Sunday, July 24, 2011

California: Thrifting in Berkeley


I had an absolutely amazing time in California, and even that is probably an understatement. I honestly never wanted to leave, and can't wait until I get to go back. While I'm probably idealizing a bit since I don't live there (yet), I just feel so happy and comfortable there. In a span of 9 days, we toured Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Monteray, Santa Cruz, and of course San Francisco, and I can safely say that I loved every second of it! Even just typing this is making me wish I was still laying on the beach in Santa Cruz, eating sandy chips (we'll get to that eventually). Since I didn't post while I was away, this whole week will probably be full of outfit posts from California. I will try to condense some posts though so as to not get all vacation post crazy (for example, we went to Santa Cruz twice so I'll probably do one big post about it instead of two). While I'm talking about posting, I want to give a huge THANK YOU SO MUCH to my wonderful guest bloggers. I loved each lady's take on what inspires them, and I hope you all did too.

So, without further ado, my first full day in California! We spent the day touring Berkeley where I did some awesome thrifting (I got a 60's dress) and went to a wonderful book store where I got a 50's copy of John Donne's poetry that judging by the writing on the first page, was a gift to someone in France. Telegraph Avenue (the strip we visited) is full of coffee shops, thrift stores, cookie bake shops, book stores, and music shops (aka awesome-ville) so needless to say I had a ton of fun exploring it. I even got to meet a few of my brother's friends, one of whom was quite the snappy dresser, and I regret not getting a photo of him to share here!

Dress: Thrift, Jacket: Thrift, Tights: We Love Colors, Shoes: Urban Outfitters


We went to this book store called Moe's Books, which has four stories. Obviously I was in heaven.



Then we stopped by the Amoeba Music in Berkeley where I picked up a Mama Cass greatest hits record. Hopefully it survived the flight home!

Then we did a bit of vintage shopping! My favorite place by far was Mars. The clothing was separated by decade, and when it came time to buy I found myself torn between two sixties style dresses (you'll see the one I chose below). The clothes were reasonably priced and wonderful, and I miss it so!




Then, we headed to this huge store called Urban Ore. It's basically a warehouse with anything you could ever want, or not want, like a flying pig


Or this cute light blue chest


Or a Raggedy Anne doll, which my mother was quite fond of


At the end of the day, we went to Alameda to visit the pinball museum, which has tons of old and new working pinball machines you can play. I love that place! So much so that I only took one picture, of one of my favorite pinball machines


Well, that's my first day in a nutshell! It's kind of simultaneously fun and a bummer to look back on the cool things I did while I was away. I hope it's only fun for you guys though :)

Until tomorrow,


  1. OH MY GOSH I HOPE YOU GOT THAT BLUE DRESS. It's absolutely stunning!! And I can't believe that California is so cold right now compared to the rest of the States!

  2. So lovely! I live in Oakland (by Piedmont Ave. and the Rose Garden? Dud you make it to Piedmont or Rockridge? I moved out here for school and ended up staying : ) Can't wait to see your other pics : )

  3. Moe's Books!! I love that store! Jasen and I went there the last time we visited my sister in Berkeley and bought seven books between us...hahaha. I was so excited that they actually had a whole section on linguistics. Also, that blue dress is to die for! I'm glad you bought it because it is GORGEOUS and looks awesome on you. After reading this post I want to go back to the bay area so badly!

  4. It seems you had a wonderful and fun time! :) I'm so glad you're back though ;)
    The outfit is perfect, I love that dress with those tights!
    And may I say I LOVE that blue dress? So cute!!

  5. That dress you bought is gorgeous! I can't wait for it to start popping up in outfit posts! And hurray for travelling to wonderful places!

  6. You look gorgeous, I love the coloured tights and the cute denim jacket! Glad you had such a fabulous time, I am really looking forward to more photos :) x

  7. Aww Nicole! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time in CA! I'm sure CA loves you just as much you love it (: I'd love for you to be closer (even if it is in NorCal!). Such a shame you didn't make it to SoCal. Maybe next time? Love this outfit! Denim and florals can never go wrong! Loving the changes to your blog layout too! <3

  8. Your photos are lovely Nicole. Looks and sounds like a magnificent time. That vintage dress is really amazingly gorgeous and I am loving the floral with the denim...perfectly paired. Bring on more photos!!

  9. Love the outfit you wore on this trip. Burgundy tights were my favorite find last fall so I'm hoping to wear them more this winter! That blue vintage find is so so so lovely! I hope someday to find a great vintage/thrift store!

  10. i'm so glad you had an awesome time! i can't wait to see all your posts from california... :) i adore your outfit in this post, to boot. it's something i definitely would wear... and i might try to replicate it now... ;)

    xx elanor

  11. i am so jealous you are wearing tights..haha.
    i would be in heaven at the bookstore AND the vintage store! ahhh..
    that blue dress is AMAZING!!!! i am in love with it.
    glad you have a great time and you made it back safely!! :)

  12. Adorable outfit! Your trip looks like it was a great time. I can't believe you packed all that fun stuff into one day! And I gotta admit, that flying pig is pretty great.
    Your whole blog looks so fun, so I'm your newest follower!

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  13. These pictures have a way of making us (or maybe it's just me) feel like I was right along on this adventure!
    There is a lot of material here to comment on, where do I begin?!
    That vintage dress looks like it was MADE for you, so glad you bought it.

    I smiled when I saw Raggedy Ann, I actually collected her (and Andy) when I was a kid and I still pick up objects with their faces on it from stores.

    Last but not least.. an entire museum for pinball machines?! That is too cool! I grew up with those and actually my sister has a Spongebob one in her apartment that is always the main attraction for visitors.

    I can't wait to see the rest of the trip! :)

  14. I am so bummed I am not in California for the summer! I really wish I could have met you in person. I used to live about five minutes from Amoeba, and Mars Mercantile is one of my go-to vintage stores for dresses and accessories. Matty and I actually met at that Buffalo Exchange on Telegraph. Small world, huh? I can't wait to see more pictures of your adventures! And you look lovely, as always. You always have the best dresses. xx

  15. sounds like you had a swell trip! the thrifting store has such incredible items, good choice the dress is uber marvelous. The flying pig gave me a good laught. these california adventures.

  16. The blue dress is incredible and looks amazing on you. I hope you got that one!

    I am an anti-Cali girl (b/c I don't like LA, I know, I'm biased) but now I want to go to Berkeley just to go to this shop.

  17. ugh seriously you're the cutest thing ever. i love your outfit, the dress you tried on (and bought?) and i love love love that vintage shop in berkeley. it's been so long since i've been there and you make me want to go back so hard.

  18. Suuuuper cute!!

    I would love to go to California and am glad to hear you had a great trip :)

    Virginie ♥


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