I’ve really been impressed by the beautiful work that Kelsey Genna and Yvette Edwards have been doing for their new project Well Travelled Bride. Kelsey brings her stunning bridal dress creations and knowledge of amazing international venues that is fostered by savvy wanderlust. Yvette is a masterful florist and prop stylist who creates epic bouquets, floral accessories, and arrangements, as well as looking after the little details that make a ceremony extra special. Well Travelled Bride combines all their insights and skills, making it an excellent wedding guide resource for people looking to tie the knot, honeymoon, or have another fabulous affair. Bridal can get so plain and stodgy — I love what they’re doing.
I love the first story below about some lovely ladies who elope to Wellington, New Zealand, in a helicopter for a gorgeous clifftop ceremony with both brides wearing dreamy dresses by Kelsey Genna and the floral arrangements by Yvette Edwards are incredible and put the romance over the top. Besides inspiration, the WTB stories offer loads of information about their resources. The second story below about a couple having their destination wedding in Bali is beautiful as well (that venue!). There are many more beautiful ideas HERE.
In the charming coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, we now have Chariot Spirit + Home, the newly open retail spot joining the list of must-visit attractions. An hour and a half from Portland, Astoria has been a long a hidden gem, but it’s popularity has been gaining serious traction the last few years as craft breweries, boutique hotels, a killer farmer’s market, and fun events have taken root and our state becomes home to more people. The addition of Chariot makes it all the more a fun destination for Portland locals and visitors.
Conceived and brought to life by interior designer and tarot reader, Suzy Olsen, Chariot takes it’s name from the chariot card which came up again and again in tarot spreads Suzy pulled for guidance as she worked on this project. A lover of antiques, Suzy was drawn to Astoria’s beautiful Victorian homes, coastal air, and as she put it ‘haunting spirits’. The result of these loves is Chariot’s inspiring combination of retail shop, design studio, and spiritual workshop.
I was lucky enough to visit Chariot on it’s first official day open to the public. It was a beautiful sunny day and Chariot’s wares were truly shining. Stealing the show were definitely the textiles which include handprinted napkins from Portland’s Nell and Mary, shibori pillows from East Knot, as well as brightly colored rugs and throws. Other standouts included paint dipped baskets, striped cafe au lait bowls, wall hangings from WKNDLA, and handmade pottery. Suzy is a lover of antiques and Chariot’s vintage and vintage-inspired wares aren’t fussy and lend themselves to both vintage and modern abodes.
Ready to tackle the ‘spirit’ portion of it’s name, you’ll find natural skin care from Fig and Moss and Plantmakeup, almost too-beautiful-to-burn cedar and rosemary smudge wands, candles, crystals, and incense cones nestled amongst the homewares. A natural skin care enthusiast, I was intrigued by Plantmakeup’s Wild Rose face wash as well as the Fig and Moss Balancing Honey facial cleanser. In the end, I brought home the Balancing Honey Facial Cleanser and couldn’t love it more. While Chariot Spirit + Home would be right at home here in Portland, it’s a lovely addition to Astoria and I can’t wait to stop in again next time I’m in town. I recommend you make the journey yourself this summer and stop in to check it out.
Chariot Spirit + Home is located at 1421 Commercial Street in Astoria, Oregon and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM, Sunday from 11AM to 4PM and Monday from 11AM to 6PM. The shop is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Chariot’s online shop is coming along! Follow @chariot.home on Instagram and like Chariot.home on Facebook to keep up on new arrivals, events and sales.
I have a backlog of beautiful things to share, so I am going to start posting these Lovely Things roundups to try to get all the wonderful finds out there in a semi-cohesive way. Here are 20 of them now — more coming soon! xo Jen P.S. The photos are clickable too. ♥
I love this Mondrian-esque slip dress — I just wish it came in silk or rayon.
This tulip-colored open-back dress is so dreamy. Also, it’s on sale! (20% off code: META20)
This whole look with the Tassel Sandals, swimsuit and earrings is beautiful.
These Nude Platform Wedge shoes would look so cute with midi summer dresses and cute 60s-style short shifts. I also love them with these pants!
Many, many moons! I love the new silver Seaworthy Monde Bracelet.
