La mer est très belle

19761323_1712227428805409_6975251794666455040_n.jpg“Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.” – John Steinbeck

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Mermaid Keychain

“When something like a black cloud passed between her and them, she knew that it was either a whale swimming over her head, or a ship full of human beings, who never imagined that a pretty little mermaid was standing beneath them, holding out her white hands towards the keel of their ship.”

The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen

These Tibetan silver mermaid keychains measure approximately 4.25″ in height (key ring included) and approximately 1.5″ in width. We offer two add-on Tibetan silver charms: anchors and starfish. #oc #california #laguna

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Spring at Crystal Cove

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“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” – Native American Proverb

Happy first day of spring, y’all! We celebrated the changing of the seasons at Crystal Cove Beach and Historic District. They are currently featuring en plein air paintings by local artists. This charming beachside village has an eclectic and fun past. People used to camp every summer on the beaches when Pacific Coast Highway was completed in 1926, connecting Corona del Mar to Laguna Beach. These days, you can rent a historic cottage. You can enjoy local dining options such as The Beachcomber and Ruby’s Shake Shack. Don’t forget to shop small at The Store at Crystal Cove. Their proceeds benefit the local alliance that preserves the land and educates the public.

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Sawdust Art & Craft Festival

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The annual Sawdust Art & Craft Festival in Laguna Beach, California is a highly anticipated summer experience. It ends on August 30th, so don’t miss an opportunity to meet over 200 local artisans and buy their designs in person. You will want to go back multiple times. This artist village in Laguna has a refreshing environment between the canyon and beach breeze. Sawdust is spread throughout the grounds and it reminds you that woodworking has been done for this year’s creations. We wore our favorite Chisme Chick leather and handcrafted bracelets. This year, we met new artists and saw some incredible glass blowing demonstrations.

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We participated in a pastel workshop and took this photo of our still life arrangement. There was a small bug (featured in this photo) hiding in the vase and watched us add each stroke on the piece of paper.

Be sure to try the on grounds café where they have delicious coffee and desserts. You’ll enjoy the sounds of live music throughout the festival. They also host the Winter Fantasy starting on November 21st-December 20th with many of the same artisans. Be sure to stop by and purchase unique gifts.

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Flappers

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Flappers challenged social standards with their short, bobbed hair and their new fashion sense. The roaring 1920s ushered public bathing practices. The historic Pavilion in Newport Beach, California, was built in 1906. It was designed as a bathing house for individuals to change into their beach attire.
The beach culture developed with more revealing swimsuits. Nationwide, police often cited women without conservative standards. Yet, these women created a more relaxed, anti-corset look that influenced women’s everyday style.
This photo was taken on June 20, 1920 for the Bathing Girl Parade at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach, California.
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Sobeca Festival

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The #SobecaFestival in #CostaMesa had so many charming gifts and delicious food. We love our @flower_child_hair braids. These hair accessories can be worn also as headbands. We’ll definitely be wearing them to the #beach! #spring

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Seaside Necklaces

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“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.”
-Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

As California based artisans, these seaside necklaces with dainty charms capture SoCal beauty. The small glass bottles can store sand from your favorite beach. We recommend adding small seashells as well. The necklace chains are silver and gold plated. They range from 18″-26″. It is part of our Things We Love Collection.

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World Book Day

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We are celebrating World Book Day. In the words of C. S. Lewis, “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

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