Happy Friday! Here are a bunch of fun things happening around Portland from now into April — including wonderful events tonight, Saturday and Sunday. With spring here, there’s so much going on now and I’m personally happy to have a little hustle back in the week. Have a good time wandering — it’s so beautiful out there right now! xo Jen
➔ MY CURRENT PDX FAVES
♥ BRUNCH: herbed french toast with maple syrup at Radar ♥ NEW FLAVORS: the sesame loaf from Roman Candle (w/ Saifan olive oil from World Foods that I mentioned last week!) ♥ SIT AND SIP: Absinthe at Secret Society ♥ RECENT PURCHASES: my dream English roses from Dennis’ 7 Dees ♥ BEAUTIFUL PLACES: pretty much the entire city of Portland — we’re in bloom! ♥ NOW OPEN: The beautiful new Löyly Sauna NE and they have specials
➔ I HEART PDX
♥ Friday, March 20. 5PM-8PM. TOPAZ & TAROT! Pop by Woonwinkel for a dreamy launch party with local fragrance line Topaz. You will be treated to a fun evening full of beautiful scents, tarot readings, glitter tattoos, bubbly and treats. Woonwinkel is located at 935 SW Washington St. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, March 21. 11AM-5PM. RADIANT HUMAN, MINOUX JEWELRY & YO VINTAGE! POP UP SHOP. Stop by Mojave for a fun pop up shop with Radiant Human’s amazing aura photographs, beautiful jewels from Minoux and lovely clothing and accessories from Yo! There will also be some delicious “beermosas” being served up while you shop. Mojave is located at 415 SW 13th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, March 21. NOON-2PM. PORTLAND APOTHECARY POP UP. Stop by Pistils Nursery to pick up some spring essentials, remedies and biodynamic garden extracts. Pistils Nursery is located at 3811 N. Mississippi Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Sunday, March 22. 11AM-4PM. SPRING SECONDS SALE! An amazing bunch of local designers are selling their slightly imperfect wares for up to 70% off. Crazy. Come shop beautiful things made by Caravan Pacific, Bridge & Burn, Sara Barner, Studio Olivine, Barrow Jewelry, The Granite, Hank by Henry, R+R Ceramics, Revolution Design House, Studio ERG and Vitreluxe. The sale will be at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, March 26. 5PM-8PM. MARLA AARON JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW. The lovelies at Alder & Co. are having a little gathering to celebrate Marla Aaron’s collection for a special showing of her signature locks, chains and ear cuffs. We are so excited to feature some of her showcase pieces that have not been available at the shop until now. Alder & Co. is located at 616 SW 12th. MORE INFO.
♥ Friday, March 27. 5PM-8PM. AMELIA’S 2ND ANNIVERSARY! The lovely little Alberta boutique, Amelia, owned by Amelia Blakeman is turning two. There will be drinks, treats, pretty dresses, sweet people and hopefully a cute dog or two. Make sure to check out the dreamy new brass hair adornments! Amelia is located at 2230 NE Alberta St. MORE INFO.
♥ Thursay, April 2. 6PM. THE BETSY & IYA 7th ANNIVERSARY PARTY! The lovely people at Betsy & Iya are celebrating 7 years in business with a fun party that benefits local nonprofit, Friends of the Children. There will be amazing artwork from talented local ladies, % of ALL sales from 6PM-9M going to charity and a separate donation jar — such a sweet idea! Bring your friends — B&I always puts on a wonderful get together! MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, April 2. 6PM-9PM. SEAWORTHY SPRING COLLECTION LAUNCH. Marisa and the other wonderful ladies at Seaworthy are having a party to celebrate the launch of the new spring jewelry collection. Peruse the dreamy jewels while sipping drinks and hanging out with really lovely people. Seaworthy is located at the Boxlift Building at 333 NE Hancock #8. MORE INFO.
♥ Thursday, April 9. 6:30PM. BRIDGE & BURN SPRING LAUNCH PARTY! Come check out the new B&B Spring 2015 Collection from these lovely folks. There will be drinks, snacks, music, and possibly… the Blazers game if they can find a projector. I think going for the rad fashions, nice people and snacks is your best bet. Bridge & Burn is located at 1122 SW Morrison St. MORE INFO.
♥ Now thru April 30. DIAGRAMS BY ALYSON PROVAX. Wonderful local artist, Alyson Provax, has a series of amazing silkscreen monotypes hanging up at Ristretto Roasters on N. Williams right now through the end of April. You may recall her sweet Time Wasting Experiment prints from a few years back. I love her new work and have my eye on about 5 of her beautiful works right now — SO GOOD. There will be a little opening party at the coffee shop in the evening on April 5, too. Ristretto Roasters is at 3808 N Williams MORE INFO.
