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Day 2: 4th St. Retro Row, Long Beach

Posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Before moving to San Luis Obispo, I lived in Belmont Shore, Long Beach. I loved it. I wanted to share some of my favorite places with Stacy, so this is where we went next.


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When I lived there, there were only a handful of stores on 4th street. Now there are blocks of them, most specializing in mid century furniture and accessories, and also vintage clothing stores.


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After all the junking we did on Saturday, were we done? Not by a long shot! Before we left, we were armed with a lot of places to check out. Kathy is pretty savvy with L.A. shopping and good food, and she told us about a great breakfast place, Urth Caffé--I believe there are 4 locations. We are already looking forward to a return visit, healthy and delicious food and coffee! Thanks Kathy!!


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Steve (from the Inn Paradiso post seen here) thought we would all enjoy the Melrose Trading Post which is held every Sunday at Fairfax high school. Thanks Steve!! This flea costs $2 to get in and is a great mix of vintage and art.


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This art stopped me in my tracks--it's no mystery which piece i am now coveting, the winnebego of course.


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When we asked for a business card, without missing a beat, he sat down, tore the paper and took out his sharpie and drew his card simply and perfectly!


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There are so many resources to get info on good places from. We now have Google, Yelp, blogs, magazines and listening to friends and locals of course. On this trip, we used them all. We got lucky on this one!

Day 1: Road Trippin' to the O.C. and L.A.

Posted on: Monday, February 20, 2012

My girl turned 'sweet 16' and she wanted to spend it at Disneyland with two close girlfriends that she grew up with. Good enough reason to get some shopping and inspiration in while the girls did their thing, right? Stacy and I dropped them off in the morning and headed to two shopping areas (aka The Antimalls) in the O.C. that we had read about. Antimalls, meaning there no chain stores--the only exception being urban outfitters, as this was one of the original stores.


One is called 'The Lab' and the other right across the street is 'The Camp'. We were hungry and in need of nourishment so we started at The Camp, and put our names in at The Old Vine Café (thanks to my friend Margaret for the recommendation--she always knows the cool new eateries). We were charmed as we walked up and saw the waiting area--long tables, hammocks, and tractor seats all amongst succulents and tall grasses. The menus were attached to beautiful oil paintings. Stacy is a great travel partner because she loves to share food, which allows us to try different things on the menu! We had the most amazing pumpkin/pecan french toast, and a poached egg dish with parmesean crusted green tomatoes, yummy.


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The main store at The Camp is an indie department store called Seed People's Market. I think I walked in through the wide opened glass doors with my jaw dropped. The displays, the art, the layout, and the merchandise choices, dang!


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This collage was newspaper cutouts on black and simple white frames. I didnt get pictures of the clothing area, but I was in Patagonia heaven! It was very sporty/outdoorsy oriented, and all very stylish at that.


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The one theme that was continued through both Antimalls was the "store within a vintage trailer" theme. Love! We own vintage trailers and are suckers for all things "campy". There was one airstream with a succulent shop, one with all things bicycle, a vintage trailer with a record store, and another with vintage clothes and finds.


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One of my favorite things to do is hang out at magazine stands, shops, newstands, book stores...this one was tucked in a lovely sitting area.


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I loved that each of the parking spaces had little messages, what a way to start or end the day--with a little ditty!


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We can't wait to go back. Stay tuned for day two!


Lets Get the Job Done

Posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Every so often, I'll get a call from hubby (the contractor) and he'll tell me about something he found or tore out at work that I would love/would be perfect for the store. Sometimes it works out, sometimes...not so much. Recently, he hit it out of the park! This workbench/16-drawer beauty fit us perfectly. We were able to organize all of our hardware, lighting, paper goods, etc. and give them the space they needed for easy shopping.

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With Pinterest and all of the home do-it-yourself shows out there, we get a lot of requests for missing pieces for projects.

