Tuesday, June 30, 2009

OC BOUTIQUE SHOPPING: 4th of July Boutique Sales

"Red, White & Boutiquing"
Boutique Block Party Sales!

Scoop from: April & Erin

When was the last time your neighborhood 4th of July block party featured boutique shopping, mimosas, half off designer jeans (as in the price not your neighbor half naked), and free purses?
Boutiquing.com has found THIS block party!

8 Boutiques in South Laguna have banded together this weekend to offer some 4th of July boutiquing bargains...and really, what could be more patriotic than spending? Every time you pull out a bill, thank the founding father on it who helped create this beautiful boutique filled country:)

Insert fireworks and patriotic music here...well, use your imagination...


FREE PARKING in The Old Pottery Place, enter on Brooks Street between PCH and Gleneyere...the lot is behind the Old Pottery Place.
Experience a full on boutique block party. All the stores and restaurants in The Old Pottery Place will be set up for a sidewalk sale with balloons, drinks and goodies Saturday and Sunday...the best part...the SALES, so big they will set off fashionable fireworks in your closet!

***All the following boutiques are within walking distance and sales are for the ENTIRE weekend unless otherwise specified***
1. Black Flamingo - $10 ALL Sunglasses & Earrings. 20% OFF Regularly priced items (sale excludes consignment). Set fireworks off with your style in a Black Flamingo Couture, from short to long, the one of kind maxi dresses are perfect for pool side, BBQ or an evening party.

2. Blue Eyed Girl
- 20-80% OFF selected items including: Hale Bob, Johnny Was, Laurie B, Odd Molly, Ella Moss, Bordeaux, James, Perse, Splendid, Weston Wear and Yoana Baraschi.

3. Scout 3 - All merchandise in the store minimum of 20% up to 70% OFF including: BGN, Ted Baker, Leifsdotter, and Stacia. Men can get a deal too - check out pieces from Ben Sherman and Earnest Sewn.

4. Tootsies Shoes - Spend $100 and get ANY purse in the store for free Saturday & Sunday. Everything from gladiators and flip flops to wedges and platforms, Steve Madden, Seychelles, Sam Edelman, BCBG Girls and Franco Sarto.

5. Stella - Enjoy a glass of champagne or a mimosa with the Stella stylistas on Saturday and share in their 15% off Friends and Family discount (Saturday only). Receive 50% off sale items and premium denim, including True Religion, 7 For All Mankind, Chip and Pepper, and Rock Republic.

6. Bellabacci
- 10% OFF Entire Store: Just In - New Steve Madden purses, Kashmir Hula line from Tarina Tarantino & Posey Patchwork from Betsey Johnson

8. Cielo - ANYONE who steps a foot in the door, Friday, Saturday or Sunday will have their entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Winner chosen Sunday night and announced Monday. Get your swimsuits, cover-ups and jewelry here.

9. Duo - Shop 4th of July weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and mention "Boutiquing" for 30% OFF all regularly priced merchandise. Sexy dresses, embellished flip flops plenty of jewelry and accessories worth celebrating over.

We've create a handy little with all the boutique names, locations and where to park. Just print this out and mention Boutiquing.com for all the amazing discounts....ALL WEEKEND LONG!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bella Vita Spa & Boutique - Beauty and The Boutique

Huntington Beach, Orange County Boutique Pique
By: Erin Hall @ Boutiquing

A renaissance of relaxation, Bella Vita in Huntington Beach romanced me with it's grand chandelier entrance, lavish interior, warm glow, luxurious full service spa and beautiful boutique. A perfect new addition to downtown Huntington Beach, owner Nicole has created an opulent oasis combining the best of both the beauty and boutique world inside Bella Vita. Get swept off your feet with the soothing sounds of trickling water and aromatic essential oils floating in air while shopping a banquet of fashion and jewelry finds so grand you won't want to leave.

Declelor, tanning, botox and manicures, I could go on and on about the palatial spa services and beauty enhancing products at Bella Vita, but we're about the shopping so I'm forcing myself to stay focused ;) For the woman looking to command attention in any room, Bella Vita's decadent and dainty array of clothing, swimsuits, lingerie and jewelry can take you straight from day into night. Get swept off your feet with sexy and casual palazzo pants and trousers from Lotta, embellished pocket denim from LA Idol, figure flattering dresses from Aggie and attention grabbing tops from 213 and Linda Segal. Like a scene from Romeo and Juliet, Bella Vita has you covered from romantic to risque.

