Be a Portland Girl: The Perfect Girl’s Weekend in Portland

Be a Portland Girl: The Perfect Girl’s Weekend in Portland

Portland has been a main stop on any west coast road trip for years! With its quirky brunch spots, spas, shops, and bars, Portland is an unbeatable spot for a girl’s weekend, and I’ve already drawn up your itinerary for you! (Thank me later.) If you’ve been to Portland, you probably know all about the amazing gardens, museums, shops, and restaurants downtown, but I want to help you get off the beaten path a little bit so that you can check out some of my favorite haunts in NE Portland. Yes, Powell’s Books is amazing and VooDoo donuts are ever popular, but if you want a fresh take on our city, keep reading and I’ll show you some out-of-the-way gems that you might not find in typical Portland travel guides.   The Perfect Girl’s Weekend in Portland:   Saturday Morning: Hit up Tasty n Sons for brunch. Whether you’re into sweet or savory breakfasts, Tasty n Sons has something for everyone (along with some unique brunch cocktails!). The offbeat menu was inspired by the chef’s travels and interaction with immigrant communities and their cuisine, so you’ll find globally-inspired (and freaking delicious) dishes like the chocolate potato doughnut, Shakshuka, and a Dutch Baby. If you’re not feeling adventurous this morning, you’ll find plenty of traditional brunch staples as well! Saturday Afternoon: Shop for gifts at Queen Bee. Everything at Queen Bee is handmade by Portland artisans, many of whom you can watch at work directly behind the store in the workshop. This amazing shop strives to create quality goods while forging a connection between buyer and creator. Queen Bee is...
Portland Girl Spotlight: Rebecca Kaihani

Portland Girl Spotlight: Rebecca Kaihani

Hello beauties, We are so excited to feature Rebecca Kaihani as our Portland Girl Spotlight this month! She is funny, warm and the brilliant creator of the ever popular Hillockburn Farm (you’ve “Oooooohhhhhed and Aaaaaahhhhhhed” her amazing soaps if you’ve been in our studio lately!) Everyone, meet Rebecca! ————————————– Full Name (and title if you want) Rebecca Kaihani (HBIC – Hillockburn Farm)     Tell us a little bit about yourself: The dreaded “about you” section…. Born and raised in the PNW, dog lover, candle lit dinners and long walks on the beach…. Oh! Wait! This isn’t a dating profile, I’m married!! Now I’ve gone and made things awkward! Better get back on track. I am the Founder/Head Maker of Hillockburn Farm and we make all kinds of natural body care products. From soaps to lotion, lip balms to salts and scrubs…we do it all. Hillockburn Farm pretty much started on its own…I never set out  to be a business owner, it just started growing and growing…and growing. My husband and I were struggling to have a baby when I started looking at all the nasty chemicals that were in all the body care products we were using, so I threw it all away! I was going to make my own stuff, I mean, how hard could it be…right? Wrong! Totally hard!! UGH!! It took months to get things figured out to the point we had a fairly usable bar of soap. During those months, my husband and I suffered several miscarriages and, after the last loss, I refused to get out of bed. For weeks. I was depressed,...
Winter Skin Remedies!

Winter Skin Remedies!

Hello there Portland beauties! It’s Winter and if you haven’t noticed, it’s COLD out (yep, even here in Portland!) And with this cold comes dry skin. Here are some of my recommendations: Drink water infused with cucumber- Cucumber is fabulous for your skin because it contains silica, which boosts moisture and elasticity. I’m not the biggest fan of chomping on cucumbers, but I DO love infusing my water with them. Pour yourself a pitcher of filtered water, toss about 5 slices of cucumber in and let them soak for 15 minutes or more and then drink throughout the day. I think you’ll find that you will end up drinking even more water because it tastes even yummier than plain old water.   Quickly tone the skin with a PH balanced toner after getting our of the shower: After you take a bath or shower and the room is all hot and steamy, quickly tone your skin with a ph balanced toner that is free of drying agents such as alcohol. It will help to moderate oil production and prep the skin for your moisture cream. Wanna learn more about facial toner? Read a blog we wrote on it here.   Use a water-based moisture cream followed by an hydrating oil or balm- While you might be tempted to combat your dry skin with a lovely facial oil, it won’t be as hydrating as applying a water-based moisture cream first! Why? Well our skin and our body is mostly comprised of water and water molecules can penetrate more deeply into our skin than oil. Thus, fist applying a water-based moisture cream and...
Portland Girl Spotlight: Jennifer Coughlin

