Thursday, October 13, 2011

Los Angeles, California

I know, I know, our blog has been a little quieter lately. Sorry about that. I will try to do better!
We just got back from a whirlwind adventure in Los Angeles at the LA Textile show at the California Market Center. It is our third trip to LA for the textile show. We also did a quick zip through the garment district for some great new knits and some trims that you are going to die for! We cannot wait to show them to you!

(just one corner of one of our favorite fabric haunts - it is a HUGE building filled with fabric)
We finished up the last few purchases for our Spring 2012 line and will be giving you a sneak peek of that very soon. We also purchased some of our Fall 2012 collection and are super excited about the gorgeous fall colors!
We arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday, and found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a big bicycle event, and our hotel was right in the middle of the blocked off and re-routed streets. So, what is a girl to do? Why, go shopping, of course!

(Also around the corner from our hotel, there was a film crew filming something. I wonder what it was!)
So, we went to Beverly Hills and hung out at The Grove shopping center. And, who did we spot walking around? Harry Connick, Jr and his daughter, Kate! Sadly I didn't snatch up my iPhone and snap a picture. I was too busy drooling! Jess and I hit the American Girl store and Pottery Barn Kids, Nordstrom, and had a fabulous lunch at The Farm.

I had to take a picture of this. We saw it as we were leaving an underground parking garage. I am famous for using completely accurate and technical terms like "doohickey" and "domaflickey" and "dodah" and "thingamajig". So, I laughed when I saw the ticket taker thingee calling itself a "gobbler"!

We finally made it to our hotel, and naturally, saw another one of those signs we seem to see everywhere in California - telling you that everything in the entire state is known to cause Cancer. Seriously, people?

Typical girls. Do we really need this much stuff for a 2 day trip?

LA Textile is a show at the California Market Center for things related to the Garment industry. It is a lot of fabric and trim manufacturers, but there are color forecasters and all sorts of other companies that serve the Garment industry. We do most of our fabric and trim buying there.

I always laugh at this sign out in front of the Market center. Because, really, what more do you need?

One of our favorite parts of our trips to LA Textile is eating at the little cafe across the street. The food is terrific. However, this time, the service was really slow. We ordered and then about 30 minutes later, we still hadn't received any food. I was so hungry, I was just about to start chewing on my arm! Then, a server stopped by and asked what we had ordered. Turns out, our server never turned in our order! Ugh! But, they very quickly got our food to us, and as usual, it was worth waiting for!

I love this decoration in the restaurant - a lucite divider filled with wire whisks.
We started with fried macaroni and cheese balls (have you tried these from Trader Joe's? They rock!) and chickpea fritters and the very best sweet potato fries ever! We ended with pizettes - small, freshly baked pizzas. Terrific!

chickpea fritter - no longer plural fritters because we ate them before I could snap a picture!

Macaroni and Cheese Balls

Sweet Potato Fries with a Remoulade dipping sauce.

We ended up leaving the city after a very long day right in the middle of rush-hour traffic and there was a full moon! Kind of neat looking!

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