My final destination yesterday was a little place called Scent Bar, which is actually the physical extension of the website Lucky Scent. My friend Max was looking for this line of scents called Six Scents, so I was looking up places to find it and came across Scent Bar.
The space is rather small, but the walls are lined with tons of fragrances, mens and womens, in any scent you can imagine. We obviously concentrated on the men’s portion, where we ended up smelling scents like pickle juice and crushed grass. My favorite scent was one that smelled like clear Haribo gummi bears taste, which actually smelled even better when it was on my skin, oddly enough. It was a very synaesthetic experience.
The young lady who worked there was really sweet as well, letting me take photos and explaining a ton of the scents to us. She even let me spray a KN on Max’s shirt with that Boudicca Wode Perfume, which sprays on bright blue and gradually disappears. If you haven’t yet seen the video for this, it’s definitely one to check out. It actually smelled pretty good too.
Max ended up getting a Tamboti Wood scent by Susanne Lang, which is a really nice and light scent, made up of tamboti wood, fresh cedar, sandalwood, and vetiver. Overall it was a really fun experience, and we ended up learning a lot about scents, something I didn’t know I was really interested in. If you’re in the LA area and want a new smell, definitely hit up Scent Bar.
My roommate Garrett mentioned the other day that a new shop had opened up between Fred Segal and the Improv place on Melrose, so after my lunch I headed over to see what it was. Turns out it’s a Ralph Lauren RRL shop that opened up around Halloween. The RRL line is kind of like a fancier throwback like to the regular Ralph Lauren, more 50′s motorcycle culture than polo.
The space was pretty amazing, as it was a converted automotive shop, something I posted about that’s a rising trend in the world of boutiques. I managed to snag a few pics of the inside, then asked one of the guys behind the counter if it was cool, and he told me I wasn’t supposed to. Whoops! Anyhow, check out the snaps, they really filled this place up with old-timey stuff. It’s too bad that everything is so expensive, they had some fun things for sale.
Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here in Los Angeles, 81Âº in the middle of January. So of course I had to go out in shorts and a tee and have a nice outdoor lunch. I headed to one of my favorite places Auntie Em’s cuz’ they have an amazing meatloaf sandwich and their red velvet cupcakes are my favorite in LA.
When I walked through the door I noticed they had some fancy new sodas in a display case, so I decided to try it. It’s called Real Cola and is bottled by Empire Bottling Works, a company based in Bristol, Rhode Island that’s been doing it since 1930. The bottle is way cute, featuring a cupcake on the top, and their phone number on the side, in case you want to order a case. I thought overall the soda was pretty good, not overly sweet and not overly carbonated either. I noticed that BevMo! does sell it online, but they’re sold out for now, so good luck trying to find it!
As a part of my epic shopping trip at Urban Outfitters, which I wrote about in the Damien Correll pillow post, I also found these sweet Mike Perry bandages, which come in a rad old school tin case, and features 4 different bandage designs, which I sadly did not take photos of. I never thought I’d run across hip bandages!
Mike also recently updated his site with tons of new work, starting 2K9 out right. I really loved the images from the Landscape Between Time & Space exhibit, especially the second image with the earth, sun, star, brick pyramid, and tree skateboarding down a hill. Way too cool.
He’s also part of a group show coming up here in LA at the Tinlark Gallery called Inspired + Oddducks on Saturday. The show features Martha Rich, Ivy Jacobsen, Marcie Paper, Kime Buzzelli, Yu-i Chan, Souther Salazar, Amy Huddleston, Rachel Papo, Anne M. Hall, Tanya AguiÃ±iga, Mike Perry, Henrike Stahl, and other surprises.
I’m not really a sweets person, my taste buds prefer a more savory palate, but I came across these Swedish gingerbread caramels and I HAD TO buy them. I grew up eating caramel flavored hard candies, courtesy of my grandma, so this was something I was definitely a fan of. Add in the gingerbread flavor and how can you go wrong?! I was handing these out to everyone I know, making them taste these cuz’ they were that yummy.
Not only that, but the box is just about the cutest thing ever. The faces on the top and side remind me of Friends With You!. The side patterns are called Snowstar, “a pattern derived from farmhouse tapestries from happy occasions, handed down for generations since viking times, found in weavings know as dukagang.”
I bought these on a cute little shop on 3rd Street, but thankfully you can purchase these online from KALA Style. They sell a box of these for $10, which sounds like a lot for candies, but trust me on this one.