Portland, OR, certainly isn't suffering from a shortage of cool boutiques, but Alder & Co. stands out from the crowd. Well known for its curated selection of small-batch and handmade artisan items, the business culls from all over the world but gives items made in Oregon special treatment. Tomorrow is the shop's grand reopening in its new West End shop (half a block from the old location), which will include an area for local floral designer and stylist Hilary Horvath. Don't worry if a visit to Portland isn't in your immediate future, though — both its website and its blog are beautifully photographed and updated regularly. Read on for some of our Spring picks from Alder & Co.!
I love fashion-forward hotels, but are they sometimes too hip for their own good? That's the question that Portlandia posits in "The Deuce" from episode five of the series.
Have you ever stayed in a hotel that was too cool for its own good, or that privileged aesthetics over customer service? Or was the hipness completely satisfying? Share your experience in the comments. (And also, of course, let me know if you recognize the hotel chain that the Portlandia video is spoofing.)
Yes, all baby bunnies are small, but this species tops out at less than a pound . . . fully grown. The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits are native to the Pacific Northwest and face an uphill battle since being declared extinct in the 1990s. They are just one type of threatened hopper BBC recently wrote about as we enter the Year of the Rabbit. Learn all about these animals — and see more pics — when you start the slideshow.
- Mike Tyson might be opening a kosher restaurant chain.
- Mike Tyson might be opening a kosher restaurant chain. — Eater
- Caffeinated alcoholic drink Four Loko buckles to the pressure and goes decaf. — Atlantic Food
- Why OpenTable is like iTunes, only worse. — Grub Street NY
- KFC's bestselling Double Down has mysteriously disappeared in Canada. — Globe and Mail
- NBC rolls out The Feast, another food site, in selected US cities. — The Feast
- Portland, OR, is America's new food eden. — Time
- Busting 15 food and cooking myths. — Huffington Post Food
- Robert Downey Jr. is the new voice for Planters peanuts. — Serious Eats
If you're in love with old Hollywood glamour, then you'll want to book a stay at Portland's Hotel deLuxe. The design and details of this downtown hotel pay tribute to the Golden Era of Hollywood filmmaking, with its architectural details and decor referencing the 1920s and '40s.
The hotel has earned plenty of awards since opening four years ago, including multiple appearances on Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice List and Traveler's Gold List. I'd love to stay in the hotel's Marlene Dietrich suite, its top-of-the-line accommodation, which features an eight-foot circular bed with high-thread-count duvets and linens atop a custom pillow-top mattress. The rest of the room is outfitted with a beautiful oak work desk, mahogany nightstands, and one-of-a-kind crystal lamps. Other perks include a pillow menu, the "Make It So" button, HDTV flatscreen televisions, organic coffee and tea, iPod stations, and a full menu of spiritual texts (no simple Gideon Bible for deLuxe guests!).
If you need to relax with a cocktail, order an Elizabeth Taylor (crème de violette and champagne) at the hotel's Driftwood Bar, which was named hotel bar by CitySearch. Famished? Make a reservation at Gracie's, the hotel's elegant restaurant.
Guests that are tempted to leave their luxurious rooms can enjoy Portland by simply walking out the front door into the downtown district, or by catching other city sights via the Max rail line, which has a stop just outside the hotel.
Take a mini tour below!
Yes, all baby bunnies are small but this species tops out at less than a pound . . . fully grown. The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits are native to the Pacific Northwest and face an uphill battle since being declared extinct in the 1990s. Learn all about these animals — and see more pics — when you start the slideshow.
Last week The Oregonian had an interesting piece about a 5-year-old child who has his own cooking show. On Portland Community Media's show The Big Kitchen With Food, kid chef Julian Kreusser shows viewers how to make chocolate chip zucchini bread, a killer spaghetti sauce, and persimmon smoothies. To learn more about the pint-sized chef and check out a video of his show, read more
Proving that its always fashion week somewhere we have runway news from all corners of the world as we ponder the inevitable question of who buys all these clothes.
But before we get to the question of wordly fashion weeks our first stop is outer space as the spector of fashion and space tourism rears its perfectly coiffed yet protected against vacuum head.
Designers in Chicago showed in Millenium Park at the Fashion Focus Chicago.
Portland Fashion Week kicks off tonight. We certainly hope to see grand innovations in polar fleece design.
Splash Emerging Talent Showcase gives a platform for emerging designers in Dubai.
I'm a huge fan of eco-minded furniture design shop The Joinery, which is located in Portland, OR. The Joinery handcrafts high-end furniture using traditional woodworking techniques in a variety of styles, including modern, shaker, mission, and arts and crafts styles, as well as custom pieces.
Taking a cue from the needs of its customers, who are often downsizing to smaller urban spaces, The Joinery has recently developed its Modern line.
To find out more about the Modern line, read more
When photojournalist Julie Keefe moved into her rapidly changing (and gentrifying) North Portland community, a place that was once "a village raising all the kids," she noticed that as new business grew, streets became safer, and houses were fixed up, the dialogue between community members (and children) took a sharp decline . . . that people weren't saying "Hello" anymore. She wanted to publicly address these changes, that she as a new neighbor was a part of, and spur new conversation. So, she began a yearlong youth photography project called Hello Neighbor. Kids began to approach their new neighbors, of all ages, and ask to interview and photograph them. At the same time the children were learning interviewing skills and photography techniques, they were also saying hello to their neighbors and bridging a gap that had been widening for some time. Keefe chose several of the children's images to be printed in mural size and in black and white, along with text from the interviews, and hung them throughout the community to serve as a simple reminder that "it all begins with a simple hello." Read more about the project in NPR's "A Photo Project's Message: Hello, Neighbor."