One of the newest and most adorable additions to the NE Alberta shopping district is stationery and gift shop, Darling Distraction. While not exactly on Alberta Street proper, the entrance is easily found just around the corner on NE 16th. Stepping inside for the first time, I was immediately taken by the bright and fun interior (that wallpaper!) which houses an extensive collection of rainbow-hued stationery (including owner Karina Lopez’s own line), gift wrap, party supplies, art prints, fun accessories, vintage tchotchkes, and tons more.
Karina Lopez is from the Napa Valley, but has been taken with Portland for some time. After traveling here often over the years, a move just made sense and she took the plunge last year. With a fabulous eye for color and decor, Darling Distraction followed soon after. And thank goodness, because it’s the perfect pop of fun and color for all of your party, gift giving, and correspondence needs.
Also stocking harder to find items like accessories from Ban.do, lapel pins from Little Arrow Studio and Rosehound Apparel, and cheeky nail decals from Sara M. Lyons, I’m thrilled to no longer have to order these items online and pay extra shipping costs. Karina also saves you the work of scouring thrift shops for perfect-condition vintage tchotchkes. Expect to find gorgeous flamingos, playful pandas, and regal chinoiserie dogs among others. Snag one for yourself along with colorful pencils, notepads adorned with playful pink kittens, and apple macaron lip balm to dress up your desk or just brighten your day.
(Editor’s note: My current shop faves are the Anemone Wrapping Paper, the Geometric Honeycomb Garland, Copper Metallic Ribbon, Brass Fox Letter Opener, Letterpress Patterned Copper Foil Card Set, the Minty Eye Wax Seals and the Florabunda Agenda!)
DARLING DISTRACTION STATIONERY LAUNCH PARTY
If you are in Portland, stop by the Karina’s stationery launch party this Friday, July 31, from 5 to 8PM! Come enjoy cupcakes, drinks and take advantage of 20% off your purchase. INFO.
Darling Distraction is located in Portland, Oregon at 4936 NE 16th Avenue and is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM and on Sundays from 10AM to 5PM. You can also shop Darling Distraction online. Make sure to follow @darlingdistraction on Instagram and Darling Distraction on Facebook to keep up on new items as they hit the shop and upcoming events!
I’ve always loved the collections from Nadinoo and Nadia Izruna’s current collection suspends you once again in her dreamy fairytale world. I adore the lovely hand drawn prints this season that were illustrated by artist Genevieve Godbout! The designs would look good in solids in any season, but these prints really pull you into Nadia’s vision. My current Nadinoo favorites are the Dovetail Dress in pears, the Button Up Dress in the apple print and the hydrangea Fine Day Playsuit. The Nadinoo sale section is pretty fantastic right now and you can still snap up beauties like the Right As Rain Dress, the Paint By Numbers Playsuit and the sweet Oopsy Daisy Top in coral silk. More HERE and in Nadia’s Etsy shop.
I’m so happy to be home after doing some traveling up to Seattle last week. It was so good to see some beloved close friends, but I’m really looking forward to catching up on sleep, work and house projects this weekend. I’ve had a bit of insomnia lately, so I’m all out of sorts and, frankly, pretty cranky. I’m also looking forward to stopping by the big Renegade handmade market this weekend — it looks insanely good! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! HAPPY FRIDAY! xo Jen
P.S. Someone needs to make some earrings like the ones in the pic of Brigitte Bardot above!!
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
Where was this information when I was single!!?? Spot on.
I love Sarai’s essay on breaking the status quo. Refuse to be labeled.
I’d like to try making this floral cleansing beauty mask.
This whole Madewell x Sézane collection is fantastic.
I love this sweet cactus print dress! It’ll be adorable with fall tights as well.
A good deal! I think this dress would be a great closet staple.
Super slinky little black silk dress.
I love this stunning silk tile-print dress — so good for summer parties! (on mega sale!)
SO MUCH LOVE for this amazing embroidered tunic dress.
I still love this sweet dress in all three colors. (40% off code SUMMERSALE)
A lovely linen romper. (30% off code LOVELOFT)
Just a perfect striped top.
Wow. This white shirt is such a beauty.
These casual linen trousers in every color! Maybe swap out the belt though.
Another great deal! A sweet, short jumpsuit with pockets.
I love these striped cotton and leather sandals.
I’m not sure why, but these sneakers look comfy for long morning walks.
I need this Crescent Moon Pouch!
