Monday, June 22, 2015

A Few of Our Favorite (Vintage) Things

Faux fur and fabulous, Katrina in an Ocean Heir find

Lovely Katrina looking fabulous in one of our great vintage coats.  This one went home with Katrina, but we have plenty more estate finds to share and here are a few of our current favorites:

Our current Cinderella item. . . Many will try, but only one will it fit.  These fantastic, petite little boots are it now.  Want to be the queen of the ball?  Drop   by and give these a try.

The Heiress-in-Chief brought home theses charming children's books from her last picking trip.  We love the sweet illustrations and the colorful lithography.

We have vintage bags by the cartload.  Whether you are hoping to find a classic black clutch, or super glam rockin' tote, there's  something for everyone.

Very sleek and Seventies, this ironwood shark is perfect for any retro beach house.

Have something special to consign?  Give us a call at (805) 909-9022 and arrange an appointment.  We always have room for more cool stuff!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Father's Day, June 21, 2015

Okay, so you might think that  Ocean Heir is too girly to have great Father's Day gifts.  You would be so wrong.  There is plenty here to tickle the Dad's fancy,  starting with a terrific selection of unique and letterpress cards:

We also have tons of Dad-friendly books on subjects ranging from natural history and philosophy to bar guides and car culture.  If Dad is a reader there is something here to interest him:

What about a t-shirt?  True, men's clothing is not really our specialty, but we do have the wine drinker and VW bug t-shirts, and where else are you going to find that great Kraken t-shirt?

There's also tons of miscellany:  paperweights, bottle openers, matches, drinking flasks, to name just a few things. 

And let's not forget our collection of vintage and consignment items.  How about a selection of classic vinyl LP's, maybe that fabulous cocktail set, something from our collection of 60's camping gear, or perhaps some swinging 70's wall art for the man cave?  

Whatever gift you choose, all the Heiresses would like to wish all the Father's out there the best day ever!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Few of our Favorite Things- June 3, 2015

 Well, the Heiress-in-Chief has been out shopping again.  The store is chock full of all kinds of goodies just right for Spring and Summer.  I thought this might be a nice time to feature a few of our favorites:

All natural fibers, fun and flirty
 This cheerful little dress has been a favorite with us Heiresses since it arrived, in fact, several guests  loved it so much they wore it right out of the store!  Light and gauzy, it has an easy fit that works for many figure types.  It looks adorable as is with flip flops or sandals, or you can wear it over leggings, or even jeans.  And when that afternoon breeze kicks up, a sweet denim jacket, cardigan, or shrug will keep out the chill in style.

A great topper!
Need a dash of sophistication for a bland outfit?  This little red jacket should do the job.  Over a pair of palazzo pants with a simple t-shirt, a simple comfy and casual outfit turns sleek and eclectic.  Its made of an easy easy care vegan material, and the extra seaming and cut of this jacket really define and flatter the waistline.  

A favorite, fully stocked

Most of you regulars are familiar with these great cross-body saddlebag purses.  They are made of a durable vegan leather material ("I can't believe its not leather!" , we hear that all the time). There's an adjustable strap, and an anchored inner bag that can be unsnapped and carried as a clutch.  We are lucky to have lots of fun colors in stock now, so come on by and take a look.

Fabulous and brand new

These great ceramic bracelets are brand new to the store.  The bulky beads and unique glazes make for an eye-catching accessory.  Wear one, or stack several, no two are exactly alike.  And, they are strung on an elasticized cord for easy on and easy off.  We have coordinating necklaces and earrings too!

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Kraken

de Montfort 1801

Ah, the Kraken.  Our t-shirts featuring an image inspired by the pen and wash work of Pierre Denys de Montfort  (above, "Colossal Octopus" based on accounts of an attack on a French ship off the coast of Angola) are favored by Heiresses and  guests alike.  Just in time for Father's Day, we have these awesome shirts available in men's sizes. A gift without a story is just a shirt in a box, so here is the scoop on the Kraken:

What was Liam thinking?

