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Suitcase Laundry

Nicole Schultz

Suitcase Laundry is a monthly photoshoot event for women in Portland, and is the brainchild of photographer Nic Porter. The event pairs photographers, art directors, makeup artists, stylists and models together for a full day of creating badass work and celebrating the female gaze. 

I was lucky enough to take part in last month’s photoshoot as an art director on my team, and it was a whirlwind of an experience. The event was hosted by Swift, who volunteered their gorgeous offices and photo studio for the day, and hosted the largest Suitcase Laundry shoot to date. 

We started by separating into our prospective creative teams, which included a photographer, art director, stylist, makeup artist and general assistant. Models were assigned to teams in two different time slots. We had never worked together, and most of us had never met, but in an instant we were concepting, sourcing wardrobe, location scouting, and creating an overall vision for the day. 

Here are some of my favorite shots:

This experience was unlike any other in so many ways. There was no client, no brief, no assignment. Just a group of professional, intelligent, talented women coming together to create work we could all be proud of. It was liberating, powerful, stressful, demanding, exciting and most of all, fun...I got to make bubbles for most of the day! It is free to participate, but there is an application. I would highly recommend taking part if you're a woman interested in fashion or photography in Portland. If anything, you end up meeting some badass ladies along the way, and you'll have beautiful work to show for it. 

Shout out to my amazing team!

Photographer: @hollyseeberphotographer 
Models: @gabriellaamonet, @brittaneenicole, @devvinitty, @xxiixain, Violet Digesto
Makeup: @ary_makeupartist 
Styling: @withlovecee 
Producers: @nicportland @ashtonmorgan for @suitcaselaundry 

Happenings In PDX | Tanner Goods Opens a New Flagship

Nicole Schultz

The end of summer was full to say the least. It felt like every spare moment was spent running to some show, hosting friends from San Francisco, showing them around Portland and seeing all that the city had to offer. Which is just how I like it. There certainly was no shortage of fun to be had. 

One such evening was spent celebrating the opening of the new Tanner Goods flagship store in the Mississippi/Albina area. They hosted a night of cocktails, vinyl classics and conversation to break in their new locale—a breathtaking storefront that features the latest from the beloved Portland brand, and leads to the Wayback, a cafe and bar with a sprawling patio for mingling and taking a load off. 

I couldn’t help but feel like I was transported to Palm Springs or Los Angeles, given the mid-century inspired decor, and the fashionable attendees.

As was expected, gorgeous products from Tanner Goods, Wood Lands, and Mazama ceramics were at every turn, all featuring a minimal, northwest aesthetic we've come to associate with these brands. All products display a certain amount of craftsmanship and care, which, of course, does not come cheap. 

The Wayback dishes up sandwiches and snacks to compliment craft cocktails, craft beer and wine on tap. While they’re currently only open until 8pm every night, there is talk of extending hours in the future. 

Vinyl will be spinning every evening from 5-8PM, so make sure to check out the newest stunner in PDX. It’s the perfect spot to chill after a day of shopping in North Portland. 

All photos taken by Nicole Schultz for Little Shallon LLC.

The Future Is Female

Nicole Schultz

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It’s been a crazy week and a half, not gonna lie. Costa Rica was so magical (more on that a little later), but I was ready to hit the ground running when I got home. That’s what amazing vacations are for, right? It felt good to come home and know that clients still needed me, friends and family had missed me, and I had a goal list about a mile long to keep me occupied. The list has since grown to a mile and a half long, but c'est la vie. It keeps me motivated!

What’s been hard to ignore, however, is that it seems that parts of our country are going to shit. This is disturbing, but especially so when you come back from a foreign country. 

When traveling, especially internationally, I love learning about other cultures and another country’s politics. I find it fascinating how other people have chosen to go about tackling the issues we all face. When you’re immersed in that, I can’t help but think what the US has done right so far. And what it could improve upon.

Every election cycle begins another dose of healthy introspection. We hear from new voices (or the same old voices) what their ideas are for tackling the issues of our present day. It’s how democracy works.

I think it’s safe to say that this election cycle is far from what we’ve ever experienced before. On one hand, we have a candidate who could very well become the first female President this country has ever seen. On the other hand, we have…insanity.

This insanity has steeped the entire country in shock, fear, animosity, ignorance, and hatred. It has been horrible to hear racist, sexist, homophobic slurs being sputtered on national TV and throughout the internet…by thousands of people no less.

At the same rate, it has also opened up conversations as to what is appropriate and isn’t appropriate when referring to women and minorities. I opened up the discussion (willingly, I might add) on my personal Facebook page. A few couldn’t handle it and left. A few fought on. And more stood by me and what I was saying. It was exhausting. I was honestly shocked at some of the feedback I was getting. It’s 2016, people. But it just goes to show that privilege is still huge in this country, and affects everything we do and how we communicate with each other. It’s time we put everything out in the open, and demand that we all get the respect we deserve. So, without further ado, here are my suggestions for ladies and gentlemen. Speaking as a woman, I have a unique perspective on all things female (sidenote: all women do). So here goes:


Ladies: assert yourselves. Say whatever you damn please. Do whatever you damn please. Wear whatever you damn please. Sleep with whomever you damn please (as long as everyone are consenting adults). And if you...

...get called 'sensitive', 'thin-skinned', 'insane', 'royal', etc. for speaking your mind...

...get touched or spoken to in a non-consensual manner...

...are called 'bitch', 'slut', 'c**t', 'whore', 'stupid', etc...

...are told that your breasts, butt, face, mind, body are anything less than perfect...

...are being told what to do with or put in your body by anyone besides your licensed practitioners...

I want you to stand tall, put your shoulders back, and DEMAND THE RESPECT YOU DESERVE. If ALL of us hold everyone accountable and to a high standard, we can literally change the world.

Gentlemen: You are our grandfathers. You are our fathers. You are our brothers. You are our uncles. You are our husbands. You are our sons. You are our partners. In turn, we are your grandmothers. We are your mothers. We are your sisters. We are your aunts. We are your wives. We are your daughters. And we are your partners. We love you, and we can't do this alone.

The future is female.

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