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FLOWER UN-POWER

 

Oh, barf.

I was recently combing the internet for acceptable bridesmaid dresses, and ended up on Anthropologie, a weirdly reliable site for buying super-discounted Rachel Comey shoes. I immediately noticed this dress (top two images) for exactly what it was: a blatantly simplified copy of Stella McCartney’s incandescent 2011 resort collection (bottom two images), of which I have waxed poetic on many occasions, including here. Yet this copy is so embarrassing, so derivative, so lame.

THE HUNT CONTINUES

Everybody has been sending me so much rad maid-of-honor advice, but ugh, it’s still so hard to shop for solid-colored dresses! Everything is either too clinical or too casual, it all feels so boring. I keep getting distracted by stuff like this and this and this.

[images via Frances May, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Creatures of Comfort, Steven Alan, Dona Monroe, Net-a-Porter, Dace]

ONE MILE FROM HEAVEN

Beautiful afternoon yesterday spent exploring the Laurelhurst area of Portland. A late lunch at Laurelhurst Market, which had a really alluring meat counter on the butcher side that I will be investigating in the near future. Two sandwiches to share: roasted turkey/cheddar/arugula/mustard/red onion/bacon on sourdough and pork shoulder/pickled vegetables/mustard/onion on a kaiser roll. We agreed that the turkey was far superior. The soup was outrageous: leek/carrot/sunchoke, with bits of fatty pork belly like confetti, suspended in gaffa. I plan on recreating it in the next week.

Also finally went to Rad Summer for seriously high-waisted forest green cutoff shorts, a floral romper, and a used Bobb Trimble record, whom I adore. They have hundreds of perfect thrifted summer dresses. I’ll be going there regularly.

THEN, Una. I want to own all of Una. What a beautifully curated and thoughtful shop. I tried on so much stuff but I was definitely in love with this silk-rasta Mociun dress, even though I forgot to clasp the waist fastening, oops. The Khadi & Co. handwoven indigo dyed tops are the epitome of understated luxury. My photo doesn’t do it justice — the indigo color is very saturated and organic. The cut and fit of the dress was quite easygoing…definitely a piece to wear every day in the summer.

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FRANCES MAY LOVE

Amaaaaaazing news. My replacement camera cable finally arrived in the mail. Thanks, CellularFactory! It was even cheaper than eBay.

After spending a few wonderful hours at Powell’s books, I made my first trip to Frances May which is just a few blocks away. Why did I wait so long! Amazing shop and such a sweet sales staff but best of all they the most comprehensive Rachel Comey shoe collection I’ve ever seen in person. I finally tried on the Rachel Comey horticulturalist’s mac I’ve admired online, and unsurprisingly, it is totally ridiculous in real life. It runs true to size, I think (I tried on a large and it was way too big; they only had an XS and a L – I wish they had  S and a M for me to try on) and feels utilitarian but looks super chic. But who can justify $500 on a coat when summer is almost upon us?

Then I tried on a million Comey and Steven Alan dresses and wistfully thought about what it would be like to win the lottery. Siiiigh.