Live Olive: Fabulous Forties

As you know, I am a gal who has a love for all things fashion. I’m so lucky I have the opportunity to play dress up with some of the very finest vintage finds!

This better-off-red beauty of a dress is reminiscent of 1940’s fabulousness – a very Katherine Hepburn and Andrew Sisters sort of chic. The items of this ensemble were sourced at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and LA Vintage Exchange; two magical spots for anyone like me, with a soft spot for the classics.

So, what am I modeling here?

Well, well well… only the loveliest and most glamorous of scarfs, by Halston, the man who dressed all the glitziest of disco queens in the 1970’s. The flowy, dreamy dress is a vintage “Sunshine Starshine”. Isn’t that Oxford collar with the black border just divine?

Add some black patent leather high-heeled Mary Janes and frankly friends, I am just unstoppable.

Look out world, here comes Olive!

View individual pieces and “get the look” ideas on Pinterest.

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

Live Olive: Courtney Lowe of LA Vintage Exchange

Olive Oyl Inspiration Board

Welcome, gals and gents, to my new spot here upon the web of the world! What’s a girl to do with all this space?

Mmmmm. How about we set right down ’round the (virtual) table, dig into some hot bowls of delicious (virtual) spinach (or a spinach frittata or spinach salad or spinach whatever you desire! Spinach is my specialty!), and get right down to the dishing.

First things first. I’d like you all give a hearty “how do you do!” to my sweet shipmate, Courtney Lowe. www.LAVintageExchange.com

As a top stylist in the city of Angeles, Miss Courtney spends her days digging for fabulous fashions to bedazzle and bedeck. And since she is a generous sort, Miss Courtney has been kind enough to hunt up some special vintage finds that are just the thing for a gal like me.

Let’s face it – I am not your average lady. And I like it that way!

I may not be a beauty queen, but I’m even better… I’m a one-of-a-kind, do-my–own-thing, flaunt–my-own-style kind of girl.

Check out these amazing fashion ideas Miss Courtney has dreamed up just for me! Aren’t they just too too…?!

Tell you what…I’ll be sure to have Miss Courtney keep her ear to the ground for great finds and whenever she digs up a new treasure, I will shout it from my world wide rooftop!

More adventure ahead, my dears! Let’s live!

Here’s what Courtney had to say about my style:

1.     What Defines Olive Oyl’s Style?

A Natural Sense of Style — Mix of Nautical & Flapper Inspiration

Olive Oyl has a Let’s Live! attitude. Modern Woman –- Stylish, Athletic, Open-Minded, Fearless. Also, the Damsel in Distress – Flirtatious, Awkward.

Practical Basics yet Strong Sense of Individual Style when Combined.

Olive Oyl Essentials – A Line Skirts, Collared Tops, Brown Boots/Black Stilettos, Bows/Scarfs — A Mix of Red, Black, White, Yellow & Navy + Polka Dots & Stripes.

Activities: Works, Entertains, Travels, Hobbies.

Clothes Shopping: Flea Markets (Rose Bowl, Melrose Trading Post, Space 15 Twenty, Silver Lake Flea, Downtown Art Walk), Stores (Wasteland, Opening Ceremony, Scout)

Olive Oyl staples could include a signature Anchor Necklace she always wears (Example Image Attached: IGWT Anchor) or detachable collar that you can add to any top / dress to give an Olive Oyl touch.

http://www.refinery29.com/detachable-collars-to-try-out

 2.     What Would You Call My Style? 

Effortless, Timeless, Cool, and Authentic
Functional & Fashionable – Modern meets Classic

3.     Who Are Some Contemporary Designers I would like?

Rag & Bone
Steven Alan
Madewell
Top Shop
Ralph Lauren / RRL
Halston
Salvatore Ferragamo
Jil Sander
Moschino (90s Olive Oyl collab)

Muses: Zoey Deschanel + Miranda July + Alexa Chung + Chloe Sevigny + Erin
Wasson Relevant in today’s style: COLLARS: Peter Pan, Oxford, Scalloped