Antiques, Hot Spot, Shopping, Style

hot spot post: Cedros Part II

Stop 2 at the Cedros Design District was SOLO.  Their website describes the store as, “An upscale collective showcasing the collections of eight creative and dynamic women, each with their own distinct style.”  This is my absolute favorite hot spot!  The variety of products in this shop is amazing.

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The shop is located in a warehouse…look at those beams! Love it.  As you may be able to see…there are different merchants displaying different styles and types of products.  Merchants vary from children’s and collectables to mid century modern and repurposed objects.

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The four pictures below feature the industrial section of the shop.  This is my favorite nook.  I want everything!!!  I bought a pitcher and glasses the last time I visited and I absolutely love them.  It’s always exciting to see what they have because most of the items are vintage “found” items.

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Below are more examples of how each section of the store features a different style and point of view.

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These blankets are adorbs.  Pretty sure I can re-create that with my newly acquired quilting skills!

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Another merchant with a variety of kitchy collectables.

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Take a look at the suitcases pictured below. They are metal and are actually floating shelves!  I love these…The black one needs to be on my wall ASAP.

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The stationary and paper goods are so cute!

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Next stop, Leaping Lotus.

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Similar to SOLO, Leaping lotus houses multiple merchants.  There is a wider variety of products and it has a less cohesive overall feel.  There’s definitely something for everyone!  It is a two story shop with 120 merchants.

Below I took a picture of a beachy merchant as well as an antique merchant.

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I’m loving this art deco faux fireplace facade.  The picture on the right below is the Oliver Shop…my favorite merchant in Leaping Lotus.

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Scary plastic doll chandelier anyone?

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Can’t say that I’m really into parasols but Ooh La Loo…they look good on the ceiling.  Especially in those colors.

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Antiques, Hot Spot, Shopping, Style

hot spot post: Cedros Part I

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Thanks to my friend Matt, this is one of my favorite spots to spend the day and shop. When visiting him in Encinitas last year he took me here and I fell in love…with the shops that is!  What I love most about these shops are that they are never the same.  Each time I come they are filled with new loot.  The street is filled with antique shops and other home furnishings that are right up my ally.  An eclectic mix of vintage, modern, contemporary, industrial and kitsch.  It’s going to take a few posts to get through my favorite hot spots!  I’ll start at House Vintage since it’s where my girlfriends and I started on Sunday!  House Vintage is located at 315 S Cedros Ave Solana Beach, California 92075.  Upon entering we first explored the outside where there was refinished patio furniture and repurposed home goods that would make great accents to outdoor living spaces.  This is something I love to do myself.  I buy a can of my favorite color and go to town on furniture that needs a little pick me up.  In the house itself you’ll notice that each room has it’s own character.  A guy might walk into this house and see a bunch of junk…but I see a house full of must have treasures!

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This room is having a little Marie Antoinette moment.  Ooh La Loo!

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Bargains, Hot Spot, Style

hot spot post: Rainbow Outlet

The Rainbow Outlet is awesome.  I don’t think I’ve worn another brand of slippers (sandals) since I was introduced to Rainbows in college.  They can be quite expensive as you will notice at Nordstrom and other retailers that carry them.  When I discovered the rainbow outlet it was a happy day!  As you will see pictured, you save 25%!  It is conveniently located in San Clemente off of Pico on the 5.  A quick pit stop on a road trip down to San Diego for us Angelinos.  This weekend I went on a girls getaway with my best friends and we stopped off for a quick look.  What’s so great about Rainbows is they last forever! There are a variety of styles…way more than the classics.  There are braided, hemp, and even crystal straps.

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I’ve been wearing the same pair for years…unfortunately I recently spilled a gallon of paint in my car and ruined my favorite pair.  My favorite are the Classic Leather  Double Layer Sandals.  I have terrible knees and these are so comfortable…I like the single layer but there is a noticeable difference when I wear the doubles.  They retail for $55 and I got them for 40!  Ooh La Loo!

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Crochet, Hot Spot, knit, Shopping, Yarn

hot spot post: Purl Soho

For my birthday this year I received a gift card to Purl Soho.  I hadn’t heard of it before but after a quick visit to their website I was soon in love.  I was tempted to purchase every single skein of yarn…but the thing about yarn shopping is you want to feel the texture and the weight of the yarn…well I do!  As you will see in the pictures I post below they can range from very lightweight to super chunks…not exactly the technical terms there but you get the gist, yeah? Also, I’ve noticed that the color on a mac isn’t always true to life.  All this to say I ended up buying a quilting book (I have been on a bit of a quilting kick lately).  Coincidentally another one of my friends rings me and asks if I’d be interested in going to the Purl Soho Warehouse in Tustin.  Initial though was…Tustin?! Jigga What?  I though Purl Soho was only in New York! You mean, I could have driven to ORANGE COUNTY and felt all the yarn in person AND avoided shipping costs?!  Turns out all online orders are shipped out of Tustin. Sigh.

So we drive to Tustin which ended up being an amazing day driving around Orange County shopping, eating, and getting some real quality time reminiscent of the summer after our senior year in high school.  The day was nothing short of perfect.  The building we pulled up to left a lot to be desired.  It is basically an office space in an industrial building (15431 Red Hill Ave Ste D Tustin, CA 92780 (800) 597-7875). We were scared we had been misled but once we walked in, we were not disappointed.  The picture below is the store front in New York. How adorbs is that?

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PURL SOHO
459 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
phone: (212) 420-8796

Photo: Pinterest

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Here I am surrounded by yarn goodness.

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Please note the empty basket.  Yarns range from $8-$40 a skein…a far cry from the usual $4 I’m used to spending!

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This is a testament of my self control that I was surrounded by all of this and walked out with a very modest purchase.  The key was walking in with a plan…something I don’t usually do!

Another thing about high end “fancy” yarn is you have to wind it yourself into a ball.   This was a first.  Good thing I didn’t order any yarn online because I would have totally tangled it up!  Here’s the yarn winding process:

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Here are the yarns before and after! Ooh La Loo! The colors look so good together.

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PS also has much more than just yarn.  They have a great selection of notions, tools, and fabric.

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Also, there are cute kits that would make great gifts.  Here was my personal fav.  FYI, I’m completely obsessed with sloths.  In fact today on Instagram I saw the raddest sloth tattoo…the pain of my recent tattoo is still too fresh in my memory. I don’t think I could do it again. But I’ll admit…it had me tempted.

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Last but not least here’s Andy.  It never ceases to amaze me how similar our taste is.  Birds of a feather…

The purpose of our visit was to get started on planning a baby shower for our mutual bestie.  Had a solid 11 hour hang out today.  Couldn’t have asked for better company.

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