photography by Mary Gilliland and me
I’ve been back at school for a week now but it didn’t take long to make it back to my favorite place in LA — Melrose. Starting at our favorite tea place in the world (Alfred Tea Room), carbonated iced “keg tea” in hand, my friend Mary and I happened upon a local farmers market. There were food trucks and food stands and local artisans selling jewelry and the most aesthetically pleasing succulents I have ever seen in my life. There also were three boutiques that were run out of converted trucks. I quickly decided that’s what I’m going to do in my retirement, as long as funky boutiques and transportation on wheels both still exist when I retire.
We walked down Melrose Avenue toward Melrose Trading Post and stopped for a quick bite at Carrera Cafe, which has the most adorable new “Hello” mural. It also has the best kale salad I’ve ever had. 10/10 recommend. We moseyed through the rest of Melrose, stopping at the pink wall, of course, and made our way to quite possibly my favorite place on earth. I’ve professed my love for Melrose Trading Post many a time before, so I won’t bore you again, but it’s amazing. Some booths were selling old cameras, there was an insane amount of vintage clothing, and there was even a vendor with old random pictures. For just fifty cents you could buy an old family portrait, a prom photo, or even a candid from a wedding! It was wild. I didn’t go as crazy with shopping (for clothes, that is) as I expected to, but I did buy this incredible printed corduroy skirt, which I’m sure will soon make an appearance on the blog, and some new sunglasses.
I also stopped at the American Apparel across the street, to support the store in its last few months of business. Gildan, the tee-shirt company, purchased American Apparel a few days ago, and announced that all 110 remaining American Apparel stores will be closing. As a supporter of this company that produces its products in America, includes the environment and ethics in their equation, and hands-down makes the best zip up sweatshirts in the world, I was deeply saddened to hear this news. And I definitely was not the only one. During the thirty minutes I waited to check out from the store, I heard many a conversation about how people weren’t sure where they were going to buy their favorite Halloween costumes next year, and how they were buying ten sweatshirts to last them the rest of their life, and how they grew up going to American Apparel at the mall with their friends. It’s clear American Apparel was near and dear to many peoples’ hearts, and for many different reasons, so it’s safe to say the store will be missed. While it’s still around, though, I’ll definitely be stocking up on all of my favorites, like their cozy sweaters, the button-down denim skirt I wear approximately twice a week, and their classic sweatshirts.
Tunes: an oldie but a goodie, “When I Get Older” by Wild Party