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5 Under $50: Sunglasses Edition

I have an obsession & it is sunglasses.  I am not ashamed of it nor do I even think it is a problem.  I do, in fact, live in the valley of the sun, so if there is an obsession to be had, I can easily justify that a sunglasses obsession is a good one to have.  That being said, I should also clarify that none of my sunglasses ever cost me more than $50.  While I appreciate the finer things in life, I also like my kids.  And sometimes, just sometimes, they have been known to sit, step, stomp, stretch or lose my things.  I’m sure that never happens at your organized abode, but here, it does & sunglasses always seem to fall into a category of misplacement, toddler play thing or dropped into the abyss of my bag.  And so I just save myself the heartache & buy cheap ones.  Its a win-win-win…I don’t feel bad for having an overly large stash, nor do I lose my marbles when I find my daughter playing dress up in them AND I’m always up for adding a funky pair to the mix.

With spring break just around the corner, you’ve probably noticed you’re stash is in need of bulking, so without further adieu, my faves under $50.


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What’s for Dessert? Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

The thought of adding chocolate to strawberry shortcake is nothing short of genius.  Strawberry shortcake has always been a longtime favorite dessert of mine & this just ups the ante on it.  I’m happy to report that it is a mild chocolate & will not send you into a dessert coma due to an overly rich flavor.  The strawberries still take center stage, but the chocolate gives them a nice richness.  Try it & let me know what you think!

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake


Chocolate Shortcakes

1 C all purpose flour

1/2 C sugar

1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 t baking powder

1 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

5 TB unsalted butter, melted

1/3 C milk


Strawberry Filling

1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled & halved

1/3 sugar

1 t vanilla


3/4 C heavy cream

powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Make the chocolate shortcakes. Preheat the oven to 425.

2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and slat.  Add the butter and milk, and stir until a soft dough forms.

3. Drop the batter onto an ungreased baking sheet in 4 equal mounds.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean.  Transfer to wire racks to cool.

4. Make the strawberry filling.  In a medium bowl, mash 1/4 C strawberries with a fork.  Stir in the remaining strawberries, sugar & vanilla & let stand 20 minutes.

5. In a medium bowl, beat the cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

6. Using a serrated knife, carefully slice the cooled shortcakes in half horizontally.  Place each shortcake bottom on a serving plate & spoon the whipped cream & strawberry filling on top, cover with the shortcakes top & dust with powder sugar.  Consume & enjoy!

Spring Launch

I’ve finally found the time to sort through & edit all the pictures from our Spring Launch last month.  Speaking of going outside your comfort zone yesterday…this was definitely outside my comfort zone!  That being said, I was surprised at how UN-stressed I was about.  Like I said yesterday, the more you practice, the easier it gets!  Without further adieu…the spring launch of Olive Lane:

My favorite thing I added to my collection of ‘party supplies’ was this pink garland…what do you think, is a tutorial in order?

That amazing quilt?  My mom made it.

My parent’s have THE best oranges in all the land…it was only fitting that we send some home with our guests!

Kim from Jaxn Blvd showed up with this sign & it made me love HER face.  Love her work.

Late night shopping…

Followed by dessert.  Yes please.  Have you been to the Hot Cookie Truck yet?  It’s divine.  Like really divine.

Did you get the memo?  Apparently we all did.  Black leather jackets for the win.

So appreciate the support of our local creative community.  They are all amazing & I loved being able to receive their feedback on our newest line!

Next up: Summer!


March 5, 2015 - 9:47 am

Kerri Winegar - Hi Amy,

LOVE your t-shirts!!! Can I come take a peak (with Kapri too) to see sizing etc? Just let me know and then we can actually meet face to face :) Thx!!

Life Actually: Moving Beyond your Comfort Zone

Trusting the space: that is the hardest part of going outside your comfort zone.  Over the last two years though, I’ve found myself moving more & more ‘outside my comfort zone’ and the good news is, just like anything you practice, it gets easier. One of the first major things I did outside my comfort zone was to open Olive Lane.  It was a thought that would not leave my mind, even though I already had a successful business & couldn’t think of why I’d need to start another one.  I did it.  I put it out there & I attached my name to it.  I made lots of mistakes & I did lots of things right…and over time, I got better at it, until it felt comfortable.  Then I completely shut down my first successful business, that didn’t feel comfortable either.  It had been my bread & butter for so long & I had just had my work published!  That thought seemed crazy & I couldn’t believe I was going to walk away from it.  But, while uncomfortable, it felt like the right thing to do.  I initially cringed at each job I turned away, but now?  I have a much better work-life balance & I hardly miss it.

Then I changed & opened up this blog space…and it still doesn’t feel very comfortable to me, but the good news is, I know in time it will.  I know in time, it will begin to feel like home to me again.  There are two things I’ve learned I have to be willing to accept & be aware of when I step outside my comfort zone & they are this:  (1) The outcome might be different than what I originally planned.  It is not uncommon for friends, family or acquaintances to ask me what’s next for Olive Lane.  My usual reply is, a shrug of the shoulders & an “I don’t know.”  It isn’t meant to be dismissive or to imply I’m not currently working on things, but to be honest, I’m not usually totally sure.  I’ve had to get comfortable with letting things unfold & they might unfold in a way I don’t initially expect or plan.  I always have a couple of thoughts or ideas on how it might go, but mostly, I don’t know…and sometimes that is the total thrill of it. (2) I am willing to be bad at something before I am good at it.  The fact that I own an online storefront or write a blog or x, y or z, doesn’t actually mean I am the most gifted designer, or the best business person or the most astute writer, feel free to tell me I had you fooled all this time?  What it means is that I’m willing to practice at it until I’m better.  I wasn’t always the best graded student, I was smart, but not always as disciplined as I should have been (did I tell you the time I failed my junior year math?!?).  I remember my dad laughing, after the fact, that I never let school get in the way of my education.  Learning doesn’t have to be through a degree or a textbook or at a lecture hall & that is the fun of it.  I find myself consciously seeking out experiences that pull me outside of my comfort zone because that is where all the learning takes place…mistakes & all.

Take this week & look for ways to step outside your comfort zone a bit.  It can be as simple as talking to a stranger at a store.  I do this all the time, just talk to people as if you’ve known them your whole life & it is always fun.  I’ve never had anyone be rude about it & usually we both walk away with a smile.  Put down your phone for a day…I promise you’ll find moments where you feel uncomfortable without that security blanket, but it will help you notice that stranger to talk to.  Make a new dinner recipe.  Call an old friend.  Change up your work-out routine.  Switch something up & tell me it doesn’t feel amazing?  I’ll bet you’ll end up surprising yourself with your own abilities.

Hello There.

It’s been a day or week or two, but I’m back.  My oldest son, was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Valentine’s Day.  We spent the day as a family celebrating the occasion & it was so wonderful.  Wonderful as a mom to see your children make their own choices & wonderful to be together as a family.  I decided to take the week off with President’s Day in there & then headed out on a ski trip — more details to come.

Taking a week off doesn’t happen often, but I enjoyed the time away.  I appreciate your patience as I work to get myself caught up, but am excited about things to come!  You’ll be able to catch us at Phx Flea this year & we’ll have some new art prints coming soon as well!  We are also busy collaborating with some of your favorite bloggers for new tees too!  Can’t wait.

Tomorrow we’ll have all the pictures ready from our Spring Launch party & we can’t wait to show you!