sister style : myles katherine

January 28, 2015

I was a fan of Myles Katherine Coleman’s photography long before I met her at last year’s Content event at the Ace Hotel. Often working with top local models Taylor Stillwell, Annie Montgomery, and (the no longer local) Cassie Meder, her work is elegant and other-worldly. I have to admit that before meeting her I was a bit intimidated, convinced someone with such a great amount of talent must be on a whole other level but Myles Katherine is one of the sweetest, most unassuming, and down-to-earth people I’ve met in recent years.

We first worked together last year when she photographed Breyell Payne for the last Sister Style installment. I immediately felt at ease with her and it was such a pleasure to watch her work; her focus, professionalism, and openness were all that I dream of when collaborating with others. The three of us had the best time that day and I knew I wanted to work with Myles again and soon. After the craziness of the holidays subsided, we did just that.

With a unique and playful style of her own, I decided to turn the lens on Myles for her own Sister Style feature. Having modeled before, she confided that she really enjoys being on the other side of the camera and is hoping to model more this year (so far she already has for local label Rogue Minx). Bringing the same earnestness to our shoot, I found it incredibly easy to get great shots. This was also my first time shooting entirely in my home studio and we listened to Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and sipped tea as the rain poured outside, putting together outfit after outfit. You know, my preferred way to spend a Saturday!






IMG_6876Cat jumper: Lazy Oaf | Personalized cat shirt: Rogue Minx | Silver jelly heels: Solestruck | Beanie: Bean Goods






IMG_7076Green bike blouse: Maeve | Plaid skirt: Silence + Noise | Boots: Doc Martens







IMG_6829Black velvet jumper: Wild Fang | Cat blouse: Coincidence & Chance | Black boots: Dolce Vita | Totoro necklace: EgyptianRuin on Etsy | Earrings: Bittersweet





IMG_6988Houndstooth dress: vintage | Black booties: Sam Edelman | Hair clip: vintage







IMG_6939Lace dress: Gladiola Girls | Yellow shoes: Must Have Shoes | Crystal necklace and earrings: Iron Oxide




IMG_7101Leggings: H&M | Totoro Hoodie: Grace Neutral


Myles Katherine is definitely one to watch this year – view her portfolio here and follow her on Facebook and Instagram @myleskatherine.

Check back next week for info on her upcoming photography show at Haunt where she will be on hand showcasing her gorgeous work and attendees will have the chance to win a print of their choice.



January 27, 2015

I hate to admit it, but I was an incredibly picky eater for most of my life. Growing up, my mom’s idea of a homecooked meal was preparing a box of Rice-A-Roni or Hamburger Helper, though most of our meals came via fast food joints. Any time my dad tried to get me to eat an avocado, fish sandwich, or falafel I ran far, far away. It’s hard for me to believe now that I didn’t enjoy my first bagel until I was twelve nor my first Chinese food until I was seventeen – my beef with broccoli was crazy exotic and left me feeling like quite the culinary adventurer.

After spending my early twenties living on Pagliacci’s Pizza, Campbell’s Minestrone soup, fancy cheese & crackers, and, of course, McDonald’s cheeseburgers, a trip to Boston found me suddenly and surprisingly willing to try all manner of new foods: dim sum, fried clams, Vietnamese noodle bowls (with shell-on prawns no less), and sashimi all turned out to be AMAZING. Suddenly, I wanted to try all the things – and I have done my best to do just that over the years. In fact, I now eat an avaocado almost every day and while I still don’t care much for falafel, at least I can say I’ve tried it a few more times just to be sure.

It’s with this background that I have to admit that while watching my beloved K-Dramas (shorthand for Korean soap operas), I can get a little squirmy when characters sit down to onscreen meals, which if these shows are to be believed, are made up of a myriad of small dishes. I’ve tried kimchee a few times now and have determined that, like falafel, it’s not for me. I’ve also yet to have a bibimbap that didn’t make me regret my choice. I’ve really been trying with Korean food but it’s just not happening, which makes the following video showing Korean ladies trying American snacks for the first time all the more intriguing. It’s nice to see we have some common ground since I can’t even imagine eating most of the featured snacks, many of which were beloved childhood staples, any longer. I will say I’m amazed that they seem to like Cheez-Its the best since I have always found them to be one of the grossest snack foods EVER -


indie designers : dawn

January 26, 2015

Heavily influenced by her hometown of Placerville, CA and old B&W photographs, Dawn founder and designer, Christy Dawn, strives to work in the same manner a seamstress would have a century ago. Thus each of Dawn’s vintage inspired dresses are produced in Downtown LA using dead stock fabric, each design enjoying a very limited run.

