Stripe Style is a monthly column written by Dana Rader, co-owner of Stripe and Stripe MEN, beloved lifestyle boutiques in Santa Cruz, Calif.
With a new year, it’s time to re-evaluate your wardrobe and make sure everything you wear has a purpose. Whether it’s a dress you wore five years ago and you’re waiting for an occasion to wear it again, or a purse you’ve retired, perhaps it’s time to weed through your wardrobe.
This Corral Made clutch purse has quickly become one of our favorites. It's a perfect size for a cell phone, keys and a lip balm, and there’s no need for a wallet with stitched inside pockets for your ID and credit card. It makes you evaluate what you’re carrying with you, because I know I’m guilty of always bringing too much with me at all times. And, it’s special because it’s made right here in Santa Cruz especially for Stripe.
Raised in the foothills of the Sierras, it was no surprise when Leyna Allred began Urb Apothecary, an extensive line of all natural skincare, beauty products, salves, and oils made right here in Santa Cruz. With a focus on all-natural, healing ingredients, Leyna's line includes blends like "Slumber Salve" and "Sun Worshipper Oil" down to simple peppermint lip balms and clay masks. I have recently been hooked on her Cheek & Lip Stain. I love that it has a dual purpose in your makeup bag. Grapeseed oil is infused with rose hips, rose petals, and alkanet root resulting in a delicious, bright pink/red lip and cheek stain that will nourish and protect. Use just a little as a balm or apply a heavier amount for a more dramatic effect.
These textural hammered brass earrings make such a statement. Easy to wear everyday, but special enough to don for an evening out. Handmade in New York by Lila Rice, they are miniature sculptures for your ears.
This Lacausa sweatshirt dress is the perfect tunic to be worn over leggings or skinny jeans. Once the weather warms up, it will become a go-to dress. It's also easy to travel with, and being a thick cotton, it’s hard to wrinkle. Made in Los Angeles, Calif. I love the versatility it has and how it can transition through all seasons.