Monday, December 30, 2013

Where to Shop for NYE Outfits

New Year's Eve party outfits at 1137-B Santee Alley

We know how important it is to have the right amount of sparkle on New Year's Eve so we headed out to the alley today with only one thing in mind: SEQUINS! We're happy to report the alley is currently stocked with every sequined item imaginable. We found dresses, tops, pants, skirts, shorts, blazers, headbands, accessories, and even shoes. We've compiled a list of the stores with the most sequined items, but there is a lot more out there. Look for the store address in the caption. May your NYE outfit be the shiniest of them all!

1132-D Santee Alley

Kathy Shoes - 1125-4 Santee Alley

1120-E Santee Alley

1121-D Santee Alley

1104 1/2 Santee Alley

1040 Santee Alley

Friday, December 20, 2013

LA Fashion District Holiday Giveaway

Our friends at the LA Fashion District are giving away $100 to one lucky winner as part of their #PayItForwardLA giveaway. As per their announcement...

Thank you to everyone who's been a part of Pay It Forward LA! We've had a lot of fun surprising our shoppers and the Fashion District community with free parking, paid purchases, gift cards, and lunch! We had originally planned a to do a giveaway for those who've been a part of the campaign, but we've had such a great response we've decided to extend it to everyone. And did we mention we're extending the campaign too? Our Safe Team Officers will continue to intercept shoppers at the meters and pay for your parking through Christmas!

Here's how the giveaway will work:

One lucky person will win $100 Visa Gift Card to spend on whatever their heart desires. To enter simply share your random act of kindness story - whether it's doing a good deed or spreading holiday cheer - using the hashtag "PayItForwardLA" on Twitter (@LAFashionDist), Instagram (@LAFashionDistrict) or Facebook. We will randomly select the winner on Thursday, December 26.
You don't have to complete the act of kindness yourself. It can be act you've witnessed and it doesn't need to involve money or making a purchase for someone else. It can be anything from helping someone cross the street or opening the door for a stranger, to helping your neighbor put up their Christmas lights. The goal is remind Los Angeles 'tis the season for kindness, and hopefully inspire someone to do something kind for someone else along the way.

Those of you who have already shared the hashtag will automatically be entered in the giveaway. Thanks for paying it forward!

The fine print: You must be at least 18 years of age. No purchase necessary. Only one entry per person.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The LA Fashion District has a Holiday Surprise for you!

As per the LA Fashion District's blog...

Image via LA Fashion District

Starting tomorrow the LA Fashion District Safe Team Officers and Staff will be surprising shoppers with free parking, paid purchases, and gift cards as part of our Random Acts of Kindness Holiday Campaign. In return we will be asking you to pay it forward.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@LAFashionDist) as we will be hinting to the "Random Act of Kindness of the Day" each morning. We also encourage you to join us in spreading the holiday cheer by sharing your Random Acts of Kindness using the hashtag "#PayItForwardLA". You can use the hashtag on Facebook and Instagram too.

Those who use the hashtag on Twitter will be qualified to win $100 Visa Gift Card. The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, December 19. Anyone is eligible to enter, no purchase necessary.  

'Tis the season to visit the LA Fashion District!
P.S. We hear SUNDAY will be the best day to shop at the alley for this :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Weekly Fashion Finds: 60% Off Jewelry and Accessories

Sale Alert: Wholesale and retail fashion jewelry vendor, Magical Moments, is currently offering 60% off the entire store! Magical Moments has fashion and costume jewelry including necklaces, rings, bracelets, watches and earrings. They also carry some scarves, purses, wallets, and a small selection of rhinestone sandals.

The sale will be going on indefinitely through the holiday season. Visit Magical Moments at 302 E. 11th St. For pricing or purchase inquiries please contact the store directly at (213) 742-0802.

Magical Moments
302 E. 11th St.
(213) 742-0802

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Santee Alley Christmas Holiday Hours

Santee Alley Christmas holiday hours vary year to year. Traditionally businesses will open on Christmas Eve and maintain normal business hours. We're expecting vendors to open on Christmas Day as well, though not all stores are guaranteed to open. The alley opens for business rain or shine! 

Santee Alley Business Hours:
7 days a week
365 Days a year
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Weekly Fashion Finds: Plus Size Leggings and Bottoms

For this week's Weekly Fashion Finds we'd like to introduce you to Curvitique. A plus size store specializing in pants, jeans, and leggings for curvy gals. Curvitique carries sizes 17-28 and has custom plus-size mannequins to show the real sizing and fit of their bottoms. We love the variety of style and colors available here. It's great to see more stores in the alley catering to all body shapes and sizes!

Curvitique also carries tops and dresses in sizes 1-3X. The store is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. New styles arrive weekly.

1031-B Maple Ave.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Wekly Fashion Finds: Vickie's Favorites

Our friends over at Vickie's Fashion just sent out photos of their new inventory and we're very excited to see these in the alley. Behold our favorite 5:

Leopard print + maxi dress? Yes please! This is such a good dress for holiday parties. The perfect way to be chic and warm.

