Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
It’s hard to beat this hot summer weather we’ve been having on the westside for the past weeks (this must be when the weathermen go on vacation!), but the heat is making everyone around town a little more lethargic. I see it everywhere: people slowly strolling to lunch down Abbot Kinney instead of a quick pace; happy hours are filling up an hour later; friends take ten minutes longer to bike over than in the cooler winter months. Even my coffee buzz is taking twenty minutes longer to hit me in the mornings! These are the dog days of summer, and here in Dogtown we only know one remedy to combat the sleepiness and take advantage of the heat: go to the beach! (Or Alaska. But the beach is much closer.)
Even in the 1920′s, the beach was the go-to place to beat the summer heat!
First thing’s first – you need to be prepared to spend a couple hours in the sand. You’ll need a good sunscreen, cute sunglasses, and…a comfortable (and cute) place to sit. We recommend these turkish towels – they’re easy to pack and easy to clean, plus they double as a warm wrap when the sun goes down! If a traditional towel is more up your alley, Pendleton makes fantastic patterns; try one in an easy-to-find color like orange or yellow. You’ll be able to spot it faster when you’re coming back from a wave surfing sesh. Every time I go to the beach, I like to have a notebook on hand just in case of random thoughts, making to-do lists, or getting some cute surfer’s number – this driftwood decomposition book by Michael Roger is the perfect size for purse or beach bag!
If you’ve got a little one with you, we’ve got them covered, too! Make sure they’re protected from the elements with a hat – we love the weight of this cotton sunhat! This little cotton onesie by Mixt Studio keeps your little beach bum’s bum covered, at the playa and at home. And who can resist a beach cruiser with a bell?
The best part of living in Venice? It’s easy to transition into evening mode straight from a day at the ocean – especially with these options! Try this mint tunic dress by Free People, with a pair of comfy yet classy flip flops; we love Tkees. It’s an outfit that looks at home at the boardwalk juice bar and at Gjelina! Make sure to pair it with a couple pieces of jewelry – my favorite is this sea urchin necklace by Alkemie. Nothing ruins a good time like a wet swimsuit, however, so make SURE you store your wet suit in this waterproof bag before you head off to dinner!
Need some beach tunes? We’ve been digging Pandora lately – try the Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, or Beach House for some good stations. For bonus points, get some music by local favorites MK & the Gentlemen Enjoy!
Yippee! Petit Bateau is now fully stocked at Kid! It’s timeless, classic and I better not stare at this photo any longer. It’s reminding me that Mia isn’t a little baby anymore. I received a striped dress from this line when Mia was born, and I had to wait months before it would fit. It was so cute I practically hung it on the wall above her crib. Honestly, Mia still wears it even though it’s transformed from a stylish dress to practically a midriff three quarter length sleeve shirt at this point. And yes, it’s true. It’s becoming a bit of a struggle to get it over her head.
Wait until you see what’s coming late Fall. You will rarely see me doing a rain dance, but this yellow rain coat (Remember Paddington Bear?) will change all that. And more stripes! Nope. Not tired of them. Not even a bit.
It’s really a shame that Mia can’t fit into all the pinstripe onesies that are lined up on the shelves here. I guess I missed the Little Boat on that (pun intended).
What am I going to have to do to convince this designer to make each and every outfit in my size? These bohemian rhapsodies are at the top of fave list. I wish I was the girl playing the guitar, but I’ll admit, I would probably be the one holding the tambourine and shaking what momma gave me since I never got the guitar lessons I wanted when I was eight. Kids are so cool these days.
I want to go on and beyond about the dress pictured here: embroidered flowers on this chic frock, the pony tail style, the boots, the stockings, the slatted walls, the worn table, the darling cherub expression, but instead I’ll just shall stare at the screen rocking back and forth chanting I love it. I do! You can pick these latest Fall fashions for your little ones at KID!
Easily the cutest house shoes available for babies, these booties and ballet flats from Collegien have been on my must have list for months. My shipment (straight from France!) finally arrived and I’m practicing all my self control to not buy Mia a different pair for every day of the week.
We have the orange and white stripes for now. And they are so adorable on her tiny feet. Pop in and pick some up STAT. This may be my only shipment. Ever.
Did you see that Kid is now open two doors down from Firefly? Thought you might like a little tour of the shop. It’s a work in progress, but we couldn’t wait to open the doors until it was 100% perfect. Nothing’s ever 100% perfect, is it?
Stop by and see us! 1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA 90291. And our new website is up too!