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Fall and Winter Fashion Trends and Where to Get Them in San Diego

Fall and Winter Fashion Trends from Neiman Marcus
Fall and Winter Fashion Trends from Neiman Marcus

Fall and Winter Fashion Trends from Neiman Marcus

Even though San Diego’s consistent favorable weather might make you think that we don’t shop for the latest fall and winter fashion trends; we certainly embrace the season’s ensembles that fit our active lifestyle and great weather!

Westfield Style Tour with Stacy London

Westfield Style Tour with Stacy London from What Not to Wear

At the “Westfield Style Tour,” Stacy London, from What Not To Wear, described San Diego’s style as healthy, colorful, and cheerful and that made me think that the jewel tones for fall and winter will fit perfectly! Some key pieces to buy while visiting San Diego would be, colored denim, a casual-chic jacket, or a gem colored holiday dress.

Some of these items can be found at various boutiques around San Diego:

Poppy Boutique

Clothes at the Poppy Boutique

Poppy Boutique

One of my favorite to shop for jackets and on-trend colors for Fall is Poppy Boutique. This boutique features the current trends for every season and I especially love their faux leather leggings.

Location: 16087 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (map)
Website: www.poppyrsf.com

Rica Boutique La Jolla

RICA Boutique Storefront

RICA Boutique in San Diego’s La Jolla

Rica Boutique La Jolla showcases some great fashions that won’t break the bank! I love their colored and patterned denim, festive holiday dresses, and the essential faux-leather motto jacket!

Location: 7456 Girard Avenue, San Diego, CA 92037 (map)
Website: www.shop-rica.com

Le Bel Age Boutique

Le Bel Age Boutique Storefront

Fashion in the Heart of Mission Hills at Le Bel Age Boutique

The go-to boutique called Le Bel Age carries looks from bold-boho-chic to effortless -elegant-chic. I love their take on modern tunics with leggings (great for layering), to gorgeous holiday dresses and Chanel-inspired jackets. If the fabulous window displays do not entice you in then their price points sure will!

Location: 1607 West Lewis Street, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Website: www.facebook.com/lebelageboutique

> Discover even more great shopping in San Diego

Know of another great place to shop for fall and winter fashion trends in San Diego? Let me and others know in the comments below.

Aki

The Finest of America’s Finest: Indulging San Diego Restaurant Week Picks in North County

What’s better than indulging in some fine dining in America’s Finest City? How about two or three decadent courses for $10 – $40? Indeed you can, during San Diego Restaurant Week, where you can taste two-course lunches from $10-$20 or three-course dinners for $30-$40. Indulgence that’s kind to my wallet? I’ll raise my fork to that any day.

San Diego’s North County doesn’t just offer gorgeous beaches, expansive vistas and charming coastal communities. It is also home to some legendary fine dining establishments that celebrate everything from inspired Mediterranean fare, sumptuous French-inspired cuisine and the freshest fruits of the sea. So put on your finest threads, and venture out for an elegant culinary experience in San Diego’s North County.

Whole-Roasted Filet of Prime Beef Tenderloin at Amaya

Whole-Roasted Filet of Prime Beef Tenderloin at Amaya

Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

Dinner only – Three Courses for $40
Feel like whisking yourself away to Tuscany? Escape to The Grand Del Mar for an enchanted evening amidst rolling hills and Tuscan style architecture. Elegance, romance and indulgence await you at the Amaya, where executive chef Camron Woods creates artful Mediterranean-inspired American classics, such as the Whole-Roasted Filet of Prime Beef Tenderloin served with fragrant red wine jus and smoked onions (pictured above). Or try the Cider-glazed Hot-Smoked Salmon with roasted baby root vegetables and celery root puree. For $25, complete your Mediterranean dining experience with wine pairings for each course, selected from their collection of fine Spanish, Italian and French wines.

Sugar Spice Salmon at Pacifica Del Mar

Sugar Spice Salmon at Pacifica Del Mar

Pacifica Del Mar

Lunch – Two Courses for $20
Dinner – Three Courses for $40
Not only was Pacifica Del Mar the site of my wedding reception, but it’s also the place to I go in San Diego when stuck with a seafood craving. Their Sugar Spice Salmon (pictured above) is the stuff of legend, and is thankfully offered on both their lunch and dinner menu options for Restaurant Week. The overwhelmingly popular choice for guests on my big day, this perfectly grilled salmon filet is spiced with a glaze that is both sweet and succulent. Often imitated but never matched in its perfection, the salmon is just one of the many reasons to try Pacifica Del Mar. Go for lunch if you want to take in gorgeous sunny views of the Pacific Ocean, but go back for dinner if you want to treat your taste buds to their chocolate filled Beignets. Served with blood orange sorbet, these Beignets could be a dangerous start to a new obsession.

