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Who Doesn’t Love a Coachella Fella?

Oh Coachella, an excuse to road-trip LA style to the desert, strip off even more clothes, dance even harder, and drink way too many over priced Heinekens—all in the name of peace, love and music. What bliss. What is NOT bliss is coming ill prepared to the erratic climate of the desert and finding yourself unbearably uncomfortable amidst the sea of guitar worshiping indie-hipsters. An outfit and other accoutrements need to be nailed down prior to road trip departure so you can worry about more important things in life, like ogling the sea of guitar worshiping indie-hipster men.

Bohemian vibe, brown leather sandals are a must, with thick soles that can withstand all of the walking, and straps around the ankles that can enable all the dancing. Fiorentini and Baker is a legendary Italian shoe company that produces classic sandals infused with a Greco-roman-toga-vibe that only gets better with age. Available at Barney’s, think of the bigger price tag as an investment, and an excuse to attend more festivals in the future, now that you have the proper shoes.

If you simply live and die by your sneakers, then Sportie LA on Melrose is your sneaker emporium. There you can find practically any pair of Vans or Converse ever produced, the go-to brands for all involved in any music performance on any level.

Dress in layers. Beginning with a bathing suit—why? Because, any good boy scout will tell you, be prepared for anything. May we suggest a really rad line called Tavik Swimwear, which draws inspiration from 1990’s pop culture references such as Fresh Prince of Bell Air and Saved by the Bell. Each collection within their line is refreshingly diverse, and fun, yet they still manage to adhere to style and structure, two key elements we see lost on oh-so-many teeny bikinis. Follow your bikini with an easy dress, romper, or shorts/shirt combo. Top it all off with a warm cardigan, Indio is the desert, and deserts drop considerably in temperature at night, and visible nipples are not attractive (four words: Janet Jackson Superbowl catastrophe).

Our favorite place to pick up that perfectly printed romper or old, yet newly studded levi’s cut-offs, is The Reformation in the trendy Third Street boutique district. The Reformation takes vintage pieces and re-cuts them into a modern shape and then adds contemporary accents, such as bold exposed zippers, and rocker studs. No two pieces are exactly alike but the prices for these easy silk tops and cotton summer frocks remain between $85 and $200. Urban Outfitters has also recently begun carrying Reformed, by the same designers, at a more democratic price level. And honestly, what is more LA scenester than recycled, re-vamped clothing?

Show your individual flair through your accessories. Anything goes, from Penny Lane inspired sunglasses and hats, to being elbow deep in wood bangles. A small, light weight, cross body bag can hold your essentials and credentials, while giving you two free hands to double fist those Heinekins if you insist. Beloved and under-exposed handbag line, Junior Drake, recently opened up an outlet store in Santa Monica, were the prices of their vibrant-hued supple leather goods are slashed in half.

Beyond anything, Coachella is a place where you can indulge yourself in the LA vibe, scene, and lifestyle, with an array of live music being the perfect backdrop for your newly minted LA -indie- meets hipster- meets rocker outfit. You might be mistaken for one of these beauties below.


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Planet Zoe

Look who we spotted shopping at Planet Blue, Malibu.  It’s none other than the legend, the brand, the iconRachel Zoe.  Planet Blue Malibu epitomizes Rachel’s style.  They have the perfect selection of the 1970’s boho-chic looks that made her famous.

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70% Off Sale At The Brentwood Country Mart

With prices this low, it’s amazing these shops can afford rent at the BCM.  Sale starts 9/23 for one week only!  Be there or be in your old boring clothes…



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As Promised … Your List Of Summer Essentials

After much “research” a.k.a walking up and down Robertson Blvd., dodging bullets at the Beverly Center, and flipping through all our favorite magazines (with a Coffee Bean as a new appendage) we have come up with our Must-Have-List.

Firstly and most importantly you will need the perfect bathing suit! Our pick is from Everything But Water at the Beverly Center. It is a Vitamin A (a favorite brand of celebs, as below on Leighton Meester) bikini (it’s cut is oh so flattering).

