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Leila Lou

Leila Lou

Fragrance is such a personal thing. Everyone’s nose has a different preference. That’s why it can be so hard to find a universally flattering scent that will appeal to the masses. However, it’s possible that I have found just that—Leila Lou, which comes in a perfume, candle and body lotion, and for local Santa Cruz readers, it’s sold at Stripe in Downtown Santa Cruz. Wearing this fragrance makes me feel like the prettiest girl in the room. It’s delicate, feminine, smart, an “addictively fresh scent” as the company explains it. It has “notes of pear, fresh cut grass and tangerine,” and is “made with essential oils.” Ultimately, though, it’s really something unique.

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Time to Thrift

Time to Thrift

So far in Obsessive Beauty’s Burning Man fashion countdown, I’ve talked about the amazing loot available at Camouflage and the fashionable (to Burners, at least) pocket belts designed by Katherine Becvar. This week, I get a little thriftier. Considering the impressive bevy of thrift stores ‘round these parts, my list is severely partial, but it represents my absolute favorite places to go digging for Playa-worthy clothes.  And with only about a week left until Black Rock City rises in the Nevada desert, these are all good bets for finding last minute costumes.

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Sewing Class

Sewing ClassAs some readers might know from reading the "You Reap What You Sew" story in the GT Fashion Issue, I've been taking sewing classes this year at Judy's Sewing Center in Capitola. Judy Hollaway, owner of the store, teaches the class that I attend every week on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. The class is called “Learn to Sew,” and that is exactly what I have been doing. Hollaway has been sewing for pretty much her entire life, and I’d say she’s among the best seamstresses in the Bay Area. That said, taking a class with her is revolutionary if you want to genuinely learn how to sew—not just make a nice project for the day. Sure, you’ll make amazing pillowcases, lounge pants, vests, tote bags, buttoned up shirts and so on in her classes, but the key is that she’s teaching students of all skill levels the very important elements of sewing. She doesn’t cut any corners. You’ll learn the essentials: Laying out a pattern, cutting a pattern, how much yardage to buy, where to cut your fabric, how to do a button hole, how to apply snaps, zippers, elastic, darts, baby hems, zig zag stitch, how to use a serger and an endless list of important things to know when sewing. I can’t recommend her classes enough for people who are interested in sewing, or who can sew, but don’t know foundational techniques.
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Body Waxing in Santa Cruz

Body Waxing in Santa Cruz

It’s a sticky—and sometimes prickly—situation. A waxer is down there, slapping wax on your nether-regions, then yanking away your unmentionable hair, while you cry like a child, scream, or maybe even curse. Waxing—it’s not much fun. But for some women, it’s a must. For me, I’m an arm waxer—every six to eight weeks, my furry arms disappear and I’m left with smooth skin. But trying to find the right waxer is an adventure. At the local salon that I frequented for four years, an esthetician cornered me and chewed me out about I story that I had written for Good Times.

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Winners: Free Giveaways

Winners: Free Giveaways

Winners of the Fashion Issue's free giveaways are below.

Winners, please contact [email protected] to pick up your prize.

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Blue Moon Designs

Blue Moon DesignsCostume pocket belts and more in this week’s Burning Man fashion blog

Pocket belts aren’t for everyone. Even pocket belt designer Katherine Becvar admits it: “My customers are the freaky folks who dress up for fun—they realize the potential of versatile costume pockets.” It may be that folks who “just don’t get” the belts (which can look like anything from your standard tool belt to one of Becvar’s stylish, colorful creations) have simply never had the need. Perhaps it’s not until you find yourself decked out in an unbelievable costume dancing all night in the middle of the desert that the style makes sense. Because, really, what else are you supposed to do? Carry a purse? Wear a backpack and throw off your masterly crafted costume? I think not. They are called utility belts for a reason.

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Winners Announced: Free Giveaways—Win It and Wear It

Winners Announced: Free Giveaways—Win It and Wear It

Winners of the Fashion Issue's free giveaways are below.

Winners, please contact [email protected] to pick up your prize.

Congratulations.

Sewing Class at Judy's Sewing Center: P. Mudd

TomGirlWest Necklace No. 1: Torunn Sweers

TomGirlWest Necklace No. 2: Nancy Ryker-Judd

Idle Hands T-shirt: Vicki M

Nuala Leather Charm: Hanna Crivello

Blackbird Lariat Necklace: Vanessa Noelle

Blackbird Leather Cuff: Monica M. Churchill

Blackbird Fabric Cuff: Laurel

Blackbird Headband No. 1: Camille Smith Ballon

Blackbird Headband No. 2: Bara D

Purse from K.Murray: Jill Barry

Stripe Necklace: Michelle

Men's Shirt from Stripe: Janny

60-minute Facial, L'Atelier: Kimberly House

Bracelet, Cameron Marks: Mary Rowe

 

 

 

If you enjoyed reading the fall fashion issue, then things will only get better for you. For the second year, GT offers a slew of free giveaways, items featured in this fashion issue, all for free.

WHAT TO DO: Leave a comment here telling us about something you liked in the fashion issue, and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of the following prizes (below). The contest begins Aug. 3 and ends Aug. 12. Winners announced Aug. 15 in the same blog.

 

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Pretty on the Playa

Pretty on the Playa

Our Burning Man fashion countdown begins

The world of Playa style is vast, and, in typical Burning Man fashion, incredibly hard to define. But isn’t that the point? Clothes (or lack thereof) are but another tool for “radical self expression” at Burning Man. It is literally—cathartically and hilariously—a place where you can wear whatever the hell you want. As someone who played dress up on a daily basis as a little girl, a week of constant costumes is simply a dream come true.
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The Making of a Fashion Issue

The Making of a Fashion Issue

Sure, Good Times isn’t Vogue, but we do take the fashion issue very seriously. In fact, this is my favorite issue to work on every year. This is my fifth time compiling this gorgeous display of locally sold clothing and accessories, stylish outfits, fashion inspiration to readers and stories about locals who are doing remarkable work in the fashion world.

This year is by far GT’s best fashion issue (in my opinion) in the 11 years that I have worked for the paper. We snatched up model Anju Lewis before she hits it big in the modeling industry, we were blessed to use the fashion styling services of Missy Schnaps, and a slew of other talented professionals came on board and offered their help (read more below). This year, the photography, styling and clothing were all taken to a new level—worthy of any major fashion magazine.

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Filly

Filly

As fall fashion soon approaches, expect to see a bunch of previews from Obsessive Beauty. We stumbled across this gem of a shirt that’s being released for fall 2011 by Filly, an Oregon design company that is run by a former Santa Cruzan. GT actually featured Filly several years ago in our fashion issue. This is the Capital Top featured in the color “amber” and is made of linen. I love how the sleeves bunch up, providing a lovely detail, and all of the tucks around the flat collar are adorable. The entire outfit, in fact, is charming. Although for fall, I’d pair it with dark skinny jeans a pair of boots by Greenbees. The shirt hasn’t been publicly priced yet, but look for it at fillydesigns.com or try oakandco.com as that website (locally run) will feature some Filly items this fall.


 
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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

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

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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.