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Portland Shopping Garnish Apparel

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Portland shopping. Before leaving for Portland I went online and scoped out a bunch of apparel shops that I had to go visit. Whenever I travel I try to make it a priority to discover local designers, local shops and therefore local talent. There are so many creative people working on a smaller scale and having been a small business owner, I can definitely appreciate their hard work and passion for their craft.

portland shopping

Garnish was one such apparel boutique. When we walked in we were warmly greeted and got to find out all about this unique store. From the clothing to the accessories, everything is locally designed and made. The best part is that since it’s all created in small quantities, it’s like you are wearing an original!

Actually they say it best:

“At Garnish it is our mission not only to provide unique, flattering apparel and accessories, but also to provide a guiding hand, a personal experience, and a welcoming environment for our customers. We will help you select handmade designs that make you feel confident and attractive while exploring your style boundaries. You shop here because you like the personal attention you get; we love that you become not just our customers, but our friends. You are in integral part of who we are”.

portland shopping

With many of us having body image issues, sizing can sometimes be very demoralizing.  You walk into one store and you are one size then to another store and suddenly you are a completely different size.  It doesn’t make sense and those numbers change so often they can drive anyone crazy. No matter how much we all try to ignore that little tag, let’s just be honest in saying that sometimes that  number on the back of a shirt or a pair of pants can set our mood for the day.  I love that, at Garnish, they’ve chosen to give everyone a  fabulous title: XS=Extraordinary, SM=Superfine, M=My Oh My, L=Luscious and XL=Extra Hot. You are never just a number.

There are more boutiques to come, but I wanted to take a second and send out a huge thank you to @TonieHanson. She took the time to tweet at me the entire trip telling me where to go and what to see.  It was like having my own personal tourist guide and very much appreciated!

Portland shopping is a fantastic scene!


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  1. God I love that fabolous tittles fot tags sizes… I think they´re doing something huge for all those womens who feels insecure with their bodys… loved it…

    1. I agree! It’s nice to not have to deal with a number that makes you feel bad.

  2. I wouldn´t mind taking a look at that boutique!


    1. Oh I think you’d like it! It’s really lovely.

  3. I am so happy that you came to Portland and that you appreciated the charm and uniqueness of the city! You must tell me if you return and safe travels (excited to read about what you find during the rest of your road trip!).

    1. Oh we had a really great time…actually we might be coming for a couple of years….

  4. Gorgeous photos and this store looks so cute! I wish I could go to Portland to visit x

    1. Portland is a really interesting city, I think it’s going to keep booming for the next few years!

  5. I love that they give all their clothes sizes fun & fabulous titles! It’s little touches like that make shopping at local boutiques unique and fun experience. What a great store!
    xo, Jackie


    1. Exactly! The designers are really amazing.

  6. Great post!! I really want to visit Portland soon!

    1. Thanks! You should. It’s a really great city and kind of fun that there are no taxes….

  7. Jenifer Balatico

    The GARNISH shop mission is truly amazing and good job on them for meeting that aim.

    Hugs and kisses from ♥ missJHENZ

    1. I know, I was really impressed with them!

    1. Thank-you!

  8. I can see a lot of amazing maxi skirt and dress!
    Come back soon to visit me on Cosa Mi Metto???
    Win your favorite bikini!!

    1. Oh, yes they might have had a few….

  9. Caroline Jeffery

    I love the size tagg in the clothes at Garnish! I wish more stores would take this concept on, it would brighten every girls day 🙂



    1. I totally agree. I also love that they will make anything to fit you, talk about recognizing that we are all different!

  10. I love how they do the sizing!!! So fabulous!

    1. It is! I love that they decided to do that.

    1. Thanks!

  11. I really enjoy your trip dear!! Today I was talking with my family about Portland and what amazing shops you are sharing with us!
    That way to showm the sizes is fantastic!!! I love the dress on the first pics! Lovely pattern!
    Lady Trends
    http://myladytrends.blogspot.com.es/ NEW POST!

    1. Oh thank you so much! I have more to share with you, just wait!

  12. miss Margaret Cruzemark

    To put it this way, if I was in Portland I would be a regular there.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

    1. Oh we would have so much fun!

    1. Thanks!

  13. What is the purse in the top photo made of? It almost looks like cork. Super cute!

    1. Yes it! I love the shape, I think it would make a really great travel bag since it’s light as air.

  14. Jamie "ChatterBlossom"

    Oh man I like you so much! So glad that you like local and small! I really appreciate that and I always try to do the same when traveling. I LOVE their sizing!

    1. Yeah, I just don’t always want to look like everyone else and I can really appreciate a small business.

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