Zingo Scarf; the Rebirth of the Fluxus Nomad Scarf

La Mad Zingo Scarf Cabaret

Perhaps you will recall the Fluxus Nomad Scarf; the highly sought-after, oversized cotton scarf that was named one of Oprah’s Must Haves back in 2011. Unfortunately, just as the Nomad scarf really started to take off (and we mean take off, like, celebrities all over LA and NYC were seen wearing one), Fluxus unfortunately closed its doors and the Nomad Scarf was no more. That is, until a fellow LA based company, LA Made, came out with a new Nomad Scarf- the Zingo Scarf. The Zingo Scarf has been one of our top selling items for the past two years, and for good reasons!  With 43 square feet of the softest blend of cotton and modal (a type of rayon that is commonly used in PJ’s, bathrobes, and underwear) this scarf is without a doubt supremely versatile. Wear it over a dress, a tank top and skinny jeans, or for those of you who love to travel, wrap yourself up in it and use it as a blanket! Plus, with 15 different color options available, the possibilities are endless- find a Zingo Scarf for every season and occasion.

Check out just a few of our favorite ways to style the Zingo Scarf for gorgeous summertime looks.

LA Mad Zingo scarf

Dress: Velvet  / Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens  / Scarf: Zingo Scarf in Tiffany

Zingo Scarf in Tiffany

Dress: Velvet  / Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens  / Scarf: Zingo Scarf in Tiffany

Zingo Scarf in Cabaret

Tank: Bobi Clothing  / Jeans: Henry & Belle  /  Scarf: Zingo Scarf in Cabaret

Zingo Scarf in Cabaret

Tank: Bobi Clothing  / Jeans: Henry & Belle  /  Scarf: Zingo Scarf in Cabaret / Shoes: Pons Avarcas

Zingo Scarf in Scuba

Dress: Velvet  /  Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens / Scarf: Zingo Scarf in Scuba

Zingo Scarf in Aster

Top: Lilla P.  / Pants: Prairie Underground  / Shoes: Pons Avarcas / Scarf: Zingo Scarf in Aster

Zingo Scarf in Aster

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Finding the Perfect Pair of Denim: Nicole’s Story

Premium denim
Photo: Alexis Arnold

“Five years ago, after I had my second child, I struggled to get back into my old size in premium denim. I still had my faded, worn, boyfriend jeans that are so relaxed they’ll always work, but I stared at drawers full of expensive jeans and wanted so badly for them to fit. There’s nothing like the perfect pair of jeans — the ones that hug you in all the right places, forgive your sins and boost your assets, and jumpstart your confidence like no other piece of clothing can. That denim you put on that reminds you of just how smokin’ you are? That’s what I missed; the feeling of confidence and sexiness that my pre-baby wardrobe gave me.

For two years, I lived in Prairie Underground denim girdles and cigarette leggings, two styles I still adore. But I wanted to get back into that perfect pair of jeans. I got fed up — and then I got focused, determined to find premium denim in sizes 33 and 34. As our curvier customers know, that’s a tall order. At Adorn we always have at least 10 premium denim brands in store, so I knew someone had to carry sizes past 32. And I was going to find them.

 After a bit of research, I discovered that a handful of brands do offer denim up to sizes 33 and 34, but in very short supply, and often only available in styles that didn’t suit our grown-up customer base. There was hurdle after hurdle, but I was determined to make it happen.  It’s taken me literally years, but now, premium denim lines like Fidelity, Hudson and Paige are all making 33s and 34s especially — sometimes exclusively! — for our boutique. How awesome is that?! (My personal favorites are the Paige Jimmy Jimmy and the Hudson Nicos, if you were curious.)

So my mission was complete, right? Wrong.

One of the many reasons Prairie Underground is so popular and has such a loyal following is because all of their pants and leggings have a nice, long inseam, so they’re perfect for tall girls (if you haven’t yet tried on a pair of denim girdles, regardless of your height, get to the store as soon as possible. You’ll be hooked, I promise.) Once word got around that we had styles that catered to tall girls, I was able to convince my suppliers it was time to pony up even more long inseams. This season, we’re one of the few retailers in the country to stock the brand-new Paige Leggy jeans in a 35.5” inseam. And that’s just the beginning.

