Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Secret Side of Angela M.

 Angela at home in her studio, well equipped for the job
You may have met Angela at the shop as she helped you pick out the perfect item, and then chirpily wrapped it up. But you might not know that the pretty pink-haired Momo Girl (now a five-year veteran!) is our resident jeweler and hidden talent behind two of our favorite lines: Flora and Fawn and Little Teal.
Angela (or A1 as we like to call her) began her foray into jewelry making in 2006. Upon completing a metalsmith class at a local college, she invested in a kiln and launched Flora and Fawn, setting out to create a collection of happy-making, brightly colored enamel adornments. She appreciated the technical and methodical process by which she could consistently produce her fun, affordable earrings and necklaces.

The beginnings of a cheery enamel accessory
The magic kiln that heats up to 2,500 degrees
A finished Flora and Fawn necklace

In 2016, adversity struck with the unexpected loss of her sister. Her world shaken, for months she sat numb at her workbench. One day while poking around her studio, she rediscovered a cache of natural stones, many of which she collected as a child in her Southern Oregon home. Picking through the random assortment of gems sparked a long-smothered ember. “It felt like Christmas!” she recalls, and so inspired, she created Little Teal.

A teal is a small, freshwater duck
Slowly, her passion rekindled as she experimented with the smooth, soothing stones. At first, she applied the same prescribed planning as she used with enameling. But things never worked out as intended, “The universe conspired against me,” Angela says. Instead, the individual stones dictated design, often leading to happy accidents. “If I let go of control, it makes sense … and ultimately, I’m more pleased with the results.”

Ring or necklace? The stone sets the tone
Each piece is meticulously hand made, start to finish
She’s careful not to fracture the stone
Entirely different than Flora and Fawn, Little Teal is all about elegant, one-of-a-kind pieces, as no two stones are alike and designs are difficult to replicate. Angela loves the distinctive personalities of individual stones and lusts after obscure varieties like Peanut Obsidian and Victoria Stone. Her selections are all natural, no lab grown varieties for this rock hound.

So many unpredictable shapes, colors and sizes, oh my!
Angela’s favorite finds are from a lapidary near where she grew up. For years she drove by the rustic shop situated on the highway linking the Redwoods and Oregon Coast, assuming it to be a tourist trap. While home for her sister’s memorial, she stopped in to check it out only to confirm that it was indeed stocked with crystals, beads and fossils for the hobbyist, and layered with a fine film of rock dust.

But then the owner asked her what she was looking for, ushered her to the back room, and presented her with velvet-lined trays of beautiful, hand-cut-and-polished stones. “It was like finding a dragon’s hoard of gems!” smiles Angela. She learned that Marc and his wife, Gabby often come upon possibilities while hiking through the woods, and many of their offerings are found only in their area. Their store has since shuttered, and the couple now only sell online to avid fans that snatch up the rock rarities as quickly as they’re listed. 

An Oregon river: possible source of A1’s hydrogrossular garnets
Although her new love is found in nature, Angela once again enjoys the systematic task of enameling, balanced with the spontaneity of stone setting. Luckily, both Flora and Fawn and Little Teal are available at Momo, with A1 on hand to enlighten us as to their individual delights. 

“I’m sure that I would not be doing the work that I’m doing today if something catastrophic had not happened,” she says thoughtfully “It was the only thing that made me feel alive.” Through creating beauty, Angela found peace and joy. Thankfully, she shares her wisdom with Momo.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Glad for Dad

Dads have the annoying tendency to buy themselves the things they want before anyone else has the chance. Well, we at Momo can help you find a little sumptin’ sumptin’ to surprise Dad this Father's Day. Here’s a sample of gifts that we think he’d love:

For the Dapper Dad: Lorenzo Uomo fun socks from Italy. Your choice of fine merino wool or cotton ensures the ultimate in comfort.

Maybe Dad is more of a backyard grill master? A Hawaiian Kahala shirt will be perfect for warm summer evenings spent barbecuing.

Nothing says “Cool Dad” like a natty straw hat. We have two styles, both from New York Hat Co. (the oldest American hat manufacturing company)! Perhaps Dad is playful and a bit quirky? SumoFish shirts fit the bill to a tee.

What dad wouldn’t appreciate top-of-the-line personal grooming products? Billy Jealousy (winner of awards from Men’s Health, Real Beauty, Instinct, Motley and Esquire) is our go-to in this department. Momo has facial scrub, cleanser, moisturizer, aftershave and super slick shave cream as well as their signature shampoo and styling gel.

