Spring is in the air. The sun is shining. The shore is brimming. And the storefronts are gleaming. With blocks of boutiques and an ocean by its side, Manhattan Beach is the place to be. Whether you are Eco Chic or a Designer Diva, these 10 destinations have something for everyone.
For the Green Goddess
1. "Fresh" Pedicure and SpaRitual Vegan Lacquer- $27 and $10 at Color Me Green
"Eco-friendly is not just a trend for this year—more like a trend straight up for the future," said spa director Laika de los Santos, who has pegged bright blues and deep plums as must-have polish colors.
For the Bohemian
2. Niki Biki Linen Pants- $40 at Mandarine
With the seaside in mind, Mandarine anticipates a nautical trend this season. "Linen pants are light for spring and casual enough to wear with a bathing suit," said manager Vinh Do.
For the Classic Hippie
3. Cotton And Candy Ruffled Mini Dress- $46 at Mosaic on Manhattan
The hottest sell at this downtown shop is this item. "It is the opposite of last year's Maxi dress—bright and flirty," said manager Suzie Dickens. And just in time for spring.
For the Urban Fashionista
4. Hammitt Montana Messenger- $585 at Cami
Besides best-selling Chan Luu and Indira wrap bracelets, Cami is betting on the Stephanie Hammitt leather, 24-karat rivet-plated messenger. "It is definitely the most popular trend in handbags for spring," said manager Allison Thompson.
For the Designer Diva
5. Raquel Allegra Basic V-Neck- $232 at Wright's
Spring is synonymous with comfort and Allegra's earthy, hand-shredded tee is it. "The loose, lightweight fabric is in for spring," said sales associate Britney Nakamoto. "Put it on and you look polished every time."
For the Beach Babe
6. Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric Mineral Texture Spray- $28 at Hush Hush Hair Salon
The beach look is all the rage this season, according to stylist Stephen D'Amico. And thanks to Shu Uemura's texture spray, voluminous just-came-from-the-beach hair is possible.
For the Glam Princess
7. Dana Kellin necklaces- $115-235 at Lily Lotus
"Lots of blingy jewelry, melding antique brass and metals with precious stones from quartz to garnet," said manager Ulon Munro.
For the Flawless Feminine
8. Nutraceutics Serum C- $60 at All About Me Skincare Studio
Spring is the beginning of tanning season in Manhattan Beach. To ward off those harmful UV rays, All About Me owner Coleen Graham lives by Serum C. "This is a must in summer season," she said. "Vitamin C goes after the free radicals and keeps skin radiant."
For the Stylista
9. Hobo Effe Clutch- $98 at GiGi
Besides Geoffrey Campbell's one-of-a-kind flats, Hobo clutches are happening this spring. "They hold a lot for a little. It's a clutch that's a wallet," said manager Joe Seligman. And they are practical too.
For the Contemporary Chic
10. Murphy's Daughter Belts- $96-148 at UNA Los Angeles
According to the sales associates over at UNA, belts are "a big hit for spring." From thin leather to wide canvass, "you can wear them with anything," Brianna Davis and Krista Richardson rave.