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!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dreams really do come true

Remember when you were a little girl and you played with paperdolls? I don't believe any little girl really created elaborate stories from playtime with paperdolls - it was all about the clothes! I remember picking out paper doll books and looking at some of the most outstanding clothing for dolls - I was so jealous! If only, I thought, I could just send these drawings off somewhere and they would be made in my size - I'd be the happiest girl in the world. Take one look at this new clothing line, and you would think a little girl's dream came true!
Allison-Taylor, the extraordinary designer and owner of this amazing new line, has a keen eye for color and layers, and how the two work together. This season she juxtaposed a summer palatte with gunmetal grey, white, khaki and marine blue. Her 2009 collection presents a collection of wearable silks with 1930's bohemia and post-war glamour influences.
This racerback blouse below, named Megan, has wide straps and is hand-detailed with a false button and a contrast trim. We layered it over her "Bridie" dress, but you could pair with wide-leg or skinny jeans or pinstripe crop pants for some fun and different looks!

The "Bridie" dress - an empire line strappy dress with kick pleats and bows. Darling!

We wanted to save the brightest for last. Introducing "Dahlia" - our gorgeous orange silk smocked band dress/skirt with hand-detailed pink straps! It feels as great as it looks!
We can't wait for you to take one (or several!) of our dream girls home!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Frock Hunting

For our dream Easter, there would be plastic eggs big enough to hide prizes like these for us to find! Who needs candy when there are such fabulous accessories in the world? We think there is something so intriguing about vintage keys and locks reworked onto newsboy caps.
Or how about pulling out layers and layers of the most fabulous frock you've ever put against your skin?! This 3-piece ensemble is actually comprised of a gauze slip, a voile slip and a layer tunic on top. Come try these pieces separately or together (as shown on mannequin) to create your own unique looks!

Gust in stock - please call to special order different colors.
Ok, moving on! For all you equestrians and horse-lovers, try this lovable tee showing your favorite animal in a screen-printed metallic. Pair with a skirt for a sweet, casual look or go riding in jeans and boots!

Horses a little too much to handle? How about pairing that little black dress you've been coveting with our bunny shirt for a more playful daytime look. Take the shirt off at night and add the necklace to go out for dinner and drinks!

We love to give this as a gift when friends invite us out for mimosas. A great gift for girlfriends who don't mind raising a few eyebrows now and again.

Now that you've seen all our fun new frocks and findings - please make note! We will be closing at 2pm on Friday, April 10 to observe Good Friday! We will be back open our normal hours on Saturday!

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Delightful Dresses!

With all the beautiful things in the world, we are proud to fit such a large number of them in one shop. We are honored that so many amazing artists have debuted and featured product at Olive Annie.
Olive Annie is proud to represent many talented artists that reconstruct and renew vintage finds to make some of our most lovely frocks and findings. True value is never lost in quality pieces! After all, this is a time to make what's old new again, get crafty, and have fun with vintage pieces!

Also, if you're going to be shopping wisely, why not buy pieces that are good for your body and the environment? Olive Annie chooses 100% natural and sustainable fabrics whenever possible.

Here are some beautiful organic options that would make the Easter bunny proud!

Olive Annie is going to rework the store this week for a new and exciting look! Don't worry though, the only mess you many encounter is our desk!

Our clothing is pressed and ready for you to come play dress up in! Also, for Easter gifts - ask to see our collection of fun gift tags!

-pEaCe, LoVe, AnD oLiVeS!