Oliver’s Earbuzz: All of Our Q1 Favorites (So Far…)

Music makes our marketing brains smarter – it’s, like, a fact.

Well…if it doesn’t make us smarter, we at least know that music helps keep us in the zone and motivated through the long remote work days. Honestly, if we had to power through each day without some sweet, sweet tunes, our lives would be much more lonely and our tedious tasks not nearly as fun or approachable. While our tastes change with the constant tide of new music being released, here’s a playlist of what we’ve had on repeat since the start of the year.

What’s your favorite song at the moment – a true banger? A jazzy number? Something a little more classic?

Drop us what tracks are keeping you going during the work day on Twitter and we’ll include it in our next playlist!

Always Fighting, Always Persisting: Celebrating International Women’s Day

We’re proud to be a female-run marketing agency full of incredible, hard-working, inspiring women.

This International Women’s Day, we’re reflecting on all of the powerful and strong-willed women who got us to this point in history. It’s our fight now, and we’ll kick, scream, and represent until our throats go dry (and then some).

We love you, women of the world!

Now, let’s go out and conquer.

Join the conversation with us on Twitter!

Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 6

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In this ongoing visual series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

1. Julian Charrière

Julian Charrière is an artist that doesn’t shy away from sensitive subjects. Over the last few years, he has developed quite the reputation for taking on deep, environmental themes in his artwork; highlighting climate change and global warming in particular. For many projects, travel is necessary. Charrière journeyed as far as an iceberg in the Arctic Ocean to get the perfect photograph.

 

Check out his full website here: http://julian-charriere.net

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2. Andrew Fairclough

Andrew Fairclough‘s illustration work is positively mesmerizing. With artistic beginnings in skate and snowboard graphic design, he has since worked with huge brands and continued to create incredibly detailed illustration pieces. Andrew has described his own work as being “inspired by mid-century spot illustrations and design as well as vintage sci-fi, comics, surrealism, DIY art culture, and the textural wonders of degraded print.”

 

Check out his full website here: https://www.behance.net/kindredstudio

3. Claire Newton

We stumbled upon Claire Newton‘s work while just dipping into #designer on Instagram. In a sea of mislabeled posts, her stunning watercolors stood out like an oasis. We’ve zeroed in on the beautifully vibrant palms, flowers, and other foliage in Newton’s watercolor repertoire, and equally enjoy her work with detailed patterns and geometric abstracts.

Check out her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/clairenewtondesign/

4. Kelsey Amy

Okay, so custom kicks haven’t really been on our mind for quite some time, BUT, we might make an exception for these beauties. Kelsey Amy founded Shme Custom Kicks, a personalized shoe business that’s run completely online. Not only do we have respect for this entrepreneurial female power, we genuinely think the shoe designs are incredibly well done.

Check out their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kelshmeamy/


5. Mikey Burton

We’re a little obsessed with the 50’s inspired illustration style of Mikey Burton. Currently sporting the position of a part-time designer and illustrator at Designy Illustrator, Burton has been creating, winning awards, and generally killing the corporate art game. While we’re happy he’s making the big bucks working with big brands, we’ll never stop loving the monochromatic sketches and breakfast pins.

Check out his full website here: https://www.mikeyburton.com

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!

Our All-Time Favorite Holiday Drinks to Get the Party Started

We love the holidays. We love drinks. We love holiday drinks.

Reaching for all possible cocktail ingredients from your cupboard to please an exploding list of guests can be stressful – we’ve all been there. When it comes to wintertime beverages for the imbibing adults in your life, going for something far out and fancy doesn’t always need to be the case. There are a ton of amazing alcoholic beverage options you can throw together with what’s already at home, or available at the corner market. 

We turned to our own team of in-house experts (aka, all of us at Oliver + Sons) to find out what some of the best holiday cocktail recipes are.

Attiya’s Sangria De Cava

Who said Sangria was meant for a sunny day in Spain? Nobody I know, because the Spanish know how to convert their very own cold beverage into a taste wintery one. The best thing about this is that you probably have all the ingredients left from your Christmas shop, so why not make yourself a delish Sangria with Cava.

All you’re gonna need is the fruit before it gets made into a pie, another orange that didn’t make it into the turkey and the rosemary that exceed the amount you needed for your potatoes – not forgetting the red wine that’s generously stocked. That’s the basic batch, to add to your wholesome potion, try a little cider, apple or even pomegranate.

Get the recipe.

 

 

 

 

Ariel’s Spicy Cider

While I LOVE Hot Toddies, I strictly reserve them for when a seasonal cold is coming on (seriously, it works. Try it.). One of my other all-time favorite drinks for any other Wintertime event is Spiced Apple Cider.

