Meet the Writers

The Penny Rose is a new fashion/beauty/design blog that focuses on the stylish innovations coming out of Santa Cruz, San Francisco and New York. Here's a look at our talented team. 

Graphics—The Penny Rose logo was designed by JRE Graphics in Brooklyn, New York.  

Writer/Founder—Christa Martin is a journalist and actress living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Good Times, Monterey County Herald and SOMA Magazine among others. She is an arts and entertainment writer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  Learn more about her at


Writer/Illustrator—Ellie lives and works in New York with her husband and 18-month-old daughter. She’s worked in the fashion industry for the last 14 years in various positions from design to fabric/color and print. She’s currently trying to find a way to inject a little more fun and creativity into her daily life and is hoping this blog will be the answer.

Writer—Elizabeth Limbach is a journalist, vegan foodie and eco-beauty junkie living in Santa Cruz, Calif. Find her online at




  Writer—Leslie Patrick is an international freelance journalist specializing in travel, culture and fashion. Her work has appeared in La Mode Dallas Magazine, GT Weekly Newspaper, InDaegu Newspaper and Sophie Magazine among others. Although originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she prefers to travel the globe in pursuit of her next intriguing story. Find out more at


Writer—Emilie is our hipster reporter at large living in the Mission District of San Francisco, where she has resided for the past seven years. Her passions match up with the meaning of her name, "industrious"—she pickles, makes jewelry, sketches, dances, gardens and maintains wonder about the world around her.