Hello! Here are 25 books that I have and love, want, or just think would be lovely gifts. Unintentionally, all but two of these titles are by women, and, I guess, that’s just where my heart is right now. Take care and be kind to yourself — we’re going to need all our strength and to be in tip-top shape in mind and body for 2017. Happy Holidays, everyone! ♥
P.S. See some good self-care gift ideas for you and your best ladies.
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party by Julia Rothmans
Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World by Yee-Lum Mak and Kelsey Garrity-Riley
John Derian Picture Book by John Derian
Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities by Albertus Seba
Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home by Rachel Atwood
Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home by Lucinda Hawksley
The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman
Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds by Victoria Summerley
Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden by Vita Sackville West and Sarah Raven
The Irish Garden by Jane Powers
Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson
Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Our Edible World by Julia Rothman
Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz
Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
Oh, my! I’m so in love we these beautiful Living Pattern botanical species paintings and prints by San Diego-based artist Jenny Kiker. Of course, the now ubiquitous Monstera brings a visual wallop, but I’m finding myself especially enamored with the ferns — perhaps it is because the secret to not killing a Maidenhair still eludes me. All of her work is stunning and I love that she offers a few gift sets that would be amazing to give to your favorite plant lovers. She also has hanger frames in stock that look wonderful with the prints and make it so simple to hang them quickly. One of each, please! More HERE.
Have fun out there, friends! There’s a lot of good things going on! xo Jen
➔ I HEART PDX
♥ GIVEAWAY: Make sure to enter my amazing SON OF A SAILOR GIVEAWAY! These guys are staples in a bunch of Portland shops.
♥ Now through December 24. Stop by PDX Pop-Up Shops that turn downtown Portland’s vacant retail spaces into temporary stores where local designers and artists can set up shop for the holiday season. Via Raiz (a concept store dedicated to modern Mexican craftsmanship), MESO (Mico Enterprise Service OF Oregon – a collective shop offering their handmade, natural and one-of-a-kind products), Fait Hats (reclaimed luxury cashmere sweaters, along with cashmere hats and scarves hand-made from 100% recycled fabrics), Blanchet House of Hospitality (all of the wares for sale are made at the Blanchet Farm in Carlton which offers woodworking training for men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction). Pop-up Shops are open for business at 606 SW 9th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, December 2 from 6PM to 9PM. Stop by the Reifhaus Studio Opening Party to celebrate with Lindsey! She will be having a sample sale, discounts on her current collection, a Reifhaus Spring/Summer 2017 preview, and drinks, of course! Reifhaus Studio + Showroom is located at 707 NE Broadway, Suite 202. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, December 2 from 6PM to 11PM and Saturday, December 3 from 11AM to 6PM. Come by the Pop Up Shop PDX! This temporary pop up market is open again on Alberta for the month December. Each market features a roster of Portland makers and designers. For Friday, you can shop Stitch and Loom, Portland Bitters Project, Kerfluffle, Thomas and Sons, CraftLAB, Conundrum, Bohemian Salt, Love Oru, Umbrella Collective, Swimming Crow, Portland Bloem, Ritual, Amrikaii, and Ament. On Saturday: Wit and Glory, Bohemian Salt, Thomas and Sons, Machete, Fieldwell Home, Love Oru, Woolly, Portland Bloem, Portland Bitters Project, Sweet Honey Farmacy, Kayla Burke, Hannah Bergen, Sweet Start PDX, Wolf Ceramics, and Strange Vacation will be at the Pop Up! Plus, music, drinks and treats. There are also fun shopping pop ups on 12/10, 12/11, 12/17, and 12/18. The Pop Up Shop PDX is located at 1408 N Alberta St. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, December 2 from 4PM until Sunday, December 4 at 6PM. Come to PICA’s Shop Hop! Stop by Woonwinkel, Ace Hotel Lobby, Backtalk, Chrome Industries, Frances May, Poler, Radish Underground, and Tender Loving Empire to see exclusive, limited edition, never-seen-before garments being sold to support PICA! Participating artists: A.K. Burns, John Blasioli, Jordan Domont, Kristan Kennedy, Lynne Tillman, Mark Searcy, Philip Iosca, Ryan Noon, Shannon Fuchness, Will Bryant, and more. Plus there will be refreshments and plenty of holiday gifts all over Portland’s West End. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 3. 12PM to 5PM. Go to the Grand Holiday Sale at the Thompson Building! Shop the Thompson building residents: Wood & Faulk, Minoux Jewelry, Sara Barner, Le Cou, and Emily Katz/Modern Macrame along with special guests Caravan Pacific, Ginew, AK Studio, Uni Jewelry and Women’s Studies. Shop for a wide array of great holiday gifts, enter a big collaborative giveaway, peek into the workshops, and enjoy delicious drinks from Union Wine and Merit Badge Co. The Thompson Building is located at 522 N Thompson. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 3. 11AM to 4PM. Get over to the Schoolhouse Holiday Fest for 15% off everything in-store at Schoolhouse Electric, food (gourmet s’mores + more!), drinks (wine + coffee!), music, and giveaways. There will also be a wreath-making workshop with Work/Shop for $10. Schoolhouse Electric is located at 2181 NW Nicolai St. MORE INFO.
