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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy New Year, friends! I don’t know what it is about 2015, but I’m feeling like it’s going to be a good one — a total dazzler. It just feels different for some reason. Does anyone else feel the same way? I know everyone’s experience is different, but I know so many people who have felt like they have had an uphill battle for the past few years and I am definitely one of them. I believe in trying to stay positive and moving forward, but sometimes, despite your best effort and good intentions, you just get emotionally jumped in the alley of life. Over and over again — with sucker punches from all kinds of unexpected directions. No inspo quote in the world can save you when this happens — you just have to get through it.
Something I’ve been thinking about a lot is that somewhere along the line I stopped doing quite a few things that actually make me very happy, so this is what’s at the core of my intentions for 2015. I’ve had a quartet of emotionally and physically grueling years and I am really looking forward to feeling lighter while I shuffle priorities and open new chapters. Then you just have to see how it all shakes out, I guess. I’d love to hear what you’re all working on!
MY 2015 INTENTIONS…
Make more time to do things that make me happy. It really helps to give me the headspace to do everything else… and to feel present, alive, content and connected to other people.
Start the adoption process. There is a lot more to say about this and, after starting about 1,000 posts to talk about this very personal subject over the years, I’m pretty close to actually talking about it. Needless to say, this topic is thick with all kinds of emotions and a big part of it has been mourning the loss of the dreams we had of how we’d grow our family. It’s so loaded in so many ways and our hearts have really been through the wringer — repeatedly. I do think I’ve learned a lot that could help other people and, more selfishly, it might be nice to not feel so alienated. It’s been brutal. I am really excited (and nervous) about the next steps — maybe some of you out there will have some words of wisdom.
Spend more time on personal care. I’m just talking about simple things like making sure to use my humidifier every night because it’s good for my skin and sinuses and I get a more restful sleep. Spend more time getting ready and really do my hair, do more face masks, paint my nails, get massages more often, stretch, etc…
Get to know my camera. I invested in a good camera a while back and I still haven’t taken the time to get to really read the manual and play with it. I’m very eager to get to know my new buddy, wander, snap and share. I have fun plans.
Update my Photoshop and learn how to do more. I would love to go to NY and have my friend Anna teach more Photoshop skillz, but until then I need to just watch a bunch of lynda.com videos. Plus, I’d still like to get a Wacom tablet to play with.
Go for bike rides. Lots of them. Drive out to the coast and pretty country roads to get a chance to ride outside of the city. I have a beautiful bike and need to show her a good time.
Plan vacations. Like, actual days totally off. In a row. In advance. Sounds crazy, I know.
Decorate and renovate. Get a plan together and prioritize endless house projects and keep adding to that monster summer yard sale pile as we go. I AM SO EXCITED TO GET THE HOUSE PUT TOGETHER! I love this process — even though it has to be slower than we’d like.
Accept what I am not. So many things, but here are a few examples: 1. I’m not a selfie-posting person. I like seeing all the lovely faces from time to time, but I find it odd when people fill 90% of their feed with selfies and photos taken of them by other people. At times I’ve felt like I should change this about myself, but it would feel way too awkward. I do like sharing what I’m doing, my city and my home though! 2. I’m not a person who is immediately flattered when approached by large corporations — another thing that I’ve mulled over and over. There will always be some exceptions, but I’m most jazzed when I get to work with indie makers, shops and businesses. 3. I’m not a fan of things getting too bland or aspirational. I get overwhelmed when people mimic each other and things all start to look the same. I like too many styles and colors. 4. I’m not someone who can say “Yes” to everything and I feel a lot of guilt about that. I need to get over it.
Talk about more personal stuff. On my blog and in general — just integrate a deeper personal perspective when I feel like it. I really don’t want to take a sudden swerve into TMI — just a bit more of my personal life, experiences and thoughts about it all. I keep meeting people who don’t want to ruffle any feathers by addressing what’s in front of them and I find that counterproductive when the silence goes beyond just being tactful and courteous. That’s how things get boring, people glaze over and things like “Normcore” happen. Blech.
Remember that I am loved. Even if I’m down on myself or others are.
THINGS THAT I LOVE AND NEED TO DO MUCH MORE OF…
Family time. Spend more time hanging out without distractions.
Hang out with friends. Host and attend gatherings. Reach out more. Travel to see buddies. I used to be more extroverted, but hard personal stuff, being hurt and overcommitting myself has made me go from ENFP to INFP over the years. I’d like to be more social again.
Travel more. Most of us can’t afford to travel as often or as far as we’d like, but even little day trips do so much for my disposition. I really do want to get to Brittany, Vienna, Antwerp, Malta, the English countryside and Ireland though. And MN, NY and VT.
Walk walk walk. It’s my favorite form of exercise and I need to make time to do it daily for long stretches. Headphones and a pretty, long route to a good cup of coffee or a record store is all I need.
Go antiquing and thrifting. I do a bit of this regularly, but not an adventurous all-day affair like I used to. My husband is not a fan of this activity and I really miss it. I can sweet talk a pal or go on my own.
Watch more British TV. Brit crime and period dramas fill me with glee. Give me a nana solving crimes on a bicycle or a Maggie Smith anything and I’m a happy girl.
Go out to the movies more. Instead of watching from a sofa. I love going to see old films.
Cook and bake. I find cooking and baking really relaxing and fun. Life gets so busy, you work too much and then putting something together by some kind of reasonable hour has become more of a chore than a joy. I need to make more time a few times a week at least. It helps manage nutrition and portion size too, of course. Must do.
PHOTOS: 1. Solita Solano and Djuna Barnes in Paris (Maurice Brange, Au Café, 1922) 2. Paris in 1927 by André Kertész.
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
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