Beyond the purses, through the candles and over the bracelet bars, I saw what I can only describe as "wearable wattage". The multi layered, chunky yet wearable neckline and wrist adornments radiated through out Bella Vita with bold distinction. After grabbing every style from one particular jewelry designer (imagine a kid in a candy store), I was told she is a local designer, but name unknown...I have decided to refer to her as "DESIRE"! The shiny and sassy creations from Liquid Metal and cocktail rings a plenty had me on an accessory high begging for more.

Where else can you go get your hair done, load up on new eyeshadow colors, have your eyebrows waxed and walk out with a new outfit head to toe all under one roof? Bella Vita leaves nothing to be desired for us women in the arena of pampering and pretty. Stop in just to see the divine decor, experience a service and adorn that body.

Pssst...to all our Beauty Queens and Fashionistas, save this date! Saturday, July 11th, Bella Vita is hosting their "Beauty & The Boutique Grand Opening Party"...so many giveaways, samples and services your heart will skip a beat. More details to come.

Bella Vita Spa & Boutique
301 Main Street
Suite 108
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
After Hours Available by Appointment

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OC BOUTIQUE SHOPPING - What to Wear 4th of July

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What to wear...

No matter where you spend the 4th, chances are you need to look festive and stylish...while perfectly ready to pop into a picnic or pool party at a moments notice. Erin and I took a little boutiquing trip to some of our favorite South Laguna boutiques to create 4th of July inspired looks that take you from beach to barbeque in patriotic panache:) See the results of our red, white, and blue boutiquing above.

Psssst....this weekend, these South Laguna boutiques are having sales so big they will set off fireworks in your closet...details Wednesday!

Where to get it...

Top left: Tootsies
Middle Left: Cielo
Bottom Left: Bellabacci
Center: Stella
Top Right: Black Flamingo
Bottom Right: Scout 3

"Red, White & Boutiquing" - Boutique Block Party Sales
See 4th of July weekend sales so big, they will set off fashionable fireworks in your closet!

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Enter Now
- 2 Easy Steps

Step 1: Go to Boutiquing.com Facebook Fan Page

Step 2:
Click "Become a Fan" (as shown above)

Each week a new fabulous prize is given away from a different local boutique or designer.
Click Here for past giveaways & winners

REMEMBER: Visit Boutiquing.com EVERY Friday @ 10am
for your chance to win!

Complete Contest Details

If you are a boutique or designer who would like to be a part of
"Boutiquing.com Facebook Fan Friday"
email: april@boutiquing.com

Saturday, June 27, 2009


by: Erin
Interestingly, this whole thing started out as a simple, conversation starting question I asked on Twitter... "What beauty tip did your mom always tell you?" Never did I think so many women would respond but thankfully they did, so I was left with a compilation of touching, smart and comical motherly advice. From age defying remedies to just plain random, there were so many pearls of wisdom I just had to share them...so I am.

Below is a list of responses given by our Boutique Owners, Twitter Followers and Facebook Fans, it's a window into who we are as women and a tribute to the women who helped raise us into the beautiful strong fashion loving beauty queens we are ;)

Laugh, awwwwww, take notes and when you find yourself remembering one of YOUR mom's beauty tips...please leave us a "comment" below so we can all enjoy it...let's keep this one going.

"What beauty tip did your mom always tell you?..."

"A woman should never demand attention....she must merely command it."
Christy Pacella owner of Black Flamingo Boutique

"A busy mind makes a woman irresistible."
Acirema Landa owner of Cielo Boutique

"Always use your ring finger when applying makeup or lotion to the delicate under eye area. It's weaker and gentler so you don't pull and stretch the skin causing wrinkles."
Erica Hahn owner of elle H Boutique

"Always use good lighting when plucking your eyebrows or putting on make-up."
Michelle Fisk manager of Scout 3 Boutique

