Happy Friday! We’ve been watching our niece for the past week and, while exhausting, it has been a lot of fun. We have another week of it ahead, but I also hope to squeeze in some more unpacking (YES. We STILL have boxes to get through. Uuuuggggh.) and get a couple of rooms rearranged to make more sense. We’re also going to be getting a fence put in soon — which I know might sound immensely boring to most people, but living on an alley without one has been a bit unnerving. I have dreams of a gorgeous (and incredibly small! ha.) English garden in the backyard, but that might take a while since it is a just a pile of dirt and some concrete right now. Someday. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! xo Jen
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
These photo comparisons are hilarious.
I’d like to make this jasmine lip balm.
I’d love to try this luxury face oil.
I’ve finally been wearing one of my favorite fragrances again. So much love.
My friend Chelsea has been hopping from country to country.
A dreamy selection of pretty underthings.
Such a sweet, simple spring and summer dress.
I love all these simple monogrammed leather goods.
SO MANY BEAUTIFUL JEWELS and so much history. I can get lost for hours.
I love this lovely gold watch.
A wonderful little incense holder.
A perfect little gold and white jewelry dish.
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PHOTO ABOVE: CLARA BOW. ♥
Wonderful cruelty-free, natural makeup brand, Alima Pure, just launched a collection of six dreamy Velvet Lipstick shades. My friends at the Portland-based company sent me a set of samples over the holidays and I’ve been enjoying testing them each out — Beatrice (a deep merlot), Georgia (a vibrant raspberry), Emma (a neutral flushed pink), Lucy (a creamy rosy nude), Iris (an earthy muted red) and Stella (a bold garnet).
My personal favorite is definitely Stella — a classic 1940s brick red. It’s a blue-based true red, but there are some coral tones that soften it and, I feel, make it a shade that would also look good on people who lean towards orange-y reds. So pretty! I also love Beatrice and Iris — I think both are pretty universally flattering. Some people shy away from a bold, wine-colored lip and I think Beatrice would be a good one for taking the leap because it’s a little more sheer and you can control how dark you want it to go. Iris is just a good muted red — that looks really soft and understated. Another favorite is Lucy — a color that I personally don’t look good in, but it’s one that I’ve always wished worked on me! It’s a light, soft color that would be amazing paired with a bold 1960s cat eye eyeliner or smokey eye. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Alima Pure.
Located in Portland’s vibrant Pearl District, Oblation Papers & Press is a gem of a shop — a veritable wonderland for those who appreciate paper goods. Starting out in 1989 with a line of papers handmade using local plants and recycled fibers, owners Ron and Jennifer Rich began working with a 19th century printing press to create custom letterpress wedding invitations. They opened their current location in 1998 and continue to offer custom invitations and announcements via their print shop, urban paper mill, and retail shop. Oblation has a huge selection of artful cards, stationery, paper, ephemera and specialized items such as Italian correspondence cards, French wax seals, fountain pens, photo albums and journals. They even stock raw materials for bookbinding and office supplies.
The large, well-stocked retail space is warm and inviting with lots of historical charm. Upon entering, you’ll immediately find a huge selection of greeting cards covering all occasions, including: congratulations, well wishing, birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, thank you, holidays and everything in between. There are wonderful cards from local makers, such as Old School Stationers, national favorites, like Snow & Graham and Oblation’s own designs. Peppered throughout the space you’ll also find journals, pens, and small gifts such as books and handmade soaps. There is also a party section with place cards, coasters, invitations, cookbooks and other lovely things for your even or as great hostess gifts.
Heading to the other side of Oblation, you’ll find a large selection of fine paper, wrapping paper, more journals, books, and cards, and the Wrapping Bar where you can pick up all manner of fun items to help you create the perfect package. This side of the space is also where you can catch a glimpse of the impressive printing press in action! Oblation’s amazing staff is always available to consult regarding any custom printing needs you may have. Really though, one doesn’t have to need something particular to visit — you’ll either find something you didn’t know you needed or else just thoroughly enjoy perusing their amazing merchandise.
Entering the new Palace space on East Burnside for the first time the word that immediately came to mind was, appropriately enough, ‘palatial’. You’d never guess that owner Charlotte Wenzel just moved into the new space in late October because the interior feels so perfectly put together with beautiful art on the walls, fantastic displays throughout, and a veritable jungle of plants livening things up. Palace covers just about all the shopping needs you could have — new and vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, books, stationery, notebooks, magazines, records, skincare, cosmetics, pantry items and much more.
