To wrap up my L.A./southern California trip re-cap, I had to share some of the fun things I did!

The L.A. Fashion District had been on my list for a while, and my heart skipped several beats looking at all the beautiful fabrics:

I have some fun projects in mind using these zippers!

For anyone who likes to sew even a little bit, this place is heaven. Rows and rows of shops bursting with every type of fabric imaginable.

 

There are also quite a few “real” fabric shops, including the famous Michael Levine. Right across the street from the actual Michael Levine store is the The Loft, where all fabrics are sold by the pound. I found an amazing print there that I’m hoping will make cute matching skirts or dresses for me and my sister (that’s still a cool thing people do…right? right??).

Right nearby is the FIDM Scholarship Store. This great little place sells discounted fabric and trims, as well as some newer clothing and accessories.

If you’re already going to be in the Fashion District, I’d recommend a stop. I found two cute bathing suits for $2 each and a whole bag of funky buttons. Plus, all the proceeds benefit the FIDM Scholarship Foundation, so you can totally rationalize any purchase.

As long as you’re in the city, stop by Santee Alley if you haven’t before!

It’s filled with different vendors selling souvenir trinkets and “designer” handbags. Even if you’re not in the mood to fill your suitcase with chotchkies (which I wasn’t) it’s a fun place to people watch and eat a churro (which I was definitely in the mood for).

Speaking of shopping, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Long Beach Antique Market, which I was so happy to make time to go to. It was filled with the coolest stuff (most of which wouldn’t fit in my suitcase).

 

Favorite thing! Much to large for my suitcase 🙁
I really need these lawn chairs. I also really need a lawn.

I did find some great dresses that fit in my suitcase and will be in the shop over the next few weeks.

As much as I love L.A. and the warmth, I was so happy to come back to Chicago. It really is the best city! Don’t get me wrong, though, I’ll be back to L.A. for more — hopefully soon!