I love this beautiful bag! I saw it in person and it’s even better than the photos.
I love this dotty leather tote — it is also even better in person!
I’m considering this lovely black bag too!
This pretty striped linen and leather tote would be a wonderful beach or pool bag. (on sale!)
Maybe I’ve been in the garden too much — I love these pillowcases!
I adore this sweet vintage tapestry wall hanging — a cute curtain on a slim window too!
FUCK HIM FOREVER. Lock him up. The special treatment is insane.
➔ A SWEET DEAL
The HUGE Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is happening right now! It’s pretty crazy.
Get 20% off dreamy jewels from Paper & Chain with code: PAPERKENNEDY thru 8/1.
➔ I HEART PDX
♥ Friday, July 24. 3PM — 7PM. At North of West 203 SW 9th ave. Come by the wonderful North of West Summer Trunk Show featuring beautiful works from Fail Jewelry, Young America Creative and Love Jules Leather. All of the designers will be showcasing beautiful designs that aren’t carried in the shop! Plus, there is a storewide 10% off during the event and sips and snacks too! MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, July 25 + Sunday, July 26. 11am — 6pm daily. At Rejuvenation 1100 SE Grand Ave. Make sure to come by the amazing Renegade Craft Fair at Rejuvenation this weekend! There are 200 makers and the wares are BEAUTIFUL. Read my post and see my fair picks HERE.
♥ Saturday, July 25. 11AM — 8PM. At Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique 2515 SE Clinton St. Come to the HUGE Xtabay Vintage Clothing Clearance Sale! Get 50% off stunning vintage clothing this Saturday during the Clinton/Division Street Fair! MORE INFO.
YAY! Renegade Craft Fair is returning to Portland this weekend and the roster of makers this year is EPIC. I gathered some of my favorite designs from the 200 designers here in this post (it was REALLY difficult to edit!), but the level of talent selling their wares at the handmade market this weekend is remarkable. There is a lovely list of local favorites in attendance along with more independent makers from near and far. Plus, there will be DIY workshops, installations and activities to explore, delicious food and drinks, and more!
Admission to the Renegade Craft Fair is free and the event takes place from 11am to 6pm this Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 at Rejuvenation at the corner of Grand Ave and Taylor st. at 1100 Southeast Grand Avenue. Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation! You can find route directions to the event HERE. See you there!
GOOD FAIR VIBES
There will be a large-scale installation to help invigorate the space with an artistic energy by Artist Angela Eastman and Radiant Human will be at the event snapping their phenomenal aura photographs!
RAD VINTAGE SCORES
Vintage savvy shoppers can explore the Lost Girls Vintage trailer for some amazing treasures found all around the country.
YUMMY FAIR FOOD
Nibble treats from wonderful food vendors, like Cowboy Toffee Co, Chocolate Makers Studio, p.o.p. Candy Co., Sage and Sea Farms, Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters, Strongwater Craft Spirits & Botanicals, Wei Kitchen, T-We Tea and more. Try delicious samples at Bear Naked Granola!
RAIN OR SHINE
Portland’s Renegade event will be held outside at Rejuvenation come rain-or-shine! And even more wonderful news is that you can bring the furry members of your clan for shopping fun — as long as you keep them on a leash!
CATCH A RIDE
If you need a ride, Uber is sponsoring rides for the summer 2015 Renegade fairs. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the Uber app or go to uber.com/go/RCF2015.
YAY! I’m having a sweet Wood & Faulk giveaway! Matt’s shop is full of amazing designs for bags, accessories, belts, wallets, outdoor gear and home goods. One lucky person will get to pick any item of their choice from the wonderful Wood & Faulk shop! My current W&F faves are the beautiful new Slouch Tote in fawn, the perfect Northwesterner weekender bag (I have it in black and LOVE it), all the Carpenter Bags (especially natural waxed, black and limited edition navy), all the Camp Stools, both of the Dog Leashes and the Standard Aprons. We’re all big Wood & Faulk fans here at our house. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE! ♥
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Visit Wood & Faulk and tell us your shop favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @woodandfaulk on Instagram and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us–just let me know that, too!
SHIPPING, ETC: The winner’s shipping will be covered by Wood & Faulk. International entries are welcome, but the winner is responsible for all international duties, fees and taxes that may come up.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tuesday, July 28, at 11PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name of the winner within a few days.
Images courtesy of Wood & Faulk.