Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Snow Falling on Pines

 
Turtleneck, Skirt: H&M, Tights: F21, Boots: Minnetonka, Coat: Vintage, 
Nail Polish: Sinful Colors Love Nails 801 and OPI Breathe Life

Yesterday it snowed all day and today the blanket covering everything was so pretty I had to go outside and tromp through it.  After being inside the past week catching up on work, Netflix (Limitless, Valley of the Dolls, All About Eve, and Twin Peaks), books (The Help, Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy) and recipe experiments (thanks, Ina) it was fun to experience the Great White North.  

When I came outside in this super warm vintage faux fur coat, my sister pointed out that one of her new kittens (a sweet little calico just like mine in L.A.) matched it perfectly.  Obviously, she was too cute to not bring along with us when we went to shoot these photos.  

My favorite thing about this outfit is how insanely warm I was while still wearing a skirt and cute jacket. Snowboarding is officially the only excuse for puff jackets and long johns.  The trick to staying well-heated is to get some extra thick tights, then inside of your (waterproof) boots, wear some thick socks too.  My nail color was inspired by the icy blue colors outside my window and is my own mix. 





Your Golden Girl,

Olive

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Friday, December 23, 2011

ADHD Activities

One of my favorite things to do while watching TV is to scour the internet for inspiring images.  This little activity helps keep me excited about all of the many projects I have going on at all times.  This image sparks that idea which turns into that story/blog/photo/joke/outfit/etc. A lot of "creatives" (God, I hate that word but I'm at a loss for something les douche-y sounding) have similar inspiration folders.  People watching with me tend to get annoyed that I can't focus on one thing at a time, but I'm pretty sure sitting passively on the couch is a form of torture in some countries.  This exercise in hyperactivity is also a great way to pass off aimless web browsing as "work", or better yet, as "research". 

In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I would share some of my latest Winter Wonderland finds.

















 Your Golden Girl,

Olive

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Give A Little Bit

Between holiday parties, concerts, gift buying-and-receiving, travel, and trying to somehow keep it all together during the holidays, it becomes very easy to lose sight of what this time of year is supposed to be about.  The other day one of my friends told me she is a Scrooge because she hates how everyone gets so greedy around this time of year and that it stresses her out to see her older siblings trying so hard to please their kids with the perfect presents.   Since I am a very jolly, holiday-loving cheeseball, I showed her the Olive Elf light via hot caramel apple cider, my sparkly Christmas tree and the Christmas station on Pandora.  She begrudgingly agreed that maybe the holidays can be fun.


But she brought up a good point.  The holidays are supposed to be a break from work and school to spend time with friends and family.  It's about love and appreciating all of the good things that have happened to you this year, and sharing that with others - you don't have to be rich to think positive and you don't have to actually believe in Christmas to appreciate the spirit of the season.  

So although I love fashion and everything that goes along with it, since I blog about that all year long I've decided to change it up for the holidays.  Don't worry, there are still plenty of amazing gift guides out there - Cupcakes & Cashmere and The Magpie Girl are two of my favorites -  but I've scraped my own gift guides that I had planned for the rest of this week and put together a different type of list.  One that will bring truly Happy Holidays to people that maybe haven't had as good of year as us.  The organizations on this list help the less fortunate and while you can give to them on your own, it's also a wonderful idea to make donations in the names' of those on your gift list in order to spread the word about the amazing work that they do.  


OXFAM.  From art supplies and books for children to computer training and farm animals, OXFAM helps children and families all over the world by using your donation to provide them with the tools necessary to survive and thrive despite the poverty and injustice of their circumstances.  There is even a tab on the site that allows you to send a card featuring a photo of your gift on the front when you donate on behalf of someone.  

FINCA.  This microfinance organization provides entrepreneurs in struggling countries with loans to start their own businesses, which allows them to support their families and create jobs in their communities utilizing local crafts and services.  Just reading through the inspiring FINCA Clients section of the site will make even the tiniest of Grinch hearts grow three times their size.  

