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A Day in Venice

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Zan and I spent the day exploring colorful Venice, California. Itʼs an artsy town with an abundance of chic cafes, diverse shops and quirky architecture. From the historic manmade Canals to the lively circus-like boardwalk, there is no shortage of interesting things to see in Venice.

Comfy and chic in my Boden “Boho” boots, I was ready start the day. We headed to the popular Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It’s a charming street lined with cafes, eclectic shops and coffee houses. One of my favorite stores on Abbot Kinney is the wonderfully stocked Urbanic Paper Boutique. I’m obsessed with this adorable paper and party store that is every party planner’s paradise! My other favorite shop on the boulevard is Bountiful – a shabby chic, home store with milk glass cake stands stacked to the ceiling. It’s a bit of a maze, but worth looking around for good inspiration. For lunch we stopped by the local fave pizza joint, Gjelina for a small pie and it lived up to the reviews!

We then headed to the historic Venice Canals. Iʼve lived in LA for 10 years and this was my first time at the canals! Theyʼre great for a nice walk, with the beautiful backdrop of colorful houses on the water. Before the sunset, we parked near the Erwin Hotel, and took a stroll down the very wild boardwalk. You will most definitely see some “firsts” on the boardwalk! From muscle beach to the outrageous street performers, thereʼs really no place like it!

To end our day, we made our way to the rooftop bar at the Erwin Hotel with stunning views of Venice, Santa Monica and the vast, blue ocean. Zan and I ordered a few fresh cocktails and watched the sun go down. Perfect ending to our day in Venice. My only advice… try going during a week day if you can. Weekends can be a bit crowded.

This post is in collaboration with Martha Stewart Living and Boden USA

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18 responses to A Day in Venice

  1. March 31, 2014

    Love your shoes- you are so pretty! Looks like a fun place to visit. I am from Fl. and we also have a “Venice” that is near Sarasota. I think it is a bit calmer than your “Venice”. Thanks for sharing your fun day!

    1. Eden
      March 31, 2014

      Hey Sallie! Thank you so much for the kind compliment! 😉 We’ll have to check out the Florida Venice one day. Yes, I’m sure it’s more tame than the Cali one ha! Thanks again!

  2. Shelly
    March 31, 2014

    LOVE LOVE the shoes and the dress too!! Too cute. Oh, and I’m so grabbing some of that pizza next time we’re on the west side. xo

    1. Eden
      March 31, 2014

      Hey Shelly, thanks for the comment and kind words. That pizza is delicious!

  3. Melissa B
    March 31, 2014

    Love Gjelina and Urbanic too! Fun day!! And yes the shoes are fab

    1. Eden
      March 31, 2014

      Thanks Melissa, the shoes are super comfortable too. And I’m addicted to Urbanic. Thanks for the comments!

  4. April 1, 2014

    Such gorgeous pics…and love your boots! I’m participating in the Boden campaign too, and wanted to pop over and say Hi! I’m totally smitten with your blog! xo

    1. Eden
      April 3, 2014

      Thanks Cassie!! Loved your sweet picnic post! You have an adorable family 🙂

  5. Venice looks amazing! I’ve long heard about Urbanic…you’re so lucky to be so close. I’d love to visit the shop sometime.

    Ps. Love, love your dress.

    1. Eden
      April 3, 2014

      Thanks Amy!! You would LOVE Urbanic!! It’s such a gem 🙂 Hopefully you’ll be able to make it out here sometime for a visit!

  6. Jenna
    April 1, 2014

    Love love!!! The shoes are must have ..

    1. Eden
      April 3, 2014

      Thanks Jenna!!

  7. jill amabile
    April 1, 2014

    Can’t say enough about the fun/interesting postings of this blog.Fantastic photo work as well.

  8. April 4, 2014

    Great, thanks for sharing this blog post great blog,

  9. April 17, 2014

    There are some really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not good. I also found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading, I had to go show it to my friend and he enjoyed it as well!

  10. April 17, 2014

    I have to have those booties! This looks like such a fun day. I’m totally going to need to copy this one day. Ending on a rooftop bar sounds delightful.

    1. Eden
      April 17, 2014

      Thanks Sharon!! It was a fun day and the views from the rooftop were perfect! XOXO

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