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Thursday, July 5, 2012

House of Coco Presents: 4th of July - Start of PDX Summer

Posted by Coco Madrid on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Had to work late but was able to make one BBQ before I went home for the night.

Portland style, I just walked into a backyard House party that had beats, babes, and the Popeye's Chicken I brought.

Here are all the hotties that I found!

My spirit animal Ryan Lass

Vice Device lead lady Andrea

Mr. Charming being charming
  • Coco Madrid
  • Gaycation resident Mr. Charming being charming

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rainbow Heads

Posted by Elissa Hall on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 9:56 AM

For today's entry I am going to quote fellow dreamer and rainbow enthusiast Kermit the Frog:

"Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we've been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they're wrong, wait and see.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me."

Check out these kindred spirits:

The pink-haired lady works with Store Snaps. Portland artist Kayla Newell channels blue.

Meachell not only HAS great hair, she styles hair at Red Magnolia Salon like my purple ombre doo below:


photo: Kara Jean Caldwell

Feel the rainbow connection, folks.

Monday, June 25, 2012


Posted by Elissa Hall on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 9:34 AM

We wear hair on our heads every day, folks. Every. Single. Day. So it's pretty important that it looks good. Well, these folks have what I call OMG HAIR. This occurs when I spot a particular hairstyle and do an "OH MY GOODNESS your hair is rad!" double take. Well this happened twice recently. Check it out:


Two tone, asymmetrical hair is sort of new wave and very cool. So is her necklace from Tender Loving Empire.


This guy was freshly coiffed and informed me that his hairstyle was inspired by Tupac in Juice. Were you that cool when you were 11? Didn't think so.

Now go get your OMG HAIR on!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Proud! PDX Pride 2012 Highlights

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

This year’s Pride NW festivities were bigger and brighter than ever. Like watching RuPaul’s Drag Race come to life, it was just a dream come true. I was surprised to see how many churches were involved (one Morman church had signs that said “Sorry we’re late!”) along with big companies like Google, Nike, Zipcar rocking some seriously awesome floats. It was quite the celebration, filled with fancy outfits, plenty of glitter, and the ubiquitous rainbow color scheme as far as the eye could see. I'm personally very proud to be a member of such a supportive and accepting community. Here are some of my absolute favorite looks from the day:





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Friday, June 15, 2012

Black is the New Black.

Posted by Elissa Hall on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Sure, black is classic but I dig this trio's voodoo twist on the staple. Check out the deets:


"I am Magical Motherfucker"? Yeah, awesome.


Check out these ska shoes, sheer maxis...


...and this David Higgs ring snagged from Paxton Gate.

They are like a sexy coven, right?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fine Print

Posted by Elissa Hall on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Let's start the week off right with some prints. Why be modest about it? Go bright, go big. Wear it on a jumpsuit.


Katie sports Yo Vintage threads.

Ivory is a librarian from Alaska and I like how she layers optical prints with brights.

Here's Tanya in a Rad Summer caftan.
These girls know how to work a print. Right on.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Art Institute of Portland Fashion Show: Crowd Watching

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

This past Saturday Night I attended the 2012 Art Institute of Portland Fashion Show, reveling in the fact that I could just sit back and watch a fashion show instead of yelling and running around backstage as I normally do. As an Ai alum myself I look forward to this show every year, as it gives me a chance to reconnect with faculty and alumni, as well as scope out the fresh new talent coming out of the school. I did end up working a little though because I was on the hunt to photograph the best looking outfits of the night outside of the runway, and the audience of this show did not disappoint. It seemed like many apparel industry oriented people of Portland were in attendance; from local designers, boutique owners, and press to champions and cheerleaders of fashion in general. Here are the best shots of the night:

Instructor and Event Production Coordinator Eden Dawn in a Ms. Wood Dress
  • Elizabeth Mollo
  • Instructor and Event Production Coordinator Eden Dawn in a Ms. Wood Dress

Off Duty Model Mandi Kremer in a Ms. Wood Ensemble

Apparel Design Student Sterling Blake

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Acid Wash: Yay or Nay?

Posted by Elissa Hall on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Denim. It's everywhere right? On your legs, in free boxes, folded neatly in $500.00 piles at the mall. Well, recently I have noticed a surge in denim of the acid wash variety. In one week I spotted:
a jacket,


a pair of studded jorts,

and, yes, even a backpack.

