The Honorary Oregonian

Wanderlust isn’t just international: it can be cured in America too.

This last week, I hopped on a plane to visit my college roommate, Rebekah in Oregon. As the airplane began to move, I immediately put on my rose gold headphones and played a song that would coincide with takeoff. Call me dorky, but I tend to associate many memories with music.

The chorus blared through my eardrums as the wheels of the plane began to leave the ground; my heart started to race. This was it: the moment I had been waiting for since the end of the school year. I would finally visit the “city where the young go to retire (Portlandia)” and the place that practically coined the word, “hipster.”

From the moment I stepped off the plane, I knew that I had entered into a different world. The airport of Portland itself was true to the city’s uniqueness. The honey-sweet yet genuine sound of a live performer filled my heart with warmth—as did seeing my roommate and some other friends in the area after a couple months.

All cities have their own niche, and Portland is one of them. The city is a wonderful combination of architecture, culture, and greenery. It’s known for its diverse food trucks, restaurants and phenomenal coffee, and I cannot agree more; my taste buds were immensely happy during the entirety of the trip.

Visitors can also expect a mixture of grungy neighborhoods that feature hole-in-the-wall restaurants and thrifting, as well as areas that have more expensive shopping options and eateries.

Here I have on an outfit inspired by the quirky and adorable fashion of Portland. In fact, my blue floral skirt that has doily detailing at the bottom was thrifted. To keep the skirt as the focal point of the look, I paired it with a plain white crop top. Dimensions are everything, which is why I believe it is wise to pair a tighter top with a skirt that is more flowy and modest. Lastly, what is a trip to Portland without wearing a pair of Birkenstocks? These white ones are so cute and match the rest of my outfit perfectly!

The whole week was one big reunion, bucket list, and photo session. Activities included:

  • Powell’s Bookstore
  • Visiting the Portland Rose Garden (A Blog Post on this Later)
  • Thrift Shopping Galore
  • Visiting Hood River (A Blog Post on this Later)
  • Lots and Lots of Coffee
  • Flower Picking and Jam Tasting
  • Voodoo Donuts
  • Perusing the Saturday Market
  • Photoshoots next to pretty walls and Cathedrals (A Blog Post on this Later)
  • Hiking Multnomah Falls
  • Visiting Seattle
  • Reunions
  • Movie Marathons
  • And Much, Much More!

I heavily enjoyed this trip because it was full of new adventures and seeing people I love so much. For more in depth photos of some of the activities I did, go check out my Instagram here. There will be more blog posts from my trip to come, so stay tuned!

Keeping it Krischic,


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