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Portland Mural Guide

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Portland Mural Guide

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to explore the beautiful murals that Portland has to offer. One of my primary goals for exploration was to spice up the look of my blog photo shoots and embarrassingly enough give my Instagram a bit more color. I later learned that I also better make good use of my Portland Art Tax.

This mural guide doesn’t cover every single mural in Portland. With new murals being painted continually I can’t keep up, but this should give one a starter pack of some great works of art.

The address of the mural is below each mural and if you click on the photo above the address it will link to the blog post that the photoshoot is from. The map below also has all of the murals in this post.

I’ve had a lot of requests from friends about how I’ve found all of these murals. My friend Allyson messages me locations when she drives past them and when Peter and I drive past murals I quickly pull out my phone (when I’m not the driver) to note the cross-streets so I can explore it another time. When I am the driver I try and memorize the cross-streets until I’ve safely arrived home and then quickly pull out my phone so I don’t forget where I need to go back and explore later.

Want to know a few that I can’t wait to visit that aren’t in this guide? Three are the intersection of MLK and Graham has a beautiful brightly colored rainbow color blocking and Cook and Mississippi has two that are elaborate and I hope to explore them soon. I still have at least another 20 on my to visit list, probably more. So maybe there will be a Portland Mural Guide Part 2 someday?

I hope you enjoy exploring Portland as much as I have. If you stumble across any others you want to share with others, feel free to add them in the comments!

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Portland Style

PORTLAND MURALS | RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 2

WATTLES BOYS & GIRLS CLUB MURAL | PORTLAND MURALS | RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 2

Location: 9330 SE Harold St, Portland, OR 97266

Outfit Details: Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress c/o | Black Heels | Earrings | Bracelet

Portland Murals | Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress Part 2

A few weekends ago Peter and I went on a mural adventure with our dear friends. As we were driving to the first mural, this gem was spotted from the interstate by Allyson.

After we finished taking photos at our intended destination for the day, we went on a hunt to find this mural. We joyfully discovered that the murals are only a few blocks apart and that there were goats in the parking lot!

Tip: If you go check out both of these murals for yourself, I do suggest driving between destinations.

The details in the mural are phenomenal and I can’t imagine how much time this beauty must have taken to paint. The photos in this post give you a great idea of the sheer size of the mural.

The Wattles Boys and Girls Club mural is intended to create community and bring healing to the city of Portland through art.

Read the story behind the mural.

Don’t be afraid to go outside of your plan for the day and explore the city you live in. You can discover some amazing things by going off-plan!

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Portland Style

PORTLAND MURALS | RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 1

PORTLAND MURALS RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 1
Location: 5822 SE 92nd Ave Portland, Oregon

Outfit Details: Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress c/o | Black Heels | Earrings | Bracelet

Portland Murals Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress Part 1

When Rent the Runway sends you beautiful sequin dresses a second time (see the first adventure), of course, I was going to reach out to my dear friend Allyson to wear them with me again!

We had our family dress up with us and explored the Lents Neighborhood Mural to take some photos.

All dressed up and nowhere to go? You don’t have to have a special occasion to wear a sequin dress. Pair it with a pair of black heels, some fun jewelry and a fun adventure with friends!

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Portland Style

Weekend Style

Weekend style in front of a Portland Mural

Location: 11th and Hoyt Portland, Oregon

Outfit Details: V-neck | Skinny jeans | Peep Toe Booties

Weekend Style

I look forward being able to wear weekend style. When the weekend finally rolls around, typically you’ll find me in leggings and tees.

Other times I up my tee game to my favorite v-neck (which is still a tee, might I add!), skinny jeans (just rolled them up), and peep toe booties. These booties are the most comfortable pair I’ve even worn. I could easily walk around downtown Portland for hours in them.

A few years ago I wrote a blog post on being brave enough to wear a v-neck (read that post here). Unfortunately, wearing v-necks didn’t last very long, because after I washed the v-neck it shrunk. Funny enough, the skirt from that post doesn’t fit anymore either.

