At the beginning of December, I was invited to an awesome trunk show/sale at The Beat Clothing by stylist Astrid Montalvo. She styled and presented t-shirts from the Brooklyn based clothing brand, Social Decay. I have seen the Social Decay brand at The Beat for the better part of the year now, so I was looking forward to seeing the trunk show because I simply adore Astrid’s edgy style. I loved the new line of t-shirt so much, I bought one for myself and you’ll see how I styled in my latest outfit post, going up next week. Cheers!
For the third year running, I humbly present again my last-minute holiday gift guide! I am notorious for waiting until the last-minute, so for those of you who suffer from the same affliction, this is the guide for you. For this year’s gift guide, I thought I would put a local spin on things and give those of you in the San Diego area places to actually go and grab some great last-minute holiday presents from some of my favorite shops in the Carlsbad area.
Wysh Boutique is one of my favorite boutiques in Carlsbad. Located in the Village Faire at Carlsbad, they not only have fashionable clothing and accessories, but great gift ideas and gift certificates!
Also located at the Village Faire, Gaia Gelato has gift cards, but I wouldn’t mind getting gifted a box of their yummy French macarons!
Sock District is new to the Village Faire, so I welcomed them by immediately purchasing a couple of pairs to gift to my sister. If you visit their site (link above), you can purchase electronic gift cards for your friends and family to shop in their store or online!
The Beat Clothing
Another one of my Carlsbad favorites, The Beat Clothing has everything you could want for your edgy fashionista friends. Astrid Montalvo is their on-site stylist and she can help you find the perfect outfit for that concert-goer in your life, or give the gift of rock inspired clothing, shoes and accessories through a gift certificate!
Of course I need to include a place where you can give the gift of music, and my favorite place to do some digging in Carlsbad is at Spin Records. I was just there and purchased a white vinyl 7-inch single of Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around with his cover of Personal Jesus (pictured below). They also have t-shirts, buttons, patches and gift certificates for that crate digger in your life!
Note: This is not a sponsored post. Although I mention specific shops, all suggestions are strictly my own.
Check out another fun event at Fashion Valley Mall this weekend, cheers!
Join lululemon athletica on Friday, August 29, as it celebrates its new location at Fashion Valley, San Diego’s premier retail destination, with a dance party by DJ Jay and treats from Better Buzz Coffee and the Cravory. The party starts at 10am. The 3,800 square-foot store is located on the second level between J. Crew and Sur La Table.On Saturday, August 30, get sweaty with lululemon Ambassadors Theresa Larson and Ray Fernandez at 8:30am in Center Court. Don’t forget to refuel with Suja Juice and the Perfect Bar.Festivities wrap up on Sunday, August 31, with yoga in Center Court, starting at 9:30am, followed by live music in-store by Jonny Tarr.About lululemon athletica inc.
lululemon athletica inc. is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com.
Shopping is always a favorite pastime of mine, and part of living in San Diego means shopping in beautiful places. Once of those places is a shop in Downtown’s Gaslamp District called Bubbles Boutique. I first was introduced to Bubbles Boutique when I attended my first San Diego Style Bloggers event last year (original post here), and it’s where I met and befriended one of my favorite independent jewelry designers, Suki of Suki Bijoux. Other than the fabulous fashions and accessories, I simply adore the eclectic décor. There are so many delicate details and it reminds me of a lovely French boudoir.
I visited Bubbles Boutique again last Saturday, and after some much-needed retail therapy, I chatted with owner Gayleen Nichols about her fabulously sophisticated, yet fun and unique boutique.
How long have you owned your own boutique, and how did you get started in the business?
I have been in business for over 10 years. The idea of opening a retail shop came when a friend opened a franchise shop called Splash Bath & Body. I fell in love with the concept and the products. I took a leap of faith and left my corporate property management job, sold everything and moved to San Diego from Long Beach.
How did you come to the decision to own your own boutique/business? How did you come up with the name of your boutique?
