The Kinfolk Folks, Part Two


Hello again! Gail O’Hara, the managing editor at Kinfolk magazine, here again. This is part two of my mini profiles for the lovely team of individuals I work with at the magazine here in Portland. The first post (The Kinfolk Folks, Part One) featured those of us who are in the editorial and art departments and the people you’ll get to know a little bit about today are from more of the business and events side of the magazine and product line. Find what we do in our Kinfolk magazine, our online stories and films, our The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings book and new brand and product line, Ouur (see Jen’s recent feature about the collection). Thanks to Jen for having us and to everyone for reading!


What you do at Kinfolk: I always wear a number of hats, but lately I’m known as the Community Director (planning worldwide events) and I’m focusing on a new project. Best thing about the office: We function as a weird, loving little family within white walls, a rotating display of live and dried plant life and surrounded by piles and piles of magazines. 

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California strong>PDX neighborhood: Buckman What you want for breakfast every day: I can’t stop eating smoothies. Favorite dish to make: My favorite simple brunch dish to make is hearty toast slathered with honey goat cheese, some sort of sweet jam or compote and a poached egg on top. Not sure that’s considered a dish, but it works for me. What you like to bake: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies–my recipe is in The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings book. Fave PDX restaurants: Navarre and Sweedeedee Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): I’m notoriously bad at choosing favorites, but one artist who sticks out in my mind is Robert Rauschenberg. He always inspires. What you read: I always return to Annie Dillard, no matter how many times I’ve read her books. Your signature footwear: Most days it’s clogs of some variety, but I’ve been getting into a new pair of Supergas (Italian sneakers). They might be my new spring staple. Top shop: I’m always a sucker for Portland shops: Palace, Beam & Anchor and Lowell. When I’m home in Santa Barbara, it’s not a complete trip till I’ve made it to Pierre Lafond Upstairs. Top 5 albums: Nick Drake, “Pink Moon”; Loney Dear, “Loney Noir”; Iron & Wine, “Our Endless Numbered Days”; Mutual Benefit, “Love’s Crushing Diamond”; Efterklang, “Magic Chairs” A perfect summer day: Breakfast on the porch with a good book and coffee. Spend all day at the beach/river with pals, reading, snacking and dozing. Return home late in the day for a backyard barbecue. One adjective that describes you: Resourceful.


What you do at Kinfolk: Oh, lotsa stuff! Studio Manager. Best thing about the office: Green plants and white walls. The simple, clean space allows for a clear mind. Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon. Home of the Beavers and the best pizza in the state. PDX neighborhood: Clinton/Division. What you want for breakfast every day: Eggs from my chickens, toast and coffee. Your signature dish: We copied the breakfast rice bowl from Sqirl in LA and eat it at least once a week. What you like to bake: Julie’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, of course (find the recipe in The Kinfolk Table)! Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): I happen to be particularly fond of the contemporary painter Luc Fuller. What you read: Mainly garden books and art books. Your signature footwear: Rachel Comey Mars boots. They go with everything! I’ve worn my way through two pairs now. Top shop: Ace hardware. I go nuts in there (ha ha). One adjective that describes you: Simple.


What you do at Kinfolk: Service Manager Best thing about the office: My co-workers–they’re the best! It is the most beautiful office I’ve ever worked in, but it’s the people that make it great. Hometown: Columbus, Ohio. I’m a Buckeye born and bred and will always love Columbus. It’s a great city worth checking out! (HK editor’s note: I once ate a burrito as big as my head in Columbus–no joke! And the thrift shopping was epic.) PDX neighborhood: Brooklyn What you want for breakfast every day: What I want: Eggs over easy, thick-cut bacon, buttered toast, a glass of OJ and lots of coffee. What I eat: The same exact cold cereal every single weekday. Favorite dish to make: I really enjoying cooking meats of all variety, especially on the grill. What you like to bake: My wife, Laney, loves to bake and is so talented that it would be futile for me to interfere. I like to sit on the counter while she bakes. Fave PDX restaurants: Horse Brass Pub and Pine State Biscuits. Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): Ernest Hemingway or Nathaniel Hawthorne. What you read: I read East of Eden about every year. Otherwise, I stick to historical nonfiction–especially biographies. Top 5 albums: At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash, Into the Wild by Eddie Vedder, The Lion King soundtrack, Gettysburg soundtrack and any one of my many random high school era mixes. Your signature footwear: My great-grandpa’s moose-hide house slippers. Top shop: Every antique bookstore. A perfect summer day: On the coast, wake up early, stay up late, lots of good food, family and friends, and plenty of time outdoors. One adjective that describes you: Antiquarian


