Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Beautiful view along Sunset Cliffs near Ocean Beach, CA.

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Another beautiful sunset at the beach.

Unique Gifts – 4851 Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, CA

Oh wow– what a treat when I stopped by at 4851 Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach recently. The shop is called Unique Gifts. Of course, like me you will likely want to keep everything in sight for yourself! When I visited, the store was just in process of getting set up. It looks like the idea is for small shops of independent merchants selling their wares.

I found unique items ranging from jewelry to jackets to small plants. This shop was a true pleasure to browse.

  • Unique Gifts – over 50 different vendors
  • 4851 Newport Avenue
  • Ocean Beach, CA 92107
  • Phone: (858) 222-0223





Azucar – a Cuban Style Patisserie

Have you ever found yourself in need of a sugar fix?? This was me a few weekends ago as I was strolling along Newport Avenue in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego. It was not quite warm enough for the beach and just sunny enough where I felt a strange sense of guilt sitting indoors. Of course, it was early afternoon and a coffee and a few cookies seemed like a great idea.

  • Azucar
  • 4820 Newport Avenue
  • Ocean Beach, CA 92107
  • Phone: (619) 523-2020
  • Web: www.iloveazucar.com

I saw the inviting sign for “azucar” and stopped in. Wow… what a fabulous place! I was in the market for a coffee (of course!) and a few cookies. I chose what resembled a chocolate chip cookie but what I got was sooo much better! Part cookie and part chocolate perfection it was more than I ever thought a cookie could be! I’m hooked and will gladly be back for more. As far as the coffee is concerned– all I can say is that they had vanilla sugar for the coffee. What more can a girl ask for?! (Joy!)



$2 Dollar Thrill – Recycle It & Rock It!

Last weekend I found myself wondering– what can you get for a couple of bucks these days? Turns out $2 buys a whole lot of cool stuff at $2 Dollar Thrill in Ocean Beach. Everything from vinyl records to CD’s to cute dresses and summer tops. I’m not kidding… you really can buy a dress in this place for $2. A super cute dress! When I originally stopped by it was a sunny Sunday afternoon and I was post-beach and completely out of cash (bummer). An especially huge bummer because I spotted a super-fabulous dress and didn’t have 2 bucks in actual cash-only my debit card. (Ahh.. such is life) The good news– I’m planning a return trip next weekend and maybe I can do some damage under $10. Never thought I’d say that!!

  • $2 Dollar Thrill
  • 4871 Newport Avenue
  • Ocean Beach, CA 92107
  • Phone: (619) 222-2772
  • Web: www.thrifttrader.org

From what I was told, this is the place where the “left-over” stuff from their Pacific Beach store goes. I hear in Pacific Beach the items are priced at $6 (oh… guess this is the high price store-ha). So… recycle it and rock the look! Here’s to recycling and here are some of the cute things I found…





Blondstone – jewelry studio in La Jolla & Ocean Beach

Blondstone – jewelry studio

925 Prospect Street in La Jolla, CA 92037

4931 Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, CA 92107


It was a rainy Wednesday last week when I was in Ocean Beach. The plan was to visit the Farmers Market but the weather got in the way of that. Lucky for me I found the amazing jewelry studio Blondstone on Newport Avenue. I’d walked by a couple of times but never went in. Again, lucky for me it was a rainy afternoon and a jewelry store was the perfect place to wait out a few sprinkles!

I found some beautiful necklaces and earrings. I have a weak spot for jewelry and always like the look of sea glass pendants. Also known as Mermaid Tears this is naturally tumbled sea glass– found locally and around the world. Blondstone captures these fine ocean gems in brilliant silver settings (again, a personal favorite of mine) as pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings.

Sol Wave— I found a really pretty necklace called the Sol Wave. Excellent design and comes in several sizes and price ranges. Below is my favorite Wave on Leather- Medium- $60. Great size to wear with summer t-shirts and dresses.

Wave on Leather - medium

Blondstone is a great place to score beautiful designer sterling jewelry. As the working design studio of SOL Designs by Heidi this is the only source for Heidi’s popular designs.





The Black Bead – Happy 19th Anniversary!

The Black Bead

5003 Newport Ave.

San Diego, CA. 92107


Lucky me– I received a surprise email from The Black Bead in Ocean Beach. This awesome shop is celebrating its 19th anniversary! I was the lucky recipient of a 20% off coupon. Woohoo!!

I purchased the light blue pendant pictured below for just $12 over the weekend.  It will look great with summer dresses and t-shirts.   As you can see from my photo– there are a lot of beads and jewelry supplies to choose from. This is one of those places you could spend hours in and totally lose track of time.

Happy shopping!!



Wordless Wednesday – January 18


Sunset in Ocean Beach


The Black Bead – Ocean Beach

The Black Bead

5003 Newport Avenue

San Diego, CA 92107



Recently I visited The Black Bead located in the Ocean Beach area of sunny San Diego.  What a fabulous surprise!  I was in the market for a funky necklace of some kind– and lucky for me The Black Bead did not disappoint.

When I first walked in, the kaleidoscope  of colors and shapes invited me to spend more time exploring the treasure within.

The cases were lined with partitioned trays of beads, the walls awash with pattern– and there were even some stunning beauties dangling above my head.

It didn’t take long for me to pick out a Rhodonite stone and a black leather cord.  The gal behind the counter helping me shop was kind enough to do some quick research on the healing properties of Rhodonite.  (FYI… The mineral name Rhodonite was named after the Greek word rhodon which means “rose”.  Physically, rhodonite is an excellent wound healer. Aside from supporting liver functions to stimulate detoxification, it works great in limiting the damage of wounds, from small cuts to deep cuts.  In addition, it is said to bring emotional balance and confidence to one’s life.)

A twenty-dollar bill later… and I was out the door in my funky & beautiful rhodonite necklace… feeling better than ever.  For sure– I’ll be back again!