Coming soon to Echo Park – Nobvember 2016.
As of late, my main goal continues to be to open my own clothing and home goods store, aptly named “Gingerly Witty.” And so, with the prospect of touring a couple of shop spaces later this week (yay!), I thought I’d share a bit of inspiration and items that I’d like to carry.
Gadgets & Home Goods:
As of late, it seems that I cannot help, but dream about opening my own store. It’s all I think of to be honest! With Una Mae’s closing (so sad!), I will soon be without a retail job for the first time in over two years. And while this is scary, I for some reason want to pursue something even scarier. It’s a dream after all and dreams are often intimidating, tiresome and never certain. How can I not think about how many stores have opened and shuttered their doors within the course of a year? How can I be sure that mine won’t follow the same fate? Should this idea remain just that?
Nevertheless, I have done my research and feel strongly that there is a need for the kind of store that I want to open. And while I don’t want to give too much away as I’m just in the initial planning/dreaming stages, I will say that I desire to open a store featuring apparel and home goods locally sourced, primarily USA made, and catered to both men and women in their late 20s-early 40s. Like a Free People and West Elm in aesthetic meets Urban Outfitters’ fun, sometimes whimsical take on life. The space would strive to create an atmosphere in which it feels like you’re entering a lifestyle blog. The customer is one who strives to live creatively and surround herself with items that brings her joy, whether that be a bookstore scented candle, the perfect drapey tunic, or a dinosaur planter.
And while my own passions and ideas would serve as the initial inspiration, I will be careful to not fog my judgment. After all, while I may be the ideal customer, not every customer can be me. (That’d be a terrible store idea!). I’ll be sure to conduct even more research into location demographics, store spaces and rents, as well as inventory budgeting and fixtures and equipment buying. Yes, this is a dream, but I am deadly serious about it and hope to bring it into reality in the not so distant future. And with that said, here is my inspiration for what would be, Gingerly Witty (the store).
Wow oh wow. 2015 is over, done with, fin! Looking back, this year seems like it was quite a whirlwind. Sure, not all resolutions were met with success (hello eating better and working out more!), but I’m trying not to think of myself as a total failure.
While I didn’t achieve those more traditional goals, I still accomplished some things especially in the realm of personal, emotional breakthroughs. In 2015 I pushed myself socially and went out to bars parties, and various social gatherings, oftentimes surrounded by just distant acquaintances rather than close friends. For the first time, I didn’t let my social anxiety get the worst of me. While there were some moments of the year wherein I was burning the candle at both ends, I’d say the added ounce of exhaustion and extra cups of coffee in the mornings were definitely worth it in the end.
Looking forward into 2016, I’d love to continue the trend of “outgoing Erin,” which was one of the reasons for starting this blog back in July. I’m going to strive to push myself in my writing, photography, personal style, and home decor. I’m going to try to remember to document interesting, fun moments in photo. I’m going to further explore this great city in which I live. And hopefully, when all is said and done and I’m back here in a year, my heart will be content.
And lastly, enough with all the babble. Here are some pics from my New Year’s weekend. Hope you all had a lovely holiday as well!
To me, gingham always screams summer. There’s something about the checkered pattern that instantly reminds us of sunshine, flip flops, and lemonade. Perhaps it is because the pattern shares its likeness to picnic tablecloths, on which we can enjoy those great summertime snacks like hot dogs and barbecue.
And yet, I’ve decided to rock gingham on this blistery LA winter day. In an effort to wear pieces that get much traction in summer, but rarely see the light of day in winter, I decided to bust out this summery piece and pair it with a forest green cable knit sweater and knee high socks. Hopefully, these additions will shift onlookers’ minds from cheeseburgers and al fresco to hot cocoa and Charlie Brown Christmas musical jams.
As of right now, I’m off to pick up my dad from the airport. He’s visiting for work, but I’m always excited when he returns to Los Angeles because not only does it mean spending precious time with my dad, but also hotel breakfasts and a reason to go out to eat and share with him my favorite LA haunts. Tonight’s dinner is up in the air as to locale, but I’m currently craving Italian and some serious spaghetti.
Dress: Dear Creatures from Anthropologie
Sweater: Urban Outfitters (old)
Knee Highs: Urban Outfitters (old)
Hat and Shoes: T.J. Maxx0
What initially drew me to this dress was the paisley detailing at the bottom. But unlike the bright paisleys we’re used to seeing, I appreciate Free People’s risk in taking the detailing into a darker world of blacks, deep purples, but still retaining a hint of girly rosy pinks and bright creams.
