Olive Loves: Grey Ant Sunglasses

Yes, I am pale as ivory, and white as snow, but I just cannot and will not stop cavorting in the sun, exploring the world, sailing the seas, or just plain bathing at the beach.

That said, one thing every fair lady needs is a fine and sturdy pair of sunglasses. But finding ones with oomph and flair? Now that there is usually a bit of trick.

Ivory Grey Ant Sunglasses

Well, have I got news for you dearies! Grey Ant, for a long while now, the designer behind just the cutest lines clothing, is coming out with sunglasses too! They come in all the colors of the rainbow and in shapes that are most playful and unexpected.

Kennedy: True Blue by Grey Ant

It takes a certain someone to don these… and you all know who that someone is!

Take it from Olive, fashion is about personality and individuality. Grey Ant is one of our favorites, because they are always one of a kind!

Status: Caption Red by Grey Ant

Live Olive: Interview with Kelly Allen

I don’t like to be vain my dears, but to have oneself interpreted into painted form? To be seen as a muse in an artist’s eyes?  To pose for an up and coming Michelangelo?

I must say it is nothing short of thrilling to introduce the lovely Kelly Allen, a young and talented gal of repute who has offered to manifest my likeness in portrait form!

Her work is vibrant and beautiful, a wild collage of image and color that makes the eyes pop and the heart swoon.

Miss Kelly talks to us about her inspiration and what made her want to be an artist in the first place.

Kelly Allen at Work

Q: What stands out to you about Olive Oyl?

A: She’s not a classic beauty, but she speaks her mind, owns her style, and constantly has Popeye and Bluto chasing after her. Pretty rad if you ask me.

Q: What were your early inspirations that drew you toward art?

A: I was immediately attracted to any and all art material that was put in front of me. It’s always been an inherent part of me. My mom’s side of the family is very artistic, and I was always encouraged and appreciated for the things I’d create. I have always felt like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing when I’m making art.

Q: Tell us about the process of creating your Olive Oyl piece?

A: I knew that I wanted Miss Olive Oyl have a nice big hairpiece. I wanted her to be queen of the jungle. I am very much inspired by the Brazilian samba singer, Carmen Miranda, and I wanted her to have that kind of feel. So I searched through my collection of cut out images to create the composition with a temporary collage sketch. When I was happy with the composition, I translated it into a large drawing with colored pencil. Voila!

Finished Olive Oyl by Kelly Allen

To learn more about Kelly Allen and her amazing art, go to www.kellyallen.com

Olive Loves: The Row Drawstring Ball Bag

olive_oyl_the_row_drawstring_bagSweet ladies! This is just the thing for exotic masquerades or curtseying to the queens or in general being the belle of the ball (you know I always am!).

Those whip smart Olsen Twins are at it again with just the prettiest, loveliest, most desirable bag ever.

This one is beaded and beautiful and made of silks and sequins and spice and everything nice.

Popeye better save his pennies, because I know what I want to be carrying to the next fabulous happening up ahead!


Olive Loves: Rodarte Pony Hair Belt

The brilliant designers Rodarte are two sweet sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who are in love with California sunshine and pretty, lacey, delicate things and hot desert sands and giant condors flapping black wings against a blue sky and cold white mountaintops …and…in short – everything good in this world!

Like two fabulous magicians they take their myriad of inspirations and pull something wonderful out of their glossy satin top hats  – amazing knits and flowing gowns and dainty dresses and now – this bright red pony hair belt, that leaves me, frankly – utterly speechless.