Getting used to a new city is taking me a while, especially considering that previously, I lived in the same place for 18 years. I knew the city and surrounding country inside out, and had friends in every nook and cranny. Here, not so much.
That’s not to say I’m not liking Portland–au contraire! Old, established cities are so beautiful. I love being able to walk downtown and see architecture from various different eras all mingling together. And it’s so green down here, which has a little bit to do with the weather. That’s where I’m a bit baffled. I’ve never had to deal with rain before. And as much research as I did before I moved, reading about rain is not the same as walking out of my building to a facefull of drizzle.
Walking in the rain is one of my favorite things to do–for now. I have a hunch that halfway through November, it’s going to be mighty dull. So I need to stock up: chic raincoat and waterproof walking boots definitely, and ideally a new bag, grin-inducing umbrella and bright scarves. I’ve already eyed some of the Burberry trench coats at Nordstrom (like that’s gonna happen), and I’ve located some boots that I like at DSW (I already have some rad rubber ones for when it pours). The rest will come as it may–I’m still looking for the perfect bag.
I’m excited to start finding vintage stores and thrift shops and other cool places around here. One of them is bound to have the perfect raincoat. Raincoats of Portland, beware: I’m coming after you.
Hello, lovely readers– Just wanted to let you know that I’ve moved (to Portland!) and will start graduate school next week, so posting may be a bit wonky until I get a new routine worked out. In the meantime, I’ll keep a lookout for Nubby, Winona, and Camille as I explore a new city. Cheers!
» If you’re going to buy cheap necklaces of dubious quality, why would you pay more for the Express version when you can find the same thing at Forever 21? I also found a version of the tassel necklace at Hot Topic–I don’t know about you, but I am much more likely to buy jewelry that looks different, more personal. Sometimes I think fashion retailers take trends too literally, and it seems like lately they’ve been even more unimaginative.
» Are we going to get a prom-queen smackdown out of this? Somewhere, a stylist is going to pay. (Though I do think the dress suits Pink a lot better.)
[photos courtesy of rollingstone.com, forever21.com and express.com]
Like Dior Poison, YSL Opium assaults the nose on first contact. Seriously, it reeks of alcohol and poison, and while softer scents take a while to break down, Opium stayed full-strength for a couple hours at least. When it did, it started smelling of cinnamon, almost soft with some bitter on the side (but that might be my skin). It was intruiging, but kind of off-putting at the same time–almost Poison Lite.
Who is this for? Somebody who wants a drastic change from florals, but who doesn’t want to be obnoxious about it. It would be fun to wear this with a frilly dress and mary janes, to balance out any latent girlishness. Opium is formal smelling, so it would probably work best in a structured environment, but you might be able to get away with it for a casual outfit because of the patchouli.
» Breakdown: Mandarin orange, Bergamot, Lily of the valley. Jasmine, Carnation, Myrrh. Vanilla, Patchouli, Opoponaux, Amber.
» Does it pass The Brother Test? Didn’t get a chance to ask him. Doubtful, though.
» Verdict: In the middle between intense and obnoxious, providing you don’t spray on too much. Not my favorite.