(A post about fashion)
I've been a bad, bad girl.
Last night my room smelled like burnt marshmallows. My mom had me helping her can pears. I set the timer when it started steaming like she told me and then went downstairs to watch a movie and so didn't notice the water boiling off and the kitchen filling with smoke. I also cut my finger open on the charred pear juice. The cans of pears all turned out fine though--it's just the pot they were steaming in that's a mess.
But let's back up to earlier this week when I was having a conversation with my Dad and he said something about how he thinks I am adventurous and like to go out and do things, but I like to have (and this was his word not mine) a "compadre". And while we don't always see eye-to-eye, I would have to agree with my Dad on this one.
I was still thinking about this when I heard about first Friday down on East Burnside, with a sample sale going on at a new shop called Haunt, featuring some of my favorite Portland designers such as: Laura Irwin, Kate Towers, Church & State, and Holly Stalder. Haunt is the newest endeavor of Laura Irwin and Holly Stalder, both designers formerly owned Seaplane--which was one of my favorite independent designer boutiques in Portland.
Now this is one of those events that I usually read about and never end up going because I don't have anyone to go with.
But tonight I went. And now I can say something I never thought I would: I am the proud owner of a Church & State garment!
I feel remiss that I haven't talked about Church & State here yet. Church & State is a Portland clothing line created through the collaboration of Nathaniel Crissman and Rachel Turk since 2006. On their website this is how they describe their design:
"If church & state were a day of the week, it would be Sunday.
if it were a baked good, it would be a homemade pie
and if it were a liquor it would be bourbon.
if church & state were a meal it would be home cooked.
and lastly, if church & state were a friend, it would be the best one."
They make gorgeous clothes with beautiful details--that are completely out of my price range! I was hoping to go to Haunt right when it opened to get the first pick of everything, but it didn't work out that way so I was ecstatic to find this hanging in the racks for a fraction of the original price:
The Oregon dress from the Fall '08 collection--one of my favorite collections they've done. It's more beautiful in person, 100% wool and the perfect fall red!
Also I got to chat with Laura Irwin (who was also wearing Church & State!), knitting goddess and author of "Boutique Knits" which I really want to buy.
I'm really glad I went--and excited for many more solo adventures in the future
(unless you want to come?).