Shop Visit: Perican Bing

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A little while back, I stopped by Portland’s lovely Perican Bing for a little visit. It’s such a clean, modern, and inviting addition the Sellwood/Westmoreland shopping district. We’re lucky to have such a gorgeous new boutique with amazing clothing, accessories, and home goods! Make your way over and you’ll find Perican Bing’s front door set back a few paces on SE Milwaukie — just beyond Fairlane Coffee (yet another new business to stop by!).

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Perican Bing is owned by mother-daughter dream duo Dominga Ramirez and Lynne Nerenbaum. Dominga is the apparel buyer as well as head operations to the shop and brings with her 15 years experience in the fashion business. From marketing and promotions to sales, buying and merchandising, styling, and production. Lynne is the home goods buyer and she is in charge of visual merchandising. She has a fine arts and curatorial background that brings cheer to every corner of the shop.

I also love that the third generation of these women had has her part in this venture. At age 5, Dominga’s daughter, Ruby, named the imaginary woodpecker, who visited her nightly, “Perican Bing”. Since woodpeckers signify opportunity and discovery, all three ladies thought this would be a great name to give their family shop that celebrates wonder and reverie.

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There are more items in the local Perican Bing retail space than online and you can peruse to find goods from Mary Meyer, Emerson Fry, Rachel Comey, Ali Golden, Just Female, Callahan, Yield Design Co., Tabbisocks, Demylee, La Causa, Baggu, Golem Designs, Camper General Store, Hansel from Basel, Norden Goods, Storm & Marie, OZMA, Seek & Swoon blankets, Spark & Pepper jewelry, and Marisa Mason Jewelry — just to name a few.

Some of my current favorites at Perican Bing are plaid wool cape, the red satin jumpsuit (hey Valentine!), the raw silk dress with pockets, the olive t-shirt dress, the blush crewneck sweater, the off-shoulder bodysuit, the rust slip dress, the everyday black pants, the black and platinum foldover clutch, and the braided leather keychains. Plus, the sale section is crazy good right now!

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This is a great spot to look for yourself and for gifts for friends. Dominga also has years of experience styling A-list celebs for different events, so she will be a great asset if you want help putting together cute outfits from Perican Bing to add to your wardrobe. You can always call ahead to see if she’ll be working if you know you’re going to need assistance.

Perican Bing is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, Sunday 11AM to 5PM, and closed on Mondays. The shop is located at 1620 SE Claybourne Street Suite 106A here in beautiful Portland, Oregon. You can ring them at 503-206-6757 or info@pericanbing.com for stock information. Also follow @pericanbing on Instagram to see new merchandise, sales, and other events.

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. Photos and words by Jen McCabe. Feel free to inquire about having your shop featured!

PDX Event: Sundaze Collective

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SUNDAZE COLLECTIVE • Sun, Feb 12 • 11AM to 6PM • 403 SW 10th Ave • INSTAGRAM

YAY! The Sundaze Collective is back this Sunday at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel with 13 wonderful designers and shops! This week is a phenomenal lineup with some familiar and some new Sundaze faces. And a good place to shop for dreamy things for yourself, your friends, your family, and your sweethearts for Valentine’s Day. Shop beautiful clothing, accessories, jewels, apothecary, ceramics, home goods, art, wall hangings, stuff for the kiddos, vintage, flowers, floral arrangements, and delicious sweets!

➔ ♥ FEBRUARY 12 SUNDAZE COLLECTIVE PARTICIPATING SHOPS + DESIGNERS: THE YO! STORESWEETHEART BAKERYALEXA STARKLAURS KEMPBOSQUE DESIGNAGE TO COME • LITTLE FERAL • FRIEND ASSEMBLY • SANDBOX CERAMICS • IAMTHAT SHOP • NATALIE JOY • FIELDWORK FLOWERS • JOHAN

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Each month brings a rotating selection of incredibly talented local merchants to fill The Cleaners space thanks to some ace coordinating by lovely Sarah Radcliffe from The Yo! Store! If you don’t live in Portland, make it part of your travel plans and meet some of our finest locals. MORE INFO.

THE YO! STORE: Sarah’s amazing Portland shop offers gorgeous jewels, bags, stellar home goods, wonderful apothecary goods, the cutest stuff for babies and kids, and ace vintage clothing pieces that work beautifully when paired with modern designs or layered with more standout vintage. Location: 935 NW 19TH AVE MORE THE YO! STORE.