"Always dress like ur going to run into an ex :)"
Twitter ID: @RandomTKA

Be a good, kind and supportive friend and family member. A shoulder, a smile and an ear, those are the most beautiful and strongest parts of a woman, and ultimately, the most useful and appreciated."
Twitter ID: @MissStarlet

"Makeup should look natural, it is to enhance beauty, not cover it up."
Twitter ID: @MelissaWehrberg

"Don't wear too much makeup and 'if everyone was wearing horns & tails, would you?' & of course, I said YES!"
Twitter ID: @alexandrakeller

"Men Love Red!"
Twitter ID: @agentnoir and her sister @gracelikekelly (read her blog here)

"Wash your face and use lotion/sunscreen...she still uses the same product after all these years!" Twitter ID: @boutiqueculture

"Don't shave above your knees - ha ha (I was very young)"
Twitter ID: @VenezieBags

"Always have shoes that are darker than the hem of your garment, I still swear by it (old-fashioned I know)"
Rae Gross: Facebook Fan

"Drive with the top down!"
April Madigan: Co-Creator of Boutiquing.com

"True beauty comes from within, love yourself, respect others, and you'll always be beautiful."
Twitter ID: @Ms_OC

"Never go to sleep angry... oh wait.... that was marriage advice... :)"
Carol Madigan: Facebook Fan and April's mom (see her advice a few comments up)

"Always have your keys in you hand when leaving a building and look over your shoulder!!" Rhonda Polk: Facebook Fan

"If you apply foundation you need to wipe off the area above your lip or it will look like you have a mustache even if you don't!" Katherine Reedy: Facebook Fan and Boutiquing.com Facebook Contest Winner

"Pay more attention to helping others see THEIR beauty and yours will shine."
Julie Sathoff: Facebook Fan

"ALWAYS put lotion on when you get out of the shower."
Erin Hall: Co-Creator of Boutiquing.com

"Use Witch Hazel as a facial cleanser."
Twitter ID: @zoebyd

"A structured jacket is the perfect centerpiece to any good outfit."
Twitter ID: @VitaminOC

"Stay out of the sun and slather Mentholatum on your face." She has the smoothest skin for someone in her late 60s.
Twitter ID:

To smile; and that while I may notice every flaw, others rarely do, so not to obsess over them."
Twitter ID: @mammajenna

"Put sunscreen on!"
Kim Voigt: Facebook Fan and Twitter ID: @mermaidcharms

Now it's you turn...Which is your favorite?
What beauty tip did your mom always tell YOU?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Adania's - Fun and Friendly Fashion Finds

Yorba Linda, Orange County Boutique Pique
By: April Madigan @ Boutiquing

Pulling up to this well situated boutiquing stop, amidst a grocery store and a great breakfast spot, I was instantly inspired by the large courtyard entry leading to the welcoming doorway of Adania's boutique. I thought to myself..."This place must have some great events...perfect location!" And I was right...more on that in a minute:) Boutique experience first...I was in complete boutiquing bliss as I pulled gorgeous clothes off the wall mounted racks and gushed over their unique and vintage chic appeal.

On this particular boutiquing day I had my one year old partner in crime with me...anyone who has ever stroller shopped knows the benefits...place for a coffee and a hook for my bags...this is way better than a sugar daddy! Well. Did I pick the perfect kid friendly boutiquing destination...not only were Adania's styles completely appropriate for my double life, great casual pieces and perfect event dresses...Adania herself could not have been more attentive to both my son and I, her warmth and genuine interest in helping me navigate the store at my own pace and her passion for every piece she stocks endearing...she almost shed a tear over the ivory floral cuff I purchased...but, I assured her it was going to a worthy home.

Other objects I desired were beautiful ladylike coats by Fumblin' Foe, cocktail worthy little colored dresses by Miss Me, casual shorts and blousy tops and a great collection of shoes from an old standby, Chinese Laundry. I also enjoyed playing in the jewelry box, a spiny tree branch decorated with delicate and bold noticeable accessories alike, a great counterpoint to the chunky statement making cuffs on display from Mary Lou's Vintage. Adania takes pride in the range of styles she has in store, and eagerly anticipates matching the right woman with the right piece.

