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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
Image via House of Honey
LA-based editor Linda Immediato lives and breaths LA fashion. She's previously held the title of LA Weekly's style editor and currently runs all of Los Angeles magazine's style coverage, both print and digital, as the local glossy's senior editor. Writing about all things runway and beauty, however, isn't her only talent. The fashion pro also styles the magazine's dreamy fashion spreads outfitting the likes of the Silversun Pickups, Mad Men's Bob Benson and The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan. But, she doesn't stop there. Her styling prowess also expands to the red carpet.
Most recently, Immediato dressed Breaking Bad's Michael Bowen in a dapper Ted Baker suit for the SAG Awards. That said, we were intrigued to tap into her shopping habits and she turned us on to her favorite honeypot of wondrous home goods.
Shopping at House of Honey in South Pasadena is my idea of a good time. Walking through the artfully arranged mix of new and vintage housewares, furniture, and accessories—staged in little vignettes like rooms of a house—makes browsing feel more like snooping through someone's home—estate sale-style (one of my guilty pleasures!). So I can bask in the thrill of the hunt when I land a one-of-a-kind piece like a Mad Men-style bar cart or a Lucite Regency Era side table and satisfy my voyeuristic streak at the same time. The boutique is also a great place to go for stylish gifts like leather bound notebooks, barware, or candles in every color of the rainbow. I make sure to nosey around the dresser displays of current and '70s-era sunglasses, handbags, and jewelry. There's always a score to be found: a Carly Simon-esque floppy felt hat or an acrylic clutch. Owner Tamara Honey, who runs her interior design business out of the back of the shop, is constantly changing the space so each visit offers a new experience.