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CAT YOGA! It’s a thing!

Our hometown of Portland, Oregon is known for it’s special tendency to do things in a unique way…so it only seemed natural that our cat-loving friends Kristen and Sergio opened Purrington’s Cat Lounge earlier this year, an oasis for cats in our city – inspired by the cat lounges that are popular in Japan. Purrington’s has a constantly rotating cast of adoptable kitties that are temporary residents in the cozy lounge where cat lover’s can come and chill and have a tea or glass of wine and socialize with the resident cats in the lounge…or for those who are feeling frisky or want to use cats as an excuse to try yoga, there is PURR-YOGA!!

This gentle and restorative yoga class is currently offered once a week on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm and runs about 45 minutes to an hour long with an added 30 minutes of bonus chill time to have a cup of tea or glass of wine with the cats post-yoga. If you’re interested in registering for PURR-YOGA click here and reserve a space online. Space is limited, drop-ins are first come first serve. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothing you can move around in, bring a yoga mat and any props you might like to use for the yoga!

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Photos are thanks to The Oregonian

PS, this weeks PURR-YOGA class will be led by your truly, Brigid of Hollywood Babylon! 😉

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THE BENEFITS OF GUSBANDRY: GAY OR NOT GAY?!!

We had the pleasure of providing Costume Design on this local Portland Comedic web-series created by Alicia Rose…

Re-blogged from Universal Dork:

The Benefits of Gusbandry dropped it’s second episode yesterday online and the plot begins to thicken quite a bit! I really enjoyed the first episode which I was lucky enough to catch at the Portland Film Festival in September and I’ve been waiting for the second to really kickstart the whole “gusband” thing into gear. A “gusband” fyi is a gay husband but you won’t find much in the way of romance in the second episode, at least involving the main character Jackie. It’s no secret that she’s clearly crushed out on the wrong dude.

Just when she thinks she’s finally found her Mr. Right we get to watch it all awkwardly come tumbling down. That’s not say it doesn’t happen without some laughs. Still, I’m already hoping that somewhere in this series Jackie’s “Mr. Right” will eventually pop up, though I fear for her the journey won’t be an easy one! This episode really sets up the premise of the series and by the end of it you’ll be wondering where it’ll go next or should I say just how far it will go. It’s playing out so far a bit like Will & Grace if it would’ve been aired in 2015 on HBO and that’s a damn good thing. I’ve got a feeling things are bound to get pretty wild & crazy along the way. I’m curious to see where the wind blows our two main characters and if for some reason neither of them find the love they’ve always hoped for, well at least they’ve got each other…

if you missed the first episode here it is:

Even better now you can watch the second one right after:

Ps, be sure and subscribe here to view upcoming episodes!!

hollywood district (insider) shopping guide (revised)

dear portland shoppers:

oh wow it’s crazy out there! i attempted to hit the post office in nw portland yesterday and had to abort mission!! i was thankful today to find myself in lovely & calm hollywood district (except for trader joe’s parking lot – dayum!)

here are a few reasons to avoid the mall and downtown traffic and head to the charming diamond in the rough that is Hollywood District:

>Hollywood Babylon 4512 NE Sandy Boulevard – DUH! the best place to score a sweet vintage gift for yourself, or anyone on your list. we just returned from a shopping vacation in AZ and the store is stocked with some great new and cozy items. as always, our prices can’t be beat!

>the post office@50th & Sandy isn’t too hectic and has a handy self service postage machine (perfect for domestic holiday shipping)

>Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard – the main landmark of Hollywood is a relaxing place to catch a flick and they have gift certificates and memberships which would make for a nice gift and also supports an amazing local non-profit

>Yours Vintage 1627 Northeast 42nd Avenue – the coziest vintage/thrift shop in Portland, OPEN Thursday -Saturday 1 pm – 6 pm (behind the hollywood theater, next to bluefin sushi & trader joe’s)

>Antique Alley 2000 NE 42nd Avenue – okay this is possibly one of the main draws to the hollywood district besides the theater and hollywood shoe repair – this enormous basement level antique mall has it all – great tchochkes, furniture, records, jewelry and more…allow plenty of time to take it all in.

>Cosmic Monkey Comics! 5335 NE Sandy Blvd – the coolest independent comic book store around period. they have gift certificates.

>Case Study Coffee 5347 NE Sandy Blvd – next door to cosmic monkey comics!, case study is the neighborhood artisanal coffee house…it’s next level good. hit them up to charge/recharge before/after shopping in hollywood.

>Velo Cult Bike Shop  1969 NE 42nd Avenue – across from Antique Alley. The perfect place to take a break from shopping, have a pint of beer or cider and find a perfect gift for the cycling enthusiast in your life…

>Lorena’s Mexican Restaurant 4160 NE Sandy Boulevard – next to the Hollywood Theater, finally! decent family mexican food (a rarity in the Pacific Northwest). and margaritas!

>Killer Burger 4644 NE Sandy Blvd – the best burger in the hood – i think it’s all about the bacon. they have crazy hour from 2 – 5pm monday through thursday $4.50 for a burger and fries.

>Hollywood Shoe Repair 4504 NE Sandy Blvd (open weekdays) we are blessed to be right next door to one of the most talented (and fast and affordable) cobblers ever known. he gets so much traffic, and we’re grateful for the overflow visiting us at hollywood babylon!

>Patti Smith West over on 42nd near Fremont (3746 NE 42nd Ave) is a great curio shop with jewelry, vintage pottery and gifts, clothing and furniture all arranged in the most lovely inspiring way. ps, i looked up patty smith portland and found this article about the other patty smith ❤

alright so i’m sure i missed some amazing hollywood gems – but that was a short list, so get to it!

happy holidaze everyone!

xo,

HB

NE Sandy and 41st circa 1934 (courtesy of Vintage Portland)

corin tucker & co all styled out

hollywood babylon was stoked to style corin tucker band’s new video “neskowin” and work with director alicia j. rose et al.

it was an absolute dream to work on a project inspired be the late seventies-early eighties with such an enthusiastic director and such an agreeable cast and crew. alicia gave us the theme of the video referencing poly styrene from the x-ray spex, foxes, little darlings, and we threw in many of our personal first hand memories from our punk-rock youth. back in the a day there was a DIY sensability which we wanted to capture in the styling. we especially enjoyed dressing the kids for the arcade scene ala goonies! it’s really a mash-up of seventies and eighties fashion! we loved raiding our shop for all the pieces and it’s fun to see it all immortalized.

the video launched a couple weeks ago on npr and spin and others, if you haven’t seen it you’re in for a treat!

to see some of our inspiration for the shoot go here!