The PNW Diaries: Welcome to Portland


I'm finally back in the beautiful New York City and I can't wait to share all my Pacific Northwest adventures with you guys! A huge thank you to all of my lovely guest bloggers for keeping this blog warm while I was away. :)

Jeremy and I spent our first full day in Portland, Oregon exploring the Northwest section (where we were also conveniently staying). Angela, you're absolutely right about how lovely it is there. We took Gwyn's suggestion and started off our day at Stumptown coffee. Turns out there's a Stumptown coffee shop in New York City as well, but hey, good coffee is good coffee no matter what coast you're on. And dude, that decor man. Any hipster would feel right at home there so I pretended to be as hip as possible as I strutted through those doors and placed my order as aloof as I possibly could.


Next on the list was a healthy feast of Voodoo Donuts for breakfast. The line was out the door but we decided to wait anyway just for the novelty of it. Plus, Jeremy can't say no to a doughnut. I gotta say though, their donuts were incredible and the line was worth the wait. We ended up sharing an order of the Blazer Blunt Donut (ha) and the Maple Bacon (of course). I was pretty tempted to get an entire dozen but what were we going to do...have them for lunch and dinner as well? (The answer is yes. Yes, we should have).


Next, Jeremy really wanted to stop by the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Chinatown since he loves all things Asian (obviously). It was such a beautiful little oasis in the middle of the city and was actually built by artisans from Portland's sister city in China, Suzhou. I would definitely recommend stopping by here for a nice stroll and a slice of Chinese culture. There's also a lovely tea house within the Garden with a great selection of teas and appetizers. Noms.


Forever 21 Brown Coat (similar) | American Apparel Black Crop Top (similar) | ASOS Khaki Dress (similar) | Urban Outfitters Hat (similar), Satchel, Ankle Boots (similar) | Gap Arm Warmers (similar) 

We spent the rest of the evening at Powell's bookstore (thanks for the suggestion, Sonya!) which was the one thing that absolutely sold Portland for me. Well, besides the multitude of food trucks. You can always win me over if you can win my belly over. You want a book? You got it. I could've stayed there for hours on end getting lost within the bookshelves. I ended up picking up Me Talk Pretty One Day to read on our long bus rides. 

And to top off our night, we couldn't not check out some of the Portland brews. We ended up picking Bailey's Taproom so we could try as many local brews as possible in one night. Glug glug glug. 


16 comments

  1. Sounds like an absolutely amazing trip, I really want to hit up Portland one day in the near future. Those donuts sound soo good!
    Love this cozy, casual outfit, you look lovely :)

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  2. aaahhh beautiful!!! can't wait too hear/read/see more!! :D

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  3. Love all your pictures!! Your outfits are always so cute and cozy looking!
    ~Sara

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  4. what a darling outfit, looks like you had an amazing trip! :)

    ~Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  5. I think I've seen some special on Voodoo donuts, cause it sounds familiar...and looks AMAZING!!! I love all the photos you guys have taken, they're gorgeous. :]

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  6. Powell's Books and Voodoo Doughnuts! Sounds like a fantastic start to the trip!

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  7. you are sooo cute in that outfit!

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  8. When I went to Powell's I was so overwhelmed I didn't know what to do. I think I spent most of the time wandering around in disbelief and then finally actually buying my books, haha. Sounds like a fun trip! Can't go wrong with coffee and donuts.

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    1. Dude, it took me until the second trip to finally settle on a book! I could just live there if that was allowed. :P

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  9. I enjoy reading about your adventures! On the donut front, I’m with Jeremy—when a delicious one is staring you down, who can say no?

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  10. sounds like you had a great start of the trip! i loved how you said of course he likes all things Asian and how you ordered your coffee as aloofly as possible, i'd have loved to see that. also, i love your non-frumpy-looking layers! how do you do that? i need layering lessons haha.

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    1. I usually use pretty thin layers so I can wear more without looking too chunky! ;)

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  11. I'm so glad you went to Powell's and loved it and BOUGHT A DAVID SEDARIS BOOK, YES.

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    1. It's so good so far! I need to go back to Powell's ASAP.

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  12. I love your photos so much! They're so full of life and love and color!! :)

    love, polly
    pollybland.com

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