Pretty Blonde Penny

4th OF JULY IN PORTLAND, OR

Pretty Blonde Penny
4th OF JULY IN PORTLAND, OR

Super excited to be in Portland, Oregon for the very first time.

After spending a week in Portland, this city reminds me of a mix between Laguna Beach suburbia and a cleaner version of Downtown LA wrapped into one small city, and divided by a river with multiple bridges. Portland is known as the, "City of Bridges", mainly because there are 12 bridges that separate West Portland from East Portland. This city is so beautifully clear and such a nice change from my everyday LA/OC.

We made this trip into a road trip, and drove up the California coast, all the way through Oregon to Portland. We stopped along the way to visit and meet as many people and places as possible before we reached our Oregon destination. 

Although there was a stop we had not planned on. I had a big health scare, which caused us to stop in Roseburg at an ER. We met the nicest healthcare personnel, who helped me when I thought a busy holiday weekend would stop me from getting the help I truly needed.

I promise anyone wanting or planning to visit the state of Oregon, you will only meet the most genuinely nice people ever, just don't say you're from California, and if you must, just say you are visiting family. Oregonians don't like Californians, and if you move there they call you "transplants".  Which I will be one day, shhhh....

Portland today is a fast growing city and the traffic is just a little bit better than LA, but I believe it's a beautiful place to settle down and raise children. The first thing I noticed after living in LA and OC for so long, this area was quite the breath of fresh air, literally. I definitely needed the change of scenery and to breathe in the fresh, clean, non-smoggy, air.

Fair warning on these pictures, they have a tint of blue because it was still so bright out but the sun was behind the giant oak trees. It could have been cloudy, but I would have still loved shooting this post either way.

Take a look at my 4th of July #OOTD & the beautiful scenery around me

To celebrate our first official day in Portland, we visited the International Rose Test Garden. Keep scrolling to see all the beautiful pictures, and all the different kinds of roses.

To celebrate our first official day in Portland, we visited the International Rose Test Garden. Keep scrolling to see all the beautiful pictures, and all the different kinds of roses.

I had to stop and take a picture of my outfit next to this sign, and I definitely looked like a tourist the entire time in Portland, or so I thought.  Later that day, we stayed at the garden to watch fireworks and everyone kept asking us questions like if this was a good spot to watch fireworks. My man and I would look at each other, laugh and then reply, "We hope so. We're from California."

I had to stop and take a picture of my outfit next to this sign, and I definitely looked like a tourist the entire time in Portland, or so I thought.

Later that day, we stayed at the garden to watch fireworks and everyone kept asking us questions like if this was a good spot to watch fireworks. My man and I would look at each other, laugh and then reply, "We hope so. We're from California."

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This is officially my favorite 4th of July outfit yet!   Red & White striped shirt + White & Blue star shorts = on-point blogger patriotism 

This is officially my favorite 4th of July outfit yet! 

Red & White striped shirt + White & Blue star shorts = on-point blogger patriotism 

My necklace is from Kohl's by LCbyLauren Conrad Collection.  I wear this necklace a lot because it is so timeless and classic and goes with pretty much everything, and when you are traveling you have to pack as minimal as possible just to stay sane.  Shop similar LC necklaces,  here .

My necklace is from Kohl's by LCbyLauren Conrad Collection.

I wear this necklace a lot because it is so timeless and classic and goes with pretty much everything, and when you are traveling you have to pack as minimal as possible just to stay sane.

Shop similar LC necklaces, here.

My favorite color is dark purple, and this plum color rose just popped out so well to me. It's such a beautiful rich plum and I was honored to have smelled it's sweet aroma. 

My favorite color is dark purple, and this plum color rose just popped out so well to me. It's such a beautiful rich plum and I was honored to have smelled it's sweet aroma. 

Here I am starting to feel silly taking a long whiff of the rose's scent, but doesn't my hair look so beautiful? I do have to say, I was never dead set on a hair color ever until I had my hair stylist, Ashtyn, make me into a blonde bombshell.  If you are ever in the Orange County area and you need the perfect ombre, baby lights, or just a new fresh look, you can click  here  and book an appointment with Ashtyn.  I'm only willing to share with you guys. :)

Here I am starting to feel silly taking a long whiff of the rose's scent, but doesn't my hair look so beautiful? I do have to say, I was never dead set on a hair color ever until I had my hair stylist, Ashtyn, make me into a blonde bombshell.

If you are ever in the Orange County area and you need the perfect ombre, baby lights, or just a new fresh look, you can click here and book an appointment with Ashtyn.

I'm only willing to share with you guys. :)

These were so crazy beautiful and looked like a mix of a rose and peony. Definitely needed to capture these with my iphone 7+ dual cameras.  Portrait mode is the only mode I use when taking blog pictures. It just cleans up the shot and you can choose what the main focus is for the perfect shot.

