Friday, December 30, 2011

sparkes and bubbles!

New Year's Eve is almost upon us!

Are you still in need of that perfect little something to wear tomorrow?
Good news, all dresses at abrahams&duffy are 20% off today and tomorrow! (12/30 & 12/31)

Come in and let us help you shine!

Lovely Stellar maxi dress from Lanston

See you soon,
xo a&d

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Make a statement

I just love a long statement necklace. 
We have some amazing modern pieces at the shop that are feminine without being frilly, and bold without feeling heavy.
These pieces can really put that finishing touch on any outfit.

Take a look!

All necklaces shown with grey silk pocket tunic from Line & Dot

 Geometric Brass Rectangle Necklace with Vintage Bullet charms from local (amazing) gal Seaworthy

 Geometric Bib Necklace from Chicago artisan Laura Lombardi

 Nebra Necklace from Laura Lombardi

 Rosemary Locket from Laura Lombardi

 Scale Necklace from Laura Lombardi


Saturday, December 17, 2011


Lovely local gal Marisa Howard makes amazing jewels under the name Seaworthy.
We just got a huge order from her, but it's going fast!
Perfect little something for your someone.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Get your shop on!

Winter Frolic is tonight! 
Come to Alberta Street between 6 and 9 tonight, December2nd!  Sales up and down the street, pedi-cab sleigh rides and merry making!
We'll have some bubbly refreshment and 20% off the ENTIRE store!
See you tonight!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Designer Profile: Leanne Elroy

One of the things we love about the lines we carry at abrahams&duffy is that they all have a story, and a good one at that.
The story is what ties it all together and for us that's what really makes somthing special.

One of our favorite designers and one of our favorite story's, is Elroy.

Designed for living, Elroy's pieces are modern, comfortable and stylish; truely versitile clothing for YOU, the modern woman.

Started in 2007, Leanne Elroy started out manufacturing her line in her hometown of Vancouver BC, but soon after, "On a whim, and with only one contact scribbled on a scrap piece of paper," she set off for Indonesia where she helped set up a self-run sewing cooperative where all her clothing is manufactured by a group of amazing artisans.

Leanne uses both custom produced organic fabrics (from mills in Indonesia) and 'upcycled' fabrics that would otherwise be sitting in the landfill, with amazing results.  Banish the thoughts of stiff and drab organic cotton or hemp.  Amazingly soft and touchable knits, bright silks, unique blends (pineapple silk anyone?), and modern prints, her fabrics are on the forefront of what 'green' can mean (and it's amazing!).

Aside from being the most social and environmentally responsable designer we know, Leanne is also a really nice person who we love working with, and has a passion for design that shows in her work.  Just listen to her own words:

"I truly believe it is more than possible to live in abundance without polluting, consuming natural resources excessively or abusing labour practices. As the sole owner and operator of this company, my commitment is to remain dedicated and respectful to our environment, to our supply and production teams, and to our customer. There can be hope in the fashion world after all."

See?  It's all in the story.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

empty wardrobe, begone!

Oh it's that time of year again.
The nights are chilly and the days not much better.

So you look in your closet and realize... you need to spruce up that Fall wardrobe.

That's where we come in!
So many great pieces in the shop right now, and best of all, a huge Betina Lou order just arrived.

We just love Betina Lou.
Structured feminine clothing hailing from Montreal, Canada, made of the most lovely fabrics.
The attention to detail make us wipe a tear from our eye.

Burgundy Coco cardigan in wool with real leather buttons
paired with the Wanda skirt in rich brown,
so pretty!

The Wanda skirt has a wide waistband, full skirt and front buttons, 
paired with the Mixti Print top from Line+Dot

 The Lecia dress in tropical weight dark navy wool with real leather buttons and front pockets.
The perfect versatile holiday frock.

The navy Anais in a super soft lightweight blend of tencel and wool.
Great little collar and covered buttons.
 Paired here with the Vertigo skirt in black wool from fellow Canadian Allison Wonderland

The Mathilde dress in black cotton twill, 
classic belted design with a deep inverted pleat at the front.
Perfect for work or play.

How sweet is this!  The perfect little white shirt.
The Victoria in ivory, paired here with the red wool Vertigo skirt from Allison Wonderland.

Little rounded collar, pleated front detail, and dark ecru buttons.

And finally, some pretty dress up from Eva Franco.
Always fab, we love Eva's unexpected details.

The Kinetic dress has bold fall colors in a drapey crepe, super flattering lines, and side pockets!

This is just... love.
Two layers of silky fall scenery, we can't stop plotting where to wear this...

There you have it, wardrobe problem solved!


Friday, November 4, 2011


New Maslo jewelry just arrived at the store!
Wonderful modern design made with vintage brass (nothing else has that glow).

Just beautiful

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

um, yes please


I know that not all of you are lovers of the drizzly grey that is all things Fall in Portland, but Smitten Kitchen (my favorite place for recipes) posted this recently and I think that it might help.

I need to have this for dinner.  Soon.

roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar

Full recipe is here!



I lover this.

I admit it, I'm a cold weather girl.
I love layers, wooly socks, hot cocoa and grey skies.

This post over at wit+delight made my toes feel all warm and cozy

the cold north wind is moving in…

can you feel it?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

this is so rad

I can't stand it!  Gold leaf jewelry!

I'm TOTALLY going to do this.

Erica over at Honestly...WTF was inspired by a shoot styled by Mandy of Oracle Fox where gold leaf was applied in the form of makeup and jewelry and she just HAD to try it her self. 

Check it:
The full how to is here.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Layers at the ready

Thank goodness!
You really can't layer properly when it's warm out, and we Portlanders really are all about layering.
So it's a good thing the weather finally chilled out, because we know you'll love the amazing layers we're getting in at the store.

Check it out!

More wooly goodness from American Vintage!
Cozy mohair and merino wool blend, perfect over a long sleeve with some tights and boots!

 Slinky inky goodness, this soft as silk midnight blue cardigan with big silver buttons
from Lanston won't weigh you down.

 Fab classic shirt dress from local favorites Bridge&Burn!

Sweet wool pencil skirt from B&B too.  Hits just below the knee, and has pockets!
Look at that back slit detail.

This Wool blend cloak from Line&Dot is too perfect.
Front pockets, and the sash weaves through to accentuate your waist and keep you warm!

And now for your musical interlude:Squeeze - Black Coffee in Bed.
I've always loved this song, but I don't remember the video being quite so... hilarious.

We were also so lucky to have the lovely Karen model for us!

Here she is in We3's Treble tunic, classic and sexy.

Super yummy silk Strangers top from Allison Wonderland paired with
the Paulette skirt from Betina Lou (that skirt was MADE for Karen, seriously)

So cute!  the Madelene houndstooth dress from Betina Lou has removable straps
and the softest silk lining ever.

See you in the store!