Back Story:

The “Golden Hour” is the last hour of sunlight, when the sun is set low in the sky and the light quality becomes especially vibrant and magical… and Portland’s golden hour is more magical than any other place I have been.  I can’t really even explain it, but when I first moved here I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was.  I would be driving around listening to some public access old time jazz radio with my windows down, noticing how the light made everything glow and feeling like time had somehow slowed down.  And I would genuinely feel myself overflowing with enthusiasm and appreciation for where I was in that moment.

After experiencing this several times, I started dreaming up other ways to make the most of the “golden hour” and I started to imagine the best thing ever would be to gather all my friends outdoors with lots of space to run around and dance like crazy people to all of our favorite music…

that was about 2 years ago…

Current Story:

FINALLY last month I hosted my first golden hour dance party in my back yard.  We started dancing at 7:30pm and didn’t stop dancing until the sun set at 8:30.  Every one of us gave it our all and we danced full out, judgement free for 1 hour straight with no breaks… and we were sore for days after- ha!  It was INCREDIBLE.

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Check out the playlist for the first Golden Hour with spotify:

I went and hung out in the wood shop at Oregon College of Art and Craft last week and made a little spoon friend:

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1. get a piece of wood

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2. Draw a spoon

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3. Clamp it in

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4. scoop it out with a tool I don’t remember the name of

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5. cut it out with a band saw

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6. almost a spoon

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7. shape it with the power sander

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8. omg! it’s a spoon with a heart on it!

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9. side view… could probs use some more work… maybe next time!

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Little Building at Oregon College of Art and Craft

The O.C.A.C. campus is located in the hills west of downtown Portland and is super adorbs. with cottage-like buildings scattered amongst trees.  AND in addition to wood, they also have really nice studios for metal, ceramics, fiber arts, book binding, letter press, and photography.  I’m going to make EVERYTHING EVER.

I saw Tame Impala play Sunday night at the Crystal Ballroom…!

I have to say the opening band was TERRIBLE and the singer from Tame Impala was def. struggling a bit on some songs… HOWEVER, the distortion over his voice, fuzzy guitars, dance vibes and the psychedelic light projections made up for everything.

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*note: I was too absorbed in the moment to take any photos so those above were found through google image search.

The colors kept switching from pastel pink and blue rainbows to primary colors and back.  It was mesmerizing.  Besides the geometric lines of light shown above, they also had some more free flowing projections that I think were probs created with oil in water à la 60’s “liquid lightshows“.  This album art conveys a bit more of that vibe:

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Also these are pretty:

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ALSO, if you haven’t already, you should listen to Tame Impala’s latest album Lonerism on repeat while dancing around your house or while contemplating your existence as you drive home from work.  AND you should check out this video for the song”Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”- the song itself is an introspective meandering masterpiece and this video is a stop motion craft-spiration!

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Oh and look! Behind the scenes images of designers/ directors Becky Sloan & Joseph Pelling working on the video:

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for more of their work go here: http://beckyandjoes.com/

Oh what?  I did an interview awhile back with Stephanie from the sport and style blog SOUTHBOUND SUAREZ  which was just recently posted.

Check out an exert from the interview below:

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First and foremost: favorite sport, favorite team, and favorite athlete:

Snowboarding-because it makes me feel like I’m flying, St. Louis Cardinals-because I went to college in St. Louis and that team truly brings the city together,  and Michael Jordan-the only athlete I’ve ever had on my Valentine’s cards.

How does sport translate into your personal style?

I incorporate a lot of 80s and 90s athletic wear into my every day style. It has been said that I might have one of the best collections of crazy color blocked vintage ski coats…EVER. I like loud colors and patterns, and it’s also important that my clothing is functional and versatile enough for the sports I participate in every day, such as sitting in front of a computer, tap dancing, and practicing parkour as I make the trek from  the last parking spot on the Nike campus to the 4th floor of the Michael Jordan building.

How do current fashion and streetwear trends influence your work designing for basketball?

When designing basketball apparel, I definitely take into consideration current streetwear trends when relevant and look to runways for upcoming trends. Actually, attempting to translate trends that seem the least relevant to basketball can produce the most interesting and unexpected results. My basketball designs are a carefully considered mix of fashion elements, the latest sports technology, and the bold Jordan aesthetic.

What is one of the biggest challenges in designing for sport categories?

The biggest challenge is always to make clothing that functions at the highest level possible for that sport and at the same time, make it look cool enough that people will want to wear it regardless of playing the sport it was designed for.  That is a challenge I love to take on.

To read the full interview go here: SOUTHBOUND SUAREZ/ Andrea Forist

*All opinions and view expressed are those of Andrea Forist and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Nike Inc. or the Jordan Brand.

Oh hey!  So I just recently returned from my own little spring break sesh. in Big Sur (Spring break forever!)   I met up with my former LA crew and we spent our time taking in live music at the Henry Miller Library,

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What?! Epic.  Seriously.  Big Sur is magical.  GO!

For more MAGIC, check out some of the work created during the trip by my amazing friends photographer Kelly Lee Barrett (with some fashion styling by Kaycee Krieg) and graphic designer/ light painter extraordinaire, Darren Pearson!

Photos by Kelly Lee Barrett:

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Photos by Darren Pearson (Darren “paints” with led flash lights and uses a long exposure to create these) :

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