Hello there! Here is my list of fun stuff happening around town. Easter Sunday is pretty packed with awesome fun and it would be even better if your pockets are full of Cadbury mini eggs or, even better, dazzling dark chocolate bunnies (SOOOOO GOOD!) from Alma. Actually, add buying chocolate at Alma to the list. Have a lovely time out and about! xo Jen
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♡ Tomorrow, Friday, April 18, stop by the Little Oaxaca Sale + new studio party from 7PM–10PM! Local designer, Jen Goff, recently went on a wonderful trip to Oaxaca and found a mountain of treasure. Find textiles, baskets, hats, embroidered tops, incense cones, dipped candles and Jen’s beautiful Takara jewelry, of course. Takara Design Studio is at 911 N. Monroe Street (on N. Mississippi). MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, Tilde is hosting the 5th Annual Tasi Design Jewelry Trunk Show and you can meet the designer 12—3PM on Saturday, April 19 at the shop! There will be a 15% off discount on all Tasi Design jewelry during the trunk show and each purchase enters you into a raffle to win a necklace. Tilde is at 7919 SE 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ Lille Boutique is celebrating their 7th Anniversary and having a closing event for their Westside shop at the same time. There’s a big BOGO sale! Buy any item (at the downtown location only) and get one item of equal or lesser value FREE (per person; not valid with other discounts; while supplies last.) For those who can’t make it to the Alder store to shop the sale, you can use coupon code HAPPY7TH during online checkout to take 25% off the Westside Store Collection. Lille’s downtown location is at 1124 SW Alder St. MORE INFO.
♡ This Sunday, April 20, Beam & Anchor is celebrating their 2nd anniversary from 12PM–5PM. There will be Easter mimosas and 10% discounts. Beam & Anchor is at 2710 N Interstate Ave.
♡ On Sunday, April 20, Mag-Big is having their big Spring Cleaning Sale. Save 15% off past season inventory and other major Mag-Big discounts from 11AM-5PM. It’s a one day bonanza to make room for their new house label stock for spring! Mag-Big is at 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd. MORE INFO.
♡ On Sunday, April 27, come out for The 4th Annual BIGGEST Clothing Swap in the NW! The madness goes from 11AM-3PM and all you need is $5 and a bag of clothes (ONLY clean, wearable, no holes, no smells) for this epic swap and you leave with a whole new wardrobe. Or you can buy an empty bag for $5 if you don’t have duds to share. Bring all your pals! Sip mimosas and cocktails and come have fun digging through mountains of clothes. All funds raised go to put on the Alley 33 Fashion Show this coming July. The mayhem takes place at Secret Society 116 NE Russell Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, May 3, Manor Fine Wares will be hosting a Heather Moore Jewelry Trunk Show all day, from 10AM—6PM. These are very popular jewels to gift moms! Manor Fine Wares is located at 907 NW 23rd Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ On Sunday, May 4, fcome out for the AMAZING Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale event from 10AM—3PM at Mississippi Marketplace! You guys–this thing is insane and there are GOOOOOD baked goods here. Help animals, people and the planet while these wonderful people raise money for Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW and Russian Freedom Fund. Mississippi Marketplace is at 4233 N. Mississippi Ave. MORE INFO. Do you want to bake some vegan treats to donate? DONATION BAKERS NEEDED.
♡ Starting Friday, May 9 and running through Saturday, October 11, Museum of Contemporary Craft will be featuring Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo. Come see work by NW designers: Adam Arnold, Michael Cepress, Anna Cohen and Imperial Stock Ranch, Michelle Lesniak, Carole McClellan, The Portland Collection by Pendleton Woolen Mills, Liza Rietz and Anna Telcs. “Fashioning Cascadia’s participatory projects look at the ways we engage, use, and re-fashion clothing day-to-day. And conceptual works by nationally-recognized artists illuminate cultural attitudes about fashion through dialogue, storytelling, and hands-on workshops.” MORE INFO.
♡ Saturday, May 10, the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale is happening at the Convention Center from 11AM–6PM. Also, THERE WILL BE KITTENS. Kittens and crafts! On-site cat adoption will be happening as well as over 200 vendors and the first 200 shoppers will get a sweet goodie bag. All ages + free admission. Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale is at 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, May 10, Flora is hosting a Mother’s Day Trunk Show from 2–6PM! Stop by for lovely things from Alima Pure, Alma Chocolate, Favor Jewelry, Flora Bowley and Lynzee Lynx. Flora is at 917 SW Washington St. MORE INFO.
♡ Monday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 14 The Portland Mercury’s Open Season: 10th Annual Fashion Show is happening and there will be a mini show each day for all three days. AlexaStark, Crazy Wind, Mag-Big and Portland Garment Factory will be sharing their designs and the Merc has partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Craft to celebrate local apparel design and manufacturing. The shows go from 6–8PM each evening at different locations. MORE INFO + TICKETS.
