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Tailoring. It's good for you.

New customers are often surprised to hear that tailoring is included with all the clothing in the shop. From the day we opened our doors we've offered tailoring at no extra charge and it's something we continue to stand behind. 

We're fortunate to work with some very talented designers who focus on designing their clothing to fit a variety of bodies. Finding a dress that fits you right off the hanger is great! But I'm sure we've all had that dressing room bum-out of feeling like our body is wrong for everything we've tried on. That's where tailoring comes in. With just a few pins and measurements we can make an almost-good dress into the dress that you want to wear everyday. 

In this case, the bust fit well but the waist and skirt needed to be taken in. We took off between a half and a full inch and voila! Looking good! 

 

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How to Care for Your Jewelry:

Sometimes it can be hard to know how to care for your jewelry. Here are some tips to keep your jewels looking their best. 

Number one: Put your jewelry on last. Spritzes, sprays, and lotions can cause discoloration, dulling, and splotchy tarnishing.  Hair sprays and perfumes may not seem like a problem, but over time they can damage the finish. Moisturize, fix your 'do, and get your fragrance on before you open that jewelry box. 

Number two: Keep it dry. We're talking no showers, hot tubs, working out, or steamy bathrooms (even storing your jewelry there is a no-no). Keep a ring holder or dish next to the sink and stow your rings while you wash your hands. This will also help cut down on the dreaded green marks that some jewelry may leave behind. (More on that later!)

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Number four: Clean it up! A little polishing can bring your jewelry back to its original shine, but different metals need different care, let's break it down. 

Brass:  Angela from Knuckle Kiss is our go to expert on brass. Here's her tips on caring for the 

"All raw, un-plated brass will develop a surface patina (a.k.a. oxidation) over time. Some wearers love the aged, vintage look of oxidized brass, but restoring the jewelry to its original finish is easy. Cleaning solutions using common household ingredients are recommended for heavier cleaning. Here are some favorite methods:

  • Gently scrub your piece with one of the solutions below. Use your fingers, a soft cloth, or a soft-bristle toothbrush.
    • Lemon juice or vinegar + baking soda
    • Toothpaste
    • Ketchup
  • Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry. For heavily tarnished pieces, you may need several cleaning sessions to fully remove the oxidation. 

Commercial cleaners might work fine on your piece, but we don’t use them in the shop and cannot be responsible for damages your jewelry might incur. Be especially wary of commercial cleaners if your piece contains stones, oxidation, enamel, plating, or mixed metals." 

Silver: 

Silver is a very soft metal so be sure to use a soft, preferably cotton cloth when polishing. A plain cotton cloth or one pre-treated with cleaner such as Sunshine Cloths will work. Rubbing with gentle pressure will remove most of the oxidation, but feel free to really get into the grooves if you want to it to really shine. 

As with all metals, avoid commercial cleaning dips because they can actually cause pits in the surface of the metal which will then darken and tarnish even faster. 

Gold: 

Gold doesn't tarnish, so what you're probably seeing is dirt, makeup residue, and the evidence of a much loved piece.  The gentlest, cleaning solution to use is simple dish washing liquid. Soak your jewelry in a little dish soap and warm water for about five minutes. Fish it out and give it a little scrub with tooth brush, focusing on texture or nooks and crannies. Rinse under running water and gently dry with a cotton cloth. 

Vintage and Costume Jewelry: 

Not sure the metal type? Base metal? A mix of gems, glass, or unknown materials? First try a dry cleaning. Brush the piece with a toothbrush to remove grime, wiping with a soft cotton cloth to remove the debris. If you've got canned air it can be used to blast off the loose dirt from small spaces or under the stone settings. 

Need a deeper clean? Mix a weak solution of gentle soap and water. Soak the piece for a few minutes, give it a little scrub with a toothbrush and quickly rinse. Repeat if necessary. Be sure to fully dry the jewelry afterwards. 


