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!

 

Live Olive: MOON CANYON

Do not forget, my dears, in this new age of world wide webbing and email missives and smart phones and touch screens and the like… to stop, stand still, sit quiet…and smell the roses…

Daffodils, tulips, irises and lilacs, daisies and peonies – flowers have my heart! I am in love with sea and sky, but it is the land and its multicolored vibrant blossoms that grab hold – and don’t let go.

Moon Canyon are masters (mistresses, actually!) of the petal, floral arrangers inspired by everything from literature to country music. I am wowed, floored and awed by their talents and that said – I am so very pleased to introduce Miss Kristen Cassie, Moon Canyon co-founder.

Tell it like it is Miss Cassie!

Q: What drew you to floral art?

A: The flowers. For sure.  When I was in college studying literature I took a part time gig at a flower shop. Flowers demand you to be here now. Working with something so beautiful became meditative and poetic at the same time. Unlike school, which was face-in-a-book/ head-in-the-clouds, my part time job became a bit more visceral for me. I really enjoyed the way I could evoke feeling and emotion through floral arrangements, from both others and myself. I was hooked!

Q: What inspires your work (outside of the flowers themselves)?

A: Oh my gosh, everything! BUT…I will say music has really helped me to find my “voice” if you will as a floral designer. I will hear a song and immediately images of flowers will come to mind. I will want to make something that looks like what that song sounds like. This is one of my favorites to listen to get inspired…

Q: Favorite flower?

A: Daffodil and paper whites. I love bulb flowers. Eternal spring!

Olive Goil: Ladies of The Olympics

Oh my I am just so very excited to wave the flag and light the torch and cheer on the incredible athletes gathered together in London for the summer Olympics. Hoorah! Hooray! Go team!

I am going to get out my miniskirt and my letter sweater and my pom poms and I am going to be glued to the goings on over on the other side of the pond.

I am especially excited by all those incredible female athletes in the bunch – the gals who can run, kick, swim, jump, and throw – like nobody’s business. Some of the amazing lady Olympians to look out for includes:

Missy Franklin: Just 17 years old this wonder woman is one of the finest swimmers of all time, a true blue, and fish in the water.

Alex Morgan: She gets her kicks from scoring. 21 years old and a soccer star the world over, Miss Morgan is trying to break the record for “most goals scored” in Olympic honor.

Jordyn Wieber: I am always totally awed by gymnasts and this gal is one the best. She can jump and flip and flop like some sort of super being.

Allyson Felix: Fastest female around.  Period.

Best of luck to all the ladies competing this year! Let the games begin!

Live Olive: Rock The Boat

Ahoy my adventurous shipmates! Come aboard this grand vessel called the Internet and join me for a high seas adventure!?

As you all know, I am very at home on the waves, hoisting the sails and gunning the engines and swabbing the decks too. It’s no mistake that I am in love with a sailor man, as boats, and all that goes with them, is in my very blood.

I am a seaside gal, after all.

That’s why these styles, which I am so pleased to don today, really hit me close to the heart. My dears, behold Olive Looks! An array of sweet dockside beauties that provide the perfect pairings for sand, salt, and of course – ships of all sorts!

Tugs, cruise liners, sailboats and canoes, no matter! These fashions look great anywhere.

From the deep black military-inspired blouse, replete with  flowy, “good ship lollipop” innocence, to the linen culottes, this is my fav outfit to date.

Just the thing to go from dockside to dinner, the perfect late July ensemble! Add a vintage black leather tote and classic boat shoes  and you’ve got style fit for shopping, summering and stowing away!

Love my look? Visit my Pinterest account for ideas on how you can achieve it!