I’m definitely not a shopaholic compared to my “Devil Wears Prada” obsessed friends, but when I get the shopping bug- I just spend spend SPEND! I’m pretty young, and get a lot clothes from my family for Christmas. However, the sheen and fascination of these new clothes have worn out after a month and a half. I think I’m going to take a day trip to Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza pretty soon.Costa Mesa is in the heart of the OC. Beautiful sun drenched beaches, hot surfer boys, and Disneyland are just a few of my favorite things about the OC, and Costa Mesa is just minutes away. Costa Mesa is also home to the Orange County Fair, which like any fair, has family fun for everyone. However, most Costa Mesa visitors come for the commerce.For those of you who haven’t been, South Coast Plaza is Southern California’s number one shopping mall. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, a friend, or a loved one- there is something for everyone in this beautiful beacon of commercialism. As the third largest mall in the country, this is bound to capture any shopaholic’s eye. Most malls I know only have one or two department stores versus South Coast which has Saks Fifth, Macys, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Sears. Though it’s convenient having all those stores in one place, you can really find those about anywhere. However, South Coast also has chic and unique shops, and most of all my favorite- a La Coste store (my closet is full of La Coste polos!) South Coast is just the perfect place to grab your gays and fruit flies for a fun filled day of shopping.If you’re tired of the whole mall experience, you may want to check out Costa Mesa’s alternative shopping experience SoBeCa. The SoBeCa district, which stands for South on Bristol, Entertainment, Culture and Arts, is composed of two “Anti-Malls”, the Lab and Camp. Some of the most out of the out of this world shops line these two Anti-Malls including the Buffalo Exchange, a chic thrift store where customers trade clothing, and 188 Degrees, a gourmet and raw organic food restaurant. The Lab and Camp often unite in having progressive events, such as Greenology Day, a green minded festival, and movie night.As you can see, I’m having a little trouble trying to figure out where to spend my dollar. Do I go with the traditional mall or do I want to venture out into psychedelic shopping experience of the Anti-Mall. Oh well, I guess I will just have to go to both!-Brendan

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