Thursday Thoughts

I am back from a fast trip to California with BSH group for a Luxury Appliance workshop featuring Gagganau, Thermador & Bosch.  

It was enlightening and fun.

We toured the Newport Harbor by boat.  I picked out a dream house on Balboa Island.

Saw some sea lions…

The showroom had some beautiful vignettes. 


I learned how to cook  some amazing dishes… which if you know me is quite a feat!

I discovered an amazing fashion source this week that is new to me, Olivela. It is a brand that gives back is such a lovely way. 

About Olivela

Olivela is pronounced… ah – li- VAY – lah

It started when Founder and CEO Stacey Boyd joined Malala Yousafzai on a visit to refugee camps in Kenya and Rwanda. There she met amazing girls with extraordinary stories of overcoming poverty and war and escaping forced marriage to pursue their educations. She realized that the opportunities she and her two daughters are lucky enough to have—access to education and the ability to live life on their own terms—these girls literally had to risk their lives for. In that moment, it became crystal clear that while talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not. It was from that realization that a new kind of retailer was born, one with giving back built into every, single transaction.

1 in 5 Girls worldwide is married off before the age of 18

Absorb that statistic, and you can begin to understand that once a girl in a developing country hits puberty‒and in some cases even earlier than that‒she is at tremendous risk. The key is education. If a girl is in school during those years, she avoids early marriage and motherhood, and she gets a chance at economic independence.

Her increased earning power improves not only her own life, but the lives of her family and her community. And, when she does become a mother, she is likely to have fewer, healthier, better educated children.

Educating girls breaks the cycle of poverty.

How Olivela Works

It’s very simple…

You: Shop your favorite designer fashion and beauty brands

We: Give twenty percent of the proceeds of anything you purchase directly to one of our partner children’s charities.

And at absolutely no additional cost to you.

I am particularly smitten with the hand painted Alepel collection

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I am a huge fan of Voutsa wallpaper and textiles. The latest collection has some real gems. 

Have a great Labor Day weekend. Everybody is headed somewhere.  

We are headed to Orange, Virginia to see my son in boarding school and his first football game of the season.  

I dream of a Virginia horse farm. Mount Sharon Farm would do nicely. 

See & shop my Lacefield Designs Textile & Pillow Collection

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