A Lovely Sunday.

Good evening, folks. It is the end of Sunday and the beginning of autumn, which means I spent my day at Flutter listening to both the pounding rain and some lovely music (my favorites for rainy shop days? Nick Cave, Billie Holiday, and The Magnetic Fields.) Wanderers came in and out, soaked by the rain, but happy to be greeted by King, our ever-charming cat, and the coziness of the shop. I’ll tell you, I am a deep lover of this time of year. Crisp air, vibrant colors, scarf weather… and Halloween. I love Halloween. But we’ll get more into that next week.

Being a collector and design lover (see more here), there are many things inside Flutter that strike my fancy. Industrial furniture, inspiring books, vintage oddities, and one-of-a-kind dresses. Each week, I tend to snap some of my favorites on my phone just to keep track of random things I adore. On this fine Sunday, these are my picks…


1. little sailor boy ($24) and 2. Frida Kahlo book ($24.95)


3. alabaster stag ($70) and 4. black & white 1950s dress ($68)


5. Pretty Things, a burlesque history book ($19.99) and 6. vintage squirrel statue ($68)


7. garden gnome pillows ($45 each) and 8. antique fencing mask ($135)

Next post: Halloween time at Flutter- enjoy the week!

Fall at Flutter.

Fall has arrived at Flutter! When I came into work on Sunday, I was completely blown away by how different the shop looks. Cindy closed the shop for a day to bring in new products, take out some old ones, and completely rearrange everything. Let me tell you, it looks lovely.

There are so many new items coming in for Autumn and the holidays. New books, scents, household items, and novelties, as well as new vintage finds. There are a couple antique couches I just dream of curling up on at home with my cat and a cup of tea.

Now, let’s get ready for this heat to end and the leaves to change. This year I am welcoming fall with open arms.

New in the shop: my picks:

1 and 2. Tomas Casademunt and The Selby is in your place: two very inspiring photography and interior books. Full of color and the prettiest clutter.
3. New Tokyomilk roll-ons. Not only do they smell delicious, but they come packaged in pretty vials with corks. I’m such a lover of this company.
4. Tree identification matches. We have a few new matchbook boxes in stock, but these ones are my favorites. Simple & classic packaging for a home necessity.
5. Classic nudie postcards. I myself have already purchased three of these and they look perfect hung next to my canopy bed in my girly bedroom.
6. Horse bottle opener. It reminds me of a door knocker on a old pub.
7. More classic naked ladies, this time on little pocket mirrors. I can’t resist a little vintage sexiness to keep in my purse.
8. Devil acrobat toy. Just in time for Halloween, I’m pretty sure my little boys would love this.
9. I love Eleanor Grosch’s work, so I was quite happy to see a trunk filled with her notecards for sale.

Enjoy your week!

Flutter on Film.

Through the lens of an old Canon film camera…









It sure does look pretty, doesn’t it? I usually snap most pictures of the shop on my iPhone, but last week I brought one of my film cameras in (I’m a bit of an obsessive collector) and snapped these. Just like certain albums sound best heard on a scratchy old record player, I think Flutter looks best on film. Like any good classic.

On another note, come stop by the shop this week- a bunch of items are now on sale in the back, along with furniture on the sidewalk. We’re clearing way for a whole lot of new products coming in for the fall. Or just come by to pet King, marvel at our new arrow sign (seen above), and “smoke” some candy cigarettes!

At the Circus.

I don’t know if you have come by the shop in the past month, but it looks like the circus has arrived! Inside both of our huge front windows there are wooden games, acrobats, clowns, and even a full-size puppet theater with wiggling marionettes…

The entire display was handcrafted and painted by local artist Stephanie Brockway, who has been showing her work all over since 2004. She definitely knows how to craft a beautiful puppet. Each one has it’s own unique look and seems like its right out of the twenties or thirties. All items are available to purchase (prices vary.) Come stop by and see these fanciful creations yourself!

Looking for more circus merriment? How about a huge book on Magic? Fake moustaches? Old-timey taffy? Bright patterned glasses & a vintage clown bell? Here at Flutter, we love the circus- come one, come all!

Summertime at Flutter.

Good afternoon! This is Summer, your new summertime Sunday shopgirl (I do like the way that sounds.) I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying spending my weekend time in Flutter, surrounded by lovely oddities, gorgeous dresses, and intoxicating scents. And of course, having long conversations with King the shop-cat… he has quite the nightlife when the lights in the store go out, believe me. The tales are epic!

First I’d like to share some photos I have been taking during my time at the shop. I love taking pictures, and Flutter seems to be the perfect place for inspiration, even if just snapped on my iPhone…





Ah, a lovely place to be. And now, some of my favorite new (non-vintage) items I have been absolutely loving (all currently available at Flutter):

1. Tokyomilk’s Dark Bittersweet perfume- one of the best smells ever. There’s nothing quite like smelling as if you’ve been endulging in the finest dark chocolate.

