Boho Lifestyle

While wandering around downtown Napa the other night with a girlfriend trying to find a good cocktail, we happened upon the open doors of brand new Boho Lifestyle, a beautiful space filled with creative home goods, handmade soaps, jewelry, pottery, and other gorgeous objects. I immediately fell in love with a set of iridescent blue tumblers that were strewn about the room in various places; each one surprising and charming me more and more.

Handmade glasses by Roost - Like drinking out of a glass bubble!

Handmade glasses by Roost – Like drinking out of a glass bubble!

Owner Indra Fourtney, a contagiously bubbly woman full of smiles and styling ideas, ran around the shop showing us her unique wares. Many items are produced by locals and themed around the idea of nature and created by “cottage industries” instead of larger corporations. You can get anything from organic powdered laundry soap by French Laundry, to men’s dress shirts made of Turkish cotton! Jewelry by Emily Shelley was apparently flying out the doors, and Indra encouraged me to make a few pieces to sell in her shop as well! I better get on that.

Figs. Of course.

Figs. Of course.

My interior designer friend rabidly flipped through her beautiful collection of design books and ended up leaving the shop with a limited edition, flowing blue top designed specifically for Boho Lifestyle that looked perfect on her. I left with a handmade soap by Pine Tree Top Soap Shop in Eucalyptus, made entirely out of natural ingredients and essential oils. In addition to selling beautiful oddities, Indra does interior design and event rentals through her shop. The merchandise is truly unique, and inventory rolls over quickly, so check in regularly!

Eucalyptus Natural Soap

Eucalyptus Natural Soap

Boho  Lifestyle opened its bohemian doors August 10th, but they are hosting an official open house, Friday 9/13 from 7-9pm. The address is 1238 First Street, Downtown Napa. Here is her Facebook page, or you can call (707) 337-5870 to check on store hours. I hope to see you there!

Nice Legs! Table Legs, that is...

Nice Legs! Table Legs, that is…

Now, can someone tell someone else that these cups would look perfect in my cottage?

Glass Cups by Roost

Glass Cups by Roost


Lingonberries Market

Sandwiched in the most unlikely of places, between a car wash and an adult lingerie store, is Lingonberries, an entirely gluten free market! How nice is it, for people with allergies, to simply shop in a store without having to check for potentially harmful ingredients! They did the sorting for us. I originally made the quick jaunt to Vancouver in search of a granola that a hairstylist got me hooked on by Bakery On Main in “nutty cranberry maple granola” flavor. I found it, and then some.

Lingonberries carries an assortment of known brands and products, such as rice pasta and Kind Bars, but there was an extensive array of products and brands I had never seen before. Bread mix from Brazil? Cookies from Europe? Dinosaur shaped fruit cookies? COMMUNION WAFERS? They have it.

This is pretty much heaven for anyone with an allergy who has been denied a cookie at some point in their life. Here, you have full reign of every type of cookie, from flavor to size to crunchy or soft, and you are not just left with the one random gluten free option that doesn’t look that great anyway. I think I will be sick if someone suggests another trail-mix bar as dessert!

Aside from boxed goods, they also have a freezer case stocked full of giant frozen muffins, pie crusts, and even chicken nuggets from Applewood Farms! In the front of the shop is a brand new lovely display of glitter dusted cupcakes by Fairycakes of Portland, that also makes dairy-free options. Even though the shop is gluten-free, you still have to check for any other ingredients that you avoid. I had a hard time finding breads or baked goods that are entirely vegan, but there are some to choose from.

I went a little crazy and brought home a huge bag of healthy gluten-free junk food. It was my first time, after all. I have to try everything! Take a trip to Vancouver to get your gluten free fix! You will be so happy you did.

Lingonberries Market
6300 NE 117th Ave, Suite B5
Vancouver, WA 98662

love bite: suite 6

No matter where I go, finding a good party dress always seems to be a challenge. They are often too frilly to justify wearing in the real world, too stylish to be able to wear it in two months, or too expensive to buy in the first place. I came across Suite 6, and found my new place for a party dress fix. Suite 6, located in the Alberta Arts district and surrounded by multiple Thai restaurants, lines their walls with flattering and wearable dresses. Everywhere I look, there are dresses suitable for Portland art openings and maybe a fancy dinner and drinks- Biwa, anyone?

Suite 6 is also rather tongue in cheek about some of their items. There is a grey, flowey sequin mini dress/tunic top by Ringspun that is PRINTED with sequins rather than having actual sequins sewn on. The effect is a rather chic scaly look. Something else that cracked me up momentarily is the new spin on a BFF necklace set of interlocking USB sticks, plated in gold. If you don’t have a BFF, you can just wear it by yourself, but it would be more interactive to share!

If you are in need of a pair of black or grey leggings that last more than three months before they fall apart (the ones from Target are nearly disposable), this is the place to get them. Prices for durable and creative black leggings range in price from $35-$49.

I happily galloped away from the boutique with a black dress, on sale for $40, that directly channels Audrey Hepburn. It is definitely date worthy, but I can also wear it to work. The exposed zip and sheer black back is extra exciting.

Suite 6
2641 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
503 517 0305

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.

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

video: nepal on exchange

Nepal on Exchange is the place to go for sustainably created, fair trade clothing made in Nepal. Part of the proceeds go back to orphanages and charities in Nepal. Liven up your wardrobe with their beautiful supply of brightly colored, cheerful goods. I love Nepal on Exchange for their playful array of hand-felted accessories, like the hat I’m wearing here!
(Lily Chooses Local!)

Nepal on Exchange
1421 Commercial St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 298-0991

video: h&m store opening

It’s 40 degrees outside on November 11th, 2010,  and I can hear the crowds before I see them. They chant, “H&M! H&M” methodically as if to a prompter. I round the bend and see barriers holding back flailing teens – is Justin Bieber here? Confused tourists and passerby look around in bewildered states and wonder what the fuss is about.

The line wraps completely around the block and disappears. Every time I think I discover the end of the line, I am directed further and further back, an entire 6 city block lengths before the true end of the line. Some people have been waiting here since the night before at 10 or 11pm; while others hoped for a decent place in line at 6am. I show up an hour before the 12 noon opening and think I’m doing well! There is more H&M chanting at the entrance and loud hip hop music coming from an unknown origin.

The countdown to the door opening at noon is dramatic: the crowds funnel into the shiny new space, and the line moves forward for about five minutes before coming back to a screeching halt. As I figured, the store has already reached capacity. I move the length of one block every 20-25 minutes and wonder if I will ever get in. After another hour in line, I still have not gotten inside! I abandon the wait and the hunt for cheap clothes so that I can go to work. I will be back, and maybe I will actually buy something If they didn’t already run out of every item in the store!

H&M at Pioneer Place
700 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR
(503) 228-5800

video: modo

I drive by Modo nearly every day, and fawn over their beautiful dresses in the window display. Today I finally ventured in to discover what it is all about, and am pleased to discover that it is a wonderful designer resale and consignment shop. Modo carries a fine array of newly-affordable garments by normally expensive brands such as Nanette Lepore, Vera Wang, and Calypso. There is even a gorgeous mango colored print top by Marc Jacobs for only $45!

Their denim is organized by size, rather than awful stacks of mystery denim, where you have to dig and flip tags around for five minutes only to find that they don’t even have your size. Notable denim at Modo includes Paige Premium Denim, J Brand, Earnest Sewn, and Cheap Monday.
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