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Hello, friends! Happy weekend! I’ve rounded up my list of fun stuff happening here in our fair city and there is a lot going on just in the next few days. All the shops in town are filling up with lovely new merchandise! There is a lot of spring cleaning happening to make room for the new, so lots of nice sale racks and tables out there. Of course, all that also comes with lots of sipping of wine, beer and coffee. Spring is here! Have fun, you guys!! ♥ Jen

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TOPAZ GIVEAWAY!!! Roses, juniper, saffron, myrrh, jasmine, moss, orange blossoms, gem elixirs… in perfume, chakra spray, soap, lip balm, candles, body oil and more. Make sure to enter my dreamy giveaway with local apothecary line, Topaz! There will be TWO winners, plus there’s a very sweet deal for you.

♥ Friday, April 17 thru Sunday, April 19. YAY! HAPPY 16th ANNIVERSARY, HALO SHOES! To celebrate, these lovely people are offering 16% off your purchases for three days. They will also be hosting a pop-up for Seattle-based shop Baby & Company for women and men. Halo Shoes is located at 938 NW Everett St. MORE INFO.

♥ Friday, April 17. 6PM-10PM. Come to the opening reception for Linework NW — a wonderful comics and illustration festival! Drink beer from Gigantic and shop prints and originals from this year’s special guests: Daniel Clowes, Lisa Congdon, Lisa Hanawalt and Jay Howell! This special opening party and the festival on April 18 & 19 are free and open to the public. Make sure to check out Linework NW for more info about the 2 day fest happening at Norse Hall. The opening celebration is happening at Hellion Gallery — located at 19 Nw 5th Ave #208. MORE INFO.

♥ Saturday, April 18. 10AM-2PM. Come to the THOMPSON STREET SPRING SALE! A dozen vendors, drinks from Union Wine Co, Stumptown cold brew and lots of samples, old stock, one-of-a-kinds and other whatnots from awesome local designers. Wood & Faulk, Caravan Pacific, Bridge & Burn, BLTN Jewelry, REIFhaus, Portland Apothecary, Another Feather, Dart Photo, Emily Katz and Brendon James Farrell will be selling their loot! Thomson Street Studios are at 522 N. Thompson St. MORE INFO.

♥ Saturday, April 18. 1PM-4PM. Get over to Wildfang for the AK Vintage Meet the Maker event! Come shop Anna Korte’s beautiful jewelry line with 20% off and see her current collection and the debut of her 14k gold plated pieces. You can also add unique details and get your jewels customized! There will also be plenty of PBR and wine from Union Wine! Wildfang is located at 1230 SE Grand Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19. Noon-8PM both days. Come to the Linework NW illustration and comics festival! See comic books, original art, graphic novels, prints and more at this double day fest featuring different creators, exhibitors and publishers each day. Special guests this year include Daniel Clowes, Lisa Congdon, Lisa Hanawalt and Jay Howell, plus a HUGE list of exhibitors. Attendance is free and open to the public! Linework NW takes place at Norse Hall located at 111 NE 11th Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Sunday, April 19. 11AM-4PM. Enjoy shopping for amazing vintage treasures out in the sunshine at Portland Flea at Union/Pine! Plus, there will be food, drinks, pastries, and coffee! Union/Pine is located at 525 SE Pine St. MORE INFO.

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♥ Now thru May 2. DIAGRAMS BY ALYSON PROVAX. Wonderful local artist, Alyson Provax, has a series of amazing silkscreen monotypes hanging up at Ristretto Roasters on N. Williams right now. I love her new artwork and have my eye on about 5 of her beautiful works right now — SO GOOD. Ristretto Roasters is at 3808 N Williams, MORE INFO.

♥ Monday, April 20. 7:30PM. The English Dept.: 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FASHION SHOW! Come out and celebrate the magic of The English Dept. at their big bridal fashion show event. Tickets are now on sale at The English Dept. and at Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique and proceeds benefit Basic Rights Oregon. The show will be at First Presbyterian Church at 1200 SW Alder St. MORE INFO.

♥ Thursday, April 23. 4PM-8PM. Stop by the Big Shirt Pop-up Shop and Installation celebration with Portland Garment Factory at Nationale. For 5 days, PGF will fill the gallery with their in-house ready-to-wear collection from past and current seasons. There will also be a rack of one of a kind experimental garments made exclusively for this event. There will also be a… REALLY BIG SHIRT. The pop-up will be Wednesday, April 22 thru Sunday, April 26! Nationale is located at 3360 SE Division St. MORE INFO.

