Blacktop + Arts District Flea

The Caffeine Chronicles

We hit up two new(ish) spots in our favorite area of downtown LA – the Arts District. Blacktop, a compact espresso bar founded by the brains behind Handsome Coffee Roasters, opened up in April of this year. Arts District Flea is a unique indoor flea market that also debuted a couple months ago. After filling our veins with some caffeine, we ventured a couple blocks to explore the flea market.

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The 240-square-foot café is minimally equipped with a coffee bar, pastries, a mixing station, and beans for sale. The idea is to grab your coffee to go or enjoy the outdoor seating. The Arts District is decorated with street art so we took advantage of the sidewalk space.

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Arts District Flea

This up and coming flea market was such a treat to explore. The exposed brick warehouse space was filled with vendors that carry art, antiques, clothing, homeware, and random goodies. It truly is a community built for artisans. Here are a few snapshots…

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OOTD: Abbot Kinney

OOTD Mondays, The Caffeine Chronicles

We spent the day in Venice, California and thought it would be cool to share it with y’all. The agenda included exploring the boutiques in Abbot Kinney, a caffeine break at Intelligentsia, and strolling along the Venice canals. Venice is a really cool city full of amazing street art and interesting people.
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Abbot Kinney is full of cozy boutiques with unique products. It’s fun to just explore and do a bit of window shopping.

Shop 1 (Firefly exterior)

Shop 1 (Firefly interior)

Store 2 (Antiques Boountiful exterior)

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We’ve already been to the Intelligentsia in Pasadena and Silver Lake, so the last location off the check list was Venice. It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed sipping our lattes in the outdoor seating area.

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Intell coffee hotie

Let’s be real…other than the artisan coffee and environment, the baristas are one of the best parts of visiting Intelligentsia .

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Street Art 

One of my favorite things about Venice is the incredible street art. Every corner you turn there is a mural that gives life to an otherwise boring wall. It’s an inspiring city that actively promotes the importance of art.

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Venice Canals

The beautiful Venice Canals are an ideal backdrop for an OOTD



Top: Cotton On
Jeans: Levi’s


Sandals: Forever 21



 Button Up: Forever 21
Jeans: Topshop Jamie Jeans
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarer
nareh shoes
Shoes: Ecote from Urban Outfitters

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