Simply Spring: Princess Picks
It’s spring. Time to purge our closets, get rid of things, and get
organized. Let’s make our lives efficient. Let’s hire a personal
chef, get the dry cleaning delivered, let’s pay our bills with auto
pay, bank online. Let’s have someone else plant and water our pots
(though, of course, pretend it’s all us). Maybe it’s time to
reconsider the weekly at-home auto detailing your husband suggested. Heck,
let’s have the groceries delivered. Who has time for the supermarket?
And while you’re at it, what about a drive-thru Starbucks to save a
harrowing trip with the little ones? We could save so much time and energy
and spend time on what really matters: shopping, spa’ing, and (say
it with us) “me-me-me-me!” This is our Princess Prescription
for sanity. Are you listening Mr. Husband? We could otherwise simply go crazy
and then where would you be?
this new road to Princessdom, you first need a personal chef. No two ways
about it. We need Chef Lee Petrie of Supper Thyme, to come to our
home one day a week and prepare three or four healthy organic meals for our
family….to take care of dinner for the week! (Remember, you get a hall
pass for one crappy dinner. You can say what a crazy day it’s been,
no time to get to the store, “let’s just have soup and sandwiches”….and
then of course you have to dine out a couple nights, one with kids, one fancy
date night….so you’re golden.) Suggestion: Just get him, or the
kids, to do the dishes afterward and you’re REALLY set!
Chef Lee only uses the freshest ingredients, organic (mad cowless) meats
and produce. Just heat and serve for delicious, home-cooked meals. It’s
so reasonable, more cost efficient and you can feel secure that she only
uses the finest. She takes into consideration everyone’s dietary needs,
allergies, likes and dislikes. She will help you plan low-carb/high-protein
meals, or whatever you desire. She makes fabulous suggestions, from Chicken
Pot Pie’s, to Salmon and Corn chowder with homemade corn bread, to
stuffed Pork Chops, grilled vegetables, and couscous. She can customize anything,
and it’s really very reasonably priced. Her grocery bill and 4 meals
for a family cost less than what we spend on groceries, not to mention the
emotional duress of it all. And while she’s shopping, feel free to
ask her to pick up some milk, coffee, whatever else you need. It’s
a dream come true!
Just try it one week. We dare you. Supper Thyme; www.supperthyme.com,
Chef Lee Petrie, 503.235.5967
And while we are talking quality food: Please also don’t forget about
Organics To You (www.organicstoyou.org).
We got our tub today and it was such a jackpot! We get it every two weeks,
mysteriously placed at our front door like a baby. We opened the lid and
found our organic milk, strawberries, bananas, organic salad greens, asparagus,
peas, zucchini, apples, all kinds of seasonal fruits and veggies. It’s
a beautiful thing. 503.236.6496
Spring Cleaning Picks:
All right, you know the drill. It’s spring. Time to really purge,
delve into those closets and free our shelves from last year’s styles.
Rid ourselves of excess from frumpy years past. And let’s face it,
you aren’t ever going to fit back into those size zero Calvin Klein
jeans from 8th grade. It’s time to let them go: Be free, be free Famolare’s
with the wavy bottoms that you can’t believe were ever in, be free
gauchos (no, those will never pass as capri’s), be free Gunny Sack
dress, wrap around pants, and foofy bridesmaid dresses; be free Fat pants,
size 4 pants, size 12 pants, size 10 pants….
And if it’s just too painful, you might have to call in the pros:
Everything in the Closet will handle it all -- closet organization,
wardrobe consulting, and personal shopping. Sarah will rid you of those holey
granny undies you find it hard to part with. She will advise you on what
you should get rid of and what you’ll need for this season, accessories
and all. With 10+ years of retail experience at the finest stores, forget
Tom Cruise, Sarah will complete you. She will tell you what to wear with
what, help you find the perfect gown for that black tie evening, put together
outfits from what you have, and more. Your friends will look at you and think,
“She is always so put together. I don’t know how she does it.”
