel others in the class look down on me for writing the articles I do and going off to Uni to study the subject I'll be doing. But sod 'em, right? I shouldn't let it get to me.

I've also managed to sprain my hand in the last few days which now means I'll be spending a while in the walk in centre getting it fixed up tomorrow. I've had my arm bandaged up before. I added a corsage to make it look nice.

Oh and finally, I argued with my twelve year old brother. Woe is moi? Not really, I have an appointment with MYB in half an hour.

Fashion always cheers me up so I'm moving on to the pretty outfit I've made up for today. I love girls who can pull off this casual look of a shirt and jeans. The shirt used here is by Steven Alan, I've gone for bleach jeans from Topshop and a pair of fabulous sunglasses also from Topshop. These super cute flip-flop come from Marc by Marc Jacobs, this sweet little necklace is by Hannah Zakari and the gorgeous soft pink bag is available from . Hope you enjoyed the sunshine!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for peppermint tea in the garden.

My days off are normally swarmed with freelance work, catching up with friends and planning on watching a DVD and having a nap and yet never doing it. Today was no different- editing, writing, phone calls and coffee. And I saw my father. But rather than spend the evening getting a headache from looking at my screen too much, I took time to relax outside.

Sunshine and warmth in the North of England is rare and when the opportunity arises to sit in the sun and unwind, everyone fits time in their schedule to do so. I sat in my garden, on the pink blanket used to curl up with my love on Thursday night, and lost myself in daydreams of weddings and dresses and shoes and cupcakes. I'm a girly girl, we all know this.

I also soaked myself in my favourite book (' A Good Girl Comes Undone' by Polly Williams) and flicked through Tatler as I sipped on peppermint tea and text MYB (my yummy bloke) to inform him of my rare evening delight. Needless to say, he was jealous!

The outfit I've picked for today is casual, pretty and perfect for spring walks. This stunning lemon dress is by Zac Posen and I've added a glamorous sun hat with gold trimming by Forever21. To complete the look, I've used a straw bag from ASOS, some Old Navy flip-flops and super fabulous ASOS sunnies. Hope you've had a gorgeous Tuesday, fashionistas!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for getting back to normality.

The holidays are well and truly over and I landed back in education this evening with excitement. I dislike holidays, I've always been a work-a-holic and although I had masses of editing and writing to do over my break, it still didn't feel right. It was great to be feeling inspired and back in a classroom once more.

How lovely was the weather today, though? My word, it was incredible. As much as I spent four hours in a classroom, I enjoyed a skinny iced mocha from Starbucks whilst sitting in the sun and reading. I think tomorrow is supposed to be just as lovely so I'm going to take my laptop outside and write until the sun comes down. Oh, and see my father but I'll try and make that short and sweet.

So, onto the outfit. I've gone for cute and comfortable today. I've started with this gorgeous Alice + Olivia tank dress and kept the accessories light and fresh. I've added navy lace-ups from Dorothy Perkins, this stunning white bag by Fendi and a chain hairband by Miss Selfridge. The look is completed with a statement necklace from Forever21 and some gorgeous oversized sunnies by Miu Miu.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being sad on a Sunday.

Come on, Hollie, pull yourself together! I keep repeating this in my head but the idea of curling into my bed for several days and crying a few tears feels like the better option. Of course, like any person recovering from years of on/off mental illness, there will be bad days. Today isn't a bad day, as such, I'm no-where near the lows I have experienced in times gone past but I need a major cuddle and perhaps a tiny cry. Crying is healthy, letting it all out is healthy.

I'm not sure what's wrong, perhaps I'm just being a silly hormonal girl or coming down from the high of the past few days? Perhaps it's the end of the holidays and I'm nervous of the next few academic weeks ahead? I'll be fine, I know I will. I'm having a bit of a miserable day just like any other human being experiences.

I've kept busy today and done some more editing and writing. Playing with my guinea pigs also made me smile. Simple pleasures and keeping busy always works. I might go to bed soon and do some reading and call my love and remind him just how much I love him- from his beautiful blond hair to the tip of his toes.

