HAPPY FRIDAY, friends! I hope you have a lovely one! I’m REALLY looking forward to relaxing with fancy cocktails and really good spaghetti tonight. It’s supposed to rain all weekend and next week, so I probably won’t get to everything I want to do in the garden. Oh, well. I’m still fighting the tail end of the stupid cold I got 2 weeks ago, so maybe some lazy home time should be in the cards anyways. Is anyone else watching Outlander? I’m so into it and need to catch up from the past few weeks. Maybe a perfect weekend for it. xo Jen
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♥ A very sweet linen Bardot ruffle dress.
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♥ This silk striped shirt is so dreamy and versatile for summer.
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♥ SO MANY CUTE SWIMSUITS! Love all the high-waisted bottoms. (25% off: SUMMER)
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♥ I love these perfect bags with wrist straps for parties, shows or out for cocktails.
♥ This half moon crossbody bag is such a nice size and color.
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A few weeks ago, I stopped by the sweet studio space of wonderful Portland jewelry designer, T Ngu of Upper Metal Class. I’ve been a big fan of T’s work almost since the inception of the label, so over the years it has been lovely to get to know her, her stories, interests and, now, her dreamy workspace. T’s studio is bright, inviting, and full of plants trained by her momma to scale great heights. She works in a tidy environment with an inspiring work ethic, great focus, and discipline. The scale of most of her designs is so small, it’s no wonder why she stays so organized!
Some of my current Upper Metal Class faves are the Linnear Square Studs, the Serpent Necklace, the Serpent Earrings, the Smile Now Cry Later Emoticon Earrings, the Moon Eclipse Earrings, the Diamond Horseshoe Necklace, the Large Arc Necklace, the Presence Cuff Bracelet, and all the new jewelry holders. More HERE and follow @uppermetalclass on Instagram — so many stunning travel photos are happening right now!
NOW FOR MORE STUDIO PICS + A FUN INTERVIEW WITH T NGU…
Describe your line in three words.
Minimal. Subtle. Effortless.
Where do some of your biggest design inspirations come from?
Architecture is one of my main inspirations. I love all styles from Mid-century modern, Art Deco, Gothic, and Victorian — just to name a few. I just love the use of line, form, workmanship, and design on such a large scale.
When did you start Upper Metal Class?
I started Upper Metal Class in 2010 when I was between careers deciding whether to pursue a job behind the scenes in commercials and film production or as a wardrobe stylist. I ended up taking a few jewelry classes for fun so that I could make pieces that I wanted to wear with no intentions of making it into anything more than my personal collection. I made pieces that had an effortless style with subtle design details understood by people who love understated minimalism. Soon after, I started to receive jewelry requests from friends, family, and even people I didn’t know! They all wanted the same things. I realized there seemed to be a demand for the jewelry I loved making, so I started a small online shop and from there it just took off.
What would you say your focus or specialty is?
My main specialty is creating wearable minimalist pieces for daily wear. I make jewelry and holders that are versatile, effortless, and work for just about any style. When I first started, the very first piece I ever created was a pair of stud earrings and, as my number one seller, studs have remained my specialty. I’ve ventured into making necklaces, rings, bracelets, and jewelry holders which have all been so much fun.
What does a good, productive day look like for you?
The day starts off with a run in the morning to wake up and get the blood flowing. Then I head to the studio, check and answer all emails, get paperwork done, plan out the day, prepare for orders to be filled, finish and pack jewelry, ship them and get home at a decent time. That is pretty much a typical day, but rarely goes in the order planned because there’s always extra things that are added. Custom orders, designing new collections, coordinating/planning photoshoots, preparing for shows/events and so much more are always in the mix to coordinate.
What is your favorite thing that you’ve ever designed?
One of my favorite designs is not really the most popular, but it holds a great part of my heart. About a year after I started, I made a necklace that I initially called the “Concrete Necklace” — because it looked like a little chunk of concrete — I received an email from someone who wrote me a very touching email telling me the story about her life and how that necklace has meant so much to her. After hearing Niki’s story of her family of holocaust survivors, passion for helping chronically-ill teens, her own genetically-inherited health issues, how important the Concrete Necklace had become to her, and her truly inspiring outlook, we renamed it the “Niki Necklace“. All profits from the Niki Necklace go to Life Center Northwest to raise awareness about the need to register as an organ donor to help save lives.
Any personal favorite pieces that you’ve been working on?
