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Olive Loves: Kusmi Tea

My name is Olive and I am a tea snob. Since moving to New York, I have been burning the candle at both ends. Making your dreams come true in this town requires non-stop doing! Since this is truly the city that never sleeps, it is taking my sleep deprivation to an entirely different level. To combat fatigue, I cherish my morning cup of tea like an overboard non-swimmer clings to a life raft. Brewing a cup of tea and eagerly waiting as it steeps to delicious perfection is my non-negotiable start to every day.

Recently, I made a very serendipitous find while walking through The Plaza Hotel’s mouth-watering Food Hall at One West 59th Street in Manhattan. I discovered the Kusmi Tea retail store. Cue the soundtrack music from the choir of heavenly angels here!


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Olive Loves: Preserve24

We have all heard Lao Tzu’s adage, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” At Preserve24, a new restaurant that recently opened on Manhattan’s lower East Side, the journey begins with some tasty bites and libations and includes a fantastic leap of the imagination involving an expedition to an icy frontier. Preserve24 is a restaurant, bar and art installation that truly gives new meaning to destination dining.

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Olive Loves: Cielo Rosso Swimwear

It is Memorial Day Weekend and the official start to summer here on the East Coast. Ninety three days to soak up some sun and fun. I can’t wait!

What better way to kick off the start of summer than by talking about swimsuits with Michael Castillo, founder and designer of Cielo Rosso!


Cantania One Piece

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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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