On Sunday, I did some exploring in La Jolla. I have two favorite haunts that are next door to each other: Pannikin for coffee, and D.G. Wills for books. Every St. Patty's day D.G. Wills hosts a little gathering with Irish poetry reading and, of course, beer. Very cool. They've had quite a few famous writers do readings there (if you click on the link, you can see some photos of past events). The store is so classic and cozy and the selection is wonderful.
I hit two other faves, just up the street -- Warwicks for stationery/books/office supplies and Burns Drug Store for every obscrure European bath product you could want, like: Fa and Kneipp.
I also happened into two really great antique stores that were like browsing a nice, big, clean estate sale full of things you want. I ended up getting this pitcher, which I really love -- it's Chinese, but not 'made in China' Chinese. I don't think it's very old; the fellow at the store said it's "of a certain age." Ha. I thought that was very diplomatic. It's in the living room now, so I walk past it a million times a day and it catches my eye over and over. I love it!!!!
I also got this great Ralph Lauren king size duvet with a great tiny red and white stripe. It was in a stack of quilts. It's a good time to gets deals on things. Store owners, especially little specialty shops, are very slow, so they are offering their rock bottom price. I (heart) this duvet!
This is an entryway to an antique shop that was closed. So pretty and shady. I was in the quieter, less-commercial part of La Jolla. Lots of nooks and crannies along the street:
And, the Cow Parade exhibit is here. Here are a few I saw . . . The Cow Parade is the largest, most successful public art event in the world. Since 1999, it's been in over 50 cities worldwide, including New York, Tokyo, and Paris. It has raised over $20 million for charitable organizations through the auction of the cows, which takes place at the conclusion of each event. Moooo!