The weekend before Christmas, we stayed at The Nines hotel here in Portland. We felt run ragged after months of long, busy days and REALLY needed to decompress in a fun way before family showed up to stay with us over the holidays. We also needed to finish buying gifts for loved ones, so staying downtown was perfect. We booked a pet-friendly room for a few nights so we could bring Zelda to chill out with us–that girl loves a good hotel stay.
The staycation thing might seem strange to some, but we love it. Relaxing at home is wonderful, but when I have a laundry list of things I want to get done around the house–it can be hard to completely exhale. Plus, it’s nice to experience this city we love with a more leisurely pace and a tourist’s perspective. Oh and being pampered–that’s nice, too!
I arrived at the hotel earlier than my husband and I’m not going to lie–I got right down to the business of relaxing. Within about 30 minutes of arrival I’d had a hot shower, applied a face mask, had a mini bottle of bubbles cracked open, magazines stacked and was wedged deep in the cloud of soft white cotton bedding in a fluffy white robe. Total heaven.
We’d talked about going out for dinner somewhere downtown, but we ended up going to the hotel restaurant, Urban Farmer, for some yummy small happy hour dishes and drinks. Later, we ordered a light dinner and some not so light, amazing desserts from room service. I love room service–especially when the restaurant is fantastic. You push a button and someone delivers you a lovely pot of tea and housemade honeycrisp apple donuts with rosemary ice cream to you? Oh, yeah–that’s the best.
Breakfast was wonderful, too. We had dreamy vanilla yogurt panna cotta and a cast-iron dish of beautiful steel cut oats delivered in the morning. Jim, my husband, had to go into the office for a half day, so I had some more lady luxury time with a bottle of bubbly that I’d brought from home (you can order bottles from room service–I was just saving a little money with BYOC), gave myself a glittery gold polish manicure and watched a couple movies. It was a super relaxing day.
When Jim got back from work we went out Christmas shopping and just leisurely stopped for coffee and roamed around downtown. We ended up having dinner at Boxer Ramen–a newer Portland restaurant that we’d been wanting to check out. The food was so good and our friend did the murals and signage in the restaurant, so it was sweet to finally see all the work she’d been doing in person. If you go, make sure to get a couple of the mochi ice creams–I had pistachio and coconut and they were perfect.
A friend clued us in that they have delicious cannelés at Courier Coffee, so Jim snuck out early in the morning and got us a few to enjoy with the coffee he procured. SOOOO GOOOOD. If you’re down around 10th and SW Oak, you should pop in and nab one… or twelve.
We did a bit more holiday shopping, read in bed and took naps throughout the day to recharge from all the intense relaxing. I love camping out in bed. The room was so comfy and the employees were all very sweet and accommodating. Zelda even got a lot of attention from everyone when we’d take her out for walks–we were all treated really well.
This staycation at The Nines was really fun–I’d love to do it again. It would be nice to stay in one of rooms with a more open view at the front of the hotel next time. We had a nice time in our sweet
pillow fort retreat hotel room. We had a lot to do when we got home, but we were in a far better state of mind. More about The Nines hotel–HERE.
IMAGES ABOVE: Some snaps from our December stay at The Nines in downtown Portland. 1. Pretty much the state of the bed the whole time. 2. Getting my face mask and polish ready. 3. Yummy oatmeal from Urban Farmer. 4. The kit for a proper chill out. 5. Zelda catching some Zzzzzs. 6. Cannelés at Courier Coffee. 7. The view from our room.
My friend, Eden Batki, is making the yummy new Eden’s Savory SAP organic herbal syrups. I’ve been sipping on her Turmeric Almond Rose mixed with lemon mineral water for the last few weeks and it’s SO GOOD and not too sweet. You can pour her 13 syrups over ice cream, put them in cocktails, drizzle on fruit salads, mix into frosting and baked goods–and about a zillion other ideas. I’ve got my eye on Espresso Tears, Espresso Cardamom Cocoa, Orange Shiso and I’d love to try a fun Mystery concoction. I’m also looking forward to Earl Grey Rose (!!!) and Thyme Grapefruit once they’re available online. More HERE.
Hello! OK, so the list this week is pretty massive and this coming weekend is where it gets wild. SO MUCH FUN STUFF GOING ON! You’re going to have to map it all out as you see fit because it’s all fantastic. You should also stop by the unequivocally dreamy cafe, Din Din. I had tea and cake this week with my friend, Heather, and it was delicious, adorable and cozy. Here are some photos I snapped–I can’t wait to go back. Have a good time out there! xo Jen
UPDATE: Most events for this weekend are now postponed. Make sure to check that events are still happening this weekend now that we’ve had so much snowfall!
