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I Need, I Want, I Have to Have … Vintage Hermès Watches

This morning on and selling out fast is an edited collection of vintage Hermès jewelry, watches, bags and scarves.  Don’t miss out on this amazing sale!  Our favorite from the collection were the Kelly watches with dangling lock. Created in tribute to the famous handbag that inspired its name and its buckle design, the Kelly watch plays with the signature Hermès features.  As Rachel Zoe would say, “I DIE”…


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ZEROMINUSPLUS Philanthropy Launch Party

Check this out – tonight from 6pm – 9pm, ZEROMINUSPLUS at Fred Segal Santa Monica will be hosting a launch party with 100% of the proceeds going towards United Nations humanitarian agencies.  Patron will be hosting the bar (score!) and Marc Breslaw, Executive Director at USA for UNHCR and Kevin Sturtevant, VP of Development for the Friends of the World Food Program will be hosting the evening…

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Cocktail Hour at Confection Jewels

Every girl loves herself a good cocktail dress, and for that matter a good cocktail. The ritual of slowing sipping on a dirty goose while the chilled martini glass delicately floats in your hand seems decadently nostalgic to us, as images of coiffed hair and red lipstick from the 1950’s flash through our minds. We praise those cocktail-sipping ladies for indulging in extravagant baubles to rest on their hands while sipping that goose, as they paved the way for us to incorporate exaggerated cocktail rings into our everyday wardrobe. A statement ring is simply a-must-have, goes-with-everything-piece because it can effortlessly transition from those lived-in ripped jeans and white t-shirt to a favorite corseted cocktail dress, and all while making you look too-cool-for-school.

With that said, we are always on the hunt for that perfect ring, so when we heard of vintage-button-inspired cocktail rings growing out of a garage in Venice, we were intrigued and decide to investigate further. For the past three years, with the help of a grass-roots support crew, Yanique Venezia has been producing the lavish line of Confection Jewels out of her Venice studio. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at her line before its big debut at her first Fred Segal trunk show, next Saturday, February 13th.

German Power Crystal- Pink, $225

Golden Flower Patch, $175

Flower Power 2, $180

These rings are meticulously made with love as Yanique has brought her graphic design background into her new burgeoning venture. The dynamic range of vintage buttons from around the world remain the center of the each ring, while Yanique then places them in a hand crafted and polished setting, sometimes adding other adornments that enhance each button’s individual personality. If you think we are talking about them like children it is because to Yanique they are, and she has cleverly named them accordingly, such as The Jolly Stallion or Chocolate Ashtray. What we love most is that the range of buttons from pop-princess-pink to art-deco-vintage, allows everyone to find a ring to suit their personality. Despite this range, there remains continuity throughout Yanique’s line that can only be described as layering pop Warhol on top of an old Victorian soul. The juxtaposition of the two on the surface of a cocktail ring creates a sublime effect that we find fascinating.

As of now, the button rings are in limited quantity as the number of each individual design is determined by the number of buttons that Yanique was able to acquire. These limited edition rings are listed under “One-of-kind” and “Limited Series” on You will also find “Collection Series” on the site, which is the where Yanique hopes to expand production and lower the price to embrace a wide demographic of consumers. We’ll happily sip on our dirty goose martini and cheers to that!

Cocktail Rings ranging from $45 -$250

written by  Veronica McCarthy

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Beautiful Jewels That Don’t Break The Bank

A unique spin on the classic Valentine’s Day gift – mark your calendars for this event at Krista Everage Studio in the Bergamont Station.

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Love is in Bloom at Botany

Although we cringed at the thought of pledging to a sorority during our college years, we are ready to fork over our dues to join Botany’s. Stephanie Schur and Stacie Rubaum have created the warmth and sisterhood of a sorority while producing striking floral arrangements in their sidewalk floral and gift shop, Botany, located in the Brentwood Country Mart. Within the twenty minutes we spent admiring the fresh cut flowers, the designing duo had no less than four regular visitors stop by for a quick chat—one even donated her old empty vases to be given life with the aroma of fresh-cut flowers.

These two busy worker bees were all abuzz with life and energy in their simultaneously quaint and striking two-room shop. Polished concrete floors mixed with glossy white walls, gilded with a gold pattern and accented with pops of dark magenta and green within the décor, gives this shop a decadently romantic feel. Despite the small square footage, Botany is a full service florist, supplying flowers for weddings, parties and other events.

Dustin Hoffman and Stephanie Schur Outside of Botany

Our favorite worker bees are busily gearing up for every flower lover’s favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day. Some cynics may cringe at the sound of aforementioned Hallmark-plastered-holiday, but upon being gifted a floral creation from Botany, those same cynics will be praising the diaper-clad Cupid and his pesky bow and arrow. Feel free to anonymously forward this review to any possible Valentine’s who have repeatedly reaped the benefits of your home baked banana bread. They can receive a ten percent discount if they step up to the plate before February 10th.

If flowers strike you as fleeting, Botany also provides thoughtful gifts such as gardening tools, lotions, candles, and even flavored jams. The shop is clearly curtailed to local clientele, as the warmth and apparent friendship of its owners creates a small-town atmosphere. Stephanie and Stacie appreciate this vibe, as they are arranging monthly events at the store such as guest speakers, teas and classes, to give back to the community. These events will commence at the end of February with a children’s gardening class. This is a store where everybody knows your name, and favorite flower! Unfortunately, our favorite daffodils are hard to come by in February; we might just have to cross our fingers for roses!

The Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, Suite 41
Santa Monica 90402


written by  Veronica McCarthy


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