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March 23rd, 2015

5 PIECES TO MOD-IFY YOUR CLOSET

Our Spring 2015 collection is inspired by the ever-present mod aesthetic of the 1960’s. When designing this fun collection, we channeled the whole mod scene to come up with plenty of platform wedge sandals that could have been worn by Twiggy herself.

Round sunglasses, short shift dresses, bob hairdo’s, nude lips and bold eyelashes; all of these came into play when we styled our spring collection photoshoot. In order to match our shoes to an outfit, we put together a few pieces allowing you to complete your look or if you’re simply looking to update your closet to include some sweet 60’s mod pieces. You don’t have to go full Twiggy, but if you’re looking to incorporate some more pieces, here’s where to start.

1. Shift Dress

shift dress resize

Hitting just above the knees with a loose fit, a shift dress lends itself to the quintessential mod-girl silhouette. 

Pictured left to right: River Island Black & White Shift dress, asos.com $89.58 | ASOS Shift Dress in Jacquard Check with Funnel Neck, asos.com $62.70 | Sister Jane Wool Mix Shift Dress with Faux Fur Hem, asos.com $116.45.

2. Polka Dot Accessory

marc jacobs scrunchie

Whether the spots are larger than life or tiny little buttons, polka dots are key to the pervasive color blocking trend. Bonus points if you can find the pattern on a chic headscarf.

Marc by Marc Jacobs “De Lite Dot” Scrunchie, nordstrom.com $32.

3. Rounded Frames

prada

Round frames can work with any face shape…if they’re big enough.

Prada PR27NS Sunglasses, sunglasshut.com $300.

4. Bold Eyelashes

Bold eyelashes, nude lips, and minimal everything else. If you have white eyeliner, apply it to the inner corners and lower lashline for an eye-brightening affect.

lancome hynpose

Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara, sephora.com $27.50.

5. Platform Shoes

korkease golden sand

Obviously, you can’t do the sixties without a sleek pair of platform sandals. This gorgeous, strappy wedge in a season-perfect neutral shade is the easiest way to give an outfit a nostalgic sixties mod vibe. The Ava 2.0 wedge in Golden Sand is a perfect compliment to a shift dress, as it elongates the legs with a slight lift. And in a versatile color as this, these wedges will blend in with any bold colorblock or print you choose to pair them with.

Kork-Ease Ava 2.0 wedge in Golden Sand, korkease.com, $145.

Posted by Kork-Ease  •  March 23rd, 2015

February 12th, 2015

HEADS OR TALES?

  • Cameron's Books

    Cameron's Books

As the years have passed by, my life has been punctuated by a number of thought-provoking, transformative works of literature.  When I heard about Cameron’s Books, the oldest bookstore in Portland, I knew I had to stop by 336 SW 3rd.

Cameron’s Books wasn’t just your average, run-of-the-mill used bookstore. Sure, it had that musty smell that characterizes most bookstores, and the racks were cluttered with books arranged in a way that was only understood by the surly-on-the-surface manager, but something about this place was magical.

I browsed through the shelves and I was twitterpated, enamored by the brilliantly-colored covers and book spines.  These books were more than old paper and ink, they were artifacts and each one had a sensational history. I could just tell.

Eventually, I came across the extensive collection of old magazines. When I say, “old,” I mean issues of Vogue, Life and Fortune that date back to the 1920s. When the manager informed me that many people buy these magazines as unique gifts, a light bulb went off.

I asked him if he had a publication from the date of my mother’s birthday. He checked his stock, and presented me with an issue of Life from January 16, 1956. Anita Ekberg from the movie War and Peace, one of my mother’s all-time favorites, graced the cover and immediately I felt like fate had brought me through Cameron’s doors.

Posted by Kork-Ease  •  February 12th, 2015

January 16th, 2015

DANCING ON AIR

  • Crystal Ballroom

    Crystal Ballroom

  • Lamenting Love & Life

    Lamenting Love & Life

  • Crystal Ballroom Debuting Natalya

    Crystal Ballroom Debuting Natalya

My exhilarating adventures had left me thirsty for more of Portland’s vibrant funkiness and a night of dancing was definitely at the top of my agenda. After three outfit changes, I expertly winged my eyeliner, applied my favorite boho natural lipstick and headed out to the Crystal Ballroom.

As I walked through the doors, the nostalgic aura of the place gave me goose bumps. With a 100-year history, there was a palpable energy that can’t be explained, but needs to be experienced.

Since 1914, the Crystal Ballroom has been a controversial 1920s jazz hall, popular Depression-era theater, 60s rock mecca and idolized beacon of counter-culture. Strolling through the hallway lined with posters signed by world-renowned actors, artists and musicians from decades past gave me a colorful glimpse into the collection of lurid memories and tales housed by these walls and beams. The Crystal’s past epitomizes epic coolness and the ballroom wears its history like a badge of honor.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, breathtaking chandeliers and eclectic art pieces all contribute to a unique bohemian glamour, but its floating dance floor really sets the Crystal Ballroom apart. As I twirled around to the music of a local band, I literally felt like I was dancing on air. Time slipped away and my heart and soul grew happier with every passing minute.

Ready to dance among the clouds and drink in the presence of cultural game changers? Head over to the Crystal Ballroom at 1332 W. Burnside. You can check out their lineup here, http://www.mcmenamins.com/425-crystal-ballroom-home

Link:

Crystal Ballroom: http://www.mcmenamins.com/425-crystal-ballroom-home

Featured Style: Natalya available at select Nordstrom locations and Nordstrom.com.

Posted by Kork-Ease  •  January 16th, 2015