Saturday, December 31, 2011

What A Year

This year was great!!  Keila bids farewell to 2011 and a hello to an awesome 2012.

Portland Bazaar

One of the coolest events I went to this year would have to be Portland Bazaar.  I so glad that Grace Bonney of Design Sponge decided to team up with some people in Portland to start this event.  Portland has truly become an awesome city and I can't wait what will come up in the next couple of years.   The location of the bazaar is in some studio in NE Portland and all types of local vendors showed up to display their best work.  I was surprised that there were many local shops and businesses that I've never heard before.  I thought I knew a lot about Portland, but I guess not.  This makes me want to explore Portland even more.

There were many local craftsmen that made awesome chairs and tables. Kind of pricey though.

This teepee in the corner of the space was awesome.  I love it how there's a family just chilling inside it while listening to some indie music.

Woodblock Chocolate, their chocolates are good.

My favorite vendor at the bazaar was Shwood.  They make these cool wooden sunglasses.  Pure awesomeness.

I love the teepee inspired vendor booth.

These bags are so awesome. Check them out at Sketchbook Crafts

This bicycle is nice. Walnut makes all kinds of accessories for bicycles.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mission on Burnside

Lately I had a chance to just take my time and walk around random parts of Portland and document interesting things I see around the city. This is what I started with this blog when I first started and I'll try to keep posting about Portland as best as I can. This series of pictures was taken on my walk around the Burnside area on the East side of the river.  The red building above isn't actually tilting, it's just a photo technique.

One of the coolest landmark in Portland is the Doug Fir which includes the eating area, the concert venue and the Jupiter motel. The Doug Fir compound is one of the go-to hangout areas for the modern hippies.

Burnside is really earning the reputation for having some of the coolest collection of local shops around Portland such as vintage/used clothing stores, home goods, music shops, etc...

Some of my favorite places around Burnside are:
- Doug Fir Lounge - Very cool music venue place. A lot of my favorite artist plays here.
- Rock n' Rose Vintage Clothing - Want to dress like me? Shop here.
- The Farm Cafe - On my "To Try List". I heard their trout is good.
- Hippo Hardware - I always want to buy something here for the house. Always find good items.
- Fouteen30 Contemporary - Cool art gallery featuring local artist.
- Nationale - This shop has many cool stuff.
- Le Pigeon - Looks expensive but the reviews makes me want to try it.
- Rontoms - Another cool hangout place. Their patio is awesome.

I love scooters

Hop scotch anyone?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dusk Expressions

In the Dusk Expressions series, you get this very relaxing mood when looking at the purple skies. It's definitely time for dinner and tea.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sunset Expressions

The Sunset Expressions is probably my favorite. This time of the day always makes a cool lighting effect by the sun. I feel relaxed when I stop during this time of the day, taking in and processing everything that went on throughout the day and letting it out.

Noon Expressions

This series on pictures is when the sun is at its peak. It's kind of harder for me to get special lighting effects, but some came out looking pretty cool though.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Morning Expressions

I've always been intrigue of how the time of the day affects a place, someone, or something. This series of pictures is called Morning Expressions and I tried to capture how the morning sun hits these plants and the unexpected effects it gives off.  I went out around 6:30 am to take these shots.  More expressions coming soon.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Goods

Here are some of our purchases we found over the late summer/fall time.  Above we found a set of childrens wooden deck chair which is super awesome for props purposes.  We got the pair for $32 from an antiques store in Beaverton.  The XYZ signs we got from Aurora Mills which is this awesome vintage/salvage shop in the small town of Aurora, OR.  The signs were $9 each.

We also got another childrens chair for props purposes or someday we may use it when we have kids for $10 from House of Vintage in Hawthorne.

This Ball glass jar full of buttons is one of my favorite finds.  We got it at a flea market in Aurora fro $5.  Usually the glass itself is already $8 and the buttons around $5, so my find was a steal.

Last, we got this glass decor piece from Anthropologie. I forgot how much it was, but it was on sale.

Aurora Mills

One of the main attractions in Aurora among other antique/vintage shops is this place called Aurora Mills.  They carry every thing you can imagine like vintage doors, window frames, letters, signs, glassware, etc...   I often hear of this place from local shop owners in Portland when I asked them where they got their decor pieces from.  So Aurora Mills definitely have the reputation of the go-to place for cool decor items if you have a shop.   Even the building itself is cool, that's why I took many pictures of it.   We ended up buying some vintage letter signs.

There were many cool signs that I wanted to buy.


Sunday, October 23, 2011


We had a chance to check out Aurora, a small city about 20 minutes south of Portland which has a killer reputation for hosting an awesome collection of antique and restoration shops.  We primarily went there also to check out the flea market they have.  I recommend those who are into old antiques to check out this town, especially if you're into vintage cameras and jars like me.  It's not a big town so don't expect anything too much but the 2 block main part of the city is where all the antique/vintage stores are located at.  There were many cool items and pieces that I really wanted to get.  Some shops are kind of pricy though but well worth checking out if you like these kind of stuff.

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