➔ I HEART PDX
♡ Starting today, Thursday, February 6, Stars Antiques Malls in Westmoreland will be having big sales from 4 dealers–up to 20% OFF vintage treasures for one day only. Check the Stars Facebook Page for more info about discounts and dealers. Stars has 3 shops on Milwaukie–the first shop is at 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ Now through Friday, February 14, Demimonde will be having their sweet Valentine’s Day Jewelry Sale! Stop by for big deals: Demimonde Jewelry 15% OFF, vintage jewelry 20% OFF and designer jewelry 20–30% OFF. Demimonde is at 2428 NE Broadway. MORE HERE.
♡ This Friday, Feb 7, stop by Grayling for the Grayling Jewelry Spring Launch Party. Get your hands on the new spring collection while sipping bubbly and nibbling chocolates. Purchases made that evening will enter you in a Grayling giveaway, too. Party goes from 5PM—8PM at Grayling 3115 NE Sandy #120. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8 (10AM–7PM) and Sunday, February 9 (11AM–5PM), Bridge & Burn will be having their big End of the Season Sale to clear space for their new Spring 2014 inventory! Fall stock will be marked way down–with discounts up to 60% off. Bridge & Burn is at 1122 SW Morrison St. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, February 8, Eve in Eden will be hosting a trunk show with gowns from the Sunjin Lee Bridal Collection and new jewels from Nichole McIver from Acanthus Jewelry. The ladies always have bubbly at hand, of course. And there are so many beautiful things in the shop right now. It stars at noon and Eve in Eden is located at 221 NW 11th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, stop by the huge PDX Collective Sale! There are 11 local boutiques participating this year: Shop Adorn, Folly, Radish Underground, Mabel & Zora, Solestruck, Physical Element, Tumbleweed, Zella Shoes, EcoVibe Apparel and Parts+Labour. You’ll find past season merchandise at clearance prices and even some new season items discounted! Saturday 2/8 from 10AM–5PM and Sunday 2/9 from 11AM–5PM at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel at 1022 SW Stark St. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8, Winn Perry & Co. will be celebrating the grand opening of their new space downtown. Drinks will be flowing and records will be spinning from 7PM-9PM. Swing by, grab a drink, and say, “Hi.” Winn Perry & Co. is at 209 SW 9th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8 (10AM–6PM) and Sunday, February 9 (12PM–5PM), Tilde is having their big annual Valentine’s Super Sweet Sale! In Sellwood shop AND online–everything in the shop will be 15% OFF. Whether you have a honey or not–this is a wonderful sale. Get yourself (or loved ones) something special. Tilde is at 7919 SE 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, the amazing shops on Mississippi Ave are having the fun Small Shops, Big Hearts event! Shop around to see what’s new with these lovely shops and find gifts for those special someones (which could be you–because, again, you are SUPER special ♥) before Valentine’s Day. There will be specials, bubbly, trunk shows, tarot card readings and more all along Mississippi Ave. from 10AM–7PM. MORE INFO.
♡ This Sunday, February 9, come to the Ay Marieke Valentine’s Day Jewelry Trunk Show at Pistils Nursery. Sip wine and check out latest Ay Marieke jewelry by Marika Emerson crafted just for this show. You can find something special for your special someones (YOU are super special!). Plus, Pistils is offering a free airplant with your purchase of $25 or more. Stop by from 12:30PM–4:30PM. Pistils Nursery is at 3811 N. Mississippi. MORE INFO.
♡ On Sundays, Flutter is bringing back their Flutter Sunday Tarot Readings each week now through April. Come by Sunday afternoons for a tarot reading–prices are sliding scale and Flutter sells lovely tarot decks if you’re looking to buy one. Sundays 1PM–4PM at Flutter 3948 N. Mississippi. MORE INFO. (PLUS, there’s a big furniture clearance sale right now!)
♡ On Tuesday, February 11, come out for Unmentionable: A Lingerie Exposition. The runway show includes: Lille Boutique, Make It Good, Rachel Rector, Urchin, Sarah Bibb for Folly, Thunderpants, Mag-Big, Allihalla and Iron Oxide. Plus pretty things for sale from Betsy and Iya, Imaginary Authors Perfume, Make It Good, Mag-Big, Amy Vance Soy Candles, Iron Oxide, Allihalla, Thunderpants and more! Doors at 7PM. Show at 8PM. $10 advanced or $12 at door. 21+. At Doug Fir Lounge 830 E. Burnside. MORE INFO + TICKETS HERE.
