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Checking In: With Lee Coren

I love checking in on some of my favorite indie desingers and finding gems of new items added to their websites. And so, we're creating a new column called, "Checking In," where we'll keep tabs on designers whose work we adore and keep you updated on what they're up to.

In this first installment, I wanted to check in with Lee Coren, an Israeli-based designer whose gorgeous and innovative textiles continue to wow me time and time again. 

I was thrilled to see that she's taken her "Landscape New Hampshire" series and brought that textile design to the striking Mezzo Tote Bag seen above (second image). For $120, this versatile vegan leather and cotton tote bag will take you from day to night, no need for a bag change. 

I'm also crushing on the new Wanderlust Rolltop in Nude that can double as a tote or a backpack. For $145, it's an all-around stylish piece for traipsing through the city when you need your hands free, or a stroll at the farmer's market. 

Likewise, I am loving the Berber Scarf in its pretty blush color, and the Berber Black Clutch (third photo). 

Check out more of Lee Coren's work at


The Hair guru

The Hair Guru is a monthly column written by the staff at Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Are sun, sand, salt, and chlorine stressing your tresses this summer? There are ways to keep your locks beautiful throughout the rest of the summer without hiding indoors.

Clarifiers are result-oriented products specifically designed to remove unwanted mineral deposits, chlorine, daily product build up, and other environmental pollutants. They also optimize hair color services, rejuvenate wimpy hair, and perk up curls. You can DIY or schedule an in salon treatment. 


Step 1:  Use a clarifying shampoo that eliminates the problem. Two of my favorites are O&M Detox Shampoo (gentle enough to use daily) and L’Avant Garde Stay Pure Clarifying Shampoo (removes mineral deposits and chlorine removal).

Step 2:  Repair with protein reconstruction and a moisturizing treatment such as O&M Power Base or Davines’ Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner.


Salon professionals offer in-salon treatments as an alternative to at-home versions. A clarifying and deep conditioning treatment requires additional time and can be added to an existing appointment or scheduled a la carte. Ask your stylist for details. 

Sheryle Pettet is a stylist at Salon on the Square. Learn more about her here.


Portland Adventures: Betsy & Iya

Recently, I had an epic adventure to Mt. Rainier and beyond. Along the way, I had a chance to spend 24 hours in Portland and I hit up as many fashionable places as I could find. Among my stops, I spent some time at a new, beloved boutique, Betsy & Iya, which is a retail store selling beautiful wares including the store's own flagship jewelry line (Betsy & Iya). Helmed by owners/spouses Betsy Cross and Will Cervarich, Cross designs all the jewelry for the exquisite line that's "inspired by color, asymmetry, contrast, balance."

During my visit, I had a chance to explore the wealth of jewelry offerings and a few of my favorites are above. I also picked up a Modern Hair Tie by Caravan Pacific (seen above). The store also boasts a strong retail presence with curated accessories, bath goods and a limited but strong selection of clothing. 

If you swing by, ask if you can have a tour (readily available) of the back workshop. It's a treat to see where your purchases are designed and created on site. 

When you're in Portland, Ore., be sure to stop by this darling boutique and tell them The Penny Rose sent you. Betsy & Iya, 2403 NW Thurman Street, Portland,


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.  

Mara Snipes is a painter and textile artist based in Marin County. Mara's line of beautiful, hand-dyed silk dresses, scarves, and tops are made using traditional dye techniques. We love her raw silk tops, especially this one ($155) with a dip-dyed hem. Every piece she makes is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. We love how effortless and easy these tops are, yet they are able to pull together a whole outfit.

This top by Hackwith ($154) is actually designed just for Stripe. Hackwith Design House is located in Minneapolis and everything they create is in limited runs. I love collaborating with Lisa Hackwith and choosing shapes, fabrics, and silhouettes that work well in our shop and with our customers. This simple tunic looks great dressed up with black skinnies or worn casual over baggy linen trousers. We love the quality and versatility of Hackwith’s clothing and how their pieces work year round.

This deco-inspired necklace ($122) is from jewelry brand Is Was + Will Be. Designed by a husband-and-wife team out of North Carolina, they are always coming up with smart, simple, modern designs. This necklace is such a nice statement piece without being too over-powering.

This leather bag from Me & Arrow ($300) is the perfect carryall for any lifestyle. It’s handmade in Los Angeles using the highest quality U.S.A. oiled leather. This bag will last a lifetime and only get better with age. It’s large enough for a laptop and looks great dressed up for work, or can be loaded up with a water bottle and gym gear for a yoga class, or filled with a picnic and towel for a trip to the beach.


Back to Bodysuits


The Bodysuit


If you missed the previous era of the bodysuit it looks like another is beginning. Perfect for achieving a smooth silhouette, a bodysuit can be everything from elegant to edgy. It could become a staple for work as well as a go-to on the weekend. Available in many colors and styles, here are four of my favorites, all in black, chosen for its slimming capabilities.

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