About once a month or so, I enjoy taking a day trip to LA (because that's as much time in the city as I can handle without having a mental breakdown from traffic/ horrific parking). On the top of my list for high-end boutiques to visit in LA is none other than Dover Street Market. Step aside Rodeo Drive- DSMLA hosts current collections from a multitude of luxury brands ranging from fashion house giants such as Gucci and Balenciaga to more niche, avant-garde designers like Marine Serre and Simone Rocha. Along with the wide variety of innovative designs, the layout of DSMLA resembles an industrial maze featuring art installations that looks like a modern art museum rather than your standard high-end clothing boutique. Unfortunately, my wallet only allows me to gander all the beautiful clothes so to find pieces I can take home, I turn to some heavenly resale shops in the city of angels. 

    2nd Street on Melrose is the first one that comes to mind since they have a pretty great selection of streetwear and designer labels. If I know I'm going on a shopping excursion, I always go for a more minimal outfit with little to no layers so I don't have to spend half the time in the dressing room changing back into my OOTD. To keep the look from appearing too plain, I opt for a single statement accessory like these slime green earrings to spice up a straight-forward ensemble.

    Onto the few pieces I found at 2nd Street + other resale shops:

    Abodi Romper

    (This + my slime earrings= match made in heaven)

    Reformation Jeans from 2nd Street

    (Almost always a struggle to find jeans so it's a miracle when I find a flattering pair)

    Jil Sander Skirt 

    (Bargain of the day- only $27!)

    For a while now, I've contemplated posting clothing hauls on my blog. I've always thought about dipping my toes into the topic but worried that I might be promoting excess consumerism instead. Now, there's nothing wrong shopping, to an extent, especially if it's from vintage/ resale/ thrift shops. I strive to promote the latter as an alternative to fast fashion. At the same time, I never want to glorify shopping to accumulate possessions for status reasons or even for just the sake of it. Sometimes buying new pieces can help us get to a place where we can effectively express our thoughts, ideas, and emotions through our appearance. However, I never want to make the process the main goal in and of itself. In short, fashion to me is about expression and not solely consumption. PSA over. 

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