Lookbook of the Day, Part Two: Garnish Holiday

Now that turkey day has passed, holiday party season has the green light, and the locally designed and produced Garnish holiday line has your back with a party-appropriate collection of pieces set at reasonable price points. Today they're also kicking off "The 12 Looks of Christmas," wherein you can buy pieces from the collection at 10-20% percent off, but only for—you guessed it—the next 12 days. Here's the drill:

Each day we will post an outfit on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) of our "Look of the Day." Come in and purchase any piece from the look and you will receive 10% off that piece. Purchase the whole look and receive 20% off!

Lookbook of the Day, Part One: The Temple Collection by AK Vintage

Founded in 2008 by designer Anna Korte, AK Vintage is a Portland-based jewelry company that creates all of its products in-house.

Their spring/summer 2015 The Temple Collection was Inspired by literary author Joseph Campbell's collection of works, Hero's Journey. The design inspiration seems to derive from a sort of historical environment like the Moroccan architectures and archways, while using poetic imagery as a means of translation.

Anna, who loves poetry and storytelling, continues to incorporate various works of literature into each of her collections so that the wearer feels that much more connected, and uplifted with each individual piece of jewelry.

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Get Jolly: Upcoming Holiday Events at Amelia

Local boutique, Amelia is gearing up for the holiday season with a ton of upcoming events. Check out their itinerary and add these to your list of must-see happenings and sales.

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Little Boxes x Ten2Midnight Jewelry Trunk Show 
Nov. 28-29 Black Friday/Small Business Saturday

In conjunction with Little Boxes over Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Amelia’s will be hosting a trunk show with one of their favorite local jewelers, Ten2Midnight Studios. Designer, Liane Crigler will be in the shop Friday and Saturday offering a wide selection of her jewelry not normally available in-store, and she'll be bringing in some new holiday designs.


  • Clair Vintage Inspired

Holiday Dress Event with Clair Vintage Inspired
Dec. 6 Saturday 2-8pm

No one does holiday dresses quite like Clair Vintage Inspired. Stylish, often sparkly, figure flattering, and always comfortable, her dresses can take you from the office party to a big family meal and straight into that white elephant party that gets a little crazy. Need more reasons to come by? 20% off all Clair Festive beverages and the designer herself—Alyson Clair, will be in the store to help you out with styling tips and ideas.

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Amelia's Annual Holiday Party
Dec. 12 Friday 5-8pm 

As Amelia comes to a close on their second year, they want to thank you for your continued support and for letting them be part of your lives. Join the party for an evening of warm fuzzy feelings, drinks, snacks, and big smiles. Bambi, the shop dog, might wear a party dress too!

2230 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211
Open every day from 11am - 6pm

Your Local Black Friday Handbook: FINAL CHAPTER

Hopefully you are still digesting your stuffing and not already out there being crushed by frenzied crowds at electronics stores or something. If you are, however, planning to do some Black Friday shopping on the local circuit, don't leave home without consulting my painstakingly comprehensive guide to all the local shops' and designers' discounts and deals. Additionally, there are a few stragglers to add to the list, so please don't leave home without tacking these onto the agenda!

• The best-named shop in town, Milk Milk Lemonade, is hosting a three-day pop-up shop for the online store Association Shop. Browse their beautifully curated selection of small goods, wearable and for the home, IRL! Milk Milk Lemonade, 1407 SE Belmont, today through Sunday, noon-6 pm, plus a launch party Sat Nov 29, 3-6 pm

• Everything at Yo Vintage! is currently 30 percent off, but only till midnight. Go! Yo Vintage, 413 SW 13th, with code "30OFF"

Frances May seems to think calling their sale "Bookends" is funny or dorky or something, which I don't really get, but I understand this: Four days of 20 percent off most everything! Frances May, 1003 SW Washington, today through Monday,

• Parallel is doing 15 percent off everything, plus a section of goods at up to 60 percent off. Parallel, 1016 SW Washington, today and tomorrow, parallelportland with code "BLKSALE"

• Nationale is 10 percent off store wide, with a sale bin marked down 50 percent. Nationale, 3360 SE Division, today and tomorrow, 11 am-7 pm

• Local bag company Blaqpaks is offering 20 percent off everything. Blaqpaks, 2505 SE 11th, today through Tuesday,

Solestruck says it plainly.

