Portland, Oregon: home of great coffee, skinny jeans, Voodoo Donuts and the best (and most) food carts of any city in America! There’s plenty to explore in this city and the locals are more than happy to share their favorite spots. If you’re up for a short drive, there’s also some incredible nature to be seen: Cannon Beach, Columbia River Gorge, Forest Park and more! Check out our guide to Stumptown!
Eat: Salt & Straw is the ice cream destination in Portland. This family run spot has a couple of locations in and around the city and boasts insanely delicious flavors such as Lumberjack Stack, Spicy Monkey Banana Walnut and Coffee and Bourbon! It’s the perfect treat all year long.
Drink: You can’t go to Portland without spending an afternoon enjoying a pint (or two) of beer. Our favorite brewery/ bar is Apex Beer. With it’s modern interior and picnic table-lined garden, Apex Beer is the perfect place for a conniseour or a novice. Park your bike (in one of the many bike racks), pick your brew and get to know the locals.
Stay: Occupying an entire city block in the Pearl District, ACE Hotel is our favorite place to stay in the city. With its trendy interior, cozy Breakfast Room and constant supply of Stumptown Coffee, this place feels like home real fast! Plus, dogs are allowed!
See: If you visit one place in Portland, Oregon then let it be Powell’s City of Books. You could spend an entire 24 hours exploring the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world! If all that book browsing wears you out, then pop into World Cup Coffee and Tea inside the store for a little pick me up!
Do: Get a sense of the city by taking part in one of their most popular pastimes! Pedal Bike Tours offer typical tours through Historic Downtown and the Columbia River Gorge as well as more alternative tours, such as Food Cart Tours and a tour of the Oregon Brewery Trail! Biking is a great way to explore the entire city. We recommend visiting Hawthorne Blvd., Alberta St. and The Alphabet District.
P.S. Don’t forget to stop into The Herb Shoppe when you’re in town! We love Dr. JJ and her beautiful store!
Here in New York City, we are in the midst of a winter that just won’t quit! Snow, rain and temperatures below freezing greet us almost every morning. We bundled up in our cashmere, put together this guide of how to beat the winter blues, and continue to count down the days until Spring… 21!
Monday: Porter Magazine from Net-A-Porter launched last week and we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy. It’s the perfect winter read!
Tuesday: Recover from your journey to and from work with a long, hot soak in the tub. REN’s Moroccan Rose Bath Oil smells divine and leaves us soft and relaxed.
Wednesday: Skip the restaurants and bars and invite a few close friends over for some classic past times like a game of cards or a Scrabble tournament. These Jonathan Adler Playing Cards are fun and stylish!
Thursday: There are few things in life that can cure the blues like good quality chocolate. Bonnat Voiron comes from a family run chocolatier in France and is rich, dark and heavenly (especially on a cold, grey day).
Friday: Cozying up with a glass of red and a few friends sounds like a perfect Friday night to us. This Cabernet Sauvignon from Broadside Margarita Vineyards is rich and fruity.
Saturday: If you’re willing to brave the great outdoors, then make sure it’s to treat yourself! We’re loving luxurious Mani/Pedi’s - hot stone massages and some impressive nail art, make Primp and Polish our new go-to spot!
Sunday: It’s been a long week. Put on your Cashmere Socks, eat breakfast in bed and watch the snow fall. Spring will be here soon enough.
Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with the one you love or Galentine’s Day with your favorite girls, we’ve got you covered! Pop open a bottle of Pink Champagne, push play on our Valentine’s playlist (see below) and get baking! These champagne truffles are easy, delicious and the perfect gift for someone you love.
And because we love you, we’re offering 15% off our whole website this Valentine’s Day with the discount code BEMINE. So slip into something pink and cozy and celebrate this Valentine’s Day in style!
Pink Champagne Truffles
1/2 cup of heavy cream
pinch of fine sea salt
8 oz. high quality dark chocolate (we used Valrhona 70%)
2 tbsp of pink champagne
Unsweetened cocoa powder (for rolling)
Chop the chocolate into small chunks and place into a medium sized bowl.
Pour the heavy cream into a saucepan, add salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Immediately pour hot cream mixture over chocolate pieces. Let it sit for about 45 seconds and then begin to stir until smooth.
Add the first tbsp of pink champagne and and stir in as it fizzles. Repeat with second tbsp.
Chill truffle base until it is cool firm enough to handle — about 3 hours.
Once the truffle base is cool, using your hands roll about 2 tsps of truffle base in your hands to make small balls. Roll the balls in unsweetened cocoa powder until fully coated and shake off excess.
Transfer to a baking sheet and chill until firm — about 1 hour.
Fashion Week kicks off today and to celebrate we’re sharing a sneak peek of our Fall ‘14 collection! Below is an image from the Fall lookbook and one our favorite pieces. It perfectly embodies the best trends of the season (and our new collection!) : leather details, enveloping silhouettes, patchwork stitches, hi-lo hems and luxurious textures!
Crochet work and mix stitches start off our first capsule, The Happiness of Pursuit. Think clean, happy colors such as Poolside Blue and Peony Pink. Plus, relaxed silhouettes that incorporate curved hems and ribbed trims. Detailed hem lines were popular in a number of Pre-Fall lines and this trend will follow into Fall ‘14.
Our second capsule, Night Hawk, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, incorporates a more cinematic pallet (bold vermilions and Burnt Brick) and plays with balance and contrast: slim and wide proportions, hi lo hems and double facing details. Double facing will be very popular on the runways this season. It’s a fresh way to incorporate one of our favorite trends — color blocking!
A full spectrum of Autumnal colors come into play for Bucolic Traveller, our final capsule. Bucolic Traveler brings a more enveloping silhouette with cozy cardigans and chunky coatigans. We’ll be seeing a lot of dramatic textures on the runways this week. Nitehawk is right on trend with it’s rich heavy knits, animal prints and intense multi mix yarns!
Fringe will continue to be a big trend for Fall ‘14, our Classic Cashmere Fringe Scarf will transition from this season to next seamlessly. Plus, we’ll be launching new Fall colors soon!