Best Early Morning Shopping Spree, July 2006

There are a number of morning emergencies that can stop a girl, mid-commute, and send her searching in desperation for a clothing boutique that’s open: coffee spill on skirt, underpacked gym bag, and the classic sleepover walk of shame. Budget-minded hipsters rate Target (it opens at 8 a.m.) as a perennial safe bet: Duds by Isaac Mizrahi and Tara Jarmon can kit out any Sony-bound script reader fast. At UCLA’s Student Store, the Essential boutique (8 a.m.) carries Derek Heart camisoles and Dickies pants. But Venice’s Exhale, the yoga studio that opens at 7 a.m., beats the clock. Here karma chameleons say namaste to Prana tops and Hard Tail gypsy skirts.