Wednesday, December 16, 2009

hello friends

Merry! Merry! to you all...
it's that "most wUn-der-fUll" time of the year again
hope you all are enjoying the arizona version of "a chill in the air" & the hustle and bustle that is the season

couple fun things to share that will surely make your holly-days merry & bright...

the Siren's (and sometimes Saint) girls are blogging.... 0 ya! we blog!
read along with us (you can become a blog follower)
weekly we'll share our favorite finds, buying adventures, shop event news and (when we can catch him) our favorite "crooky" the cat pics

also (this very thursday) all your stocking stuffers, and perfect one-of-a-kind gifts (you still haven't found) for all your one-of-a-kind peeps
all on one quaint little street!
the 3rd thursday melrose crawl & vagabond nites at Siren's & Saints...west side of 7th ave just N of indian school rd (from 6-9pm)

joining us at S & S (along with yUm-0 treats, hot cider & umbrella heaters) will be...
house featured vintage jewelry artists Dos Fannies
from the Phx DIY
and of course, our ms heidi and her traveling airstream blacktop jewelbox boudior

we mUst see you there...the night is way t000 much of a large!

wishing you & yours
PeAce, LoVe & all kinDs-O-mErRiMeNT

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

it's that time again...
can it be the third thursday of November already? yikes!
we had such a large time last must join!
the artists that joined us did not disappoint...all brought along such great prizes & i'm sorry but there's just something magical that happens to a street when it's dripped in cafe' lights & luminaries...
so grab a latte' or hot cocoa at Copper Star and then meander along 7th ave enjoying the November crisp air...magic!
see you thursday...look for the airstream! (yes, Paris Montana will be back!!!)(s0 will the Dos Fannies gals, Flipp'd bird & the darling ms melissa with her one-of-a-kind stationary creations...can you say stocking stuffers?!)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

you all simply must come....
how fun is this?
join us for a new tradition...Vagabond Nites...happening every 3rd Thursday during the Melrose Crawl...
this Thursday October 15th (and every 3rd Thursday) from 6-9pm along 7th Avevue
Vagabond Nites will feature amazing artists showcased at Sirens & Saints along with Rust and Roses...
our first featured artist is Paris can't even imagine her vintage Airsteam trailer "turned black top
jewlery box boudoir boutique" ...yes, you read right! An airstream trailer that she rolls up in complete with hardwood floors and chandeliers (not to mention the baubles!)
SIGN ME UP!! (how did she get my life?!)
trust...meeting the inspiring Heidi of Paris Montana literally has me starring at my closet every morning asking WWPMW? (what would paris montana wear)

Ms Heidi is not traveling alone...

also joining our Vagabond Nites fun is Trish from Blissfully Traveled

S & S featured house artists the Dos Fannies gals

and several other local artists traveling with their one-of-a-kind prizes...
all s000 very terribly tempting don't you think? for a date with us and make your 3rd Thursday a large time...
see y'all for the Melrose Crawl

PeaCe, LoVe & all kinds 0 fun for you this week!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

hello dears

i hope this note finds all of you well, happy and living life with a huge appetite for more

personally, i have been living life these days with a perfect absense of balance...
for a feet-on-the-ground-girl like me, life has forced me to peel my hands from the roller-coaster bar and throw em on up in the air! woo-hoo!
so here we go...(again)

exciting news to share from shop-land...
there's a new shop in town & i must say it's a large time!
ms shelly (chief junkster) of the wUn-der-fUll rust and roses has opened a new clothing/bauble boutique...
Sirens & Saints
and guess what?! she's letting me play shopgirl!!! the closest thing to heaven for a girl like me

i think i'm back to where i was when i got lost...nothing like a perfect skipabeat moment!
shelly has filled her shop with some curl-your-toes prizes (you might even find a few of oLiVes old favs!)

please come round to say hi...
i've missed you all so...
oLiVes spirit is very much with me still...
sometimes in the morning when i turn the key i see that one-booted girl running around! (i swear!)
a few of you have found your way to the shop already & trust...seeing you has curled my toes
so from my heart to yours...thanks for all the LoVe this last year

look for "Sirens & Saints" right next to "Rust and Roses"
(west side of 7th ave just north of indian school rd...along the Melrose Curve)
come shop the curve Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5

i'll be the girl waiting for you behind the counter...waiting to play dress-up

PeAcE, LoVe & SiReNs

lani griffin
ring 602.296.4349

Friday, June 19, 2009

it is with a heavy heart
and a BiG 'oL SiGh...
life has once again been like a snow-globe and has shape shifted quite suddenly (i must say)

sadly...breaks the last of my little heart...i've had to close olive

i find it difficult to even type those words...
olive, for me has been one of those "dream BiG" things they talk & write songs about
olive was created out of inspiration gleaned from admired designers & fellow shop girls...
she came about on a wing and a prayer (as they say) and lots of "pretty pleasing" to my family...i s0000 wanted my own shop and my family (often at great sacrifices to them) lifted me up in full support so the dream could be reached.