SWEETHEART BAKERY: Anna Henrie Henricks is known for her stunning floral festooned cakes, tarts, squares, meringues, and other scrumptious treats. Follow @sweetheartstjohns to see her dreamy creations and pop-up dates. YUM. MORE SWEETHEART BAKERY.

LAURS KEMP: Laurs makes beautiful, seasonless modern garments — all sewn at her studio here in Portland. All fabric scraps are donated locally which makes them a zero-waste studio! MORE LAURS KEMP.

SANDBOX CERAMICS: Petra Wellborn Kaiser is an artist and Oregon native. She creates lovely modern ceramics in her home studio while surrounded by the inspiring sculptural works left behind by her granny. MORE SANDBOX CERAMICS.

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JOHAN: Laura’s little Portland shop is a destination for minimal Scandi style, stunning clothing, locally made goods, interesting apothecary items, and lots more. Location: 632 SW Pine Street MORE JOHAN.

LITTLE FERAL: Local artist Kaysie Condron is using hand-dyed rope, copper and brass to make wonderful jewelry, wall hangings and macramé pieces. Pretties for plants, walls and humans. MORE LITTLE FERAL.

NATALIE JOY: Natalie Joy is known for her bold, geometric jewelry shapes that become timeless wardrobe staples. She also makes amazing brass plant mobiles that catch the light and cast dreamy shadows. MORE NATALIE JOY.

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ALEXA STARK: Alexa designs clothing with a firm foundation in sustainability, repurposing, minimal waste and quality fabrics. MORE ALEXA STARK.

BOSQUE DESIGN: Lauren Hackett designs timeless, sculptural modern furniture and home goods with an eye for detail and geometry. With a background in architecture and sculpture, Hackett uses solid wood, metals, and glass to create pieces to last. MORE BOSQUE DESIGN.

AGE TO COME: Linsey and Michele create clothing for children that meet at the intersection of style, practicality, and social contribution in gender neutral kid’s fashion. Their clean, simple designs are cool, versatile, and functional in a color palette of black, white, and grey. MORE AGE TO COME.

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FRIEND ASSEMBLY: Sarah Schreiber is an art teacher and maker of funny clay faces. She creates wonderful ceramic vases, planters, jewelry, and pipes that make you smile. And she has a really cute dachshund. MORE FRIEND ASSEMBLY.

IAMTHAT SHOP: A slice of heaven for vintage lovers looking for wearable, interesting pieces. They really know how to style and layer a vintage look to make it beautifully modern and relevant. Location: 3623 SE Hawthorne Blvd MORE IAMTHAT SHOP.

FIELDWORK FLOWERS: Megan makes gorgeous floral creations, wreaths, and bouquets at her shop and pop ups around town. Keep an eye out for fun workshops, too! Location: 1100 SE Grand Ave MORE FIELDWORK FLOWERS.

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➔SUBMISSIONS FOR FUTURE SUNDAZE VENDORS WELCOME!
If you want to get in on the fun or know someone who should, just contact Sarah Radcliffe {sundazecollectivepdx@gmail.com} to submit your relevant links, pics, and details about your designs or your little shop that you’d like to showcase at an upcoming Sundaze Collective event. SOME UPCOMING DATES: March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5 and Dec 3.

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FOLLOW @SUNDAZECOLLECTIVE ON INSTAGRAM

I HEART PDX

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Hello, friends! It’s been a while and I’m happy to back and ready to focus on all the wonderful things to do in our very wonderful city. Group hug, guys. Times are definitely rough right now and I am reminded many times a day how lucky I am to live here in Portland. Seeking out and sharing some of those things and many of the folks that make our community such a good place to be — is a joy. Anyways, I love you — have some fun out there. xo Jen

P.S. Get in on my fancy lingerie giveaway from a lovely Portland company!

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Thursday, February 2 thru Sunday, February 5. Pop on over to the Baby & Company Winter Warehouse Sale Pop Up! The wonderful Seattle boutique is coming to our town to offer us some sweet deals (40-80% off) on clothing, shoes, and accessories. The Baby & Co. pop up is at 618 NW Glisan Ave. MORE INFO.