So what's the word? Is acid wash the way of denim's future? Personally, I give it two big thumbs up (as long as it remains readily available at the nearest thrift shop).

If you also like to do acid on the cheap, here's a DIY link. It's simple and only slightly toxic. So trip out.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Backtalk Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Backtalk’s grand opening soiree held Saturday afternoon was a smashing success. The PBR’s were flowin’, the sun was shining, and the sidewalk turned into the catwalk for a runway show featuring Backtalk’s stock of vintage and new threads, as well as amazing accessories. The models wore stunning shades of lipstick from the Portland Lipstick Co., which I had to purchase immediately following the show. At only $9 bucks a pop, I figured I can attempt to pull of the tiffany blue hue called Chlorosis. If you haven’t bopped over to Backtalk yet, you should certainly hit them up for summer staples like high-waisted jorts, heeps of bold baubles, and an excellent selection of vintage/new finds.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spotted at Barista

Posted by Elissa Hall on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM


I saw this pair in Barista and was, basically, knocked out by their style. Let's break it down:
Maybe you recognize Casey, on the right, from one of her rad DJ sets as Beyonda. Her daytime style jams? Pants by Adam Arnold, and neck bling from Hazel Cox and POP.

That's her sweet Valentine on the left and she has some lovely neck wear of her own. Let's play spot the designer, does anyone recognize this piece? I'm dying to know.


The whirlwind style tour ends with shoes. Brogues and platforms to be specific.

You know what I love about these folks? Their personal style seems like a natural extension of their lifestyles. My mother once told me, "honey, don't let your clothes wear you, you wear them." (umm..thanks mom?). Regardless, these ladies totally embody that.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Creating Faces with Tabiba Styles

Posted by Coco Madrid on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I had the opportunity to attend my first Portland RAW Artist showcase at Bassnova this past week. What drew me to the event was long time friend, makeup artist Abibat Durosimi also known as Tabiba Styles who was a featured artist at the event.

I wanted to catch up with Abibat to talk about her tour stint with Prince, her recently published work in a European E-Magazine, and her shoot for Solestruck’s Summer Lookbook among other things.

Just a little background: Abibat has more than 15 years in hair-styling and 7 years of makeup experience. She has had the opportunity of working with celebrity clientele (PRINCE, PEOPLE!) as well as assist in the art direction of high-end editorial shoots and runway productions. She has also been invited to be a key makeup artist at Portland’s own Fashion Week and yearly Bridal shows.

So the catching up did not happen right away as chaos was building backstage. In a tiny room where models and designers moved in and out, Abibat had to use Tim Gunn’s famous line “Make it Work!”. There was little room to finish hair and makeup for 10 models, so "make it work" was an understatement. This lady set up shop with her assistant Courtney and prepared for some intense work while beer and bodies swirled around her. It was truly amazing to see her focus and pose in such a crazy, confined and confusing situation.

What she produced was an illusion of effortless cosmic gypsy perfection! Inspired by the fashion designer she was paired up with [Tina Marie Fisher], Abibat had a solid concept as well as a natural creative flow that brought the overall vision together. It was a joy and pleasure to bear witness to her craft.

You have heard her name here and you will again as Abibat has her hands in some exciting up and coming projects that will showcase her raw natural talent as an artist here in Portland and beyond.

Abibat Durosimi

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Street Style from the Portland FLEA

Posted by Elissa Hall on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

While flea markets do not usually conjure visions of high design, the Portland FLEA is different. The event presents an amalgamation of Portland's finest goods from Portland's finest vintage and design folk. This Saturday marked FLEA's launch and, let me tell you, the crowd delivered some slam dunk styles. No dusty carpet bags or outdated shoulder pads here. I managed to snap some shots outside whilst snacking on Taco Pedaler delights.


Say hello to the most amazing caftan ever. Want one? You will have to travel to the Moroccan souks to find it.

This is "Tiny" (on the left) and her sister. I am jealous of three things Tiny has: moccasins, Fifty Licks ice cream, and a super stylin' mom:

Inside, the FLEA vendors kept it sassy in their own designs:
Here's the super cute duo behind REIN jewelry. LOVE the display and LOVE that collar chain.