 In Clash of the Titans  chief of the Greek gods, Zeus, utters one of the most spoofed lines of dialog in movie history.  Melodramatic, yes, also ridiculous because the Kraken is a Scandinavian myth.  Dating back to the 13th century, the Kraken is first mentioned in a charmingly bizarre  text called the Konungs Skuggsja (circa 1250, "The King's Mirror,"), and again in an Icelandic Saga, the Orvar-Oddr (circa 1270, then called the Hafgufa, or Sea Mist).  It was thought to be so huge it could be mistaken for an island.  It could bring down full sized ships by grabbing hold with a tentacle, or  by sucking them down in the enormous whirlpool it could create.  In Norwegian/Dutch the word means "unhealthy animal," or, "something twisted."

Erik Pontoppidan- Bishop of Bergen, Cryptozoologist

Early on, the Kraken was thought to be sort of crab-like in appearance, based mostly on guess work (like the blind men and the elephant). In 1735 Carolus Linnaeus ("father of modern taxonomy") classified the Kraken as a cephalopod in the first edition of his Systema Naturae.  In 1752 Erik Pontoppidan, a man of varied interests, published his "Natural History of Norway," in which he wrote extensively about the Kraken.  He described it as  round and flat, full of branches, and as large as an island.  The ability to attract fish with its own excrement, a penchant for coloring surrounding waters, and turning them thick and turbid, are among the attributes he ascribed to it.  Some of his assertions may have seemed a wee bit fanciful, but he may not have been all that far off.

Our prime suspect

In Mari Multa Latent, "In the ocean, many thing are hidden."  Today, we believe the Kraken myth is based on encounters with real Giant Squid (a cephalopod, hooray Linnaeus!).  Living specimens are rarely observed, so we know little about them.  The largest modern specimen found measured over 59 feet long and weighed over a ton. We know they have  viscous serrated suction cups and virtually indestructible beaks for tearing apart prey (many many giant squid beaks have been found in sperm whale stomachs completely undigested). 

Apparently, this happens a lot!

In 1965 a Soviet whaler witnessed an epic battle between a giant squid and a sperm whale that ended in a fatal draw.  In the 1930's  one reportedly stalked and repeatedly attacked a Norwegian Naval vessel.  We don't know for sure what the giant squid is capable of,  but some of its cephalopod relatives can propel themselves up to 50 meters in the air, and some can form  psuedomorphs (a type of decoy body) by releasing ink and mucus (thickening and discoloring the water around them, hooray Pontoppidan!).  Oh, and the colossal octopus I mentioned above?  That wasn't just a great adjective, that is a different and larger and more armored species  (fortunately, thought to be quite lazy).  All very scary, all very sea monster-y, and maybe not just a myth after all.  

Available at Ocean Heir!

Friday, May 8, 2015

All Finished!!

We've thrown all caution to the wind, and opened our new space.  The construction is complete (at least all the dangerous stuff), we have bid Cully goodbye (at least for the time being), cleaned up the dust and moved into the brand new space!

The panoramic view

We think it looks pretty darn good too!  There is a little more elbow room for shopping and a little more to choose from.   And best yet, all the things that make Ocean Heir such a fun place to shop are still here, though you may find them in a different place.

Kraken shirts, and candles
Our Kraken shirts and travel tin candles have moved to the center of the new space.

Masks and postcards
Those too-much-fun paper masks and classic black and white post cards are nicely displayed and easy to reach at the back of the sofa between the old and new spaces.


The Free Thinkers table
The likes of Kerouac, Muir, and Steinbeck are stashed in this new corner.  Let's call it our California Free Thinker's section. While you're back there checking out "On the Road" check out our new jewelry display and the dress rack. 

Glamper's Corner
Our camping and outdoor section has rotated one tick counter-clockwise, finding a home in a corner of the back room.

New window, favorite shirts
The ever popular three button cuff shirts are enjoying a place of honor under our brand new window.


