I like to get a lot done in a short amount of time … for instance right now I am doing laundry, preparing for a house guest, working on a freelance story and blogging … just a typical day.
That’s why I get very happy when I can go shopping somewhere with a variety of places to hit up. It’s why I am a bonafide, unapologetic mall rat — I mean, really, what could be better than a place that offers a million stores to shop in under one roof?
But sometimes, even I venture out into sun. The last time I did that I happened upon Newport Coast Shopping Center where I found three pretty cute boutiques:
- Jeanni Champagne – an updated version of the 30-year-old Champagne boutique at Westcliff plaza this gleaming storefront opened about a month ago and stocks everyone from Diane von Furstenberg to Ted Baker; a fully stocked store that includes old favorites from the previous iteration and newer designers like Gillian Julius.
- The Passionate Collector — two doors down from Jeanni Champagne is the third version of a well known Orange County boutique. This store, which opened in December, is gorgeous with warm oak floors and individual cases full of one-of-kind jewelry. The walls are lined with unique bags (my favorites were a trio of Crayon-colored fold-over clutches decorated with graffiti) and other accessories. The most covetable? The jewelry collection by French designer Herve Van Der Straeten … (how awesome are those earrings?)
- Pink Laundry — A nice, slightly younger, casual counterpoint to Jeanni Champagne and Passionate Collector, this long-time O.C. boutique stocks casual chic brands like Chan Luu, Rebecca Taylor, Parker, Haute Hippy, Elizabeth & James and BCBG.
I can think of no better way to spend a beautiful summer day than poking around in these three pretty boutiques for a couple of hours; you should too …
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