Tell us about yourself! Who is Olivia?
I am first a mama. That is the most important role of my life, being my son’s mother. I am a partner to my wonderful other half. I am a creator, a collector, and an admirer of all art forms. I am a blogger, a style nerd with too many clothes.
Tell us more about your family. When did you and Trig meet?
We met 3 years ago on Instagram, funny enough. We were two people who were going to be having a photoshoot together with a mutual photographer friend in Palm Springs. I was a visitor to California on the search for a sign that I was "supposed to make my move to Cali". Trig had been living in LA for 5 years. We chatted for months before our planned photoshoot, starting with "what the mood of the shoot was", "what wardrobe was going to be", all of that, to learning more and more about one another and all the similar interests that we shared. It was very organic and natural. After the photoshoot, I flew back to Atlanta and knew that was exactly where I was supposed to be, so a few months later I moved out there and here we are today, happier than ever.
Axel was born pretty recently. What has changed in your life?
When I became a mother, my life changed in the best way possible. This little being is all ours and is part of me and part of Trig. It made me want to be better, do better. I want to do everything in my power to make him proud of his mama. I have a little dude to kiss and love on every single day. I get to teach him and watch him grow. That's the best life I could possibly live, right there.
How has Axel surprised you?
Oh man, he surprises me every single day. All of the wonderful milestones that he reaches astound me. It's always so surprising and completely wonderful when it happens. For example today, he repeated an entire song that he heard on Sesame Street. I know it may sound weird, but it was the cutest thing that I have ever seen in my life. Haha
You look like a working mama - what's keeping you busy these days?
On top of being a full time mom, I am currently working on the launch of mine and Trig's curated vintage shop. It has been in the works for some time so we are excited about that! I feel like that has been my second child these days. It's such a passion, too! On top of that, I am always shooting with talented folks for awesome projects. Being a blogger/influencer is rad. Maybe it's the Leo in me, because I live for it! Hehe! All of those things, as well as being on a 10 month journey of nursing my baby boy and teaching him all that I can every second of every day! Needless to say, there is sometimes posting going on in the midst of a feed or during one of Axel's very quick naps. Life sure is busy, but there's not a second that goes by where I'm not loving every aspect.
Tell us something weird about yourself!
Truth, I feel strange when I have a "regular" hair color. I honestly can't remember the last time I had a "normal" looking hair color. I've had every hair color under the rainbow at least once and "platinum silver blonde" is the most common shade I've had in years, I believe.
Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
I always have my eyes open. I see things happening in fashion sometimes before it even happens. I have always been that way, ever since I was a little girl. I would sketch things all the time. I should've been a designer, I swear! Maybe one day that dream will come true! Wink! I see inspiration on the street, on the runway, internationally, nationally, men, women. That's why Instagram truly is the best platform for connecting you to people with similar interests and passions.
What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far?
I've learned that patience is a REAL thing. You need it, for every aspect of life.
Do you collect anything?
I collect stones/crystals, anything made from brass, and vinyl. We are definitely a family of collectors.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
We, as a family love to go antiquing and thrifting, pretty much every day if we can! On top of that, we love watching movies and listening to our massive record collection whilst dancing around and singing. That's our life!
What's one thing you always need to have in your fridge?
There's never a shortage of chocolate milk in my house!
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity means being unique and also authentic. Staying true to yourself, your style. Your creativity is important to remain creatively stimulated. I couldn't live without creativity. It's what gives me the ability to do what I love every day.
If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
I would, yes. I truly care about my friends. My good friends are like family. I always have my friends' back, no matter what.
What are you reading right now?
Haha, the Little Critters series! It's Axel's favorite!
Who are you currently stalking on Instagram?
Currently, I'm pretty obsessed with a handful of badass mamas out there. Having that community of strong mothers has given me so much inspiration, every day! I enjoy seeing their kids grow alongside Axel. It is fun to see the different stages that a child goes through. A few of my favorites include @missalissa, @xandervintage, @romimarie_, @lanadmitruks, and @mintedmethod.
What makes you laugh?
Trig makes me laugh harder than ANYONE or ANYTHING! Seriously, he's the funniest!
What's currently on your playlist?
Currently, Chris Cornell has been on repeat here lately. Such an incredible voice! RIP.
What's the last concert you went to?
We went to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers alongside Joe Walsh. I grew up listening to both artists.
What do you love about Arctic Fox?
Everything, duh! Best coloring product in the game! The saturation of the colors are amazing and they last a long ass time! The fading process is always beautiful! Basically they are unicorn juice that you color your hair with, no joke! Haha
What's the biggest thing you are looking forward to in 2017?
All of my son's accomplishments and just seeing the little dude that he's growing into every single day! Motherhood rocks!
You can catch Olivia on Instagram @themetalromantic and on her blog themetalromantic.com