What I love about the Dawn line so much is that is completely avoids the overly kitschy and often rockabilly trap that the majority of vintage inspired dresses so often fall into. While many Dawn dresses are obviously influenced by designs from the 1940′s, the construction, fluidity, and decidedly unfussy and often modern fabric choices elevate each dress to higher realm of wearability and heirloom quality – espeically given that each dress is sewn with longevity in mind. Here are some of my favorites -












Shop Dawn’s limited edition dresses here and follow Dawn on Instagram at @shopdawn.

around portland : reif haus sample sale

January 22, 2015




Join Portland designer Lindsey Reif this Saturday in her studio at The Bindery for a what promises to be an epic sample sale. Prices start at a mere $10 for Reif’s signature turbans and $40 for past season clothing from both the Rief Haus and Reif Basik lines. A fantastic opportunity to update your wardrobe at deep discounts, no self-respecting Portland fashion enthusiast will miss this. See you there!




around portland : full moon gathering

January 21, 2015

 Full_Moon_Gathering1- Photo by Cara Denison -

A few weeks ago my Instagram feed suddenly exploded with beautiful shots (including the one above) of The Sou’Wester Lodge & its grounds in Seaview, WA. When I was growing up, my family spent a long weekend at the Sou’Wester every July and the memories we made are some of my most treasured; after spending the day reading books in our little cabin (No. 10), collecting sand dollars and studying washed up jellyfish on the beach, we would head to the lodge to bask in campfire glows while cooking up big batches of bouillabaisse and then it was back to the beach to set off bottle rockets at the ocean and gaze at the stars from the dune grass. Roused by nostalgia, I looked into it a little further and found that Instagram was giving me a glimpse of the first Full Moon Gathering.

The brain child of local creative, Caroline Marie Griffin of Atelier Cornelia, the Full Moon Gathering is a workshop retreat for women creatives and takes advantage of the renewing energy of the full moon to inspire creative growth. Hosted at The Sou’Wester Lodge, attendees spend two days enjoying conversations, intention setting, workshop activities, live music, and even a pop-up shop. The next workshop, which is scheduled for March, will be co-hosted by designer Kate Rutter & photographer Cara Denison and promises morning yoga & meditation, a bonfire, sauna time, and delicious meals in addition to everything else.

I asked Caroline to share some of her background, what inspired The Full Moon Gathering, and what attendees of March’s workshop can expect -

Could you tell me a little about your background and Atelier Cornelia?
Atelier Cornelia is my personal brand, founded in 2010 while I lived on Cornelia Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I started out in illustration and after a job offer at Mr. Boddington’s, I sweetly declined a commission based income and accepted the fact I didn’t want to work on just one type of project. I landed in creative consultation and design work. Co-creation and creative convergence are at the heart of Atelier Cornelia. 

What inspired the Full Moon Gathering series?
The concept originated from a long soul search, this gnarly internal battle I kept experiencing. I would go from feeling total creative contentment and satisfaction to a sense of emotional depletion and doubt.  I would feel like my work needed more and I needed to create something bigger – the yo-yo act was exhausting. I realized, I didn’t really love what I did and I was headed upstream, against my natural abilities. I was determined to find the place where my creative strengths and my passions unified. I am a Jill of all trades, and a master at none, but I get shit done. As an artist, I want to have my hands in many things, but for discipline sake, I wished to find a “need” within the creative market – a cause, a positive purpose and tackle it. I wanted an experience, a live project. The workshop was born.
Celebrating and bringing together female Creatives and offering a platform for strength, support and fueling inspiration was the dream. What is unfolding as this project reveals itself is an incredible response and the collaboration that is coming from it is unreal. It’s a long-term series, and the Workshop Society (an off-shoot of the workshop) is an invitation-only creative cult for artists that are invested in creative growth and co-creation. Meeting once a month, we elect 2 women from each workshop.
The Lunar aspect is far from fad, we incorporate astrological elements and use the full moon’s awesome energy to set powerful intentions that drive us in the best direction. Co-hosted by Kate Rutter of Heartcave and killer photographer, Cara Denison, the workshop offers an opportunity to recharge, re-set and focus on what inspires us. Workshop classes, meditation + yoga, group meals, down time and breathtaking views – the experience is emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.

