I HEART PDX

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Hello! It’s been a while since I rounded up a big list of fun stuff happening around our fair city, but here you have it and it is packed with wonderful places to visit and things to try. I post a lot of pics of places I visit in my @honeykennedy Instagram feed, but I decided to make highlighting a few current favorite Portland experiences a regular part of I HEART PDX. There’s just so much to see and do here — sometimes it’s hard to choose. Have fun! xo Jen

➔ MY CURRENT PDX FAVES
BRUNCH: Sundays at Levant (make sure to get the rose petal pistachio lemon roll and the halva croissant!) ♥ RECENT PURCHASES: these bowls from Canoe + blueberry plants from Portland Nursery (so helpful!) ♥ NEW FLAVORS: the ciabatta loaf from Fire & Stone (get one warm in the morning + a pastry!) + Saifan olive oil from World FoodsBEAUTIFUL PLACE: Cistus NurserySIT AND SIP: Iced London Fog and hot matcha lattes at Tea Bar

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♥ Enter my super sweet Betsy & Iya jewelry giveaway and a wonderfully fun BuyOlympia giveaway! Get your name in these hats — the prizes are FANTASTIC.

♥ Now thru Sunday, March 15. TWIST JEWELRY SALE! Make sure to stop by TWIST for their huge annual jewelry sale through Sunday, March 15! This AMAZING sale features over 2,000 stunning designer pieces at discounted prices from 10% to 75% off. I’m in love with so many pieces — it’s hard to choose! A good spot to peruse for weddings and other special occasions. Twist is located at 30 NW 23rd Place. MORE INFO.

♥ Friday, March 13 thru Saturday, March 21. FANTASTIC FILMS. NW Film Center is continuing to screen truly wonderful old films for their Italian Style series. Tonight and Saturday are two of my favorite films — L’Avventura by Antonioni and Juliet of the Spirits by Fellini. I love these directors and I love Monica Vitti and Giulietta Masina. Go go go! More wonderful films this month are: Summertime, Barefoot Contessa, Le Amiche and Il Sorpasso. Whitsell Auditorium is at 1219 SW Park Ave. MORE INFO + TICKETS.

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♥ Now thru Tuesday, March 31. YO VINTAGE! MARCH POP UP! Yo has a lot of BEEEEAUTIFUL new spring arrivals in their online shop and for the month of March you can shop these pretties downtown at Mojave — right next to the old Yo Vintage! space. Mojave is located at 415 SW 13th Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Thursday, March 12 thru Sunday, March 15. UNA SPRING SALE. Stop by wonderful Una for Giovanna’s big spring sale! All of last season’s clothing has been marked to 60% off and a rack of previously marked down clothing is now 70% off. Sale jewelry is an additional 20% off. Perfume is 20% off. Una is located at 922 SE Ankeny St. MORE INFO.

♥ Sunday, March 15. 11AM-4PM. PORTLAND FLEA! Find amazing treasures from lots of new vendors and trusty faves. Plus, coffee and good food. Portland Flea is at Union/Pine at 525 SE Pine St. MORE INFO.

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♥ Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18. 7PM-9PM. TILLANDSIA MOUNTING WORKSHOP and KOKEDAMA BUILDING WORKSHOP! Come learn the craft of mounting air plants while using locally harvested materials on Tuesday and make a Kokedama moss ball from a tropical plant of your choosing on Wednesday. There will be wine and you will be surrounded by beautiful plants in an amazing space. Pistils Nursery is located at 3811 N. Mississippi Ave. MORE INFO + WORKSHOP RESERVATIONS.

♥ Wednesday, March 18. 3PM-7PM FREE DONUTS. Stop by the delicious frenzy at the new Blue Star Donuts location on NW 23rd and get a free donut (one per person) this coming Wednesday. Then the fourth location officially opens for regular business on Thursday, March 19 and they will be open 8AM-8PM or until sold out each day. The new Blue Star spot is located at 921 NW 23rd St. MORE INFO.