You just throw some apple cider, an orange poked full of fresh cloves, and some cinnamon sticks into the slow cooker for a few hours, and you’ve got a delicious holiday drink ready to go. I’ll add some spiced Bourbon for a kick, too. Perfect to stock up on or brew for a party, and the flavors are marvelous!

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Faye’s Slow Cooker Spiced Wine

My favourite winter cocktail is a slow cooker spiced wine. Unlike other cocktails, this drink can be made in hap-dash fashion with a disregard for the recipe, or quantity recommendations. You can seriously add a little bit of everything that you fancy.

I love chucking in pear cider, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg complete with the most expensive bottle of red vino I can get my hands on. This makes for the perfect get-together beverage too, as it can be sat mellowing on the stove as you go about hosting your Christmas party. Guests can freely help themselves without fuss and more fruit can be added as the night draws on to give it more of a zesty flavour.

Get the recipe.

 

 

 

Lily’s Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Hello, limoncello! This fruitful liquor will forever follow me. For the good reason that it slips into many drinks, and this one is my favorite. Although I don’t specifically drink it around Christmas, the compliment it provides prosecco is sensational, and introduced to a gathering sure helps guests feel the bubble energy.

Necessary with fresh raspberries, instead of frozen, to save yourself an extra unwanted chill after you put the crushed ice in. Now it’s down to you – add mint or another herb which you feel matches the mood.

Get the recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

Miguels’ White Russian

When I think of the holidays, I instantly thought of the White Russian. I haven’t had it for a while, but once I discovered it (which was a very, very, very long time ago) watching The Big Lebowski, I was hooked.

It got me curious and had it quite regularly back then. What I love, is the coffee liquor which really gets you going, making it hard to fall asleep – a dangerous choice. I love coffee anyway, so this was naturally an easy fit for me. I go with 50% Kahlua, a shot or two of Vodka and just a little bit of cream or milk. Ready to drink!

Get the recipe.

 

 

 

 

Ana’s Kalimotxo

While you try to wrap your head around the pronunciation (it’s cali-mocho BTW), I’m still trying to wrap my head around this strange tradition of two drinks we love in the Basque Country. But it is actually, a very refreshing drink, even for Christmas.

It’s a simple combination of coca-cola and red wine – which is probably the cheapest cocktails on the menu, everywhere. Tip in some orange, or maybe some blackberries but stay away from the ice because it’s way too cold for that.

Get the recipe.

 

 

 

 

A very Merry Christmas from all of us at Oliver + Sons!

Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 5

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In this ongoing visual series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

1. Chan Chau

Chan Chau hails from Minnesota and is an illustrator, designer, and cartoonist all-in-one. We can’t get over their beautiful, vibrant style, and portfolio of short comics and illustrations. They are a mysterious artist, as they only show their profile in sketch form, which makes us wonder that there’s still so much to find out about the person behind the stunning anime artwork and vibrant, storytelling posters. Check out their full website here: http://cargocollective.com/chanc

Update: We have edited a previous version of this article that inaccurately gendered Chan. 

2. Heidi Annalise

Heidi Annalise is someone that can look at something as small as a mint tin and see an opportunity. She paints beautiful, mini-masterpieces out in the world using just a few colors on-hand and an empty tin of mints as a canvas. Based in Colorado, much of her amazing works of art are based on the environments nearby, but maybe if you ask nicely she’ll paint something from your own world. Check out her full website here: http://www.heidiannaliseart.com/

3. Meghan Hildebrand

Contemporary painter Meghan Hildebrand is truly one-of-a-kind. Drawing inspiration from the vast and varying landscapes of Northern California, her dreamscape-like works of art are surreal, tranquil, and have an air of patchwork design that pieces together textures and patterns. She brushes through seasons and picturesque settings that involve compatible characters. Check out her full website here: http://meghanhildebrand.com

4. Gavin Worth

Working with wire sounds like a painful process, but metalworker artist Gavin Worth has shown us that it’s completely fascinating and beautiful. The accuracy of his work is impeccable, shaping designs of never before seen works of art like it. Been picked up by the likes of Tiffany & Co and Ralph Lauren, he’s one to catch your eye with these incredible pieces. Check out his full website here: https://www.gavinworth.com

5. Dina Brodsky

Artist Dina Brodsky began her craft at the young age of 19 years, letting her love of miniatures take hold. Using a unique method, she creates small oil paintings on two-inch Plexiglas circles that portray a variety of outdoor scenes: Rivers & Logs, Cloud Hands, and Giants. They are gorgeous, detailed, and adorably small. Check out her full website here: http://dinabrodsky.com

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!