DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
This Mill Valley boutique features everything from high-end designer labels to never-before-worn Lululemon workout clothes. Coveted finds like vintage Chanel and Hermes purses are also known to be spotted here, so look for the 20 percent off sales and make your sartorial dreams a reality. 448 Miller Ave, 415.388.7773
In business since 1967, Encore has been keeping San Rafael stylish for decades. Currently run by mother-daughter duo Linda and Sarah, the store offers fine and costume jewelry, evening gowns, handbags and more, all selected by the vetted clothing connoisseurs. Stop by and find the likes of Burberry, Valentino, and YSL, along with other surprises. 11 Mary St, encoreconsignment.com
Serving Corte Madera and beyond for more than 20 years, Swan Dive carries an assortment of fine labels like Etro, Tory Burch, and Chloe, to name a few. If you’re consigning your own clothes, the store offers a 50/50 split for your items when they sell — money that can easily be applied to whatever gems you unearth there. 1 First St, swandivestyle.com
WHAT POPPY WANTS
Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Prada are only some of the labels that make frequent appearances in this Larkspur boutique. Not a ball gown kinda gal? Check out the ample cowboy boot collection. Not a gal? What Poppy Wants also carries men’s clothing, as well as gift certificates. 1106 Magnolia Ave, whatpoppywants.com
Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.