Stripe Trunk Show—Dec. 15

Santa Cruzans—for those in town this weekend, Stripe, an adorable and stylish boutique in downtown Santa Cruz, is hosting a stellar trunk show on Saturday featuring a handful of local designers who will be selling their wares from noon to 5 p.m. Among the group is Sally Esposito, a fashion designer and a writer for The Penny Rose. Above, you can see her beautiful clutches that will be for sale for $16-$38. Also joining Esposito is local designer Garrett Kautz of Strawfoot Handmade (tote bag is below), Terry McInerney from Nuala (bracelets/cuffs below), The Alibi (amazing chalkboards, image below), ceramics by Mark Sanchez, and jams from our favorite mother-daughter duo, Kristen and Lynette Cederquist of Serendipity Saucy Spreads. This is a can't miss event. Stripe has a long history of supporting local artisans and there will be plenty of treasures and holiday gift ideas at this trunk show.

Stripe, 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 421-9252.


Serendipity

I’ve been trying to perk up my boring Greek yogurt these days. People say it’s fine plain, but I really can’t stand the sour flavor. The protein count, however, makes it worth it. Recently, I stopped in at a health food store in Santa Cruz and found a jar of Serendipity Saucy Spreads. I chose Boysenberry (without sugar). Agave Nectar is instead added to sweeten it up, and at 26 calories per tablespoon, neither a calorie or sugar coma awaited me. The result—my bland yogurt was transformed into something that tasted like boysenberry pie filling. Fantastic. Sure, the price is a little higher than the average grocery store brand (this gourmet style sells for around $10 a jar) but those mass market jams are loaded with gobs of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Serendipity Saucy Spreads, on the other hand, are made by a dynamic and sweet mother/daughter team in Santa Cruz, Kristen and Lynette Cederquist, and their jams and spreads boast all natural ingredients. Check them out: serendipityspreads.com.