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Friday Faves: Cities, shoes + the Blobfish!

via Fast Company

via Fast Company

Some fun favorites for your Friday: 

Fast Company's 50 Creative Ideas to Make Better Cities (illustrated in a pretty way!) 

Amazon Fresh!  We just got our first delivery this morning, and on a busy week, wow those green bags full of groceries were a sight for sore eyes!  *Free 90-day trial happening now in LA! 

The mushy, slimy World's Ugliest Animal!  

The fact that Fall is coming, and I get to wear my faux-Fryes again! 

And THIS amazing home decor transformation!! 

Posted on September 13, 2013 and filed under friday fave.

Westie: Best Vintage Store

In last week's Westie post, I mentioned that I'd be posting soon about my happy new vintage shop discovery!  To me, there's totally a difference between a Thrift store and Vintage store...and even an Antique store.  They are all very similar, but there are fine dividing lines.  If I had to give comparisons, it might look something like this: 

  • Thrift store: least expensive, variety of styles, often cluttered + disorganized, wide-range of poor to fair condition
  • Vintage store: moderately priced, sometimes more curated to one type of style, overall more items in better condition than thrift store, store space is often styled well 
  • Antique store: most expensive, items usually in excellent condition, presented more like a showroom

Now that we're on the same page...I'd like to introduce you to our newest Westie Award winner for Best Vintage Store... 

Venice Vintage Paradise

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VVP was smack in the center of Abbot Kinney for the past 10 years, but recently re-opened their doors in a new storefront at 2304 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291. 

Check out their Facebook page, where they post regular updates of new items, or their Yelp page for reviews.   

Things you should know about VVP: 

  • Their stuff is AWESOME; lots of mid-century, and everything is on trend.  
  • The store is beautiful
  • Jeanie (one of the co-owners) becomes your BFF as soon as you walk in
  • It's moderately priced, let's say $$ (as if that means anything...)
  • They have a super cute back patio, which they are open to renting out for events, photo/video shoots, etc.

Look at all these treasures! 


I've always wanted a vintage library card catalogue, and this one's a beaut! 

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Pretty leaf-patterned textile and blankets galore! 


I liked this winged wire chair and mud cloth textile a lot. 


Any guesses on what this is?  

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If you guessed a 1930s German baby carrier--you were right!  I guessed a carrier for a 6-pack (like this one).  Beer, babies, tomAto, tomAHto. I love the fabric and the leather details!


So, I made it home with the turquoise textile and vintage baby carrier (don't get any ideas--it's for the future or our sweet niece), hooray!  

If you're near here, please please stop into Venice Vintage Paradise.  You won't regret it!


Westie Award: Best Children's Boutique

So I grew up with Fisher Price and plastic toys, so I'm totally not knocking them (I  still have THIS in my parents' basement and can't wait to use it again).  But, I do love the latest trend of back-to-basics, simple, wooden kid toys that don't just feel like clutter.  (Mom friends, I may eat my shorts on this once I have kids!  I know the last priority of baby + kid stuff is to be both functional and nice to look at!)  But, it's fun to know there are some great shops out there with kid toys that you wouldn't mind leaving out with your grown up decor!  

And the Westie for Best Children's Boutique goes to... 

Kid Firefly

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Even though I don't have kiddos yet, I still love perusing this adorable shop for modern "parents, babies, and kids" at 1405 Abbot Kinney in Venice.  See all their info and online shop HERE.  

The store space itself is so bright and airy, with exposed brick and pops of color from all the fun things for your littles.  


From Splendid toddler tees and stuffed knit dolls (I wanted a mermaid one for myself!), to a neon green wheelbarrow + garden tool set--it's all just so cute and unique.  I mean, they even have "Little Bert" chairs--mini-sized Henry Bertoia inspired mid-century chairs!

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It is on Abbot Kinney, and the price tags reflect that.  For a girl on a budget like me, it's more of a speciality gift shop for very special munchkin occasions.  But there are so many wonderful novelty items, it's worth stopping in to ooh and ahh over!  It's a must-go if you have kiddos--your little ones will love checking out all their brightly colored toys and books.  They can even go all Hunger Games on these precious wooden bow + arrows set!

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The owners and employees are so friendly and helpful, and you can swing over to the grown up Firefly shop just down the street while you're there!  

Be sure to let them know Westside Bestside sent ya!


House on 8th: Life + Style

The beauty of having friends that also blog is that on days when I don't necessarily feel like writing a big ole post [ahem today] I still have a place to point you so you have something fun to read!  The joy of it all! 


My friend Ali and her cousin Darci have an adorable blog called House on 8th (cute right?  It's where they grew up spending family time when they were kiddos).  They are both so stylish and are total mavens at gathering lots of fun and entertaining niche web finds.  I always learn so much from them! 

You'll see that today, they posted my current favorite Pinterest recipe--Mexican Corn Salad--seriously I've made it twice and it's a total hit, SO yummy!  

My other favorite posts are their fashion features--Al is my real life bestie/personal stylist so I highly recommend Ho8's fashion posts.  Love THIS one on how to replicate a super pricey Anthro look for at lot less $$.  

And there's THIS post which is SO helpful.  Let's be honest, we all love to shop at Forever 21 (even though we're more like Forever 30), but hate to rummage through the piles of clothes.  Ho8 digitally sifted through the store for us and then highlighted some of their favorites.  Nautical stripes, you will be mine!

So, head on over to visit Ali + Darci today, and let them know westsidebestside sent ya! 


Posted on July 18, 2013 and filed under blogging, pretty, style.