anna brones

writer + artist + producer

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Portland Love

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It’s fall, and despite the warm air you can tell the rain will eventually get here. But for now the bike ride home is beautiful; quiet, still, almost balmy. The waterfront is practically abandoned as people have committed their evenings to activities that align with the season. With no one out except the few well trained runners, you can ride as fast or slow as you want with no interruptions. Lights reflect on the water and the warm air haze makes for a colorful sunset. It’s moment like this to love where you live.

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September 29, 2011 at 19:31

Fresh Cheese 101

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Checked out Portland’s Culinary Workshop last week and discovered that cooking classes weren’t half as pretentious as I expected…

PCW opened earlier this year and is the brainchild of two food-loving women, Melinda Casady and Susana Holloway. Tired of working the professional circuit of culinary schools, the women wanted a place that was open, fun and educational. It’s all about getting their students to learn about good food, the kind of philosophy that anyone with a love of good food can get behind.

My visions of an intimidating chef hovering over my shoulder as I shakily held my thermometer in boiling milk soon disappeared, and by the time Susana had put a glass of wine in my hand and a Fresh Cheese 101 print out in front of me, I realized that I felt surprisingly at home. Cooking with fresh ingredients with glass of wine in hand? If I’m perfectly honest, it’s sort of my ideal Friday night.

Susana walked us through our first concoction, lemon cheese, a simple combination of milk and lemon. Had I known cheese was this easy, I would have started making it long ago.

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Written by Anna Brones

August 24, 2011 at 08:31

Riding in the Rain

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Video shoot today with Red Reel Video, which entailed bikes, puddles and a pair of red heels. That’s the way to do it.

Urban Portland in the rain is a beautiful thing. Brick walls and cobblestone alleyways. Spontaneous sun breaks paired with downpour. Drivers slowing down to stare at four ladies in silly outfits laughing from their cycling antics.

I road home in a downpour. Drenched. Water dripping off my bare hands.

I attacked every puddle, spraying water up to my face.

Pure bliss.

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March 10, 2011 at 17:52

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Best. Party. Ever. December 10, 2010

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There are a lot of reasons I like what I do, and one of them is putting together crazy events like this one:

Ready to get wild this holiday season? Well, look no further. Break out your uber-hawt jungle safari costumes and boogie on down for a night of fashion and celebration to save elephants.

Portland’s fashion elite have joined forces with the conservation community to throw a wild couture fashion show featuring local, eco designers in an effort to save wild African elephants from the illegal ivory trade. So, paint yourself up like a zebra, grab some cash money for a hot limited-edition Looptworks elephant t-shirt and make your way to Boothster on 521 NE Davis for the party of the season.

Who: Elephant Ivory Project — fueled by EP Films

What: Go Wild! A Night of Fashion and Celebration to Save Elephants! Here’s the gist: Elephants are being killed by poachers at a rate of 10 percent per year. That means that in just a few years wild elephant populations may not exist anymore. So, in January, EP Films is embarking on a forensic biology expedition to the remote jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo with the goal of saving wild elephants from the illegal ivory trade. You can learn more hereAnd do your part — come to the party!

$10 gets you a cup and beer for the night, $5 glasses of wine

$15 gets you a sweet limited-edition Looptworks elephant t-shirt

$5 gets you 3 raffle tix for great prizes from Sierra DesignsSPOT MessengerNAU and more!

Photo booth — strike a pose and get wild for photos by RM Photo! All images will be uploaded to Flickr and Facebook the next day for free download.

Costume contest! That’s right, we know you like to dress up. So find your inner animal and do it up right. Best contest gets a fabulous prize!

When: December 10 – Doors – 8pm, Fashion Show – 930pm, Party – All the time!

Where: Boothster – 521 NE Davis in PDX

Why: Hawt fashion, drinks, dance party, safari costumes, photo booth… All in the name of a good cause. Need I say more?

Written by Anna Brones

November 30, 2010 at 17:32

Design Inspiration: Laura Cooke Ceramics

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It’s good to surround yourself with creative people, that way you never have an excuse for not being inspired. Such is the case with Laura Cooke, a good friend and fantastic potter. An artist that believes in creating functional pieces for everyday use, her simple, clean lines provide for a calming aesthetic.

Check out her site here and her blog here.

Written by Anna Brones

October 14, 2010 at 09:45

The Ultimate Fall Bike Bag

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I’ve seen this bag out and about town, and every time it causes me to do a double take. Thanks to Cool Hunting I now know what all the cool kids are carrying: Chester Wallace bags, designed by Portland-based illustrator Patrick Long.

Waxed cotton repels the rain and looks good. Yes, please.

Via: Coolhunting

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October 13, 2010 at 07:50

Bike Lane Love

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Sometimes morning rides to the coffee shop are a good reminder why Portland is wonderful. Bikes = love.

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October 12, 2010 at 11:57

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