So this may not be a super “fashion-y” post but if there’s one thing fashion fanatics can’t live without it has got to be their laptops- Pinterest, FB, Tumblr, the list goes on. After a very unfortunate accident that involved a bottle sparkling water and R. Kelly’s "Ignition," my little laptop was pronounced dead on arrival at the dreaded “Genius Bar.” With many of my work-related duties surrounding my computer/Internet access/and Adobe programs, what’s a girl to do? Turn to your bestie, obviously. This is when I was recommended to OMG Computer Repair, where my dear friend Anna recently had her laptop resurrected by the skilled hands of Michael Romay. Michael must have heard the sad desperation in my voice when he agreed to take my case late last Sunday evening. Michael worked extremely fast, didn’t rip me off, and in fact did the repair for $20 under what the Apple store was going to charge, and in just a few short hours (take that 48-hour turnaround time!). His vast understanding of both Macs and PCs was utterly apparent upon entering his home office space in North Portland. Needless to say, I’m back up and running and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Next time your computer needs repair or just a simple tuneup, look no further than this local gem.
Riding my adorable purple Schwinn Collegiate (tanker) of a bicycle home and getting passed like Bowser in Mario Kart makes me giggle, but saving tons of money of gas and parking downtown is no laughing matter, not to mention good for the ol’ gams. Now that the weather is starting to shape up, it’s the perfect time to find the bike of your dreams. I’ve just combed Craigslist for the most stylish bikes I can find, so without further adieu:
Last time I wrote about my ongoing tattoo removal process I was on session two in July of 2012 (here)—due for an update! I can see the light at the end of tunnel now; I’m only three more sessions away from being done. I see Nicole Carter at Oregon Aesthetics, and wouldn’t trust anyone else with my removal process. Once you reach about the halfway point, a second laser is used to further break down the ink in your skin. This makes the time in between sessions longer (8-11 weeks.)
Although this whole process has been extremely painful, expensive, and drawn out, it has been worth it to see the results. The colorful pink flower on my foot is hardly noticeable; the “put a bird on it” bird on my wrist is very faint, with my back tattoos being the most faded of the three. The grossest part comes after the laser treatment is done, when your skin starts to burn, bubble, and blister (not the three best Bs one could hope for). As you can see from the photos below, it’s not a pretty picture, but this is what it looks like. The healing phase lasts anywhere from two weeks to a month, and then you’re back up and running. If you have a tattoo that you look at everyday and wish wasn’t there anymore it is possible for it to be gone. Check out more information about tattoo removal and Oregon Aesthetics here.
While Portland contestant Michelle Lesniak Franklin enjoys multiple wins and sails into finalist territory, Project Runway producers' efforts to dig up new recruits are beautifully timed in the area. These people are no strangers to research, and certain local designers have been fielding persistent phone calls and emails, but they are also, as is their vampiric nature, always looking for fresh prey.
Should you want, for whatever reason, to throw your hat into the godforsaken ring of reality television fashion, they are currently casting for Season 12. From now until April 8, you can make yourselves known to them (procedures here) at your own risk. Remember, being a good designer is one thing, but your comfort level in front of the camera, your ability to start/withstand drama, and your ability to produce soundbites will all be called into evaluation. Those of us watching at home thank you in advance for your sacrifice. May you not be cursed with the first out.
Behold the best new local fashion blog: Bins Babes! In it, intrepid locals do their best to recreate looks from the runways using only clothing from the Goodwill Bins and money fished from under the couch cushions. Now that's dedication. Some of their success stories:
Just... why? Everyone knows Diet Coke is the only acceptable soft drink in fashion. I’m such a cheerleader for one my fave blogs The Man Repeller, but this just feels so cheeeeesy. Like, I’m sure you’re just writing your super popular (understatement of the year) fashion blogs sippin’ a Diet Dr. Pepper while coming up with your witty entendres. BLECH! Leandra, I expected more from you.
Failing government entity United States Postal Service has just released a statement saying it has signed a licensing deal with Cleveland-based apparel company Wahconah Group, Inc. to produce a line of clothing aptly titled “Rain Heat & Snow” to be launched in 2014. This is fresh off the heels of their other most recent statement stating that they will no longer be delivering mail on Saturdays. The line will include "wearable electronics", like a control built into a sleeve that will control your iPod, as well as all-weather, all-season clothing ranging from headgear, footwear, jackets, coats and shirts. Right now the line is just for men, but they hope to eventually include a line for women. What do we think about this? Is it just a ploy for the USPS to make money, or do they really have a good concept going here? After all, USPS uniforms do have to stand up to the elements. I am really not so sure if people will want USPS logos all over themselves though, we'll just have to wait and see how this turns out.
The big fall fashion weeks are now underway (you can obsessively track just about every look that hits the runways here), but as Mr. T reminds us in this instructional video from 1984, you shouldn't let the pressure of fashion week's focus on expensive designer clothing hold you—or your style back. Because you can always re-purpose old gym socks and smear some ketchup around or something. Like so:
This is right around the time of year where I start to crave color and can't believe there was a time when I was looking forward to wearing gray wool tights. (Although frankly I've ended up going bare legged more often than sticking'd this winter.) And even though the length is all wrong for my body type, the striped colors on the Beatrice skirt from Garnish's brand new White Label limited edition collection are exactly what I'm craving right now. Go have a peek at the whole thing.