I’m in love with the beautiful new MUKU women’s clothing collection for Spring/Summer 2014. Their dresses, tops, skirts, trousers and jackets are perfect for the warmer months. It’s so sweet that ladies can look as cute as kids in MUKU now. Their dreamy linen and silk pieces just hang so beautifully on little ones and ladies alike. Here are a few of my favorites below–I adore that light grey linen and the white and black. More HERE.
Images courtesy of MUKU.
My name is Jennifer Colette McCabe and I am a linen bedding addict. OK, it’s not just bedding–I also love linen clothing, upholstery, curtains, napkins, towels, bags and even shoes. Today, I’ll just focus on bedding though, OK? OK. Also, please note that I am not in recovery for my linen addiction–I have no desire to kick this comfy habit. Ever.
My bedding addiction started years ago, after a particularly brutal breakup when I decided that I was going to ‘take back the night’ and turn my bed into a luxurious retreat instead of a place for sobbing and feeling lonely. I bought two sets of soft cotton Ralph Lauren sheets, some Donna Karan pillowcases, a much nicer duvet cover and even a featherbed. It took a while to pay off that credit card transaction, but it was LIFE CHANGING. Thread count was my new boyfriend and he really knew how to treat a lady.
Seriously though, I think turning my bedroom into a magical place helped me heal my broken heart more quickly than I would have without the transformation. It also felt good to take care of and look out for myself in that way. Even though I’d taken care of myself completely independently since I was 17 years old, I think this was the first time I’d really invested in my own physical and mental well-being and that felt liberating from my own tendency to wallow in the minutiae of heartbreak or drown in anxiety. I think it also helped me keep my heart open to the possibility of falling in love again and sharing that space.
So, that’s the story of when good bedding became important to me. When I say “good”, I don’t necessarily mean expensive–you can get lucky and find fine linens for not very much money. I do admit that, while I am not a wealthy person, I do prioritize the expense of beautiful new bed linens from time to time. The addiction that started simply with nice cotton has moved into a stonewashed linen zone over the past 4 years or so. I just really love the drape and casual elegance of washed linen. I’ve had a lot of readers and friends email or text me to ask me my bedding advice and recommendations after I’ve posted images of my bedrooms, so I thought I would write out some ideas for building a nice little linen bedding collection.
WHAT I BUY
To date, I have not purchased any flat or fitted linen sheets. For now, I stick with 100% cotton sheets–usually from West Elm or department stores. I usually choose neutral or muted colors that can mix and match with what we already own, but sometimes a sweet floral, dots or stripes will catch my eye. I may eventually indulge, but for some reason I think I’d be more likely to save up for plain cotton flat and fitted sheets in a higher thread count.
For pure linen, I stick with a variety of standard pillowcases, king cases, euro pillowcases, duvet covers, cushion covers and throw blankets. I love the way an assortment of colors and eras looks layered together.
WHERE I SHOP
◎ Alder & Co.: This is one of my favorite shops in Portland and I have a small collection of lovely French linen pillowcases in soft, muted colors that I’ve purchased or been given as gifts over the years. I would love one of their duvet covers someday or one of their lovely linen throws.
◎ Estate sales: You’d be surprised how good your odds are for finding nice linen and really soft high quality cotton at estate sales. I usually just find pillowcases and table linens and sometimes flat sheets (rarely larger than full–mattresses are much bigger nowadays), but you could stumble on a linen goldmine. Just make your way to the bedroom and the linen closet is usually close by. Just dig around a bit, but not in Portland because I will straight up tackle you to the ground. Trust.
◎ Garnet Hill: Over a year ago, I started stalking the Eileen Fisher washed linen bedding that they carry at Garnet Hill–they had the sweetest light pink color called ‘rosewater’, so when they announced a 30% off code–I pounced on a set of pillowcases. I ended up really loving them–they are super soft and the cases are nice and large. They have a lovely drape to them. I’ve since purchased a couple more pillowcases and a duvet cover. They seem to have sales every few months and they are having a bedding sale right now through March 31.
◎ Ikea: You have to dig and then wait for linen pieces at Ikea, but they do come up. In the past I’ve found a white linen duvet cover, euro pillow covers in 100% ramie (natural fiber that resembles linen) and linen throw blankets. Snap them up when you see them here because once they are gone you will probably never see them again. Just do a good scan of the bedding section and read the care labels for fabric content. Also check the area with throw blankets and throw pillow covers–that’s where I found the nice linen euro shams and throw blankets.
◎ Pottery Barn: This is another place that you have to dig, but sometimes linen things pop up. If you are looking online just search “linen” and scan through what’s available to see if anything catches your eye. These linen sheet sets are kind of tempting. I bought a duvet cover and some pretty linen pillowcases there from their new collection with a Christmas gift card from my mom a couple months ago. The duvet cover is a cotton/linen blend and it feels really well-made. The buttons along the bottom are really secure (which is surprisingly rare) and there are ties inside to help secure your comforter–this is always a big plus.
