O.C.’s Best 2020! | Shop and Indulge

Treat yourself to a little something—handmade clay jewelry, luxury eyewear, or perhaps a stunning bouquet.
Minnow Swim; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Kids Swimwear
The colorful line of children’s swimwear from Minnow Swim includes rash guards, board shorts, and a collaboration with J. Crew. The company, started by a Laguna Beach mom, has plenty of stylish options for summer. Accessorize with hats, bags, towels, and even fins and goggles. minnowswim.com

Exclusive Line
Top off your favorite summer outfit with a silk duster by Simone Kidd. The line is available exclusively at Amarees and features eight colors made from 100 percent sand-washed silk with prices ranging from $1,500 to $3,000. Newport Beach, 949-642-4423

Female-Focused Scents
Woman-owned and inspired, Thistle + Sage Botanics has candles and perfumes that are vegan, eco-conscious, and clean-burning. You’ll find the company tucked in a vintage Airstream trailer at The Lab. Shop the Femme collection to find scents inspired by Frida Kahlo, Simone De Beauvoir, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Rosa Parks. Bonus: 10 percent of your purchase is donated to a women’s rights charity. Costa Mesa, thistleandsage​botanics.com

Hello Kitty Collab
Add some kawaii to your beauty routine and shop Impressions Vanity’s collection of LED tabletop, handheld, and compact mirrors featuring the iconic, bow-clad Sanrio character. The mirrors have white- and rose-gold accents and adorable details such as LED strip lights in the shape of Hello Kitty and heart-shaped LED lights, as well as functional components like a USB charging outlet and a wireless Bluetooth speaker. Tustin, 844-881-0790

Photograph courtesy of Elysewalker

Personal Styling
Have a special event to attend or looking to refresh your wardrobe? Take a quick survey from Elysewalker and adjoining Towne by Elysewalker, provide your schedule, and the stylists will have options ready when you come in. The boutiques offer exclusive access to pieces from the runway as well as new arrivals. Newport Beach, 949-612-2646

Luxury Eyewear
Founded by the creator of Chrome Hearts Eyewear, EuroCollective is home to a wide array of high-end eyewear brands including Tom Ford, Gucci, Celine, Maybach, Cartier, and more. Customers can receive eye exams in the expansive boutique, and lens services are offered as well. Newport Beach, 949-301-8001

Psychedelic T-Shirt
The most colorful swag at Blackmarket Bakery is hip kitchen-wear for those who love to wake and bake. The “Totally Baked” T-shirt easily will be the wildest in your tie-dye wardrobe. Costa Mesa, 714-662-3095

Swappable Purse Straps
Switch out any strap attached to a D-ring with the vegan, adjustable Click n Carry straps made from seat belt material at Harveys. Choose from leopard print, colorful polka dots, plain black, roses, and more for an easy way to change up your style. Santa Ana, 877-666-2247

Vintage Flower Truck
Christina Roberts, owner of Petals and Leaf Springs Flower Truck, combines a love of classic cars and florals. She peddles petals throughout the county in a restored 1965 Ford Econoline pickup. Partnering with local small businesses, the mobile flower stand hosts pop-ups where guests can build their own bouquets. petalsandleafsprings.com

Clay Earrings
Make a statement with the drop earrings at AOK Clay, which are handmade in Orange County. Owner Aileen Klein sculpts each pair using polymer clay, making them unique. The durable yet light jewelry comes in various styles and shapes, with some limited-run designs. Costa Mesa, etsy.com/shop/AOKClay

Luxe Skincare Center
Experience Irvine-based skincare line ZO Skin Health at ZO Skin Centres. Customers can pamper themselves with various anti-aging services using ZO’s dermatologist-created line at two Orange County locations. Options include facials, peels, and stem cell extracts as well as injectables and laser services. Newport Beach, 949-408-0802; Laguna Beach, 949-298-7452

Forever Jewelry
Founded by the former owner of Yorba Linda’s jewelry pop-up Lemon and Main, Lnx Collection features jewelry with a commitment—the 14-karat gold chain bracelets and anklets in the Forever Collection do not have clasps. Instead, the dainty chain is fitted and soldered on at your appointment. lnxcollection.com

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