I’m in love with the new Evens by Kate de Para clothing and accessories designs out of Houston, Texas. There’s lots of dreamy linen and silk–so beautiful! My favorite pieces are her silver silk smock (more sand washed silk love!) and linen box top in sand. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Evens.
I love the new Atelier Delphine Spring/Summer 2014 collection by Pasadena-based designer, Yuka Izutsu. Her clothing looks so comfy for lounging around in warm weather. A lot of this collection reminds me of a lot of laid back, sunny California looks from the 1970s. Cool west coast art teacher vibes with dreamy Liberty prints. Shop HERE and HERE.
Images courtesy of Atelier Delphine.
Here are a few sweet new looks from the Eve Gravel Spring/Summer 2014 collection. I think these are my favorite designs from the Montreal-based designer since her ‘Frankenweenie’ dress for F/W 2011. I especially like the Sugar Cane and Coconut dresses above and the Guyane below. The colors for the rayon pieces are really lovely. More HERE. Happy Monday!
➔ SOME THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…
How to slow down time, weekend plans, amazing 1950s photos & LOTS OF LOVELY LINKS.
THIS COLLECTION IS SOOOOO GOOD.
I’m loving these new spring looks and when big brands stick with natural fibers.
A very cute watermelon dress and watercolor stripes and lots of links.
Talkin’ ’bout my sweet baby. And a big, heartfelt thanks!
A lovely place to stay in Portland.
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Images courtesy of Eve Gravel.
So, it’s Friday? I have no idea how this week went so fast. The pace of time is endlessly distressing (not a good use of time!?). I thought what might really be helpful is a tutorial for how to slow time down, but it just makes me wish I had more time and money to travel! Sigh. This weekend is full of tedious, time consuming tasks that I’m not looking forward to, so tonight will be all about slowing the week down with some takeout, nail polish, wine and a good Brit crime drama. I hope you have some slow, enjoyable plans for the weekend!
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
♥ Come enter my amazing giveaway–new Pendleton and LOTS of other lovely things!
♥ My new favorite top. I’m never taking it off.
♥ Love love love this super cute linen dress.
♥ …and the also super cute striped version.
♥ These dusty pink linen shorts are a lovely closet staple.
♥ Love this easy, slouchy sweater.
♥ Cashmere hoodie? Yes, please. 5, please.
♥ I’m not much of a t-shirt person, but this one I really like.
♥ These spotted flats are sweet for spring.
♥ I really need to buy a pair of these shoes for spring bike rides.
♥ I like these cute suede slip on sneakers.
♥ The very cutest of all the slip on sneaks.
♥ A beautiful custom ceramic moon pendant.
♥ My current fave candle—smells like sunny days are coming!
♥ I tried a sample of this perfume and it’s lovely! Pine, lavender, cardamom!
♥ I love this new ‘envy’ color lipstick that I picked up.
♥ The ‘fiery’ color is lovely, too!
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♥ Get 25% OFF Ay Marieke jewelry with code: GREENSPRING now thru 3/7/14.
♥ Get 10% OFF Shop Adorn new arrivals with code: HONEYLOVE now thru 3/31/14.
IMAGES ABOVE: 1. Photograph by Charles Allmon from “Martinique: A Tropical Bit of France,” National Geographic, February, 1959. 2. Dorian Leigh a pleated address with leather straps by Carven. Photo by Georges Dambier, March 1954.
The weekend before Christmas, we stayed at The Nines hotel here in Portland. We felt run ragged after months of long, busy days and REALLY needed to decompress in a fun way before family showed up to stay with us over the holidays. We also needed to finish buying gifts for loved ones, so staying downtown was perfect. We booked a pet-friendly room for a few nights so we could bring Zelda to chill out with us–that girl loves a good hotel stay.
The staycation thing might seem strange to some, but we love it. Relaxing at home is wonderful, but when I have a laundry list of things I want to get done around the house–it can be hard to completely exhale. Plus, it’s nice to experience this city we love with a more leisurely pace and a tourist’s perspective. Oh and being pampered–that’s nice, too!
I arrived at the hotel earlier than my husband and I’m not going to lie–I got right down to the business of relaxing. Within about 30 minutes of arrival I’d had a hot shower, applied a face mask, had a mini bottle of bubbles cracked open, magazines stacked and was wedged deep in the cloud of soft white cotton bedding in a fluffy white robe. Total heaven.
We’d talked about going out for dinner somewhere downtown, but we ended up going to the hotel restaurant, Urban Farmer, for some yummy small happy hour dishes and drinks. Later, we ordered a light dinner and some not so light, amazing desserts from room service. I love room service–especially when the restaurant is fantastic. You push a button and someone delivers you a lovely pot of tea and housemade honeycrisp apple donuts with rosemary ice cream to you? Oh, yeah–that’s the best.
Breakfast was wonderful, too. We had dreamy vanilla yogurt panna cotta and a cast-iron dish of beautiful steel cut oats delivered in the morning. Jim, my husband, had to go into the office for a half day, so I had some more lady luxury time with a bottle of bubbly that I’d brought from home (you can order bottles from room service–I was just saving a little money with BYOC), gave myself a glittery gold polish manicure and watched a couple movies. It was a super relaxing day.
When Jim got back from work we went out Christmas shopping and just leisurely stopped for coffee and roamed around downtown. We ended up having dinner at Boxer Ramen–a newer Portland restaurant that we’d been wanting to check out. The food was so good and our friend did the murals and signage in the restaurant, so it was sweet to finally see all the work she’d been doing in person. If you go, make sure to get a couple of the mochi ice creams–I had pistachio and coconut and they were perfect.
A friend clued us in that they have delicious cannelés at Courier Coffee, so Jim snuck out early in the morning and got us a few to enjoy with the coffee he procured. SOOOO GOOOOD. If you’re down around 10th and SW Oak, you should pop in and nab one… or twelve.
We did a bit more holiday shopping, read in bed and took naps throughout the day to recharge from all the intense relaxing. I love camping out in bed. The room was so comfy and the employees were all very sweet and accommodating. Zelda even got a lot of attention from everyone when we’d take her out for walks–we were all treated really well.
This staycation at The Nines was really fun–I’d love to do it again. It would be nice to stay in one of rooms with a more open view at the front of the hotel next time. We had a nice time in our sweet
pillow fort retreat hotel room. We had a lot to do when we got home, but we were in a far better state of mind. More about The Nines hotel–HERE.
IMAGES ABOVE: Some snaps from our December stay at The Nines in downtown Portland. 1. Pretty much the state of the bed the whole time. 2. Getting my face mask and polish ready. 3. Yummy oatmeal from Urban Farmer. 4. The kit for a proper chill out. 5. Zelda catching some Zzzzzs. 6. Cannelés at Courier Coffee. 7. The view from our room.