◎ Antiques malls, vintage shops & Etsy: Just rummage around in the big stacks of linens you find in antiques dealers spaces–you will get lucky sometimes. Also, this is less competitive than estate sales. Again, it will likely be linen pillowcases and table linens, but they might be real beauties. Same thing with digging around on Etsy–you might get lucky and find intricate Irish linen or other dreamy linen pieces.
◎ Traveling: I haven’t done it yet, but I love the idea of picking up pretty linens while traveling in other countries or regions. Especially if you’re in places that are known for their beautiful textiles. ♥
Here are some very sweet bridal looks from Hayley Monson’s shop, Deerfield Vintage. The collection is called “Little Dreamer” and all the dresses are one-of-a-kind 1950s and 60s pieces. I think my favorites are short satin and lace dress with 3/4 sleeves and that lovely short crochet lace dress. Hayley says, “I scoured the globe for beautifully created, timeless and classic dresses which pretty much meant no puffy sleeves and sequins! I searched for lace, silk and anything will collar. I’m a girl who really loves a good peter pan collar on a wedding dress!” There are other nice things besides bridal in the shop, too. More HERE.
Hello! OK, so the list this week is pretty massive and this coming weekend is where it gets wild. SO MUCH FUN STUFF GOING ON! You’re going to have to map it all out as you see fit because it’s all fantastic. You should also stop by the unequivocally dreamy cafe, Din Din. I had tea and cake this week with my friend, Heather, and it was delicious, adorable and cozy. Here are some photos I snapped–I can’t wait to go back. Have a good time out there! xo Jen
UPDATE: Most events for this weekend are now postponed. Make sure to check that events are still happening this weekend now that we’ve had so much snowfall!
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♡ Starting today, Thursday, February 6, Stars Antiques Malls in Westmoreland will be having big sales from 4 dealers–up to 20% OFF vintage treasures for one day only. Check the Stars Facebook Page for more info about discounts and dealers. Stars has 3 shops on Milwaukie–the first shop is at 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ Now through Friday, February 14, Demimonde will be having their sweet Valentine’s Day Jewelry Sale! Stop by for big deals: Demimonde Jewelry 15% OFF, vintage jewelry 20% OFF and designer jewelry 20–30% OFF. Demimonde is at 2428 NE Broadway. MORE HERE.
♡ This Friday, Feb 7, stop by Grayling for the Grayling Jewelry Spring Launch Party. Get your hands on the new spring collection while sipping bubbly and nibbling chocolates. Purchases made that evening will enter you in a Grayling giveaway, too. Party goes from 5PM—8PM at Grayling 3115 NE Sandy #120. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8 (10AM–7PM) and Sunday, February 9 (11AM–5PM), Bridge & Burn will be having their big End of the Season Sale to clear space for their new Spring 2014 inventory! Fall stock will be marked way down–with discounts up to 60% off. Bridge & Burn is at 1122 SW Morrison St. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, February 8, Eve in Eden will be hosting a trunk show with gowns from the Sunjin Lee Bridal Collection and new jewels from Nichole McIver from Acanthus Jewelry. The ladies always have bubbly at hand, of course. And there are so many beautiful things in the shop right now. It stars at noon and Eve in Eden is located at 221 NW 11th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, stop by the huge PDX Collective Sale! There are 11 local boutiques participating this year: Shop Adorn, Folly, Radish Underground, Mabel & Zora, Solestruck, Physical Element, Tumbleweed, Zella Shoes, EcoVibe Apparel and Parts+Labour. You’ll find past season merchandise at clearance prices and even some new season items discounted! Saturday 2/8 from 10AM–5PM and Sunday 2/9 from 11AM–5PM at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel at 1022 SW Stark St. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8, Winn Perry & Co. will be celebrating the grand opening of their new space downtown. Drinks will be flowing and records will be spinning from 7PM-9PM. Swing by, grab a drink, and say, “Hi.” Winn Perry & Co. is at 209 SW 9th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8 (10AM–6PM) and Sunday, February 9 (12PM–5PM), Tilde is having their big annual Valentine’s Super Sweet Sale! In Sellwood shop AND online–everything in the shop will be 15% OFF. Whether you have a honey or not–this is a wonderful sale. Get yourself (or loved ones) something special. Tilde is at 7919 SE 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ This Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, the amazing shops on Mississippi Ave are having the fun Small Shops, Big Hearts event! Shop around to see what’s new with these lovely shops and find gifts for those special someones (which could be you–because, again, you are SUPER special ♥) before Valentine’s Day. There will be specials, bubbly, trunk shows, tarot card readings and more all along Mississippi Ave. from 10AM–7PM. MORE INFO.
