Friday!

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Happy Friday! Yay. I’m really looking forward to taking a rose care workshop (HELLO! WHEN DID I TURN 80?!) this weekend with my good friend, Sarai, at Portland Nursery. Since I only started growing roses last spring, I’ve never done winter rose pruning. I’m terrified that I will kill all the roses I worked so hard to grow! We’ll also be taking care of our niece all weekend — which always makes me happy. And Valentine’s Day, of course. Fancy dinner out with my husband and this year we actually planned in advance so everything wasn’t booked when we said “Oh! It’s Valentine’s Day!”. Not that Vietnamese takeout in your jammies isn’t romantic — there just might be a big slice of red velvet cake involved this year. Anyways, have a good weekend — Valentine’s, Galentine’s or rolling your eyes at all of the crazy. ♥ xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

♥ Wade through a sea of diamonds… enter my Erica Weiner Jewelry Giveaway!

♥ A sweet grey striped linen dress. (extra 60% OFF: SAVE60)

♥ A perfect dress for now with tights and for spring and summer!

♥ This indigo stripe dress is super versatile as well.

♥ Such beautiful grey Irish linen pants! (30% OFF!)

♥ Such a great little bag with glamorous bracelets for a handle. (15% OFF: IHEARTGSB16)

♥ I love my black and gold pouch for evenings out. (15% OFF: IHEARTGSB16)

♥ So hard to pick a color! All so good.

♥ I have my eye on this beautiful slouchy leather tote.

♥ ALL these silk linen blend big scarves are so beautiful. (20% OFF: VDAY)

♥ These lace-up rain booties are pretty cute.

♥ GIMME ALL THESE SHOES! Especially these. (20% OFF)

♥ I love these scalloped flats in both buff and black.

♥ I love all these pretty blush hues — especially apple blossom and mimosa.

♥ These silver hoops are heaven. (over 30% OFF)

♥ I’m in love with these cloudbreak earrings.

♥ These bold cosmic chandelier earrings are perfect.

♥ Ooooh… a floating crescent moon ring.

♥ I still have my eye on this amazing necklace. (20% OFF: UNIFIED)

♥ Gimme all the dreamy handmade ceramics! (40% OFF: BIGWINTERSALE)

♥ A cute and silly Valentine’s Day card.

♥ What’s more romantic than safety, blinking and cuteness? Not much.

♥ Making and owning beautiful loungewear is all about you.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

♥ Get an extra 60% off Bridge & Burn sale items with code: SAVE60 thru 2/15!

♥ Get 20% off everything at Tilde with code VDAY thru 2/14!
*Portland peeps — in-store too! 7919 SE 13th Ave

♥ Take 20% off all Elizabeth Suzann shoes now thru 2/14! No code needed.

♥ Take 15% off amazing bags from Gift Shop Brooklyn with: IHEARTGSB16 thru 2/14!

♥ Get these gorgeous Tiro Tiro sale items before they are gone!

♥ The Seaworthy jewelry sale section is AAAAAMAAAAZING right now.

♥ Get 20% off at Uni Jewelry with code: UNIFIED thru 2/14!

♥ Get 40% off everything at Rilla with code BIGWINTERSALE. Limited time!

♥ Get an extra 20% off Seven Sisters sale items with code SALEONSALE. Limited time!

♥ Get an extra 15% off Wood & Faulk sale items with code: extra15 for a limited time!

♥ Get free domestic shipping on Alima Pure cosmetic orders over $35! No code needed.

♥ Get 25% off orders of $100+ at Zady with code: knowyoursource.

➔ I HEART PDX

Now through Sunday, February 14. Stop by Tilde for their huge annual 20% Off Storewide Valentine’s Day Sale! You can also shop online with code: VDAY. Tilde is located at 7919 SE 13th Ave in Sellwood. MORE INFO.

Friday, February 12. 6PM to 9PM. HURRAY! Come to this party! The wonders at WildCraft Studio are opening an amazing new space for workshops and events here in the city! Come celebrate with treats, drinks, photos, flowers, new catalogs and lots of fun WildCraft instructors in attendance. Check the calendar for upcoming classes in both Portland and in White Salmon. The new WildCraft Portland Studio is located at 601 SE Hawthorne Blvd. MORE INFO.