As I mentioned...she has the perfect location to host a great event, and she has a really interesting one coming up. A trunk show and fashion show featuring Mary Lou's Vintage and Chinese Laundry is happening on July 25th. Erin and I attended a Mary Lou's trunk show and trust us...her eye for a vintage find and the way she makes vintage feel and look new are worth saving this date...she is a master. So, don't worry about the babysitter - kids are welcome and will be doted upon...just get there, and be ready for some one of a kind splurges that you may need to explain to the husband... but hey, she offers a discount when you bring back her reuseable shopping bag...just tell him that it is like shopping at the grocery store...bet you he already tuned you out:)

Adania's Boutique
29463 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886


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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kovet Boutique - Global Chic in OC

Corona Del Mar Boutique Pique
By: Erin Hall @ Boutiquing

*New Location in San Clemente!

One of the greatest joys of boutiquing is finding a new boutique that takes your breath away. Kovet Boutique in Corona Del Mar, tucked behind Blooms Flower Stand on PCH, is just THAT boutique! Stepping across the threshold I was reminded of a boutique I found in Spain 10 years ago. To this day, I often find myself reminiscing about the clothing of my European travels and the culture rich experience. Kovet gave me THAT grand feeling inside their small square footage. Carved Indian statues, ornate clear vases filled with sand, black iron rod racks, ultra mod chandeliers and textured tapestry curtains create a global shopping experience. Now you don't have to travel hours and over oceans to find a unique world of color, texture, sound, and effortless chic...you can just visit Kovet.

After seeing a lot of the same labels, I was thrilled to see new memorable lines such as TA Collection and Holly G. Kovet's clothing is noticeably different with minor twists, ruffles and cuts that make other wise bland basics rare and special. The owner Janelle travels and sources her line from Europe with one main goal, trendy fashion at reasonable prices. Kovet is also loaded with shoes, necklaces, earrings, belts, body care products and more. Nothing in Kovet is over $200 and with all the unique merchandise your guaranteed a look that will solicit the boutiquing badge of approval statement - "Where did you get that!"

A variety of styles are available at Kovet. Whether your personal style is laid back, minimal, eclectic or feminine, Kovet has a fresh mix of options. Casual Murmur linen pants and tops, Love Tree tank dresses and basics from Monrow are timeless staples. Kovet's signature line KO had my funky fashion wheels turning with silk dip dyed tanks and brilliantly bold colors. If you're anything like me, expect to do 4 or 5 rounds through this boutique because there's something to grab your attention everywhere...boutiquing ADHD...I don't want a cure!

Kovet Boutique
800 El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm

3617 E. Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Announcement by: Erin
April and I had such a blast with all the women who participated in the "Style By... The Hive Challenge" (I can't wait to play "Nigel Barker" again at our next contest, I found my second calling snapping photos and directing the models :) All the outfits created were not only fabulous, but affordable. At under $150 total, almost all the outfits included a head to toe look...including jewelry, shoes and belts in addition to the clothing.

So without further ado, Boutiquing.com proudly announces:
"Style By...The Hive Challenge" Winner
Julie Barrios!

Pin Stripe Skirt... $48
Floral Blouse... $42
Beaded Necklace... $26
An adorable outfit versatile for work, a date
or casual day boutiquing...PRICELESS!

Julie did a wonderful job of combining color, texture, pattern and shine. Although she probably doesn't know it, Clinton Kelly from "What Not To Wear" shared this important fashion tip with us two weeks ago at the Make Over America Fashion Show. Clinton said it and you said it by voting, Julie deserves the crown and title "Style By...QUEEN"! Hey Julie, have fun increasing your clothing kingdom with a $150 shopping spree compliments of The Hive (don't forget to show us what you got ;)

A special thanks to The Hive and owner Natasha for letting us come in an play dress up with their amazing merchandise. From eye catching visuals, to exceptional customer service, we applaud The Hive for delivering a warm and inviting boutiquing experience. We love your constant creativity and always affordable fashion. Also a big thank you to all our readers who voted, we value and appreciate your comments! XOXO

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tanya B. - Sexy Staples Dressed Up or Down

Yorba Linda, Orange County Boutique Pique
By: April Madigan @ Boutiquing

Like a shiny mirror ball just waiting for it's moment in the spotlight, Tanya B. boutique stands ready to dazzle any woman who walks through the door. This boutique occupies an unassuming spot in a busy shopping center, but one step inside and I am instantly filled with memories of an opulent hotel stay in Italy. Chandeliers glow romantically overhead and archways are filled with color and shine. Among the many racks of attention grabbing clothing in color and print, is a versatile collection of shoes and two glass cases of serious statement jewelry.