♡ On Tuesday, February 11, Cacao will be hosting their Cooking with Chocolate tasting event from 4PM–7PM. You’ll be able to sampling some of Cacao’s best chocolate for cooking and baking. They’ll also be having other tastings each Tuesday through February where you’ll be able to sample award winning chocolate. Cacao is at 414 SW 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ On Thursday, February 13, Land Gallery will be hosting the group show Love For Sale: Valentines Influenced by Talking Heads. Kate Bingaman-Burt, Frank Chimero and Will Bryant have organized an amazing show with a lineup of 40 artists who created pieces based on the love songs by Talking Heads. The opening reception is Thursday, February 13th from 6PM-9PM and the show will be up February 13 through March 9, 2014. Land Gallery is at 3925 N. Mississippi. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, February 15, come to The Makery Spring Seconds Sale from 11AM–4PM at the Ace Hotel Cleaners space! The Spring Seconds Sale features finely crafted ceramics, paper goods, clothing, accessories, textiles and lighting from Caravan Pacific, Studio Olivine, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Nell & Mary, Make it Good, Sara Barner, Bridge & Burn, Mazama, Mag-Big and JuJu Papers–all at greatly reduced prices. Throughout the year, these Portland makers amass irregular, out-dated or slightly defective pieces in need a good home. It’s fantastic! The Cleaners is at 1022 SW Stark St. MORE INFO.
♡ On Friday, February 21, come see the REIF Spring/Summer 2014 Presentation and Launch Party at The Bindery. Lindsey promise that she will be “channeling some major Kate Moss/90s Calvin Klein vibes with a versatile and wearable collection of separates and dresses” and that it will be a night of fashion, a with a few twists from your favorite 90s love affairs. Plus jewelry by Aoko Su and shoes from Solestruck. The Bindery is 3115 NE Sandy. Show goes from 6:30PM–9:30PM. TICKET INFO.
♡ On Wednesday, February 26, the Fade to Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event takes place at The Crystal Ballroom. Fade to Light showcases the work of both established and emerging designers within the Portland fashion community, including Project Runway winners and alums and graduates from The Art Institute of Portland and Portland Sewing’s Fashion Forward Program. These designers not only design their collections in Portland, they also do almost all of their manufacturing in Portland and the manufacturing is done ethically and sustainably. New collections will be shown by Adelheid Bergin, Bad Wolf Clothier, Bryce Black. Emit. Garnish. Clair Vintage Inspired, Carolyn Hart, Hubris Apparel, Michelle Lesniak, Poema, SKPDX, Taruc, Wandering Muse and WWJJD. Doors at 7PM. Show at 8PM. All ages. Crystal Ballroom is located at 1332 W. Burnside. BUY TICKETS + MORE INFO.
♡ I’m excited about the upcoming FOREVER BURT movie screenings celebrating the work of actor, Burt Lancaster, at NW Film Center. The series runs Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 30. Sweet Smell of Success, Trapeze, The Killers, Birdman of Alcatraz and a lot more amazing flicks! Whitsell Auditorium is at 1219 SW Park Ave. MORE INFO.
PHOTOS ABOVE: Cute restaurant, Din Din, in Portland, Oregon. Photos by Jen McCabe.
I love these sweet Salt & Straw ice cream lookbook photos for the Portland company’s upcoming flavors for late spring and summer. I’m most excited to try ‘rhubarb, saffron and Champagne’ and ‘black raspberry cucumber, strawberry lime cheesecake’–YUM. There are so many locations now that you’d think ice cream was falling from the sky, but not so! In summer, it’s best to go at weird times of the day to avoid lines–we may or may not go for an ice cream appetizer before dinner. The ladies below did a beautiful job with this lookbook!
Happy Friday, you guys. I’m thinking about reading in bed for hours with pots of Earl Grey and also driving off on an adventure to see some pretty sights. With bummer trips to the dentist and the veterinarian–this week has been draining. I need to shake it off and find some cheer. Maybe in a cup? I hope your weekend is lovely and very, very cheery. xo Jen
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
If you missed it earlier this week–I’m having a sweet lingerie giveaway!
Annnnnd… a very dreamy fragrance giveaway.
My friend, Chelsea, has some lovely floral workshops coming up.
Speaking of plants and flowers–this copper watering can is so pretty!
I love this sweet coral pink day planner.
I’m still in love with my fancy rose gold headphones. Amazing sound!
Let’s rest our eyes in pink silk. OK? OK.
And a nice pink silk neck pillow filled with lavender and flaxseed. Zzzzzzz…
I can’t stop daydreaming about this amazing canopy bed.
This handmade wallpaper project looks so good!
I’m a little in love with this beautiful tea kettle.
Ummm… truffle honey? Yes, please.
I keep flipping through this beautiful baking book at the shops.
SOME SWEET DEALS:
Today is the LAST DAY to buy these starry hair adornments. (Use 30% off code: STARBURST)
Get 15% off regularly priced merchandise at Lille Boutique with code: HONEYVDAY15 now thru 2/8/13. Plus, U.S. domestic shipping is included for orders of $150+!
Get 15% off orders at Imaginery Authors with code: IAHONEY now thru 2/8/13.
IMAGE ABOVE: Alexandra Danilova as the Young Girl and Leon Woizikovski as the First Sailor in the ballet, Les Matelots (The Sailors), 1926.