Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hair Crush

I found this image on Krystyn's blog. Hair crush, outfit crush, girl crush...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Inspiration: Polaroids

It's been a CRAZY month! Things are finally starting to settle down, but the past couple of weeks feel like they've been a blurry haze and my to do list is weighing heavy on my shoulders. Many exciting things happening in the coming months, now if I can just get it all done!

Here are some cool polaroids I came across while procrastinating on tackling my to do list.





Have a nice weekend everybody!
All images from We Heart It

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

All I want for Christmas is....

Christmas is right around the corner! This year, there is really only one thing that I want for Christmas, and that something is not a material possession and those who know me well know what I'm talking about. As for the rest of you, I'm not telling. BUT just in case you want to buy me something pretty this holiday season, here are some of my favorite things:

These AMAZING shoes from Halo Shoes here in Portland. They are the perfect modern take on vintage hiking boots. All the great detail without all the bulk!

Love this sketch book, available at Sword+Fern

This actual working telescope necklace, and...

...this necklace, both available from Crumpet Cake's Etsy Shop.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Icon Tattoo Holiday Party Video

I had a blast this Saturday at the Icon Tattoo Holiday Party. Despite being extremely tired, I was able to sound somewhat coherent on this video by Karen Vitt from the Neat Sheet. If you want to see me, fast forward the video to 51 seconds. It's so weird hearing your own voice on camera!

Not only are the ladies that run Icon Tattoo totally adorable, but they know how to throw a good party. There were carolers, a cake walk, a bar, and free coconut hot chocolate! Plus tons of great vendors - I had to resist the urge to shop for myself!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Spring/Summer '10 Preview

Hi Friends,

I wanted to share with you all a preview of my Spring/Summer '10 Collection. Just a sneak peek...to get you excited.

Some of my favorites are the Suit Yourself Bustier and the Open Road Jacket, available in Organic Cotton twill. Also the Kiss and Tell Shorts, a tap style short, in black, flora (the best floral print ever), and mauve.

This collection has been picked up by a few new stores, here they are. I'm so thankful for all of my wholesale accounts, old and new.

Frank James - Portland, Oregon

Zschoche - Newport Beach, CA

La Rousse - Online, but based out of Seattle, WA

Also, as always, everything will be available on my online store.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Inspiration of the Week: Colorful Accessories

I love neutrals. Perhaps a bit too much. My closet is a sea of grey, black, tan, and navy, and these are the colors that I use as the foundation for my collections.

It's not that I don't like colors - I'm just picky. I do admire people who do great things with color in their outfits. Props to them, but that will simply never be my style.

My favorite way to incorporate a little bit of color into a wardrobe is with punchy accessories. I will always have a soft spot for red shoes, colorful bracelets and scarves. Above is one of my favorite looks, courtesy of Hel-Looks. I love everything about this girl's style, but most of all the amazing turquoise shoes!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everybody!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh So Domestic...

Autumn is the season that I look forward to the most because it gives me time to actually finish the projects I've been putting off. I want to do nothing more than make art projects, cook/bake delicious things, listen to records, and watch old TV shows on the internet.

As promised, I'm dedicating this post to projects I have recently completed, as well as some that I will be embarking on in the future (like baking pie).

Here are my string art pieces that I just finished yesterday:

I picked up these vintage string art frames a couple of years ago, and just now got around to actually doing something with them. I love the sturdy wood frames and their unique shapes. I used beige twine (the kind of stuff you'd tie up a turkey with) and dyed it shades of grey, black, and navy. What can I say - I'm a sucker for neutrals!

The second, larger frame I wanted to use a backdrop for some of my vintage photo collection. I have a thing for vintage photos of people that I don't know. It's so eerie and beautiful to glimpse into the lives of complete strangers. I think it turned out well - what do you think?

Here is the hat I just finished knitting. It took me two days and about ten episodes of Twin Peaks to finish it. I'm kind of obsessive and impatient when it comes to knitting - I see something and I want it NOW. That's the plus side of sewing vs. knitting - much more instant gratification. But exercising my patience is good for me sometimes...

The hat turned out too big, so I got it wet and put it in the dryer for about 30 minutes and.... PERFECTION! There is a cute eyelet design near the top, but it's hard for me to get a detail shot. I'm asking Santa for a new digital camera so I can take real pictures instead of having to rely on my laptop camera.

Oh, and can you believe that Thanksgiving is in ONE WEEK?! The holiday season sure snuck up on me this year - it feels like summer was only yesterday, and the end of 2009 is almost here. This year I'm taking on the challenge of Thanksgiving desert for about 16-20 people. I'm thinking Pumpkin Pie and Persimmon Pudding.

I'd love to hear your favorite Thanksgiving desert recipes!

Until Next Time....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lindsey featured on Urban Weeds

Awesome Portland Street Style blog Urban Weeds caught up with me in front of the Fresh Pot (where I also work) a couple of weeks ago. The took some photos and asked me what inspires my style.

Despite the stereotype of Oregonians in their performance fleece and hiking boots, there are so many Portlanders with great style, and Urban Weeds does a great job of showing it off!

