Olive Goil: Sarah Sze

I simply adore a summer’s day stroll through a fine museum or boutique gallery, don’t you? It is my sincerest belief, dearest readers, that the world is a better place in large part because there are so many pretty pictures in it…and paintings and sculptures and illustrations etc. etc. Oh, I could go on!

But step up and take a look my lovelies – at the fine creations of the talented Miss Sarah Sze.

Miss Sze is a young lady, but already world renown, having won a slew of prizes and grants and such.  Her work is displayed all over the world, in high falutin’ collections everywhere – from The Whitney to Museum of Modern Art to the prestigious Walker Art Center.

Miss Sze’s absolutely amazing artwork seems to come from another dimension – a land of wild and witty, creativity. It is a place where space and color are slightly skewed and tweaked and most definitely, dreamlike.

Her pieces straddle the lines of architecture and painting and sculpture and transform everyday objects into something sublime and lovely. Cotton balls and tea bags, water bottles and step ladders, light bulbs and electric fans, all these are put to good use, evolving from practical things into elegant and utterly engaging art.

She is delightfully prolific and utterly unbridled by silly things like weight or genre. In Sze’s whimsical world, objects poke from the ceiling or spiral out and up into the air or bend or fly or defy that pesky law of gravity – all in a wonderfully unexpected manner.

Olive Goil: Lena Dunham

My dears, Miss Lena Dunham is a force to be reckoned with, am I right?

With her hit film Tiny Furniture, she showed a side of us gals that had not been revealed before on film, -creating a raw, witty, and unabashed look at what it’s like to be a woman.

And now, with her hit HBO series “Girls” Dunham has done the same, bringing to television a no-nonsense, no holds barred exploration of ladies trying their best in the big city.  The show is funny, goofy, and most of all, bracingly honest. Even if “Girls” is exactly not your cup of tea, it’s very hard to argue with the wonderful intelligence of the dialogue and biting awareness in the writing and performance.

I am a die-hard flapper/ feminist, as you all know. I like to dance and I like to shout out loud praises, to strong women, round the world.  So it only goes to say, I am utterly thrilled that a young women like Dunham, (she just 26!) is making her way, paving the road, and kicking down doors in film and TV.

The latter being still a bit of a “no woman’s” land, don’t you agree?

That said, my sweet readers, I feel it is my duty to continually introduce all of you fine folks, to gals like Miss D, who make the rest of our lives that much better through their smarts and talent.

Kudos to Miss Dunham and her cast-mates and crew for running such a tight and wonderfully whimsical ship!

Olive Live: Candy Striped for 4th of July


It is that time of year again –  the perfect moment for backyard burgers and hot summer bonfires and downtown parades and sailing the high seas and fishing the wharf dock and lounging by the lake and catching fireflies and camping and cavorting and in general – grabbing the season for all it’s got!

I have just the ensemble for any one of these adventures and more, whether you’re boarding the yacht, or making S’mores!

First – a sweet scarf, then flirty navy blue Capri pants (in honor of my sailor man)… and add some stripes galore! Red and white is just the thing for seaside rendezvous and firework Fourth of July picnics.  Top it all off with a pair of sassy espadrilles and you are all set for those unforgettable months between June and September, when the skies are blue and the days are long and the nights are full of promise!

Happy summer dear readers and a fashionable salute to all of you celebrating Independence Day in the U.S. of A!

Olive Goil: Wendy Lam

Fashion, fashion – fabulous fashion!  Everywhere you look there is something wonderful to look AT!

Sometimes it does get a tad overwhelming though, doesn’t it my dears? This endless and ongoing array of clothing and bangles and baubles and shoes… a lady can really get a bit dazed by it all.

That’s where our favorite fashion bloggers step in, clearing out the rubbish to make room for the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the most glamorous and lovely of the latest batch of fashion offerings.

One of those bloggers who always seems to be perfectly on point is the lovely Wendy Lam of Nitrolicious. This is a young gal with exquisite taste that is just broad enough to include all sorts of styles – whether you are feeling sophisticated and subdued… or vivid and vivacious.

Explore her site and find your way.

Thank you Miss Wendy, for lighting the road up ahead for the rest of us!