Friday, February 12 thru Sunday, February 14. Stop by Mississippi Ave for the Small Shops, Big Hearts event from February 12th through the 14th! There will be complimentary treats, chocolates, lots of discounts, brunch and menu specials, romantic gifts for yourself and loved ones, and lots more fun up and down Mississippi Ave! Some participating businesses: Flutter, Pistils Nursery, Oregon Deli Co., Fettle Botanic Supply & Counsel-Mississippi Ave, She Bop, Salty’s Pet Supply, Half Pint, Land Gallery, Radar Restaurant, Jennyfer’s Boutique, Manifesto Shoes, The Rambler and Blue Sky Wellness Studio! MORE INFO.

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PHOTOS: Carole Lombard — one of the greatest actors of all-time.

I HEART PDX

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HELLO! Here is my fun list of things coming up in our fair city this weekend and a few weeks ahead. SO MANY GOOD EVENTS HAPPENING. Have a wonderful time out there. Portland will be your Valentine every time – – so many sweethearts doing amazing things. Have fun! xo Jen

P.S. If you’d like to submit events for I HEART PDX consideration, make sure to email me with advance notice and all the details, dates, times and links at jen at honeykennedy dot com with “Event Submission” in the subject line. ♥

➔ I HEART PDX

Thursday, February 4. 5PM to 8PM. Stop by the Tannerann Pop-Up Shop at West End Select Shop tonight! Have some sips and treats and discounts while perusing Hillary and Andi’s wonderful new and vintage collections. The party is tonight, but Tannerann will be popping up through Feb 14! West End Select Shop is located at 927 SW Oak St. MORE INFO.

Friday, February 5. 5PM to 8PM. Come shop some pretty Jane’s Vanity lingerie at the A Celebration of Suits & Lingerie event at Wildwood & Company. Shop Valentine’s Day gifts, see the cool new Wildwood space, lingerie and lots of beautiful things for fellas. There will be bubbles and beer and a Mint & Mirth special cocktail for the event. MORE INFO.

Saturday, February 6. 11AM to 2PM. YESSSSSS. Stop by WM Goods for free boba and matcha tea drinks served up by Tea Bar. I’m so addicted to matcha — definitely my current buzz of choice. WM Goods is located at 1136 SW Alder St. MORE INFO.

Saturday, February 6. 4PM to 7PM. Join the fine folk at Beam & Anchor for the Valentine’s Fiesta — a Thicket Pop-Up and Zach Hixson Art Opening with Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails by Roots & Crowns. Beam & Anchor is located at 2710 N. Interstate Ave. MORE INFO.

Saturday, February 6. 3PM to 6PM. Come by Nationale for their new group art exhibition STUDIES and opening reception party. See gallery contributions from artists Ty Ennis, Jaik Faulk, and Elizabeth Malaska, as well as Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Fredrik Averin, Justyn Hegreberg, Oriana Lewton-Leopold, and Ním Wunnan. The show will be up from February 3 through February 29 and features a diverse collection of how the individual artists responsed to the idea of a “study”. Plus, there are lots of beautiful things to shop right now! Nationale is located at 3360 SE Division. MORE INFO.

Sunday, February 7. 11AM to 4PM. YAY! Shop eight wonderful designers at the 3rd annual Spring Seconds Sale at The Cleaners! Caravan Pacific, Bridge & Burn, Another Feather, The Granite, Barrow Jewelry, Hank by Henry, Meadow Designs & Revolution Design House will all be selling their slightly imperfect, but fantastic goods for up to 70% off. Shop great deals on clothing (ladies AND lads!), jewels, accessories, lighting, home goods, planters, ceramics, chopsticks, candles & more. Early birds always get the best scores!! 11AM to 4PM at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO.

Sunday, February 7. NOON to 5PM. Get over to the Femme Valentine’s Pop-Up at Holocene! There will be a bunch of local lovelies including: Menagerie, Seaworthy, Taiga Press, High Society Collection, Bisa Shop, Julia Barbee, Pursuits of Happiness, Rue Anafel, Adored Vintage, Byline Supply Co, Mica Demarquez, Ashley Hardy, The Dark Exact, Löyly Sauna, CH Goble Salt Co, Laurs Kemp, Lane Walkup, Little Feral, Woodblock Chocolate, Age of Earth, Hillockburn Farm, Helioterra Wines and Zoe Cope Jewelry. PLUS, pie from Random Order and coffee from The Coffee Bus! Treat yourself and your loved ones to some goods from local makers: ceramics, jewelry, chocolate, wearables, vintage, fiber art, and apothecary. 10% of profits go to helping women in need through Rose Haven. Everything is happening at Holocene at 1001 SE Morrison St. MORE INFO.

