Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Where to Find First Communion Dresses in Santee Alley

Three's for Me has the largest selection of First Communion dresses, tuxedos, and candle sets in Santee Alley. The store offers package deals starting at $125, which include the First Communion dress, tiara, gloves, and shoes. To view available styles visit www.threesforme.com or check out their Instagram and Facebook page. Yelp users can check in for a discount.

Three's for Me is open Monday - Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1055 Maple Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Santee Spring Shoe Trends 2015

Spring is in the air and on the shelves of Santee Alley stores. We stopped by local favorite I Heart Fashion to get the inside scoop on this season's must-haves.

Platforms: A couple seasons ago it was all about the platform pump and now the platform sandal is taking its place. The best thing about this trend is that the stacked sole makes it that much more comfortable to walk in heels! 

Strappy: Strappy sandals of all kinds can be seen at all our shoe stores, but specifically the "gladiator" type. These were really popular back in 2009 and we're seeing a more modern version return for 2015.

P.S. The single sole strappy heel is still going strong. We're big fans of the patent versions pictured below.

Booties: It might seem counter intuitive but booties are big this spring, both the traditional bootie and the sandal version.

Mules: Here's a trend we haven't seen in a while! The mule has been making appearances on the runway and all over Instagram. This season it's being presented as a "low ankle" heel but we've seen both the traditional mule and it's Spring 2015 cousin gain popularity in the alley.

For more current trends and to see the latest styles in Santee Alley follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

I Heart Fashion
1031 Maple Ave inside Santee Alley

Monday, March 9, 2015

Everything $8.99!

Grand opening and major bargain shopping alert! Everything $8.99 just opened in Santee Alley at 1120-H (inside the alley, formerly Meikayla). The new store seems to be offering everything from trendy tees to leggings and active wear. As expected with most bargains stores, merchandising efforts are minimum so you might have to look around a bit, but for $8.99? Totally worth it! The store is only offering women's clothing at this time.

Everything $8.99
1120-H Santee St. inside Santee Alley

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Santee Alley Prom Shopping Guide

Image Bridesmaid & QuinceaƱera, 1026 Santee St.

Prom dress? Check. Heels? Check. Accessories? Check. Tuxedo, tie, and dress shoes? Check, check, check! Santee Alley has everything you need for prom, and in this post we're going to help you find it.

For those of you who are new to the area, Santee Alley takes up two blocks of the LA Fashion District and offers special occasion apparel, accessories, and footwear for men and women at steeply discounted prices. The alley is located between Maple Avenue and Santee Street from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street.

Prom Dresses
The majority of prom dress stores are located on Santee Street between Olympic and 12th. There is one dedicated special occasion dress store located inside Santee Alley - Top Star (pictured above) - and many women’s apparel stores will stock special occasion dresses during the prom season (March-June). There’s also a couple stores located on Maple Avenue between Olympic Boulevard and 12th Street.

Heels & Special Occasion Shoes
We have at least a dozen women’s shoe stores in the area carrying heels, sandals, wedges, and flats in all colors. Shoes typically range from $15-30. See some of the shoe store’s we’ve featured on this blog: Betty’s Shoes, Cherry-4U (pictured above), Sensual Steps, Forever Shoes, I Heart Fashion, and Instagram favorite – Lola Shoetique.

Jewelry & Accessories
The majority of jewelry and accessories stores are located on Santee Street between Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. Inside the alley you will also find Halo Handbags, LA Purses, Fashion Fantasia (pictured above) and Accessories High Bijoux.

Cebu, 1022 Santee St.
Fashion Vogues, 1008-B Santee St.

For the Guys
We’re not just girly glitz and glamour here, we’ve got the boy’s covered too! You can actually buy a suit for the same price or under the cost of a rental. Suits are often sold in package deals that include a tie, shirt, and various accessories. Most package deals are offered for about $100. 

Suit stores can be found throughout the Santee Alley on Maple Avenue, Santee Street, and inside the alley including Bucci and BZ Studio.

Aron Imani, 1013 Maple Ave.

Want to know more abouSee our previous post on saving money for prom here. Questions? Tweet us! @shopsanteealley or message us on Facebook.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Santee Alley is Open on President's Day

Friendly reminder Santee Alley will be open on Monday, February 16, 2015 for the President's Day holiday. Stores will have normal business hours, opening as early as 9:30 a.m. and closing as late as 5:30 or 6 p.m.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Shopping Guide: For the Traditionalist

Valentine's Day is less than a week away! Still not sure what to get your significant other? We're sharing some of the most popular gift items in Santee Alley as part of our Valentines Day Shopping Guide series... 

A tried-and-true favorite of lovebirds everywhere, perfume remains one of the most popular gifts for Valentine's Day. The Santee Alley boast three discount perfume and cologne vendors, where you'll find brand names at discounted prices.
  • K.K. Distributors located at 1115 1/2 S Maple Ave inside Santee Alley
  • Bonita Perfumes located at 1133 S Maple Ave inside Santee Alley
  • Magic Perfumes located at 313 E 12th St inside Santee Alley

For the best selection in licensed and authentic brand name perfumes we highly recommend K.K. Distributors. They carry hundreds of brand name perfumes including Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Ralph Lauren, YSL, Vera Wang, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Lacoste. K.K. is a licensed distributor, meaning they can offer lower prices (up to 70% off retail price!) because of the large quantities they work with. By purchasing direct from the supplier, you cut out the middle man and save even more! See our previous post on K.K. Distributors here.

Also featured for Valentine's Day:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Shopping Guide: For the Handbag Obsessed Gal

With Valentine's Day only two weeks away, it's time to start shopping for your significant other. Not sure what to get him/her? Over the next few days, we'll be sharing some of the most popular items in Santee Alley as part of our Valentine's Day Shopping Guide series.

LA Purses

For the handbag obsessed gal in your life, Santee Alley offers the latest in handbag and accessory trends. There are no less than 6 handbag stores in the alley! If handbag shopping for your loved isn't something you feel comfortable with, consider gifting them a handbag shopping spree. Most bags sell for $20-40, ensuring that whatever she picks will be within your budget ;)

Debi's Fashion

Where to shop for handbags in Santee Alley:

New 9 Handbags
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