If you are watching Girls you may remember how Elijah called Hannah a "sad, limp little glowworm" for donning a sleeping bag with arm holes last Sunday. But did you know that her glowworm outfit is a "Napsack" from Portland-based camping gear company Poler? In fact, they even sent one down the runway of the Merc's most recent fashion show. And now, they appear to be catching on across the nation. Even Al Roker wore one this morning:
There was a time, not quite so long ago, when I would become... concerned each time a Portland apparel designer chose to participate on Project Runway. No more. When I found out that Michelle Lesniak Franklin would be competing on Season 11, which premieres tonight at 9 pm on Lifetime, I realized I was mostly just excited to have an excuse to watch it with the one or two friends I have who are still willing to. Besides, the producers are really swinging for the fences with this one, adding a team dynamic, and taking shit international:
I interviewed Franklin this week in Sold Out, so you can read up to prepare. And if you really want to do your homework, Lifetime is airing a pre-episode "Road to the Runway" meet-the-designers at 8, so you can brush up on your bitchy comments and find a good groove for the main event. And of course, if you prefer the digest version, I'll be here every Friday recapping each episode with bitchy comments of my own.
It's that time of year again: Your local Buffalo Exchanges (1420 SE 37th & 1036 W. Burnside) are taking donations of fur garments (either full-on coats or collars, trim, etc—shearling too) for Coats for Cubs, which re-purposes them as bedding for injured and orphaned wildlife. It's a good solution if you have some fur on your hands that you're not sure you can rock (my in-laws thrifted a full-length fur coat for me, which I don't think I'd be comfortable wearing, even on the East Coast)—it won't become landfill, and will serve a guilt-purging purpose. Plus it can be in any condition. Critters don't care. Drop 'em off anytime during either store's regular hours from now until April 22nd—do it for the cute baby raccoons.
(Caution: The following video contains brief footage of PETA-like horrorshow fur factory documentation. You've probably seen worse, but if you're feeling delicate today, don't watch all the way through.)
OMFG, the series that has captivated fashionistas, teenyboppers, and everyone in between has come to a triumphant end. Spoiler alert below the cut!
I’ll be the first one to admit I’m feeling a little haggard these days, not enough beauty sleep, a few too many glasses of Malbec, and the constant run-around of my day to day routine have left me feeling less than my best. Does anyone else feel the pre-holiday stess of parties, fam time, and errr more holiday parties? In my dream world this is how I would prep for the long holiday hoorah coming up:
Loyly’s November Spruce Treatment:
I visited Loyly for the first time with Marjorie during the summertime for some pre-wedding beautifying and let me tell you, it is absolutely worth every penny. The facilities are just gorgeous, and the staff is both accommodating and super friendly. Pop in with your bestie, or go alone for some quality “me” time. For just $85 receive a 45-minute massage, up to two hours in the steam/sauna facility, a spruce aromatherapy foot soak, cleansing tea, and lemon spruce body salt. Click here to book now.
Portland Juice Press Cleanse Package:
Get rid of those nasty built up toxins (before you replace them with all that spiked eggnog) and feel better about slipping into your festive holiday best. Portland Juice Press will deliver 5 fresh-pressed juices and 1 hazelnut milk to your door, by 8AM. Cleanses range in price depending on length, anywhere from 3-6 days but start at $165 for 3 days. I love a good cleanse, and Portland Juice Press makes it easy to commit because their juices are just so darn good. More deets here.
Skin Treatments by Rebecca Boatzel at Red Magnolia Salon:
I recently got some waxing done by Rebecca and it was such a great experience. Not only did she pay attention the every little detail regarding my bushy brows, she gave me tons of great skincare advice about why I was having breakouts and even sent me home with some samples to try. I can’t wait to book my first facial with her! Affordable but thorough waxers are hard to come by, so if you aren’t in love with your current de-fuzzing method, definitely give Rebecca a try.
The latest video from Die Antwoord just dropped, including some familiar themes (Roger Ballen art; controversy courting in the form of Yo Landi sporting full-body black face; animals), as well as a new target. The South African group made headlines earlier this year by turning down a chance to tour with Lady Gaga, calling her a "bad Madonna rehash." To drive their disdain home, they enlisted a drag version of her here, depicted undergoing a series of misfortunes, including a spoogey prawn/cockroach thingy and a lion. You've been warned.
I spent yesterday afternoon down at Portland Sewing, filming a segment for their preview coverage of Portland fashion week/FASHIONxt, with host Ifanyi Bell and Joshua Buck, designer for Chicago Harper and one of the most interesting Portland designers to not to be showing at FASHIONxt. I was glad to see the focus on Buck as an extension of the piece outside the event itself because 1) the representation of Portland design isn't very strong (they had filmed, separately, with Becky Ross as well, a local designer and Project Runway veteran—the latter demographic one that is represented very well). And 2) Buck is one of the most interesting designers working in town, and one of the few doing menswear apparel that walks the line between wearable and experimental.
