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A Silicon Valley techie re-engineers high heels + more local style scoop

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The new made-in-Italy footwear from Elizée may just inspire you to swap your Birks for stilettos (at least for an evening).

Plus, Shira Gill's Minimalista will help you spruce up your space in no time and Sonoma Valley's Abbot's Passage Winery & Mercantile is a must for sips and shopping.


Not a heels person? Elizée may be the brand to change your toes.

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Yes, they're comfortable—and handmade in Italy. Off to a good start. Launched this summer by Erika Carrero, Elizée is a gorgeous curated collection of pumps, sandals, and booties with exquisite detailing. The former Silicon Valley tech CFO ditched the boardroom to focus on creating sky-high heels. However, she didn't give up her reliance on stellar engineers; in this case, they were responsible for providing the all-day comfort.

The brand's secret weapon is its plush contour insole. Developed with podiatrists, it combines layers of memory foam and gel cushioning that reduces pressure in the forefoot, absorbs impact, and provides major comfort and stability. Each style is handcrafted of Italian leather in a family-run artisanal factory outside of Milan.

Let's all step out of our comfort zone—Fiorella, we're coming for you.

// Prices range from $400 to $600, shop online at elizeeshoes.com.

Shira Gill's 'Minimalista' is the book you need to get your home in order.

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Berkeley design expert, profesh organizer, and life coach Shira Gill funneled her 10 years of experience, knowledge, and signature decluttering process into her first book, Minimalista. Coming out this fall, it provides easy and fun tips to organize the rooms in your home, while also promoting sustainability.

Over the years, Gill has worked with scores of clients including A-listers, students, and everyone in between. She's been featured in Real Simple, InStyle, Sunset, and Gwynnie's Goop newsletter, among others. In our humble opinion, the best part of the book: Gill's advice is golden no matter the size of your budget or space. Her five key steps include: clarify, edit, organize, elevate, and maintain. And she doesn't care if you start with a room or a drawer…just start. Umm, Marie Kondo, you may want to watch your back.

// Preorder your copy at shiragill.com

Sonoma's Abbot's Passage combines our favorite things: yum wines ​​and ​​shopping.

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Katie Bundschu is our kind of gal. She's a sixth generation vintner (Gundlach Bundschu), totally down-to-earth, and did things her way when opening Abbot's Passage Winery & Mercantile in the heart of Glen Ellen. Long story short, AP, which officially opened this summer, feature wines that are mostly Rhone-focused, exploratory blends showcasing grapes from storied and lesser known vineyard sites in Sonoma County and beyond. (We can't get enough of the 2020 Sightline.) Along with guest tastings and bottle service at field tables set in the 100-year-old vines (stunning!), you can play shuffleboard and just chill on the Adirondack chairs.

But we're most excited about the mercantile part of the winery. Bundschu herself selects all the pieces with an eye on supporting female-owned businesses. The well-edited shop is filled with just the right amount of jewelry, accessories, housewares, art and more so as not to distract from the next pour. On our recent visit, we picked up a few of these gorge (and inexpensive) beaded glasses and fell head over wrists for Meghan Bo's beaded bracelets and several Farmhouse Pottery ceramics including this pitcher. A little buzzed shopping never hurt anyone, right?

// 777 Madrone Road, (Glen Ellen), abbotspassage.com

Why yes, Baggu, we'd love to go shopping with Snoopy, Sally and Peppermint Patty.

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We are beyond thrilled with the SF bag-maker's latest collab and collection, Take Care with Peanuts. Indeed, the gang's all here—including our faves Marcie and Schroeder—popping off Baggu's popular reusable totes and pouches. Along with brightening our ho-hum shopping trips, the M.O. behind the collab is to remind us all to "pause, appreciate ourselves, those around us, and this place we call home." Aww.

There are four different prints in vibrant colors. We love you, Charlie Brown.

// Prices range from $10 for a Baby Baggu to $34 for a set of three zippered pouches; shop online at baggu.com.


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