In the grand tradition of retail therapy on my 1/2 day Fridays, I stopped by one of my downtown favorites, Living Threads Vintage this afternoon. I walked away with an amazing “carpet bag” purse with quite the roomy interior [to be used as a work bag alternative to my trusty Samsonite] and yet another tiny porcelain vessel to hold jewels. Both for $20?! SOLD.
A glimpse of the swag in my “basket” this year. My mom is so amazing at assembling the most thoughtful collection of items: number stamps with ink, a cufflink that belonged to my Granddad repurposed as a bracelet charm, and some sparkly crayons have all already been used. Thanks, mom and a very happy Easter & Passover to all!
IT WAS SUNNY ALL WEEKEND. I’ve blurted that sentence out multiple times today as I’ve mentally [and financially…eh….] taken stock of my weekend wanderings. This part of the country is so bizarre to me sometimes. I mean, people literally alter or altogether abandon plans when the giant, blazing orb in the sky comes out for the first few times in spring. Today, for example, I got a call from my bestie while I was at yoga, as we had plans to catch up at some point in the day; I got her message when I got home and texted her back saying “I’ll call you later- the sun is out.” ‘NUFF SAID. Thankfully, she lives in Seattle now, so she completely understands. I guess it’s not that different than the first nice day on campus during my college days in the midwest; now it’s just much more pronounced in a strangers high-fiving each other &/or smiling for no particular-reason way.
A new season – literally or figuratively – is always exhilarating for me. The promise and potential of the ‘unknown’ ahead scares the bejesus out of me, but in a way that makes me also really excited and usually creatively stimulated. Before I moved here and even up until pretty recently, I didn’t buy into the whole S.A.D or “woe is me it’s winter” as a justification for being down/depressed/stifled. But there is just no denying the power of a sunny day or stretch of days [preferred]; my thoughts have most definitely changed.
Alright, back to my aforementioned recent wanderings. I’m going to rely on my trusty phone camera roll-turned Instagram uploads to tell most of the tale for me. Seeing is believing: that goes for sunny days and shopping sprees.
Made a trip to the new-ish downtown Animal Traffic late last week to check out these cool, locally handmade bracelets [only $20!!]:
Here’s one of my #dailybling snaps from the week that I especially like because it showcases the unique detailing often seen on vintage attire. The thoughtfully accented pocket square is sewn in and the pin is added by me- and yes, the locket really opens [but is empty, must change that].
A sweet, adorably labeled bright violet blouse I scored at Backtalk, the new boutique on Alberta that opened where The Factory used to be [obviously I also went in their new location just down the street, upgrade!]:
I love the name Josephine [Jo March!] and the top fits great and can be worn to work, so yeah, SOLD!
This next photo is of the bag purchases made at Solestruck shoes are sent home in:
So what can you deduce from this photo, you smart, beautiful human?
Yep, I bought some new kicks!
Ok… not these. Although this pair of Miu Miu “inspired “ [*cough* knock-off ] glitter booties did get me all hot and bothered and are the closest to the real thing Imma get for quite sometime.
Ya know, for not being a “shoe person” I’ve certainly been posting about them a lot lately, eh? While my accessorizing allegiance will always be with jewels over purses/bags, scarves, belts, and shoes, I’m coming to have a very…let’s say ‘healthy’ relationship with the latter. I’m a bit surprised they came home with me but I have not an ounce of buyer’s remorse [not like I ever do]. I love them and since you can get away with wearing boots nearly year-round in the PNW, they’ve already been worn a few times.
As always, so much to do and see in this fair city, and most definitely when the weather is equally as lovely. Cheers to seasons and wandering without destination.
#nowplaying Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac
First and foremost, I want to make good on my promise to share a photo of my clogs. I picked them up on Friday afternoon and quickly decided they would make their debut later that evening [thank you, dry weather]. I’ve been quite enamored by the clogs + tights pairing this winter and now that we’re moving into *air quotes* spring, my infatuation shows no sign of waning.