As I put on my v-neck this time around it was amazing to reflect on how much I’ve grown and how confident I feel in my own skin these days. I didn’t worry about being pale, I didn’t worry about the zits on my chin (MAC coverup does wonders my friends), I didn’t feel self-conscious like I used to because I was wearing a v-neck, I simply felt beautiful.

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Collaborations Portland Style

For When Cozy Is Necessary – Tobi Tunic and Cardigan

One Tunic Two Looks in front of the Zoom Care Mural in Portland, Oregon

Location: Zoom Care – 607 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Outfit Details: Rachel Boat Neck Tunic Top c/o Tobi.com | Carly Draped Cardigan c/o Tobi.com

Stella & Dot Necklace | Nike+ Apple Watch | Lululemon Leggings | Sam Edelman Sandals

Tobi’s cozy cardigan and tunic were perfect for snuggling on the couch

(as a note, I dictated this post to my hubby–it’ll make sense in a moment)

My hubby had just got home from work and was wondering where I was. Typically I was home before him so when I wasn’t there he checked “Find My Friends” to see me on the Interstate Bridge. He figured I was in some traffic and carried on. A while later, with me still not home, he checked my location again and I was still on the bridge…and that’s when he got a bit worried because even with traffic that’s not typical…

I was extremely lucky that night as so many others have been in far worse accidents. For me, being rear-ended on Interstate Bridge, a bridge that I get nervous whenever I’m on it, was not a fun experience whatsoever.

The following day, as I’m laying on the couch with the doctor putting me on bed-rest with a concussion and whiplash, I needed some cozy. The Cardigan from Tobi has been an absolute must during this time. It’s been keeping me warm, snuggled, and it feels like my hubby’s hugs. (okay, not exactly like them–his usually include some kissing on the cheek)

I’ve also basically lived in the tunic top they sent me. Its lightweight fabric has been necessary with my whiplash and with the cardigan paired with leggings, it’s about as comfortable as you’ll get.

Typically I wouldn’t find myself shopping at a site like Tobi. If I’m honest their stuff looked a bit young for me and, dare-I-say, low-cut. While I don’t think Tobi will be my go-to for my office wardrobe I was impressed with how cozy their stuff was and you’ll certainly find me styling Tobi pieces in the future. Especially for being cozy around the house or brunch with friends on the weekend! The lightweight fabric is perfect for Netflix Audiobook and Chill time and the hubby likes how great I look in it.

Little did I know when we took these photos at the Zoom+Care mural a few weeks ago I’d be back there as a patient. How awesome Zoom+Care has been is another post for another time, though.

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Collaborations Portland Style

We Are Rip City Style

Allison in front of the We Are Rip City Mural in Portland, Oregon sporting We Are Rip City Style in a Tobi.com dress

Location: Consolidated Community Credit Union – 1033 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Outfit Details: Getaway T-Shirt Dress c/o Tobi.com

Stella & Dot Necklace | Nike+ Apple Watch | Lululemon Leggings | Sam Edelman Sandals

We Are Rip City Style

I was recently driving home from an appointment when I passed four new murals that I hadn’t spotted before, this mural being one of them. I love how I’m always finding new works of art the more I explore this city.

Another thing I love about Portland is how proud the city is of their NBA team. So proud, that they’ve painted a bold, beautiful mural to celebrate the love of the Trailblazers.

We Are Rip City Style — wear a lot of neutral colors, specifically black and white and add a pop of color with red.

This ensemble fits the color scheme of the Trailblazers, with the red accents shining through in the necklace.

My favorite way to wear a dress on a rainy day is with a pair of leggings. Leggings will keep your legs warm and dry on a rainy day (yes, it was raining while we did this photoshoot!).

My favorite things about this Tobi.com dress are that it’s affordable, comfortable and that I’ll be able to wear it all year long, styled many different ways.