This is a tough one! Lately, my very favorite pieces have been a few custom orders I’ve been having fun working on. There’s so much connection between a person’s story and what I am creating for them that it makes it all the more special to me. I am currently creating these sweet cuff bracelets that are simple yet have a nice clean form perfect for personalizing with the added touch of engraving. I’m making these for someone who wants to give one to her mother, her sister, and herself. The hand-engraving will be of their individual names in handwriting taken from their beloved late grandmothers old letters!
What is the #1 most awesome thing about owning your business?
To be able to be as creative as I want to be in all aspects of business!
Anything new coming up that we should know about?
I’m working on a new collection that I’m very excited about, but I don’t like to talk much about it since part of the process ends up changing or evolving into something else. One of my favorite new pieces will have an option to add personalized engraving in either cursive or block letters. I’ve found that people are always looking for an added sweet touch to give as gifts for their loved ones and I am so happy that this will be the perfect thing for it.
What are your favorite places to shop and eat in Portland?
That’s so very hard to say because, as everyone knows, there are so many amazing shops and restaurants in Portland!! The first ones that come to mind that I love are Betsy & Iya and Red Sail. For on the go and a quick lunch, I heart Ole! Ole! for Mexican food because it’s fast, cheap and so very good! And Nicholas for their Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. I love their fresh housemade pita (best I’ve had) and awesome platters.
On your own for dinner — what do you make for yourself?
I normally make a large salad and when I say “large”, it’s the size you would share with a family, but all to myself. I mix in romaine, herb spring mix and spinach with black beans, bell peppers and my own “dressing” (1 full avocado with a little bit of Braggs and smashed like you’re making guacamole) mixed in. I top it all off with a sliced Fuji apple. Sometimes I add stir fried veggies. I also have a quesadilla with a little bit of black beans and soy cheese, since I don’t do well with dairy cheese. I like to sit on my bed and enjoy my food while I watch a few shows, like Broad City, Girls (which I’m sad is over now) or a movie.
What are your current obsessions?
I’m obsessed with running. I love it because I get to be outdoors and it frees me from my thoughts almost like it puts me in a meditative space. I only started truly running last year. I would hear about people running marathons and for some reason it never crossed my mind that I could do it, but something happened and I figured why not try! So I signed myself up to run with a group to train and worked my way up from running a 5k, 10k, half marathon and then a full marathon. I eventually got into running on trails which I love since it’s a totally beautiful experience with being in nature and the woods. I stuck with my plan and ended up doing more half marathons and full marathons on my own on trails through cold, rain and some sometimes snow during the 6 months of training. I completed my first 50 mile race on April 2. It was tough but I did it in 13 hours and 29 mins and I plan to do it all over again. So, yes, I’m obsessed! I’m obsessed with nature, being fit, staying healthy, and meditating. It all keeps me in tune with myself during times when I feel all over the place.
What are you currently reading and watching?
I’ve been watching the Netflix show Chelsea Does — it’s really funny and interesting. I never really watched her talk show, but stumbled upon this show and actually really like how she brings out comedy and explores different subjects like marriage, drugs, race etc. As far as books go, I’ve been reading Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. She’s super funny about her life growing up, being a woman and a minority.
Who are your personal style icons?
I love Audrey Hepburn for her classic, feminine, tomboy style. Her style can be minimal, understated and at the same time she can be bold while maintaining a very polished and feminine look. She represents the kind of woman who is strong, independent and she is giving in all ways, especially in philanthropy.
What 5 records would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
That’s a hard question, Jen!! Here are my picks: Transatlanticsim by Death Cab For Cutie, Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Dusk and Summer by Dashboard Confessional, Deloused in the Comatorium by Mars Volta, and Let’s Stay Together by Al Green.
#1 dream vacation?
To do a trip around the world for a whole year!
How do you relax and unwind?
I like eating snacks in bed with a good movie.
#1 pet peeve?
We don’t wear shoes in the house unless they are house slippers so it drives me crazy when I have my shoes on and I’m out the door when I realize that I forgot something because it means that I have to take my shoes off and put them on again.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To fly without any limits! How awesome would it be to be able to fly anywhere in the world?? What a dream!
What are your hopes for 2016?
I tend to like to feel like I always have control of my life and situations, but I realize things are just going to happen the way they do. The only thing I can control is how I react to them. My hope is that I can be more aware of that so I can appreciate and be more present in my own life.
I love the new TOAST summer collections. Every single shot from the lookbook makes me long for some (currently out of reach) languid summer days spent lounging somewhere far away removed from daily routines and responsibilities. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Sigh. My favorites right now are the Ikat Check Apron Dress, the Striped Linen Pinafore Dress, the Duck Egg Linen Cross Back Dress, the Chandini Print Robe, the Grey Embroidered Pleated Skirt, the Striped High Waisted Bikini Bottoms and Top, and the Wide Brimmed Straw Hats. I’m also cuckoo for Toast’s Bed Linens and Tablewares! More HERE.
