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Monday, October 5, 2015

Easiest Morning Miso Yet

Happy Meatless Monday! I usually share a dinner recipe here, but after my long weekend of late nights covering the vegan side of Portland Fashion Week (see previous posts), I'm really feeling the need for a green miso re-charge. Maybe you are too after a long weekend of your own!

I love green miso soup for breakfast, and have shared one recipe for it here before. In that one, everything goes in a blender cold, and is then heated in a saucepan on the stove. Since writing that version though, I've acquired my Barbie Dream Blender - a Vitamix - and making hot green morning miso has gotten ever so much easier. I have this almost every day and I never get tired of it. And of course you can make this cup of green goodness any time of day, and change up the vegetables and seasonings for variety.

Please keep in mind, you can't make it this way in a NutriBullet. Hot liquids in the Bullet are a Very Bad Idea. But the Vitamix not only can take the heat, it can heat cold liquids to steaming in just a few minutes. That's some fast spinning!

Vitamix Morning Miso
one serving

1 large handful of any kind of greens (I like pre-washed mixed greens)
6-8 baby carrots
2-4 mushrooms (white or crimini)
1-2 tablespoons miso
a pinch of wakame (sea vegetable)
2-3 walnut halves
tamari and hot sauce to taste
1 cup boiling water

Place everything in the Vitamix (or other high speed blender designed for use with hot liquids) and blend on highest speed for about one minute. Pour into a large mug and enjoy.

Wrapping Up Portland (Vegan) Fashion Week

My job is done here. Blogging up Portland Fashion Week from a vegan perspective has been fun and entertaining and exhausting, and something I'm really glad I did. I got so much from this whole amazing experience, aside from access to the shows, and gorgeous clothes to wear. I remembered how much fun it is to use clothes and accessories as a personal art form. I started paying more attention to how I walk. I discovered that I can fit into foreign territory more easily than I thought I could. I found encouraging connections between the vegan and maybe-someday-vegan worlds. And I met some really hard working, creative, wonderful people. Thanks for having me, PFW!

Tonight was the fourth and final night of this year's show, and I was joined once again by my fun, fabulous, fashionable friends Karena and Cristina.

The evening was filled with surprises, and featured accessories, which were too hard to photograph from my not-front-row seat tonight. Bow ties and gorgeous jewelry were terrific, but the entertainment really stole the runway...


And happy me, we had one last collection from Clayton Beck, who ends up being my favorite  all-around creative of the week. If he's never presented at Pecha Kucha, I really think he'd be a natural.

As for the vegan perspective of a sustainable, eco-friendly fashion show, I think there's a ton of potential, and I think maybe the producers now see a broader range of what can be done to expand on Portland Fashion Week's already impressive sustainability. Maybe I can help make that happen. For now, I just really need to rest up for a day or two. 

Thanks for riding along with me on this. I wonder what out of the ordinary assignment I'll come up with for myself next...? Till then, dress well, stand up straight, and wear cute shoes!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Portland Fashion Week - the Photographers

I just want to take a minute to give some love to all the real photographers at Portland Fashion Week. They were shy of my camera when I aimed it at them, but agreed to this little shot as long as they could hide behind their own cameras for the most part. They deserve a huge amount of credit for all the hours they're putting in, and the beautiful work they're doing. Blow them some kisses, check out their photos on the PFW Facebook page, and visit their websites. Every one of them is amazing.

PFW 2015 Photographers
Ashley Carter
Denise Ruttan
Dung Nguyen
Janice Lorentz
Jeff Wong
Karla Melgarejo
Katherine Elesser
Michael Helms
Nina Sage
Sarah Miles
Terri McKee
Abiel Hoff

Portland Fashion Week - Vegan at the Bar

Fashion shows can be thirsty work. I'm happy to report that some of the sponsors of Portland Fashion Week have made a visit to the bar a refreshing and creative little activity all its own. I've been fueling myself for the festivities with a fun concoction of vodka and Bai5 Bubbles, which is a "sparkling antioxidant infusion." I like the pineapple flavor. It's vegan, it's tasty, and it's good for me. Yes it is!

Cheers to fellow blogger Adara! And thanks Janice Lorentz Photography
I went shopping downtown before dressing up for Night 3. I wanted a pop-of-color purse that was cute, practical, and genuine not-leather. I looked all over, and almost giving up, wandered into DD's, which kind of made me cringe, but I felt drawn inside, so I went with it. Making my way through racks of ugly, cheap, mostly black purses, I sighed and said, Find me! And as I turned around, I'm pretty sure I saw a bright glowing light and heard angels singing. There it was. The perfect Italian Rosacci bag I could never have imagined. Crazy colorful, playful, big enough, but not too big, and it actually has fashion-y magazine article titles scattered all over it. Italian Fashion Week, When Fashion Meets Art, Breathtaking Views of Venice, Love at First Sight... And here's the kicker - maybe best of all, the tag says it's vegan-approved by PETA. Score! I grabbed it off the rack as if the man a few feet away, waiting for his wife to hurry up and finish please, was going to try to snap it out from under me. Mine! And all for $29!

