9 Summer Essentials

The sun is in the sky, and the sea is in my sight. You know what that means: beach day!

But before you run off for some fun in the sun, here are my 9 Summer Essentials to make your outing a success:

1. Canvas Bag: I always keep mine packed and ready for those last-minute trips.
2. Beach Towel: because sand gets everywhere.
3. Swimsuit: because what’s a beach day without running into the waves?!
4. Sun Protection: protect your skin, it’s your best asset. Make sure you reapply hourly! And wear a broad-brimmed hat to keep your face safe from the sun – who wants wrinkles??
5. Hydration: do I even need to explain this one? Drink more water!
6. Waterproof Mascara: the little extra touches are everything.
7. Shades: because they give your look some attitude and protect your eyes from the sun.
8. Beach reads: catch up on your summer reading list! Do you want to know what my favorite books are? Let me know on Facebook
9. Flip flops: for the trek to your fave beach spot and home after your day in the sun.

Now you’re all ready! I hope you have fun on your beach day.  Be safe and don’t forget to show me your summer essentials using #OliveOylLoves on Instagram and Facebook!


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Living a Creative Life

Welcome back to Olive Oyl Loves!

It’s officially been a month since I’ve been back on Olive Oyl Loves, and I can’t tell you how good it feels to be reconnecting with my fans. I’ve always lived and breathed fashion, but it’s so amazing to be sharing so much more than just my amazing sense of style with you. I’ve also been trying to expand my horizons. To do that, I decided to dedicate myself to living a more creative life. Why? Because creativity is what sets you apart. I need to discover and embrace my sense of self, and this blog is a BIG part of my creative exploration. It’s been such a wonderful journey, I thought I’d share my process with you!

Three steps to living a more creative life:

  1. Make Space

Whether this space is IRL or online, make it your dedicated space for creating. This space should reflect who you are and be conducive to letting your imagination run wild. If an all-white, ultra-modern look is your jam, make your space look like that! Me personally, I’m a classic type of gal. I appreciate pops of color, especially reds and yellows – that’s why Olive Oyl Loves looks the way it does! I also consider my Facebook and Instagram extensions of “my space.” You can read more about that in Step #3 – read on!   

  1. Make Time

Being creative means a lot of things, including a lot of time! End products ( an art piece, a novel, a song, a clothing line, etc.) don’t just appear out of thin air! You have invest time and effort into making them. Reserving the time for your art might be the most overlooked part of the process! But this is the step that takes you from “being a creative person” to “living a creative life.” I try to post on Olive Oyl Loves once a week, and frequently on my social media. That time frame might not work for you, but as long as you pick a due date (and stick to it!) you’ll be fine.

  1. Press Post

Send it out to the interwebs! Or show it to your friends. But now that you’ve invested all your time and your energy into your space (to make your end product), it deserves to be seen. It’s scary, but this is your moment to shine!  Press on, my friends!

So now it’s your turn.  Show me all the amazing things you’re creating by using the hashtag #OliveOylLoves on Facebook and Instagram! Here are some of your creations inspired by moi (thank you all – I’m so honored!):


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New York City: Shopping, Shopping, and Time with My Boys

Hi Everyone!

This week, I’m visiting New York City with Popeye and Swee’ Pea. I couldn’t be more excited to be back in the big city! Since this is Swee’ Pea’s first time in New York, I wanted to make sure that we hit all the iconic landmarks: Central Park, Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and of course – every store on Fifth Avenue! I guess I took awhile trying on all those clothes because, Popeye tells me that he took Swee’ Pea to both the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty while I was busy shopping (whoops!). I heard there was even a helicopter ride involved?! I don’t even want to know what trouble they got up to! But if you’re interested, you can see more here: 

Obvious destinations aside, I wanted to show Popeye and Swee’ Pea some of the less crowded parts of New York as well. I arranged a nice little brunch for us in Brooklyn, before stopping by the Brooklyn Bridge to snap some pics! We’re making so many memories! Afterwards, we headed back to Manhattan, and walked through Union Square to visit the booths at the Green Market where we bought tons of fresh spinach. I think Popeye and Swee’ Pea both enjoyed looking at the fresh greens more than shopping with me ????.

But you know I love shopping, and shopping allows me to stay stylish while getting in lots of exercise! After Fifth Avenue, I journeyed down to SoHo and then toured all the vintage thrift shops in Greenwich Village – so many finds you can’t get that anywhere else.

As you might remember from last week, I’m trying to be more conscientious of the clothes I buy <hyperlink to last week’s post>. Recycled style is the best and when it comes to unique vintage finds, NYC never disappoints.

Summer is a great time to get away and explore more of the world. We had a great trip and I’m already looking forward to our next one.

Where are you traveling to this summer? Show me using the hashtag #OliveOylLoves on Facebook and Instagram!


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Happy National Fresh Spinach Day!

Happy National Fresh Spinach Day!

Today is a big deal around here since Popeye loves spinach! And I love giving it to him because I know it’s nutritious and helps make him stronger. Spinach is just filled with iron and other vitamins. But I’m especially loving spinach today because it has given me inspiration for my latest look:

What do you think? Isn’t it fabulous?!

I am asked a lot about where I find style inspiration, and honestly, I just look to my everyday life (I always have spinach in the house)! Once you start looking, you’ll be sure to see that it’s everywhere. It’s just about making what you see your own! Popeye uses spinach for physical strength. But me? I get more creative!

Let me know if you like my #SpinachDress on Facebook and Instagram. And show me how you’re finding style inspiration with the #OylSoStylish!


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P.S. – Popeye is partnering with food giant Taylor Farms to celebrate National Fresh Spinach Day today with at spinach giveaway! You can find all the details here: http://bit.ly/FreshSpinachSweepstakes