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Retail therapy in the City of Angels

Shopping heaven... Rodeo Drive

There’s an old adage that money can’t buy happiness. But the proven health benefits of retail therapy have almost completely dispelled this old proverb into oblivion.

Retail therapy embraces a similar logic, namely that impulse buying can curb feelings of sadness and despair and bring on a sense of frivolity and delight – and I, for one, am a firm believer.

So too, it seems, is Karine Bulger, the Founder and Director of LA Experience, an Australian-based boutique travel consultancy offering shopaholics a personal shopping tour of the City of Angels.

The service offers a luxury “insider’s tour” of Los Angeles, exploring the glamour of its infamous retail district.

Bulger, an Australian native who lived in LA for several years and leads the tour as a shopping concierge, says finding designer deals is her business.

“I remember my first shopping exploration through LA’s diverse retail scene – I couldn’t believe the extraordinary choice and savings as I unearthed one great find after another. I knew other Australians would want to share my LA Experience, and hence the business was born,” says Bulger.

Bespoke shopping itineraries are tailored to suit all budgets, with unique experiences and deals the average traveller would otherwise not have access to.

Exploring brands like Coach, Kate Spade, Burberry and Barneys NY, each day includes a different shopping experience and all travel dates are planned to coincide with US retail holiday sales.

Along with five-star accommodation in Beverly Hills, the tour also schedules exclusive appointments with the iconic stores of Rodeo Drive, including personal stylists from Stylehaus, BCBG Max Azria and Macy’s.

Bulger’s launch trip will take place in May 2013.

www.laexperience.com

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