♥ Thursday, April 23. 5PM-8PM. HAPPY 9th ANNIVERSARY to Mabel & Zora! And they’re having a big party with champagne and treats! Come celebrate, sip bubbles, shop the Grayling Trunk Show and shop 20% off Tiffany Bean styles through the weekend. Mabel & Zora is located at 748 NW 11th Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Saturday, April 25. 10AM-3PM. YAY! It’s the Portland edition of the WORLDWIDE VEGAN BAKE SALE! Come buy some delicious homemade vegan baked goods (I recommend bringing some tins and shoeboxes from home to fill with treats) to raise funds for Sisters of the Roads and Wildwood Farm Sanctuary. This year the yummy event is at Tidbit Food Farm & Garden at SE 28th Place and Division St. MORE INFO.

♥ Sunday, April 26. 11AM-4PM. Stop by Sunday Emporium at Rejuvenation to shop 21 local makers and vintage sellers and 4 local yummy food vendors! Also Dwell and Monogram will be joining the event this month and they are building a pre-fab home in the parking lot decorated with items from Portland-based designers and artists. Rejuvenation is located at 1100 SE Grand Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Friday, May 1. 6PM-9PM. Stop by Reading Frenzy for Feminist Bookstore — a group show curated by Jennifer Armbrust and Michelle Blade. Come see reimagined covers of classic feminists works made by Lisa Anne Auerbach, Michelle Blade, Alika Cooper, Edie Fake, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Whitney Hubbs, Jessica Hutchins, Jessie Rose Vala and Megan Whitmarsh. Free & all ages! Reading Frenzy is located at 3628 N. Williams Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Early April thru early November. WILDCRAFT STUDIO SCHOOL. Lovely Chelsea is hosting 44 wonderful classes starting in April and I’d like to take every single one. I’m especially interested in Block Printed Textiles, Marbled Textiles, Magical Charms, Leather Craft, Handmade Sandals and The Art of Scent! Most of the classes take place in Sandy, Oregon at Chelsea’s studio and there a few that require some fun time foraging in forests and meadows. It’s a magical experience and they even feed you some of the most delicious food. MORE INFO + WORKSHOP RESERVATIONS.

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ABOVE IMAGES: My favorites from the new REIFhaus Spring 2015 collection by Portland-based designer Lindsey Reif. 1. alba denim vest 2. calypso romper 3. black linen palma dress. Check out the list of REIFhaus stockists or shop online. They’ll also be at the big Thompson Street Spring Sale this Saturday, April 18 — see info above.

Alyson Provax

You may have seen me mention the current work of Alyson Provax on instagram or in a few of my I HEART PDX posts. Her Diagrams show is up at Ristretto Roasters on N. Williams here in Portland through May 2, so I thought I’d give her another mention. I’m drawn to moons and space and I really love these new works — it was difficult to choose one to take home! You can inquire about the originals via her website or at Ristretto and there are wonderful prints available online HERE at Tappan Collective. More HERE.

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Friday!

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Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun things planned. I’m looking forward to making a drive north to visit some good friends in town from New York and then making a slow drive home with ice cream pitstops. I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship this past week — what it means, limitations, who is there, who doesn’t show up and unbreakable bonds. I get so busy that I feel like I’m not as good of a friend to some very lovely people and I’d like to change that. Friendships are so important especially when your family support is frail or nonexistent. Anyways, hug a friend! I’m really most looking forward to that this weekend. Have a wonderful time out there! xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

Make sure to enter my dazzling jewelry giveaway with sweet Seaworthy!

I’m back on this beautiful Fiery red lipstick this week. It’s so fun to put on!

Butter Elixir? This sounds like it would smell and feel amazing.

I need this slightly cropped swing jacket. (25-30% off code SPRINGSTYLE)

The perfect coat for NW spring and summer. The pockets!!

I’d like to try these bras — they look beautiful AND comfy.

The cutest, simple little black dress for spring and summer — love the pockets.

An organic linen shirtdress? Yes, please.

A very sexy plaid dress!

A great summer wedding and party dress in all the colors. (25-30% off code SPRINGSTYLE)

Love these pretty beach coverups in both colors. (25-30% off code SPRINGSTYLE)

These PERFECT linen overalls!

This breezy top would be a total closet staple. (25-30% off code SPRINGSTYLE)

Such a flattering cut — I love these tops.

Super cute striped shorts. (25-30% off code SPRINGSTYLE)

Good butt. I’d like to try these cropped jeans. (25-30% off code SPRINGSTYLE)

Super simple slides. (25-30% off code SPRINGSTYLE)

A beautiful necklace.

This flower print would brighten someone’s day!

WRITE MORE LETTERS! I love this. Getting something written by hand feels so good.

PHOTO: Liz Gibbons as a photographer by Louise Dahl-Wolfe in San Marco Casa d’Aste, 1938.

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

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.