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Consumer Whore: For those of you who screwed (up) on Valentine’s Day

To get back in the good graces of the special someone whose Valentine's Day you somehow (however unknowingly) ruined, (i.e., showed up bearing little or no gifts, spaced on dinner reservations, double-booked, cheating heart, etc.,) here is a tantalizing option that could lessen the burn considerably:

Freya Lingerie: (satisfying for either ...   More
Thursday, February 15, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

Laura Dave reads from London is the Best City in America tonight at Powell’s on Hawthorne

When considering a book, I always read just the first paragraph to decide if it's worth my time. Shameful, yes, but we all weigh the value of truly committing to something. Emmy Everett, the dithering, maladroit, aspiring documentary filmmaker and protagonist of London is the Best City in America, is af...   More
Thursday, February 15, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

Take Note: The English Department

Even if you haven't been hitting the books hard, it's time for a little Spring Break, and we don't mean the scandalous beaches of Cancun, we mean trading in the bundled-up overkill of winter coverings and letting in a whole new palette for early Spring wares.

Monday, February 12, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

CONSUMER WHORE: Calling all voyeurs, fashion mavens, etc.

Banking on the idea that everybody loves to see some bare tits and ass (male and female) once in a while, Red Light Clothing, one of Portland's select buy-sell-trade hipster havens, has decided to revive their hit “Naked Shopping Spree” (it was originally done in the sto...   More
Friday, February 9, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el


Waking up to sunshine is pretty damn fine this time of year. But before you grab for your flip-flops, only to be sorely disappointed once you get your toes out the door, take a look at these “it sure don't feel like winter, but it definitely ain't spring” locally-made looks for warm comfort without all the extra trappings of the bogged-down winter blues. The key is a cute cap...   More
Thursday, February 1, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

Consumer Whore: Men's Fashion

Men's fashion trends have gone from clownishly baggy to freakishly fitted (i.e. men wearing women's tight-ass designer skinny jeans). So what is a handsome balance? Chad White, of local modeling agency, Mode Models, and one of the most in-demand faces strutting the runways today, shows us what a fitted dress shirt can do in February's issue of GQ. Check out   More
Monday, January 29, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

CONSUMER WHORE: Spotlight on Winter Outerwear

Gone are the days of trendy Uggs and pom-pom Mukluks. Portland shops have a bevy of sleek winter wares ready for the buying. So if you failed to take advantage of our rapidly melting winter wonderland for lack of all the right gear, here are a few picks of the most stylish and functional cold weather outerwear.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

Adam and the Big Apple

Scanning The New York Times Thursday Style pages, what do we find but a profile on a new, edgy shop, Project No. 8, just opened on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. The article highlights the small gallery-cum-boutique's space and its "precious little stock, a lot of it exclusive and available in limited runs."

Among the carefully curated racks hangs an all-eyes-on-me piec...   More
Friday, January 12, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

Did I Hear Sale?

Yeah, yeah, it's gloomy out, retail is slow and in between seasons…but that makes for innovative sales to get people shopping—and Souchi is covering all its bases; a one-day, 3-hour event that is sure to draw a crowd of urban-bohemian, soft sweater-loving ladies. So here...   More
Thursday, January 11, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el

Cafeteria Cool

Start saving up your lunch money, 'cause the local style geeks behind Dark Horse Comics just launched a "collectible lunch-box series" ($14.99 each) of stylistic, custom designs by artists like Shag, Gary Baseman and Niagara. Mixing space creatures, cocktails, bright colors and   More
Friday, January 5, 2007 by Elianna Bar-el
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