portland bucket list


So this is my Portland Bucket List, for now anyway. I'm sure I'm missing things on this list.
I've been really wanting to go to Pittock Mansion, which has a great view of the city. I'd like to go hiking (which I've never really done...there wasn't exactly many places to hike in my hometown)!
Actually visit NE and SE Portland! Sometimes it feels like that side of town is a million miles away, it's not.
And of course, try far more food carts! Cause this is food cart nation people! haha.

I hope you've enjoyed Portland Week and helping me celebrate my one year anniversary of living here!
I'm so glad that I moved here and get to spend every day in a big city that is truly amazing.
Thanks so much to Sam, Stacey, Jenni, and Kira for guest posting!
Have a great weekend!
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ps This is my 250th post!

friday's fancies #19


This week's theme is Beach Chic. 
Being that it's Portland Week, I'm making it a bit more specific, so it's Oregon Beach Chic. 
(so original, I know)

Oregon beaches are gorgeous! They are also cold. Whoever thinks the Pacific Ocean is warm, is just a teensy bit crazy. Then again, I'm from Texas and Gulf water is quite warm in comparison.

Oregon beach chic

I'm actually planning on going to the beach next week and if I just happened to have all of this in my closet, I would wear this.  (the forecast is 63 degrees and partly cloudy--I could probably get away with wearing pants instead!)

Had a chance to visit any Oregon beaches??
What's your fave beach (in Oregon or elsewhere)?
If you'd like to take a look at my past beach trips,
you can here, here, here and here!
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ps Don't forget to see all the other Friday's Fancies at long distance loving!

portlander post: Rain OR Shine


Hello Goodheart readers! My name is Kira, I am a lifelong Oregonian, and I blog over at Rain OR Shine. I'm so excited to be writing this Portland post! 
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When Danica told me about Portland week, I knew I wanted to write about something in our city that isn't a popular tourist destination. My husband and I really love exploring the outdoors and that is one of the best things about living in Portland. It's only a short distance to great hiking areas like the Columbia River Gorge or Forest Park on the west side of the city. Those are both very popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. I wanted to share about my favorite hiking location which is practically in my backyard and not many residents even know about it. It's not much of a drive from most parts of Portland, you come across way less hikers on the trail, it has trails for all skill levels of hikers, mountain bikers, horse trails, and it is breathtakingly beautiful. This magical place is called Powell Butte Nature Park.
Before our daughter Pearl was born, my husband and I would go on multiple hikes and runs up Powell Butte every week with our dogs. It took us a while to get back into it, but now that the weather is occasionally nice, we have taken Pearl up there as well. She loves it.

There are multiple trail options, but you can hike to the top of Powell Butte and back down in less than an hour so it is perfect for taking a baby or for families with multiple children. The trails are easy to navigate and pretty much all lead to the top so it's almost impossible to get lost. There are also trail entrances from the Springwater Corridor so if you want to mountain bike up the butte, there is no reason to even bring your car. You can safely and easily bike to it. Once you make it to the top, there is an amazing viewing area where you can see so many of the local mountains. There are markers pointing in the direction of each mountain so they are easier to find. The views of Mount Hood are completely amazing. There are also benches and plenty of grassy area for a picnic. I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful park near my home. It really is one of the best things about Portland for me. If you decide to take a trip to Powell Butte, stop by and let me know how it went!
Doesn't Powell Butte look pretty??
I really need to try some of the hiking trails around here!
Thanks so much for guest posting Kira!
Don't forget to check out her Portland life over on Rain OR Shine.
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portlander post: A Well Crafted Party/ Leave the Laundry for Later


Hello! My name is Jenni and I blog about do-it-yourself parties over at A Well Crafted Party and the rest of my life over at Leave the Laundry for Later. When Danica asked me if I would like to post about things I love about Portland I was super excited to share. I moved to Portland from Oklahoma (Danica still somehow likes me even with the Texas/Okie rivalry) 5 years ago and fell in love with this crazy little city.

Portland has the charm of a small town with the draw of a big city. I threw together my top five places that I like to bring guests when they come visit me here in Stumptown.