We love everything about this^^ look. The mustard coat is such a fun alternative for fall and the print dress is right on trend.  

This deep burgundy-ish hue is officially the color of the season! It's everywhere: tops, bottoms, pants, skirts, dresses, and now jumpers. You just can't go wrong with oxblood (it's the name of the color).

The other fall trend we're really excited to see take off... prints. Mixing and matching prints that is.

And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic-cut dress. The color blocking on this style helps create the illusion of a smaller waste. We're saving this one for after Thanksgiving.

Shop the looks at Vickie's Fashion located at 1136-B Santee St. or contact them at 213-745-4336. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Leon de Judah - Sports Shoes

The alley has long been known as a shoe heaven for women, but we've noticed an increasing trend in new businesses carrying men's shoes. Cue Leon de Judah, a shoe retailer and wholesaler that carries shoes for the entire family, but who's main focus is men's footwear. It is by far one of the best stores for men's casual shoes around here. Quite literally a hole in the wall, pay extra attention to what you're walking by or you'll miss it. Don't be fooled by the small location, the selection is huge!

Leon de Judah - Sports Shoes
1125-7 Maple Ave.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Santee Alley Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Santee Alley businesses will maintain normal business hours on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 and Black Friday, November 29. Most stores in the alley are typically open by 10 a.m. begin closing around 5 p.m. Hours may vary, as each store is independently owned and operated. The alley is open 365 days  a year, including Christmas Day and New Year's. We expect the alley to stay open for these holidays as well.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Where to Shop: Menswear Importer and Manufacturer

FAQ: Does the alley sell men's clothes? A: Yes! We have clothes, shoes and accessories for the entire family. The men especially, can benefit from our numerous formal and casual wear stores. A good place to start your shopping trip is Bucci, a menswear importer and manufacturer located at 1106 1/2 inside the alley.

Bucci sells fine men's formal wear, outerwear and casual clothing. Expect to find similar styles and brands to those found in department stores. They currently have a great selection of leather jackets, sweaters, and long sleeve dress shirts. Bucci also carries suits, dress shirts and pants, ties, casual shirts, and jeans. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Not sure if it will fit? Bucci has fitting rooms for your convenience.

The super stylish men of Santee Alley^^

1106 1/2 Santee Alley

Retail & Wholesale

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

$1 Accessories and Fashion Jewelry

One of the best places to treasure hunt in the alley is the 99 cents accessories stores. You'll find costume jewelry, hair accessories, cocktail rings, scarves, and everything in between. One of our favorite places for bargain jewelry is Accessories. The selection of bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings here is bigger than most other bargain jewelry places in the alley and they stay true to the 99 cent pricing on most items. Be ready to do some hunting and expect to find lots of fun, colorful pieces! 

Accessories is located at 1042 1/2 inside Santee Alley.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Weekly Fashion Finds: Deals, Sales, & Discounts!

Santee Alley vendors are prepping for the holidays with sales and discounts for men and women. We rounded up some of our favorite deals happening right now:

Buy One Get One Free: Scarves and ponchos at High Bijoux, located at 1103-A and 1138-C. The sale is happening now through the end of the week.

Also at High Bijoux, newly discounted accessories! Necklaces, earrings, and select accessories are 30% off.

2 for $9.99: Scarves at One Trading, located at 1152 inside the alley. As you can see in the photo below, there are plenty of styles to choose from.

Men's Formal Wear Starting at $39.99: At RJ Suits Inc. located at 1138-D inside Santee Alley.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Santee Alley Dining Guide

The Santee Alley is known for its delicious street food. From pupusas and bacon-wrapped hot dogs to fruit salads and frozen yogurt. We bring together foods and flavors from all over the world! If this is your first time visiting the alley, and you're not sure where to grab a bit let us recommend a couple spots:

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are a must-have in the alley. You can get yours with all the toppings (onions, peppers and pico de gallo) or plain. The Alley Dog also serves Mexican, Latin American and American food. The tortillas are made by hand on the spot!

This is the perfect spot for a quick snack, especially on a hot day. They have 16 frozen yogurt flavors. This is also the only place in the alley that sells coffee.

Picante is a little hidden gem sitting overlooking the alley. Not only is it the only sit-down restaurant in the alley, it's also the only place around here with a full bar! Sit in their outdoor patio and enjoy the alley from above. And did we mention they have delicious seafood too?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fall Handbag Sale - All Styles $20!

Remember that $20 handbag sale we told you about back in  August? Well Ice Handbags is carrying the sale right through Fall. ALL HANDBAGS ARE STILL $20! Even better news, Ice has opened a second location in the alley at 1150-B Santee Alley They are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7 days a week.

Scroll below to see current styles...

Ice Handbags
1150-B Santee Alley