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Olive Goil: Single Girl Cookies

Did you know that we are in the midst of International Random Acts of Kindness Week? Started by the RAK Foundation, Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAKW) started on Feb. 10 and goes through Feb. 16, 2014. This week is a great opportunity to step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week.

One person who embodies the Random Acts of Kindness movement is Renee Heitmann, and she is doing it by using her family’s secret cookie recipe and sharing warm batches of cookies with local businesses in her Queens, N.Y. neighborhood.

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Olive Goil: Chelsey Bingham, Founder of Wiseling.com

Wiseling.com is a vintage shopper’s go-to-source for heritage-worthy clothing and uncommon accessories, gathering up some of the best boutiques on and offline to curate beautiful collections of heritage-worthy clothing and accessories. They specialize in authentic, high-quality pieces sold by knowledgeable boutique owners who take great care in the their art.

I had the pleasure of being introduced to Chelsey Bingham, a life-long vintage enthusiast and founder of Wiseling. Chelsey herself grew up shopping at consignment stores, thrift shops and flea markets in search of one-of-a-kind pieces. In our interview, Chelsey shares her best vintage shopping and styling tips and her favorite vintage boutiques.

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Olive Goil: Joanne Nosuchinsky, 2013 Miss New York USA

Meet Joanne Nosuchinsky, who was crowned Miss New York USA 2013 in January. This beauty queen and aspiring actress calls Hell’s Kitchen in New York City her home and can be seen every Saturday night in the off-Broadway show, “The Awesome 80s Prom.” We chatted about what it takes to win a beauty pageant and what it means to be “a broken cheerleader.” Remember her name and face because, with her drive and ambition, this girl is going straight to the top!

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Photo credit: Niko Paleologus

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Olive Goils: Meet the Designers of stella valle Jewelry

As graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ashley Jung and Paige Dellavalle were educated in the value of sacrifice, dedication, tenacity and persistence. Related by blood and not afraid to break a sweat, long days and late nights are nothing new for these two sisters who dreamed of careers in fashion while growing up in a small country town in Ringoes, New Jersey. Their education and military training were put to good use when they hung up their combat fatigues and co-founded their jewelry line, stella valle, in 2009. This fashion-forward line of bold statement jewelry, with its strong lines and geometric metalwork, is inspired by and designed for strong, creative women who chart their own path, lead their own lives and create their own story.

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