Gift Guide: Opals & Malachite

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DREAMY GIFTS OF OPALS & MALACHITE:

To celebrate just how happy I am to see so many beautiful jewels featuring two of my favorite stones lately — malachite and opals — I thought I’d do a little gift guide roundup of some gorgeous designs I’ve noticed. I have a few beautiful antique Taxco Aztec-inspired jewelry pieces from the 1940s made in Mexico with sterling and malachite — you can see my favorite vintage malachite earrings here. I love the malachite with sterling, but these eclipse brass malachite earrings (20% off: GREENDREAM thru 12/18) and these mujer brass malachite earrings (10% off: SNOWDAY thru 12/20 — also seen HERE) are at the top of my list. Oh, that heavenly malachite color swirls together all my favorite shades of green!

Surprisingly, I don’t actually own any opal jewelry yet, but I remember always getting lost in other galaxies while staring into my aunt’s opal jewelry when I was a kid. I’d love any of the beauties above. I also always find drool-worthy antique opal jewels while perusing Erica Weiner and Jean Jean Vintage. These would all be dream gifts for loved ones or yourself!

ABOVE: 1. malachite brass eclipse earrings (20% off: GREENDREAM thru 12/18) 2. opal tiny diviner earrings 3. malachite deco studs 4. opal organic amulet studs 5. opal jardín necklace (20% off: HAPPYHOLIDAYS thru 12/19) 6. opal gold stud earrings (20% off: HAPPYHOLIDAYS thru 12/19) 7. malachite sterling deco studs #1 8. opal tacita gold ring (20% off: HAPPYHOLIDAYS thru 12/19) 9. opal thetis gold ring (20% off: HAPPYHOLIDAYS thru 12/19) 10. malachite brass mujer earrings (10% off: SNOWDAY thru 12/20) 11. opal brass mujer earrings (10% off: SNOWDAY thru 12/20) 12. diamond opal eye gold ring 13. malachite deco ring 14. opal eye stud single earring 15. opal gravitation earrings 16. maya malachite earrings (20% off: HONEYHOLIDAY20 thru 1/1) 17. mother’s little helper opal earrings 18. antique three opal diamond halo ring 19. hexagonal carved malachite box (50% off + make an offer!) 20. malachite circa incense burner and tray

Tafui

Hi. I’ve been down here in the Tafui shop’s rabbit hole thanks to a lovely reader (thank you, Chris!). Ottawa-based designer, Tafui McLean, is turning her stunning prints into wonderful pillows, art prints, pouches, and postcards. Tafui’s monochromatic designs make me think of both modern mud cloth and classic block-print textiles. Just beautiful! My favorites are the Line Spotted Charcoal Pillow, the Pebble Charcoal Pillow, the Charcoal Grid Pillow, the Spotted Charcoal Pillow, the Bogo Print, the Hello Print, the Pencil Case, and ALL the postcards. I would love to see Tafui’s prints made into wallpaper and garments! More HERE.

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Shop Visit: Kat + Maouche Rugs

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Situated in the Old Town District of downtown Portland, Kat + Maouche is a stylish emporium featuring a dazzling array of vintage Berber rugs and textiles. Helmed by husband and wife team Katen Bush and Latif Bezzir, Latif travels to Morocco a few times a year to source the shop’s gorgeous and abundant wares. While Katen is a native Portlander, Latif is Berber-American, giving him easy access to remote rug markets since he speaks the local language.

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Rich in color and texture, I was surprised to learn the rugs are vintage as they look so vibrant and plush, but after I admitted I find it difficult to walk on ‘new’ rugs, Katen informed me that they’re all used – which really speaks to the quality and durability of their stock. Even cooler, in most cases, Katen and Latif even know the detailed history of each rug, allowing customers to really connect with the history of their purchase. Most of the rugs and textiles are created by women living in rural areas and Kat + Maouche pride themselves on working to further the appreciation and understanding of their art and it’s history.

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The shop itself is large and open but also homey with rugs on the floor, rugs on the walls, rugs on chairs, leather poufs, cool light fixtures, and plants. You’ll also find beautiful blankets and throws in the mix. The pops of color and pattern throughout meld to create surprisingly calming visual interest, which only serves to make you want ALL the rugs and throws to recreate the same feeling of beautiful, cozy chaos in your own home. I sure do!

Kat + Maouche is located at 33 NW 4th Ave. here in Portland. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM and by appointment. Online, you can shop an abbreviated selection of rugs. Follow @katandmaouche on Instagram to see new rugs, Katen’s fun rug ‘walking tours’ and details for special events.

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. This post is by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Stop by her lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

Living Pattern Botanical Art by Jenny Kiker

Oh, my! I’m so in love we these beautiful Living Pattern botanical species paintings and prints by San Diego-based artist Jenny Kiker. Of course, the now ubiquitous Monstera brings a visual wallop, but I’m finding myself especially enamored with the ferns — perhaps it is because the secret to not killing a Maidenhair still eludes me. All of her work is stunning and I love that she offers a few gift sets that would be amazing to give to your favorite plant lovers. She also has hanger frames in stock that look wonderful with the prints and make it so simple to hang them quickly. One of each, please! More HERE.

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PDX Event: Jane’s Vanity Holiday Soirée

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Jane’s Vanity Holiday Soirée • Sun, Dec. 18th • 12PM to 7PM • 403 SW 10th Ave • DETAILS


This Sunday, December 18, the lovely annual Jane’s Vanity Holiday Soirée will be taking place from noon until 7PM at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel. This dreamy fête is full of beautiful lingerie, decadent flowers, dazzling jewels, and locally made perfume. Take advantage of personal shopping assistance to help you pick out just the right things and complimentary gift wrapping service makes it even easier. Plus, yummy cocktails and wine, live music, and models showing off stunning lingerie and loungewear styles. All conveniently downtown in Portland’s West End at an amazing space.

The fun soirée will feature current collections in lingerie, loungewear, and accessories from Jane’s Vanity. This is a great time for some self-care and to treat yourself to something special whether it is reserved for yourself or shared with a honey. A beautiful bra and undies, pretty pjs and slinky loungewear always feel so indulgent and good! Other locals joining the party are Spellbound Flowers, who will be at the soirée with their gorgeous bouquets and taking orders for bespoke holiday floral arrangements, Elysium Jewelry will bring their handmade jewelry, and Imaginary Authors will be bringing their full range of fragrances.

The Jane’s Vanity Holiday Soirée will be at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel located at 403 SW 10th Ave. Read more about the event HERE and HERE.

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