Mille Fleurs

Mille Fleurs

Mille Fleurs

Dinner only – Three Courses for $40
A San Diego establishment since 1984 and winner of numerous awards (including a designation by Food & Wine Magazine as one of America’s top 25 restaurants), Mille Fleurs is the original creation of legendary San Diego restaurateur Bertrand. Nestled in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, Mille Fleurs offers a seasonal menu of French-inspired California cuisine, featuring the freshest ingredients available at local farms and markets. For the Restaurant Week menu, chef Woesle has whipped up delectable options that beg to be seen as much as savored. Always artfully presented, a meal here is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palette. With entrée options like the Quenelles of Trout and Grilled Shrimp with Brocco Flower Risotto finished with Nettle Leaf Champagne Sauce, or the Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Prosciutto, I may need to go back a few times to try every dish of each course. Then again, this just may be the perfect opportunity to brush up on my French while savoring all they have to offer.

Which Restaurant Week options will you try in North County San Diego?

Suzzanne

Poppy Boutique Pops Up In Rancho Santa Fe

Poppy Boutique

I recently had the pleasure of doing some “research” at Poppy Boutique, in Rancho Santa Fe. The name alone was reason to entice me through the door. The decor is fun and vibrant with clean white walls accented with pink and orange details. From the over-sized hot pink and white tic-tac-toe board to the custom upholstered furnishings, Poppy is a comfortable, energetic and welcoming place to shop.

The boutique offers a collection of stylish merchandise consisting of timeless, refined and ultra-feminine pieces each personally picked by owner Heather Hunter. After perusing the racks, we became enthralled with a Diane Von Furstenberg dress and decided I had to try it on. The dressing rooms are roomy and the staff very accommodating (I think we could have stayed for hours trying on the great selection of dresses and separates!) After much deliberation, I decided on a super fun black belt and scarf. But I may have to go back for that dress and to see what’s new.

Kate

A Bevy of Easter Brunches

Hunt for Easter eggs in the gardens of Stone World Bistro!

Spring’s most decadent dining holiday is just around the corner and maybe you’re wondering where to get your eat on this Easter. Never fear my hungry little bunnies, this Easter Sunday San Diego restaurants are turning out egg-cellent brunches to tempt your taste buds. Hippity hop around town for these Easter day deals:

Coronado

  • Champagne buffet brunch in the Oceanfront Ballroom and Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. $78.50 for adults, $34 for kids ages 6-10 and kids 5 and under eat free.

Del Mar

  • Buffet brunch with complimentary champagne at Arterra Restaurant in the Del Mar Marriott from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. $49 for adults, $15 for kids age 12 and under, kids 5 and under eat free.
  • A la carte brunch with bottomless mimosas at Pacifica Del Mar served until 2:00 pm. Entrees priced from $10.50 to $21.
  • Buffet brunch on the Ocean and Sunset Terraces or à la carte brunch in Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar from 10 :00 am to 2:30 pm.

Downtown

  • Prix fixe brunch with bottomless champagne at Urban Bar & Grill from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. $30 for adults, $12 for kids.
  • Prix fixe brunch at Chianti from 11:00 am. $30 for adults, $12 for kids.
  • Prix fixe brunch at Bertrand’s at Mister A’s from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. $35 per person.
  • Champagne buffet brunch with appearances by the Easter Bunny at Buster’s Beach House from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. $23.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids ages 3 to 11 and kids two and under eat free.
  • A la carte brunch with live music and a free glass of champagne or dessert with each entree purchase at Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Entrees priced from $9 to $17.
  • Buffet brunch with live gospel singers at the House of Blues from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40 for adults, $18.50 for kids ages 6 to 12 and kids 5 and under eat free.

Escondido

  • Buffet brunch and Easter Egg Hunt in the Stone World Bistro Beer Gardens at Stone Brewing Company from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 pm. $34 for adults and $12 for kids 10 and under.

La Jolla

  • Buffet brunch at The Marine Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. $55 per person.
  • Buffet brunch at The Shores from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. $42 for adults, $20.50 for kids ages 6-12 and $3 per year of their age for kids 5 and under.

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