A few months ago I just happened to park next to this beacon of Googie architecture: Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire Boulevard. At the time I thought it was cool, but I was in such a rush to find a bathroom, figure out how to get to the LACMA, which is across the street, and not get a parking ticket that I didn't have much time to check it out.
After doing some research I realized what an architectural gem this building is, not to mention a hot spot location for music videos and movies. Johnie's, which used to be Romeo's Time Square and then Ram's, is now defunct and used only for filming. It is also owned by the 99 Cent Only Store, which just happens to be one of my favorite stores. The movie The Big Lebowski was taped here where John Goodman's character uttered these immortal words: "You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me." (I know this sounds totally weird, but it's not if you've seen the movie. Okay, it's still weird, but very awesome!) After learning so much about the building and its history I decided to pay it another visit, as seen below.
Another thing I became pretty obsessed with as of late is the J. Crew Patio skirt in Photofloral print. Its full "midi" silhouette and charming floral print hearkens back to the 50s, which was a prefect match for my 50s themed coffee shop extravaganza.
Above you will see my vintage style Photofloral skirt and below you will see a full shot of Johnie's Cafe in all its Goggie glory. It has a great upsloping roof that makes it seem just about ready to blast off into space! Even though I was unable to sit down and grab a cup of Joe with Walter and the Dude, I am glad that I was able to peer inside and get a closer look at this small facet of the past in Los Angeles.
Skirt: J. Crew Patio Skirt in Photofloral here
Shoes: J. Crew Nora Perforated Ballet Flats in Metallic Gold here
Bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Tote in Papaya
Necklace: J. Crew Pearl Drop Necklace here