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east meets west : buried diamond + rogue minx

July 7, 2016

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Last year I thought it would be super fun to produce my own photo shoot and though I’d done somewhat similar shoots before, this one was taking things up a notch with borrowed wardrobe, an actual location, and two models. Looking to have some fun and the opportunity for a learning experience, I got both. In fact, that learning experience was so steep I’m just now at a point where I feel the photos are ready to share. Lessons learned? 1. Do work with awesome designers you admire 2. Don’t use photos from your big shoot to test out a new photo editing program that you’ve never used before 3. Don’t be so married to one set result that you sit on your photos for a year. Check, check, and check. Sure, the vision I had in my head was worlds apart from what I ended up with but they’re still cool pics and in the end, that’s the point.

Back to the shoot, I envisioned bored girls in an arcade: anime inspired styling, bright colors, a tinge of goth-ness, garish lights, junk food imagery and the like. I decided on a local arcade as my backdrop and enlisted my friends Hillary Boles and Shola Lawson to be my girls and was psyched to be borrowing clothing from New York based designer Martha Moore Porter of Buried Diamond and Portland based designer Anne Marie Cooper of Rogue Minx. Hence, east meets west – coasts, anyway. I loved the bright colors and cartoony prints of Buried Diamond and couldn’t wait to contrast them with the dark and edgy designs of Rogue Minx in an homage to my own teenage dressing habits circa 1996; a staunch #summergoth (though that wasn’t even a thing then and we certainly didn’t have hashtags!), it was then that I broke up my black habit in truly devoted attempts at emulating Bjork’s wackily colorful ensembles of the time.

So yeah, that but 2015 …

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Huge thanks to Rogue Minx and Buried Diamond for lending clothing and being so patient. Huge thanks too to my lovely models Hillary and Shola and to Ground Kontrol for letting us shoot our fashiony stuff around their games.

clothes reporter: woolrich shoes

October 29, 2015


The folks at Woolrich were kind enough to send me a pair of their new Beebe boots for fall and though I wouldn’t call myself the outdoorsy type, I was inspired to hit a trail as soon as I unboxed these beauties. It goes without saying that they’re perfect for urban tromping, especially now that the cold and rain are setting in, but look at that rugged sole – perfect for those rocks I’m straddling which happened to make for a steep descent to the edge of a mile-high cliff. No big – I may not hike more than once a year but when I do it, I do it.


Back to the boots, as I’ve come to expect from Woolrich, the Beebe is impeccably crafted from the finest materials equalling a shoe that fits well, is comfortable and pleasing to the eye. If that’s not the perfect shoe, I’m not sure what is. Who knows, maybe I’ll actually make a habit of this hiking thing; after all, I made it to the top of Latourell Falls before hiking back to the base where I navigated slick mud and rocks with ease and looked great doing it.



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Shop all Beebe boot styles here before your next outdoor adventure, be it city slicking or forest tromping, and while you’re at it be sure to check out Woolrich’s full collection of fall ready footwear here.

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clothes reporter : thrifting with tannerann vintage

September 9, 2015

Longtime readers have probably heard this story before; while a youth in Seattle, 1997-ish to be sort of exact, I worked at the Shop N’ Save Thrift Store in Ballard. Razed a few years later and replaced by a Safeway, Shop N’ Save is no more but in the year I worked there it was pretty common for me to come home at the end of a shift with an industrial sized garbage bag stuffed full of vintage cheongsams, perfectly worn tees from the 70’s & 80’s, homewares from the 60’s, and LP’s galore. The price I paid for these gigantic bags? Usually $2 – $3. This was when things were regularly marked at .39 cents and every day saw certain colored tags at 50 – 75% off. Plus I got an extra 30% off for being an employee. I know, I was incredibly spoiled.

After leaving Shop N’ Save for a video + record store up the street, I decided I was done with thrifting. I wanted new clothes, ones that didn’t smell weird or have moth holes in them. Again, long time readers will know where that lead – to me racking up debt as I bought trendy fast fashion that I usually hated by the time I got it home. After more than a decade of that, my year-long shopping ban, and my year of not buying anything made in China / India / Etc., I decided it was time to give thrifting another go.