♥ Sunday, December 3. 11AM to 7PM each day. Come out for the Collectivo Pop-Up Shop! This Mexican artisinal market will feature handcrafted gifts, women’s and baby’s clothing, and home accessories. Come and chat about travels, try some traditional snacks, and taste the finest distilled mezcal. The market is located at 19433 NW Reeder Rd on Sauvie Island. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 3. 12PM to 9PM. Get yourself down to the Old Portland Holiday Jubilee at Old Portland Hardware & Architectural’s new Sellwood location! There will be gifts, art, wine, charcuterie, bespoke jewelry, pottery, glass art, leatherwork, and more. Plus, fine beverage purveyors and tastings throughout the day. Old Portland Hardware & Architectural is located at 1667 SE Tacoma St. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 3. 12PM to 5PM. Stop by Portland artist Lisa Congdon’s Holiday Studio Sale. The sale will be at her painting studio and she will be selling signed books, prints, calendars, stationery, posters and also tons of original works that are not for sale anywhere else, Tons of markdowns and discounts too. Lisa’s studio is located at 2808 Martin Luther King Blvd (enter via Graham St or Stanton St.). MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 3. 10AM to 5PM. Spend some time over in Sellwood and Westmoreland for the fun Decemberville event! There is great shopping with dozens of shops, discounts, Santa, pet photos, events for kiddos, live music, crafts, toys and clothing drive, food and refreshments. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4. 10AM to 4PM each day. Make sure to pop by the Prairie Underground Annual Sample Sale! There will be hundreds of jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, tunics and leggings from 50% to 85% off. PLUS, a bunch of cool designs that didn’t end up going into production for retail! 20% of the proceeds will be donated to local non-profits that focus on women and children. The Prairie Underground Sample Sale will be at 1016 SW Washington St. MORE INFO.
♥ Sunday, December 4. 11AM to 6PM. Stop by Sundaze to shop goods from Upper Metal Class, Ashley Hardy Ceramics, Laurs Kemp, Thomas & Sons Distillery, Primecut, Barrow, Yo!, Ament, Mizuba Tea Company, The Granite, Marshall’s Haute Sauce, Craft Lab, Vintalier, Minoux Jewelry, and Maak Lab. Sundaze will be at 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Now through Sunday, January 1. 11AM to 5PM. YAY! Holiday Afternoon Tea at Portland’s Hotel deLuxe is having daily service. Come enjoy special holiday teas, delectable tea sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves, tartlets, dainty pastries, iced gingerbread, holiday-inspired, tea-infused cocktails, a live pianist, and more! Hotel deLuxe and Gracie’s are located at 729 SW 15th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, December 9 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. Stop by for the Shop Williams Late Event and 20% Off Sale! Participating N. Williams shops (from Beech to Skidmore): Ink & Peat, Lark Press, Somethings, Workshop Vintage, Spielwerk Toys, Myoptic, Queen Bee, Sugar Wheel Works, Treehouse Children, Breighela James, and Yoga Shala. There will be drinks and treats, too! MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, December 9 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. Join Revive for A Winters Night Shop — an evening of holiday cheer! There will be an amazing gift selection from Revive, Wood & Faulk, Margaret & Beau, Stockpiler, Proper Beast, Hippythread, and more. Revive will also have a selection of items that will have 100% of their proceeds donated to Stand With Standing Rock. Plus, Prince Coffee and Union Wine Co will be there to keep your cups full. Revive Designs & Upholstery is located at 2030 N. Willis Blvd. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, Dec 9 from 5PM – 9PM. Saturday, Dec 10 & Sunday, Dec 11 from 11AM to 6PM. It’s coming… the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale is almost here. 250+ vendors selling handmade goods. Goodie bags for first 150 shoppers each day. Gift wrapping station. All ages. Free admission. And lots more! The Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale is at Oregon Convention Center 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 10. 