Friday!

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Well, this was another week was full of triggers and things that make you want to scream. I again want to send out love to everyone else out there feeling the weight of patriarchy trying to crush our spirits. Don’t stop the fight, don’t stop resisting, but DO take care of your mind and body and spirit. Take a break. Take a walk. Find a way to help empower and back the issues you find most important without putting yourself constantly in the maelstrom of hate. I need to take my own advice here, too. It’s hard when every impulse in your body is in fight or flight. It isn’t sustainable. Take the time to enjoy the moments and the season and your loved ones or you will run out of steam. I love you. You are valued. You are important. You are smart. You are strong. You are powerful. Take care of your wonderful self. xx Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

♥ Today I stand with Rose McGowan and other women and I am staying off Twitter.

♥ Take a moment to sign this petition to start dismantling Hollywood’s misogyny.

♥ I got these awesome Black History Flashcards — things they didn’t teach us in school.

♥ The Somna aromatherapy roll-on is so nice if you’re having trouble sleeping.

♥ And the Aurora roll-on is good when you need to perk up.

♥ This lovely face cream is an investment in dry sensitive skin, but it feels amazing.

♥ I’m so happy with this magical eye cream — the best I’ve ever used.

♥ This cotton dress for fall with tights and booties or high boots would be super cute.

♥ I might get this velvet dress, but would give it a straight hem. (40% off: HAPPY)

♥ I bought this boxy velvet top in both colors and I LOVE it. (40% off: HAPPY)

♥ Love this new easy fit batwing top that Rebecca designed.

♥ So cute! I’m feeling this batik grid print gaucho jumpsuit.

♥ I bought this velvet swing jacket in black and it’s really cute. (40% off: HAPPY)

♥ This tailored velvet jacket is a good closet staple to make an outfit more put together.

♥ I drank this season’s velvet kool-aid and I love this velvet bomber jacket.

♥ This cropped jacket is so cute. It reminds me of a perfect vintage one I had years ago.

♥ I love this boiled wool wrap coat in black and in moss.

♥ This swingy Italian wool coat looks super cozy for the chilly days ahead.

♥ So many pretty handmade bridle leather belts for such a good price! (20% off: FF20)

♥ I love these classic pjs in both navy and pink!

♥ If it has to be socks season, they should be cute socks like these.

♥ I’m becoming a little obsessed with the stunning Fragment Cuff Bracelet.

♥ This nudie lapel pin is so nice. (13% off: THIRTEEN)

♥ SO GOOD. Love these perfect hoop earrings.

♥ All these dreamy Turkish kilim pillows, please! (20% off: FFSALE17)

♥ I love the full moon vibes of this glowing globe table lamp.

♥ My friend Emily just released her Snow & Rose book! It’s so sweet and beautiful.

♥ I’m so in love with Kelsey’s clever and gorgeous What We See in the Stars book.

♥ I think we might all need a confetti cannon every day right now.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

♥ Get 20% off everything at Wild Poppy Goods with code FFSALE17 now thru 10/16.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Wood & Faulk with code FF20 now thru 10/15.

♥ Get 13% off everything at Project Object with code THIRTEEN thru 10/13.

♥ Get 13% off all the jewels at Upper Metal Class with code THIRTEEN thru 10/13.

♥ Get 30% off the Turquoise Thetis Ring by Rebecca Mir Grady w/ OCTOBERRING thru 10/31.

♥ Get free worldwide shipping on all Elizabeth Suzann orders. No code needed!

♥ Get free shipping at Tiro Tiro on all U.S. domestic orders.

♥ Get free U.S. shipping at Shop Boswell on orders of $100+

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PHOTOS: Audrey Hepburn on the set while filming Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Friday!

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Happy weekend, friends. This has been a tough week for a lot of reasons. On Tuesday evening, we lost a beloved family member in Minneapolis — our sweet niece Madeline. It’s hard to lose a loved one and it’s even harder when it is a young person with so much ahead of them. She passed peacefully and is no longer in pain or being poked and prodded — this is the only comfort. We’re looking forward to being with family soon, loving everyone up, and helping in any way we can. Have a wonderful weekend — see you next week! xoxo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

♥ I’d love to have this cropped linen jacket in about 5 of the colors available.

♥ Perfect. This oblong dotty silk cropped jacket can really go casual or dressy.

♥ I love this linen top and the “ashes of rose” color!

♥ This abstract linen top is adorable.

♥ I keep thinking about this linen top in the smoke color.

♥ Such a sweet linen cactus flower dress!

♥ YESSSSS…. this roses and strawberries summer dress is fantastic.

♥ I decided that I really need this linen dress in charcoal — works all year.