Julia Barbee and company get skeptical on the sofa. Do you see that modified t-shirt she's rocking? Yeah, I scored a Snoop Dog version of my very own and haven't taken it off since. My other finds included a gauze-y, 70s blouse from newcomers Scout & Parcel and a pair of blue, bloomer-style shorts. Come find your own treasure next month.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

House of Coco Presents: Night Stalking

Posted by Coco Madrid on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I was out and about in Chinatown just as the good weather rolled in.

Here are some of the hotties that I bumped into on my crawl!

A Weekend Snapshot

Posted by Elissa Hall on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM


Say hello to sunshine in style Portlanders. Yes indeed, the sun peeked her coy face out this weekend just in time for the Mercury's radical Open Season show. The minx on the right? Her name's Mikola and she walked the runway for Sara Bergman. On this bright afternoon Mikola sports a pair of Amy Sacks shades. Her brunette man-friend dons neckwear from Portland newcomers Harper Birch. Too hot for bow ties? Never.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Portland's Pretty At Open Season

Posted by Marissa Sullivan on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Hi All! It's been a while since I logged into the Portland Mercury to blog. While I used to be an intern for Marjorie, now (full disclosure) I sell ads for the paper. Blogging here would usually be considered a conflict of interest, but when Marjorie approached me to do what I usually do at my blog Portland's Pretty for her at Open Season, I jumped at the opportunity. While there's a lot of readers here at MOD that may be familiar with my blog, if you're not, what I usually do is go around to events and take pictures of people that I think are dressed particularly cute and fashionable. The only difference this time, is that instead of me hopping around with my lil' Nikon point-and-shoot, I had a real live photog, Chris Forns, to grab some snaps for me. I have to admit this event was so fun, I spent most of the time mingling and catching up with friends, so I lost my photographer for a good chunk of the show. But without further adieu, here's what we got.

Bryce Black with hottie hot pants

Stylist Marianne Schnell with PoMo Editor Eden Dawn
  • Chris Forns
  • Stylist Marianne Schnell with PoMo Editor Eden Dawn

Solestruck Babez

Great Graphic Dress

A bunch of hotties. I spy YO VINTAGE! Sarah on the right.
  • Chris Forns
  • A bunch of hotties. I spy YO VINTAGE! Sarah on the right.

Swoon worth neon orange crop top.

Lots more shots after da jump!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Best Accessory? Hot Friends

Posted by Elissa Hall on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Sure, perhaps the whole people as commodities friends as accessories analogy is a bit reductive. However, I could not help but notice: These folks make each other look good.

Case in point: This group of gentleman. Two pairs of horn-rimmed specs, vintage denim, and old school kicks all around up the hot factor by a bajillion.


Initially, I stopped this pair to ask about that killer trench (it's Margiela via Odessa) and that clutch (it's vintage via San Francisco) but was charmed by the pair's sweet demeanor. Look at those smiles!


This babe's combination of a breton-stripe shirt with a menswear overcoat intrigued me. Very Anna Karina-chic. Kind of like her haircut, which was freshly coiffed by friend Jodi of The National Beauty.


Apparently, all those mushy gushy, heart-melting friend vibes don't just boost your mood, they boost your outfit.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hot Boots

Posted by Elissa Hall on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 8:59 AM

What's better than one pair of sexy boots? Two pairs. When I (somewhat aggressively) chased this duo down and yelled, "I looooove your boots!" they simultaneously turned around and replied, "thanks."



So whose boots was I referring too? I'll never tell. His are a well-maintained pair of Red Wings. Hers are plucked from Free People's impressive online selection.
Need more boot eye candy?

Katie Freedle of RillRill struts some vintage chelseas from Half Pint.

This lady works a well-worn pair of Ash boots.
Yes indeed, things are getting boot-y on Alberta despite warm weather which is one big Portland WIN: it's always boot season.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Meet the Press

Posted by Elissa Hall on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Isaac Hers' Chambers event, a mindblowing blend of designs from Isaac Hers, The Woodlands, and freshly launched Pino. One might assume that, amidst the sea of beautiful people, I'd be drawn to models, designers, or even party-goers. Alas, I developed BIG crushes on the press.


