I’ve always wanted to visit a tiny state, known as Maine.
It seemed to offer everything I could desire. Beaches galore, buttery lobster by the pound, quaint little houses, Stephen King, buttery lobster by the pound…oh right, I said that.
Being overdue for a vacation, I decided to head up north, way up north, to the state that Anthony Bourdain has reportedly called “one of the foodiest in America.” And boy, was I in for a surprise!
I must admit, it did take some time to adjust to picturesque Maine, York Beach to be exact. Being a born and raised New Yawker, I am accustomed to time being on steroids, restaurants closing near midnight (and sometimes later), sizzling summer heat cloaked in sweat-inducing humidity, and hopping on the dingy subway or hailing race cars for cabs to take me anywhere in minutes. Sure, it may sound like a nightmare to those not accustomed to such an existence, but this is my home, a place I’ve had a serious love-hate relationship for decades. So perhaps going on a break was rather strange.
In Maine, I was not used to chilly, ocean-fueled temperatures surrounded by fog, prompting me to grab every layer I could find, waters so frigid, my body would convulse on contact, and misty, salty air exposing all the frizz I’ve attempted to combat from childhood. Many days and nights, I fought the unruly mane – and lost – in Maine.
Yes, it was quite the culture shock, but believe me reader, I was determined to make the most of my trip. Maine and I would battle it out, but I was eager to embrace its peace offerings, in the form of food (lots of it) and the beach (lots of it).
For one occasion, I experience utter joy just splashing around in Short Sands Beach, a pocket of a beach tucked away behind rocky cliffs. The water was warm and crystal clear, the sun kissed my every pore, and my surroundings transformed into a living painting. Could it be that I was finally falling for Maine?
For the occasion, I wore an airy, long sleeved azure dress by Eva Mendes for New York & Company. If you don’t know, this Cubana and Hollywood bombshell has an exquisite old Hollywood-inspired clothing line for the popular brand that’s perfect for day and night.
It’s safe to say one part of my closet is solely dedicated to pieces by Eva Mendes. I never fail to get compliments whenever I wear any of her dresses. Best of all, New York & Company always has plenty of deals to help you save some moolah.
In the end (at least for this day), I was a happy mermaid.
So, does this city girl make it in Maine? You’ll have to find out in part two!