Monday, October 7, 2013

Packing Guide: Portland


I may be a lot of things, but spontaneous isn't one of them. I'm a thinker, a muller, a ponderer, a pros-and-cons weigher. I've come to terms with this part of my personality and have been finding ways to satisfy my adventurous spirit, while staying true to my cautious nature. For a long time I've had Portland on my mind--the dichotomy of city energy and rural calm, the bustling food scene and commitment to farm-to-table fare, craft brews and cocktail mixology. So, when my bestie suggested a road trip that has been on her mind (with multiple, fun stops along the way), we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to satisfy both of our cravings. What does an overplanner do when faced with such a future? Obsessively think about packing for a seven-day road excursion to the Pacific Northwest.

Let's get one thing clear: I am a Southern California girl. I own one sweater (light, gauzy, sheer) and one coat (a Zara funnel collar beauty). I detest humidity and wear knit beanies to make a fashion statement. I wear leather riding boots in 70-degree weather. In other words: I was not prepared for the below-60 temperatures that Oregon promised. With my trip a couple days away, I pulled cues from my spring-and-summer closet--and much Pinspiration--to pack the perfect Portland suitcase: ready for daytime excursions to Crater Lake and Forest Park, craft brewery hops and brunch and/or dinner at Clyde Common. Follow along on my trip with the hashtag #gigilovespdx on social media!



{BOOTS...& a few lovelies}

Have you been to Portland? What did you pack? Where did you go?

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