Lucky for me, Leanne was on duty during my visit. A vivacious energy pulsed through the store as she highlighted the best of the best Tanya B. had to offer. I found myself enamored with larger than life one of a kind jewelry that would light up an outfit. A well edited selection of supple leather bags by Tylie Malibu are also on display, perfect paired with jeans or a dress for a bit of basic bling. I spotted flattering Pink Polka Dot dresses and Twisted Heart tanks, standout Sky tops, and denim bottoms in absolutely EVERY length. I stood amazed at the assortment of shorts from barely there to knee grazing...somehow I think every length may be a necessity:)

It is evident that Tanya B. has established itself as THE place for sexy style making separates and all the "icing" to go with them. A denim devotee's dream (they stock True Religion, Frankie B., Current/Elliot, J Brand, Rock Revival, and Tag), this popular Yorba Linda boutique truly understands how to stand out in a crowd.

Tanya B.
18162 Imperial Hwy.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(Located by Polly's Pies)


Tanya B.
7600 East Chapman
Orange, CA 92869
(Next to Pacific Ranch Market)

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

OC BOUTIQUE SHOPPING: Vote 4 Your Fave Outfit

Style By...The Hive - Fashion Challenge Photos

We need your help choosing the best stylist!
See the outfits created at The Hive for under $150 and..

Vote for your favorite "Stylist" below

The "Stylist" with the most votes by Tuesday, June 23rd at 8pm,
WINS a $150 Outfit of the their choice
compliments of The Hive in Costa Mesa

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Vote 4 Your Fave Stylist

To Vote:
1. Click "comments" below post
2. Enter your email address
3. Leave a comment with the "Stylist's" name you are voting for
4. Each person may only vote ONE time
FYI - Anonymous votes will NOT be counted

Vote NOW! Winner announced Wednesday, June 24th

Stylists Include:
1. Katie Capano, 2. Holly Hoover, 3. A. Ridarko, 4. Jenna Hall, 5. Ellen Wooten, 6. Katherine Reedy, 7. Sara Sattar, 8. Bevi Edlund, 9. Heidi Pena, 10. Debbie Lin, 11. Marla Katz, 12. Lauren Hillary, 13. Rhonda Polk, 14. Julie Barrios

Style By...The Hive Challenge Rules

Friday, June 19, 2009

OC BOUTIQUE SHOPPING: Bellabacci - Laguna Beach

Bellabacci Boutique - An Accessory to Love!

Review by: Erin

Bellabacci means "Beautiful Kisses" in Italian, and whether you speak the language or not, you'll feel the jewelry love overflowing in this Laguna Beach Boutique. Don't come looking for subtle or dainty, Bellabacci is home to the strikingly bold and brilliant world of rings, headbands, handbags, necklaces, bracelets and earrings! From watches to clothing, the amount of inventory that moves through Bellabacci is shocking when you see how small the store is, but don't let the small size fool you ;) Coupled with an international website, Bellabacci is the number one retailer for a majority of their famous designer lines. What does this mean for you...stop by frequently because 1 - they are the first to get the newest styles, often before any other boutique, and 2 - they sell out quickly!

Looking to stand out in the fashion landscape? Bellabacci is known for their super abundance of rebelliously romantic and ornate glittery inventions from the creative mind of Tarina Tarantino. Be sure to find jewelry, accessories and handbags from the flamboyant mistress of the fashion, Betsy Johnson. Betsey Johnson's ability to combine the outrageous with frilly femininity mixed with Bellabacci's numerous choices will no doubt have you playing adult "dress up".

A recent jewelry love of fashion magazines like ELLE, Lucky, InStyle and Vanity Fair, Elizabeth Cole signature pieces are "meant to inspire the golden tigress within". With gold chains, charms, antique zodiac and money coin combinations... I feel in love with this jewelry line, perfect for wearing individually or layering.