♥ Monday, April 20. 7:30PM. The English Dept.: 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FASHION SHOW! Come out and celebrate the magic of The English Dept. at their big bridal fashion show event. Tickets are now on sale at The English Dept. and at Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique and proceeds benefit Basic Rights Oregon. The show will be at First Presbyterian Church at 1200 SW Alder St. MORE INFO.
♥ Early April thru early November. WILDCRAFT STUDIO SCHOOL. Lovely Chelsea is hosting 44 wonderful classes starting in April and I’d like to take every single one. I’m especially interested in Block Printed Textiles, Marbled Textiles, Magical Charms, Leather Craft, Handmade Sandals and The Art of Scent! Most of the classes take place in Sandy, Oregon at Chelsea’s studio and there a few that require some fun time foraging in forests and meadows. It’s a magical experience and they even feed you some of the most delicious food. MORE INFO + WORKSHOP RESERVATIONS.
My visit to Lille Boutique coincided with a rare sunny winter day and the mood in the already lovely shop was one of ebullience. The sun streaming in the windows served to highlight all of the beautiful laces, subtle metallic details, and soft silks of the dreamy lingerie on display. A cozy lounge area comprised of two antique velvet sofas sets the tone and invites shoppers to relax and contemplate the surrounding beauty. The addition of shoes, hosiery, jewelry, accessories and bath products complete the shopping experience.
Taking their name from the charming city in northern France, Lille Boutique on Lower East Burnside has been Portland’s go-to for lovely lingerie since 2007. Specializing in French brands, lace, vintage-inspired designs, and pieces for the bridal trousseau, Lille sources hard to find brands worldwide with quality construction and the modern woman in mind. Current labels stocked include Stella McCartney, Eberjay, Fortnight, Only Hearts, Princess Tam Tam, and Huit. Lille is well-known for their amazing selection.
I was also impressed with Lille’s selection of cozy loungewear — including pajamas, robes, camisoles, rompers, and more. Lille also has options for those looking for natural shapes, organic fibers, and independent lines utilizing ethical production practices. Whether you’re in need of every day basics or something truly special, you’ll find it at Sarah Wizemann’s beautiful Portland shop.
Lille is located at 1007 E. Burnside in Portland, Oregon. Stop by 11AM-7PM Monday through Friday, 12PM-6PM Saturdays and 12PM-5PM on Sundays. And, of course, you can shop Lille Boutique online. Make sure to follow Lille Boutique on Facebook and @lilleboutique on Instagram to keep up on sales and new arrivals.
YAY! Today I’m having a big BuyOlympia giveaway! TWO lucky people will each receive a $100 credit to spend in the online shop or in-person at the Portland brick and mortar. These fine folks are an indie institution and support a long roster of wonderful artists, illustrators, writers, designers and publications. I always end up completely happy and inspired when I fall down the shop’s rabbit hole of goodness. I’ve rounded up a bunch of my current faves below. If you’re in PDX, you can find all these goodies at the BuyOlympia storefront, Land, on N. Mississippi Ave. More HERE. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!! ♥
P.S. Get 10% off your BuyOlympia.com purchases with code: HONEY10 thru 3/21!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Holly Beach & Shola Lawson! They won the prizes!
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Visit BuyOlympia and tell us your shop favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, “Like” both Honey Kennedy of Facebook and BuyOlympia on Facebook. Then leave a comment below. If you already like us — just let me know that, too!
A SWEET DEAL: Get 10% off your BuyOlympia.com purchases with code: HONEY10 thru 3/21!
LAND IS THE PORTLAND BUYOLYMPIA FLAGSHIP STORE: If you’re in Portland, stop by Land in the Mississippi Arts neighborhood. This little gallery and shop houses all things BuyOlympia and has wonderful monthly art exhibits. Land is located at 3925 N Mississippi Ave. Hours: Daily from 10AM-6PM .
SHIPPING, ETC: The winners’ shipping will be covered by Buyolympia. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for international duties and taxes.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tues, March 17, at 11PM PST. The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the names on Friday, March 20.
Make sure to stop by the huge TWIST jewelry sale starting today, Friday March 6th through Sunday, March 15! This AMAZING sale will feature over 2,000 stunning pieces at discounted prices from 10% to 75% off, including work from Pamela Love, Monique Pean, Me & Ro and Melissa Joy Manning, to name a few. There are SO MANY pieces that I’ve been admiring from the shop — it will be hard to choose! Have fun!
TWIST is a nationally recognized space for contemporary designer jewelry and they’re well-known for their epic annual sale. Many discounts start at 50% for a massive selection of jewels by both established and emerging designers. This lovely annual event has drawn jewelry-loving souls from all over the country for the past 27 years! Also, if you are looking for wedding rings or other meaningful pieces — there’s a good chance you’ll find your match.
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.