Vintage in Portland, Oregon

Planning my trip out to Portland, months in advance, I definitely had surveying vintage shops on the itinerary. Portland has a great variety of shops to hit up and thank goodness, I stopped in the ones that I did. I had so much fun and even brought back a few things for Rare Bird:

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Vintage drink stirrers from Portland’s Flamingo Hotel

Some of the shops I visited were appetite shop+studio, SMUT, Pop-up Shoppe, and one of my faves, Lulu’s Vintage:

1. Appetite had a lot of lovely handprinted fabric accessories like pillows, towels, bags, etc., but also vintage industrial/office pieces, home decor and more. I fell in love with the retro clocks, office supplies, desk lamps… I stayed so long just trying to figure out what to buy! Feeling overwhelmed by the awesome choices (and that I was a creepy lingering shopper), I just left empty handed.

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2. SMUT was also a great store, just around the block or so (Burnside Street area). It had so many vintage items to sort through, that I like to call them “smalls”: matchbooks, drink stirrers, pennants (all of these aforementioned, I bought and brought back). They also had lots of 60s/70s/80s kitschy items like board games, Playboy magazines, records and more. One guy found a metal “wood grain” printed picnic basket for his girlfriend’s birthday. The sweet gal behind the counter took it the next level and suggested he put lunch in it. He was super excited about this idea.

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Image from mycityantiquing.org

3. Pop-up Shoppe was in the Nob Hill neighborhood/Alphabet District where we were staying. I loved that area. The outside of the store certainly grabbed my attention and the inside was a long corridor of vintage stacked wall to wall, floor to ceiling. It was very bohemian with vintage clothing, accessories, collectibles, and more, from all eras.

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Image from Pop-Up Shoppe FB page

4. And lastly, was Lulu’s Vintage in downtown Portland, near the famous Powell’s bookstore. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner Anne and having a quick chat. Her shop is definitely “a clean & colorful boutique with an artful array of Vintage for Men & Women” … also carrying “locally created cards and gift items, Pre de Provence soaps, and Illume candles.” I bought a gorgeous vintage black necklace, some pressed/printed Portland bridges postcards, and an assorted paper ephemera fun pack.

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Image from lulusvintage.com

Anne also has another great and informative website called Shop Vintage Portland, a “map & guide to vintage, retro & antique businesses and events in Portland, Oregon”. This is a great resource, so be sure to use it in your next vintage PAC NW excursion.

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Hope y’all enjoyed my vintage tour in Portland! Shop these stores online or visit in person.

It’s been a real treat,

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I Wanna Go Back

With it being summertime, people are planning their highly desired vacations. Mine has already been planned for the West Coast in July, Oregon that it is, since my dear friend is getting married. Hubby and I decided to throw on a couple of days pre-festivities to putz around Portland. But always in the back of my mind, I hope for a chance to arise of going back to Hawaii someday.

I’ve been there three times: once as our first big couple’s vaca (Oahu 2008), then to get engaged unbeknownst to me (Maui 2009), and lastly to get married (Kauai 2010). We have traveled to other big cities, states and even Saint Lucia, but Hawaii has my heart and always will. I don’t know if it’s the people, the laid back feeling, the open sky and vast beautiful ocean, constant sunshine and perfect temps, yummy food & more, but I do know with all of that wrapped into one, I feel at peace. I totally understand how it had a profound effect on artist Basquiat before his untimely death.

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One island I definitely fell in-love with in particular, and it’s the busiest of them all, is Oahu. I hear people complain about it, but I love it. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia of where my then boyfriend, now hubby had our first tropical trip. I do know that I revel in the kitschy, bustling part of the island of Waikiki. I wish it was still like it’s heyday of the 50s-70s with tiki bars, retro hotels and such. There are only a few of those accommodations left and I hope to stay in one next time we go. Please be soon!

