Well, I got back to New York in the wee small hours of Sunday morning, and as great as the trip was, I found myself really happy to get home to the pooches and my familiar bed. But before I sign off on my journey, I thought I’d share a number of notable stores I stopped into, like Heist, which is on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which is sort of like Nolita, but with palm trees and high-end cannabis shops that look like Apple stores.
Heist always surprises me by carrying designers I don’t see elsewhere, like this cute popover by a brand I’d never previously heard of called Kloni & The Crew. I bought it because look at it: it is so completely out of my playbook.
I also went for this not-cheap-but-sure-to-go-into-high-rotation silk blouse, also by Kloni & The Crew.
Like Nolita, Abbot Kinney is full of a lot of chain brands like Vince and Everlane, but there are a few cute one-off boutiques, and one I’m very fond of is Huset, which specializes in Danish design, mostly for the home.
I thought this would be just about the coolest dog bowl ever, but I somehow prevented myself from going for it.
I think these safari placemats are pretty adorable.
And I might still go for a few of these green floral plates.
I had to go to a studio in Downtown L.A. to tape an upcoming episode of the podcast, so I popped into a few stores there too, like Poketo, which is all about bright and happy design.
I’m still thinking about this pink canteen, which I should have picked up but didn’t.
And these bamboo salad plates are pretty boss too.
I also visited home design store A+R—L.A. has such better stores for this type of thing than New York does, and this place is just aces.
I rarely buy items for the home—I’m always way more likely to buy clothes—but I badly need new bedside lamps, and so I ordered a pair of these.
Finally, I went to Lost & Found, which actually has a couple of stores in Santa Monica, one with items for the home and one with clothes, which is where I went first. I’m a big fan of their softly tomboyish aesthetic.
And I nabbed this cashmere 6397 sweater for a whopping 70% off, which definitely won the prize for best buy of the trip.
Next I walked a few blocks to Lost & Found’s home outpost, where there was so, so much to want.
I just stood staring at this stack of throws, which they had pretty much displayed like this in the store, for a while, slack-jawed. So pretty. And yet so vulnerable to destruction by dogs.
This vase is so not me—it’s more girly than I usually go—but it’s also really nicely graphic, which is right up my alley.
I sweated over whether or not to go for one or two of these charming pillows, and in the end didn’t pull the trigger, but I still might have to.