Vainly Venturing Through Venice (California)

Cynthia blissfully walks in the front door only to be confronted by a panicked Marcy.

Marcy:  Where have you been?! You’ve been gone for hours. Possibly days. Possibly weeks. I don’t know. I lost track.

Cynthia:  Ummm… I was gone for 3 hours.

Marcy: It’s 2 hours and 23 minutes to Friskies Time. What if you were late? What would I do? What would become of me?!

Cynthia:  Freddy and I went to check out Rose Avenue in Venice. It got a makeover.

That’s the famous dancing clown at the corner of Rose and Main. Rose Ave has changed A LOT since I lived there 17 years ago. It used to be dangerous and rundown. Now look!

Ballet Clown at the corner of Rose Ave and Main Street
Venice/Santa Monica Border

Cynthia: Colorful walls!

Mural by Hellbent 

Cynthia:  Cool murals!

Cool Art Mural on Rose Ave

Cynthia:  Trendy new restaurants. This quote made me think of you, Marcy.

Quotes instead of Billboards

Cynthia:  But, beloved clothing store DNA is still there! Yay! They’ve always had a great selection of jeans. Dittos and Level 99 were on sale for $30. Score!

DNA Clothing, a Venice staple

Cynthia: And even with its hip new look, Rose Ave still remains “beachy” and “bohemian.”

ME & Blue clothing store on Rose Ave

Cynthia:  They love their dogs on Rose Ave. Venice’s nickname is Dogtown. Sorry Marcy.

Danger Dogs artwork on a building on Rose Ave

Marcy:  Hmmmpf. So basically you used Rose Ave as a photo op for your outfit.

Cynthia:  Well… uh…

Marcy:  That’s a lot of photos you posted of yourself there, Cindy. How many pictures did you make Freddy take?

Cynthia (vaguely): Oh… a few… you know…

Marcy:  Hundreds, I bet.

Cynthia:  Well, I’m still new at this, Marcy. And it’s oddly difficult to get a good picture.

Marcy:  Uh hunh. I just can’t believe you would risk being late for Friskies O’clock to get a good vanity picture of yourself. I expected more from you, Cindy. I really did.

Cynthia:  But look at this pic. I’m going to submit it to Effortless Anthropologie’s Reader Outfits this Sunday! This one is the best of the bunch!

Cynthia in Anthropologie Pants
Necklace by Stone Seduction Handmade Jewelry

Marcy:  Yeah? There’s a shadow line going down your face.

Cynthia:  Oh, gosh. You’re right. Hmm, I may have to vogue through Venice again.

Marcy:  I have a better idea. Why don’t you frolic over to the Friskies cabinet and finally feed me already!



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  • Reply Anonymous September 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    That looks awesome, I want to go!! And I think Marcy read my mind about all the pics 😉 Super cute outfit!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you!
      LOL Yes, there are a ridiculous amount of "cynthia pics". Marcy called me out on it and rightly so.
      Rose Ave is really a great place to go now!

  • Reply Anonymous September 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Why is there no cat art on Rose Street and what can be done about it?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      You know, since Venice is called Dogtown, probably nothing. Why don't we overtake Culver City with cat art? They may be more open to cats. Maybe Pasadena too!

  • Reply GnomeLover September 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    So cute! I have bot been to Venice in years. It looks so clean and fresh! Did you head to Santa Monica to Anthropologie? That was my favorite all those years ago. I love your outfit. And I especially love Marcy's commentary. It is thirty minutes past coffee time here and I am now frantic as a cat without her Friskies! Tell Marcy I get it!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Jenni! Thank youuuuu!!!

      Venice Boardwalk is still really bad – gang infested, dirty, drug dealing, and just plain awful. But Rose Ave is looking really good. The stretch of Lincoln Blvd. between Rose and Venice Blvd. is also picking up and becoming trendy. And Abbot Kinney is SO hipster now.

      That Santa Monica Anthro is the best one, isn't it?! My theatre company was located a block from it for 13 years. We were in the alley behind Hooters and the Gap. Dangerous.

      LOL I am the same about coffee!!

      xo, cynthia (and marcy)

  • Reply Freddy July 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Three years after we went there and you wrote this post, I bet it’s totally different. Maybe in a scary over-gentrified way. Time for a return trip?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 16, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Wow! Three years ago?!! Field trip time!

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