An appointment late in the week took me to N. Williams, a stretch of town that I rarely visit, except for the occasional Little Edie’s/Waypost doubleheader. And even then, those fine establishments are further removed from what I’d call the “main stretch,” home to many popular dining & shopping destinations. I hadn’t been up that way since I had the privilege of meeting & interviewing Rebecca Pearcy, owner & designer of Queen Bee Creations, a line of locally made handbags and textiles [you can reed that “Movers & Makers” feature here, wink wink]. That was early November, and well, it’s now late March. It was high time to return, and with no business to conduct, my wanderings could be purely pleasurable.*spoiler alert* they were!!
I started with proper fuel, as one should, at Ristretto Roasters. It was nice out and their $2 in-house coffee comes with one refill, so I ensconced myself at a sun-drenched table and did some scribing. I appreciate the sturdy mugs there – they also come in white – and might purchase one next visit. Oh, and I almost forgot: the java was delicious!
I’d say it’s criminal to have these darling shops-on-wheels right next to each other, but that only speaks to my weak willpower when it comes to vintage dresses. Really, it’s a dream set-up: they cater to the same consumer, thus doubling the pool of potential buyers. Instead of spreading out – Wanderlust used to be on Alberta and Lodekka at a different location on Wililams – they combined forces, much to the delight of shoppers and, apparently from their sunny dispositions, the respective shop owners. The shared astroturf “yard” between the two busses begs for lingering and chatting, especially on a warm day.
Pictured are the items I came away with after bus shopping. Contrary to what I envisioned, checking out without a register is damn easy, thanks to iPads that can accept plastic and the ability to settle up at either shop. You also don’t have to worry about remembering what came from where or putting unwanted loot back, as the ladies will take care of it.
I really like how the Wanderlust labels have the approximate era of the item in addition to the price; an educational and informative label, like!
Please make a trip N. Williams on your next visit to Portland, or take the time to linger and explore further if, like me, you haven’t been in a while. So much to see, discover, experience, and yes, BUY! Get out and support local gems like Ristretto, Lodekka, and Wanderlust.
#nowplaying Air Love 2
Hiya! Am currently glowing post-mail delivery today; about two weeks ago, I attended Radish Underground‘s 3 year anniversary party and won a gift certificate for a free top from Una, an apparel line based in Seattle. Radish is one of my favorite PDX shops because of its stellar inventory, yes, but also because the two women who own the store are so darn delightful. So I ordered a striped, three-quarter length sleeved top from Una’s website and it arrived today in the most darling, personalized packaging I’ve ever seen:
I don’t do a lot of online shopping, but up until now the PoseCity Packaging Award [what, you don’t watch the ceremony every year?!] went to Piperlime, mostly because the company actually makes an effort to make your bundle o’ joy(s) arrive looking thoughtfully placed – not haphazardly thrown – into a cardboard box. But shoo, this blows away the competition. A handwritten note?! That’s like, Mom Status as far as thoughtfulness goes. I didn’t even pay for it! I know I seem mega enthusiastic about this, but really it is in my mind what separates business from one another and captures the all-important repeat customer. I would’ve probably never visited Una’s online shop unless I’d won the gift certificate but they have a loyal shopper now! Love button.
Not to go all artsy fartsy on you these last two posts, but I’ve come across a few artists lately via blogs that I think are really cool. [all images linked to source]
God, I want a giant one of these in my apartment! They totally make me think of Betty Draper shooting a gun at the end of that Mad Men episode [ep name & season escaping me, sorry] and are just Betty-esque in general.
Many of his images [the first two pictured here] remind me of a favorite craft of ours when I was little: The Warming Tray. My mom would cover a warming tray – intended use: to keep casseroles and such heated at potlucks and parties – with aluminum foil and we would melt crayons on the top, then press sheets of paper over the wax and pull up to reveal a colorful mish-mash of ambiguous designs. We’d use the results as wrapping paper or the base for a collage or hang them up as mini-works of art on the wall- go Mom! Maybe Mr. Cina knew about The Warming Tray, too??
That’s all for now, Pose-rs! Hope you’re enjoying this fresh month thus far.