It’s summertime and the fashion is typically casual in the City of Angels. Because of this, the right accessories can make or break an outfit so be sure you’re prepared with the latest in sunglasses, hair accessories and all sorts of bling that not only enhance but will also brighten up any ensemble worn during warm days in and around Hollywood. After all, they don’t call this place Tinseltown for nothing.
7360 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
For whatever is next in style, head for this Melrose Avenue outpost that’s crammed with cool baubles to wear all over your body. You’ll find everything from psychedelic necklaces to tribal headpieces to all sorts of stackable bracelets at this enterprise that’s been in Hollywood for four decades. Also, if you’re looking for body bling, this is the place to go since the ever-changing selection is truly enormous and always cutting edge.
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9646 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Harari is one of those once-in-a-lifetime finds located in the glamorous 90210 zip code that gives as much as it gets. This store’s buyers have long been keen on dressing discerning ladies of all ages and all sizes from head to toe and, although the assortment of clothing is definitely worth a peek if not a try-on, the wide range of one-of-a-kind accessories found in this tiny boutique in the heart of Beverly Hills is reason enough to visit. Whether you’re looking for the perfect belt to set off a summer dress or a scintillating silk scarf to wear wound around your head as a turban, you’ll likely find just the right style at this popular place where loyal customers have made this their go-to shop for any occasion for at least two decades.
6905 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
The perfect head topper isn’t an easy find, but at this Melrose Avenue establishment, all kinds of opportunities await, from spiffy fedoras to floppy newsboy caps to fancy straw numbers. This old hat mecca belies an array of styles for both men and women who not only want to keep the sun off the top of their noggins but also want to show a sense of individual style as well. Hollywood Hatters does not offer a girly-girl kind of collection but more an on-trend assortment that can be altered on the premises and even embroidered on the rim if that’s your fancy.
1111 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Although Roseark offers two convenient locations in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica store is open during the weekend whereas the Sunset Strip quarters are only visited on Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. This distinctive boutique that specializes in dramatic designer jewelry will satisfy a crowd looking for elegance and originality. Designs run from the usual, like cufflinks and pendants to the unusual, like two-finger rings and toe anklets. A selection of hand-picked and opulent clutch purses that become jewelry statements on the red carpet can also be unearthed at this standout shop where every piece inside can be considered precious.
11946 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Talk about the perfect shades. This unique boutique eyeglasses place is the go-to operation for cutting-edge sunglasses that won’t be seen on many faces. Owner and buyer Haig knows his stuff as he’s been in the optical business for decades and can really assess what frames work best with every kind of head shape. He travels the world to find his wares and he also commonly has a secret stash of vintage frames that have never been used and that can be made into sunglasses for head-turning looks not seen elsewhere in the City of Angels.
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.