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Olive Goil: Single Girl Cookies

Did you know that we are in the midst of International Random Acts of Kindness Week? Started by the RAK Foundation, Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAKW) started on Feb. 10 and goes through Feb. 16, 2014. This week is a great opportunity to step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week.

One person who embodies the Random Acts of Kindness movement is Renee Heitmann, and she is doing it by using her family’s secret cookie recipe and sharing warm batches of cookies with local businesses in her Queens, N.Y. neighborhood.


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Olive Loves: Sweet Generation Bakes Cupcakes for a Cause

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, I would like to introduce you to Amy Chasan, the founder and chief do-gooder of Sweet Generation, an online custom bakery. But, Sweet Generation is more than just a bakery! Amy and her team generate funds to increase access to Arts Education for children. In fact, a portion of every sale is donated to Arts Education, so customers are literally Helping With Every Helping! Amy believes that cupcakes and craftiness can save the world. After one look at her artistic cupcakes, I can’t argue with her. She is helping to promote the importance of Arts Education, one delicious cupcake (and warm batch of cookies) at a time.

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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 Look: Pretty Vintage

My dears, today I am feeling sexy secretary or sophisticated boss lady, ready to file those papers, take on the boardroom and whip you all into ship shape.

What better ensemble for a day like today then this sweet and smart combo of a lacy vintage shirt, a delicate and flirty, with a jet black skirt and vibrant red and white scarf that say ‘kicking butt and taking names”!

Add a pair of simple, classic black ballet flats and you’ve got the ultimate, at work 9-5 and beyond combo.  Time to ask for that raise!

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