Images courtesy of TOAST.
Hello! Happy Friday! This week was a bit light for posting because I got taken down by a bad cold and, when not coughing my face off, I have been involuntarily sleeping it off because of heavy cold meds. It’s still got me in its clutches, but I’ve got a good friend coming to town today for a fun weekend getaway and I’m determined to do just that! Imma drown it with gin. Surely, a stellar idea. Maybe not, but I’m sick of being sick. Have a good weekend! Fun posts in the works for next week! xo Jen
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♥ This dress is pretty sweet as a summer coverup. (extra 20% off: sale20sale)
♥ Such a gorgeous skirt! Perfect for summer and with tights for fall.
♥ These light linen sweaters are so nice on chilly summer eves. ($25 off + free U.S. ship: knowyoursource)
♥ I want these earrings so badly. SO GOOD.
♥ Just a simple, stunning necklace. Both colors are dreamy!
♥ Wow. I’d love to drink my morning coffee out of this beautiful mug.
♥ Ummmm… brass and copper bowls with marble lids? Yes, please.
♥ Oooohhh… these rugs are amazing!
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Hellloooo! Here is my fantastically wonderful list of deliriously awesome things happening around Portland today and for a few weeks to come. There are lots of Mother’s Day sales, of course, and some really AMAZING trunk shows, openings, super good workshops, that rad giveaway below, yummy food, and fun gatherings. Have fun out there running through the streets! Don’t forget to smell a rose or two. xo Jen
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♥ SHOP GIVEAWAY: Make sure to enter my $300 Bridge & Burn shopping spree! SO GOOD.
♥ Thursday, May 5. 6PM to 9PM. Come to Backtalk for a trunk show trio and amazing night of design with Leah Ball (ceramics, jewelry, art, graphic design, Chicago), Cities in Dust (rad jewelry, Los Angeles) and Lauren Winter (beautiful clothing made in Portland). There will also be drinks to sip while you take in all the wonderful things! Backtalk is located at 421 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, May 5 thru Sunday, May 8. It’s the big yearly Mom’s Day Sale at Tilde! Get a rare 20% off everything in Debbe’s shop. Jewels (Betsy & Iya, Kiersten Crowley, Demimonde & more), watches, hair accessories, bags, wallets, ceramics, tea towels, candles, cards, and everything in-between. For online shoppers, use the code: MOMSDAY at checkout for your 20% discount and there is always free U.S. shipping for orders of $100+. Tilde is located at 7919 SE 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, May 5. 7PM to 9PM. Join The Bitter Housewife Bitters at Carter & Rose for a fun Cocktail Class! You’ll learn how to use some simple ingredients like bitters, syrups, and seasonal ingredients to create perfect cocktails to swill with friends this spring and summer. Carter & Rose is located at 3601 SE Division St. MORE INFO + REGISTRATION.
♥ Thursday, May 5. 6PM to 9PM. Stop by Vintalier for a fun QUIN CANDY x VINTALIER event as Quin Candy helps Ellen launch her lineup of summer vendors every first Thursday of the month. Vintalier is located at 412 NW 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, May 6. 5PM to 8PM. Get over to N. Williams for a fun Mother’s Day Shopping Event with Ink & Peat, Myoptic, Queen Bee, Workshop Vintage, Yoga Shala and Barre 3. Get 20% off all these wonderful spots AND treats and festive drinks. Get yourself and your mom and your friends some wonderful things. All within the 3800 to 4000 blocks of N. Williams. Ink & Peat is located at 3808 N. Williams Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, May 7. 12PM to 2PM. Grab a pal and get over to Le Souk Le Souk for a big sale and the Neeru Kumar Trunk Show. Shop handwoven accessories and apparel by Neeru Kumar and get 20% off the entire shop. You can also preorder fall 2016 pieces and get discounts on spring styles. Le Souk Le Souk is located at 820 NW 23rd Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, May 7. 4PM to 6PM. Stop by Stumptown Coffee on Division to see the amazing sculptures by local artist, shop owner (SIX/SEVEN) and designer (BOET), Emily Bixler! There’s something really moving about her pieces. Her opening reception is this Saturday and there will be yummy bites and libations from Field Day for the celebration. Stop by the Division Stumptown location to see her stunning sculptures through June 8. Stumptown is located at 4525 SE Division St. MORE INFO.