2. The beloved frog prince bottle opener. He just makes me smile.

3. These dried bugs in glass paperweights are both a little eerie and breathtaking.

4. The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite has been fabulous to flip through while at the register. Did you know crickets used to be prized pets and champagne manufacturing was once a very dangerous occupation due to bottles exploding?

5. Another Tokyomilk product I am loving: Kabuki shea butter lotion. It smells like sugared citrus fruit and jasmine flowers and leaves your hands soft as silk.

6. Photobooth Dogs. Dogs. In photobooths. Need I say more?

7. I want to take these alphabet discs and hang banners all around my house of fanciful words.

8. I love all the masks we have in the store, but for some reason, this bear is my favorite. His face reminds me of old drawings from The Three Little Bears. This would make a mighty fine photobooth prop.

See you next week, for a summertime circus post! Au Revoir!

PERFUME


I love perfume. It is such an easy pleasure: practically guilt-free, completely mood altering and indulgent. For pennies a day anyone can slip on this subtle second skin, causing people to lean in and breathe deep. Hardly a day goes by without someone telling me I smell great. I used to hate the smell of perfume, I just didn’t know what I was missing. I told Cindy I’d help her choose perfumes for the new shop, EDEN, and it blasted open a new dimension of perfumes for me. My desk sprouted a forest of tester vials, and for a few weeks I was just swimming in new scents. I would spend quiet evenings at home spritzing my wrists, smelling, taking notes. I wore a different scent every day for a month. I learned a thing or two.

1. There is definitely such a thing as an evening fragrance. I gave the super-sultry ‘a la nuit’ by Serge Lutens a test drive on the PSU campus, and I felt like I’d gone to school in a slip. Which could be awesome, I guess.

2. There are places you really ought not wear highly discernable fragrance. Like, a martial arts dojo on a Saturday morning. One of my favorites is so volatile, so intense that I can’t really wear it out in the world. It’s the perfume equivalent of a black satin ball gown (Samsara by Guerlain).

3. I have no allegiance to one scent or brand or type. Choosing a scent to wear in the morning is all about my mood, the season, what I have to do that day. It’s nice to have a wardrobe of options, BUT there is something to be said for having a signature scent. Once I tried on a perfume and immediately realized I’d made a mistake- it smelled EXACTLY like a friend of mine, and I was going to be seeing her later in the day. Smell is such an intense way to recall events or people. It’s because our olfactory bulbs are strongly linked with parts of the brain associated with memory and emotion. Last time I got hijacked by scent was when I was unpacking a box and my old scented Strawberry Shortcake doll was in there. Oh Hasbro, tugging my heartstrings!

4. “Artificial” chemicals in perfume are ok with me- in fact they can be completely amazing (and use literally tons less natural resources). I wouldn’t trust a lab to make a decent rose or other single note fragrance, but for a complex, 9-layer spice bomb with notes of frankincense, pine needles, thyme, honey and figs, evocative of a campfire on a windswept island… well, that takes a certain amount of alchemical magic; a mixing of essential oils, plant waxes and lab-made ingredients. Yes, please.

FAVORITES:


Jean-Marie Farina by French perfumers Roger and Gallet is one of the first Eau de Colognes ever made (the formula was perfected in 1806!). Bright and botanical, it’s extremely refreshing and perfect for summer. As crisp and classy as a Bombay gin and tonic. Their other scents are equally compelling (try the Bois d’Orange), and totally unisex. It’s at Flutter.

Matin d’Orage by Annick Goutal is a terrific floral. It was inspired by the smell of a Japanese garden after a storm, broken leaves and gardenia and orange blossoms whipped by the wind. It is beautiful and wearable, and smells especially good in warmer months. Cindy will carry it at the new store, Eden, as well as three more Goutal scents that have enormous reputations. Eau d’Hadrien might be the most popular scent in France.

Cocoa Tamarind by Voluspa never smells wrong, on anyone, ever. It is the most flattering, versatile perfume I have ever smelled, and is such a good deal (oh, Voluspa!). At Flutter.

Dead Sexy by Tokyo Milk. Ok, It was hard to choose, they have such a range of scents, and I love what they do. I don’t know if it’s necessarily my favorite, but it is a standout. One of the biggest perks of working at Flutter is deciding which scent to put on in the morning. We have more than 30 Tokyo Milk perfumes, so I don’t get tired of any one of them. Shout out to Kabuki, Marine Sel, Bittersweet and Marie.

