indie designers : buried diamond scarves

July 29, 2014

A rainbow of colors! Pop art themes! Silk!

Creating patterns based on her fast-selling charms and other fun themes, these scarves by Buried Diamond are the tits -


BD_charms- Charms scarf -


BD_double_dog- Double Dog scarf -


BD_magic_garden- Magic Garden scarf -


BD_giant_charms- Giant Charms scarf -


I definitely want to collect them all but good art takes time & resources and accordingly, these babies aren’t cheap. I’m determined to make at least one or two mine – once I decide which one(s) to pick!

For some more affordable Buried Diamond apparel options, check out their offerings on Print All Over Me here.


July 28, 2014

Phew- what a weekend! After going non-stop for what feels like forever, I did a whole lot of absolutely nothing all weekend long … including not writing any blog posts for the week, whoops. So, today you get tomorrow’s video from Is Tropical and tomorrow you get today’s post. Happy Monday!



rad ladies : shauna haider

July 24, 2014




I am pretty stoked to introduce today’s Rad Lady, Shauna Haider (aka Nubby Twiglet). A fellow Portland native, Shauna caught my attention well over a decade ago on Live Journal (rememeber LJ?!). Struck by her unique style and design aesthetic, I’ve followed her journey as a blogger & graphic designer who somewhat recently also added jet-setting blogging teacher to her resume. If Shauna’s drive and accomplishments don’t inspire then you might not actually be breathing.


VGS: First off, you wear so many hats! Designer, blogger, teacher … Let’s tackle design first. When did you know it was your calling and what path did you take to get to where you are today?

SH: I always knew that I wanted to be an artist in some way and spent all of my free time in school doodling on my papers. I took every art class in high school twice and toured an art college as I was graduating but it was way too expensive and my mom wasn’t convinced it was the best fit.

Unsure about actually making a living as an artist I ended up going a safer route by majoring in business admin with a minor in marketing. As soon as that was done I had a nagging feeling that working in traditional office environments would leave me miserable and unfulfilled.

By that point, I’d figured out that I wanted to be a graphic designer but was living on my own and didn’t have a ton of money. People around me thought I was a little crazy to go back to the same exact community college I’d started at years before for a lesser degree (my accelerated design program was two years in length) but I worked my ass off and by my second semester I’d landed a $5,000.00 freelance gig designing album artwork for Virgin Records. That was the equivalent of my entire first year of tuition. By the end of my first year I’d landed an internship at one of the coolest design studios in Portland. I hustled non-stop and by the time I graduated I had my first full-time design job offer.

After five or so years of working for other studios and agencies while freelancing on the side I quit it all and launched my own studio, Branch, and now spend my days working with family & friends and designing for clients I adore and respect.


VGS: Which types of design projects do you enjoy most and why?

SH: I gravitate towards lifestyle and beauty brands most often these days — I’ve designed a few lines of cosmetics and fragrances and it’s a passion of mine. I also love a good editorial job, especially when it gets to go to print. But honestly? I worked on a dedicated branding team at my last job and it really helped me fine tune my knowledge. Branding is at the core of everything Branch does and it’s our most popular service.


VGS: Tell me about your role as a teacher: How did you become involved with Blogcademy?

SH: I’ve been obsessed with blogigng since 2001 when I started my first Live Journal. Having an internet connection and sharing my life helped me attract like-minded folks and I couldn’t get enough of it. One of the ladies I met on Live Journal was Gala Darling and when she moved to New York we became fast friends. As we began traveling the world together blogging and business constantly came up in our conversations but launching a workshop felt like a lot of work. One of my design clients, Kat Williams happened to be in town during one of my trips with Gala and after meeting her we were inseparable. While I had the knack for the creative side of things and Gala mastered the PR and outreach angle, Kat was an email and spreadsheet ninja.

We spent five days together and by the end of it we knew we had to launch The Blogcademy. Six months later our website went live and our first class in New York City sold out in less than a week. I’m passionate about design, marketing and getting consistent online and speak at length about those areas at The Blogcademy. It’s a dream come true.


VGS: Blogcademy has taken you all over the world! What’s been your favorite experience? What important lesson(s) have you learned from your travels?

SH: My favorite experience was being interviewed by ABC news in Melbourne and having it premiere across Australia. I’m just a designer from Portland — when I started The Blogcademy, I never imagined I’d be on the evening news on another continent!

Traveling can seem so glamorous from the outside, especially on Instagram, but there’s plenty of awkward moments: missed flights, schlepping through customs, forgetting the proper cables and chargers and getting lost. It’s all about just rolling with whatever happens — it’s life and you have to learn to take the good with the bad.


VGS: What are your thoughts regarding Portland’s creative community?

SH: Portland’s creative community is awesome. I love how it keeps growing and thriving. My husband Joey is a pop art painter and also curates shows so I get to meet great folks and check out their work. After traveling the world, I can honestly say that Portland is the most creative, forward-thinking city I’ve ever been in and I’m always glad to come back home.


 VGS: What is your biggest inspiration currently?

SH: I don’t have time to read many books these days but after a million recommendations I picked up #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal and absolutely loved it. I feel like it’s the guidebook for women in their 20s and 30s that are ready to break down what’s expected of them, do their own thing and forge their own path.


VGS: What is your biggest challenge in staying motivated and how do you overcome it?

SH: I don’t ever have a problem staying motivated because I love what I do. I would say, if you’re having issues staying motivated, what’s holding you back? Is it perfectionism? Procrastination? A feeling of what you’re doing isn’t going to be good enough? It’s important to find out what’s at the root of it.