Portland Girl Spotlight: Jennifer Coughlin

Hello beauties, This month on our blog I’m absolutely delighted to be featuring Jennifer Coughlin! If you don’t know her, you should. Jenn and I first started getting to know another around the time that we opened up The Portland Girl (April 2015). We both spent a LOT of time at our local coffee shop and eventually got an introduction and ever since I’ve wondered why weren’t in each others lives a long time before! I’ve always cherished my chats with Jenn. Her spirit is light and alive and she always has a smile on her face (a welcome change from most others on these dreary Winter days). I got to know Jenn a lot better over the past year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and instead of falling inwards, she started a blog to keep everyone in the loop about her progress. In the midst of all the chemo and radiation, she kept smiling and remained positive. If she was worried, she took that worry and channeled it into raising a crap-ton of money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation (read more about that below) and more than ever, Jenn led with positivity. It may sound cheesy, but I’m a big believer in role models to help get me through new things, scary things…really ALL THE THINGS. And while there is no “right way” to fight cancer, I hope that should I ever have to fight it myself, I fight it the way Jenn did (like a total badass). I never pitied Jenn, I was way too in awe of her courage and her grace to...
The Great Product Dilemma!

The Great Product Dilemma!

When I first became an esthetician I struggled majorly with sales. I would give a facial and have clients straight up ask me what they should use for their particular skin strengths and struggles. At the time, I didn’t want to seem pushy, so I would send them to others to buy products that I liked and recommended. Not only was this a silly business move, it was a pretty silly professional move. Clients came to me to (as a professional) to make their skin better. Part of that was a regular facial routine, but an EVEN BIGGER part of it was a regular at-home care routine. Now that I’ve been “doing skin” for almost a decade, I relish the opportunity to help match clients with products that will help them get the results they are looking for. After all, who else takes at least an hour to touch and look at your skin with the sole purpose of helping to improve your skin? Even your dermatologist doesn’t put that kind of time in with you! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: I would say that the number one thing that makes me giggle is when a client tells me about all their skin woes, how committed they are to see a change, but that “they need to use up their old stuff first” (you know…before buying the stuff that will ACTUALLY improve their condition).   Here’s the thing: if you LIKE what you use and it’s working, then “it ain’t broke”. Keep using it! But if you are using something that isn’t working for your skin, then...
Portland Girl Spotlight: Paisley Meekin

Portland Girl Spotlight: Paisley Meekin

Hello Portland beauties! We are back at this month with our new Portland Girl Spotlight: Paisley Meekin. Paisley is one seriously tough (and fun) chicka who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years now. She has single-handedly whipped my butt into the best (and strongest) shape that I’ve ever been in AND she managed to make the process enjoyable. I was so stoked when we moved into our Dekum shop location and realized that she and I were neighbors. By the way, I’d like to give a big shout out to Shelby Brakken for taking the amazing photos in this interview!   ————————————– Tell us a little bit about yourself: I was born and raised in the bush of Alaska.  My Dad was a bush pilot and my parents owned a lodge where people from all over the world would come too.  So needless to say I had a unique upbringing.  I actually had to work (which I loved!) I am so appreciative of having parents with strong work ethics… it’s made me who I am today. About 8 years ago I moved to Portland.  I worked as a personal trainer at a gym for a few years but then decided that owning my own gym would be MUCH better. I opened Honest Training (was Honest Personal Training aka Honestpt) about 6 years ago.  I have really thrived in this world of being an entrepreneur… I LOVE it! Today we have hundreds of clients and 4 kick ass trainers.  I have also expanded into doing fitness vacations. The first one is this January and we are going...
How would I benefit from using a facial toner?

How would I benefit from using a facial toner?

My staff and I at The Portland Girl are experts in the art of skincare. We can melt your tensions, extract your blackheads and leave your skin feeling smooth like a baby’s bottom. But being experts in skincare means that we also spend a good deal of time, thought and effort deciding what products we think would be best for your particular skin.   Because what you use at home EVERY day…is even more important than getting regular facials. It’s extremely frustrating to try to help clients improve their skin when they only come in once a month for a facial and then don’t take care of their skin the other 29 days of the month. It’s like someone going to personal training once a month and then ignoring their eating and working out for the rest of the month, but then expecting to see miraculous results. It’s silly!   Which brings me back to toner…   I’ve worked in skincare for over 8 years and I must say that selling toner has been the biggest uphill battle. Moisture cream and serum fly off the shelf, but toner…well, not so much! That is, until I learned to explain it in terms that my clients understood.   Yes- toner can help to reset the PH balance of your skin (which is slightly acidic at 5.5) post cleansing, but what does that REALLY mean for you?   PH Wha?? Well let’s start with a basic explanation of PH levels. PH actually means “potential hydrogen” and it describes the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance that ranges from 0 (most acidic) to 14...
Portland Girl Spotlight: Heather Craig