Billy Jealousy user, Daddy Jimmy
looking pretty youthful for 85 years old.

Drop by, say hi ... We’ve got Father’s Day covered, from head to toe. And as always, we love love love to gift-wrap for you.

Happy Daddy’s Day!
xo Momo

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tape This: Cute + Crafty

Straight from Japan: Juice Planning tape! This is no wishy-washi tape – unlike its cousin, this happy-making plastic tape is glossy and durable. At Momo, we use it daily to secure our gift wrapping and envelopes as it stays stuck, in a good way. Perfect for the crafty set, a little goes a long way to cheer up any project, and it’s only $3 a roll. We have tons of fun patterns (22 to be exact) and Juice Planning tape is available only at Momo!

Tower O’ Tape!

Here how we use Juice Planning tape to spruce up envelopes and packages:

Add a little vintage button for extra cuteness.

Why not seal your envelope with a unique tape?

A touch of patterned tape adds a wee bit of fun.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Let the Short Sleeves Season Begin!

The season of short sleeves will be upon us soon. Really! We’re certain that the Longest, Wettest, Dreariest Winter EVER (literally!) is about to turn a corner and deliver us into a gloriously warm and sunny summer. We all need to be prepared to luxuriate in the golden rays of the big bright thing in the sky known as the Sun! Momo has got you covered in the department of uncovering your arms. For your viewing pleasure, a small selection of cool picks for days ahead:

WRK’s NYC snappy aesthetic in a perfect weight linen.

Aloha from Hawaii! Kahala’s playful prints
compliment the rugged durability of their shirts. 

You can always count on Portland’s own Bridge and Burn
for stylish, comfortable textiles.

Cotton and linen fabrics with great hand and fun patterns!

We love the tiny fish print.

Bridge and Burn for ladies. The dreamy “Brookings” top
is as light as a summer breeze.

Bunnies! Squirrels! Elephants!
What is not to love about this adorable Three Stones cami?

As always, Prairie Underground provides easy, comfortable style.
Hopefully we’ll see you (and the sun, AND our naked arms) soon at Momo! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Standard Wax Candles : Purposeful Re-purposing

Say hello to Standard Wax, Momo’s newest candle crush. Hand poured in Tempe, AZ,  these 100% soy candles come in an array of luscious scents ... but more importantly, they come in attractive re-usable vessels. 

Rather than a typical fragrance-focused genesis, Sam, the founder of Standard Wax began her candle-making journey as a ceramic artist. She held the vision of creating beautiful and elegant holders that can, and should be, re-purposed. Some suggestions for lending life to the simple cylinders: sake cups (our personal favorite), change holder, tiny planter, a house for pens and pencils — the list goes on. 

Momo has seven heavenly fragrances:

Bergamot + Basil
clean and fresh, with bright basil and earthy moss

Citrus + Black Currant
citrus, fruity currant and a hint of greenery

smoky cedar and sandalwood, with a touch of forest air

Forest Floor
freshly turned soil and mysterious moss

Whiskey + Fig
teakwood, black tea, figs and sweet melons

Green Thumb
ferns, grass, sun-drenched soil

Tomato Leaf
Momo Mama Lei Ann’s favorite! Truly smells like lightly crushed tomato leaves mixed with lemon, jasmine and herbs

Here are a few tips and tricks for your Standard Wax candle: 
  • always create a “melt pool.” Keep your candle lit until the uppermost layer is melted all the way out to the edge of the container.
  • trim the wick to 1/4" before each use
  • when there is only 1/2" of wax left, scoop it (and the wick) out with a spoon. Wipe the interior clean (wash with dish soap if using for drinks or food). Voila! Food-safe, beautiful, and ready for a second life. ❤

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rain AND Shine

With the indecisive weather we’ve been experiencing, we’re never sure how to prepare. Layers, with a base of a tank or linen dress? A bulky sweater over a tee? To hoodie or not to hoodie? 

Momo can outfit you for the elements, be they blustery, rainy, balmy, or positively warm (summer will get here eventually ... right?).

Momo Man : Rain

Brand new to Momo is Baro – functional and fashionable. Water resistant fabric, bonded waterproofing taping on the inside of the seams, and breathable inner membrane will all ensure that you stay dry and stylish.

Momo Man : Shine 

Check out the tiny fish print!
In anticipation of sunshine! Our Kahala shirts (straight from Hawaii) will keep you both feeling and looking cool.

