A Day in Portland, Oregon – February’s 10 on 10

This was no ordinary day, this was my dear friend Katie’s birthday. We hadn’t exactly meant to all be together on her birthday, it was a happy coincidence of schedules aligning. Four childhood friends spending a few days together. We ate and drank our way through the city, it was pretty amazing. So many laughs and memories with these women.

Morning Coffee RunWe started the morning with a walk to get coffee. Fresh Pot was around the corner so we headed out into the damp blue hour light (which might be my favorite hour of the day…)

TtownGirlsPDX16 (7 of 36)Heading back to our house we got dressed and ready for the rest of the day.

TtownGirlsPDX16 (11 of 36) TtownGirlsPDX16 (10 of 36) TtownGirlsPDX16 (13 of 36)We showed up a few minutes early, but the wait for lunch at Olympia Provisions did not disappoint. That’s the birthday girl up there giving me the stink eye as she tries to enjoy her cocktail…

TtownGirlsPDX16 (16 of 36)TtownGirlsPDX16 (17 of 36)It’s not a trip to Portland if you don’t go to Powell’s and get lost in the stacks for a few. Or find the coolest boutiques (this one specializing in salts… isn’t that color amazing?)

TtownGirlsPDX16 (19 of 36)TtownGirlsPDX16 (24 of 36)TtownGirlsPDX16 (21 of 36)TtownGirlsPDX16 (25 of 36)Back to our neighborhood for beers and laughs.

TtownGirlsPDX16 (18 of 36)Such a great day together. Ladies, I am so glad we were able to spend some much needed Truckee Girl time! Now, to decide on that next destination in two years….

This post is part of a larger blog circle that I am participating in each month. Please make sure to visit the others starting with the one and only Scout Castoe, I promise you will be inspired.

22 Comments A Day in Portland, Oregon – February’s 10 on 10

  1. Audrey February 10, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Wowwwee Vanessa! These are just stunning, I can feel the love between you and your friends! I love the blue hour too! And I love the shots in the restaurants and your beautiful birthday friend!! xoxo

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      the blue hour shots are my favorite too! xo

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  2. Scout February 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Oh these are all so gorgeous! Thank goodness for friendship, good food, and fantastic cities.

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Portland is probably one of my most favorite places to visit. So much good food, great energy and something to photograph around every corner.
      xo

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  3. Meg February 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I love Portland! I love that you captured deep friendship and laughter. It’s so good for the soul, isn’t it?

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      The giggles are strong with this group! and yes, so very good. We hadn’t all been together in one spot for almost 3 years!

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  4. Stephanie Gough February 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    What a fun day! I can feel the love and happiness you all shared!

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  5. Alison February 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    The Powell’s reflection shot may be my favorite – love this little story of your day. xoxo

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  6. Jennifer Calderon February 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    A special day so beautifully caught. 🙂 I ca feel the vibes all the way in Cali.

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  7. Lei February 11, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Looks like a grand time! I especially love the morning walk down the rainy street. Killer stuff, girl!

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 11, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Blue hour is becoming my favorite, even more so then golden. i love the tones it gives my work!

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  8. Maite Pons February 11, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I love them all, especially the one of the bookstore!

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 11, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      thanks so much Maite! I realized I hadn’t shot anything while we were wandering around inside and knew I needed it as part of the day’s story. Glad I slowed down just enough to see this one!

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  9. Kristina February 11, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Looks like you all had such a great time together. There is nothing better than connecting with those that you share a history with. Love the stink eye photo of your friend. Happy bday to her!

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 11, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      These girls and I have SO much history. One of them has been my friend before we were ‘on the outside’- our mamas pregnant at the same time.
      xo

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  10. Staci Lee February 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    What a perfect day! Those Bloody Mary’s look amazing!

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      I think it’s my all time favorite place to get a bloody. The best part? They don’t usually serve them on weekdays, it’s a weekend brunch thing- BUT our waiter was awesome and mixed some up just for us! I love Olympia Provisions!

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  11. kim February 12, 2016 at 4:23 am

    You captured so much here – beautiful photos, of course, but also the *feel* of the day – the friendship and fun. Lovely

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      I am so glad it translated through in the images. My biggest goal was to capture the feels. xo

      Reply

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