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Montecito Shopping: Where the Rich and Famous Splurge



In the market for some luxury splurging? Then set your sights on Montecito, California. This small town just south of Santa Barbara is home to fancy addresses and even fancier shops! And it's no wonder, given that some of the country's wealthiest and most famous people live here (yes, we're talking about Oprah).

There are plenty of women's fashion boutiques in Montecito. The styles at Jenni Kayne in the Upper Village give off a relaxed, cool-girl vibe - perfect for strolling along Butterfly Beach or catching a movie premier during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Need a swimsuit, coverup or pair of sandals? Head to Malia Mills for swimwear designed to fit and flatter every body type. The staff here will make sure that your bikini-shopping experience is pleasant and anxiety-free.

If clothing stores are not your cup of tea, pay a visit to Maison K instead. This beautiful home and gift store will have you plotting your next redecorating project and mapping out your Christmas list, all at the same time. Speaking of holiday gifts, it's never a bad idea to get a head start at Toy Crazy

So, are you ready to shop 'til you drop? These 10 stores will inspire you to part with your hard-earned cash... in exchange for some treasures, of course!


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Wendy Foster is a high-end women's fashion boutique in the upper village area of Montecito. They sell designer women's clothing, accessories and small gifts. Brands represented at Wendy Foster include Claire Vivier, Johnny Was, Velvet and Superga. This is a great retail stop for stylish women, from business professionals to on-the-go moms. Pick up a new scarf to brighten up your closet or a whole new outfit (or two). Wendy Foster has a number of sister stores. These include a downtown shop and a Los Olivos location. There is plenty of free parking outside this store, as well as nearby restaurants.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Wendy Foster has stylish, high quality clothing for stylish, high quality women.

Geneva's expert tip: Follow them on social media to see when new arrivals are coming into the shop. Certain brands have a cult following, so it never hurts to be the first to know.

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Cos Bar is a luxury skincare and beauty boutique for men and women. First opened over 25 years ago by owner Lily Garfield, there are now 22 locations in the United States. This Montecito shop sells makeup, skin products, fragrances and accessories that are well-suited to your home or travel makeup kit. Located on gorgeous Coast Village Road, it's sandwiched between fashionable boutiques and just steps away from a great local coffee and brunch spot. Sounds like a pretty great destination, right? It's perfect to visit during a girl's weekend or when you just need a little "me" time. There's plenty of free parking in front of and behind the store, too.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Unlike makeup megamarts, Cos Bar only carries beauty brands and skincare products that it believes in.

Geneva's expert tip: Ask the sales staff to show you their newest products - you might discover a brand you love... before your friends do!

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Angel
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If you're a girl looking for gorgeous clothes with that laid-back, Santa Barbara vibe, look no further. Angel is the place to go. From the softest winter cashmeres to light and gauzy summer apparel (with seasonal highlights of swimwear and lingerie), Angel has great designer pieces at a variety of price points. Brands represented at Angel include Made by Dawn, Michael Stars and Paige, among many others. Angel also sells handbags, jewelry and footwear. Their bright and sunny location and fun windows make this shop a must-visit on any Montecito trip. Plenty of free parking is available in front of the shop.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Angel is young, hip and fun without being overly trendy. A great place to buy yourself a little fashion treat!

Geneva's expert tip: Visit their sale rack for great deals on some beautiful pieces.

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Whiskey & Leather is a fun Montecito clothing boutique with a great selection for women... and even a smattering of menswear. Visit this shop for young-at-heart brands like Show Me Your Mumu, Scotch & Soda and For Love & Lemons. You'll find cozy sweaters, chic swimwear, flirty resortwear and edgy daywear all in one place. You can pick up cute shoes, casual jewelry and seductive unmentionables too. Prices are reasonable - especially by Montecito standards. Check out Whiskey & Leather's Instagram account for sun-kissed fashion inspiration that will put you in the mood to overhaul your entire wardrobe. Don't say we didn't warn you!

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Fun designer fashion at a fair price point. Grab your wallet and start the car already!

Geneva's expert tip: Bring your pooch! He/she might even get their photo taken and make an appearance on the store's Instagram account.

