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The It List: San Diego's Favorite Style and Beauty Destinations

By Casey Gillespie, Claire Harper and Marisa Vito | January 6, 2020 | Style & Beauty

From brides and babies to brows and Botox, these are our picks of the best of the best around town.

BEST BROW ARTIST: Browology Studio

Browology’s owner, Stephanie Bostwick, has a cultlike following of brow aficionados who travel far and wide to visit her Del Mar studio. Bostwick takes the shape of your face and eyes into consideration before waxing, plucking and shaping your brows to perfection. Don’t love hot wax? Just say so—it’s all about the client here. Clients also love the modern, open space with natural elements scattered throughout. INSIDER'S TIP: Going on a last-minute trip or need a touch-up before a photo shoot, but can’t make it in during opening hours? No problem. Contact the team and they’ll make every effort to accommodate. 12865 Pointe Del Mar Way, Ste. 290, Del Mar, 858.285.0285

BEST LUXURY SPA: Center for Wellbeing at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar

When it comes to five-star pampering, no one does it better than the Center for Wellbeing at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Named as one of only 60 Forbes five-star spas in the world, the Center for Wellbeing offers an extensive menu of can’t-find-anywhere-else services, plus access to fitness classes, an adults-only relaxation pool and cozy fireplaces perfect for snuggling up in front of with a mug of tea. INSIDER'S TIP Opt for the Grand Cru facial by Dr. Burgener Switzerland ($450). The 90-minute treatment includes microdermabrasion and VitaSkin ultrasound infusion and the brand’s much-touted Repairing Grand Cru Gold Complex. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, 858.314.2000


Your biannual dentist appointment just got a serious upgrade. Dentique, San Diego’s only dental spa, is outfitted like a serene five-star hotel with a lush waiting area, outdoor fire pit and flat-screens in every patient room. Dr. Nikou Rahbar, who graduated from the renowned University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, specializes in Hollywood-esque smiles and is so personable and warm that you immediately forget how much you used to dread going to the dentist. INSIDER'S TIP Dentique also has an in-house masseuse and luxe treatment room. Schedule a post-cleaning bodywork session and learn to look forward to your next appointment. 3570 Fourth Ave., San Diego, 619.501.3613

BEST PLASTIC SURGEON: Sky Facial Plastic Surgery

If your face or neck needs a little pick-me-up, Sky Facial Plastic Surgery is your answer. Specializing in custom treatments using both lasers and injectables for a natural outcome, Dr. Sirius K. Yoo comes with an unrivaled list of credentials, like Stanford University plastic surgery fellow, for starters. There’s a reason clients fly in from all over the world for a chance to experience his work. INSIDER'S TIP Sky Facial Plastic Surgery offers VIPs the option of post-surgery recovery at the luxe Rancho Valencia hotel. You’ll leave feeling rested and boasting a new youthful glow. 16918 Dove Canyon Road, Ste. 208, 858.381.4801


Dull winter skin got you down? The experts at Solana Beach dermatology center Art of Skin are the skin masters, offering everything from full-spectrum medical and cosmetic dermatology to noninvasive body contouring, cellulite treatment and skin tightening, as well as holistic treatment plans. Helmed by Dr. Melanie Palm, every patient is treated like royalty and given bespoke treatment plans catering to his or her specific needs. INSIDER'S TIP Try the new acoustic and pressure wave therapy after a body wave treatment, which, combined with topical skincare products, is shown to reduce fat and improve skin quality—sounds like a win to us. 437 S. Highway 101, Ste. 217, Solana Beach, 217, 858.792.7546


Walk into North Park’s Heal Thy Goddess and you’re guaranteed to leave with your chakras, aura and spirit energetically realigned. The cult favorite holistic beauty collective offers organic and nontoxic beauty, holistic facials and intuitive massages, all with the goal of not only achieving better skin, but truly uplifting its clients as well. INSIDER'S TIP If you’re looking for complete inner and outer rejuvenation, opt for your facial or massage to incorporate energy work, which includes reiki, aura cleansings, energetic realignment and awakening kundalini (life force energy). You won’t be the same person when you leave this sanctuary. 3063 University Ave., Ste. 100, San Diego, 858.216.6292

Best Local Boutique: Sea + Wander

Sea + Wander is your go-to when it comes to looking your best in every aspect, from on-trend clothing to having skin that shines. Their handselected luxury apparel is sourced from brands across the globe with every style in mind. While Sea + Wander has a beautiful clothing selection, their apothecary is the icing on the cake. From Pillow Mist spray to Eye Tea Bags, Sea + Wander has all of your luxe beauty needs covered as well. INSIDER'S TIP Love what you see, but not sure what is going to work on you? Not to worry: Sea + Wander offers top-notch personal styling services that will make your shopping experience unforgettable. 154 Aberdeen Drive, Cardiff, 760.487.5788

Best Bridal Shop: Grace Loves Lace

Grace Loves Lace is more than just a bridal shop; it’s a bride-to-be’s dream dress service come true. Every gown is handstitched in Australia, and the shop offers a wide range of bridal styles, so no matter what you are looking for, they are sure to have just the thing. One of the brand’s eight exclusive showrooms has just opened in San Diego, so book a one-on-one style consultation and find the dress you have always dreamed of. Saying yes to the dress has never been so fun. INSIDER'S TIP Prefer a more VIP experience? Grace Loves Lace’s award-winning private concierge services will travel to the location of your choice, allowing you to create the bridal experience you have always dreamed of. 1620 Sixth Ave., San Diego, 619.539.7688

Best Children’s Boutique: So Childish

At the South Park-based children’s boutique So Childish, you will find looks for all of the special occasions in your little tyke’s life. Perhaps even more well-known for their collection of vintage toys, So Childish offers curios from every decade, including much-loved games from your own childhood that are ready to be passed down to a new generation. This sweet shop also hosts events designed to create memories for both you and your children, and you are going to love it as much as they do, guaranteed. INSIDER'S TIP Bring your child’s playroom fantasies to life with So Childish’s interior design services, perfect for taking playtime to new aesthetic heights. 1947 30th St., 619.238.0800


Photography by: Photo Courtesy of Grace Loves Lace