VGS: What is your favorite burger spot in Portland?

SH: I think one of the best veggie burgers in town is at McMenamin’s and luckily there are locations all over the place!








shauna_haider_branch_2- Photos provided by Shauna -


- Find Shauna on Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy | Branch and follow her via Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest -

miscellany : mammoth & co. art prints

July 23, 2014

After seven years of working on house renovations that did nothing for the interior aesthetics of my home, it seems we’re finally going to address our cluttered, cave-like office this year. I am beyond excited about this as I tend to put off work until the last possible second because the last place I want to be is in that sad, dark space. At least, that’s what I’m currently blaming for all bouts of procrastination!

With dreams of ripping up the nasty carpet, adding a new window and lots of shelving taking up my thoughts, I can’t help but also let my mind wander to decor. I probably won’t have wall space left for new art once we add the new shelving I have in mind but that doesn’t mean I don’t have other walls in need of some dressing up. Thankfully Mammoth & Co.- my go-to online art print shop- has recently added new artists to their roster. Here are my current faves -

succulents_edit- ‘Succulents’ by Sarah Burwash -


red_mineral- ‘Red Mineral’ by Karina Eibatova -


midset- ‘Mindset’ by Denton Crawford -


space troy moth- ‘Space’ by Troy Moth -


Mt._Tabor_3_edit- ‘Mt. Tabor III’ by Tyson Anthony Roberts -


Celebration_edit- ‘Celebration’ by Tyson Anthony Roberts -


Flora_05- ‘Flora 05′ by Egill Bjarki -


Flora_06- ‘Flora 06′ by Egill Bjarki -


Flora_04- ‘Flora 04′ by Egill Bjarki -


July 22, 2014

You guys! Chloe is back!!

(If you know not of what I write, please refer here.)




miscellany : oh hai

July 21, 2014




It’s been a long time coming but I finally got some new pics to give myself a presentable face around here! Taken by official VGS photographer, Jessica Breedlove Latham, we kept things simple by surrounding me with – what else? – the contents of my closet. I am never comfortable in front of the camera, and put this shoot off for over a month, but all in all I think these turned out damn good. All thanks to Jessica!





sister style : savanna

July 17, 2014

Today I’m pleased to introduce Savanna Hupe: coffee slinger, retail babe, studio assistant for uber cool accessory line Seaecho and an all-around sweetheart.

Prior to meeting Savanna I was enamored with her work as a model for Seaecho’s room at last year’s Content event; playing the line’s patron saint she totally nailed it by looking equal parts beautiful, cool and ethereal as she posed with pups, pizza, clutches and champers.

I met up with her recently to see how she puts herself together for every day life -










IMG_2984- Savanna is wearing : slip by Free People | vintage tee by Harley Davidson | jacket by Wilfred Free | shoes from Solestruck -






IMG_3023- Savanna is wearing : jumpsuit by Camp Collection |  jacket by Wilfred Free -








IMG_2986- Savanna is wearing : vintage coord set by Pendleton | shoes from Solestruck -


IMG_3027- Proper Shopper Tote by Seaecho -








IMG_3050- Savanna is wearing : a vintage dress | shoes by Vagabond -


IMG_3039- Savanna’s adorable gentleman pug, Fiver, looking less than impressed -

indie designers : reif basik pre-sale

July 16, 2014

With one of the tightest style games in town, it’s no secret that Lindsey Reif is one of my favorite local indie designers. Since getting a little sneak peek last Spring I’ve been anxiously awaiting the newest addition to her eponymous Reif line, Reif Basik - and it’s finally here!

Now available for pre-sale, Reif Basik is a line of domestically produced transitional lounge-to-day wear that hits all the perfect notes in hot neutrals, easy high-style silhouettes and comfy fabrics like French cotton terry and rayon. Finally, all the items my friends and I are always wishing we had are available outside of the fast fashion racket!

Be sure to sign up for email updates - new subscribers will receive an exclusive discount code for 10% off pre-sale orders now through 8/1/14 -


RB skirt- oblique tank top -

- isosceles skirt -

RB undies- apex bralette -

- apex brief -

RB sweatshirt- peplos sweatshirt -

- contra lounge pant -


apex- apex body suit -


17_lowres- meridian crop tee -


14_lowres- flux babydoll dress -

RB romper- triad romper -


Photos : Autumn Northcraft

Model : Simone Fessant

Shoes : Miista courtesy of Solestruck


July 15, 2014

Today’s video selection is a gem from post-punk girl band, The Mo-dettes. Recorded in 1979, everything about this video makes me super happy -



indie designers : prime cut

July 14, 2014

I admit it, I’m a little behind on my discovery of Prime Cut bags. Spying them at a recent pop-up event, designer Lizzie Falkenstein told me they’ve been around for about six months now. Which is way too long for me to have not known about this rad line of cow hide bags, clutches, wallets and key fobs!

Having studied the product line up close I can say that both the designs and execution are perfect. I especially love the salt & pepper hide. I got a key fob in that design and am seriously coveting the new cross body style bag in the same pattern. Don’t just take my word for it though, have a gander for yourself -


PC Cross Body

- Cross body bag -


PC2- Spotted fold-over clutch -


PC4- Taupe clutch -


PC3- Salt & Pepper clutch -


PC5- Caramel wallet -


PC6- Light brindle coin -


PC7- Black & white coin -


You can find Prime Cut bags in Portland at Backtalk, Lizard Lounge, Yo! Vintage, Communion & Victory.

Check here for retailers in other states or shop online here.

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