I love the new Betsy & Iya collection that just launched! Betsy’s new designs for You + Me Pt 2 delve back into the relationship between two people moving from acquaintances to the comfort of a close bond and joyous friendship or romantic relationship that was originally explored in You + Me Pt 1. The dance of getting to know someone and ultimately feeling at ease and trusting and supporting each other — no matter how long it takes you to get there. It’s about getting to the point of feeling happy and whole with the special people in your life. Double lines, rounded edges, mirrored shapes — many of these beautiful pieces, from both collections, in brass, bronze, and silver, fit together and complement one another.
My faves are the Spina Hoop Earrings, the Liv Stud Earrings, the Makou Cuff Bracelet, the Elska Earrings, the Rakkaus Necklace, the Oss Stud Earrings, the Liv Ring (matches the earrings!), and that black leather and brass Lumiko Necklace. More HERE.
Hey! 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. ♥
I’ve been loving the new collection from Open Air Museum by emerging Portland designer Shea Christner. Christner moved to Portland in spring of 2015, only a year ago after receiving her BFA in fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design, so it’s amazing that she was able to settle in and launch her first collection after just a year in PDX. Shea finds inspiration for her designs in primitive sculpture, the Bauhaus movement, and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo. My faves are the raw silk Eva Dress and the Accordion Tops in both colors.
Photography: Katie + Joe Bauer
Styling: Laura Housgard
Hair + Makeup: Kaiya Woodside
Model: Anabella Angerlioni
Jewelry + Accessories: Earring by Karenn.la, Ring by Minoux Jewelry, Scarf by Han Starnes
Come out, vintage lovers! Portland’s fun Plucky Maidens Summer Junk Fest is happening this Friday, July 22! They will be back at their wonderful and historic Oaks Amusement Park venue in SE Portland. It’s a really beautiful spot where you can shop for vintage scores right along the Willamette River under a canopy of trees. There will be a whopping 75+ fantastic vintage dealers to peruse and find beautiful home goods, clothing, accessories, jewelry, textiles, toys, paper goods, vintage office supplies, and lots of other fabulous collectibles.
PLUS, along with that roster of great vendors, there will be food trucks, beer, wine, live music, and tons of free parking spaces. It might be a really good day to play hooky from work or use one of those vacation days. Early buying goes from NOON until 2PM and it’s $10 admission. If you can’t make it until later in the day, from 2PM until 7PM it will be $5 to get in to the event. Find a list of vendors and MORE DETAILS HERE.
In the charming coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, we now have Chariot Spirit + Home, the newly open retail spot joining the list of must-visit attractions. An hour and a half from Portland, Astoria has been a long a hidden gem, but it’s popularity has been gaining serious traction the last few years as craft breweries, boutique hotels, a killer farmer’s market, and fun events have taken root and our state becomes home to more people. The addition of Chariot makes it all the more a fun destination for Portland locals and visitors.
Conceived and brought to life by interior designer and tarot reader, Suzy Olsen, Chariot takes it’s name from the chariot card which came up again and again in tarot spreads Suzy pulled for guidance as she worked on this project. A lover of antiques, Suzy was drawn to Astoria’s beautiful Victorian homes, coastal air, and as she put it ‘haunting spirits’. The result of these loves is Chariot’s inspiring combination of retail shop, design studio, and spiritual workshop.
I was lucky enough to visit Chariot on it’s first official day open to the public. It was a beautiful sunny day and Chariot’s wares were truly shining. Stealing the show were definitely the textiles which include handprinted napkins from Portland’s Nell and Mary, shibori pillows from East Knot, as well as brightly colored rugs and throws. Other standouts included paint dipped baskets, striped cafe au lait bowls, wall hangings from WKNDLA, and handmade pottery. Suzy is a lover of antiques and Chariot’s vintage and vintage-inspired wares aren’t fussy and lend themselves to both vintage and modern abodes.
Ready to tackle the ‘spirit’ portion of it’s name, you’ll find natural skin care from Fig and Moss and Plantmakeup, almost too-beautiful-to-burn cedar and rosemary smudge wands, candles, crystals, and incense cones nestled amongst the homewares. A natural skin care enthusiast, I was intrigued by Plantmakeup’s Wild Rose face wash as well as the Fig and Moss Balancing Honey facial cleanser. In the end, I brought home the Balancing Honey Facial Cleanser and couldn’t love it more. While Chariot Spirit + Home would be right at home here in Portland, it’s a lovely addition to Astoria and I can’t wait to stop in again next time I’m in town. I recommend you make the journey yourself this summer and stop in to check it out.
Chariot Spirit + Home is located at 1421 Commercial Street in Astoria, Oregon and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM, Sunday from 11AM to 4PM and Monday from 11AM to 6PM. The shop is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Chariot’s online shop is coming along! Follow @chariot.home on Instagram and like Chariot.home on Facebook to keep up on new arrivals, events and sales.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends! We will be staying home with our sweet pup who can’t handle the fireworks with our annual 4th of July pho bed-in. I’ll also be sprucing up the garden and GETTING THE HOUSE READY FOR MY IN-LAWS. They’re so kind, but I’m a nutter about getting the house looking pretty for visitors. Hopefully, I’ll get to cook up some yummy stuff with our beautiful farm share … aaannd drink all the rosé. See ya next week! xo Jen
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