18 August 2009

She Sells Seashells

As much as I love the beach, I haven't been much since Bunni was born, because: taking a 5 month old? Who can't yet sit up on her own? She'd be like a sand-flavored Shake 'n Bake chicken thigh in no time. Fortuitously, my writing group met in Manhattan Beach this week, and after several glorious hours of sea-side reading, writer-talk, and the world's prettiest crudite platter, I got to wander.

I loved the store Magpie, on Highland. Their window display of appropriately beach-y, high-end housewares beguiled me, particularly the Indian block-print cotton scarves in blues and whites and the white glaze-over-terra cotta tableware in shell shapes.


By far the most appealing of all was this Vietri sardine plate:
Too much of this stuff on one table might be a little gaggy (just a One Finger on my mother in law's Scale of Gagginess), but I could really get into touches of it here and there. This single plate struck me as prohibitively expensive at $44, so I took only the photo home. [Post-script 1: I've since been researching Vietri prices and this wasn't so nuts, after all. This stuff looks pretty collectible, and now I'm starting to get the Would-a Should-a Could-a feeling best exemplified by the heinous "Acapulco" fiasco of 2005.]

Thus inspired, and with a sleepyhead napping in the backseat, I thought about which Westside store I could visit in search of further nautical-themed finds. I'd just decided on forgoing shopping altogether when the car nearly independently drove itself into a carpool lane from which there was no return, magically taking me to La Sybarite's Favorite Thriftstore #2.

With ocean decor on my mind,I found: a heavy Murano-type glass seashell shaped ashtray, but it was green (I'd have preferred blue) and not in the greatest condition. Nevermind that we don't smoke, it would have made a good soap/sponge dish by the kitchen sink. I also passed on a set of Arcoroc-type glassware - three bowls, one plate- also seashell shaped. I didn't LOVE them so I left them.

Here's, however, what I did purchase:



















a set of outdoor plastic tableware in super-bright fiesta shades for upcoming BBQs

a tea pot and mugs to tide me over until I get my set of Cornishware [Post script 2: T hated these mugs. Oh well. I can't blam him; they are Ikea.]

4 comments:

  1. Dude. If you're gonna insult Ikea, you might as well just tell me my mom's a slut.

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  2. Great finds, mama! I especially love the plates, bowls and utensils in the first pic! *jealous*

    How many ways can you say...wish list?

    Tee, hee, hee. Budgets suck.

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  3. Loooove your purchases! You make me want to wander...but those of us without your eye tend to bore ourselves and wander into frozen yogurt places instead. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. As for budgets, mama::millieu, I hear you. And yet, I think it was Coco Chanel who best illustrated what a positive impact restrictions can have on creativity. Then again she was a bit of a Nazi sympathizer. So screw budgets.

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