Jeff Smith noon, March 8
In the quaint beach community of Encinitas I was surprised to find that many residents had an edgy style to them. Perhaps they draw from their communities famous and sometimes dangerous surf spot, Swamis, or maybe it has more to do with the laid-back artsy culture of Encinitas.
On a sunny Thursday afternoon, I ran into three residents each with their own unique style.
I found 20-year-old Rachel Gemmel heading into Flashbacks on Coast Highway 101 lugging an enormous trash bag filled with clothing to trade at the popular vintage shop.
She wore Express mint green jeggings, a Hot Topic blouse, and shoes she scored at thrift store in Portland.
Nearby, I spotted Kryshelle Oldfield sitting on a bench enjoying her lunch break.
Oldfield wore Dolce Vita for Target boots. Her green velvet top and western inspired belt were both thrifted.
Oldfield works at Flashbacks. Her favorite style piece is her oversized black felt hat from Forever 21.
Kristy Lara just got back from Orlando where she auditioned to be a Walt Disney World theme park character. Her dream is to one day be Tinkerbelle.
"They didn't need any Tinkerbelles and I'm too short to be a princess," she said with a sigh.
The 20-year-old works at Detour Salon. Her favorite wardrobe item is the Mickey Mouse shaped necklace.
"I got it at Coast Highway Traders which is a really cool random shop," she tells me.
Lara wore Miz Mooze platform shoes from Nordstrom rack and shorts from Detour.