Located in Portland’s vibrant Pearl District, Oblation Papers & Press is a gem of a shop — a veritable wonderland for those who appreciate paper goods. Starting out in 1989 with a line of papers handmade using local plants and recycled fibers, owners Ron and Jennifer Rich began working with a 19th century printing press to create custom letterpress wedding invitations. They opened their current location in 1998 and continue to offer custom invitations and announcements via their print shop, urban paper mill, and retail shop. Oblation has a huge selection of artful cards, stationery, paper, ephemera and specialized items such as Italian correspondence cards, French wax seals, fountain pens, photo albums and journals. They even stock raw materials for bookbinding and office supplies.
The large, well-stocked retail space is warm and inviting with lots of historical charm. Upon entering, you’ll immediately find a huge selection of greeting cards covering all occasions, including: congratulations, well wishing, birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, thank you, holidays and everything in between. There are wonderful cards from local makers, such as Old School Stationers, national favorites, like Snow & Graham and Oblation’s own designs. Peppered throughout the space you’ll also find journals, pens, and small gifts such as books and handmade soaps. There is also a party section with place cards, coasters, invitations, cookbooks and other lovely things for your even or as great hostess gifts.
Heading to the other side of Oblation, you’ll find a large selection of fine paper, wrapping paper, more journals, books, and cards, and the Wrapping Bar where you can pick up all manner of fun items to help you create the perfect package. This side of the space is also where you can catch a glimpse of the impressive printing press in action! Oblation’s amazing staff is always available to consult regarding any custom printing needs you may have. Really though, one doesn’t have to need something particular to visit — you’ll either find something you didn’t know you needed or else just thoroughly enjoy perusing their amazing merchandise.
Entering the new Palace space on East Burnside for the first time the word that immediately came to mind was, appropriately enough, ‘palatial’. You’d never guess that owner Charlotte Wenzel just moved into the new space in late October because the interior feels so perfectly put together with beautiful art on the walls, fantastic displays throughout, and a veritable jungle of plants livening things up. Palace covers just about all the shopping needs you could have — new and vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, books, stationery, notebooks, magazines, records, skincare, cosmetics, pantry items and much more.
I gravitated towards the clothing first and was quite impressed with the vintage offerings of seasonally appropriate wool, leather, and corduroy coats, dreamy sweaters, and beautiful silk kimonos — I can just imagine how elegant it would feel to sip my morning tea with one of those embroidered, brightly-colored beauties on! Mixed in with the vintage, I found a great selection of both modern and bohemian items from Ace & Jig, Edith A. Miller, Prairie Underground, Colorant, Hansel from Basel and THVM denim. Also on hand, Palace has Aigle rubber boots for both men and women in all the sizes to keep your feet dry in style.
Once you’ve outfitted yourself, it’s time to show some love to your home. With a wide variety of objets d’art, baskets, ceramics, throws and linens on hand, you’ll have no trouble finding that missing piece for yourself and perfect gifts for friends and family. My favorites were the Sunbeam beeswax candles, Kontex towels from Japan, and the cheeky ‘boob’ pillow cases from Gravel & Gold. Foodies will be impressed with Palace’s collection of Royal Rose syrups, honey from Le Parfait and Heavenly, preserves from Smiley, Mumm’s sprouting seeds, a large selection of cookbooks, and even a small selection of wine.
There’s so much more in store as you encounter the large display of skincare offerings from natural brands like Red Flower, Fat & The Moon, Kate’s Magik, Weleda, Acure, Aster & Bay, Skin Owl and many, many more. Any skincare need you may have will definitely meet it’s match here. Alima Pure cosmetics, OLO fragrances and Butter London nail polishes are lovely when getting dolled up.
Palace also carries a wonderful selection of ceramic, beaded, and woven jewelry alongside pieces from local makers Tiro Tiro and Hazel Cox. I can’t help envisioning retiring back home after a party or long day at work, removing your beautiful jewels and placing them in a sweet ceramic dish, slipping on a kimono, brewing up a cup of T Project tea, and putting on a Françoise Hardy record… just heavenly. All available at Palace!
Palace is located in Portland at 2205 East Burnside Street and is open daily from 11AM to 7PM. You can also follow @palacestore on Instagram.
