I didn't blog from Portland as I'd intended because I was way too busy having a blast. (I'd apologize, but it wouldn't be sincere ;) To make it up to you, this week I'm listing not five but fifteen things I like about my beloved Portland, Oregon:
People's Food Co-Op
This amazing grocery store features an extensive bulk section in addition to local produce. They also sell palo santo and my favorite brand of essential oils, Snow Lotus.
Made with beeswax, lanolin and honey, Wolf Balm is a thick and dreamy lip treatment. Due to its matte, waxy consistency, this balm works great layered under lipsticks.
Powells City of BooksThere are so many books in this multi-level store that they provide maps! In addition to books and periodicals, Powells sells locally-made gifts, blank journals and japanese stationary. This store also contains an art gallery and coffee-shop.
Although pricey, Cargo is a colorful and exciting import shop specializing in foreign antiques, jewelry and home decor. Their bead selection makes me drool!
BussesIt is so easy to get around Portland by bus. Because this is such a popular method of transport, it's also a great opportunity to people-watch.
The Gold Door
This store has an incredible selection of jewelry and religious items from around the world. I've gotten two gorgeous pairs of silver hoops here in the past.
It's everywhere in (western) Oregon! In the woods, the moss makes the trees look like furry, green muppets.
William Temple House Thrift StoreThis is a great place to score quality boots, coats and books. My favorite recent score is a sheer, long 90s dress in a camouflage print.
New Rennaissance Bookstore
This bookshop has a vast selection of religious, spiritual and new age books and items, including the stunning piece of jet I'm holding in the photo above.
A Portland institution, this coffee chain makes delicious lattes. The location at the Ace Hotel also contains a photo-booth.
Portlanders go all out with their lush front yards and sidewalks. It takes me extra long to walk anywhere as a result.
Love via Crepes
Love via Crepes is delectable to your visual and dietary palette.The sweet crepes are wrapped up like ice-cream cones filled with stuff like fruit, Reeses peanut-butter, chocolate and yes, ice-cream! (They make savory crepes, too.) The decor features realistic replicas of various crepes.
Atlas TattooHome to some of the most talented hands in Portland, this is where I've gotten most of my work done.
This strange gallery and shop is perfect for those of us who are perpetual adolescents/goofballs.
You can get bug toppings for your ice-cream or hotdog here.
General Vintage Shopping
Portland is home to so many amazing vintage shops like the Red Light, Rad Summer and Xtabay.
How many of you have been to (or live in) Portland? What are your favorite aspects of this vibrant yet laid-back city? You can see more photos from my trip to Portland here.