exciting news!



very excited to announce that a new little addition to the shop will be arriving this winter! 🙂 my husband and I are expecting a sweet little boy this February. Not only will I have a little companion in the shop this spring, it’s also safe to say the kids section will be getting a lot more action in 2019! xo

ALU’s Island Favorites: Best Dinner Spots

ALU's island favorites_

Whether you’re down on Long Beach Island for a day trip or spending the whole summer here, it’s good to know some great go-to spots. We always get customers in the store asking us for pointers so it only makes sense to round up our favorites all in one place! 

Here are our top spots for a great post-beach, post-shopping delicious local summer dinner in no particular order:


1. Black Whale Bar & Fish House

1835, 100 N Pennsylvania Ave, Beach Haven


2.  Parker’s Garage

116 Northwest Avenue – Beach Haven


3. Black Eyed Susan’s

7801 Long Beach Blvd, Harvey Cedars


4.  The Daymark

404 Broadway, Barnegat Light


5. Blue Water Cafe

11205 Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven


6. The Arlington

1302 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom


7. Barry’s Do Me a Flavor

309 Centre Street, Beach Haven


8. Daddy O Hotel

4401 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach


9. Buckalew’s

101 N. Bay Avenue, Beach Haven


10. The Old Causeway

1201 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin

**right off of the island but worth it!**

Shop Girl Spotlight: kate!



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: Kate

Hometown: Middletown, NY 

​College: SUNY Delhi

What’s your major?: Business & Fashion Merchandising 

In four words, describe your personal sense of style: Simple, classic & modern prep 
How long have you been coming to LBI?: For as long as I can remember 
Current favorite items in the shop?: All of the off the shoulder tops, especially the Floral Grid Blouse! 
What’s your favorite thing about summer on the island?: Meeting new people from all over! 
Go-to local spots for a great meal?: Kelly’s by the light house at Barnegat Light and The Old Causeway! 
Describe your ideal day on the island: Going to the Local for coffee, then heading to the beach!
How would you describe A Lovely Universe to someone who hasn’t stopped in yet?: As a great atmosphere that has something for everyone! No matter your age or style, you’re sure to find something you love! 
ps: we are lucky enough to have kate for two seasons now! we also share her with our awesome neighbors coastal coffee co. 🙂