Olive Goil: Coco Morier

Oh how I love a great pop song!

Take a listen, my dears, to Coco Morier, who is just simply the best at writing utterly infectious ditties for the big stars to sing out loud. Miss Morier is a songwriter and musician whose amazing tracks are exactly the tunes you need for shaking a tail feather on the dance floor.

She is also an avid adventurer like moí, a world explorer and traveler, raised in the wilds of New Mexico and spending time in Berlin before settling in the hills of Los Angeles.

She’s written hits for the likes of Britney Spears and played guitar with Charlotte Gainsbourg, but her new album is all her own and the result is the most gleefully fun collection of tracks you’ve heard in far too long!

So lovelies, let’s dance!

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 Goil: Elizabeth Lau

I am always so inspired by young and talented gals doing wonderful things. Those that I seem to have inspired, myself, especially inspire me!

Round and round it goes! Please remember, dear sisters, that it is very, very important that gals lift one another up, celebrate each other and help one another be the best they can be.

That is why I am so thrilled to see that little old me served, in some way, as artistic ‘oomph’ for the new collection by the London fashionista Elizabeth Lau.

An “It Girl” of the highest order, Miss Lau’s lovely, ladylike clothing has become nothing less than a cult sensation in London circles and beyond. An enthusiast for vintage style and with an unabashed adoration of teacups and sugar cakes and all things girly girl – Miss Lau’s work has a whimsical touch, a flirty simplicity and an apple-cheeked sweetness.

Check out her latest collection below and tell me – does it remind you of a certain someone?