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Attention Shoppers!

Style Phile


Au Courant:

Home is where the style is: Punch Intérieur (4950 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria) has an amazing new line of textiles for the boudoir: Caressa Allen’s Luxury Lab Linens feature fresh, edgy designs and boast 300 thread counts of the finest Egyptian cotton. Like butter! Bali Trading Company has a new abode: find its eclectic collection of home furnishings in the Auction Room at Cominichi’s at Mom’s (421 Cota St.), and dream of the tropics.

Diamonds and Pearls: Local jewelry designer Daniel Gibbings has relocated. Find him and his gems at 1143 Coast Village Road and check out the hand-wrought, sterling silver and pink sapphire pendants he created for the Breast Cancer Resource Center — 100 percent of proceeds benefit the BCRC.

Haute ’n’ honey: Blue Bee welcomes some buzz-worthy new additions to Honeycomb (1100 State St.), including KA7, Katayone Adeli’s sophisticated new line; Alexander McQueen’s anticipated collection McQ; and fresh designs from up-and-comers Rogan and Paul Smith. Local label Karanina has a new in-store concept area at Blue Bee (923 State St.). Check it out and feel that hometown pride. Finally, King Bees John Doucette and Marty Bebout haven’t forgotten the boys — after all, where would the Queen Bee be without her little workers? Blue Beetle (925 State St.) welcomes new spring designs from Martin Margiela and John Varvatos.

Isle style: Wendy Foster scored Santa Barbara native Heidi Merrick’s 2007 resort wear collection. Merrick, the daughter of the legendary Al Merrick (of Channel Islands fame) has relocated to L.A., but her designs are pure S.B. — feminine and classic dresses, with a groovy retro feel. The line is exclusive to Wendy Foster State Street (833 State St.) and Angel (1221 Coast Village Rd., Montecito)

Spring Flings: The spring collections are pouring in at dressed and ready (1253 Coast Village Rd., Montecito). Find brightly colored Chloe and Balenciaga bags and ready-to-wear pieces at dressed, while ready is stocked with dresses and jackets from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang. Bring on the spring!

Spotlight On:

Crush Cosmetics

There Once Was a Girl from Nantucket: Angela Morelli recently moved from Nantucket, Massachusetts, site of Crush Cosmetics’ only other store, to Santa Barbara, to open one for us. And lucky us! Located at 1229 State Street, Crush’s clean design, quality products, and expert staff make it a must-stop shop for all things beauty. Crush carries skincare products, fragrances, and makeup, and focuses on boutique brands from all over the world, many of which are exclusive to the store. Every person on staff is trained on every line Crush carries, and each spends several hours a week answering questions posted on the web site. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your eyes look bigger, brighten your complexion, or deal with your dry skin, these workers can help. And every Thursday, Crush hosts a Pink Party; from 4 to 6 p.m., Crush offers complimentary skincare consultations, as well as appointment-only, pay-to-play makeup lessons, mother/daughter makeovers, and the ¹/₂-hour Chick Fix — a makeup application that’ll have you looking glam for a special night out. The best part is the cost for these little indulgences gets applied to any products you’re compelled to purchase for your own beauty arsenal. Love that!

4·1·1 Crush Cosmetics: 1229 State St., 963-4176, crushnantucket.com.

Shop this:

Cominichi’s at Mom’s will host a spiritual shopping experience tomorrow night, Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m.: The Night of Lord Shiva Kirtan and Puja will be led by Lily Diamond of Mother’s Ancient Harmonic Arts, and will feature Prakriti Das on tables, Bob Sedivy on the flute, Ray Tischer on the viola, and many other wonderful guests, all gathered to celebrate the traditional late-winter ritual. Guests can enjoy the scene while shopping and enjoying refreshments. A $15 donation is suggested.

LF is clearing out its fall collection; now through early April, help the store empty its racks and score discounts of up to 60 percent off.

Fayreform will be at Purrmission on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, for a fitting clinic, and any lady who books her appointment in advance will score a free lingerie bag. Call 898-1241 or visit purrmission .net for more info.

Honeycomb and Blue Bee Shoes will host one of their legendary, be-sure-to-wear-your-helmet sales the weekend of March 10, featuring bags, shoes, gowns, and jewelry, as well as select pieces from Great China Wall; and I hear we can expect to find some of those shoes and handbags for up to 80 percent off! Buzz, buzz!

Check Out:

Vintage Heart

Sherry Bloodgood travels the world to keep this boutique (208 W. Canon Perdido St., 963-6812, thevintageheartboutique.com) stocked with some of the best, most high-quality vintage finds in town.

1>>> The Bella Sisters jackets: fully lined vintage wool jackets reinvented with patchwork, embroidery, and hoodies. A modern twist on a classic shape.

2>>> The amazing selection of high-end, couture gowns and cocktail dresses dating from the 1920s, which culminates with an entire rack of Little Black Dresses. Audrey would be oh-so proud.

3>>>Incredible accessories, like classic shoes, purses, jewelry, brooches, and hat boxes that positively ooze glamour. You can also snag unique finds like JB Hoffman Le’Album bags, and the piece de resistance, Dallas Handbags’ 1970s black faux-leather handbag that boasts a fully functional telephone. Fabulous!

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