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Looking Forward to Spring

There are winter days when temperatures don't quite dip so low and a person can start dreaming that spring is coming early. For those times it's nice to have a coat to keep covered even if it's only for a day. A bold black and white graphic print, in this case a big gingham, is just the thing to take away some of the winter blahs and put a little pep in your step. A versatile choice, paired with a pastel sweaterpretty print pants, orange scarf, and black flats, it will keep things fresh well into spring and could serve as a year-round staple for those of us lucky enough to live in a mild climate.


Beauty Blast: Our Favorite Face Scrub

As a beauty blogger, I try a lot of products. But I only write about the ones I like. I've long been on the hunt for an exfoliator that really does the job it's supposed to do, but doesn't thrash your face in the process. Could something like that exist out there that's fresh, delicate, effective, and leaves your skin baby soft? It sure does and I've found it. Even better, it comes from my hometown of Santa Cruz, Calif. 

Matcha Scrub by Urb Apothecary is an exfoliator that will change the exfoliating industry. Combining matcha powder, sugar, green tea, and coconut oil, it's all-natural and doesn't impart any funky chemicals into your skin. 

I like to rub a fingerfull of it in the palm of my hands then slather on my wet face and rub gently around everywhere for about a minute. Rinse. And the results are astonishing. According to the owner, Leyna, a Santa Cruz local, the product, "repairs and protects skin from UV damage, reduces inflammation and its anti-microbial properties help clear problem skin." 

If you want to see a new face in the mirror, snap up this $8 jar of miracle scrub here.  


Maker's Spotlight: 

Serpentine & Fair Jewelry from The Penny Rose on Vimeo.

In this month's video series by filmmaker Deva Blaisdell-Anderson, we highlight the cool jewelry line Serpentine and Fair, based in Santa Cruz, Calif. and sold at Stripe. Get to know the story behind this beloved line and why everyone's talking about it.


January Boutique

Did you know we have a boutique here at The Penny Rose? You can shop straight from the blog and find all of our favorite things. This month, we're featuring some darling bags by Baggu, our beloved Kai Fragrance, some sweet shoes, a candle, and more. Click on items below to learn more.


Beauty Discovery: Mandelic Acid

I'm a strong advocate of using retinols. Not only do they slow down the aging process, but they're extraordinarily effective at eradicating acne. I've been using Tazorac (a prescription Vitamin A retinol) for the last 10 years and it's made an enormous difference in the quality of my skin. But, there was one little problem. Tazorac can be intense. For me, it caused long-term peeling on my chin that I just couldn't seem to get rid of, no matter how much moisturizer I used. 

So, I turned to my esthetician, Kimmy Williams, of Acqua e Sapone Acne Treatment Center in San Francisco, to help solve the problem. She recommeneded using mandelic acid instead of Tazorac on my chin area and within days the peeling was gone and has never returned. 

A new game-changer in the skin industry, "mandelic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from bitter almonds," says Williams. "Alpha hydroxy acids are a family of compounds that include glycolic acid and lactic acid and they all have the common benefit of exfoliating. Mandelic acid has the added benefits of being antibacterial, anti-fungal, and pigment lightening making it ideal for not just acneic skin but anti-aging, uneven skin tone, and keratosis pilaris.

Find mandelic acid and other revolutionary skin care items at