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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.

I recently came across Sandgrens clogs. I had been looking for a fresh take on the classic Swedish clog for the shop for a while. Established in 1846, Sandgrens is considered to be the oldest clog brand in the world, and are still handmade in Sweden. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, they are built to last and are crafted with the finest leathers, Alder wood bases and metal hardware. I love the versatility of clogs and the endless outfits they can be paired with.

It never takes long to convert someone to using a S'well bottle once you've informed them of their exceptional quality and drinking benefits. Here at Stripe, we've all got one. Not only do they come in a great selection of colors and textures, but also they have three different sizes to fit in your purse or backpack. These insulated stainless steel bottles don't have a metallic taste or retain nasty odors. They keep your hot liquids hot for 12 hours and your cold liquids cold for 24 hours. They're eco-friendly and philanthropic. More than 60 million plastic water bottles are used daily in the United States alone. One S'well water bottle reduces this by three-thousand. S'well also supports bringing clean water to the world's poorest communities along with WaterAid.

I love the look of layering simple jewelry pieces and am currently obsessed with this little necklace (above) from Minoux Jewelry. Created by Kristen Robison in Portland, Ore., it makes the perfect addition to a layered look. This necklace is classic enough to wear everyday, yet edgy enough to stand out.

I am so pleased to see wide leg jeans are making a come back! It’s such a relief to have held onto a few of my favorite pairs in the back of my closet. This great pair from Level 99 is super flattering and looks great worn with a pair of clogs, sandals, or heels. I love the “grandpa blue” wash, which makes them perfect for summer backyard barbeques, and is a great alternative to your skinny jeans.

Everything seen here is available at Stripe in Santa Cruz. Sandgren clogs $152, Minoux necklace $72, lace top by Rieley $126, Level 99 jeans $136, S'well bottle $34.


Wishlist: Boho

I'm having a pom pom/boho moment, which is odd for me. I usually prefer clothes and jewelry with clean lines. But, apparently there is another part of me that loves the freedom that bohemian garments and accessories evoke. I'm drawn toward the ease and anything goes attitude. Recently I fell in love with a puka shell and pom pom necklace from online retailer, Figue, only to find it completely sold out and so I have been searching for a replacement. Loving the magpie look of rhinestones and pom poms as well as other items mixed together, here are a few favorites in my search so far.

Left and bottom right: pom pom stack bracelets and crochet choker necklace. Top right: Diana jewel pom pom necklace by Venna at Lane Crawford. Middle: Etro at Net-a-Porter (now sold out in the time it took me to write this blog).

Back in Time: Retro Bathing Suits

It's bathing suit season—almost. The sun is coming out to play and with it the temperatures rise and trips to the beach are in store. But along with that comes a time not everyone enjoys—bathing suit season. It doesn't have to be a scary experience, though. Retro bathing suits are flattering on everyone and allow some comfort if you want to be stylish, but stay modest. With flattering cuts and styles and colors that are über chic, these are a few of my favorites. I recently tried on the yellow one and as a curvy girl, I found it to be just what I was looking. Modcloth has an excellent selection of attractive bathing suits that you'll be happy to wear this season. 

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Trend Report: Gingham

Gingham isn't just for country girls anymore. The trend is making a huge comeback this season and is crossing the map of fashion: from tops to dresses to jeans, it's a big staple for spring. Here are a few of our favorites from Anthropologie

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The Makeup Chair

The Makeup Chair is a monthly column by Jillian Wilkey, a professional makeup artist in the Bay Area.

The first thing you’ll notice about Jennalee Dahlen, aesthetician and owner of Santa Cruz Skin Solutions and Integrated Wellness, is her pristine skin. Dahlen considers herself a minimalist when it comes to makeup and likes to add a pop of color on her eyes and a flush on her cheek. When’s she not treating the skin needs of others, Dahlen keeps busy playing with her three little girls. She believes that a "beautiful you" comes from inner body happiness, not the makeup you cover up with. Here's what's in her bag:

1. Sun Defense Minerals with Stone Crop Hydrating Mist by Eminence: This is a must for me every day with skin protection. It is such a clean ingredient-based product that it is safe enough for me to put it on my girls when we are doing activities. I set it with the Stone Crop Hydrating Mist so that my SPF will last five hours and creates little mirrors to reflect away the UV rays.

2. Facial Recovery Oil by Eminence: I put this on daily to get extra glow and hydration in my skin. 

3. Bitty Brow Kit in Blonde, Jane Iredale: When I put this product on my light colored, thin brows it gives my eyes more definition and pop

4. Oyster/Supernova Eye Shadow, Jane Iredale: This versatile shadow is amazing with my blue eyes. I can wear it in a few ways depending on my application and use it for day or night. It also looks slightly different on everyone so even brown, green and hazel eyes can enjoy this duo kit. 

5. LipDrink SPF 15: I use this almost daily. The name says it all: it truly is like a drink for my lips. They feel hydrated and moisturized after using this product and because there is no petroleum in the ingredients, it doesn't dehydrate lips like most lip products do. In addition, I get SPF 15 for my lips.

Next month's column will feature Missy Schnaps of Salon on the Square.