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Windsor Charity Polo

In some ways, Florida feels a million miles away from California but in others, it feels just like home. My rendezvous in this palm tree and sea breeze paradise kicked off with the Windsor Charity Polo Cup in Vero Beach, Florida, one of our favorite events. Co-chaired by the Honorable Hilary M. Weston and Salvatore Ferragamo, Windsor is recognized as a premier charity polo match of the season, featuring top-level international play and, of course, incomparable style. There is a wonderful familiarity with our friends and customers here and, this year, we were thrilled to have our new luxury canvas logo tote as the featured VIP bag of the event. We were pleased to assist in raising money for The...

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2017: Reflecting

2017 was a powerful, dynamic year.  We weathered fires in California and the Northwest, floods in Houston and the Southeast and massive political storms in D.C. and throughout our country.  The forces that be certainly were efficacious in keeping us on our toes!  With each challenge surmounted, we amass strength to rise above what lies ahead. Personally, in my own journey as an entrepreneur and single mom, I have learned to be adaptive and the word "pivot" is status quo and has been for a few years.  I have learned not to sweat the small things, but I am grateful for the big and the tiny. In looking back on 2017, I'm proud of our small team and grateful of our...

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Entertaining in Season

Throughout my childhood in the South, the change of seasons was always punctuated by what was being harvested in the garden and the choice of fresh seafood and wild game available in certain months. Hence, any time the weather begins to change, it triggers many memories and aromas of gathering, cooking, and celebrating with family and friends in cadence with the season. This time of year is one of my favorite times for cooking as I have frozen end of summer tomato and pepper harvests and have gathered exciting West Coast fall favorites such as figs, persimmons, pomegranates, nuts, and avocados. Our proximity to the wine country and Napa, Sonoma, and Marin cheeses and wines gives our menu perfect and beautiful local...

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Alpaca: Peru's Fabulous Fiber

As a brand founded on an enchantment with horses and the lifestyle surrounding them, there is another animal that figures prominently in Stick & Ball's inspiration and collection: the alpaca. Since our inception in 2011, all of our luxury knit and woven products - ponchos, throws, and pillows - are made with 100% pure baby alpaca, a natural fiber gaining prominence in the fashion industry for its incredible attributes and sustainability. [powr-multi-slider id=0ab9c488_1509639097] Baby alpaca refers to the soft fleece carefully shorn from the underside of the animal's neck (not the age of the alpaca) and the fineness of the fiber - in technical terms, a diameter of 21 - 23 microns. In Peru, home to an estimated 3 million alpacas, it is said...

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Coast & Ranch: Polo in Santa Barbara

I was over the moon when the invitation came earlier this year from Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club to participate in their final matches and festivities of the 2017 polo season. What a perfect grand finale to our packed summer of pop up shops in amazing destinations, such as Jackson, Aspen, Vancouver, Portland, the Hamptons, and Greenwich! And then suddenly, with the blink of an eye and whirlwind of a summer, it was time to head south. [powr-multi-slider id=aebdd2a7_1508363872]The evening before my trip, I received an invitation from Meghan Gracida to join her and her husband Memo Gracida on my way down to "stick & ball" in Santa Ynez at sunset. Stick & Ball, as you know is our...

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