My first trip was disastrous: the prices straight up shocked me and the inventory was more last season’s Forever 21 than the awesome 60’s knitwear gems I was accustomed to. That’s when I decided to enlist the help of thrifting maven and vintage goddess, Hillary Boles aka Tannerann Vintage

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Hitting up thrift shops a few times a week to keep her shop stocked, Hillary graciously agreed to let me tag along with her recently. Our first stop was the infamous Bins which is basically Goodwill’s version of outlet shopping. At The Bins, literal bins are wheeled out throughout the day, filled with all kinds of goodies – and lots more junk. Though the bins are sort of organized by clothing, home goods, electronics, etc. you’ll still find random things mixed in. I’ve heard horror stories of people digging through clothes just to be sliced up by food processor blades buried underneath – and even worse tales of clothing caked in excrement. Not knowing what to expect when we arrived fifteen minutes before opening, I saw throngs of people already milling around the entrance. My anxiety started to kick in and I wondered if we were going to join them and have to fight our way inside, Black Friday style, but Hillary calmly waited in her van until a few minutes after the doors opened. Taking a cue from her, we sauntered inside cooly and she explained the set up, mentioning that I shouldn’t be offended by some of the more aggressive shoppers who might push my shopping cart out of the way or bump into me. Grateful for the tip, as normally that stuff would offend me, we made our way to the clothing bins and started digging.

Here’s where I should mention that I had a goal in mind for the day and that was to score some fall-ready items, specifically an oversized black sweater, an oversized white button-up shirt, sweaters in general, and maybe a raincoat. Also, maybe some of those high-waisted mom jeans everyone looks so amazing in. Right away, I picked up an oversized black sweater from H&M and held it up to myself. It seemed like a fit so into the cart it went. Next, I spotted my favorite cartoon characters, Adventure Time’s Finn & Jake, emblazoned on some monstrously fleecy pajama pants. I held them up and they too seemed like a fit so they joined my sweater in the cart. It’s the sort of thing I wouldn’t buy new but at $1.69 per pound, why not? We kept digging for another half hour, but besides some cool but threadbare Egyptian motif pillow cases I decided against, I didn’t find anything else. Still, I’d already found one of the items on my list so I was happy.

Next we drove out to the Red, White, and Blue Thrift Store in Gladstone. I’d heard of it before amongst my die-hard thrifting friends but never, ever make it out to places like Gladstone on my own. Overall, we spent an hour there and I hit the mother load. I found a boxy vintage white cotton/linen button-up in the men’s section. I found a super soft + fuzzy cropped cobalt blue sweater that reminded me of Cookie Monster. Hillary found an amazing vintage Saks Fifth Avenue knit dress that I swooped up when she decided to pass on it. I found a rain parka from the Woolrich spring 2015 line that looked brand new – in fact, when Woolrich sent me their spring catalog earlier this year I found myself totally coveting that exact parka but at $200 I knew it would probably never be mine. Well, thank you, Universe! I also found a pair of white leather stacked heel pumps and a large white plant pot.

Feeling totally pumped, we headed back to Portland and hit up the Goodwill on NE Broadway. I found a few items there but sadly, none of them fit so I left empty-handed though after the the major luck I had at Red, White, and Blue I was more than ok with that. In the end, I got my black sweater (which ended up being a sweater dress, even better!), my over-sized white button-up, another sweater, and a rain parka. In all, here’s my haul –

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Overall, I spent $60. Not bad for ticking off so many items from my fall wardrobe wish list! The vintage dress was by far the biggest splurge at $20. I went back and forth on it but in the end I decided to go for it because being wool, it’s crazy warm and therefore perfect for a dressier winter occasion, plus it’s fully lined and even has those little snap tabs that hold your bra straps in place, and the pastel polka dots on the top half reminded me of a Twenty-Seven Names sweater from a few years back that I coveted at the time. It did have a very long and weird tie at the waist but I used a seam ripper when I got home to remove it and you’d never even know it was there. In the end, I think $20 was well worth it. The Woolrich rain parka was also a splurge at $12 but the original retail of $200 and the fact that it looks brand new made it a must-have.

Even at fast fashion retailers like H&M, Old Navy, & Forever 21, $60 will only get you 2-3 items and definitely not high quality rain parkas, linen shirts, leather shoes, and wool dresses.  Thanks to Hillary, I’ve made a big dent in my fall shopping list and am again hooked on thrift shopping.


Hillary’s thrifting tips:

– Most thrift store racks are divided by color. Instead of looking through every single item on the rack, look for your favorite colors. If you hate purple, then why look through the purple section?

