I was recently part of a pop up fundraising event with a fashion show by local Portland designers Myriam Marcela and Ayumi Angel. The event featured not only fashion but a dinner by local chef, Keith Morris, at the beautiful Coopers Hall space in SE Portland. The evening was to benefit the Portland-Guadalajara Sister City Association– a local organization that helps low-income families that have children with autism. Both designers are from Guadalajara, and the menu was inspired by food from the region. It was such a special event to be a part of and so much fun getting to walk in a show.
This post is sponsored by Zappos. All thoughts expressed are my own.
I had a blast last weekend at the Zappos Roadshow block party in Downtown Portland. We went on Saturday and made it a family outing. The event was pet-friendly, so we were able to bring both our dogs along for the fun. We enjoyed mimosas and tacos while listening to music and playing games. Everyone had a great time! There was a great turnout, and people seemed to be having as much fun as us. The event was a way for Zappos to give back to the Portland community, and they also offered free pet adoptions. Pretty awesome, huh? As someone who is so supportive of pet adoption from personal experience, I’m really happy to come be part of such a fun event for a good cause. Check out highlights from the events and details on my outfit.
If you live in Portland (or come to visit), make your next shopping excursion includes Gild on SE Division. They seriously have my favorite shoe selection in Portland. I’m in love with everything! Gild offers a curated, yet relatively large, selection of high-quality and stylish women’s footwear. Style offerings range from classic to trendy, so you’re sure to find something you love whether your personal style is fashion forward, comfy casual, or conservative. Best of all, shop owners Erinn and Nicole are there to help you find your perfect pair (or more!) of shoes. Today I’m sharing my top 5 shoes currently available at Gild. Some of these products are also available to shop on their website, so I’ve added links to those.
I’m so happy to have recently discovered an amazing local clothing store: Shop Adorn. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been blowing up my feed with some of my favorite pieces from their Spring collection. They carry the best stuff! What I love most about their selection is that it captures the essence of the Portland girl style so well. From locally sourced jewelry to premium denim to on-trend items, they have nailed the shopping experience. I found this gorgeous bomber jacket there, and I am seriously getting so many compliments on it. It fits super well and the fabric is soft and gorgeous. Best of all, it’s reversible so it can be worn with a variety of different styles.
I’m so excited to share a post about Farina Bakery on SE Hawthorne Blvd. I knew the owner through a previous job, and she is absolutely the sweetest person you’d ever meet. Not only that, she makes the best macarons around! They are so perfect and special. We bought a large order once at the old job and everyone couldn’t stop talking about how delicious they were while going back for seconds and thirds.
One of the things Portland is known for is the food trucks. Not only are the Portland food trucks in pods all across the city, finding homes in almost every neighborhood, but many of Portland’s best meals come from a cart. Foodie that I am, I was super excited to see a flower truck driving by the corner of SE Stark and 28th street recently. Flower Bomb is adding something special to the Buckman neighborhood with its wide selection of pretty flowers and plants.
I couldn’t say enough good things about Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry on NE Sandy in Portland’s charming Hollywood neighborhood. Let’s put it this way- I used to fantasize about opening my own restaurant and this place feels like my dream come to life (minus the whole me me creating it thing). My boyfriend, William, and I were both blown away by their whole brunch experience. There is so much attention to detail in everything, most importantly the food, but also the light bright space, old-fashioned dishes, and lovely service.
Even though summer is coming to a swift close, Portland typically continues to enjoy warm weather through September. We tend to have the indian summer thing almost every year. It’s good because our summer tends to really start a bit later than other parts of the country, usually around Fourth of July. That said, you don’t need warm weather to enjoy all of the amazing ice cream the city has to offer.
Pickathon is the perfect example of how Portland does a music festival. Sustainable, unique, and above all… chill. I knew it was going to be good, but guys, this festival was much better than I expected. Comparing it to other festivals I’ve attended, the thing that blew me away most was how mellow and friendly everyone was. It was truly a relaxing and welcoming environment to chill and enjoy some great music. And there were horses!Read More