I gravitated towards the clothing first and was quite impressed with the vintage offerings of seasonally appropriate wool, leather, and corduroy coats, dreamy sweaters, and beautiful silk kimonos — I can just imagine how elegant it would feel to sip my morning tea with one of those embroidered, brightly-colored beauties on! Mixed in with the vintage, I found a great selection of both modern and bohemian items from Ace & Jig, Edith A. Miller, Prairie Underground, Colorant, Hansel from Basel and THVM denim. Also on hand, Palace has Aigle rubber boots for both men and women in all the sizes to keep your feet dry in style.
Once you’ve outfitted yourself, it’s time to show some love to your home. With a wide variety of objets d’art, baskets, ceramics, throws and linens on hand, you’ll have no trouble finding that missing piece for yourself and perfect gifts for friends and family. My favorites were the Sunbeam beeswax candles, Kontex towels from Japan, and the cheeky ‘boob’ pillow cases from Gravel & Gold. Foodies will be impressed with Palace’s collection of Royal Rose syrups, honey from Le Parfait and Heavenly, preserves from Smiley, Mumm’s sprouting seeds, a large selection of cookbooks, and even a small selection of wine.
There’s so much more in store as you encounter the large display of skincare offerings from natural brands like Red Flower, Fat & The Moon, Kate’s Magik, Weleda, Acure, Aster & Bay, Skin Owl and many, many more. Any skincare need you may have will definitely meet it’s match here. Alima Pure cosmetics, OLO fragrances and Butter London nail polishes are lovely when getting dolled up.
Palace also carries a wonderful selection of ceramic, beaded, and woven jewelry alongside pieces from local makers Tiro Tiro and Hazel Cox. I can’t help envisioning retiring back home after a party or long day at work, removing your beautiful jewels and placing them in a sweet ceramic dish, slipping on a kimono, brewing up a cup of T Project tea, and putting on a Françoise Hardy record… just heavenly. All available at Palace!
Palace is located in Portland at 2205 East Burnside Street and is open daily from 11AM to 7PM. You can also follow @palacestore on Instagram.
After a long bout of denial, it has finally sunk in for me that summer is not coming back for another six months, and the days are going to stay cold from here on out. Thankfully, we have Animal Traffic downtown, on North Mississippi and owner Tom Erickson’s newest location inside Grand Marketplace. These purveyors of new and vintage clothing, accessories and apothecary items can help you find a cozy cure for your cold weather woes.
Case in point, during a recent visit I found the inviting and rustically charming space stocked up on lovely American made wool blankets from Woolrich, Pendleton, Faribault and more. I don’t know about you, but I can’t hang on the couch these days without enveloping myself in a blanket cocoon, and any one of Animal Traffic’s beauties would make for a cocoon high on both warmth and style.
Also in stock is a large, fantastic selection of vintage flannel, denim, knitwear, outerwear and boots for men and women — pretty much all you’d need to stay toasty. If vintage isn’t your thing, they’ve got a great selection of new items as well. One of my current favorites is the beautiful Woolrich wool vest.
If you’re in the market for a hat, they’ve got you covered with styles ranging from knit caps to traditional baseball caps to floppy wool fedoras. My personal favorites are from Yellow 108, who make all of their hats in the USA using salvaged materials such as wool and cotton.
I am a big fan of Cold Spring Apothecary candles (try the warming Patchouli Clover and Vanilla Wood scents!) and it’s wonderful to find that they carry them in two sizes. There is something so comforting about the warm glow and rich fragrance of candles this time of year; I like to keep many on hand.
If you’re in Portland, be sure to stop in to Animal Traffic to fortify your cold weather wardrobe. Otherwise, luckily, you can shop online!
Animal Traffic is open daily from 11AM to 6PM at Animal Traffic North at 4000 N Mississippi and Animal Traffic downtown: 429 SW 10th Avenue. They are also open 10AM to 6PM daily at Animal Traffic Grand Marketplace: 1005 SE Grand Ave. You can also follow Animal Traffic on Facebook and @animaltrafficpdx on Instagram.