Here’s a curiosity we’ve pondered: Of all the decades to recycle fashion from, why are the coolest ones always overlooked? The ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s rocked! Sartorially, there was sophistication (Sophia Loren), glam (Greta Garbo), romance (Cary Grant), and a hint of naughty (prohibition speakeasy) all rolled into one. Oh, and hats! Can we bring back the everyday hat? Please?
Hats do more than just keep our heads warm—they personalize our style, accessorize our look, and make a statement. (Yes, one hat can do all that!) And now, Flipside hats—those adorable, quirky, fun, and sometimes reversible hats found at boutiques, New Seasons, and Whole Foods throughout Portland—will finally get the spotlight they deserve. On Monday, Flipside Hats opens their own storefront location on SE Belmont. Rich colors, amazing materials, and funky designs (for women, men, and even little ones) beckon us to try them on. Just one question: Do we have to choose just one?
That’s it, we’ve decided—hats rule and just one won’t do. Thank you, Flipside Hats!
4432 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97215
We have a love/hate relationship with getting older. We love the “and wiser” part, but on those odd occasions when the lighting is bad or we’re catching ourselves in the mirror looking up at something and we see a person who looks 25 years older, then we’re not so into it.
And as we’ve gotten older, we’ve had longer and longer discussions with our friends about what to do (Botox? Juvederm? Laser treatments?), when to do it (if at all), and who to get it from. Which is how we found out about Elizabeth Gallagher’s Fresh Faces business. She is literally all over town so her offices are conveniently located, and she offers personalized service, from answering her phone calls to doing in-home sessions. So under her care we tried Juvederm—and it was amazing. The “parentheses” disappeared and our visage appeared 10 years younger. Instant happiness.
Now for the important info: She’s Board Certified on a national level as a Nurse Practitioner and specializes in Medical Aesthetics. She’s also an international educator. Bottom line? You’ll look fantastic. Go for it.
300 NW 8th Ave.
Pearl Salon and Spa
Blush Day Spa, West Linn
Lake Oswego (coming soon)
We’ve been known to while away the hours ogling street-style blogs from New York, Milan, and Paris. Even with all of this inspiration, our personal street style leans more “grocery shopper” than “girl about town” these days.
Leanna NYC is just the place for us to get back in the street-style game. We love their cool, laid-back separates mixed with sleek ready-to-wear: the perfect Portland/New York mash-up. A great pair of jeans leads to zillions of great outfits and Leanna NYC has styles a-plenty from James Jeans and Fidelity Denim: cords, dark-wash, flare, boot cut, skinny … there’s a fit for every body type. Cold weather has us hankering for coats, and we spotted oodles from Tulle and a darling ruffled trench by Saga. We swooned over more than a few sweater dresses, truly cool eco-friendly bags by Jesslyn Blake, and super stylish separates from Gentle Fawn. Owner Leanna knows that Portland loves local and stocks her shop with gorgeous jewels by Natalie Joy, Fresh Tangerine, and Deluxe Delovely.
With a few additions to our closet, we’re feeling photo-ready. Did you hear that photographers?
402 NW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
How cute is this bowl? It reminds us of the one that Grandma had on the coffee table. As kids, we’d run into her house and make a grab for the candies that always filled it. Though she was diabetic and they were sugarless, we ate them anyway because candy is candy!
In any case, this lovely gramma-lookalike bowl is just $7.99 at IKEA, and yes, we’re pimping a bowl from the big-box Swede, but look at it. I know, right?
We can’t imagine the restraint it must take to keep a refrigerator magnet-free. It’s so tempting to put up a straight-A report card, a cute photo, or an appointment reminder. So if you’re going to stick things on your fridge, you may as well have a sense of humor about it.
We fell hard for these “Animal Butt Magnets” by Steph Mantis. Heads are so overrated—it’s all about the bedonkadonk, especially when it’s an exotic bedonkadonk.
Animal Butt Magnets
We have a minor obsession with leather-wrap bracelets, probably traceable back to 1984 and Madonna’s Like a Virgin video… we didn’t go for the lingerie-as-daywear, but OMG did we love her jewelry!
So coming across these colorful leather wrap bracelets online was like a gift from rock-n-roll heaven. We love the dark green, but there are other colors, too, so you can get sassy and mix them up… so Material Girl!
Leather Wrap Bracelet
If you haven’t seen Heather Moore’s jewelry, prepare yourself for something wonderful. Heather Moore hand-stamps reclaimed gold and silver with names, dates, quotes, GPS coordinates… whatever you want… in turn-of-the-century stamps, Braille, and a host of fonts. Manor Fine Wares is hosting a trunk show this weekend, where you can try on samples, design your own charms, and enjoy champagne and snacks. Place an order at the show & they’ll add a complimentary gemstone to a necklace!
What: Heather Moore Trunk Show
When: Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 am–6 pm
Where: Manor Fine Wares, 907 NW 23rd Ave.
Save on all the good stuff you love (like cards for $1 & adorable baby tees) at the Egg Press Sample Sale, this time at their new location! Shop Kata Golda’s wool felt, organic cotton and hemp fabric items too, and pick up DIY project kits, finger puppets, stuffed animals, jewelry, pillows, handbags and more.
What: Egg Press Sample Sale
When: Nov. 17–19, 10 am–6 pm
Where: 2181 NW Nicolai St.
Visit: www.eggpress.com & www.katagolda.com
The annual Fall Sale at Amenity Shoes in Beaumont Village starts tomorrow! Select shoes and boots will be 20% to 40% off, so snap up that pair you’ve been dreaming about. All men’s shoes will be marked down to clearance prices, and mention Portland Picks to score 15% off any regular-priced pair (excluding Fidji)!
What: Amenity Shoes’ Fall Shoe Sale
When: Nov. 12–18
Where: 3430 NE 41st Ave.
Visit: Amenity Shoes on facebook