Adventures in Portland with Catherines
Hi loves! Last month I spent a few days in Portland, Oregon with Catherines and the lovely Nicole from Curves on a Budget and Maddy Jones, Editor-in-Chief of Plus Model Magazine. In true Catherines fashion, they don’t tell us where we’re going or what we’re doing until it’s about to happen. That element of surprise, on top of everything I’m about to share with you, made this one of the best trips of my life. Let me tell you more about it.
After lunch at a local spot, we experienced another gorgeous part of Portland - the International Rose Test Garden. This place is incredible. There are 7,000 rose bushes on-site. Wearing my fave red lipstick, the Knit Jean (2XP), and Pattern Play Top (3X), this slightly edgy outfit helped me stop and smell the roses. This top was a fun way for me to play with pattern, something I normally don’t do, while sticking to colors I love and wear often.
Just when we thought our views couldn't get any better, Catherines took us to Sauvie Island. Located ten miles north of Portland, this island is home to wildlife and farmland. Our first stop on the island: a lavender farm! Envision the smell of your favorite lavender oil and multiply that by infinity. That's what it is like to be on a lavender farm. Surrounded by the country stillness, we picked lavender from the many rows of plants with the biggest smiles on our faces. Amazing, heavenly, surreal — no words can do justice to the happiness we felt on the farm.
Day three was all about the stunning Oregon coast. We headed to Cannon Beach, home of Haystack Rock from The Goonies, to soak up the sun and twirl in wind. I’m glad I wore the Knit Jean (2XP) because it’s seriously so soft, high waisted, and easy to cuff if you want to get your feet in the water. I paired the jeans with the Folk Song Top (2X) because I love anything off the shoulder. The ruffle adds a romantic touch that makes it versatile for any occasion.
Our last day in the City of Roses was bittersweet since we knew our time together was coming to an end. We spent the morning exploring downtown Portland. I wore the Soft Breeze Top (3X) with dark denim and gold accessories. This top has more of a sporty vibe thanks to the mesh overlay. The tassels are a cute touch, too.
All afternoon and well into the night, we hung out at the coolest place ever. The Vintages Trailer Resort houses classic trailers from the 1940s - 1960s. After we settled in, I went for a walk around the resort in my Inspire Active Tee (3X) and Energy Active Leggings (3X). I love this activewear! I’ve worn it quite a few times since returning from the trip. The colorblock tee gives my upper body plenty of room to stretch and move. The capri leggings are great for walking or jogging because they don’t roll down my stomach. Plus, the pops of neon and cutouts are so fresh!
Later that evening, we changed into something a little bit more glamorous to celebrate our last night together. I wore the Southwest Belted Dress (3X) for a classic fit and flare silhouette. There was laughter all around as we sat at the table drinking wine, snacking on a charcuterie platter, and playing an intense game of Jenga.
Photography by Christina Emilie.
Thanks to Catherines for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. <3