Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Antonia - Shoe "Pair"adise

Review by: April
The strip of boutiques that line the "Sprinkles" side of Corona Del Mar Plaza, are so well placed, I wonder if it was intentional. There are 4 great clothing stops, 2 well stocked bathing suit destinations, and at the end of the walk, is the gem of a shoe boutique...Antonia. This spot has earned it's many accolades the old fashioned way - by being great at doing their thing...and their thing, is shoes! The shop itself has such a relaxed vibe, with the doors swung wide open, and a few adorable little teacup size dogs lounging about, and the effervescent owners, chatting happily with customers and locals alike, enjoying their obvious role as the shopping center's Queen Bees.

Setting foot inside I was reminded of something...the key to a successful boutique is being keenly aware of what you are good at and sticking to it. Antonia has this concept down. From the inviting amount of lush seating to the impressive assortment of shoe style and lines represented...this boutique knows who she is. The range of styles is so vast, I thought it best to represent it collage style...take a peek!

Clockwise from the left: Giuseppe Zanotti, Chloe, Missoni, L.A.M.B., Matt Berson

Included in their selection as well are picks from Diane von Furstenburg, Loeffler Randall, Bernardo, Elie Tahari, Sam Edelman, Tory Burch, Ugg, and Kors. Impressive right? They also have a sublime selection of sunglasses from Badgley Mischka, and gorgeous bags by Botkier, Isabella Fiore, and 49 SQ. MI.

My suggestion for a great boutiquing day: Hit Una and Sienna Brown for some beach chic wardrobe additions, take a cupcake break at Sprinkles, continue to Mi Place for some stylish designer looks and top off your perfect day with a trip into Antonia for the finishing touches...and if you aren't too full from the cupcake...Tommy Bahama Cafe has the most incredible Santa Barbara scallop sliders...trust me - they are delicious!

906 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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