Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SoCal Social -- Part 1

This past Saturday I attended the 3rd annual SoCal Social.  The SoCal Social is an event for bloggers.  It was the brainchild of Beverly and Vivienne.  Let me tell you these ladies are ah-waitforit-mazing! Their hard work paid off as, once again, it was a ginormous success!  So, here's the how to...we meet up at the Plaza Park in Old Town Orange, get our name tag and bag to fill with swag and off we go. I know! How great is that?!?! You get to walk through Old Town Orange Circle's wonderfully charming stores and get free stuff! What the?!?! Crazy good!  I was lucky enough to meet up with friends Amanda and Melody and made some new friends Emmy,Tori & Kirsti.  

Our first stop was Heavenly Hostess.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos at this store as was too busy looking at everything and talking to new friends that I forgot to whip out my phone! Nonetheless, Heavenly Hostess is the place to go for aprons, candles, cook books, funny books, knick knacks, etc. Check out their Face Book page here.

Next on our tour was Tea Leaf Cottage.  Antique clothes, jewelry, home decor, etc.  Wonderful store! 

Next up was Provisions Market Oh man, do I love this store!  They have my favorite and in all kinds of yummy varieties...I'm talking about cheese! They also have beer, wine, deli meats, olives, and well, go to their store! They gave us a taste of beer and deviled eggs (how's that for swag!). I was told beets gave them their pretty color.  I am not a beet girl.  In fact, I hate the taste.  But these tasted divine!  

Lovely ladies Amanda & Melody
After hanging out at Provisions we headed out to Coco Rose Boutique.  This was a new store for me. It quickly became my new store crush. Of course, I focused on their jewelry displays.

Up next, Orange Candy Company.  We were ready for a sweet treat and they didn't disappoint by giving us a treat bag full of candy!  They not only have candy, but cool cups, gift bags, magnets, etc.

We moved on to another new store for me, Vintiques.  The people who run the store genuinely seemed happy to see us! Their Social Media guy (yep, they have one!) took our photo and put it up on Instagram (@vintiques_hd). By the way, I'm a new member of Instagram myself (@vivianlunaaccessories). Still figuring out the ins and outs but Emmy and Tori were very helpful in teaching me how to follow people and add photos.  But I digress...where were we. Oh yes, check out the photos from Vintiques...
Yes, that is Amanda photo bombing my attempt at taking a photo of the Vintiques sign.
Onward we went to the next store, Lost & Found. I always enjoy going to this store.  I like the way they display the clothes. This store also caters to men.

Right next door is the store is Elsewhere Vintage. I was a little leery about going into this store, as last year I was reprimanded for touching one of their dresses!  However, they were very nice on this day and seemed glad to see us.  They have a wonderful selection of vintage hats (no, I didn't try any on, but I did touch several of them...just can't help myself!).

And right next door to this store is Joyride. This store is for the man in your life.  Now, if you want him dressed spiffy and looking distinguished (in a super cool way) this is the store! I was drawn to the items in the counters. 

Across the street was our next stop, Country Road Antiques.  This place is huge! It has all kinds of knick knacks, antique home decor, vintage clothes, etc., etc., etc.  If you have an hour to kill you need to stop here an check it all out!

A short walk over is Affaire de Coeur.  This is a fancy antique store.  I'm always too afraid to touch anything in this store for fear of breaking it!   

A couple of spots over is Spotted Moth.  Oh, how I dig this store!  You can find such pretty things here.  

Next up was Eikon Home.  This is a great store for finding things you didn't think you would need but now can't live without.  
Amanda & Melody found some funny disguises. 
We crossed the street over to the sweetest shop, Paris in a Cup.  We purchased macarons and "oh my gosh, this is so freakin good!" salted caramel chocolate. This store also has lovely cards, Paris themed bags, jewelry and so much more including a tea room!

A short block over we entered, Front Porch Pops.  I didn't even know this store existed! Now that I know, you better believe I'll be going back to try the different flavors of fruit popsicles.  

Crossing the street we encountered our next stop, Down Home Antiques.  You find such interesting items in this store. 

Our final stop was Julep's Floral & Gifts.  This store is so stinking cute!  It's a small store so it got a bit crowded but well worth the stop.

So that's it for our Swag Walk around Orange Circle.  I had so much fun and the swag we got was awesome. I especially enjoyed the company I was with.

Stay tuned for part 2 of SoCal Social! Dinner & more Swag! And hey, I even won something. 

Until next time!
I know! I can't stand the cuteness either.  


  1. OMGOSH! What a fantastic wrap up of the shops on our tour! I know that they will love it! I'm so glad that you had a good time!

    1. Thank you! I think we all had a good time. Thanks again for putting this event together!

  2. My goodness girl! I knew you were snappin' pictures but wow! No wonder your phone needed a recharge. You even kept the whole day straight complete with names and links. You are awesome! Where you taking notes and I didn't see it? It was so nice to meet you on Saturday! We all have to get together again!! In the mean time, I fully expect to come back here and read lots of craft tutorials on Christmas decor using balls. kthx. :)

    1. Thank you! Yes, most definitely need to get together again. I happen to have some balls...Styrofoam balls that is...and I'm thinking nifty Christmas ornaments for our Christmas reunion. ;)

  3. Thank you, Alma! It brings back so many memories about the event I attended last year. I'm so happy for you guys, that you had a wonderful time.

    1. I'm glad you were able to live is vicariously through my post. :)

  4. Girl great job recapping all the stores! You took so many great pictures in each shop, well other than the first ;) I don't think I even took a picture in every store let alone so many good ones. I am so glad I got to meet you, it really was so much fun. Excited to read part 2

    1. Thank you Emmy. I am so glad I got to meet and spend the day with you. It made the day that much better. :)

  5. This was so fun!! I loved seeing all the things you found in the shops - that is so cool! I can't wait to read part 2!!

    1. Thank you Beverly! You and Vivienne did such an awesome job of putting this together. :)