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Anda Bailey comes to Miss A from the heavy corporate world in an attempt to bring more art and creativity in her life. Born and raised in both Eastern and Western Europe, Anda refuses to abandon her 5’ heels in favor of the relaxed Southern California attire – her slight British accent and sense of style are among the only characteristics that still betray her foreign origins. While educated and trained a corporate lawyer, Anda has left the monstrous law firm days behind her and now focuses on finding and maintaining a healthy balance in her life. With a new love on her arm and two beautiful dogs named Mushu and Wally, she is set to conquer the world while creating and experiencing moments of simple joy and happiness. And by simple we mean planning a small and romantic wedding in Paris set to take place in just a few months. Yes, yes, you can take the girl out of Europe but you can’t take the Parisian nights away form the girl. When she’s not writing about love, life and rare finds in San Diego Anda writes The Tie Chatter http://lordwallington.wordpress.com, a blog about men’s fashion with an emphasis on custom neckwear. And so she embarks in the pursuit of love, marriage, fashion and art, and is making Miss A part of her journey.

Urban Girl Accessories Boutique In San Diego

Annie Lents Glenn (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Annie Lents Glenn (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Don’t you just hate going on vacation and having the time of your life only to get really annoyed the very last day while trying to find gifts to bring back home to friends and family? Or when going to visit out of state friends and having to bring them something San Diego-ish? Everywhere I’ve been I’ve seen the same ol’ post cards, key chains or photo frames with seashells glued to them. I don’t know about you, but I dislike buying people gifts that I know they will have no use for; I might as well just give them a hug and tell them that I missed them. Way better and genuine!

But if you find yourself in San Diego I have the scoop for you! Down in Seaport Village there is a store called Urban Girl Accessories which is any woman’s dream come true! It’s a store filled with accessories (such as necklaces, rings, bracelets, scarves), bags, home (pillows, wall art, kitchen, candles, pantry), beauty, travel, apparel, and many, many other unique gifts. And I mean real gifts, the kind of gifts you would want to bring home to your friend. 

Curly Girl Design Card (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Curly Girl Design Card (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

The store was founded by husband and wife team of Annie and Chris Glenn and it came about simply out of Annie’s love for shopping. Annie is the ultimate consumer, to her husband’s chagrin! So, like any serious consumer, she wanted to create a hip and trendy place where she could share with the world the cool stuff she finds in her treasure hunting trips. And she tries really, really hard to find and support local and made in USA items, as well as support fair trade to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. Giving back is also close to Annie’s heart so she constantly scouts for companies that do that.

 

 

Here are some of Annie’s current favorites:

1. Avarca Pons sandals, manufactured by a family in Ciutadella de Menorca, on a Spanish island, since 1945. Now at their third generation, the family continues to make the Pons sandals which are a traditional Minorcan shoe called abarcas.

Pons Sandals (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Pons Sandals (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

2. Chavez For Charity Bracelets: beautiful bracelets designed by Julie Marie Chavez as part of the Mariechavez jewelry line used to raise money and awareness towards certain  honorable initiatives and charities such as access to clean water and sanitation, violence against women and girls, Fisher House program (a private-public partnership that supports America’s military), or the Whole Planet Foundation (a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market) which aims to alleviate poverty through microcredit in communities worldwide that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

Chavez For Charity Bracelets (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Chavez For Charity Bracelets (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

3. Good Paper Greeting Cards: cards handcrafted by women and young people in the developing worlds like Rwanda, Philippines, Manila’s Smokey Mountain, or Northern India at the foothills of the Himalayas. By buying these cards you are allowing those less fortunate to participate fully and benefit from global trade. And more importantly, you are giving a mother a dignifying work option that enables her to support her family. You are empowering an orphan to rebuild the economy of a country ravaged by genocide and disease. In short, you are helping the world become what it ought to be, an interconnected global family.

Good Paper Greeting Cards (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Good Paper Greeting Cards (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

4. Orange & Park Southern California Prints and Images:  Urban Girl is all about supporting local businesses and these really cool prints are made locally in Coronado, Calif. These unique products combine clever typography, the love for geography, and a whole bunch of screen printing.

Orange & Park Prints and Images (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Orange & Park Prints and Images (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

 5. Nashelle Recycled Gold Jewelry: jewelry made by a woman for women! Enough said!

Nashelle Recycled Gold Jewelry (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

Nashelle Recycled Gold Jewelry (Photo Credit: Urban Girl)

 And if you happen to live on the North Coast and rarely make it to Seaport Village try their Del Mar location; it’s just as filled with amazingly unique products!

WHERE:
Urban Girl Accessories

Seaport Village
837 W Harbor Dr Ste A
San Diego, CA  92101
Ph. 619-231-8845

Del Mar Plaza
1555 Camino Del Mar #115
Del Mar, CA  92014
Ph. 858-350-6334

HOURS: Daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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