Seize the Fashions at San Diego’s Horton Plaza Shopping Center

Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Center, known for its striking colors and architecture, offers great shopping at over 120 stores, dining and entertainment options  in the heart of San Diego’s thriving ultra-chic downtown. With well-known anchor stores such as Nordstrom’s and Macy’s, Horton Plaza is a great place to pick up the latest San Diego fashions.

Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping

A Few of My Go-To Stores

  • Bert Levi Family Jewelers is a third generation family owned and operated jewelry store has been around since 1926! I love their vintage pieces and trust their eye on the latest watches and fine jewelry designs.
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA always seem to be on-point with carrying the latest colors and styles of the season.
  • The Levi’s Store features the latest trends for both men and women on jeans and comfy-chic t-shirts.
  • Forever 21 is a staple to pick up the latest got-to-have-it fashions at fabulous prices.
  • Find the latest teen fashions at Abercrombie & Fitch or American Eagle Outfitters.
  • Some of my favorite shoe stores to visit are Aldo for men and women and Nine West for women.
  • Check out the Sanrio store to purchase the latest Hello Kitty trinket.
  • Stop by the Coach store to check out the latest tote of the season and see what kind of “sunnies” are being sold at Sunglass Hut.

Westfield Horton Plaza Entertainment Options

Entertainment, Food and Fun for the Whole Family

Everyone can find something to do whether catching the latest movie releases at Regal United Artist Theatre, playing arcade and video games at Tilt, or having a massage treatment at So Relax; this shopping center has it all.

For evening entertainment you have the Mad House Comedy Club featuring live comedic shows with dinner.

There is a multitude of places to eat at the food court but one of my favorite full service restaurants is Panda Inn. They are known for their walnut shrimp as well as their egg drop soup!

One Stop Shop

Another major plus is the convenience of having a U.S. Postal Store and a Travelex Currency Service Store. There is even a dog-friendly area to interact with your dogs and a 24 Hour Fitness!

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Tell me in the comments below, what is your favorite thing about Horton Plaza? Is it getting lost on the different floors, shopping, people watching or something else?


Interview With A Designer – Edward Wilkerson of Lafayette 148

Fashion Show at Neiman Marcus

I recently had the pleasure to sit down and interview the oh-so-talented, Edward Wilkerson, Design Director of the brand, Lafayette 148. The interview took place after the fabulous showing of his 2012 Spring Collection. We discussed the fashions of San Diego as well as some of his favorite spots in San Diego to visit. The 2012 Spring Collection was featured at Neiman Marcus, located at Fashion Valley Shopping Center, and definitely put me in pure vacation-mode!

Question: Having 1/3 of all visitors to San Diego include shopping on their activity list , how do you see San Diego with regards to accessibility to fashion choices?
Answer: Very accessible and adaptable to a realistic “lifestyle-wear.” Women evolve with fashion constantly. The styles of San Diego evoke going from “day to evening.” I like to visit at least once a year to listen to the customers and vendors.

How would you define San Diego’s style?
Casual, yet elegant and sophisticated.

Fashion Show at Neiman Marcus 2

How do you use social media as Design Director?
My staff uses it quite a bit to help promote the latest trends and styles. For me, personally, I am more of a tactile person and sketcher. I constantly carry with me two sketch books while I travel to document my inspirations.

What are you most inspired by?
I travel around the world for my design inspiration. I am also inspired by my customers. I take on a true personal approach to customer service. If a customer wants a sleeve longer or maybe a different color in one of my designs I make sure it happens for them.

What is your favorite thing to do while visiting San Diego? Place to stay?
During my week’s visit I loved riding bikes all around Coronado Island and made sure to visit the Hotel del Coronado. I thoroughly enjoyed having lunch at C Level Restaurant located on Harbor Island and having breakfast while I sketched at the rooftop restaurant of the Andaz San Diego Hotel located in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown. Spending time in Little Italy was also a treat!

Best advice ever given to you?
Always put your best foot forward.

What is your personal motto?
Live every day to its fullest, make every moment count.

Favorite drink?
A concoction that Rebecca, a true mixologist, created at the bar at the Andaz San Diego Hotel!

Define the woman who wears Lafayette 148?
Someone similar to the San Diego woman; casual and elegant, showcasing wearable fashion. The innovative creations can take you from the boardroom to an evening out to a weekend get-a-way.

NOTE: Lafayette 148 is sold at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Katie S.

Shout Out to a Shopping Mecca

Before moving to San Diego, I don’t think I knew what the real definition of a mall was. Sure I’d been to the small mall near my house to pick up my back-to-school essentials, sit in the massage chair at Brookstone and flirt with the good looking surfers at Pacific Sunwear, but if there was ever anything out-of-the-ordinary I needed like a prom dress or a laptop I’d have to head off to another destination. Not the case with San Diego’s Fashion Valley mall.

A 2-story outdoor mall, Fashion Valley is the most all-encompassing shopping Mecca I’ve ever visited. Head to Sephora for a makeover, pick up a new iPhone at the Apple store, a purse at Burberry, home goods at Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn, clothes for the kids at Abercrombie Kids and a meal before you head out at the food court, and you could head out of there with a completely new look for yourself and your home. Every clothing style has a home base: A Lilly Pulitzer for the preppies, an H&M for the hipster crowd, a Bebe for the club-hoppers, a Tommy Bahama for my dad, a Tiffany’s if you forgot your wedding anniversary and need to make up for it, and a Banana Republic and Neiman Marcus for workwear. 

I think my personal record for mall-wandering is probably around 5 hours. Of course, to see everything at Fashion Valley it would most likely take at least a weekend. More if you visit all of the kiosks.

Besides the diversity of retail, another great feature about the mall is that you can enjoy the sunshine while you shop (with sunblock on, of course). And if you left yours at home, you can always pick some up while you’re there.