Preview: Pre-Fall

Just a very, very small selection of items I'm excited to see rolling in starting in July. It's never too early to plan ahead, especially when it comes to your wardrobe.

1, 7 & 10. Dusen Dusen printed dresses and even *gasp* a denim jacket! Are those large pockets on the denim dress? I'll take three.

2. So excited to be picking up Curator, a labor of love carefully designed and crafted in San Francisco. Simple, clean and sophisticated pieces that will stay in your wardrobe for a very, very long time.

3. Bridge & Burn is upping the style game with midi skirts, woven tops and clever tees.

4. All jewelry above is from Houston designer Adriana Soto. Geometric, brass and amazing at wallet-friendly prices.

5. Fortress of Inca's boot offerings for Fall knocked my socks off! Expect to find the perfect booties this Fall in black print and cognac leather. Being hand-crafted in Peru using local textiles and responsible practices makes this a very worthy company to support.

6 & 8. Lifetime Collective presents an edgier, more tailored selection for Fall. The geometric patterns and euphoric use of cotton will make these fun staples for your cool-weather wardrobe.

9. Myne by Ashley Anne is made in LA and never ceases to amaze me with a pitch-perfect fit and always lux fabrics. This jacket is going to be my go-to all Fall and Winter, mark my words.

Wants: Warm Weather Edition



The weather is getting warmer. Even though sunny days have just begun I'm getting all my favorite summer things in ASAP. Cause, why not? Let's get it started:

1. It's the NBA playoffs and, MAN, it's been a great round so far! My Blazers are one win away from taking the first round. *Fingers crossed non-stop forever* (Sorry/not sorry if you're cheering on Houston.)

2. Portland's best kept secret that's not really a secret is Nong's Khao Man Gai. Nong is the best and her Khao Man Gai? Let's just say I'd eat it every day if I could. It's a very simple chicken and rice dish, but Nong's sauce (the SAUCE) is the best thing you could ever hope to eat. If you're visiting or are a Portland native, be sure to go as soon as you can.

3. Saltwater Sandals! Everyone's all like "I wore those when I was a kid!" Uh, yeah you did! But these are adult sizes and OMG all the sandals. Literally the only pair you need all summer! Available now in-store and coming soon to the online shop!

4. Grapefruit Old-Fashioned! Yum yum. This recipe via A Cozy Kitchen. Read it: here

5. This Dusen Dusen top is so easy to wear. Black jeans? Shorts? Skirts? All of the above! Available now online.

6. I have an ever expanding reading list, and for some reason Murakami kept getting pushed to the bottom. I finally fixed that by reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. It's beautifully written and truly is like reading a strange and tangible dream. It incorporates so many components of Japanese culture and history as well, which is really just a bonus.


Saul Steinberg: On Baseball

Artist Saul Steinberg, originally of Romania, escaped Italy's newly introduced Fascist laws and landed a job as the cartoonist for The New Yorker. He was approached by Life Magazine shortly after his arrival in the United States in 1942 to get his take on the American past time of baseball. Having never actually seen a ball game he decided to immerse himself in books, biographies and eventually watch a game. 

He created a collection of sketches and paintings which lend an interesting view into the mind of one's first impressions of a foreign sport. From the rigid, imposing architecture of the stadium to the comically large mits, he captures a truly unique perspective.

Steinberg went on to create 90 covers and over 1,200 illustrations in over a half century at The New Yorker.

all images: Life Magazine

SPRING '14: Preview


Spring goods are slowly trickling in, which is crazy when I think about how far away actual Spring weather is! I did learn a good 'early bird gets the worm' lesson yesterday when I got to wear a fantastic Dusen Dusen dress I had bought when the weather was closet-oppressively cold. Yesterday was a rare gem for Oregon weather and I was so happy to have a dress on hand that suited the occasion perfectly. Like a good scout, always be prepared!

Over the next few weeks (and months) I'll be adding heaps of spring-ready dresses, tops, shorts and sandals (Yes, sandals. Remember those?) from labels like Penfield, Lifetime Collective, Just Female, Swedish Hasbeens and Dusen Dusen. 

I'm pretty excited about all of it, but here's a breakdown of key pieces not to be missed:

1. Penfield Kasson Jacket. If you don't have one, or two, of this perfectly classic outdoor jacket you are missing out. The spring-weight version will be dropping soon, sans lining so you can layer up or down as you please.

2. Swedish Hasbeens Low Sandals. These babies are the real deal and they go for $109 a pair, so the best sizes get snatched up in a second. This year I've got them coming in natural and black with two different styles to choose from. Double win.

3. Saltwater Sandals. Just like Hasbeens, you can wear these ALL summer-long and still put em away for next year. Amazingly durable, cute and super reasonably priced. BOOM.

4. Dusen Dusen Tops + Dresses. Everything Ellen Dusen touches is GOLD, so expect some fantastically geometric, easy-to-wear pieces to pop up soon.

5. All-things Lifetime Collective. This is my favorite Lifetime collection yet! The most simply wearable cotton tops, dresses and shorts at the most 'might as well get two' kind of prices. Expect the first batch in a few weeks!



She's Neutral, Sorta.


I've always been more a natural/neutral sort of girl. Go easy on the color, avoid black at all costs, and when in doubt go for brown. So it's been a game-changer since I invested in some black denim and sweaters. What do I wear with that? Turns out: anything. Neutral tans and ivories have been mixed in with blue denim, leopard, khaki green and, of course, plenty of black. Here's a few of my favorite uses of this phenomenon from around the web.


All photos courtesy of tumblr and Pinterest

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