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It's Always Summer Somewhere




Some people have such terrible, awful problems. Such as: what to wear on their winter vacations to warm places. Apropos of nothing, Retail Therapist dedicates this post to ending first-world, off-season wardrobe panic. Don a pair of special edition smoke and mirror-finish Raybans, imported direct from Italy in your favorite gelato colors, $139 at Optical Brokers. Wear this classy w...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 by Retail Therapist

What's New Around the Office




Interns always know what's what, so when Retail Therapist sees something different on one of Willamette Week's trainees, she knows to pay attention. On Brittany: a belted, Hermès-inspired scarf—paired with a skirt so short it owes grandmothers everywhere an apology....   More
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Good Tall vs. Bad Tall




Retail Therapist is instinctively terrified of the newly-crowned tallest skyscraper of all time—the 160-story Burj Khalifa in the never understated city-state of Dubai. What better opportunity to discuss good tall versus bad tall? As a shining example of bad tall, we have the af...   More
 
Monday, January 4, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Clear Creek Royale




Mix one part Clear Creek Distillery Cranberry liqueur ($29) with five parts Argyle Brut sparkling wine ($28) and you have yourself an all-Oregon Kir Royale....   More
 
Thursday, December 31, 2009 by Retail Therapist

Unique FSBO




Retail Therapist doesn't usually cover real estate on this blog, but this unique dwelling in the Clinton neighborhood—close to New Seasons and Genie's—was too interesting to pass up....   More
 
Thursday, December 31, 2009 by Retail Therapist

Get Your Hard-to-Find Drink On




Retail Therapist doesn't care how anti-celebratory you say you are about New Year's Eve. You're still going to end up drinking, and you know it. Of course you'll need to do so in a way that doesn't undermine your anti-social cred, which means you'll want something pompously obscure to drink alone while you're absolutely not marking the occasion of one year ending and a new one begi...   More
 
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by Retail Therapist

Post Christmas Clean-up




So you didn't get the Zhu Zhu Hamster Num Num you wanted. Or even a Hamusuta, the Zhu Zhu wanna-be. So what? Salve your post-Christmas sorrows by making an investment in Christmas future. Head over to Anthropologie and pick up some of those previously preposterously-priced Christmas-themed accoutrements you passed on before the holiday for 50 percent off. Pictured: Fair Isle Sweat...   More
 
Monday, December 28, 2009 by Retail Therapist

More Than Three Cups of Tea






Around tea time yesterday, Retail Therapist stopped by serial tea brand creator Steven Smith's new Portland outlet. It's a true, old-world-meets-new gem located next to Carlyle Restaurant on NW Thurman Street. The teamaker himself was in, and proudly gave us a tour of his new digs—complete with...   More
 
Thursday, December 24, 2009 by Retail Therapist

The Wide Belt Update You've All Been Waiting For




As promised in last Friday's post about wide belts, here is a photo of the long down puffy coat (J. Crew, 2007) with Manhattan skyline belt from Anthropologie ($68)....   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Retail Therapist

Always Be Parking




SmartPark is sponsoring a "Parking Amnesty Day" on Saturday, December 26. If you pull into any one of the SmartPark garages between the hours of 10am–12:30pm that Saturday, you can park your car there all day for FREE. For a list of SmartPark garages, check out this handy online map: http://w...   More
 
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by Retail Therapist
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