New Kids On the Block

A new late night eatery is in town and lucky for us it is right across the street from our little shop. The second of its kind here in Eugene, not to be confused with the lovely, unaffiliated Izakaya Meiji (still the home of the most delicious whiskey ginger!), Izakaya Oyazi is a Japanese style pub featuring a variety of small dishes and an inviting atmosphere.


It was a Friday night. The week was done and the shiny weekend lay before us. Laura and I considered it our responsibility, nay, our duty, to go out and give Izakaya Oyazi a try!

I treated myself to a sake flight of three, infused with green apple, lychee, and white peach. SO, so good. Laura had a blackberry mojito and it made us feel like we were on vacation.

We ordered some small plates to share, including gyoza (above), potato croquette, and green beans (below). So much yum.

We drank and ate and passed around plates and had the best time trying something new. We’re excited to watch this young restaurant grow and evolve, and we hope you are, too!

Welcome to the neighborhood, Izakaya Oyazi!



photo cred: Laura Barton

Celebrate Your Mama!

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at the sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”

– Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road

Happy Mother’s Day, this day and every day, from our families to yours!

How do you celebrate the mamas in your life? Like us on Facebook and share your story or a photo on our page from now until Mother’s Day for a chance to win a $50 gift card! We’ll enter your name in a drawing and select the winner on May 9th. We can’t wait to read your stories!



10 Green Gems for Earth Day

Earth Day is this Friday, folks! So to celebrate, we give you 10 superstar artists committed to preserving the planet while making beautiful pieces of jewelry, gifts, and functional art. Going green has never looked so fabulous.

1. ILA employs a growing list of sustainable practices, including using recycled and reclaimed precious metals; responsibly sourced stones; paper-free manufacturing and accounting; use of recycled paper, plastic, and metal when necessary; a motion detecting, timed lighting system to assure that no light or machine is used unless it is meant to be; and everything in their collection is designed and produced in the USA. It’s a pretty rad system! Read more about their journey to green-ness here, and check out their gorgeous jewelry here.

2. Rebecca Overmann uses recycled metals and ethically-sourced stones to create gorgeous keepsakes and one-of-a-kind treasures, like this necklace.

3. Melissa Joy Manning is committed to producing beautiful, handmade pieces in-house that are green certified using recycled and upcycled materials and ethical sourcing. Read more about her ethos here.

4. Sarah Mcguire’s handmade creations showcase recycled metals, primarily high karat gold and silver, and conflict free diamonds that have been responsibly sourced.

5. Dawes Design has been a leader of the sustainability movement since 2005, using recycled gold and responsibly mined stones. Everything is made locally and sourcing is accomplished using sustainable businesses and recycled materials. Not to mention their work is completely gorgeous.

6. Jess Brown’s sweet ragdolls are handmade using antique, found and recycled materials. Each ragdoll features a unique style of her own, and I can’t help but love them all!

7. WASARA employs earth-conscious practices by creating one-time-use products that are fully biodegradable and compostable. Plus, their tableware is as artistic as it is convenient! I love how their creations gather people together and are later cycled back into nature.

8. Chilewich brings to life innovative placemat designs that range from traditional to contemporary and are easy to care for. They are committed to evolving their business and products to help implement earth-friendly practices and to reduce their impact on the environment. Read more about their Green Statement here.

9. BAGGU’s mission is simple: to make high quality, long lasting products, so you can own less stuff. Pretty cool, yes? Using recycled and recyclable materials such as nylon and canvas, each bag is designed to reduce material waste and ensure high quality. Not to mention, their bags are fun and stylish, with equal parts practical and chic! Read more about their eco-ethics here.

10. Modern Sprout is the newest addition to the NEWTW!ST family and by far the most delicious. Not only are they committed to sustainable practices by using recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable materials, their products allow black-thumbs (like me!) and small apartment and space dwellers to grow their own herbs, vegetables, and flowers using a method that is clean and self-sustaining. Being eco-friendly and growing your own food has never looked so good! I’ll take one of each, please.



photo cred: Laura Barton

On Our Way to NYC…

We’re gearing up to go to New York City for the NYNow Gift Show. Here’s a little peek at what we’re taking with us…

1. This scarf by Rag & Bone had us at hello!
2. Mixed and matched bangles, including our newest artist, Rene Escobar.
3. Melissa Joy Manning’s chain-wrap earrings, our current obsession.
4. We’ll be sharing lots of ring shots from the show (stay tuned on Instagram) so perfect nails are a must! Right now we’re loving rosy shades of pink, including OPI’s Japanese Rose Garden and China Girl’s Dress Me Up.
5. Will Leather Goods’ Everyday Tote holds all the necessities for a long day of buying!
6 & 7. Layers and layers of coats and cozy sweaters because the forecast is snow, snow, and more snow!
8. Did we mention that it’s going to snow? We just invested in cute new Sorel boots to keep us as warm and happy as this guy.