Encens Mystic, a little roll-on solid perfume by a French company called Crazy Libellule. It smells like the Hagia Sophia must have smelled 300 years ago: smoky myrrh, beeswax, straw and pine needles. It kind of takes my breath away. Plus, it’s so portable and affordable. It’s at Flutter.

Sa Majeste La Rose by Serge Lutens. The rose is so maligned. Horrible caricatures of it exist everywhere, in cheap perfumes and all manner of scented products (lemon knows how it feels). A really good rose is so difficult and costly to procure that it seems to only exist in really high-end perfumes. The Lutens version is so lovely, it is the kind of rose you just want to stick your whole face in. It is GORGEOUS. At Eden.

Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar- I put this one here because it’s the one I get the most compliments on (usually from men who would say that they hate perfume). I like it even though it’s not edgy or complicated (maybe the art house perfumes have spoiled me). I am always drawn back to its simplicity and one-note perfection. At Flutter.

Choosing a perfume is so personal. They react with your unique chemistry, so what smells great on your best friend might be just awful on you, or it might be great in a different way. For this reason, you should never buy a scent untested. That means: actually sprayed on your skin. When I go into a store with a lot of options, I’ll sniff the decanters to get an idea, and narrow it down to four (or less) to actually try on. This is something I can’t do often, as it’s a real gamble- I have to go the rest of the day smelling like the combination of these four, and it might be horrible. I’ll put one on each wrist and one on each shoulder, or the bend of my elbow, so they each have an anatomical zone to themselves to work their special magic. I save this kind of experiment for a trip to The Perfume House on Hawthorne. I can’t recommend that place enough.

Most perfumes will have a spectrum of scents, starting with the first spray (heavy on the alcohol until it evaporates, unless it’s a roll on). That’s what they call the “top note”, and they’re typically the brightest, most volatile aspects of the scent. Wait a minute or two, then smell it again… the middle notes are emerging. They are considered the heart of the perfume, and they are most noticeable after the smaller molecules of the top notes evaporate. These components combine with the heavier molecules, typically resinous or powdery smells. They’re the ones that are good at sticking around to create the lasting impression of the perfume, called the dry down. The dry down is the character of the scent after it dries, like maybe a full hour later. It might be a completely different scent. You may love the dry down, or you might decide you need a long shower. I’ve scrubbed and scrubbed my wrists, and there are some tenacious elements that really linger, usually the ones I can’t stand. Luckily, in the morning it’s usually gone and I can start the adventure all over again.

The Hot Seat: Personality Analysis via Chair Preference









Bear with me, now.. yes, personality analysis is possible via simple chair preference. Simple, I say, and yet much research has gone into this assessment, as much insight and professional development as this month’s Cosmo survey. For convenience and aesthetic purposes, the lovely chairs found within the brick and mortar of Flutter will be used in this survey.

DIRECTIONS: Take a good long look at all of the sitting implements pictured below. After careful consideration, chose one of the numbered chairs on which you would feel most comfortable. You may also pick a chair which you are ineluctably drawn to. Scroll to the bottom, and find the numbered analysis matching your chair. Repeat, share with friends, and please, post your epiphanies and indignant rebuttals for further consideration and development!

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RESULTS:
1. Your charm and good looks have gotten you far in life. You like cocktail parties and getting dressed up, which is not to say that you’re without substance. Your joie de vivre is infectious, but not overwhelming. You could use this energy to throw fundraiser parties, intensify study in your area of interest, or pick up a new instrument. The world is your oyster!

2. You are a creative, spiritual visionary. Listen to your dreams and let them help you flesh out the utopia you know is possible, even if this extends only to your immediate surroundings. Live your life as close to those ideals as possible. Give yourself plenty of quiet reflective time, uninterrupted, perhaps with a pen and paper and a cup of tea.

3.You like to make your friends laugh. You are energetic and easily excited. You are patient have a lot of love to share, but don’t sell yourself short or get caught up in draining cycles or relationships. Take your ambitions and contributions to the world seriously, and be honest about the limits to your temperance.

4.You are thoughtful, classy, intellectual, and you love to people-watch. You appreciate art, pageantry, and tradition. Simplicity can help you center and avoid overstimulation, and spending time in nature could be inspiring and energizing.

5.Home and family are important to you. You enjoy games, puzzles, riddles and books. Your curiosity can take you on some very interesting adventures, if you let it. You are very easy to get along with, so don’t be afraid to engage with people on a more emotional level. You have much to gain from exploration and calculated risk.

6. You don’t like to take up too much space. You are respectful, spartan, utilitarian. You probably have a fully stocked emergency kit, and you check the weather before you leave the house. You wear thermals 6 months out of the year. To avoid being frustrated by the shortcomings of others, practice observing how their talents are different from yours.

