Tuesday, April 30, 2013

High Bijoux Fashion Jewelry & Accessories

The alley is known for its great deals on fashion jewelry ($1 rings anyone?) but High Bijoux takes accessories to a whole different level. At High Bijoux you'll find the latest trends in accessories: fashion jewelery, scarves, wallets, clutches, handbags, hats, belts. The prices are fantastic! Sure, the rings are more than a $1 but the quality is well above a dollar and in our experience the items we were interested in purchasing, mostly rings, bracelets and necklaces, were all under $15. Plus, if you purchase 6 items you'll get 20% off your entire purchase!

High Bijoux also offers weekly specials. This week all scarves are 2 for $15! You can stay up to date on their current inventory - it changes every 3 days or so - by following them on Instagram. Shop at one of their two locations 1103-A and 1138-C inside Santee Alley.

High Bijoux is retail and wholesale. For pricing and purchase inquiries please contact them directly at 323-494-1459 or info@highbijoux.com.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

FAQ: I'm visiting Santee Alley. Where do I find parking?

We get a lot of questions from first-time visitors regarding where to park, how much it costs to park, how far away are the parking lots from the actual alley, etc. If you are planning to visit Santee Alley and have parking concerns, read on! This post is for you!

There's two options for parking in the Fashion District: Street Meters or Private Lot Parking

Street parking near the alley can be difficult to find, especially on weekends when it is the most crowded here. However street parking can be good and is usually more affordable if you only have a quick errand to run. If you plan to shop for a good part of the day (as most people who visit the alley end up doing!) we recommend you park in a lot. Why?
  • You don't have to worry about your meter running out and racing back to add more time. Or worst, forgetting about adding time to the meter and getting a parking ticket.
  • Some meters have restrictions regarding how long you can be parked at any give space. If you do opt for street parking, always read ALL the signs!
  • Depending on the time of day and location, private lots can actually be more affordable than street parking, and they are definitely more affordable for all-day shopping trips.
There were recent changes made to the meter rates and hours for Fashion District parking meters. You can read about those updates here.

Pricing for parking will vary depending on location, day of the week, and time of day. Private lot parking rates are usually lower in the evenings. In our experience, we've also found that parking rates tend to be lower on weekdays as opposed to weekends. The parking lot's proximity to the alley will also affect pricing. You can find a list of the nearby private parking lots here, and a general list of parking lots in the Fashion District here.

Most importantly, bring cash! Most of the parking lots will be cash only!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Trendspotting: The cutest animal phone and tablet cases

We've been seeing these in the alley now for quite some time, but we had never seen so many. And they're so adorable! These animal shaped rubber cases (available for cell phones and tablets) are beyond words for cuteness. It started off with cute little penguins (pictured below in blue) and they have owls, turtles, pandas, bears, frogs, monkeys, even dogs. They come in all sorts of colors and are super easy to put on and take off your phone.

Personally, we're obsessed. What do you guys think? Would you sport one of these on your phone?

These are available at J & G Accessories. A cell phone and table accessories booth located at 1059 Maple Ave. inside the Santee Alley.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Betty's Shoes

Betty's Shoes is the sister store of Sensual Steps, and much like its sister store, it carries and incredible selection of women's shoes. From heels and stilettos to flats and summer sandals, they've got everything a girl needs in her closet! Betty's also has one of the best selections of flats and sandals we've seen in the alley recently. You'll find a wide variety of styles and colors at super affordable prices. Most shoes are priced under $30!

Interested in purchasing? Visit Betty's Shoes at 1042-B inside the Santee Alley or give them a call at 213-749-0701.