Tanya in Barcelona…

Tanya and her Husband Fernando just got home from Barcelona, and Italy. I love Tanya’s jean jacket and her bright yellow skirt. I told her to make sure and pack what she needed for a week in one carry on. A trench , a pair of jeans, a t-shirt dress and a t-shirt and always a jean jacket. Thank goodness she listen to mom, as they lost her luggage  and she had just what she needed !   

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Venice Beach shopping…”The Bountiful”

Venice Beach shopping  down  Abbot Kinney . ,  Kim met me at our favorite store” The  Bountiful”, 1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd. bountiful.com. I love the name, it’s a name I would use in a mantra. And when I walked  into this shop, I felt like I was in a dream,   everything floated in a surreal fantasy of bountiful things, shells, soaps, antiques salvage furniture and lots of candles and imported fabrics. Kim’s holding a  white canvas messenger bag, a must have for the beach   !   I have to say  Kim’s white pants  and her top looked so very fresh and so 70’s  retro chic.

  Guess who took our picture and couldn’t  seem to get us both in the frame…Leo ! We went inside and bought some soaps and some shells. This is a place to ponder  and  to discover your inter girly side.

These shells here are real antiques and cost about $150.00 .  If you are stopping by Venice Beach make sure you stop by this  very beautiful and eclectic beach store, you won’t be disappointed !

 Next post a very fun paper shop I found on Abbot Kinney Blvd .

Summer of color….Venice beach

We went back to Venice Beach , because I wanted to take some more pictures of the canals and this time we took grandma  …

She  wanted to see the canals and bike the California coast.

 Leo wanted to  show his grandma the beautiful flowers…

We arrived at the canals at about 630 pm. The sun glisten across the tranquil waters…

 the scenery was simply beautiful.

The reflection on the water was crystal clear…and the waters so very calm. This place makes me feel so very free and easy.

Leo loved showing us the way down the path.

We ended the evening by walking the colorful  boardwalk…

Then we stopped to dine Alfresco, while we listen to the  piano player play classical music. At that moment I felt like I was in a perfectly directed 1970’s  movie, and the director said ” play  music, and let the doves fly over head “.

next to the water to see the sun set…

I love the colors of this very bohemian  beach…it’s a place to linger, to explore, to discover..

 it’s the summer of color…all year round !

Cool cloudy days…

I have been relaxing at the beach…and just simply enjoying our  weather… the days have been cool and cloudy here in California . The sun is shinning, but the air is crisp. I love to dream of sailing away, somewhere far away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

I have to give these guys who surf when it’s so cold out a lot of credit, as I watch from this bench taking pictures, I feel like I am outside looking in, cold as it is, they are doing what they love best, and I must say they are brilliant at what they do !

 

 

 

 

Is life really better at the beach… maybe… It’s suppose to warm up this weekend and we are going to San Clemente for some family fun.

Hope everyone has a simply fun weekend !     

 I photo shop these photos to give them a retro chic look .

The art of doing nothing…

Today I enjoyed the art of doing nothing. I enjoyed sleeping in late. Then walking to our fountain by our house and putting my feet up…

 

 

…and I watched Leo play in the distance with his trains…

 

 

 

I looked at the water pouring out of the fountain again and again thinking to myself , this is really nice.

 

 

I could hear the birds chirping, funny I have been here before I and never took the time hear them chirp…

 

 

I don’t think I ever realized the tiles were such a pretty color BLUE.

 

 

and the flowers so RED, the art of doing nothing is such a wonderful art !

Hope everyone has a simply relaxing week !

Bohemain musing ,Venice shopping

What I love most about Venice Beach was the shopping. It’s the mix of hippie funk and haute couture that makes Abbot Kinney Boulevard special. I love vintage boutiques and there was one at every corner. I could have spent the entire day  looking for vintage clothes and salvage  furniture  items.  But there was one shop that caught my eye, I turned my bike around  and headed towards this wonderful shop called Bountiful, 1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd. bountiful.com. I love the name, it’s a name I would use in a mantra. And when I walked into this shop, I felt like I was in a dream,   everything floated in a surreal fantasy of bountiful things.

If you look closely you can see my reflection, step  into this magical  shop with me and enjoy. I hear Rachel Ashwell (Shabby Chic ) and Pamela Anderson are frequent shoppers here.

I love the way the antique chandeliers hang delicately from the ceiling.

The Proprietor Sue Balmforth has a lot of antique linens from Europe and has a full design service available.

Pink is the color of Venice Beach, the color of the heart chakra and the color of love…the  Savaged , the beautiful, the bountiful,  la Dolce Vita !  Next post Abbot Kinney, the founder of Venice Beach, and of course some photos of the  Linus bike shop. Hope everyone has an enchanting week !

Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 6–10 p.m. http://www.abbotkinneynow.com
There’s no better way to check out the art (and the shopping) at Abbot Kinney Boulevard, located in the heart of Venice, than stopping by on the first Friday of every month. The event starts around 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. The neighborhood merchants come together to feature the best artists, gifts, products and music. And of course, beverages are available. It’s a way to experience what Abbot Kinney Boulevard is all about.

abbotkinney festival here.

Bohemian musing in Venice

Getting up early after a night out with the girls was hard but worth it , as I love riding my bike along the coast of Venice Beach. Venice Beach is  a visual delight. Everywhere you look there is something going on. Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic since the 50’s and 60’s when it became the center of the  Beat generation. After the beat generation came the flower children of the 70’s. Then there  was an explosion of poetry and art. Well  I wasn’t  feeling very poetic or creative… I paid $20.00 for parking right on the boardwalk and realized we could have parked back on main street  and paid$ 8.00 and rode our bikes to the boardwalk. Next time.  Our first stop was breakfast  on the corner of Rose street, we both needed a little coffee  and I ordered a turkey and cheese croissant.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we did a little shopping. What I love about Venice is that everyone wears a hat. I love hats and wear them often and Kim needed one so we headed to Titanic . Over a 1,000 hats and I must say all were very cool. Kim bought her hat and we got our bikes and headed down the boardwalk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 Since Venice is such a visual experience I thought I would just relax on my bike and enjoy the views.

 

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I like this building so we stop and shopped and found out this was Charlie Chaplin’s home and the little stores in front were the bungalows were his guest stayed. 

 

 

 

Lots of very cool shops I could get lost in these retro shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In 1972, the city constructed an 18 mile bicycle path adjacent to Ocean Front Walk which extends from Torrance to Santa Monica. The new visitors were local residents riding bikes through the depressed Venice, bringing it new life. We stopped at Venice street  and headed to the canals.The canals are now a quaint upscale neighborhood in Venice. Fully restored and remodeled homes make it a postcard scene along the canal shores. Venice California originally was to be a copy of Venice, Italy, canals and all. Few of the original canals remain today.The canals were not practical for the horseless carriage. In 1929 the majority of the canals were filled in and converted to roads. You can still see the brick through the paved roads, Kim said the city should have left the streets bricked, I agreed the roads would be so quaint.  I fell ln love with these beautiful homes and canals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venice Beach is a summer of color all year round,  a must see place for some real  Bohemian musing.

 Next post a shop I fell in love with in Venice…

xoxo Cheryl