 I started Adorn in 2008 because I wanted every woman to walk into our boutique with confidence that she’d leave with options, not just pieces she wasn’t sure how to style. I come to work every day because I truly believe every woman deserves to feel like a million bucks, whatever her size or shape. Maybe you’re struggling to find denim that works for you because you just had a baby, or maybe you have yet to find your perfect pair. Whatever’s going on in your life — or in your closet — my team and I are here to help. We’re on a mission to make shopping fun again, to give you back that “Damn, I look good!” feeling when you get dressed in the morning.

The best part of Adorn, without a doubt, are the relationships I’ve built along the way with you, the customers. Have an idea? Think we’re missing something? Just say the word!   Send us your denim wish list, and I’ll do my very best to make it happen. “

                    Signed Nicole

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post on Nicole’s most fitting denim picks for every body type!

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May Customer of the Month: Megan

Customer of the Month: Megan

Cardigan: Autumn Cashmere / Dress: Velvet / Bag: Shiraleah / Necklace: Mishakaudi / Watch: Cheapo

Meet our May customer of the month, Megan! She’s been one of most loyal and dear customers for years, and we had such a blast hanging out with her and her beautiful baby boy! Check out our Q&A with Megan where we ask her about her personal lifestyle and fashion preferences!

Q. Have you always lived in Portland? If not, where do you call home and what brought you here?

A. I have not always lived in Portland, although I consider Portland my home. I was born in the Bay Area and lived there until Kindergarten until moving up to Portland. I moved to Southern California for college and New York City for graduate school, but Portland kept calling my name, so here I am, and here I will likely stay.

Q. How do you like to spend your personal time?

A. I am a momma to an 8 month old, William, so I like to spend what free time I have with my husband and him. Outside of my family, I enjoy my bowling league with my friends (I’m awful), getting mani/pedis, and reading a good book. 

Q. What are some professional and/or personal pursuits that you are passionate about?

A. I have dedicated my professional career to working with individuals with disabilities. I left my first teaching job to pursue my masters in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. Now, I am a special education teacher working primarily with students with autism. They are all such unique and wonderful individuals, and they teach me something new everyday.

Q. Any special talents or hobbies you want to share?

A. I make killer enchiladas, I have played piano for 25 years, and I love to interior decorate.

Q. How would your BFF describe you?

A. So I asked my best friend this question, and he said that I am “well dressed, fiercely loyal, and unafraid to tell it like it is.” I’ll take it!

Megan_2

Top: Bishop & Young / Dress: Velvet / Necklace: Mishakaudi / Bracelet: Jill Michael

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Top: Bella Dahl  / T-shirt: Lilla P.  / Necklace: Roost / Pants: Red 23
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Style Q & A

Q. What do you love the most about Adorn?

A. Where to begin! I love how they marry, perfectly, style and comfort. And, of course, the ladies who work there are fabulously kind!

Q. If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it look like?

A. Is it bad that I would say head to toe black? There is something so chic/badass about a loose, black cashmere sweater, black jeans and some motorcycle boots.

Q. How would you describe your personal style?

A. I guess you could describe it as “urban hippie.” I love a good poncho and my silver Birks, but will pair them with some ankle length leather pants instead of going full on hippie. I guess New York rubbed off on me a little bit.

Q. Heels or flats?

A. Pre-William, I would’ve said heels, hands down. Since becoming a mom, though, I’ve traded in my spikes for sneaks, flats and boots.

Q. Most regretted fashion decision to date?

A. Hands down, boxers as shorts (early 90’s).  I used to rock plaid boxers with a Marvin the Martian tee shirt and sketchers…it seemed like a good idea at the time.

 

 

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Customer Appreciation Night Recap

5th Annual Customer Appreciation NIght at Adorn!