Storage:  In general your best move is to store jewelry in a box or case that limits contact with oxygen. Jewelry boxes aren't just for show as it turns out! There are loads of adorable jewelry boxes to be had in the world. Check out antique shops for stylish cedar boxes, velvet lined mini-chests, or re-purpose an old medicine cabinet with tiny hooks and shelves to keep your jewels safe and cared for. 


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Slips: The Most Important Part of Getting Dressed That You Probably Forgot

If you, or your mother, grew up in the South you are probably familiar with slips. If not, you might imagine them as the plain, off white nylon layer that overly modest older women insist on wearing. Maybe you saw them hung on your grandma's clothes line - a strange nylon flag waving in the wind. Maybe you associate them with 40's pinups or their revival in the 90's as outer wear by girls with unkempt hair and heavy boots. But a slip is so much more...

My own mother, a native Texan, was always after me to wear a slip with my dresses and skirts. I fought it for years, wearing them only when really pressed to, and really only to make her happy. I have since seen the folly of my stubborn, contrary teenage self. Sure, you would wear a slip with a sheer or light weight dress, but there are other very important reasons to wear one. 

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb - the designer who makes these killer slips!

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb - the designer who makes these killer slips!

Number one: A good, well fitting slip will make all your clothes look better.

That slippery fabric layer lets your dresses hang smoother and move with you, rather than clinging and bunching. Have a figure-hugging dress that also hugs around your belly button and the curves you'd rather not highlight? Put on a slip. Worried about visible panty or bra lines? Put on a slip. Contrary to what you might think, adding this extra layer will actually make your clothing more flattering. It's called a foundation garment for a reason!

Number two: Tights, stockings, leggings.

If you want to wear dresses year round, at some point you'll need to wear something on your legs to keep out the cold. I'm sure we've all gotten dresses, walked confidently out into the world, and discovered that with every step your tights are encouraging your skirt to get clingy and ride up. A slip lets your skirt glide over the tights without getting caught up. No amount of Static Guard can fix this problem like a slip can. 

Number three: Layering is the name of the game.

Want to bring up the neckline on a low cut dress? A slip is a feminine, stylish way to solve the problem. A little lace in a coordinating color can add that extra oomph to your outfit and that extra inch over your décolletage. Wearing a wrap dress? A slip can add the confidence that a sudden gust of wind or inopportune movement won't result in your skivvies being on display. 

Despite my young reluctance to adopt the slip, now days I am rarely caught without one. I feel under dressed without a slip. No matter what I'm wearing my slip is my sleek, sexy under layer that has come to feel like a second skin. 

As Sarah Bibb, designer of our favorite slips the Ava and Erin, always says "A good slip can change your life!"

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb


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That Loving Feeling: Valentines is upon us!

Every year Valentine's Day sneaks up on me. Based on the other last minute Feb. 13 (and even the morning of Feb. 14) shoppers, I'm in good company.  Need some inspiration this year? Trying to avoid buying chocolate at Walgreens at midnight this Friday? Let me help you: 

Click through to shop. 

Click through to shop. 

We've got a range of gifts that fulfill your need for sparkle, good smells, and a decadent massage., including more than are pictured here.  

Imaginary Authors is one of my favorite perfume lines and Memoirs of a Trespasser is a new take on vanilla that is sure to please. 

Taking care of that sparkle fix? These Czech Crystal Earrings have a vintage charm with your choice of color. Cat lover? Boom - a cat pendant crowned with a gemstone! Minimal modernist in your life? Psyche's Emerald Stud or Cradle's Leda Studs are perfect.

Massage? Vigorous testers that we are, we've chosen our favorites for massage and daily moisturizing. Double duty! Whipped Cream, Cocoa Skin Cream, Body Oils, and Sunshine Cream. You can't go wrong.

Looking to slip into something more comfortable? May we humbly suggest something slinky and black?

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Click through to see these products

Lingerie that feels as good to wear as it does to look at. Ava Slip, Erin Slip, Klara Mesh Dress, Vera Kimono Shrug

Happy Valentines Day lovers!



