Tuesday, December 24, 2013


One of my very favorite stores in
Los Angeles is SPOTThis is a unique
pet boutique that offers just about
everything you and your four
legged friends want or needs.
                         Christmas presents galore
for every doggy in the house. 
You might need to bring them in so
they can pick out something themselves.
We have a entire drawer in our kitchen
for Zoe's treats. 
Great staff, always smiling and
you know they love what they do.

This is not just a pet store.  They
have formed a non-profit pet rescue
organization called SAVING SPOT .
Rescue animals are safely sheltered
here at Spot until they can find
their forever home.
In the store they have this board
with pictures of all the available dogs.
and like them on facebook.  You will
get posts of the most adorable
dogs that you can adopt or share
with someone who needs the love
of a four legged friend.  We all need that.
They also post pictures of the success
stories. A sure way to warm the heart.

This is little Susy who stold my heart.
We promised Zoe when we got her
that we would stay a one dog household.
I was very happy the day Susy foung her
new family.
Grooming is very important and
SPOT provides a stress free
environment.  The number of pets
in the salon at any time is limited.

Like I said in the beginning, they offer
just about everything.  Day Camp is
supervised by camp counselors who have
been trained by one of LA's most
respected dog trainers, Michael Chill.
We actually went to his classed when
we first got Zoe, and I learned alot.
Sometime after the first of the
year they will also have a in house vet.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas,
if your walking on two, three or four legs.
534 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90048
310 275 2820

Friday, December 20, 2013


North of Los Angeles before you get to
Santa Barbara there is the charming
town of Carpinteria.  I stopped in to see
my friend Susan of SUSAN WILLIS LTD.
and share her store.

There is a wide array of gift items for
everyone on your list.


Susan also carries home accessories
and offers interior design services.

A few miles north is the tiny seaside town
of Summerland. Their small main street
is dotted with many antique stores but
my very favorite is RUE DE LILLIE. 

 Housed in a bungalow over looking the
Pacific Ocean is a treasure trove of
antiques that Fran has acquired
on her numerous European buying
trips.  There is a nice mix of new as well.


Also in Carpinteria is PORCH, where
shelter and nature converge.


Diana and Christie share a passion
for eco-friendly products inspired by nature.

Feed your soul...buy what you love.
Susan Willis Ltd.
4488 Carpinteria Ave.
Carpinteria, Ca. 93013
805 684 5085
Rue De Lillie
2496 Lillie Ave.
Summerland, Ca. 93067
805 695 8180
3823 Santa Claus Lane
Carpinteria, Ca. 93013
805 684 0300