Traveling to The Ivory Coast (La Côte d'Ivoire)

I am going back home. In exactly three days, I will be hopping on a plane with my sister Laurinda and will be headed to Abidjan, Ivory Coast - my birth place. This trip has been long overdue. But they say, everything has its timing and I believe it to be unequivocally true. For years, I kept telling myself to wait until things would align correctly { business, lifestyle, finances etc…} - it’s as if I was waiting to have all these things figured out to give myself permission. It’s safe to say that some things I’ve figured out in my 20s + early 30s. And those things weren’t even on the list of things to figure out - and yet they’ve brought me here to this point. And where I stand now, it has never been more clear that the choice I am making today might just expand my world in ways I cannot even begin to comprehend.

When I am asked if this is a vacation, I feel a pang in my heart because going back home shouldn’t be considered a vacation nor a luxury, it should be the norm. I want it to be the norm for me. I want it to be the norm for my family. How can something be the norm or a way of life if a concerted effort or choice to make it be that way isn’t acted on? Same goes with a dream idea - nothing will move in that direction if small formative steps aren’t taken to make it flourish.

Does this all make sense? It made sense to me. Most importantly it made sense to my loving husband + partner. His support of the vision (since day one) and perspectives on success and the long game have served as daily reminders and propellers for adapting a risk-taking attitude with patience. I couldn’t be more proud and thankful for the life he and I are slowly building together for our family. Lastly, this made sense to my support system, my tribe + The Branding Edit team.

 So as I travel to re-acquaint with and ground parts of myself, revive old friendships and create new + meaningful connections, I hope to share my experiences in a visual format that is thoughtful and in alignment with my truth, my story and my creativity, while taking in account the truths and stories of the people I will be with as well. This might be a #StyleStop #globaledition in the making…It’s an exciting time and I sincerely hope that you stick around (If you're new to my blog/website (first off, welcome!), you can follow me on Instagram and see what I'm up to). 

Cheers! 

~ Olivia

My 2017 Fall Trend Favorites

Can you feel Fall in the air? 

Are you as excited as we are about Fall style? 

Eh, maybe you are, maybe you aren't. I don't blame you. It's not an easy task letting go of warm weather and longer days. I am a real nostalgic when it comes to summer - always have been. 

But what if, rather than focusing on what we are losing, we focused on all the new memories we are about to create, moments we are about to experience, and things we are about to gain with the new season?

To me, a new season brings its own set of trends and tendencies, so I like to open myself wide for new inspiration and new work to come and sweep me off my feet. I also know that it's time to make the last months of the year count. 

Giving new life to last year's coats/jackets/boots and adding new seasonal items to my wardrobe is my way of embracing the new season with purpose, intention and fierceness. It's also my way of inviting all the awesome things the Universe has in store for me. When I feel great, I act on my goals more easily and more decisively. 

I invite you to find inspiration in places you've never looked before. Be creative. Be thoughtful. Let your intuition + feelings be your driver. Seek those feel-good moments + experiences that entice your inner being to be greater than what you tell yourself. Give your authentic-self the opportunity to inspire + be inspired.

With that said, here are the trends of Fall 2017 I am looking forward to the most!

1. 70s Plaid {  J. Crew  }  2. Wide Belts {  Topshop  } 3. Fiery Red {  Farrow  } 4. Statement Earrings {  SHASHI  } 5. Fishnet {  Topshop  } 6. Mid-length Skirts {  Farrow  } 7. Everything Velvet {  Alice + Olivia  } 8. Chocolate Brown {  MAC  in Film Noir } 9. Victorian Collar Shirts {  Citizens of Humanity  } 10. Vintage Florals {  Farrow  } 11. Sleek Backpacks {  Skagen  } 12. Sock Boots {  Topshop  } 13. Vintage Fur {  Miss Selfridge } 

1. 70s Plaid { J. Crew } 
2. Wide Belts { Topshop }
3. Fiery Red { Farrow }
4. Statement Earrings { SHASHI }
5. Fishnet { Topshop }
6. Mid-length Skirts { Farrow }
7. Everything Velvet { Alice + Olivia }
8. Chocolate Brown { MAC in Film Noir }
9. Victorian Collar Shirts { Citizens of Humanity }
10. Vintage Florals { Farrow }
11. Sleek Backpacks { Skagen }
12. Sock Boots { Topshop }
13. Vintage Fur { Miss Selfridge

My Summer Essentials Pt. 1

It's hard to believe it's finally warm and sunny. I was almost afraid that spring showers were going to turn into summer showers and then fall weather in August...oh God no! 

