Shop Visit: Oblation Papers & Press

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Located in Portland’s vibrant Pearl District, Oblation Papers & Press is a gem of a shop — a veritable wonderland for those who appreciate paper goods. Starting out in 1989 with a line of papers handmade using local plants and recycled fibers, owners Ron and Jennifer Rich began working with a 19th century printing press to create custom letterpress wedding invitations. They opened their current location in 1998 and continue to offer custom invitations and announcements via their print shop, urban paper mill, and retail shop. Oblation has a huge selection of artful cards, stationery, paper, ephemera and specialized items such as Italian correspondence cards, French wax seals, fountain pens, photo albums and journals. They even stock raw materials for bookbinding and office supplies.

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The large, well-stocked retail space is warm and inviting with lots of historical charm. Upon entering, you’ll immediately find a huge selection of greeting cards covering all occasions, including: congratulations, well wishing, birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, thank you, holidays and everything in between. There are wonderful cards from local makers, such as Old School Stationers, national favorites, like Snow & Graham and Oblation’s own designs. Peppered throughout the space you’ll also find journals, pens, and small gifts such as books and handmade soaps. There is also a party section with place cards, coasters, invitations, cookbooks and other lovely things for your even or as great hostess gifts.

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Heading to the other side of Oblation, you’ll find a large selection of fine paper, wrapping paper, more journals, books, and cards, and the Wrapping Bar where you can pick up all manner of fun items to help you create the perfect package. This side of the space is also where you can catch a glimpse of the impressive printing press in action! Oblation’s amazing staff is always available to consult regarding any custom printing needs you may have. Really though, one doesn’t have to need something particular to visit — you’ll either find something you didn’t know you needed or else just thoroughly enjoy perusing their amazing merchandise.

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Oblation is located at 516 NW 12th Avenue and is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM–6PM and Sunday from 12PM–5PM. Follow Oblation Papers & Press on Facebook AND you can shop online.

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This post and photographs are by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Make sure to visit Allison’s lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

Shop Visit: Palace

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Entering the new Palace space on East Burnside for the first time the word that immediately came to mind was, appropriately enough, ‘palatial’. You’d never guess that owner Charlotte Wenzel just moved into the new space in late October because the interior feels so perfectly put together with beautiful art on the walls, fantastic displays throughout, and a veritable jungle of plants livening things up. Palace covers just about all the shopping needs you could have — new and vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, books, stationery, notebooks, magazines, records, skincare, cosmetics, pantry items and much more.

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I gravitated towards the clothing first and was quite impressed with the vintage offerings of seasonally appropriate wool, leather, and corduroy coats, dreamy sweaters, and beautiful silk kimonos — I can just imagine how elegant it would feel to sip my morning tea with one of those embroidered, brightly-colored beauties on! Mixed in with the vintage, I found a great selection of both modern and bohemian items from Ace & Jig, Edith A. Miller, Prairie Underground, Colorant, Hansel from Basel and THVM denim. Also on hand, Palace has Aigle rubber boots for both men and women in all the sizes to keep your feet dry in style.

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Once you’ve outfitted yourself, it’s time to show some love to your home. With a wide variety of objets d’art, baskets, ceramics, throws and linens on hand, you’ll have no trouble finding that missing piece for yourself and perfect gifts for friends and family. My favorites were the Sunbeam beeswax candles, Kontex towels from Japan, and the cheeky ‘boob’ pillow cases from Gravel & Gold. Foodies will be impressed with Palace’s collection of Royal Rose syrups, honey from Le Parfait and Heavenly, preserves from Smiley, Mumm’s sprouting seeds, a large selection of cookbooks, and even a small selection of wine.

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There’s so much more in store as you encounter the large display of skincare offerings from natural brands like Red Flower, Fat & The Moon, Kate’s Magik, Weleda, Acure, Aster & Bay, Skin Owl and many, many more. Any skincare need you may have will definitely meet it’s match here. Alima Pure cosmetics, OLO fragrances and Butter London nail polishes are lovely when getting dolled up.

