Eyelash extensions on Portland’s MLK Boulevard –

There are at least two places on the boulevard where you can get eyelash extensions, something I hadn’t at all thought of, or heard anything about, until I saw this sign –

-out in front of LA Nails, 6804 NE MLK (next to Enaysha Salon, on the corner of MLK & Dekum):

The folks are LA Nails are using a product called Reese Robert lash extensions. From the Robert Reese website:

Long, full, healthy lashes are as intrinsic to maintaining a youthful look as flawless skin and rested eyes. With Reese Robert lash extensions there is no need to cover your natural beauty with layers of make up. Reese Robert lash extensions create a thicker base and longer individual lashes creating an open-eyed, rejuvenated look.

The lash extensions last from four to six weeks making it easy to wake up in the morning looking refreshed and ready to go. With Reese Robert lash extensions a little lip gloss and blush goes a long way. Even while exercising or swimming these lash extensions will keep eyes looking fabulous.

It is nice to hear that lash extensions reduce the need for using make-up on other parts of the face. Reese Robert features a whole slew of lash styles, including ones named Disco Dreamer, Vavoom, Toxic (!), Been Around, Nobodys Sister, Eye Candy, Fake It, and many more.

A person who seeks lash extensions might also head to Midori Lashes & Skin Care, at 4839 NE MLK, Suite 201 (above the P.A.C.E. Fitness Center).

According to Midori’s website,

Midori is an award winning professional aesthetician who has been perfecting her trade for 15 years. Her primary goal and philosphy revolves around you the customer. She believes in providing the highest quality products and services at affordable prices. Midori’s skills and expertise were initially learned and perfected in Japan; where she managed a busy salon for 9 years.

This passion, professionalism, and love of the field is what makes Midori unique from other salons. You can rest assured that you will only receive the best products and services with Midori Lashes & Skin Care.

A review of Midori on yahoo tells us:

Midori is just a sweet, well trained professional. The salon is boutique like, very well designed and in a good spot on MLK. I have gotten so many comments on how well my lashes were done by beauticians and other lash experts.

Midori notes that an ‘eyelash extension consultation’ is free.  The first full set of lashes costs $150, with touch-ups running $30-60.  In the event you are wondering exactly how lash extensions are applied, Midori breaks down the process for you into easy-to-understand steps, on her site.



A couple of thoughts on eyelash extensions gathered through the magic of Bing:

Tiffany says: Another danger is the eyelashes are very addictive. You feel naked without them and needy of a refill every 6 weeks or so. So, you better think twice before going for it.

A USA Today article quotes: “They give the eyes an instant lift, with no needles or injections,” says Glamour beauty writer Tram Kim Nguyen. “You can roll out of bed looking great.”


Well… what do you think of lash extensions?



Food carts at MLK & Lombard: a mini-review.

I finally made it down to the food carts at the intersection of MLK & Lombard recently. There are five carts on this lot now.

  • Don Pedro’s Mexican:

Don Pedro has the misfortune to be across the street from a Taco Bell.


  • Stevie’s Chicken and Waffles (or Wafflles, depending on where you’re looking):

According to a flier that Stevie handed me, the waffles “are made with Stevie’s Secret Recipe, using Colt 45 – Works Every Time!” He also has vegan waffles; a blizzard of chicken and waffles dishes, including The Billy Dee (1/4 chicken, one waffle, and a side of grits); deep fried twinkies, and more.

Waffle toppings include maple syrup, Nutella, honey, mallow fluff, and agave syrup.You can phone in an order at 610-202-3559.


  • Thai Take Away:

This is the only cart I’ve gotten food from yet. In fact, all of the people at the lot were getting food from this cart only, when I stopped by. I had reasonably tasty Pad Thai – good for a meal on the go,  but not a meal I’d go out of my way for. Thai’s hard to come by near that intersection, though.


  • Sweet Street Bar-b-que:


  • Philly’s Best:

I grew up in and around Philadelphia, but I’ve never been big on beef or pork, so I’m going to have to rely on other folks to report on this cart’s food.

Who can say how long any of these carts will stay at MLK/Lombard? A few weeks ago, the Willamette Week reported on Cartpocalypse (really, Cartastrophe would’ve been a much better name for this piece – why drag in the mystical aspects of an apocalyptic ending to the food cart bonanza?).  The article quotes cart-ier Gregg Abbott: “As many carts from the east side that can find a spot downtown, are going to find a spot downtown.”

(See the next post below for more photos from this food cart lot.)

Have you been to any of these carts for food? What was your experience?



Social Cinema at SMYRC: ‘Brother Outsider’ to be shown at SMYRC, on MLK Day next week.


In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this year Hands On Greater Portland will partner with SMYRC and PFLAG Portland Black Chapter to show Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. Rustin was a tireless civil rights activist and key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, which is still one of the largest nonviolent protests in U.S. history. Simply for being a gay man, Bayard Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions. Like many before him, his pivotal role in bringing the Gandhian principles of non-violence to the fight for equal rights has been nearly erased from history.

We suggest that folks who sign up for this event bring food to donate to SMYRC (healthy and non-perishable items are best, and grocery gift cards are even better!) and clothing (especially socks, gloves, warm hats, scarves, underwear and thermal underwear as well as wigs for the costume closet!). We will follow the screening with a discussion of how the events portrayed in the documentary relate to the current climate of racism and homophobia still pervasive in America, especially as politicians debate the future of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and as we face the countless suicides of young people simply because they were or were perceived as being LGBTQQ. We’ll talk about how to get involved in local and national organizations that engage in education, advocacy and action around these pressing issues.

Join the discussion as we remember Martin Luther King and Bayard Rustin!

Learn more about the film and Bayard Rustin here: http://rustin.org/

Find out how you can get involved:




SMYRC is at 3024 NE MLK Boulevard.







MLK 16mm movie film screening. MLK Day on MLK Blvd.

from the facebook page, set up by Thomas Robinson:

This is my 9th annual MLK film night. This year I’m delighted to add some more rare MLK films, including one made for Danish television before he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I will project over ten thousand feet of speeches and documentaries about King and the Civil Rights movement in six hours. FREE, ALL AGES, NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, ALL PEOPLE ARE WELCOME, plenty of chairs and tables. All movies are actual 16mm vintage reels of film, no tapes or discs.



Teen volunteer event at SCRAP on MLK Day next week.

SCRAP rocks!

The SCRAP website is scrapaction.org, which not the same as Scrap Magazine, found at scrap.org, where you can read about global marketplace trends concerning scrap metal and paper. You can, however, find various scrap metals and paper at SCRAP, as well as magazines, blank holiday cards, already-filled-out holiday cards, and so much more.

Also not to be confused with SCRAP or Scrap Magazine is Scrappers, who designs covers for the Portland Mercury, has participated in SCRAP’s Iron Artists competition in the past (SCRAP no longer holds it), and has a pretty adorable website for himself.