Shop the block: Jenni B., 106 E. Lime Ave., Monrovia

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A shop that manages to be both extensive in its collections and still feel cozy, Jenni B. is an ideal boutique for scooping up special-occasion wear and investing in classic pieces upon which to build a wardrobe.
Look for Poetic License shoes — especially the divine, colorful summer strappies — and dresses and tanks from Kyumi and Voom by Joy Han. It feels a bit like Downtown L.A. fashion-district heaven, but this retail remix resides in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.
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Treasures under a Majestical Roof in Pasadena

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A hidden treasure in Pasadena, The Majestical Roof is not easy to find: Follow a sign off Fair Oaks Avenue, down a brick-road tunnel and into a quiet courtyard, where the boutique is tucked away on one side.

The boutique sells an eclectic mix of products, from handmade soaps to vintage wear to mix media art pieces. There are cutesy, awkward mutant doll from The Cinnamon Roll Gang collection and children’s toy boxes, alongside vintage jewelry pieces, like chandelier earrings revamped into cocktail rings.
The Majestical Roof has also become a venue for more than 100 artists to build their reputation and sell their work.
Read more by reporter Stacey Wang in Rose Magazine.
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Shop the block: Rue de Mimo, 1514 Mission St., South Pasadena


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The Rue De Mimo way, as they say, is to love and to be loved — in great clothes.



Mimo Boghossian and Paulette Ledyard have a spirited flair for fashion, blending urban styling with colors, shades and textures inspired by an international design sense.

Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind collections of clothing, shoes and accessory pieces rooted in a cosmopolitan sensibility, and with a dash of bright whimsy. Rue de Mimo’s hand-curated assemblages — which manage to be both chic and full of winning personality –  are designed for the sophisticated belle.

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Shop the block: Camille DePedrini, 1516 Mission St., South Pasadena


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For special occasions, there is a haven for weary shoppers called Camille DePedrini, its owner the namesake. Camille has a message for the huddled masses: “Shopping should be enjoyed,” she proclaims.

Her boutique is a beacon of hope, filled with natural light, playful garments and sophisticated textures. A designer with a background in wedding gowns, formal wear and even millinery, Camille’s know-how translates into a sense of permeating calm.

Camille encourages shoppers to bring in fashion pieces they already have, so she can mix, match and get the most mileage out of your new finds.

Camille and her staff also make the casual-to-dressy transition feel effortless.


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Photos: Scenes from the Monrovia farmers market

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There’s a new Market in the Park on Sunday mornings in Monrovia’s Old Town. Staff photographer Eric Reed was there yesterday to catch all the fresh-produce-buying, sweet-flower-smelling, baked-goods-savoring action at the inaugural event.
It’s the second farmers market for the city, which holds a family-oriented festival and market on Friday evenings, too.
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 100 block, West Lima Avenue, adjacent Library Park. (626) 303-6600

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Shop the Block: Savor the Flavor, 11 Kersting Court


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Gourmet specialty food store Savor the Flavor is the kind of shop run by people — a mother and daughter team — who know and love food. The kind of food that brings people together, for parties, holidays and even a simple dinner shared by family. New items are constantly being brought into the shop, and they’ll gladly seek out special requests for hard-to-find items. For gift-giving, Savor the Flavor is a sure bet if you know someone who eats — which is to say, for anybody.
11 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 626-355-5153, savortheflavor.net

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Shop the Block: B.la, 24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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This is the smallest but most precious gift shop in which you’ll ever set foot. Owner Deb Doumitt packs a spatially-restrained but powerful punch in her eclectic mix of goodies. Her stock of stationery and fine paper goods is always plentiful and far more meaningful than those you’ll find in traditional card stores. Each is a small and colorful objet d’art.
24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Suite B, Sierra Madre, 626-355-2906

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Shop the Block: Attitude!, 90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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A bit like an upscale Melrose shop, Attitude! is a gem in the crown of Sierra Madre’s boutique shopping scene. The owners create many of their own designs and execute them in craftsman-like detail. Handbags, in particular, are a specialty here, from the offbeat to the glamorous to the everyday. Expect to pay a bit more for the high-quality of each piece, but know it’s an investment worthy of your hard-earned moolah.

90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626-355-3929

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Shop the Block: La Bella Rouge, 34 N. Baldwin Ave.


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French provincial touches meet the Montmarte-ian in La Bella Rouge, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique. Notebooks and knick-knacks put a hint of Anthropologie in this roadside shop, but without the sky-high prices and with a little more love. La Bella Rouge caters to women of all ages, making it a best-bet when your shopping buddy is an older or younger gal than you are.

34 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, 626-355-1427

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Lavender loves, part deux: Lather skin care

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Here’s the thing about Lather: It was founded by Emilie Hoyt, who knows a thing or two about that buzz word, aromatherapy. Ten years ago, Hoyt got the idea to start the botanical skin care brand after she discovered lavender soap helped to relieve her intense migraine headaches.
She would even put the soap under her pillow to relax at bedtime.
So lavender abounds at Lather, which means we had so many options from which to choose. Some favs:

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