Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love finding new and unique boutiques and vintage stores locally. So, imagine my joy, when I was aimlessly wandering around the “Funk Zone” downtown (going from one wine tasting to another) with a friend – and I literally stumbled upon one of Santa Barbara’s newest vintage boutiques, SilverThorne (located at 22 Anacapa St #3).
Opened in recent months and named for her grandmother who taught her to sew, designer Sarah Farmer has carved out a much needed niche in the Santa Barbara fashion scene. You can find anything from vintage clothing and accessories, Prada & Manolo Blahnik shoes, custom distressed flannels – and my very favorite, Sarah’s beautifully one of a kind design upcycled vintage slip dresses. This truly is a MUST stop for fashion lovers and those seeking unique gifts.
During my visit, I found so many wonderful items to “ooh and ahh” over. There were working vintage telephone purses, custom bridal “bouquets” made from broaches, Prada shoes with eyeballs, UK Doc Martens, vintage swimsuits turned into swim dresses… the list of amazing things to look at is endless. I could have easily spent hours looking through SilverThorne’s collection, however it was getting close to closing time and I had talked poor Sarah’s ear off long enough.
SilverThorne SB without a doubt gets 5/5 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴 for quality, diverse selection, unique finds you won’t get anywhere else, and a welcoming and friendly shopping experience. I highly suggest you run, don’t walk, to check out this eclectic collection of vintage and upcycled art.
Featured on Food Network’s Diners Drive Ins & Dives, Savoy Cafe & Deli (located at 24 W. Figueroa St.) is a favorite of locals who enjoy great tasting high quality quick eats. Whether you are grabbing something to go for lunch or dinner, dining in for breakfast and tea/coffee – you can always be assured that you will be getting something delicious that won’t break your budget.
Tonight after finishing my regular Monday afternoon volunteering with friends, I stopped in looking to pick up something tasty for dinner and a treat for dessert. I decided to get the entree and side dish combo plate and went with the chicken marsala and mashed potatoes. I couldn’t pass on one of their large slices of carrot cake for dessert – eventually I will get into my obsession with carrot cake, but will save that for later entries. For under $20 and in just 10 minutes, I was in and out with my delicious smelling dinner and delectable dessert.
At dinner time, I’m usually in a rush to get home and relax so I often get my meals to go. However, Savoy has a lovely inside and outside dining space – their fancifully lit and decorated patio being my favorite spot to dine for breakfast and lunch. This is also a place one can feel comfortable dining solo, as the clientele and staff are always friendly and if you’re in the mood to strike up a random conversation, one can often be found at the next table.
I can see why this place is a highly rated eatery on tv, travel blogs, and various review sites. I give it 5 out of 5 palm trees 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴 for convenience without sacrificing quality, versatility in menu selection, and having some of the best carrot cake in town!
Hello, and welcome! It was a few weeks ago that I found myself striking up a random conversation with a tourist in lovely downtown Santa Barbara. When I told her that I have lived here my entire life, being the second generation born here, she exclaimed how “amazing it must be to have all the time in the world to explore all this town has to offer!”
I feel a little bad saying this, but it honestly wasn’t until that moment that it truly hit home that yes, I AM very lucky to call America’s Riviera my home! There are so many wonderful and unique characteristics to this town – the people, the food, the crafts, and the general pulse of the town – that make it a highly sought after travel destination for people from all over the world.
So, it was then that I decided to give my personal impression of my town and all that it has to offer. I intend to share as many aspects as possible about the culture, things to do and see for all ages, and the artistic side of the town as well. I will review a new subject, establishment, product, etc each week that to me, represents Santa Barbara.
I so look forward to sharing this beautiful, at times dichotomous, engaging town that I call home with you dear readers in the days and weeks to come.