Thursday, February 2 from 6PM to 9PM. Get over to Bridge & Burn tonight for the fun launch party for the Bridge & Burn x Kiriko Collection collaboration — a first for the two beloved Portland brands. Hang with some wonderful folks and be the first to see the new limited edition apparel collection for women and men designed by Bridge & Burn and made with heritage Japanese fabrics sourced by Kiriko. There will be door prizes, wine, and a special Japanese treat. Bridge & Burn is located at 1122 SW Morrison St. MORE INFO.

Friday, February 3 from 5PM to 7PM. If you miss the launch party Thursday, you can head to Kiriko on Friday to shop the Bridge & Burn x Kiriko Collection! American workwear, a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, and beautiful heritage Japanese textiles make up this wonderful collection for women and men. Kiriko is located at 325 NW Couch St. MORE INFO.

Saturday, February 4. YAY! Thicket opens for the season this Saturday. I recommend gardening as productive escapism that keeps on giving. Thicket is located at 4933 NE 23rd Ave. MORE INFO.

Sunday, February 5 from 11AM to 5PM. My fellow ladies with a D+ up top! For busty ladies by busty ladies — stop by Busty Girl Apparel Pop Up Shop with Exclusively Kristen: Chic Fashions for Larger Bosoms at The Pencil Test — a D+ lingerie boutique. They are teaming up to bring busty women style and proper fit. The Pencil Test is a lovely lingerie boutique that specializes in D+ cup bras and expert bra fittings. Exclusively Kristen offers high quality, made in the USA apparel designed to flatter, fit, and complement DD+ women, sizes 4-20. The Pencil Test provides an inclusive environment where everyone can feel sexy and welcomed. All Exclusively Kristen items purchased at the event will be 10% off. The Pencil Test is located at 2407 NE Alberta St. MORE INFO + EVENT RSVP

Sunday, February 5 from 3PM-5PM. Stop by Nationale this Sunday for the opening reception of Text means Tissue — the solo exhibition and publication release from visual artist and poet Francesca Capone. You’ll see Capone’s woven textiles as well as a collaborative sculpture with LikeMindedObjects. The publication itself, which will have its own release party on February 26, is centered on women’s relationships with cloth and comprises of writings and textiles from over thirty artists. Nationale is located at 3360 SE Division St. MORE INFO.

Thursday, February 9 thru Saturday, February 25. Get out to the 40th Annual Portland International Film Festival! Float away to many other worlds and broaden your perspective with over 100 films. FILM SCHEDULE + TICKETS

Friday, February 10 from 4PM to 8PM. Stop by Woonwinkel for a fun Valentine’s Event with Natalie Joy. Natalie Joy will be debuting her new collection and there will be delicious Alma chocolate, bubbly, a raffle, and free gift wrapping. Woonwinkel is located at 935 SW Washington St. MORE INFO.

♥ Saturday, February 11 from 12PM to 4PM. Stop by Mantel to shop while you sample wines from Lange Estates Winery and nibble mini cupcakes from Posie’s. Shop for Valentine’s Day… Galentine’s… Palentine’s… or just some much needed self-care and self-love. Mantel is located at 8202 North Denver Ave. MORE INFO.

Saturday, February 11 from 7PM-10PM. Hey Valentines, come downtown for A Celebration of Romance with Jane’s Vanity! It will be a fun, decadent evening with the latest collections of luxurious European lingerie and loungewear. There will be a fashion show, jewels, floral crowns, champagne, local wine, and more. SO MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS. GET TICKETS + ENTER LINGERIE GIVEAWAY! (P.S. 20% off code: HONEYK20 thru 2/10)

Tuesday, February 14. 11AM to 6PM. Mantel will be hosting a pop-up with Work/Shop, offering beautiful floral bouquets, and pouring complimentary bubbly all day. Mantel is located at 8202 North Denver Ave. MORE INFO.

Wednesday, February 22. Doors at 6:30PM. Show at 8PM. Get your tickets for Fade to Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event at Crystal Ballroom! You’ll see new collections from Andres Pinedo, COLTY, Fräulein Couture, Geeks in Amsterdam, MOORE, One Imaginary Girl, and Wendy Ohlendorf. Fade to Light showcases the work of both established and emerging designers within the Portland fashion community in a dynamic fashion show that encourages designers to think outside the box with their runway presentations. Designed in Portland and 100% of the manufacturing is done ethically and sustainably. Plus, DJ Gregarious will provide music and visuals. Happy 5th Anniversary, Elizabeth and Fade to Light! A portion of the show proceeds will go to benefit the ACLU. All ages. Bar with ID. The Crystal Ballroom is located at 1332 West Burnside St. MORE INFO + GET TICKETS

Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30PM. Stop by the Salvage Works showroom for Fisher Poets: An evening of sea stories and poems from people who love and earn a living on the water. Salvage Works is located in Kenton at 2024 N. Argyle Street. MORE INFO.

