It's hard to believe that it's already been a week since I was in Portland. My trip ended last Tuesday, and I've been dreaming of going back ever since. I have a post planned for Wednesday with more photos of my trip and a longer recap, but for now, let's just say that I fell completely head over heels for the city. I loved the culture and how every single business seemed straight out of my dreams, and I loved that all the "touristy souvenirs" that I bought felt like things I would look for on Etsy. I was up there visiting my friends (and up in Washington for a couple of days as well), and it was just the best vacation I could ask for. Sure, I can't say that there was much relaxation or even sleep, but it was worth it.
I only snapped a few outfit shots along the way, but I did manage to get one full posts worth of photos while at the Rose Gardens. My friend Kyle ended up grabbing my camera half of the time we were there, and he was nice enough to help me take these. This dress is from Apricity, which you should familiarize yourself with immediately if you haven't already done so. I was heartbroken when I heard that Fleet Collections, one of my all-time favorite brands, was ending, so it was such a relief to see that co-founder Eileen Chai immediately had another line in the works. To kick off Apricity months ago, Chai offered Fleet Collection customers a $50 credit for creating an account with Apricity, and I jumped at the chance to get the Sunday dress for cheap. Unfortunately, my height means that often sleeveless dresses end up having straps that are way too long on me, and this dress sat in my closet for longer than I wanted it to. I finally decided that something had to be done, and I took it to get altered (i.e. get the straps to fit my vertically challenged needs) right before trip so I could flaunt it around Portland. My goodness is it perfection. It's just beautiful, and I got so many compliments on it. I even ended up getting to tell a woman who worked in a boutique selling Fleet Collection about Apricity when she commented on it. There's nothing I love more than getting to support independent brands (especially those out of Los Angeles) and getting to make someone's day with a recommendation.
Also, the rose gardens? Gorgeous. I could have spent all day taking pictures, and I'm thankful that I was able to drag three dudes there with me without having to hear complaints at all. Now that's friendship.
Shoes: Shop Ruche
Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange
Tote bag: gift