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Typewriters, globes, rulers, lamps, maps...we try to keep these types of things in stock (kind of like how a mini mart needs bottled water and m & m's).

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These drawers hold all kinds of ingredients for you.

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We love to hear where all these pieces end up. One cutie wanted to make a gift for her boyfriends grandparent's anniversary. She bought a map, made a journal, and marked out important places in their life on the map. We have another customer, Paula of Seven Gypsys, (author of One Lucky Day) who comes in to find pieces for her business of scrapbook art. When we see what she does with her finds at Ruby Rose, we are blown away!

What projects are you working on?

Wanted: A Home.

Posted on: Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Help us find this beauty a home!

This couch is one of those pieces that stopped us in our tracks...

the shape, the curved lines, the detailed carvings on the center back...yes!

We love the golden color, and although there is some wear and tear, we love that it gives it a regal feel.


At first, we thought someone could pull an extreme couch makeover...

purple, or green, or cream, or...................?

Then our thoughts shifted to those anthro catalogs...where you see those models on the great furniture.

This would be a perfect piece.

Personally, I see it as a prop for wedding photos...maybe in a grassy field?


And the best part? The couch is only $155!

Color Comes Dancing in at Ruby Rose

Posted on: Thursday, February 2, 2012

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This makes me want to move into our store and lay down!

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That lamp is the perfect size, yes? Not too big, not too small, but just right.
And the simple shells hanging? They add such delicate music and movement.

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A trip back in time...vinyls $5/each.

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These simple and fun outfits would be perfect for your spring getaways (as well as Cochella!).

Hidden Treasure: Picking Daisies by Kim

Posted on: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Picking Daisies has put together a fun showing of watercolors by local artist Tracy Taylor, who happens to be a Ruby Rose regular. "Love is in the Air" is the Valentines theme and each watercolor is a framed original matched with a colorful fabric handpicked by Picking Daisies.


There are 10 different watercolors and Tracy had each reproduced into cards.
The cards are sold in a set of 10 Cards for $20.00 or individually for $3.50 each.

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The entire collection will be shown starting with Art After Dark--
Friday February 3rd, 2012 6pm-9pm.
Picking Daisies is located in the Creamery
570 Higuera Street Suite 120

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Now if you're like me - a "fabric-a-holic" - you won't want to miss dropping in just to look at their fabrics and other fanciful creations. They are known for their cloth napkins, but they sew many other useful things too, all made from 100% cotton fabrics in a variety of vibrant colors and designs.

So put on your dancing shoes and get out of the house! I know Tracy will be there with a song in her heart ready to dance.

Check out Picking Daisies post about the event, here. See you there!

Rainy Day

Posted on: Friday, January 27, 2012

About this time of year, I can usually be found around my garden waiting for the little green sprouts to appear on the hydrangeas, lilacs, roses and just about anything that has gone away for winter. I can also be seen watching the clock around 5ish and wondering if it is staying light out later in the day. What can I say, I am a big fan of spring!

This past monday was rainy, and I was a bit antsy. I opened the recent Elle magazine to help pass the uneasiness and to my surprise, I was quickly transformed. This was the ad that got me smiling.
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I wanted to photoshop myself right in between these perfect people. The advertisment just called me in. Maybe it was the lovely lace against the rock wall, maybe it was the gorgeous women beautifully dressed, or maybe it was the men in their classic simplicity with crisp white tees and trousers. I am certain that the sun kissed tans and the beautiful fabrics were speaking to me.

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Once again, no words, just beautiful fabrics and accessories (they make me swoon). I am loving the pleated skirts and the vibrant colors for spring (this is coming from someone who dresses in beige and cream).

This page was such a breath of fresh air! So soft, so feminine.IMG_0041

Loving the vintage influence in these!
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Next, I opened the Marie Claire Maison October issue and was instantly motivated by these photos.IMG_0049IMG_0051IMG_0052IMG_0053

I can hardly wait to get to the store and move things around!

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