After a long bout of denial, it has finally sunk in for me that summer is not coming back for another six months, and the days are going to stay cold from here on out. Thankfully, we have Animal Traffic downtown, on North Mississippi and owner Tom Erickson’s newest location inside Grand Marketplace. These purveyors of new and vintage clothing, accessories and apothecary items can help you find a cozy cure for your cold weather woes.
Case in point, during a recent visit I found the inviting and rustically charming space stocked up on lovely American made wool blankets from Woolrich, Pendleton, Faribault and more. I don’t know about you, but I can’t hang on the couch these days without enveloping myself in a blanket cocoon, and any one of Animal Traffic’s beauties would make for a cocoon high on both warmth and style.
Also in stock is a large, fantastic selection of vintage flannel, denim, knitwear, outerwear and boots for men and women — pretty much all you’d need to stay toasty. If vintage isn’t your thing, they’ve got a great selection of new items as well. One of my current favorites is the beautiful Woolrich wool vest.
If you’re in the market for a hat, they’ve got you covered with styles ranging from knit caps to traditional baseball caps to floppy wool fedoras. My personal favorites are from Yellow 108, who make all of their hats in the USA using salvaged materials such as wool and cotton.
I am a big fan of Cold Spring Apothecary candles (try the warming Patchouli Clover and Vanilla Wood scents!) and it’s wonderful to find that they carry them in two sizes. There is something so comforting about the warm glow and rich fragrance of candles this time of year; I like to keep many on hand.
If you’re in Portland, be sure to stop in to Animal Traffic to fortify your cold weather wardrobe. Otherwise, luckily, you can shop online!
Animal Traffic is open daily from 11AM to 6PM at Animal Traffic North at 4000 N Mississippi and Animal Traffic downtown: 429 SW 10th Avenue. They are also open 10AM to 6PM daily at Animal Traffic Grand Marketplace: 1005 SE Grand Ave. You can also follow Animal Traffic on Facebook and @animaltrafficpdx on Instagram.
I’ve been admiring a bunch of lovely things at Rilla and it turns out that many of them are now on sale — with a sale code on top of that sale. Courtney stocks wonderful things from Ilana Kohn, Osei-Duro, Leah Goren, Dusen Dusen, LunaSol, other great independent designers and a great selection of vintage picks. Most alluring to me are the wally dress, linter dress, picasso cat scarf, black showers shirt, annie shirt, elle bra, floral watercolor scarf and the graphic pattern plate. So, basically, ALL THE THINGS. More HERE.
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My dear friend and amazing hairdresser, Kassandra Sommerville, showed me these stunning photos with her hair and makeup work a while back and I’m so happy to be able to share them now. Kassandra and wonderful floral designer Judith Edwards collaborated on these dreamy portraits of some lovely local ladies and worked with photographer Lane Oliveri to capture the beauty. I love that you can tell that they took a lot of time sketching out the floral piece, hairstyle and makeup for each model. Kassandra thinks that every woman should have a beautiful portrait of herself that she loves and can pass down to family members or just keep to admire over the years. Love that idea! You can see lots more inspiring makeovers at @kassandrasommerville on Instagram.
Crown of stock, anenome, ranunculus, and flowering heather
White Football Mum (Chrysanthemum) with dusty miller and dried celosia plumosa
Stock — one of Judith’s favorites for the fragrance and ruffly texture of the buds
Asymmetrical hair pieces made of anenome, yellow hyperacum berry
Ranunculus, anenome, yellow hyperacum berry, dried celosia plumosa, and myrtle
Dried celosia plumosa, ranunculus, flowering heather and dusty miller
Wreath of dried celosia plumosa, yellow hyperacum berries, and flowering heather
ANNA MARIE COOPER
Flowering heather, dried celosia plumosa, white ranunculus
Wreath of dried celosia plumosa, flowering heather, and myrtle leaves
Photography: Lane Oliveri
Floral Design: Judith Edwards
Hair + Makeup: Kassandra Sommerville
Models: Rebecca Wall, Devon Davis, Anna Marie Cooper, Maya Attar, Shaedyn Mann, Lila Pilcher, Carolyn Grigar, Alela Diane, Sakiko Setaka
Capelets: Eve in Eden