August 31, 2007

HG's LA Trip II

After yesterday's not-too-positive post about LA's food, I'll move onto LA's shopping today! I stayed at Beverly Wilshire so the place I went everyday was Rodeo Drive. Before going I wasn't really enthusastic about Rodeo Drive because I thought it was just going to be another designer name-packed street which will be like all the other places I usually go to (-Hong Kong, London etc.) I was right about the designer-packed part, but what I didn't expect was that I really loved the street. I loved how there was so much space to walk around and not feel crowded, and the salespeople there were so friendly and helpful! (The sad thing was of course, I could hardly afford anything there!)


The thing I loved most on Rodeo Drive was the Prada shop. The first time I saw it from across the street, I thought, that coat looks like it's from Prada's FW07 collection and those stairs are very NYC Soho Prada-like, is that the Prada shop? You will notice that the shop doesn't even have a Prada sign, and I really haven't seen a store before that didn't display its own designer name! I loved it! (Seriously, if you didn't know Prada well and just walked past it, you would think it was a weird warehouse!)

But walk by at night and you'll be surprised. See those three holes on the ground?



They're like lighted caves filled with Prada goodies. The concept is so cool.

And of course, there is the newly renovated Chanel store, my second favourite looking store on Rodeo Drive. It looks so clean and clear cut, with only white, black and gold.

While I love the atmosphere and all of Rodeo Drive, the shopping place that I really liked was Robertson Blvd. Robertson Blvd is the street where a lot of mix-brand boutiques like Kitson and Madison are, and also boutiques of American brands like Nanette Lepore and Alice + Olivia. For me, Kitson was sort of... blah. I only noticed lots of T-shirts and the new Paris Hilton clothing collection. If anyone visits Robertson Blvd, then you must go to the Alice + Olivia store -the clothes are SO gorgeous. It's not too often that I think clothes look even prettier in real life than on shopbop.com. And there are so many more stores on Robertson -that was def a fun trip.

Unfortunately for me, the only things I could afford on both streets was the BCBG sales rack! Surprisingly, the sales rack still had loads of goodies. I got a boring/ classic, black and nude-coloured dress for only 150usd (half price!) and a very useful black cardigan thingy. And while I love my BCBG purchases, my favourite (and most useful) purchases were probably the two pairs of sporty shorts (great for lounging around the house doing nothing) I bought at Target, where my sister bought her moving-into-college-stuff. So all in all, shopping in LA was pretty cool and it ended up being a really relaxing holiday.

Ooh, and now I finally understand why Mary Kate and Ashley look so wrapped up (with scarves and cardigans) in paparazzi photos even in LA. Even though it was sunny everyday in LA, the temperature was kind of cool ,especially in early mornings and nights. Anyways, I'm leaving San Francisco tonight so I better go pack now!

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi,
ive heard a lot about kitson but we never have any in canada.
so what IS kitson? is it just in LA only?

8/31/2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cant believe you thought la was "cool" weather wise! we're boiling here this week, and even last week was broiling by American standards.

but i'm happy you didn't like kitson. you should venture into silverlake and los feliz the next time you visit. its more artsy, and has a ton of jewelry and housewares shops. (and my favorite lingerie boutique!)

8/31/2007 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hg, what did you think of the area around usc? i havent been there but i would like to know what you thought of it--was it run down or nice or ?

8/31/2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger FemmeNoire said...

I wish I could have taken that trip with you. I'm dying to see the new Prada store in person.

Kitson holds no appeal for me.

8/31/2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger Little-P said...

Comme des Garcons in NYC does not have any signeage on the outside either and has been around longer than the LA Prada shop. It's next to a mechanic's shop and if you didn't know what it was you'd miss it completely.

Great Blog btw!

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8/31/2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger Bee. said...

oh wow...i wanna visit now =/

8/31/2007 1:04 PM  
Blogger penelope said...

wow i love prada's concept:D hehe and lucky u!! i'm so the dress's classy; not boring(:

8/31/2007 2:30 PM  
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8/31/2007 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
I was just in LA for a week and I agree Kitson sux and is over priced! Madison, Lisa Kline and some other shoe store at the end of the street near BCBG where great! I got a pair of Chloe shoes that had been $700.00 for $200.00usd!! LA was a really fun city I would for sure go back!

8/31/2007 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW Kitson is only in LA as far as I know, but they have a web site www.shopkitson.com that you can shop on. I heard that the owner use to own a store in Toronto in Yorkville called ICE. ICE closed a couple of years ago and had a great closeing sale!! Also Intuition was a great store and they also have a web site www.shopintuition.com!

8/31/2007 8:25 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in los angeles, and Kitson sucks. You should have went to Creatures of Comfort on Melrose near Madison and Fred Segal on Melrose or if you really realy want cool designer clothes, you should have visited the sample sales in downtown New Mart Building and Cooper Building where you would have saved lots of money on your favorite brands. Also, the area around USC sucks. It is in the middle of the "hood" but USC has done a lot to clean up the area to make sure their students are safe walking around.

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