What you do at Kinfolk: Business Manager Best thing about the office: Inspirational Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon PDX neighborhood: NE What you want for breakfast every day: Baked grapefruit. Favorite dish to make: BBQ chicken What you like to bake: cookies Favorite photographer, designer, writer, artist (one or all): My sister-in-law, Kelly Searle is all of these and inspires me endlessly! What you read: I listen to podcasts mostly, and watch TED talks! Your signature footwear: Zara boots Top shop: Another Story One adjective that describes you: Resourceful


What you do at Kinfolk: Oversee all accounting. Best thing about the office: The people who work here. Hometown: Mission Viejo, California PDX neighborhood: Hollywood District – NE Portland What you want for breakfast every day: Eggs with avocado and toast. Favorite dish to make: White Bean Chili What you like to bake: Bread Favorite writer, artist, photographer, designer (one or all): Really enjoy photography by Leo Patrone, Laura Dart and Carissa Gallo. What you read: A variety of books from baby to business. Your signature footwear: Basic black flats. Top shop: Madewell One adjective that describes you: Effervescent (the edit team chose this word for her)


What you do at Kinfolk: Director of Business Operations Best thing about the office: The office potlucks. Hometown: Mission Viejo, California. PDX neighborhood: NE Portland What you want for breakfast every day: Bagel with cream cheese or an egg on toast with avocado. Favorite dish to make: Grilled cheese sandwiches. What you like to bake: Bread Favorite writer, artist, photographer, designer (one or all): Amanda Jones and the Gallo duo What you read: Monocle Your signature footwear: Depends on the day. Top shop: Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver, BC One adjective that describes you: Peculiar


Thanks Gail and the Kinfolk team! It was fun finding out a little bit about the people who make it all happen! Make sure to read The Kinfolk Folks, Part One.

PHOTO CREDITS: 1-5 & 8 are all by Gail O’Hara. 6 & 7 by Katie Searle-Williams.

Shop Visit: Half Pint

If you haven’t been to Portland’s Half Pint yet, now is the time to check them out! The shop recently moved to N. Mississippi Ave from their previous — and somewhat hidden — location on NE 30th & Killingsworth. I love their new light-filled space and rustic decor. Half Pint specializes in second hand leather goods including boots, belts and bags for women, men and children. Their styles range from vintage western to more urban looks with a little bit of everything in between. I love seeing the amazed reactions my friends have when visiting for the first time. It’s definitely your best bet for scoring awesome vintage leather footwear!






As if the selection alone weren’t great enough, prices tend to verge on ‘screaming deal’ making Half Pint feel almost too good to be true. Plus, the new new location is, conveniently, right by some of my favorite eateries including ¿Por Que No? and Miss Delta. Whether you live close by or make a special trip to visit, be sure to stop in this no-longer-hidden gem often to check for new stock! You can also see new arrivals on Instagram and Facebook.

Half Pint is open seven days a week from 11AM–6PM and is located at 3920 N Mississippi.‎


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

An Ode to Isabella


Happy Friday! I’m Sarai Mitnick from Colette Patterns and I’m guest posting for Jen today. This post was inspired by the Wardrobe Architect series I’m writing for my blog, all about defining personal style and buying (or making) clothing with more intention. Read more about the series here and you can also check out my Core Style pinboard.

I fell in love with Isabella Rossellini when I was 15.

I don’t know what it is that makes teen girls sometimes latch on to beautiful famous women, but I suspect we see a reflection of both who we want to be, and who we already are.


I don’t have the sort of face that gets a lot of comparisons to famous people, perhaps because most celebrity women tend to look alike. But there was something about Isabella’s dark eyes, angular features, and full lips that I could identify with, an idealized and more beautiful version of my own stormy Italian-Jewish features.


