It was easy to spot Chantal even in the pre-dusk light as she waited to meet some girlfriends for drinks – she radiated confidence in her emerald green platform pumps with matching clutch, dark skinny jeans, and brand new leather jacket. The California native, who recently returned to San Diego after spending two years in Barcelona, writes a fashion blog!
“Barcelona is very monochromatic,” says Chantal, who plans to move to LA in the near future. “Here, it’s very casual and very jeans and flip flops. Barcelona likes to dress up. Here, we like to dress down.”
Shoes and purse: Yves Saint Laurent
Jeans: J Brand
Lauren recently returned to Portland from Malaysia where she worked as an intern for a women’s rights group. She learned that no matter how small, she can make a positive impact in the lives of women. The highlight was working with the kids at the refuge, even though they didn’t speak the same language. During her travels she visited Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Singapore. While in Siem Reap, Cambodia, she scored on the beautiful cashmere scarf she’s wearing in the photo. It’s from a night market where she bargained to get the best prices.
“My style is simple and clean-cut with subtle pops of color or design,” she told Go Girl. “I wear a different Cambodian scarf almost every day.”
Shirt: Banana Republic
Jacket: J Crew
Morgan’s amazing fringed suede boots were too good to pass up! She is a fun girl, and the boots just illustrate her cool, fun sense of style! She loves to wear a ton of jewelry – a lot of which she has borrowed from her mom’s closet, which has her original vintage pieces from the 70s and 80s!
“I’m a hippie hipster. I wear a lot of different styles. I like long dresses with flannels a lot. I have a great 70s vest with flowers on it.”
Boots: American Eagle
Watch & Necklace: Fossil
Flannel Shirt: Thrift
Carla owns a fashion boutique in Montana called Sew Queen Designs. Her style is this Bohemian chic hippy vibe totally unique to her, pulling in bright colors and mixing vintage designer pieces (she’s obsessed with Betsey Johnson!) with different patterns. She’s in Seattle on a shopping trip to gather supplies – she’s sewing her own wedding dress, as well as all of her bridesmaids’ dresses!
“My favorite piece is this Betsey Johnson vintage coat I’m wearing. I bought it for like $500 when the store in Seattle closed. It’s one of a kind! I wear it all the time.”
Hat & Skirt: Sew Queen Designs
Betsey Johnson scarf from Nordstrom Rack
Boots: Gianni Bini at Dillards
Vintage Jacket: Betsey Johnson
Handbag: Marc Jacobs
Sophia is an accountant by day and young mom of two by night. She says her family life keeps her busy but she loves to ski, read, and travel. Her classic style caught our eye while she was taking a lunch break in downtown Portland. She was excited to try a can of Go Girl to help energize her for the rest of her work day. Sophia works for an investment firm so she usually dresses professional and classic during the week.
“Right now I’m dressed for work,” she told Go Girl, “But I like to wear something fun, like this coat, to make the outfit more interesting.”
Zoe had hair to her mid-back up until a month ago, when she decided to go short and donate it all to Locks of Love. She rocks it with sweet soft pink barely-there makeup and a tiny bit of pomade. If you’re hoping to get the dish on her hair color, forget it. It’s her natural color! (No fair!)
“I never thought about cutting my hair short til a bunch of people in a row were like, ‘you would look good in short hair’, so I just did it. I’m too lazy to deal with hair!”
Sweater: Lauren Hansen
Dress: JC Penney
Necklace is handmade by a friend!
Palest pressed powder and pink blush: L’Oreal
Go Girl caught up with Sahara while she was on her way to a job interview at Forever 21. She’s dressed to impress! We love her bold lipstick and Aritzia dress. Besides fashion, Sahara’s passion is photography. She shoots film now, and is hoping to be able to afford a new digital camera soon. This small town native is planning a move to Portland in the near future and is lining up a couple jobs.
“I want to move to Portland because it’s a bigger city, and a lot of my friends have already moved here. Plus, there’s better shopping!”
Lipstick: L’Oreal Paris
California native Yoshi is a veteran bargain hunter! She gets name brand pieces for great prices while shopping at Ross and Kohl’s. Her faux leather jacket caught our eye while she was shopping at the mall during her break from work. This soft-spoken California native moved to Portland at the recommendation of a friend, and is loving the lifestyle.
