If you saw yesterday’s post then you probably fell in love with all of the pretty prints at Novella Royale just like me. Well while I was there I had to take a few for a spin! Truth be told, it’s been one of my favorite brands for some time now so I was really like a kid in a candy store. I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds with you today and also sharing links to shop a bunch of other Novella Royale goodies! Because this will be wearing all the print with Novella Royale this Fall, and then some!!
Photos by my friend Megan Welker
First up is the cutest little shift dress I ever did see! The Roadie Dress has the best body and I’m pretty certain can look good on anyone. It’s easy to wear from day to night and I really fell in love with it in this Rust Palm print. I’d wear it casually with my Beek by Two Bird black wrap sandals, aka the most comfortable sandals around! But once Fall hits you could definitely do it with black tights and boots…
Next up is a Beijos staple, a good kimono… And Novella Royale’s is one of the best! They call it the Jane Robe and I definitely took one home with me! This pink print called Blush Daisies is such a fun pop to any outfit. I wore it with their body suit called the Sandra, an old pair of high waisted cut offs and my lace up Target sandals.
I’ve worn my Jane Robe so much at home, it’s so fun to throw over anything basic, it just makes the outfit!! Also, the body suit was new to me, haha, and it was way more comfortable and easy to wear than I thought! Don’t judge, I’ve had two babies since they were in style and haven’t been brave enough to try them!!
Next up was a dress I fell in love with the minute I saw it… The Willow Dress has the prettiest ruffle detail along the neckline and a little sexy cut out back. I think what really caught my eye on this one is the print. The copper flamenco print was definitely my favorite, it has such fun colors I just immediately gravitated toward it. This is the perfect date night dress but could also be worn casually during the day! Paired it for this look with my Matise nude suede mules….
Novella Royale has been a favorite brand of mine for a while now. They always have the best silhouettes and their prints are unique and eye catching. I’ve shopped the brand in a few of my favorite boutiques and online, but was beyond excited to find out they opened a store front in Orange County. I have been trying to make my way down to their shop in San Clemente, one of my favorite beach towns, but alas popping out a baby and having a toddle really set a girl back. But FINALLY, I made it down with my gal pal Megan Welker to shop, snap some pics and take in all the cuteness.
All photos by Megan Welker
Keep reading for an interview we did with founder and designer Mary Meyers…
I started Novella Royale out of my garage, when my daughter Novella was a year old. I wanted to create a space to house creativity and a fun working lifestyle. because if you have to work why not make it as enjoyable as possible!
Honestly because i live here and have been working to create a lifestyle where i don’t need to get on the freeway everyday… and my dream building is here in town (which we currently occupy)
Being part of a younger generation in San Clemente is really exciting. It’s tough as there are only a few of us paving the way, but I’ve always wanted to be part of change.
I really wanted a place that tells the Novella Royale story, more than our online store! A place you can come in and try on any style, any color way and any size we make! When designing the space I wanted it to feel like you were walking into my closet, and could just play dress up and maybe try things you’ve never tried before! I love when someone comes in, tries on something they didn’t think they could pull off and ends up wearing it out of the store. That’s one of the best compliments I get from our customers.
Oh, thats like picking a favorite child, and there are different reasons I love all of my Novella Royale children! If there isn’t something I don’t love, it doesn’t make it into the collection! But if you twist my arm I’d have to say the Harley dress :) and the Jane robe! ohhh and the River tee… they are extra special this season!
Awe, thanks! I search through vintage prints and hand pick ideas. Some come just from an idea in my head and some are inspired by already existing vintage prints! We usually start with 6-8 prints and narrow them down to 4 for the season based on how they sit together!
Here’s Novella Royale’s cute shop manager Neg, love her!!
For the holidays we will be doing a couple events; small business sale, anti black friday sale and we will be bringing in some specialty pieces just for the holiday season! Planning on making it a one stop shop for your holiday party outfit as well as hostess and holiday gifts for the women in your life!