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Palace also carries a wonderful selection of ceramic, beaded, and woven jewelry alongside pieces from local makers Tiro Tiro and Hazel Cox. I can’t help envisioning retiring back home after a party or long day at work, removing your beautiful jewels and placing them in a sweet ceramic dish, slipping on a kimono, brewing up a cup of T Project tea, and putting on a Françoise Hardy record… just heavenly. All available at Palace!

Palace is located in Portland at 2205 East Burnside Street and is open daily from 11AM to 7PM. You can also follow @palacestore on Instagram.

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This post and photographs are by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Make sure to visit Allison’s lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

Best of Honey Kennedy 2014: Oct, Nov, Dec

Aaaannnnd… here we have it — the last of the 2014 Best of Honey Kennedy roundups. My hope is that many of you will have some pajama and coffee time to peruse these beauties over the holiday — after a big brunch and a late start, of course. I’m wishing you all the the best in the new year. Don’t be too hard on yourself with your resolutions — I feel like that kind of pressure ultimately seems to make it harder to follow through. Also, please know, you are wonderful and you are loved. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s make this one the best one yet. See you next year! Love, Jen xo

MORE NEW YEAR’S EVE FUN:
NEW YEAR’S EVE HAIR IDEASNYE PARTY DRESSESRED LIPSTICK PICKSCHAMPAGNE DRINKS & SUPPLIESMUSIC MIXES!

OCT ♡ These are beautiful scarves! Gimme the moons! View entire post.
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OCT ♡ I adore Claire’s collection. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ These lovelies always make the sweetest knits. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ An amazing collection inspired by ghosts and ectoplasm? Yes! View entire post.
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OCT ♡ Heather’s newest scent is all about the “elevation of self and spirit”. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ I LOVE Teresa’s newest collection so much. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ I want every single piece in this collection. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ We bought a house! And moved in this October. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ A shop visit with one of my favorite Portland ladies. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ I love Kirsten’s new jewelry collection and brand. View entire post.
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OCT ♡ Amazing knits and knitting patterns — so beautiful! View entire post.
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NOV ♡ This location and lookbook — so fun! View entire post.
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NOV ♡ I love Chloe’s story and her rings. View entire post.
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NOV ♡ Super dreamy textiles and art. View entire post.
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NOV ♡ Beautiful clothing made from fair trade organic cotton. View entire post.
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NOV ♡ T outdid herself with THREE beautiful collections! View entire post.
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NOV ♡ SO GOOD. Beautiful beautiful beautiful knitwear. View entire post.
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NOV ♡ These guys have a wonderful little shop. View entire post.
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NOV ♡ Barbara’s designs are so stunning they’ll make your head spin. View entire post.
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DEC ♡ An AMAZING lookbook for Michelle’s gorgeous bags. View entire post.
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DEC ♡ Jewels in bronze, silver and porcelain — made in Portland. View entire post.
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DEC ♡ I love all the wonderful things that Katy makes. View entire post.
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DEC ♡ A roundup of lovely things from an amazing Portland shop. View entire post.
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DEC ♡ I love these dresses and jumpsuits. View entire post.
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DEC ♡ Lots and lots of books I own or want. View entire post.
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DEC ♡ Into the woods at Christmas Mountain. I love it there. View entire post.
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Best of Honey Kennedy 2014: July, Aug, Sept

Hello! Here is the third installment of the most popular Honey Kennedy posts from 2014. Here we have July, August and September and there are a lot of wonderful posts to peruse. Get comfy with your favorite cup of cheer and fall down the HK rabbit hole. Have fun! xx

MORE NEW YEAR’S EVE FUN:
NEW YEAR’S EVE HAIR IDEASNYE PARTY DRESSESRED LIPSTICK PICKSCHAMPAGNE DRINKS & SUPPLIESMUSIC MIXES!

