GOOD COFFEE (4747 SE Division, Portland, OR 97206): Greeted by the most friendly baristas, I was not only impressed by the quick service but also one of the smoothiest lattes that I have ever had. I loved that Good Coffee was small but bright and airy, especially the nook area that looked like the Dr. waiting office. It has all of the hipster characteristics that I can name: the cowhide carpet, hanging plants, macrames, hexagonal tiles at the front, and of course, hipsters. In case you missed my last Travel Diary post, you can read it here to keep up with what I did last weekend in Portland.

above: croissant, maple latte and vanilla latte

While in Portland last Sunday (our day 2 and last day), we walked through a few streets of downtown bright and early. It was cold and messy. Did I mention streets in downtown Portland were filled with bird poops and many homeless people? Just shortly after an hour of walking and shopping in downtown, we were surprised by so many bird poops on our car. Regardless, I really enjoyed our sort 2 day weekend last week. The food scene was grea!

After a few hours of shopping the first night that we got to downtown, LECHON (113 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97204) came up as one of a few restaurants that had 3-4k reviews on Yelp. And I was actually and pleasantly surprised by each and every dish they brought out. We had some duck wings, a grilled octopus dish, and a pull-pork dish that they called Lechon. AMAZING! The bill was less than $50 as I remembered which was ‘nothing’ compared to the service and the food we had. You can see the food photos that I took and documented it here. I noticed the building architecture looked pretty cool, so I went back the next day to shoot this outfit photos.

Whenever I travel, one tip to avoid people in the outfit shots is to wake up and shoot early. I love old buildings with ornate pillars and lots of lines. White would be perfect, but I am loving warm tones in my photos these days. So I make sure that the background is not too busy, too colorful, and non-brick. Of course, I don’t take my own photos (my boyfriend does!), we communicate and help each other out in spotting locations on the way or most of the time, he’s much better than me at envisioning the shots, the angles, and the lighting.

MY OUTFIT DETAILS: A few weeks ago, I was kindly contacted by the founder of Almina Concept with a discount/coupon to purchase their clothes! After a few email exchange, I learned a bit more about the brand (Made in Korea, Based in LA), browsed the online shop, and picked out so many favorites. Almina Concept offers simple yet chic basics with affordable prices which I don’t see a lot these days. It kinda gives me the Everlane vibe. When the sweater arrived, the color was as exactly as how I imagined or saw it on the website, a brownish nude color with a slightly boxy fit with a cropped length. I love everything about the sweater except that fact that the fabric/knit was so thin (as you could see my bralette underneath in some of the photos above!). It sometimes feels itchy here and there, but trust me, I have been wearing it almost every day ever since! Now I appreciate the lighter knit/fabric a lot more. It is so easy to put on and take off. I can easily add a jacket and am good to go since Seattle doesn’t really get below zero.

You should check out their stuff here, and follow them on Instagram here.

sweater: Almina Concept here

scarf: Aritzia here

checked coat: H&M (bought last year on sale, very similar here, love the color blocking one here)

ripped knee jeans: Topshop here

sock boots: Stradivarius (bought from ASOS similar here)

bag: Proenza Schouler, the navy one is on sale with half-price of what I bought here

lipstick: Too Faced in shade Lady Balls here

leather jacket (worn at the beginning) H&M similar here

SHOP CHECKED COATS:

Stay tuned for my next post where I will be sharing the Cannon Beach photos.

stay inspired | as always

An Trieu