Olive Goil: Camille Rose Garcia

Take my hand and let’s explore the deep, dark wood!

Spooky, creepy but oh so pretty, the artist Camille Rose Garcia takes fairy tale magic and graphic novel detail and puts it all into her epic, adventurous canvases.

So far, Wonderland’s little Alice and that fair and sweet Snow White, have been reinvented by the super talented Garcia. Don’t expect kiddie bedtime stories or cartoony fun, Miss Garcia has a dark and stormy side that likes to take our expectations… and turn them inside out.

Take a look dear readers, but don’t be frightened! There’s nothing to fear here, but there is certainly much to “oooh” and “aaaah” about – Miss Garcia is mistress of her craft…

For our Los Angeles dearies, you can catch her wonderful work live and in-person in your fair city until April 14 at the Michael Kohn Gallery!

For a glimpse into her strange and fabulous world, visit her website!

Olive Loves: Rodarte Pony Hair Belt

The brilliant designers Rodarte are two sweet sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who are in love with California sunshine and pretty, lacey, delicate things and hot desert sands and giant condors flapping black wings against a blue sky and cold white mountaintops …and…in short – everything good in this world!

Like two fabulous magicians they take their myriad of inspirations and pull something wonderful out of their glossy satin top hats  – amazing knits and flowing gowns and dainty dresses and now – this bright red pony hair belt, that leaves me, frankly – utterly speechless.

 

Clothes Horses Unite!

As I mentioned many moons ago in my very first post on this world wide web, I am oh so lucky as to have my very own stylist. Not every woman is so fortunate, I know, but I have been around long enough my dears – to deserve it!

Courtney is a sweet young lady well versed in hunting for vintage treasures, a true digger of the first order. She scours the back closets and out of the way websites for rare finds and she always come up with classic looks that never, ever, go out of style.

This month’s look is absolutely thrilling to me, the ideal outfit for an afternoon opening under the dinosaur at the natural history museum or for meeting mustachioed dignitaries from foreign lands or having fancy tea and finger sandwiches with the ladies in a Bel Air garden.

Courtney poetically expresses her inspiration for this remarkable ensemble as –  “Charmed, lunch with a punch, the fairest of them all, tinted love, neutral territory.”

Courtney has a way with not only clothes, but words as well.

Sourced at a spot called “Shrimp Vintage”, Courtney has hand picked shades of elegant beige with touches of deep navy for a very flattering, flirty outfit with just the right hint of sailor uniform oomph and military perfection!

The centerpiece here, (and I know you’ll agree), is the flowing chiffon dress with a scalloped collar. I hold an undying, eternal love for the scalloped collar!

The charm of my gown is elevated with a vintage chiffon hair clip which Courtney has cleverly reinvented as a scarf and a delicate pair of navy gloves. Let’s bring back lady like gloves!  Shall we? Yes? Please?

Top all this off with an absolutely elegant pair of pumps and I am ready to shake hands with the ambassador or sip mint tea in the sunshine.

Merci, merci Courtney!  You’ve done it again….x

 Olive yl Flirty 30's

Olive Goil: Ann Wood

My oh my, but will you just look at the wonderful work of artist Ann Wood! Exquisite, lacy, loverly pieces – all constructed with a kind of fragile and haunted grace!

Ann Wood's Ship Tea Cup

Miss Wood makes her home in New York but her delicate, pretty little birds and teacups and castles seem to belong in the midst of a fairytale!  As Ann explains so beautifully …“Much of my inspiration comes from ideas I have been infatuated with my whole life: smallness, intricacies, miniaturization, collections, repetition; lost or abandoned things discovered and rescued; the idea of haunted and enchanted places, things and creatures; the setting of a tiny stage.”

I don’t know about you, but I myself have a particularly fond and warm feeling toward of her incredible floating sailing ships – being a sailor gal myself.

Just imagine – hanging one of these from your ceiling and dreaming of salt on the wind and high adventure to come!

Ann Wood's Ship