I'm planning a bigger post tomorrow, with some diy projects I've been working on. Check back - it'll be a goodie!

Here's a hint.... (Photo from WeHeartIt)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Inspiration: Geometric shapes and natural elements

Right now I'm working on re-branding Reif, and am planning to launch an updated website in January or February. Here are some things that are inspiring me like crazy right now. All images from WeHeartIt.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Some things that I'm currently obsessed with...

1. Rachel Comey ankle boots - Available at Stand Up Comedy. Too bad they're sold out of my size...

2. Installation by Genevieve Dellinger at last month's Content '09 event. That quilt is made from Pendleton wool - yum. I want this to be my bedroom.

3. Leather backpack by Ora, made from recycled leather in Vancouver, BC. Available for purchase at Nouvelle, Nouvelle.

4. Woven knot rug by Portland designer Hazel Cox. This was her installation at Content '09, and she tells me these rugs will be available for sale in February. I need one.

5. I want to be these ladies. Love matching friends! Photo via here.

Stay tuned for a small blog re-vamp this weekend! I'll hopefully be blogging on a regular schedule this week as well, so check back often.



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hello, Autumn....

My favorite season, Autumn, is in full swing. Here at the Reif Haus, the interns and I are busy organizing and cleaning up after the frenzy of fall '09 production, and planning for our next collection. So excited! Fall '10 so far is looking very cozy.... luxurious sweater knits and wool jerseys, and lots and lots of layering.

I'm continually inspired by vintage military fashion, because of its emphasis on form and function, so some elements of that will likely show up as well.

Before things get crazy again, I'm also taking some time out for myself, to complete a few projects I've been putting off for too long.

1) Winter knitting - I'm working on a circle scarf and a winter hat. Maybe they'll show up in my fall collection, who knows?

2) Setting up a textile show at the Fresh Pot here in Portland. I moonlight as a barista, and also curate the art shows. I'm in search of amazing textile artists - geometric quilts, etc. Any suggestions would be most helpful!

3) Working on some re-branding, a new and updated website, as well as new labels.

Images from We Heart It.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Content 09: Photos, Pt. 1

My digital camera recently suffered an unfortunate death after an entire bottle of water spilled in my bag. I haven't been without a camera for a long time, and while I am not the best photographer, I've missed it dearly! Particularly last weekend, during Content '09, where 37 of Portland's most talented designers took over the second floor of the Ace Hotel.

I not only wanted documentation of my own room, but also some of my favorite things from the other designer's rooms. I was so proud of everyone who participated - the event went off without a hitch (at least none that I know of) and all of the designers involved pulled out all of the stops on their rooms. It was amazing!

Here are some photos of my room, I know that there are more that were taken by friends, but I have yet to shake them down for the photos.

As you may have already guessed, the room had a very cosmic theme. I have been watching a lot of episodes of Cosmos by Carl Sagan, and that was definitely my main inspiration for the room. I wanted to tie the Universe into sustainability, and with a little help from my housemate, Manot, I was able to convey that message. In case you can't read what the big black sign says, here it is:

We are children of the universe with a chance to move FASHION FORWARD; to enhance life using SUSTAINABLE fabrics and TIMELESS designs, meant to last. We are particles of the past dressing parties of the future.

I also took several quotes from Sagan himself, and made smaller signs which hung around the room:

We are star stuff

The sky calls to us

Hello from the children of planet earth.

I also had a projection of stars exploding, as well as original music by my boyfriend and band Mori.

On the bed were some throw pillows that I made myself - I'm really proud of them! The goal was to recreate some of my favorite images of Nebulae from the Hubble Site. I did this with a combination of bleach and fabric paint.

The idea for this originally came when I was trying to do an "acid wash" technique to a t-shirt. I put straight bleach in a spray bottle, then sprayed it on the fabric. The bleach took a few minutes to develop, and the result reminded me of stars. The most condensed part of the bleach was in the center, and the area around it have various shades of pinkish-orange. For the throw pillows, I diluted fabric paint to create the greens, blues and purples found in the nebulae, and then accented some of the "stars" with white fabric paint. I am really happy with the result - these photos don't do them justice. I'm thinking of putting them up on etsy - what do you think?

Photo info:

1. The lovely Amanda (hair/mua and model) Photo by Chilhood Flames

2. Candid shot of the room during, before the madness began. Photos by Minh Tran

3. My Intern, Anna, waiting for the doors to open.

4. Mia, my favorite model, wearing some new designs.

More photos soon!



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Outfit of the Week!

Suit Yourself Bustier in White Organic Cotton Twill
(Spring '10 Collection)

Astrid Pants in Grey Wool
(Brand new style - will most likely be available for Fall '10)

Sunglasses and Backpack, vintage

Earrings, Betsy and Iya (Portland jewelry designer)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Here are some beautiful images that are inspiring us this week:

Photos courtesy of HubbleSite

1. The Omega/Swan Nebula
2. Dying Star HD 44179
3. Cone Nebula
4. Bubble Nebula