10AM—7PM. Join ADX for their Gifted Holiday Fair! Gifted is ADX and Portland Made’s annual holiday gift fair, featuring a vast array of local goods for you to give to someone you love. Shop goods from nearly 60 local vendors! ADX is located at 417 SE 11th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 11AM to 6PM each day. Come by the Pop Up Shop PDX! This temporary pop up market is open again on Alberta for the month December. Each market features a roster of Portland makers and designers. On Saturday shop: Portland Bloem, Thomas and Sons, Bohemian Salt, Sweet Honey Farmacy, Stitch and Loom, Lythe Leather, Indigo Alice, CraftLAB, Hank by Henry, Tiny Adornments, Happy Hour and Co., House//Weaving, Urban Wood Studio, and Grafletics. On Sunday shop: Portland Bloem, Bohemian Salt, Woolly, J Bird, Berlin Skin, Urban Wood Studio, Indigo Alice, Tiny Adornments, Stitch and Loom, Jane Pellicciotto, Oregon Bark, PDX Cards, Pinkleton’s, and CraftLAB. Plus, music, drinks and treats. There are also fun shopping pop ups on 12/17 and 12/18. The Pop Up Shop PDX is located at 1408 N Alberta St. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 10. Come to an evening of music at Beam & Anchor to benefit ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and Standing Rock. Alela Diane, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Denver, and Michael Hurley will be playing. Tickets are on sale at Beam & Anchor at 2710 N Interstate Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Sunday, December 11. 10AM to 6PM. YAY! Go wild at the huge Give Good Gift holiday market at Union/Pine! This year the wonderful annual event has gotten even bigger with over 40 shops and designers, and the festive party spills into the streets with food carts, a fancy photo booth, carolers, and a canned food drive for Oregon Food Bank. Come shop OLO, Bridge & Burn, AK Studio, Another Feather, Beam & Anchor, Bee Local, Cargo, Chariot, Chicken & Guns, Collectivo, Field Trip, Goodwell, Greenhead Cannabis, Hand-Eye Supply, Jacobsen Salt, Johan, Le Souk Le Souk, MadeHere PDX, Modern Macrame, New Deal Distillery, Nineteen27 Smores, North of West, Olympia Provisions, Pistils, Poler, Poplandia, Primitive Forms, Schoolhouse Electric, Strange Vacation, Stumptown Coffee, Tastebud, The Granite, The Wild Unknown, Wildfang, Work/Shop, Worn Path, Xray.FM, The Yo Store, and more! Give Good Gift is at Union/Pine located at 525 SE Pine St. Free + all ages. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, December 16 (6PM to 9PM). Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18 (10AM to 5PM). ‘Tis the season! It’s time for The Portland Bazaar! This year the Portland Bazaar will be held at The North Warehouse located at Interstate & Tillamook. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 17 from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, December 18 from 11AM to 5PM. Come out to the Portland Remodelista Market to shop more than 40 local makers from the NW who will be showcasing their homewares, clothing, jewelry, organic botanicals, food, and more. Caravan Pacific, OLO Fragrance, Tiro Tiro, Kiersten Crowley Jewelry, Notary Ceramics, Alder & Co., Spartan Shop, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Sara Barner, Lisa Golightly, Kati Von Lehman, Pope Valley Pottery, Another Feather, Richard Carter Studio, Woodlot, Bellflower Chocolate, La Fortuna, Les Petits Carreaux, Scout Regalia, Chester Wallace, S/he, Clover Artisans, Modaspia, Dejong & Co, Modern Shibori, Specialty Dry Goods, Domi, Mohinders Shoes, The Good Flock, Flora and Henri, Fruitsuper Design, Non-Perishable Goods, Turnco Wood Goods, Galanter and Jones, Vitrified Studio, Isobel & Cleo, and more. The event takes place at Rejuvenation at 1100 SE Grand Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 from 11AM to 6PM each day. Come by the Pop Up Shop PDX! This temporary pop up market is open again on Alberta for the month December. Each market features a roster of Portland makers and designers. On Saturday shop: Bohemian Salt, Beach Bones Jewelry, Portland Bitters Project, Primitive Forms, Indigo Alice, Cioccodesignco, Wooly Beast, Victoria Buchler, Nested Yellow, April Black, Claire Green, Roots and Crowns, and Eso Esto. On Sunday shop: Bohemian Salt, Beach Bones Jewelry, Indigo Alice, Cioccodesignco, Wooly Beast, Victoria Buchler, Primitive Forms, Portland Bitters Project, Nested Yellow, April Black, Claire Green, and Eso Esto. Plus, music, drinks and treats. The Pop Up Shop PDX is located at 1408 N Alberta St. MORE INFO.
