Portland Native Tonya Smith of @themoptop clues us in to her must-dos in her home city. Spoiler: It involves lots of coffee!
You’ve been a Portland-based style blogger since 2011, so you’re familiar with the terrain. For your staycation “trip,” did you plan a mix of the undiscovered and old favorites?
For this staycation we did a little bit of both! Portland is growing rapidly so it’s easy to just wander around and stop into a new shop or try out a new restaurant along the way. I’ve stayed at the Ace Hotel in a couple of other cities so we decided to stay at the Portland one! Then we tried a new restaurant, revisited a few of our favorite shops and checked out a couple of new ones as well.
What were some of the unexpected highlights for you?
I think stopping by The Good Mod shop! I had been in there once before but it was brand new to my boyfriend. It’s a furniture store in an old factory building. It has the most beautiful windows and light and since it was such a nice sunny day, the space looked incredible. We had just moved into a new apartment at the time, so it was definitely helpful to browse and get some interior inspiration.
For visitors and newcomers to Portland, what are essential neighborhoods to explore?
There are so many that it’s hard to name them all. I always prefer the Eastside of Portland. Some of my favorite streets to wander around are Belmont, Burnside, Mississippi, Alberta, Division, and Hawthorne. Portland has so many hidden “pockets” that there are so many places to explore and see.
We know you’re obsessed with the excellent (and plentiful) coffee bars in Portland. Did you discover new spots during your staycation?
I love Portland’s coffee! I stopped by my old favorite, Stumptown inside of the Ace Hotel. The space is beautiful and you can never go wrong with Stumptown!
How would you describe your signature style—both day-to-day and leisure time?
I would say vintage mixed with modern. As well as tomboy feminine. I like mixing basics with more interesting pieces or details. Comfort is a major necessity for me as well.
You’ve said that your style is “modern with a vintage twist”—which aligns with Etienne Aigner’s mission, to create heritage style for contemporary woman. What attracted you to the Etienne Aigner brand?
Wow I am glad I answered the question before spot on! I loved the simple style of the pieces but they were still unique. The mustard color of the pump really drew me in as well as the trim detail. It’s such a great shoe to pair with denim and basics to really spice up the outfit. I also loved the cross-stitching pattern of the Irena bag. It shows unique detailing on a tried and true shape.
Why did you select the Marelle Bootie in Pine and Dylan Pump in Curry for this story?
I love that the Dylan pump is a more classic style in a beautiful and unexpected color. It pairs so well with denim and my favorite fall coats. I love being able to wear shoes like that on a dry fall day in Portland. The boots are such a great piece as well! The tomboy, menswear-inspired details really fit my personal style so well and fit right into my wardrobe.
Who or what inspires your style?
A few people and eras! Alexa Chung has always been a major style icon for me as well as the women of the 60s such as Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy. And then ,of course there are tons of bloggers I look to for ideas as well!