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

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.,

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,
stocked with some of the best, most high-quality vintage finds in

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

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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