mystical magical san ysidro ranch

When my friend and makeup magician, Fredericke Grillitz (IQ Beauty…see blog),  suggested I meet her at San Ysidro Ranch to pick up my cosmetics, I didn’t have to be asked twice.  She visits the Ranch for tea and a bite whenever she’s in town meeting her Santa Barbara clients. I haven’t been to the Ranch in years so I jumped at the chance, as Fredericke promised to take me on a stroll through the gardens. Continue reading

Favorite shop: Global Eye Art collective

I first met Kristen Cramer at an amazing craft show called Homespun that was held in a giant orchid greenhouse here in Santa Barbara. I was taken with her organic pottery and her obvious love for her craft.  I left with her card and a small pot for one of my many plants. Continue reading

springtime in santa barbara

After a winter of record breaking rain, we’ve had one of the prettiest springs I can remember since moving to Santa Barbara.  Yes, we do have seasons here in Southern California, although they are very different from New England where I grew up.  No late winter snow here!  California spring begins in late February and early March with flowering fruit trees. Continue reading

a magical shop called botanik

In the tiny beachside town of Summerland, in a quaint 1920’s Victorian cottage, sits a home and garden boutique called botanik.  This is another go-to  destination for me and for all who know about this incredible place.  What my favorite local shops have in common, are the wonderful, helpful, cheerful people who own and work at them. Botanik is no exception. Continue reading

day trip to Ojai

When my friend, Beth (of Beth Dana Design) asked me to go cactus shopping with her in Ojai, I couldn’t pass it up.  My daughter was in town, and so the three of us and Beth’s dog, Finn, headed for the hills of Ojai, just a 45 minute drive southeast of Santa Barbara. Continue reading