Albany Shop Rises & Shines

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With the holidays upon us, there are two things circling people’s minds: gift shopping, and how to stay calm during the festive but hectic holiday season. Morningtide, a lifestyle shop in Albany, both inspires and anticipates these impulses.

The store is the passion project of Lisa Fontaine and Lisa Jackson. Located off lower Solano Avenue, the owners describe Morningtide as “minimal, modern, a little bohemian and functional with the ease of a lifestyle along the coast.”

This coastal lifestyle isn’t Santa Cruz sporty-surfy or Venice Beach glam-boho — it’s an ode to the Northern California-raised owners’ grounded, refined aesthetic.

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Maximized: The Dress Edition

Here's the thing about maxi dresses: They are throw-on casual, but can also be elegantly romantic. They are accessory ready, or not. Depending on your desired look, you can pile on the funky jewels and fedora or keep it minimal and wear one with your finest jewelry. And all you petites out there, don't believe the rumors—you too can wear a maxi dress. Because they trim your ankles they actually elongate your silhouette. You can wear one with a pair of Salerno Sandal wedges for an elevated outfit.

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