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Fall Florals


fall florals 
Anyone who loves fashion must see Iris, the documentary about Iris Apfel that came out this year. She cuts to the chase in the most charming way. To paraphrase, anyone can buy fashion, but style is personal and should be fun. And another favorite: she doesn't do pretty. It's much more interesting to develop personal style, to know yourself, and dress to please yourself. I couldn't agree more. So in that spirit, I'm embracing florals for fall. Spicy colors, pattern mixing, and most of all, fun.
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Jumping Through Hoops

As a teenager in the 1990s, hoop earrings were a staple accessory in my fashion repertoire. Specifically, big, gold hoops—the bigger the better. These days, the hoop is still a vital component in my jewelry box, but as my style and taste have evolved, so have the hoop earring options available.

Modern hoops come in various shapes and sizes, myriad materials ranging from gold, rose gold and brass, and may be embellished with beads, tassels and enamel painted details. With so many options, all of my inner teen’s hoop dreams are coming true.

Here are some of my current favorites: these hand-crafted Indigo Ornament Hoops from Jen Goff of Takara offer beautiful flare with blue ombre fringe and can be found at Cameron Marks in Santa Cruz. The Alameda Hoop Earrings from Betsy and Iya, are a dramatic take on the classic hoop with their oblong shape and horizontal bar detail. These geometric “Staircase” hoops from Serpentine and Fair are a unique design that goes with anything and can be found at Santa Cruz boutique Stripe


Portland Adventures: Woonwinkel

When I set out on an Oregon and Washington road trip in June, I solicited the advice of a resident in Portland: Anna Reed from Betsy & Iya (she works on the social media/marketing side of things). I knew she would recommend a bunch of fantastic places I had to visit, and boy, was I right. Among the many ideas she had for me (I hit up almost all of them), was a sweet place called Woonwinkel.

This adorable store had be captivated even from the outside window displays. Inside, I was equally charmed. With whimsical merchandise, vibrant colors, and one-of-a-kind finds, this lifestyle boutique is a must-stop-shop if you're visiting Portland. 

With a Dutch influence and modern, quirky vibe, this store houses a beautiful array of jewelry, home items, toys, and more. 

If you're in Portland, this is a must-stop-shop, and if you can't make it, be sure to visit the captivating web shop at



Discovery of the Week: Sabah Shoes

I'm not usually one for "comfort shoes," as such kicks usually lose any style appeal. But when I came across Sabah, a line of hand-made leather shoes from Turkey, I had a change of heart. And when I saw them sported on a stylish gal in Santa Cruz, I was firmly convinced.

One day I was in downtown Santa Cruz at Stripe talking with co-owner Dana Rader (who also pens a monthly blog for The Penny Rose). Somewhere in the middle of our chat I looked down and saw she was wearing the two-tone pair of shoes seen above. They were adorable when paired with her black jeans and white T-shirt. And then Dana told me the story of the Sabah Dealer who "travels the world selling magical hand-made leather shoes." If you can't track down the dealer in person, you can order shoes from and this small outift offers a generous sizing option. For an extra $15 you can try on two pairs via mail so you can be sure you get a pair that fits perfectly.

Wear them when travelling (your feet won't sweat or get smelly), at home as slippers, or out for a day at the city (they are super comfortable).

My favorite three pairs are seen above. Prices start at $190 a pair. Check out more of the stock here.


The "It" sweater of the season


Stripe Versatility

I've seen it in every September issue I've perused so far and it's easy to see why it's a favorite with magazine editors. The "Hatfield" sweater from Isabel Marant is effortlessly chic, versatile and classic with a cool girl edge. It offers a comfortable fit with jeans, knit pants, leggings, and track pants. Anything in slim leather or lace would be cool but it's the unexpected pairings that make it a year round staple. Wear it with something colorful (like this skirt) or printed, soft and drapey; it all works with the classic stripes in a modern silhouette.