Cool Neighborhood Shopping in San Diego

True San Diego fashionista’s know about the urban-chic areas to shop at. For those of you who may not know, I thought I would share some of the areas that have a cool-factor and can accomplish most shopping missions. Three of my fav’s are Hillcrest, North Park and South Park. These neighborhoods offer a unique shopping experience for both women and men with clothing, vintage, accessories and home goods.


Browse Pretty Please, Mint Shoe, Frills and Cathedral in Hillcrest.

Starting with Hillcrest, one of my favorite places to shop for women’s clothing and accessories is Frills Boutique. This boutique offers a variety of blouses, dresses, and jeans. They always seem to have just the right outfit of choice for any casual event that you may be shopping for.

Shopping at Pretty Please Fashion won’t break the bank and will be sure to keep you in style! I love their featured ensembles by color. It is very easy to navigate through and their layering and bandeau choices are endless.

Flashbacks is a vintage/retro shopping haven! I love going here to find for both women and men retro styles that are reflective for today’s fashions.  I can find one-of-a-kind accessories here like clutches, shoe clips and jewelry.

Twirl Boutique is a great place for women to find that perfect going-out-on-the-town ensemble. They are usually spot-on with the current trends with great price points.

Carrying the latest urban-chic styles for both men and women, Mint Shoe Boutique is the place to find that stand-out shoe. They are known for carrying the latest retro-chic tennis shoes for men and super-chic heels and flats for women.

Pure Boutique offers great value for both women and men’s clothing and accessories. I love their selection of shoes and wood jewelry that is perfect for San Diego’s style!

If super-chic candles and home goods are your thing, then be sure to shop at Cathedral. I can always find the perfect one-of-a-kind home gift or addition to my vase collection here.

North Park

Explore Hunt & Gather and Mimi & Red in North Park

One of my must-see boutique’s for women is in North Park at, Mimi & Red. Carrying a wide variety of California-chic styles and at great prices, I never leave empty-handed.  I love the dresses, blouses and accessories here!

Hunt & Gather Boutique, a unique boutique for both women and men, specializes in vintage and new clothing, plus re-worked vintage. This is a modern-spin on the usual vintage boutique. The goal is to offer one-of-a-kind affordable pieces that are on track with today’s fashions.

South Park

Find Junc Life & Style, Bad Madge, Make Good and Mythology in South Park.

Start your South Park shopping adventure at the ever-inspiring vintage boutique, Bad Madge & Company. Bad Madge appeals to shopper’s of vintage furniture, knickknacks, clothing, books and jewelry.

I love Junc Life & Style Boutique for women, men and home goods.  This forward thinking boutique offers everything from up-cycled furniture, original artwork, mixed in with rustic-chic fashions for both men and women. The jewelry is fabulous here!

Make Good features over 120 local San Diego and Tijuana artists for handmade jewelry, art, crafts and re-sale clothing.

The Mythology Eco Boutique carries affordable cool organic tees, clothes and accessories for men, women, and children.

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Tell me in the comments below, where are your favorite places to shop in Hillcrest, North Park and/or South Park?


12 Top San Diego Boutiques to Visit in 2012

Chillers Boutique

What motivates me to exercise in the new year? Shopping at some of my favorite go-to boutiques! I thought I would share 12 must-see boutiques, one to visit each month, in 2012!

LeBelAge Boutique

LeBelAge Boutique

LeBelAge Boutique

LeBelAge Boutique, located in the historic Mission Hills neighborhood, is a rare find when shopping for complete ensembles for any occasion making LeBelAge one of my favorite places to shop. Being a regular there I know that this boutique is always spot on with current trends while still being fashion forward for women. Just be sure to look in every case and corner for all of the treasures that you will find.

Cecilia Boutique

Cecilia Boutique, also in the historic Mission Hills neighborhood, is known for being a so-called “incubator” for rising local design stars. They feature ultra fresh brands for women evoking an overall contemporary feel with comfort. Their vintage inspired pieces and current trends of the season items can be easily mixed together for a fresh take on San Diego’s style.

Vocabulary Boutique

When hanging out in Little Italy, I like to stop by Vocabulary Boutique. Whether you are shopping for women or men this boutique has multiple options for daytime or evening clothing and accessories to personalize your style at great price points. There is even a baby section!

Be Beauty

Another must-shop in Little Italy is Be Beauty. This boutique not only offers current women’s fashions, many brought in from Brazil, but also specializes in beauty services. Get a facial along your nails and make-up done before selecting a chic outfit to go out in!

Goga Boutique

In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter is Goga Boutique, owned by one of Project Runway’s alumni, Gordana Gehlhausen! This innovative designer not only offers her one-of-a-kind dresses but also features some unique brands that compliments her own pieces. Stop by for either an uptown-glam or urban-chic look.

Dolcetti Boutique

Just around the corner from Goga Boutique is Dolcetti Boutique. I love this boutique for effortless combinations of either daytime or casual evening looks. There is also a wonderful men’s section offering the latest in jean trends. This is another great option to beautify yourself while shopping since there is a full service salon upstairs. Be sure to check out their accessories too!

Studio 1220 Boutique

Out of the four locations of Studio 1220 Boutique, I like visiting the one in Point Loma located in Liberty Station. This boutique focuses on casual-chic looks with fun accessory pieces. I know I will always be able to find just the perfect blouse or scarf or jacket there! Their footwear selection is also very enticing.

Chillers Boutique

Chillers Boutique

Chillers Showroom

Another great shopping option is Chillers Showroom in Pacific Beach. Concentrating mainly on women, with a nice contemporary selection for the guys, the style here is a laid-back California-chic look offering effortless combinations. It is very easy to find some great layering pieces, tunic-style t-shirts and unique local jewelry designs.

Mimi & Red Boutique

Mimi & Red Boutique has a plethora of street-chic ensembles at fabulous price points. The selection of modern looks including jackets, accessories and blouses at affordable prices always seem to complete my shopping checklist. I never leave empty-handed when shopping at the North Park location.

Junc Boutique

Junc Boutique, a rustic-modern boutique for both men and women in the hip South Park neighborhood, offers some great finds conquering more of a bohemian-look. The boutique has an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories while showcasing some great local art. You can also pick up the perfect housewarming gifts!

Capricorn Boutique

The Parisian-inspired brick house where Capricorn Boutique resides is located in the Birdrock area of La Jolla. This boutique dedicates itself to carrying unique and special clothing lines and accessories for both women and men. The laid-back-luxe looks really inspire you to attempt to be a little bit more hip. The owners research unique and special lines to take on an effortless-chic approach.

Tucci Boutique

Tucci Boutique

Tucci Boutique

My last top 12 boutique to visit in 2012 is Tucci Boutique in the Cedros Design District. This boutique has a coolness factor where you can find the latest styles for women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and shoes. You can find everything for those unique date night ensembles or work-chic pieces. They carry hard to find brands that truly fit San Diego’s uptown-smart style.

Where will you be shopping in San Diego this year?