I recently stumbled upon NE Alberta’s Cord while out looking for a birthday gift for a friend and was instantly in love with the high design space. Describing themselves as stocking ‘ranked and well stowed’ objects, I agree and would go even farther to say Cord is expertly bridging the gap between fun and function.
Owner Carey Schleicher-Haselhorst opened Cord three years ago when the space next door to her husband Myles Haselhorst’s art gallery, Ampersand, became available. Having wanted to expand for a while and inspired by her love of vintage ephemera and childhood camping trips, Cord was born. The name is referential to a cord of wood, which Carey fondly recalls chopping with her father each year as winter approached and is referenced in Cord’s cool and contemporary logo. You’ll find a thorough selection of thoughtfully designed camping gear including axes, knives, camp stoves and blankets, lanterns, utensils, and beautifully functional trip and trail packs from TOPO Designs and Red Clouds.
Not much of a camper? That’s OK, Cord also has a large selection of gadgets, home accessories, apothecary and shaving supplies, books, stationary, the aforementioned vintage ephemera, and art objects — including a dazzling selection of mobiles. I had no trouble finding a delightful gift for my friend and between their selection of art books, knives, colored pencils, Stanley flasks, and accessories like leather wallets and Zippo lighters, Cord is now my go-to whenever I need a gift for the many hard to shop for men in my life.
Cord is located in Portland at 2916 NE Alberta St. and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12PM to 7PM and on Sundays from 12PM to 5PM. If Carey is there, be sure to ask her for local camping recommendations! You can also shop Cord online and follow @cordpdx on Instagram.
These beautiful photographs are from sets of medium format negatives that imthecatlady found while thrifting on Hull St. in Richmond, VA. She’s hoping to find the owners of these images somehow — which would be pretty amazing. I love them because they remind me of my grandmother (Honey Kennedy) and our shared love of a sky swirling with pink and blue which she always said was her favorite color — Sky Blue Pink. ♥
Images courtesy of imthecatlady.
So sorry for the super light week of content! I had so many posts in the works that will have to wait until next week. I ended up in some terrible pain and having to go to several doctor’s appointments to sort things out and it looks like unavoidable surgery, unfortunately. It is inspiring me to finally get a little more personal in some upcoming posts as I’d mentioned I’d wanted to do in the beginning of the year, so I guess that’s good. This weekend will be spent doing some physical stuff that we need to tackle before I’m useless lifting heavy boxes for a bit. I’ve had laparoscopic surgery once before, but I guess going under still scares the hell out of me. I wish I could be a little stronger for other women who have never gone through surgery to help overcome some difficult women’s health issues, but I need that kind of pep talk myself at this point! The only thing I can say is that you should find a surgeon who really feels like the right fit for you — I think that’s important for peace of mind. I guess I feel that way about any doctor — find your people who make you feel safe and confident in their hands. OK, this is a weird Friday post! Ha. I hope your weekend is full of zero troubles and lots of fun. See you next week. xo Jen
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Friday, Aug 7. 7PM to 10PM at Seven Sisters. Join Allison to celebrate 4 years of Votre Grande Soeur! General merriment will be enhanced by a signature VGS cocktail featuring booze from Eastside Distillery, sweet soul sounds from DJ Big Booty Judy, rad goodie bags and more! The VGS party is at Seven Sisters at 811 E. Burnside. MORE INFO.
Saturday, Aug 8. Doors at 6PM. Show at 7PM. Make sure to come to the Alley 33 Fashion Show!!! The amazing event will take place at 33rd & SE Hawthorne Blvd. and the designers participating are: Amelia Boutique, Carolyn Hart Designs, Altar Houseline, Chubby Cartwheels, Sarah Bibb for FOLLY, Veil & Valor, Lizz Basinger, Bridge City Bikinis, WearMOORE, Emma Salz, FYN, Hubris, Piper Dalton, Smith River, Wolf Child with MKO Vintage, All Bad Days, The Moonchilde, KDDesigns, Eve Skywalker, Lostwood Lane Apparel and Carla Mink for Mink. There will be music and a fun afterparty at Gold Dust Meridian! MORE INFO + BUY TICKETS.
PHOTOS: 1. Observatory in Jaipur from Harper’s Bazaar, January 1958. 2. San Simeon by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, June 1958. 3. Harper’s Bazaar, 1951.
Already a popular N. Mississippi shopping destination among Portland’s most fashion forward, Backtalk recently opened a second location to much fanfare in downtown’s increasingly amazing West End. Owner Katie Freedle said she hadn’t had immediate plans to expand, but when the new space opened up she knew it was time for action. How right she was! The new space is gorgeous and a perfect addition to the neighborhood.
The new space is large and open and houses great apparel from contemporary independent designers as well as a carefully curated selection of vintage and unique accessories. Like the original Backtalk, the new location also features a rotating display of local art as well as studio space for a resident designer. Laurs Kemp has that honor at the new location (Alexa Stark is resident designer at the Mississippi location) and has been whipping up fun and eclectic limited edition designs for Backtalk shoppers since moving in.
While Backtalk has an amazing selection of apparel, including local brands Marty Jean, Reif, and Sara Bergman, it’s really their selection of accessories that makes my heart flutter. Specializing in unique geometric styles, you’ll find a large selection of rings, earrings, ear cuffs, bangles and necklaces in materials ranging from your standard metals to semi-precious stones, marble and porcelain. If you’re looking to treat yourself or a good friend, Backtalk is the place to pick up that truly special, pretty piece.
Backtalk West is located in Portland at 421 SW 10th Ave and the original Backtalk location can be found at 3962 N. Mississippi Ave. Both shops are open daily from 11AM to 7PM. Make sure to follow Backtalk on Facebook and @backtalkpdx on Instagram to stay apprised of new arrivals, special events and sales.
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!