Shop Visit: Lowell

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Equal parts museum, gallery, and shop, Lowell is one of my favorite spots in town. Located just off the south end of North Mississippi and up the street from Beam & Anchor, Lowell’s small, colorful exterior belies the large and open interior where owners Maya and Dino have put together a wholly fun and reverent collection of objects. The shop showcases items from many world cultures, a special Southwest bent and goods from local artists. You’ll find ceramics, paper goods, vintage clothing, jewelry, rugs, and wood carvings in stock, displayed lovingly and with true curatorial flair.

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I was lucky enough to visit Lowell on a surprisingly sunny winter day, which filled the space with warm, golden light. A steady stream of shoppers came and went, all on a first name basis with Maya and Dino, and it was lovely to be able to overhear their conversations about art and travel as I took in the beauty of the shop. Truthfully, I spent a little more time on my visit than usual as each corner pulled me in over and over, highlighting a gem I missed on my first look or just enticing me to take a closer look at something I had only glanced at before.

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My shop favorites include Lowell’s custom candles that are handmade in very small batches (recent shop additions include candles poured into exclusive ceramic vessels made by local potter, Liam Drain), concrete fruit planters by New York’s Chen & Kai, vintage turquoise rings, cassette tape releases from Eggy Records, and illustrated calendars from Clay & Wiley Hickson. Maya and Dino just returned from the Southwest and have lots of new items from the trip hitting the shop now.

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Lowell is located at 819 North Russell in Portland. Stop by 12 to 7 Wednesday through Sunday and follow them on Lowell on Facebook and @lowellshopgallery 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

Social Preparedness Giveaway!

Hello! Today I’m having two big Social Preparedness Kit giveaways from the wonderful folks at Egg Press. In an age of too much screen time, they’re making these lovely ways to remind yourself to make room for magic in your days and simple ways to communicate and connect with others in a tangible way. It’s so thoughtful and such a breath of fresh air! It always feels SO GOOD to get a note in the mail and just as good to send one. TWO lucky winners will each get amazing sets from SPK: 3 styles of pouches, 3 planning & plotting pads, 1 card set, 1 tear-away notes and 1 write-on-velope. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE! ♥

P.S. Get 20% off your Social Preparedness purchases with code: honeykennedy thru 2/24!

TO ENTER:
1. Visit the Social Preparedness shop and tell us your favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @EggPress and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us — just let me know that, too!

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A SWEET DEAL: Get 20% off your Social Preparedness purchases with code: honeykennedy now thru 2/24/15.

SHIPPING, ETC: The winners’ shipping will be covered by Egg Press. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for international duties and taxes.

DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tues, Feb 24, at 11PM PST. The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the names on Friday, Feb 27.

➔ FOLLOW THE EGG PRESS TEAM:
SPK SHOPEGG PRESS SHOPBLOGFACEBOOKTWITTERPINTERESTWRITE-ONINSTAGRAM

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The Line

I have been gobsmacked by the amazing merchandise at The Line for a while now. I usually reserve any curatorial references for galleries and exhibits, but this shop carries so many carefully considered wares that feel gallery or museum-worthy. The selection of clothing, accessories, beauty, apothecary, housewares and books is absolutely stellar. So much so, I often let out audible whinnies and whimpers while perusing. Someday I’d love to visit The Apartment — the stunning NYC shop space housed inside a dreamy 1872 building. I’ve gathered a few of my current faves below — paring down my wish list was tough! More HERE.

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Images courtesy of The Line.

Friday!

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Happy Friday! We’ve been watching our niece for the past week and, while exhausting, it has been a lot of fun. We have another week of it ahead, but I also hope to squeeze in some more unpacking (YES. We STILL have boxes to get through. Uuuuggggh.) and get a couple of rooms rearranged to make more sense. We’re also going to be getting a fence put in soon — which I know might sound immensely boring to most people, but living on an alley without one has been a bit unnerving. I have dreams of a gorgeous (and incredibly small! ha.) English garden in the backyard, but that might take a while since it is a just a pile of dirt and some concrete right now. Someday. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

These photo comparisons are hilarious.

I’d like to make this jasmine lip balm.

I’d love to try this luxury face oil.

I’ve finally been wearing one of my favorite fragrances again. So much love.

My friend Chelsea has been hopping from country to country.

My friends at Colette Patterns are doing their amazing Wardrobe Architect project again.

A dreamy selection of pretty underthings.

Such a sweet, simple spring and summer dress.

I love all these simple monogrammed leather goods.

SO MANY BEAUTIFUL JEWELS and so much history. I can get lost for hours.

I love this lovely gold watch.

A wonderful little incense holder.

A perfect little gold and white jewelry dish.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

Get an extra 25% off Rilla sale items with code: SAVE25

Get 20% off everything at Vuela (including sale items) with code: WINTER20

Get an extra 20% off sale items at Need Supply with code EXTRA20 thru 1/31.

Get 20% off purchases at Custard Heart with code: HEART20 now thru 2/14/15.

Woonwinkel’s WINTER SALE is happening now!

Purchase one natural Velvet Lipstick from Alima Pure and get $5 off a second Velvet Lipstick. No code necessary. Now thru Sunday, Feb 1 at midnight PST. Shop HERE.

PHOTO ABOVE: CLARA BOW.

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