♥ A sweetheart summer floral dress that would be nice for summer parties and traveling.

♥ HELLLLOOOO… loving these dreamy brass link earrings!

♥ Very much feeling these pretty tortoise hoop earrings. (20% off: junehoney20)

♥ These big silver hoops are a good deal and elegant for summer.

♥ Annnnd… the big gold plated hoops are beautiful, too!

♥ This black leather tote bag is beautiful. Love the brass zipper!

♥ Those cute checkered slides are on mega sale now. (extra 50% off: beach50)

♥ These striped slides are so cute. Little fruity charms! (30% off: MOREPLEASE)

♥ I definitely want a pair of these gold ballet flats. (30% off: MOREPLEASE)

♥ Every bone in my body is really feeling this sentiment right now.

♥ Drooling over these light grey stonewashed linen pillowcases right now.

♥ So beautiful! Such an amazing gift for a chess lover and aesthete.

♥ Mint, please. These ceramic spoon rests keep our stove tidy when we’re getting saucy.

♥ YUM. I’m definitely making this tarragon soda recipe this summer.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

♥ Get up to 30% off on all these beautiful shoes — so bananas!

♥ Get 20% off everything at Beklina with code junehoney20 now thru 6/15.

♥ Get and extra 50% off of Beklina sale items with code beach50.

♥ Get 30% off the Wave Ring from Rebecca Mir Grady with code: JUNERING thru 6/30.

➔ I HEART PDX

FARM SHARE: Get $20 off your Helsing Junction Farms order with code: HONEY17

PHOTO: Anita Ekberg looking amazing in pink pedal pushers with flowers on the dash back in the day.

Friday!

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Hello! Happy almost weekend, friends. I hope you get to spend the weekend with loved ones and Happy Mother’s Day to those of you with kiddos. I have so many amazing ladies in my life who are helping to raise a wonderful generation and some who have already raised fantastic humans. I know there are many more of you out there. I’d also like to recognize that this isn’t the easiest holiday for a lot of women and men (hi! I’m with you!) for a lot of reasons. Some of us are childless not by choice and have been down very painful paths, some of us don’t have mothers or don’t have loving mothers, some have lost their mothers, some have to celebrate and mourn at the same time, some have lost their children… I see you and you’re all in my thoughts along with the amazing moms. It can be hard to be at the social media party for this one, so if you’re in this camp with me — I recommend avoiding social media portals this weekend and just be kind to yourself. Do things that make you happy, treat yourself to something special, and remember: You are not alone. xx Jen

A SWEET DEAL FOR MOTHER’S DAY!

♥ Get 20% off everything at OLO Fragrance with code: OLOMOM now thru 5/14/17. Get yourself over to OLO’s dreamy Portland flagship store at 1407 SE Belmont St!

♥ Get 20% off at Shop Boswell with code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY thru 5/16. PDX friends — stop by the Shop Boswell Anniversary Party + Sale this Saturday 5/13 at 729 SE Morrison St!!

♥ Get 20% off at Jane’s Vanity with code: 20FORMOM now thru 5/14/17.

♥ Get 25% off all clothing at Beklina with code: MAMALOVE25 now thru 5/16/17.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Uni with code: LADYLOVE now thru 5/14/17.

♥ Get 15% off regularly priced pretties at Annie Bukhman with FLOWERS15 thru 5/14/17.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Tiro Tiro Jewelry with code: SWEETPEA now thru 5/12/17.

♥ Get 30% off everything at Plante with PLANTELIFE thru 5/16/17. Free U.S. shipping always!

♥ Get 15% off everything at Vuela with code: SWEET15 now thru 5/15/17.

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♥ Get 20% off everything at Anna Joyce with code: MOMLOVE now thru 5/16/17.

♥ Get 20% off at Upper Metal Class with code: MOMSTHEWORD now thru 5/16/17. PLUS, UMC is donating 5% of their sales to Bradley Angle to help women in need. Stop by T’s amazing new Portland shop Project Object at 2502 NE Sandy Blvd!

♥ Get 10% off at Rebecca Mir Grady with code: SPRINGTIME10 now thru 5/14/17. PLUS, Rebecca will be donating 10% of sales to Planned Parenthood through Mother’s Day.

♥ Get 15% off everything at Betsy & Iya with code: BESTMOM now thru 5/13/17. If you’re in Portland stop by the Betsy & Iya shop at 2403 NW Thurman St.! *Valid online only. Discount may not be applied to previous purchases, custom orders, or the purchase of gift cards.