7: You’ve got a lot to do. You probably have a moleskine full of sketches and notes. You love to spend a rainy day at the library. Time alone is important to you, but you don’t get enough. It’s time to invest in a cabin in the woods or a solo vacation, to really delve into your ideas and projects uninterrupted. Don’t underestimate the beauty and importance of interdependence.

8: You are a collector with a taste for exotic food and travel. You are independent, curious and a quick learner. You collect maps and books on other cultures, and can speak a few languages passably. Make sure your home is a place where you can feel productive and inspired.

The inspiration for this game is a very similar assessment in the wonderful amateur psychoanalysis boxed set called “Mind Games”.

Hooray for The Spring Sale!

vintage dress
Oh boy ladies and gents, it time for the Spring Sale at Flutter! Starting this coming today, April 13th, until the end of the month, all of the beautiful vintage clothing is 20% off! (except those already marked down)
Polaroid cards
Pretty Polaroid Cards!
doll light

earrings
Lots of sparkly jewelry
Brehan Todd hat and neckace
Hat and Necklace by Brehan Todd
vintage dresses
So many pretty dresses in all colors!
vintage stamps
Vintage Stamp Collection
pillows
Pillows Galore!
vintage dresses

vintage dress

seahorse  bottle opener
Seahorse Bottle Openers
red dresses
Red Dresses
green dresses
Green Dresses!
key necklace
Pretty Jewels!
Black Dress
The Perfect “Little Black Dress” awaits you….
Red Dress
All in the details…
Asain Coin Purses
Asain Style Coin Purses and black and white photo cards
vintage dresses
More pretty dresses
blue dress locket
green dress
The perfect picnic dress
red dress
Love the print of this rare gem

A Walk With Me…

Ahhh, Spring, my dear old friend, you have returned.  The cherry blossoms and daffodils are in full bloom and it is absolutely gorgeous in Portland!  This past Saturday, was sunny and still cold outside, but the light was amazing. I simply had to head outside for a walk! I decided it would be a perfect day to take a stroll along Mississippi and visit Flutter for some snapshots.  Take a look at a few of my favorite things, I saw along the way….
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street view of Flutter
Outside Flutter on Mississippi Avenue in Portland, Oregon
spring window
A view of the front window….and then we step inside the shop.
Fashion book and paper
A brand new fashion book and an orange chair to read it in!  Don’t mind if I do, thank you. I just need King to come and curl up in my lap, a coffee and I’ll be ready to settle in for the afternoon.  
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Voluspa Candles
New Voluspa Candles in different sizes, the small one is perfect for travel
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hooked bird pillow
Hooked bird pillow, the colors are so pretty!
Fashion book
Oh, what’s this? Another new fashion book!  Wow, this one is amazing! I can’t even tell you how much I love it.
vintage taxidermy

Masks, goat

hook owl pillow
Beautiful hooked owl pillow
lucky lights

parrot book
This illustrated parrot book is one of the most beautifully illustrated works I have ever seen.
magic book
Magic-A must to add to any collection of curiosities!  
The Marvelous Museum Project
Another amazing collector book! This one comes in a wooden case. 
Jaw Harp

vintage chalk wear figureine

Cast Iron Mermaid bottle openers
Cast iron mermaid bottle openers
Bubble Gum Machine
Wow, so much to see at Flutter, it’s looking so fabulous!  I can’t wait for my next visit!

Happy Spring!

It’s starting to look more like Spring outside, with the Cherry Blossoms blooming, and the sun peeking out once in a awhile! This is my favorite time of year because it’s so beautiful and fresh when the flowers explode across the city and the weather gets a bit warmer.  We are in full swing at Flutter with lots of new fragrances and home decor, books and novelties that will put a spring in your step!
We love our apothecary at Flutter so much that we have been expanding it this season, to include more of your favorites! The fragrance line by Mor has been in our clutches for awhile, and we could not be more excited about all of the new scents.  The packaging is delightful and the perfume oils, to die for in unique combinations.
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Mor Lychee Flower Perfume Oil

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My personal favorite-Snow Gardenia!
Mor perfume
Mor Fragrance oil in Cassis Noir-Cinnamon Leaf, black current and Bulgaria Rose mixed with a hint of Jasmine
velvet pillow
Sea Foam velvet pillow, so luxurious and happy for Spring
paper treasure
The Chelsea, handmade necklace by Paper Treasure
butterfly paper weight
Real Butterfly paper weight
Relax and enjoy the weather, catch up on reading, or sending postcards.  It’s the best time of year to bring in the new!
insect pillow
Hooked insect pillow

Cartes Postales
Carte Postales-Beautiful reproductions of vintage cards from a Parisian flea market
Roses Book
The Roses, a beautiful book of botanical illustration.