La la Laurie!

Oh happiness and how the world seems to just line up perfectly sometimes and that’s how I feel about collaborating with my dear and very talented friend Laurie Cinotto! I’m so happy to be presenting her trunk show La La Laurie at Flutter on Saturday April 4th. Laurie and I are friends from those early days in Seattle (can you believe 15 years ago!). We met working at our wonderful neighborhood flower shop on Capital Hill. Being both from the midwest me from Kansas and she from Iowa, we instantly had a midwest connection along with a few other similarities, like our metal head banging youth (she’s going to kill me for saying that!) She’s always been an inspiration to me with her art, flowers, crafts, her amazing eye for junk, design & display talents, dedication to those kitties and her sweet and inspiring outlook on life.

Please join us: 
Saturday April 4th, 2009
11 AM to 6 PM

Flutter Presents La La Laurie

Laurie Cinotto of La La Laurie will be revealing a fanciful collection of corsages, boutonnieres and bouquets. Her spring collection is hand crafted using imported papers and ribbons,  buttons and vintage notions.  It’s lively and bright, filled with bunnies and birds, feathers and flowers.     The corsages and boutonnieres are for every day wear and dress up occasions.  The bouquets can accent your home, or be carried by a bride. 

Laurie Cinotto is an artist, turned florist, turned artist again. She enjoys creating delicate things for you to wear, and objects to dress your home. Even though she’s not a florist anymore, she still finds inspiration in the glorious colors and textures found in flowers. She has a fondness for old things , and loves incorporating vintage bits into her work.

This is her very first trunk show, and she’s thrilled to be collaborating with long time friend, Flutter’s proprietress, Cindy Rokoff.

vagabond opera/ flutter mash-up

Vagabond Opera came in last week to borrow some stuff for a photo shoot, and when I got the link to the photos I was really impressed. They turned out so good!! Their new singer Ursula Knudsen looks amazing in the Frocky Jack and Urchin dresses. Eric Stern from V.O. played a Flutter party once, he sat in the rafters and serenaded everyone with his accordion- here’s a link to the video if you missed it the first time around>>>>>. Alisha Rose did the pictures for the shoot, she is the genius behind the Beast photo shoot with culinary it-girl Naomi Pomeroy. Check the Vagabong Opera website (>>>) for info about dates in town and to hear some of their songs.

pink slips, etc

NO, NOT THAT KIND OF PINK SLIP!! The silky kind, the kind you want to see. we’ve got lots. We’ve got slips in other colors, too: tangerine, scarlet, black and cream, but you may notice by the photos that pink is the theme of this blog. Oooh, i hate the word blog. It’s such a dense word. But that’s off-topic. I went around taking photos in the shop and everything that caught my eye was the same rosy tone. It is spring in Portland, most emphatically. Our weather is spectacular, warm enough to wear a skirt and sunny enough to coax the irises out (and the daffodils, and the crocuses..). This is the magic hour, before hayfever starts in earnest, when outdoor activities hold the most appeal for me. Plus, I can bike to school and not come back in the dark (thanks to daylight savings). I’ve been rocking my Pandora station in the store and people are really commenting on it. It feels funny when people ask me what’s playing and I shrug my shoulders- it played the Ryan Adams song “firecracker” a few days in a row before I finally made it back to the computer to see what it was. I was totally surprised, I didn’t expect to like Ryan Adams so much. Here’s a link to Flutter’s pandora radio station online, and I think to connect you have to make an account with them. It’s free, and completely rewarding, and then you can listen to our stations whenever you want. Former unknowns may become guilty pleasures, and familiar musicians will show you sides you’ve never heard. It played a good Bowie song I’d never heard, and I have every one of his bbc/b-side/live/studio/compilation recordings up til the late 80’s. Yes, that means it was late-late-era Bowie, and yes, I did say it was good. Also, I’d never heard John Doe’s gorgeous solo stuff before, or Bobby Bare. Or Smog. If you find even one new artist you like through this site, then they’ve done their job. And then you can tell me all about it.

Vintage has Arrived…

What more can I say…I’m so excited to be opening the Vintage Clothing Boutique at Flutter! I got started in this business 20 years ago selling vintage clothes and it’s so exciting to see it come back around again, full circle. Flutter is the perfect venue to showcase my long time addiction to vintage dresses, vintage blouses, beaded sweaters, lacy slips, vintage purses, vintage cowboy boots and so much more….Im getting goose bumps just writing about it. I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
xoxo Cindy

dazzled by vintage

Everyone knows the feeling of scoring a really great one-of-a-kind vintage piece, or if you don’t maybe you’re familiar with the feeling you get when you compliment someone on their Halston disco cocktail dress and they tell you the great story of where they found it (perhaps Flutter!)… any way you slice it, vintage is the way to go. It’s great for the environment. It’s easy on the pocketbook. It gives you the adrenaline rush of the hunt, and the thrill of discovery. It also whispers insidiously in your ear to take chances and be daring in ways you never would have thought of on your own. Let us investigate the newly laden racks at Flutter, shall we? Case number 1: the white leather belted coat with raccoon trim on the top AND bottom. Just putting it on is transformative, a cross between Margot Tannenbaum and Mia Wallace (both women who, though fictional, seem to appreciate the art of dressing up). Case number 2: the pink sequined miniskirt. Do I even need to say anything more here? If Madonna can do it, so can I. Case number 3: Huge gold earrings. If I look a bit overwhelmed in this picture, it’s only because I am dazzled by my own reflection in the mirror. Dressing up at work has never been so much fun.

