Technically, this post should be qualified as something other than “swoon of the week” due to it featuring multiple items. If I were to swoon over all of them I would be fainting like a victorian grandmother at the turn of the century when women started wearing pants! (I should really cool it on the Downton huh?) At any rate, these items are absolutely fantastic and swoon worthy so they shall remain as such.
Last weekend Drew and I had a day of no work (you may be thinking, “duh, it’s the weekend, aka time for no work” however, we both make our own schedules and some how we end up working A LOT on the weekends. Maybe it’s because we don’t have to? It is a messy psychosis we have been meaning to work on…) which led to the most grand of adventures.
I awoke early on Saturday morning. Not wanting to disturb Drew, his tussled curls strewn so sweetly across the pillow beside me, I opted to get myself ready and sneak back into bed to read until he awoke. The result was too cute for words “Are you awake?” He mumbled from his pillow an hour or so after I crept back to bed, “yeah, just reading.” I responded. “You are reading?” He quietly asked, his eyes slowly opening to see that it was true. “Yeah, just waiting for you to wake up”… “You look beautiful… wait, are you already ready!?” His eyes shot open, head lifting from the pillow, looking bewildered and amused. I laughed, “well, I figured I always take longer than you to get ready, so I would just cut that time out by doing it while you slept”. “Oh, thats nice” He said, as he burred his face in the covers, wrapped his arms around me and drifted off, half dreaming, half awake, for another thirty minutes before realizing just how hungry he was. His eye shot open once again, “Breakfast!” he proclaimed. “Breakfast!” I agreed.
We wound our way through blockaded roads and traffic officers trying to make it the short distance to Cortez, a new farm to table inspired restaurant in our neighborhood we had been longing to try. People filled the streets, peppering the sidewalk with blankets and chairs, laying claim to their “spot” for the holiday parade. As we wound through the neighborhoods we realized just how familiar we were becoming with LA and it made us smile.
Cortez was drenched in soft daylight, the brick walls warming the diffused grey that poured in from outside. We sat at one of the long wooden tables and read over the menu, our mouths watering at even the proposition of eating these dishes. We ordered, sipped our coffee and watched the parade pass by, the large front window framing its passing. To say the food was divine would be an understatement. We savored each bite as we chatted about the day to come. We slowly finished our breakfast, not wanting the magic of that moment to end, ordered a coffee to go and headed out through the winding streets of Los Angeles and ended at The Renegade Craft Fair.
The Renegade Craft Fair is held in several locations across the country. Each one featuring local artisan works, great food, and the best people watching (oh and did I mention there is no entry fee!? which for LA is shocking!). Drew and I nosed into the tinniest parking space and ventured out through the Los Angeles State Historic Park, to get to the maze of vendors who were lined up under white tents that glowed in the early afternoon sun. The isles were packed with people talking, laughing, and spending that cash to buy up locally made goodies of every kind. There was Jewelry, craft supplies, manly stuff, womanly stuff, baby clothes, pet clothes, cookies, body scrub, cookie scented body scrub, pickles, jam, bags, candles, and oh so much more! We did a preliminary scan before deciding to split up. We are only doing a few small gifts for each other this year and we had both spotted some gems that needed our one on one attention.
After making our purchases we decided it was time for more coffee (let’s be for real, it’s always time for more coffee). On the way to Handsome however, we got weigh laid by the Artist District and Poketo’s winter sale (who just so happened to have Handsome on sight! So it was a win win all the way around). We picked up a few more gifts, Drew for me from Poketo (can’t wait to see them!) and I stopped in to Apolis and picked him up a gift or two (that store is pure, unadulterated man candy). We also stopped in to a gallery space across the street that felt like Kinfolk Christmas had decided to make a store in LA, it was just lovely.
While I could go on and on about the magic of this day I will cut it short and spare you all the other details.
We ended the day at a friends. Drinking wine, watching the big fight, telling stories and laughing until our sides hurt.
At the beginning of this adventure you may have hoped for a specific item or two to “swoon over” and check out, but truly, if you look up the venders I mentioned, you will quickly see why I couldn’t leave any of them out!
-Things to Look Up-
The Renegade Craft Fair- Magical times to be had. Several locations and dates, be sure to check their website to see when they are coming to a city near you! Vendors you should check out from LA:Cotton and Flax amazing textiles, paper goods, and prints. Flea Market RX has the best industrial fixtures and fixings for your home. And Paper Pastries is the best for all your paper, crafty needs!
I have talked about Poketo before. They have just the cutest things for absolutely any and everyone!
Apolis is doing good in the world, one amazing piece at a time. Their goods are fairly made and help to support a village or economy from across the globe. Join in and become a global citizen today!