Rohloff to design for Susan Sokol Blosser

Don’t we just love to love hats? Almost as much as we adore bags and worship fabulous shoes.

But no, hats are in a category all of their own. Love them or hate them they are an essential accessory for some occasions. One such occasion being … baby it’s cold outside. That reason aside, I buy hats just because they’re beautiful. They don’t have to perform any duty, fulfill any purpose other than just that – a veritable breathtaking accessory.

Designed by Elizabeth Rohloff

Check out the hats on the right – they were one of several pages of hats listed as those fashionable in the 1920’s. It must have been some decade … there are about five pages of very, very different looking styles of hats. They say form follows function, or is it perception is everything. I never get those clichés right. Anyhoo … the reason I sat down to exercise my right to write is to tell you about what’s up with Elizabeth Rohloff, one of the few, the very, very brave and busiest, of Portland’s consummate designers.

Editor’s note: Rohloff and the Susan Sokol  Blosser connection=Power of the Purse check the last graph!Elizabeth and I shared a little bit of heaven (Happy Hour Heaven) the other night, at the Secret Society Lounge (116 NE Russell).

Secret Society Lounge NE Russell

Did you know there’s a Secret Society Ballroom and a Secret Society Recording Studio? Yes it has a rich history all right. Even mystical Masons you might say. There are all those tall, telltale ceilings, dark woodwork and rich red draperies. Ask one of the bartenders what transpir

By Elizabeth Rohloff

ed there around the turn of the century … that’s all I’m saying.

Now … on to Ms. Rohloff’s bizness which is design of course. Check out the latest from her web page:

Elizabeth Rohloff

Yes, Elizabeth Rohloff

So I have done my best my dears, to share with you what I know for sure on this Thursday evening. I know not much but what I do know is that are some terribly talented women out there and Elizabeth Rohloff is among them. So don’t you want to know what she’s going to be doing in the next few weeks? Of course you do.

Well let’s see… for starters:

T.Ruth Artspace for a pre-show sale on Thursday, April 22, 2010 5-9p.m.

Two events on Friday April 30 –

Dress For Success Oregon

and

Girls Inc. Power of the Purse

One of these premiere events is at the Convention Center and the other is at the Portland Art Museum. You will have to clone yourself like Elizabeth is doing, to get into both. But they will definitely both be a fun night out!

BTW Elizabeth is designing a purse for Susan Sokol Blosser, c0-founder of the Sokol Blosser Winery in the Willamette Valley Dundee Hills.

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Go from frumpy to Frock, then to Bargain Hunt 101

Since I’ve been going to school I’ve been scouring the web when I need to buy something. So I noticed when Frock Boutique on NE Alberta recently got their web page up and running. Check it out!

oooh aaha the most beautiful baby

The two women who own the place — Alison and Angie are a hoot! They met back in the day when in college and hooked up at Burning Man. Since then they’ve both settled down (ok not completely) a bit. They’re co-business partners and even started a new line of onesies and t-shirts.

We Love Portland!

I love their models. I think there’s a husband in there, at least one of their kids and the ahh ooohh aaahh tiny beautiful baby.

You have to read their Frockboutique blog as well. They are hilarious.

Frock as you know (or as you should know, my dear) is part of the by-now-famous Bargain Hunting 101 sale on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s billed as the “Mother of all clearance sales” and I have to say I have never been to a more artsy and crowded sale … So get there early!

Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2010 Noon-5pm
Over 50 locally owned boutiques and independent vendors at the Crystal Ballroom & Lola’s
For the biggest collaborative clearance sale ever!!

Bargain Hunting 101 – Winter Session is on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2010 at the Crystal Ballroom & Lola’s, Noon-5pm. Over 50 of Portland’s best and most unique boutiques and vendors come together for a huge end-of-season clearance sale. Unbelievable discounts. Full Bar. Game in Lola’s. www.bargainhuntingpdx.com

Sad but true … Vivier … Warhol … and high heeled art?

Oh this is too much! How could anyone love CSI this much? It’s the crime scene tape scarf with the words “Crime Scene DO NOT CROSS” boldly emblazoned across it. Bad bad bad idea. You can also use the scarf to scare the crap out of your housemates when they come home late and see it wrapped around the front door.

Just an idea…. Garish is too pretty of a word for these accessoriesfrom hell.

There are other crime scene accessories to go with like this crime scene carpet. It comes in the shape of a dead body lying on the ground.

Yes, it’s true that there’s only one size but they do come in three colors. 

Pretty is as pretty does

The Ecsotype http://ecsotype.com/bags/presse online store on the other ah … hand has a to-die-for bag called the Presse mixed material utility bag.  

In addition to its other incredible attributes, there’s a no-shock divider pocket inside to protect your laptop or camera. It’s made of leather and nylon with multiple internal/external pockets and a leather-braced gusset. Looks perfect for travel.

 Well-heeled art you say? 

Check out Mark Schwartz’s blog. 

No … high-heeled art.  Mark Schwartz, accomplished shoe designer and artist, who studied under Andy Warhol, nay was essentially “pushed by Warhol into developing his artistic side and creative levels encouraging Mark to continue to his capricious approach to fabricate his artistic style of painting shoes as art.” Deep breathe and … “The subliminal influence of … Warhol provided him with a canvas to create a multifaceted panorama of collages, paintings and whimsical interpretations of “shoes as art.”

Although … he is rumored to be Oprah’s favorite shoe designer. 

Better than food as art I say. Here, you decide:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out his web site for many more! Shop on!

 

 

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