Sometimes the Money Gods are smiling on us—sometimes they’re not. To our dismay, they’re ignoring us this fall—truly the only time of year when all we want to do is shop, shop, and shop some more.
Well, one browse through Pasha Boutique and we’re feeling much more flush! Pasha is filled with darling separates, dresses and coats that look like a million bucks … but aren’t. Soft, dreamy tees from Downeast Basics will be the backbone of our fall wardrobe, and we loved the embellished tees from Mystree—the perfect girly touch under a blazer. Drapey, slimming separates from Papillon looked like they suit any figure, but what really grabbed us was the military-inspired coat by Knitted Dove—we’ll wear it all winter. Pasha has loads of gifts and accessories, too, like pink flasks (love!), hats, jewelry, and L’Epi de Provence soaps (oh, the Verbena!). We especially love the store’s catchphrase: “Always be courteous, happiness is contagious, just be fabulous!”
Seeing that we’ve outfoxed the Money Gods, we’re hoping to ditch that pesky Lord of Cellulite next.
101 S. State St., #140G
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
In the 1800s, men were required to woo women, and that often involved lengthy sits in their beloved’s parlor, sipping sherry under the watchful eyes of fathers and mothers who sussed out the suitor. Based on our track record, we could use an intervention like that to choose our mate.
In lieu of parental oversight, we got the parlor instead. The Beech Street Parlor, to be precise. Tucked off of MLK Boulevard in a restored home, Beech Street Parlor kept the home’s charm with vintage fixtures (you can even lounge on a settee by the front window) but upped the modern appeal with a gorgeous bar (one complaint—it’s really tall and we felt like we needed a booster seat) and tempting menus. The Potato & Chard Tart was a delicious thing of beauty, and the Old Fashioned (with house-infused ginger bourbon) was just short of sublime. There’s also house-infused vodka, gin and tequila.
We’re thinking of taking future first dates here. Maybe the house has some residual juju that’ll help us decide if they’re worthy… or not.
Beech Street Parlor
412 NE Beech St.
Portland, OR 97211
Everyone knows that it’s the little things in life that matter. A note from a friend, a compliment from a stranger, a hug. And sometimes it’s stumbling upon a thoughtful little shop with the perfect something for our jewelry box.
Lucky us, we happened upon Little Things, a nook of a shop brimming with a bevy of local crafts. Small enough to master but loaded with good stuff, the cozy space is filled with color and fun. We swooned over the tough and feminine leather-and-lace bracelets by Jar’d Leather, and a laundry line of Sock it to Me socks—the perfect “Portland” stocking stuffers. Unique bib necklaces from Panoplia look straight off of the runway, and bags from Konrady are made from locally-sourced fabrics, fetching appliqués, and little charms in unexpected places. Proprietress Andrea Angell is super knowledgeable, and can direct you to loads of things just right for gift-giving (or keeping).
Okay, so usually “the little things” aren’t things. Regardless, things make us happy. And the shopping, admiring, trying on, and selecting of little things is delightful too.
1720 NW Lovejoy
#111 in the Activespace Courtyard
Portland, OR 97209
When we think “watercolors,” we think of the lighthouses from Grandma’s retirement-village art class, or Andrew Wyeth paintings. We don’t think of nail polish.
But Scotch Naturals brings watercolor to polish in a fabulous array of hues—each one safe, natural, and more decadent than the next. We’re slightly obsessed with “Seething Jealousy” (a creamy teal) and “Queen of Scots” (a shimmery violet). When you pair the polish with their base coat, it’s long-wearing, no-guilt glamour!
A friend of ours gave us an assignment: Find her a chandelier for the breakfast nook. Since we have a small (hahahahamajorunderstatement) obsession with chandies, we dropped everything and hopped online to start the hunt.
In our search for our (whoops—her) perfect fixture, we found this adorable shabby chic-ish chandelier for $99. Sure, it’s for a kid’s room… but who says that’s set in stone? We can’t wait to drink tea underneath it in her kitchen!
Doe, A Deer Chandelier
When the weather gets all blecky like this, it’s awfully tempting to stay in. Seriously—why go through the trouble of putting on pants when there’s a new season of Beverly Hills Housewives? It’s dark and rainy out there!
Which is why you need a little pick-me-up to inspire you to leave the house, and this sexy little studded clutch is just the ticket. It holds just enough for a night out, so put on those pants… with heels!
Sondra Roberts Clutch
We’ve been visiting parlors and watching Ken Burns’ “Prohibition” on OPB, and now we can’t stop thinking about whiskey. So we hightailed it to the store and came home with an olde-timey looking bottle of very modern Whippersnapper Whiskey, produced by hand in Sheridan, Oregon, from Ransom Spirits. We sipped it on the rocks (the nose is caramel, and finishes with a subtle spice), but next time it’s happening with ginger beer!
With dark days ahead there’s no better time to update your lighting. And our favorite—Room by Room—is having a Lighting Sidewalk Sale on Saturday. Save 20% off current stock & special orders, and 50–80% off hundreds of closeouts & clearance items. Light up your life and take advantage of huge savings!
What: Lighting Sidewalk Sale at Room by Room
When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 am–4 pm
Where: 735 NW 16th Ave.
First Lady Michelle Obama—the official Jumper in Chief— and National Geographic Kids invite kids to help break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period, and it’s happening at Washington Square! Jumping Jack attempts will take place every 20 minutes and there will be free activities with Radio Disney. Fun!
What: Jumping Jack Record-Breaking Attempt
When: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:30 am–noon
Where: Washington Square