j and i definitely like to daydream about where we would like to live outside of the big city, and we both agree portland, oregon is the tops. granted, we have been there only in the summer and i am not a big fan of grey, rainy days so there are a few hurdles. however, the beauty and the low-key life-style combined with the great food and my ongoing discovery of cute shops including the elsa + sam dishware boutique may lure us there anyways. bloesm pointed me to this great spot and i love its narrow focus and emphasis on independent designers (it’s like a fishs eddy with spunk). these little candy-colored tumblers above are especially appealing and multi-functional — they can be used for juice as well as pencils and flowers. they come from circa ceramics, a collaborative studio design team who create all sorts of objects with their signature decals. elsa + sam dishware boutique, 4314 se hawthorne boulevard, portland, oregon, 503.517.9942.