♥ Friday, March 20. 5PM-8PM. TOPAZ & TAROT! Pop by Woonwinkel for a dreamy launch party with local fragrance line Topaz. You will be treated to a fun evening full of beautiful scents, tarot readings, glitter tattoos, bubbly and treats. Woonwinkel is located at 935 SW Washington St. MORE INFO.

♥ Saturday, March 21. NOON-2PM. PORTLAND APOTHECARY POP UP. Stop by Pistils Nursery to pick up some spring essentials, remedies and biodynamic garden extracts. Pistils Nursery is located at 3811 N. Mississippi Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Sunday, March 22. 11AM-4PM. SPRING SECONDS SALE! An amazing bunch of local designers are selling their slightly imperfect wares for up to 70% off. Crazy. Come shop beautiful things made by Caravan Pacific, Bridge & Burn, Sara Barner, Studio Olivine, Barrow Jewelry, The Granite, Hank by Henry, R+R Ceramics, Revolution Design House, Studio ERG and Vitreluxe. The sale will be at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO.

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♥ Friday, March 27. 5PM-8PM. AMELIA’S 2ND ANNIVERSARY! The lovely little Alberta boutique, Amelia, owned by Amelia Blakeman is turning two. There will be drinks, treats, pretty dresses, sweet people and hopefully a cute dog or two. Make sure to check out the dreamy new brass hair adornments! Amelia is located at 2230 NE Alberta St. MORE INFO.

♥ Thursday, April 9. 6:30PM. BRIDGE & BURN SPRING LAUNCH PARTY! Come check out the new B&B Spring 2015 Collection from these lovely folks. There will be drinks, snacks, music, and possibly… the Blazers game if they can find a projector. I think going for the rad fashions, nice people and snacks is your best bet. Bridge & Burn is located at 1122 SW Morrison St. MORE INFO.

♥ Now thru April 30. 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 through the end of April. You may recall her sweet Time Wasting Experiment prints from a few years back. I love her new work and have my eye on about 5 of her beautiful works right now — SO GOOD. There will be a little opening party at the coffee shop in the evening on April 5, too. Ristretto Roasters is at 3808 N Williams MORE INFO.

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♥ 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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PHOTOS: The Yo Vintage! Spring Collection. Photography: Charise Ash Styling: Sarah Radcliffe + Colleen Cunningham Model: Madison Smukalla Location: Painted Hills, yo

BuyOlympia Giveaway!

YAY! Today I’m having a big BuyOlympia giveaway! TWO lucky people will each receive a $100 credit to spend in the online shop or in-person at the Portland brick and mortar. These fine folks are an indie institution and support a long roster of wonderful artists, illustrators, writers, designers and publications. I always end up completely happy and inspired when I fall down the shop’s rabbit hole of goodness. I’ve rounded up a bunch of my current faves below. If you’re in PDX, you can find all these goodies at the BuyOlympia storefront, Land, on N. Mississippi Ave. More HERE. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!! ♥

P.S. Get 10% off your BuyOlympia.com purchases with code: HONEY10 thru 3/21!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Holly Beach & Shola Lawson! They won the prizes!

TO ENTER:
1. Visit BuyOlympia and tell us your shop favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, “Like” both Honey Kennedy of Facebook and BuyOlympia on Facebook. Then leave a comment below. If you already like us — just let me know that, too!

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A SWEET DEAL: Get 10% off your BuyOlympia.com purchases with code: HONEY10 thru 3/21!

LAND IS THE PORTLAND BUYOLYMPIA FLAGSHIP STORE: If you’re in Portland, stop by Land in the Mississippi Arts neighborhood. This little gallery and shop houses all things BuyOlympia and has wonderful monthly art exhibits. Land is located at 3925 N Mississippi Ave. Hours: Daily from 10AM-6PM .

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

DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tues, March 17, at 11PM PST. The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the names on Friday, March 20.

➔ FOLLOW BUYOLYMPIA:
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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!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Margaret Baxter and Rose Hope! They won the prizes!

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:
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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