– Look at unexpected racks. I’m petite so sometimes children’s items fit me perfectly. Look for sweaters, denim + leather jackets, etc. in the kid’s section for hidden gems and even lower price tags. Likewise, things get messy quick in a thrift store – do a quick search in other departments for mis-hung items.

– Wear clothing that is easy to try things on over. Red, White, and Blue doesn’t have dressing rooms so we stood in front of the mirror in the back trying things over our clothes. I was sure glad I was wearing a thin t-shirt that day!

– Bring cash! Not all shops take plastic, which I learned the hard way when I was charged $2.50 by an ATM.

– Inspect items for holes, stains, etc. I did find a small hole in the crotch of my otherwise new looking Adventure Time pj pants but given the rock bottom price and minor work needed to repair, I went ahead and bought them. Same for the wool dress which needed waist ties removed. I inspected the seam beforehand to make sure removal wouldn’t damage the dress.

– I can tell you from lots of experience, thrift stores can leave you feeling a little icky. If you’re a germaphobe, definitely bring hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.

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What do you think? Are you pumped to go thrifting? Or do you want to leave it to the professionals like Hillary? I won’t blame you if you chose the latter, there’s something to be said for letting a professional with an impeccable eye do the work for you! I think I’m 50/50 on the subject, you’ll probably catch me thrifting a few times a year and buying from vintage shops like Tannerann the rest of the time.

If that sounds like the route for you, you’re in luck since amazing Portland shop Johan will be hosting a Tannerann Vintage pop-up this Thursday – Sunday!  If you’re in Portland, stop by tomorrow evening at 6pm for the kick off party to score some great finds, mingle with some cool peeps (including me!), and have a drink. I hope to see you there!

(If you’re not in Portland, don’t fret, you can shop both Tannerann Vintage and Johan online here and here.)

clothes reporter : woolrich shoes

June 2, 2015


Recently Pennsylvania-based heritage brand Woolrich was in town showing off their new footwear & White Label collections for spring as well as a collab with Almond Surfboards at Animal Traffic’s shoe-centric boutique, The Annex. Sadly I wasn’t able to make the event so Woolrich kindly sent me a pair of shoes to test out: their Lane Chukka bootie.

Upon arrival, I was immediately impressed with both the materials used and the overall construction; the upper is made with suede manufactured in the UK by heritage brand Charles F. Stead and treated to repel water and stains, the interior footbed is a lovely felted wool, and the lugged rubber sole is light and flexible but still sturdy. The fit was true to size for me but there isn’t any padding or arch support to speak of – though honestly, that’s rarely an issue for me.

The arrival of my booties happened to coincide with a weekend trip to Vancouver, B. C. I ended up breaking them in while spending the day walking around Granville Island and Gas Town. I’ll admit I was a little nervous having not worn them before. Leaving our Airbnb without any back-up footwear I suspected I might end my day with a blister or ten but I’m happy to report that after close to eight hours of walking around the city I experienced zero discomfort – and zero blisters. That’s a hard feat for even my most trusted walking shoes!

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Last, but never least, they’re pretty cute and can be dressed up or down. While I don’t suggest them to replace actual hiking boots for rough terrain, they’re for sure a lighter, more attractive alternative for light hiking, city strolling, or errand running.

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You can purchase Woolrich’s Lane Chukka booties via Woolrich here or from The Annex here. View other Woolrich shoe styles here.

Happy shopping!

trending : pin game

May 13, 2015

Despite my status as a bonafide adult, I find myself coveting silly throwbacks to the era of my childhood when kitschy scratch’n’sniff stickers, Lisa Frank, and vending machine charms ruled supreme. Thank goodness for the lapel pin resurgence I’ve spied of late. Averaging $6-$8 a pop, pins are a fun and inexpensive way to display your love of emoji, Gucci Mane, and junk food. You heard it hear first, no self-respecting jean jacket owner will be caught dead without a spot of flair this year. Here’s a round up of some of my faves –


Valley Cruise Press


Clark Orr


Dobry Pins


Rosehound Apparel


Lazy Oaf


Pork / Goblinko Megamall


Explorers Press

guest post : indie fashion in china

May 11, 2015

**Today’s post comes all the way from Beijing courtesy of Jessica Rapp, reporter for The Beijinger. I met Jessica while she was visiting Portland last winter and asked if she could shed some light on what’s happening in China’s indie fashion scene since I hadn’t the first notion where to start looking for insight. Thankfully Jessica has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening. Read on for those insights …