“In my free time I like to read, surf the web, and shop,” she told Go Girl.
Jacket & Dress: Ross
Bag: Urban Outfitters
Kathryn was happy to chat with us while working at a boutique called Scotch & Soda, a new shop to the Portland area. Her style is unique, and we love her patterned pants and stunning accessories. Kathryn was working at Anthropologie and going to college in California when she fell in love with her Oregonian boyfriend. After 2 years of long distance, she decided to move north to be with her sweetheart.
“I decided that I needed a change,” she told Go Girl.
Top & Necklace: Scotch & Soda
Pants: J Brand
Shoes: House of Harlow
Go Girl caught up with Rebekah on her way out for the evening. She’s planning on meeting up with her boyfriend to go out to a local bar. Portland nightlife style is relatively laid back, and Rebekah says she loves to wear pieces inspired by menswear, like the shoes she’s wearing tonight – and button downs! She was excited to get energized with a can of Go Girl before heading out! This University of Oregon student likes to blog and take pictures, as well as follow style blogs.
“Some of my favorite style blogs right now are Song of Style, Who What Where, and Refinery 29,” she told Go Girl. Now she’ll have the Go Girl Passion Meets Fashion blog to follow!
Jeans: American Eagle
Taylor works for a well-know farm-to-table restaurant in NW Portland, and is a student at Portland State University. She juggles her school work and job with ease, and recently got a cute new lab/boxer mix puppy! This bohemian girl says she loves everything Free People makes! At work, Taylor has to wear all black, so she likes to jazz up her look with interesting hairstyles. We love her milk maid braid.
“I like to wear clothes that are flowery and patterned. I like the loose-fitting hippy style,” she told Go Girl.
Hair: Milk Maid Braid. Here’s a great video tutorial if you want to try it for yourself.
Beneath her sporty exterior, Kendrix showed off some feminine features. Her sun-kissed brown hair was in a pretty braid and her nails were painted a fire-engine red with a sparkly white design. While you’d normally spot this athlete wearing a ponytail, she said she just decided to do something different with her locks today.
“I think I’m really sporty,” say Kendrix who wore a bandage around her ankle and walked with the help of a pair of crutches thanks to a sports injury. “I usually wear pants and some sort of t-shirt or sweatshirt.”
Don’t let the flirty skirt and adorable knee-high socks fool you. Dee says her style is a far cry from the cutsie school girl Go Girl saw her wearing on her way to work. When hanging out with her boyfriend and attending shows, this adorable fashionista says she usually rocks old-school Harley tees and band shirts.
“I’m into vintage,” says Dee who has worked at American Apparel for a year and a half. The San Diegan says you can thank her employer for her head-to-toe look (minus the jacket). She gets a discount on the clothes and a clothing stipend from the apparel company. Dee says she is so into vintage that she has her own Etsy shop (since1985) where she sells vintage items.
Shirt, skirt, socks, shoes, bag: American Apparel
Mariane works at an upscale salon and is excited to go to esthetician school soon. She wears black, gray and white to work, so most of her closet is getting filled with those colors, and then tries to find things to mix and match to make that stylish.
“Simple is the best,” she tells us!
Green Army coat: H&M
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Tights & boots: Forever 21
Stockings: Urban Outfitters
Viviana loves to dress in a retro unique fashion – she never wants to dress like anyone else; she likes her own style, which always includes bright colors, especially in her accessories or her nails. We were so taken with her gorgeous silver hair! She was golden blonde a few days ago; she wanted something different for Valentine’s Day.
“I wanted to do something different. I was debating whether to do this (silver) or to do something brown, but you can always do brown. Let’s do silver, let’s go crazy!”
We escaped the downpour this afternoon and ducked into Ulta, where we found the lovely Brynn, who filled us in on the latest beauty trend: eyebrows! She absolutely loves her job, and was happy to explain that she achieves her perfect brows. Having them shaped is important, she says, and using a concealer on the concealer brush to carve out a crisp edge right under the brow, giving you the appearance of flawless brows. She follows that with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius loose brow powder, then seals it with the included waterproof gel on an angled brush.
