Pete and I finally spent some much needed time on Valencia Street. Being new to the VSR, I haven’t explored this area much, so it was a nice little adventure for me. First stop was Buffalo Exchange! I found a perfect Betsey Johnson dress hiding among all the old dresses. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit me, but it looked brand new and was only $24! It looks they are already stocking up on “Ugly Christmas” sweaters. Maybe we should have a whole section devoted to this strange phenomenon? We shall see…. Next, Ritual Coffee for a quick pit stop and shameless bathroom selfie – see Instagram/Butterfly. One of the cool spots we stopped in was Paxton Gate. As interesting as their taxidermy and other curiosities were, my favorite part of the store was their green room filled with plants and cacti.
Another highlight of the day was our discovery of Azalea‘s new boutique on V ST. Even better was that I knew one of the salespeople, my friend Gil! Gil told us a bit about the brand and it’s line, it’s original store in Hayes Valley and invited us to the Valencia Street opening party that night. I loved the stores’ style. Lots of black on black and very sleek clothes. Their accessories are also top notch. I usually don’t wear sunglasses, but I did get caught up trying on their array of spectacles – Pete can be very persuasive at times.
Perhaps my favorite part of our journey was Clarion Alley. Arguably, the Mission’s most famous spot for graffiti and street art, Clarion Alley is a very vibrant place. All along the walls are colorful portraits of famous figures, animals, words, galaxies, and anything else you could think of. Even the ground is filled with art. Because I knew we were coming to this area, I decided to wear something that had a definite street vibe. “When in Rome” as they say! We finished up our outing exploring Harrington Galleries’ upper level. Let me say, antique furniture galore! This place just begs for photoshoots within their maze of chests, vanities, and armoires. A perfect place for an “Odalisque” portrait.
All in all, our excursion on Valencia Street (our namesake) was a great success and nice break from roaming the rest of the city. If you haven’t discovered Valencia Street, I recommend you do so immediately. Take a whole day and have your own little adventure. Have a great Monday! – E.