Whatever else happens, it's official, there is certified vegan fashion at Portland Fashion Week. You're welcome, and I'm happy.

Now on with the show, which was my favorite so far. My friends and I were miraculously offered front row seats at the last minute. What fun! And what better pictures I was able to take!

Front row selfie. No idea who these guys are.

With my friend Karena, who just moved here from Taos. It's her first night out in Portland. What a welcome!
Cristina Melinte was along for more fun, looking fabulous as always, in her own design.
I wore a cute little Calvin Klein sweater dress I picked up at Ross for next to nothing.
11ยบ South Indonesian Batik Wear

Hannah Caroline Couture

Love it.

Fraulein Couture

Crochet. Wonderful.

The fur is for sure faux.

Betty Jean Couture

I covet this genuine not-fur coat.

Brides for a Cause

Clayton Beck - still my favorite

I know - feathers are not vegan. I got caught up in the moment.

Some of the beautiful boy models, Clayton Beck (second from left), and our fearless PFW leader, Tod Foulk (center)

Dancing our way back to the car after a magical, amazing night.
Tonight (Sunday) is the last night of the show. I'm told there will be surprises (!), and that we should not plan on being anywhere early Monday morning. No guesses, but I'm in! You can still get tickets. You know you want to.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Portland Fashion Week - Highlights from the Second Night

All I have to do is show up, take pictures, pay attention, and enjoy the show. Still, it's exhausting! All that choosing of outfits. All the fussing over hair and makeup and accessories (and still feeling like I look the same as always.) All that endless standing up in cute shoes. Can't I wear Crocs to Portland Fashion Week? Teehee... I can almost hear the gasps of horror...

No, I am not complaining. I'm loving every minute of this, and I'm very tired. My number one tip for calming aching feet and legs at the end of any long day: lie down with your legs straight up against a wall. A couch works well for this, and is preferable to the floor.. That way, if you doze off with your feet in the air you'll be quite comfortable.

This was my look for the night. I decided to be warm and comfortable and fade into the background a little bit. It's all from my closet, or borrowed, or gifted. It's hard to see, but a very cute Banana Republic skirt is the starting point, topped with a very long fine-knit sweater that's black on the front, white in back, and has gray sleeves. The necklace is one of my own creation, made from steel bailing wire (yes really), large cubic zirconias, and a heart shaped silver baby rattle. Awesome necklace. The bag is thrift store lime green Coach, and the boots are Dolce Vita. (Vegan side note: all leather in my world is "rescue," meaning I'm at least the second owner, and preferably third or more. It's how I live in the real world without saying "make more leather.") And the white tag on my bag is not a thrift store price tag. It's my photographer's pass.

The entire evening was another tornado of light, color, music, and fashion. The adorable and talented singer, Emi Meyer, took a spot on the runway for most of the evening, adding live music to the excitement. And the designer lineup was possibly more entertaining than opening night.

It all started off with my new young friend Deja, who confidently took the lead and set the pace for the show in her darling Sister Fresh frock.

I quickly gave up on getting good still shots with my iPhone. There were so many people competing for a vantage point, and really, if I was going to become a full time fashion blogger I'd need to get a real camera. The phone is great for food, not so much for distant, moving targets in crazy lighting. The other advantage of a nice big camera is the respect it commands. Even with my press pass, I couldn't expect to be taken seriously armed with nothing more than a little gold phone.

My solution, which I think was semi-brilliant, was to wait until the end of each segment, and take a video of all the models in that group as they did their final parade down the runway and back. Here's what I got. I think it's fun to see it all in motion too. Yes?

Ayala Originals was my personal favorite of the evening. I would love to have one of these coats! The designs are "upcycled/recycled works that are always sustainable, wearable, unique, and one of a kind."

I'm not exactly sure who this is... The bigscreen banner said Sonshine Designs, but when I do a search, I come up with kidswear, not plus size glamwear. I must have misread. I'm sorry! But it's great to see beautiful clothes for all sized women, not just for the skinny-minnie's.


Here's another mystery... The signage for this collection said Urban Puzzle, but again, when I try to find a website, non exists. Oy. Just enjoy the show I guess, and contact the promoter if you need to find these clothes for yourself. Let's keep in mind, I'm a food blogger...


Coming up next, I know for sure who this is. Phew! The next two videos are Emi singing, and Jules of Morocco. You know I love these clothes.



And finally, my favorite from opening night, and still way at the top of my list, Clayton Beck. I love the clothes. I love the music. I love the show. I love the professionalism. I also love what Mr. Beck is all about. Do check out his website.


Two more nights to go! I'll try more remote blogging tonight, and see what happens in the way of photos and videos. There's a passel of real photographers at Portland Fashion Week, with enormous lenses, bright lights, and ideal vantage points. Look for their pictures on Facebook, and please forgive me for mine. xo