video: jet

Jet FootwearOpened less than a year ago by owner and designer Jennifer Thomas, Jet is a gold mine of one of a kind, flattering and versatile fashion that is ideal for the eco-conscious Portlander. The line is designed in-house and manufactured in Portland. Garments are made with a variety of sustainable fibers such as soy, organic cotton, wool, and naturally produced bamboo. The designs are minimalist and extremely comfortable, so they can easily be dressed up with flashy jewelry or kept simple and chic. Maggie of Jet says the wrap sweater, “feels like a hug” and I have to agree. I tried on various pieces from the line and didn’t want to take any of it off because of how soft everything was. Jet also carries beautiful burnout tees by Alternative Apparel. The shoe selection is impeccable; most notable is LA-based line Cydwoq. Continue reading

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video: the canvas

Do you ever wish you could bust out your sketchpad while eating a delicious sandwich without having fellow diners give you funny looks? The Canvas is the perfect solution for a multitasking hungry artist. They opened their doors less than a month ago and are already causing quite a fabulous stir in the community. I love that they sell non-toxic art supplies like VOC-free paints, hemp canvases, water-soluble oil pastels, and recycled paper. Complimentary graphite and paper are available at each table for the true starving artist.

All of the dishes are named after famous artists, musicians, philosophers, and authors; most notable would be the Jesus Christ: a simple but rewarding dish of fresh bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dippings. Continue reading

video: organic bronze bar

A sunny day came out of nowhere and led me to wear a short dress.  Everything around me, except my skin tone, suddenly looked like summer, so I decided to check out Portland Spa and Boutique’s Organic Bronze Bar for their $30 happy hour tanning special offered Monday-Thursday.  The Portland Spa introduced Organic Bronze Bar this spring.  It is the first in the Pacific Northwest to feature a chemical-free spray tan without parabens, fillers, or any other unhealthy or unnecessary ingredients.  Their natural formula uses all organic ingredients to naturally tint skin a gorgeous, healthy tan that lasts 5-7 days.  The more you sweat, shower, or exfoliate your skin, the faster the tan fades – mine lasted through 5 days of routine running and yoga.  There are various levels degrees of tan you can request, ranging from a light, very natural looking tan, to dark brown.  I requested something in the middle, hoping for a convincing tan.

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video: modern domestic

Modern Domestic is the solace that all sewers, wannabe sewers, and fashion creatives have been searching for. The moment you walk through the doors, you are greeted with excellent décor, a raspberry pink wall, and the smiling faces of Modern Domestic sewers. Friday night open sew is the place to be, especially at only $10 for the evening. Machines buzz steadily throughout the night and wine and PG Tips tea are ready to be imbibed. An overhead loft supplies 8 more machines and tons of creative space. A myriad of sewing classes awaits you, and is the events list is updated often. DIY undies, anyone? The most exciting class has to be the “Good night and get lucky! Camisoles and Panties” coming up on May 16th, taught by Sally Hess. Continue reading