Tuesday, February 9. Doors 7PM. Show at 8PM. 21+ Get your tickets to the 4th annual Unmentionable: A Lingerie Exposition at Doug Fir! Featuring new collections from: Altar HouseLine, Chubby Cartwheels, Katastrophic, Lille Boutique, Piper Dalton, Purrfect Pineapples, Serpent & Bow, Smith River, Sock it to Me, VAVA Lingerie and WhiskeyDog Wares. You can also shop Missionary Chocolates, DartHeart Jewelry, Altar Boutique, Sock It To Me, Bramble Floral and Time Warrior Valentines at the show! The fun will be at Doug Fir located at 830 E Burnside St. TICKETS + MORE INFO.

Thursday, February 11. 4PM to 8PM. Come to the Minoux Trunk Show at Woonwinkel! There will be bubbles, treats, a fun raffle and, of course, absolutely stunning jewels from Minoux. Mingle with lovely people at the party and stop by Woonwinkel through 2/28 to shop Kristen’s jewelry. Woonwinkel is located at 935 SW Washington St. MORE INFO.

Friday, February 12. 6PM to 9PM. HURRAY! Come to this party! The wonders at WildCraft Studio are opening an amazing new space for workshops and events here in the city! Come celebrate with treats, drinks, photos, flowers, new catalogs and lots of fun WildCraft instructors in attendance. Check the calendar for upcoming classes in both Portland and in White Salmon. The new WildCraft Portland Studio is located at 601 SE Hawthorne Blvd. MORE INFO.

Friday, February 12 thru Sunday, February 14. Stop by Mississippi Ave for the Small Shops, Big Hearts event from February 12th through the 14th! There will be complimentary treats, chocolates, lots of discounts, brunch and menu specials, romantic gifts for yourself and loved ones, and lots more fun up and down Mississippi Ave! Some participating businesses: Pistils Nursery, Oregon Deli Co., Fettle Botanic Supply & Counsel-Mississippi Ave, She Bop, Salty’s Pet Supply, Flutter, Half Pint, Land Gallery, Radar Restaurant, Jennyfer’s Boutique, Manifesto Shoes, The Rambler and Blue Sky Wellness Studio! MORE INFO.

Wednesday, February 24. Doors 6:30PM. Show 8PM. Come out for Fade To Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event at Crystal Ballroom! See new collections on the runway from Portland’s own: Altar PDX, Laurs Kemp, Ms. Wood, Rogue Minx, Stephanie D. Couture, Tiffany Bean Designs, Wendy Ohlendorf, and West Daily, with music and Visuals by DJ Gregarious. Hair + makeup will be by Beau Monde College of Hair Design. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Camp KC to help kids suffering the affects of HIV. Crystal Ballroom is located at 1332 W Burnside St. TICKETS + MORE INFO.

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PHOTOS: Some lovely things at Portland’s WM Goods. Get some nice treats from Tea Bar while shopping there this Saturday. Details above!

Friday!

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a bit since I posted one of my beloved Friday posts! After chilling out for a bit this January, I’m ready to get back at it full-force next week. I needed that recharge and refocus! I’m really looking forward to spring and things waking up a bit. I hurt my back moving some things around our house, so I’m supposed to take it easy this weekend again. I’ll probably just work and cook meals to freeze for next week, but I’ve really got the urge to go to the beach or somewhere else beautiful for a day. Have a lovely one, whatever you’re up to this weekend! xo Jen ♥

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

What do you want to do for YOU this year? Share at my Betsy & Iya jewelry giveaway!

Step into Kiersten’s incredible home studio and get to know her in my interview.

Teresa is closing up shop, so get some amazing deals before it’s all gone. Going to miss her!

Love this hooded black jacket — perfect for erratic NW weather. (extra 50% off: SAVE50)

Hooded. Waxed Cotton. Polka dot lining. A sweet jacket! (extra 50% off: SAVE50)

Oh, hello. This cute black dress (and maroon!) are on mega sale. (extra 50% off: SAVE50)

This sweet polka dot dress is also a majorly good deal. (extra 50% off: SAVE50)

The B&B men’s sale on sale section is also phenomenal right now. (extra 50% off: SAVE50)

I love this flattering striped shirt. (25% off $100+: knowyoursource)

Oh, just a casual moonstone tiara for around the house. So pretty!

I got these soft, pretty sheets in pink and charcoal. They’re a great deal!

The tarot deck of dreams — TWIN PEAKS.

Incredible portraits of rescued owls. Talk about throwing shade!

I love this Tuberose candle and the Firewood one is nice as well — they burn a long time.

Some roses I love to grow: The Shepherdess, Gentle Hermione, Claire Austin, Sweet Juliet!

How to water your air plants. So easy!

