Local Holiday Gifts


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For our Santa Cruz readers (where The Penny Rose is based) we know you love to shop local. So come this holiday season, one way to give back to your community is to support local stores. I would wish for and give any of the items pictured above or listed below. 

For your mom: a bucket bag/drawstring vegan purse by Lina Rennell of Beklina.com.

For your older sister: Melissa flats sold at Cameron Marks.

For your younger sister: glittery pink Melissa flats sold at Jade

For yourself: Maguba Honolulu clogs in dark blue (the black strap is actually blue) sold at Stripe

For your co-worker: Tracey Tanner clutch sold at Cameron Marks.

For your aunt: Subtle Luxury metallic scarf sold at Pacific Trading Company.

For your eco-friend: Synergy Bamboo Cowl Neck Tunic in black.

For the friend who loves handmade items: a clutch or peplum from Sally Esposito Designs.

For the jewelry collector: Rousseau earrings by Blank Verse Jewelry.

For the client who loves polka dots: Numph Kiss Cardigan in Beige with rainbow dots from Wallflower.

For the fashionable outdoors woman: a Strawfoot tote sold at Sawyer Land & Sea Supply.

Happy Christmas shopping!

Edward Scissorhands


Edward Scissorhands / Dress: Ella Moss, $248 (Pacific Trading Co.) / Jacket: Mystree, $108 (Pacific Trading Co.) / Shoes: (Stylist's Own) / Ice & Vine Necklace, $125 (Blank Verse Jewelry) / Earrings: $85 (Blank Verse Jewelry) 

On our last day of Holiday Fashion Week, there's no better way to feature cold-weather fashion than with a nod to the ice dance in the movie "Edward Scissorhands." Tim Burton’s cinematic worlds and the characters that fill them are rich with quirk, depth and an unmistakable good-natured darkness. Everything—from the wardrobe and makeup to the color of the paint on the walls—is carefully selected and ripe with meaning. In this film, Edward’s gothic black jumpsuit, wild hair and menacing scissorhands are juxtaposed by the radiance of his love interest, played by Winona Ryder. She wears bright colors like yellow and teal, and has long, strawberry blonde hair that frames a sweet, young face with doe eyes.

Her character’s shining style moment comes as the central family sets up its Christmas decorations. Edward sculpts an ice angel with his unique hands, sending faux snowflakes flying. Ryder twirls in the falling flakes, stunning and pure in an off-the-shoulder, long white dress. It’s a beautiful, and Burton-esquely bizarre, winter wonderland moment. Re-create this look with a sparkly, retro-inspired, layered holiday dress. Add a white faux fur jacket, and a statement necklace like this one from Blank Verse Jewelry which was created specifically for this look. —Christa Martin and Elizabeth Limbach

Photos: Nick Chao / Model: Desiree Amariei / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Department: Ellie Vilmenay / Production Assistant: Sera Michael / Filmmaker: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson / Producer-Director: Christa Martin / Host: Stripe

Tulle Coats


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I first discovered Tulle coats last year when visiting a friend in Brooklyn. We popped into a small boutique and I exited with a rust-colored, vintage-inspired Tulle coat for well under $100. And that's the price of most of their outerwear. The line, sold at places like Modcloth.com as well as at Pacific Trading Company in Santa Cruz, Calif., boasts a wealth of designs that are flattering to all shapes, as well as come in myriad colors and an impressive pricetag for what you get—style, a classy/retro look, and an impeccable fit. With the temperature starting to dip, now's the time to choose your favorite winter coat. My suggestion? A long-lasting gem—a Tulle coat.


Shopping Guide to Santa Cruz

In Santa Cruz, we are so lucky to have an overwhelming amount of creativity in one small place. Everywhere you look there’s something artistic. Whenever I'm in need of some fabulous inspiration, there’s nothing I love more than grabbing a cup of coffee and a friend and making a day of local boutique shopping. I cannot get enough of the fabulous things they have to offer like jewelry, clothing, home décor and one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Here are some of my favorite local stores:

Stripe & Stripe MEN

Cameron Marks Boutique

Wallflower Boutique

Pacific Trading Company

Flying Lizard Design

Each place offers a taste of local design and to-die-for clothing, accessories and housewares that you never knew you needed. What are some of your Santa Cruz favorites?

Images courtesy of Cameron Marks.