I am one to unapologetically self-describe as "tropical at heart". I love sunny/ breezy/ warm/ hot days - even if it means that I have to carry 11 deodorants, 5 facial mists, 1000 blotting papers in my handbag. 

The occasional makeup melting doesn't bother me so much - it's the wet armpits that can be quite the style conundrum. Other than that, I am the happiest of souls in the summer.

To celebrate summertime, I poured my heart into bringing you our most stylish, most lively Summer Essentials Pt.1. 

Let it be your inspiration for all your enjoyable outdoorsy plans, whether it's lounging by the pool, or having lunch al fresco, or traveling to Greece...or all of the above! 

Cheers, 

~ Olivia

Coconuts Swimsuit:  Express  Rectangle Necklace:  Jessica Ricci  Slides:  Charlotte Stone  Drop Earrings:  Anthropologie   Flamingo Clutch:  Kent Stetson  Sandals:  Bernardo  Cat Eye Sunglasses:  Derek Lam  Straw Visor:  Athleta  Hoop Earrings:  Ann Taylor  Halter Swimsuit:  Mikoh

Coconuts Swimsuit: Express
Rectangle Necklace: Jessica Ricci
Slides: Charlotte Stone
Drop Earrings: Anthropologie 
Flamingo Clutch: Kent Stetson
Sandals: Bernardo
Cat Eye Sunglasses: Derek Lam
Straw Visor: Athleta
Hoop Earrings: Ann Taylor
Halter Swimsuit: Mikoh

King Congdon: Luxurious Home In The Heart of Providence, Rhode Island

I had the opportunity to collaborate with business BFFs, Patsy Culp (Event Stylist), and Brittanny Taylor (photographer) on a lifestyle photoshoot inside a gorgeous home, located in the heart of Providence.

Named King Congdon (as identified by its geotag...I mean the house is worth $2.8 million), the house will make you feel emotions...as it should! The breathtaking view of Providence can be seen from the living room to the master bedroom to the in-ground pool, leading down to the steep backyard area. A modern fairy-tale-induced experience from a house de luxe that is audaciously, and yet secretly nesting right on one of the hills of our Creative Capital.

Credits:  Brittanny Taylor Photography | Hair:  Jeannine Calia | Makeup: Sydney Tessaglia | Set Stylist: Patsy Culp | Wardrobe Stylist: Olivia Rodrigues | Retail partners: Feminine Fancies, Lumiere Boutique | Designer partner: Kent Stetson

 

Planning and working on photoshoots are a fun aspect of my business...actually better than fun ...ecstatic aspect of my work! They require a lot of attention, patience, a ton of energy, and most of all great detailed, and organizational skills, above all the passion and creative expertise. And I love it!

They always begin with a vision, and slowly unfold, taking various forms (some anticipated, and others not so anticipated) and the result feels magical! It takes the fusion of different talents and great team chemistry to create magic, and every time it happens I am fulfilled and humbled to have been a part of it. 

Outfit Details

Photo #1:  (in the hallway): She/"Queen Congdon" is wearing a knit sweater from Feminine Fancies over black denim for the laid-back look. 

Photo #3 (in the backyard): She is wearing a fitted button-down shirt tucked in a floral hi-lo puffy skirt from Feminine Fancies with SJP pumps for the formal look. The gold earrings and bracelet are from Feminine Fancies.

Photo #7 (by the pool): She is wearing a two piece-set and feather sandals from Lumiere Boutique; the white clutch is from Kent Stetson (view it here).

Photo #10 (terrace with the guitar): She is wearing a black and white off-shoulder dress and beaded bracelets from Feminine Fancies. 

Photo #14 (stairway): For cocktail hour, Queen Congdon is wearing a sheer black blouse tucked under a pair of structured culottes (both from Lumiere Boutique), accessorized with a Kent Stetson handbag (view it here) and black pumps.