Monday, 15 October 2012

Outfit Post: Shopping At The Melrose Trading Post, Hollywood

After a lay in and a lazy breakfast on Sunday, my roommate Jenna and I drove up to Hollywood to check out The Melrose Trading Post: the famous flea market held in Fairfax High School parking lot on the corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenues. They hold it every Sunday, and either if you're looking for vintage clothing, jewellery, home pieces or furniture and you're in the LA area you really should go check it out - only $2 entry! 
Melrose Trading Post, Hollywood
When I first got here the prevalence of palm trees, endless blue skies, Beverley Hills in the background and regular sightings of the Hollywood sign made me all happy and excited. I've pretty much got used to the iconic scenery around here, but sometimes I look at a photo I have taken like this one and it all rushes back! 
Fresh Pressed Lemonade Curly Fried Street Food
While whenever anyone from back home asks me what I don't like about living in Los Angeles, I usually complain about the quality of food you can get in the supermarkets compared to back home in Europe, but one thing I don't think you'll ever hear a negative thing about from me is LA food trucks. These deliciously flavoured, epic pile of fresh cut and fried curly fried and a freshly pressed lemonade made up my Sunday lunch. 
Outfit Posts Are Hillarious
Striped Tunic: Gap, Handbag: Hobbs, Nail Polish: Essie 'Navigate Her', Watch: Citizen

There is a story behind this simple Gap shift dress. I first fell in love with it in the display in the Gap store at Bluewater back in England, but as it was part of their Summer collection they had sold out of all the small sizes and were not getting any new ones in. I was walking past the Gap store on 3rd Street in Santa Monica only a week or two after I arrived in Los Angeles and I saw it just inside the door - I dashed in, found the last Extra Small and snapped it up on the spot. I'm usually not a tunic person, prefering something with a structured waist, but I love the way this fits, and is nice and simple when I pair with with my trusty Hobbs bag.

It was the first time Jenna had taken my outfit photos, and while I'm pretty used to posing for the camera now, it reminded me of actually how hilarious the concept of doing outfit posts is, shooting these!
Vintage Glasswear
If we had enough room in the kitchen cupboards in our apartment these vintage gold striped glasses would have come home with me - they are so pretty, unique and the perfect type of worn. I think if you went back to somewhere like this every week, you could get your whole home outfitted eventually.
Vintage Soap Boxes
Street Artwork Shabby Chic Picture Frames Vintage Costume Jewellery
There are so many different styles, and while I did not find something to suit me among the vintage jewellery pieces, I'm sure next time I go back (I might make it a monthly thing) I will - the quality of the pieces on offer were so much better than any I have ever seen in any vintage or flea market context in London.
Vintage Prints & Photographs
While I am not really a flea market person in London, I had a really great time and had an amazing find (a pair of stunning sliver goblets for $25, expect to see them probably filled with fresh flowers in an upcoming post) at the Trading Post, so do any of my LA readers have any other flea market suggestions I should hit up?

40 comments:

  1. Love the simplicity of that tunic - compared to the woolly layers and thick tights that are starting to become essential over here, it is very envy-making! I'm not sure I could ever get used to palm trees in the background, it's so different! Those mirrors are gorgeous as well, I want all of them! Glad you are loving LA! xxx

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  2. I do love not having to wear tights or worry about wearing a jacket, but I have a confession to make. I miss Winter dressing. I actually miss chunky knits and jumper dresses and how cosy they are!

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  3. Wow! It looks like you're having an amazing time Rachel! This market looks fabulous, I love going to places like that and hunting out the hidden treasures. The striped tunic really suits you too, effortlessly chic. Xxx

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  4. Those golden glasses are too nice! xo

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  5. Natalia Spyridaki15 October 2012 at 09:20

    Amazing photos! Those curly fries look heavenly!! x

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  6. Nice pics!

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  7. I love that picture of you laughing! Looking extra gorgeous. Love the look of the flea market too! It looks really cool. We're definitely going when I come to visit.

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  8. I almost made it to the flea today! I haven't been in so long and they've always got such good things to look at, it's such a fun lazy Sunday!

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  9. This looks incredible, you blog had made me want to visit LA so much! xx


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  10. I love this tunic on you and what an amazing flea market, I am so jealous!


    Maria xxx

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  11. What a fantastic flea market that looks like! You look great, love the dress.

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  12. That dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you x

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  13. Yum, those fries look lovely. The UK really needs to learn more about street food from the US!

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  14. I love those frosted glasses! They remind me of madmen :-)

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  15. Kate at Sorella Style15 October 2012 at 19:03

    I still need to make it up there to check out that Flea Market! This Sunday is the Long Beach Flea Market - it's always fun and full of great stuff!

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  16. Thanks Kate - I might have to take a drive down there one month!

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  17. wow great pics and u look super cute!
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  18. Love your blog! Wish it was sunny and warm in Chicago....the flea market looks amazing! Seems like you can find some really unique items there.


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  19. Good job on the outfit photo Jenna :)


    I am just dying over this. Has anyone told you it's FREEZING in London right now?!

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  20. Wow, that looks like an amazing flea market! I love the turquoise mirrors and jewels...cute cute!


    xo,
    Maya {www.charminglystyled.com}

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  21. I am going to have to get my butt up on a Sunday and visit this flea market soon!

    xo Jennifer

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  22. Such amazing photos! And, we <3 the stripes!





    ox from NYC!

    davie+erica





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  23. Thank you, Rachel, for visiting. I like your blog! wanna folow eachother? (GFC, Facebook?)
    xoxo
    ewa

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  24. Maria @ CheekyPinkTulip17 October 2012 at 00:55

    Oooh, I wish I'd come across those curly fries when I was in LA! Seriously though, this flea market looks amazing! We never got the chance to visit the Getty villa as we were only in LA for 3 days. So much to see and do!


    Maria xx
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  25. why have I yet to stop by Melrose trading post? Looks amazing. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love if you'd check out my magazine feature. Eek! So exciting. xo


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  26. looks amazing!! love the striped dress and those french fries are making me hungry!! hehe
    xo-Jamie
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  27. I love flea markets!! You look so cute in that dress. I wanted one as well but unfortunately xs was sold out as well.
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    Zhanna
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  28. wow! this sounds and looks fun, delicious and beautiful! those glasses are so beautiful.

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  29. Great photos! Loving your dress!


    xx
    Giovanna
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  30. You really should go - it was one of the best flea markets I've ever been to!

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  31. Aww, such a shame! I have not been to the Getty yet, which is awful as it is relatively close to where I live - it is on my list, though?

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  32. that pasta looks amaze! I love melrose trading post... the rose bowl is the absolute BEST but it's the second sunday of every month, not every week! xx


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  33. I really must go - I have not made it up to the Rose Bowl yet, as I'm not really a sports fan and therefore have not been to a UCLA game yet...

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  40. I still need to make it up there to check out that Flea Market! This Sunday is the Long Beach Flea Market - it's always fun and full of great stuff!
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