Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Just For Fun

Today is the first day I have actually felt like I have a life since getting back to Malibu in late August. That makes exactly one month of a life lived without any sense of ownership. It feels good to be back behind the wheel.

So what did I do on my first day “back” post sorority recruitment? I hung out with my sorority sisters. And despite the fact that we have been around each other literally 24/7 for the past month, we had a blast getting off campus and shopping around Santa Monica for the afternoon.

I don’t know what exactly it is, but something about Santa Monica just feels good. It’s colorful and alive - it’s a happier side of L.A. And really, is there anything better than perusing Third Street with a pumpkin spice latte in hand as the lingering hum of a street musician’s guitar serenades your walk from store to store? Even today’s breeziness felt good. Like a hint of fall, like a whisper of sweater-weather, like an invitation to start playing Christmas songs on iTunes.

Today’s top discoveries include…

Brandy Melville - amazingly chic store on Third. It’s like a taking a trip to the French Riviera, minus the fact that it’s more affordable and a Weezy soundtrack was playing on repeat the entire time I was shopping there. Look for stripes, one-size-fits-all baggy tops (perfect to pair with leggings), cheeky prints and Chanel inspired motifs.

White Clover - street musician. Incredible voice. Check out his music myspace at

Jodi Fuchs - artist based in Santa Monica. Stumbled upon her gallery as I was leaving La Grande Orange. Her work is seriously incredible. Bold color schemes, interesting patterns, mixed-media design…she’s pricey (at least for a college student), but her work is definitely worth checking out. Plus, she has cheaper prints available on etsy for the budget-conscious.

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