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Thursday, April 15, 2010

A few of my favorite places -- and somewhere new to visit -- Paris To the Moon in Costa Mesa

We thought we knew ALL the coolest stores in Orange County but Jody and I visited a new store today that was fabulous. Paris To The Moon is in Costa Mesa at 1720 Santa Ana Avenue tucked into a little cottage on a corner. It's chock full of glittery, fun, decadent stuff and we left with plastic crowns and wands for fun. Paper goods, lots of Parisian themed gifts (of course), purses, vintage items, jewelry, small antiques, tiny chandeliers, and pink, crystal, black and white items abound. The people were very, very nice and we all chatted about our 'other' favorite stores...they also suggested a great place for lunch, Eat Chow, on 18th street, right around the corner, and it was delish! Next time you are on your way to Newport Beach, take a left at 17th street in Costa Mesa, a left at Santa Ana Avenue, and it's on your right. There's a little parking lot in back of the store. We decided it's worth a trip back again soon to see what other 'hot spots' are along 17th street, it looked very promising. Fashion Island is only about 10 minutes away -- always great stuff at Anthropologie...and South Coast Plaza and the Lab are also only 10 minutes away...Paper Source in Crystal Court, Urban Outfitters in the Lab among others.
A few of my other favorite stores:
Barbara Cheatley's, 215 Yale Avenue, Claremont (around the corner from Stamp Your Heart Out); Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's, 3675 Main St., Riverside (on the walking mall across from the Mission Inn); and Eikon, on the south side of Orange Circle next to the Victoria Company (say hi to John and tell him Elaine sent you)! Not your run of the mill mall stores -- and not that far away...have fun shopping or just looking for inspiration!

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