♥ Get 15% off everything at Flutter with code: MOMMY now thru 5/16/17! Plus, they have the Magic Hour Revolution candles for $20, and all the money goes to an organization that Brandie chooses monthly (ACLU, Standing Rock are past ones) and they also have amazing postcards of King the Flutter shop cat that are $1, and all the money goes to the Partnership for Safety and Justice. Portland peeps — get over to the brick and mortar at 3948 N Mississippi Ave!

♥ Get 20% off everything at Tilde with code: MOMLOVE now thru 5/10/17. Plus, free U.S. shipping on all orders $100+. Portland folks — make sure to stop by Tilde’s great shop in Sellwood at 7919 SE 13th Ave! Their annual Mother’s Day event is coming up!

♥ Get $10 off orders of $50 or more at Red Sail with code: THANKSMOM now thru 5/14/17! Portland peeps — stop by the Red Sail shop at 1723 NE Alberta St!

♥ Portland friends — get 10% off at Ink & Peat until Mother’s Day when you mention Honey Kennedy and make sure to stop by the shop on Friday, May 12 for the Ink & Peat Mother’s Day Shopping Event! Get 20% off everything and there will be some lovely treats and drinks. Ink & Peat is located at 3808 N. Williams Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Kiersten Crowley Jewelry with code: MOMLOVE now thru 5/14/17 — including sale items. Plus, free U.S. shipping always!

♥ Get 15% off everything at The Yo! Store with code: YOMAMA now thru 5/14/17. PLUS, Yo! offers free U.S. shipping! If you’re in Portland, stop by Yo! at 935 NW 19th Ave!

♥ Get FREE U.S. SHIPPING at Woonwinkel on orders $250 or more. Make sure to stop by their beautiful shop in downtown Portland at 935 SW Washington!

♥ Get free worldwide shipping at Seaworthy on all orders over $200!

♥ Get free worldwide shipping from Elizabeth Suzann with every order!

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PHOTOS: By Louise Dahl-Wolfe

My 2017 Intentions

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Happy New Year, friends. I’m back after taking a little time off to try to take care of my heart. We had to make the heartbreaking choice to put our dear dog, Zelda, to sleep before her increasingly complicated medical conditions pushed her into a painful and traumatic heart episode. She was there with me during the hardest times I’ve ever been through and she was the being that I spent the most time with over the past thirteen years. I knew it would be devastating, but I wasn’t prepared to face how much I truly needed her spirit, sweetness, and tactile, unconditional love. To be honest, I’m still feeling a bit lost in the woods right now.

This loss, combined with the rise of fascism and dementia in our country has created a perfect storm of sadness, anger, fear, love, and defiance in my belly. This makes my 2017 intentions based in digging my heels in, getting stronger physically and mentally, and trying to help hold up the people in this space, in my local community, and around me. It’s about building strength in mind, body, spirit, and character.

Please let me know what you think and I’d LOVE to hear your intentions, resolutions, and thoughts about 2017 and the current state of the world. You all inspire me so much. ♥

MY 2017 INTENTIONS…

Continue supporting and promoting independent businesses. In this space and in my every day life. I’m not going to lie, I’ve struggled a lot with my sense of purpose here since the election and inauguration. With so much tumult and the blatant crimes against humanity and our country happening right before our eyes, it’s been hard to jump into the fray and talk about fashion and lifestyle. The reality is that I am proud to have a space that celebrates independently owned businesses that are primarily owned and operated by women. After a lot of thought, I’ve come to the understanding that what I do here is important and maybe even more so now with corporations and billionaires riding our backs and being given even more tax breaks. I’m in this and I don’t want to stop talking about design, art, home, and the talented people creating it all. That said, I’m going to add in more talk about feelings, the resistance, charitable dollars, community events, and ways to help.

Make sure to spend time on self-care. Mantra: “You can’t fight in the resistance if you don’t take care of yourself.” When I’m overwhelmed by the world around me, I suck at basic personal care. I’ve learned through counseling that growing up without emotional support, respect, or validation at home makes me inherently more likely than others to drop taking care of myself when things get tough. I’ve also learned that one of the biggest triggers for me is gaslighting and the fight or flight anxiety that comes with recognizing it from a mile away. Survivors of malignant narcissist parents out there know what I’m talking about.

Help others spend time on self-care. Talking more about what I’m doing to create self-care rituals and routines might help others with their own personal care. Also, checking in with my friends to make sure they are remembering to do it too and seeing if I can help.

Take better care of my people. I want to participate even more in my community and stay more tuned in to the lives of my friends and family. Texting, calling, emailing, checking in, and making plans to hang out, meet, and march.

Get fit. Mantra: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” I want to lose some weight, get much stronger physically, become more agile, and take some self-defense classes.

