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Get Active with Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman has done it again. I’m already a fan of the designer’s swimwear and am now equally enamored of her recently launched activewear line. Plus, Hoffman launched the line with a unique and expressive video starring Juliette Lewis dancing in the desert which, as a filmmaker, I found incredibly inspiring. I typically wear plain, solid and totally boring clothes for my workouts. Though I’ve recently branched out with a pair of simple print capri leggings, Hoffman’s line might convince me to break out of my fitness-fashion shell completely. These inspired pieces offer the stunning prints Hoffman is known for which, when worn head-to-toe make a statement. The cropped legging and racerback tank in the “climb a mountain moon” are adorable and can be topped with a matching poncho for easy transition from the gym to running errands. The line also features a Hoffman designed S’well water bottle which is a favorite accessory for the team here at The Penny Rose. 


Beauty Blast: Prim Botanicals Potion No. 2

As you get older, all sorts of things start to change. Among them, the skin under your eyes. It gets drier and has a peculiar crepey sort of texture. None of this works well when you're trying to apply concealer. It gets smushed up in fine lines and doesn't go on evenly. After noticing that this was starting to happen to me, I wasn't having it. I knew there had to be a solution to this skin woe.

So, I turned to Prim Botanicals, a brilliant face oil brand that I recently discovered. They offer several products, but for my under eyes, I decided to give Potion No. 2 a whirl. And wow, have I been impressed. Instantly, my undereye skin has had a revival. It's soft, no more crepey skin, and concealer goes on easily.

The brand's philosophy on this product: "We use this on very dry skin, eczema, stretch marks, psoriasis, scars, rashes, burns and bites." (And also under the eyes.) "We've combined our favorite oils from the Amazon: Andiroba, Pracaxi with Marula from Madagascar to create a potion that promotes healing from head to toe. Goodbye dry, rough, irritated, inflamed skin! We won't miss you."

I won't miss that dry skin either.

Learn more about this beloved undereye miracle oil at


Fall Favorites: Black and Blue

The days of not pairing black and blue together are long gone. Nowadays, the color combination is a win-win. It's also a staple come fall and winter. And as a result, we're rounding up a few of our favorite pieces. In fact, you could wear all of these items together, or, of course, separately. A clever, black tie denim top will last through the season; culottes aren't going anywhere even though summer is over and this denim pair proves that; a navy wool coat will last you for years to come; and an architectural, leather bag from Chiyome will turn heads. 

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Fall Must Have: Ankle Boots

It's a year round staple for most but if you are like me and opt for free toes as often as possible, fall and winter might be the only time you boot up. Rather than jump in feet first, I tend to go slowly. Ankle boots are the perfect way to begin the transition from sandals to cold weather staples. These are a few of my favorites in black. Clockwise: Glitter, wedge, clog, leather and suede mix.

The Hair Guru: Barbarian or babe?

The Hair Guru is a monthly column written by Sheryle Pettet of Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz, Calif. In this edition she interviews bearded stylist and clipper artist Patrick Valenzula who offers helpful hints for getting a better beard.

Pat suggests asking your stylist or barber to shape your beard to compliment your face shape and keep the neck/jaw line clean. Have a daily and weekly ritual to maintain your look. Here's his routine.

Daily Duty

Wash: Shampoo and condition with pH-balanced products and don’t rinse out all the conditioner. His favorite is O&M Hydrate and Conquer Conditioner.

Blow: A quick blow dry while combing the beard.

Lube: Finish the look with a few drops of your favorite beard oil. Pat favors Herbivore Botanicals Vetiver+Sage Beard Tonic, which he says provides a matte finish, smoothing effect, and a trace scent of the essential oils.

Weekly: Use a clarifying shampoo to thoroughly cleanse. Try his favorite: O&M Original Detox Shampoo.