I flew up on a Tuesday-Thursday because I have the best husboss ever and my good friend that I was staying with has her ‘weekend’ mid week since she works retail. We settled in for some coffee and catching up before we tackled the challenge of riding bikes. I say challenge because our great plan was for me to ride her bike (she’s like, 6 inches taller than me) and for her to ride her fella’s bike who was out of town traveling.
After some seat shuffling we took off, sadly you won’t see any ‘riding my bike and taking pictures’ from these few days as it turns out that’s only a good idea on bikes you are very, very comfortable with. After a quick turn around Lake Merrit and a short stop at a bike shop to have some brake work done on her fellas bike we met a good friend for lunch at one of Oakland great little spots, Hawker Fare. I think I’ve been to this spot on every trip north the last few times and their simple rice bowls continue to be tasty and delicious! The rest of the day was taken up with a fantastic ‘ladies trip’ to Sephora, spice shopping wherein I bought all of the spices at Oaktown Spice Shop, cocktails with another great friend, late night snacks at Boot&Shoe and the best bike riding around in a long while.
I love where we live in Los Angeles, living above the smog, in the mountains- but when I visit other places I am reminded at just how awesome it can be to stumble out of your house for an urban adventure. ‘Course I really, really don’t miss the 3am screaming from the streets or the complicated nature of doing simple things like laundry or buying groceries that are too big to fit in your messenger bag. So, it’s great for visits I suppose.
We got to the museum and proceeded to spend hours looking at all of the amazing clothes. The show was super crowded so I did my headphones thing to block out a bit of the chatter and really concentrate on the details and the various collections being shown. It was great to reflect after the show with Holly how much of the clothing directly influenced things we’ve worn over the years. I could see so many details that inspired the outlandish things I’ve worn since I was 15/16 years old. I remembered a particular pair of black platforms with mirrors on them I begged my mom to let me get (she did and I wore the heck out of them) that were totally inspired by his gothy leather pieces and Holly could specifically remember being inspired by the Russian peasant looks he put together one year. Seeing it all in one place from year to year, it was almost startling how many of the details I’ve incorporated in my own wardrobe over the years. Part of that is because he’s being inspired by the very same things that we find interesting as romantic edgy fashion nerds but part of it it his ability to pick up on certain details and expand them to fill a collection, a fully developed thought.
The next day was full of chill. While Holly puttered about the house getting things in order for an upcoming trip starting the next day I still had one more ‘vacation’ day. So I biked over to Alameda, had a late sushi lunch with a friend at Kai’s- one of my all time favorite places to eat in Alameda. It’s not fancy, just super mellow with fresh stuff and great prices. We did some more thrifting and shopping and just generally enjoyed being out in the sunshine. Alameda is one of my favorite places to just wander around. If you get bored with shopping you can go over to the shore and sink your toes into the sand and stare out at the water. It was a great day! I went to some old favorites, thrift stores I like to keep extra secret, yummy snacks I’ve been going to since I used to live nearby.