Put a bird on it— Portland Waterfront
Stumptown Coffee  can be found all over Portland. I love their cold brew.
1. Coffee— I love coffee in all shapes and forms. And, I love that in Portland you can get great coffee nearly everywhere.

2. Pittock Mansion— Portland is a really beautiful city. Looking down on it from Pittock Mansion on a clear day is unforgettable. We like to hike through part of Forest Park to get to the mansion. What other city has a forest in the middle of it!?

3. Powell's Books— Yep, it is on everyone's favorite Portland treasure list. But, it is on everyone's list for good reason. A full city block and four stories of books is my kind of store. I like to bring guests to Powell's and let everyone get lost for a few hours in the City of Books.

Forest Park can make you forget that you are in the middle of the city. Then, a short hike later, you can stop into your favorite pub for a drink or hop onto the train and hit the town's hot spots.
The view from Pittock Mansion at sunset.
4. Either Departure -OR- Portland City Grill— Either of these bars are great for viewing the city. Departure is wonderful if the weather is great. Go out onto the balcony to see the city and drink in a fun cocktail. Portland City Grill is good whatever the weather and has an amazing Happy Hour.

The Arches in Downtown Portland near Skidmore fountain. The pink building in the background, "The Big Pink," can be seen from nearly anywhere in Portland and houses Portland City Grill.
One of the many great views you can see from the balcony of Depature.

5. Cool theme restaurants—This is actually more than one, but there are a few restaurants that have such a cool vibe and are such a fun experience that I love bringing guests to them.

Some of my favorite "theme" restaurants:
  • Marrakesh— Moroccan restaurant where you sit on cushions, eat with your hands, and enjoy a belly dancer. On-line reviews of this place are a mixed bag. And, to be honest I've had horrible service and wonderful service while eating there. But, the food is always amazing. I've never regretted the experience. 
  • Urban Fondue— I am a big fan of fondue and, while I like The Melting Pot, this little restaurant is affordable, has a lot of flair, and delivers on an amazing fondue experience. Bonus: They are connected to a great little bar with a huge list of fun cocktails. 
  • Alexis Restaurant Traditional Greek Cuisine— I am a sucker for family style. Alexis has the best Greek food I've ever tasted and it is served by a warm, friendly staff. 
  • Mother's Bistro— Not sure how much of a theme this is, except that it does feel like sitting down to a really great meal at home. I love bringing people to Mothers for Brunch. 
  • Toro Bravo— Tapas and Sangria. Yum. I like doing the "chef's choice" and being surprised with each tasty dish. 
  • Food Carts— When I moved here I was so scared of these. Finally tried them and, if the weather is nice, will often choose to eat at the carts over most restaurants.
Excuse the grainy photo... dark restaurants are not camera friendly. But, the food at Marrakesh is pretty even in a bad photo. And, quite literally, finger-licking-good.
Me enjoying a delicious birthday dessert of chocolate fondue at Urban Fondue.
This only grazes the amazing possibilities of visiting and living in PDX. I think the attractions just right outside the city would take another couple of posts. Thank you Danica for letting me share a little about what I love about Portland. Congrats on your first year in the Rose City— I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
I can definitely testify that Powell's, Mother's Bistro, and Alexis Greek restaurant are awesome! 
This list gives me so many other things to try too.
Thanks so much for guest posting Jenni!
Don't forget to hop on over to her blogs and check out her life here in PDX.
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portlander post: Gray Skies


Hi everyone! I’m Stacey, and I blog over at Gray Skies. I’m so excited to be doing this guest post for Danica as she celebrates a year of living in Portland! I’ve lived in Portland nearly my whole life, and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. I love being surrounded by green hills, mountains, rivers, and the beauty of nature. One of the places I love most in this city is the Rose Garden.



