December 7, 2013
I wanted to continue the art theme, since this week is Art Basel in Miami. As I am heart broken we were not able to attend this year, I am still able to live vicariously through some of my friends who are able to experience something so great, and I thought I would share my favorite so far.
As a kid, and even now (thanks to True Blood), I have always been fascinated with vampires. Being a big horror movie buff, I love everything vampire; so, when my friend sent me this picture, I instantly fell in love. Besides for the obvious, of it being vampire fangs, I love the colors they used, how they took it to another level and made them abstract. I also love their decision to display them in line, directly on the wall. It is simple, yet it makes such an impact. I found this to be truly inspiring. It actually made me grab my sketch book and start to draw again. You never know how or what you will be inspired from. That is the beauty of everything art and fashion.Posted by: olivia + joy       Category: Comments     Share
December 6, 2013
As I am sure most of you have caught on by now, I am a big Jay-Z fan and being that his birthday just past, I thought this post should be dedicated to him.
I recently took a weekend trip to AC and found this artist, Stickman, who did some amazing paintings of various artists and other celebs. I obviously fell in love with this one, “Empire”. In person, it looks so real, and I absolutely love the reflection on his sunglasses. I think the artist really captured Jay-z’s confidence and strong presence that he has. I am not one to go out and buy art every time I pass a gallery, but this might have to be my first real art purchase!
December 5, 2013
I am very protective over my room. It is my space, my place to collect my thoughts, and my place to relax and unwind. I keep everything very neat and organized. Everything has its own place and everything is in a certain order. You can definitely say that I am OCD when it comes to my room. Not only is it neat, but I make sure that it is appropriately decorated for the current season. Last year, I went with a darker holiday theme, using a lot of deep burgundies and black. This year, I kept it light, using off whites, greys, and silvers. I went for a much more neutral feel. My favorite purchase for this season was my West Elm Gilded Cable Throw. I love cable knit, but I love it even more in metallic! This throw adds the perfect touch to my own, personal, winter wonderland.Posted by: olivia + joy       Category: Comments     Share
December 4, 2013
What better way to celebrate humpday then happy hour at the Brooklyn Winery. Being an avid wine drinker, I am always looking for new spots, where I can try new wines, as well as, be visually amused with my surrounding. This wonderful Wednesday night I will be sipping on some Malbec and loving life. I love going to the Brooklyn Winery, not only for their great wine selection, but I love the decor and the feel of the whole place. It is rustic, but warm, and I find it to be truly classic. It is such a relaxed environment, where you can actually have a conversation and don’t have to scream over anyone else. They also have a great selection of beer and the food is great. I would highly suggest this spot for a first date or even for a quick drink with friends. You can never go wrong here.Posted by: olivia + joy       Category: Comments     Share
December 3, 2013
I am always looking for a good deal, especially when it comes to makeup. I know we all can get caught up on the labels, but sometimes the best stuff is right in front of our eyes, and we don’t even realize it. This weekend I came across this Maybelline Smoky eye stick. It comes in different colors, I went with black, obviously, and it really does give you a great smoky eye look. One end is the pencil, you apply as needed, and the other side is, what I like to call, the smudger. This is the side that gives you that smoky look. You can smudge a little or a lot, depending on how dark and smoky you want it to be. Now all you need is some mascara and some lip gloss, and you are good to go!Posted by: olivia + joy       Category: Comments     Share
December 2, 2013
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November 30, 2013
“Bad news is, time flies. Good news is, you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altschuler
I cannot believe it is December 1st already. I feel like it was only a month ago I was driving to the beach, straight from work on our summer Fridays. Where did the time go? Now that the end of a year is creeping up slowly, everyone begins to reflect on the year they had and what can be done differently for the next year ahead. We all get caught up in new years resolutions and changes that can be made, but what we need to focus on is the present moment. We are our own pilot and we need to make sure that we are directing ourselves in the right direction, having fun, and learning from every experience that comes along. How we act in the moment, will affect our future. Take pride in what you do, work hard, and make sure no matter what, you are enjoying yourself.
Let the countdown begin to 2014!Posted by: olivia + joy       Category: Comments     Share
November 29, 2013
I am not someone who wears big crazy jewelry or really any jewelry at all. I keep it very classic and simple. I have my pieces that I can’t go a day without and that is really it. However, there are some times I like to get crazy and add a little something special. I came across the jewelry designer Monica Vinader and fell in love with the, “Skinny Long Ring.” It is simple, yet bold, and makes a subtle statement. It comes in gold and silver as well. If I’m feeling really crazy, sometimes I will wear multiple and stack them to make one, big, statement ring. Check out her rings and her many other collections. Holiday shopping has begun, treat yourself! I know I will!
November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
xoxoPosted by: olivia + joy       Category: Comments     Share
November 27, 2013
Tradition is something I like to stick to, not only because I am superstitious, but I think it is nice to keep old ones going and new ones as well. When it comes to cooking, this time of year, I tend to keep it very traditional, but I do like to add a new cocktail every season. This year I went to the Holiday Queen herself, Martha Stewart, for some ideas. I loved her “Berry Little Cocktail”. It was a good change up to my favorite, the Mimosa, with a little berry twist. The fresh cranberries and grapefruit vodka add the perfect touch, that make this my holiday cocktail and my new tradition.Posted by: olivia + joy       Category: Comments     Share