Wednesday, July 22, 2009

THE SOUTHERN CROSS - Pretty New Room with a View

Del Mar, San Diego Boutique Pique
By: April Madigan @ Boutiquing


A recent trip beyond the borders of the OC landed Erin and I in the lap of undiscovered boutiquing luxury. Our fortunate first stop was the fresh and fantastic boutique, The Southern Cross. Located atop a high end shopping center (Del Mar Plaza) with a priceless view of the ocean, I was delighted to see the space so perfectly turned out in beach cottage meets chandelier chic. Crossing over the vibrant entry lined with the most original outdoor rugs, I was intrigued by the mix of sophisticated ethnic inspired looks and embellished casual wear from Live with Love and one of my new favorites eco-ganik. A clever selection of baby and kiddo clothing tied perfectly into the sandcastle whimsy of this breezy boutique. Photographs by Jessica Davis, a creative local photographer, framed in rustic whitewashed boardwalk frames pop under the soft glow of vintage boudoir light fixtures.

A wrought iron crib filled with baby booties and super comfy play clothes cried out to me and the sight of my number one gift for a new mom - a Market Sling by Serena and Lily had me raving to anyone who could hear. Seriously, if you haven't seen these gorgeous slings you need to, it is the one item that makes me want another baby, just to own this beautiful baby sling...and word on the street is that The Southern Cross will soon be carrying Serena & Lily bedding - worth a trip here to see it.

I couldn't stop staring at the exquisite selection of Yoana Baraschi pieces on display. I tried on a Grecian inspired dress silk dress that had one of the best feeling fits ever. This line offers up perfect feminine statement dresses that do not sacrifice comfort. Alongside the lovely clothes are kitschy aprons and shabby chic style vintage furniture that suit the seaside style of this spot perfectly. As I stood and admired a rod iron bed I caught myself gazing out the window and enjoying the breathtaking view of the ocean over the lavish L'Auberge resort across the way. For a boutique that has been open a few short weeks, it is evident owners Peggy and Tara have done their job in finding perfectly suited pieces that resonate with the equal parts local and tourist clientele stopping by this boutique. The two are hosting a Grand Opening Party July 31st complete with wine and appetizers...if you enjoy the Laguna Beach Rooftop experience, The Southern Cross is the boutiquing equivalent, and you will leave with more than just a morning after hangover:P

A bit of boutiquing wisdom: Park in the structure behind the plaza, all of the stores and restaurants validate and you get 2 hours free parking with validation, otherwise there is ample street parking for 90 minutes, but strict meter watchers are everywhere!

The Southern Cross
1555 Camino Del Mar #205
Del Mar, CA

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