PORTLAND

LA's never-ending summer has been driving me crazy. It's practically winter and I still haven't had a chance to properly wear a coat here. For a much needed change of temperature, I booked it to Portland this past weekend. It'd been one year to the date that I'd been there last and each time I love it even more. I'm pretty easy to please since my main objectives are to 1. be cold (see above re: coats) and 2. eat good food, and Portland is very much spot on for both.

I stayed at Hotel Lucia, which I highly recommend for it's convenient location and the, not one but two, restaurants connected to the lobby (Penny Diner and Imperial). Also I don't know if this is a Portland thing, but never before have I had so many electrical sockets made available to me (reference lobby sofa below). Truly a hotel that understands convenience (or neurotics like me).


And of course between meals we'd take in some sights. We trekked it to Multnomah Falls and Hood River one day and the rest of the time just took it easy and explored the city. Below is a list of some of my favorite shops in Portland.


1003 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

Probably one of the biggest boutiques in Portland. They carry all my favorites - Acne, Nomia, Sophie Buhai, Margiela - so if you find yourself still chilly and in need of a few extra layers, go there. You'll be covered. Plus they just moved into a bigger space (next door to the original spot), just look out for the big neon YES sign on the corner. Super close to Lucia!


3360 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

If you find yourself on Division (maybe grabbing a Salt n Straw?), be sure to stop by Nationale. It's a small gallery as well as a shop, carrying everything from housewares to zines and art books. Don't forget to peek behind the cash register, there's another small nook with more art =)


511 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Stand Up Comedy is one of my favorite OG weird internet online concept stores. I was excited to finally get to visit the brick and mortar this trip. The entrance is like one of the old jewelry stores in Downtown LA, with the window display entry. Currently on view are denim dolls from 69, but a new installation is soon to be up. Their selection is more niche like Eckhaus Latta, 69, Kapital, Electric Feathers.


927 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205

Like Nationale, West End Select Shop was another store I wasn't previously familiar with, but recommended by some local friends. Easily one of my new favorites. It had a great selection of vintage Levi's and brands I love like Black Crane and Nanushka.

13 comments :

Isabella said...

Portland sounds so wonderful! I definitely need to visit. Lovely photo, m'dear. I'm glad you had such a great time :D

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Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen said...

I'm going to Portland in two weeks (for the very first time and maybe if I like it I might move?!) so this is the perfect timing for this post! YAY!

tonya said...

I just moved from Portland and I miss it so much more now after seeing this post. It really is such an amazing place, and you went to some of my favorite shops!


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Lara said...

I'm so glad you got to see Multnomah Falls and the Gorge. My grandpa's sister and husband managed Crown Point and the Lodge at the falls in the 50's and I've heard many stories from my mother and grandpa about the area and the people who would visit. I have spent many hours riding my bike there and can feel the presence of those old souls keeping me safe on those crazy, mossy curves. It's a special place, thanks for mentioning it in your blog!

Lara said...

I'm so glad you got to see Multnomah Falls and the Gorge. My grandpa's sister and husband managed Crown Point and the Lodge at the falls in the 50's and I've heard many stories from my mother and grandpa about the area and the people who would visit. I have spent many hours riding my bike there and can feel the presence of those old souls keeping me safe on those crazy, mossy curves. It's a special place, thanks for mentioning it in your blog!

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Ashley A. said...

I'm usually so hesitant about venturing into boutiques, but considering it's been years since I ditched mall shopping, it is beyond time to see what local shops are offering. Gotta do that in my area, plus Portland is a place I want to visit soon anyway. Always appreciative of guides, thanks. Digging the sound of Frances May.

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Joepet said...

Lovable Place