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Live Olive: Tokyo

Next up in what I hope is a series of global wanderings, I bring to you my dears, Tokyo! Ahhh Tokyo! One of my most favorite spots in the whole wide world, a bustling metropolis with a fascinating history and absolutely innovative artists, designers and fashionistas.

And the food, oh the food. You know the food and me! Sushi, izakaya, delicious grilled meats and seafoods, rice and seaweed and the most beautifully constructed deliciousness perhaps on the planet – taste is one thing, but presentation is entirely another – Tokyo chefs shop the famous fish market for the freshest and most tasty and then create imaginative, exquisite and lovely dishes that never cease to awe and amaze.

Okay, enough about the food.

Once a small village called Edo, Tokyo became a cultural center in Japan very early in its history, a place where artisans of all kinds thrived. Eventually it became the country’s capitol and with good reason.

Tokyo is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. There is the architecture (you must explore the incredible teahouses and treehouses of Tokyo professor Terunobu Fujimori!), the neon, the shimmering glass, the hustle, and the bustle.

There are great contemporary working artists like Murakami and my darling dearest Yoyoi Kusama – who is a polka dot queen, sculptress and painter and performer extraordinaire. Her most recent collaboration with Louis Vuitton is simply, utterly adorable – in the most elegant and sophisticated way of course. Think polka dots on the high fashion runway, crazy color combos and a gleeful creative freedom that doesn’t happen very often at all.

And the clothes!! There are the girls of Harajuku, dressed to the nines (and tens and elevens) and wonderful designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Tsumori Chisato, who always, always stun me with their talent and boundless imagination.

Then there are the gardens and the nightclubs and the karaoke, the musicians and the magic and the towering hotels and fine restaurants and great shops and back alley discoveries and the food (I had to say it again)…and did I mention the hustle and the bustle?

Oh, oh Tokyo!

 

Olive Loves: Prism of Threads

Collage art, fashion, film, psychedelic visions and more, the blog and Etsy store of Prism of Threads simply blows my mind. That’s right. Mind blown!

You all know that I am a vintage fashion fanatic, and POT has a massive hand-curated collection of the most sublime pieces from the last 50 years of fabulous fashion style.That and the blog, oh the blog! Beautiful collections of exquisite art from other eras and our own. There is photography here and beautiful fashion spreads and illustration and gorgeous animations, and oh I could go on and on. But dears readers, go take a look for yourselves…

Their Etsy store has a selection of handmade pieces, recycled wonders which modernize the past and bring it full throttle into the future. Led by one of the finest scavengers of great vintage and thrift finds, a mysterious young lady artist in Los Angeles, Prism of Threads is a showcase of fine art, great clothes and an aesthetic marks by vivid color, explosive patterns and exploratory individuality.

Hooray!

Isn’t it wonderful, my dears, that the world wide web has allowed for such wonderful lost treasures to be found?

Olive Loves: Sanae Intoxicants

The heavenly smell of a great perfume is something no girl should be without. And while I am a sucker for the classics (Chanel #5 anyone?!), I am more and more enamored of new and fresh and the artfully distilled, particularly those potent scents made of all natural oils, perfumes created without all those nasty chemicals…

That said, my dears, I am completely smitten with Sanae Intoxicants, a tiny company based in Los Angeles which handcrafts the most incredible combinations of exotic, thrilling, and sometimes unfamiliar oils, into creations that all smell absolutely incredible!

Founded by Miss Sanae Barber, these exquisite perfumes come in the most lovely and delicate teeny, teeny. tiny bottles, each containing smells that are absolutely entrancing.  Meadow Slumber smells of pine and sage and the first blossom of a wildflower, Smoking Rose is traditional rose with an sexy edge, Burning Ocean feels dark and dangerous and seductive in a fantastical Far East sort of way.

Put on a dab and you won’t be disappointed…

Olive Loves: Too Fast’s Nautical Suit

Those hot August nights are finally here! What better way to wow all the sailors at the pool party or the beach bonfire, than in this flouncy, flirty polka dot number from the ladies at Too Fast.

This young company makes one of a kind clothes in a very retro style, think Rosie The Riveter and hot rods and pin-ups and you’ve got a good idea of the fashion sense that inspires these young designers.

Oh what a suit! This little doozy has a red polka dot top with anchor embroidery and a bikini bottom in nautical print, with button details with a sweet, sweet ruffle round the back.

 

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