i have to say with her and all of you i have been blessed
she was a dream that actually came to lucky!
so thank you dear friends
i have loved all your sweet faces
shake! shake! shake! goes the snow-globe
what's next for olive and i? hmmmmm
we'll stay in touch...and who knows...maybe olive will shape shift again...
trunk shows anyone? have amazing finds...will travel! 

our moving was a sudden decision...certain to have caused a bit of confusion and swirl...
we have been trying to get the word out to our email subscribers that shopping is still available...
all prizes are available thru either trunk shows, purchasing prizes shown on web
we've gone back home (to where we started)...
through the month of july we have a selection of Olive prizes (most 25-50% off!) available for sale at Sage Antiques (located at 335 w McDowell rd in phoenix)  wed-sat 10-5 sun 12-4

hope to see y'all soon...missing you already!
PeaCe, LoVe & oLiVes (forever)
(& olive...of course!)

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Ladies - this is the perfect dress. I've tried it on, and truly there is not one better. Flattering ruffle bust with a high denim waist (vertical pinstripe - we love that). Ties into a bow in the back. There are only three dresses left - get one and you will be one of the three happiest women on the planet right now. I promise, just try it on.
This dress is so stunning it's hard to believe it sells for less than $100! This reminds me of something I'd wear to an amazing summer brunch or a book signing or tea at the Phoenician!
I *heart* this next dress because even though the color suggests fall, the print is so summery that it actually works for right now - day or night! It's modest enough for any event, but hugs you enough that's it's even great for a date!
I love it paired with this "glass slipper" rhinestone necklace for evening - now all we need is prince charming!

-pEaCe, LoVe AnD oLiVes!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Chic equivalent of sunshine

Let some sunshine in your closet this week with olive's new contemporary collection of chic dresses from another Australian-born designer.  (what do they feed those Australians?!)  This designer started her own line after working with the impressive labels Jill Stuart, Helmut Lang and Donna Karen.  Her clean and beautifully-tailored silhouettes are effortless and wearable all the while making the wearer look and feel chic and stunning.
She brings together the best of downtown edge, surfer chic, and vintage nuances.
If we had an audience, we'd applaud her.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

good fashion, good karma

Our dream clothing line would:
1. one that feels great on our bodies while complimenting them.
2. have a price tag that wouldn't force us to eat spaghetti for the rest of the month.
3. do good for others. after all, what goes around comes around.
Lucky for us, we found all this when we purchased these vibrant (they acheived this color with vegetable dye - a great environment saver!) garments handwoven in India.
Not only are the clothes absolutely darling and oh-so-flattering, everything you see is under $100!
What's best, they are made by women's cooperatives that pay employees a living wage while provide a safe and fair working environment. This in turn allows women to empower themselves and their children by providing them with an education instead of forcing them into child labor. Yay!

Feel good cause the dress looks great on you. Feel even better knowing you helped a family in India do better for themselves.

You should know that none of these prints are done by machine - this line preserves the art of hand block print methods done by hand. They are proud that their clothes contain a history and a level of artisanship that is being lost in today's world of mass production.
We think that is just lovely - just like the dress.
-pEaCe, LoVe, KaRmA aNd OlIvEs!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

tread softly

Our hard-working olivette and dear, dear friend Krista turned another year older last week, and we threw a surprise party complete with a homemade umbrella, hand-numbered linens tied with picture tags (a collage of family photos), and a even a paper-flower garland (made by her daughter).
The dinner was set in Bev's backyard, and with all her flowers in bloom and the candles lit, we felt inspired to wear light, flowy dresses for the warm evenings to come.

We adore this new line we found - we think you will too! The dress on the left is from an LA designer. She makes all her tops and dresses with feminine cuts and flowing materials. Inspired by French imagery, romantic writings and 16th century Goth designs, this line is classically feminine with a hint of rock-n-roll.

The dress on the right is reconstructed from vintage found fabrics - each dress is unique!

