I’m back from the dead on here!
After finishing school forever and alleviating the majority of my stress, I craved a little mini trip up to Portland. My friend Cheyenne (@cheyp on instagram) was so gracious to host me for the 36 hours I was there, and we squeezed a lot of cool things into such a small sliver of time. I wanted to share some cute little spots I went to, just in case you find yourself around PDX in the near future. 🙂
what I wore
I didn’t want to pack anything for such a quick trip, honestly. I wanted to just walk onto the airplane with my shoulder bag, so I planned accordingly. I wore a pair of black Levi’s and a basic tank, and I packed extra socks, underwear, and a shirt in my bag with a toothbrush and other mini self-care items. I brought my teddy coat (remember when we voted on this? LOL) because it’s warm and cozy, and it’s my favorite fall/winter trend that I’ve seen floating around.
I showed up to PDX already overcaffeinated, since Cartel (duh) is in the airport. However, I’ve been on a coffee streak lately because of all the things in my life I have going on right now, so we had coffee at Stumptown twice. The new location downtown is super cute, with mid-century inspired furniture, plants galore, and a comfortable atmosphere that simultaneously is tailored for focus and relaxation. The sky was overcast, and the diffused daylight really set the tone for a laid-back day.
Another spot I really liked was Never Coffee — just a short walk from where I was staying, they specialize in matcha and specialty mochas. I loved that Never’s small space had a clean design and airy atmosphere with a hint of whimsy with small injections of color in the space. It was so nice to be able to spend the morning sipping on matcha (which I had for the very first time there) and looking at all the cute little houses.
honorable mentions I didn’t have the chance to visit: upper left roasters, prince coffee.
I was really excited to try some new food spots, and I was so in love with what we had to eat. The first place we went to was Paadee, a thai comfort food spot. I ordered the Ba Mhee “Pitsanulok”, a noodle soup with pork broth, per Cheyenne’s recommendation. I loved that the ceiling had plants everywhere, and there were string and pendant lights all over.
Another spot I loved was in Portland’s Hawthorne neighborhood — for breakfast, we went to Fried Egg, I’m in Love. I am giggling as I type this because I love puns so much. I was so excited about eating my egg sandwich (lovingly named Free-Range Against the Machine) that I forgot to save a photo. But I promise it was amazing.
honorable mentions I didn’t have a chance to visit: cheese & crack, tusk.
Cheyenne and I mostly thrifted when I was there, but there are so many good spots around Hawthorne. My favorite vintage store of all time that I was looking forward to returning to is House of Vintage — my best friend Tatum and I went there a couple of years ago and had the best luck, and I have been wanting to go back ever since. Some other good larger spots around this area are Crossroads and Red Light Vintage.
We dropped into a newly-opened vintage store, Mister Sister, and I loved it in there. The owner is also from Phoenix and everything was so well-curated and cute. I picked up a wool mid-length coat for my move to nyc (31 days y’all omg).
honorable mentions I didn’t have a chance to visit: wild poppy goods, WM goods.
It felt so refreshing to have a little getaway to see a friend for a day, and it felt like a little goodbye to my mini west-coast trips before my adventures start lining the east coast and the midwest. Let me know if you have suggestions for future travel diaries!
I hope this was a helpful lil guide for a day trip to portland!
until next post. xx