I chose the light blue as my favorite, but this coat comes in tons of colors. Yes, it’s a statement piece for sure, but faux fur is timeless. Plus, it’s under $300, which is a major score! I guarantee you will be collecting compliments by the dozen with this coat, so if you’ve been on the lookout for the right faux fur, you’ve found it.
I’m always on the hunt for that perfect retail space that speaks to me. You know the kind of place I’m talking about? Where it feels like the store was curated specifically for you and they have lots of options but it doesn’t feel crowded. I have been searching for this kind of place ever since moving to Aspen in October and although I have found some gems, Olivela spoke to my soul.
Olivela just opened their second boutique in Aspen in December (their first was in Nantucket for the summer), so the timing was perfect with me moving to town. This shop is probably going to get me into trouble because it is literally everything I look for. I feel like they have developed such a special concept and have an amazing business on their hands. Not only is the space absolutely stunning, but the store felt like it was made for me, which I’m sure is a feeling most women get when they walk in.
From the wall of sunglasses to the perfect boots, heels and handbags, it’s accessory heaven. The best part though? Even with having so much, it’s not an overwhelming shopping experience. With it being a luxury store, it can be easy to suddenly feel flooded with stress about investing in specific pieces, but not at Olivela. Everything you’ll find is striking and elevated, but also able to be incorporated into your daily style.
I just honestly had such an incredible experience when I went into Olivela in Aspen. You can tell by the photos, I was like a kid in a candy store. The sunglasses wall, I mean, I was beside myself. They had every luxury brand you want to have as staples in your closet.
On top of all that, I want to talk about the social impact their making. In a time when we’re all trying to shop consciously, Olivela makes it look easy for retailers to do good and give back. They’ve created this unique and meaningful shopping experience where 20 percent of every sale goes toward providing education to girls at risk.
To make this happen, and to help shoppers understand, you’ll find special technology throughout the store that not only educates you on the items you’re shopping but the cause you’re supporting by making a purchase. While shopping, you’ll see how many days of education Olivela can provide per item purchased. So for example, one item might provide enough money for 18 days of education for girls at risk. How amazing is that?! Olivela gives the proceeds to organizations providing this education, including CARE, Malala Fund and Too Young To Wed.
Needless to say, I instantly fell in love with this concept. It’s shopping but with a positive social impact. Something I think we can all get behind. I definitely got behind it and walked out with a new pair of boots and a hat, and I have a feeling I’ll be back for more! It’s a purchase that feels good and I highly recommend shopping Olivela if you’re looking for a curated, luxury experience that also gives back.
SHOP CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
To continue expressing my love for this brand and their mission, and to encourage you all to shop there if you’re looking to invest in a few luxury basics, I rounded up five of my favorite pieces currently on Olivela’s website. They’re all stunning, under $1000 and will live for seasons to come, so I hope you pick one up to support Olivela’s incredible work!