Go Shopping in The Barlow in Sebastopol
From classic to the contemporary, from exotic to earthy, one can find glamour at The Barlow artisan and culinary center in Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County.
However you define it, true glamour begins within. An alluring and uniquely beautiful exterior is simply a reflection of personal confidence and comfort with who you are. It's your look. Why not celebrate it with style?
Here's a brief look at how to go glam shopping in The Barlow.
Meet the owner, and budding designer, Andrea DeTrinidad behind the counter of this joyful celebration of the classically sleek and sophisticated lines of mid-century fashion design. The patterns and colors are the best of vintage looks: fun, creative and richly hued. Sizes run from 2 to 20, and best of all: those stunning silhouettes with the teeny tiny waists? You'll find them created in fabrics with comfy 4-way stretchability, so you can actually feel as good as you look.
Craving just a touch of vintage romance? Check out the accessories and makeup. Andrea carries Besame cosmetics that actually duplicate exact shades made popular during previous eras. And, being a Hollywood cosmetic line, you can for example, find the exact color of lipstick used by Natalie Portman as Jackie in the 2016 movie by that name.
Cat-eye glasses, bold rhinestone jewelry, retro style shoes and even authentic seamed stockings, made in England by the same company that has manufactured them for decades, are all found here. If you happen to be in town on the third Friday night of any month, check out their fabulous After Hours beauty night events with tips on makeup and hair styling plus 20 percent off your purchases.
Although technically a florist shop, this is a perfectly wonderful stop for those who wish to indulge on a deeper level, garnering their beauty from Northern California's rich botanical gifts.
You'll find sensual bath and body luxuries such as those created by Fat And The Moon, Nevada City herbalists, who create handmade products designed to nurture, heal and bring out the inherent beauty not only the physical self but the inner spirit as well.
Humboldt Hands offers a uniquely gentle and earth-friendly way to clean hard working gardener's hands without resorting to the traditional pumice soaps of the past. These soaps are totally local, crafted with the milk from the family's north coast goat dairy.
Looking for a unique fashion statement? Consider venturing into the creativity of Indigo & Shibori natural indigo dye kits that let you create your own ikat style fabrics … or you can purchase the seeds to grow natural dyes in your own garden. And check out the fashions by Serpent & Bow, which are dyed with fresh Sonoma County marigold blossoms for a rich, mustard color.
You'll also find artistic jewelry from local metalsmiths such as Amanda Hunt, and the stunning fiber jewelry of Zelma Rose. And as a final touch, why not give yourself a bouquet of seasonal, local, and beautifully arranged flowers?
Take a quick trip to the New York fashion scene, via owner and designer Andrea Kenner. While she has been in the fashion industry for years, this year she is debuting her own in-house designs, in addition to the many international designers she showcases in her store.
Names to look for? Start with the very popular Uashmama (pronounced 'wash mama'), who creates accessories in paper that look and feel like leather – such as glimmering metallic wallets and totes. And there are brands that have a positively cult following: Ace and Jig, Black Crane, Ulla Johnson, and Rachel Comey just to name a few.
Easy to pack, standout styles include Iwona Ludyga modern beadwork jewelry, or SOKO silver and brass jewelry by artisans in Africa. Wearable art scarves abound, in wool, cotton, silk and cashmere to layer or simply wear as a generous wrap on chilly nights. And check out their lightweight cashmere sweaters from Line and Duffy, which are packable and the perfect addition to cool evenings or a day at the coast.
For equal opportunity standout style for guys, peruse Closed's chinos, and classic shirts for him by Frank and Eileen. Before you leave, be sure to introduce your nose to the samples of small batch artisan fragrances for men and women by MCMC. You won't be disappointed.