Here is Natasha, a 19 (yes 19) year old photographer who has stolen the Portland fashion scene's heart.
What hooked me? Her all-America ensemble: flag cutoffs and a vintage, western Pendleton. Yee-haw! Browse her work at Haunt's First Friday exhibition and watch for a guest appearance by those patriotic jorts.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to Layer Necklaces

Posted by Elissa Hall on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM


1. Wear Tie Dye
2. Acquire multiple pieces of radical jewelry from Sword + Fern
3. Layer pieces over tie dye
4. Finish with bright flannel, bike helmet and general badass vibes

This lady covers all the bases. Her treasure trove of necklaces were gifts from friend Emily Baker of Sword + Fern. Of course. Get yours here.


Best of Coachella Weekend 2

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I was lucky enough to attend Weekend 2 of Coachella for one of my besties' bachelorette parties, and whoa I would highly recommend anyone thinking of going to definitely attend next year’s festivities. I can still feel the bass from Swedish House Mafia ringing in my ears, and sweet sweet Florence’s voice. Ok, now onto the important stuff like fashion and celeb spottings. I am in no way a professional paparazzi, but these are few of my favorite looks from real festival goers and celebrities who rocked Coachella.

Loved her crochet swimsuit and oversized floppy hat

Fierce crop top with the perfect neon highwaisted shorts
  • Kayla Rekofke
  • Fierce crop top with the perfect neon highwaisted shorts

Casual, cute, and great jorts

Structured neon bag = yes please

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Best of Coachella Weekend 1

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I know, I know, music festivals are supposed to be all about the music, but Coachella takes the cake on the most major fashion moments out of any festival of the season. Here are a few of my favorite looks from weekend 1, including RiRi’s super studded shorts, Katy Perry’s purple locks, Whitney Port’s of the moment neon top, and who could discount hologram Tupac? What was your fave look? Going all out is pretty much the theme of Coachella, so a little rain on the first day didn’t seem to get these guys in low spirits. Stay tuned for best of Coachella weekend 2!

  • Jahkno!
  • Rihanna

  • STS/
  • LiLo

Katy Perry
  • Katy Perry

Florence Welch

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Bright Babes in Killer Shades

Posted by Elissa Hall on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM



When I spotted these two colorfully-attired babes out for a stroll on Alberta, I was excited to snap their photo together. Great style minds think alike?

While Sabrina's yellow dress, belt and eyewear are all thrifted, Cara sports a fresh pair of Amy Sacks shades, a Pillars of Creation nebula scarf, and a pale shade from PDX Black Lipstick Co. on her kisser. Find these Portland-designed gems here:

Reese Shades
Nebula Scarf

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Posted by Elissa Hall on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

A search of mancessory on Urban Dictionary proffered two results:

Manccessory: A male companion to a female. They can be seen together almost all the time. Usually they are dating.

Mancessory: Metro-esque accessories that men utilize when provoking the approval of hip crowds.

Somehow, neither definition seems to do the surge of accessorized men I've noticed justice. The mancessory is subtle. Like these Danner laces on a pair of work boots:


or this canvas Herschel pack:


Well done men of Portland. Well done. You do the mancessory proud.

Find Herschel at COMPOUND
Find Danner laces here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Free Stuff Alert: Solestruck Look of the Night Contest

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM


The Fade to Light fashion event goes down this Wednesday. Make sure you have your tickets and come dressed to kill, because the winner of the Look of the Night contest will snag free Solestruck shoes and Black Milk swag. If you aren’t familiar with Australian based brand Black Milk you will swoon for their graphic print swimsuits and leggings. Rock your best getup and get ready for some stiff competition. Here are the rules: Find the Solestruck booth once you arrive, pose for your photo-op, then it will be uploaded to the flagship store FB page. The person with the most likes by midnight on Sunday, March 4th takes home the grand prize. See you there!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Isaac Hers Style Series: Meet Melissa

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Melissa LaChance, manager of Solestruck’s flagship store was recently profiled in the ongoing Isaac Hers Style Series, first mentioned here. Photographed by Lavenda Memory, the shots are gorgeous, dreamy and effortless- much like Melissa herself. LaChance wears the Bachelor dress from one of Ms. Siepp’s most recent collections. Perfect for an upcoming holiday event, Ms. LaChance pairs the frock with the Opening Ceremony Bernadette 2 Platforms from Solestruck. Inspired by her fashionable friends, and noting one of her favorite quotes by Palahniuk as a summation of her personal style, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” Whether she’s slangin’ shoes, or out on the town, LaChance always showcases her signature style. To shop Melissa’s look and scope the whole interview click here.

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