There are essentially two ways (ok maybe three if food is involved) to get me to come to an event. Anything that involves photography or shopping is an automatic RSVP I’ll be there early. Last week I was invited to see the newly relocated Stein Mart in The Market Place Irvine before it opened to the public. I grabbed my plus one (my kindergartner) and we arrived in our ‘better’ clothes handed a cute swag bag which the six year old quickly confiscated. We found a Stein Mart gift card and were told to enjoy a self guided tour with an added bonus, “the shopping was on us!” How nice, this never happens to me. We stepped inside the freshly stocked store, everyone was smiling not a hanger out of place.
I suddenly became a little overwhelmed. What first I thought. Clothes? Towels? Shoes? Handbags? Jewelry? I swiped a mn’m cookie off the table and keep walking. Those look cute. I do need new underwear. Oh but what about those espadrilles. Oh the choices.
I pull out the camera and shot a few pictures. Turned the corner and my eyes widened… they have my favorite canisters in the WHOLE WORLD … OXO Good Grips Pop Square Containers. I have been slowly building my empire of these mod storage pods. I usually go to the Container Store a few times a year to add a few more to my inventory. I whipped out my phone and scanned the barcode with my Amazon Mobile App (my favorite price checker app) and I verified that Stein Mart beat the price by a dollar. In the basket you go. In fact I’ll take two. These containers keep your food so fresh with a vacuum sealed top that unlocks when you press down and POP the button. I promise you no more half eaten bags of crackers mom!
My plus one for the event shops the wall of utensils. She is my budding chef.
I love the gel mats for the kitchen (above) these are a back saver if you have hard floors like I do I could not function without them. Lots of framed art work and ceramics to give you that I need to redo the entire house right now bug.
I took this little white number home for my vanity. It’s a cute bowl just by itself, perfect for holding loose items and jewelry.
I’m very happy to have a place so close where I can run down and pick up a tie and shirt for my son, quick gift for a teacher or more modular pieces fro my pantry. Come to think about it I don’t know if having such a place down the street from me is a good or bad thing. We’ll find out when the credit card bill comes next month. Until then I think I’ll sign up to get their coupons on their facebook page.
13742 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA
The Irvine Marketplace (next to 24 hr fitness) at Jamboree/Bryan
Mon – Sat. 10-9pm | Sunday 11-8pm
other south county locations:
20535 Yorba Linda, Yorba Linda
25282 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo
the full monty:: I was given a swag bag and gift card at the Stein Mart event.