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New store in Brookings, OR !!

Hello friends, I have some exciting news!   I am opening a new shop in my hometown of Brookings, on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast. When, you ask?   Wednesday, July 27th !!!! I realize I am a little late to announcing - I have been busy putting the most beautiful shop together! It has been a lovely experience with a great support team  in Brookings.  Mostly my family - from my partner doing a ton of the on site construction work, my dad and brother offering redwood boards and alder poles from their wood shop, my sis and her kids helping with a deep clean, as well as my mom supplying the plants you see! I am loving being...

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Lei day

Lei Day began in 1928. It is celebrated state wide  with parades, coronation courts, flowers woven into colorful garland lei's, beautiful dances and the sounds of Hawaiian music. Lei Day is the holiday honoring the spirit of Aloha. And another chance to wear these pretty dresses!   A Lei is given to show friendship, appreciation and respect.   They bestow blessing and  honor.    We have a beautiful variety of dresses  perfect for this lei day!

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Tiare Hawaii Dresses

I am continually inspired by the beauty of Hawaii . Each season presents a dazzling landscape perfect for inspiration. From the emerald-green mountains, teal ocean water, to the bright blue skies, Kauai has its own special glow.  Whether you are in Hawaii or just want to feel like it, we are stocking the store with island style pieces you are sure to love.    One of our favorite sundress lines is back in the shop! I am excited to tell you a little bit about this Hawaii based brand, Tiare Hawaii.   Tiare Hawaii was founded in Hawaii in 2011 by Jane Hoskins.  Inspired by the beauty of nature and the immersive experience of travel to create their colors. All...

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COR

Hi there! We are starting a seris of blogs that will be focused on the individual stories of the local artisans we work with at a.ell!  First on the list, we'd like to introduce Caitlin Ross Odom. She has been working with a.ell since we opened in 2009!  She is an amazing jeweler who makes all of her pieces by hand using shells and sea glass found on sandy beaches! Caitlin started collecting her first sunrise shells and sea glass pieces on the beautiful beaches of Kauai, in 2000. She found these gorgeous shells to have a very high vibration and tended to bring lots of joy to her customers. Each sunrise shell is unique, having its own scallop and color. These...

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Bamboo leggings for every day!

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Life in the rural Northwest requires clothing that is comfortable, layerable and adventure-ready. I confess that I, fashion designer, wear leggings at least 6 days a week. Bamboo is supremely soft and breathable‚ÄĒ perfect for all day and into the evening. This remarkable fabric has a lightweight luxe feel that can elevate your mood and add warmth and color to a classy outfit, or¬†accompany you into the rugged outdoors. I‚Äôve designed these with a nonbinding waistband so they hug the body without cutting or compressing. Whether I am out chopping wood, foraging for mushrooms, in an online yoga class, or in the work studio sewing...

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