In my first encounters with Beijing-bred fashion, I often didn’t know what I was looking at. Garments were wild and interpretive, hanging from studio ceilings like exhibits in an art museum and surely not meant to be worn. As time passed, my bewilderment with what I was seeing on the runways was validated in my conversations with creatives and writers in the industry. Many of them thought China’s fashion scene was “too off-the-wall and unwearable,” “had a long way to go,” and, somewhat ironically, was “boring.” Meanwhile, the media defined fashion in China by the country’s luxury-hungry shoppers or, in contrast, the status-seeking wannabes picking up counterfeit Gucci and Louis Vuitton at unscrupulous clothing markets. 

I’ve spent nearly four years in Beijing now, and while the above still holds true in some cases, it’s thrilling to seen the scene gradually shifting in a new direction. Seeking a way to express their individuality, consumers are diverting their attention from luxury labels to independent brands. Style pioneers are aiding this desire on a local level by opening vintage shops and setting up multi-brand boutiques that tastefully curate a mix of international and Chinese designers. On the runways, the more “immature” artists are being replaced by those who are more in tune with the workings of the international industry, something Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung pointed out nicely in an article for CNN last year.

Within this developing industry in Beijing are some really fabulous independent makers who are changing the way Chinese people think about quality and ethical fashion design. To put it another way, they’re making shopping for a locally-sourced wardrobe in Beijing a whole lot more fun (trust me, the lure of finding bizarre knockoffs at the famed Silk Market wears off after a while – check out the archives of Accidental Chinese Hipster to see what I mean).

Here are six Beijing-based designers to check out –

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The conception of Irene Lu’s lingerie brand, Pillowbook, was a miraculous one because oh boy, did Beijing need an independent lingerie brand. Why? Two words: padded bras. Everywhere. Women faced a choice between accepting that or shelling out cash for a slightly more diverse selection from a designer label. If that wasn’t your thing, then you had better come to Beijing prepared with a stock of intimates from home. Thankfully, New York native Lu recognized this, and started a collection that aims to allow women with small bra sizes to feel comfortable and beautiful without the need for padding. 

Lu’s creations are primarily silk and inspired by the dudou, or Chinese camisole. The newest, the L’Amant collection, named after Marguerite Duras’ novel, is made with silk locally dyed with sappan wood and detailed with gold embroidery that’s meant to mimic the contour lines of the Saigon riverbeds.

Custom orders can take a few weeks because everything is made by hand by a woman from Shandong Province who “swears to never join an assembly line,” and it’s all worth the wait – sorting through a rainbow of silk swatches for a bra fitting in a quiet Chinese-style courtyard is just too lovely to pass up. If you can’t spare the cash for a ticket to Beijing for all that, you’re in luck, because Pillowbook also ships to the US.
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It’s difficult to avoid thinking of assembly lines in massive factories when you think of China, but Amihan Zemp and Hans Martin Galliker are trying to change all that with their eco-conscious designer brand Neemic. Much of the fabric used in their designs is sourced from leftovers in the high-end fashion industry. They use eco-friendly fabrics, including certified organic cotton from Turkey, organic linen from Germany, and ramie (a glossy, breathable fabric native to Asia that is similar to linen), which is hand-woven and dyed in small Chinese communities using traditional methods and local plants. Their pieces are the definition of comfortable, many of them tastefully oversized, draping in all the right places. 
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Liu + Workshop

There’s a community in Beijing that’s obsessed with leather. When Japan had cowboy fever in the ’90s, trendsetters in Beijing took note and voila, you have tons of vintage shops stuffed with Indiana Jones-inspired jackets and boots. The more touristy streets also boast a fare share of worn leather goods, but if you’re looking for something that is a breath of fresh air from all that, Liu + Workshop is a good bet. They have the tiniest studio in an up-and-coming historical district, Dashilar, but you can also browse their shop on Taobao (Beijing’s equivalent to eBay). Their gorgeous bags are handcrafted using vegetable tanned leather, which if well-cared-for, ages beautifully and deepens in color over time. My favorites are their woven satchels and wallets.
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Shafei Han

If I had an excuse to wear these silky smooth dresses every day, I would. Shafei Han is new to the scene in Beijing, having launched her second collection a few months ago after leaving a job at Brandnü, a project that focused on building support for rural women artisans in China through ethical fashion. Before that, the Hainan native spent some time in London getting a fashion degree at Parsons and in France, dabbling in various art projects relating to the human body and trying to separate herself from the commercialism of the fashion industry.

