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Win It and Wear It—Sept. 15

Win It and Wear It—Sept. 15Congratulations to “Care,” who won the gorgeous bracelet designed by Stripe in last week’s “Win It and Wear It” contest. Readers, keep entering these contests, because there are lots more awesome prizes to come. This week, we feature a dark burgundy leather clutch with a gold chain, created by Nuala, a leather company run by Terry McInerney, a Santa Cruz woman whose leatherwork is quite simply amazing. Check her out at etsy.com/shop/nualaleather, or find her purses, cuffs, and more at Stripe, 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, stripedesigngroup.com. This purse retails for $78. All you have to do is leave a comment here at this blog and tell us about something that you’re obsessed with. The contest ends on Tuesday, Sept. 21 and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
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Red Alert

Red Alert

 

What is the hot, or should I say haute, accessory heating up the runways for fall around the globe? Red lips. From New York, to Paris, to Milan and beyond, designers are pairing their new creations with crimson lips meant to make a statement. These lips are not for you if you want to demurely blend into the background. They are stand out, get noticed in a crowd lips. There really is a shade for everyone, so get yourself to your favorite makeup counter—may I suggest Farmacy downtown or Beauty 360 on the Westside—and pucker up. If it’s the crème de la crème that you prefer, you simply must try Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Lacque lip lacquer in Dragon. This lovely lip lacquer is a creamy, glossy and dramatic shade of red that is neither too orange nor too blue; in other words Goldilocks, this shade is just right. Surprisingly, it also has staying power and will last through your morning latte and on to lunch. Even if your runway is the walk from your office to the water-cooler, remember to work those red lips, because all eyes will be on you.

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Win It and Wear It—Sept. 8

Win It and Wear It—Sept. 8Congratulations to Ang, the winner of the Idle Hands contest!
Next up in our Win It and Wear It contest is a bracelet from Stripe, a Downtown Santa Cruz retailer. To enter the contest, leave a comment at this blog and tell us about something fashionable that you’re obsessed with. The contest ends Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Stripe sells clothing, jewelry, house wares and more. Stripe, which has an intoxicating smell of fresh candles, and has become a shopper’s paradise for gifts and personal items, is offering up a hand-made bracelet (see photo) by its expert in-house jewelry makers. This bracelet retails for $78. To learn more about this local store, visit stripedesigngroup.com or find Stripe on Facebook.

Stripe, 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9252, stripedesigngroup.com.

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Meet Manu

Meet ManuThere’s nothing quite like sliding on the perfect T-shirt. And that’s where Manuka Sanyal and her line of T-shirts, pajamas, lingerie, slips, camisoles, robes and panties come in. The local designer behind the line, Manu, has been gaining quite a following in Santa Cruz and beyond with her soft, exquisite, perfectly fitted garments.
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Obsessed Over Oxfords

Obsessed Over Oxfords

If you don’t yet know, oxfords are going to be everywhere this season—in all shapes and styles. Grey, black, two-tone spectators, wedges, cut outs, leopard print, granny style, and so on. And frankly, you really can’t go wrong with them. They’re a classic style that’s been updated for 2010 (and beyond). Pair them with baggy boyfriend jeans (no socks, please); create a slick silhouette by using them to complement a pair of skinny jeans; wear them with a short skirt and tights; try the streamlined spectator version, or even the bootie take on oxfords.

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Win It and Wear It—Sept. 1

Win It and Wear It—Sept. 1Congrats to the winners of this week’s contest:

Stripe necklace: Winona H.
Beauty 360 facial: Amariei

Please enter our next contest by leaving a comment here at this blog.
Contest ends Sept. 7. Winners are announced on Sept. 8.
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Lovely Leather

Lovely Leather

We’ve blogged about Nuala leather products in the past, but recently, Obsessive Beauty had a glimpse at some of the gorgeous work that Terry McInerney has been creating as of late, and her new line of leather accessories has us drooling. McInerney, a local mom in Santa Cruz, has been cutting and sewing together a new batch of inspired purses, messenger bags and more. What particularly caught our eye are her new wallets ($55)—with simple studded hardware and pockets that will fit your debit card, driver’s license and much more; they come in black or a chestnut color and are vastly unique. Another captivating item of McInerney’s are her leather cuffs, which have a vintage broach embedded on them ($42)—they offer a splash of rough femininity to any outfit. McInerney is also responsible for the recent brouhaha over a certain leather cuff watch that she recently created. A chunky leather band wraps around your wrist, with a classic watch face attached to it. It fits in perfectly with the sturdy, military-inspired looks that were featured on the runways. Perfect for fall. (These can also be custom-ordered.) Visit etsy.com/shop/nualaleather to make an inquiry, or find Nuala leather on Facebook.

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Win It and Wear It

Win It and Wear ItLast week we launched our weekly Win It and Wear It Contest, based on the tremendous success of this year’s Fashion Issue with GT.

The contest ended on Aug. 24 and the winners are:
August Mae Ring: Zeyna
Manu panties: Diane


Our NEW CONTEST STARTS TODAY, and ends Sept. 1
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Tread Tightly

Tread TightlyWant to know one of the secrets to fall style? Black tights. This perennial staple is truly a wonder of the fashion world. Whether you're wearing a jewel toned mini to cocktail hour, a tweed pencil skirt to the office or you're simply schlepping around downtown in your comfiest weekend dress and boots, black tights gently squeeze your curves in all the right places and make your gams look ultra glam. The best part is that these hip pin covers can be purchased on the cheap by an all-purpose brand like Hue. Then there's Spanx, the mid range, suck-you-in variety that all the celebs swear by. And finally, if you want to indulge in the gold standard of legwear, grab a pair by luxe Austrian company Wolford. Sure it's hot right now, but stock up on black tights so you can don a pair the first day the thermometer dips below 70.

Hue and Spanx are available at Sockshop Santa Cruz, 1515 Pacific Ave., 429-6101. Wolford tights can be purchased at wolfordshop.com.

 

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Win It and Wear It—New Contest

Win It and Wear It—New ContestWith the enormous success of this year’s Fashion Issue and GT’s first ever Win It and Wear It Contest, the writers of Obsessive Beauty have decided to launch a weekly fashion giveaway. You can score free fashionable items that were featured in the Fashion Issue. The prizes for this week’s first contest include a ring by August Mae Designs and a pair of luxurious lace panties from Manu.
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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 25

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

The Maestra Returns

Cabrillo Festival’s Marin Alsop is back to ‘rock the boat of tradition’
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Time is Ripe

Local fruit harvests hit markets, Storrs Winery celebrates ‘Best White’, and a salt fix from heaven

 

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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

 

Hunter Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth with soft tannins, this velvety crimson Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is delicious and very drinkable.