♡ This Sunday, February 9, come to the Ay Marieke Valentine’s Day Jewelry Trunk Show at Pistils Nursery. Sip wine and check out latest Ay Marieke jewelry by Marika Emerson crafted just for this show. You can find something special for your special someones (YOU are super special!). Plus, Pistils is offering a free airplant with your purchase of $25 or more. Stop by from 12:30PM–4:30PM. Pistils Nursery is at 3811 N. Mississippi. MORE INFO.
♡ On Sundays, Flutter is bringing back their Flutter Sunday Tarot Readings each week now through April. Come by Sunday afternoons for a tarot reading–prices are sliding scale and Flutter sells lovely tarot decks if you’re looking to buy one. Sundays 1PM–4PM at Flutter 3948 N. Mississippi. MORE INFO. (PLUS, there’s a big furniture clearance sale right now!)
♡ On Tuesday, February 11, come out for Unmentionable: A Lingerie Exposition. The runway show includes: Lille Boutique, Make It Good, Rachel Rector, Urchin, Sarah Bibb for Folly, Thunderpants, Mag-Big, Allihalla and Iron Oxide. Plus pretty things for sale from Betsy and Iya, Imaginary Authors Perfume, Make It Good, Mag-Big, Amy Vance Soy Candles, Iron Oxide, Allihalla, Thunderpants and more! Doors at 7PM. Show at 8PM. $10 advanced or $12 at door. 21+. At Doug Fir Lounge 830 E. Burnside. MORE INFO + TICKETS HERE.
♡ On Tuesday, February 11, Cacao will be hosting their Cooking with Chocolate tasting event from 4PM–7PM. You’ll be able to sampling some of Cacao’s best chocolate for cooking and baking. They’ll also be having other tastings each Tuesday through February where you’ll be able to sample award winning chocolate. Cacao is at 414 SW 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♡ On Thursday, February 13, Land Gallery will be hosting the group show Love For Sale: Valentines Influenced by Talking Heads. Kate Bingaman-Burt, Frank Chimero and Will Bryant have organized an amazing show with a lineup of 40 artists who created pieces based on the love songs by Talking Heads. The opening reception is Thursday, February 13th from 6PM-9PM and the show will be up February 13 through March 9, 2014. Land Gallery is at 3925 N. Mississippi. MORE INFO.
♡ On Saturday, February 15, come to The Makery Spring Seconds Sale from 11AM–4PM at the Ace Hotel Cleaners space! The Spring Seconds Sale features finely crafted ceramics, paper goods, clothing, accessories, textiles and lighting from Caravan Pacific, Studio Olivine, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Nell & Mary, Make it Good, Sara Barner, Bridge & Burn, Mazama, Mag-Big and JuJu Papers–all at greatly reduced prices. Throughout the year, these Portland makers amass irregular, out-dated or slightly defective pieces in need a good home. It’s fantastic! The Cleaners is at 1022 SW Stark St. MORE INFO.
♡ On Friday, February 21, come see the REIF Spring/Summer 2014 Presentation and Launch Party at The Bindery. Lindsey promise that she will be “channeling some major Kate Moss/90s Calvin Klein vibes with a versatile and wearable collection of separates and dresses” and that it will be a night of fashion, a with a few twists from your favorite 90s love affairs. Plus jewelry by Aoko Su and shoes from Solestruck. The Bindery is 3115 NE Sandy. Show goes from 6:30PM–9:30PM. TICKET INFO.
♡ On Wednesday, February 26, the Fade to Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event takes place at The Crystal Ballroom. Fade to Light showcases the work of both established and emerging designers within the Portland fashion community, including Project Runway winners and alums and graduates from The Art Institute of Portland and Portland Sewing’s Fashion Forward Program. These designers not only design their collections in Portland, they also do almost all of their manufacturing in Portland and the manufacturing is done ethically and sustainably. New collections will be shown by Adelheid Bergin, Bad Wolf Clothier, Bryce Black. Emit. Garnish. Clair Vintage Inspired, Carolyn Hart, Hubris Apparel, Michelle Lesniak, Poema, SKPDX, Taruc, Wandering Muse and WWJJD. Doors at 7PM. Show at 8PM. All ages. Crystal Ballroom is located at 1332 W. Burnside. BUY TICKETS + MORE INFO.
♡ I’m excited about the upcoming FOREVER BURT movie screenings celebrating the work of actor, Burt Lancaster, at NW Film Center. The series runs Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 30. Sweet Smell of Success, Trapeze, The Killers, Birdman of Alcatraz and a lot more amazing flicks! Whitsell Auditorium is at 1219 SW Park Ave. MORE INFO.
PHOTOS ABOVE: Cute restaurant, Din Din, in Portland, Oregon. Photos by Jen McCabe.