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Tastemaker: Noelia Pahissa

The stylish Spanish designer shares her low-key finds


Age: 41
Neighborhood: North Park
Current Job: Co-founder and creative director at Avarcas USA
Background: Noelia moved from Barcelona to San Diego in 2004. Wherever she went, people often noticed her avarcas, a traditional Spanish sandal. She soon realized there was a demand for the Mediterranean product in America and launched Avarcas USA in 2011.
Fashion Philosophy: Don’t limit yourself to what trends dictate.
Personal Style: Comfortable and natural with functional and timeless pieces. 

Her Favorite Things:

Whether at the beach or farmers’ market, you’ll find me carrying one of these handwoven baskets made in Spain. Market basket, $34, espanolita.net

On top of smelling amazing, this face oil absorbs without being greasy and leaves my skin so soft and moisturized. Little Barn Apothecary lavender and frankincense face oil, $20, aware-house.myshopify.com

For those days I’m out for a few hours, this clutch is large enough to hold all the essentials. Walter & George “Laura” clutch, $128, walterandgeorge.co

I love the uniqueness of these pieces, as well as the traces of the artist’s hand. Handmade wooden spatulas, $25 each, Maven, 2946 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights

I always enjoyed unforgettable vacations with my friends and family in La Costa Brava, just a couple hours north of Barcelona. I love its beautiful, secluded beaches and charming little restaurants.

I use these for our table, as a wall hanging, or on the sofa. It creates a bohemian vibe in any room. Indigo table runner, $110, rachellabarre.com  

I’m a big fan of functional handmade pottery. Every morning at home we have coffee in these mugs and it definitely tastes better! Ceramic coffee mugs, $66 per set, etsy.com

Pons avarcas are my everyday sandals! Their simple design can take you from the beach to the city, and they evoke my Mediterranean summers growing up by the sea. $79, avarcasusa.com

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