♥ THE NUTCRACKER. Don’t just sit there — get your tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker! It’s such a beautiful production every year.
♥ CHRISTMAS TREES. If you want to wander in the mountains and pick out a beautiful tree for your home this year — I still can’t recommend Christmas Mountain Trees enough. This will be our fifth year and you can’t help but feel relaxed and happy the whole time. Just make sure you go all the way to the right place — there are a couple farms place along the way that don’t even compare. Just follow the signs!
♥ I HEART PDX SUBMISSIONS: If you’d like to submit events, shop openings or local places you love for consideration, then just email me!
PHOTO: From the YO! holiday lookbook.
I stopped by Portland’s Ink & Peat on N. Williams the other day and, as always, they have so many perfect things for gifting. Pam has decked the shop out as a winter wonderland and it is overflowing with new goods. My favorites are her great selection of books, all the cute greeting cards, the candles that smell like fir trees, the fancy chocolate bars and cocoa, the air plants, the soaps, cocktail mixes, the cute stuff for kiddos, and the natural fiber tunics.
Portland friends! Stop by for the Shop Williams Late Event and 20% Off Sale on Friday, December 9 from 5PM to 9PM. Ink & Peat will be participating with 11 other N. Williams shops (from Beech to Skidmore): Lark Press, Somethings, Workshop Vintage, Spielwerk Toys, Myoptic, Queen Bee, Sugar Wheel Works, Treehouse Children, Breighela James, and Yoga Shala. There will be drinks and treats, too! Ink & Peat is located at 3808 N. Williams Ave. ♥
Stop by Ink & Peat at 3808 N. Williams Ave. from 11/28 thru 12/8 get 10% off when you mention: Honey Kennedy. (not valid with other promos or gift certificates)
This year’s PDX Pop-Up Shop to watch is Vía Raíz. Conceived by Jennifer Bolanos earlier this year, Vía Raíz brings modern Mexican craft to the Northwest and does so beautifully. The Portland Business Alliance started it’s PDX Pop-Up Shops program seven years ago to utilize and find a good purpose for vacant spaces in Old Town and other shopping areas around downtown Portland. It’s a great program that provides opportunities for fledgling retailers to set up shop over the holidays. It has been a very successful retail experiment and past pop-up alums include Bridge & Burn, Boys Fort, and Crafty Wonderland who all have permanent brick and mortar locations today.
Originally from the Bay Area, Jennifer moved to Portland a few years ago after meeting her now husband, a native Portlander. Proud of her Mexican heritage and a fan of design, Jennifer began following brands based in Mexico, like Mexichic and Onora Casa, who were updating traditional Mexican crafts by incorporating modern aesthetics to create pieces that are more minimal in design and color and meld seamlessly into today’s interiors.
Vía Raíz means ‘of roots’ and references the traditions represented in all the goods. Stand outs include Mexican enamelware spoons and mugs produced by a pair of Mexican graphic designers that play with traditional designs in a wholly modern way, Onoroa Casa’s Calavera Huichol (beaded skulls) featuring beautifully intricate geometric patterns, Mexichic’s cozy textiles in neutral color palettes with details like petite pom poms and embroidery, gourmet coffee from Dosis Cafe, handmade fiber statement necklaces from Caralarga, hand carved planters, Portland-made Cocanú chocolates, and the sweetest crocheted Frida Kahlo dolls. I’ve already taken care of a good chunk of my holiday shopping thanks to Vía Raíz and am telling everyone I know to pop in and take a look as there’s really something for everyone.
Vía Raíz is located at 606 SW 9th Avenue until December 24 and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 7PM and Sundays from 12PM to 5PM. Follow @shopviaraiz on Instagram and like @shopviaraiz on Facebook for upcoming coffee tastings and more!