The next two dresses are from a line that was born when the designer began sewing dresses in her sister's garage. The dresses she began selling in her backyard and out of a suitcase have now evolved into a nationwide craze for all who follow her line. The dresses are all simple. classic. feminine while leaving something to the imagination. perfect.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

a little wild child

We always say it's better to have more than one opinion in life. With shopgirl's daughter on board in the buying process now, we have a fun, young take on what we already love. It's so nice when you're under 20 and a t-shirt can still be paired with a pleated skirt and a flower in your hair.

Those of us over 20 (or over 40 shhhh) can still enjoy these cheeky shirts paired with jeans, flats, and a great beach tote for summer.

Kiss'll love it top paired with a 100% silk print skirt.

After all, girls really do just wanna have fun - no matter what age!

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Sweet Kara-Line"

We definitely agree with this statement, which is why we ordered this celebrated line of individually handcrafted trays and platters that are prized by collectors around the world.

Oprah's O-List, Instyle and House & Garden are just a few of the publications these designs have been featured in. Brought all the way from Oyster Bay, New York right into our happy shop.

Moms love a great saying for Mother's Day!

Waves on the ocean, a summer breeze, and fresh laundry hanging out to dry are just a few things we think of when wearing this gorgeous top from a line that is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow.

She picked this jumpsuit as a 2009 must-have for your wardrobe.

Also in, the long-awaited Kara-line collection! For those of you who have waited months for this collection, it is finally here! For those of you who don't know the line, you will fall in love.

This line truly embodies "handmade" with vintage found fabrics that change every month. Each dress is handsketched and brought to life with the different fabrics - no designs or fabrics are ever repeated! As a retailer, we never even know what is coming! It's like opening presents each time we receive a package from her! The dresses are named after Kara's girlfriends - each dress comes with a name but not a size. Come find your one-of-a-kind frock today!
After you twirled around in your special flowy frock, take comfort in soft cotton tees with the motto "live with no regrets".
Fun designs include peace signs, crosses, even longhorns!
Also grab her satchel and get to where you need to go! Great diaper bag, mom bag, school bag or everyday bag!

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD eXtRa OlIvEs!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

cheers to mum!

olive's top fav five for mum

*give mum a belly laugh with erin smith's musings

*make mum sigh out loud with a sweet sentiment hand decopaged on french paper

*sweet sensations...scents that will make her swoon with bottles that will curl her toes

*an OA gift certificate...take the guess work out of picking a prize

olive (of course) wants to say thanks to all the lovely mum's, sister's, bff's of the world by offering a special shopping day...

Wednesday, may 6th all of olive's top five picks will be 20% off

and 0 yes, there's more...
a  jewelry trunk show (woo-hoo again!)
dos fannies will be here showcasing in person their one-of-a-kind goodness...
vintage rosaries, look-at-me-now cuffs & bracelets, necklaces and earrings all made from discarded treasures (sure to get an oooo awwwww out of her) 
we have many other jewelry lines too that we know you will enjoy!
what better way to say you're one-of-a-kind than with a one-of-a-kind bauble (like a vintage address book - great for busy that busy mom who needs names and #'s on the fly!)

(of course the olivette's will wrap your findings...she'll think the package is simply too pretty to open) another ooooo awwwww for sure!  

peace, love, olives & cheers to mums

Monday, April 27, 2009

We've Grown!

Olive Annie has really taken shape in the last couple of months, and we have you to thank!  We so appreciate all of our new friends, and all of your great feedback!  Our lines have expanded, and as of last week, so has the store!  Come check out our newly expanded space!  We now have even more room for delightful frocks and findings for spring!  Don't miss what's coming for Mother's Day!  Remember - our big event day is Wednesday, May 6!
Moms love flattering tops - especially when they are constructed from vintage bed linens and other yummy fabrics - so soft!

Olive says give mom a sassy hand-tooled leather purse in fire engine red or midnight black to make her feel fierce on Mother's Day! 

