Hey, It’s Been A While…

Hey everyone,

I know it’s been a long time, but life has been busy! Earlier this year Popeye started his own YouTube channel and I couldn’t be prouder. I made a few guest appearances and being back online reminded me of how much I loved writing and sharing all of my favorite things with you.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, let’s see. Last year, I worked with Joyrich on these very stylish jackets. And those Havaiana’s flip flops I got in Europe last year? I’m still wearing them! They’re even available in the States now. Oh, and the coolest thing? I was on the runway just a few weeks ago with MOSCHINO. Moi! Can you believe it? Look, here’s a picture:

I’ve been jet setting around the world, being Rosario in Spain, Olivia in Sweden and Olga in Finland. But now I’m back, and you can just call me Olive.

Of course, you can expect to keep seeing style and fashion content on my blog, but I’m a lady with many layers! So, I want to share more about myself and things I enjoy, from recipes (Popeye says I’m the best cook around), to travel (Ciao Milan! Bonjour Paris!), to wise words from great women I admire.

So, make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, because I’m going to be sharing a whole a lot more of my latest adventures via #WorkItWednesday and my favorite memories with #OylRemembersWhen.

I want to see what you’ve been up to! Share with me your best #OylSoStylish moments on Instagram and I might just feature you on @oliveoylloves!

I’ve sure missed ya.


Olive Oyl

Olive Goil: Alexandra Valenti

These days everyone is a photographer, right? Instagramming, blogging, and smart phone documenting our lives, with an array of apps and filters at our disposal and in the palm of our hand.

But my dears, let us not forget that photography is an art. There are vibrant, imaginative folks who devote all of their time and talents to creating enduring, moving, poignant imagery for the rest of us to enjoy.

So let’s tip our hats and give a sweet curtsey to those who do their thing and do it well. Respect, my dears, it is all about respect.

That is why today’s Olive Goil is the absolutely stunningly talented Alexandra Valenti, an East Coast gal who moved to Austin, Texas, picked up a camera and some paints… and let her mind open wide.

Her photography, blasted, blown-out and beautiful, captures a place and time that seems to exist in a dream – gorgeous landscapes, striking models, vintage clothes…it’s a world I’d love to step right into… and never leave.

Miss Valenti does high fashion shoots with the eye of a country girl, bringing all that high falootin’ fashion swagger – straight back down to earth. Clothes and jewelry seem all the more wearable and more lovely in her photographs, shot in what you can imagine must be an atmosphere of adventure and fun.

And when Miss Alexandra adds her paints to the prints, something thrilling and magical happens. Her bright patterns and illustrated embellishments serve to transform a mere photo of a woman in a dress – to the level of fine and lovely art.

Respect my dears. Respect to Miss Valenti and to all the other photographers, musicians, writers and artists, etc etc… who remind us of the importance of authenticity and true talent… in this crazy, mixed up digital world.