The outfit I've styled for today would be worn for a Sunday lunch with friends and lots of laughing. I am madly in love with this Sonia Rykiel jumper and I've paired it with a Topshop floral skirt and black tights. I've added some incredible Rupert Sanderson platforms and a cute Chloé bag. Finally, I've used some ASOS hair clips and a ring by Oasis.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being an editor.

Well, an editor of my own work. As many of you know, I'm working on my first novel and I'm finding it much harder work than I ever thought despite it being an utter pleasure. The editing of all my writing can take so long and I change my mind over things all the time so a lot of work needs to be put in. When I write, I just go and go and go and I often scribble 5,000 words in a day without taking a moment to stop and do some editing. Then it catches up with me. I've spent today just working my way through it all and doing some much needed editing of my book. My mind feels so much clearer now.

I'm exhausted today, though. I have that quite nice feeling of being sleepy and warm and needing a nap. I'll sleep well tonight!

My outfit for today is all about comfort but style- popping out to the shops for a newspaper and a sly bar of chocolate, sitting at my desk and working away with Radio 2 in the background, laughing at photographs from the past few days and scribbling down feature ideas. This top is so stunning but I sadly have no idea where it's from, I believe it's some sort of Japanese label. The jeans are Stella McCartney, I've gone for some cute Converse and added a gorgeous Prada bag. The ring featured here is Disney Couture, the watch is DKNY and the bracelet is from ASOS.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a wonderful Friday.

Friday is clearly the best day of the week, or at least it certainly has been for me. Ah, I'm still in that mood from last night where I have a lot of faith in love and life. How long will that last, I wonder? It never appears to last too long for anyone but I'm enjoying it.

I woke up late this morning, sat sipping tea in bed for a while and then whipped up an incredible brunch complete with champagne cocktails! Once I was all dressed and ready, I went out for Starbucks and enjoyed the most wonderful company (as I had been all day). I ended today walking around Fenwicks and embracing myself in all things Mulberry. I hope you've also had a fabulous day!

So, the outfit. I've gone for this beautiful floral Dorothy Perkins dress, added some Faith heels, black tights and a lovely bag from Miss Selfridge. As it was cold today, I've used this incredible silk trench coat by Ossie Clark.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for watching The Hills and perfection.

If you could spend a few hours living your dream, what would you do? I used to dream of Gucci shoes and living between London, New York and Paris but I'm rethinking all that. Right now, I'm living my dream. Right this second. I'm sat watching The Hills, I've had a few glasses of wine and I'm in the best company possible. Dreams are more realistic than they appear, quite often. Living the dream, for me, is normality.

The look I've gone for is simple, chic and very me. I've started with this beautiful 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt, added some super cute cropped Dolce and Gabbana cropped skinny jeans and then paired it all with these flats by Miu Miu. To finish the look, I've gone for a Topshop suede clutch and necklace and a ring by Monica Vivader. Hope you're all having a fabulous evening.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for the cinema with friends.

I have had such a fun night! Isn't it lovely how a few people getting together for a drink or two and a movie can cause such happiness? Simple evenings filled with laughter and a silly film are the best. I went to see 17 Again with a few friends, picking the film because it was the only thing we could all agree on. It was a sweet movie, you know, rather typical but lovely nonetheless.

Cinema hotdogs taste so much nicer, don't they? Especially when you're taking a bite out of a one belonging to your friend as they share your chocolates. I think the experience of just getting together, the five of us like it was tonight, and having fun just like children is really great and people don't do it as often as they should. I adore my friends more than ever tonight.

I'm really looking forward to this week. I have a date tomorrow, lovely plans for Thursday and the same again for Friday. It's nice having things all planned out, isn't it? I'll still be blogging though, don't worry!

I needed to dress casual but smart enough to sit and look pretty in a wine bar. My outfit tonight- a simple jeans/trench/clutch combo- really worked and so does this. This pretty grey cardigan is by Stella McCartney, I've added True Religion jeans and a stunning pair of heels by Fendi. Lanvin provide this pretty bracelet and this gorgeous purple crystal statement necklace. To finish off the outfit, I've gone for some studs from Dorothy Perkins and a lovely soft clutch by Marni. Hope you've had a great evening!

Monday, 13 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a sunny Easter Monday.

