Thursday, March 31, 2016

I SHOPPED IN A TREASURE CHEST

An Ode To California Shopping
I have always thought of California as some type of fashion treasure chest because of the stores that it has that can't be found where I live, and having the keys to that chest finally dropped into my hand was exciting and thrilling- being able to browse its different cities with access to these stores that I had only heard about or seen online seemed to suddenly equip my wardrobe with the promise of being something unique with lots of retro-cool trinkets: with each drop of treasure moving from the chest to my closet, my style would get that. much. closer to becoming *~*~*~* the exceptional style of my dreams*~*~*~*~* (I know in the back of my head that style, to me, is an 'in the moment' thing and adding piece after piece to my closet will do nothing for me or my style but suck me into the hole of modern-day materialism, but my brain ran with the idea of finding a couple special pieces). This proved (not so surprisingly) to be extremely motivational, as evidenced by the fact that my first activity was walking 2 miles to get to the Nasty Gal in Santa Monica with my companion and hype-man (hype-girl?), Siri on Google Maps.
My attempt at an artful representation of my treasure chest analogy.


My pilgrimage to Nasty Gal resulted in:

1) Admiration of the painfully cool store setup/decor




2) Notable treasures discovered and purchased:
Treasure #1: A FASHION CAP!! (See my respective definition of fashion cap vs. regular cap below)

Fashion cap: a cute cap that one can wear with outfits as a serious accessory (remember Kylie's first look from Coachella last year?)
Regular cap: A hat one would wear on the beach or on a hike, usually bought from a college bookstore and lives in your beach bag.
 
Treasure #2: My first high waisted bathing suit (I'm hoping to wear lots of one pieces and high waisted bikinis this summer, I love them!) 


Treasure #3: A striped tee shirt that I later saw on Arden Rose, one of my ultimate fashion inspirations- I guess that defeated the purpose of getting "a wildly unique treasure", but I would be happy to wear the same clothing as Arden for the rest of my life. Also, a striped shirt isn't necessarily the most revolutionary piece in the world... I thought it was cool, okay?

 
Side note: I really like jean shorts with colorful/shiny details on them for spring/summer like the one's Arden is wearing above, and Nasty Gal has amazing options!! I tried these on and they didn't fit me quite right, but I'm leaving them here to a) pat Nasty Gal on the back for adding these to their array of beautiful merchandise and b) encourage whoever is reading this to bring a pair into their life so I can live vicariously through you!!


For rainbow shorts, click here.
For gold stars on your butt, click here.
For red stars on your butt, click here.

The entire Nasty Gal store on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, from the actual clothes, shoes and accessories to the decor to the architecture to the mind boggling (in a good way) dressing rooms, was heaven to me. I guess I'll just stick to the website for now while I await the day in which I don't have to hop on a plane to get to a real-life store.

Another "treasure chest" store I went to was LF- due to their nonexistent website, one can only browse the clothing at their New York, Florida, and California locations. For those who are not familiar with LF, it is different than Nasty Gal in the respect that Nasty Gal is more eclectic while LF is quite beachy and boho (or at least in the warm weather, it is). LF's strong suit exhibited that day was definitely summery rompers, dresses, and two piece sets.
Treasure found: A CULOTTE & CROP TOP SET!!! I am a firm believer in the culotte and I'm not ready to let go of the trend yet- I'm so excited to wear this once the weather gets warmer.

Next, I paid a $3 admission fee to what I would consider the treasure chest of all treasure chests: The Melrose Trading Post. Only open on Sundays, the Melrose Trading Post is what I can only describe as the world's greatest outdoor thrift/vintage shop. Hundreds of vendors had tents set up, and each time I ducked into one I discovered 'treasure' after 'treasure:' vintage Levis, over-sized leather jackets, colorful coats, faux septum rings, plum purple overalls, etc. A couple things that really got me excited were a pair of vintage white jeans with pink rose patches on the knees & this orange coat that I've chosen to be the representative of the wide array of said "colorful coats" displayed:

I think the treasure chest analogy has been worn out by now, but I need to persist and close with this: The keys have been revoked from me as of now, but I hope to be able to use them again some day- and until then, discover more treasure chests within my own cities.
Not sure why I felt the need to end this with the cheesiest of statements, but I'm not necessarily compelled to change it.
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BANDANAS AND CAPS

 A Thing !! That I Wore!! In California!!!
Visiting California was an experience of which I hyped up to such a degree that once I finally found myself there, I had virtually zero idea how to go about meeting the expectations I had in my head or making sense of the metal 'road map' for the trip that I thought I was making. Being around myself more often than not for 16 years, I've realized that this is how I handle most situations that I deem a big event in my life- I so much want everything to go amazingly well that I can't even plan cohesively or effectively, and when the event actually arrives I almost always find myself having to just wing it upon the realization that even though it seemed like I was preparing and planning in my head, all I was doing was thinking in circles, leaving me standing over my suitcase in my hotel room desperately trying to put together an outfit that will make me look CALIFORNIA COOL, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.

I saved myself from the chaos that comes with outfitting oneself to face the high-pressure environment of the California streets (after I stood in the midst of that exact chaos for about half an hour, obviously) by drawing on things I knew I wanted to incorporate into my future summer looks, like caps and colorful neck scarves/bandanas:

I'm wearing a white dress from South Moon Under that's pretty short in the front but a couple inches longer in the back with denim cutoffs underneath- the cut of the dress is casual and is something I'd wear to a festival, like a sheer Coachella-esque cover up, I think. My shoes are Adidas Originals superstars, and my favorite part of the look is my red neck scarf from Brandy Melville! This one from Free People is nearing its 1 year anniversary of residency in my online shopping cart and I was so happy to find a much less expensive alternative from Brandy- something bright red, silky and patterned was all I was looking for. The cap I'm wearing, another type of accessory that I've been wanting to purchase for a while, is from Nasty Gal (not available online). 
ROUND UP: I really enjoy colorful silk bandanas and caps right now. I got to incorporate them into one of my first warm weather outfits of 2016. Three cheers!!
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