• Supplementary note to the calendar of shoppy events going off this weekend: The 811 E Burnside anti-mini mall complex is holding a holiday open house at shops like xobruno and Haunt this evening from 4-8 pm, with friendly discounts and refreshments to get the Friday night off right. Meanwhile, today and tomorrow Mercantile is hosting a trunk show with fine jeweler Sara Weinstock today and tomorrow. And, if you buy a party dress at Union Rose today, you can take 40 percent off jewelry. Buy two and you can make that 50 percent. There's also big saving happening at Clogs 'n' More and new markdowns at Stand Up Comedy.

• I guess it's just going to be raining for the rest of our lives, so you might want to check out rain boots that won't look out of place at the office or happy hour (Parallel has a couple good ones now), and it's a good time to revisit the unisex Swedish raincoat company Stutterheim, which you can find locally at shops like Frances May and Johan.

Swedish people know about drowning in rain.
  • Stutterheim via Instagram
  • Swedish people know about drowning in rain.

• Speaking of cool-yet-practical garments, check out the new two-piece collaboration between Bridge & Burn and Wild Outdoor Apparel, which includes this handsome chore coat complete with added insulation and waterproofing:

• There a new lifestyle shop called Perican Bing coming to the Milwaukie/Sellwood 'hood, but with construction delayed on their retail space, they've taken up residence as a pop-up at Relish restaurant (6637 SE Milwaukie), where you can find them now through Christmas Eve.

• Maybe you've seen them cropping up around town at events like last weekend's Give Good Gift, but if you are a woman looking for a better option for motorcycle gear—including a US-made jacket collaboration with venerable Vanson Leathers and a moto rugby (that you don't need a motorcycle to make good use of) with Columbia Knit—get a load of the recently launched Strange Vacation. You'll be glad you did, if for no other reason than the fact that they post photos like the mildly NSFW one (posted beyond the cut) from their Instagram:

Whats going on here?
  • Strange Vacation via Instagram
  • What's going on here?