A THRIFTING & VINTAGE LOVERS GOLD MINE IN LA

 

No matter what your style, taste, interests or desires may be, there is a place for you in LA!

One of the beautiful things about starting life in a brand new place, is that there is a genuine excitement, hunger and appreciation for just about everything, no matter how small. lol…  I found myself praying the other day, while driving, that I won’t ever lose the awe and amazement that I feel for the little things. Especially for all the different types of food, vintage, art, flowers and incredible mountain views every where.

 

That being said, I had to share this insane sidewalk sale that I came across in Hollywood while Discovering LA. The experience was quite hilarious, especially because I was a first timer to this weekly “EVENT”. The pic and sign aren’t deceiving your eyes, everything is really $1 on Sundays. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, turns out that there is a complete strategy necessary to acquiring these pieces. There are rules, there is a stand-off, a whistle, and swiftness is of the utmost importance. I’m laughing just thinking of how confused and lost I felt when it all began. I couldn’t believe that this was an actual thing. 😉

 

 

SO here goes the quick rundown.

There are about 20 plastic wrapped bails of clothes, lined up on the floor. No one can see what’s inside, BUT everyone there positioned themselves beside the one think will be a good one. Two men came outside and everyone had to step away from the bails and wait for the men to give the run down of the rules, yup rules. At a specific time every Sunday, the men walk through the bails and cut the straps and plastic off. At this point all the clothes spill out, everyone HAS TO STAY STILL, and you cannot rush the clothes. During those intense moments, I looked around at everyone (my error), I should have been strategizing and intensely scanning the clothes, like I noticed EVERYONE else doing. Once the men gave the go ahead, everyone there made such a dive. lmbo… You have to grab as much clothes as possible, in one scoop and step out of the way (pretty much like that old claw game in the arcade). You then quickly go through and analyze the pieces that you got in your own little corner. Rule is that you put back the things you don’t want into the original central location. Let me tell you, it was like a sporting event, with how well strategized and intensional everyone their was. Clearly, something they’ve done a time to 20 before! 😉

 

 

There was an extremely wide variety of options there. I found a couple of really great things! All for $1 each! My fav was a vibrant silk sari.

Now that I understand the process of it all, if I wanted to take on this hilarious experience again, I know I could really rack up.  When my girlfriends come to visit, this is definitely on the list of things-to-experience here in LA!

And BTW, I was SO improperly dressed for this! I was sweating bullets in my vintage floral maxi dress and sequin open back heels. That’s what happens when you stick in a sidewalk sale between church and a quick supermarket run. 🙂

 

 

 

 

xoxo Honey Bunnies!

 

 

 

 

Vintage Dress: Beacon’s Closet – NYC

Shoes: Estate Sale – ATL

Bag: Canal Street Vendor – NYC

Shades: Betsey Johnson

 

CAFE´ FRIDAY! DISCOVERING LA WITH SHAYZON, ONE CAFE AT A TIME

 

 

Hi Beautiful!

Welcome to the first of my Cafe Friday series!

 

 

Prior to moving to LA, I started compiling a list of places to see. I looked online and did the typical tourist search inquires. After we arrived, I became so excited about all the random “little nooks” and “off the beaten path” locations that I was coming across.  One Friday morning, when I woke up, the idea of heading to a Cafe came to mind.  I immediately got dressed and told London to get dressed for our little outing. I got onto ” the google” (as my mom so confidently calls it), popped in cafes in LA, randomly chose one (based on the cute image of course) and then we headed right over.

 

 

Why Cafe’s? I’ve come to realize that independently owned, neighborhood cafe’s are typically in the heart of a community. Cafe’s are a place where the baristas know your name or your order after a while. It’s a getaway from home to get work done on your laptop, have a quick meeting, grab a morning joe or breakfast, meet a friend, or my personal fav, EAT with an awesome cup of tea or coffee. 😉  I figured what better way to become truly familiar with my new city than with FOOD! lol…  I randomly pick a cute cafe, in a new neighborhood or area to visit every Friday morning.  Not only do I get to try out great muffins, cookies, avocado toasts and/or sandwiches, but Cafe Friday allows me to drive to and through new areas that I otherwise wouldn’t. A major bonus to this, is the friendly people that I’ve gotten to speak with as well. I love it and look forward to it so much, especially because of the mommy daughter time and crazy/hilarious conversations that I get to have with London! 😉

 

 

We had such a great time, the Winsome cafe was wonderful. We chose egg sandwiches from their menu – which were absolutely delicious. The loads of thick and juicy bacon that came with the sandwich, was mouthwatering. The service and hosts were amazing from the moment we walked through the doors. We actually got there a few minutes before the kitchen opened, but regardless, they allowed us to sit and start with tea and water while we waited. The environment, decor and wallpaper was awesome. They also have a really cute and large outdoor patio area, I’ll definitely go for the outdoor experience when I return. Through this little excursion, we also discovered Echo Park, a cute, eclectic and very artsy neighborhood, just mins outside of downtown LA. By the time we got back home, I knew that this was going to become my Friday tradition and unique way of really Discovering LA.

