The Irvine Spectrum: Huge Entertainment Center
This is a very large outdoor entertainment complex. There is a movie theatre with 21 screens, as well as a few department/ "specialty retail" stores: Nordstrom, Macy's, Target etc... Quite a few restaurants, Johnny Rocket, Javier's... etc!
What to buy: Many of the items for sale at the Spectrum can be found elsewhere, BUT, the Movie theater is unique in that it has a 3D IMAX screen!!!
Angels Beauty: Great Beauty Supply Store
This is an upscale beauty supply with many hair products/tools, nail lines (Essie, OPI, etc) and makeup lines including Jane Iredale and Bare Minerals. If this interests you, it's worth checking out for sure!
What to buy: The Jane Iredale stuff, scented candles, nail/hair products discounted 20%.
What to pay: Average.
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Irvine Marketplace: Come Here for Your Misc Shopping
Besides Irvine Spectrum, Irvine Marketplace is where to go in Irvine for big box retail shopping. Locals love their Target (probably the best looking and stocked Target location of all in O.C) here, as well as Barnes and Noble, Edwards Marketplace 10 several popular eateries like Chik-Fil-A, Natraj's Tandoori, and G-Burger. Irvine Marketplace is combined with Tustin Marketplace to make up the mega Marketplace shopping center that is conveniently off the 5 freeway, exit Jamboree Rd. If you ever get stuck in the area, pull over a while and do some shopping therapy!
What to buy: Whatever's on sale!
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The Spectrum: The Spectrum
Lots of stores at the Spectrum. I was expecting wall to wall designer stuff but in fact there was some good cheaper stores as well (you know, like under $200 for a pair of jeans, i guess I'm just a big cheapo) but you could easily leave most of your paycheck here. I think that fact that ireland is becoming more expensive every day and that the dollar/euro rate is in our favour meant this experience didn't make me feel out of place.
Pity, I usually enjoy feeling out of place :-)
What to pay: Spend all your cash at once.
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