Happy Friday, friends! Do you have fun plans for the weekend? I’m planning to do a lot of snoozing and a little antiquing for Art Deco housewares on the coast. I’ve been in total insomnia mode, but I personally believe that you can catch up and refresh by hitting pause on the craziness and sleeping a lot. Lots of chocolatey warm drinks help too, of course! Have a wonderful time — whatever you’re up to. xo Jen
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
Perfect plaid pajamas. (25% off code SHOPNOW thru 11/17)
I want to climb inside these snuggly slippers, like Thumbelina, and take a snooze.
I’m madly in love with this cozy plaid dreamboat.
Helllooo, perfect winter sweater.
A nice oversized, but not too long cowl sweater. (40% off code BRFORTY thru 11/15)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilted pink silk top.
A beautiful silk skirt in shades of blue — with pockets!
I love these easy cozy scarves. (40% off code BRFORTY thru 11/15)
A perfect black leather clutch.
Hi. I’ll just be here, staring at these amazing black booties.
I adore these rain boots in all three colors.
These short rain boots look like they’d be really comfortable to run around town in.
I love that these classic oxfords look like soft shoe tap shoes.
Super festive stockings for holiday parties and dolled up outfits.
I need these earrings.
I still love this amazing necklace. The braided chain options!
A beautiful saffron rose perfume.
I love this black mineral mascara.
Currently addicted to this tinted lip balm. (PDX peeps — I got it at Palace on E. Burnside)
I love these simple beeswax pyramid candles. Good gifts!
I LOVE these limited edition astrological prints!
So cute — kitty heads wrapping paper.
The indigo kitty wrapping paper is sweet too.
➔ A SWEET DEAL
Check out the Erica Weiner Sample Sale! Starts at 9AM EST thru TUES NOV 18 at 5PM EST.
Take 20% off all dresses at Strumpet with code: DRESSME20 thru 11/21.
Get 20% off new and vintage at YO VINTAGE! with code: HONEY20 thru 11/15/14.
Take an extra 20% off select Saturday sale items with code: CHILLY20 thru 11/16.
Get 25% off at J.Crew with code: SHOPNOW thru 11/17.
Get an extra 25% off Madewell sale items with code: FALLBACK thru 11/17.
Take 25% off at Kate Spade with code: BEMERRY thru 11/17,
Take an extra 50% off Lille Boutique sale items with code FALLCLEARANCE50 thru 11/18.
Get 20% off lovely potions from Wolf’s Apothecary with code HOWL20 now thru 11/19/14.
YAY! Amazing NY-based jewelry shop, Erica Weiner, is having their annual SAMPLE SALE today, Friday, November 14! AND for the first time, you can shop it online! Have fun and move fast on the items you like — these beauties will go fast. The sale starts this morning at 9AM EST (6AM PST!!) and, if you’re in New York, you can also shop the big sale at their lovely Brooklyn studio. ERICA WEINER BROOKLYN STUDIO SAMPLE SALE: Fri. NOV 14 (4PM–8PM), Sat. NOV 15 & Sun. NOV 16 (12PM–7PM) at 50 Dobbin Street in Greenpoint. MORE INFO.
ERICA WEINER ONLINE SAMPLE SALE • FRI. NOV 14 9AM EST thru TUES. NOV 18 5PM EST
Hello! Here we go… the amazing holiday markets are rolling in and then… the holidays will be here in a wink. There’s a lot of moving and shifting and growing and rebuilding and reinventing going on in our fair city right now and it’s a pretty exciting time. I love that these collaborative sales make it so easy to shop independent shops and makers. With the Portland population growing at such a crazy pace, I hope that these events bring an even stronger turnout each year. Have fun out there! Spread the word! xo Jen
➔ I HEART PDX
♥ Thursday, Nov 13. 6PM—8PM. YESSSSS! Frances May is having a super fun Grand Opening party because they just moved over to that giant space on the corner of 10th & SW Washington. If I do the math, that equals about 4 times the loveliness — which is crazy. SO MUCH MORE GOOD STUFF. I’m also psyched to see the new Frances May x Church+State amazingness. Come shop, see a little FM documentary, have some drinks and snacks from Roman Candle and fun times with sweet peeps. Frances May is now located at 1003 SW Washington St. MORE INFO.
➔ FM on Instagram + FM on Facebook
♥ Thursday, Nov 13. 5PM—8PM. Stop by Flutter tonight for their fun art opening with beautiful collage work by artist Gloria Sowell. You can alsp get a chance to check out all the amazing new merchandise. The reception wil be from 5PM—8PM. Flutter is at 3948 N Mississippi Ave. MORE INFO.