But you’ll have a secret: Sarah Burpee’s, Everything in the
Closet, 503.203.1123, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perhaps it’ll hurt a little less if you can make a buck or two off
these duds. Why not take your old Chanel and Prada and other clothes to Consigning
Women in Lake Oswego (near Wild Oats/Natures.) This is practically the
second hand store to the Stars. And they pay you, fancy that! It helps ease
the pain of parting with your beloved belongings. Consigning Women, 17777
Pilkington, Ste. 500, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; 503.697.1636
- It’s sandal time and you know what that means! Time to get those
tootsies in tiptop shape. We recommend Servello’s Feet Treats
from Servello Herbal Body Essentials. We love Servello because they
are au natural, just the way we like everything. All their products are handmade
in Portland and packed full of vitamins, minerals, and the essential fatty
acids our skin needs. And they are free of ingredients that irritate our
skin and eyes.
Feet Treats include foot tea, lemon and mint foot scrub, toe and heel
butter (great to get rid of those nasty cracks you never thought you’d
have), and a yummy foot mask. Your little piggies will thank you! Servello’s
Feet Treats….mmm mmm good!
Servello products are available at the finest spas and salons such as
Halo, Rejuvenation Day Spa, Essential Lotions and Oils on NW 23rd, and Bandon
Dunes Golf Resort to name a few. For additional information or to order
online, please call 503.888.1573.
A must-have for spring. One sure-fire way to stay youthful is to cover
up. You should always wear sunscreen and you should always, always wear
a hat. And that’s why hats are all the rage and have never been more
We especially love the Gap’s new 60s Patchwork widebrim floppy with
matching bag. You’ll wow them at the beach with these!
these western shirts from Lucky Brand.
They are feminine and lightweight, and look great over a tank or camisole.
Cool with jeans or worn in lieu of a jacket. At the Lucky Brand store
on NW 23rd.
are going Jackie O! The bigger the better.
I know it’s hard to make the leap, but you’ll be so cutting
edge and glam.
You’ll look just like a movie star in these Paul Smith Spectacles!
Available at Hub Optix in Pioneer Place.
Prego Pick: Eternal Maternal.
think this is as pure and soulful a gift a woman could ever receive. Because
it is you, and it’s your baby, and it’s the most beautiful sculpture
you could ever own. And it’s so clever. The perfect gift for your friend
or loved one: A pregnancy belly cast kit.
Amazing! $44.00, made in Portland. www.eternalmaternal.com
Monkey – we made a booboo and didn’t link the website last
week so we’re trying it one more time.
Please visit one of our favorite, ultra fabulous baby brands….Peace
Monkey at www.peace-monkey.com.
You’re little one will be the hippest kid on the block.
Music Pick: Tom Jones Reloaded (really)
you want to drive really fast, you picture yourself starring in a car commercial,
you even become one of those people that drive past you with windows down,
their volume way up and their car vibrating because they want you to hear
that they listen to cool music (even though they don’t!). You want
to sing really loudly and bounce around and belt out the groovy lyrics.
You don’t care what the children think, and maybe even forget they’re
back there for a sec. Hey, we can’t help ourselves. We were too young
for Tom Jones years ago, or else we were too busy with Keith Partridge to
pay him mind…but we love him now. Does it make us old, are we uncool?
Oh, God, have we become grownups?! Or is he one of those so-uncool-they’re-cool-again-older
It’s retro, 70s, James Bond, fun-fun-fun for spring! You gotta get
it! Tom Jones Reloaded – and our fave, “Help Yourself”
(#18) on the track, play it over and over and over and over – and don’t
forget to pump up the volume and open the sunroof. Talk about Saucy Power-Pop,
Sleeping Beauty Pick:
know you’re getting old when you wake in the morning to large indentations
on your cheek from a hard sleep on the creased pillow. You know you’re
really getting old when come noon, they’re still there. Maybe it’ll
help a touch if we get some spectacular, highest thread count sheets. Maybe
it’s worth the pretty penny to sustain our youth.
