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Venice Beach, Michelle Madsen, Fashion Blogger


Venice Beach, Michelle Madsen, Fashion Blogger

It’s been forever since I ventured out to the beachy west side of LA, so a visit to Venice Beach was far overdue. I spent the morning there on Tuesday and was reminded why that area is one of my favorite parts of LA (besides my forever love, DLTA). I love the salty air from the beach, the interesting wall art and the live music, but the best part is the main street, called Abbott Kinney. It’s the coolest spot, in my opinion. It’s lined with trendy new restaurants and small designer boutiques, and the whole culture is built around artists and entrepreneurs that are taking aim at all kinds of dreams. I feel like I still need to spend more time exploring there, because most times I’m in the area I’m there with an agenda, but here are some of my highlights so far:


Chicwish Top | Madewell Jeans | Gucci Bag (similar)| Garrett Leight Sunnies

Venice Beach Lifeguard Stand


Salt and Straw – super interesting and delish ice cream. Everything is made with fresh ingredients and it’s soooo good.

TOMS – I always thought Tom’s was just a shoe store, but the one on Abbott Kinney is actually also a coffee shop with a really cool area to hang out and sip a warm cup

The Butcher’s Daughter – The Butcher’s Daughter is 100% vegetarian and locally sourced, and most of their dishes are actually vegan and gluten free. Their menu changes daily, and everything is really tasty. It’s usually prettttty crowded (a good sign), so you might want to check it out during a non-meal time.

3 Square Cafe – 3 Square cafe is only open 8am-3pm, but they serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. Personally, I’m obsessed with their pretzel burgers and avocado fries (They’re literally fried avocado slices…yum)

Blue Star Donuts – I’m not a huge donut person, but I’ve always had a thing for the trending gourmet donuts, and Blue Star is the Queen of gourmet, French-style donuts.

Salt and Straw Honey Lavender Ice CreamThe Butcher's Daughter - Abbott Kinney


Cuyana – Cuyana has been one of my favorite smaller brands for a long time. I used to post about them often in my early blogging days! Really cute bags, and love the layout of their store!

Garrett Leight – I wear Garrett Leight sunglasses on the daily, so this one needs little explanation. It’s always cool to visit a brick and mortar store though, instead of just ordering online.

Rag & Bone – Rag & Bone is another long time favorite. I especially like their denim and leather products.

Vince – I’ve actually been wearing Vince pretty frequently lately (you might remember my monochrome outfit), and I love their colors and simple style <3

Heist – I don’t know if I ever worn anything from Heist now that I think about it, but I always walk past the store and think everything looks so beautiful. It’s definitely worth at least a quick window shop!

Current/Elliott – I wear The Great more often than I wear Current/Elliott, but the two stores were started by the same ladies who happen to have great taste.

Abbott Kinney

Cuyana Store - Abbott Kinney

Cuyana Store - Abbott Kinney

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  • Tiphaine
    Posted at 10:33h, 05 January Reply

    love this!! thanks for sharing :)

    x tiphaine

  • Nicole Parise
    Posted at 11:15h, 05 January Reply

    This is great! I am hoping to visit LA soon, this will come in handy!

    xx nicole

  • Jordan Chapman
    Posted at 11:33h, 05 January Reply

    Venice Beach is probably one of my favorite places to go to in LA and this is a great guide!! Been to about half of those places so will have to visit the other half on my next visit to LA!
    Jordan xx

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 11:57h, 05 January Reply

    I really want to visit! And that ice cream looks so yummy xx

  • Breanna Marie
    Posted at 12:08h, 05 January Reply

    Saving this for my next trip to LA! Those avo fries sound so tasty!

  • Kathy
    Posted at 12:18h, 05 January Reply

    I love Abbott Kinney. Every time I go there, I often park in the nearby streets and daydream about owning one of the cute modern but cottage-like homes.

  • Khloe Lo
    Posted at 14:02h, 05 January Reply

    Outside my window is snowing like crazy and I hate winter… This place looks so amazing and I think I need me some beach and sand and sun.
    Happy new year!
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  • pia
    Posted at 14:35h, 05 January Reply

    I love your perfect sweater!
    Fash ‘n’ fudge
    Fash ‘n’ fudge

  • Aria Di Bari
    Posted at 02:29h, 06 January Reply

    So many great addresses, thanks for sharing!


  • Shloka
    Posted at 02:41h, 06 January Reply

    It’s been a while since I visited LA but the next time I do I’l be sure to use this guide because I remember Venice Beach being quite cool!


  • Ashley
    Posted at 05:20h, 06 January Reply

    I LOVE Abbot Kinney! The vibe there is just so chilled and relaxing. Love your roundup! x

  • Ewa Macherowska
    Posted at 07:19h, 06 January Reply
  • Silje
    Posted at 04:47h, 09 January Reply

    Love this post! Could you please make a mini guide for downtown LA as well? It would be highly appreciated!

  • Happy girl
    Posted at 08:20h, 10 January Reply

    Cuyana is also a favorite of mine, I have not yet visited their store as I live in London but hoping to be able to pop by later this year!

    • michelle
      Posted at 09:30h, 11 January Reply

      They’re so cute – hope you’re able to pop by!

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