Wednesday, April 28, 2010


i took another road trip to the coast this past weekend. it was the typical stormy beach weather with sideways rain and debri strewn wind gusts. the sun began to shine for me on my way back to portland...











a stop at the best roadside seafood shack helped. the pepper smoked salmon and smoked salmon spread on crackers made the drive home delicious. And just over the summit, the sun began to shine.


















Thursday, April 22, 2010

the navy and white linen was my choice to become a wrap skirt. funky vintage fabric lines the pockets.















New fabric arrived yesterday, beautiful linen...hmm...which will i choose and what will it become?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alabama Chanin



Natalie Chanin was here in Portland last week. I first learned of her when a group of excited women came into the boutique where I work, just a few days prior to her workshop. Her belief in slow design and sustainability intrigued me and the mysterious invitation to a wine reception in her honor was too much to pass up. I met her at the wine reception and was sorry the next days workshop was full. She wore one of her beautiful creations, a crimson skirt with reverse applique. She had a busy week of lectures, a book signing at Powell's, and workshops. She is an inspiration and I know her book Alabama Studio Style will soon be added to my fashion library.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

silver trays

i love collecting odd little silver pieces...these two are the most recent i found while rummaging thru my neighborhood junk shop. i love that the beauty is hidden. half the fun is hunting for them, the other half is taking them home and finding out what is under all the tarnish. the third picture shows a nice way to show off your new found treasure. these to pieces can be found in my etsy shop.




Thursday, April 15, 2010

the latest estate skirt, custom made for my favorite human. this is of recycled vintage polyester in black rib with a hunter green elastic waistband. she'll be rocking this skirt with her fry boots and lacy tights. maybe i'll catch her in it and snap a photo.


















Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I just got my first pair of Simple sneakers. I love them! They are made of hemp, organic cotton, and used tire treads, and vegan. Did I tell you how much I love them?!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chocolate pencil skirt

pencil skirt with asymmetrical yoke

Saturday, April 10, 2010

You can find the newest Estate skirts at Sofada. Many local designers as well as other unique lines are carried here.
















Friday, April 9, 2010

a-line skirt in a gray brushed twill














contrasting hem and piping

Thursday, April 8, 2010


The weekend on the coast included a stop at Cannon Beach Spa for facials. While my friend Toni got her facial, I soaked and sipped tea.

Our esthetician Heidi was so sweet and full of information on skin care. I will definitely be back!