Bank holidays are the best, right? Hope you've all enjoyed that extra day off. What did you get up to? Of course, I was sunning myself in the garden but found myself in crippling pain all day due to my silly kidney infection. Typical that the doctors was shut on the day I really needed it but hopefully I'll be able to get in tomorrow for a checking over.

I managed to do a little spring cleaning today and a little work on the novel but I mainly found myself either sat comfortably enjoying the sun in the garden or watching television, my pain allowing me not to do much else. Never mind, I'm in very good spirits today thanks to a beautiful week planned ahead.

Now for the fashion! I've started with this super sweet English rose print vest from Topshop which I'd wear tucked into these stunning Chloé shorts. I've added a vintage bag and some patent leather flats by Lanvin. Finally, I've added some fab sunglasses and a sweet little ring both from Forever21.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for Easter.

Happy Easter, Everyone! How are you all? Feeling sick from too much chocolate? Luckily, I didn't start on the chocolate this morning so I'm going to indulge tonight with a few bites and a glass of wine. Yum!

I always find it interesting what people get up to at Easter. My atheist best friend sleeps all day (like any other day), my father takes to church and dives into the whole tradition, children binge on chocolate and receive money as if it were their birthday and I am but somewhere in between. I've never spoken about my religious beliefs, really, nor do I think I will to a full extent but I've found today very beautiful and very enjoyable.

However, one part of today that I didn't find lovely at all was falling over! I don't say it often but I cannot wait to move out- my brothers are driving me mad! My brother had left his bag in the front room and I went flying over the handle of it and almost hit my head on the radiator, I was crying with the shock. I now have one rather vile lump on my knee, pain in my back and bruises all over me. How lovely am I going to look on my date next week?!

OK, time for the fashion. I've gone for a Stella McCartney playsuit which is long enough to hide my lumps and bumps on my legs. I've added a tribal edge with some incredible Dries Van Noten heels, a scarf from Topshop and a Juicy Couture bag. The earrings are available from Forever21, the floral bangle is by Wet Seal and the coloured bangles are from Dorothy Perkins. Happy Easter, everyone!

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being rather ill.

What a fabulous Easter weekend! Hope you lot are having a better time than I currently am, I'm sat here feeling more ill than I have done in a very long time and I have to admit that I'm slightly concerned. Google can be your worst enemy, can't it? You Google your illness and suddenly you manage to make yourself believe you've got three weeks to live. I need to stop self diagnosing.

My parents wanted to get me to the hospital tonight but I'm feeling so low, so tired and so sore that I just cannot manage the strength to get into the car and wait around in a cold hospital filled with drunks. However, my mother has managed to persuade me into going to the hospital tomorrow morning so I think I'll be up quite early and spending part of the day getting checked out. I'm sure I'll be fine but my kidneys really do not feel healthy.

So, what do you all have in store tomorrow? I want to hear all about your choccie filled day and beautiful mornings at church.

Outfit time. I have fallen in love with this chiffon tunic top by Diane von Furstenberg and this gorgeous See by Chloé bag. I've used some Topshop jeans and pretty lilac flats and a floral locket by Forever21. Finally, to complete the outfit, a light purple ring by Wet Seal.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being too tired to shop.

Did I just write that? I think I did. My word, I must be exhausted. Yesterday was amazing, if not tiring and I came back more tired than I have been in months. After a decent sleep, I spent this morning playing with the guinea pigs and then soaking in a relaxing bath.

Do you ever just have those days where it doesn't matter how much sleep you've had, you're still exhausted? That was me today. I thought perhaps the aforementioned bath might wake me up or some lunch and a few cups of coffee but nothing did it.

This afternoon I tagged along with my parents when they went shopping and, with everything from Zara to H&M to Lush to Faith at my fingertips, I couldn't manage to strength to even try on a pair of heels. I was left dreaming of my bed, a warm blanket and thick socks.

When I arrived home, I curled up on the sofa in my favourite jersey dress and read magazines. I'm now looking forward to an early night. Dull and boring? Perhaps. Cosy and lovely? Very much so.

I'm dressing comfortably today but nonetheless super stylish. I've started with a fitted grey jacket from Wet Seal and added a stunning By Malene Birger pleated skirt. For accessories, I've gone for a Vivienne Westwood bear necklace, a cute See by Chloé bag and some silver Marc by Marc Jacobs woven flats. To finish the outfit, I've used a flower ring by Lydia Courteille, at nearly £4,000, it's certainly an investment piece.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for getting back from Alton Towers.