Feed my brain. Read more books and articles that help prepare for what’s happening now and the years to come. I also love listening to audiobooks when driving. I don’t particularly want to be listening to the Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 audiobook right now, but I feel stronger when I’m more informed about history and what we’re up against, so I will. It has been widely reported for decades that our new president obsessively studies Hitler’s speeches and ascent (starting long before he ran for office) and the parallels are all there, unfortunately. I also just picked up A Train In Winter — An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance In Occupied France. I’m thinking about taking some language classes, too.

Learn about foster to adopt. I’d appreciate any advice. It’s an avenue to becoming a parent that I wasn’t open to in the past because of fear of more heartbreak, but I feel ready to pursue this and learn about the process. All help and insight in this matter is very welcome!

Get personal. I have some life experiences that could help other people not feel so alone and maybe help others understand where some feelings might come from. A few topics I’d like to talk about: Childlessness and feelings of alienation, surviving a narcissistic parent, gaslighting, fertility/infertility and the assumptions people make, what not to say to people who can’t have children, the intersectional feminist need for others to support and show up for people who can’t have children, friendship, and lots more.

Amplify and show up. I talked about this a bit after the election — read HERE. I want to help amplify the voices of people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and the fight against ableism. I want to continue to address my own ingrained privilege and show up to marches in my city to show support for the people who have struggles I don’t have to deal with because I am a white, middle class, heterosexual, cisgender lady. I will also continue to call out the subtle ingrained sexism of my well-meaning, liberal people around me. I feel like I can just do better at intersectional feminism.

Get my house in order. Enough with the nonsense. I want to purge, clean, and organize every corner of our home. I am an HSP that finds clutter, mess, unfinished projects, and excess chaotic and ultimately stifling for creativity, work, progress, and happiness. I want to be realistic and remove known obstacles to my own productivity. This includes some disaster supply preparedness, protecting important documents, and updating passports. Become a better planner!

Garden and go for long walks every day. These two things help me sort out my place in the world and provide so much relief and joy. Now I see that committing to doing them falls under self-care and self-love.

Make art. Picking up paints, pens, and pencils helps me light up parts of my brain that are clever and kind and spry.

Travel. We haven’t been on a trip in a really long time. Seeing new vistas helps recharge my spirit and strength. Go see friends near and far. And plan some romantic getaways.

Remember that I am loved by some truly wonderful people. Even if my mind tells me something different and even if it doesn’t include some of the people I wish it did. I’m working on it. ♥

PHOTO: Tallulah Bankhead. “Like her family, Bankhead was a Democrat, but broke with many Southerners by campaigning for Harry Truman’s reelection in 1948. She is credited with having helped Truman immeasurably by belittling his rival, New York’s Governor Thomas E. Dewey. After Truman was elected, Bankhead was invited to sit with the President during his inauguration. While viewing the inauguration parade, she booed the South Carolina float which carried then-Governor and segregationist Strom Thurmond, who had recently run against Truman on the Dixiecrat ticket. Tallulah hailed from the Brockman Bankheads, a prominent Alabama political family — her grandfather and uncle were U.S. Senators and her father served as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tallulah’s support of liberal causes such as civil rights broke with the tendency of the Southern Democrats to support a more conservative agenda and she often openly opposed her own family publicly.”

PDX Event: Women’s March on Portland

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I’ve been quiet for a little bit into this new year because of some hard personal losses and a need to recharge, but I’ll be back here next week. I’ll be back to doing what I do with some additional work here because I cannot be back to “business as usual”. I just wanted to pop in to make it clear that I will be part of the resistance and a voice that hopes to lift and empower and include. I also wanted to just give the details and support for the Women’s March on Washington: Portland for everyone to consider joining in.

WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON: PORTLAND
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 12PM to 4PM PST
Place: Tom McCall Waterfront Park
in SW downtown Portland, Oregon
Pre-Rally for Children & Families:
11AM to 11:45AM PST — more HERE.
SEE MARCH ROUTE BELOW

PLEASE NOTE: This is a fully inclusive event. All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a peaceful march where you can come as you are, bring signs, chant, and unify. Bring your intersectional feminism, voice of dissent, belief in ethics and the Constitution, and your hopes for our civil rights, for our civil liberties, and hopes for country and the world. Dress comfortably. Wear shoes you can walk for miles in. Bring water. Bring a snack. Be alert. Have a plan to and from. Hear the wonderful speakers at the rally and thank the march organizers! ♥ ♥ ♥

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BEAUTIFUL POSTER ABOVE: Poster by Liza Donovan, modified with permission by Lydia Hess. There is a high resolution download of this poster available HERE.