Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Ghost of Spring Outfits Past

Usually looking through old blog posts is a thing I avoid at all costs.  I cringe when I read something I wrote in 2009 the way most people cringe when they see a photo of themselves with a bad haircut. Although I cringe at those, too... so I guess what we have here is a flawed analogy!

The reason I dodge sifting through old blog posts is because I, like everyone else on the planet, have changed over time.  When I first started this blog, I had no intention of ever posting personal outfit photos, but I started to after encouragement from friends, family, and readers.  Needless to say, revisiting those early days of awkward, self-timed photos generally is not exactly superfun.   It is only surpassed by the feeling I get when I re-read the words I wrote as a saccharine young woman, and I want to die from embarrassment, but not before I delete this blog forever and never publish anything as impermanent as opinions on fashion to the internet ever again.  Then I remember how much I do, actually, love blogging, and how much joy I do, actually, derive from fashion, so I tell myself to get over it.  Do what makes you happy!  So, now you understand, the subject of old blogs is an exhausting mental battle for titans.  Sarcasm, of course.  It is just easier to avoid old blog posts altogether.  Out with the old, in with the new.  Live in the present moment.  "Keep it movin'!"  As Peter from Real Housewives of Atlanta would say.  You get it.

However, the other day I was perusing the lovely blog Selective Potential, and I really enjoyed Tieka's look back at her favorite past spring outfits so much so that I thought it might actually be fun to go through my old blogs, in order to do a post like that of my own.  And you know what?  It wasn't entirely traumatizing.  It was interesting to think about the factors in life that can make your personal style evolve.  A promotion, a move (or five), falling in and out of love, making new friends, adopting a new diet and/or exercise regimen, discovering new art and music, seeing new places...  Whether it's a conscious decision or not, all of these things influence how you see yourself, and thus have an impact in the clothes you choose to wear every day.  It can be good (a gifted Marchesa dress), or it can be very bad (UGG's that your sister physically yanks off your feet).  You find things you love and you forget things you hate.  Either way, it was you, and sometimes it can be fun to look back and remember who you were way back when.  After all it made you into who you are today.  Naive blog posts and all.

Here are some of my own favorite springtime outfits of yore.  I'd love to see yours, too!  Share in the comments :)

 














xo,

Olive



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Saturday, March 8, 2014

January/February Recap

Since the New Year, things have been so busy and exciting.  I'm not even allowed to post about over half of the things that have been going on... but I will be able to soon enough!  In the meantime, here's a little bit of what happened in January and February...




xo,

Olive

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Music Love Monday: Lykke Li & David Lynch

I do a lot of walking around my awesome neighborhood on the weekends.  There's always a farmer's market or a flea market or a starving artist sale (pretty much the same thing as a yard sale, but with more cool vinyl) or a gallery opening or a new hidden gem to explore.  I love it.  Usually during these walks, I have my earbuds in.  Yes, this is partly to drown out traffic and sirens and low-flying ghetto birds, but it's also one of my favorite times to discover new artists to listen to via Spotify.  It's how I've found some of my favorite songs and musicians, including ethereal electro-goddess Lykke Li.

It's been a couple years since Lykke put out any new music, but she did upload a video for her song with David Lynch to her vimeo a few weeks ago, and it's so dreamy and perfect I've already watched it a few times.  If this doesn't get you itching to drop everything to explore the desert, then I don't know what will.  


xo,

Olive

Video courtesy of Lykke Li vimeo.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Recommended Reading: February

February was such a crazy month, I don't know how I managed to find extra time to do anything, let alone read multiple books.  Of course, I am still making my way through the highly addicting Game of Thrones series on my kindle fire, and reach for it whenever I have a spare moment, but I am a bit of an ADD reader.  I love to have two or three different books going at once - it's sort of like flipping through the channels on T.V.  I've found that it keeps me from getting too bored with one story, and actually helps me read a lot more material quickly!

Here are my February reads.  Whether you feel like channeling your inner artist, re-visiting the rise of Tom Ford, or cheering on the Khaleesi, I highly recommend each of them:


xo,

Olive

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Polar Vortex Pop

Nothing like a bunch of throwback pop songs to keep you occupied on a Polar Vortex day...














I don't know which part I collectively like best: remembering the "state of the art technology" that's often showcased, the chunky blonde highlights, the plastic pants, seeing all my favorite pop princesses "acting" in most of these intros, or the Stevie Nicks cameo.  It's just all pretty great.

xo,

Olive

Ice Ice Baby

Frigid weather over a long holiday break can be good for lots of things... Binge watching television from underneath a pile of blankets, practicing winter sports, drinking whiskey with your parents, snowball fights, homemade hot cocoa, and of course lots of reading.

Here are my December/January reads.  Equal parts disturbing and enlightening, it's a schizophrenic selection for the history buff and the pop psychology nerd alike.

Bottoms up: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Plus these for the kindle: 6 / 7 / 8


xo,

Olive

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Best of 2013

2013 was a year of transition and discovery.  While big changes can be scary, if you hang on tight enough and try to ride it out, you eventually realize the unexpected can be exciting, too.  Here are some of my favorite discoveries and memories of 2013.

Fashion Faves 

Favorite Trend: Crazy nail art

Favorite Outfit: Impossible to choose!  But man, I wore my cut off denim shorts a LOT.

Wardrobe Addition: These awesome(and reasonably priced) clog-like heels from BooHoo

Red Carpet Look: Nicole Richie at the LACMA Art + Film Gala 

Editorial: "Mime" in Schon! Magazine (maybe I'm biased because I assisted on this, but it's still a killer shoot either way!)

Editorial I styled: "La Sposa" for Ellements Magazine



Click below for more 2013 faves!