I recently took my first trip in a very long time to Los Angeles, California. Although I had some old friends to reunite with I also needed to get to those shops!!! I stayed in Venice Beach at Su Casa after a recommendation from a great client Marta who’d stayed a bit there while shuttling her son, Ezra Miller, back and forth for acting gigs. That in and of itself was a complete scene! Between the singing troubadours who start at 9am and are unrelenting until sundown, and the excess of “medical marijuana” I witnessed others “treating” themselves with, I had a lot of laughs every day. I actually saw a man pulling a decorated boom-box on a luggage cart that had flags all over it and was blasting a reggae version of “the itsy bitsy spider”…
My room was actually a fantastic suite facing the ocean-how funny i felt trying to spread-out in the space the first day since i’m so used to my teeny apartment here in Hoboken!
The last time I was in Venice (2000?) you could tattoo and drink and gawk at the beach/freak show but you couldn’t really SHOP. The gorgeous pacific has called to many more than just the boardwalk freaks. The community if filled with artists, designers, great shops, and delicious restaurants. When I explored Abbott Kinney (a street within walking distance of the beach) I was able to find incredible things including an adorable cardigan from LaLaLand, perfume from Lulu Beauty of Seattle, delicious scented candles from Nell’s Compass, kitschy Swedish kitchenware from Lotta Kuhlhorn I had the best lunch of my trip at Gjelina.
It didn’t end there. On another gorgeous 79 degree day I headed just a few miles up the coast to Santa Monica where Fred Segal has a location. There I fell in love with tees from Crown Jewel and 88 Orange, Mei Vintage bags, and more! Some of my favorite purchases are below:
I did also have a little incident at Fred Segal in Santa Monica with these lovers:
Yes, i did buy a pair of Pedro Garcia sandals at the end of Summer…they were that FAB!!! It was my Birthday prezzie afterall….!!
My other best meal was dinner at The Village Idiot on Melrose where one of my great friends, Michelle (“Meeshee”) helps hold down the fort. We had an amazing kale salad and all kinds of special num-nums and cocktails with her hubby, Jeremy. Definitely worth re-visiting and eating at again!
I’m planning another trip this Fall when I plan to shop more in Hollywood as well as shop a great trade fair so who knows what i will find next!