One of the "perks" of boutiquing (something you rarely find in chain retail locations), is you get to hear straight from the owner the intricate details of each line and interesting info about the designers. Owners Frank and Kelly Mancini have an eye for picking the hottest designs and love to share the experience with their clients. Bellabacci also carries Steve Madden handbags and clutches, Spanx under garments, Rachel Weissman silk scarf head bands, Custo Barcelona and Ed Hardy.

761 S. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

FREE shipping!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

On Que Style - FENDI Private Viewing Party 6/19

Scoop from: Erin
Ever since I read April's review for On Que Style in Corona Del Mar, I've been dying to see for myself all things dangerous....
designer... and discounted!

Delightfully so, On Que Style is the immaculate showroom for slightly worn designer pieces from the clients of stylist Kirsten Prosser. Although I could hardly tell a majority of the pieces had ever been worn, I did notice their prices were amazingly do-able for current designer trends. Snake skin Christian Louboutin ankle boots, a bold black Jimmy Choo wristlet clutch and metallic rock meshed metal statement necklace from Oscar de la Renta were just a few of the delicious finds that had me gasping for air and saying "LOVVVVVVVE" out loud!

Well don't I have perfect timing! Eddie Prosser (Kirsten's husband and co-owner of On Que Style), dished the most delightful party details and it's happening tomorrow!

Eddie personally invited Boutiquing.com readers to
a private viewing of:

FALL/WINTER 2009 collection

Friday, June 19th
3pm - 6pm


FENDI has personally chosen On Que Style as the premiere boutique in Southern California to showcase their new line...a decision FENDI does not make lightly. This distinguished honor reflects the caliber of boutique On Que Style effortlessly proves to be. On Que Style has cleared out half of their boutique and loaded racks, walls and display cases with FENDI FENDI FENDI!

Space is limited for this event so call immediately to R.S.V.P.
by the end of today, June 18th, is highly recommended



On Que Style
2900 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Holly Sharp Boutique - Comfortably Cute

New Corona Del Mar Boutique Review
by: Erin
@ Boutiqiung.com

One thing you can always count on from Holly Sharp Boutique in Corona Del Mar is consistent style. Walking in the door, you'll instantly notice bright bold punches of color in this crisp and comfortably cute boutique. Regardless what your style personality may be, if you love dresses, Holly Sharp is your boutique! Ruffles, ropes, long, short, floral, solid, tank, tube, cocktail, casual... you'll find a universe of styles, cuts and colors from Lucy Love Beach Couture, Pink Polka Dot and Susana Monaco.

Holly Sharp is loaded with adorable outfit alternatives to denim. Looking for some ideas? Find chic linen capris, flirty cuffed short shorts and edgy mini skirts - for some serious sexy, just add tank and heels! Don't be shocked to see half a dozen pieces prices under $50 then something for $160, Holly Sharp has made it possible for all budgets to create a personalized look.

Whether your chic, urban, boho or girlie...Holly Sharp has jewelry and accessories for you! Butterfly cameo and pearl, long chain pendants and delicate initial charm necklaces just scream to be layered. Fringe chain earrings, leather and metal bracelets and over-sized cocktail rings are sure to grab your attention. Lately, I've been obsessed with belts, and I don't discriminate ...skinny, wide, studded, shiny, corset, vintage, snap, buckle, you name it and Holly Sharp can "Belt" it out!

Trust me, after looking at all the clothes and jewelry at Holly Sharp, you'll get lost in a world of gorgeous painted tin and decorated glass candles. Like mini pieces of art, I couldn't stop admiring the vibrant color palettes and ornate designs as I sniffed my way through all the
unique scents. Check out the vintage paper wrapped soaps, they're perfect for a small thank you or memorable addition to any birthday present.

Three words to describe the customer service I got from Ashley at Holly Sharp...happy, attentive and dedicated. When you get genuine, quality service from an employee like this, it makes you want to buy something just to say "Thanks, you made boutiquing SO much fun!" ...What's that seductively tropical scent lingering in the air??...Oh, that would be my "Tahitian" scented Pacifica candle from Holly Sharp ;)

Holly Sharp Boutique
3636 E. Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Monday, June 15, 2009

Style By...The Hive - Challenge

Calling all fashionistas! We know deep down you secretly channel Rachel Zoe as soon as you enter a new inspiring boutique. Perusing racks of unstyled pieces...imagining the ways each piece could be worn, scouring the accessories for just the right necklace, bag, headband...Here is your opportunity to be rewarded for your personal style.

