Comforts of Home ~ Lenceria Boutique

May 1, 2012

By Rhea Cortado

Every time I go home to Santa Cruz I have to get a raspberry napoleon at the locally famous Gayle’s Bakery . The crust is slim, airy and flakey and in just the right ratio proportions in relationship to the raspberry and whipped cream filling. Other napoleon’s will be an acceptable fix but will never be the same. I tried to take one home to L.A. in a cooler to share, but they never make the drive back. “All that butter in the crust, the melting whipped cream, it won’t keep right? We should eat it. We must eat it. Now. We cannot risk it spoiling and poisoning our guests.

Gayles-Bakery-raspberry-napoleon Yummy
Juliana Correa is lucky that her favorite things to share from her home in Colombia are not perishable goods. Her new swim and lingerie boutique, Lencería in West Hollywood imports all of her favorite Colombian and Latin American designers and brands that she grew up wearing or discovered during recent visits back (Amulette, Maaji, Agua Bendita, Touché and Saha are a few). Because she chose every piece, she can tell you a little biographical story and also some factoids about Colombia, while brewing an espresso. And offering sweet treat cookie or candy. Those can easily travel.

Juliana Correa, owner of Lenceria Boutique 

To read a little bit more about Lencería, see the story in California Apparel News







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As a contributor covering the swimwear world for Lingerie Briefs, Rhea Cortado feels like she’s living in an endless summer. Rhea has covered the lingerie market, emerging designers, events and trade shows for the trade newspaper California Apparel News for more than six years. On top of having vast professional expertise of the subject areas, she is a truly, madly, deeply obsessed fanatic for lingerie and swimwear because both have transformative powers to put the wearer in a escapism and vacation state of mind. She has written for a variety of publications such as Transworld Business magazine, AlmaSurf Brazil, Surfgirl Magazine UK,, Tu Ciudad Los Angeles and Audrey Magazine. Her personal blog, The Surftorialist is a passion project about all things she loves about surfing, people who have cool surfy style and make cool surfy things.