These were so crazy beautiful and looked like a mix of a rose and peony. Definitely needed to capture these with my iphone 7+ dual cameras.

Portrait mode is the only mode I use when taking blog pictures. It just cleans up the shot and you can choose what the main focus is for the perfect shot.

About a month ago I bought a Instax instant film camera. I don't even know why I waited so long to get one. There will be more of these polaroid shots floating into the blog in the future. :)  Shop my Instax Camera and receive some extra goodies,  here .

About a month ago I bought a Instax instant film camera. I don't even know why I waited so long to get one. There will be more of these polaroid shots floating into the blog in the future. :)

Shop my Instax Camera and receive some extra goodies, here.

These bad boys were a very last minute purchase for our trip to Portland and I got them at Target, SHOCKER!  I love Target and probably will always be wearing at least one item from Target in my #ootd. Target's fashion accounts are definitely on their fashion game.  Shop my $35.99 Slip-on booties,  here . (fit: true to size)

These bad boys were a very last minute purchase for our trip to Portland and I got them at Target, SHOCKER!

I love Target and probably will always be wearing at least one item from Target in my #ootd. Target's fashion accounts are definitely on their fashion game.

Shop my $35.99 Slip-on booties, here. (fit: true to size)

I loved my nails for the 4th, and they were inspired by Stephanie Gottlieb's nails.  She's my favorite fine jewelry designer. If you love getting your nails done, follow her. And if you love diamonds, definitely follow her!   Follow Stephanie and start getting inspired like I did,  here .

I loved my nails for the 4th, and they were inspired by Stephanie Gottlieb's nails.

She's my favorite fine jewelry designer. If you love getting your nails done, follow her. And if you love diamonds, definitely follow her! 

Follow Stephanie and start getting inspired like I did, here.

Just playing around while we were waiting for the fireworks to begin. Probably the cutest, funniest, behind the scene photo you'll see on the blog.

Just playing around while we were waiting for the fireworks to begin. Probably the cutest, funniest, behind the scene photo you'll see on the blog.

I think if any couple were to travel to Portland, this is the perfect spot to propose. These arches were such a beautiful back drop, so definitely make this a proposal destination possibility.   P.S. This bag is from my last blog post by Rebecca Minkoff, shop her sale now. Click  here .

I think if any couple were to travel to Portland, this is the perfect spot to propose. These arches were such a beautiful back drop, so definitely make this a proposal destination possibility. 

P.S. This bag is from my last blog post by Rebecca Minkoff, shop her sale now. Click here.

Awkward picture? Yes, but I can explain.  On our way to Portland I had severely injured my left eye to the point where it was extremely painful to open it, causing me to have to keep both my eyes shut and having my man guide me around like I was a blind person. (Which by the way, I will never EVER take my sight or hearing or smell for granted after this experience.)  Anyways, I most likely was talking to my man with my eyes closed and this was the best one we got, haha. 

Awkward picture? Yes, but I can explain.

On our way to Portland I had severely injured my left eye to the point where it was extremely painful to open it, causing me to have to keep both my eyes shut and having my man guide me around like I was a blind person. (Which by the way, I will never EVER take my sight or hearing or smell for granted after this experience.)

Anyways, I most likely was talking to my man with my eyes closed and this was the best one we got, haha. 

My top is from Target, and it's just one of the basic tees they always have out and on sale, usually.

My top is from Target, and it's just one of the basic tees they always have out and on sale, usually.

My shorts are by Hudson Jeans, of course. I love the brand because they use the softest denim.  Unfortuntely, I got these 2 years ago and they are not available, but I only wear Hudsons so if you want shorts, I shall give you shorts.  Click  here  and shop super soft, stretchy, premium denim shorts by no one else, but Hudson Jeans.

My shorts are by Hudson Jeans, of course. I love the brand because they use the softest denim.

Unfortuntely, I got these 2 years ago and they are not available, but I only wear Hudsons so if you want shorts, I shall give you shorts.

Click here and shop super soft, stretchy, premium denim shorts by no one else, but Hudson Jeans.

This place was truly magical and I didn't ever want to leave. 

This place was truly magical and I didn't ever want to leave. 

This is the perfect picture to end the perfect day of blogging. I'm so happy I have such a caring man. I don't know what it would be like to not have him in my life, and I hope I never have to find out.

This is the perfect picture to end the perfect day of blogging. I'm so happy I have such a caring man. I don't know what it would be like to not have him in my life, and I hope I never have to find out.

Well that's it for the 4th of July #OOTD travel edition, let me know your feedback and what you'd like to see more of on the next PBP TRAVEL.

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xoxo, P.