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Olive Loves: Goldnbones

There are leggings my dears, and then – there are Goldnbones leggings.

The psychedelic creation of artist OwlEyes, these beauties are beyond mere tights/coverings/pants. They are works of weird and wild art, fashion featuring a collage of custom images that range from wide eyes to Shinto deities to Russian sorcery.

Yes. You heard me right my darlings – sorcery and Shinto.

Goldnbones are like nothing you’ve seen before, so grab a pair fast and see what adventures await. Cosmic elegance! Runway religions! Put on those Goldnbones and strut your stuff – let that freak flag fly!

These are wonderfully strange and surreal, my sweet readers – dreams and visions translated into micropoly and spandex, hip hugging goodness!

Live Olive: Tokyo

Next up in what I hope is a series of global wanderings, I bring to you my dears, Tokyo! Ahhh Tokyo! One of my most favorite spots in the whole wide world, a bustling metropolis with a fascinating history and absolutely innovative artists, designers and fashionistas.

And the food, oh the food. You know the food and me! Sushi, izakaya, delicious grilled meats and seafoods, rice and seaweed and the most beautifully constructed deliciousness perhaps on the planet – taste is one thing, but presentation is entirely another – Tokyo chefs shop the famous fish market for the freshest and most tasty and then create imaginative, exquisite and lovely dishes that never cease to awe and amaze.

Okay, enough about the food.

Once a small village called Edo, Tokyo became a cultural center in Japan very early in its history, a place where artisans of all kinds thrived. Eventually it became the country’s capitol and with good reason.

Tokyo is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. There is the architecture (you must explore the incredible teahouses and treehouses of Tokyo professor Terunobu Fujimori!), the neon, the shimmering glass, the hustle, and the bustle.

There are great contemporary working artists like Murakami and my darling dearest Yoyoi Kusama – who is a polka dot queen, sculptress and painter and performer extraordinaire. Her most recent collaboration with Louis Vuitton is simply, utterly adorable – in the most elegant and sophisticated way of course. Think polka dots on the high fashion runway, crazy color combos and a gleeful creative freedom that doesn’t happen very often at all.

And the clothes!! There are the girls of Harajuku, dressed to the nines (and tens and elevens) and wonderful designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Tsumori Chisato, who always, always stun me with their talent and boundless imagination.

Then there are the gardens and the nightclubs and the karaoke, the musicians and the magic and the towering hotels and fine restaurants and great shops and back alley discoveries and the food (I had to say it again)…and did I mention the hustle and the bustle?

Oh, oh Tokyo!

 

Olive Loves: Prism of Threads

Collage art, fashion, film, psychedelic visions and more, the blog and Etsy store of Prism of Threads simply blows my mind. That’s right. Mind blown!

You all know that I am a vintage fashion fanatic, and POT has a massive hand-curated collection of the most sublime pieces from the last 50 years of fabulous fashion style.That and the blog, oh the blog! Beautiful collections of exquisite art from other eras and our own. There is photography here and beautiful fashion spreads and illustration and gorgeous animations, and oh I could go on and on. But dears readers, go take a look for yourselves…

Their Etsy store has a selection of handmade pieces, recycled wonders which modernize the past and bring it full throttle into the future. Led by one of the finest scavengers of great vintage and thrift finds, a mysterious young lady artist in Los Angeles, Prism of Threads is a showcase of fine art, great clothes and an aesthetic marks by vivid color, explosive patterns and exploratory individuality.

Hooray!

Isn’t it wonderful, my dears, that the world wide web has allowed for such wonderful lost treasures to be found?

Olive Loves: Morocco

Sometimes a word becomes more than a word. Instead, it conjures up a place, a smell, a feel, an array of vivid visuals – whole ornate fantasy in the mind.

“Morocco” is one of those words.

More than a mere place or a country,  Morocco is a state of mind, a kind of wonderful, evocative emotion. I am an adventurous gal, as you all know and Morocco is one of the most thrilling spots I can possibly think of, a truly vibrant and strange and surreal landscape of dreams…

Close your eyes. Can’t you just smell the incense and spices, see the sea wave span of sand dunes, the white walled domes, the tiny alleys, the markets, the romance???

Oh the romance!

Ever since I saw the movie, “Casablanca”, (if you have not seen it my dear readers, you must! You must!), Morocco has been to me a place of intrigue and glamour and fabulous 1940s strong-shouldered lady suits and torrid affairs and exotic suspense.

Tangiers, Fez, Agadir, and Marrakech, these are other sublimely names cities of this varied and complex African country.

You know what I would love to do in those mysterious cities of Morocco??

Ride astride camels… do my Marlene Dietrich Silver Screen-era starlet impression, all smoky-eyed and sultry… shop the stalls…eat the incredible food (dates, couscous, lamb!), swim the seas…hike the desert… or merely lay beside blue poolside at one of the many unbelievably decadent 5 star hotels, accommodations that feel more like palaces than resorts.

And what about you, my friends of the worldwide web?

What sort of magic would you create in a place as magical as Morocco?

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