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Running Travel

Run Like a Diva 5K

Run Like a Diva 5K

Location: Burlingame, California

Outfit Details: Similar Nike Golf Top | Similar Nike Pegasus Running Shoes | Lululemon Pace Rival Crop

Run Like a Diva 5K

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to go on a run. Often times I don’t make it happen, but on my most recent trip to California, Kelsey and I conquered the Run Like a Diva 5K. I met Kelsey in one of our many Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production classes at Iowa State University. It was great to catch up with her and show Peter some of my favorite places in the city.

San Francisco Run Like a Diva 5K Fashion Tips:

  • Get into the spirit of the race and wear the tutu!
    • As we ran we boldly rocked stylish pink tutus, given to us at the Run Like a Diva 5K packet pickup. We both found them to be itchy and I was grateful I’d chosen to wear my favorite 5K race Lululemon crops to at least ward off the itchiness on my legs.
  • Wear a lightweight long sleeve top.
    • The San Francisco Bay breeze makes long sleeves essential. The weather for this race was drastically different than my last 5K and I was grateful I had worn a lightweight long sleeve top. Mid-way through the race I did push my sleeves up, but after I finished I was glad I had chosen the long sleeves.
  • Don’t test out new running gear on race day.
    • I wore gear that I’ve ran in multiple times, my trusty Nike Pegasus 32 running shoes, Nike Golf lightweight long sleeve top, and Lululemon crops.
  • Once you’re given your medal and crown, wear it proudly, as you just finished a 5K!

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Strengths Style

I’m a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach!

Crimson & Gray Tee in front of the Welcome to Vancouver Mural in Vancouver, Washington

Welcome to Vancouver Mural is located at 6th & Broadway in Vancouver, Washington

Outfit Details: Crimson & Gray Tee (designed by Allison Ramsing) | Necklace | Apple Watch Nike+ | Jeans | Similar Tote

I’m a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach!

I’ve been dreaming of the day I’d be able to be a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach since 2011 when I began using StrengthsQuest as the textbook for the academic success classes I taught at The University of Kansas. I still use StrengthsQuest as my textbook now that I teach an academic success class at Washington State University Vancouver and in August will update to the new CliftonStrengths for Students textbook. Needless to say, over the years I’ve fallen in love with helping others learn more about their Strengths! In May, the process to start the dream finally became a reality.

I flew to Washington State University Pullman campus to take the Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Course with 26 others from multiple WSU campuses. After successfully completing the course I coached six individuals and passed the certification exam. I’m excited to share that as of June 5, 2017, I’m officially a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach! And I’m so excited to put these skills to use in my job at Washington State University Vancouver!

Allison’s Fashion Tip: I like to stylize my tees by rolling up the sleeves and adding a fun necklace to dress them up.

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Collaborations

Father’s Day with Harry’s

Father's Day with Harry's

Mural Location: 229 SW 6th Ave Portland, Oregon

Father’s Day with Harry’s

A few months ago my husband, Peter, and I wrote a post about Harry’s razors. We both have used them for years (read more about that post here) and still do daily.

Harry’s emailed us again and wondered if we wanted to share our thoughts on their products for a second review! They sent us some more of their epic products to try out.

The overall sensation of Harry’s razors and accessories:

  1. The design is amazing and even the shave cream looks good enough to leave on the counter.
  2. Packaging is fun to make getting them in the mail a joy.
  3. The blades are super affordable making them more cost-effective to replace as often as you should.
  4. The accessories are well designed but are not considerably better functionally than other brands.
  5. The Harry’s customer service is amazing and has spoiled us rotten even before we’ve worked with them on the blog. Harry’s feels like a cool little shop down the street where you know the owner. It’s really nice.
  6. In a case of emergency being able to get blades at Target is convenient.
  7. Peter nor I would choose to own any other razor brand.

Thank you again, Harry’s for sending us more of your awesome products!

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