So lately, as I was saying before with it being summertime, I have been a pinning madwoman, reflecting on these polynesian memories. There are so many great finds on Pinterest! You will have to check out my board “Aloha Love” to see some of my fave Hawaiian establishments, future places to check out, vintage pics & more. Here are just a few of the great throw-back pics I found:

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So maybe just maybe, I will be back in the near future. We’d stay at The Breakers or the Waikiki Circle Beach Hotel… Eat my fave Hawaiian plate lunch, shrimp from a food truck, and shaved ice… Work up the courage to actually surf this time… I could go on and on.

Until then, I’ll just “pin”, plan and daydream.

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In a Social Rut?

I have been told I am a planner, design & decorate great parties, and have fun ideas for things to do. If you want some alone time with your man or gal pal(s), I have put together a running list of budget-friendly activities, coming from my own personal experiences and/or future outings for Date Night or GNO aka Girls Night Out. (Interchangeable with Day/In). Going out doesn’t have to evolve around bar hopping or running up the street to that same ol’ chain restaurant!

Please keep in mind I live in the Austin, Texas, area. Be sure to check your hometown for similar events/places referenced in this list. Here it is:

  • “High Tea” at a nice hotel like the Four Seasons. Gotta dress fancy and remember, pinky out!
  • Drive-In Movie Theater.
  • Take a day trip to an unexplored city. One of my fave shows is The Daytripper. Me and the hubby get great ideas from it. Thanks, Chet!

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  • Take a bird watching class. Gotta get up early, but it’s so peaceful and fun to see birds you never knew were in your area. I found mine through a local rec center.
  • Take a free yoga class. That’s right, FREE. Most yoga studios give newbies a free first class.
  • Go to a winery for a wine tasting. I love pulling up a chair at a small winery. You can try several glasses of wine for a great price and talk to the owners.
  • Go to a wine bar and buy a wine flight. Same as above, but you get several different glasses of the same style of wine with an information card describing each one. Educational and fun!
  • Antique shop in a little town square and grab lunch at a tea room.
  • Paddleboarding.
  • Take the dogs to the park on a sunny day.
  • Visit the Austin Flea or other local arts n’ craft shows.
  • Visit a science or art museum.
  • Take a Sunday drive, literally.
  • Try a new cuisine/type of food. Come on, give sushi a try!
  • Host a “Craft Night”. Wine optional. You might have some “Nailed it” memes after this though.
  • Organize a book club.
  • Organize a supper club.
  • Host a “Game Night”.
  • Host a “Small Plates Party” as I like to call it. I think the more formal name is Tapas.
  • Alamo Drafthouse Singalong.

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  • Rent a pontoon boat out at the lake in the summer time. You can go in together on it with other couples to make it more affordable.
  • Take a brisk walk at the park or on a trail, then go for smoothies.
  • Brunch.
  • Camp or rent a cabin on the river or lake. Same as above with the pontoon boat.
  • Meet up with a buddy at the gym.
  • Have a slumber party with your girlfriends.
  • Visit a mom n’ pop bookstore. Enjoy the ambiance, local feel, and the books of course!
  • Host a “My Favorite Things Party“.
  • Host some sort of a “Swap” party. It can be with clothes, craft supplies, recipes, etc.
  • Join a Co-Op Community Garden.
  • Host an “Ice Cream Social”. It’s on my to-do list for sure!
  • Go to a small sports event. There’s college games, minor league baseball & hockey, roller derby…
  • Take an art class. You can take one from an art school or even try out “Painting with a Twist“.
  • Work out to an exercise video in your living room. With your significant other or friend. Makes for a good laugh.
  • Go on a “Photo Tour”. Hop in the car, grab your camera or use your Instagram app on your smartphone, and drive around taking interesting pictures of your adventure. There are also guided-sightseeing-walking photo tours you can sign up for as well.
  • Visit a state park and go for a hike.
  • Visit a historical site. You can also go on a historical marker drive.
  • “Treat Yo’ Self”. ‘Parks and Rec’ fans will recognize this reference. Get a facial, wrap, blow-out, pedi, or massage.
  • Go to a water park. If you’re in my neck of the woods, try Schlitterbahn. Also, go with another couple. Way more fun!

