I’m over the moon again this year to be a sponsor for the amazing Little Boxes community shopping event here in Portland! Holy cats, you guys — THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL SHOPS IN OUR FAIR CITY! We are lucky to have this collective of retail dreamboats to haunt all year round, but it is especially important during these turbulent times to keep our shopping dollars with our phenomenal independent local shops and makers. The Black Friday 11/25 and Small Business Saturday 11/26 local Little Boxes event includes a whopping 200 Portland shops banding together for a fun, interactive way to shop with a crazy amount of perks and stellar prizes to win.
Here in Portland, we stand up for a better way of life by supporting and taking care of each other. It’s not surprising that people all over the world admire our city’s ethos and I couldn’t be more proud of our community for seeing the value of supporting small businesses first. THANK YOU SO MUCH, FRIENDS! Now the Little Boxes details…
GET YOUR PLAN TOGETHER (yes, there’s an app for that)
Make sure to download the FREE Little Boxes App for iPhones & Androids. With the the app you can plan your route, browse by category and neighborhood, navigate to all the Little Box shops, enter the raffle, and track your entries (because… DREAM VACATION, shopping sprees, and so many perks) If you don’t have a smart phone or would just rather track everything in one of the beautiful passport books (with LOTS of coupons) — pick one up at any of the participating shops.
WHAT DO I GET? HOW ABOUT SOME RAD PRIZES? HUH?
Yes, there are so many awesome prizes to be had!! Walk into one of the 200 participating shops and get one free raffle entry just for stopping in to shop. After your first purchase from a participating Little Boxes shop, you will get a coupon for 10% off your next purchase over the two day event. Now you’re on your way to racking up your entries for a slew of wonderful raffle prizes. By your 4th purchase — you will get to add 15 more entries, by your 8th purchase — you’ll get another 20 entries… and so on and so on until your raffle chances are looking mighty fine. You get infinitely more raffle entries with each purchase. They multiply like bunnies, but in a really good way that gives you many, many chances at a dream vacation, shopping sprees from $200 to $600, an iPad Air, sweet gift cards, a farm share, hotel stays, spa treatments, yoga, fancy food, booze, and lots of other great stuff.
Little Boxes takes place next week on Black Friday 11/25 and Small Business Saturday 11/26 from 10AM–6PM at all participating shops. Make sure to follow @LittleBoxesPDX on Instagram and @littleboxespdx on Twitter and like Little Boxes on Facebook for lots of updates and fun photos. Here are the links to everything you need to know about Little Boxes: PARTICIPATING SHOPS • APPS • RAFFLE PRIZES • HOW TO PLAY • MORE INFO
Once again, a blaring shoutout to the founders of Little Boxes, Betsy Cross and Will Cervarich from Betsy & Iya, and their posse of magic elves who coordinate all of this amazingness. Wrangling this many cats and making it cohesive and lovely is truly a daring feat. And, of course, props to the fantastic participating shops, my fellow event sponsors, the prize donators, and to all you Portland honey pies for making this the best place in the world to live. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Remember to hydrate and breathe! ♥
ABOVE PHOTOS: Just a few of the lovely participating Little Boxes shops in Portland’s West End, NW, and Old Town shopping districts: 1. The Yo! Store 2. Bridge & Burn 3. Kat + Maouche 4. Kiriko Made 5. Woonwinkel 6. Backtalk 7. WM Goods 8. Tender Loving Empire 9. Animal Traffic 10. Work/Shop
I love the new Mill spring shop lookbook featuring lovely songbird Sarah Simon from sweet SF folk band Magic Magic Roses. I’d never heard of the band (listen here), but now I’m going to buy their dreamy albums because I can’t stop listening and they’re perfect for summer days. These photos are stunning — photographer Andrew Paynter shot them on Kodak film, proving that real film still rules. The new Mill online shop is beautiful and much easier to navigate than their last. Some of my favorite from this lookbook are the Golden Bear Varsity Jacket, the Saint James Galathee Striped Top, the Ouur Linen Crewneck Sweater, the Apiece Apart Chios Jumpsuit and the Moroccan Market Bag. More lovely looks right HERE.
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!
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!
It turns out that one of my lovely readers, Melaena Cadiz, happens to be an amazing songbird and musician. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites here today with a few tracks and videos. Such a beautiful voice! Melaena lives in Brooklyn and, in the second video below, you can see her beautiful home. I have so many varied musical references floating around in my head when I listen to Melaena’s songs–Joan Baez, Melanie, Stevie Nicks, Billie Holiday, Jolie Holland, Dolly, Hope Sandoval–to name a few, but her sound is all her own. She has a stunning, timeless voice and beautiful lyrics. Listen to more of Melaena’s music HERE.
➔ SOME THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…
✚ Weekend plans, Bette Davis, new Pendleton and LOTS of lovely links.
✚ A single face in many beautiful variations.
✚ Some very beautiful jewels.
✚ I’m obsessed with this gorgeous collection.
✚ Magical perfume bottles from 1947.
✚ A vibrant and versatile new collection for spring!
✚ A sunny, dreamy new lookbook.
✚ An avalanche of wonderful things that have caught my eye lately.
Hello! Google Reader bites the dust tomorrow, so I wanted to let you know how you can easily continue to follow Honey Kennedy and all of your other beloved blogs. There are several options for you to EASILY import all your current blog feeds and I’ve played with a few. I love you guys and want you to keep hanging out with me (FOREVER), so I want to help!
✚ The one I like most and find to be most similar to Google Reader: FEEDLY
✚ Another one I like–because you can view the blogs in their natural state: BLOGLOVIN’
✚ I haven’t played with it much, but I’ve heard some people say they like: DIGG READER
I recommend importing your current Google Reader blog feeds into one or all of these as quickly as possible, so you don’t miss out on posts or lose the ability to easily click and move everything at once. All three of these blog readers have “Import my Google Reader” options to make it super simple! Seriously–click, click, done.
Image: Dorian Leigh photographed by Cecil Beaton. Vogue, 1950.