February 16th, 2006
Bubbly champagne, heart-shaped chocolates, and sweet sugar cookies—no, they weren’t the Valentine’s Day excess of a posh socialite. Rather, they were treats served at San Carlos boutique Clair de Lune’s Baubles & Bikinis Valentine’s Day Party. Although Clair de Lune hasn’t traded its shop permit for a liquor license, it does offer more than just fancy tops and designer jeans. The spacious store co-owned by two stylish sisters, Andrea Parks and Danielle Hicks, is also filled with antique candleholders, verdant wreaths, bath gels, couch pillows, studded belts and feminine undergarments. And if you happen to get motivated by the slogans on the wall (“Dance like no one is watching”; “Dreams do come true”), the inspiration doesn’t have to end when you exit the store because you can have it to hang on your own wall at home.
Price Point: Tops and Tees, $30-60; Jeans, $120-270; Shirts, $80-200; Jackets, $150-400; Belts, $120-300; Evening purses, $60-80; Lingerie: $16-50.
Brands: True Religion, BCBG, Betsey Johnson, Charlotte Tarantola, French Connection, Kasil, Joe’s Jeans, Poleci, Red Engine, Felina, and more.
Sales: January and July.
Why San Carlos? “There was nowhere to shop in the area,” Parks said. “We had to drive 15 minutes north to Burlingame, or 15 minutes south to Palo Alto.”