Thursday Threads

Our winter has been lackluster to say the least, and as much as it pains us to see Mt. Hood still reporting low snow conditions you cannot help but anticipate cherry blossoms and roses taking over our city. Our Spring shipments are beginning to arrive, and they have us buzzing for long-term warmer weather on the horizon. It may be a classic Pacific Northwest, “February Fake-out” but we decided in the spirit of sunshine we would offer a sneak peak of some of our Spring collection for this week’s Thursday Threads.

Let’s just take a moment to cherish the Birkenstock God’s. They are durable, ergonomically suited for your foot, and making a wild comeback in the fashion world. I’ve always stayed loyal to my Birks and I’m glad to see them making an appearance in high fashion left and right over the past few years. New to USO this season, we are thrilled to be teaming up with Birkenstock. Portland seems to be pretty stoked about our new sandal line as well with how quickly they are flying off the shelves.


Stark white is kind of a big deal for 2015. That’s why we are thrilled that several pairs of Birks in white have just arrived to compliment some of their ever-classic neutral colorways. Remember that sultry black-and-white still of a young Kate Moss wearing white Arizona Birkenstocks? She looked so effortlessly on-point and I have a suspicion it had something to do with her incredibly comfortable kicks. Inspired by Miss Moss we decided to start with the Birkenstock Florida Sandals in pearly white.

Since we steered away from classic neutral leathers Birkenstock tends to feature we decided to bring a pop of neutral rust with the athleisure design offered with the Roxy Miss a Beat Pants. They are comfy and classy paired with the stark white Fight or Flight Tank by RVCA. We love the endless versatility offered with this business meets casual top. Dress the Fight or Flight up for a night on the town or down with denim shorts in the summer.

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You can’t wear Birkenstocks without something flowy it’s almost a rule, at least in my book. The Billabong So Long Honey Cardigan was our perfect flowing candidate. We liked the idea of adding some jewel tones to the mix, and the cardigan had a few rusty stripes to tie the pants in. The overall silhouette is uncomplicated, comfortable and enticing, the makeup of every great ensemble.

As much as we are still hell bent on getting some decent days on the mountain this Spring, these sporadically warm and dry Portland days have us dreaming of bikinis and beachside brews. Stay tuned for our Spring Lookbook we are planning an Oregon Coast excursion to showcase our favorite looks in the coming weeks.

Thursday Threads: Easy Like Sunday Morning

We are all about bottomless mimosas paired with an overpriced first meal on Sunday. Brunch is two feasts in one so it’s totally cool to drop twenty-five bucks, right? Inspired by the ease of Sunday mornings we’ve created a brunch-worthy look that has plenty of wiggle room for the after-pooch effect from inhaling biscuits and gravy. We love the idea of an easy-to-wear ensemble that feels like PJ’s without hungover regret of running into an ex in your Sunday cozies.

We are obsessing over pairing equal parts tomboy to femme for a look that’s effortlessly chic while still maintaining practicality and comfort. A great outfit starts at the ground and works its way up. With that philosophy in mind, we had to begin with a new shoe line teaming up with USO, Minnetonka Moccasins. I know, right? We are stoked too! The Minnetonka Calf Hi 3 Layer Fringe Boots were the perfect combination of radical meets girly to start this ‘fit. Let’s not forget the added perk that they feel like slippers which is ideal for getting your brunch on. Working our way up, we selected distressed skinnies by way of the Volcom Super Stoned Skinny Jeans which also seemed appropriate for a mellow end to the week.


For the top half, and a touch of tomboy we selected a classic white muscle tee. Bonus perks if you pair this boy’s club borrowed look with a sexy bandeau like the RVCA Jangling Bralette. For our other part femme, and in the spirit of pajama-like clothing, we couldn’t help but select the ultra-soft and exceptionally Sunday-worthy Volcom Breeze Sweater.


You definitely slept in, and you’re way too hungry to shower let alone wash your hair so it looks like it’s a headband day! We love the braided, bohemian vibe offered in the Krotchet Kids Alice Headband it plays nicely with the Minnetonkas without being too hippie dippy. Indigo was our go-to color for accessorizing with the headband and tote as it provided ideal contrast against the rusty-gold tones featured in this look.

