on to day 2 with my badass big girl camera and my photo dump.
the day started out foggy (so technically, this photo was taken at sunrise on day 3, not day 2 so play along) but worked itself out to be gorgeous. think low 70’s and sunny.
I had plans to meet my dear college friend, whom I hadn’t seen in almost 24 years, for cruising the pearl district and a little lunch. what I didn’t expect was an insider’s tour of the advertising firm wieden + kennedy to see her office and gallery space for an upcoming project.
the space is incredible, and confusing and magnificent. ping pong tables, video games, crazy work spaces – they have it all. if you’d like your own personal tour (of sorts) watch this skit from the first season of portlandia that they filmed in their offices.
this is a meeting ‘room’ called the ‘basket’ on the very top floor and nearly impossible to figure out how to get to and it’s AMAZING.
also, if you’re in portland on october 24, please do yourself a favor (and me!) and go see ‘a day in paradise’ as part of ‘fallen fruit‘ throughout the city. as the creative director of caldera, my friend elizabeth has worked her ass off to put this together and I’m so sorry to miss it.
we wandered through dozens of galleries and etsy-in-real-life shops like MADEHERE (above, top) and woonwinkle (above, bottom). there is talent and creativity at every corner in portland and that applies to the fabulous food, too.
I made my way over to the portland art museum but realized I had no desire to spend the rest of the gorgeous afternoon indoors. (which meant I crossed the portland institute for contemporary art off my list, too) and at this point I really wished I’d had a better game plan. I’m really great at winging it and I’m up for adventure but I had to be back at the hotel by 5:30p to clean up before heading out to the first hello sessions event which meant I only had 2 hours left for exploring.
if I’d done better research (and not just dropping pins on a google map) I would’ve been able to visit the japanese tea garden AND the rose test gardens. but because winging it doesn’t help you sort out how to get somewhere or how long it takes, I saw neither of those gorgeous places. had I done it right, I would’ve figured out the public transit, rented a bike or even picked up a CAR2GO. (probably not but they’re pretty cute and all over the city.)
I had to settle for the much smaller but gorgeous rose gardens outside the portland museum of art.
fun fact: portland, OR is the ‘city of roses’ (and named after portland, ME) and the international rose test garden was created to protect hybrid roses grown in europe that might have been decimated during WWI.
as you can tell, I zigzagged my way around the city with only one destination on my phone…
I think my hotel room was bigger than voodoo doughnut (they spell it the long way) and the line was to the door. but what’s not love about crazy, kitschy light fixtures, a rotating selection in pink colored cases with names like ‘triple chocolate penetration’ and ‘marshall mathers’? I bought my glazed ‘doughnut’ for comparison purposes and a chocolate coconut after waiting 5 minutes.
here’s the thing – comparing voodoo to blue star isn’t fair. voodoo is more of an experience, with lower prices and smaller doughnuts. blue star was a little more money with bigger donuts/doughnuts and a more ‘elevated’ ambiance. both glazed goods were excellent and what’s not to love about a donut/doughnut? I wouldn’t turn down either. if you’re curious here’s a list of the top 8 donut places in portland.