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The Best of San Diego Style & Beauty for 2019

By The Editors

Green dress photo courtesy of Garde Robe | Dog photo courtesy of Lord Wallington

12.21.18

Look and feel your very best with these bespoke services and high-end retailers.

BEST LUXURY WARDROBE STORAGE & VALET
Garde Robe
Archive seasonal haute couture or fly luggage-free with Garde Robe’s white-glove cyber closet service. Treasured clothing and accessories are catalogued and can be viewed—or shipped worldwide—on demand.

BEST DESIGNER SHOE & HANDBAG 
Cinderella Shoe Clinic (929 Silverado St., La Jolla, 858.454.0806) These legendary La Jolla cobblers will make even the most well-loved Louboutins look like brand-new again thanks to their expert-level craftsmanship and attention to detail.

TOP LIFESTYLE CONCIERGE 
Lord Wallington
From hand ironing to dog wallking, San Diego’s most trusted name in private household management provides modern-day butlers adept at delivering impeccable old-world service.

TOP CUSTOM MILLINER 
Christine A. Moore Millinery
Official milliner of the Breeders’ Cup, Moore makes headline-grabbing hats favored among horse racing fans, with ready-to-wear styles available at select retailers, including Silks Gift Shop at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

BEST COUTURE DRESSMAKER 
Jana Ann Couture (Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste. 313, Del Mar) This Turkish-born designer creates custom wedding dresses and evening gowns from the finest tulles and silks with exquisite handbeaded lace applique detailing.

BEST BESPOKE MEN'S TAILOR 
Klein Epstein & Parker (7007 Friars Road, Ste. 658B, San Diego) Whether it’s a classic tuxedo or contemporary sport coat, clients drive the design process by incorporating personalized sartorial touches, from imported fabric and button selection to custom embroidery and more.

No need to worry about your pup when you’re out on the town: Lord Wallington’s concierge service has you covered.

CHICEST COSMETIC SURGEON & MED SPA 
John T. Alexander II, M.D., J.D., F.A.C.S., Alexander Cosmetic Surgery and Alexus Medical Spa & Skincare (5720 Oberlin Drive, Sorrento Valley) Renowned for his natural-looking facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Alexander brings an impressive background in advanced reconstructive surgery to his meticulous cosmetic work, including breast augmentation and body contouring. The son of one of San Diego’s premier plastic surgeons, he shares his father’s perfectionism when it comes to providing patients’ desired results for self-improvement. Opened last November, his eponymous state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery center and medical spa houses cutting-edge technologies. The sleek new facility also features three spacious, light-filled operating suites, crisp quartz surfaces and eye-catching, original artwork throughout. 

TOP LUXURY CHILDREN'S BOUTIQUE
Noble Carriage
This exclusive San Diego-based online retailer carries beautifully made children’s clothing—think knitted rompers and hand-dyed kimonos—from coveted brands like Oeuf and Kiboro, plus organic baby wares and nursery decor.

BEST HOLISTIC SKINCARE BOUTIQUE
Shop Good (3030 N. Park Way, San Diego) Leah Kirpalani’s clean beauty boutique is the place to snag small-batch Danish skincare line Nuori (the Supreme C Serum is a best-seller) or schedule a bespoke nutritional beauty consultation. The newest location will open in Del Mar’s One Paseo in March.

BEST BROW ARTIST
Browology Studio (12865 Pointe Del Mar Way, Ste. 290, Del Mar) Owner Stephanie Bostwick (who trained under famous Hollywood eyebrow queen Anastasia Soare) and her team use Soare’s “golden ratio” method for brow-perfecting magic with expert-level waxing, tweezing and microblading.

BEST ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
BlushTan (7863 Girard Ave., Ste. 305, La Jolla) It’s possible to go sunless year-round and still glow thanks to BlushTan. The salon’s products not only are organic and cruelty-free, but also come in a spectrum of color bases for the perfect natural-looking golden.

MOST DISCREET PLASTIC SURGEON 
Feel Beautiful Plastic Surgery (11199 Sorrento Valley Road, Ste. 202, Sorrento Valley) Approaching face, breast and body enhancements with an artist’s eye, Dr. Steve Laverson performs instant beauty treatments and full-service cosmetic procedures from
the comfort of his in-office operating theater.

BEST DENTAL SPA
Purely Dental Encinitas (499 N. El Camino Real, Ste. C-102, Encinitas) Gorgeous smiles are guaranteed at Dr. James Salazar and Dr. Marnie Schreiner’s modern dental practice. Alongside up-to-the-minute techniques, thoughtful extra touches like personal headphones and blankets during treatments elevate the patient experience.

BEST EYELASH ARTIST
Lashes to Lashes (2690 Via De La Valle, Del Mar) This Flower Hill Promenade beauty salon specializes in Volume Eyelash Extensions, the buzzworthy Russian technique that creates natural-looking luscious lashes with some serious va-va-voom.

BEST FASHION BOUTIQUE
Matti D (2689 Via De La Valle, Del Mar) Here, fashionistas can find sought-after international labels or take advantage of personalized in-store and at-home styling consultations for those special events and seasonal wardrobe edits.