Real talk: I've never been to California, so, yes, what am I doing with my life? I've come very close, traveling to Vegas twice a year for tradeshows, but we all know Vegas doesn't come close to resembling anything other than Vegas. Anywho, I am lucky to be able to live vicariously through a few retailers in California that carry my jewels. Enter Pepper Place Design in Scotts Valley, California.
Pepper Place Design is the brainchild of Amy Burgoyne, a multi-talented creative who makes the gorgeous leather bags (this tote is definitely one of my favorites). She also owns a retail boutique and I'm lucky enough to have jewels in her shop! She recently launched a stunning lookbook and our pieces made a few appearances, which absolutely made my day.
Check out all here work here, pop in her shop if you're one of the lucky ones in Cali (just kidding, Atlanta, I love you too), and enjoy! This poncho from her site just made it to the top of my wish list for Fall (too perfect!).
I do love my local ATL retailers for a whole slew of reasons. As I currently work alone most days, it is imperative I put down the tools, walk away from my computer, and get some fresh air a few times a week (of course, beyond the daily trips to the Post Office). The best excuse for all this is to visit one of my retailers to restock jewelry or hand-deliver an order. I always look forward to these mornings or afternoons when I can escape for a few hours and enjoy a nice drive and quality time in these stores.
Young Blood in Virginia Highlands is one of my favorite stores to pop into, as YB is the epitome of modern, clean, and minimalist with a very carefully curated store, making any purchase from their shop a definite winner. They have the most gorgeous store plants as well, and I almost always splurge on a little something for myself when I get time to visit the shop (today's indulgence was a delicious bar of milk chocolate). I highly recommend popping into YB next time you're swinging through Virginia Highlands: you're bound to find lots of treasures, lots of C&L, and the best cupcake shop three doors down. (Fun fact: I sold cupcakes at that bakery for a few years during graduate school. It was the most delicious job!).
First two images c/o Young Blood