Friday, December 20, 2013

Daytripping at the Malibu Country Mart: Round Four

Last weekend, I embarked on the fourth chapter of this year's Malibu Country Mart adventures. (In case you missed it, catch up on rounds one, two and three.) This visit was particularly magical because, despite it being smack in the middle of winter, the sun was shining bright upon MCM, offering mounds of Instagrammable nature moments, like the above.

My first stop was at Oliver Peoples, which I've been a fan of for years. I love every single frame style they offer, as they're meant to flatter every face shape. I love the retro feel of the sunnies above.

Talk about retro! How rad is this set-up? Those clear frames are calling my name, for real. After drooling over the LA-based eyewear vet's latest styles, I hung with store manager Allen Voskanian to learn more about OP's music division. Given that Malibu is the epicenter of their audio initiatives, I couldn't resist tuning into their 25th year anniversary CD, which "captures the brand’s vision of a fun Malibu summer vibe with contemporary and exclusive songs."

After, I hopped over to RRL, where they're hosting a killer fall sale. I want every single one of these coffee table books. (And those blankets!)

RRL was right next to its sister store, Ralph Lauren Women's, where the iconic label's celebrated It bag, The Ricky, is a having a major moment. (I'm still dreaming of that white guy above.)

After a quick stop at the park, where Santa and Mrs. Santa held court to take photos with adorable kiddies, I swung by Diesel, A Bookstore. One of my favorite places for lit discoveries, I beelined to DAB's signature bestsellers display. Can't wait to curl up with some of these over the lazy holiday. 

Yes, these are record cover jigsaw puzzles. Yes, I'm obsessed.

One of my favorite moments from this trip was visiting the legendary Malibu Shaman, which I consider to be the landmark of MCM. Owned and operated by Scott Sutphen, the Malibu Shaman has been in the 'Bu since 1983 -- before I was born! In addition to exuding incredibly positive vibes, what I dig most about Scott is how genuinely pleased he is to see new customers walk into his store. His collection of unique crystals and new age necessities is unmatchable.  

After exploring the store, I was treated to a card reading by Malibu Shaman's resident psychic, Cathy Crystal. She absolutely blew my mind. I couldn't believe how much she knew about my life and energy. It was a great experience that provided me with a new kick in my step for the rest of the day.

Glorious crystals and raw stones.

Once my energy was aligned, I visited my girl RiRi at MAC Cosmetics, where I was totally bummed to learn that the singer's new Pleasure Bomb lipstick was sold out. (Don't fret, I hear they'll be stocking more soon.) This store is quaint, welcoming, and filled with regulars who come in to get their makeup done at least twice a week. 

Gone are the days of neutral eyeshadows, apparently. According to MAC, this season is all about bright pops of colors. Maybe worth some experimenting this NYE?

After getting my beauty fix, I hit up one of my fave new boutiques at the shopping center, Vintage Malibu. My jaw hit the floor when I saw this case of incredible Hermes and Chanel bags. I love that they offer a curated mix of jewelry, watches and handbags, and that clients have the opportunity to buy, sell, consign and even trade items. The shop's rotating collection of luxe features favorites like Cartier, Rolex, Fred Leighton, Bulgair, David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels. 

I mean. I just couldn't resist this cuff. Can you believe it's from the '70s? Anybody have about $3,000 that I can borrow? 

The trip wasn't complete without a quick dance sesh with my homies. See you soon, MCM!


Adara Della said...

Such pretty pictures! Very cute.

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