A Day in LA

by Katie on June 15, 2014

When the hubbs and I were thinking about moving to California, we talked about living in either Los Angeles or San Diego. It was a pretty easy choice in the end – we had family in San Diego, it was more “us” than LA, and well, apparently traffic wasn’t as terrible in America’s Finest City. πŸ˜‰ But! There were so many things about LA that we loved that we’ve visited often in the last 3.5ish years. Today was the last trip for a while (since the drive from Kansas City likely wouldn’t be quite as pleasant πŸ˜‰ ).

LA Garment District Buildings

We stopped first at my favorite spot – the LA Fashion District. The district has different areas for different goods. The best, in my humble opinion, are the streets lined with FABRIC SHOPS! The shops primarily offer material meant for garments, and home dec fabrics are a close second (followed by trims and other goodies of that nature). And here and there, you can find pockets of cottons perfect for quilting. During my first trip there in college with Brandon’s family, I acquired so much fabric (I was into kints at the time) that I had to borrow a second suit case to get it all home!

My most favorite spot within my most favorite spot – Michael Levine. It’s really three stores – a main cotton/apparel fabrics and trims/notions, home dec, and then “The Loft”, which offers fabrics by the pound. Yes, by the POUND people!!! I always seem to come home with a lot of shirting fabrics when The Loft is open…alas, today it was not. Probably a blessing in disguise…as I have yet to actually use those fabrics to make shirts. πŸ˜‰

Michael Levine Fabrics

I managed to decide on a few Kokka/Echino fabrics, and a cut of Dear Stella‘s Woodwinked Mushrooms, and another of Sarah Jane‘s Wee Wonder Naturewalk in Grass. I’ve made my stash very happy today, indeed.

After the fabric, we found our way to The Last Bookstore. It’s THE coolest bookstore I have ever had the opportunity to visit. I encourage (nay, demand!) you to visit if you’re ever in LA. Most of the books are used, meaning they have unbeatable prices. There’s a whole level just for $1.00 books! ONE DOLLAR BOOKS!! The dollar books are arranged in “the labyrinth”, which is quite possibly the best place in which I have ever been lost. There’s also an Artists’ Nook, where a few artists are able to vend their pieces. This place couldn’t possibly have more character.

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore

Before we left, we had to get our “housing fix” so we HAD to pay a visit to H.D. Buttercup. With a name like that, you might not expect to find wondrous treasures of the home furnishings variety inside, but oh, what treasures you do discover! Fabulous furniture on top of (literally, in some cases) fabulous furniture, basically as far as the eye can see. The kind that makes you drool. And want to redo you ENTIRE dwelling. And then do it over again just to live with even more great furniture!

H.D. Buttercup

I was too distracted by all of the prettiness that I didn’t get any pictures of the inside….so you’ll just have to visit so you can see it for yourself! :)

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Mom June 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Oh… the pains of leaving behind your beloved Cali! But rest assured, my sweet dear, there are still adventures to be had in old KC. Maybe the scale is not quite as grand – but many people here eagerly await your return. Godspeed. <3


Diane July 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I totally agree with your post….especially Michael Levine. I remember shopping in there for two hours without coming up for air. My husband was convinced I had snuck out the back door and went shopping somewhere else.


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