Why the Sou’Wester?
The Sou’Wester offers a balance of personal and public space that is vital to the success of the experience. Guests need time to rest, think, write, work on a project, or have a cup of tea. The suites in the lodge allow guests to create their own environments. Most rooms have private kitchens and baths,  so there are opportunities to feel as if you’re on vacation as well as being connected and actively participating.  The lodge and trailers encourage exploration and the ability to connect with the coastal environment is unmatched. I love the aesthetic and I love the owner Thandi, we work well together. It was an effortless choice to have the lodge be the hosting place.

What can we expect at March’s Full Moon Gathering?
The last workshop explored honest self-expression, a chance to connect with ourselves in a way that would help fuel creative work, creative inspiration and growth. This workshop will dive into that concept further, we will be explore balance, grounding and rekindling the flame with oneself. Early morning mediation + yoga, variety of workshop classes, unique ceremonies, delicious meals, some tarot/physic offerings and the ocean shore will allow you a time and place to get back to the simple state of inspiration, if you are willing to do the work and be vulnerable. Creating in any form of the arts takes courage and bravery, this workshop is here to support that. You’ll make fast friends too with some radical women. The friendships are the best part of joining in.


Click here to register for March’s gathering and I’ll see you there!

indie designers : lane walkup

January 19, 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Portlander by way of North Carolina, Lane Walkup. Lane is beautiful, sweet, and engaging, but I have to admit it was her earrings that initially got my attention (I am a fashion blogger, after all). Unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere, I had to know where she got them.

It turns out Lane is a blacksmith and metal fabricator who started making jewelry for herself as a way to save cash. Thus the Lane Walkup brand came to be – and lucky for us. Her pieces are truly unique, with elements of occult symbolism and a minimalist organic influence. I especially love Lane’s use of mixed metals which provides beautiful contrast in many of her designs -












Shop the current Lane Walkup collection here and follow Lane on Instagram @earthtolane.

around portland : altar opening party

January 15, 2015



The space formerly known as Mag-Big has been re-modeled, re-branded, and re-opened as Altar. To facilitate this change, owner Cassie Ridgway partnered with Iron Oxide Jewelry designer Amy Fox to offer clothing and accessories handmade in the Northwest. Stocking brands including Wolf Child, Cobra Cult, Foxtail Jewelry, Lvnea, Palate Polish, Altar’s house line, and of course, Iron Oxide Jewelry, Altar’s vibe is dark, sexy, and edgy.

Having enjoyed a soft opening last week, Altar is ready celebrate - join Cassie and Amy (along with the who’s who of Portland’s fashion scene) tomorrow, January 16th, from 6 – 10 for drinks, snacks, prizes, and music from Gregarious T. Cline.

More info here.

beauty beat : grayed out

January 14, 2015

jeanbaptistesantens- via Jean Baptiste Santens -

Those who didn’t know me as a teenager would not associate me with crazy hair colors but it was my thing for many years. It started when I was twelve and my mom was working as a nail tech at the now defunct Gary Lucky Salon on NE Broadway. I often hung out there after school, playing receptionist, eating Bit O’ Honey’s from the candy jar on the counter, and befriending the stylists. They were definitely on my side when I started begging my mom to let one of them bleach two streaks in my hair. She gave in and the next few years saw me DIY’ing my naturally dark chestnut hair into just about every color you could imagine; bleaching it myself, I added color via Kool-Aid, Manic Panic, and purple hair rinses meant for old ladies. Tired of the mess, upkeep, and hassle of scraping together cash for dyes, I threw in the towel when I was eighteen. Since then I’ve been more or less happy with my natural color – at least until I began to notice aggressive patches of gray sprouting up all over my scalp a few years ago. Suddenly, I wanted to color my hair again and bad.

