Sunday, July 8, 2012

Everybody is stylish in Portland

So we are sadly back from our month in the USA.

I did try to post, several times. But short of throwing my iPad out of a moving car through sheer frustration, I gave up and just enjoyed myself.
The trip was about spending time with family in Hood River, eating, drinking, exercising in fresh air, discovering their history and exploring the museums.

I did get to spend 24 hours in Portland, and that was all about fashion and food.

We checked into the beautiful Benson Hotel and headed straight out to Stumptown for coffee.......

 ...where it dawned on me that I was sitting in the Deuce hotel from Portlandia. Clic here to see the clip.
 We grabbed lunch from the food vans that take over a full block in the city
 And enjoyed the free entertainment
 Then headed to the Pearl district to start our shopping. This is the Diesel boutique where Scott spent a small fortune.
 I found this little gem of a shop 'Radish Underground' selling a mix of local designer and vintage pieces.
 Then we headed up to 22nd street in the Alphabet District. We started at Urbane Outfitters ( disappointing, although I did buy a book and Scott some basic t-shirts).

We then continued on all along this fashion strip. I bought a floral dress from a very helpful and charming guy at Brooklyn Industries, a pair of Dish Flares and a pair of Soda wedges from a lovely girl at my favourite find, Galore Dept Store.

We visited so many shops, and all the staff we came across were delightfully charming in a way only the Americans know how.
 We then zig zaged our way through the back streets admiring the architecture.....
 ....and then headed back into town for dinner at Clyde Common. The people here were so stylish. Scott and I barley spoke as we people watched. This Dad and daughter combo kept catching my eye.
All the cool Girls are wearing flares, stilettos and an air of nonchalance most people can only dream of. That's something money can't buy.

At least I could buy the flares.

Portland, you rock. We loved you, and I can't wait to go back one day soon.


  1. Great pics and commentary, thanks Barb!

    1. Thanks Jill. Check back in a couple of days for a run down on Hood River.

  2. Thank you for that little tour!! Glad you are back safe and hope you are full of creative inspiration!

  3. I think I am just inspired to travel more!

  4. It's a beautiful part of the world... and the perfect destination for a summer road trip! Such a pleasure to *meet* your blog!

    Catherine @ The Spring (in Sydney, Australia)

    1. Thank you Catherine.
      I am already a fan of your delightful blog. Are you following mine? We can inspire each other.

  5. Ohhh how beautiful Barb, fab photos too xxD