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March 4, 2012 / ilegirl

Fancy Pants Berkeley

It was a beautiful day on March 3rd for the Fancy Pants outing to visit Berkeley boutiques, where 7 of us met for style exploration and bonding over shoes and clothes.

First, 5 of us carpooled and I scored the most awesome parking spots.  Seriously, the first one, on Fourth Street, was so good I ought to have taken a photograph to document the moment.  And the second in the afternoon, up at the College Avenue shop, was a coup too.

We started out at the Margaret O’Leary boutique at 10 am, where I unsuccessfully tried to talk one of our party into trying on this dress.

She is Chinese, with pretty black hair and soft brown eyes.  The colors would look wonderful on her, and her sinful collection of great boots augment the look.

I re-tried on some leggings that I loved on my first outing in January and have obsessed over ever since, but which on second examination were no longer enticing.  Good thing I didn’t succumb on the first visit.

Some of the ladies wandered over to Anthropologie in the meanwhile, where one snapped up a knit top.  A couple browsed next door, at The Gardener, where these striking pitcher plants made quite a stir.

When we reconnected, we walked across the street to Molly B, which was featuring a few different Spring lines.  I tried on this dress from Papillon Blanc’s Wysteria collection, in ivory and mocha – though the cut was both flattering and comfy, not exactly well complemented by my beige socks!

A very petite friend tried on the same dress in ivory and navy, and it looked amazing on her!  She’s Indian, with light a light mocha complexion and long curly black hair, so the navy was a gorgeous neutral on her, and the ivory a great foil.  She’s also a runner, and the irregular stripes played up her figure emphasizing her excellent legs. We pressed her to buy it, but she wasn’t quite convinced she needed a dress – even though it looked like it had been proportioned specifically to fit her.

We popped into the fanciful Castle in the Air, which has such a pretty selection of papers, journals, fountain pens, cards, and a myriad of other such things related to hand-crafted correspondence.  It’s an inspiring shop for me, with a sort of ancient, comfortable feel about it that, along with the distinctive aroma of ink on paper, makes me feel like I’ve come home.

After a quick and light lunch at Manhattan Bagel, a few of us headed up to Sola Lucy while others perused a Crate and Barrel Outlet and CB2 for home goods; one of our party left before lunch due to a previous engagement.  Sola Lucy is a sweet consignment store with a comparatively fantastic selection of shoes.  I found a pair of cute Riekers which were unfortunately 1/2 size too small.  Even though we didn’t purchase anything, one of the shop ladies was gracious enough to act as our photographer.

My mom had joined us but now departed to run errands, and the remaining 5 of us piled in the car and drove up to the Elmwood neighborhood along College Avenue where we scored yet another awesome parking spot, and both whiled time and dropped some change at Krasa.  I bought a pretty Donna Ricco dress (to be pictured in a future post), which will be perfect for a special business trip next month, while Stephanie picked up a pair of really cute embellished tights.

We made a brief detour to Tail of the Yak on Ashby, which is a pretty and eclectic import store before heading back home.

All in all, the day was quite a success and I’m inspired to plan another boutique outing soon.



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  1. Shelley / Apr 7 2012 5:29 am

    Sounds like a fabulous day out!

  2. ilegirl / Apr 7 2012 7:59 am

    It was good fun! I need to start planning the next outing – perhaps to San Francisco.

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