Ironically, my dream hair is gray. The natural process taking far too long, I asked a few stylists around town about going gray à la the picture above. One of the few colors I wanted to rock in my teens but never did (Manic Panic’s Pillarbox Red was the other shade I never got around to), I was way into the look back then too. After seeing one of my fave models from the 90′s, Kristen McMenamy, make a comeback recently with sleek silver hair, my obsession started all over again. Just as suddenly it seemed, everyone else got way into gray hair too and pics of lucky ducks sporting the shade flooded Pinterest.

Of the four stylists I talked to about going gray, all of them said I would need to bleach it in stages given how dark my hair is. Two of them suggested I start with a purple ombre and go from there. I scheduled and then canceled appointments with both of those stylists. The bottom line is, I don’t want purple ombre – I want gray. I know no one wants to fry my hair off but I’m not too worried about it – I’ve been there and done that so I know my thick, coarse hair can take quite a beating. However, my obsessing over gray hair these past two years may be for naught if recent predictions have any merit – the fashion savvy have declared it over. Not just gray, ombre’s and bright purple shades got the ax too. I can see where they’re coming from but am saddened that one of my first methods of self expression is now so common place as to be declared passé. I still remember my hot pink hair eliciting blatant stares and glares in 1990′s Seattle and Astoria. Oh how time changes everything!

Perhaps if one of the people declaring gray and bright purple over wasn’t one of my best friends, I might take a ‘whatever’ attitude about the whole thing. As it is, I respect her opinion and have to wonder if she’s right. At this point it doesn’t really matter since no one will agree to bleach my hair in one go and I don’t want to hassle with doing it myself. By the time nature takes it’s course though, who knows what will be played out or not. In the meantime, for those who aren’t over gray, I leave you with some of my favorite examples -

Introducing DJ Big Booty Judy

January 13, 2015

DJBigBootyJudy1- Photo by Shola Lawson -

It is with immense pleasure that I introduce to you the one and only DJ Big Booty Judy. One of Portland’s finest disc jockeys, I’ve been a huge fan since she landed on my radar last spring. Spinning all the best in 60′s, soul, R&B, hip hop, and more, I was overjoyed when she agreed to be the resident DJ here at VGS, creating a new and exclusive playlist just for you, dear readers, each and every month. I have no doubt you’ll love her as much as I do!

Big Booty Judy says, ‘Here is the soundtrack to your day, at least the best 29 minutes … rewind … repeat’. I couldn’t agree more so without further ado, please enjoy DJ Big Booty Judy’s first ever mix for VGS -


Would you like Big Booty Judy to DJ your upcoming party, event, or wedding? Inquire here to ensure your friends keep their booties shaking all night long!

indie designers : sackcloth & ashes

January 12, 2015


Despite that fact that our winter here in Portland has been pretty mild thus far, with daily highs in the 50′s more often than not, I am freezing. Winter is my least favorite season and it boggles my mind that we don’t take a cue from bears and just stay in bed from late November through early March. Recalling an ages old Bjork interview in which she recounts a story about wearing her duvet to school while a youth in Iceland, I am all about the idea of blanket dressing right now.

Which is where Sackcloth + Ashes come in. Taking their name from ancient Jewish symbolism, sackcloth and ashes represent mourning and repentance, something that resonated with founder Bob Dalton who started the company after his mother endured an episode of homelessness in 2013. Saddened by his mother’s experience, he began calling shelters to ask how best he could help. The resounding answer was ‘blankets’. Thus every Sackcloth + Ashes blanket sold results in a fleece blanket donation to the purchasers local homeless shelter.

As I gear up to hit the oft-chilly-even-in-summer Oregon Coast for a retreat in early March (more on that soon!), I am planning on picking out a blanket to wear fashionably as I take in all the gorgeous scenery the coast has to offer – cold winds and all. Offering a wide range of styles in materials ranging from fleece to alpaca, I can’t think of a better company to support than Sackcloth + Ashes.









Sackcloth + Ashes blankets are available in Portland at Anthropologie and Sweet Jayne or shop online.

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