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Audrey Boots

Audrey Boots


Obsessive Beauty found this darling shoe while strolling through the Internet looking for a perfect winter boot. So many boots these days all look the same—tall, skinny, plain. We were looking for something a little different, something with a spark and personality. Then we found these—The Audrey by Greenbees (visit shop.shopgreenbees.com).

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Copper Moon Apothecary

Copper Moon Apothecary

Obsessive Beauty’s eco-friendly holiday gift-giving pick

If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect, thoughtful gift for the lovely ladies in your life, look no further: Copper Moon Apothecary has what you need.

But before I succumb to raving about the luxurious and healing items in their inventory, let me take a moment to note that purchasing holiday gifts from Copper Moon also means that you’ll be “thinking local first” (they’re based in Ben Lomond) and supporting a sustainable and “green” business—both major pluses for today’s eco-minded shopper. The recyclable amber glass and post-consumer recycled labels give the products a high-end feel, while also appealing to the environmentally responsible person on your shopping list.

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Emma Boot

Emma Boot

 

Winter has arrived with its brisk chill and fashion-appropriate attire. There's fundamentally no better fashion must-have during the cold months than a pair of classic, well-worn, versatile boots that you can pair with any outfit. The answer? The short Emma boot by Greenbees in the color, "Sienna," (a reddish brown hue). It goes for $280 and is well worth the investment. Take care of your boots and they'll last a good chunk of your lifetime. Tires comprise the soles and the boot is make up of recycled leather. It's a fashion forward "green" shoe that can complement a pair of skinny jeans, be worn under trousers, or even look cute when summer rolls around and you're donning skirts and shorts again. If only everything that was "green" was this pretty.

Visit planetshoes.com or shop.shopgreenbees.com.

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Garment Sewing

Garment Sewing

 

 

Scissors. Check. Sewing machine. Check. Pattern. Check. Excellent, skilled teacher, check. For the last year, I've been taking sewing lessons at Judy's Sewing Center in Capitola, studying with the owner, Judy, on Tuesday nights and now branching into studying additionally on Thursday nights with Dresden Ericksen, a long-time master seamstress who attended fashion design school and has the chops to match her experience. At only $10 per class, Ericksen guides students in creating garments. Note: You need a good grasp on the basics of sewing.

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RODIN Olio Lusso

RODIN Olio Lusso

It's popping up in every magazine and the blogosphere, and there's a good reason why—RODIN Olio Lusso is by far one of the most exceptional skin care products on the market right now. Created by stylist Linda Rodin, the elixir comes in a dropper-like formula. Dab a few drops in your hands, spread sparingly on your face, and not only will you have an instantaneous glow, but the product—chockfull of essential oils—will revamp your entire face.

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Rachel Zoe Cape

Rachel Zoe Cape

It popped up on Paris Hilton a few weeks ago, and while we don't always look to her for style tips, this time around she looks trés chic sporting the new Rachel Zoe Ali Wrap Cape in tan. A few weeks later, this luscious frock was found on actress Katherine Heigl. The piece is making the rounds and was selling at major department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, but many locations are noting that it has flown off the shelves and is sold out in a bunch of places. Still, even though I can't afford its $695 price tag (and wonder if I'd ever spend that kind of money on a piece of clothing), I can still drool and wish there was a cheaper version offered.

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Rare Device

Rare Device

In the heart of San Francisco lives one of the best small boutiques I've found in a long time—Rare Device. It originally opened in Brooklyn, New York, but the owners brought the store over to the Bay Area, and now this is home for the tiny but adorable store that offers whimsical, modern, funky, stylish gifts, jewelry and housewares.

 

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Harrington's Furniture

Harrington's Furniture

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stumbled upon a new treasure trove—Harrington's Furniture in the Mission District. Unlike other stores selling over-priced and unaffordable antiques, Harrington's specializes in affordable antiques and vintage finds, new pieces (with low price tags), and everything in between. The catch is that while most antique stores feel stuffy and you have to really paw over everything to discover a gem, at Harrington's, while the store is crowded, it still has breathing room.

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The E-scent-uals

The E-scent-uals

 

There’s a lot of crap that goes into conventional perfumes. Nasty chemicals, synthetic fragrances, alcohol—you name it (see a more detailed list here: ourlittleplace.com/chemicals.html). Not to mention they’re often overwhelming and annoying to anyone within 10 feet of the wearer.

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Guilt-Free Glam

Guilt-Free Glam

Revolution Organics is proof that natural cosmetics have emerged from the Dark Ages and into a Renaissance. Their products hit all of the must-have eco beauty marks—in what the company calls “Guilt-Free Glam,” they’re free of synthetics, chemicals, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial ingredients and animal testing.

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Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.
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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.

 

Waddell Creek, Al Fresco

Route One Summer Farm Dinner You’ve been buying their insanely fresh produce for years now at farmers’ markets. Right? So now why not become more familiar with the gorgeous Waddell Creek farmlands of Route One Farms?