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The Merc's Forecast: Spring 09 is the Season to Nurse Dying Farmhands to Life

(pictured, design by Sarah Wizemann's Gatsby lingerie)

Blah blah blah, Leanne Marshall, Portland's fashion scene. I am of two m...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 by Adrienne So

"Obamaaaaa!": David Sedaris at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts

There are very few things that would make me trek down from Portland to Eugene on a sunny Friday afternoon, when I should be relaxing in a beer garden. Following a rainbow to a pot of gold is one, and David Sedaris at the Hult Center for the P...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 by Adrienne So

Le Bistro Bazaar: Don't Get Mac & Cheese on Your Mother's Day Gifts

Yes, we all know and love Crafty Wonderland. But if there is one thing the Doug Fir is missing, it's Le Bistro Montage's addictive spold mac & cheese, prefer...   More
Sunday, April 26, 2009 by Adrienne So

Where Kelly Slater Goes, We Follow: Kiehl's and Waterkeeper Alliance Partnership

It's always a dubious enterprise when marketers join forces with environmentalists. It seems kind of deceptive. Being a responsible consumer doesn't mean "buying lots of stuff from people who will donate money." It means: Buying less stuff. Preferably, none at all.

Still. If you're going to buy high-end body lotion anyway, you might as well buy it from a company who is going to dona...   More
Friday, April 24, 2009 by Adrienne So

Girly Bikers, Get Set Go: Women-Specific Cycling at Bike N' Hike

I don't know why I never got into biking as a sport. Although it's the best way to get around town, it seems pretty equipment-intense to take up as a hobby. And I don't trust myself to fix my own flat or chain out in the middle of nowhere. I have trouble opening spaghetti jars. It just seems fo...   More
Friday, April 24, 2009 by Adrienne So

Earth Angels

Happy Earth Day! Bet you’re not as committed to “sustainable living” as these 22 Portlanders.

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It’s 9 am on a Thursday, and the thermostat in my 1999 Volkswagen Bug registers 36 degrees. If I were going to work, I’d be shivering inside my parka and heels. But this April morning, I&r ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Adrienne So

Play with Trash: Hijinks to Benefit Ban the Bag Campaign Tonight

I know, I know. When you hear about Ban the Bag campaigns, you're probably thinking the same thing I am, which is: Portland can't ban plastic bags! If we ban plastic bags, what will we pick up our dog's poop in?

Just kidding (mostly)!

Au contraire. Plastic bags and...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 by Adrienne So

Save the Whales By Shopping: Buffalo Exchange Dollar Day Whale Benefit

Okay, so some of you have quibbles with sustainable fashion--for what reason, I know not, because fashion can be just as sustainable as any hobby. It's just like hiking, only with fewer plants.

In any case, Buffalo Exchange is making the connection between environment...   More
Monday, April 20, 2009 by Adrienne So

Eco-Celeb-Struck: Oregon League of Conservation Voters' Dinner for the Environment

Ed note: Updated with clarification from OLCV—tickets are not tax deductible, but still totally worth the money (thanks Toby!)

Why is it so exciting when people come out of your TV and you realize that they exist in real life?    More
Thursday, April 16, 2009 by Adrienne So

Thursday Style Update: Things I Learned as a Long-Hair Model

I was asked to be a long-hair model at Belle Epoque Salon last night. Felicity, a big-shot celebrity stylist who styles models for national Fashion Weeks and MTV was going to be in town to teach a demo and also push Kevin Murphy products. I arrived at 4 pm and had my long, lo...   More
Thursday, April 16, 2009 by Adrienne So
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