Well, there's not outfit tonight but I am back. I'm exhausted and sore and just want my bed! Will you forgive me? Will blog tomorrow! Night, guys.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for going off to Stoke.

Early post today. The family and I are off to Stoke today. Why? Well, I'm regaining some of my childhood and I'm off to Alton Towers! I'm rather excited. We're staying over in a hotel tonight so we're all refreshed and alive for all the child-like fun we're going to be having tomorrow. I missed out when my family went to DisneyWorld (I had too much work on) so I'm looking forward to this little treat for all five of us.

I think it'll take around three hours in the car- can I manage it? With a twelve year old and an eight year old in the back with me? Fingers crossed! I have my iPod all loaded up and ready to block out the noise of my squabbling brothers.

I'll be blogging tomorrow evening once we're back so I'm sure I'll have a story or two about some super scary ride that made me throw up/cry/lose my favourite bracelet on.

So, with all the travelling, I need a comfortable outfit today. I've gone for a fab pumpkin slouched tee from Topshop, some skinny jeans by Acne and lovely little gladiator sandals by Wet Seal. To add a little glamour, I've gone for some much needed sunglasses by Miu Miu and a large Miu Miu bag to pack all my magazines in. Finally, I've used this stunning Bottega Veneta amber ring. See you tomorrow!

Stoke. by hollieanne featuring Miu Miu shoulder bags

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for late night shopping.

Well, not so much late night but 6pm onwards. There's something I adore about going shopping "after hours". I love taking the car journey to the shopping centre and seeing all the cars in a jam going in the opposite direction as they fight their way through rush hour traffic and try to get home. I love the stress of the day vanishing as soon as I have a shoe store on my left and a lingerie shop on my right. I love seeing people in office wear hurrying to pick up a few things before heading home as I take my time and enjoy every second. I basically love to shop!

I've had a blissful day. I woke early this morning and baked my heart out in preparation for my father coming over. And he did. On time. I fear if I blog about it, it'll sound more and more like a dream and the acceptance he gave me today will feel like a scene from a movie. But it was perfect.

This evening, as a family, we went out in search of some pretty purchases, or perhaps it's more fair to say I dragged them out so I could try on heels! Now, I made a purchase tonight that I've had my eye on for ages. And, I think I'm right in saying, it may well be a controversial buy.

I bought a pair of white jeans. I know, I know, I'm not a size 8 and I bought white jeans- they look vile on everyone, right? Well, it actually appears that that fashion rule may be wrong. With the right cut and confidence, white jeans are actually easy to pull off. I love my pair, they're comfortable and fresh and I feel it's one step forward for all those women with wobbly tummies and jiggly thighs- we can look good in most things, it's all about confidence and knowing your boundaries!

So, in joy of said white jeans, I've gone for this Roberto Cavalli pair. I've teamed them with a simple black vest from Dorothy Perkins, a purple Crumpet cardigan and purple flats from Charlotte Russe. The bracelet beads and sweet earrings are from Forever21 and the cross body bag adds a splash of clashing colour and is available from Topshop. Hope you've had a great day, everyone!

Late night shopping.
Late night shopping. by hollieanne featuring Forever21 earrings

Monday, 6 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for hating the bank.

Hmm, slightly odd day. I've never had major financial troubles in the sense of worrying about money for long periods of time but I did find myself feeling quite down today. Why is the bank such an unhappy place? They've made a muddle with my account and caused me a lot of stress. Have they said sorry? Nope. Silly bank.

I feel a bit lost this evening. It's night one of four without my love and it's weird to think I'm not going to hear him whisper pretty words to me as I drift off to sleep. I'll manage though, I'm a big girl!

Because the bank have messed up, any shopping I do this week must be High Street thus every item featured here is available on the great British High Street or online. I've started with a dress from New Look, added a bag from ASOS and gone for some amazing heels from Topshop. To accessorize the outfit a little more, I've gone for a jewel ring from Accessorize and earrings and chunky bangles also from Topshop. Hope you've had a great Monday!

I hate the bank.
I hate the bank. by hollieanne featuring Monsoon rings

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for being cross.