The best part about her clothes is that she tends to not want to manipulate the fabric too much. (It’s the exact feeling I get whenever I go to a fabric store – I’ve already accumulated material from Bolt on Portland’s Alberta Street that’s too cute to cut!) Shafei Han’s results are beautiful and exude this wearable, simplistic purity that you want to curl up in.
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Wu Yingnan, better known as Ocean, is the founder of leather handbag brand Rfactory, whose bags have graced the shoulders of several Chinese celebrities. Her collections, which kicked off in 2011, are part retro-inspired (hence the R), appropriate for a woman who came to the rescue of Beijing’s lovers of vintage and organized flea markets at a time when there were very few. Her selection now covers everything from textured envelope clutches to shiny slouchy totes and iridescent bags, with prices starting around $286.

The bags are no doubt gorgeous, but what really stands out is the energy behind Ocean’s campaigns, which often feature her husband-cum-photographer-cum-creative-director, who just seems to have a knack for selling handbags.
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Body Memory

There are a lot of jewelers in Beijing, but there’s no one quite like Yi Zhou of Body Memory. The native Beijinger and graduate of Central Saint Martins in London pops up at events around town wearing a lab coat and helps you make plaster molds of the body parts you want to treasure forever. Then she turns these into pendants you can wear proudly around your neck. Fingers show up most on her website, but she encourages you to take it further than that with molds of teeth (complete with a gold molar), noses, ears and even nipples. 


clothes reporter : rain, rain, go away

April 2, 2015

Since noticing a dramatic uptick in recent views for an old post I did on rain boots a few years back, I’ve decided to post an update of items – not just boots – guaranteed to keep you warm and dry this spring.

First up are jackets. If I’ve learned anything from spring, it’s that layering is a best practice and a water-resistant top layer is your best line of defense. Hoods are a must as well, especially here in Portland where an umbrella immediately marks you as an outsider (or you know, someone who just really wants to stay dry – more on this in a sec). After years of choosing coats and jackets with crazy color schemes and busy prints, and countless episodes of walking around the city feeling crazy self-conscious as my jacket and outfit fought with each other to the death, I’ve decided that anymore neutral is generally the way to go. Made for wet weather and topped off with a hood, my picks are from local line Bridge & Burn and ethically-minded Everlane –

Everlane Aonrak | Bridge & Burn Warbler Jacket | Bridge & Burn x One of a Kind Macleay Jacket


Back to umbrellas, I’m going to go ahead and throw one into the mix for the hell of it. As a Portland native, this whole ‘Real Portlanders don’t use umbrellas!’ nonsense is silly to me. I used them throughout my teens and twenties and only gave up in favor of hoods a few years ago after I kept forgetting them and realized one day, ‘Oh wait, my coat has a hood!’. If you wanna use one, I won’t judge – at least, not so long as you don’t crowd me off the sidewalk with it. In fact, this bubble styled umbrella is perfect since it’s takes up less space and arguably provides more coverage from rain –

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Ok, it’s rain boot time. Fondly recalling the first pair I purchased as an adult just a few years ago, I might argue that rain boots are one of the best inventions modern society has come up with. Prior to that purchase, I wore ballet flats sans socks year round. It was a pretty common occurrence for me to misjudge the depth of a puddle, or just not even notice it, resulting in cold, wet feet for the rest of the day. Which is not even the worst of it when you realize that it can take hours or even days for your shoes to dry out. I’ve definitely had to retire a few pairs that did not hold up to being submerged in a murky puddle and really, who can blame them? I’ve chosen a variety of boots, and though my own beloved Boden boots are nearly identical to the Joules Printed Wellies below (minus the pink and printed with images of Parliment and Beefeaters), I would like to stress again the benefits of a neutral color scheme –

Tretorn Elsa Rain Boot | Joules Evedon Rain Boot | Ilse Jacobsen Rub 01 rain Boot

Joules Printed Wellie Rain Boot | Chinese Laundry Reckless Rain Boot | Ilse Jacobsen Rub 02 Rain Boot


