SOME CURRENT FAVES: 1. rose & apricot hair milk 2. green tea & calendula leave-in conditioning mist 3. ellovi lip butter 4. ellovi body butter 5. frankincense hydrosol 6. complexe de fleur 7. weleda cold cream 8. rose geranium lip balm 9. Shevanti body balm
There are a few products that I’ve been using almost daily for a while now, so I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of these helpful gems. Do you have any current faves?
HAIR: My hair is pretty thick and a little wavy. After a drizzly walk outside it has a tendency to get frizzy or “puffy” and since each strand is fairly fine and there are so many of them — I’m easily tangled. I’ve been a fan of John Masters’ avocado and lavender conditioner for years (you can usually find it at Whole Foods) and decided to give a couple of his products that aren’t available in local shops a try. I love the Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist that I bought.
How I Use: I wash and towel dry my hair and then run a dime-sized blob of the hair milk through to the ends, including my bangs. Then I brush my hair. If you need a good brush, I really can’t recommend the Mason Pearson brushes enough — they are hair magic. Then I spritz a little bit of the leave-in conditioner mist over my hair and scrunch the ends of my hair to encourage the waves. I shower every other day or every two days and in-between I just mist a little more of the conditioning mist. This routine has been great at controlling the puffiness and tangles! The Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist also smell amazing.
FACE: I’ve talked about the fact that over the past couple of years I’ve developed rosacea. It’s usually a mild condition, but there are occasional flareups that have left me with painful welts and swelling. It has been hard to find things that don’t irritate my skin — even beautiful, all organic dream products often cause irritation. I tend to have dry skin and have been loving Balm Balm Frankincense Hydrosol, In Fiore Complexe de Fleur and Weleda Cold Cream.
How I Use: I have a tendency towards very dry skin and my majorly moisturizing and most intentional beauty routine happens at night. I really look forward to climbing into bed after washing my face at night to slather on some goodness. First, I spritz on the frankincense hydrosol and let it dry — I LOVE the centering scent of frankincense. Then I use the dropper to put a few Complexe de Fleur serum drops on the back of hand before dabbing onto my face with my index finger. After this, I often apply an oil or balm and then go to sleep under the mist of my humidifier. I’ve just added the Weleda cold cream to my routine and I use it about 3-4 times of week now instead of the serum and balm ritual. The cold cream is very heavy and works incredibly well during the times when nothing else seems to hydrate my skin enough. I always wake up with super soft skin and the cold cream is inexpensive compared to the other products that I’ve been using.
BODY: Continuing on the dryness theme, we move on to MY ENTIRE BODY. One of my very favorite and most luxurious beauty product splurges is my In Fiore Shevanti Body Balm. The scent is AMAZING and you do feel a bit like an Egyptian queen getting ready for the day when you as you rub it into your skin or as my friend Tamera said, “It basically smells like you’re preparing yourself for ancient sacrifice.” YES. Super moisturizing and all the amazing oils make it feel pretty magical. I have also been enjoying Ellovi Body Butter. It’s a beautiful and very moisturizing butter that has very few ingredients. It smells dreamy and feels gentle, but really does a good job getting in there and softening the rough bits.
How I Use: Pretty basic stuff! For the Shevanti body balm, I smear it all over my limbs, shoulders, chest, belly and hips — then rub it in while in a blissed out crazy scent haze. Then I do whatever face moisturizing routine I might need while it sinks into my skin a bit before putting on my clothes. On truly indulgent days, I allow myself enough time to climb back into our warm bed in my bathrobe while the balm sinks in. With the body butter I use it more often and especially love to rub extra on my heels and elbows. It’s also lovely everywhere else and the scent is pretty addictive. I have the original, but would love to try the vanilla version next.
LIPS: I have a lip balm problem — I really do. If it sounds lovely, then I cannot usually help myself — I have to try it out. I am not loyal to any brand in particular, but do have some current faves — Ellovi Lip Butter and Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm.
How I Use: Liberally, all day long. Like I have a lip balm applying tick. It helps me concentrate while I apply — I swear! Out of the two, the lip butter is far more moisturizing than the balm, but they both smell lovely and do a good job.
I love the new things rolling in for spring at Alder & Co. Some of my spring faves are the white cotton slip (so perfect for hot summer nights to come!), the indigo wood block dress, the navy sleeveless dress, the black denim jeans, the sweet Japanese overalls and the white nightshirt. I’m also still very much in love my bday bottle of Cardinal perfume and all the linen things. If you’re in Portland, stop by Alder & Co. at 616 SW 12th Ave. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Alder & Co.
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.
Hello, friends! The amazing SPRING SECONDS SALE is happening this Sunday, March 22!! Make sure to head over to The Cleaners at Ace Hotel to shop a bunch of wonderful designers who are selling their ever so slightly imperfect, beautiful wares for up to 70% off. YES. Clothing, leather goods, jewelry, accessories, lighting, housewares, planters, glass, ceramics, candles, letterpress & more. 11AM to 4PM at 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO
SPRING SECONDS PARTICIPATING DESIGNERS: • CARAVAN PACIFIC • BRIDGE & BURN • SARA BARNER • STUDIO OLIVINE • BARROW JEWELRY • THE GRANITE • HANK BY HENRY • R+R CERAMICS • REVOLUTION DESIGN HOUSE • STUDIO ERG • VITRELUXE
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.