HI ! I'm Simi - Welcome to Portland | Grace

 "Travel leaves us speechless and then turns us into storytellers" 

That, in a nutshell is why and how this space was created. I have always loved to visit new places and experience different cultures - which was one of the reasons I moved from West Africa to the States almost fifteen years ago, but it was not until 2012, on my first solo trip that I truly became a wanderlust and began to discover the beauty that lies on the other side of caution and comfort zones. There is so much beauty in the world and I have been incredibly blessed to see some of it. PortlandGrace is where I share my stories (and bring some of the beauty in the world to you) in hopes that you will find the inspiration let go of caution and comfort zone. When I am not traveling - I call Dallas home and honestly the best part of travelling is getting to return to Dallas (and to my community here).  

I am not just about travel. I let all my passions define me, so every now and again, I will take a break from the travel chat to talk beauty, food and interiors - but don't fret - the travel chat will always return. 

If I am in Dallas - I am complete a homebody (trying to change that in 2016) - I pulled up a trip advisor list of things to do in Dallas and my goal is to get through the top 25 this year (eeek, wish me luck). I also love to cook - it is a huge passion of mine and some of my travels center around food - I started a food blog last year (we have been on hiatus the last few months, but I am in the process of revamping it). I will be posting a recipe per week over there starting in March - but you can still pull recipes from my archives - here.  

I am obsessed with Instagram - like seriously the best social media platform ever and I post on there (mostly travel) several times a week - you can follow along here.

I love tea , comic book shows (and movies), lipsticks (vampy purple , always) and I consider myself the human version of the "100" emoji - (joke, that is a line from Brooklyn nine-nine and it always makes me laugh).

All writing and photography are by me (unless otherwise stated). Grab a cup of tea and make yourself at home. Can't wait to meet you.  

Please direct all inquiries to portlandgraceblog@gmail.com