Finally, in the vein of umbrellas and hoods, sometimes a hat is just the ticket for keeping your head dry. Convinced I was not a “hat person” I finally found one that suited me last year and it’s been a wonderful addition to my outerwear wardrobe. Here are my faves –

Woolrich Water Repellant Outback Hat | Yellow 108 Harvest Hat | Yellow 108 Canyon Hat


I hope this has been helpful – stay dry out there and remember, summer is coming!

clothes reporter : elk clothing & accessories at adorn

December 18, 2014

Not too long ago I stopped by Portland boutique Adorn with my friend Jessica and styled her in my favorite fall and winter items. We had so much fun and the Adorn staff was great to work with, so when they asked me to review some items for them, I was definitely into it. The line they had in mind was Melbourne based Elk; working with small manufacturers around the globe Elk creates clothing inspired by natural colors and complimentary accessories made with traditional techniques and high quality in mind. After much deliberation I chose the Elk cape back top and Elk faceted nugget necklace –





Elk’s cape back top in black (also available in Stucco) felt like a good choice since my main wardrobe goal this year has been to create a solid foundation of basics. As I suspected, it is a highly versatile piece that can be worn with everything from high-waisted cords to skinny jeans to a pencil skirt – all without being #basic. The soft fabric is synthetic but high quality and so soft. The loose drape does create a cape effect and provides lovely movement but the overall construction has enough shape to keep it from overwhelming – something I have to worry about given my frame which is petite and curvy. As someone who’s cold more often than not, the loose fit left me feeling chilly since walking around caused the top to billow away from my skin, effectively leaving it bare to cold air. A tank worn underneath took care of the issue and I was surprisingly warm after that simple fix. For that same reason, I have a feeling this will be a go-to for me next summer. It’s always great to have pieces that transcend seasons.

To add some interest, I paired my top with Elk’s faceted nugget necklace. Drawn to the ultra-modern geometric resin beads hand-knotted in a station style, I love the minimal simplicity of the design and neutral color – something I tend to shy away from usually – as well as the inherent sense of asymmetry. My greatest styling weakness is that I can skew too classic and my favorite way to keep from going the stuffy route is to use accessories with an asymmetric balance. It helps break things up to create more of an eclectic or laissez-faire feel. My motto is, when in doubt go with odds.

Now here’s my adorable friend Shola to model the top and necklace for you –


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There you go – the epitome of easy & modern! To get this look or similar, check out Adorn’s selection of Elk pieces here or visit them at one of their two Portland locations. Happy shopping!

around portland : adorn

November 13, 2014




Portland boutique, Adorn, has been serving Portland with a versatile selection of forward thinking fashion at their NE Fremont location since 2008. In fact, they’ve been so successful, they recently expanded and are now offering that same fashion expertise in a brand new space on booming SE Division. I stopped by their grand opening party a few weeks ago and was happy to see a huge selection of on point clothing & accessories, a host of way charming staff members, and plenty of options for those of us who prefer to buy local and domestic labels. (The delicious cocktails, savory hand pies, and French pastries were pretty great too! Tip: When Adorn throws a party, they really throw a party! I definitely recommend stopping in for any future shindigs.)

I was so impressed by Adorn that I decided to stop by with my lovely friend and muse, Jessica Breedlove Latham. The mission: Style and snap Jessica in Adorn’s latest fall styles. We went in with the idea of putting together three or four outfits but Adorn’s selection was so good we ended up with five. Honestly, we could have kept going too! Denim, knitwear, coats, hats, and boots – they have it all!

Here’s what we put together  –






Jessica is wearing: THML Clothing sweater dress |  Bridge & Burn Straat jacket | Ilse Jacobsen Rub 02 rain boots | Contact Adorn to Inquire about the necklace




Jessica is wearing: Hudson Beth Baby bootcut jeans | Nau Clothing Felt Up jacket | Maison Scotch Punk Inspired top







Jessica is wearing: Nau Clothing down stole | Elk oversized eyelet dress | Krochet Kids Sophia beanie | Calou Fia bootie






Jessica is wearing: Curator Ryder cardigan | THML Clothing faux leather dress | Calou Fia bootie | Soko jewelry (Contact Adorn to Inquire about the jewelry)





