A Potpourri of Hats!

Who doesn’t love a cute hat? I literally bumped into a fantastic hat kiosk tonite in Westfield’s UTC Shopping Center.  Personally, I wear a lot of hats on the advice of my dermatologist.  (you can never be too careful with your skin and sun protection in the summer!)  Check out this small but mighty kiosk…


  • Chapeaux – jour au nuit apropos
  • Email: ChapeauxHats@yahoo.com
  • Westfield UTC
  • 4545 La Jolla Village Drive
  • San Diego, CA  92122
  • Phone: (619) 944-0381

So, fellow San Diego residents– if you are getting ready for opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack this might be a good place to shop for that necessary new hat.  Prices range from $20 to $45 for basic hats.  If you want something more on the fancy side prices go from $45 to $110.

I found a fantastic selection of floral headbands for $10 to $14.  These are perfect for younger girls.

That sign below w/ the visors being “buy 1/get 1 at 50% off”— nice! That visor would be easy to roll up and pack into a travel bag for a weekend getaway or vacation, right?

I had a nice conversation with the owner, Jenifer C.  She told me trunk shows are available upon request. A percentage of sales can either go to the host or benefit a charity.


I’m thinking one of these visors might be good to wear either at the beach or maybe when I’m out and about on weekends. After all, I am in sunny San Diego!

Of course, check out the photo below with the amazing floral headbands.  What a great way to add a little color into your world.



Chuao Chocolatier – Who Doesn’t Love Chocolate??

Chuao Chocolatier

4465 La Jolla Village Drive

La Jolla, CA

Ph# 858-546-1463


Valentine’s Day is always a good excuse to make a run to the chocolate shop. After all– who doesn’t love chocolate? I have to admit I have a total sweet tooth. I have to remind myself to “move away from the candy” and not eat the entire container of candy in one sitting. (As we speak, I am writing this blog post while I stare longingly at a red heart box filled with candy….) I was kind of hoping I’d find a few “bad ones”— no such luck– they are ALL good!!

As if that isn’t bad enough tonite I went on a short walk after work and found myself wandering around in the mall. With candy on the brain I figured why not write my blog post about some kind of candy?? Ah… so that being said I walked with purpose into Chuao Chocolatier in the Westfield UTC Mall. Oh yummy– what a delicious place!

I found everything from a Spicy Maya Brownie mix ($12.95) to wine. Pretty cool they sell the wine too. There was a divine table set up at the entrance with roses, red gift boxes filled with candy and ornate cards. If you need a quick gift this would be a perfect place to stop off during a lunch break and/or right after work on the way home.

Happy Valentine’s Day! And happy shopping!




Valentine’s Day deals…perfume… earrings… Oh Yum!

My favorite mall is Westfield UTC– it’s easy access to shop during my break at work and just a fabulous mall in general. Imagine my excitement when I came across the Retail section in todays San Diego Union Tribune and found such great deals to be had at the 11 Westfield Shopping Centers in the San Diego area.

Here is the link to the full set of deals for this week:  www.utsandiego.com/malls0207   (these deals come out weekly on Tuesdays I plan to stay tuned!)

I noticed lots of Valentine’s Day type deals to be had this week– Ben Bridge Jewelry giving away chocolate with the purchase of a $99 diamond heart pendant thru February 14th and Forever 21 is offering free perfume with a $50 purchase.   Best yet– Kay Jewelers is offering $90 diamond heart-shaped earrings for a mere $24.99!

Shopping in the  Westfield malls never looked so good. Whether you’re shopping for someone else or on the look-out for a bit of your own retail therapy the deals are out there.  Personally,  I’m really thinking about those $24.99 earrings at Kay Jewelers.

Exclusively American – San Diego – UTC Mall

Exclusively American

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exclusivelyamerican

Twitter: @CreatingJObs

Email: info@exclusivelyamerican.us

Made in America. Many times these words are hard to find on most products we purchase at the mall.

While roaming thru the Westfield UTC Mall tonite I came across a new kiosk called Exclusively American. What a fabulous find!  Lovely infinity scarves, funky feathered wrist wraps… What more could you want? Well, scroll down and you will see a beautiful selection of bags to carry your yoga mat. Genius idea. The very best thing about all this – everything is made in America!  You can be patriotic and look amazing at the same time.