➔ Flutter on Instagram + Flutter on Facebook
♥ Friday, Nov. 14. 5PM—9PM. Come out for the fun SIX/SEVEN Grand Opening party! Liza Rietz (Liza Rietz Clothing) and Emily Bixler (BOET jewelry + sculptures) will carry their 2 individual lines as well as their 6/7 clothing collaboration and house-line for women that incorporates Liza’s modern silhouettes and Emily’s crocheted and woven pieces. At the opening, there will be a fashion presentation debuting the full collection of the 6/7 line as well as the new fall collections by Liza Rietz and BOET jewelry. Enjoy oysters, champagne and hors d’oeuvres by Field Day, DJs and a chance to win gift certificates for the new 6/7 line! SIX/SEVEN is located at 811 E. Burnside. MORE INFO.
➔ SIX/SEVEN on Instagram
♥ Saturday, Nov 15. 4PM—8PM. Come by the amazing Takara Winter Fête! Leisurely peruse wonderful work by xobruno, Takara, Martina Thornhill, HM Heaton, Solabee, Sweedeedee (HONEY PIE!!!), Old Blue Honey, Moonshadow Goods, Wildcraft Studio and Topaz while you enjoy drinks and treats from Saltrose Kitchen. Wreath making, catering, and the best local shops and crafters in town! The Takara Winter Fête is located at 911 N. Monroe. MORE INFO.
➔ Takara on Instagram + Takara on Facebook
♥ Saturday, Nov 15. 10AM—6PM. Collage on Alberta has expanded and they are having a celebration with fun raffles and giveaways every 15 minutes all day long! Collage is located at 1639 NE Alberta St. MORE INFO.
➔ Collage on Instagram + Collage on Facebook
♥ Thursday, Nov 20. 6PM—9PM. Join Beam & Anchor for an art opening for Laura Buchan and her wonderful hand-carved sculptures while you shop and sip a little vino from Union Wine Co. Beam & Anchor is at 2710 N. Interstate Ave. MORE INFO.
➔ Beam & Anchor on Instagram + Beam & Anchor on Facebook
♥ Friday, Nov 21. Mark your calendars! North of West will likely be having their soft opening on this day. North of West is the dreamy new shop downtown that Lisa and Krista are starting and it will be full of a huge roster of independent makers. Crossing fingers that they make their deadline goal! North of West will be located at 203 SW 9th Ave. MORE INFO.
➔ North of West on Instagram
♥ Saturday, Nov 22. 11AM—7PM. Demimonde, is having their 2nd anniversary and it’s also owner/designer Rachael’s birthday, so she is having a big 22% OFF BIRTHDAY SALE all day in-store and online. Come by to shop this wonderful Portland boutique and celebrate this lovely lady. Come check out some of the new designers added to the shop like Anna Joyce, Caravan Pacific, Acanthus Jewlery, Virginia Sin Ceramics, and more. Use code BIRTHDAY22 in the online shop all day on November 22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RACHAEL!! xoxo MORE INFO.
➔ Demimonde on Instagram + Demimonde on Facebook
♥ Friday, Nov 28 & Saturday, Nov 29. 11AM—6PM each day. Black Friday shopping radness — BLACK MAGIC is back! 15 amazing makers will be selling their beautiful wares this year! Come shop BLTN Jewelry, Tiro Tiro, OLO, Yo Vintage!, Reifhaus, Sara Barner, Portland Apothecary, Rill Rill, Dina No, Primecut, AK Vintage, Wildcraft Studio School, Winnow, Crazy Wind and Made on the Moon. SOOOOO GOOD. Get all the things for yourself and your loved ones. Black Magic is happening at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel at 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO.
➔ Black Magic on Instagram
♥ Friday, Nov 28 & Saturday, Nov 29. IT’S COMING!!! Yep — Little Boxes is happening again! City-wide there are dozens and dozens of small businesses participating in this fun holiday sale throughout Portland all day on Black Friday AND on Small Business Saturday. Save your dollars for the little shops that make our city so incredible. There is also an iPhone app to make the hunt for filling up your sale passport AND tracking amazing deals all over town even easier. There will also be fantastic raffles and prizes and secret details. MORE INFO.
➔ Little Boxes on Instagram + Little Boxes on Facebook
♥ Friday, Nov 28. 6PM—9PM. Lovely new boutique West End Select Shop is having a fun Black Friday event with new local brand Olderbrother. It will be an evening of deals, drinks, snacks and fun people! Meet the designer and shop their versatile, unisex collection. Free gift with purchase and 10% discount off Olderbrother products will be available on the night of the party! West End Select Shop is located at 927 SW Oak St. MORE INFO.
➔ West End Select Shop on Instagram + West End Select Shop on Facebook
♥ Friday, Nov 28 & Saturday, Nov 29. The English Dept is having their big Elizabeth Dye Bridal Trunk Show! Make an appointment to be able to try Elizabeth’s stunning new 2015 collection! Call 503-224-0724 to get your appointment scheduled. The English Dept is at 1128 SW Alder St. MORE INFO.