Löyly is offering discounted gift certificates through the weekend, and they're also hosting a late-night (9 pm) candlelit sauna session tonight, which sounds like an amazing way to recover from binging, on shopping or otherwise. Löyly, 2713 SE 21st,

Woodlands is 15 percent off through Sunday, and with purchases of $50+ you'll get some really nice freebies (the more you spend, the more you get, of course). Online only!

Lizard Lounge is doing a one-day-only sale on regular priced merch at 10-40 percent off. Lizard Lounge, 1323 NW Irving, today only!

Xtabay is offering 25 percent off all vintage clothing and accessories, plus mimosas and holiday cookies. Xtabay, 2515 SE Clinton, today only

Una is taking 25 percent off everything. Una, 922 SE Ankeny, today through Sunday, with code "novembersale2730"

Solestruck, too, is having a Black Friday sale... with up to 90 percent off... but it ends at 9 am tomorrow. Solestruck, 417 SW 13th, and online

Duchess Sample Sale

One of the most prolific suit makers in Portland is having a pretty exciting sample sale. If you've always coveted a piece from Duchess Clothier's collection or a full on suit, they're offering all of their samples for up to 75% off! Items include off the rack suits, tweed vests, dress shirts, and other impeccably made garments and accessories. But it's one day only, so mark your calendar for: Saturday, November 29th 10am-5pm. Event includes cocktails with alcohol and virgin drinks too.

Duchess Clothier
2505 SE 11th Avenue

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The Gallery Store At MoCC Encourages Local Gifting

The Gallery Store at Museum of Contemporary Craft is encouraging local gift giving by extending their hours for a while and offering special deals of 20% off to their members and the PNCA community.

Special Holiday hours for upcoming Saturdays are: November 29 - December 20th from 11am-7pm
Museum Members and PNCA Exclusive, December 2 - 6, 11am - 6pm

There are non-member perks as well including the "Holiday Color Celebration" which begins First Thursday, December 4, and continues through the 13, from 11am - 6pm daily.
-Receive 10% off any purchase in a holiday color: red, green, white, blue, silver, or gold.
-Free exhibition pass with The Gallery Store purchase, December 15 - 23, 11am - 6pm
-Receive one complimentary pass to the Museum with every $35 purchase.

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Lookbook of the Day: Kat Seale's "Assorted Shapes"

Jewelry can be challenging to photograph effectively on a model, especially while sidestepping the pitfalls of repetition and clutter. I'm digging Mikola Accuardi's take on Kat Seale's "Assorted Shapes," which pairs the strong metal shapes of the pieces with nothing more than model Taylor Stillwell's own hair and bare torso.

ClassPass & Your Ass

Like many of you, I worry about my ass. Especially during the winter months and especially, especially during the holidays. Duh. I mean for one thing it's too dark to go running before work, and too dark to go running after work too, which forces one to spend more time and money on the inside of a gym.

I have a place I'm happy with, but I never turn down the opportunity to try something new, and it's hard to believe that something like ClassPass hasn't already happened. It just launched in Portland, and it's essentially the gym equivalent of being able to pick your own cable channels. Basically you pay a monthly fee of $99, which yes, is more than your average 24-Hour subscription, but not that much more than what you frequently pay to be a regular at some of the nicer private yoga studios and CrossFit whatnots around town, and it gets you unlimited classes per month. But rather than having to commit to one style of exercise instruction, a ClassPass membership allows you to visit any of the participating gyms/studios in your city.

Unsurprisingly, the Portland options lean heavily yogic at the moment, but there are also dance studios, strength training, Pilates, Barre, and cycling. It's pretty awesome: When you're dealing with almost 30 studios' schedules, there's a class time for just about anyone's day, and the only real rule is that you have to mix it up—you can't visit the same place more than three times a month. I assume that more places will join if the program picks up speed, but if you simply must go to CrossFit eight times a month, say, you might want to hold out for another studio (or two) of that kind to sign up. However if whoring around to different yoga classes is your thing, you're pretty much good to go right now.

