Birthdays, weddings, new job, bun in the oven, the dreaded V-Day—if Hallmark’s got a card for it we have the perfect little token to express our sentiments. Unfortunately not everyone possesses the skill to gift so eloquently, and as such we’ve been on the receiving end of some freakishly terrible gifts. And we’re not talkin’ Yanni CDs here, people. Think decorative toilet paper cozies made from tube socks, a touch-light emblazoned with soaring eagles, and a pair of jean shorts that looked like they were assaulted in a dark alley by a madman wielding a bedazzler. Winners one and all. Luckily our mantra is “it’s the thought that counts”; otherwise we might not make it through the December mayhem.
Tuesday, December 10th
It’s that gifting time of year. We love shopping for the perfect gifts but always wished for one magical place to find just the right thing for each person on our naughty list (that’s how we roll, our naughty friends are just so much fun). We really strive to be one-stop shoppers during this time of year, though we do have to conserve energy for looking fabulous at the Holiday parties (wink).
The much anticipated celebrity boutique, Kitson, has just opened in Pioneer Place, making it so easy to find gifts for all our glamorous friends. Kitson bares the same name as the flagship shop on the oh-so famous Robertson Blvd in Beverly Hills. You probably won’t find Paris Hilton shopping through the racks in Portland but you’ll still have a selection of ultra soft scarves, divine men’s and women’s clothing, clever gifts and luxe baby items.
700 SW 5th Avenue
Baby its cold outside. Yeah we know that’s all you’ve been hearing about this week. We’re just bitter because blue legs don’t have the same allure when we’re wearing our favorite mini red holiday dress. We’re in search of a warming atmosphere and maybe even a little warming cocktail to go with it.
Lucky for us Pacific Pie Company opened a new location in our hood this week! Just like the name states, they are known for PIE. These sweet and savory pies are influenced from the owner’s “down under” Aussie roots. But we have a confession to make. We came for the pie and ate amazing pie…but we stayed for the Hotty Toddy. Holy moley, it’s the best cocktail we’ve had all season. Though we should be clear, even if its not cocktail hour we’ll be back for that peanut butter chocolate pie and pulled pork pastie again and again.
The menu is large and not just pie-centric. Check out the salads, sandwiches and Aussie favorites like the veggie Shepherd’s pie. Gluten-free? No problem. Pacific Pie has sweet and savory treats just for the gluten intolerant. They have us all covered.
Pacific Pie Company
1668 NW 23rd Ave.
Most things in life are “too good to be true” despite their promises. Just take a look at our bathroom drawers brimming with failed product promising us fair youthful skin, thinner thighs and longer lashes.
Finally, though, we tried something that really worked and didn’t bleed our pocket book. It was called Intense Pulse Light (IPL) from the new Cascade Medical Boutique in Hillsboro. Because it isn’t in the metro area and it’s a new med spa, it’s half the price of what you’d get in Portland. For a couple hundred dollars they zap your skin, it brings out all this crud to the surface (from our sinful teen years when we baked hours on end in baby oil), it naturally flakes off in about a week, ridding us of sun damage and giving us the Décolletage of a twenty-something. It is seriously a miracle. We did it on our face, neck and hands too and it got rid of brown spots, vessels, red spots, poof! It’s crazy.
They have other little miracles too, like Botox, Smart Lipo, hair removal and other lasers that tighten and lift – easy breezy! Make sure to check out their crazy deals right now! We want a gift certificate for Christmas (hint).
Cascade Medical Boutique
425 SE Baseline Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123
We love this idea for a unique friend gift this holiday (or for you and your bff to do together)! Give the gift of the future with a psychic reading from our favorite Portland psychic: A gift certificate from best-selling author and radio personality Psychic Suzanne Jauchius. Suzanne can be heard on The Afternoon Buzz on 105.1fm every first Monday with Daria, Mitch and Ted.
To purchase gift certificates, click on the below or telephone 503.655.2631.
The stump glasses are created using a mold from an oak branch, hand blowing glass into the mold, then individually shaping the glass once removed from the branch to dry. Each glass is 4″ tall and uniquely individual, a great way to enjoy your favorite cold beverage. Sold as a set of 2 in a gift box for $72
Megan Etcheberry is so darling. She is on the new reality show called Rodeo Girls on A&E airing this next week. She also has a jewelry line called ETCH that features a bracelet “Breaking Chains”. All proceeds go to Door to Grace, an outreach to sex trafficked girls in Portland. The message is that we all have chains in our lives that need to be broken, take a stand to break your figurative chains while helping girls break their literal chains of sex-trafficking.
Tough subject, but awesome cause and very cool bracelets – only $10
This isn’t your grandma’s bazaar—unless you have one hip grandma! Come to our 5th Annual Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar for the best holiday shopping from 80+ local artisans, along with amazing raffle prizes, baked goodies, and hot food. Artisans include Magpie Ethel, Renee Hartig, Dolcetti Jewelry, Deborah Funches, Urban Cheesecraft, and more!
What: Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar
When: Sunday, December 8th 9am-4pm
Where: 840 NE 41st Ave
We’re obsessed with Portland based Agave Denim. Head to their warehouse for 40–80% off denim, knits, sweaters and jackets for men and women (plus treats & live music)! And don’t miss the Denim Exchange—bring in gently used denim to be donated to Neighbors helping Neighbors and the Arc of Clark County, and receive an extra 10% off! Agave’s jeans and knitwear are MADE IN THE USA.
What: Agave Denim Winter Warehouse Sale
When: Friday, Dec. 6th & Saturday, Dec. 7th, 9 am–5 pm
Where: 6210 S. 11th St., Ridgefield, WA 98642
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