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Demimonde Studio and Shop is my new favorite boutique in town. Rachael Donaldson has filled a small, light-filled space on Northeast Broadway with her own stunning jewelry, along with a well-curated selection of bags, cards, candles, and vintage clothes and accessories. Her designs are fierce yet delicate, and constantly evolving. Rachael also has the most exquisite taste when it comes to vintage finds. Demimonde and its neighbors are hosting a Block Party this weekend with sales and Prosecco, and I can’t think of anything more perfect to do on a Saturday afternoon than exploring this lovely space with a glass of bubbly. And if you’re not in Portland, you can purchase Rachael’s pretty jewels in her etsy shop. But you’ll miss out on her dog, Churros – aka sweetest shop dog ever. Even without hot chocolate.
Last week, I had the honor of shooting for the Willamette Week’s Best of Portland 2012 issue. I was assigned some of the quirkier nominees on the list, starting with Thuyn Pham and his reptile shop on Division. This shoot was a blast, even though I can now fess up that I’m scared of snakes. But Thuyn cracked up as I shrieked, and after we finished up he treated me to a margarita and tales from his homeland of Vietnam. Check out Matthew Singer’s write-up of Thuyn and his shop, Rose City Reptiles, here. And huge thanks to Ben Mollica, Willamette Week’s Art Director, who helped to make this shoot a total breeze.
Remember this stunning tiara? It’s just one of Julia Barbee‘s beautiful and unique creations. Last December, this prolific Portland artist and designer opened up shop at 811 E. Burnside. Her space is equal parts studio, gallery, perfumery and vintage shop. Julia not only has an inspiring creative output, but she also works in a number of mediums, including textiles, scent and performance art. I adore her dresses, which are a little bit punk princess, a little bit rock and roll. Then there are her hair clips, necklaces and perfumes. For this year’s Open Season Mercury Fashion show, Julia draped belly dancers in sculptural headdresses made of crystals. I absolutely can’t wait to see what she does next!
So back to this shoot with the adorable Miss Junie. Juniper’s dad, Lyf, opened Flying Fish Company‘s first Portland location out of a truck last summer. I was immediately hooked (ha! no pun intended) on his seafood, some of the most delicious I’ve ever tasted and all sustainably sourced. Lyf has since moved on to a little shop attached to Kruger’s Farm Market on Hawthorne. He also carries meat, poultry, farm fresh eggs, milk, cheese and chocolate pudding. Between the community this place draws and Lyf’s enthusiasm for his products, this has to be the best food shopping in Portland. And remember – there’s chocolate pudding, folks!
Here’s another sneak peek of a very special shoot I did over the weekend, at Lyf Gildersleeve’s awesome fish shack, Flying Fish Company. This is Lyf’s adorable daughter Juniper, exploring a carton of farm fresh eggs. Her favorites are the green ones!
Here’s a sneak peek of a shoot at one of my favorite shops in Portland, Haunt. The shop is shared by designers Holly Stalder (Holly’s in the shot above), Laura Irwin and Rachael Donaldson. It’s a little space, but you can spend hours in there trying on Holly’s beautiful dresses, Laura’s soft knits and Rachael’s lovely jewelry. Holly and I are collaborating on a spring fashion shoot and I can’t wait! Stay tuned!