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Olive Loves: Jerome Rousseau

I am stepping out folks, kicking up my heels and strutting my stuff!

I am thrilled to share with you my absolute favorite, on-the-rise shoe designer – the incredibly creative, immensely talented Jerome Rousseau!

Mr. Rousseau hails from Montreal and makes his home in sunny L.A. and travels the world for inspiration – color, shape, everything he makes is wonderful – each of his shoes, so inspiring! These are whimsical, imaginative designs that make me downright swoon.

I am absolutely in love with every single shoe this young, handsome impresario produces, from his towering high heels to his kick butt boots to his pumps with sweet bows and ribbons.

But if you really want to awe the crowds – why not go for firework sparkle?

These perfect, midnight black, sultry, shimmering, pair of heels simply cannot be beat – especially if, like me,  you want to stand out and take names.

Oh Jerome! How I love thee!

Olive Goil: Karen Russell

I’m an old fashioned goil in many ways, my dears, and that includes my adoration of the written word – the sweet musk scent of an old book bringing a certain kind of warmth to my heart. In these days of the high tech and the modern, there’s just something about sitting down and flipping through pages that both comforts and thrills me.

For those who can’t abide the antiquated, you can grab your Kindles and your iPads and such and get the same amazing pleasure in words on a page – there’s nothing quite like reading, don’t you agree?

And writing! A bow down and a shout out to all those amazing authors out there, folks like this week’s Olive Goil, the immensely talented Karen Russell.

The young Miss Russell is barely 30, but she’s already been featured in magazines like The New Yorker and Zoetrope and in collection like the Best American Short Stories. Her first book of short stories, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, won a bevy of prizes and her first novel, Swamplandia, won a bazillion accolades as well.

Miss Russell writes about strange adventures and lost worlds and the wet heat fevers of her home state of Florida and her books thrill at every turn.  My dears! Take pleasure in the word and sit down and pick up a book (or a tablet) and let yourself get swept up in old fashioned, wonderful, fabulous, always imaginative -storytelling.


Olive Loves: Kimbra

Let’s shake a tail feather my dears, step out on the dance floor and show them what we’ve got. There’s nothing like a pure pop song, a melody you can’t get out of your head and a rhythm that makes you take to your feet. I have claimed before to love to dance and no one right now makes me dance more than Kimbra.

A young gal from the far away climes of New Zealand, Kimbra has been making music since she was a wee lass. She won a contest in her home country when she was still a teen and from there on in ,she’s been rising up, up, up.

Put your ear to the ground and you’re be sure to hear, somewhere near and somewhere soon, her sweet high voice matched with simply irresistible melodies – fun, catchy tunes that are cozily familiar yet still beautifully all her own.

Kimbra, in addition to her song and dance chops, also sports an utterly invincible stage style, a cross between Snow White and a Twenties silent screen star, all black hair and bangs and wide, giant dolls eyes and pretty pouty lips.

Miss Kimbra is that rare bird, lovely and talented and on the rise – so let’s all look up… and watch her fly.

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