OCEAN GROVE, NJ — For Serenity by the Sea owner Sarah Taylor Izzo, her Tulles4Love campaign is close to her heart. She creates tutus for anyone who wants to donate one to a girl in a local hospital.

“And every little gal loves to dance and swirl and twirl, and wear one. But some are fighting something also … in hospitals,” said Izzo. “You can donate a tutu or two, to a child. The cost basically covers my time to make them.

The cost for each tutu is $25, and Izzo will personally deliver them to hospitalized children. She also creates Cosmic Capes, “so kids know the ‘universe has their back.’”  

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Izzo is widely known for her line of “tutus with attitude,” which are on display at her Ocean Grove shop at 53 Main Avenue or can be custom ordered. “I have been creating amazing and awesome tutus for over 14 years now, and I still get as excited to start another one,” said Izzo, adding that the tutus can also be worn by pets.

Starting with tulle in a rainbow of colors, she creates one-of-a-kind tutus embellished with silk florals, silk ribbons, beading and embroidery.

Serenity by the Sea is Izzo’s “little shop of wonder,” where it’s always about creating beautiful things and introducing specialty merchandise that includes handcrafted and fair trade treasures, one-of-a-kind artwork, bamboo fabric clothing and eco-friendly merchandise, and personal care items to relieve stress and promote relaxation.

In addition to her tutus, Izzo also designs hotholders and other home textiles, bracelets, affirmation art that are on display at her colorful boutique, which abounds in both creativity and diversity with offerings that are inspirational, funky, whimsical and zenfull.

And to enhance its “good vibes and power of positivity,” Izzo begins every weekend with Fresh Flower Friday, offering blooms of the season.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find at this beautiful little gem at the Jersey Shore.

  • Unique Finds for Any Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Treasures from Around the World
  • Bamboo Fabric Clothing and Other Eco-Friendly Items
  • Custom-Designed Hotholders and Potholders
  • Bracelets, Beads and Baubles
  • One-of-a-Kind Tutus for All Ages … and Pets Too.
  • Gems from the Sea
  • Scented Soy Candles, Luxury Spa Items and Soaps
  • Yoga-Inspired Items
  • Handcrafted Home Décor and Wall Art
  • Hostess Gifts and Custom Gift Baskets

Serenity by the Sea is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday Wednesday,Thursday  and Saturday, 11 to 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to confirm hours, visit its Facebook page, or call 973-699-1760.

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