I'm an old fashioned kind of gal. Though I definitely appreciate the convenience of browsing my next purchases from the comfort of my own bed while wearing sweats and watching old episodes of Grey's Anatomy, I actually prefer to physically go into stores, try things on, and experience the quality in person. Which is one of the many reasons I've loved shopping at The Village at Westfield Topanga-- I know, you guys are probably getting tired of hearing me talk about it. But they have new spots opening up all the time (Rent the Runway just opened their first West Coast store there the other day!), and honestly, I can't even begin to tell you how lovely it is to have a nice mall with awesome stores within a 15 minute drive from my house. This month, I spent a day moseying around the outdoor mall and enjoying new and old offerings alike, coming up with 4 great spots definitely worth a visit.
For Vintage Designer Duds: The Closet Trading Co.
To be honest, I'm not usually much of a vintage shopper. I have great respect for the concept, and believe it is one of the best ways to buy clothes sustainably (as it prevents worn clothes from ending up in landfills). However, I often lack the patience to sort through the racks and racks of clothes to find a few gems. Luckily, that wasn't my experience at The Closet Trading Co (located on the second floor of The Village), a resale and consignment destination boasting a curated selection of contemporary and luxury labels. I was immediately impressed with how many great pieces they have, like the frothy Alexis top I'm wearing in the photos above. They had Rag & Bone jeans, Elizabeth & James bomber jackets, plenty of black booties, and lots of delicate jewels. Hermes, Celine, and Prada are just a few of the high-end designer handbags they carry, while their sunglasses selection is fun and whimsical. The experience was so seamless that I might actually be changing my perspective on the ease of vintage shopping.
For All Your Holiday Gifts: Rain Africa
Essentially a higher-end, more minimalist-apothecary version of Lush, Rain is a South Africa-based bath & body shop with handmade products crafted from natural ingredients without parabens, mineral oil, petrochemicals, animal testing, or child labor. I've already started using their scrubs, hand soaps and lotions, shaving cream, and face/body oils, and so far I'm loving everything. Once you test them out, the products speak for themselves; they're simple, effective, and it doesn't hurt that they smell amazing (without that cloying, synthetic sweetness found in so many other mall bath & body stores). It's an excellent spot for picking up gift sets or some fancy stocking stuffers from their multitude of lines, like their 100% natural Biologie line (of which I'm currently using/loving their hand soap, lotion, and a body scrub) which features organic, wild-harvested super oils from indigenous African plants. The Rain store at The Village also sells an adorable avocado-shaped soap...so enough said.
For Supplying Liquor to Your Halloween and Holiday Parties: Total Wine & More
In case you're frustrated that your local liquor store doesn't carry everything you need, don't fret; Total Wine & More is the wine, beer, and alcohol mecca that will solve all your drinking conundrums. The megastore just opened at The Village, and it. is. massive. Countless aisles are fully stocked with every type of wine imaginable from every wine-making region in the world, while their liquor collection includes aisles just for varietals that are often harder to find, like Amaro, Cointreau, and Campari. With an impressive craft beer selection as well, one would be hard-pressed to come up with something that Total Wine doesn't stock. And even better? There's a little lot in the parking structure right next to the store, and they even offer validation for free parking. #win
For Your Healthy, Trendy Lunch: Sweetfin Poké
Powerhouse player in the vast LA poké scene, Sweetfin just expanded their empire from Santa Monica, Larchmont, and Westwood to The Village, making it a welcome addition to the Valley dining scene. The space itself is beautiful, filled with light wood and different hues of blue for a modern, airy space with clear inspiration from nature and the ocean. With Build Your Own Bowl options as well as Signature Bowls like Spicy Yuzu Salmon, Sweetfin's offerings are fairly simple and on the lighter side, eschewing the tendency of many poke spots to mask their fish in heavy, sweet sauces, spicy mayo, and heavy ingredients. Some favorites include the Kale Snapper signature bowl, which we recommend enhancing with a citrus-y, spicy Yuzu Kosho sauce.
This post is sponsored by The Village at Westfield Topanga.