But then I chanced upon Espionage.
|The Espionage store, 7456 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles|
Pewter mare and foal salt and pepper shakers, antique crystal decanters, consignment dresses (Givenchy et al) & sparkly vintage finery, tiny, adorable 14k gold initial necklaces, tassled leather coin purses in silver, gold and leopard, Lollia scent, candles and creams, Kai body lotion, antique barware, old-fashioned glass paperweights, lovely paper notebooks, tiny leaf-shaped silver English candy dishes, Laguiole knives, Tokyomilk products, vintage art books, thorn-glass bowls.
|image from Espionage|
The treasures were plentiful: cards, books, candles, little bags, potions and creams and gloriously eccentric stuff. Rather perfect, I thought, for finding presents for people who are difficult to shop for.
The owner, Taylor King (who, I later discovered, was the beautiful woman who was cheerfully wrapping up all the little things I bought with a most excellent black tulle ribbon) has impeccable, whimsical and somewhat idiosyncratic taste. It is a pleasure to walk into a store that doesn't feel like every other store.
|Taylor King (image via BlaBlaBlessYou)|
I am loathe to give away my secrets, but this one is too good to be kept to myself.
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