JULY ♡ Alexandra and bridal were always meant to be together. View entire post.
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JULY ♡ So much good stuff in this little shop! View entire post.
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JULY ♡ Many many lovely personal care products. View entire post.
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JULY ♡ A phenomenal jewelry collection. View entire post.
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JULY ♡ So many shoes to covet! View entire post.
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JULY ♡ Annie’s darling collection of bags. View entire post.
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JULY ♡ Still really enjoying this wonderful little shop. View entire post.
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JULY ♡ The loveliest creations to hold your jewels. View entire post.
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JULY ♡ One of my favorite collections in 2014! View entire post.
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JULY ♡ Stunning ceramics that remind me of some fave vintage pieces I have. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ These ladies always have amazing things in the shop. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ My recipe for Cardamom Rose Vanilla Cashew Milk. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ I want all the gorgeous linen clothing! View entire post.
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AUG ♡ Such an adventure — inspiring travels and jewels. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ I love their denim… and everything else. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ I love this jewelry collection made here in Portland. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ A little shop and studio visit with Betsy & Iya. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ This whole dark lookbook is amazing. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ All these scarves are works of art. View entire post.
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AUG ♡ This collection and lookbook are SO charming and fun! View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ Absolutely wonderful housewares always. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ I want ALL the bags and scarves. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ Another favorite collection from 2014 — so much love. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ My favorite jewelry collection that Christine has created to date. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ Love love love this sweet collection. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ SO MANY cute pieces in Lauren’s collection — it’s kind of insane. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ Monika’s dreamiest lookbook and jewels yet. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ Wonderful pieces on their own and styled together. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ A fun interview with inspiring designer and business owner Geneine Honey. View entire post.
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SEPT ♡ The first lookbook from this amazing Portland jewelry shop. View entire post.
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Best of Honey Kennedy 2014: April, May, June

Hello again! Here are more popular Honey Kennedy posts rounded up from 2014. These fun ones are from April, May and June. I hope you find some wonderful things. I always enjoy these refreshers too. It’s amazing to revisit so many magical designs and experiences all over again. So many posts over so many hours! I get to know so many talented, kind and interesting people. Thanks you for reading Honey Kennedy and sharing this place with me — it really means so much to me. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! xo

P.S. Make sure to check out: Best of Honey Kennedy 2014: Jan, Feb & March

MORE NEW YEAR’S EVE FUN:
NEW YEAR’S EVE HAIR IDEASNYE PARTY DRESSESRED LIPSTICK PICKSCHAMPAGNE DRINKS & SUPPLIESMUSIC MIXES!

APRIL ♡ This London milliner makes fantastic hats. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ I adore this cute collection of scarves that Leah designed. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ A wonderful lookbook from these PDX comeback kids. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ I still can’t shut up about all Eric’s designs. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ I love marble errything — including these jewels. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ I love that these dresses work in all seasons depending on your layers. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ SO BEAUTIFUL. This collection killed it. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ Finding this shop was super. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ I think this was my favorite collection by Emily so far. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ WATERMELON DRESS. These guys always have fun collections. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ I still love my pretty leather purse. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ I’d like to step into this lookbook right now. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ Some amazing wallpaper I’m thinking of using. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ So many sweet designs — I love the little guys. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ I always adore Alexandra’s work. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ I want 90% of the jewels in Erica’s shop. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ I’m still loving these simple bags. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ VERY dreamy housewares. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ So many enchanting dresses from this lovely lady. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ All of Tara-Lyn’s knits are insanely beautiful. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ Cute swimsuits in super flattering styles. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ I always love their designs, but not their fabric content. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ I own some of the pieces from this rad collaboration. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Heather and Jonathan’s new shop is a beauty. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Everything these guys do is AMAZING. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ So. Much. Love. This collection is phenomenal. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Rosemary’s artwork is a favorite 2014 discovery for sure. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ One of Stella’s moons is pretty high up on my wish list. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ My magical birthday giveaway was INSANE. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Gimme all the dazzle. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ I still want to smell this fragrance line. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ I still want one of these iPad cases — so clever! View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ More sweet shoes to daydream about. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ I’m so into these modern hieroglyphs on classic handmade vessels. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ This 2015 resort collection has A LOT of great pieces. View entire post.
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