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Shawna Nadelman is a Gemini vegetarian who enjoys long walks on the beach and curling up on the couch to take in the latest episode of, well anything on Bravo. The staff at Trader Joe’s (the Encinitas location) know her by name. She can spout off almost any celebrity’s dating history, refer to Friends episodes in daily conversation and would give anything to marry a man like Coach Eric Taylor (of Friday Night Lights). She’s never met a ruffle, oversized flower or horizontal stripe that she didn't love and though her entire wardrobe hails from J.Crew and Anthropologie, she'll never buy an item at full price (momma loves a good sale!). Sure, some may argue she's the whitest gal they know, but (surprise!) she's fluent in Spanish and left a part of her heart in Madrid, Spain after a summer abroad in college. Her family is her everything and she certainly does not deserve her friends. Left to her own devices, she could probably finish off a jar of peanut/almond butter in one sitting.

Fairen Del Boutique In Flower Hill Promenade

What do you buy the woman who has everything?

I feel as though this question is posed on many an occasion, especially by yours truly with regards to my sweet mother. Now I may be a tad bit overexaggerating the fact that she has everything but sometimes, especially around her birthday and/or Christmas, it feel as though there simply isn’t a gift I could get her that she might not already have (or plan to purchase for herself). And while giving her “coupons for dates with your wonderful daughter” may be a thoughtful sentiment, it can only be employed so many times. So for moments when showering my mother with a little something seems more than necessary or for showering gals who are as dear to me as my mother, I have found a go-to boutique whose shelves seemed to be stocked with something for everyone. Most notably? The woman who has everything…

Photo Credit: Fairen Del Website

Fairen Del in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade houses items for every taste preference. From the jet-setter (luggage and other travel accessories) to the fashionista (one-of-a-kind frocks) to the lady who loves her bling (which is basically every lady), this quaint boutique has it all. They also carry popular brands, like my mother’s personal favorite, Brighton. This past Christmas, in search of the perfect little trinket to place in her stocking, I stopped by Fairen Del on my way home from work one evening. As I perused the store, I was promptly greeted by a sales associate who was not only friendly, but was also quick to offer me helpful gift suggestions. In a matter of fifteen minutes, I had located the perfect pair of earrings and purchased them. My experience couldn’t have been more pleasant; I was offered complimentary gift wrap which was just the icing on an already delicious cake.

When the “lady who has everything” unwrapped that beautifully decorated box on Christmas morning, she was more than pleased by what she discovered. And even if she had not, the ladies of Fairen Del had assured me that she would be more than welcomed to return the item in exchange for one of their many other unique finds. So when you find yourself racking your brain for a little something special to gift that special someone in your life, even when that “special someone” is you, stop by Fairen Del in the Flower Hill Promenade (or their second location in Downtown Carlsbad) and be inspired by their one-of-a-kind treasures that are sure to make any hard-to-shop gal smile.


Fairen Del
Flower Hill Promenade
2690 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
Ph. 858-259-1120



Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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