Think of the princess and the pea…I mean really, luxury linens ARE
everything. Of course, you should sleep on your back, and it’s easier
if it’s fluffy soft, silky, and a 400-thread count. But if in the night,
you scootch over onto your cheek, it’ll bounce back a helluva lot sooner
with the more expensive lush sheets. We’re almost sure of it.
For the finest in luxe linens, shop at French Quarter
French Quarter Linens, 1313 Northwest Glisan Street, 503-282-8200
Or, 2325 Northwest Westover Road, 503-241-8436
Summer’s almost here – nearly picnic weather. Of course
there’s no time to cook, if you want to take advantage of the all too
brief outdoor summer months. You’ll have to pick up some tasty take-out
from Tennessee Red's Barbecue for a finger-licking feast at home!
Try the Rebel Rib Combo and experience a variety of Memphis and
North Carolina ribs. And be sure to save room for dessert, the key lime pie
is a must! Tennessee Red’s 2133 SE 11th Ave, 503-231-1710
Oh yes, and before we forget….that drive-thru Starbucks:
Unfortunately there’s none in Portland Metro but we think it’s
worth the little extra drive for this luxury. Strap in the kids, crank Tom
Jones just a tad, and get cruisin’. Think of it as Mommy’s Quiet
Time of sorts. (whatever works.) This is a huge convenience – it beats
trying to order while you chase the kids around, plus, not that we recommend
it, but you can look like hell and not risk running into any old boyfriends.
||Drive-thru Coffee People’s:
(aka Motor Moka)
13560 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard OR, 97223
| Cedar Hills Blvd. Motor Moka
3590 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
|MLK Blvd & Hassalo - Portland
1035 NE MLK Blvd.
Portland OR, 97232
|117th & Canyon Road
4130 SW 117th
Beaverton, OR 97005
9610 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland OR, 97266
|Division Motor Moka
12613 SE Division
Portland, OR 97223
1900 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Oregon City OR, 97045
|Grand Motor Moka
525 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
| Cornell & Stucki
2002 NW Stucki Avenue
Hillsboro OR, 97124
- 5 on Fifth! On First Thursday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m. the
pdx fashion incubator will host an opening party for its new showroom and
offices at 23 NW Fifth Avenue, on the corner of Fifth and Couch. PFI
is an established nonprofit organization providing education and support
to Portland’s growing fashion industry.
During May, the R-Evolving Showroom features “5 on Fifth,”
a launch of five Portland Designers. “5 on Fifth” features apparel,
accessories and jewelry by Sharon Blair (Blair Wear), Allison Leigh Designs,
Grace McNabb (Accents of Grace), Magali Corzo and Shelley Westerhold (Urban
Girl NW). Half of the evening’s sales will benefit PFI. For more information,
Come to the Crave Party on May 7th and fill up on girly
things you crave!
Come in jammies, robe and slippers and prepare to be entertained and pampered.
Receive spa treatments such as: manicures, pedicures, face, hand, and foot
treatments, acupuncture, henna tattoos, lip readings, and shopping! $35,
1829 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, May 7th from 6:00pm-9:30pm.
For tickets or more information, visit www.craveparty.com
Tickets also available at Physical Element in the Pearl.
Dana Lynn trunk show on May 15th & 16th featuring Christa
Hope, a Pacific Northwest designer from the Seattle area. Christa will introduce
her new collection of sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry. Also,
preview the new spring handbags just in. Dana Lynn, 720 NW 23rd Ave.;
|2004 Black Tie Bowlarama, benefiting CARES Northwest 4/17. The
Portland Picks Team: “The Bowling Brides” (with their Gorgeous
Grooms). From left, Kris Beckman, Kathi O’Neil, Michelle Jensen, Kristen
Rousseve, Cindy Hergenhan, and Sara O’Neil
Portland Picks wants you to ease into the sunshine season with the proper
You deserve the very best, it is your duty to lavish yourself because if
you do not, no magic genie will jump up and volunteer to do it for you (if
we find one, we will let you know).
We are always on the lookout for things that will make your heart sing!
Thank you for all the warm, thoughtful notes you’ve sent, we love to
hear about the great times you had at the places we love. Keep those notes
coming and be so very wonderful to you for us!