Cutie Patootie

Cutie Patootie

 Next you will need a cover-up to take you from the pool to the pool bar. We like this elegant, yet casual, maxi dress by Victoria Secret. Then you will need a pair of sunglasses. We are IN LOVE with Oliver People’s “Harlot” design, worn often by Kate Beckinsale. If you are extra sensitive to the rays, you will also need a big floppy hat (a great time to channel your inner Italian goddess a la’ Sophia Loren) we like this one from J.Crew. After that, you can show off your new pedicure with these comfy, yet oh so glamorous sandals from Sam Edelman (they can be purchased at Kitson or Nordstrom). Lastly, you will need something to carry around all your goodies! Tory Burch’s canvas tote is on sale at CUSP at the Century City Mall as well as Bloomingdales. It is extremely stylish, yet has room for you’re US Weekly, Vogue, and your copy of “He’s Just Not that into You,” (yes we know you own one).

Los Angeles Summer Essentials

Los Angeles Summer Essentials

Hopefully that list will do you well and you can save your feet and fingertips from endless scurrying and flipping (your CB&TL barista will miss you). You just might be able to get all your shopping done in time for lunch at The Ivy

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Calling All Recessionistas! Champagne & Sale Shopping

Faire Frou Frou is inviting LAShoppingReviews readers to attend a shopping party this Saturday, from 3pm-7pm at the Ventura Collection (Faire Frou FrouOptx Fine Eyewear, Atik Home & Gift Boutique, Stacey Todd, and Stacey Todd at Home).

May 30 PARTY at FFF

The party will be complete with cocktails, music and special in-store discounts. Faire Frou Frou will offer a discount 20% OFF ALL ITEMS in the STORE. (Even sale items will get the additional discount!).

The Ventura Collection is located on the 13ooo block of Ventura Blvd. (btwn Coldwater Cyn and Ethel) in Studio City, CA. The collective boutiques offer lingerie, designer eyewear, designer clothing & denim, home decor, gift items, children’s clothing, non-designer women’s clothing & accessories, a pilates studio, and a swimwear boutique.

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On the Prowl for Summer



When starting to compile our list for “summer essentials,”  our first priority was finding the perfect bathing suit. We did some research and we heard great things about Canyon Beachwear in Beverly Hills. After making our way down there we were less than impressed to say the least! The selection was small and wasn’t anything to write home about. Therefore, we are still on the hunt for the perfect swimsuit – along with all the perfect pairings! So stay tuned…. your “summer essentials” list will be coming soon.

We want to hear from you: What are your favorite Los Angeles bikini shops and summer essentials (flip flops, beach bags, self tanner…)?  Comments please!

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Pink Lili: Sexy, Sumptuous, Feminine Designer Lingerie


Sophisticated and Sultry On Montana Avenue

Did you ever think lingerie could be both sophisticated and sultry? Well if you had your doubts, the pieces at Pink Lili will prove you wrong! Pink Lili is the place to go if you’re in the mood for gorgeous, breathtaking designer lingerie in sumptuous fabrics and elegant cuts. These teddies, nightgowns, and bra-panty sets will make you swim in a sea of silk and lace.

These fine lingerie items do come at a price, but we think it’s worth it. You really do get what you pay for with the finest fabrics in town and intricate pattern-cutting details!

View From The Entrance

The Entrance Of Pink Lili, Montana Avenue

Lisa Frank, owner of Pink Lili, carries designs by Aubade, La Perla, Grazia’lliani, Damaris, Id Sarrieri, and Cosabella. To compliment the lingerie, Pink Lili also sells Eres swimwear, Emma Hope shoes and Mary Bruno loungewear. Besides the great selection, the store has an inviting ambiance to suit your lingerie-seeking mood. There are couches, a chandelier, and even a courtyard off the back. Furthermore, Pink Lili provides the perfect spot to search for items for that special occasion!

View Of The Patio

View Of The Patio

Pink Lili: 1129 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 576-7100


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