You’re driving down PCH in Laguna Beach, the seagulls are flying, surfers are crossing, tourists are smiling, and then all of a sudden you see an adorable bungalow turned boutique with the front porch of your dreams paired with a green dutch door that keeps the ocean breeze flowing through all while keeping the golden shop pup inside to happily greet everyone who stops in.
Welcome to The Garage Collective. The CUTEST curated shop in all of Laguna Beach that just so happens to be our favorite place to shop for gifts (birthday presents, bridal showers, weddings, or anniversaries). In the words of the babes over at this home heaven, “Life is too short not to have a RAD pad. Now come on, let’s make the neighbors jealous!” Not only is it a local shop and part of our shop small favorites, but it’s also owned by a local, Kristin
Lewis, who handpicks every single item in the shop while supporting local artists with some of the ceramics or revamped vintage pieces. Here you can find unique goods, local artisan work, and even global goods that are brought in just for you to spice up your place. There is truly something for everyone but our go-to gift is a candle or book paired with the amazing selection of handmade ceramic mugs. Although this is a local store to us, you can shop their online store for alllll of our favorites.
We are big fans of shopping small and local to us because not only it is showing our support of the local owners, but also the local artists and designers. For us, shops like this usually provide higher quality goods that make spending a whole lot easier when you know it’s going to last longer. Over the years we’ve really decided to focus our personal spending on high quality goods rather than quantity. You know, quality over quantity. I’ll be the first to tell you, it. is. worth. it.
So what better place than to feature a favorite of ours, especially mine (Bree), in one of our first shop small and local features! I’m a little embarrassed to say the girls over here know me by the mug girl because I am ALWAYS coming in to buy mugs for presents but I’m also proud of the changes we’ve been making to support local when we can! So if you’re in the market of revamping your home, spicing up your kitchen, gifting someone. . .look no further, this shop is the best. Shop here: The Garage Collective
Top: Thrifted vintage (for $2!!!) in Ventura, CA at a local small thrift shop
Pants: Everlane (sustainable and the best fit on earth with a bit of stretch)
Shoes: Imagine Vince Camuto (Spring 2020 season)
Top: Verge Girl 2020
Pants: Levis from local boutique Laurenly
Heels: Marc Fisher
Photos: Beba Vowels
Have an amazing Easter weekend!