PDX Event: Betsy & Iya’s Big Anniversary Party!


BETSY & IYA’S BIG ANNIVERSARY PARTY • Thurs, April 2 • 6PM-9PM • 2403 NW Thurman St.

Come out and celebrate 7 years of Betsy & Iya with jewelry designer and Portland shop owner Betsy Cross and her crew of lovelies! These guys reeeeeally know how to throw a fun party and they are really doing it up for this event. They’ve commissioned 7 original artworks by 7 female artists, each depicting a pivotal moment in the Betsy & Iya history in their own way. The beautiful works of art will be for sale and 50% of the proceeds will go to Friends of the Children, a wonderful Portland nonprofit who seeks to “break the cycle of poverty through the power of relationships”. You can also support these kids by shopping at the Betsy & Iya shop during the party and there will be a donation jar for cash and loose change.

Plus, there will be wine flowing from Union Wine Company and mountains of birthday cake flavored candy (!!!) from Quin. And amazingly sweet people. And YOU!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Emilee BooherKira Lynn CainVivian ChenAlyson ProvaxHeather RyersonSarah Jean SimmonsBrooke Weeber

Alder & Co.

I love the new things rolling in for spring at Alder & Co. Some of my spring faves are the white cotton slip (so perfect for hot summer nights to come!), the indigo wood block dress, the navy sleeveless dress, the black denim jeans, the sweet Japanese overalls and the white nightshirt. I’m also still very much in love my bday bottle of Cardinal perfume and all the linen things. If you’re in Portland, stop by Alder & Co. at 616 SW 12th Ave. More HERE.











Images courtesy of Alder & Co.



Happy Friday! Here are a bunch of fun things happening around Portland from now into April — including wonderful events tonight, Saturday and Sunday. With spring here, there’s so much going on now and I’m personally happy to have a little hustle back in the week. Have a good time wandering — it’s so beautiful out there right now! xo Jen

BRUNCH: herbed french toast with maple syrup at RadarNEW FLAVORS: the sesame loaf from Roman Candle (w/ Saifan olive oil from World Foods that I mentioned last week!) ♥ SIT AND SIP: Absinthe at Secret SocietyRECENT PURCHASES: my dream English roses from Dennis’ 7 DeesBEAUTIFUL PLACES: pretty much the entire city of Portland — we’re in bloom! ♥ NOW OPEN: The beautiful new Löyly Sauna NE and they have specials


♥ 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.

♥ Now thru Sunday, March 22. I’m having a sweet Betsy & Iya Instagram only jewelry giveaway and the comments have been warming my heart big time. Enter HERE.

♥ Saturday, March 21. 11AM-5PM. RADIANT HUMAN, MINOUX JEWELRY & YO VINTAGE! POP UP SHOP. Stop by Mojave for a fun pop up shop with Radiant Human’s amazing aura photographs, beautiful jewels from Minoux and lovely clothing and accessories from Yo! There will also be some delicious “beermosas” being served up while you shop. Mojave is located at 415 SW 13th Ave. 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.


♥ Thursday, March 26. 5PM-8PM. MARLA AARON JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW. The lovelies at Alder & Co. are having a little gathering to celebrate Marla Aaron’s collection for a special showing of her signature locks, chains and ear cuffs. We are so excited to feature some of her showcase pieces that have not been available at the shop until now. Alder & Co. is located at 616 SW 12th. MORE INFO.

♥ 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.

♥ Sunday, March 29. 11AM-4PM. Sunday Emporium! Find amazing treasures from lots of new vendors and trusty faves. Sunday Emporium is at Rejuvenation at 1100 SE Grand Ave. MORE INFO.


♥ Thursay, April 2. 6PM. THE BETSY & IYA 7th ANNIVERSARY PARTY! The lovely people at Betsy & Iya are celebrating 7 years in business with a fun party that benefits local nonprofit, Friends of the Children. There will be amazing artwork from talented local ladies, % of ALL sales from 6PM-9M going to charity and a separate donation jar — such a sweet idea! Bring your friends — B&I always puts on a wonderful get together! MORE INFO.

♥ Thursday, April 2. 6PM-9PM. SEAWORTHY SPRING COLLECTION LAUNCH. Marisa and the other wonderful ladies at Seaworthy are having a party to celebrate the launch of the new spring jewelry collection. Peruse the dreamy jewels while sipping drinks and hanging out with really lovely people. Seaworthy is located at the Boxlift Building at 333 NE Hancock #8. 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.

♥ Monday, April 20. 7:30PM. The English Dept.: 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FASHION SHOW! Come out and celebrate the magic of The English Dept. at their big bridal fashion show event. Tickets are now on sale at The English Dept. and at Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique and proceeds benefit Basic Rights Oregon. The show will be at First Presbyterian Church at 1200 SW Alder St. MORE INFO.

♥ 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.


Images: The new Altar Houseline for Spring/Summer. Photography by Briana Morrison Photography.

PDX Event: Spring Seconds Sale


SPRING SECONDS SALE • Sun, March 22 • 11AM to 4PM • 403 SW 10th Ave • MORE INFO

Hello, friends! The amazing SPRING SECONDS SALE is happening this Sunday, March 22!! Make sure to head over to The Cleaners at Ace Hotel to shop a bunch of wonderful designers who are selling their ever so slightly imperfect, beautiful wares for up to 70% off. YES. Clothing, leather goods, jewelry, accessories, lighting, housewares, planters, glass, ceramics, candles, letterpress & more. 11AM to 4PM at 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO




Shop Visit: Lille Boutique



My visit to Lille Boutique coincided with a rare sunny winter day and the mood in the already lovely shop was one of ebullience. The sun streaming in the windows served to highlight all of the beautiful laces, subtle metallic details, and soft silks of the dreamy lingerie on display. A cozy lounge area comprised of two antique velvet sofas sets the tone and invites shoppers to relax and contemplate the surrounding beauty. The addition of shoes, hosiery, jewelry, accessories and bath products complete the shopping experience.



Taking their name from the charming city in northern France, Lille Boutique on Lower East Burnside has been Portland’s go-to for lovely lingerie since 2007. Specializing in French brands, lace, vintage-inspired designs, and pieces for the bridal trousseau, Lille sources hard to find brands worldwide with quality construction and the modern woman in mind. Current labels stocked include Stella McCartney, Eberjay, Fortnight, Only Hearts, Princess Tam Tam, and Huit. Lille is well-known for their amazing selection.




I was also impressed with Lille’s selection of cozy loungewear — including pajamas, robes, camisoles, rompers, and more. Lille also has options for those looking for natural shapes, organic fibers, and independent lines utilizing ethical production practices. Whether you’re in need of every day basics or something truly special, you’ll find it at Sarah Wizemann’s beautiful Portland shop.

Lille is located at 1007 E. Burnside in Portland, Oregon. Stop by 11AM-7PM Monday through Friday, 12PM-6PM Saturdays and 12PM-5PM on Sundays. And, of course, you can shop Lille Boutique online. Make sure to follow Lille Boutique on Facebook and @lilleboutique on Instagram to keep up on sales and new arrivals.




This post and photographs are by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Make sure to visit Allison’s lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur