Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Streetside Vintage

Ever since I became a licensed driver in high school, I sought private refuge in the funky, earthy, eclectic offerings of the Hawthorne District. Located just a hop, skip and a Bridge ride from my neck of the woods- it's an easy place for me to open up my senses to different ideas, worldly shops and bizarre fashion. And though it's always heavily-populated, I never see anyone I know over there... so that in itself is one of the many, many reasons I adore it.

While Hawthorne Street is perfect for the solo excursionist; it's also quite delightful with a buddy. Streetside ales, coffee adjacent to (the good) street performers and laughing about random items for sale makes for a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

A few weeks back, Jay and I did just that. And our differentiating desires once we got there (I went for the vintage stores & retro home decor showrooms... and he went for the local microbrews & fresh deli choices) - meant we had a whole day of wonderful, weird consumption ahead of us.
^Vintage clothing store, what a way to pass the time...
^Alright, alright- yes it's hard for me to not enjoy an afternoon ale on a Saturday.

^All local produce from various area Farmer's Markets... which makes me happy.

^Nitpicking at nothing just like any other OCD person.
^Told you it was a little bit different of a place- but isn't that fun every now and again?
^Vintage shopping
^I introduced him to this beloved hideaway area of mine.

^Those glasses broke last weekend. Boohoo.
^We shared the utterly orgasmic Rice Bowl at Bridgeport Ale House
^Yes, I am obsessed with Basil, Spearmint & Peppermint- I bought a lot of bunches this day!
^Earthy, earthy, earthy
^We ate like Kings that week after one visit to this grocery store we love.
^The prospect of wearing that? Horrible. The appreciation I have for different minds in the world who create and rock stuff like that? Off-the-charts. Takes all kinds to make up our Universe.
^Jay has a fetish for Cookbooks. 

Fora  different look, another Hawthorne post Here.[All images mine]

What about you? Any niche neighborhoods you find yourself charmed by in your area?


Anonymous said...

Im obsessed with mint right now, too! You should start an herb garden. It's the easiest thing in the world and mint spreads like crazy. I've started using it in tea instead of sugar.

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Peeking bra & all, the dress is too cute. So sorry about the sunglasses, they were gorge! I love that little troll doll. My neighborhood is cookie cutter houses, & farm animals/cows.

Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

Between you and Mayra, I now have a million date ideas for when I have a BF again. Sounds like a fun area and I think it is great that you both found things that interest you. There are some fun areas around where I live that I need to explore :)

erika sorocco said...

Ohmigosh there are Treasure Trolls in that shop window! I used to have the biggest troll collection when I was little - I think we still have them in our garage!

Seriously though I LOVE the eclectic vibe of Hawthorne - it's so fun to go exploring in your own city!

P.S. You look gorgey - I love your blingy earrings and oversized sunnies...you remind me of an incognito celebrity! :)

Unknown said...

Oh you have no idea how different your city is to mine... my city would probably make you feel like you were in a tiny little town, thus we have nothing like that here :(
btw, love the florals and pink lippie.

G. D. Kaisha said...

great photos! :) xx

Daisy Cats

Pat Hatt said...

Looks like a great place to stroll, none like that around me and yeah I know about ocd..haha

Kate Sparkles said...

Lovely photos as always!!

There's a market here with the most amazing vintage pieces. But unfortunately they know just how good their stock is and charge a small fortune for it :(

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Dying over your sunnies and lippy!

Megan, TfDiaries.com said...

love the sunnies and dress!

Xo Megan

Angela said...

I love to walk around after dinner at La Jolla shore. It is so calming.

drollgirl said...

omg! this looks so fab and so fun! i can't stop thinking of tiny vacation trips to plan this summer, and stopping by here would be SO FUN. so fun!!!!

p.s. i live in los angeles which is made up of zillions and zillions (slight exaggeration) of different little neighborhoods. i LOVE going exploring and finding new ones all of the time. i wish i could do it every day. i feel like i would never run out of new places to discover here! it is nuts! maybe it is like that in every big city? :)

Jax said...

Oh, I just fell in love with this place and I've never even been there!!! lol This is like Brooklyn where all the hipsters hang. Love their fashion and to watch them :)

Panty Buns said...

What a fantastic assortment of things to browse through and buy for wearing and for eating. I'll have to remember the name "Hawthorne District" if I ever make it that far to the NorthWest. That's a prety floral dress you were wearing while shopping. Both you and your significant other look like you were having a great time - and totally off subject you both have beautiful looking teeth! The fresh veggies and herbs look yummy. I should eat more of those. About that colourful dress in the third to last photo. Can you imagine Nikki Minaj (sp?) wearing it? It reminds me of the late 60's and early 70's ("psychedelic"). It looks like there were lots of pretty outfits to be had as well. The fresh mit looks nice. It's been eons since I bought some. I should.

frockandrollonline.com said...

How fun! It looks like you had such an excellent time, and you look lovely!

Leia said...

What a fun place! And I kid you not, I read about your herbs and I thought to myself "#$%! I did not water my plants today!" Haha, ran out to water them and came back to read the rest of the post :). I started a mini herb garden but my mint is not doing so well! The basil is doing great though, I'm enjoying adding it to my food :)

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos! love them all! You look so pretty too, the floral pattern is lovely on you! xx

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