Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Portland Guide & A Pretty Bun

Last week I visited friends in Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is foreign territory to me so I was excited to go and explore. I look forward to getting to know this beautiful part of the U.S. better. 

In many ways the progressive environmental politics, number of bike commuters (and bike friendly roads) 
plus solid public transportation reminded me of Berlin and several other European cities. I wish more American cities would promote eco-friendly commuting options.
The city has fabulous street art, including this little shrine  that was attached to a stop sign.
I'm a wine enthusiast and enjoyed sampling different Pinto Noir's hailing from nearby Willamette Valley. 
I also enjoyed the various beards+beard stylings on Portland men! The beard is no longer just for hipsters & homeless men, ladies.
We saw the Ben Miller band at Mississippi studios one night and I was blown away by their Appalachia meets blue grass, meets honky tonk sound. The lead singer has a raw, soulful voice. Notice the gentleman on left playing the washtub bass.
Check Ben Miller Band out here:
St. John's bridge over the Willamette River
Mississippi Studios is a great place to catch live music
A pretty saturday spent strolling around Nob Hill & sampling 
a glass of cava
My hotel was a former elementary school called The Kennedy School that included a hot soaking pool that filled up with kids, friends & lovers
My room was a former classroom and very quaint (including 2 chalk boards!)
We ate at many fine establishments but Tin Shed was one of my favorites.  I also loved Tasty & Sons.
The Quest statue in downtown Portland
If you follow me on instagram then you know I was super! pumped! up! to see Morrissey on Friday evening
The sold out show was amazing - I was so pleased to hear Morrissey's full baritone, a few Smith's songs from my youth and his bizarre, understated humor.

I am the son, I am the heir,
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar,
I am the son and heir,
Of nothing in particular,

You shut your mouth
how can you say,
I go about things the wrong way,
I am human and I need to be loved,
just like everybody else does,

--from 'How Soon is Now'?

Here's my look from the concert and below please find my tutorial on how to create this super feminine and fun ballerina bun:
Enjoy xoxo
berlin hair baby


  1. Loved the tutorial and the photos. Also I adore your nail color in the video. Do you remember how it is called?

  2. Looks like so much fun. I've always wanted to go to Portland. I went to Seattle once and loved it. Makes me want to discover more of my own country.

  3. It is indeed a good genuine work. A very nice post, good work. I like all these pictures.

  4. I am going to Vancouver to visit family, might just drive down to portland because the pictures look really good. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love your bun! Hugs from Sweden

  6. Just found your blog and I have to say that I love it! You are such a creative and talented lady. I'm your new follower!



  7. Hello Berlin Hair Baby -

    I love, love, love your site. I discovered it more than a year ago, and its been such a great source of hairstyles for me. I live in Washington, DC and the summer humidity is approaching - your styles let me walk out the door feeling a lot more styled and put-together than just the typical ponytail. I've given up styling my long hair down in the summer, its so futile. So all the snappy up-do's you have work so well.

    I also appreciate your easy and clear way of explaining the hairstyles. They've encouraged me to experiment with my own ideas.

    I have a question for you: I've bought and used bobby pins, and large and small hair pins. They both seem to have different uses in pinning styles. Could you explain the best way to use each? Also, the bobby pins really spread after the first use, and don't hold as well afterward. I was wondering if you go through lot of them. Many times both types will fall out of my hair, and I find myself re-pinning and securing through the day. I even leave little trails of pins sometimes at my desk chair, in my car, or on the floor : )

    Any pointers you can provide on this and tips on securing styles would be terrific.

    Thanks again and looking forward to your next style!


  8. Looks fun! Bun has so many varieties and you did great in giving good tips on having it. Great site! Cheers!

  9. Portland looks like fun - and great tutorial on making a ballerina bun!


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