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Malia Mills is a fun place to go if you forgot to pack for the beach or need a few new pieces to accommodate a heat wave. Or if you just want to spoil yourself a little bit! This designer swimwear and clothing boutique has stores throughout the United States. Malia Mills sells bikini separates and one-pieces that are designed to flatter a variety of body types. Many swim tops come in bra sizes for a more comfortable fit. Inventory also includes hats, shoes, jewelry and fragrances. There is plenty of free parking onsite, as well as other shops and restaurants nearby.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: If you're going to the beach in Santa Barbara, you're going to need a swimsuit. Why not get one that you actually like?

Geneva's expert tip: Follow Malia Mills on Facebook to find out when sales are happening or when new arrivals hit their stores.

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Maison K is a home and lifestyle boutique in Montecito. Opened in 2002 by owner Kimberly Phillips, Maison K is your shopping destination for lovely gifts and fascinating interior elements - like antique mirrors and hand-blown glass vases. Maison K also sells a variety of rugs, furniture, women's clothing and accessories. Stock rotates frequently, largely dependent on Kim's discoveries during her world travels, but you can always be sure of one thing - an excellently curated level of taste. A neutral color palette reigns here, making it especially easy to buy almost anything and work it into your home. There is free parking out front and many other shops are within walking distance.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: You can't walk into Maison K and walk out empty handed. From vases and fur throws to cute sandals, there's a little bit of everything.

Geneva's expert tip: Ask the sales staff to show your their favorite pieces. There are so many wonderful things hidden in this beautifully merchandised shop - it's helpful to have a guided tour!

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Jenni Kayne
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The Montecito outpost of Jenni Kayne's California cool-girl fashion empire will probably make you want a whole new wardrobe. From jewelry and leather goods to footwear and street-ready duds, the inventory here is curated like your perfectly organized dream closet. High ceilings and lots of natural light add to the luxe, relaxed vibe. This is a store with simple, well-made clothing for fashion forward women of all ages. If you find yourself wishing this same feeling of simple luxury could extend to your own digs, you're in luck. Jenni Kayne's only home store is located right across the (free) parking lot.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Jenni Kayne has the ultimate California cool girl selection, with some nice home items too.

Geneva's expert tip: Check their website for private events! Jenni Kayne hosts everything from speaker series to wellness activities.

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Toy Crazy
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Looking for a cute gift for a kiddo? A fun toy, game or activity that will spur their imagination, get them off the couch and provide hours of entertainment? Look no further than Toy Crazy, a small business toy store with a big, "best of the best" selection. After decades in business, Toy Crazy knows kids... and parents too! Head in for gifts designed to expand a child's imagination through games, puzzles, creative play, arts and crafts and outdoor activities and more. Better still, Toy Crazy offers free gift wrapping, making it the perfect stop on the way to your next party or family celebration.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Toy Crazy is filled to (maybe past?) the brim with fun games, activities and crafts any kid would love.

Geneva's expert tip: Gift wrapping is free (and super cute).

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A vintage store unlike any other in town, Mate Gallery specializes in the somewhat nautical and the truly unusual. This charming shop tucked just down the road from Santa Barbara in beautiful Montecito has everything from from vintage textiles and out-of-print books to fragrant candles and custom rope-wrapped surfboards. With a slight East Coast vibe, it is the place to go when you need a gift for that man (or woman) in your life who already has it all. Arranged like a carefully curated gallery with an ever-rotating show, you can never be sure what you will find here--except you can be sure it will be fabulous!

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Want to wow someone with a thoughtful, unique gift? Mate Gallery is the place to go for chic vintage finds.

Geneva's expert tip: Go shopping on an empty stomach so you can take advantage of the ice cream shop nearby.

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The ultimate store to go to when you don't know what you want, you just want something new and delightful... Upstairs at Pierre Lafond is heaven on earth for gift-buyers and self-pamperers alike. From silky robes and fragrant candles to luxurious blankets and shining tableware, Upstairs has a little something for everyone. There are also funny cards and nice books. Every price range is represented in their inventory. As the name suggest, Upstairs is located above the Pierre Lafond deli that happens to be downstairs, if you need a little coffee or sweet treat pick-me-up while you're shopping. Plenty of free parking right out front.

Recommended for Montecito's Best Shopping because: Upstairs at Pierre Lafond is the kind of place you go and want everything. Every home thing. Every clothing thing. Everything.

Geneva's expert tip: Allow yourself some time to browse; there are neat trinkets tucked in every corner. This is not a store for a quick visit.

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Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva

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