A Year In Review

Photos: Nick Chao
One year ago, I gathered a select group of writers and fashion and beauty insiders, and launched The Penny Rose. In the last year, we've gained a loyal and growing readership. We offer five articles a week on everything from eco-beauty reviews to the latest on the runway, to fashion tips, and much more. Over the course of the last year, we created several high fashion photo shoots that were shot by photographer Nick Chao and featured the talents of fashion stylist Missy Schnaps, hair stylist Ginger Vaughn, makeup artist Anna Wu, and model Desiree Amariei.
Photos: Nick Chao
We received an arts grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County to continue to fund the blog.
Photo: Nick Chao
We attended Fashion and Digital Art Night at the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz.
We created several fashion videos including this holiday film by Deva Blaisdell-Anderson.
Photo: Mama-T
On a weekly basis we featured items from local boutiques in our "I Love That" column by Mama-T.
We're producing/shooting/designing/styling a Fall 2013 catalog for Synergy, an international clothing company. 
We tried out eyelash extensions at L'Atelier Spa in Santa Cruz.
We fell in love with the color combo of pink and gold
And we also fell for geometric jewelry.
We made sure to support our locals like fashion designer Sally Esposito and jewelry designer Laamie Young of Blank Verse Jewelry (necklace above). It's been an amazing first year of blogging, and we're very grateful to our readers for their support, and especially to our Santa Cruz audience. We have an online boutique, Instagram, advertising options, a production team, and much more. Cheers to our second year! Please email us anytime at thepennyrose@gmail.com to share story ideas. We love to hear from our readers.