The Yummy Armoire
 We found a great space for the food and drink section.  Everything that was stacked in that dark, cramped little back corner is now easily accessible, for your browsing pleasure.  You probably never realized we even had that many cookbooks.

There is a lot more, you just need to come in and see for yourself.  In fact, you are probably going to find stuff you didn't even know we had (it's a bit embarrassing, but we did find some stuff we didn't know we had).  And, worse comes to worse, ask an Heiress (NOW we know where everything is!).

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother's Day, May 10, 2015

 Mother's Day, May 10, 2015, is just around the corner.  We're sure that Ocean Heir has everything you need to pick the perfect bouquet of gifts to please any Mom.  If you're feeling stuck, here are some great ideas:

 1. Cards

 Of course you have to start with a really great card, and we have the best selection.

2.  Accessories

 We have a great collection of accessories.  There are handbags in great shapes and fun colors, and our assortment of scarves ranges from gauzy whimsical prints to soft cozy knits. And hats?  We have hats that can protect Mom from the sun or shield her from the cold.

3. Jewelry

 Whether Mom likes bling, or prefers more subtle jewelry, Ocean Heir has something for every taste.  There are sweet beaded necklaces crocheted on silk cord, trendy wrap bracelets packed with crystals, and plenty of hot turquoise.  And if your Mom likes impact jewelry, don't forget about our collection of LaLou statement pieces.

4.  Small Treasures

If you're looking for that just right little thing to complete your Mother's day bouquet we have plenty a unique gifts to fit the bill. Consider one of our exquisite fragrances, or one of our candles, perhaps a sweet little framed stitchery will be just the thing.  We are here to help, you can always ask and Heiress.

5. Books

What about a great book?  We have a really great selection of all kinds.  Books on architecture, style, glamping, cooking, rock and roll, manners, recreation, and fortune-telling.  If Mom likes to read, you will find something at Ocean Heir.

Oh and there is so much more.  Come on by, see our new space, and let an Heiress help you find the perfect gift for your Mom (you probably owe her).

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pardon Our Dust

Before the wall came down

Gotta have a great hat, roofers at work
Some of you may have noticed the hubbub and construction around the Garden Shed. Ocean Heir is thrilled to be taking over part of the old Deer Run space.  And despite a little noise and a little chaos we have been, and will be open throughout the remodeling process.  (Fans of Deer Run, have no fear, Leslie has taken her gifts and her talent and joined Left Field Gallery in SLO).

converts to a bed, if required
We plan  to expand our selection of cards and books, install a lounge area (you can think of it as the Husband Comfort Station), and just generally give us all a little more elbow room. We think you are going to love it, we're not done yet and we already do! 

These guys did a great job on the new floor!
First, there was the construction shoring up and weather-proofing the space. That went on for several weeks, and parts of  were pretty ugly, dirty and noisy (thanks to the Garden Shed for the property improvements and our neighbors for their patience).  Walls went up, walls came down, concrete was poured (several times), new roof, and, in true Garden Shed tradition, we have a beautiful new mosaic floor transition between the old and new spaces.   

Cully:  Handyman, Magician, Fashion Consultant
Then, our good friend and unparalleled handyman extraordinaire, Cully, handled all the Ocean Heir improvements as deftly as a magician.  He's framed walls, run electrical, installed windows, hung doors, and built new fixtures, everything that needed doing he did.  If that wasn't enough he's been a design consultant, lighting technician, Heiress tamer (sometimes we get a little nervous), and fixed our computer. He knows the difference between a boat neck and a scoop, and he's kept us ahead of schedule.  Cully, if we haven't said it yet, THANK YOU!

The Heiresses have been cleaning, merchandising, and re-fluffing all corners of the store, and of course, the Heiress-in-Chief is personally overseeing every detail.  There are just a few more construction details to button up, but we are very, very close, and should be completely done before the end of April.   Things may have moved around a bit, but it is all still here and an Heiress is always available to help find your favorites.  So come on by and be among the first to check out the new and improved Ocean Heir!