Momo Girl : Rain

From Vancouver, BC (which is, dare I say it? rainier than Seattle) is Three Stones. The “Essex” raincoat is a terrific lightweight option for an urban outing. A generously sized hood and over-length sleeves with elasticized cuffs will keep you comfy on windy, drizzly days. 

Momo Girl : Shine

Fresh from Barcelona is Wom&Now. We are really loving the pop of cherry red and white paired with varied stripes. Pair with a strappy sandal and you’re ready for the hottest weather Seattle can throw your way. Bring it on!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Light Up Your Night ...

...  and someone’s day, with a shadowbox fresh from the Portland studio of Sparrow and Sundry, a most delightful way to create a gentle glow anywhere you like. Illuminated with an LED and powered by batteries (we always give you extras), these little cuties can be placed wherever your heart — and eyes — desire. Each one is unique, hand created by graphic designer Jen Amos who began making the boxes from leftover wood scraps after her kitchen remodel. The charming scenery is laser cut and set with tiny figurines, from bunnies in the woods, to souvenir-worthy Space Needles, to the super special limited-edition kokeshi girls and cherry trees from Japan. Love!

Most shadowboxes measure 3" x 3" big.

Memories of the Northwest: Orca spotting!

This one is Lala with her pink dress and Bun Bun.

Seattle skyline, alight with glitter, the iconic city scene.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Into Color

“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.” ~Oscar de la Renta

Spring has officially arrived. The weather is warming, flowers are emerging, color is blooming. It’s time to trade in our winter greys and blacks for some cheerful hues. Spring clothing is arriving daily at Momo, including these bright happy pieces:

Raffi clothing is a family business led by Raffi Shaya, who is attributed with having an “almost clairvoyant ability to forecast color.” We won’t argue! We are loving out newest pure linen shirts, available in a playful pink and a delicious summery blue.

100% linen Raffi shirts in pink and cornflower blue.

Brand new and fresh from Hawaii: Pitacus by Lisa Wiemken. Lisa’s clothing is made in Hawaii from vibrant Japanese textiles. What always thrills us? Dresses with pockets! Pitacus’ oversized patch pockets add a measure of practicality belied by the playful fabric.

Pitacus top with amazing pocket.

Pitacus tunic, made from Japanese fabrics.

A gentle way to ease into spring color (we know it can be a shock to the system after six months of drizzle and monochrome) is to accessorize with a pop of color! I. Ronni Kappos masterfully combines her treasure trove of vintage German glass components into happy bright jewelry. Momo has a brand new batch of her creations, the perfect greeting for spring.

Whimsical, happy color: vintage German glass by jeweler I. Ronni Kappos.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Scores at the Momo Good Fortune Sale

“That’s the way the cookie crumbles!” is a good thing when it comes to our Momo semi-annual sale happening for the next two weeks. It’s our way of offering you incredible deals while making room for new goodies ... and, as the proverbial THEY say, “Early bird gets the worm!” But then again, we often randomly mark down new items, so it’s all a fun game of chance, with every one a winner. Here’s how it works:
  • Decide that you need to go home with a SALE item. 
  • Bring said SALE item to the counter. 
  • Pick a tasty, crunchy fortune cookie out of a jar and open it.
  • Inside is a special fortune giving you an ADDITIONAL 10% - 30% OFF THE SALE PRICE.
  • Eat cookie. Do not eat fortune.
  • Leave feeling stylish and smug for saving money.
Hope to see you at Momo soon!
Prairie Underground’s ‘Leaf Miner’ is sleek yet comfy.

Reindeer leather adorns the cuffs
of Finland’s Marita Huurinainen cardigan.

Wom&Now tunic-length cardi is toasty warm.
We love the striped details.

Retro but not campy - Marigold’s
tunic dress is wrinkle-proof and flattering.

Prairie Underground, complete with their signature
pocket ruching! Love love love the easy fit.

Wom&Now’s drop-waist dress is another low-maintenance, wrinkle-free piece.
The playful floral graphic is rendered in the subtle colors that Seattle prefers.

Men’s clothing is also a part of the Good Fortune Sale! Here’s a sampling of what the gents can look forward to scoring: 

Azul jersey crew has a great texture. Pair with this
navy Bench zip-through hoodie for a casual day out.

Stylish but not stuffy: Bruun & Stengade button-up
layered with a Raffi sweater.

Take your pic: merino wool Raffi 1/4-zip sweaters
in soft taupe, classic blue or black.