Stripe Style

Stripe Style is a monthly column written by Dana Rader, co-owner of Stripe and Stripe MEN, beloved lifestyle boutiques in Santa Cruz, Calif. This column features The Penny Rose's favorites from Stripe.

At Stripe, we love working with small designers and carrying their unique products. Recently we took a trip to Austin, Texas, and while we were exploring local boutiques, we were fortunate enough to meet Miranda Bennett of Miranda Bennett Studio. With a focus on small batches of unique and seasonless collections, her clothing is perfect for California. Miranda uses gorgeous raw silks and natural fabrics that she hand-dyes using plant-derived colors to create the most lovely subdued palette. Her designs are simple, yet ultra-flattering for many shapes and sizes. Seen above, “The Everyday Top” is well-named: it’s versatile and can be worn with almost anything.

We're thrilled to be carrying these gorgeous hand-dyed eye pillows from Stand West, made right here in Santa Cruz. We've just brought them into the store and they've already garnered a strong following (we've almost sold out!) and I personally cannot wait to bring one home. Charlotte Orr of Stand West repurposes and hand-dyes fabric for the front of each eye pillow, making them each beautiful and unique. Each pillow is filled with a blend of delicious smelling and relaxing dried herbs (like lavender, chamomile, and rose petal) for a little bit of aromatherapy. These eye pillows are a great excuse to sit down, relax and rejuvenate.

Another product I cannot wait to take home is the Rose Clay Bar Mask from Urb Apothecary, created in Santa Cruz by Leyna Allred. Made with French pink clay and kaolin clay along with coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and floral wax, this is a no-mess face mask. Not only does the travel-sized mask smell like a rose garden, you can get 25 uses out of it. What a great and easy alternative to messy, pre-mixed masks.

These blue beaded earrings are the perfect pop of color for summer. Is Was + Will Be is a husband and wife jewelry brand out of North Carolina who are constantly impressing us with their simple and modern designs. These earrings are such a great mix of pattern and color, yet understated enough for everyday wear.  

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