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From us to you: the Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner. Need some inspiration? Here's our picks for some of the sweeties on your list: 

The Stocking Stuffer / Quick Pick:

We've pre-selected some of the best color duos from non-toxic nail polish lines Floss Gloss ($15), Mint ($22), and Portland's own Palate Polish ($18). From poinsettia red and mistletoe green to a demure set of complimentary neutrals, we've got you covered. 

The Polish Duos are currently only in-store, but we can hook you up over the phone!

The Polish Duos are currently only in-store, but we can hook you up over the phone!

Hostess Gift a.k.a. I need a gift right now because I didn't plan ahead!

We've all had a moment where you forgot you needed a little gift, and now you're late and all the stores are closed. My go-to for this? Meow Meow Tweet soaps ($10). The colorful packaging doesn't require wrapping, everybody uses soap, and its small and easily stored. Stock up on a few and you'll thank yourself later.

That friend/coworker/roommate who is always stressing:

Around the holidays its really easy to let stress get the better of you. These quick treats are major stress fighters, and affordable at just $10 a pop.

Soothing bath salts in three delicious scents: Grapefruit Bergamot, Litsea Ginger, and Rosewood Blood Orange. 

An herbal eye mask that can be used hot or cold, wet or dry. Made from wild crafted herbs of the Northwest.  

Your best ladies!

These sweet, one of a kind, Tough Ruffles pouches ($30) make excellent clutches or wallets. Made from vintage fabrics with durable stitching and reinforcement, these are sure to become an everyday fave for your favorite lady!

Your Special Guy:

While we're generally a pretty lady-centric boutique, we do stock some unisex (or more masculine) goods. Here are a couple that make great gifts for that special dude in your life. 

Imaginary Author's Cobra and The Canary perfume is a hot and hazey leathery fragrance with notes of lemon and tobacco flowers. (30ml $55, 60ml $85)

Deodorant might not seem like the sexiest gift, but a natural deodorant that actually works? And doesn't smell like flowers? That's the gift that keeps on giving! Meow Meow Tweet Tea Tree Deodorant ($13)

Even rugged man's lips need some TLC from time to time. Stewart & Claire are known for their quality balms and this cocktail inspired lip balm is yet another example of their mastery. Old Fashioned is a clear, moisturizing balm with just a touch of scent. ($6) 

Your Special Lady:

Treat the special lady in your life to a pampered evening all about her. A slip is a practical gift (wearing slips makes all your dresses look better) but it also feels luxurious to lounge around in something sleek, black, and lacey! The Erin Slip ($74, in store) by local designer Sarah Bibb has slim, adjustable straps and more defined cups, while the Ava Slip ($65) has more lace and a slimmer fit. 

Some other good choices for that pampered, at-home spa vibe are the Herbal Eye Mask we mentioned above (everyone loves these!), fragrant bath salts for a relaxing soak ($10-24), a scented candle to rest by the tub (here we chose Meow Meow Tweet's Rose Patchouli soy candle, $26),  and some colorful treats for her digits. Taking time out to relax and do something little for yourself like painting your nails can be a great way to carve out some "me time." Shown here are two new faves from local Palate Polish in Gold Gumdrop and Radicchio ($10 each). 

Looking for something even more unique? We like to fancy ourselves as purveyors of the most eclectic jewelry around. Here are our most coveted, swoon worthy picks:

The Key to the Unknown Necklace ($150) This eye catching pendant is somehow both feminine and tough at the same time, perhaps just like someone you know! The hand carved crystalline spear-like key has been cast in white bronze and set with a trillium cut smoky quartz stone. 

Give her the golden earrings of her dreams; the Tribe Earrings ($175) are set with brilliant green emeralds and are inspired by the  art and culture of the San Bushmen in South Africa. 

The Kyanite Visions Necklace ($180) This hand cast rhodium "basket" holds a small forest of rough kyanite spears. Rhodium is a rare precious metal akin to platinum and has a delightfully dark, gun metal finish. This necklace is unlike anything else in her jewelry box, a modern, sculptural heirloom. 

 

Remember that for delivery by Christmas that orders should be placed by Dec. 17th!