The Talk... RSS



The story behind... Our ILC collaboration.

I think we were the last thing Marisa Kroll expected to crash into her life... But I think she would agree, we are all better off for it! "Ok, so there's this girl..." is usually how Mary begins, when she has found somebody she really wants to meet. Me, being slightly skeptical, mildly antisocial, and maybe a bit insecure, tries to hide or becomes selectively deaf to her voice. "...And we have to find her and introduce ourselves." At that point I am usually taken by the hand, and on the hunt for said person we go. In this case, we left our booth at a public market at our first outdoor show (another story entirely, I assure you!) in the...

Continue reading



Marry Well...

I recently went to a talk, by the lovely Sir Rocha Says, for bloggers - which we are not, but I was curious & there were cocktails involved! However, a lot of what Linh said resonated with me on a greater scale, especially her "Lesson":MAKE FRIENDS WITH TALENTED MOFOS Meet Other Creatives Marry Well Seek Ways to Collaborate Build Each Other Up because Mary & I already live by this formula! Meet Other Creatives...hell, we were raised by them!!  Mary's mother is a combination of MacGyver & Martha Stewart. Her cousin is a killer spoken word poet (who performed at both our weddings!) My grandmother was a painter & my father played a '69 Gibson, that could make you cry.  So, it...

Continue reading



E&O Year 3

After 25 years of friendship & 3 years of E&O I think we can finally say, we are really doing it. Emerson & Oliver has been and will continue to be a work in progress, as we seek out & find new and exciting products to add to the brand. We are taking our time & are making it ours. The DIA bracelets are our signature piece & where it all began. Eighteen years ago we were introduced to these timeless bracelets.  But as years passed they became more & more difficult to find, though there was still a great demand for them. We took matters into our own hands, and redesigned a quality product not only for ourselves but for our...

Continue reading



Meet Rachel...our hummingbird.

Rachel Westlake is a beloved sister, daughter, friend, and aunt. All of us who are lucky to have her in our lives know that her smile and spirit can instantly light up a room. Rachel beat non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma as a teenager and no one expected she would ever have to face that fight again. After graduating from Penn State, Rachel has found diverse work and life experiences, and has made California her home for the past 11 years. Her life has been committed to making the world a happier and healthier place to live. She has a passion for holistic and sustainable health, of our bodies and our planet.Almost exactly 20 years had passed since Rachel's first fight with cancer. She was...

Continue reading



Random Acts of Kindness

"Smile on your neighbor" & "Make the world a better place because you're in it" were the 2 things Mary's mother would say to us every time we walked out the front door. These words have carried us into peoples lives, made us question ourselves, and helped define who we have become. The other day, while Mary waited (somewhat impatiently) to get her morning coffee, a woman cut her off and got in front of her in line... When it came time to pay, Mar was told that the woman in front of her (the budger!) had paid for her breakfast. We talked about this throughout the day... Did the woman budge her just so she could pay for her?...

Continue reading