My friends Kandace and Ray are talking about coffee in their new videos.

I want to make this pistachio dip sometime soon! YUM.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

Get 15% off everything at Tilde with code: Flash – today only 1/29/2016.

Get an extra 50% off Bridge & Burn sale items with code: SAVE50 now thru 2/2/16.

Get up to 75% off the entire Bashful Garter shop! Now through 1/31/16. ♥

Get 40% off everything at Rilla with code BIGWINTERSALE. Limited time!

Get free domestic shipping on Alima Pure cosmetic orders over $35! No code needed.

Get 25% off orders of $100+ at Zady with code: knowyoursource.

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Shop Visit: Work/Shop

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Putting down stakes in NW Portland recently, Work/Shop is a botanical gift shop and collective workspace that is by all accounts already off to a very promising start. It’s no surprise either since it’s Casey Shagena, owner of SE Division’s sweet Menagerie, and Heather Smith, the maker behind Aspen Summit, that have teamed up to make Work/Shop happen. With barely a month elapsing between signing a lease to opening their NW 19th doors, Casey and Heather have proven themselves pros when it comes to opening shops bursting with charm.

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The first thing I noticed upon entering Work/Shop — besides all the gorgeous plants — is the hand-drawn wallpaper. Highlighting the workshop area, the large-scale floral design is impressive enough, but then you learn it was done with Sharpies! I would have never guessed. A large, inviting table and a perfect mix-and-match selection of chairs wait below for workshop attendees. Work/Shop is currently offering wonderful classes like candle making, floral arranging, an intro to photoshop, brush lettering, and lots more. They also offer gift certificates good for upcoming workshops and I can’t think of a better gift for craft-loving friends and family.

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The rest of the shop is equally delightful in it’s extensive selection of plants, home goods, stationery, apothecary items, jewelry, and accessories. Expertly curated, I have to admit I was coveting just about everything in stock. Some standouts included French Girl skincare, handprinted canvas bags and pouches by Portland’s Dash and Dart, delightful nail polishes from local vegan and five-free line Palate Polish, wall hangings from Wildwood + Firth, fun notebooks from Worthwhile Paper Goods, and did I mention all those plants? From air plants to succulents and many varieties in between, Work/Shop has all the greenery you need to make your space more cheery or to make someone’s day.

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Work/Shop is located in Portland at 1024 NW 19th Avenue and is open Monday through Friday from 11AM to 6PM and on weekends from 10AM to 3PM. Follow @workshop.pdx on Instagram to see cute new goods and hear about new classes. Sign up for classes HERE.

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. This post is by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Stop by her lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

My 2016 Intentions

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Happy New Year, friends! It’s nice to be back! I decided to take an unplanned week off last week because I was, frankly, still exhausted after the holidays. I guess that this self-care action is kind of setting my intention for the new year in a way. Recognizing what I need emotionally and physically and grasping for it. Also, recognizing things about myself that I need to make room for and plan for and honor instead of scrambling in a haphazard way and feeling guilty or unsettled when I need to retreat, rethink or find solace. For me, 2016 is going to be about honoring my true nature and trying to feel more at ease with what I truly need vs the amount of pressure that I’m prone to putting on myself.

I love the feeling of the limitless possibilities of a brand new year and ruminating on how much better or more magical or groundbreaking things might be in the 12 months that follow. However, this year, I don’t want to put those kinds of expectations on myself or others around me. There are rarely huge leaps and, when there are, they usually involve some hard things, some things that have to break in the process. Needing time to feel and heal from the things that break to move us forward usually aren’t factored into our starry-eyed big hopes for the new year and it really needs to be to feel balanced and that we didn’t “fail” at our goals for the year. If we try to map out what we want to achieve personally and professionally in the new year, we need to schedule in the time to break and rebuild things and to be human.

So, for me, 2016 is about mental and physical health and celebrating the tiny personal triumphs that come from that instead of setting up too many big goals. Maybe I’ll tackle some bigger goals and maybe I won’t, but making room to enjoy the little things and the great people in my life is going to come first.

MY 2016 INTENTIONS…

Make more time to do things that make me happy. This is something I made efforts towards and was also included in My 2015 Intentions and it helped a lot. I just need to do even more of it! Hanging out with loved ones, snuggle time with my pup, thrifting, antiquing, photography, long walks, learning, watching movies, reading, gardening, cooking, baking, sleeping, exploring…

Mental heath. In 2015, I found a wonderful psychologist who follows the ACT method. It’s shocking how many things change around you when you start getting clarity. It’s intense, but worth it. I had a really difficult childhood and rough teen years and I started taking care of myself at far too young an age with no family support — financial or otherwise. There are lots of painful memories and realizations surfacing as I try to do this work and, let’s be honest, there’s anger in there too. I just need to continue. I’m currently working on learning to feel proud of myself and my accomplishments — it sounds strange to type that out, but some of you out there might relate and understand.

