Sandra

A Stylist’s Love Affair with San Diego’s Fashion Valley Shopping Center!

Fashion Valley Shopping Center
Fashion Valley Shopping Center

Fashion Valley Shopping Center

What does a Personal Wardrobe Stylist love to do on her off time? Shop of course! Most stylists consider it an actual sport. As a Personal Stylist one of my favorite one-stop-shopping places to accomplish all goals related to fashion is Fashion Valley Shopping Center, located in the central Mission Valley area. Fashion Valley has been the hub of San Diego’s retail scene for over 40 years. With an abundance of store options and convenient complimentary parking, my goals are easily met.

This outdoor two-level super regional shopping center offers a superior tenant mix of over 200 specialty stores, including an abundance of luxury shopping. With anchor entities such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and JCPenney, it truly is a shopping haven! Catering to 18 million annual shopper visits, more than three times higher than the national average, this shopping center will truly create a memorable shopping experience for all!

Fashion Valley Stores including Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Max Studio

Fashion Valley Stores including Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Max Studio

They’ve just completed a multi-million dollar renovation and I love the new contemporary and comfortable soft seating throughout the walkways. The seating areas now have a “living room” feel to them which is great to either rest your weary feet or, for me personally, to have an intimate place to sit with my clients and discuss their shopping needs. The sustainable new water features offer a zen-like atmosphere while enjoying either a Pinkberry yogurt or a personalized coffee drink. The newly designed food court has a polished updated look reflecting the fashion forward retailers. This is a great area to host larger groups or just to stop by for a quick bite to refuel for your next shopping stop. Did I mention the 18-Plex AMC Theatre right by the food court? This is a great outlet for those who may not consider shopping a sport or are traveling with the family in tow!

Fashion Valley Stores including Banana Republic, Emporio Armani and Forever 21

Fashion Valley Stores including Banana Republic, Emporio Armani and Forever 21

A typical shopping day for me would be to stop by the new two-story location of Forever 21 or the ever popular H&M store to check out the latest fashion trends at affordable prices. I make it a point to visit Michael Kors to see the latest statement purses and watches. To make sure I am on top of the classic fashions for the essential wardrobe pieces, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and J. Crew have been spot on. When it comes to more whimsical fashions I love perusing in Kate Spade and Anthropologie. San Diego is known for dressing in layers so when visiting Max Studio and BCBGMAXAZRIA I always find new pieces to add to my wardrobe. I am absolutely loving some of the most recent additions like Emporio Armani, which is the first ever in San Diego! Here you will find the ever-classic, beautifully tailored ensembles for both men and women. Ted Baker is another first for our city and is known for its unique stand-out fashions for both men and women. Last, but certainly not least, I am super excited for the Spanish retailer, ZARA, to be heading our way in the Fall of 2012! Keep in mind that this is just one day for me since the next day would be another list of fabulous seasonal-solution stores to visit.

Hopefully, with all of this shopping intelligence I hope you take up the sport of shopping and experience Fashion Valley Shopping Center in the very near future!

Sandra

Winter Style…San Diego’s Version

Brandy Melville

Winter in most locations can be defined as cold and blustery sometimes stifling your dressing style. Cool, crisp mornings leading into warm and sunny afternoons define the typical winter day in San Diego; so our winter-style is usually the “art of layering.”

With average daily highs of 66 degrees and lows of 50, we start off with coverage and by afternoon, jackets are off! When visiting San Diego in the winter months, you might want to pack some t-shirts, tunics, sweaters, leggings, jeans and a jacket. Don’t forget to throw in a few fabulous scarves and sunglasses!

Brandy Melville

Brandy Melville

Most shopping in San Diego will offer you a variety of layering options. One of San Diego’s newest additions, Brandy Melville, offers a variety of loose-fitting tees, soft angora sweaters, jeans and maxi skirts. Women of every age will find something here to add to their wardrobe while not breaking the bank.

Max Studio

Max Studio

Another great place with great layering options is Max Studio in the Fashion Valley Shopping Center. This is a great location to find some versatile sleek-and-chic monochromatic layering pieces like tunics, leggings, sweaters, sunglasses and jackets. They also sell my go-to pant called the Ponti Boot-Cut Pant (great for travel)!

Mog & Rue

Mog & Rue

Make sure you stop by the seaside community of Encinitas to shop at Mog + Rue. This ultra-fab boutique carries both established and independent designers showcasing classic and casual yet fashion forward ensembles. The owner is a widely published fashion and beauty writer who has a keen eye on the definition of the San Diego laid-back-chic look.

With so many layering options to purchase, my top three items to pick up before you leave would be a pair of fabulous sunglasses, jeans (we have an abundance of choices) and an ultra-chic maxi skirt. All three will prepare you perfectly for Spring!