Holiday Time in PDX

It has been insanely cold the last few days here in Portland, and the other day we even had a bit of snow! But today Patrick and I braved the below freezing temperatures (seriously, it never got above 29F!) to visit some of our favorite shops downtown to do a bit of Christmas shopping.

Despite getting constantly asked to sign one petition or another, and being panhandled, I still enjoy Portland’s downtown. There is a good combination of retail chains and local shops all within easy walking distance, even for a gal in heels.  There are lots of nifty buildings too, and someone thought it would be nice to get the fountains that feature Oregon animals sweaters…

And speaking of nifty buildings, the Benson Hotel recreated Portland, circa 1913, in gingerbread!

The evening culminated in us attending Wanderlust‘s holiday party, where shop owner Vanessa gave out gift bags full of goodies to the first 20 people, include ten dollars off a purchase of $40 or more at her shop! Which I promptly used.

I feel that Vanessa’s shop is a perfect representation of Portland.  She offers up a wonderful selection of vintage clothing and accessories, which highlights the keenness that Portlanders have to recycle, but she also partners up with local artisans and carries their items, which also shines a light on Portland’s creative streak.

I still didn’t get everyone crossed off my list, so I’m bound for some more shopping before Christmas! How’s your holiday shopping going?

Don’t forget to enter the What Katie Did book giveaway in the previous post, if you haven’t already that is! It closes Wednesday!

Fur Coat and Belt: Gifts
Sweater Set and Hat: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Deer Brooch, Purse and Shoes: Thrifted
Gloves: Don’t remember!
Tights: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon

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