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Life in a Bubble

ever feel like this?

olive says no more boring wardrobes! these fun resin-filled bubble necklaces with silver casing hold vintage prints inside hand-selected by the artist to be hand-selected by you!
add some choice phrases to your wardrobe this summer, and have fun playing dress up!

add to your necklace with black and white initial letters or buy a few and spell your word to describe you!

olive suggests:
and of course

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Love your Mother...Earth!

olive loves earth makes her feel all warm inside (not the global warming kind of warm mind you!) knowing that she can do her part for mother earth - and you can too! With more and more green options becoming available, there's never been a better time to give the planet a little extra love. Thinking green isn't just for hippies and tree-huggers anymore
proactive planet dwellers are doing what we can by recyclin', reusin', and redoin' ...

olive isn't the only shade of green we love...
Olive Annie chooses 100% natural and sustainable fabrics whenever possible...olive also loves frocks that have been reworked from vintage bed linens and other scraps to make sweet little summer frocks like these below!

olive's locally designed canvas "flipp'd" bags are sure to make mama earth smile...
stock up on these bad boys (or pretty girls)...carry 'em into the grocery store, and keePthose plastic bags from filling up our landfillsand the bellies of our water-dwelling friends!
in fact, we want to help get you started on being the most earth friendly yet fashionable
shopper in the grocery...
through saturday

While you're at it, olive says why not get the matching hat? After all, stylish accessories don't mix well with sunburned faces!

our favorite bauble designers subscribe to the
"it's all better the second time around" way of thinkin' by re-working discarded vintage treasures and using recycled metals in their prizes

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,nothing is going to get better. it's not."The LoRAX~dr. seuss

for EarTH day tips onreducing your footprint...go HeRE!

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

(psssst! mum's day is may 10th!)

Give her flowers that will last and last! These baubles set to arrive next week!Don't forget those sisters and bffs who are incredible mums! Of course, olive highly recommends you ever so gently hint to the boys you'd like wearable prizes this year!

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Jewelry by Jewel Ya!

If you saw our last post regarding our upcoming trunkshow collaboration with The Willows and Jewel Ya, you may be thinking, "How will I stand the suspense for another month"? "How many items can I possibly squeeze in my trunk so my husband doesn't see?" and, for a few of you, "Who is Jewel Ya?"
Well, prepare to be amazed - Jewel Ya is the local jewelry designer who reigns in the area of hammered hearts, tiny sparkling baubles, and o-so-versatile (and durable) chains! She is the queen of pearls, charms, and all things custom. She is pretty much a celebrity in Phoenix. And you - yes you! You are invited into her home to experience the wonder that is her jewelry. Olive Annie is pleased to now be carrying her line, and we'd like to present a few select pieces to you. Enjoy.

Stunning baubles add glamour to a sweet top. Forget diamonds - anything that sparkles is a girl's best friend!

These fun bracelets are only $9 each! How about gifts for your girlfriends?

Or keep them all for yourself and wear a whole collection! Either way, buy 4 and get the 5th one free!

So come to the trunkshow wearing our amazing new men's inspired button-down shirt or something else that you can dress up, and see what stunning jewelry combinations you can come up with!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Trunkshow May 15!

Come play dress up with us!
-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!

Friday, April 10, 2009

proudly Australian

We owe a lot to Australia - they have given us kangaroos, boomerangs, guys with really great accents...
The country's latest, and arguably greatest, contribution, however, has to be Maja Rose and Tess Lloyd's new design-based business featuring stunning necklaces that focus on designs playing with form, pattern, light and colour. All necklaces are created environmentally friendly with stainless steel pendants and sterling silver chains (nickle and lead free - yay!). The designers also pride themselves with providing a supportive work place for young families.

When we bought these, the designers filled us in on all the amazing stories behind each piece they make. Each necklace is carefully designed from memories of people, places and sentiments that have personal meaning to them. You can be assured that each piece is made with love!
Give a "Hoot"! $49

How does your garden grow? Beautifully, we hope, with this "Love Garden" necklace. $49

Introducing "Fin" and "Feather" - named after the designer's darling pets. $49

Two lovebirds perched by "Magnolia" - $79

One of our personal favorites is "Tandem" - she designed this bike with love, sticking her puppy Polli, a bottle of wine and a baguette in her bike basket. Perfect necklace for a little mental daytrip! $79 Shown with a glam screenprinted rose tank in metallic; preshrunk - $49

Shopgirl chose this "Babushka" necklace for her own personal reasons. She was reminded of her grandpa "Captain" who sailed around the world with the Navy bringing back special prizes for his beloved children. One of the most memorable gifts shopgirl remembers is the Russian Babushka dolls he gave her mother after a long trip at sea. She always loved the surprise of "just one more doll hidden inside". This memory priceless - this necklace $79.

We will be closed Sunday, April 12 for Easter (don't be sad), but we can't wait to see you in the shop on Monday bright and early!