I've been having a bit of a rough few days- bit low, tired, flu- and I was positive I'd pick myself up today and feel refreshed for the coming week but apparently that wasn't to happen. MYB and I spent all last night chatting and trying to ease our stressed minds and, at a silly hour this morning, we said goodbye and went to sleep happy.

But MYB (My Yummy Bloke) text me and was insistent he spoke to me ASAP. Anyway, we ended up having a little falling out over some information he's been keeping from me (he'll not be around for five whole days as of tomorrow) and I've had to stop myself from crying in public all day because he just added to my stress. Silly, MYB. I adore him, I just wish he'd have had a little more belief in me.

We've made up (and bloody enjoyed it!) and we're swapping texts but my mind still feels busy and cloudy with all the work I have to do this week. I need a holiday.

However, on a positive note, I've gone for a kiss print dress from Dorothy Perkins for all those silly little misunderstandings that couples have that end up in romance and beautifulness. I've added some pink Forever21 flats, a necklace by ASOS and a ring by Betsey Johnson. Finally, I've added the gift which I hope I'll be getting as an "I'm sorry" gift, a beautiful navy Chanel bag. Hope you lot have had a fab weekend!

I was cross.
I was cross. by hollieanne featuring Forever21 flat shoes

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for a lost voice.

Oh, here's me thinking that a good night of sleep would mean I'd wake up this morning and feel refreshed. I was most certainly wrong! I woke up late this morning with a killing headache, puffy eyes and a sore throat. When I wanted to feel refreshed with a steaming hot bath, I was told a water pipe had burst up the road which left out entire house smelling of eggs and made the water brown. Lovely!

My sore throat turned worse and I ended up losing my voice for several hours which certainly wasn't fun. I did manage to enjoy the sun a little, though, if only from my garden. I've spent my day writing, reading magazines and newspapers and the normal things which come along with a lazy Saturday. I'm now sat in bed listening to The Smiths- bliss!

Outfit time! Whenever I feel low- whether due to psychical illness or just being a little depressed- I really feel a great colourful outfit just adds that something to make you smile and feel a little better. I've become a bit of a fan of Dorothy Perkins fan tonight with this magenta cardigan, emerald tulip skirt and grey bag all coming from the High Street store. I've added grey Falke tights, grey pumps with chain detail from Primark and a gorgeous necklace available from ASOS. I hope you're having a great weekend, everyone!

I lost my voice.
I lost my voice. by hollieanne featuring Dorothy Perkins bags

Friday, 3 April 2009

Hollie-Anne Brooks dresses for stripes and florals.

What a lovely day! Did you all enjoy the sunshine? I hope you managed to get out of the office, even if it was just to M&S for a sandwhich during your lunch hour.

I started the day off oddly, not wanting to drag myself out of bed come 10am after not getting to sleep until 4 this morning after romantic discussions and pretty daydreams. When I did manage to pull myself up and out of my slumber, I drank coffee and washed the exhaustion from my eyes with a bubble bath and BBC World Service.

When it came to getting dressed, I was in a bit of a rush after managing to lose the hairdryer for a bit and running around the house like mad. I had semi pre-planned an outfit last night though so pulled on a striped tee, a floral dress and some black tights and flats. My mid-morning rush caused me just to grab the nearest accessories and the result was rather fab with a Topshop corsage pinned at shoulder level and pretty pearls.

I spent my day completing one of my HEFC courses (hurrah!) and then went into Starbucks for an iced mocha, cookie and the latest copy of Instyle magazine. Simple pleasures are always the best and the sun is giving everyone a major boost.

The outfit today is inspired by my outfit. Should I post a pic of it? Hmm, perhaps tomorrow. The stripped tee is from Topshop, this beautiful skirt is by H&M and the pretty pink flats are by Miu Miu. Today, I grabbed my satchel and threw all my junk it; surprisingly, it really finished off my look. This satchel here to perfect to me and is by Proenza Schouler for a crazy $14,500. Do you think it's worth adding to my birthday wish list? Cheaper accessories are this Dorothy Perkins ring and Forever21 pearls.

Stripes and florals.
Stripes and florals. by hollieanne featuring Proenza Schouler shoulder bags