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Makeover on Cedros Avenue

As the new season kicks into gear, the time has come to freshen up your look, treat yourself to some relaxing salon services, and bring out a new you! There is no better place to take a day of pampering than Cedros Avenue. From hair and nails to makeup and other beauty treatments, you can fill your day with a number of options, or you can just pick one or two! A makeover can be subtle or it can be drastic; no matter the intensity, it’ll help you to take on the new season feeling refreshed and confident.

First, we’d like to lay down some reasons as to why a beauty makeover just may be the best thing to kick off the new season:

  1. Feel fresh. Sometimes it’s just nice to spice things up with professional input and tips on how to change up your look for the better — this holds true for makeup and hair enthusiasts as well as those who who are trying it out for the first time!
  2. Get an extra boost of confidence. By no means are we implying that a makeover is what everyone needs to feel their absolute best, but we strongly believe it contributes to having a little extra confidence no matter who you are.
  3. Enjoy some “you time.” Maybe a day to yourself is way overdue — why not fill it with pampering and relaxation? A makeover can be your excuse to make this happen!

Here are some of our favorite beauty treatments offered here on Cedros Avenue!

 

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Image Credit: Do’s & Lipstick

Fun With Makeup

A little help with makeup in person can make the difference when it comes to makeovers! Beauty experts at Do’s & Lipstick here on Cedros are always happy to share their advice on bringing out a unique look with makeup! Not only do they provide advice on makeup application and products, but they also offer lessons and can do your makeup for you!

 

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Image Credit: Sky Nails & Spa

Fresh Nails, Fresh You

Take a seat, relax, forget about any unnecessary worries that may be stressing you out, and let the nail pros do their thing. Clean up your nails with a plain and healthy look or spruce them up with a color that goes with the fall season. Either way, getting a little nail work done is a nice treat for anyone. If you’re looking to get the most out of the visit, go for both a manicure and a pedicure! Sky Nails & Spa on Cedros is the perfect relaxing spot for this makeover service.

Great Hair, Don’t Care

I think most will admit that having someone massage your scalp and do your hair can easily be one of the best feelings in the world. What some people don’t fully realize, however, is that the simplest change in hair style can incredibly transform the way you look — and result in an even greater feeling. Between styling, coloring, cuts, and treatments, hair experts at Do’s & Lipstick and other salons on Cedros are there to help you find a transformative switch-up to your hair that will bring out the best in you! They may even have some great ideas you wouldn’t have considered on your own.

Between Do’s & Lipstick, Sky Nails & Spa, and the number of other pampering options on Cedros, you’ll be in good hands throughout your makeover day. Not only will you discover a fun new change that complements your personal style, but you will also realize the amazing sense of pure relaxation and satisfaction from beauty treatments. And remember: The start of fall is a great time to bring out a new you!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

Celebrate the Love ALL Around You This Valentine’s Day

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It’s hard to believe that we’re a month into 2016! Heading into February, we’re faced with all things pink, red and heart shaped. Yep, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For some, this holiday isn’t their favorite based on the notion that it’s a day celebrated exclusively by couples. Sorry, not sorry…but that’s a bit of an old school notion, don’t you think? We are in the 21st century after all, and traditions are morphing and changing in ways that meld old with the new.

With that in mind, we’re just going to put it out there that we think Valentine’s Day could (and should) be celebrated by everyone because love is all around us. Whether it’s with friend’s, family, and even pets, Valentine’s Day can be celebrated as a special day when we honor the love we’re all so fortunate to have in our lives. We’ll even go so far as to say that perhaps a little self-love is in order if you’re in need of treating yourself to some much-needed pampering, relaxation or a perhaps a little retail therapy. You get the idea!

Here are some ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the love that surrounds you:

With Friends

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends can make for a cherished memory, and perhaps tradition, for years to come. Whether it be with one close friend, or with a group, the possibilities of ‘what to do’ is endless. If you’re attached and planning an evening with your significant other, you could organize a coffee or lunch date with friends. If you’re not attached, plan a fun night out (or in). Some ideas might be to take in a concert at a local venue with dinner and cocktails beforehand, or plan a shopping day with your favorite girls. If you have a bestie who’s really been there for you this past year, a unique gift from a local boutique might be a nice token to show how appreciative you are of her friendship. We’ll just throw out there that some of the boutiques on Cedros Ave. have some beautiful gifts to choose from for such a purpose. Stroll into Cedros Soles, or The Antique Warehouse and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Once again, though, if you’re attached, it’s still nice to give a loving gift to a friend who means a great deal to you. Especially if they’ve recently become single, this may be a tough time where a little token of love from a friend goes a long way.

With Family

Who loves you more than your family?! These are some of THE best people to celebrate Valentine’s day with. It falls on a Sunday this year, so why not plan a family breakfast at a nearby cafe such as Lockwood Table? If weather permits, you could take a nice walk to your favorite park for some much needed time together. Make sure to take photos! Time together with family is a cherished moment that should be captured. Group family selfies are highly encouraged here. Just sayin!