Boutiquing.com is challenging our readers to a style contest.
Your style canvas will be a different boutique each week, and a different challenging element will be introduced...our very own "quick style" if you will.

This week's "Style By..."challenge:

TASK: Create a look using any merchandise in The Hive.
Photo of look must be e-mailed to: styleby@boutiquing.com before Sunday, June 21st 8pm.

CHALLENGE: Entire look must be under $150 and exclusively from The Hive.

REWARD: $150 outfit of your choice, compliments of the Hive

JUDGING PANEL: Boutiquing.com fans, friends, foes, and anyone else you can convince to vote for you!

Good Luck!

See the Winner HERE

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The Hive - Grand Opening Party

In honor of the
The Hive
Grand Opening Party

Thursday, June 18th

Boutiquing.com is launching our first
"Style By... Challenge"
Join us for:

Drinks & Appetizers
10% OFF entire store (nothing is priced over $150)
DJ spinning
enter to win a
$150 outfit of your choice compliments of The Hive!

We look forward to meeting you :)

The Hive
Thursday, June 18th
located in The Lab in Costa Mesa

What to Wear- Boutique Shopping in Orange County

Successful boutique shopping as you know, is a sport...the number one rule - be dressed appropriately! Introducing Boutiquing.com's new "What to Wear & Where to Get It" feature...where we will demystify typical invitation attire lingo...ie; festive attire suggested or dress to impress...and offer practical and stylish inspiration for the most confounding style situations.

Not only will we suggest great pieces...we will tell you which boutiques in Orange County have these items in stock...I know, I know...we love you too! Have somewhere to go...don't know what to wear? Leave us a comment and we will create your look!

What to Wear - Boutique Shopping in Orange County

The first What to Wear addresses the issue of what to wear for a fab day of boutique shopping! Start with a great comfy oxford shirt that is easy on and off in the fitting room. Pair the shirt with skinny distressed denim to offset the preppiness of the shirt. I am a big fan of unexpected accessorizing, and a great flower cocktail ring in a bold color adds a bit of whimsy to a basic look. The fringe bag is not only totally of the moment...it can be worn across the body and leaves both hands free for digging through the sale rack! The final touch, a great pair of shades...boutique shopping IS an outdoor sport:) Love 'em or hate 'em...Ray Ban Wayfarers are here to stay!

Clockwise from top:
Oxford Shirt - Laguna Supply
Enamel Flower Ring - Lola Rouge
Ksubi Denim - Westerly or Adrift
Fringe Bag - Pink Mascara
Ray Ban Wayfarers - Stella

...AND the shoes!

Two shoe options...one for the die hard heel wearers - these are the most comfortable heels EVER! And a great gladiator sandal that zips up the back...perfect in so many ways!

Platform Leather Sandal - LANIS
Gladiator Flat - Sasha

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

White Party & Fashion Show - Laguna Beach 6/20

Other events PALE in comparison and the stories will
live on long after the party's over...

Black Flamingo

The An
White Party & Fashion Show

Saturday, June 20th

Start looking for the perfect "WHITE" outfit...it's not an easy find, trust us!
Here's some inspiration. (click photo to enlarge)

Kai La Mare Swimsuit Fashion Show will launch the night off!
Drinks, Friends, Fashion and good time guaranteed.

sors include:
Ketel One Vodka
Red Bull
Black Feather Productions

Saturday, June 20th
8pm - 1:30am
21 & Over
$5 cover charge

680 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(click on photo gallery to see photos from last year's party)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Upside Down Boutique - Change Your Fashion Perspective

Laguna Beach, Orange County Boutique Pique
By: April Madigan @ Boutiquing

At this point in my boutiquing career, I have seen and shopped it all. Imagine my surprise when everything I thought I knew about boutiquing was literally turned upside down. The Upside Down boutique in Laguna Beach is truly a sight to see. Trees grow out of the ceiling, a cowhide area rug hangs like a canopy overhead, and birdcages filled with baubles instead of birds swing inverted from above. That's right, the entire landscape of this brave boutique is upside down.

