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

Radish Underground celebrates One Year!

Hi Friends,

The lovely ladies of Radish Underground are celebrating one year since they opened their Downtown Portland shop. Celeste and Gina have definitely made their mark on the Portland boutique scene in this short amount of time, hosting fabulous First Thursday gatherings featuring talented local designers and artists. They've also carved out a place for them selves by carrying accessible and sustainable garments for a wide range of folks.

Also...they have men's clothes!

So come celebrate with us on October 20th, and wish the Radish Underground ladies many more prosperous years.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Outfit of the Week!

This week we are showing a look we just created for Fall 2010!
Let us know what you think... most likely it will be available in other colors, like black, navy, and maybe a nice green or teal.

Wearing the Scrunch Turtleneck Dress in a sample color "Frosted Fern"
Black American Apparel Leggings
Vintage "Biker Bitch on the Prairie" boots (Lindsey's own)
Earrings by Emily Baker

Room 205: Before

Here are some before photos of the room I will be inhabiting for Content '09. Come to the event to see how it is transformed in person, or stay tuned for photos next week!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"We are star stuff..."

Please come to this rad event, and support Portland's independent design community!
It will surely be a blast.

Original music by Mori (www.mori.nu) and visual art by Lindsey Reif.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Outfit of the Week!

Anna (Reif's new Intern!)
Wearing the Germaine Pullover in black.
Shorts J Crew
Boots Steve Madden

As the weather gets colder, this sweater would look great paired with some leggings. Here are some great ones by one of my favorite etsy sellers, Norwegian Wood. Also, these amazing Jeffrey Cambell heels, available here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Things we love: Pendleton!

Fall is upon us here in Portland, and I find myself longing to beef up my fall wardrobe with all kinds of warm and cozy things. One of my faves this season is a collaboration between the store Opening Ceremony and the Oregon brand Pendleton. Interesting combination, yes?

Pendleton has always been well respected for quality, as well as their iconic native prints that have been sighted all over the runways this past year. Let's face it, while their prints and fabric are great, their garments are a bit out dated. This is where Opening Ceremony comes in.

In celebration with Pendleton's 100 year anniversary, OC and Pendleton released a collection that breathes a whole new life into the Oregon brand's characteristic woolens.

I love it.