Alixandra Collections in Newport Beach is a giant jewelry box—everywhere you look are necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. And the friendly staffers, who also are stylists, happily let you try on whatever catches your eye.
It could be the chunky boho silver rings and necklaces by Avant Garde Paris ($73 and up); the namesake AC Diamond collection ($148 to $2,500); or the delicate rose gold, yellow gold, and silver pieces by Chicago artist Dana Reed ($35 to $92). Dozens of lines cater to every taste and budget.“I love an expensive designer piece but often throw in a $20 necklace or bracelet to complete a look,” says Phoenix-based owner Alixandra Chesno, 43. “The AC customer loves a good value while not compromising on quality.”
Although the boutique is one of 10 Chesno owns nationwide, this Westcliff Court location, which opened in 2013, has a very Orange County vibe. “We’ve worked hard to curate the right collection for Newport Beach,” she says.
Other O.C.-perfect items: Hammitt bags ($250 and up); trendy Quay Australia sunglasses ($50); the stores’ denim line, AC Trend ($38 to $58); and tops by Wildfox, Michael Stars, Trina Turk, and Splendid.