Hello from Vancouver! I arrived in Canada last night, went out to dinner with Kat and Gala at a very kitschy diner full of amazing hand painted signs and then promptly settled into bed. #partyanimal
With all this traveling lately, my time at home has been one big catch-up session. I do feel that no matter how full your days are, you need to find time for adventures. My personal motto is “work hard and play hard” and I try to flex it as often as possible!
I love hanging out with my dad because he’s spontaneous and up for anything. He’s always been that way, taking my brother and I on the road as teenagers when he called on accounts (he’s a salesman), taking us to our favorite outdoor festivals and rock concerts and even dropping me off at the goth club when my car broke down (wait, that was only six months ago).
On Saturday, he took me to the Schoolhouse sample sale and we walked out with piles of amazing light fixtures.
We finished up at the sale quite fast. But, knowing my dad, he had other plans in mind — it was too early to just go home. Instead, we went to the CityFair along the waterfront. I texted Gala “If you were here with me, we’d be trying out the Super Slide right now.”
Back to Schoolhouse — I love the old factory building they’re housed in, with its extra high ceilings. I’m always so inspired by their displays.
Once we were finished with Schoolhouse and the CityFair, we made our way through downtown Portland. Choosing to walk instead of drive, I felt like I was rediscovering my hometown. Vintage signs, storefronts, shops and this great tiled floor all called out to me. “Dad, you’re still in my photo!” Haha.
After some shopping and epic vegan treat tasting, we did some bar hopping. First, a stop at Paddy’s, then some gourmet popcorn obsessing at Clyde Common and finally, a stop at the real show-stopper of the evening, Jackknife.
If you’re visiting Portland, you MUST stop by this bar! It’s outfitted with black wallpapered walls accented with gold fans, a dark wood bar, a secret room that doubles as a photo booth (you can jump and dance in it!), massive oil paintings and velvet couches. SO GOOD.
They always say that the best inspiration hits when you leave your office and ain’t that the truth! Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll be exploring and teaching in Vancouver. And, if you’d like to join us at The Blogcademy this weekend, there’s a few spots left! xo