*This LB route coming to us from darling Serenity Ibsen, Technical Services and Archives Librarian at Pacific Northwest College of Art, amateur mycologist, professional nerd.*
I have a confession: I usually make my holiday gifts, so Little Boxes shopping? It’s all for me! Us single ladies have to treat ourselves right, especially during the holidays. I’m going to ride my bike, so everything has to fit in my messenger bag…
First, It’s time to replenish my sassy jewelry collection with a visit to betsy & iya. It helps that I can mix and match B&I earrings because I keep losing just one, but I’m ready for some new pairs. The ONLY trouble with B&I is that I love too many styles and it’s really difficult to pick just one or two. However, I’ve been eyeing the Dune Drip Earrings and the Reckoner Earrings. Sexy, sassy, and classy. Plus, check out the description for the Simple Sterling Rings, “I spent the entire day in the library. And then I danced all night long. Alone. It was perfect.” That is SO me.
Now it’s on over to NW 23rd to drool over the juicy leather handbags at Ellington. Seriously affordable, these sumptuous bags are go-anywhere, do-anything types. I’m kind of in love with the chic and functional Naomi Tote in paprika. It’ll hold my books, umbrella, camera, some snacks.. well, everything.
Quick pit stop to refuel with an Americano at Barista on NW 13th and Hoyt. Always hopping, always delicious, and always — no matter what — served with a smile. Plus, these cats are as nerdy about coffee as I am about libraries; ask them anything.
Now it’s time to head up North to get a delicious sandwich from Brass Tacks, the best sandwiches in town from a women-owned, locally sourced (when available) shop.
Last stop of the day is Icon Tattoo where, for the Month of November, they’re having specials on literary-themed tattoos in support of literary causes! Or you can get a discount on any tattoo by bringing in a donation for Portland Books to Prisoners. I love Icon Tattoo. They have a beautiful space and the most lady tattooers you’ll ever see in one shop.
*Thanks so much for sharing, Serenity! This seems like a perfectly chill Black Friday experience, ride alone or take a friend. Awesome! (All photos provided by highlighted shops and their websites.)***