Business has changed so much over the past couple years. It’s all about direct to consumer and we plan to make sure our customers know its all about them… without them there would be no Novella Royale…
Thank you Mary for sharing, and for letting us in your gorgeous store!
Stay tuned for tomorrow when I do a style post on some of my favorite pieces in the shop!!
How is everyone’s Summer going!? Are you keeping cool? My family and I have been dealing with the heat by heading to the beach. Our favorite place!! One thing I always invest in is a beach bag. Especially as a mom, they are an essential! With all the stuff you’ve go to lug around, you could at least do it in something cute!!
I personally love a good straw neutral for my beach bag. They never go out of style and they are durable for all the wear and tear. Plus, you can wear them besides the beach if you want! They go with everything!
I’ve seen so many good ones this Summer that I had to share! It’s not too late to invest in one this year, and a lot of these are on sale! From neutrals to fun colors, there’s something for everyone. Even a cooler tote if you wanna bring a little mommy juice to the beach… Which I of course do!!!
You can find a beach bag for yourself by shopping below!
Have a great rest of your weekend!
As you know, we like to shop… It’s sort of an obsession. Well, some of my favorite places to shop are local boutiques. That’s one of the things I love about where I live, there are tons of locally owned shops to choose from. One of my favorites to Orange County is Costa Cabana, located in Costa Mesa off of popular 17th St.
It’s also a plus when you become friends with the owner, in this case I couldn’t help myself because owner Lauren Flores is just the sweetest. She is very stylish and makes you feel at home right when you walk in the door. That’s probably what I love about Costa Cabana the most, I feel like I’m shopping with close friends when I’m there. And that’s besides the fact that they have an amazing selection of clothing, accessories and even a few kid and home pieces!
I sat down with Lauren and asked her all about what it’s like to own a boutique, top trends she sees for Summer and more. Keep scrolling to read more!
Pretty photos by Ariane Moshayedi
Costa Cabana was an organic process for me…I was already working as a buyer in the shop and the opportunity came about to revamp the business and keep the good time rolling! But, I had always dreamed about owning my own shop one day…My boutique days started when I was 18 in costa mesa and the love I had for it grew over the years and the opportunity came and I jumped at it!
My absolute favorite part of my job is working with customers…I love talking to them about events they are going to, or updating their wardrobes. To chatting about their kids and everyday life….I like the shop to feel like your shopping with friends or at a cozy home. My absolute least favorite part of my job is the office/business end of things!
Some of my favorite trends coming for the summer would be all the great sets that are out, paired together or worn separate…either way you have a few different outfits in one. I also love a good midi dress paired with a fun pair of slides, and jumpers are always a fun no brainer that you can dress up or down!! And last but certainly not least Im a fanatic with sunglasses and hats…A good straw hat paired with a fun pair of sunnies never disappoints!
Some of my must haves at the shop right now are all the slides…shoes are such a fun way to spice up your outfit. All the Cleobella bags always give me hearts in my eyes!! And all summer long dresses and easy throw on rompers give a stylish look with absolute comfort. And last but not least jewelry!! Im loving all the designers and the uniqueness they bring to each and every piece.
Being a working mom is crazy! It’s a constant struggle with yourself to make sure your balancing everything fairly. At first when I took over the business I thought oh I can handle this…for the past 5 years I have juggled three jobs and loved every minute…but being an owner is a whole different ballgame. Im now the business head, buyer and sometimes sales person. But I wouldn’t change a thing this has always been a dream of mine and its a fun experience growing with the business and watching my daughter grow up here!
Whats next for Costa Cabana are a couple new things…first and foremost a website, as well as continuing with great events with all our brands as well as workshops and pop up shops to bring in new product and expose the community to fun workshops and make the shop a fun place to gather and do creative things with their friends.
Thank you for sharing with us Lauren! Be sure to check this shop out, like we said, it’s definitely one of our favorites!