Last Friday we got to visit Venice Beach, which is one a pretty darn cool place to check out if you haven’t been before. I love to see the houses that back up to the Venice Canal…it’s where a lot of those romantic scenes in the movie “Valentine’s Day were filmed actually! And the famous Abbot Kinney Street is so unique and filled with places to shop. Now, I didn’t actually shop on Abbot Kinney because, well, Abbot Kinney is like Rag & Bone and stuff…it’s like $$$$$…but I got to go to a couple of my favorite vintage shops that are down by the beach and have awesome stuff at a fraction of the prices of the main drag.
First off, let me give you my basic review of Venice Beach. Keep in mind that this is strictly MY perspective, coming from MY crazy brain! Everything in Venice smells like money, incense, or pot. (I think. I can never quite nail down what pot actually SMELLS like, but I think I’m starting to get it.) There are more Range Rovers, man buns, and vegan restaurants than, well, pretty much anywhere you’ve ever been before. Everyone wears chambray button down shirts, and I do mean EVERYONE. There’s graffiti on basically everything, but it’s like high class, fancy graffiti, if there is such a thing. It’s kind of like a nicer and cleaner Haight and Ashbury, but with more money and more gluten free options. I spent some time at the Tom’s flagship coffee shop and shoe store where the “social justice refugees” as I’ve called them hang out, buy coffee and shoes, and experience the Tom’s virtual reality “giving experience”. Yep, Venice Beach is a unique place!!
Some of my favorite random things I saw (because I love the random stuff you witness when you are around people!) were a girl walking by me wearing underwear. Now I THINK whatever was on her lower half was somehow, in some alternate universe INTENDED to be shorts, but they were shaped like underwear, were skin tight and shiny, and were smaller than my underwear. These were not booty shorts people, they were underwear. But apparently she felt perfectly natural walking down the street in them, so I guess that makes it ok. (!?!?!) There was a guy sitting on a bench talking into his iPhone but on speaker phone. WHY do people do that in public you guys? And he said, “you know, I might DIE!” My instant reaction was “huh? What does he mean??” And then he went on to say: “I’m at TWO PERCENT!” Basically I think he means, if his phone dies, he goes with it. He poses an interesting philosophical question you guys. If your phone battery dies, does a part of you die too? Now I’m just getting sarcastic. Let’s get on to the pictures!
My first stop was this super cool place called Animal House Vintage. On the wall of this place you’ll see all these amazing Indian gauzy gowns that look like Spell dresses. Last time I stopped in the girl working there said that the Spell girls had just come into town and shopped there for inspiration, so you can imagine how great this place is! I didn’t manage to find anything that fit quite right on this trip down, but everything, just everything, is so good there. And the prices are pretty darn sweet too.
Next I visited one of the coolest places for crazy fun vintage stuff, called Gotta Have it Venice. They get most of their vintage from estates and from costumes! It’s crazy and chaotic in the best possible way!
I mean look at all of that! There’s SO much cool stuff and it’s all the greatest prices too. I got a couple of graphic tees (this place is my absolute go-to for vintage graphic tees) and this incredible pair of Minnetonkas. I have never seen this amazing burnt orange shade so even though I actually own the exact same pair in brown, I had to get this pair because I think they are quite rare and pretty much near impossible to find!
Then I decided to have a little downtime because in mom world, downtime is fairly hard to come by! Since there’s rarely a place to sit and chill in Venice it seems, I went to Tom’s because it’s one of the larger coffee shops. I had some green juice that was an unfortunate choice of green juice blends…it was, let’s say less than tasty. But I got to sit and read and take artistic selfies, so all was not lost. :)
There are a few other super cool vintage shops in Venice that I’ll hit next time and review for you! And next time, I’m bringing my laptop (how else am I gonna fit in at Tom’s without bringing in a guy with a bun?) and a hat. Oh yeah, and a bikini because the humidity MELTED my makeup off in like five minutes flat. I know, I’m a total California weather wuss, I get it.
Ahhhhh shopping for crazy fun stuff is such a blast. Hope you guys are getting to do some of it wherever you like to go!