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 .

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Missing the canals of Venice, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

Ah the canals of Venice , Italy can they really ever be duplicated, I think not.  The moment I saw Venice I fell in love with the buildings, the canals the people. I walked the streets in awe of such magnificat surroundings, maybe that’s why I found the canals of Venice Beach so enchanting. 

 

 

 

 

 Every women should take a trip to Italy, with that special someone, I did…

… it’s a place

  for women in love….  

 

 

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