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Shopping for pretend: two Los Angeles spots I keep missing

mohawk general store

Mohawk General Store is in hipsterville Silver Lake—a place I used to know well back when I read Dirty Plotte and dated skinny angry boys with huge LP collections, but where I literally do not think I have ventured more than twice since I turned 40. I should not have stayed away: this boutique is working a very gracefully grown-up hipster look I can completely endorse.

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The aesthetic  is kind of monochrome bohemian, but tomboyish and a touch deconstructed, if that makes any sense. Very easy shapes with an emphasis on comfort before cool (which is, of course, deeply cool). And very little in the way of color, which is so refreshing for LA.  This dress is by A Detacher, and is so totally out of my playbook, what with the very clean shape, and then the one quite interesting flourish.

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I love this gauzy henley (remember how we all used to have tops like these, but in colors like baby blue?) though I’d wear mine unbuttoned.

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This sundress  is a wee bit on the young side (although the inched-in straps grow it up a bit) and would require a strapless bra for all but the very flattest among us, but I’m a sucker for that asymmetrical hem.


I’ve got no good excuse for never making it to Tenoversix: it’s right on Melrose, a boulevard on which I can be said to have have clocked some miles. Does this place not look divine?

karen walker

It all continues to be about a big cheery, cheeky sunglass for me.

rope bracelet

This rope bracelet looks very French luxury house, but is in fact it is just over $100.


I almost don’t even care what these Henrik Vibskov perfumes smell like. The fact that they come in knitted cozies is more than enough.


It’s quite fitting that this card holder is from Want Les Essentiels de la Vie because I do not know if I can proceed even one more day of my vie without it.


Look at it from the back, with the money clip! So clever.

Posted on April 18th, 2013 10 Comments

The mini-mall of hip

lost & found

Lost & Found might be my new favorite shop in Los Angeles, in large part because its concept is just so excellently LA:  a bunch of mini-boutiques, occupying five adjoining storefronts in an old deco-ish strip, in and out of which you just wander, as if you’re at a super-cool theme park. The goods are an eclectic mix: Frenchy and boho, but with plenty of chic spins on classic themes. The stock ranges from design objects to clothes (for both sexes) to jewelry. And while the clothes are fantastic, Lost & Found sadly has the worst website design of any store I’ve ever loved. So I’m focusing on a bunch of other great stuff. Of which there is much.


The most artfully crafted-to-look-perfectly-worn-in belt ever. Crazy pricey, but I’m dying over that buckle.


This gold bracelet works that whole rough-hewn/classic angle really well.


There is certainly no shortage of arrow jewelry out in the retail universe at the moment, but I like how subtle  this little option is.


Sure, you could talk yourself out of buying this limited-edition bee serigraph by artist Sage Vaughn, but why would you?


Just a little burst of terracotta happiness.


Liberty. Napkins.



I don’t know if I can adequately express to you how many throws they had at Lost & Found. I was particularly partial to this bright little number



The mini-boutique for kids was, no surprise, just beyond.

Posted on January 18th, 2013 4 Comments