Vía Raíz Pop-Up Goes Online. Hey! Remember our little Vía Raíz Portland Shop Visit from over the holidays? Well, hopefully someday Jennifer will have a brick and mortar storefront, but for now we can shop Vía Raíz online! So good.

Now thru autumn. There are lots of amazing workshops listed at Wildcraft Studio School now! There are dozens of classes, including several with indigo dye and Shibori, but there are a few really catching my eye: Wooden Spoon Carving, Traditional Japanese Natural Dyes, Marbled Textiles, Block Printed Textiles, Folklore of Flowers, Botanical Drawing: Columbia Gorge Wildflowers, Herbal Wines, Cordials, & Elixirs, and Columbia Plateau Plant Fiber Basketry. See more classes HERE.

PHOTO: Awesome pieces from the new Bridge & Burn x Kiriko Collection — see fun launch party details above.

Betsy & Iya Bridge Cuffs

I’ve been loving Betsy & Iya’s bridge cuff bracelets lately. They feel like superhero jewels and they also seem especially poignant keeping in mind that we should be building bridges, not walls. I also love that you can choose your metal! There’s brass, silver plated, and a few of Betsy’s cuff designs are even available in stunning gold plated versions. I think these would make such sweet gifts for friends, sweethearts, family, and loved ones. My personal faves are Fremont Bridge, Sellwood Bridge, Steel Bridge, and Brooklyn Bridge. More HERE.


A SWEET DEAL
Get 15% off everything in the Betsy & Iya shop with code HKLOVE thru 2/14.
*cannot be combined with other offers — online only (store pickup available)


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BRIDGE CUFFS: brooklyn bridgetilikum crossing bridgegolden gate bridgefremont bridgesellwood bridgest. johns bridgehernando de soto bridgesteel bridge

THE PORTLAND SHOP: Portland locals and visitors — make sure to stop by the amazing Betsy & Iya brick and mortar shop. They stock all the wonderful things that they make and more awesomeness from other independent designers! Betsy & Iya is located at 2403 NW Thurman St. Hours are 10AM to 6PM daily. Phone: 503-227-5482.

My 2017 Intentions

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Happy New Year, friends. I’m back after taking a little time off to try to take care of my heart. We had to make the heartbreaking choice to put our dear dog, Zelda, to sleep before her increasingly complicated medical conditions pushed her into a painful and traumatic heart episode. She was there with me during the hardest times I’ve ever been through and she was the being that I spent the most time with over the past thirteen years. I knew it would be devastating, but I wasn’t prepared to face how much I truly needed her spirit, sweetness, and tactile, unconditional love. To be honest, I’m still feeling a bit lost in the woods right now.

This loss, combined with the rise of fascism and dementia in our country has created a perfect storm of sadness, anger, fear, love, and defiance in my belly. This makes my 2017 intentions based in digging my heels in, getting stronger physically and mentally, and trying to help hold up the people in this space, in my local community, and around me. It’s about building strength in mind, body, spirit, and character.

Please let me know what you think and I’d LOVE to hear your intentions, resolutions, and thoughts about 2017 and the current state of the world. You all inspire me so much. ♥

MY 2017 INTENTIONS…

Continue supporting and promoting independent businesses. In this space and in my every day life. I’m not going to lie, I’ve struggled a lot with my sense of purpose here since the election and inauguration. With so much tumult and the blatant crimes against humanity and our country happening right before our eyes, it’s been hard to jump into the fray and talk about fashion and lifestyle. The reality is that I am proud to have a space that celebrates independently owned businesses that are primarily owned and operated by women. After a lot of thought, I’ve come to the understanding that what I do here is important and maybe even more so now with corporations and billionaires riding our backs and being given even more tax breaks. I’m in this and I don’t want to stop talking about design, art, home, and the talented people creating it all. That said, I’m going to add in more talk about feelings, the resistance, charitable dollars, community events, and ways to help.