These pretty watercolor duffle bags are made from antique Turkish rugs! (30% off code: SUMMERJAMS)
I’d like a pair of Elizabeth Suzann’s new shoes in every color, please.
I’m crazy about these Wireless Porcelain + Rose Gold Headphones. (20% off: AHAGIFT)
I just refound this pic I saved from a spring pajama edit — makes me want to get some swankier pjs for sure.
I love all the beautiful new pressed eyeshadow colors from Alima Pure! My faves: Icon, Luxe, and Volt. I’m happy that the eyeshadow compacts are refillable too!
Such a pretty thing! Annie is making these sweet Halo Leather Clutches now — with or without wrist straps.
Really into this Half Moon Cross-Body Bag with the tassel zip. That oxblood color is stunning! It seems like the perfect size to have when traveling. (30% off code: SUMMERJAMS)
HAPPY FRIDAY, friends! I’m hoping to do some vintage shopping and some major stuff purging (which I should probably flip the order of doing! Hahaha!). I’m also going through our basement and garage to put together more stuff to purge via a summer yard sale. I’ll never be a minimalist, but I do like getting rid of things that aren’t being used and could be in a new home. It’s kind of fun once you get in the zone! Have a wonderful weekend. xo Jen
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♥ I really need this linen dress in both navy and black.
♥ Love this linen candy-stripe dress! (30% off: SHOPEXTRA)
♥ Still loving this cool black and white linen dress so much.
♥ Such a cute (and inexpensive) little gingham dress.
♥ I LOVE this linen top so freaking much — it’s a 2-3x a week-er.
♥ YES. This marled knit button-back tank is super cute. Beautiful color!
♥ Such a perfect, simple summer nightgown!
♥ These soft hex slide sandals are an amazing deal. (extra 50% off: finalmente)
♥ These silver sandals are pretty dazzling and a good deal.
♥ Love love love this handy striped summer market bag.
♥ Aaaannnd… this eco-friendly woven tote beach bag.
♥ I’m buying these amazing earrings today. (20% off: NEWNEWNEW)
♥ This hammered silver half moon is perfect for summer nights.
♥ I still think about this amazing steel prism chiminea for fun backyard lounging.
♥ These lovely roll-on scents are summery and sultry.
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♥ Get 20% off all the pretty Tiro Tiro jewels with code NEWNEWNEW thru 6/15.
➔ I HEART PDX
♥ Now thru Sunday, June 12. 11AM to 6PM daily. Stop by Stars Antiques for the STARS 26TH BIRTHDAY SALE! LOTS of amazing deals on vintage goodness from hundreds of dealers for four days of shopping fun. Stars Antiques has 3 locations all on the same block. STARS ANTIQUES: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave, STARS & SPLENDID ANTIQUES: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave and STARS TOO: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, June 11. 11AM to 5PM. Say, what? I’m so excited to announce that beloved NY shop In God We Trust will be opening a Portland location soon! The store isn’t open for business yet, but owner Shana Tabor is going to be hosting a fun In God We Trust Trunk Sale with other lovelies BLTN Jewelry, Sara Barner, Miko Miko, and Noel Hennessy of Little Garage Shop. So fun! IGWT is located at 3714 N. Williams Ave. (the house next to Tasty & Sons!). Welcome to Portland, IGWT!
PHOTOS: By Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Such happy news! In God We Trust will be opening a Portland location very soon! Owner Shana Tabor loves Portland and has family in the area, so she decided it would be a good idea to bring her wonderful designs out west. The store isn’t open for business yet, but there is a SUPER FUN IGWT Trunk Sale happening this Saturday along with other local lovelies! Shop clothing and jewelry from IGWT, stunning new jewels from BLTN Jewelry, gorgeous bags from Sara Barner, apothecary from Miko Miko, and ceramics and home goods by Noel Hennessy of Little Garage Shop. And sip mimosas! IGWT is located at 3714 N. Williams Ave. in the house next to Tasty & Sons. Welcome to Portland, Shana and IGWT! MORE INFO.
IGWT LOOKBOOK CREDITS:
Photography: Kate Edwards
Styling: Shana Tabor + Ali Breslin
Hair + Makeup: Juliet Jane
Models: Rachel Albright + Frank Young