Jessica is wearing: Maison Scotch Throw On jacket | Red 23 Paint Drops tee | Henry & Belle coated super skinny denim | Ilse Jacobsen Rub 02 rain boots | Lulu necklace (Contact Adorn to Inquire about the necklace)





Jessica is wearing: Prairie Underground School Daze sweatshirt | Hudson Beth Baby bootcut denim | Ilse Jacobsen Rub 02 rain boots | Soko bone collar necklace | 49 Square Miles bag (Contact Adorn to Inquire about the necklace or bag)

Just as I expected, Jessica and I had an awesome time! The Adorn staff was super nice and helpful and they had all the things I want right now. Jessica’s favorite items were the Curator cardigan, the Ilse Jacobsen rain boots (which she said are so crazy comfy that she is seriously thinking about buying a pair), and the Prairie Underground quilted sweatshirt. If in Portland, be sure to stop by one of Adorn’s locations to find what you need to stay toasty and fashionable this season. Thank you, Adorn! I’m sure I’ll be seeing you again very soon!


Adorn is located in Portland, OR at 4120 NE Fremont St. and 3366 SE Division.

You can also shop online or contact Adorn to inquire about any items in this post.

Follow Adorn on Facebook and Instagram @shopadorn.

clothes reporter : layering for fall with mod cloth

October 15, 2014

No matter how many times I go through this, once summer ends and fall begins, the struggle is real; more often than not the mornings are dark and cold, the afternoons are warm and sunny, and the evenings are somewhere in between. The past few weeks have seen me changing my daily wardrobe more often than I care to admit and I’ve realized it’s time to bust out the old layering skills once again. Just in time, ModCloth asked me to showcase some of my favorites from their current offerings with fall layering in mind. I chose pieces that will work for most occasions and with just about any style of bottom, from a cute skirt to a skinny jean.




Fall Layering


Clockwise from top left:

Savvy Sommerlier top | Deco the Distance top | Wild and Freelance cardigan | Significant Spirit wedges | Mapmaking your Move wedges | Heads or Tails hat | Casual Influence boots


First things first, your base layer is key. Working double duty it’s the first layer in your warmth burrito, if you will, but it should also hold it’s own when you’re overheating in a crowded bar or music venue. I chose a feminine camisole in a rich fern green with a comfy drape that’s flirty and chic. The scalloped hem provides dimension along with the bronze tone beading which adds an edge of muted glamour.

Next is your main layer. It should add to the warmth burrito by providing more coverage than your base layer. It’s also the main attraction of your outfit and should have special details. I chose a pretty merlot blouse that’s a little bit 1920’s and little bit 1970’s. The pleated front, lace yoke detail and sweet rounded collar add up to just the right amount of special. Wear it in the office, to meet a friend for coffee, or for date night.

Last is the outer layer. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m uncomfortably cold most of the time and the outer layer is perhaps the most important layer since it’s what keeps me from hypothermia. ModCloth has an awesome selection of cardigans and it was a tough choice but I chose a boho 1970’s style knit cardigan in a neutral cream with wine and navy accents. It compliments but doesn’t overpower the blouse and would look sexy over the camisole. On the weekend, I would also wear it over a chambray shirt or white tee. The great thing about the slightly over-sized & open style is that once winter hits, it will fit over other knits for maximum warmth burrito layering.

Ancillary to layering are accessories. Portland is temperate compared to the rest of the country but fall and winter typically bring rain storms. Nothing is worse than slogging through your day with cold, wet feet. Accordingly, I take my footwear decisions seriously. First up, I chose a very practical but stylish boot. The low heel makes them easy for walking and the full coverage will ensure your feet stay dry. Another option are the map-patterned wedge booties from Jeffrey Campbell. Still providing full coverage, they’ll definitely add +10 style points to your outfit. And because sometimes you just want a break from boots, I chose a cool pair of wedge sandals to throw in your bag. Wear the cute & sensible boots for your commute and change into the sandals when you get to your final destination. People will be envious of your super style and wonder how you kept your feet dry.

Finally, it is known that true Portland babes never carry umbrellas. A floppy hat is the mode du jour for keeping your hair dry and pushes the boho vibe up a notch. Wrap it all together, add loose waves, a berry lip & cheek, and a neutral eye with lots of black mascara on top and bottom and you’ll find yourself comfy and stylish no matter what the weather throws at you. Find more cute layers for your warmth burrito on ModCloth.

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