Celebrating one year in Manhattan Beach, Elleni Couture brings South Bay women two favorite purchase pleasures: shoes and chocolate. “I decided to open Elleni because there wasn’t an exclusive shoe store in Manhattan Beach,” says Skylar Tourigny, who named the boutique after her darling daughter. “I wanted to provide South Bay residents a place that offers the latest styles by different designers and some exclusive brands without having to drive to Beverly Hills or South Coast Plaza.” Combining two of her favorite passions, Skylar displays delicious gourmet chocolates prominently next to her chic kicks. “I eat a different one each day, and some days,” she shares, “I may have two or three pieces.” Some of her confectionary standouts? Try the classic dark truffles or the signature offering, Elleni’s Birthday Cake, a treat that’s a celebration for your tastebuds. Elleni Couture 1100 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-376-3553 ellenicouture.com
Ditch the processed, sugar-laden drink mixes and whip up these blended cocktails with hydrating coconut water, melon, crisp cucumbers, tart citrus, fresh herbs and a little spice. Use Honey Simple Syrup with rich caramel notes to balance smoky mezcal or tequila for just the right amount of sweet.