*LA's Premiere Outdoor Shopping Experience*
Santee Alley is one of the most popular shopping areas in the LA Fashion District and downtown Los Angeles. "The Alley" is best known for its festival atmosphere and amazing bargains.
Date night? Girls night? Whatever the occasion we have the perfect outfit for you. The key is to know where to look. Maximize your shopping time in the alley by following this 3-step guide to finding the perfect outfit.
Step 1: Start by shopping for the clothes. It's incredibly easy to get distracted by all the accessory and shoe stores in the alley, but save those for later. Chances are you'll end up browsing through the jewelry and handbags all day. We have that many here! Stores tend to display their newest and/or most popular styles on their mannequins. This will give you a good idea of what's inside. When we're in a rush, we like going straight to Vickie's. We've featured her on this blog time and time again, but that's because she always has something new. The staff here is super friendly and fashion savvy, which helps too.
Step 2: Once you've got your outfit picked out move on to the accessories. There is an endless selection of fashion jewelry in the alley but many overlook what is one of the most affordable accessories here: handbags. Believe it or not this is where you'll get the most bang for your buck, as many stores run promotions all the time. $20 handbag anyone? It's the best way to complete any outfit!
Step 3: The shoes can make or break the outfit. The good news is the alley has the best shoe selection in LA, if we do say so ourselves. Every color, print, heel style, is here and most likely under $30. How can you not buy a new pair? And no, there is no way you can have a perfect outfit without new shoes ;)
This year we're helping you get a head start on your Valentine's Day shopping and save you a couple bucks along the way. Santee
Alley has everything you need for your sweetheart - perfume, jewelry,
lingerie, to name a few - at up to half the cost of department stores. Over the next few days we'll be posting shopping guides to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, starting with this very sexy list of our favorite lingerie and hosiery stores.
Here you'll find cute babydolls and slips, sexy lace teddys, thigh high stockings, garter belts, and so much more. Most of our lingerie stores also carry costumes, tights and hosiery, and bra and panty sets. Click on the stores below to learn more about each, and remember inventory changes on a weekly basis!
Last week when we stopped by Madera Fashion to check out their Spring 2014 collection, we noticed they had some of the cutest girl's clothing in kids and tweens sizes we've seen in the alley lately. Perfect for the little fashionistas, Madera has trendy tops and colorful bottoms that will make getting dressed in the morning fun. Added Bonus: Many of the tops include accessories (pictured below). For those still looking to update winter wardrobes, Madera has some coats and sweaters available as well.
Visit Madera Fashion at 1041 inside the Santee Alley.
Let's be honest, it feels like Spring all year around here but it's starting to look like it too! The Spring 2014 collections have arrived at Santee Alley and Madera Fashion (1041 Santee Alley) let us have a sneak peek at the upcoming trends. We're happy to report we spotted lots of color and beautiful prints. Coral, mint, sky blue, and bright yellows and pinks seem to be the color palette of choice.We also saw a lot of beautiful floral prints on bottoms and tops alike. We'll be posting our favorite new styles on Instagram (@thesanteealley), as well as exclusive first looks. Make sure to follow us an follow Madera at @maderafashion.
We love these matching two-piece crop top sets, especially the floral skirt pictured below (right). The photo does not do it justice. The colors are so pretty in person!
The arrival of spring collections means its time to make room for new inventory. Much of Madera's fall inventory is currently on sale and steeply discounted. Bargain shopping anyone?
Madera also carries select plus size clothing, including plus size jeans starting at $14.99.
Hope everyone is having a great 2014 so far! We're dedicating our first blog post of the year to the first Weekly Fashion Finds of 2014. There's tons of new styles in the alley - clothing, shoes, and accessories. First up is Iconic Fashion (pictured above) with new styles for the ladies, ranging from casual to party dresses. You can see more of their styles here. Iconic Fashion is located at 1006-C inside the Santee Alley.
Another store with a whole new inventory for the new year, is Santee Alley favorite Lola Shoetique. Their newest styles can be viewed (and purchased!) on their website at lolashoetique.com
Accessories High Bijoux is bringing in the New Year with an array of trendy necklaces. Our favorite is this "Meow" piece pictured below. You can see more of their jewelry collection here. High Bijoux is located at 1138-C inside the alley.
Our last pick for this week, is these Chanel inspired quilted, gold chain strap handbags from Ice Handbags & Accessories. They are available in red, blue, black, ivory, and tan. They also have a very similar style with rhinestones. See them here. You can place an order online by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Ice Handbags at 1150-B inside the alley.