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!

Olive Loves: ACB Jewelry

As you know, I am a simple girl with simple tastes, happy with my sailor man and my seaside life, but this does not mean that I forgo luxury or beauty. In fact, I am a sucker, dear readers on the world wide web, for a fine piece of jewelry.

I like necklaces, rings, bracelets, and belts – of all sorts. I like them in silver and pearls and sparkling diamonds, rubies and gold and sapphire and emerald. In short, I have the softest spot for anything that drips and shines and can be worn in a ship’s ballroom for midnight rendezvous.

But you know this about me already, don’t you?

Today, I am shouting from the rooftops about an amazing designer of dazzling accouterments – made just for ladies like me, who wish to deck ourselves out like Cleopatra, from time and time… and want to be treated like the queens we are – ALL the time.

Annie Costello Brown, the creative force behind ACB, was trained as painter and it shows – her pieces are lovely and abstract and endlessly imaginative. She works in strong materials like leather and brass and crystal and there is an earthiness to her jewelry, but elegance too.

I am left simply breathless by her designs, and you dear reader, will be too.

Take a look at her work and just see if you can resist.

Olive Loves: Corto Moltedo

It is very important, my dearest dearies, to have a sense of humor. Life simply demands one.

If you can’t answer adversity with a smile, well then, you better be prepared for trouble.

I don’t know about you, but I like to surround myself with anything that makes me laugh and well, this amazing Corto Moltedo bag is just about the most wonderful and whimsical accessory I’ve ever seen.

Shaped like an old fashioned recording tape (remember those) and colored the bluest of blue, there is simply no way you could carry this clutch without occasionally – cracking up.

And yet, somehow it’s elegant too, don’t you agree? This bag perfect for kicking it up on the dance floor or djing the decks or just sashaying down the street secure in the knowledge that you’re the most fashionable… and funniest – gal in town.


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.