Portland Girl Spotlight: Heather Craig

Hello beauties, This month we are thrilled to be featuring Heather Craig as our Portland Girl Spotlight. She is fierce, fun and foxy. And when I really think about it, I realize that I can’t go anywhere in Portland without some other lady in the room knowing who Heather is and exclaiming how much they love her. She took a break from her super busy schedule (of whipping butt into shape) so that she answer a few questions. Check em’ out below! ————————————– Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am an experienced retreat leader, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and the founder of Booty Luv® Fitness, the class that “shapes what your mama gave ya™”.  I have lived in Northeast Portland for 7 years, and feel incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful place doing what I love.     What kind of a “Portland Girl” are you? I am the kind of “Portland Girl” that donates a lot of my monthly income to feminist/environmental organizations and public radio; that loves my boyfriend and my cats fiercely; that thrives on organic food and craft cocktails; whose life/ class soundtrack is heavy with dirty bass (and no misogynistic lyrics). I am the kind of “Portland Girl” that spends the summer teaching Booty Luv® at electronic music festivals, and the spring leading international retreats.  I am the kind of “Portland Girl” that invests in my health and beauty, and revels in the strength and beauty of those around me.     What is your biggest outlet for your creative expression?   By far, the biggest outlet for my creative expression...
Bikini Ingrown Hair Guide

Bikini Ingrown Hair Guide

All of us at The Portland Girl spend a ton of time removing bikini hair (I know, crazy job, right?!) We get a variety of hair and skin types into the studio for sugaring hair removal services and what we have found is that some people struggle with ingrown hairs and some people don’t. We would like to say that there is an easy answer to why this divide exists, but there isn’t one. There are many factors that impact your likelihood for ingrown hairs such as: Lifestyle. (do you sweat a lot? bike a lot?…this can increase your chances of getting ingrown hairs) Hair texture. Do you have super fine hair? Sometimes super fine hair has a more difficult time working its way out of the follicle and into sight, thus getting trapped and unhappy beneath the skins surface. Hair follicle structure. Are your follicles super slanted to the point that your hair grows in at a very lateral angle (instead of straight up and out)? This can make it easy get trapped hairs that weren’t able to peek up! Result? Ingrown hairs! Waxing. Have you been getting waxed instead of sugared? Waxing pulls hair out AGAINST the direction of hair growth while sugaring pulls out WITH the direction of hair growth. Anytime you are pulling hairs out against the natural grain, you are likely going to experience more hair breakage. Breakage can lead to tiny hairs (that snapped off) getting covered up by our dead skin and thus getting unhappy and inflamed. So as you can see. There are MANY factors that can impact the likelihood of having...
Portland Girl Spotlight: Eva Moss

Portland Girl Spotlight: Eva Moss

Hello beauties, I first met Eva at a ladies block party earlier this year in the Woodlawn neighborhood. She has since been to The Portland Girl and plans to help us film some killer video to grow “sugar awareness”! Eva always brightens my day with her big smile and her fiery red hair. She has such a cool background and after reading this interview, I realized that I didn’t even know the half of it!   (photos by Shelby Brakken Photography) Tell us a little bit about yourself: From zero to seven years old I grew up on a commune in rural Massachusetts. My idea of a good time was playing king of the hill with my brothers on a big pile of dirt. At seven I moved to the “big city” (population: 1902). Being the middle child and only girl, I developed my own unique mix of tomboy and femininity. Now, I like to get dressed up for a fancy night on the town, but I equally like playing sports and getting dirty in the garden.   What kind of a “Portland Girl” are you? When I arrived in Portland, my whole body felt like it had been thirsty for years and was finally being quenched. I think the rain, the pace, the priorities, and the way nature is so fully integrated into life here, makes humans and plants happy alike. So, what kind of Portland Girl am I? I guess I’m one who has finally found her home.     What is your biggest outlet for your creative expression? I am extremely lucky that my job is also...