Some brilliant shopaholic somewhere is patting themselves on the back for their idea of this wonderful discounted shoppers dream! If you haven't been downtown at the fashion district yet I want you to immediately get off your tush and run to the nearest train station to take you to this wonderland (after you finish reading this review of course). Lets be honest, if you are looking for high quality, haute couture pieces you are shit outta luck, but if you are looking for fun, eclectic pieces that you can wear over and over in multiple different ways for a reasonable price- look no further. There are blocks and blocks of bargain fashion from bags, to shoes, to dresses, to pants. Again I cannot stress enough that this is NOT I repeat NOT Rodeo Drive, expect an interesting crowd, store owners who are ready to negotiate, and that some pieces may fall apart the day you wear them. But you get what you pay for kiddies. But lets not take away from the greatness of it all, I have bought many skirts, dresses, vests, shoes, and costume jewelry from Downtown that I still pair and wear today. If worn in the right fashion and paired with the right pieces no one will have to know that the fabulous shoes everyone has been DYING over were only $10. Beware the allure of those selling "MAC" make-up or high end perfume- they're fakes. If you wanna still rock it and pay half the price then that of the original by all means rock on, just know you were warned.
Here is a quick list of Downtown shopping need to knows:
1. Dress comfortably- you will be doing LOTS of shopping
2. Bring cash- most places dont take cards
3. Prepare to haggle- they will lower their prices, trust me
4. Broswe before buying- most shops carring the same things, find the cheapest buy
5. Ride that metro baby- easiest way, no parking fee or possible tickets but be prepared to walk
6. If you like a store, take a card- you will probably never find that shop again without some help
7. Plan it out- its open Mon-Sun 10am - 5pm after the stores close LEAVE! It becomes a ghost town...

Happy hunting fellow shopaholics!
LA Fashion District Link
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Melrose 07/16/2011
 
It use to be if you were going on a fun day of shopping (both inexpesive and pricey) you could head to Melrose to satisfy whatever retail craving you might have. The streets would be bustling with locals and tourists alike pouring themselves into cafes for an afternoon tea or coffee, boutiques for hand made or designed one of a kind clothes, or restaurants to fuel the rest of their Melrose adventure. But sadly these days it is just not the case. Many shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc have a large CLOSED sign hanging in their entrance forever reminding us of the depressing effects of the bad economy. It looks like an old western ghost town... all thats missing are a couple of tumbleweeds. The store owners seem to be frustrated with their new situation seeing as Melrose use to be the prime location, but now with the escalated graffitti, mutliple CLOSED signs, lack of consumer spending, and new meters infront of their store locations, it is no longer the case. This self proclaimed shopaholic is so teary eyed to see the fall of Melrose, but the silver lining is that there has to be some gnarly clearance sales...
 
The Grove 03/12/2011
 
The Grove is a go to tourist spot with its relax yet upscale outside atmosphere and trendy clothing stores and eatery. About 3 years ago I worked at a clothing store in The Grove: Marciano which is now changed to Guess by Marciano. It was always a pleasure seeing which celebs, socialites and rich playboys would wonder through these well laid out "streets". Parking is a bit ridiculous, your chooses are to valet or self park in a slightly dangerous twisty parking structure that never has open spots. Be prepared to park on level 7 or the roof! But you can validate your ticket when dining, shopping or going to the movies which gives you 2 free hours. Lovely! The Grove has stores such as (but not limited to): Guess by Marciano, Arden B, Forever 21, Abercrombie and Fitch, Victorias Secret, Coach, Gap, Lucky Jeans, Micheal Kors, MAC, and Nordstroms. It also has a yummy farmers market where you can eat fresh, organic meals or an eclectic arrange of Italian, Greek, Mediterranean, and All American choices for your palate. And dont forget the lovely trolly that guides you throughout the outdoor adventure. The Grove is a wonderful way to spend your time in sunny LA! Enjoy!

The Grove: thegrovela.com
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
PHONE 323.900.8080

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