Olive Goil: Wendy Lam

Fashion, fashion – fabulous fashion!  Everywhere you look there is something wonderful to look AT!

Sometimes it does get a tad overwhelming though, doesn’t it my dears? This endless and ongoing array of clothing and bangles and baubles and shoes… a lady can really get a bit dazed by it all.

That’s where our favorite fashion bloggers step in, clearing out the rubbish to make room for the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the most glamorous and lovely of the latest batch of fashion offerings.

One of those bloggers who always seems to be perfectly on point is the lovely Wendy Lam of Nitrolicious. This is a young gal with exquisite taste that is just broad enough to include all sorts of styles – whether you are feeling sophisticated and subdued… or vivid and vivacious.

Explore her site and find your way.

Thank you Miss Wendy, for lighting the road up ahead for the rest of us!

Live Olive: Amy Jo Diaz

Dearest readers, please say a how do you do to Miss Amy Jo Diaz, artist and all around amazing gal.

When I first saw Miss Diaz’s works I was absolutely smitten – her art is somehow stunning, thoughtful and playful all at once. The perfect balance of painting, collage and illustration, each piece is touched with a vision of her very own – a world sun-faded and lovely and romantic, but in an utterly modern way.

Miss Amy Jo has shown at galleries all over the globe, painting murals in Paris and impressed Tokyo with a show there this month. There is something in her art that reminds me of sea and sand and blasted sky, mixed with hints of high fashion and eloquent sophisticated oomph!

Miss Amy Jo Diaz was kind enough to answer some questions for us, so listen up lovelies and learn!

When did you first decide you wanted to be an artist?

I’m not altogether certain I have decided yet!  I know when I decided that I had an interest in art as a practice when I was around 16 years old.  I graduated from high school and most of my friends went to college.  I wasn’t pushed to do that, so I partied.  I met a lot of new people this way and found that a large majority of them were involved in the art department at the community college.  It sounded like a fun place to hang out all day, so I went and signed up for some classes.  I soon realized that the place my mind went when I was focused on creating something was very similar to this otherworldly zone I was into when I was an endurance runner (random?).  I think they’re similar because, in both, I am the decision maker, I set the tone, I map the course, I can go as fast or as slow as I want to go, turn where I want to turn, I can stop and start when I feel like, perhaps as an escape from anxiety and stress and practical behavior.  In creation, I can be risky and irrational and silly or I can explore sadness and longing and nostalgia.  Then I can leave it there, look at it again, see it in a different way, show it to someone else and get off on what they see or feel.  It’s a strange way of communicating something that’s in me, but I may not understand it all the way myself.

What were some of your early inspirations?

The Salvador Dali Museum, photocopied party flyers, dramatic make-up, this illegal bar called the Impulse, tattoos, graffiti, skateboard graphics.  I remember, too, getting really excited by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt.  Their confident animated lines, their color palettes.

If you could own any piece of art, what would it be?

La Sagrada Familia.

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.

Olive Loves: Grey Ant Sunglasses

Yes, I am pale as ivory, and white as snow, but I just cannot and will not stop cavorting in the sun, exploring the world, sailing the seas, or just plain bathing at the beach.

That said, one thing every fair lady needs is a fine and sturdy pair of sunglasses. But finding ones with oomph and flair? Now that there is usually a bit of trick.

Ivory Grey Ant Sunglasses

Well, have I got news for you dearies! Grey Ant, for a long while now, the designer behind just the cutest lines clothing, is coming out with sunglasses too! They come in all the colors of the rainbow and in shapes that are most playful and unexpected.

Kennedy: True Blue by Grey Ant

It takes a certain someone to don these… and you all know who that someone is!

Take it from Olive, fashion is about personality and individuality. Grey Ant is one of our favorites, because they are always one of a kind!

Status: Caption Red by Grey Ant