Holiday Time at the New Outlets at San Clemente

Have you been to the new Outlets at San Clemente?

The Outlets at San Clemente is the first and only ocean-facing outdoor outlet shopping and dining destination in Orange County.

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The center is currently open, though they are still adding new shops and dining locations. Upon completion, the center will boast nearly 70 retailers and more than a dozen dining options, including four restaurants offering scenic ocean views.

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We stopped by The Outlets at San Clemente and were delighted to see how they were decked out for the holidays. The Christmas tree is stunning, and we found Santa and Mrs. Claus sitting at the bottom of it. They’ll be available to meet and take photographs with starting on Black Friday.

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We also spotted Santa’s reindeer, waving and jingling from above some of the stores. The attention to detail in the decor at the Outlets at San Clemente is just outstanding.

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Many of the shops in the Outlets at San Clemente are already open! You can find great deals at some of your favorite high-end retailers such as Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, GUESS, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and more.

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If you have some free time this week and want to beat the Holiday shopping rush, you’ll find the Outlets at San Clemente to be a beautiful and relaxing place to shop. Most of the stores already have their sales started.

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Fresh air, beautiful decor, scenic views, and a relaxed shopping environment that is great for the whole family. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah, dogs are welcome at the Outlets at San Clemente too!

Keep updated on the various holiday events and new shops and dining options opening at the Outlets at San Clemente by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Shopping!

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Build-A-Scare at Goodwill This Halloween

For Goodwill of Orange County, the busiest shopping season of the year isn’t the retail extravaganza that is Black Friday – it happens much sooner: Halloween. Halloween has become such a big business for them, that sections within the stores devoted to all things Halloween have sprung up across all of their 22 retail locations. SoCal Locale contributor, Jen, attended a free media event to learn how Goodwill is the best kept secret for those on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume. From wigs and accessories to unforgettable getups, Goodwill is the ultimate Halloween emporium.

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

Hi friends! I know there are lots of places to get Halloween costumes, but have you thought about Goodwill? Goodwill of Orange County is the place to go – not only do they section off an area of stores with items that would be perfect to build Halloween costumes for the whole family (including pets!), but they also have a great selection of Halloween decorations to costume your house too!

I’m a sucker for thrift store fashions and Halloween is my favorite holiday. For all of you vintage mavens and horror fanatics, the Halloween costume section at Goodwill of Orange County is great to pick through for your new favorite item of clothing to wear all year. Trust me – it’s what I do! When I’m looking through the racks trying to build the perfect costume, it’s impossible for me not to see things that I could rotate into my wardrobe. I mean, how could I pass up that cool skull t-shirt or those black cat ears? Maybe that’s just me though. 😉

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

photo credit: Fely Phibbs

I stopped by one of the Goodwill of Orange County stores this week for a fun costume contest event! A group of us bloggers and influencers paired up in teams and competed against each other in costume contests using the Halloween racks in the store. The first contest was to build a classic costume but put a twist on it! My teammate, Fely from Le Fashion & Beauty dressed up for this one and we came up with a pirate on vacation. Conveniently, this year’s Halloween themes at Goodwill include pirates, superheroes, princesses, witches, and more so finding the right items was a snap. Oh and guess what…we won!

Halloween Build A Scare with Goodwill OC

photo credit: Fely Phibbs

The second contest was to dress up as a superhero. People came up with some really fun costume ideas – even some made-up superheroes! My partner and I ended up dressing me up as a superhero mermaid, an underwater crime fighter, if you will. 😉 We had so much fun layering different textures and colors to create my mermaid superhero look. Oh, and did I mention that we did it all in 8 minutes?!

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If we were able to pull together two costumes in about 15 minutes, imagine how easy it will be for you to do the same! Goodwill of Orange County also supplements the donated clothing with new, purchased items for Halloween including wigs, hats, masks, and more. Speaking of donated clothing, Goodwill also welcomes donations of any old costumes – bring in yours today – maybe you’ll walk out with another one!

Goodwill of Orange County is the O.C.’s largest non-profit. When you’re thinking of where to buy your Halloween costumes this year, remember that revenue from the purchase of Halloween items supports Goodwill’s job training and career services for the thousands of people Goodwill serves annually. That said, did you know that Halloween is the busiest shopping season of the year for Goodwill of Orange County?

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So now that you know where you’re getting your Halloween costumes, what are you going to dress up as? Do you like classic costumes like ghosts or witches or are you into modern pop culture references? Let’s talk Halloween costumes!

Heirlooms & Hardware – New Costa Mesa Location!

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Have you heard of the eclectic Heirlooms and Hardware store yet? We were invited to attend the grand opening in Costa Mesa last month and it was amazing. The flagship store was originally in SOCO but this new space in Costa Mesa is double the size – which means you get more room to shop, design your own custom furniture from salvaged wood, and see the H&H team work their magic.

H&H is a family-owned business that opened in 2011. Joseph and Jessica D’Ambra, the founders, are a husband and wife team and Jennifer, a sibling, is the Director of Operations. “People come to us because we not only make quality furniture at affordable prices, but also because we invite them to experience the process of custom furniture design and construction, a nearly lost art,” says Jennifer D’Ambra. “Our new, larger location makes it easier for customers to browse through our store or to work closely with Joe to design furniture of their own imagination.”

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The grand opening event was so much fun but the best part was that a portion of proceeds from the event benefited Orange-based nonprofit Inspire Artistic Minds, which is a community culture project offering experiences and scholarships in the arts of taste, sight, and sound. We love the idea of giving back to our OC community!
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For the past three years, Heirlooms and Hardware has fitted custom furniture for many a home in Southern California and you can also see their tables, clothing racks and jewelry displays at some amazing establishments including Gypsy Den (Costa Mesa and Anaheim), Stone Brewery at Petco Park (San Diego), Moulin Bistro (Newport Beach), BLK Burgrz (Ladera Ranch), The Shore Public House (Long Beach), As Issued and Cloth & Metal (Costa Mesa)!
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Heirlooms and Hardware prices range from $200 to $4,800 for custom furniture; $16 to $350 for vintage décor; and personal and gift items start at $6.75 to $175.
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Heirlooms and Hardware is a unique curation of one-of-a-kind items, rustic artifacts and found objects and the source of custom-designed, handcrafted furniture featuring reclaimed wood up to 100 years old. You can find them at The LAB in Costa Mesa or online at heirloomsandhardware.com.