The past few days have been super busy. In addition to putting together a journal for my university program, I also made it up to Portland to say bye to some friends before they move and attended a fashion bazaar and show here in Eugene Saturday night. I need to learn some video editing skillz before posting about the Carnival of Couture as it's known. In the meantime, enjoy these vintaged up glimpses of Portland. One of the best things to do in Portland's east side is just for walks. Every where around you, some glittery bit of inspiration is waiting to catch your eye. Let's start with some architecture, shall we?
I fell in love with this old GE plant. Perfect for the lomo effect too.
I hope they don't tear this baby down. You know in Germany several historic but outdated industrial complexes have successfully been rehabilitated into historic industrial parks that feature artwork, performances and education. America should take a cue.
Now that we've seen the propane, let's move on to the sacred: (50 points to anyone who knows where I stole that malapropism).
I have always adored their mint green gothic window trim.
More turn of the century gothic goodness.
This one brings out my inner history detective. That's kinda what being a historic preservationist is all about, fyi. So the original house is a Queen Anne from the late 1800s. But the staircase is not from the original construction-- the commercially prepared woodwork is different, but it is also 19th century. When the original inhabitants moved in, everyone lived in the one housing unit. However, something occurred to necessitate a second, private entry. So it is my educated guess here, that the family was intact and then shortly after construction the lady of the house became a widow. It was very common during the 19th century for middle class widows to rent rooms as it was one of their only means of income. Sorry I can't cite my sources here as I'm generalizing from several books I read through last year.
And now for some wheels:
Can't believe I saw two totally amazing black pick-ups. If only I could be in a pick-up truck threesome...
Gosh, matte paint jobs are so hot.
Perhaps less handsome, this pickup is photogenic nonetheless.
Sometimes love is blue...
Another great thing about Portland is the popularity of urban chickening. I'll have to scan and post the polaroid I took of the chickens who used to live next door to me. My friend Ryan just got two of his own:
Portland also has its share of stylish plants:
Anyone know what this plant is called?
Some people will complain if their neighbor keeps the front yard this way. Not me, I'd be shooting many a photo up in this gorgeousness.
Who knew palms grew so trippy? Portland somehow manages to successfully nurture random tropical plants.
And of course, Portland has amazing street style. This time around, all my love was for the boys:
Classic rockabily chic. I just love a man in plaid.
And saving my favorite pictures for last:
Totally adored this outfit and found it very inspirational as a traveling outfit because it looks comfortable but still quite classy and beyond put together. So the next time you fly first class dressed like a total slob, know that you have no excuse.
Well thanks for joining me again, talk to you later this week darlings,