Olive Goil: Amelia Earhart

Oh Amelia!

Was there ever any gal braver? I simply swoon when I see photos of the aviator Amelia Earhart decked out in her pilot gear with her spunky bob and her wry smile. She was fearless and lovely, had amazing personal style and a fierce heart.

Born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas. In 1923 Amelia became the 16th woman, ever (!) to be issued a pilot’s license. Just 5 years later she became the first goil to make her way all the way across the vast and grey and very, very large, Atlantic.

Then, in 1937, she decided she would be the first lady to go around the entire world, right around the globe’s belly, around the middle and following the equator.

Wow!

This gal had courage, guts and real bravado, don’t you agree? Sadly, she mysteriously disappeared on her epic journey, but I like to dream of her merely landing lightly on some tropical isle and spending the rest of her days drinking from coconuts and cavorting with the local tribesman.

Oh Amelia!

 

Live Olive: Amy Jo Diaz

Dearest readers, please say a how do you do to Miss Amy Jo Diaz, artist and all around amazing gal.

When I first saw Miss Diaz’s works I was absolutely smitten – her art is somehow stunning, thoughtful and playful all at once. The perfect balance of painting, collage and illustration, each piece is touched with a vision of her very own – a world sun-faded and lovely and romantic, but in an utterly modern way.

Miss Amy Jo has shown at galleries all over the globe, painting murals in Paris and impressed Tokyo with a show there this month. There is something in her art that reminds me of sea and sand and blasted sky, mixed with hints of high fashion and eloquent sophisticated oomph!

Miss Amy Jo Diaz was kind enough to answer some questions for us, so listen up lovelies and learn!

When did you first decide you wanted to be an artist?

I’m not altogether certain I have decided yet!  I know when I decided that I had an interest in art as a practice when I was around 16 years old.  I graduated from high school and most of my friends went to college.  I wasn’t pushed to do that, so I partied.  I met a lot of new people this way and found that a large majority of them were involved in the art department at the community college.  It sounded like a fun place to hang out all day, so I went and signed up for some classes.  I soon realized that the place my mind went when I was focused on creating something was very similar to this otherworldly zone I was into when I was an endurance runner (random?).  I think they’re similar because, in both, I am the decision maker, I set the tone, I map the course, I can go as fast or as slow as I want to go, turn where I want to turn, I can stop and start when I feel like, perhaps as an escape from anxiety and stress and practical behavior.  In creation, I can be risky and irrational and silly or I can explore sadness and longing and nostalgia.  Then I can leave it there, look at it again, see it in a different way, show it to someone else and get off on what they see or feel.  It’s a strange way of communicating something that’s in me, but I may not understand it all the way myself.

What were some of your early inspirations?

The Salvador Dali Museum, photocopied party flyers, dramatic make-up, this illegal bar called the Impulse, tattoos, graffiti, skateboard graphics.  I remember, too, getting really excited by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt.  Their confident animated lines, their color palettes.

If you could own any piece of art, what would it be?

La Sagrada Familia.

Olive Goil: Annie Oakley

I love a sailor man, as you well know, but I also have always held a soft spot for cowboys, explorers and adventurous men of all sorts.

This is part due to the fact that I myself am the adventuring kind, fond of travel and danger and thrills. Annie Oakley was the same type of woman, one who wasn’t afraid to tread into unexpected territories and to do what the men do…only better.

Born Phoebe Ann Moses in 1860, “Annie”, was she was known to all who loved her, was one of the greatest sharp shooters ever to live, able to outshoot most men, all with a blindfold on and her eyes closed.

As star of the famous Wild West shows produced by Buffalo Bill, Annie traveled the world as the main attraction, taking her particular brand of American chutzpah to theaters all over the globe. She could hit her targets perfectly from long distances, split a playing card before it hit the ground, and look darn good in a petticoat while doing it!

Truly, a goil after my heart. A brave soul of the highest order. She was one of a kind, Miss Annie – so let’s doff off our cowgirl hats and whoop and holler to her guts and her glory!

Olive Loves: The Standard Hotel

Travel is all about adventure and new experiences and tales to tell when you return!

As you all know, I am a dedicated wanderer, a globetrotter extraordinaire, fond of roughing it on the high seas, exploring the deep, darkness of exotic jungles or traversing endless deserts on camelback.

But every once in a while, my lovelies, I do enjoy a touch of luxury and glamour.

Take my trip to the City of Angeles for instance, to Hollywood and shiny stars and palm trees and Tinseltown fabulousness. What better place to lay my weary head each eve than the amazing Standard Hotel, which, by the way, is anything but Standard.

Sun by the pool, chow down on burgers (Wimpy, you’d be jealous!), take a nice little nap inside the glass case by the check-in desk so that all can admire your beauty! Whimsical and fun, surreal in just the way, The Standard is a perfect reflection of one of my very favorite cities.

Where else can you surf the waves, climb the hills and put on a cocktail dress and dance ‘til dawn – all in one sweet day?

Viva Los Angeles!