You don’t have to go to Beverly Hills, London or Paris to find the latest fashions and accessories. Orange County has some of the finest shopping centers and boutiques in the world. While you may find haute couture for the well healed and fashionably rich, there are also plenty of high fashion items for today’s cost-conscious bargain hunters. Here’s just a brief sampling of where to shop in the OC for that special outfit or accessory.

South Coast Plaza

This popular high-end shopping center is not only Southern California’s largest but also the most popular in the OC. The international destination, just minutes from the ocean, offers the highest concentration of brand retail establishments. Here you’ll find the latest “bags and bling” from Cartier, Versace, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton,Tiffany & Co., and many more. These fine stores rival the best of Paris and London. They greet you with stunning appointments that include floors of Italian marble, oil-rubbed bronze accents, and such world-class amenities as full concierge, valet, VIP Access Suite, personal shoppers, fashion consultant, package check, foreign currency exchange and language assistance. South Coast Plaza is hip and trendy, with a unique feel that says class. Daily shuttle service and information is available from the Anaheim Resort. After a busy day of flashing or scanning your credit card, you can sit down and discuss where to go next with your BFF or significant other at some of the best restaurants in Orange County, including The Capital Grille, AnQi by Crustacean, Charlie Palmer and Seasons 52.

Fashion Island

High on a bluff overlooking fabulous Newport Beach, with panoramic views of the shimmering blue Pacific, you’ll discover the treasures of Fashion Island. Here, amidst towering palm trees and salty ocean breezes, you can shop to your heart’s content in over 200 specialty shops, boutiques, and prestigious department stores. The beautiful outdoor shopping center is packed with many of your favorite high-end retailers, including BCBG Max Azria, Betsey Johnson, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Juicy Couture and Kate Spade. Kids, kids at heart, and nature lovers will delight to the koi pond, Pop Jet Fountain, carousel and Atrium Park. A must see is Fashion Island’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting hosted by Mickey Mouse & Friends from the Disneyland® Resort. After shopping, you can “recharge” at any one of 30 restaurants, including True Food Kitchen, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine.

Anaheim GardenWalk

This 460,000 square-foot outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment destination is nestled in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, just steps from the Disneyland® Resort and Anaheim Convention Center. Here you’ll find a distinctive collection of popular, trendy shops, including G-Stage, Madison & Company jewelers and Red Apparel. When hunger pangs set in, you can stop in at California Pizza Kitchen, the FiRE + iCE Grill + Bar, McCormick & Schmick’s Grille or the recently opened McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon.

Brenda U. Avila is the owner and property manager of Lunamar Vacation Homes in Anaheim, California. For more information about the benefits of renting a home for your next vacation, check out what Lunamar Vacation Homes has to offer http://www.lunamarvacationhomes.com

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