You think you know a person and then you go and ask him/her probing questions about summertime! The thing I love most about putting together these posts about summer fun in Portland is getting to know my coworkers even better. Things I’ll be asking Amory after reading this post: “how the heck did you know that about sea stars?” and also “when are you going to make me a grapefruit skin cake?” Don’t fight the intrigue; read on!
Where I park it: Wherever Movies in the Park is happening! It’s great: pick a film, pick a park, pack a picnic, and enjoy Portland at is best. After hearing “Let it Go” said a few too many times in the studio, I decided to check out Frozen at Hazeltine Park. Disney, you’ve come a long way since I last watched ya.
Summer Sustenance: Lardo. Korean Pork Shoulder salad. That’s right, salad, not sandwich. Fun Lardo fact: (almost) any sandwich can be made into a salad served with beautiful greens in a huge shiny metal bowl. So good I had it three times one week…
Go-to body of water: The coast. I love tidal pools and the ruggedness of the Oregon coast. Did you know sea stars can send their stomachs outside of their bodies to feed?!? Editor’s Note: NO/mind blown!!!
Summer in a glass: Brew Dr. Kombucha. Fave of the moment is Nutri-berry. Mix Nutritonic with Superberry for new levels of awesomeness. And when you drink it a liter at a time, be comforted by the fact you’re consuming 4.4 billion live and active cultures at a time.
Summer uniform: Black tank top, pinstriped tights and climbing shoes. It’s my climbing formal wear.
Activity or event of choice: Camping in any beautiful spot. New favorite camping activity: baking cakes in grapefruit peels in the campfire.
Share your #SUMMERSELFIE: Overheard in the shop: “does it count as a selfie if someone else takes the picture?” Some of us are just a bit slower than others…here’s me at my best: Summertime in Yosemite.
Like the true Renaissance woman that she is, Amory takes full advantage of all Portland summer has to offer. Follow her lead and feed your body, mind, and spirit and good times surely await!
***Song of the Moment: Bright Whites by Kishi Bashi***
Oh, HI! It’s my week to dish on my adopted hometown and let me just say that nothing can prepare you for the amazingness of Portland summer until you actually experience one. My first summer here was in 2009 and I’d anxiously awaited the promised land of seasons, only to get hit with a wild heat wave, during which I spent a considerable amount of time with my head in my freezer in between cold showers. Growing up in the midwest, the thought of no air conditioning sent me into full ”does not compute” mode, but after living here long enough, I know that it’s not necessary… most of the time. I’ll never forget seeing Sonic Youth at the Roseland Theater (no AC) that first summer and just dripping sweat standing still. Comfortable? Heck no. Memorable? Abso-freakin-lutely!
I swear I have more to discuss than sweat. Grab your favorite magazine, classic rock album, and a cold bev; let’s hang out, summer friend!
Where I park it: Like, Matty, I’m not much of a ‘park it’ girl. I much prefer to be on the move at all times, especially during the summer. If I am going to take a time out, I like to sit in Director Park downtown. It’s urban, ripe for people watching and within a stone’s throw of my holy trinity of needs: bathroom, coffee, and shopping.
Summer Sustenance: Fro Yo. Yep, I’m a frozen yogurt addict year round (self-serve only), but especially when it’s hot outside. I recommend TWIST, which is tragically close to betsy & iya, because they change their flavors so often and offer treats by Petunia’s and coffee from Ristretto Roasters.
Go-to body of water: I just made my first trip to the Washougal River over 4th of July weekend, and it was awesome! It’s about an hour drive, but so scenic and worth it to get to a water spot with no sand! I pack the stack of magazines I haven’t gotten around to reading and necessary sun protection and I’m good for a few hours.
Summer in a glass: I hereby declare this the Summer o’ Booze Slushys. I love the wildly unique concoctions the Bye and Bye has been offering in their slushy machine! Refreshing and mood boosting.
What betsy & iya piece I’ll be living in: I wear my hair up more in the summer, which is perfect for showing off my pair of Cathedral Park hoops. I love that they’re different from every angle. I’ll also continue my typical rotation of betsy & iya heavy wrist and hand adornments, as seen below (L to R: Scania cuff, Redundant Chevron ring, Puebla ring, plus one beaded & two vintage brass bracelets).
Summer uniform: Maxi skirts + loose tees or tanks. Vintage dresses. Birkenstocks (I’ve liked them since forever, OKAY?!?).
Activity or event of choice: All the shopping events! I love Portland Flea all year, but especially in the summer because it’s nice to be outside and shop at the same time. They also just started a monthly Sunday Emporium which puts Flea vendors in home wares store, Rejuvenation. Those events, coupled with all the street fairs make for so many opportunities to see amazing goods and socialize with my retail peeps, all while working on my tan.
Share your #SUMMERSELFIE
Have car, will river trip, shop, and imbibe with you! Just give a holler, my friends.
***Song of the Moment: Money Ain’t A Thang by Jay-Z***
Great things about this week: new month (hellloooooo, JULY!), holiday on the 4th (helllloooooo BBQ!), and an update on the Adventures of Manbun! That’s right, Matty and his epic mane are next to lead us around town. Fuel up, friends; we’re hitting the ground running!
Where I park it: I’m not much of a ‘park it’ kinda guy. Why park it, when you can run it? Best summer spot for your manbun on the go? Eastbank Esplanade. Squeeze into them short shorts, work that over exaggerated power walk, and I’ll see you AROUND. *sassy snap*
Summer Sustenance: Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen. The best spot in town. Hands. Down. Open late, super affordable, great service, AND BONUS I always spot a betsy & iya piece when I’m there. Tofu salad spicy with shrimp skewers on the side. Tell them Matty sent you. They have no idea who I am, but just do it.
Go-to body of water: I hate open bodies of water. #irrationalfear
Summer in a glass: Iced dirty chai with almond milk. Thank you, Stumptown. Thank you for everything you do. Tell them Matty sent you. They have no idea who I am, but again, just do it….
Summer uniform: Simple, bold color T’s, cuffed skinny jeans (ankles are the new bare chest), TOMS, rounded out with manbling combo above. If I’m really feeling it, an epic top knot will be added.
Activity or event of choice: Summer=Shakespeare. For the third summer in a row I’ll be working with one of my favorite companies in town, Portland Shakespeare Project. This summer I’ll be playing Caliban in The Tempest at Artist Repertory Theatre. All I can say is couture onesie. Come and see! July 11th- August 3rd.
Share your #SUMMERSELFIE
Matty’s personality shines through everything he does, and his Rose City Summer guide is no exception. Even though I consider him a man for all seasons, Matty really shines – in a totally not gross/sweaty way – in the summer.
Hope some of you can catch him in The Tempest, as it’s truly amazing to watch him command the stage and lose himself in a role. Make sure you head to Artist Repertory Theater at least once this summer. Tell ‘em Anna sent you.
***Song of the Moment: Peaches by In the Valley Below***
As summertime is upon us, we have replenished some favorite summer essentials! Summer is a time to renew, rejuvenate, and relax, and the products below are sure to aid you along the way.
If you have any questions about these items, feel free to call us at the shop 503-227-5482
Herbivore Botanicals: 100% pure natural and 100% pure goodness
Prunella: Portland’s very own authentic organic soap
Sydney Hale Co. Candles: We swoon for your scents
Appetite: Fashion and function meet perfectly making these sweet toiletry bags
***Song of the Moment: Summertime by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince***