Guest Blogger Feature on Inspireyourlifestyle.com!

Happy New Year!

I was just asked to be a guest blogger on InspireYourLifestyle in collaboration with Boho Lifestyle in Napa. I wrote a piece called, “Something Soft, Something Scented, Something Shiny,” about starting the new year off right with a new oulook and new organization. See the post here!

“Something Soft, Something Scented, Something Shiny”

Visit Boho Lifestyle at 1238 First Street in Napa

dotts

Brightly colored dresses in the window suck me inside faster than I can control, and then I see the silver glitter on the floor of the front entrance. This is my new favorite shop, and it opened up yesterday.

Dresses and underskirts, layering skirts, jackets, and bloomers are handmade by Amy Dotts of Portland, who was a regular Last Thursday vendor on Alberta Street for the past two years. The dresses are bright and invite lots of smiles – with prices starting around $120, it is a great deal for handmade, local clothing. Each one could be easily dressed up or down with a flick of the wrist and the right pair of tights or pearls! There are a variety of prints and solids, and one of my favorites has little bicycles all over it.

Part inspiration, part oddity, the knitwear by “Girl with a Hook” is something unlike anything I have seen knit before, and very mystical. The hats appear almost distorted in shape, each one created with handspun yarn in a freeform style. I placed a hat on my friend Martina and she looked charming and elfin at the same time. I didn’t leave the shop empty handed, for I fell in love with one of the knit headbands ($40)- it has sparkley yarn and bubbly bits woven in, and wass surprisingly warm on this cold December day.

Just as charming is the jewelry by Viki – whimisical and inspired by nature, Vicktoria Ciesiul uses recycled metals and beautiful stones. Each one looks unique and sophisticated.

All of the vendors are local to the Portland area – and the term, “it takes a village” really applies to Dotts. Amy Dott’s mother greeted me in the store, her dad created the metal shelving in the shop, and the individual designers are all closely tied as friends. I plan on wearing my new Girl with a Hook headband all winter, knowing that no one will ever have an identical one as this!

Dotts
2916 NE Alberta St
www.amydotts.com
503 516 0567


love bite: tilde

There are some boutiques that have, what I like to call, “the tangible effect,” where you want to touch absolutely everything the before you’ve fully walked in the door. Tilde is the perfect place to experience the tangible effect. It is impossible not to pick up every necklace, or organic shirt (by PIO, handmade in an LA studio!) that I came across today on my excursion to Sellwood. What strikes me immediately is the well-placed descriptions and artist statements neighboring every intriguing object or work of art, that gives each object so much meaning!

Have you ever wanted to buy a mug in your exact favorite color? Or maybe match the paint on your wall? For $12, you can select from different Pantone paint chip colors on a mug! I guess my favorite color is no longer Aqua Blue, but rather 337-C, in the color family of “Pale and Interesting?” How entertaining. And I can’t forget to mention the decorative robots made in Peru from 100% reclaimed materials. They are currently on sale for $30-$45, depending on the size.

Of all the beautiful local artwork featured on the walls (Tilde has a monthly rotating show of Portland artwork and also participate in Sellwood’s First Friday events), I am most smitten with the work of Hadley Hutten. Her work is endearing and colorful, featuring small animals and Japanese flowers. After being blown away with her prints, I would love to see the originals in person! There are countless adornments to be found here, but most exciting to me is a small pendant by Miki and Nora out of WI, that is the closest thing to wearing a metal marionberry on your neck. Again, the tangible effect takes hold, and I cannot resist holding it in my hand. Plus, marionberries are out of season, so I have to get my thrills somewhere. I am also smitten by the delicate yet edgy work of Rachael Donaldson, who also sells her work at Haunt, on East Burnside.

Tilde is full of innovative gifts such as Orla Kiely bags, a jaw-dropping scroll notepaper dispense, ready to send envelopes covered in multiple vintage stamps, and modern felt table runners. Get your visual-and tangible-fix here. You will emerge inspired and impressed.

Tilde
7919 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
503 234 9600


video: ecovibe apparel

After personally trying on the entirety of the shop’s garments, I’ve decided EcoVibe Apparel in the Pearl district is my newest go-to environmentally friendly boutique.  Apple green VOC-free paint cheerily welcomes me inside, and I am surrounded by an array of the softest, most affordable and delicious merchandise in town.  Coconut-based body products by Malie, tunics by Trinity and Ya Da, bags from Ellington’s Eco Style line, and Good Society’s organic dark-wash denim fill the room.  There is a small section of hand picked menswear; most notable are the bunny-soft, wool cashmere blend sweaters by Same Underneath.

Regal dressing rooms that are larger than life dominate the back of the room.  There are plenty of hangers, so even if you try on everything in EcoVibe’s collection, the clothes won’t fall off.  Don’t you just hate it when you try on five pieces of clothing, only to have three of them fall on your feet because they don’t fit on the hangers? Continue reading