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  • Ride your bicycles through a college campus.
  • Attend a music festival. But, go during the week, and catch a free day show.
  • Host a “Cocktail Party”. Not the one where you don a fancy dinner gown. Have your gal pals over to try out new cocktail recipes and catch up with one another.

Hope this gave you some insight on a shiny new social life. Being a social butterfly and enjoying quality time with my husband, I am always looking for something new to do around town. Also, all the fun things you pin on your Pinterest board and want to do eventually, be sure to take action!

Joie de vivre – Texas Style,

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P.S. My apologies to the mommies out there looking for kid-specific events. I’m just a married gal with furry children.

Round Top, Texas In The Off-Season

After having off and on rainy weather, I woke up Saturday morning in an “exploring” mood. Year after year, I have missed The Original Round Top Antiques Fair and with that in mind, I decided to visit Round Top during the off-season. It was only an hour and forty five minute drive for us to visit the little, historic town famously known for it’s spring and fall antique shows.

But, it was the summertime and 4th of July weekend. The little town was preparing for the governor of Texas and it’s holiday parade the following day. The sky was cloudy, it was warm, and not many shops were open. We walked around the charming, yet small town square and visited a few art galleries. Wine and dogs were welcome inside and we found a little pup named Lucy at The Gallery at Round Top. The gallery was beautiful, as was the artwork on display. Too bad I couldn’t take Lucy with me!

After visiting other galleries and shops, we came upon a striking store front with a very bedazzled vehicle that was apparently a “taxi”. This prompted me to take a photo with the strange car and walk inside the old building called ‘Lizzie Lou’ where they had “original art, unique antiques, unusual gifts, and much more.” And yes, there were strange things everywhere!

Following our weird experience, we hopped in the car and drove down the road to another bunch of shops and visited the J Compton Gallery. It was very tiny inside, but everywhere you looked, there was something to catch your eye like antique toys, folk art, artwork of self-taught artists and more.

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We had the pleasure of meeting Jean the gallery owner, who gave us a little history lesson on some of the items she had on display. She also informed us that she was a writer for the drama documentary about blues singer Robert Johnson called “Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?“.

Since we walked around and explored all afternoon, it was time to hit up Royer’s Round Top Cafe, as seen on the Food Network. Bud “The Pie Man” was busy visiting with his loyal patrons while we got acquainted with his restaurant. Surprisingly enough, the inside was smaller than it had appeared on television and a huge pie counter stood before us as we walked in.

We sat down, ate a delicious lunch and made room for their famous pie. It doesn’t get more Americana than that folks! With so many flavors to choose from, Jon decided to get a slice of Bud’s Chocolate Chip pie and I ordered good ol’ Cherry pie. Before you order, be sure to read the “Pie Eating Rules”. You get charged an extra .50 cents if you don’t order ice cream with your pie. Oops! Finally, our bellies were full and it was time to leave Royer’s, the lil’ cafe that helped put Round Top on the map.

For Jon and I, it is about food, exploring historic towns, and finding antiques & art. I’d have to say it was a successful day! Be sure to check out Round Top, Warrenton, and the other surrounding towns during the Antiques Fair, but if not – you can still find magic in the off-season.

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Barn Owl Collectibles

Fun Find Alert:

This weekend, we spent our Valentine’s Day in a quaint, bustling little town outside of San Antonio, Texas, called Boerne. It has boutiques, bakeries, art galleries, and antique stores galore! One store I stumbled upon that I absolutely fell in love with was Barn Owl Collectibles.

When you walk in, the store is set up in a way that is minimal, airy, simple & sophisticated. Not stuffy and crowded like some antique stores. Barn Owl has everything from furniture, art, home decor, gifts… take a look!

Just gorgeous!

Just gorgeous!

This armoire was only $400 and in spectacular condition.

This armoire was only $400 and in spectacular condition.

I loved this French painting!

I loved this French painting!

I met the owner and found out that they have only been open for 3 months. I wish them the best and lots of success!  If you are ever in the Hill Country and up to visiting a charming little city with great shopping, go to Boerne and stop in Barn Owl.  They are located at 233 S. Main, Suite B / Boerne, Texas / 78006 / 210-725-4720