Shop Girl Spotlight: allison!

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Name: Allison Murphy
Hometown: Ramsey, NJ
​College : SCAD (shop owner sarah’s alma mater!)
What’s your major?: Fashion Marketing
In four words, describe your personal sense of style: comfy, relaxed, layers, girl next door
How long have you been coming to LBI?: 20 years
Current favorite items in the shop?: candles, dresses
What’s your favorite thing about summer on the island?: it’s Home.
Go-to local spots for a great meal?: California Grill, Surf Taco, Chegg, Beach House, Bay Village Pizza
Describe your ideal day on the island: Waking up going surfing at sunrise, eating a breakfast picnic on the beach, biking to beach haven for some casual shopping, lunch out with friends, swimming until sunset, grill out with family, going out for ice cream, camp out on roof top deck under the stars with Jack Johnson radio.
How would you describe A Lovely Universe to someone who hasn’t stopped in yet?: it’s a beach boutique where girls in their 20s can feel stylish, confident and upcoming, and more mature women can feel on trend and on the brink of adulthood again. It’s positive, uplifting, youthful and bright. Whimsical and bohemian chic!

shop sounds: bruce

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Our assortment of music playing in the shop is constantly changing depending on who is working but every now and then we’ll feature a favorite on here. It’s sort of an old school retail principle about how sound, sight, and scent is so important to a customer experience and it still rings true. It sets a scene whether you’re shopping, dining at a favorite restaurant or as the background for an intimate get together at your home.

Is it super cliche that our first one is Bruce Springsteen? I mean, we are in Jersey.

I was born and raised in Monmouth County and currently still live there.  Bruce was born, raised his own family and still lives at least part of the time there too. Locally there is an aura to his overall persona that is a mix between God-like, unofficial mayor/governor and just regular resident who deserves privacy. Seeing him perform is this hard to achieve magical life changing experience. He’s an icon to the entire country. But seeing him walk down the street with a baseball hat on getting ice cream with his kids, knowing where his house was or touring the halls of my high school with his son was normal to see too. Everyone and their dog has a Bruce story in New Jersey. But it’s because I think everyone wants to have something, even in the slightest, in common with this eternally cool, uniquely talented, larger than life but still somehow relatable human.

(ps: that high school tour wasn’t that normal tbh – it was like the president was in town and no one was allowed to leave their classrooms except to peek through the glass doors to get a glimpse)

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As a huge music fan since forever and just a full blooded American citizen, the sounds of the E Street Band floated in the background to my entire life but I never felt particularly drawn to his music until I finally came around and smartened up. This may have something to do with my die-hard Bruce fan husband? Or just growing up and getting a clue.

My favorite album of his is the classic Darkness on the Edge of Town and judging by the amount of singing along, bopping and cheeriness that occurs in the shop when it’s being played in it’s entirety, I have a feeling it’s a lot of others’ favorite as well.

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Shop Girl Spotlight – nikki!

shop girl (1)Name: Nikki
Hometown: Medford, NJ
College: Just graduated from Catholic University and will be attending Drexel University for graduate school in the fall
What’s your major?: BA in psychology and now going for my masters in art therapy
In four words, describe your personal sense of style: trendy, boho, casual, comfortable
How long have you been coming to LBI: Forever, but I have been spending my whole summer down here since I was 12!
Current favorite items in the shop?: Orange floral dress and all the rings!
What’s your favorite thing about summer on the island? the sunsets
Go-to local spots for a great meal? Pearl Street Market!
Describe your ideal day on the island: spending the day on the beach with family and friends then coming back to a BBQ
How would you describe A Lovely Universe to someone who hasn’t stopped in yet? A lovely universe is the perfect store to stop by on a summer day. It has beachy comfortable clothing for everyone, jewelry, paper goods (cards and fun little books), and even items for children. ALU holds little something for everyone!

Shop Girl Spotlight – julia!

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if you’ve been in the shop lately, you’ve probably noticed a variety of different faces making sure that everyone finds a little something lovely to brighten up their day. wouldn’t you love to know more about who they are and what they love on the island? throughout july on the blog & on social media, we will be featuring more about our fantastic, hardworking, stylish and kind shop girls!

Name: Julia Paone
Hometown: Greenville, New York.
​College: Hofstra University, Go Pride!:)
What’s your major?: Health Sciences with a minor in Community Health
In four words, describe your personal sense of style: Simple, boho yet edgy.
How long have you been coming to LBI?: I have been coming to LBI since before I can even remember! My family decided that LBI would be our vacation spot before I was even born.
Current favorite items in the shop?: I have been loving the white blouse with pom pom trim, the grey ruffle sleeve cardigan, the navy blue tye dye dress and the all emotions club t-shirt.
What’s your favorite thing about summer on the island?: Sunsets by the bay.
Go-to local spots for a great meal?: The Local, Sandbox Cafe and The Old Causeway.
Describe your ideal day on the island: My ideal day on the island would begin with an early start on the beach with my friends and family. I would spend the day soaking up the sun while reading a good book. After the beach, I would get cleaned up and hit up one of my favorite local restaurants for dinner. To end my night, I would get an ice cream at my favorite ice cream place on the island, Skipper Dipper and try and find a local band performing nearby.
How would you describe A Lovely Universe to someone who hasn’t stopped in yet?: I would describe A Lovely Universe as a trendy boutique with genius price points that never fails to radiate positive energy.

Shop Girl Spotlight – kelly!

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if you’ve been in the shop lately, you’ve probably noticed a variety of different faces making sure that everyone finds a little something lovely to brighten up their day. wouldn’t you love to know more about who they are and what they love on the island? throughout july on the blog & on social media, we will be featuring more about our fantastic, hardworking, stylish and kind shop girls!

Name: Kelly

Hometown: Princeton NJ

College (If you’re comfortable answering!): University of Miami

What’s your major?: Psychology and Criminology with a minor in Sociology

In four words, describe your personal sense of style: Laid-back, simple, comfortable, colorful

How long have you been coming to LBI?: Forever!

Current favorite items in the shop?: Tassel earrings!

What’s your favorite thing about summer on the island?: the perfect beach days with family and friends

Go-to local spots for a great meal?: Pearl Street Market

Describe your ideal day on the island: Wake up, spend the day on the beach, dinner with my family.

How would you describe A Lovely Universe to someone who hasn’t stopped in yet?: Anyone can come in and find something they will love! From the flowy dresses to great jewelry, every age group is represented.

fun fact: Kelly is Andie’s sister!