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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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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Himalayan Kitchen

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.