Make sure to spend time on self-care. Mantra: “You can’t fight in the resistance if you don’t take care of yourself.” When I’m overwhelmed by the world around me, I suck at basic personal care. I’ve learned through counseling that growing up without emotional support, respect, or validation at home makes me inherently more likely than others to drop taking care of myself when things get tough. I’ve also learned that one of the biggest triggers for me is gaslighting and the fight or flight anxiety that comes with recognizing it from a mile away. Survivors of malignant narcissist parents out there know what I’m talking about.

Help others spend time on self-care. Talking more about what I’m doing to create self-care rituals and routines might help others with their own personal care. Also, checking in with my friends to make sure they are remembering to do it too and seeing if I can help.

Take better care of my people. I want to participate even more in my community and stay more tuned in to the lives of my friends and family. Texting, calling, emailing, checking in, and making plans to hang out, meet, and march.

Get fit. Mantra: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” I want to lose some weight, get much stronger physically, become more agile, and take some self-defense classes.

Feed my brain. Read more books and articles that help prepare for what’s happening now and the years to come. I also love listening to audiobooks when driving. I don’t particularly want to be listening to the Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 audiobook right now, but I feel stronger when I’m more informed about history and what we’re up against, so I will. It has been widely reported for decades that our new president obsessively studies Hitler’s speeches and ascent (starting long before he ran for office) and the parallels are all there, unfortunately. I also just picked up A Train In Winter — An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance In Occupied France. I’m thinking about taking some language classes, too.

Learn about foster to adopt. I’d appreciate any advice. It’s an avenue to becoming a parent that I wasn’t open to in the past because of fear of more heartbreak, but I feel ready to pursue this and learn about the process. All help and insight in this matter is very welcome!

Get personal. I have some life experiences that could help other people not feel so alone and maybe help others understand where some feelings might come from. A few topics I’d like to talk about: Childlessness and feelings of alienation, surviving a narcissistic parent, gaslighting, fertility/infertility and the assumptions people make, what not to say to people who can’t have children, the intersectional feminist need for others to support and show up for people who can’t have children, friendship, and lots more.

Amplify and show up. I talked about this a bit after the election — read HERE. I want to help amplify the voices of people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and the fight against ableism. I want to continue to address my own ingrained racism and privilege and show up to marches in my city to show support for the people who have struggles I don’t have to deal with because I am a white, middle class, heterosexual, cisgender lady. I will also continue to call out the subtle ingrained sexism of my well-meaning, liberal husband and the men, women, and non-binary people around me. I can do better.

Get my house in order. Enough with the nonsense. I want to purge, clean, and organize every corner of our home. I am an HSP that finds clutter, mess, unfinished projects, and excess chaotic and ultimately stifling for creativity, work, progress, and happiness. I want to be realistic and remove known obstacles to my own productivity. This includes some disaster supply preparedness, protecting important documents, and updating passports. Become a better planner!

Garden and go for long walks every day. These two things help me sort out my place in the world and provide so much relief and joy. Now I see that committing to doing them falls under self-care and self-love.

Make art. Picking up paints, pens, and pencils helps me light up parts of my brain that are clever and kind and spry.

Travel. We haven’t been on a trip in a really long time. Seeing new vistas helps recharge my spirit and strength. Go see friends near and far. And plan some romantic getaways.

Remember that I am loved by some truly wonderful people. Even if my mind tells me something different and even if it doesn’t include some of the people I wish it did. I’m working on it. ♥

PHOTO: Tallulah Bankhead. “Like her family, Bankhead was a Democrat, but broke with many Southerners by campaigning for Harry Truman’s reelection in 1948. She is credited with having helped Truman immeasurably by belittling his rival, New York’s Governor Thomas E. Dewey. After Truman was elected, Bankhead was invited to sit with the President during his inauguration. While viewing the inauguration parade, she booed the South Carolina float which carried then-Governor and segregationist Strom Thurmond, who had recently run against Truman on the Dixiecrat ticket. Tallulah hailed from the Brockman Bankheads, a prominent Alabama political family — her grandfather and uncle were U.S. Senators and her father served as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tallulah’s support of liberal causes such as civil rights broke with the tendency of the Southern Democrats to support a more conservative agenda and she often openly opposed her own family publicly.”