Ok for starters.
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  • Ok for starters.

Mia Charnelle Releases New Label: BLVCK QVEEN

Mia Charnelle is a multi-dimensional creative with a portfolio that shows her work as a stylist and graphic designer while previously working as one half of the duo called Triibe Movement. She has branched off to create her own label called BLVCK QVEEN which aims to empower people of color, especially women, through fashion and design, and although there are so far just two hats available on her website, it's just the beginning.

She plans to expand her label as a lifestyle brand that includes everything from accessories to home goods and eventually, apparel. We say that's solid. Her inspiration for BLVCK QVEEN is based on her personal experiences and a passion for moving on from past tribulations, and hopes her brand and message will connect with others as well.

Says Mia, "As a black, queer, masculine identifying, enunciating woman I struggled with acceptance. I tried being cool and I hated it. So, BQ is my outlet. Tangible affirmation for those who are considered weird, socially awkward, anxious, not black enough but too white, crazy and all of that jazz."

  • Mia Charnelle

  • Mia Charnelle

Fashion in Film: Poison Ivy!!!

Guys! I have trotted out the old Conflict of Interest Pony before as regards the Hollywood's Fashion in Film series, which I co-host and curate with my dear friend Eden Dawn. Since March, we've been selecting films that have influenced our sense of style, from the seminal Troop Beverly Hills (which still totally holds up) to September's extravagant director's cut screening of Almost Famous, for which we even got the real Pennie Lane to come out, which was amazing! I am perhaps even more excited for the next one, coming up on December 19, which features a film that really, truly changed my life: The 1992 Drew Barrymore vehicle Poison Ivy, which also stars Sara Gilbert! And a creepy Tom Skerritt! And a weird scene where Drew masturbates Tom with her foot?!

Would I have gotten that illegal tattoo when I was 16 without this film having happened? I don't think so. Have I ever regretted it? Fuck no! And after seeing it for the first time on the big screen? Well, I just might have to get another one. Join me! December 19!

This Week's Style Events: BLACK FRIDAY EDITION

My annual fantasy: Getting all of my holiday shopping done in a single day weekend week. This could be the year:

• Have yourself a vintage little Christmas (or whatever) this year with the You Unique Black Friday alternative. Multiple vendors will have clothing and accessories from the ’60s-’90s, plus DJs and bands to take the edge off. The Service, 2319 NE Glisan, Fri Nov 28, 3-10 pm

• Attendees of this year’s Content fashion installation event might recall the live-action dying happening in the Ace Hotel room of Olderbrother, the latest apparel project from Bobby Bonaparte (also of Lift Label). Now they’re teaming up with West End Select Shop for a Black Friday showcase, where you can check out the unisex line, chat with its creators, and put edibles/drinkables in your face. Olderbrother purchases will be 10 percent off during the festivity (and come with a bonus gift), but if you hate parties you can still come in to buy from the line through Sunday. West End Select Shop, 927 SW Oak, Fri Nov 28, 6-9 pm

• Just in time for the biggest retail weekend of the year, Stand Up Comedy has announced they’ll open on Black Friday, and I can’t wait to see them give SW Broadway a jolt of conceptual sophistication. They’ve got a lot of plans for their new shop windows, too, and you can check out the first display, designed by 69, dude. Stand Up Comedy, 511 SW Broadway, Fri Nov 28, 11 am

Mercantile is busting out the hallowed tradition of the prize wheel for this retail occasion: Spin it for a discount! Plus, they’re featuring the newly introduced Anzie, a line of jewelry hailing from Canada. Mercantile, 729 SW Alder, Fri Nov 28

• It might not be the first place you think of, but the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s Gallery Store is a wonderful place to find unique and exceptionally well-made gifts from regional makers, as well as an excellent way to support the fine work of the institution. They’re getting a little help from their friends this week, too: When you shop at Hand-Eye Supply on Black Friday (can we start calling it BF for short?), a portion of the proceeds will go to the museum. Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis; Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Fri Nov 28