Toys for Tots. Run by the US Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots was started to "deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens." Bring any new, unwrapped toy to a drop-off box, which can be found throughout any community where a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located from October - December.  You can also donate online.  All of the toys are distributed throughout the U.S. to less fortunate children. 

Adopt-A-Family.  There are many "Adopt-A-Family" programs that can be found throughout the entire U.S. from CCSA in San Diego to Soldier's Angels, which provides lower-enlisted military families with Christmas gifts.  This is a really great idea to do for your office (or any large group of people that you find yourself a part of).  When you sign up, you are provided with a list of things the family needs, the ages and clothing/shoe sizes of everyone in the family.  Post the list up at work and let people volunteer for what they would like to provide for the family.  It's an awesome way to bring friends and co-workers together, not to mention provide a deserving family with a Christmas they'll always remember!  

These are just a few of my favorite charitable organizations, I'm sure there are many more great ones to give to this season out there.  In fact, if you'd like to share please leave a link in the comments or share on Twitter!

Your Golden Girl,

Olive

Image appears courtesy of Dr. Seuss, via ItsBrookeRyan.com, Video appears courtesy of Roger Hodgson via YouTube.  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

For The Boys

People always ask me why I don't cover guys' style and my answer is always the same: it's boring.  Don't get me wrong, I know a lot of dudes that have an amazing, stop-you-in-your-tracks way of dressing, and I love watching a menswear show just as much as the next stylephile - but for some reason menswear has just never really been able to hold my interest for very long.  It most likely has something to do with the fact that I don't get to play dress-up in the clothes as I choose them.  (Selfish, yes.  But at least I'm honest?)  However, I've been challenging myself to try new things lately and styling menswear will be my latest dive into untested waters.

The holidays are a stressful time for a myriad of reasons, but gift-giving is usually at the top of the list.  I'm sure I can't be the only one who feels completely at a loss as to what to get for the men in my life - no matter how well I know them.  That's why I've put together this handy little gift guide.  From tortoise-finish Wayfarers to a unique double-face watch and handy gadgets, it features classic, no-fail products sure to please even the pickiest guy on your Christmas List.

 
1. Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer Sunglasses, $145; 2. Obey Union Shirt, $96 at American Rag Cie; 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Backpack, $430 at Neiman Marcus; 4. Gramophone i-pod dock, $800+ at Anthropologie; 5. Polaroid Instant Digital Camera, $299 at Polaroid.com, 6. Boat Shoes, $25 at Forever 21; 7. Philip Stein Ceramic Watch with sapphires, $1,595 at Neiman Marcus



Hopefully these ideas helped you out.  Stayed tuned later this week for more gift guides and holiday styling tips!

Your Golden Girl,

Olive

Images appear courtesy of Ray-Ban.com, American Rag Cie, Neiman Marcus, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Anthropologie, Polaroid.com, Forever21.com, and Philip Stein.  

Monday, December 5, 2011

California Adventure

One of my favorite people came to visit me from NYC this weekend and number one on our To Do list was Disneyland.  It was my second time in The Magic Kingdom and I still feel like I haven't even come close to seeing everything!

It was also Candlelight 2011 while we were there, which is a re-telling of the Nativity Story with a processional and an enormous choir.  It was really beautiful to see, especially once they lit up the giant Christmas tree.  Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit quite like Disney does!  Now I'm completely ready for christmas songs, a cookie party, hot cocoa with candy canes, and holiday sweaters.

Flannel Shirt: Thrift, Leggings: Vera Wang, Motorcycle Boots: Santee Alley, Extra Long Knit Scarf: H&M, 
Cross-body sweater bag: SewTrendy, Faux Pearl Earrings: F21, Sunnies: F21, Mouse Ears: Disneyland


 






 






Your Golden Girl,

Olive

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