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O.C. boutique Love and Whiskey offers fashion and a music lounge

January 23, 2013|By Susan Denley
  • Women's and men's fashion and accessories on display at Love and Whiskey.
Women's and men's fashion and accessories on display at Love… (Love and Whiskey )

Mike and Sarah Dowdell, owners of the Deer Lovely/Whiskey Tango 1977 shop at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa, have opened a new boutique at Park Place in Irvine.

The new store, Love and Whiskey, features men’s and women’s fashion from a mix of local, domestically produced or cause-driven brands. Offerings include labels such as Tank Farm, Michael Lauren, Gentle Fawn, VSTR and Krochet Kids, as well as exclusive pieces from 31 Bits jewelry, Will’s Leather Goods and Peg and Awl and hard-to-find styles from Toms Shoes.

The store also includes a music lounge provided in partnership with Alex Forsythe, who founded the Analog music and art boutique in the OC Mart Mix -- where shoppers can listen to music and buy vintage and new record players, speakers and vinyl records.

The owners also plan to host whiskey tastings, trunk shows and other special events at the shop at 2967 Michaelson Dr. in Irvine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Equipment, known for its modern silhouettes and luxe fabrics, opened its first free-standing West Coast boutique on Tuesday at 8459 Melrose Place in Los Angeles. The shop carries Equipment’s silk and cashmere collections for men and women. A selection of the brand’s original Paris archives will be showcased in a seasonal rotation. The boutique is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

MyBlow LA, one of the new wave of hair salons that specialize in styling only, has opened at Irvine Spectrum in Irvine. Blowouts cost $35 and add-ons such as deep conditioning, scalp massage and extensions start at $10. The shop, at 99 Fortune Drive, is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.  Can’t get to the shop? A stylist will come to you for a blowout styling for $70. Phone (949) 943-3100 for an appointment.

Base, a lifestyle retailer that offers limited-edition clothing, footwear, beauty products, accessories and gift items, has opened in the lobby of the Mondrian Los Angeles, at 8440 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Hours are 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.


L.A. Eyeworks is putting hundreds of sunglasses on sale for 30% to 70% off for four days starting Thursday, only at the 7386 Beverly Blvd. location in Los Angeles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Next week, Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, prescription lenses will be 20% off.

Beckley plans a sale this weekend both online and in its store with up to 75% off brands including Opening Ceremony, Halston Heritage, Elizabeth & James, Phillip Lim and more. The boutique is at 8128 W. Third St. in Los Angeles.

Membership shopping website Gilt City’s biannual Los Angeles warehouse sale,  featuring men’s, women’s and kids' fashions and home decor at up to 90% off, is this weekend. The sale is open to members only, but it’s easy to sign up on the Gilt City website. Membership is free, but tickets to the sale, also available online, range from $5 to $25, depending on when you choose to go. The earlier the admission, the more expensive the ticket.  Shopping -- and the first crack at the bargains -- is scheduled Friday evening  from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  On Saturday, shopping is scheduled in five two-hour blocks beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The sale will be at Siren Studios at 6063 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.     


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