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!

shop girl spotlight – andie!

shop-girl.pngif 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: Andie Ajello

Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Where do you go to school? University of Miami

What’s your major?: communications

In four words, describe your personal sense of style: beachy, neutral colors, casual, and flowy

How long have you been coming to LBI?: since I was 3 years old!

Current favorite items in the shop?: jewelry!! More specifically the earrings

What’s your favorite thing about summer on the island?: meeting new people and going to the beach

Go-to local spots for a great meal?: Barry’s Do Me a Flavor and Pearl Street Market

Describe your ideal day on the island: wake up, go to the beach all day, hang out with family and friends!

How would you describe A Lovely Universe to someone who hasn’t stopped in yet?: ALU has the cutest outfits that you can dress up or down. There is also the perfect jewelry and accessories to pair your outfits with.

Vendor Spotlight – Kris Nations

If you’ve been in the shop over the past few years, you’ve noticed Kris Nations jewelry lining the shelves of the store or peppered throughout the other merchandise. With it’s simple but special charm and gift ready adorable cork bottle packaging, it’s hard to miss. It’s also super hard not to fall in love with the whole line.

Who is behind Kris Nations, you ask? They are a female founded (sisters, to be exact!) jewelry line based in California that focuses on timeless items inspired by their creative and independent Mother. I love that.

In their own words…

As sisters, Kris and Kim Nations both share the same unique, free-spirited sense of style – equal parts sophisticated and bohemian, with a little vintage inspiration thrown into the mix. So when the two created a partnership and began producing an original line of eclectic jewelry, it was no surprise that they also shared the same, familiar source of inspiration.
 “Our mom is independent, creative, and has a great sense of style,” says Kris, a self-taught artist who, encouraged by her mother, began making her own jewelry as a teenager. Both sisters cite the woman who raised them as the single most important role model in their lives, and her influence is evident in everything from their jewelry designs to their business model. (An artist herself, she sold paintings during the summer months to supplement her salary as a schoolteacher, passing along that same motivated work ethic and creative drive to her daughters.)

It’s someone much like their mom who Kim and Kris envision as the wearer of the jewelry they make: a graceful, worldly, confident woman, with true personal style that transcends time and trends. Each sister brings her own unique perspective to the table, sharing ideas and polishing concepts until a truly collaborative design emerges. It’s a process that’s evident in the finished pieces that combine Kim’s retro-modern aesthetic with Kris’ flair for color in surprising combinations.

Between the family partnership, family aesthetic, and family inspiration, it’s no surprise that the two credit their collaboration with the success of their brand. For Kim, seeing what they’ve built together is all the motivation she needs to keep going: “I wake up every day, excited to grow our business for ourselves and our families.”

Kris agrees.

“There is absolutely no way we would have the success we have had without partnering together. We have a common goal, and we’re working side by side to achieve it. I know I’m lucky to have this relationship with my sis.”

Some of our favorites that we are currently stocking:

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