Style RE A DERS’ CHOICE 1. La Plaza This chic new shopping center is breathing fresh life into La Jolla’s fashion scene with eye-catching boutiques like Kenneth Barlis, Yogasmoga and La Scarpa. laplazalajolla.com 2. Little Italy The foodie ’hood is ﬁ nally getting lauded for its retail thanks to Little Apple for chic urban-dweller Favorite Shopping Destinations apparel, Love & Aesthetics for gifts galore and Ajax Shoppe for hip high-tech. littleitalysd.com 3. Fashion Valley Newcomers like John Varvatos and Ralph Lauren keep this stalwart au courant, while cosmopolitan eateries like True Food offer a break from the bustle. simon.com Need a dose of retail therapy? Here are your go-to ﬁ xes. 4. UTC With a major $1 billion remodel underway (including added outdoor garden glitz and underground parking), Westﬁ eld welcomes new tenants like Warby Parker and a sleek new Zara. Stay tuned for updates! westﬁ eld.com 5. Del Mar Highlands Though Tucci boutique is the major draw at this buzzy retail center for North County sophisticates, equally adored hot spots include Lolo for gifts, Drybar for the effortless braided Uptini and dinner and drinks at the favorite Davanti Enoteca. delmarhighlands towncenter.com STREET CRED Little Italy has a smattering of choice boutiques to peruse. TRUE GEM ere’s no place like Covo Home (covohome.com). At its stunning locale perched above La Jolla Cove, the store is brimming with rare international goodies, chic SoCal statement pieces and handcrafted hostess-with-the-mostest gifts. “It’s like the London at of your cool aunt who has traveled the world and collected signature pieces along the way,” says owner Nica Ferguson . Elevated style is in the genes: Her mother and grandmother were interior designers. “As a child, every once in a while I got to skip school to go with my grandmother and mother to L.A. to source fabrics and antiques for their projects. To me, it was better than Disneyland,” says Ferguson. Despite the early education, Ferguson curated her own taste for treasures while trekking the globe, having worked 10 years in production for HBO. She may be back on home turf— living in her family’s original 100-year-old cottage—but Ferguson exercises her knack for foreign air, training her French bulldog puppy in French and zipping around town on her red Vespa, a skill picked up in Rome. Sunset may be the ideal time to peruse the exacting mix of art and jewelry for the home, like imported indigo textiles and Balinese white stone Buddhas. It’s when the Champagne ows on the balcony, and diners from Eddie V’s pop over for an even better view. “One special piece adds a touch of the unexpected,” she says. We’re in.