Author Archives: ashlyn

Follow Me & My New Project INSPIRED KIDS

In 2006 I opened my store Olive Loves Alfie in colourful contrast to a world that was obsessed with pink and blue gender stereotyping. Through my creative approach to children’s style and my work as a fashion stylist I have been recognised as ‘the non-conformist mum’. This has given me the opportunity to work on […]

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Cosy Family Christmas – Think Again!

Christmas is the most wonderful time if everything in your life is as you wish but for many people it is the hardest time of the year. It can be tough enough being a grown up but trying to navigate the “season of goodwill” as a child who perhaps lives in fear, who is neglected […]

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A one time New Yorkers guide to NYC.

I had a little sabbatical in the Big Apple before working at Olive Loves Alfie….. lets call it a working holiday. My job was great but make no mistake it really wasn’t what pulled me Stateside. New York felt like a schizophrenic metropolis, infectious with opportunity and optimism and I was desperate to flow through its teeming […]

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Penny For The Boys – Sheena Bose & Ashlyn Gibson

Photography Sheena Bose – Styling Ashlyn Gibson …with my favourite local Hackney boys Aaron, Luca and Michael – on location in East London. Clothing from left to right. Left – jacket and trousers from Marmalade & Mash – hat from Bobo Choses – scarf from Barts – gloves from Molo available from Olive Loves Alfie Middle […]

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My Debut Book Launch

I love to throw a party and what better excuse than the launch of my debut book Creative Family Home.  It was an event of huge significance to me and I wanted it to be perfect. This was to be a collaborative time of celebration for all of us. It had to be a family […]

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From Papier Mache A New Destination

I have been watching Papier Mache Magazine since it’s first digital issue went live in 2009.  It captures a spirit that chimes with my store and with my own approach and values of childhood. And it strives in all of the areas that I do – to push the boundaries of creativity and originality. Issue […]

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Inspiration for Children’s Spaces

My new book Creative Family Home published earlier this month by Ryland Peters & Small is sitting in the style/deco hit parade on Amazon in the top 10.  This weekend The Telegraph Magazine are publishing an extract from my book with a focus on children’s bedrooms. Exploring the heart and soul of 13 homes around Europe […]

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Creative Family Home – Dedicated feature in You Magazine – Sunday 6 October 2013

YOU magazine published a stunning dedicated interior feature this weekend to our founder Ashlyn Gibson and new book Creative Family Home. The book has flown into the top 10 of the hit parade for style and deco books on Amazon.   If you are looking inspiration for a creative and original present this Christmas you could pick […]

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Turning Japanese

I was obsessed with the 80‘s band Japan in my youth. I wore chopsticks in my hair, stretched out a kimono on a bamboo cane on my bedroom wall like a giant butterfly and was a dab hand at painting flicky bits of eye liner all in a bid to make myself look oriental.  I […]

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Made In Britain

At Olive Loves Alfie we have an affinity with vintage style as much as we do with home-grown British production. CERYS our own label signature coat is inspired by the fit and flare silhouette of the 1950’s swing back coats. The voluminous shape and wide hem make them the definitive happy coat for twirling in.  The generous proportions […]

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