First Shelter

These beautiful quilts from First Shelter are really driving home the fact that I need to get myself to the sea ASAP. We were supposed to go to the coast a few weeks ago, but Zelda had a bad reaction to some new medication and we had to postpone. I need that sense of calm and the perspective only gazing at the ocean can offer. I’d love to have one of Christy Nelson’s stunning handmade quilts to wrap up in in-between trips to the sea — especially the Fracture Quilt and the Waves Quilt. The rainbow Burst Quilt is sweet, too! More HERE.

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Images courtesy of First Shelter.

PDX Event: Betsy & Iya’s Big Anniversary Party!

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BETSY & IYA’S BIG ANNIVERSARY PARTY • Thurs, April 2 • 6PM-9PM • 2403 NW Thurman St.

Come out and celebrate 7 years of Betsy & Iya with jewelry designer and Portland shop owner Betsy Cross and her crew of lovelies! These guys reeeeeally know how to throw a fun party and they are really doing it up for this event. They’ve commissioned 7 original artworks by 7 female artists, each depicting a pivotal moment in the Betsy & Iya history in their own way. The beautiful works of art will be for sale and 50% of the proceeds will go to Friends of the Children, a wonderful Portland nonprofit who seeks to “break the cycle of poverty through the power of relationships”. You can also support these kids by shopping at the Betsy & Iya shop during the party and there will be a donation jar for cash and loose change.

Plus, there will be wine flowing from Union Wine Company and mountains of birthday cake flavored candy (!!!) from Quin. And amazingly sweet people. And YOU!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Emilee BooherKira Lynn CainVivian ChenAlyson ProvaxHeather RyersonSarah Jean SimmonsBrooke Weeber

PEPIN

The new PEPIN collection has so many lovely pieces for spring and summer! I was really happy to see what designer Lauren Moffatt had been working on after moving on from her line which was one of my favorites for years. She and Rob Pepin have created this beautiful new line and I’m already looking forward to seeing how they build it and what they do next. My favorites are the popcorn tank dress, blue embroidery dress, chambray cross front dress, all the popcorn tops and both caplet tops. More HERE.

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Images courtesy of Pepin.

Friday!

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! I’ve been taking care of our 5 year old niece and we’ve been running around all week. We’ve got Cinderella movie plans tomorrow and her swells of enthusiasm are pretty infectious (I bought her a new pink dress), plus I love pretty much anything Helena Bonham Carter is in. We’re also preparing the garden to finally plant our blueberries and roses. As a former plant assassin, I’m a little nervous about this prospect — I hope I can keep them alive and thriving! Any pointers are greatly appreciated! Have fun out there. xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

Lately, I’ve been wearing this lipstick in Fascinante all the time.

I really love this jacket in both colors. (use code FLASH for 35-45% off today)

I’m a little obsessed with this cocoon trench coat.

I love this striped dress! SO GOOD.

And this floral dress.

A flowery maxi halter dress!

LOVE this sweet plaid linen dress for all seasons.

A drop waist dress full of summer leaves.

A lovely and super simple chambray dress.

Such a dreamy dress for a garden party or something involving a hookah.

I adore this beautiful striped linen top.

I love this versatile natural knit tank top.

Sweet blush linen shorts.

Very simple leather slide sandals.

I think these shoes would be nice for summer bike rides.

I LOVE this beautiful bag in natural! I have it in this color — such a classic.

A super cute grey backpack with leather straps. Great colors!

Be Brave, Figure It Out and then Let It Go.

Join the Write On movement with Egg Press and get a lovely free letter writing kit!

An adorable record player that also helps you turn your records into digital files.

I’d like to try this recipe soon. Extra cardamom, please!

PHOTO: Clotilde Von Derp in 1911 by Emil Otto Hoppé.

Eugene Choo

I’m absolutely loving the new Eugene Choo Collection. Kildare Curtis, owner of the Eugene Choo Vancouver-based shop, worked with designer Heather Young to create this beautiful house line. You know I’m always thrilled when a beautiful collection is also made of natural fibers! The Eugene Choo Collection pieces are all 100% linen with one cotton skirt. I also love that Curtis and Young worked with amazing print studio Banquet Atelier & Workshop to use their fantastic lip print for one of the new skirts — it really is perfect. My two favorites from the new collection are the Shoulder Patch Top in sand and the Perfect Skirt in that amazing Banquet Atelier & Workshop lip print — the first two photos below. More HERE.

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Images courtesy of Eugene Choo. Photography by Kimberly Ronning.