Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Daytripping at the Malibu Country Mart

This past weekend, I paid a visit to the Malibu Country Mart for three reasons: 1) The weather was scorching hot in Hollywood, which meant it was perfect at the beach, 2) I'm never not down for some spring shopping and 3) I'm on a mish to drive awareness to this rad outdoor haven.

After cruising down the PCH, blasting Daft Punk's latest album (it's really, really good, guys), I beelined to MCM's Planet Blue outpost. I couldn't take my eyes off of the above bag by Indah because it's kind of exactly what I've been looking for in a getaway carryall. The vibrant print is a vacation in itself, no? This store is a must-stop if you're going for a bohemian vibe this season.

Next up was Madison, which never ceases to impress with its crazy array of high-end, cult-cool merch. This Stella McCartney jacket just screams spring. (You can pick up the dress version of it for 40% off retail here.)

I also zeroed-in on these Jerome Rousseau masterpieces, which can be purchased herehere or in-store, of course. 

Continuing my shoe kick, I hit up Vince, where the effortless, minimalist basics and footwear made my heart melt. Given that I'm a sucker for all things snake print, I couldn't resist these sandals. Equally irresistible was the shop's manager, Jordan, who was too sweet and stylish to handle. Although I could have talked to her for hours, I had a class to attend.

Class was at 5 Point Yoga, where I gave aerial yoga a try for the very first time. Save for being totally jealous of all the veteran students in the class that had no problem swinging from the silks like champs, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am kind of itching to go back. (Swimwear season is in full swing, after all.) Here I am pretending to know what I'm doing.

My trip culminated with a four-course lunch at Tra di Noi, which is the Mart's go-to Italian eatery. I was joined by the resto's co-owner, Antonio Alessi, who kept me entertained with his hilarious stories and fun style. (He actually designed that jacket above.) I was floored when he told me that he created a custom menu to accommodate my gluten-free vegan diet. Everything tasted heavenly, down to the addictive GF table bread, which anyone with dietary needs can request. 

Before heading back to my hood, Antonio sent me off with a clever dessert concoction that involved orange sorbet poured inside a fresh orange. Delizioso!


Ellinor Forje said...

I would love to attend that yoga class. Wow, the dessert at the end. Thanks for posting the photos and feel free to drop by me too soon.

Natalie Alcala said...

It's an awesome class. You'll def be sore in the morning, but it's totally worth it. And yes, the dessert was insanely delish!

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