Spend more time on personal care. I did a fairly good job in the first part of 2015, but I need to get more into the ritual of this. I just brought out my humidifier because winter is so drying and it gives me a more restful sleep. I got one for our office and TV room as well so the plants and I will be happier during the day. I’ve been getting fairly regular manicures — that feels good. I bought some nice new balance balls for stretching and core-building breaks. I just need to be more consistent! What are you doing for self-care lately?

Think more about adoption. This is also rolling over from 2015. It’s still a difficult thing for me. I thought I was ready last year, but I wasn’t. My heart wasn’t really done breaking, I guess. Maybe it never really will be? The financial and unstable aspects of adoption are daunting. The reality is that it’s a big business, it’s competitive and you have to be ready for mountains of bills and, likely, many heart-wrenching disappointments before you get to be a parent. It can take years and you need a lot of money and a thick skin. After trying to have a baby for years, you’ve been through emotional (and probably financial) hell and, for me, my skin wasn’t thick enough yet for adoption in 2015. I’d still appreciate any advice.

Talk about more personal stuff. I meant to do this more last year, but the amount of changes in my emotional life left me feeling so tangled and vulnerable that I couldn’t find a jumping off point to reach out and relate and talk about what I was learning. Of course, I feel guilty for not following through on this very well last year — I was looking forward to it at the time I wrote it. I really hope I can organize my words and accomplish this this year because I have a lot to talk about and if I could help someone feel less alone or give someone a new perspective for what their own friend or family member might be going through — I would really love to help.

Be more social. I’ve gone from an ENFP to an INFP over the last couple of years and I’ve swayed the pendulum too far to one side and need to engage more. Portland is full of amazing people and I’ve become too shy, involved in very personal projects and now I feel like I need to make more of an effort to connect with others a little more.

Take some classes and workshops. This year, I’d really like to take some ceramics classes and some more workshops involving textiles. I have these ideas for little things I’d like to make for our home and I hope that they turn out! I wouldn’t mind brushing up on my French or learn a new language either.

Plan vacations. We did a crappy job of taking breaks and having getaways in 2015 and I felt and still feel the folly of that for sure. I would love to go ride bikes in the English countryside or have cider by the sea in Brittany — one of these things has to happen this year! Also, trips to Minnesota, Seattle, New York and many more visits to the beautiful Oregon coast.

Decorate and renovate. I’ve been slowly making progress to get our house together. It’s hard not to feel a bit down when you regularly see stunning $50,000+ kitchen remodels in your instagram feed. I want Carrara countertops and a $20,000 French stove too, but that’s not happening right now. My goal was to not spend money on things that aren’t THE thing that I ultimately want, but that has proven to be unrealistic as well. Something needs to be in place while we save for bigger projects or fancier finishes, so over the break I revised my plan to include, you know, actually living comfortably in our space while we save for the other stuff. Furniture from Craigslist and Ikea is being lugged home and I’ve even found a few of those “perfect pieces” along the way. Our yard sale pile is getting bigger as well, so that money can go towards the bigger projects… or to riding bikes in the Cotswolds.

Remember to be realistic. Like the $50,000+ kitchen renovations I mentioned above, we see a lot of beautiful and often unattainable wealth in our instagram feed. I love beautiful things, I love celebrating design, I love traveling, I love adding these things into my own life where possible and I feel privileged to do so when I can. We are incredibly lucky to own a home and to have the things we’ve scrimped for and purchased over the years to fill it. There are some things that you cannot change though and, for me, I need to keep them in mind so I’m not needlessly hard on myself. Many of the people who live lives that look glamorous and carefree, on instagram or elsewhere, were born into wealth and the privilege that comes with that. They started with major life advantages — education opportunities, job opportunities, travel experiences, leisure and more. Not having to struggle without a safety net for just the basic necessities (rent, food, warmth), starts these people at an advantage that most of us will never know and comparing ourselves to what can be achieved with this kind of leg up in life is futile. For some reason, even when they are often ever so boring, the financial top 2% get the lion’s share of adoration and even more privilege because of it. Create what you can to make your life beautiful in your own way and take the glamour you see on social media with a big grain of salt for your own sanity.

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PHOTOS: Anna Pavlova with her pet swan Jack.