  The Rose Garden is at Washington Park, in the west hills above Portland. The view of the city from the park is lovely, but really nothing holds a candle to the garden itself. There are hundreds of different varieties of roses and thousands of rosebushes, all laid out in neat plots. One of my favorite things to do on a sunny summer afternoon is walk up to the garden with my camera, and spend an hour walking around, smelling the roses and taking photos. Even after four years of living within walking distance of the garden, I still haven’t grown tired of visiting it. Right now is the perfect time of year to visit – most of the roses are in full bloom, and the weather is (generally) cooperative!


What do you guys think of the Rose Garden?
It's definitely one of my favorite places in Portland. 
Head on over to her blog to check out her life 
(and great outfits) here in the City of Roses! 
Thanks so much for guest posting Stacy! 
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portlander post: Sam Rosen


Hi Goodheart Readers!
My name is Sam and I blog about fashion, food, family, dates, accomplishments, parties, all sparkly things and anything else over at Sam Rosen. It was so nice to meet Danica at one of the Portland Blogger Meet Ups.

I was very excited when Danica asked me to guest post about Portland for her moving to Portland anniversary! 
It was perfect timing because I was heading to one of my favorite cupcake bakeries, Saint Cupcake.
Saint Cupcake has two locations, one on the east side and one on the west side of Portland. 
I love how they change their flavors daily. Some of my favorites are Salty Captain, Red Velvet, Pumpkin Spice, and the Vanilla with buttercream. I love the little tiny cupcakes, a perfect size to have a couple different flavors! If you want a certain flavor, make sure to check the website so you know which day to go. 
This is a great place to take visitors, go on a date, meet up with girlfriends, or grab a dozen for a party, for a hostess present, or if you just feel in the mood for cupcakes.

disregard that grease stain on the box, I accidentally tipped over the mini cupcake right before the photo.. 

I chose, chocolate with chocolate frosting, chocolate with vanilla buttercream, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, big top, coconut cream, two salty captains, vanilla with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with fudge, another vanilla, lemon zest, and carrot cake

What are your favorite bakeries in Portland?

Looks yummy doesn't it?? I'll need to find an excuse to go and try Saint Cupcake. 
Don't forget to check out Sam's blog, cause she's got an awesome sense of style!
Thanks so much for guest posting Sam!

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portland week


It's Portland Week!! 
Why, you might ask...
because it has now been a year since I moved to Oregon!
Crazy, right?? 
I hope you enjoy all of the posts this week that 
are dedicated to this wonderful, rainy place. 
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friday's fancies #18


color block party

Color blocking has been a huge trend for quite awhile now and this week 
I had some fantastic inspiration found on The Sartorialist (here). 
I'm loving this color combo! It's somewhat tropical and perfect for summer. 
Have you guys been rocking this trend??

Hope all of you have a fantastic weekend! 
Check out more of this block party on long distance loving.
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the silver anniversary


Hi guys! Sorry for the blog silence these last few days. 
My parents just got in on Monday night to visit me for a few weeks! 
 Also, yesterday was their 25th wedding anniversary!

Hope all of you are having a fantastic week!
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friday's fancies #17


outfit crush

This week's Friday's Fancies is all about the outfits we're crushin' on. 
Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but I love this outfit she wore. It's cute and classic. 
So here's my take on it, summer style! 

Don't forget to check out more outfit crushes at long distance loving.
Have a fantastic weekend!

ps You can now like my blog on facebook and follow on hellocotton!
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spiky bracelets & sunnies


Last week, I went shopping with one of my friends. We decided to stop by Forever 21, which I hadn't been to in quite awhile. I had no plans to find/buy anything, but when does that stop me. 

I knew as soon as I saw that turquoise bracelet, I just had to get it! The rest of it just magically appeared in my hands before I could leave the store. They needed a good home. :)
Found anything good at F21 lately??

ps I started a Facebook page and joined hellocotton
Check 'em out!

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lovely owl


I love owls. Honestly, who doesn't!
(I'm sure there are people who don't like them, but seriously they're so cute!)
So for your Tuesday, I present a video I found quite awhile back.
I still think it's possibly the most adorable thing ever.

I would love to have a pet owl now. It'll be just like Harry Potter!
This may be just like when I watched How To Train Your Dragon,
I completely wanted a pet dragon after that. haha.

Hope all of you have a great week!
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