Surely all who enter this wonderland fit for fiction are pulled in by the quirky cool vibe, but I guarantee they stay because of the goods. Most of the lines carried here are European, which translated means obscure and pleasantly playful. The looks here are Diesel meets Harajuku with a bit of the most wearable clean lined utilitarian style Europe is admired for. Odd Molly floral dresses and tops and Susan Tucker vests adorned with crafty felt flowers and foliage share space with layered cotton dresses, hoodies and tees by Skunk Funk (silly name...but seriously...cool pieces). The nod to European chic starts bobblehead bobbing when I hit the rack of Cop Copine pieces that make me swoon. These are serious Kate Moss style makers, and the selection here will make you flip:)

There are no mainstream trends in sight, however I would venture to guess, the next top ten trends will be inspired by these looks. Toward the back (near the upside fireplace, naturally) is a 50% off rack where we found the most inspiring skirt seen in a while. It's shape; like a cocoon of navy blue silk that hugs the body in the most creative way. Erin snagged the skirt and we practically stood on our heads when we found out it was only $50! Of course as we were checking out my wandering eyes spotted sparkle...bold Avant Garde chain necklaces were perched in birdcages along side the counter, gotta say, this Paris based line really makes my heart sing!

Our boutiquing recommendation, hit the Koffee Klatch for a great indie cup of coffee (they share a Secret Garden like patio with the store), and then head over to Upside Down for the most unique boutique experience in Laguna.

Upside Down
1425 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

BOUTIQUING APPROVED: Huntington Beach Boutiques

Bella Vita Spa & Boutique
Carmen Parks
Dali Boutique
Model Citizen
Petals on 6th Boutique
Randy Boutique
Triple Two Clothing - Men's & Women's Boutique

***Click on the boutique name to go straight to our review...
or scroll down for more info & photos***

What makes a boutique "Boutiquing Approved"?

Patina - Customer Bag Making Contest for $500!

Time to get creative and have some fun...

make a PATINA bag
and win a

$500 Shopping Spree!

New Deadline: June 17th
20% off entire store the day you drop off your bag
First Prize a $500 shopping spree :)

Sample Bag Designs

Click photo to enlarge.

178 Wells Pl
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Make sure and tell them "Boutiquing.com" sent you!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Adrift Boutique - Rare and Reliable

Laguna Beach, Orange County Boutique Pique
By: Erin Hall @ Boutiquing

Located on the street side of PCH in South Laguna, Adrift boutique is a banquet of basics for an anything BUT basic look. Immediately, I was drawn to the juxtaposition of rare AND reliable in Adrift's clothing and decor. Clean, structured, modern lines contrasted with natural, organic, hand picked, pieces of drift wood, gave this boutique a serene and spa like vibe where all feel comfortable.

When objects are "Adrift" they float around, and that's just the feeling I felt inside this quaint boutique. U2 flowed through the speakers and I found myself doing several repeat trips around Adrift because I kept eying stylish basics with a slight twist that could be great wardrobe staples. Bright tops and bold hued dresses from Poppy Garden (they look like they should be 3x's their $50 price tag), sexy cotton tube jumpsuits and perfect for layering wraps from Frenzii are just a few of the pieces you can rely on Adrift to stock in the season's trendiest color palettes.

I've said before how I like basics for the numerous outfits you can create using accessories, well Adrift is just the spot to pile on, combine and collage your style sense with a sea of jewelry, handbags and belt options. Heirloom-esque coin jewelry necklaces, multi chain and leather wrap watch bracelets from La Mer, hip hugging and waist slimming Linea Pelle belts, and studded soft leather bracelets scream try me on for a one of a kind twist to any ensemble.

If the name Adrift sounds familiar, that's because they've been featured in Lucky Magazine several times, most recently for their stunning beaded vest from Chan Luu (as if I didn't love her enough from her jewelry designs). Abundantly stocked pieces from Paul & Joe (I'm mildly obsessed with their exposed zipper skirts), IT and Ksubi denim are a sure hit. Stop into Adrift for a casual boutiquing experience, gentle suggestions and jewelry with personality... and float out happy as clam!

1400 S. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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