Hello! HAPPY WEEKEND! I tried to get cozy last weekend, but the weather spiked back into the 80s. Maybe this weekend? I’ll be going to brunch, running errands, baking up a storm (yum — I just made these), and doing the mountain of laundry I’ve been completely ignoring. I still don’t feel settled into fall because of our nutty weather, but I’m totally ready for those moody grey skies, crisp air, and long walks across crunchy leaves now. How about you? xo Jen
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
♥ I’m pretty sure most of us need a galaxy scarf.
♥ My fave booties are back in stock!
♥ I’ll take these boots, please. (20%+ off: GOODBUY)
♥ These black suede ankle-strap shoes are adorable. (20%+ off: GOODBUY)
♥ Oh, HELLO. Love these black penny loafers. Good soles! (20%+ off: GOODBUY)
♥ This canvas and leather weekender would be super handy to have. (20%+ off: GOODBUY)
♥ I don’t know. I kind of love this shiny blush satin bomber.
♥ This dreamy embroidered dress would be so cute for fall and holiday parties.
♥ An adorably sweet moon and stars dress.
♥ A pretty pointelle sweater massively discounted. (extra 40% off: FRIDAY)
♥ A slightly cropped sweater in two lovely shades of blue.
♥ All cat ladies need this funny little kitty sweater.
♥ Hello — how cute are these jeans?? Good buttons.
♥ Another cute pair of jeans — love the length and pockets. (20% off)
♥ This beautiful silk skirt is so lovely in both colors for autumn.
♥ YES! Windowpane. Love these navy grid trousers.
♥ I wear these pretty earrings almost every day, so I need them in white, too!
♥ I’m loving these big simple statement earrings.
♥ If I still worked in an office, I’d bring a sweet lunch bag to work.
♥ This handmade ceramic pour over coffee set is really lovely.
♥ Such pretty copper barware.
♥ This denim patch quilt is amazing.
♥ This cool swaddle blanket would be perfect for a badass baby.
PHOTOS: I LOOOVE these surprisingly current looking photos of models in Alexander Calder’s Connecticut art studio in 1948 by Genevieve Naylor.
As soon as you walk into this gorgeous space and take in the mesmerizing, lush array of colorful blooms and verdant house plants, it’s immediately apparent why Portland’s beloved Solabee Flowers & Botanicals have been named one of the top florists in the nation by Martha Stewart, as well as winning many local awards in the same category.
Having made the move to North Killingsworth from SE Portland earlier this year, Solabee has settled into their conservatory-style space quite nicely. With windows galore, a worn but very beautiful mosaic tile floor, and a romantic mezzanine that houses even more plants, their space in the historic Baker Ballroom building is the perfect backdrop for all the sweet plants. As a nearby resident, I couldn’t be happier to have Solabee so close to home.
Shop owner Alea Joy has made it her mission to stock the shop with locally grown flowers and plants first, which means Solabee’s available greenery revolves around what is in season ensuring an always fresh selection. Whether you’re in need of flowers for a big event like a wedding, looking for a new plant pal for your home, or need a great gift for a fellow plant lover, Solabee is wonderful for both service and stunning options. Plus, they offer local delivery and work with local restaurants, shops, and offices to keep their spaces looking happy.
Also on hand are lovely crystals, unique tools including clippers, pruning saws, and even hori hori knives. There are dreamy planters and assorted pottery, and lovely macrame to really help your plants shine. The beauty and chill vibes that permeate the space are so enticing, even when I don’t have room for a new plant or a need for fresh flowers, I like to stop in regularly just to feast my eyes and take home a new crystal or two.
Solabee is located in Portland at 801 N. Killingsworth St. and is open Monday through Friday from 11AM to 6PM and Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 7PM. You can also shop online anytime. Be sure to follow @solabeeflowers on Instagram and like Solabee on Facebook to treat your feed with their beautiful arrangements and stay up to date on shop news.
Help. I’ve fallen in love with everything from Modern Weaving by Tiffani Anne Williams. I’ve become a little fixated on large brass earrings lately and Tiffani’s fall collection is like a candy store. A lot of her earring shapes feel very 60s and 70s to me and keep the cool west coast art teacher look of the same era that I love so much. I’m also getting some early 80s socialite in Saint-Tropez vibes that I’m enjoying. Very modern designs with winks to the past. Her bags are lovely as well — they are sculptural pieces of modern art. My faves are the Brass Odd Oval Fringe Earrings, the Brass Oval Droop Earrings, the Brass Circle Oval Earrings, the Brass Abstract Loop Earrings, the Circle Snap Bucket Bag, the Leather Grid Satchel, and the Oval Snap Handle Bag in tomato red leather. More HERE, HERE, and HERE.
I love so many things I’ve seen from Someware! It takes me a while to figure out what I want to do with each room that I decorate. It’s a layering process and a process of elimination that can take a while if you’re on a budget or don’t want your home filled with items to make it look like a showroom for one or two brands. I tend to want to get the large pieces for a room in place before I add the other layers, like rugs, smaller furniture, and accessories. Sometimes though, I find a unique handmade rug, small table, artwork piece, or accessory that I feel MUST be in the room and my other selections for the room are informed by that choice to make it work. Someware is filled with those kinds of items that are so beautiful and special that you want to honor them and make the room work for them.
If you already have an aesthetic that celebrates a well-traveled life or a love for many cultures and techniques — there is a lot here for you. My favorites are the San Mateo Hammock, the Sabana Wool Throw Blankets, the Nude Spotted Rug, the Black Spotted Rug, the Guava Riviera Tote and La Spezia Tote, the Mainstay Waste Basket. More HERE.
I used to be more into clothes from Anthropologie from 2004 to 2007-ish, but then it all got waaaaay too fussy for me. Since that heyday, most the time I look at the catalogs and say out loud, “Why would you sew so much crap onto a shirt?? Quit with the asymmetry and fringe and random buttons and peplums and ruffles and gathers and ruching and ties, people!” and “Where are the natural fibers? Where are the simple classics with pretty details?” I do think their home goods and shoes (like these and these) have gotten even better over the years though (SO GOOD right now) and I still peruse from time to time. I found some cute clothes during my last skim through, so I thought I’d do a little post to highlight some of my faves. I linked the photos below to make it easier to get to the items if you like them too. ♥