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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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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?