Shop the block: The art of living at Maude Woods

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This home furnishings and decor boutique is a superlative model for how to arrange living spaces and to successfully blend different aesthetics into one glorious array.

For owner Carrie Davich, the passion for mixing contemporary furnishings with vintage pieces ignited when she was decorating her Pasadena home.
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With an extensive background in fashion and a natural eye for design, Davich in 2009 opened Maude Woods, named for her great-grandmother, also an artiste.
At once glamorous and comfortable, the space Davich has fashioned features informal rooms without walls, each displaying a desirable selection of art and objects for living room, dining room and kitchen. The Maude Woods signature is “artful living,” and it is, indeed, enchanting.
55 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Open Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (626) 577-3400, maudewoods.com
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Pictured: Dickens Village holiday festival lights up Sierra Madre

 
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Sierra Madre held its annual Dickens Village holiday festival on Saturday in the city’s charming downtown shopping district.
In Kersting Court, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony was followed by the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Is there a town better suited to the glow of holiday cheer? Unlikely, we say.
For unique holiday gifting in Sierra Madre, visit the boutiques we featured in our February Shop the Block spread: Attitude! and La Bella Rouge, for women’s clothing and accessories; B.la, for stationery and stocking stuffers; and Savor the Flavor, for gourmet goodies.
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Pasadena-based Sleepypod lets the fur fly in comfortable style

 
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Just in time for the holiday travel season, today’s Star-News business section features a story on a Pasadena company’s recent innovation for flying the pet-friendly skies.
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Sleepypod’s Air carrier, which has been racking up honors from various pet-lifestyle publications, adapts easily to the under-seat storage requirements that vary from airline to airline. Erick Galindo reports:
“A patent-pending, folding-base design allows it to fit in the space below a range of airline seats during the restricted times of takeoff and landing. Once you are free to recline your seat, you can simply slide Sleepypod Air from under the seat and expand the carrier so your pet is allowed the largest space possible.”
Like the simplehuman of pet products, Sleepypod was founded by a trio of Art Center graduates who take a sleek and functional approach to designing for pets and their owners.
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“After having met in school, keeping in touch, and then establishing Sleepypod, they were drawn back to Pasadena, as the area is a great source of inspiration to them as designers,” Sleepypod spokeswoman Jane Skuta says.
The company also produces its namesake product, Sleepypod, a mobile pet lounge with plush bedding that transitions from everyday bed to traveling carrier with a mesh dome and shoulder strap.
Also, the Crater Dot is a simple, colorful, comfy spot for pets that, like all of Sleepypod’s products, can be made even cozier with an insertable warming pad.
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Shop the block: Build up your Halloween reserves at Montrose Candy Co.

 
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Who, really, can resist the old-fashioned candy shop, with gleaming rows of clear plastic bins and shovel-sized scoops standing ready to deliver sugary goodness?
If that sounds romantic, you’re due for a visit to the Montrose Candy Co., which specializes in your childhood favorites, from the nostalgic to the hard-to-find. The store also stocks imported candies, including some that arrive from as far away as Britain, Italy, Belgium, France, Japan and the Middle East.
While holidays like Halloween and Easter are a boon for business, the shop is always a popular stop-off for patrons headed to catch a flick, and also for bakers and confectioners looking to candy-coat their creations.
Owner Linda Eaton says the candy boutique is also known for its salt-water taffy selection — more than 40 flavors — from Utah’s Taffy Town, and for its frozen treats, like Balboa-style ice cream bars and frozen bananas.
“Our goal was to bring a favorite vacation treat to the foothills and ensure it was authentic,” Eaton says.
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Shop the block: Skate into Billy’s Boardshop in Montrose

 
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Even outside the Montrose Village, there’s no place that does authentic skate-shop quite like Billy’s.

The store has been around, in different locations, since the ’70s and is an auteur of California skater style. Trust its staff for your practical boarding needs, and then stick around for a little something fun.
To boot, the board shop has cross-market appeal; From dresses to shoes, its casual fashion stock is alluring for skaters and non-skaters alike. And, of course, you can snag sparkly Toms Glitters here.
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Shop the block: There’s plenty of EyeCandy at this modern, minimalist beauty bar in Montrose

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This ultramodern beauty bar is boiled down to an essence: It focuses entirely on beauty treatments for the face. Threading, make-up application and facials comprise the menu of options.
EyeCandy‘s expert threaders will design the perfect eyebrow arch for you, and its estheticians will create a facial treatment tailored to your skin’s needs. Owner Karolin Sahakian takes pride in her EyeCandy specialists, who each focus exclusively on an area of beauty expertise. 

On the retail side, Sahakian has also curated an exceptional array of sought-after luxury skin-care products — including brands like Natura Bisse, DermaQuest, Clarisonic and Colorescience.
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Shop the block: Bella’s boutique chic on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose

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A familiar face on the Montrose shopping scene, Bella has been around for more than a decade, and the women’s boutique is now under new ownership.
Customize your wardrobe by pairing designer jeans, tops, dresses and coats with one-of-a-kind accessories, like jewelry by local artisans and handbags by small design houses.
On the comfy, casual front, look for P.J. Salvage loungewear and yoga apparel, including wraps, jackets and organic tops and bottoms.
The shop is also a great destination for gift-buying; Skip the wrapping paper and bundle it all together in a colorful, rugged Oilcloth tote or a Sea Bags carry-all made from recycled sails.
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Rose Magazine’s fall arts and culture issue on stands tomorrow

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Our fall arts and culture issue comes out tomorrow, and it’s packed with the best creative happenings of the season. Pick up a copy of the Star-News, and look for the magazine inside.
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Besides our regular shopping, event and book departments, feature stories in the new issue include:
  • Street fashion photography spread, shot on location at One Colorado
  • Coffee as art: An exploration of Pasadena’s top micro-roasters
  • Writer Lian Dolan chats about her first novel “Helen of Pasadena”
  • Gallery guide: Fall for the arts with top-notch exhibitions and events in November and December
If you subscribe to the Star-News, you’ll receive a copy with your regular delivery.

We’ll also post the digital edition here, so check back starting tomorrow for lots of online exclusives like photo galleries and extra content.

(Cover photo by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

Rodarte: Pasadena-raised fashion designers bring Arts and Crafts style to New York Fashion Week

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Rodarte began in Pasadena, and the sisters behind the Los Angeles-based fashion label are once again drawing oceans of praise at New York Fashion Week. For their spring 2011 collection, Laura and Kate Mulleavy balanced their legendary streak of dark whimsy with wearable, well-structured, imaginative pieces, making this their most approachable showing yet.
Here’s what top fashion writers and critics are saying about the Mulleavys latest collection, which draws inspiration from the natural beauty of California:
“California dreamin’ has always been part of the story for Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters who have more often focused on blood-stained streaks from horror movies. But this time the duo looked beyond their Los Angeles studio and went back to their suburban Pasadena, California, roots. … Arts and Crafts have long been a strong focus in California. Rodarte has always been drawn to the handmade and artisanal, but this show was a fine example of designers moving their own ideas forward to become both more accessible and more desirable.”

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