♥ Now thru Sunday, May 8. Stop and shop on Mississippi Ave at Flutter, Emerald Petals or Black Wagon and you’ll receive 10% off at the other two neighboring shops. Flowers, fragrances, jewelry, fun gifts, stuff for the kiddos, nice baby stuff for moms… Flutter is located at 3948 N Mississippi Ave.
♥ Now thru Monday, May 9.. Join Nationale for their fun May Day Sale! Items from home and beauty, including MCMC fragrances, GRAIN design, Iacoli & McAllister, papier d’Armenie, and select art books will be greatly discounted (up to 40% off). Sale items will also include other beauty lines (Jao & Nuxe), select magazines (Tunica & Lapham’s), small press, and one-offs from local makers (Liam Drain, The Granite, Fredrik Averin). For the budding art collector, the sale extends to the backroom gallery with 10% off artworks from past shows — the perfect time to start or add to your collection! Nationale is located at 3360 SE Division St. MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, May 12. 6PM to 10PM. Stop by the Gild Shoes Grand Opening Party! There will be great shoes, gold manicures and gold eye makeup applications, giveaways of Gild shoes, OTB, Musse & Cloud, jewels from Baleen and Son of a Sailor, and gift cards to Gild. Plus, drinks and food. Gild is located at 3370 SE Division St. MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, May 12. Get a free Arcona facial at Odessa next Thursday! Just email Susan to schedule an appointment and get in on a lovely 30 minute facial and skin consultation. Plus, there will be a gift with purchase. Odessa is located at 410 SW 13th Ave. Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
♥ Friday, May 13. 6PM to 9PM. Come to the Shop Boswell shop opening! There will be Brookes’ hats, her new shop full of other wonderful things, a pop-up with The Palatines Shoes and Demetria Chappo, in-store discounts, and refreshments! Plus, enjoy open design studios with Brookes Boswell, BLTN Jewelry, and REIFhaus. Shop Boswell is located at 729 SE Morrison St. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, May 13. 6PM to 8PM. YAY! It’s the Food with Friends Cookbook Celebration Party with sweet author Leela Cyd at Schoolhouse Electric. Meet the author, get a signed copy of Foods with Friends while enjoying yummy food and drinks from Portland’s Kachka. Plus, you can make and take home your own custom tea blend and get 15% off Schoolhouse Electric goods. Schoolhouse Electric is located at 2181 NW Nicolai St. Limited spaces available! $25 RSVP by May 11 + Reserve Your Spot.
♥ Now thru fall. There are lots of wonderful workshops coming up at Wildcraft Studio School! I particularly like the sounds of the Medicine of the Wild Rose class, the Wildflower Hike & Draw, the Beginning Weaving classes and the Fabric Marbling. Wildcraft Studio School holds their classes in Portland and White Salmon. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. 12PM to 5PM. AMAZING SHOES ALERT! Shuffle your feet down to Beam & Anchor for the fun Sabah Shoes Pop-Up Shop! There will be comfy, beautiful Sabahs, live bluegrass, treats and good wine. Beam & Anchor is located at 2710 N. Interstate Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Tuesday, May 24. 7:30PM seating. DESSERT FOR DINNER!!! Yum. The pastry chef at Beast, Lauren Breneman, is putting together an amazing six course dinner with wine pairings and coffee. The menu sounds phenomenal and it’s a beautiful evening of being a very grown up kid. As it is Beast, note that 2 of the courses have something meaty involved. Beast is located at 5425 NE 30th Ave. RESERVATIONS + MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, May 26. 5PM to 8PM. YAY! Flutter has been on Mississippi Ave for 10 years! TEN! A DECADE! Come celebrate the Flutter 10 Year Anniversary Party with Cristin and Sara because they are throwing themselves a big party. There will be prizes, giveaways, champagne punch, the awesome Strange Babes will DJ, and there are some surprises. Help them cut a rug as they move into year eleven! Flutter is located at 3948 N. Mississippi Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Sunday, June 5. 11AM to 6PM. Come out for the fun at the Sundaze Collective Pop Up! The first Sunday of each month, a wonderful group of Portland designers and shop owners gets together at Ace Hotel Portland’s The Cleaners space for a wonderful group sale of new and vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares, ceramics, letterpress, apothecary, accessories and more. The super awesome 16 June 5th participants: BLTN Jewelry, North of West, Ashley Hardy Ceramics, Minoux Jewelry, Kate Towers, Nahanni Arntzen, Work/Shop, The Sum, BOET, REIFhaus, Continuall Vintage, Hank by Henry, MONOM, Alexa Stark, Taiga Press, and Yo Vintage!. The Cleaners is located at 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO + @sundazecollective on INSTAGRAM.
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