Melrose Trading Post

Obsessed. I’ve been spending a bunch of time in LA in 2015, so I’m going to share a few of my favorite experiences while I’ve been on the west coast. Melrose Trading Post is an outdoor flea market where tons of vendors and artisans come to sell their products – a lot of it is vintage – which I LOVE.  (I thought).

I’ve been having this internal battle about vintage things. Do I actually LOVE or am I mildly creeped out by old things that people have used before? This is actually an absurd way to feel. And it’s even more absurd to be having feelings that I’m admitting in this blog about vintage items. Like how am I actually entertaining the fact that I’m having feelings about whether or not I’m into vintage things and flea markets?

I’m easily overwhelmed by a lot of shit* in a small place. Curating the perfect closet or home full of vintage pieces can take time and selecting the items can be a lot of fun, even educational and inspirational. However, it’s less fun with crowds hordes of people and unlimited amounts of shit.*

* Obviously the items are not all “shit,” I just like using the word shit instead of things. “Things” are boring. Shit is cooler. 😉

Whatever –  I wish I could be more vintage loving. Maybe I’m not hippie enough to be that way? But I definitely am hippie enough to love certain vintage things. Just not full force 100%.

Furniture – I’m 100% down with. 200%. So fucking down. If I was decorating a space on the west coast, I would fully commit to furnishing some super cool pieces from Melrose Trading Post.

Until then, it’s fucking awesome. I highly recommend visiting – they’re open Sunday mornings at 9:00AM PCT. But maybe take Xanax beforehand.

Before entering Melrose - getting ready for the beautiful chaos.
Before entering Melrose – getting ready for the beautiful chaos.

Cross My Body

Cross body bags are the NEW fanny pack.

Quality Fanny Pack Right Thurr
Quality Fanny Pack Right Thurr

Not that fanny packs were ever really in. And not that they’re ever even out – take a trip to Disney World and look at all the middle aged men wearing them… Quick – clean up your vomit and I’ll tell you all about the versatile, chic & easy to wear version of them.

Honestly while traveling or going out, a cross body has become a huge staple handbag in my wardrobe.

It’s a constant win because you don’t have to hold it – Hands free is always for me. I don’t want to carry more things that I have to in my hands because I’ll probably spill my green tea on myself & singe my hand or ruin my silk blouse.

Cross-bodies mean no pain – AKA it’s not weighing down your shoulder. It can’t even weigh that much because you can’t load it with every item from your bedroom like your usual daily bag for work.

It’s the chic girl’s version of the fanny pack. Which I have to say I would not hate AT ALL!!! If it was at a music festival. I was dressed in neon and listening to electronic music for hours on end. It was questionable but worth it. I’ve done music festivals with Marc Jacobs as well and it doesn’t end well.

Enjoy a few of my Favorites

Most luxe: Chanel (give meeee)

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Practical: emPOWERED

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Bright: Cambridge Satchel Company (obviously unhooked because I’m lazy – oops!)

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Carryall: J. Crew Sophie Crossbody Bag

 

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HUGE Inside with Tons of Pockets!

Inexpensive: Forever 21

Forever 21 "Subtle Thing" Crossbody $16.80 !!!
Forever 21 “Subtle Thing” Crossbody $16.80 !!!

Vintage: Floral Snaptop Bag

from Recycling Red Dresses in Saratoga Springs, NY
from Recycling Red Dresses in Saratoga Springs, NY

Everyday Going Out Bag: Gucci Soho Disco Bag

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Ultimate Favorite Bag and Comes in Endless Colors! I have this color ❤

 

With all of these gorgeous examples – please leave your fanny pack at home. I don’t care if  you’re still hungover from Coachella. Step your game into some of the new age fanny packs, “cross body’s!”

xo