Happy Galentine's Day!
Galentine's Day is the celebration of women's relationships with their female friends. It happens the day before Valentine's Day and is, in my opinion, the far superior holiday.
This Galentine's Day I needed to put a little time into my most important relationship, the one I have with myself. I haven't been too kind to myself lately so I decided to take myself out on a date. I took an afternoon to do the things I used to do when I was single. I took the day to do whatever I wanted. And I took my time at doing them, too.
I used the fantastic resource that is Thrift Store Junkies to make a list of East Bay thrift stores I hadn't visited, which excluded the downtown Oakland Goodwill, the Chinatown Salvation Army, and the various thrift stores on Alameda. Instead I visited the stores in Rockridge, Piedmont, and the Temescal. Not thrift stores really, they're mostly second hand and vintage stores. Prices are generally higher but the clothes, housewares, and furniture are also higher quality. Give a little, get a little! Or give a lot, in my case.
I visited a lot of stores but found one in particular that was fantastic, Alta Bates Showcase Thrift Store. The prices were reasonable, the store clean and tidy, the staff friendly, and best of all, the clothes were actually vintage. You know, old-ish. From before the 90s. I ended up with a white eyelet peplum, a blue eyelet wiggle dress, an incredible boiled wool shrug with 3D embroidery of big red flowers, and a red and white flannel which, I imagine, will be perfect for doing housework. Summer's past and future have been on my mind something fierce this past week.
My last stop was to my favorite treat spot in all of Oakland, Scream Sorbet. They do amazing vegan sorbets (though most sorbets are vegan anyway) using fresh, seasonal ingredients in thrilling combinations. Combined here are my two most coveted flavors, blood orange and coconut Thai basil. There's a deep savory sweetness to both that makes me wildly happy. I don't know how they do it over there, but they do it so well.