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Live Olive: Interview with Reiki Master, Susan Portillo

Have you ever heard of Reiki? Reiki is a healing technique that was discovered in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui, a practicing monk. This healing technique is a form of hands on healing that utilizes the “universal life force.” Curious, I reached out to Reiki Master and spiritual healer, Susan Portillo, to learn more about the practice and theory behind it.


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Olive Goil: Joanne Nosuchinsky, 2013 Miss New York USA

Meet Joanne Nosuchinsky, who was crowned Miss New York USA 2013 in January. This beauty queen and aspiring actress calls Hell’s Kitchen in New York City her home and can be seen every Saturday night in the off-Broadway show, “The Awesome 80s Prom.” We chatted about what it takes to win a beauty pageant and what it means to be “a broken cheerleader.” Remember her name and face because, with her drive and ambition, this girl is going straight to the top!


Photo credit: Niko Paleologus

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Olive Oyl Loves: Talking Nail Art with Valerie Star

Actress Zooey Deschanel has been quoted as saying, “I don’t like plain nails. I get sad.” After what seemed like an endless winter, I have to agree with her. So, here it is,  it is mani-pedi season and I’m all in a dither about keeping my hands and feet in tip-top shape.


Before my next trip to the nail salon, I decided to call on makeup and beauty expert, Valerie Star, for her advice on the latest trends in nail art and polish colors.

Here’s what she had to say…

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Olive Goil: Entrepreneur and Bicycling Enthusiast Rhodie Lorenz

May is National Bike to Work Month. If commuting to work by bicycle isn’t practical or feasible, why not do the next best thing and take a JoyRide on a bicycle instead? That’s what I did one weekend not too long ago!

Rhodie Lorenz, co-owner of the Joyride Cycling Studio in Westport, CT, has created an indoor cycling experience called the JoyRide Cycling Method! JoyRide’s classes are set to music in a dimly lit, stadium-style seating studio and are led by a motivational instructor. It is different and more intense than your average spin class.

I decided to take a class myself and I absolutely loved it!



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