But it was something Isabella conveyed more than what she looked like. She has a grace and elegance that combines with something dark and intense. In many of her roles as an actress, particularly in David Lynch films, she is a little unhinged, a little weird. At the same time, she manages to convey strength and self-possession.


This is probably what appealed to me most of all as a young girl. The idea that one could be beautiful and just a little off, a little strange; and that, in fact, it is this unusual quality that makes her all the more compelling. You can’t take your eyes from a woman like that.


PHOTO CREDITS: 1. Photographed at the Cannes film festival in 1990 by Jean-Christian Bourcart 2. Photographed by Steven Meisel for Dolce & Gabbana, 1989 3. Photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe 4. Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, 1993 5. Photographed by Herb Ritts.

Some Things I Covet


Kelly from Design Crush here, filling in for just a minute while Jen takes a few days off. Every day I come across thousands of things online as I search out the best fits for Design Crush’s aesthetic. Not everything makes the cut, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it. So today I’m sharing ten things that I’m coveting like crazy!

1. I’ve been looking for lighter feeling pieces that will make the cold days and many layers of winter feel lightyears away. This delicate Small Honey Petals necklace from Freshie & Zero would be great with a sweet sundress or light tee.

2. Being all of 5’2″, pant lengths are forever the bane of my existence. A pair of Madewell’s Skinny Skinny Crop Jeans would most likely hit at just the right place on my ankle and be perfect with flats.

3. I’m a pouch-a-holic by definition, I just can’t own enough. And now I’ve got my eye set on this cheery Ikonik Makeup Bag by Darling Clementine – a great place to stash lip balms in my bag or pens in my office.

4. Poppy is such a happy color (my favorite) and coffee is the ritual I most look forward to each day. I’d say all signs point to adding this hand-thrown, oversized Open Spaces Mug at Terrain to my kitchen!

5. These ridiculous affordable, itty bitty Illustrated Bird Dishes from newly opened A Fabulous Fete: The Shop are so incredibly affordable that you’d better stock up for little gifts to give throughout the upcoming year.

6. Stainless steel Viv Wall Hooks from Grandiflora feature a light gold brushed finish and are so versatile. Hang a few in your entry for coats and bags, a few in the bath for towels, and a few in your bedroom for necklaces. Winwinwin!

7. Another versatile piece is this geometric Brass Triangle Stand by Ferm Living. Perfect for napkins, stationery, and about a dozen other things that need grouped and wrangled around the house.

8. Petrified and polished wood has never looked so good! A set of Stone Forest Coasters from Terrain are a one-of-a-kind conversation piece just waiting to be added to your coffee table setup.

9. A Mortar & Pestle from Food52 is an investment for your culinary prowess that will make all the difference. The beautifully carved marble just asks that you don’t hide it away in the cupboard when you’re through!

10. The prettiest gold plated Premium Julep Strainer from Cocktail Kingdom would be a nice addition to my bar collection. Welcome to Happy Hour!

Great Things

Hi guys, Kate from For Me, For You here. It’s been so long since I wrote a blog post with stuff that I decided to avoid a theme and just share some great things I’ve come across lately!

I’m an obsessive lipstick hoarder, and my favorites are always pencils/crayons, even though not many companies make them–until recently a few new ones have come along. I really want to try Bite’s new Matte Crème Lip Crayon as Bite makes clean beauty products that are actually bold and beautiful. But, truthfully, I’m on a major budget right now, so I’ll probably try the new Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm first!


Everything by Kindah Khalidy, but particularly this scarf. And the strawberry pouch! And and and…


The Made Up Words Project is a wonderful project by illustrator Rinee Shah. Do you have words someone in your family made up that were or are still used in your family’s lexicon that you may have not even known forever were not words the rest of the world used? Rinee is collecting and illustrating them all and they are hilarious to read through. My own contribution was “futsydutsy”, one of the many words my great grandmother used, which is used to describe a piece of lint.


I’m currently plowing through Cheryl Strayed’s amazing memoir, Wild, about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone in her 20s, so an outdoor adventure is top of mind right now. In this fantasy world in my head where I do something so brave and incredible I’m outfitted entirely by Westerlind. One can dream.


Lastly, I leave you with two great new songs. St Vincent’s “Prince Johnny” and Mirah’s “Oxen Hope”. Thanks for having me, Jen!