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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.

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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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Looking Forward to… Artcrank PDX

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Photo courtesy Artcrank

Artcrank hits Portland tomorrow. Bike and art lovers unite! The poster show has been making its way around the world this summer, and it’s yet another example of how bike culture is growing more and more popular; which is great for those of us that believe in getting more people on bikes and supporting cities that believe in investing in infrastructure that supports life on two wheels.

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October 6, 2010 at 07:25

Experiencing the Gulf Coast Firsthand

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A couple of months ago I got invited to take part in a project with a group of Oregonians all traveling down to the Gulf Coast to bear witness to the oil spill and work with groups on the ground to create a better understanding of what the true impacts of the environmental disaster really are. I said yes.

It’s officially day 2, and I’ve already had the chance to go to a community meeting in Ocean Springs to listen to community members voice their opinions on what a longterm restoration plan should look like. Walking in to a room packed with Gulf Coast residents I felt a little out of place. What would I bring to the table by being here? What does a Portlander have to give a community that’s been so severely affected?

But it’s all about listening and hearing the real stories that these people are telling. We’re all on media overload from images of oil slicked birds and messy waves. But we have to keep listening. We have to keep listening to the fishermen that are telling us that there waters were opened up too soon and that they’re afraid of the longterm harm that eating the seafood might cause. We have to listen to the mental health specialists that emphasize that this environmental catastrophe is having a serious psychological effect. We have to listen to the clean energy advocates that are pushing for renewables in this region and coming up against political obstacles.

We’ll be covering the next 10 days over on Check it out and engage in the conversation, because it’s one we need to create and sustain.

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August 8, 2010 at 10:34

Reason #182 To Live in Portland

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Summer might be short, but we get sunsets like this.

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July 28, 2010 at 17:48

Friday Photo: Day on the River

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Sometimes you don’t even need to leave town to get outdoors.

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May 21, 2010 at 06:00

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Friday Photo: Epic Wheels

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The Portland bike community never ceases to inspire me. Last night Epic Wheel Works hosted their one-year anniversary party, the bike throwdown and benefit for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance that was one big get together of bike enthusiasts and people that believe in making their community a better place.

I’ve got to give it to Jude, founder of Epic, who truly believes in the idea that bikes can make the world a better place, and as she puts it, she’s making positive chance “one revolution at a time.” That and her wheels are simply works of art. If that doesn’t inspire you to go hop on your bike, I don’t know what will.

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May 14, 2010 at 10:07

Live The Revolution, May 13th

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Fabulous event next Thursday for the wonderful Epic Wheel Works. A female-operated custom wheel building company… love it!

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May 6, 2010 at 10:31