Thursday, August 15, 2013

Daytripping at the Malibu Country Mart: Round Two

It was another great weekend to visit the Malibu Country Mart. Following my trip back in May, I stopped by the beachy shopping center this past Sunday to take in some festive activities sprinkled with art and retail therapy. It goes without saying, but summer in Malibu is pretty magical. 

My first stop was at Babakul, where I met up shop owner Kym Gold and took advantage of the just-opened boutique's gratis mani station in front of the store. Kym told me that the nail wraps (first picture, above) are inspired by the popular retailer's original prints! (I kind of never want to take them off.) These shorts are another example of their charming pattern play.

My second stop was at Michael Stars, another newly unveiled storefront at MCM. I couldn't get enough of their retro-rad Rewind shades, which you can pick up for an easy $78 here.

I was also stoked on Michael Stars' new denim and silk offerings. Given that the celebrated label has already nailed the basics game, it's no surprise that they've expanding into other fashion categories, too.

After getting my shopping on, I visited owner Alexandra Stanley at her incredible art gallery/decor mecca, LUCE della Citta. Located right next to Mr. Chow, the inspiring space features tons of hard-to-find pieces. I fell in love with these paintings by LA artist Harry Moody.

Fun fact: LUCE della Citta is the exclusive distributor of Robert Cavalli Fine China, which is a pretty big deal. This table setting is worthy of hanging on a wall! Want to see the space for yourself? Stop by on September 12, where LUCE will be hosting an "Under the Candelabra" concert from 7 to 9pm. A Liberace-inspired performer will be in this house, so if you're obsessed with HBO's Behind the Candelabra like I am (I've seen it like five times, seriously), you won't want to miss this.

Last but certainly not least, but final MCM stop was at Beauty Collection, which is pretty much a makeup lover's paradise. Favored by pro artists and fans alike, this spot carries just about every must-have brand on the planet, which are all hand-selected by the retailer's experts. A go-to resource for 15 years strong, Beauty Collection is also the launching pad for many of today's trendy brands, like Minx and MoroccanOil. Above is a roundup of their hottest items this season, which includes Ciate's  rad glow-in-the-dark nail polish. (You heard it hear first, people!) 

Before I left, Beauty Collection's award-winning facialist Crystal Evars treated me to an Oxygen Facial  that was a next-level experience. The perfect pampering session after a long day of shopping, the treatment left my skin ultra-glowy and softer than ever. I had an event after and decided to go sans makeup -- it was that good. Learn more about Beauty Collection Malibu here. Until next time!


Kumba Dauda said...

Great post! I absolutely love your blog. Just followed you on bloglovin. P.s your nails are amazing :)


Natalie Alcala said...

Thank you so much! x

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