Last Saturday we arrived in Portland to some gloriously hot and sizzling weather, punctuated by an endless blue sky and Willamette River-fresh breezes. Not knowing exactly where to go (I knew about Powell's Used Books, the infamous bookstore that is the size of a city block) we decided to just hop on the MET rail system (free heading into the downtown core) and see where we ended up.
With luck on our side, I picked the Skidmore Fountain stop as the place to embark on our journey, and what a fantastic place it was! We ended up smack in the middle of the vibrant and pulsing Portland Saturday Market, where cool clothes, bags and hippie accessories abounded at every turn.
Bought the skirt/dress! Gotta support the locals :)
Keep Portland Weird!
Admist the chaos, were local Portlanders who mesmerized me at every turn with their unique and eclectic style. If the Sartorialist ever makes it up to the Pacific Northwest, Portland has to be on his list - no offense to Seattle or Vancouver but I found Portland so much more zesty. Everyone looked so fresh and fabulous, from emo hipsters, to moonforest children, to colour-coordinated families. I wanted to become a street-style photographer right there and then but was way too shy (what exactly do you ask these people?), so I snuck a few pics where I could:
These long, slouchy bags were everywhere - and how awesome is the other girl's tattoo?
Monochrome Family Brights
And to think that I thought Hendrix was dead...
Please check out that awesome mess behind me :P
The market also served alcohol (how perfect was that Corona?), had live music and an amazing array of eateries.
Though we ended up spending more time than we should have at the market (and missed the bookstore as well as the outstanding amount of vintage clothing stores that Portland happily posesses), I feel like I got the perfect taste of Portland in such a short time. I'm already plotting my next trip there!
Dress: Unknown; Scarf: Forever 21; Woven Bangle: French Connection; Fringe Bag: Miele Bianco; Cork Wedges: Michael Kors
To read about where we ate in Portland (highly recommended), please click onMy Travel Blog Link