Olivia Petter

Writer and founder of oliviapetter.com

University of Bristol graduate with a passion for the arts, health and wellbeing.

I am a freelance writer based in London. Recent credits include British Vogue, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian & The International Business Times.

My writing can also be seen on my website www.oliviapetter.com.
How To Deal With December When You Don't Celebrate

How To Deal With December When You Don't Celebrate Christmas

You'd be surprised at how much this has impacted my life. Telling someone you don't celebrate Christmas is like telling Kylie Jenner she's run out of lip fillers. There are gasps, sniffles and eyes filled with irreconcilable sadness.
12/12/2016 16:44 GMT
How To Talk Like A

How To Talk Like A Millennial

Let's face it, us millennials are a lazy bunch, we don't have sex, we don't go clubbing - we barely have enough energy to get out of bed to take a selfie #iwokeuplikethis. We don't have time to interact with those who don't speak our language - and no, nobody says LOL anymore, it's practically archaic.
26/08/2016 14:06 BST
Sexless Millennials: An Inconvenient Yet Unsurprising

Sexless Millennials: An Inconvenient Yet Unsurprising Truth

Social media has undoubtedly made us more aware of what we look like and more importantly, how we present ourselves aesthetically. Instagram allows us to highly curate our lives while Snapchat actually encourages us to take prettier pictures of ourselves by introducing image-enhancing filters. Could it be that we are less interested in sex because we are more interested in ourselves?
10/08/2016 15:49 BST
Ibiza's Healthy Little

Ibiza's Healthy Little Secret

Raves, shots, David Guetta, UV paint - Ibiza, yeh? Not quite. This Summer, my experience of the infamous Balearic island was slightly different to your stereotypical lads trip. The Body Camp is a shiny new health & fitness retreat set in the secluded region of San Juan
02/08/2016 13:43 BST
Can We Stop Condemning 'Clean

Can We Stop Condemning 'Clean Eating'?

One can only hope that the British public won't be deterred from making a nutritious green smoothie once in a while due to bad editing and lazy research.
18/07/2016 15:26 BST
How Not to Lose Friends and Alienate People at Glastonbury

How Not to Lose Friends and Alienate People at Glastonbury Festival

It's the pinnacle of the musical calendar and the unofficial stomping ground for the devastatingly cool and famous. Thanks to the other 200,000 mortal attendees, it's also one of the most overtly stereotyped and satirised events of the year where you're only ever one floral headband away from a cliché. Follow these rules to ensure you don't make a tit out of yourself.
19/06/2016 18:05 BST
The Politics Of Digital Discourse: It's Getting

The Politics Of Digital Discourse: It's Getting Emoji-onal

I enjoy emojis just as much as the next smartphone-obsessed millennial; while I'm delighted that I will soon be able to illustrate my english breakfast in full (bacon, sausages and eggs are just some of the new inclusions), I can't help but feel slightly concerned by the rate at which emojis seem to be monopolising the way we communicate.
06/06/2016 16:51 BST
Are Eating Disorders Really

Are Eating Disorders Really Contagious?

Cough, splutter, sniff, nose wipe, BOOM...eating disorder? Surely not. While the general consensus has always been that anorexia and bullemia are a little more complex than the common cold, recent studies suggest new parallels which indicate that, like your snotty nose, eating disorders might be somewhat contagious...could this be true?
16/05/2016 11:38 BST
Is 'The End Of Longing' Matthew Perry's Best Performance

Is 'The End Of Longing' Matthew Perry's Best Performance Yet?

'The End of Longing' tells the story of four disillusioned thirty-somethings, each on the brink of an early mid-life crisis. Perry's character is Jack, an alcoholic who finds himself falling in love with 'high-class' prostitute Stephie.
01/04/2016 17:19 BST
Can We Say Goodnight To

Can We Say Goodnight To Nightclubs?

The number of nightclubs in the UK has almost halved in the last 10 years. According to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, in 2005 there were 3,144 but last year, there were only 1,733.
20/03/2016 22:35 GMT
Dear Mister Pervert: An Open Letter to Pervy

Dear Mister Pervert: An Open Letter to Pervy Men

Please don't lunge at me the Christmas office party, I don't care that you're wife is having an affair with the post man or that you can afford to take me to a fancy hotel, I will have play no part in your latest mid-life crisis. Put down the whisky and take your receding hair-lined face home.
09/12/2015 12:02 GMT
British 'Vogue' Editor Is Right to Contest Banning Thin Models From

British 'Vogue' Editor Is Right to Contest Banning Thin Models From Catwalk

The influence that seeing thin models on the catwalk has on young, impressionable girls of is undoubtedly an important one and in many cases does need to be addressed. But monitoring BMIs, as this legislation proposes, is not the solution. This is an issue that goes far deeper than numbers.
01/12/2015 09:33 GMT
Why Is Nigella 'Simply' Not Good

Why Is Nigella 'Simply' Not Good Enough?

I'm not saying that avocado on toast is her most inventive recipe, she might as well have created a recipe for a boiled egg, but everyone seems to be forgetting that the show is called <em>Simply Nigella</em> - clearly the recipes are intended to be basic.
25/11/2015 17:36 GMT