Lavender loves: Lush soaps and bubble bars

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We are on a serious lavender kick here in the newsroom. After reading about lavender’s soothing properties, we now have a community lavender lotion bottle and lavender room spray to diffuse tense situations. (And even if the scent doesn’t actually make meeting our deadlines any easier, at least we smell good doing it.)
For handmade cosmetics and bath products — in any scent — Lush is where it’s at. Here’s what we recommend:

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Shop the block: Il Teatro, 54 S. De Lacey Ave.

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Skip the chaos of retail on Colorado Boulevard (you know, the hordes descending on H&M and Forever 21).

A little off the beaten path, but not too far, and directly across from the De Lacey parking garage is Il Teatro, which is not a shop for opera glasses, but rather an exquisite women’s clothing and accessories boutique.

Stock up on wardrobe staples or add some sparkle a la bohme to your special occasion.

You’ll do it all without busting through the budget you’d normally keep at those other warehouse-esque stores.

54 S. De Lacey Ave. 626-796-2313


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(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Shop the block: Onesipkim, 110 W. Green St.


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Onesipkim owner Kim Madolora’s wares speak boldly for themselves in a shop with clean design, gentle pops of color and spacial harmony.
You’ll find worthy picks from Rachel Pally, Ella Moss, Andrea Brueckner, Trovata and more.
110 W. Green St., Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m., 626-396-4926, onesipkim.com

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)


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Shop the block: The Sofa Company, 100 W. Green St.

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The Sofa Company‘s Pasadena showroom is housed in the historical framework of the old Friend Paper Company building.

The mid-century modern design — with accordion-pleated roof and huge walls of glass — feels like an open invitation to plop down and put your feet up for a while.

And, if you like the seating arrangements enough, you can bring one home with you.

While you’re furniture shopping, pop into the Pappa Rich Korean pastry shop and cafe, new to the historic 1960s building. (It fills the vacancy left by the Daily Grind coffeehouse.)

100 W. Green St., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 888-778-7632, thesofaco.com

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(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Pop-up retro shop featuring Elisa B. and Wasabi jewelry disappears Jan. 10

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Fashion maven Elisa Bruley — that’s Elisa B., of course — teamed up with jewelry designer Jill Pearson to transform a 1,400-square-foot space into a retro winter pop-up shop.

The temporary store features new looks from Wasabi (Pearson’s line), repurposed vintage jewelry, collectibles and accessory lines. Some items are one-of-a-kind.

Pearson combines vintage costume jewelry with semi-precious stones, sterling silver and gold-filled chains.

More than two dozen pieces from her collection, culled from items at estate sales, thrift stores and the Rose Bowl Flea Market, are up for sale at the annex. (No word on how many are left.)

Pearson calls the space mid-century modern meets thrift-store chic.

24 Smith Alley, off One Colorado courtyard. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Through Jan. 10. (626) 793-7584


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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Rose Magazine special parade issue available now

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Rose Magazine’s winter issue is now available around town. In addition to our regular feature stories and departments, you’ll find inside the ultimate guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl and beyond. We also cover the best of local shopping, dining, arts and culture.

Pasadena Star-News subscribers received a copy of the magazine with their Sunday paper.

Additional copies are available in many city centers, including hotels, restaurants, the Convention Center and the Star-News office on Colorado Boulevard.

This commemorative issue will also be sold along the parade route on New Year’s Day.

On the lookout: Rodarte for Target

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The Rodarte for Target line is among the most anticipated of year. By now, we’ve come to expect no less from the Mulleavy sisters — the dominating fashion duo who hail from Pasadena — especially after their coup d’tat against serious heavy hitters at New York Fashion Week in September.

The Target line drops just in time for holiday shopping on Dec. 20, and the Internet world has been practically frothing at the mouth to get a glimpse of it.

The first (authorized) looks are finally trickling in, thanks to a fresh round of fashion mags hitting the stands with December issues — and editorial spreads featuring the collab line.

Lucky Magazine’s blog has a compilation of links where you can get your gander on and start planning your New Year’s Eve ensemble. (Photo at right, from Teen Vogue via Lucky: Actress Dakota Fanning in a leopard-print mini dress by Rodarte for Target)

We’ll have more from this line in the winter issue of Rose Magazine.

(Photo via Lucky Magazine and Teen Vogue)

Pasadena philanthropist continues ‘Power of Pink’ breast-cancer campaign

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It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a Pasadena philanthropist is continuing his company’s annual fundraising campaign.

Through Oct. 31, Brighton Collectibles — owned by Pasadena resident Jerry Kohl — will donate $5 to breast-cancer foundations for each piece sold from its limited edition “Power of Pink” line.

It’s always nice to get something when you give. And this way, you can wear your heart on your sleeve — or your wrist, as it were, with this little number to the right.

Some of the 142 Brighton stores are matching the donation; Ask ahead of time if you’re thinking about purchasing, and that will boost the donation amount to $10.

The company has raised more than $3 million for breast-cancer research since its first “Power of Pink” campaign in 2003. Funds have gone to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, City of Hope Cancer Center, Concern Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Shop local:

  • Brighton Collectibles, 340 E Colorado Blvd. #110, Pasadena (626) 577-3849
  • Huntington Hospital Gift Shop, 801 S. Fairmont Ave., Pasadena (626) 397-5257

Lavender fields forever: Harvest festival at The Langham

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We love free stuff. (A demonstration of that love is our soon-to-launch sister site Freebie Finds. Bookmark it now. Thank us later.)

Free stuff is even better when it comes from The Langham Huntington Spa.

Tomorrow from 4-8 p.m. in the courtyard, The Huntington Spa and Ajne Rare & Precious are hosting a complimentary Lavender Harvest Festival with live lavender distillation, samples of essential oils, bundles of lavender and lavender-infused hors d’oeuvres.

And (in the not-free-but-still-lavender category) lavender manicures ($45), specialty cocktails, beauty products and jewelry will be available for purchase.

Reserve your manicure in advance: (626) 585-6414

If you can’t make it tomorrow, The Langham is continuing its discount on lavender manis and pedis through October.

Pretty, pretty couture princess: Bianca Luce’s luxe glam

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At the intersection of Green Street and Fair Oaks Avenue is an expansive corner shop — a former furniture store — with custom apparel creations and couture carryings. Bianca Luce is the nascent fashion establishment of proprietor Ariel Yoon, who is also a designer ready to make her name.

Search the racks for a deal, or build the foundation of your wardrobe with classic investment pieces designed to last. (Like the Christian Weber trench, $325, on page 68 of Rose Magazine, and displayed on the far-right mannequin in the photo of Yoon at top.)

Or just indulge your faddish senses with the wildest ensemble — the one you know you’ll only wear for one, glorious, foolhardy night. We’ll support you in your every endeavor. Just put us on the guest list.

81 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
(626) 844-7752

(Photos by Walt Mancini)