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November 16, 2011

A Day In Downtown L.A.

My Sunday afternoon was spent at the Thread Show in downtown L.A., where I browsed apparel and accessories from independent designers, sampled the refreshments, and envied the girls who were getting mini massages and manicures. Shopping, music, entertainment, clothing swaps, contests, and food is the perfect way to spend a Sunday, if you ask me.

The 11th floor of the Cooper Design Space, which housed the event, offered incredible views of the downtown skyline which made me actually miss coming to the area for events and shopping excursions.

downtown Los Angeles

thread show L.A.

Wearing: H&M cardigan, Rodarte for Target bow belt, Forever 21 lace dress, and Sam Edelman Louie boots.

thread show hippie girl bags

Hippie Girl handbags

thread show leah milana

Sequin flares by Leah Milana

thread show lok'd jewelry

Rings by Lok'd Jewelry

thread show rock my world belt buckles

Belt buckles by Rock My World

thread show santiago knits

Sweaters by Santiago Knits

thread show sarah liller san francisco

Printed tops by Sarah Liller

thread show bela koi

Cuffs by Bela Koi


thread show L.A.

It was my first time attending the Thread Show, and it went beyond my expectations with its top notch selection of jewelry and apparel designers, many of whom are local (and very friendly). I enjoyed chatting with Teresa and Emily from The Style Map (pictured directly above) and Eliza, a talented illustrator from Run With Fashion.

After admiring the concert ticket belt buckles by Rock My World, the sequin flares and fringed vests by Leah Milana, cozy sweaters by Santiago Knits, and a black velvet dress with an open back from Excess Baggage, I wandered down the block for a long overdue visit to Santee Alley for more shopping.  To my surprise, two fruit vendors vehemently protested while I snapped a photo of their food, and then a third fruit vendor kindly welcomed my enthusiasm to take photos. The watermelon and mango looked so refreshing. When all was said and done several hours later, I was the proud owner of a lace fringe top and a handful of sparkly bracelets that will likely be displayed on Instagram, my all-time favorite app. (You can follow me @thekeytochic.)

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