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LA's charming historic 'hoods can be quite the challenge to chart out, especially when their retail stretches are designed by more than one nabe name. Such is the case with La Brea Avenue, which defines the borders of Fairfax at its west side and Hancock Park to the east. (Don't even get us started on Google Maps.) However you prefer to refer to the stylish street, we've decided to revisit the walkable retail haunt's vintage-happy south stretch for our next Perfect Saturday agenda.
Up ahead, find out where to sweat for brownie points, where to channel your inner Greta Garbo, where to find as-seen-on-TV designer treasures, and much more. To make your day hassle-free in the parking department, try the Shepard Fairey-painted structure at La Brea and 2nd Street (first hour is $1, daily max is $12; see all rates here) instead of metered street parking, which has a max of two hours.
Begin your day with hot flows and good karma at healthy foodie-faved Modo Yoga (340 S. La Brea Ave.), which just happens to be running its Sweat for Change fundraiser for the entire month of March. First-timers can try Modo's $40 first-month intro package; we recommend starting with the 10am classic Modo class, which "combines the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially-heated room." You'll really be sweating in the 100-degree, 35% humidity space, so don't forget your high-absorbent face towel; see what else to bring (including H2O!) here.
After getting properly detoxed and de-stressed at Modo, you'll probably be pretty famished—so your next stop is at La Boulange (359 S. La Brea Ave). The San Francisco-bred bakery and cafe's first LA location offers a much better menu that what you'll find at java giant Starbucks (they acquired the pastry makers a few years back); the Egg & Cheese Sandwich with avocado ($7.45) and the Parisian Omelette ($8.95) are both great options for refilling your tummy, while the pour-over coffees will wake you right up.
Onto the retail therapy! Your first stop is right next door at My Ulrika (353 S. La Brea Ave.), a decadent vintage and antiques boutique specializing in Art Deco finds, the most glamorous gowns, alligator handbags, and everything else you need to channel your inner Greta Garbo. Be prepared for some prime sticker shock here; shop owner Ulrika Krivanek stocks pristine finds from her global travels, so you know you're getting the cream of the crop.
Next, walk across the street to The Way We Wore (334 S. La Brea Ave.), a dreamy designer dress wonderland (with equally luxe prices) that spans from the 1910s to the 1990s. Fashion TV junkies may be familiar the boutique, which serves as a backdrop to store owner and vintage expert Doris Raymond, whose Smithsonian channel docu-series LA Frock Stars is now in its second season.
Continue your throwback treasure hunt down the street at Golyester (450 S. La Brea Ave.), another high-end haven of yesteryear style. Downstairs, find racks of dresses, tops, and bottoms that are organized by style and occasion, while the upstairs houses the ever-popular sale section.