Best of Honey Kennedy 2016: April, May, June

Hi again! Here are more popular Honey Kennedy posts rounded up from 2016 in April, May, and June. Revisiting these lovelies gets me excited for spring and excited for discovering more talented people and interesting places all around the world. Thanks for coming to this space to hang out with me! It’s feels good to share so many interests with you all and it always means so much to me to hear from you in the comments, through email, and on social media. HAPPIEST NEW YEAR! ♥ Jen xx

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APRIL ♡ This dreamy collection made the sun peek through the clouds. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ So many wonderful dresses and jumpsuits here! View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ This lady’s wonderful shop never fails to inspire. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ This new collaborative local event proves to be amazing. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ Some flowers from my spring garden. More on my instagram! View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ Over 120 beautiful things from small shops and designers. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ This lady’s pretty collection was inspired by ladies of Egypt. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ A sweet collection that feels like ghost stories at a campfire. View entire post.
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APRIL ♡ This beautiful lookbook moved us a bit closer to summer vibes. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ Holy, cats! Love the colors and mood of this gorgeous lookbook. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ So many elegant, sculptural garments from this talented lady. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ This charming Vancouver-based shop created such a lovely story. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ This is one of my favorite paintings ever by this amazing artist. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ A beautiful lookbook that beckons for humid summer days. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ Give me all the linen! So much beauty here. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ Love this collection full of relaxed, easy to throw on pieces. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ So enamored with the amazing textiles from these clever people. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ I just want everything in her phenomenal little shop! View entire post.
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MAY ♡ These guys design so many perfect closet staples every season! View entire post.
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MAY ♡ Pam’s pretty Portland shop is always packed with good things. View entire post.
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MAY ♡ The magical place that I run away to in my mind. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Oh my. I just want EVERYTHING this duo designs. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Oh! My very first Lovely Things post. Must do more of these! View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Over the moon about these beautiful linen clothing designs. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Another stunning collection of linen clothing and loungewear. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Oh, hello. Very lovely handmade shoes at a good price. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Love these glorious jewels made of warm, speckled granite. View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Oh, this was one of my favorite jewelry collections this year! View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ The full skirts and short-sleeved sweaters from this collection! View entire post.
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JUNE ♡ Her artwork mixed with ace clothing designs are magic together. View entire post.
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Gift Guide: Good Books

Hello! Here are 25 books that I have and love, want, or just think would be lovely gifts. Unintentionally, all but two of these titles are by women, and, I guess, that’s just where my heart is right now. Take care and be kind to yourself — we’re going to need all our strength and to be in tip-top shape in mind and body for 2017. Happy Holidays, everyone! ♥

P.S. See some good self-care gift ideas for you and your best ladies.

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
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Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party by Julia Rothmans
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Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World by Yee-Lum Mak and Kelsey Garrity-Riley
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John Derian Picture Book by John Derian
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Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities by Albertus Seba
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The Art of Hair: The Ultimate DIY Guide to Braids, Buns, Curls, and More by Rubi Jones
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Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home by Rachel Atwood
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Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home by Lucinda Hawksley
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The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom
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Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman
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The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials by Ariella Chezar
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Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds by Victoria Summerley
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Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden by Vita Sackville West and Sarah Raven
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The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life by Mary Miers
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The Irish Garden by Jane Powers
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A Modern Way to Cook: 150+ Vegetarian Recipes for Quick, Flavor-Packed Meals by Anna Jones
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Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson
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Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs by Julia Turshen
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Nutrition Stripped: 100 Whole-Food Recipes Made Deliciously Simple by McKel Hill
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Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Our Edible World by Julia Rothman
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Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz
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Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
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A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
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PDX Holiday Shopping: Little Boxes 2016!

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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.

THE DEETS
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 SHOPSAPPSRAFFLE PRIZESHOW TO PLAYMORE INFO

PROPS
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! ♥

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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

Well Travelled Bride

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.

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WELL TRAVELLED BRIDE CREDITS
WELLINGTON // Photography: Sarah Burton Bespoke Gowns: Kelsey Genna Floral + Prop Styling: Yvette Edwards Hair + Makeup: Natalee Fisher Jewelry: Tory & Ko.

BALI // Photography: ALMA Bespoke Gowns: Kelsey Genna Floral + Prop Styling: Yvette Edwards Hair + Makeup: Bali Armory Wedding Stationery: Kelly Lee Venue: Mulia Resort

Lovely Things #2

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! ♥

Love this viewpoint of a 17th century church on Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia.
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This beautiful little specimen terrarium display case is high on my wish list.
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This photo from The Danish Girl of Alicia Vikander, as amazing artist Gerda Wegener, is stunning. The costume designs by Paco Delgado are a dream.
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I’m absolutely cuckoo for this Forest Green Velvet Settee and all the emerald, grey, and duck egg hues. Also, this navy velvet sofa is very close to my antique Chippendale rescue.
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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.
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This fun Geometric Wool Tile Dhurrie is a great piece! Especially if the #ihavethisthingwithfloors reality of fancy tile prices is getting you down.
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Ummm…. I can’t unsee these phenomenally beautiful kilims by Taher Asad-Bakhtiari. His textile work is brilliant.
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Yep. Still have my eye on these black pom pom baskets. Too good.
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“Forestus Tatas”. Hahahaaaa! This Imaginary Boob Fungus Terrarium painting is awesome. I also love this other terrarium painting she did.
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Wow. Lisa’s new lighting designs are freaking fantastic. Those colors! I’d like a Large Smooth Bell, a Small Smooth Bell, and a Large Matchstick Tube to hang together.
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ALL the things from Woonwinkel, please. Especially loving the Copper Bowls with White Marble Lids and the Natural Linen Black Triangles Pillows.
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Such a clever stacked jewelry box in layers of maple, cork, and copper.
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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.
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YAY! It’s peach season!! This peach tartlet recipe looks yummy.
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Oh, yeah. I’d love some strawberry apricot breakfast crisp any morning… any day.
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I love how inviting these tufted daybed mattresses look when stacked up or positioned amongst the houseplants for a living room floor retreat. Really into this one and this one.
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Some of the amazing ceramics available at OKO. Those black vases are by Bobbie Specker and Meadow Design Ceramics made the black planter pot and black salt holder.
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Well, this is a dream workspace! Love the Samara Work Table and the whole look from Feist Forest and Country Living mag.
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