I’m over the moon again this year to be a sponsor for the amazing Little Boxes community shopping event here in Portland! Holy cats, you guys — THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL SHOPS IN OUR FAIR CITY! We are lucky to have this collective of retail dreamboats to haunt all year round, but it is especially important during these turbulent times to keep our shopping dollars with our phenomenal independent local shops and makers. The Black Friday 11/25 and Small Business Saturday 11/26 local Little Boxes event includes a whopping 200 Portland shops banding together for a fun, interactive way to shop with a crazy amount of perks and stellar prizes to win.
Here in Portland, we stand up for a better way of life by supporting and taking care of each other. It’s not surprising that people all over the world admire our city’s ethos and I couldn’t be more proud of our community for seeing the value of supporting small businesses first. THANK YOU SO MUCH, FRIENDS! Now the Little Boxes details…
GET YOUR PLAN TOGETHER (yes, there’s an app for that)
Make sure to download the FREE Little Boxes App for iPhones & Androids. With the the app you can plan your route, browse by category and neighborhood, navigate to all the Little Box shops, enter the raffle, and track your entries (because… DREAM VACATION, shopping sprees, and so many perks) If you don’t have a smart phone or would just rather track everything in one of the beautiful passport books (with LOTS of coupons) — pick one up at any of the participating shops.
WHAT DO I GET? HOW ABOUT SOME RAD PRIZES? HUH?
Yes, there are so many awesome prizes to be had!! Walk into one of the 200 participating shops and get one free raffle entry just for stopping in to shop. After your first purchase from a participating Little Boxes shop, you will get a coupon for 10% off your next purchase over the two day event. Now you’re on your way to racking up your entries for a slew of wonderful raffle prizes. By your 4th purchase — you will get to add 15 more entries, by your 8th purchase — you’ll get another 20 entries… and so on and so on until your raffle chances are looking mighty fine. You get infinitely more raffle entries with each purchase. They multiply like bunnies, but in a really good way that gives you many, many chances at a dream vacation, shopping sprees from $200 to $600, an iPad Air, sweet gift cards, a farm share, hotel stays, spa treatments, yoga, fancy food, booze, and lots of other great stuff.
Little Boxes takes place next week on Black Friday 11/25 and Small Business Saturday 11/26 from 10AM–6PM at all participating shops. Make sure to follow @LittleBoxesPDX on Instagram and @littleboxespdx on Twitter and like Little Boxes on Facebook for lots of updates and fun photos. Here are the links to everything you need to know about Little Boxes: PARTICIPATING SHOPS • APPS • RAFFLE PRIZES • HOW TO PLAY • MORE INFO
Once again, a blaring shoutout to the founders of Little Boxes, Betsy Cross and Will Cervarich from Betsy & Iya, and their posse of magic elves who coordinate all of this amazingness. Wrangling this many cats and making it cohesive and lovely is truly a daring feat. And, of course, props to the fantastic participating shops, my fellow event sponsors, the prize donators, and to all you Portland honey pies for making this the best place in the world to live. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Remember to hydrate and breathe! ♥
ABOVE PHOTOS: Just a few of the lovely participating Little Boxes shops in Portland’s West End, NW, and Old Town shopping districts: 1. The Yo! Store 2. Bridge & Burn 3. Kat + Maouche 4. Kiriko Made 5. Woonwinkel 6. Backtalk 7. WM Goods 8. Tender Loving Empire 9. Animal Traffic 10. Work/Shop
I’ve really been impressed by the beautiful work that Kelsey Genna and Yvette Edwards have been doing for their new project Well Travelled Bride. Kelsey brings her stunning bridal dress creations and knowledge of amazing international venues that is fostered by savvy wanderlust. Yvette is a masterful florist and prop stylist who creates epic bouquets, floral accessories, and arrangements, as well as looking after the little details that make a ceremony extra special. Well Travelled Bride combines all their insights and skills, making it an excellent wedding guide resource for people looking to tie the knot, honeymoon, or have another fabulous affair. Bridal can get so plain and stodgy — I love what they’re doing.
I love the first story below about some lovely ladies who elope to Wellington, New Zealand, in a helicopter for a gorgeous clifftop ceremony with both brides wearing dreamy dresses by Kelsey Genna and the floral arrangements by Yvette Edwards are incredible and put the romance over the top. Besides inspiration, the WTB stories offer loads of information about their resources. The second story below about a couple having their destination wedding in Bali is beautiful as well (that venue!). There are many more beautiful ideas HERE.
Hello! Here I go with my second installment of LOVELY THINGS! This time it seems to be more about home goods, travel, and art. It’s strange that, without trying, these things that my eye tends to gravitate to all sort of fit together in color and mood. Totally randomly lured by them, but cohesive all the same. Oh my word, I am coveting so many home things. It’s hard when you can see the design symphony your home could boast, but the piggy bank just shakes its head. Little by little it will get there. Check out more Lovely Things posts! ♥
This beautiful little specimen terrarium display case is high on my wish list.
Such sweet floor cushions in geometric waves prints. Nice for kitties, pups, babies, or just so your own bum is comfy relaxing on the floor.
This fun Geometric Wool Tile Dhurrie is a great piece! Especially if the #ihavethisthingwithfloors reality of fancy tile prices is getting you down.
Yep. Still have my eye on these black pom pom baskets. Too good.
Such a clever stacked jewelry box in layers of maple, cork, and copper.
These pretty blown glass pitchers would be nice to have filled with ice and lemonade spritzers for summer dinners on the patio or filled with mimosas at brunch with friends.
YAY! It’s peach season!! This peach tartlet recipe looks yummy.
Oh, yeah. I’d love some strawberry apricot breakfast crisp any morning… any day.
Well, this is a dream workspace! Love the Samara Work Table and the whole look from Feist Forest and Country Living mag.
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.
I’ve been working on a big post about my English roses for later this week, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite gardens, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in the Weald of Kent, in England at Sissinghurst village. I haven’t been yet, but it is on the top of the list along with riding bikes in the Cotswolds and cider and caramels in Brittany. For now, I have this lovely book to thumb through repeatedly. I really recommend Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden by the incomparable Sarah Raven. The book contains a lot of blurbs from the articles Vita wrote in the late 1940s and 1950s about her garden and her strong (and often hilarious) opinions about plants, flowers, interiors, and lifestyle. She led a very interesting and much whispered about life. If you love romantic castle gardens, history, and rule-breaking, clever women — you should read it! What a beautiful place.
SOME THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…
♥ Hello, super good jumpsuits and denim!
♥ Some of the dreamiest linen bedding I’ve seen in a long time.
♥ This stunning Portland shop is full of goodness right now.
♥ LOVE LOVE LOVE this wonderful new collection.
♥ Oh, lordy. This lovely new collection is really poking at my wanderlust.
♥ More deliriously beautiful linen bedding and loungewear. Sigh.
♥ I love this man’s artwork! His portraits, interior design, and flower studies are amazing.
♥ I stopped by for a fun studio visit with one of my favorite jewelry designers! #plants4days
♥ If you’re in the Pacific NW — this is the most amazing farm share you can get!
♥ So many fantastic Portland events coming up!
A SWEET DEAL
♥ The Erica Weiner Online Sample Sale starts at 10am EST Monday 5/23! ALL THE JEWELS.