“It’s a new trend. Definitely in the 90s it was all about having really soft brows. You didn’t really see dramatic makeup. Now it’s all about that retro Hollywood glamour type style.”
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius Kit
Mascara: Too Faced
Liquid Eyeliner: Lorac
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Basics Palette
Go Girl caught up with Paulina at a popular coffee shop in the Ace Hotel in SW Portland. Her sporty style caught our eye. Turns out Paulina works for outerwear producer Poler. On her free time she loves to hike, ride horses, and ride motorcycles. Originally for California, she ventured north in search of something new.
“I wanted to get out of Southern California,” she told Go Girl. “I love the people and culture in Portland.”
Hat & Jacket: Poler
Ring: Gift from Mom
Kacie is a fashion marketing major who lives and breathes style. We met up with her at the Portland Free People store to ask her more about her outfit. Her bubbly, outgoing personality matches her eccentric style. She has her very own style blog, too! She featured the same outfit on her blog shygirlloudvoice.com. Kacie says she likes to shop at thrifts stores and online on the Mojave site.
“I would describe my style as over the top,” she told Go Girl. “I’m a bohemian girl.”
Skirt, Necklace, & Shoes: Free People
Top: Urban Outfitters
Even in her Sports Chalet work uniform, Taylor still manages to show off her personal style. She accents her gorgeous, bronze-colored eyes with bold eyeliner, and tucked away behind her mass of beautiful, dark hair is a single dread lock. A past boyfriend started the dread for her and it took about three months for it to actually lock. While her current ensemble doesn’t represent her usual style, Taylor says she does like the clothes from Sports Chalet, which sells brands like Roxy and Billabong.
“When I’m not at work, I like trendy, hippy styles like long skirts,” says Taylor, who has worked at Sports Chalet for a year and a half. “I love wearing hats and love dangly earrings.” Her makeup inspiration comes from reality television star Kim Kardashian, and she gets some of her outfit ideas from Instagram photos.
Shirt and pants: Sports Chalet
We caught Kahi while on her way out with a friend for the night. Their first stop is a local college bar on the edge of the University of Oregon campus. Visiting from California, this young lady knows how to deal with the rainy Oregon weather in style. Her cute Victoria’s Secret umbrella is a great touch. Kahi’s style is preppy, and she loves to shop.
“Nordstrom is my favorite place to shop,” she told Go Girl. “I spend all my money there!”
Bag: Michael Kors
Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch
Umbrella: Victoria’s Secret
Though her light grey stretch jeans were hand-me-downs from her mother in law, Liz proved that moms don’t have to wear mom jeans. She was out with her daughter Autumn when Go Girl was drawn to the pair’s matching color scheme. Liz, who lives in Oceanside, works as a makeup artist and isn’t shy about experimenting with her look.
“You have to show your inner beauty,” says Liz, who draws inspiration from adorably quirky actress Zooey Deschanel. “You wear clothes instead of them wearing you.”
Prescription Glasses: Walmart
Mandy doesn’t consider herself a fashionista. She likes to wear what appeals to her: simple, classy, contemporary pieces, rather than whatever trendy style is being marketed to her. Instead, she goes for what she’s comfortable wearing.
“I wouldn’t say I’m trendy, but I like style. Every girl likes to look pretty. It helps on my days off – I like to dress up!”
Quilted Leather Jacket: BeBe
Sweater: JC Penney
Handbag: Michael Kors
Looking put together in sportswear can be tricky. We think Rachel pulled it off perfectly! We loved her clean, simple, casual style. She’s a flight attendant, so she wears a uniform complete with stockings to work, and loves to be comfortable on her days off. That doesn’t stop her from having style!
“My mom says that you can have champagne taste and a beer budget! Nordstrom Rack is my jam!” she laughs.
Jacket & Hoodie: The North Face
Vegan Leather Bag: Ross
We were obsessed with the yellow Kate Spade bag on the left. The bright, sunny color on a stormy, wet Seattle afternoon really improved our mood! A few minutes later, we noticed Marjon with her yellow handbag and had to catch up with her!
“I wanted something different. I had to downsize my bag; I would put every electronic gadget in my purse if I could because I think that I need it, and I really don’t!” she laughs.
Yellow handbag: Vince Camuto