With Your Pets

The love of a pet is one of the purest we’ll ever experience. Even if you’re attached or have plans with friends on Valentine’s Day, give your pets a little extra love to show your gratitude for the happiness they bring to your life. If you live in North San Diego County, we recommend visiting our friends at Muttropolis to pick up something for your furry family member. Nothing says I love you to the furballs like an extra yummy treat or a new toy.

With YOU

Celebrating YOU is a loving act that we rarely take the time to do. We’re often so busy with work, school and other responsibilities we sometimes forget to stop and celebrate the life we’ve created for ourselves. Even if you’re not in the best place in your life, it’s important to give yourself a little hug now and then to stay in a positive frame of mind. Celebrate all that you are, the lessons you’ve learned, how far you’ve come, what you’ve accomplished and your overall journey. Send a Valentine’s message to yourself – whether it’s one of encouragement or a boost of self-confidence. Choose to do something that makes you truly happy. A walk on the beach. Treating yourself to that perfect purse or necklace you’ve been eyeing. Getting pampered for the day at your favorite salon. Or simply taking some time away from the day-to-day to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a good book.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Will you do any shopping on Cedros Ave. for friends, family or loved ones? Where will you shop? Share your ideas and thoughts with us on our Facebook page!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

Take a Mental Health Day: Plan a Day to Shop, Dine and Pamper Yourself!

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced that feeling of burnout. You continuously work hard, and it’s important to give yourself time to bounce back. Studies have shown that taking a mental health day away from work can increase productivity and creativity. Your career should be treated like a marathon rather than a sprint, so take the time to care for yourself and establish that work-life balance.

If you are going to take a mental health day (and happen to live in San Diego!), keep the Cedros Ave. Design District in mind. Our unique street offers a variety of unique shops, boutiques, eateries, and little pampering havens perfect for that much needed mental health day!

Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your day of relaxation:

Pamper Yourself

It’s difficult to work some self-indulgence into your morning routine, and when you’re rushing out the door to the office, the thought of pampering yourself falls by the wayside to make room for the day’s upcoming meetings. On your next day off, head over to Do’s & Lipstick to give your hair some TLC. Offering styling, color, and treatments to nourish those beautiful locks Do’s and Lipstick offers everything you need to rejuvenate your hair. To step up your pampering appointment, they also offer makeup application and brow services to keep you looking and feeling your best!

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Retail Therapy – Good For the Soul

Nothing cures an “off” mood better than shopping- and the Cedros Design District has quite the assortment of specialty shops to peruse. The famous Bette Midler said “I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.” Find your dream shoes to embody your ambition at Cedros Soles, a boutique offering a wide selection of shoes and clothing. They cater to the overall shopping experience of the customer, and also carry fashionable pieces to complete your fresh look from head to toe. Both women AND men will appreciate the carefully selected fashion options they offer.

Womens shoes and clothes at Cedros Soles in Solana Beach

Image credit: Cedros Soles Facebook Page

Shopping for your home or need a special occasion gift? Leaping Lotus and SoLo both offer a wide array of decor, art, furniture, accessories and gifts to explore.

The store front of Leaping Lotus opens up to a shopper’s heaven with two floors full of unique items. Sourcing their items from over 120 different merchants and artists from around the world, there is something (or many somethings!) for everyone.

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SoLo is another treasure housed in a beautifully reconfigured open warehouse space at the southern end of the shopping block. Their selection of unique home goods and decor, as well as gorgeous books and other gifts is a stand-out that one must see to truly appreciate.

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Enjoy Your Food, Enjoy Your Life

We’ve all had those sad desk lunches in front of our computers, simultaneously trying to scarf down leftovers and respond to those pressing emails. When you’re away from work, take the time to sit down and enjoy a meal (or even better, a glass of wine!). The Lockwood Table Café is a tranquilly ambient and quaint little cafe serving up a savory selection of artisan-style meals and sweet treats. Many of their accompaniments such as dressings, and sauces are housemade – which locals LOVE! As a favorite among many Cedros Merchants, this cafe offers more than an amazing meal; their patio seating is perfect for soaking up that California Sun while you enjoy their highly recommended breakfast and lunch specials.

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After scouting the shops and taking the time to enjoy the slower pace of the beachside community, Carruth Wine Cellars serves as a perfect end to your day away from the office. This urban winery offers a variety of specials and events, with a tasting room that’s open seven days a week. Join their wine club, and receive free tastings and discounts on wine purchases!

Wine barrels at Carruth Wine Cellars in Solana Beach

Take the time to care for yourself, and enjoy your mental health day at the Cedros Design District. For more information and a full list of vendors on Cedros, visit our Business Directory.

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.