• The newly minted outpost for Liza Rietz apparel and BOET accessories, SIX/SEVEN is offering 15 percent off storewide on each line (and if you haven’t seen their collaborative 6/7 clothing line, it’s worth checking out too, even at full price!). SIX/SEVEN, 811 E Burnside, #111, Fri Nov 28, noon-6 pm

Lille Boutique has a little something for all the lingerie shoppers in the house, too: They’ll be offering a generous 30 percent off storewide all day for Black Friday/Small Business Saturday, simply and suh-weetly. Lille Boutique, 1007 E Burnside, Fri Nov 28, 11 am-7 pm, Sat Nov 29, noon-6 pm

• If you have fans of local/up-and-coming design on your hands, you’ll be overwhelmed by the ideas offered at Black Magic, which is where most of the city’s cool kids will be in lieu of the big-box stores. The lineup of vendors is right on target, covering jewelry (AK Vintage, Better Late Than Never, RillRill, Tiro Tiro), apparel (Crazy Wind, Made on the Moon, REIF), scent/body (OLO, Portland Apothecary), and leather goods (Primecut, Sara Barner), to name a few. Also, if you miss the event (or prefer not to leave the house), an edited selection from each vendor will be available for online purchase on from November 30 through December 30. The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29, 11 am-6 pm

• Yet another retail score for downtown’s West End shopping zone is North of West, spearheaded by three small local manufacturers: Pigeon Toe, Nell & Mary, and Make It Good. Using their connections to find likeminded creators from all over the country and beyond, they’re curating what they call a “design-focused mercantile,” and this is your first chance to see it. For Black Friday/Small Business Saturday they’ll be offering shoppers cocktails from micro-distillery Stone Barn Brandyworks, and will even let you retreat to their upstairs lounge to watch Die Hard on VHS while drinking hot toddies (really), because they know sometimes shoppers need a break. North of West, 203 SW 9th, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29

• Shopping for tomboys is easy. Just head to Wildfang, which is offering drinks, music, and 20 percent off for this two-day glory of mass consumerism! (Even little tomboys are covered: The company’s co-founder Emma McIlroy just published a children’s book based on her own childhood exploits, Emma’s a Gem, which is available at the shop!) To sweeten the deal even more, your purchase will also get you a $20 voucher off a purchase in December and a free coffee at Coava. Wildfang, 1230 SE Grand, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29

Amelia is setting up shop with a two-day trunk show featuring jewelry from Ten2Midnight Studios. There’ll be a much wider array of pieces than ordinarily featured in the store, plus some new designs made special for the holidays. Amelia, 2230 NE Alberta, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29 11 am-6 pm

Little Boxes is no doubt the furthest reaching and most sophisticated BF alternative in the bunch. Unlike the others it doesn't take place at a single location, it's a citywide cooperation among local retailers. There’s an app you can download to find participants (hint: almost every independently owned store in town) and plan a route that’s convenient, plus you can collect reward points and win raffle prizes. It’s kind of amazing! All over Portland, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29, 10 am-6 pm,

Palace is extending its BF bargain—20 percent off everything not already on sale—through the entire weekend (and then some) for those who like to let the crowds thin a little bit. Palace, 2205 E Burnside, Fri Nov 28-Mon Dec 1

Radish Underground is participating in an Etsy/American Express effort to give in-store visibility to Portland Etsy sellers—how nice of them! They’ve selected Lauren Greenwalt’s Loop Jewelry, who’ll hold court in the store with exclusives and one-of-a-kinds, as well as live music by Shelley Short, food and drinks, and 10 percent off all Etsy sellers repped at the shop. Radish Underground, 414 SW 10th, Sat Nov 29, 11 am-4 pm

• Lest you forget about your own needs, stock up on all the suiting you are lacking with Duchess' sample sale. You'll find items marked up to 65 percent off plus "cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and (quite possibly) emergency dance parties!" Duchess Clothier, 2505 SE 11th, #102, Sat Nov 29, 10 am-5 pm

