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.  

Visit Stripe at 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, or online at

The Curator: Five Favorites

In this month's The Curator column, Vanessa Ambrose, owner of Cameron Marks boutique, chooses five of her favorite things. 

1. Chloe Resort 2015 Collection:

One of my favorite French clothing houses, Chloe, just released yet again an amazing collection for Resort 2015. Designer Claire Waight Keller had the works of architect Le Corbusier's modernist ideas on her mind this season it seems, incorporating clean and graphic silhouettes with complete ease, and constructing leaner looks imbued with softness. Love!

2. MUD Australia ceramics:

I have always had a soft spot for anything formed by hand out of clay. Always. Based in Sydney, MUD Australia has been a fave for quite a few years. Each piece is crafted from Limoge porcelain completely by hand, which allows for slight irregularities making each piece truly unique. The MUD color palette is like no other, just plain gorgeous with the color actually tinted in the clay, opposed to placing the color on the surface. Perfect for everyday use and we are eagerly awaiting our next delivery to Cameron Marks

3. The Midi Pencil Skirt Trend. 

This is a silhouette that I hope is here to stay. You might be wondering what makes a skirt a midi skirt. It's the length; that it sits below the knee to the mid calf and usually has a true waist line. Extremely complimentary for all figure types. It's chic, and polite yet cool when worn with individual flair. I love the look with a form fitted crop top.

4. Rodin Lip Balm:

My bestie recently introduced me to my new favorite lip balm by Rodin. It's all natural, sheer and moisturizing. A lovely blend of jasmine, orange flower oil, shea butter, beeswax, and castor seed oil. Confession: The gorgeous square lucite packaging sealed the deal.

5. Ana Kras Bon Bon Lamps:

My current lust is the handmade Bon Bon lamps by Serbian designer Ana Kras. Based in New York, Kras hand makes each lamp with left over cotton and wool yarn. Just like a modern lantern, perphaps. Adore.

Photos: Chloe, / Mud, / Rodin, / Midi, / Ana Kras,

Six Favorite Satchels


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The time has come when I need to ditch my charming purse and enter into the world of satchels. Everyday I carry with me an outdated laptop bag, my daily purse, a thermos of tea, a bottle of water, and my lunch box. It's too much, and I need to downsize and get my essentials into one main bag. I also spend a lot of time in San Francisco and I'm constantly hoofing it around the city with all of my heavy haul. So, I've been looking for a crossbody bag that can carry all of my stash. I've settled on these six as options. Each is neutral but has a classic, long-lasting look to it, that will last through upcoming trends and seasons. The one on the top right, by Golden Ponies, even converts into a backpack if need be. In fact, the top two bags and the yellow option are all by Golden Ponies, and the black version is by H&M. The others (and a few extras) are featured below. What's your favorite?