After 2 years it became apparent I would need to sell more to keep the doors open. This was against the franchise guidelines so we parted ways and I became Bubbles…a Unique Boutique.
What would you say is your “style” and how is that reflected in what you have to offer?
What has emerged after 10 years is a new tag line that speaks my style: “Eclectic fashion for every mood”.
I think fashion is an expression of our thoughts and feelings. Somedays I want to be funky , retro, biker chic and Audry Hepburn. I don’t believe one has to dress the same every single day. Mixing it up keeps it fresh and fun!
I buy with an eye for the unusual. You know…that keeper piece in the closet. I receive many compliments every day about what a fun shop and customers often thank us for having a really fun shopping experience.
How do you choose who to feature in your store as far as independent designers/jewelers are concerned?
A big part of my niche market is featuring over a dozen local artists who create amazing jewelry and accessories. My business is driven largely by tourism and it is exciting to offer keepsakes other than San Diego shirts and mugs.
What do you like best about what you do?
I love what I do because it provides an outlet for the creative side in me. I put much energy into merchandising in a fun way that is enjoyed by my customers.
I am blessed each and every day with the opportunity to meet people from all parts of the world. The reward is in helping women feel awesome about themselves and encouraging them to step outside the fashion rut box.
I absolutely love, love, LOVE this display!
Thank you Gayleen for taking the time to chat with me! After you shop til you drop at Bubbles Boutique, please make sure to stay connected with them through their official site, Facebook page and on Instagram.
I’m always checking out fashion websites for things that are a little quirky, yet ultra cool. Here are a few of sites that I visit often:
Bona Drag – I found this site through Lucky Magazine. My favorite items from this site are the studded ballet slippers and the $95 leather motorcycle jacket (YES, that is the price). Who cares if it’s “cheap leather” as in the description, it’s still leather, right?
Plumo – Again, the wanna be Brit in me is always drawn to the UK sites. I purchased a very cute dress on sale from this site, so you should definitely check out their most current clearance sale. Keep in mind that sizes may be in UK measurements, so use the newly added link above to check the most appropriate size for you.
Caro London – Another UK site. But the reason I went to this site is because the dress I bought from Plumo.com came from Caro London. I ended up finding another color and print in the dress I originally bought and found other beautiful items that I liked as well, like nightwear, robes, accessories, decorations and children’s clothing. They even have cotton or waterproof printed shower caps. Their sale section is also good, and their prices drop significantly.
ASOS – I’m a very big fan of Topshop. At the launch of their US store in NYC, they also updated their prices to include US dollars. This meant that the prices were no longer subject to exchange rates! If you pay attention to the fluctuating rate of currency, sometimes the British Pound is up, and sometimes it’s down a little. ASOS is a great site with tons of current fashion (they have sales often), but their prices convert to US dollars, meaning that they don’t have separate prices for us Yanks. Plus, their shipping has changed to a flat rate of $6 (before, it depended on international postal rates). Parents: they have a great children’s clothing section.
Topshop – I mentioned how much I love this store and I still do, even if their online shop updated their site to include US prices. Nevertheless, I can’t resist their true British style and fantastic shoes. Although I’ve been to the SoHo location in NYC, I much prefer their Oxford Circus location in London. Granted, the last time I was in London, I was 5 months pregnant. Did that stop me? Not when they have a maternity section! That maternity dress I bought is so stylish that I can still wear it today by cinching the ties a little tighter in the back.
Just a few sites to check out when you have time. I guess when it comes to shopping, doesn’t everyone?
Neiman Marcus’ Last Call has yet another sale! Check the flier for more details.
I’m hoping that this means it’s an additional 50% off after the color stamped percentage off.
I guess I’ll just have to go to the sale to find out…
While we were in Las Vegas (where my husband grew up), grandma got Dominic a little shirt with a tie from H&M, so I took it a step further. He was going to audition for AC/DC, but decided to have a snack first. Priorities, man.
If you haven’t visited H&M’s kids section, you should. For the price, you can get your kid miles of style.