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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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

Classic Is Always In

It’s red, it’s classic, it’s me!

I have been rocking my red “uniform” forever and I’ve always thought the stigma surrounding re-wearing outfits is so strange. If I look fabulous in it, why shouldn’t I wear it again?! While I love getting all dressed up for those camera-ready events, my daily outfit remains pretty consistent: black skirt, red top with a stylish white scallop neckline, paired with some sensible shoes – you can’t go wrong!

And I’m in good company. Fashion legend Anna Wintour has a formula (oversized shades, statement necklace with a power coat) and former President Barack Obama has a strategy (only blue or gray suits). Even tech genius Mark Zuckerberg has a closetful of gray t-shirts (Silicon Valley just loves being monochromatic!) because he said that eliminating the decision of what to wear helps him concentrate on making better work decisions. As a working woman, I understand the logic behind that (and I must say, I love a man in uniform ????)

Something else that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is sustainability – more specifically sustainable fashion. When you date a sailor, you spend a lot of time at sea. And it’s impossible not to notice that our oceans have been getting more and more polluted! Did you know that in America alone, 15.1 million tons of textile waste were discarded in 2013 – most of which ended up in landfills, oh my!

A small step to help reduce this waste is to make more sustainable fashion decisions. Purchase quality timeless pieces, and don’t be afraid wear them often!

Classics with always be in and there is no shame in having a signature style!

Show me your daily “uniform” on Facebook and Instagram using #OylSoStylish!



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We All Scream For Ice Cream!

Happy July, Everyone!

I can’t believe how fast this year is going by. But I’m so glad it’s finally July because July means BBQs, fireworks and National Ice Cream Month –mmmm. In order to celebrate properly, I whipped up a very special treat in the kitchen: spinach ice cream!

Finally, a sweet treat I don’t feel too guilty about giving to Swee’ Pea. And of course, it’s Popeye’s favorite flavor so I have to be careful he doesn’t finish it all in one go.  Hmmm- maybe we should change the old saying to – we all scream for SPINACH ice cream. LOL

Here’s the recipe I followed thanks to Around My Family Table:


  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  • 2/3 cup nonfat powdered milk
  • 2 cups spinach, lightly packed
  • 1 ½ tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 ½ – 3 cups of ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Freeze to give a firmer consistency.

If you make your own spinach ice cream, I want to see it! Show me by posting on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #OliveOylLoves!


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