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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Agabhumi: Find A Unique Gift And Give Back

Agabhumi: The Best Of Bali is located on 2665 Main Street in Santa Monica, California, a block or so from the beach.  The store is filled with so many treasures, from jewelry to scarves to purses to sandals to clothing and sarongs. Owners Regina and Michael Kirshbaum visit Bali two times a year and carefully select items from about twenty-five different vendors.

Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin

The store name is pronounced “A-ga-bumi”, and means “ancient earth”.  The Santa Monica store has been open for almost three years and their Connecticut location in Stamford has been around since 2004.  You can also find Agabhumi in Westport, Connecticut too at 165 Post Road East.  There is even a store in one of my favorite Caribbean islands, Barbados.

Check out their website, but keep in mind that there are thousands of different items in their stores that are not online.

Co-Owner Michael Kirshbaum had a liver transplant and is a strong advocate for organ donor awareness.  He is co-chairman of the American Liver Foundation Walk that recently happened in Stamford, Connecticut on September 18, 2011.  The “Donate Life” collection promotes organ donor awareness and 30% of proceeds are contributed to organ donor awareness programs and research into organ transplantation.  Click here to view the pieces.

Some items that also caught my eye were a snakeskin clutch, silver jewelry with a red stone, a silver ring with shell inside, and these black wedge sandals that had zippers up the back (on sale for $10)  This is a THE place to find a unique gift or the place to buy yourself something special.  The best part is, the prices are reasonable.

WHERE:

Santa Monica
2665 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
Ph. 310-396-2422

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday- Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Stamford
22 Magee Avenue
Stamford, CT
Ph. 888-242-2254

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Westport
165 Post Road East
Westport, CT
Ph. 203-557-0188

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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