I’m planning a return trip here this week for one of these scarves. I have my eye on that pretty red one.  (I’m trying to inject more color in my wardrobe — I’m guilty of wearing way too much black!)

As I like to say– I’ll be back!!



Kay Jewelers…

Tonite I found myself doing a little light window shopping in Kay Jewelers at Westfield UTC. Anyone who knows me well is aware how much I love jewelry. With my whole downsizing mentality lately I’ve tried hard to adopt the “look away from the jewelry” rule as much as possible. But sometimes… ya gotta do more than look away! (At least I do anyway.) I went on a little recon shopping trip as a favor to someone I know last night. Most difficult recon trip ever!! Kay Jewelers is filled with amazing sparklers and it was all I could do to ask questions, gather my intelligence and escape. I figured you all would want to see some of the fabulous sparklers I found. In case anyone is wondering I managed to keep my Visa card under wraps!

14K White Gold 1/3 Carat t.w. Diamond Solitaire Earrings 14K White Cold 1/3 Carat total weight Diamond Solitaire Earrings $299 (excellent deal)

Sterling Silver ¼ Carat t.w. Black Diamond Hoop EarringsSterling Silver 1/4 Carat Black Diamond Hoop Earrings $199 (cute & fun to wear!)

Sterling Silver Cable ChainSterling Silver Cable Chain $29.99 (great find- this is something I’m getting for me!)

Charmed Memories® Ruby Red Frost Murano Glass CharmRuby Red Frost Murano Glass Bead $29.99 (I love these Murano glass beads!)

Charmed Memories® Sterling Silver Lady Bug CharmSterling Silver Lady Bug Charm $39.99 (Lady Bugs are my fave!)

Sterling Silver Diamond Double Heart Key NecklaceSterling Silver Diamond Double Heart Key Necklace $79.99 (I keep looking at this…)

I tried to keep this semi cost-effective. There are so many cute things right now it was hard to choose! I’m definitely going back for the chain necklace tomorrow. Happy Shopping!

ModDiva – Sophisticated & Funky Fabric Handbags

ModDiva    (Currently on location at the Westfield UTC Mall)


Hien Truong,  Designer

Phone#  1-800-275-5931

Tonite I was strolling thru the Westfield UTC mall in San Diego– no plans to buy anything just enjoying the evening. I was pleasantly surprised to find a kiosk called ModDiva displaying some fabulous vintage inspired bags and accessories.  Actually, I needed one more gift for my Mom so this was a good find!  I purchased the wristlet for $15 and also got a free key chain with purchase.  (I continue to try to down-size which is why I only bought one thing– however, after scanning thru the ModDiva website I’m pretty sure I’ll be returning for a messenger bag. Will post photos on that later.)  Here is a sample of what they offer:

Wristlets– These bright and funky colored wristlets are fabulous when you want to travel light.  All of the wristlets have a zippered closure, are fully lined on the inside and machine washable.  They have an alligator clip strap so you can easily wear them around your wrist.  Starting at just $15 it’s a great deal when you consider the wristlets are unique and handmade by ModDiva.

Bird Seed Mint GreenWristlet- Bird Seed Mint Green – $14.95 (sale price)

Orchids RaspberryWristlet- Orchids Raspberry – $14.95 (sale price)

Fabric Handbag w / Double Straps - Fresh Start SpruceFabric Handbag w/ double straps – Fresh Start Spruce – $34.95

Handbags– ModDiva fabric handbags and accessories are handmade in the United States by the owner and her mother.  These items are modern and utilize the highest quality designer fabrics and workmanship.  These bags make fantastic gifts for friends and family.

Cosmetic Bags— These are great for storing cosmetics, diapers, pens and pencils, or supplies.  With a duck egg fabric lining, they are easy to clean.  Just toss these little makeup bags in the washing machine and lightly iron to bring it back to life.  This would make a great gift filled with bath and body products!

Cosmetic Bag  -  Birds On A Branch WhiteCosmetic Bag- Birds on a Branch White – $9.95

Cosmetic Bag  -  Flower Child Purple Cosmetic Bag- Flower Child Purple – $9.95

This company also produces cell phone and iPad cases, messenger bags and pillows. Like I said– will probably be going back for my own messenger bag or wristlet– who knows– perhaps both!  Happy Shopping!