Blue & Gold today.
Gold knot ring: Fringe Vintage, Portland, OR
Thumb ring: Radish Underground, Portland, OR
Stone cuff: Grayling Jewelry, handmade in Portland, OR (thanks, Mom!)
Nails: Given the holiday treatment last night with glitter top coat courtesy of Rite Aid
Fact: two Kims are better than one.
“West End flourishes but keeps its funky urban vibe:” Arty from Oregon Live that relates to my last post re: West End shopping. Apparently calling it ‘downtown’ is so pre-gentrification… so I guess a more accurate post title would’ve been “West End Girl”….. ok fine, cue it up:
One of my *many* fashion philosophies is that clothing and accessories should be given life; if you have a drawer/basket/box full of shiny happy jewels, for example, then for the love of Jebus wear them! This notion contributes greatly to my love of antique, vintage, thrifted, and/or hand-me-down items because if one person isn’t going to wear it, somebody should [except gaucho pants]. I recently visited SB, my favorite shop owner, and imagine my delight when she presented me with a simple cardboard box containing earrings of hers that she was not going to wear by Portland line Ms. Wood.
I purposely didn’t show the entirety of these babes pre-wear, that’d be sacrilege! Kidding, but I am very excited to find the perfect ensemble to pair these with, hopefully this week. Ms. Wood items can be a wee bit out of my price range, so the gift means even more knowing that I probably wouldn’t have bought them for myself.
Let this be a prompt to start thinking about spring cleaning; if you aren’t using it, consider gifting it to someone who will. And don’t wait for a special occasion, either- trust me, you’ll make his/her day!
PS: I’d like some sort of recognition for keeping the “wood” jokes to a minimum.
#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.
Hello my dears! Sigh… a heavy heart befalls me on the eve of my work week. The last hour or two have been the only times where it seems like I have stopped moving the whole weekend and I am left with my thoughts….which happen to be all over the place at the moment. This Nada Surf song sounds the way I feel. It’s probs not helpful to use one sense to describe another, but hopefully you understand. And if not, go read Perez Hilton cuz you dumb!
Sassy tonight! Sheesh! But onward I write, as even amid all the weird teenage emo in my head right now, there is much good news to report from PoseCity. After a two year hiatus [and roughly two thousand cups of coffee], my teeth are clean and sparkly post-dentist visit. I scored a fedora-style hat from Urban for only $4.99. I caught up with a great friend over a bottle of vino, which incidentally cost less than my hat. I might have pre-orderd the new Rihanna album [YES!]. And in the best news of the weekend, I had another surreal experience on assignment for The Neat Sheet yesterday.
My Neat People (or Neat Peeps as I like to call it) feature this time profiles jewelry designer Ms. Betsy Cross, the brains and brawn behind the betsy & iya [bet-see & eye-uh] accessories line. I’d unknowingly seen Betsy’s work all over town, specifically at two of my favorite local shops, Radish Underground and Tender Loving Empire. I had the privilege of interviewing her in betsy & iya’s newly expanded showroom and studio in NW Portland. The grand opening of the space is this coming Friday, thus the reason for my piece.
In conducting my research on Sunday morning, I knew that Betsy and I would hit it off. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading her blog and her website, whether due to the beauty of her colorful creations or the way reading her words made me feel like she was in the room with me [mega compliment!]. You’ll have to wait for the full interview…..oh the suspense!……but my Pose-y VIPs deserve some sort of sneak preview. I cannot wait to attend the party on Friday and get my mf-ing SHOP ON.
I really hope to keep in touch with Betsy. Her and her husband Will had such a positive energy and I was so flattered at how they treated lil ol’ me [and kept my coffee mug full to the brim! wee!]. They were so enthusiastic about the interview and Betsy was very responsive to all my questions. Their relationship is one of true collaboration and is what I aspire to have in a mate someday. Please check out her blog, it is so charming and well-written. If I was the recommending type, [which BTW I am] I also suggest keeping up with betsy & iya on almighty Facespace. Points for spotting the status update mentioning an interview [which was done BY ME!!!!!!].
The draft is off to the magician, hope it goes up by Thursday. Stay tuned!
Betsy’s designs are inspired by the collision of opposite ideas into one beautiful object. The joining of old and new, vintage and DIY, in an effort to create uniqueness and showcase personality. So much of life is found in the crux of opposing forces. Finding the middle ground, the uniting aspects is where all that beauty and personality becomes unearthed.
Allow yourself space to sit with the thoughts that get lost in the shuffle. It can be uneasy to suddenly be alone and forced to deal with decisions or actions that are tinged with regret. Combine all that scary stuff with all the good news in yer lives and that’s what it’s all about. That’s where I find myself, at least. See you there?
Until next time…imma let you finish, but PoseCity has the foxiest readers around. BAM.