Well, it’s now been a few days since our fifth annual Customer Appreciation Night, but hey, it’s better late than never to give one more huge thanks to everyone who came out! Roughly a hundred people joined us for the party and we have to say, we were (and still are) so grateful for everyone who came out and played a part. Being the small sized boutique that we are, it is most important to us to reciprocate the love to our loyal customers for their repeated business and friendships. We truly believe in creating lasting relationships with our customers, and it’s events like this that give us the special opportunity to remind everyone how much they mean to us! For those of you who were able to make it, thank you so much for supporting us; we hope to see you all again next year!

We would like to give a huge thanks to Nikita, Stance Socks, Nau, Mishakaudi Jewlery, and Maison Scotch who were all generous enough to donate some really awesome gifts for our gift-bags and raffle prizes. You guys rock!

Party photos
A little shop therapy accompanied by music, food and drink. Dream come true.
Gift bags
With over 100 people who RSVP’d, we had our work cut out for us! Hope everyone enjoyed their personalized gift bag!
raffle prizes and the snack table
It was hard to stay away from the snack table, Nicole’s mom did a fantastic job putting together some tasty treats! And check out the sweet raffle prizes from our sponsors!
Winners of the raffle
A few of our raffle winners picking out their prizes!
Photobooth Pictures
Thank you to everyone who participated in our photo booth! Click HERE to see more pictures!
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Prairie Underground Item of the Week

Prairie Underground City Caftan


When you love a piece of clothing as much as we love our one-of-a-kind City Caftan from Prairie Underground, it can be a little difficult to stop talking about it, wearing it, and bragging about it. We were absolutely ecstatic to receive this beaut’ in our Spring collection from Prairie back in March, and even now, with May nearing its end, we are still so impressed with the versatility and wearability of this piece! And now with the sun consistently showing its face around these parts of the globe (finally), the urge to splurge on colorful garments, and to ditch the dark ones, has got everyone reaching for the most vibrant and spectacular pops of color. It’s no surprise that we quickly sold out of our Black City Caftans back in March (like, every single last one), and so it comes as no surprise that the Cruiseliner and Beet hues are catching everyone’s attention in these warmer months. 

City Caftan Prairie Underground
City Caftan in Cruiseliner (left & right), in Beet (center)

But what really makes this piece so sought-after? Well, for one reason (and it’s proven to be a big one), people can’t stop obsessing over the pockets- a feature that Prairie rarely excludes from many (if not all) of their tunics and dresses; its what makes a piece like the City Caftan graduate from being a cute looking top, to a cute and functional top. Because, hey, who doesn’t need an extra hand to hold their keys and wallet once in a while?

City Caftan in Beet from Prairie Underground

But perhaps the biggest and most crucial reason that we have chosen this piece as our Prairie Underground Item of the week, is its vesratility in styling options. By choosing to call it neither a tunic nor a dress, it allows the wearer to choose the way that they want to wear it- lacking any preconceived ideas as to how they’re supposed to wear it.  With that said, we have also found that this piece can be worn by so many body types and by all ages- dressed up or dressed casually- it seems to find a place in anyone’s closet. It’s sheer simplicity gives you the option to accessorize your heart out and make it your own. And that is truly something to celebrate.

We only have a handful of these Adorn-exclusive pieces left, so make sure to check them out before they’re all gone (once they’re gone, they are gone!) Shop here> CITY CAFTAN

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Prairie Underground Spring Sale

Prairie Underground Spring Sale

 

As we make way for all of the new Summer Prairie Underground arrivals, we’re throwing a huge online sale on select items from Prairie’s Spring ’15 Collection! We’re talking long-length girdles, summery dresses, short hoodies, and hand-stitched t-shirts- all 30% off! Take advantage of these crazy-good prices on Prairie Underground this weekend only, and stock up on your favorite styles while the going is good- exclusively on our website! (And don’t forget, we always offer free shipping on orders over $150). Happy shopping!

Prairie Underground girdles

Prairie Underground City Caftan

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