Saturday, November 9, 2013

Necessary Fall Shopping at Malibu Country Mart

There's something magical about visiting Malibu in the fall. From the crisp, cool air to the intensely vibrant greenery, the season's change breaths new life into the westside neighborhood, offering a festive retreat for beach bums and beyond. The retail landmark of this area is Malibu Country Mart, which I've been lucky enough to partner with this year on a series of fun-filled field trips. (See past visits here and here.)

Last weekend, I stopped by to scoop up some Cali-style fall essentials, which the outdoor shopping haven offers in abundance. Although beach-ready fashion is definitely a focus there, MCM retailers merchandise their boutiques just like shops outside of Malibu, making way for seasonally appropriate wardrobe. A great example of this shift is Calypso St. Barth, whose current stock includes super-soft outerwear fit for LA's coolest nights. If you're not quite ready to ditch your warm weather looks from last season, the above blanket-sweater situation is the perfect transitional piece to throw on top.

I also love Calypso's eclectic mix of ethically-focused accessories, like these intricately embellished pouches that are handmade by JADETribe.

My next stop was at Morgane Le Faye, which is a dreamy wonderland filled with show-stopping creations. I fell hard for the menswear-inspired blazer and feather-topped gown above. Ladies and gents, this is how you do white in the fall.

This adorable Morgane Le Fay jacket was practically meant for my ensemble that day. Besides being incredibly cozy, the piece fit like a glove, which means a lot coming from a girl that still shops in the children's section. Side note: check out all of that black in the background. Be still, my minimalist heart.

One door down was Rubin & Chapelle, where I came to the revelation that all I want to wear are silk basics. Lucky for me, R&C is stacked with options, including the slinky numbers above. Don't these just scream red carpet? I can see Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth slipping these on in a second. 

Equally rad are Rubin & Chapelle's accessories, like these shades by Ellery. The frame's boxy, futuristic shape is a nice break from my go-to cat-eye style.

Another exciting stop was Canvas Boutique & Gallery, which is a limited-edition collector's happy place. The inspiring owner, Arlington Forbes, thoughtfully curates the shop to include hard-to-find pieces by a handful of designers, both emerging and established. His eye for style is insane! Although there's only a small selection of women's options, that didn't stop me from fawning over the brilliant men's items, like these boots.

As for these rare Converse x Maison Martin Margiela kicks, forget it -- I was in love. The coolest thing about this design is that the paint cracks over time, making every shoe different from the next. Canvas is one of the only boutiques that has their hands on this limited release style, and there's only one pair left. I forget the shoe's size, but call the shop at 310-317-9895 if you're into it.

Last but never, ever least is Ron Herman. Much smaller than the retailer's boutiques in West Hollywood and Brentwood, this location is absolutely adorable and features a well-edited selection of fool-proof conversation starters. The above perforated leather sleeve baseball jacket is a Ron Herman exclusive, meaning it was specifically design for them and only available at their stores. I seriously regret not buying it, so I'll be back at MCM sooner than I thought! Join me?

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