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• The November edition of the Sunday Emporium returns, with your favorites from the Portland Flea plus an added boost in the housewares department courtesy of host Rejuvenation. This is a special holiday edition of the regularly occurring event, with 30 designers/makers participating and a food hall on the second floor filled with gift-worthy edibles from the likes of Alma Chocolate, Jacobsen Salt, and Olympic Provisions. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sun Nov 30, 11 am-5 pm

• This year, instead of just envying the crafty types who make their own holiday gifts, be one of them. Schoolhouse Electric is hosting a whole series of workshops, A Handmade Holiday, taught by the likes of WildCraft Studio School, Egg Press, and more that will guide you through everything from making shibori dyed table runners to getting through all your holiday card writing. Schoolhouse Electric, 2181 NW Nicolai, starts Mon Dec 1, various times and prices, for details

What the Pluck is up with Your Down?

Do you know where your down comes from? Have you ever thought about it? Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has, and they've decided to make a video to inform their customers of the difference between live plucked down and more humane, after passage-into-the-unknown plucking, which is softly called "traceable down". Down feathers are a bi-product of the food industry, and although force-feeding is now illegal in most European countries (save for France and Hungary) some are still doing it because it enlarges the liver, which results in more foi gras (yuck!). Hungary is where Patagonia has sourced their down since the beginning and have spent many years investigating beyond just reassurance from the farmers, which led to the realization that their long-time supplier had in fact been lying to them the entire time about both not force-feeding or before-molting* plucking. They have since made a dedication to tracing their down in full to ensure themselves and their customers that the high quality down is harvested humanely.
Here's the video they made:


*Molting is a natural process that geese experience where their feathers naturally fall out, so if plucked before this occurs, the geese are put through excruciating pain. Another note: When they're force-fed, it makes their feathers oily which causes the down to be of a lesser quality. To read the entire report on their website, click here.

Tender Loving Empire Hawthorne's Grand Opening/Christmas Pre-Func

Tender Loving Empire has been working on its expansion to a second location, at 3541 SE Hawthorne, for months (check out a glimpse of the raw space from back in September). Now they've announced that the grand opening will take place Thursday, Dec 4 (6:30-9:30 pm) and it'll be a hell of a lot more involved than a tray of cheese cubes and Trader Joe's champagne.

It doubles as a release party for one of your holiday essentials, the PDXMAS local-music Christmas album, so you'll have Ritchie Young of Loch Lomond; Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl; Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba; and Bud Wilson of AAN performing live renditions, plus a DJ set by Party Damage Records DJs. Fort George Brewery suds will flow, and every half hour will have a raffle drawing in which you can win such delights as first edition LPs of the entire catalog from bands like Typhoon and Radiation City, TLE gift certificates, and prize packs with everything from clothing to bath products to jewelry, and more.

Take a break from wringing your hands over businesses who form the bedrock of the city's culture closing down, and raise a glass for one that's doing gangbusters instead!

Sunday Emporium at Rejuvenation: Holiday Edition


Portland Flea has bundled up for the rest of the year to get some much needed rest, but don't worry they'll be back in January at Union Pine and we'll have all the details in time for you to prepare.

In the meantime, Sunday Emporium is still going strong and in fact are having a special Holiday edition on Sunday, November 30th. There will of course be lots of local, handmade gifts to peruse and the entire second floor of Rejuvenation will play host to a huge selection of gift-ready delectables to savor or give away. The full list of vendors can be found here.

Sunday, November 30th
Rejuvenation: 1100 SE Grand Ave

Lookbook of the Day: Church + State x Frances May

I first saw the new designs from Church + State—an exclusive collab with Frances May—at the boutique's grand re-opening last week. My favorite pieces read as workwear-inspired (the Carhartt-esque pants, the roomy-pocketed overshirts) and are in nubby winter-weight fabrics. See 'em all, as photographed by Caesy Oney.

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  • Caesy Oney

  • Caesy Oney

  • Caesy Oney

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