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Barrow Jewelry Spring Release Party!

Join us this Saturday for the release of local jewelry line Barrow's Spring Collection.  These ladies always bring new inspiration, shapes, and color to their work. I've seen a sneak peek and you're going to want to be there!

April 30th Saturday | 4:00 -7:00pm | Amelia 2230 NE Alberta St

New Arrivals

New Arrivals!

This week was a doozy for new arrivals, including two new lines we're so pleased to have join us, here's a peek! See something you want? Give us a call or email and we can make it happen!

Barrow on the left, Hubris on the right. 

New styles from local porcelain jewelers Barrow: studs, delicate necklaces, and a couple big statement pieces. Studs start at $40 and necklaces run $55 to $85. 

Hubris Apparel has been bringing us gorgeous and curve flattering dresses since we opened. This season is no exception! The Timo Dress has a reversible neckline for a bateau or a scoop neck, stretchy curved waist band, pockets, and a modern nearly abstract feather print. It pairs exceptionally well with my new favorite Barrow necklace if I do say so myself. ($144, sizes XS - 3X)

On the right the classic Phoebe is back in an all over close-up chrysanthemum print. The twist neckline is ultra flattering but not too revealing. ($152, sizes XS-3X)

The Geode Dress by Hubris Apparel

The Geode Dress has a clean silhouette and princess seams to hug your curves before swinging into a full, swishy skirt that feels so good to wear. ($144, sizes XS- 3X)

Forest & Fields herbaceous sprays are too good not to see in person. 

Wild crafted herbs, organic essential oils, crystal infused moonshine - have I got your attention?

We're pleased to be the first Portland shop to carry Oakland based apothecary line Forest & Fields.  You'll now find their Night Vision Dream Spray, Clear the Air Smudge Spray, and traditional smudge sticks in the shop. The Night Vision Dream Spray worked even on the skeptical sleeper I tested it on and I am definitely a convert. Clear the Air is the perfect solution for purifying and cleansing a space without burning or smoke. I can't wait to see more from Forest & Fields. You're going to love them!

Photo: JaxKelly

JaxKelly candles each contain a crystal - lapis (wisdom), amethyst (spiritual growth and healing), obsidian (negativity blocker),  sea opal (meditation), citrine (success), tiger's eye (power), rose quartz (love), and blue lace agate (serenity). Let the scent surround you as it burns and afterwards keep your stone to keep the energy going. At just $12 a pop these make fantastic gifts and a great treat for yourself. 

New Arrivals

New Arrivals!

The first shipments of spring clothing are starting to roll in! Local favorite Lizz Basinger just brought some deliciously soft, easy and flattering dresses - you've got to see the detailed dart work in person!  To top it off, both are made with organic bamboo fabric. 

Top: Striped Double V Dress with swinging A-line skirt and pockets because you know we love the.  $159

Bottom: Bent Dart Date Dress in blackest black with a sexy cutout. $149

From Us to You

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