Note: I was offered free products to try from Naked Chick Organics to be reviewed. However, the opinions listed here, including those of the products, are completely my own.
I spent a week devouring every lobster roll Maine had to offer, attempting to fight unruly frizz (and losing), and well, trying to adjust to a quieter life that was far away from the ever bustling, constant taxi-honking NYC.
One way I would find some salvation? At the beach, of course.
Despite being a city girl, I adore the beach. I love the feeling of warm sun rays caressing my skin. I crave to hear soft ocean waves as seagulls float into clouds, appearing only to nibble on juicy, succulent crab (or your sandwich). So one thing I was looking forward to was dipping my toes into Long Sands Beach.
While this beach can get mighty foggy in the morning, and the crowds can quickly multiply, it was indeed one of my favorite parts about my trip to Maine. Naturally, I relied on pinup-inspired swimwear to look and feel confident.
And if you really want to have an endless summer? Consider bringing some of the beach to your skincare.
Naked Chick Organics is a serious must-have for smelling oh so delicious and feeling amazing. Not only are these products made from scratch, but they’re small batched and prepared with quality vegan and USDA Certified organic ingredients prepared by hand. As someone who has very sensitive skin, this was an amazing treat for me.
To get beach ready daily, I used Peppy Chick Body Scrub in the shower, which features sweet-meets-salty coconut and juicy, zesty orange. Not only did it awaken my skin, but it was soft and smooth for a day at the beach. Oh, and it smells like a creamy tropical milkshake, which I ADORED!
To maintain that silky smoothness, I also used Sunny Chick Body Oil, highlighting sweet almond and jojoba oils. It quench my skin’s thirst without leaving a greasy residue, which is extremely important when wearing delicate thrifted pieces. It also left behind a nice clean, airy aroma.
Maine does have some pretty picturesque beaches. And underneath all that salty water are plump, luscious lobsters. Yum.
The trip was completed with a tangy Lime Ricky at The Goldenrod, where you can buy fudge and saltwater taffy by the pound. I did both. In multiples. Don’t judge me.
So I did it. I survived Maine. Now I’m back in the city on my usual grind. Here are my parting words.
When visiting York Beach, Maine for the first time:
- Eat as much lobster as possible. It’s some of the best in the country, if not the world.
- Bring layers. It gets very, very chilly at night, especially if you’re right next to the beach.
- Visit The Goldenrod. It’s a national attraction for sweet lovers. And hello, saltwater taffy and fudge?! You can also eat at the restaurant there.
- Go out early. Unlike NYC, many of these shops close early. Like 9PM early.
- Become familiar with the terminology here. When ordering coffee, ask for “dairy” instead of milk or cream. Also, sprinkles here are “jimmies.”
- Consider heading to Portland if you want more “adult” time. York Beach is a very familial town, which I wasn’t expecting.
- Head to the beach late. It gets more crowded than a Black Friday on Macy’s in midtown. Grab a coffee and enjoy your morning at the beach. You’ll get first dibs on a nice spot.
- Assume The Lighthouse is huge. At least for me, it wasn’t. But you should go anyway because again, it’s a major attraction.
- Leave behind bottles of tap water from NYC. At least for my hair, I found Maine water to be hard, which left it dry and frizzy. Myself and my curls were not happy. I should have brought some water bottles just to wash my hair. I’m serious about this.
- Arrive without a car. Unless you’re in the city, a car is everything to get by around here.
- Attempt to find Stephen King in Maine. He likes his alone time writing (hello) and I hear he heads down south to Florida during the winters. I would do the same.