We know that getting outside can be half the struggle on Sunday morning but Belgian waffles and bacon are awaiting. Pull yourself together, grab your biggest shades to hide last night’s eyeliner and get some sustenance girlfriend because those Bloody Marys won’t drink themselves.

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Classic white Muscle TeeVolcom Cowl Me Tank

Biggest ShadesDa Blanc Minor Panic leopard torte rose lens

Thursday Threads: Flower Power With A Dash Of Mustard

Nothing beats an ensemble that’s two parts cozy and one part sexy. Looking babadelic while at the same time feeling like you’re at home in your pjs is always a win. That’s what we love about the Element Overedge Maxi Dress it’s versatile, fashion savvy and oh-so comfortable. A tie-dye dress typically tends to have a summer vibe; the good-witch meets monochromatic dye job on this maxi isn’t overly summery, making it a perfect layering candidate. An all-season, flowing dress should be a part of every woman’s arsenal coming from the humble opinion of Stevie Nicks fashion admirer. I’m obviously doing a future post featuring some Stevie inspired looks, let’s be real. Moving forward, you can wear this maxi with thick long underwear in the winter while still having a great-looking, bulk-free body, yay!

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In the summer months it has a sexy open back with lacey details, double yay! We’ve paired the bohemian Overedge with the Billabong Shadow Viewz Jacket, a military inspired look for an unexpected play on flower power. We’ve added a dash of mustard with the Brixton Grace Scarf: Part II of our cozy. In case you haven’t noticed, yellow is big for 2015, and before you hate on it just know that a pop of dijon looks good on almost every skin tone. When in doubt, add the colors you’re uncertain about via accessories.

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When in serious color doubt, make your manfriend wear it so you can live vicariously through his complexion. We are dying to buy the Airblaster Outlast Tech Flannel in grizzly mustard for our current or future lumbarsexuals. Until next time!

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Casually Polished PDX

One of Portland’s greatest attributes is the diverse culture when it comes to fashion. Truth be told, this may be one of the only cities that lacks clubs with dress codes, or clubs in general (we call those bars around these parts). Despite our seemingly lack of posh, PDX natives and transplants still find a way to keep their attire polished yet casual. Inspired by urban meets functional street wear, we’ve created two looks fit for any city dweller. Even though we are chomping at the bit to get up on the slopes, you can’t help but enjoy a dry stretch during a Pacific Northwest winter. For our urban lady we’ve retired the GORE-TEX for a few days, creating a layered look we are swooning over. The RVCA First Snow Jacket is a shop favorite for ladies this season, it’s so good it’s hard to know where to start with this gem. Let’s begin with the ideal mix of black and blue denim perfectly color-blocked, and paired with a cozy sherpa fleece collar. Wear it closed for a sleek, business savvy silhouette or open for a flash of flannel. And yes, popping your collar is an option…probably a great one with that overstated collar. We’ve broken up the subtle graphics on the Volcom Stoned Rad T-Shirt from the flannel lining by adding a sliver of distressed denim with the Rolling High Shirt by Volcom. For the bottom half, we’ve created an icon by pairing black high-waisted skinnies with the ever classic high-top Vans. Just in case the clouds roll in, the jacket is coated for that (fingers crossed) first snow and the Vans Sk8-Hi MTE Shoes feature waterproofing by ScotchgardTM. Stay tuned to check out the dream boyfriend we’ve created for this look; a form meets function profile: Pacific NorthFresh edition.

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New Years Eve – A Black Dress Affair

Whether you’ll be ringing in the New Year at a black tie event like Rhapsody PDX, or your favorite bar or a house party, nothing beats a little black dress. Prowl the party scene this New Year’s Eve in the Element Jasper Dress for a look that’s sure to turn heads. Tastefully festive, due to the glittery scrolling embroidery, the Jasper offers a neckline that’s deeply scooped creating a flirty silhouette. What lady doesn’t want an excuse for a brand spankin’ look for their next big bash, but isn’t it a drag when your sequined number collects dust the rest of the year? It’s all about versatility with this dress. Simply layer a sweater and tights for an office savvy ensemble that’s ready to hit the town for happy hour after work. We’ve paired this cutesy number with the Volcom Getter Boots, the RVCA Rosy Fruits Fedora and the Volcom Janis Clutch Bag to roughen up the edges. Creating a look that can’t help but land you a kiss when the ball drops.

New Years Black Element Dress