The Lab: Costa Mesa’s Hipster Haven

The Lab: Costa Mesa's Hipster Haven

First of all, to my former editor who used to talk about the lab and which my response was I knew exactly what he was talking about. I lied. And I’m sorry. I had always heard of the Lab, but never actually ventured out. Never before had I known what greatness I was missing out on!

On the mission for a pair of knee high gladiator sandals, and assured that Urban Outfitters had them (based on their website. Apparently just because something says online only does not mean that just because something does not have that disclaimer it is exclusive for the web as well.) Nonetheless, I figured what better place to look then the Lab.

Little did I know that this place is a Hipsters heaven! There’s little second hand shops, Buffalo Exchange (a place I will never ever shop, solely because they were only going to offer me $50 for a brand new pair of Christian Louboutins. Taking advantage of poor fashionistas is not ok in my book) and a couple of other hipster chic boutiques.

Urban Outfitters, was ok. I see it has potential as it had a lot of floor space, but the shoe racks were literally empty. And considering I was on a mission for shoes, to say this was a disappointment is an understatement. I will cut a little slack though considering Coachella just ended about a month ago. Regardless, they had a little bit of everything except my gladiator sandals, and I’m glad I got the chance to try on some accessories I had been eying. In the jewelry section I stumbled upon some ridiculously cute wire rings, in various shapes, and words. The one that came home with me was a cute little wire ring that spelled out “Bella.” Since my dog’s name is Bella, how could I pass that up? And alas, I have been on a less then aggressive mission for a center ring. Truthfully I’ve been trying to save up for a Loud Love center ring embellished with a few diamonds, but a $6 knock off will suffice in the mean time.

I'm a slaaaave. For fashion. (If you missed the Britney reference I'm sorry but we can't be friends.) Chanel top from Gloss Boutique by JC Inc. Bracelets by Saks. Rings by Urban Outfitters.

I’m a slaaaave. For fashion. (If you missed the Britney reference I’m sorry but we can’t be friends.) Chanel top from Gloss Boutique by JC Inc. Bracelets by Saks. Rings by Urban Outfitters.

There is literally so much eye candy in this little shopping center built by hipsters and artists it’s ridiculous. I’ve never had so much fun with photo ops on a shopping experience in my life! Well, except for maybe Rodeo Dr. but that’s a whole other level of fun. Some stores I did not stay in very long for fear of the smell of hemp seeping permanently in to my pours. Others, I practically ran in compelled by none other then provocative window displays. One such was the display in front of Gloss Boutique. Not only do they display their shoes in books (I literally died a little and went to a heaven where all book nerds have fabulous, amazing shoes.) The item that made me squeal with joy was a cute Chanel Logo, distressed pink logo tank by JC Inc. I all but told the sales associate to wrap it up and put it in the bag!

Nike shoes- they're really cool.

Nike shoes- they’re really cool.

There were a few pop up shops. Like a Nike shoe shop that sells shoes right out of a refrigerator. I guess they’re trying to say Nike shoes are cool? Literally. And this cute little jewelry shop that caught my attention because they had a sign that said “Shiny things this way.” Apparently I have to make a second trip because the designer has yet made a batch of initial rings.

My old boss used to always say I'm like a raccoon. Always distracted by shiny things.

My old boss used to always say I’m like a raccoon. Always distracted by shiny things.

Even the line waiting for the valet was fun! Whoever doesn’t take the time to take a picture in front of a colorful barn is seriously disturbed, and takes life way too seriously.

Somewhere over the barn wall, I was wearing my favorite Equipment top, leather shorts and Chanel sandals.

Somewhere over the barn wall, I was wearing my favorite Equipment top, leather shorts and Chanel sandals.

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