➔ The English Dept on Instagram + Elizabeth Dye on Instagram
♥ Sunday, Nov 30. Come by the Rejuvenation Sunday Emporium Holiday Edition! There will be the same beloved vendors, PLUS the second floor will be full of amazing food vendors focused on local foods you can gift. Get treats from Three Little Figs, Olympic Provisions, Pinkelton’s, Jacobsen Salt, Alma Chocolate, Albina City Nuts, Bee Local and Sweetheart Bakery. Plus, Fieldwork Flowers will be creating wreaths. Rejuvenation is at 1100 SE Grand.
➔ Rejuvenation on Instagram + Rejuvenation on Facebook
♥ Friday, Dec 5 (opening preview party 5PM—9PM + $10). Saturday, Dec 6. Sunday, Dec 7. 9AM—4PM on Sat & Sun. Three days of fun at The Portland Bazaar! Vendors have yet to be announced, but no doubt that they are fantastic. Some new merchants this year are Portland Apothecary, Mazama, Hazel Cox, Andy Paiko, Havstad Hat Co. and Sanborn Canoe. This year the Portland Bazaar will take place at Splash Studios, located at 419 NE 9th Ave. MORE INFO.
♥ Saturday, Dec 13. 12PM—7PM. More collaborative holiday sale amazingness! The Makery Winter Market this year features 2 dozen of our wonderful Portland makers! Come shop the fantastic wares from Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Caravan Pacific, Studio Olivine, Anna Joyce, Reif, BLTN Jewelry, Sara Barner, Red Onion Woodworks, Espe Floral, Vitreluxe, Tiro Tiro, Demimonde, Syrk Tableware, Studio ERG, Non Perishable Goods, Coatt, Nell & Mary, Make it Good, Zanna Printed Textiles, Grey Goods Portland, The Granite and Hank by Henry. The Makery Winter Market is happening at Holocene this year — 1001 SE Morrison St. MORE INFO.
➔ The Makery on Instagram + The Makery on Facebook
PHOTO: A dress fron the new SIX/SEVEN house-line. See their Grand Opening info for Friday above!
Tucked neatly into the charming Union Way shopping corridor, in the heart of Portland’s West End, you’ll find Spruce Apothecary. Spruce Apothecary was opened during Summer 2013 by Craig Olson and Sean Igo, owners of beloved Portland housewares shop, Canoe. Spruce is a bright, clean and compact space that manages to house a large assortment of apothecary items without feeling crowded.
I made my first visit shortly after they opened and was so happy to finally have a local alternative to a certain chain that shall remain nameless. In particular, they carry one of my favorite clean skincare brands, UK-based REN. Unlike the unnamed chain, they really carry REN! I actually had no idea before visiting Spruce Apothecary just how extensive the REN line is. It turned out that darn chain was only offering a fraction of their products.
In addition to REN, you’ll also find skincare from amazing brands like Malin + Goetz, Ursa Major and Sachajaun nestled next to beloved standards like C. O. Bigelow and Herbacin. Even cult Japanese line, Yu-Be — which I love for preventing and/or calming upset skin — has a strong presence.
Those who, like me, suffer from seriously parched skin in the winter months should be aware of shop manager Silvia’s recommendations too. For the body she loves the handcrafted, small batch Fig + Yarrow’s Yarrow Buttercream for being rich and soothing. Also great are Santa Maria Novella’s Crema Idrasol and REN’s Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture body oil (which smells like heaven in a bottle!) and for the face, REN’s Anti-Aging Cream — which I have used before and can attest to being great stuff.
Spruce Apothecary isn’t just a mecca of lovely skincare, you’ll also find perfumes from Santa Maria Novella, D. S. & Durga and Portland’s Imaginary Authors sharing space with Marvis toothpaste in all the flavors, seasonally relevant bath salts from Kneipp, Mason-Pearson hairbrushes and there was even a petite grooming section just for le bébé.
There are also plenty of options for men, including colognes and a selection of shaving products, such as shaving brushes and bowls. I made a special note of Italian line Proraso as a British friend of mine has long regarded their shaving foam and shaving creams as the best he’s tried and regularly stocks up whenever he’s in Italy. Thankfully for us Portlanders, no passports are required.
I’ve been admiring these beautiful blankets and artwork by Nienke Hoogvliet. Her “Hide” blankets are inspired by skin — one is thick elephant skin and the pink blanket is a more fragile human skin and both are made from lovely mohair, linen, cotton and a hand-stitched silk border. Nienke sees blankets as a metaphor for feeling of protected, so ‘Hide’ makes sense for concealing, covering and skin. I’m also enjoying the designer’s amazing Wolk series! These pieces are Nienke’s take on clouds which can be made to order in any size from silk, textile ink and latex. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Nienke Hoogvliet.