It’s The Little Things

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It’s the little things that mean the most-

Laughing with friends,

A compliment from a complete stranger,

The excited faces of kids mixing cookie dough,

A movie quote that warms the heart.

It’s the little things that turn out to be some of the biggest motivating factors in our lives and can also be our most memorable accessories! What? Yes, I did just take a very profound sentiment and give it a fashion spin! This is a blog about the The New Spaces, Places and Faces of Portland ,after all, and not words of wisdom from The Happy Buddah. [Read more...]

Salud!

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Wine carries the same emotions I have towards shoes. Less is never more. Each one distinctive to your mood at the moment and each one evokes fond memories of monumental or playfully petty snapshots from your past.

So when I see a wine shop, just as a new shoe display, I am drawn in to take a peek. That’s exactly what happened the other evening as I was walking with a friend down 23rd.  We both had commented about the opening of the new wine shop and decided to seize the moment, put our other plans aside, and relax with a glass of vino. [Read more...]

Education On The Run

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While jogging up Morrison St. yesterday I read this statement on the window of a vacant business building “Portlandia is the second largest hammered copper statue in the world (the Statue of Liberty is the largest.)”

Interesting, I thought. My next thought was who is *Portlandia? Isn’t that a show? As I ran past the next window it said “Portland has more movie theaters and restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States.” 

I looked and sure enough, more windows, more interesting facts about Portland. This is the point when I stopped jogging ( thank goodness- any excuse is welcome.)

The vacant business building on the corner of SW Morrison and Park just up from Brasserie Montmartre, has 11 windows embossed with interesting, well known & not so well known, tidbits about our fare city - Portland. [Read more...]

A Little Night Magic. A Lot of Spectacular Lights!

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Maybe I was due for a little magic, maybe it was the unforgetable delight that reflected off my 2 year olds face, maybe it was the perfect mild weather we had that night - whatever it was - I LOVED the ZooLights this year!

From the moment you pull into the parking lot you are greeted with bright, turn your frown upside down, lights!  As you enter the zoo you walk under an illuminated canopy of white lights and the word ZOO spelled with animal like letters. Reindeer leap over head, walk under massive archways of evergreens adorned with red bows. Pathways meander through lighted forests inhabited by crocodiles, hippos, giraffe’s and a parade of elephants complete with trunks that spout out an aqua blue shower that bestows a smile on all who watch.  Carousels of animals move and mesmerise the youngest of eyes. Monkeys swing  vine to vine, lions roar and an inchworm follows your lead. Birds and butterflies. Sea Lions and penguins who dive and glide through a LED crafted sea.

Don’t forget you can also enjoy a ride along a bedazzeled steamer train and see light displays that can only be viewed gazing out its windows. I could go on and on but it wouldn’t do this holiday spectacular justice. No matter what holiday you celebrate, spend an evening gazing at the zoo lights and let the joy of this holiday season radiate all around you and warm your heart.

Disclaimer: no matter how warm your heart gets there is no guarantee your toes will stay warm, so don’t forget those wool socks and $2.25 for a cup of cocoa. [Read more...]

Inspirational, Colorful, Reclaimed and Never Regifted – Vanillawood

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This is one of my new very favorite retail spaces to share with friends (you all), to browse for myself and to buy those “wow” gifts that your friends will always remember and never regift!

Vanillawood is a full service Design/Build and Interiors Business. The husband and wife team of James and Kricken Yaker’s have been designing and remodeling in Portland since 2006. Their design style emphasizes blending an open plan urban living space with functionality, comfort and luxury. Organic and green materials are fused together and finished off with a touch of contemporary flare to create spaces that are warm, relaxing and perfect for lounging or entertaining. [Read more...]

Bathrooms?

My current project is a coffee table book about memorable and unique bathrooms in Portland. This page will give you updates about my escapades in some of Portland’s most memorable bathrooms, bathroom trivia to test your P-town knowledge and sneak peeks into the book.

Bathrooms are my current fixation when I’m out on the town. A few years ago I wandered into the bathroom at the Doug Fir Lounge and wound up standing there taking in this room and feeling very confused; all the while my knees began to tightly buckle together and I started wondering “where the heck do you pee in here?”

For those of you who haven’t been to the bathroom at the Doug Fir Lounge, let me elaborate. The walls are covered in mirrored tiles with gold veining, a brightly lit light fixture bounces light off the mirrors creating a fun house effect for your eyes to adjust to. From floor to ceiling, nothing but mirrored surfaces reflecting light. When the stall doors, which are also floor to ceiling, are closed, you are left standing in a state of befuddlement – and may even begin to do the pee pee dance. I did! I was fortunate enough to have to wait only mere seconds before someone emerged from one of the closed stalls and opened the gateway to relief.

After this experience I began noticing the bathrooms everywhere I went. My mental list of funky bathrooms in Portland became longer and longer. While telling friends and occasional strangers who happen to sit next to me about these fabulous bathrooms, after all what better conversation opener than talking about bathrooms, right; everyone loved the quirkiness of this topic and an idea was born. I wanted to publish a coffee table book highlighting the funky and fabulous bathrooms of Portland!

Are there many memorable bathrooms in P-town, you ask?

The answer – YES!  I have a list of 50+ bathrooms that will be showcased in this book.

I will post about the on-going book development process and these bathrooms. Please leave me a comment if you have a favorite bathroom in Portland!

You can also follow me on twitter: @PDXbathrooms

And Facebook: Girl On the Go PDX

The book will be out in time for the 2012 holiday season!!!!!

Doug Fir Lounge
830 East Burnside St.
http://www.dougfirlounge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freaky But True

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The Peculiarium

 

 

The name gives you an idea of what to expect, but really – a visit is a must- to fully comprehend the strangely peculiar wares that are housed in this museum.

 

 It is said the famed, yet unknown Portland adventurer, Conrad Talmadge spent a life time traveling the globe in search of the inexplicable and the freaky. The peculiarium is the product of his strange obsession.   

 

As you enter the pepto bismol pink building on NW Thurman St, all your senses are instantly stimulated. A streaming loop begins to play through the hollows of your head, my voice takes on the persona of Mel Brooks and says: What in the Wide World of Sports is a-going on here? 

 Educational?   

 

 Of course!  [Read more...]

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