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The Weekly "Six"

Posted on: Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summertime Summertime Sum Sum Sumertime! Doris, Gidget, and Annette have left behind a few little beauties!

We're having a "love story" with our summer collection.
The gold/white vintage beach shorts (pictured above left) have already found a new home and reworn perfectly! Check them out on The Little Deer.

More Good Stuff

Posted on: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

So many times we need to explain to our kids about how it was in 'our day'. Like how the phone was connected to the wall and how we had to get up to change the channels...stuff like that. Luckily we don't have to explain how we would get in our feety pajamas, grab our pillows, and claim our space in the Vista Cruiser! San Luis is one of the very few towns that still have a drive-in. This night there was two equally good movies playing, so we grabbed the essentials and and off we went.

One thing we do need to explain is how speaker boxes were attached to these posts...5

and back in our day there were swings, now there are video games...

Hidden Treasure: Bella Pops, by Kim

Summer has officially arrived and it is oh, so, good. So excited to share another hidden treasure around these parts with you...and at the perfect time nonetheless. Summer? Popsicles? Perfect! Take it away Kim!

(image via vintage fine art prints)

The other day when I was in Staples, I forget what I went in to get….not uncommon for me lately. Fortunately I ran into Chris Anderson, and she showed me her really cute flyer she was having made up for her new company Bella Pops. This made me so happy; I didn’t mind forgetting why I was there.

The thought of popsicles reminds me of when I was a little girl. My friend Barbara lived 3 blocks up from me on Sunset Drive, in the summer her brothers sold popsicles out of the garage. It was a long walk, uphill the entire way. But it was well worth it, because in their freezer they had a multitude of flavored popsicles to choose from.

The Bella Pops that Chris makes are more sophisticated then the popsicles of my childhood; her pops are true healthful frozen gourmet treats. Made from fresh fruit, pure cane sugar, natural flavorings & fresh herbs. No artificial anything! Such a great idea! Of course I had to invite myself over to try a few. When it comes to food, I am not shy.

On the menu for our tasting were 3 of the many flavors to choose from.

  • Strawberry/Basil: I loved the addition of the cinnamon basil; maybe because it made it seem just a little more of a grown-up treat.
  • Meyer Lemon: Perfect balance of sweet & tart, and a touch of lemon zest for added flavor, I could eat about 6 of these…no kidding. I didn’t, but would have if there was nobody around to watch me.
  • Chocolate /Orange: Decadent for sure, No cream, but the texture is smooth and the rich dark chocolate flavor was offset perfectly with the orange, it’s flecked with zest of orange too. Far too rich to eat more then 1

I was not able to choose a favorite, but it was between the Meyer Lemon and the Chocolate Orange, both were too good to say one was better then the other. I am also anxiously waiting the fresh watermelon pop that is in the works too!

Popsicles make me smile. Memories of sitting on the curbside in front of Barbara’s house, on a hot summer day, enjoying a popsicle and giggling as we watched the older neighborhood girls come by and flirt with the brothers.

Bella Pops are available at the Pismo Pier Farmers Market Wed 3-6pm

For your special event, wedding or party. Call and make a tasting appointment.

Delivery and non-electric freezer containers are available.

Bella Pops

Handcrafted Frozen Pops

(805) 781-0827


Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2011

We love our location, it's off the beaten path. We are located off the 101 just right outside of 'downtown'. We like to call our area Slo Ho. Recently, we had a lovely customer that is 90 years old, born and raised in San Luis, tell us that she had never heard of Walker St....not promising in our book.


Some people say that they use Walker as a 'short cut' to avoid a few lights on Higuera. We are one buisness among many in this area, we are all locally owned, there is plenty of parking, and have regular customers that keep us company. We are in the parking lot of Quality Fabrics, down the street from Ben Franklins sandwich shop, and we would love to meet and greet you!


One more time, we are now open on Fridays also, and if you see the doors open during our non-regular hours, come on in, you are certainly welcome!

As one of us says, we love Slo Ho, because we don't have downtown manners!

What's Not to Love! Part II.

How did you like part one of the house tour? You've seen the beauty of most of the space but I wanted to share images of the little private area off to the side of the house that could easily be's a little garden and most definitely a labor of love. Here is a peek at the secret garden!


Speaking of gardens, the garden in the movie "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep was a favorite of mine, remember it? It was a perfect combination of kitchen garden and cutting garden. Another favorite was Tasha Tudors. I know she passed a few years ago, but does anyone know what became of her property? Gardens are like anything else, it doesn't matter how large or small they are, it's about the love that is put into it and the energy that it brings to us.

What's Not to Love! Part I.

Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2011

We are so lucky to have THE most amazing, talented people come through our doors. Lucky for you, we talked one of them into letting us take a few pictures of her open, warm and beautiful surroundings.


One of the many things we love about this space is that it is a perfect example of modern, vintage and current styles.


Another is COLOR! Color on the pillows, walls, on vases and art, it's a breath of fresh air.


Another favorite, that I am so envious of, are the floor to ceiling french doors that invite the inside out and the outside in.


This husband/wife team has endless amounts of food, wine & entertaining talents so this outdoor kitchen is used to its potential.


Stay tuned for part II!

Three Wise Guys

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2011

From time to time we all need inspiration. Usually we go looking for it, and sometimes, it finds us. In the last couple of weeks, inspiration found me.

I wouldn't say that I'm a huge Oprah fan, although I am a fan. Knowing that Oprah's stint was coming to an end, I tuned in to the last few weeks of her show...she is Oprah after all. I was hit with inspiration from her.

(Image via Cohabitaire)

This inspiration was from a poster that hung in Oprah's dressing room which had been given to her by a guest she interviewed, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr. Taylor wrote a book after suffering a stroke that affected the left side of her brain. The poster simply said "take responsibility for the energy that you bring into this space". Simply taking responsibility for your life, the energy you create for yourself and the energy that you bring to others...brilliant and something to be more aware of!


The second stream of inspiration hit during the Ralph Lauren interview (of course). Oprah seemed as in awe of the man as some of us are here at Ruby Rose. She asked him how he went about creating his image and how it came about. His response was profound. Something to the like of, "It wasn't something I created, it was and is the way I live my life and you always need to keep a clear vision of it."

I was also moved by the a film I finally got a chance to rent--180° South. It had been on my must-watch list for some time.

I love love loved the movie. Besides Ralph, Mary Randolph, Chanel etc., I have always admired Yvon Chouinard and all that he has accomplished. His clear vision and the way he lives his life is something to aspire to. Written on the front of the movie, his quote was "the adventure begins when things go wrong'". So true, on many levels. How many memories are made up from a perfectly planned and executed trip?

So, it has been a good couple of weeks. I was flooded with inspiration by a few words of wisdom from a couple of my favorite people. These words are not just simply words but words that these people live by, and I will now do the same. Inspiration found me then, where will I find it this next?

The Father's Day Weekly Six

Posted on: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What should you get him? We have options!

Was he an athletic dude?

Did he bowl in his day?

Do you want to let him know how much he measures up?IMG_1003

Does his tools need organizing?IMG_1031

Does he like to paint, draw, or doodle?

Does he feel he needs to be heard?

We've got you covered!

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