Life in LA has been fairly low key as of late. Currently, like most bloggers, I’m knee-deep in the holiday spirit. My roommate and I are slowly, but surely decorating the house with festive winter-themed accents, from glimmery pine cone garlands to metallic candle votives. I’ve already started started with the Christmas music, showing a particular fondness for the folksy Christmas station on Spotify. As the holidays quickly approach (with Hanukkah starting on Sunday!), I’m enjoying these moments of stillness before customers begin to storm the store in a frantic search for the perfect gifts and holiday parties consume my social life, something of which I’m far from complaining about anytime soon. I mean, come on; who can resist a good hot spiked apple cider, cookies, and mingling with your bestest of friends? While the sun is still shining bright and the only snow one sees is that in storefront windows, December is always a time to embrace while in the City of Angels.
Dress: (old) Free People via Buffalo Exchange
Hat: Free People
Necklace: Free People
Shoes: (old) Dolce Vita via Anthropologie0
I know I’m not the first person to say this, but wow, it’s already November. This last week was a doozy for me. Not only was it Halloween, but I had my final days at Anthropologie after a two year tenure. And while I’m certain this was the right move to make, the event was still bittersweet. This is the place where I not only learned how to “do retail,” but where I also learned how to play extrovert and made some of my closest friends for life. And so, while my time at Anthro was far from perfect, I am forever grateful for the experience.
What follows are some pictures from the weekend. I hope to have another style post and article done some time this week!
My last day at Anthro was spent cleaning (go figure). This is me in the Ghostbusters vacuum.
Just wanted to pop in and say hi. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to the last few weeks.
A few months ago, my parents brought up the prospect of adding master bathrooms to my brother and my homes. While I love my itty-bitty home with all my heart, I must admit that it’s seriously lacking in the “having more than one bathroom” department. So the thought of having another bathroom, let alone one all to myself, had me jumping for joy. Yet unlike other home projects, wherein I would have to lock myself away with my computer and Internet access to Pinterest and Houzz, when it came to bathrooms, I was already decided on a specific theme, materials, and fixtures. To put it simply, I love bathrooms. Love. Silly sounding? Sure. Not convincing? Possibly. Lacking any ounce of truth? Hardly.
My infatuation with bathrooms dates back to my first bathroom remodel (and sadly only to date, but more on that later). I was 14 and taking over my brother’s bedroom upon his heading to college and the process involved fixing up the old master bath, which, I kid you not, had three dimensional bamboo wallpaper. Let loose in the remodel fixtures store, I fell for antique styled knobs and chrome detailing. And since no prices were listed, it wasn’t until later that my dad would reveal that I ended up picking the most expensive set in the store. Sorry, Dad!
Fast-forward to today, I have loved bathrooms ever since. While the first project only included vintage-inspired fixtures, I coveted more oldness. When I was house hunting a few years ago, I fell hard for art deco colored tiles and “hot” and “cold” x-shaped knobs. I was also filled with rage when I’d visit a home built in 1924 and discover a bland, modern sandstone bathroom, knowing full well that a beautiful, fully functional vintage bathroom had stood there originally.
Sadly, my latest proposed bathroom remodel was never able to come to fruition due to permit and zoning issues (damn you Los Angeles and your reasonable rules!). Yet my Pinterest board remains and one can see a clear pattern develop: a fondness for white subway tiles with dark grey grout and penny tiled floors. I’m not sure if it’s the crisp white and black combination or hint of nostalgia for all things old, but I am forever smitten. Below you will find just a bit of my Pinterest board featuring some of my favorite subway and penny-tiled loos.
Currently listening to: Colonies – New Skin
As every other blogger will tell you, the day after Labor Day is the start of fall in the bloggosphere. Everywhere you look, from Instagram to Facebook, I’m already seeing my east coast friends chugging down pumpkin spiced lattés and dusting off their warm sweaters and jackets. Yet here in Los Angeles, it’s been hovering around a sweltering 97 degrees for several days. While sunny LA has its awesome pros, it also has some definite cons. And for me, one of these significant cons is the lack of autumn weather. In fact, September and early October tend to be the warmest times of the year. So while the mall shops are pushing what look like the comfiest of comfy coats and scarves, my car is still blasting the AC and the idea of wearing opaque tights instead of sandals is well into the future.
But what if one wants to still incorporate some fall trends without suffering from heatstroke in the process? I think it is still possible to sport autumnal wears sans the obvious coats, sweaters, tights, and boots. Dare I say, in Los Angeles, sandals are still very much appropriate in September. After having spent four falls (going on five) in Los Angeles, I’ve observed and developed some fall wardrobe tips for when your autumn couldn’t be further from infinity scarves, beanies, and pumpkin spice everything.
- You can still wear a sweater! – Light layering sweaters and cardigans over summer dresses
2. Follow the leaves! – Neutrals and warm colors
3. Cover up – Maxi skirts & dresses
4. Keep it simple with staples – black jeans, cuffed shorts, chambray, flats
5. Swing swing – Long sleeve swing and tent dresses with boots
6. Play peek-a-boo – Sheer layering pieces and non-opaque tights / nylons
7. Top it off – Add a dark hat
So there you have it; fall fashion in LA. Best of luck staying cool my fellow Los Angelenos!0