 

 

So that I can share the experience in real time, every Friday I capture video snips and pics of the chosen cafe, to share with you on my insta-stories. I follow up with my honest review, funny things I may have encountered and way more pics, right here on the blog. If you haven’t started enjoying Cafe Fridays with me yet, definitely check out @shayzon on Fridays or catch up by clicking on the Cafe Highlight, to see inside these cute cafe’s around LA.

 

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you!! To top it all off, after a lovely breakfast at Winsome cafe and loads of laughs, when I got back to the car, which was parked across the street from the cafe, I had a beautiful pink parking ticket awaiting my return (at least it was my favorite color). My second discovery of the morning… there is alternate side, street parking all around LA.  Always remember to check for the street signs when parking. Needless to say, my first Cafe Friday breakfast was an expensive one. 😉 #youliveandyoulearn 

 

 

 

*All images taken by SHAYZON

** All food eaten by SHAYZON 😉

THE BIG MOVE! HEY LA!

ℌ𝔦 𝔅𝔢𝔞𝔲𝔱𝔦𝔣𝔲𝔩!

I’m sitting here in front of this laptop typing a line, then deleting the line… oy! I’m so excited and trying to decide what to tell and show you first! Eeeee… Before I go one step further, if you are reading this, my sincerest thanks to you for sharing your time with me.

 

WELL, let me start quickly at the very beginning of this new chapter. My hubby, got a promotion, and that wonderful promotion opened up this amazing opportunity for our family to relocate. We just moved all the way across the country, from Atlanta to LA! There you have it, the impetus to this all!

 

This move has been so incredible, beautiful and enlightening. I’ve been documenting our time of discovering LA; the mountains, the flowers, the food, the cafes’, the fashion, the vintage, the deals, the people, the LA lifestyle and of course the family. With all of our friends and family so far away now, this will be a great way to also visually communicate the experience with everyone. As we try to settle in and navigate our way through this major change and transition in our lives, there is so much to learn and discover, which in turn becomes so much to share.

 

I’m a keep-it-real, good-crazy kinda lady, so I’ll also be sharing about being a mommy to teens / 2 high schoolers (insert crazy eyes) in a new city!

 

Well, here we go! Let the Discovering LA blogging chapter BEGIN!

 

 

Of course one of the greatly anticipated outings for the kids, prior to moving here, was going to The Santa Monica Pier. Going to see the ocean was a must and first on the list. They were both so excited about the move. My kids, especially London, are major planners and researchers. London created a Moving List, a Packing List, a Must See List and a Must Do List, all prior to us even purchasing the first moving box. LOL… 😉 Needless to say, we have quite a bit to get done, now that we’re here Discovering LA!

 

 

My hubby thought it would be a great experience to take the train/Metro from downtown LA out to the pier. After living in New York and taking the subway there, I wasn’t quite sure about what to envision or expect with the train system here. Not only was it a great experience, it was also very convenient. Finding a place to park on the streets close by can be challenging and the parking garages and lots can get expensive too. So keep the metro option in mind for when you visit or even if you already live here.

 

 

We were pleasantly surprised with how clean and bright the underground station was. I don’t know about the other stops, but this stop downtown was great. 😉 It was $1.75 each way, per person and really economical. FYI, the metro also has day passes for $7.

 

 

 

 

It was truly a beautiful day. Artists, singers and performers were everywhere. The yummy smell of seafood and churros filled the air, while all the laughter and music filled the soul. You can grab a quick bite as your stroll down the pier or if you’re in the mood for sit-down dining, there are great restaurants overlooking the water as well. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is absolutely delicious! The seafood is finger-licking scrumptious! heehee 😉 Saw what I did there?

Hugs & Kisses Honey Bunnies! 

 

Wearing:

white denim shorts, H&M

similar pink sneakers, Nike

similar pink sweatshirt, Amazon

 

 


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