The segment is airing on OPB this Thursday at 8 pm, if you want to see a quick hit of me trying to articulate FASHIONxt re-branded effort to fuse an interest in new fashion design with new personal technology development, and a preview of Buck's Spring collection, including a pair of neon orange pants made specially for Bell to wear during the shoot. C'mon, I brushed my hair and everything.
What’s left to say that hasn’t already been written about a million times regarding the infamous Lana Del Rey? Are her lips real? Does she really sing? What really when down at the slumber party of the century (Lana, Gaga, and LiLo at the Chateau Marmont)? Whatever the answers may be, one thing is certain: Her look is fierce as fuck. Mulberry named a bag after her, and I'm still not sick of "Video Games." The hair, the hoops, the nails—homegirl has it goin' on! Scope her Fashion Week look and some of my other faves below:
Here’s a little taste of her style:
VICE: Why write about drugs and beauty the way you do?
Cat Marnell: First of all, with beauty I knew I would get a response just by being myself because beauty is so square. Obviously, I could just write it straight and I could write that in my sleep. "The Lip Gloss Round Up!" It’s stupid. I just hated it. It’s so boring. “Master the Disheveled Pony Tail!” You don’t even really write them, you just get the quotes from the hair stylist and then you plug in a product. But when you write “Lipstick That Won’t Come Off on a Dick,” you get a response.
Portland is a city that loves to get around on bicycles, but the number of people riding around without helmets makes me nervous. Maybe they think helmets are uncool, or maybe they just don't want to walk around with helmet head. Those excuses might be a thing of the past thanks to two Swedish girls. Anna Haupt and Terese Alpin created the company HÖvding with one purpose, to create an invisible helmet. Seven years and one million dollars later they have done just that. How freaking cool is this?!?! Even cooler that this revolutionary technology was developed by two women, who in the video talk about their struggles of being women in a male dominated field. Check out the video for yourself, and behold the amazingness.
via Refinery 29
By now you’re probs already obsessed with Instagram, but what is one supposed to do with all the awesome filtered photographs you’ve amassed over the last few months? Send a Postagram! Postagram allows users to upload pictures from their Instagram or computer library and turn them into postcards for just 99 cents. The picture pops out of the postcard so you can frame it, hang it up on the fridge, or keep it in your wallet. Perfect for saying “hi” to Mom and Dad while you’re on vacay, let your bestie know you miss them, and “I love you” to that someone special someone, Postagram has a sweet sense of nostalgia with a douse of modernity. So spread the love, send some snailmail and download the App here.
Way back last summer, a Facebook page for something called the Portland Fashion & Style Awards appeared on the 'nets, threatening to throw an awards show for the industry this past January. That never happened, but PFSA has a real web site now, and this time they're saying they're going to for real throw down on October 5 at the Schnitz—polls are even open now so you can nominate for each of the categories (best designer/salon/makeup artist/boutique/etc.).
Although it came out of nowhere-ish (its headquarters appeared to be in Vancouver, at one point, and none of the major players actually working in the industry—in other words, the people who should be represented at an event like this—have had anything to do with it), it's actually the work of Tod Foulke (with Ann Akre), who was once associated with Portland Fashion Week. Reports from the school suggest that the apparel design students at Ai, at least, are buzzing about it, but I fully anticipate it to make the first year of the Portland Music Awards look plugged in. That said, I am totally going, because I love a trainwreck, and you know, research, and the fact that we didn't do "Worst Night Ever" this summer.
Not to be overly dramatic, but quite recently I had a life changing experience while getting my palm read by Linda Cahan. You may recognize her name from a few of my previous posts about feng-shui. Ms. Cahan has been has been doing palmistry and intuitive counseling since 1975, she has read for a handful of celebs, and is extremely well versed in all things “new age.”
It all stared a couple weeks ago, when a new friend visiting from London inquired about palm reading (she was quite skeptic, and thought she would never want to do anything in the psychic realm). I immediately told her about Linda, and we decided to go for it. Fast forward to this past Sunday, and whoa did we have our minds blown. Not only did Linda go into very private details of both of our personal lives, she gave us clear and constructive advice. Writing about it here doesn’t nearly describe the otherworldly experience we both had.
If you have ever been slightly interested in palm reading, or physic counseling I would highly recommend setting up a time to see Ms. Cahan. She is holding a Palmistry workshop this Sunday at New Renaissance. This is great way to check it out for yourself!
Palmistry is an ancient practice that has evolved through the ages into a very complex and fascinating study. Through the process of learning about the hands, we can discover a wealth of information about ourselves, our inner and outer worlds, and what makes us tick. In this workshop you will learn many of the basics of reading a person through looking at and feeling their hands. And, to help you open up your intuitive and psychic senses Linda will also lead you through some helpful psychic development exercises. In the workshop you'll be learning to read palms by practicing on each other in the group and will be encouraged to practice afterwards on friends and family.
via New Renaissance
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