Travels, part 1

photo by Natalie Davis An amazing trip to Portland, OR to visit good friends, relax, be inspired, and recharged. There was an epic amount of food, laughing, restaurant browsing, and window shopping at some of the smartest retail outlets I've ever been to.

photo by Natalie Davis

I didn't think it was possible, but Portland lived up to the hype. I am scheming ways to get back there next summer, as August is really the best time to escape Austin for a cooler climate.

photo by Natalie Davis

Myth & Symbol Opening

Myth & Symbol Don't tell Austin, but I spent last weekend maybe falling a little in love with Houston. I hadn't been in 15 years, and the city was pretty amazing. Between wonderful meals, gorgeous city parks, great shopping, and actual rain, it was a magical weekend with family and friends. One of the highlights was stopping in at Myth & Symbol on their opening day and getting to meet the lovely Trang, Chau, and BJ in person. I had heard a lot of buzz about the shop and it did not disappoint in person--it's truly lovely. These rather blurry photos do not do it justice, which just means I need to get back there soon.

Myth & Symbol

The clever furniture and fixtures do a great job in complimenting the modern goods for sale. The shop is so well curated and provides a wonderful mix of high and low with a little bit of something for everyone. Case in point, I brought 8 members of my family in and everyone found something they loved. My mom was their first customer, purchasing a pair of Dream Collective earrings as a birthday gift for my cousin.

Myth & Symbol

Myth & Symbol

Polka dot socks--yes, please!

Myth & Symbol

This Saturday evening is the official grand opening party from 5-10pm, so if you're in the Houston area, be sure to stop by (2537 Times Boulevard in the Rice Village shopping center). They are offering 25% off all clothing during the grand opening, which means it's a good thing I live in Austin.

Myth+Symbol Flyer

Totokaelo

Totokaelo Totokaelo is one of my favorite stores I've never visited. Based in Seattle, they just opened a new beautiful space on Capitol Hill that looks like it stepped out of my dreams. Tall ceilings, warm wood, white walls, and full of smart and simple clothing, not to mention the giant display of Dieppa Restrepo, Acne, and Rachel Comey shoes.

Totokaelo

Yes, yes, and yes.

Totokaelo all photography by Charlie Schuck

Beam & Anchor

Beam + Anchor, photography by Currie Person We've been following the progress of Beam & Anchor for a while, and are excited to share that they are opening their doors this weekend! Robert, Jocelyn, and Currie have put together a beautiful space and we're honored to have Canoe goods in their shop.

Beam & Anchor will be open Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6pm, and Sunday 12-5pm at 2710 N Interstate Ave. Portland, OR. I can't wait to get out there for a visit.

Beam + Anchor, photography by Currie Person

All photography by Currie Person.

Prairie Collective

I have many favorite stores in San Francisco, but Prairie Collective is the place I want to hang around all day. Jill, Alethea, and Annabelle have put together a cozy space with all your favorite coveted items that make you smile. It is not a super glossy design store that makes you feel unworthy; it's the kind of store that feels like a favorite sweater. You can make messes in here (i.e. flower workshops) and touch everything.

Prairie Collective is looking for some part-time weekend help in the shop, which sounds like a dreamy way to spend a Saturday. Find out more details about applying here; they are hoping to set up interviews for later this week, so don't delay!

Normally job openings aren't something I would post here, but reading about this position made me remember all that I learned while working at Rare Device, another great San Francisco shop. Way back in the day, when design blogs were still a new thing and craft fairs were just getting started, I randomly answered a job posting for a shopgirl. I was about to launch Miss Natalie, my first line, and wanted to learn about the business side and gain exposure to how a retail store worked. Rena and Lisa taught me so much, introducing me to the wonderful SF design scene and offering invaluable feedback on my own work. They became friends and mentors that I still turn to today. You never know who could change your life, and these ladies certainly did.