Our bad hair days outnumber our good. We have to be very choosy about the clothes we buy to hide our flaws. And we involuntarily shudder when we accidentally turn our iPhone camera on ourselves. However, the one thing we have going for us is our eternal sense of optimism. We think we look very good for a BEFORE picture. We are merely several facials, two perfect fall sweaters and one training for a triathlon away from looking like an AFTER picture. Yay us!
Monday, March 10th
We have got to confess. We are not perfect.
Getting together with our girlfriends is always a good time, we love to chat and catch up. Sometimes it would be nice to go to a place where we can grab a couple of drinks and have some fun at the tables. No, we’re not talking about gambling. We mean those old table sports like pool and ping pong.
Thankfully, a new spot has just opened up that fits the ticket – Nest Lounge. It’s a quaint bar located in what looks like an old house that has just the right mix of hipster vibe and friendly feel. The walls are adorned with painted pictures of famous musicians and celebrities, there’s a spacious outdoor patio, and a bar that serves cool twists on old favorites – like the Laura Palmer, an Arnold Palmer with a splash of vodka. Of course, there’s a pool table and pinball. There’s also a ping pong table that sits half inside/half outside, which makes it all that more easier to meet new people when a ball gets hit off the table and rolls over to someone sitting at one of the outdoor picnic tables. Table games aside, there’s always something to do at Next Lounge like checking out the movie and trivia nights. All and all it’s just a fun place to grab a drink with a friend.
2715 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
We’ve been weaned off tanning for years but the ramifications of our teen years frying in the sun have done the damage. We now slather up in sunscreen everyday and understand the importance of a good facial and series of preventative age defying treatments. After 30 we could all use a skin miracle worker, right?
Into Eden skincare spa is a quaint retreat off the beaten path in N. Portland. When we stepped into the charming studio we were enveloped in relaxation. Sally-Ann Hobart owns the private spa bungalow where she gives her undivided attention to each client for a complete relaxing experience. Her skincare spa is different from other spas because she prides herself in being rush free. She schedules extra time for clients to sit back before and after treatment, instead of ushering onto the next appointment.
We indulged in the spiced facial where we were pampered with feet and hand massages, and the facial gloriously restored us to our mid-twenties glow. Hobart offers a complete menu of skincare treatments including Microcurrent & color light therapy, which is a treatment that increases collagen and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Can we please live in this beautiful spa bungalow forever?!
Mention Portland Picks and receive 10% off your first treatment!
2133 N. Skidmore Court
We appreciate the changing of seasons, especially the orange and yellows that appear with fall. Pumpkins, cranberries, and fall foliage…we crave it all season long! Sometimes the rain and drizzle get in the way but we always find an indoor haven that can brighten our spirits.
Nothing brightens our day more than a bright bouquet of flowers. Floare flower and gift shop is alive with color on SE Division. Don’t mind the endless construction going on out front, as soon as you step inside the door the fragrance melts away the memory and sounds of trucks. Floare is more than just a flower shop; they also sell jewelry by local artists, art and hold classes on creating arrangements. Local artists refresh art in the gallery on first Friday of the month We love their concept of a drive-buy bouquet; take what you need from their after-hours flower cart and leave your money in the honor box! How amazing is that? Our sweetie can now plead his love for us at all hours of the day.
3070 SE Division
Our taste in men has run the gamut, our hearts flitting from the brooding artist one day to the hot musician or the muscle-y athlete the next, but these days we know exactly what we want. Right now our hearts belong to Silver Cocoon.
Sleek and chic must-haves include cool wooden earrings, necklaces, and our personal fave: COIL bracelets, hand-made, soft and wide, that exude an artistic edginess while at the same time maintaining an organic feel. We find them simply irresistible.
We’re convinced we’re going to be one of those old ladies who calls all her grandkids by the wrong name and misplaces her glasses on top of her head. We simply have no retention skills—we blame it on living a little too large in college.
Thankfully our bunk brains have Gift Elephant, a novel little site that allows you to track the gifts you give and receive, remind you of special occasions, and even help manage your thank-yous.
Vintage rocks, but sometimes we find ourselves floundering between vintage chic and vintage geek. It can be downright difficult to pull off killer period pieces without looking like we’re playing dress-up in Great-Aunt Ruby’s closet! Luckily there’s Dressing Vintage.
This online retailer features a sweet selection of fashion and accessories, as well as a handy how-to on buying, sizing, and caring for your divine designs. Trust us, with this site as your guide, you’ll be mastering the vintage vibe in no time!
Enjoy a special spa lunch, learn easy makeup secrets from Trish McEvoy’s talented team of makeup artists, spin the wheel of love and win fun beauty prizes. Hit the grand prize and win a private beauty mastery class and shopping experience. Enter to win a facial from Rumi Simone Spa in Lake Oswego, compliments of Lasting Connections. Cost: $25.00 Seating is limited. Registration ends November 13th.
Celebrate the beauty and power of being a woman!
What: Live Well, Love Well Luncheon
When: Thursday, November 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Café Nell: 1987 NW Kearney Street, Portland
RSVP: Click here to reserve your space.
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