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Olive Goil: Rachel Craven

My oh my! The last days have been hectic haven’t they? September went by in a blur and October has suddenly arrived all burnt orange sun and clear skies. It is time to settle down and howl at the harvest moon, take stock on the past year, and settle in on the slow march toward the holidays.

I don’t know about you my dears, but I am ready for some relaxing. Ready for some long hikes and empty afternoons and long, leisurely dinners with good friends and fine wines.

This is where Rachel Craven come in. A New York born, L.A. residing artist and former fashion stylist, Miss Craven has created her own line of absolutely darling textiles, each beautifully designed in a spare, sweet, and stunning manner.

Neon arrows, geometric flourishes, unexpected embellishments, all strewn across fine linen table clothes, bedspreads, scarves and napkins. Each of Miss Craven’s unique and lovely pieces somehow calms and comforts the mind – the sparkling, soothing lines of pale fabrics – each enlivened with the subtlest of shades.

These incredible piece are perfect for those Sunday brunches, for Thanksgiving, for any day when you feel like you want a touch of fresh and easy grace added to a meal, or merely to throw across your shoulders.

Thank you Miss Craven, for being yet another creative powerhouse lady, and for making work that is making our lives – that much more beautiful.

Olive Goil: Michelle Vale

One of the very best things about hosting/attending Fashion’s Night Out in NYC this year was discovering fresh young talents who are continuing to push boundaries with their work. That said, I fell completely in love with Michelle Vale, who kicked off her handbag line in 2006. Beautifully crafted, utterly luxurious and boldly beautiful, Miss Michelle’s pieces are just what every gal dreams about.

She explains that the inspirations behind her amazing line as evolving out of her commitment to quality design and the deep love she has for her hometown.

“We are proud to be one of a very small handful of designers who are made in New York City,” she says, “This has always been and will always be very near to my heart. I am also proud that we offer women the unique ability to completely customize their own look by offering hardware components in both silver and gold. Our collection allows women to modify the color of hardware they want to wear on their bag and to change the way it is carried at any given moment. With fashion moving to a more polished and elegant look, the perfect bag now exists to help define that image.”

You go girl!

I took a trip down to Michelle’s showroom to see the gorgeous green purse (I have been admiring), for myself! Check out Michelle Vale’s delicious accessories! You will NOT be sorry.

 

Olive Loves: Just Say Native

So, I have settled back to the ground following the whirlwind that is NYC Fashion Week and have returned to my second hometown – the blue sky, big sun City of Angels.

I am a New York gal, as you know, born and bred, but I have to say that L.A. is the yin to my Big Apple Yang and it was with open arms that I welcomed the perfect weather, gold mountains, and white surf.

And what better way to get in the California groove than with my favorite local vintage purveyors, Just Say Native! These young ladies have a knack for sourcing the most beautiful laidback styles, everything from boho dresses to leather jackets, cowboy boots and glitz gypsy accessories.

And denim, oh the denim!

Hillary and Linde met in Michigan and moved to California to pursue all sorts of dreams, nurturing along the way their shared obsession with embroidered silks, thick hand knit wonders, Southwest wovens, wild and wooly macramé –in short, just the sort of luxe wandering traveler vibes you all know I adore!

Their selections also always contain just the right touch of rocknroll edge and disco sparkle and cosmic cowboy whimsy – from black leather to sequined satin  to butterscotch suede fantastic fringe.

So my dears, visit a golden state. Take a gander at the Just Say Native Etsy site and stock up on a sweet and mellow California state of mind.

Olive Goil: Daisy Fuentes

It has been a whirlwind my darlings, and I have been swept up in the beautiful chaos! NYC Fashion Week is drawing to a close, but I cannot let the week go by without sending out props to the beautiful Miss Daisy Fuentes, who just debuted the a gypsy/boho-influenced, lace and loverly line of wearable, wonderful clothes.

I attended her opening night shindig and show and had to many times wipe away the drool, as I stood in gape-mouthed awe, eager to get my little hands on this hot collection.

Paisley maxis, smoky colored swimwear, all gold and bronze and laser cuts, Miss Fuentes is a woman of firsts – first major Latina model, VJ, entrepreneur, designer and general Jane (or Juanita) of all trades.

On the eve of her Fashion Week debut, she shared her advice to gals like me around the globe,  “Stay focused, but keep yourself open. Your destiny may have bigger plans for you than even you can imagine. Listen to the people who’ve gone before you and find a mentor.”

Wise words, aren’t they? Not only is Miss Fuentes gorgeous, but she is also smart, humble, focused and with a flair for designing duds that make a lady look gorgeous without hurting the pocketbook.

Okay my dears. It is Friday and the afternoon is waning. I am happy, weary and still swooning over the sights and sounds of the past event-filled week. I’ll dish on more fabulous things soon, but until then – over and out from NYC.

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