*Sara Kolp

kick out winter gloom!

We all did our share of hibernating during Arctic Blast 08, but Cindy shook off her mantle of snow pretty quick and is already brightening up Flutter for spring. There are flashes of color everywhere you look, in fact the store really seems transformed. It’s like a kalaidescope of cool stuff. There are new rings and bracelets with deep green, turquoise or bright scarlet stones, and a new batch of scented candles from Voluspa in juicy lychee or orange blossom scents. We’ve also got their Valentine-ready line of seasonal perfumes, Fragaria and Josephine, which are just about as feminine as you can get. There are about twelve pairs of amazing vintage cowboy boots in ladylike sizes, and some sparkly belt buckles made by assembling complimentary jewelry pieces- they range from subtle and classy to completely ostentatious. There are velvety armchairs in candy colors, terrific stacks of books and cards and, yes, even more awesome old stamps than before. All of that and the gorgeous sustained sunshine are enough to help forget completely the doldroms of winter and point yourself boldly towards spring. Seasonal Affective Disorder? We’ve never heard of it.
**Teaser alert: By next week we should have lots of unaltered vintage dresses on the racks!

My Life, and other distractions

It’s been a whirlwind of impacted activities lately. Whirlwind is such a tame cliche, how about a hurricane of activities? Midterms, moving, all that other stuff.. then my daughter’s birthday sneaks up on me. Turning 8 is a big deal, and I didn’t want to rob her of her right to a lavish party just because I was a little busy, so I rented out the Mt. Scott skating rink. That place is awesome for a few reasons- they let you play your own music (Lola’s playlist consisted of La Bouche, Neil Young and New Order), they let you bring your own food (carrot sticks and brownies for us), and they have great skates. The rink itself is not as large or elegant as Oaks Park, and there’s no cool old photo booth, but it doesn’t smell like old pizza, and you can rent the entire thing out for private parties at a very affordable rate. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look far for great presents for her. She’d been eyeing a deck of Magic Cards for a while- they come with punctured aces, two-sided cards, blank cards and all kinds of crazy stuff. Now all I need is time to sit still while she practices them all on me. I need to practice my “amazed” face. There’s some Steve Martin quote about how everybody loves when tricks get messed up- honestly, it’s adorable, but I’d feel so bad if I laughed aloud.
Flutter has these amazing stamps right now from the fifties and up, from Hungary and India and all over really, and they’re 15 for $1! I could spend all day sifting through the box of them, the pictures are gorgeous. I made a collage with a stamp that looks just like her, reading a book- how appropriate! It’s the first thing she hung in her new room.

Happy Holidays!

Oh, the holidays! Weather. We have had SNOW. Real snow. There is nothing like snow to take you back to childhood. All of a sudden, celebrating and decorating and present giving is fun again. The cold brisk air puts a spring in your step. And then there are the old holiday shows on TV. Oh, childhood comes rushing back and I am now 8 years old again. The Grinch! All of those old stop animation shows with the Heat Miser! Burger Meister Meister Burger! The Abominable Snowman! Rudolph! Oh….and my favorite cartoon of all time A Charlie Brown Christmas. The music is in my permanent collection of Christmas music, well it’s actually the only one. All of the Peanuts dancing to Vince Guaraldi’s music is just the most fun ever. And then, Christmas Time is Here is my all time favorite X-Mas song ever. Here’s the video, just for you dear readers. A little gift of simpler childish days, enjoy.

And don’t forget there are still 6 days to shop at Flutter!



Urchin Manifesto


Sonia of Urchin has sent me some photos and a manifesto to share with the blog readers. She makes amazing dresses, headbands, necklaces, bracelets and art pieces of varying size and description. Her dresses are exquisitely tailored and can be altered to suit your exact size and shape. Her use of found objects and reconstructed vintage multimedia bits are testament to her endless creativity!
Here is her manifesto:
Urchin is a combination of old and new.
Vintage garments, accessories and ephemera undone, re-done, and as found.
It’s a mixture of the beautiful, delicate and intricate, with the crusty, rusty, and hopefully not too musty. It marries my passions: Vintage, apparel design, and scavenging/re-using.

The re-done garments are all hand draped and dress form fitted, the jewelry and feather pieces are designed on a dress form as well, so their proportions and esthetics are form tailored.
I hope you find some things you really enjoy.