Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 4

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.

Also, this is the final installment of “Finding Glamour in Maine!” Don’t forget to check out parts 1, 2, and 3.

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.

My morning coffee.
My morning coffee.

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.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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.

Long Sands Beach, Maine
Long Sands Beach, Maine

The high waisted bikini bottoms are from Unique Vintage and the bikini top is from Linda’s Bras in New York, my go-to boutique for finding lingerie in an array of sizes.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

And if you really want to have an endless summer? Consider bringing some of the beach to your skincare.

Naked Chick Organics
Naked Chick Organics

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.

Naked Chick Organics Body Scrub
Naked Chick Organics Body Scrub

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!

Sunny Chick Body Oil
Sunny Chick Body Oil

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.

Sunny Chick Sea Grass Body Oil on actual sea grass from Maine.
Sunny Chick Sea Grass Body Oil on actual sea grass from Maine.

Maine does have some pretty picturesque beaches. And underneath all that salty water are plump, luscious lobsters. Yum.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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.

Lime Ricky at The Goldenrod in Maine.
Lime Ricky at The Goldenrod in Maine.

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:

Do

  • 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.

Don’t

  • 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.
Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 3

Check out Finding Glamour in Maine Part 1 and Part 2.

If there’s one thing everyone goes to see at York Beach is the Nubble Lighthouse. It’s a big thing here and not visiting this monument is as sinful as not having any lobster rolls.

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According to its official website:

In colonial days mariner traffic was important to the commerce of the area. Knowing that Maine’s rocky coast was very dangerous to those mariners and their livelihood, the Citizens petitioned the United States Government for a lighthouse.

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In 1874 President Rutherford B. Hayes appropriated the sum of $15,000 to build a lighthouse on this “Nub” of land. On July 1, 1879 construction was completed on what, at the time, was known as the Knubble Lighthouse with a 4th order light began to protect our men and women on the sea. The men and women serving in the Lighthouse Service were the first guardians who provided great care for the light and its surrounding buildings.

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My initial reaction? It’s smaller than what I thought it would be.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

Hey, what did you expect? I’m surrounded by skyscrapers in NYC, so I’m not sure what I was expecting. And being surrounded by rocks and water was a little too “Scare Tactics” for me. What if I somehow slipped, fell, and landed in the ocean, never to be found? My mother said I’ve always had a vivid imagination.

Trying not to fall to my death. Photo by Jordan Race
Trying not to fall to my death.
Photo by Jordan Race

For my visit to the quaint, picturesque Nubble Lighthouse, I wore a watercolor painting-inspired silk dress that I purchased during one of my thrifting adventures. It was quite fitting, don’t you think?

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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And did I talk about the lobster rolls? They’re everywhere, including right by the Nubble Lighthouse. I definitely wasn’t complaining.

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And ice cream. It was also everywhere. Like this vanilla soft serve cone dipped in chocolate fudge. Oh baby.

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Oh, and let’s not forget minty mojitos and beers by the beach. The mojito was mine, of course.

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Later in the evening, Jordan and I decided to have a date night at cozy Mimmo’s Italian Restaurant. It’s your town mom and pop eatery where locals go to satisfy their pasta cravings along with bottles of wine from home (it’s BYOB). Mimmo himself walks to every table to greet his guests. The portions are ridiculously HUGE. Bring your appetite. My pasta was drenched in white wine sauce and the shrimp was merely a handful. But, I ate it happily. Jordan’s lasagna was saucy and loaded on the cheese. He cleaned his plate, too.

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For the evening, I decided to channel Josephine Baker in my own way, spit curl and all.

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I wore a silk fuchsia dress, also from the same thrifting adventure from Manhattan.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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Photo by Jordan Race

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I felt like a 1920s silent screen star!

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Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 2

Check out Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 1

One thing I loved about my visit to Maine? The food.

Jordan ready to stuffed his face (even though he doesn't like seafood like moi).
Jordan ready to stuffed his face (even though he doesn’t like seafood like moi).

Buttery lobster, crispy halibut, pounds of steamy mussels drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice – it’s a seafood lover’s paradise.

One of my many lobster rolls with a pasta salad.
One of my many lobster rolls with a pasta salad.
Jordan's veggie stir fry.
Jordan’s veggie stir fry.

But it’s not just fresh seafood this petite state has to offer. Wild berries, thirst-quenching cocktails, and mountain-sized ice cream cones covered with “jimmies” are just some of the many treats to be found here.

Wild Maine blueberries.
Wild Maine blueberries.
Maine sangria with local blueberries.
Maine sangria with local blueberries.
Night ice cream.
Night ice cream.
Day ice cream.
Day ice cream.

I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds – just in time to keep me warm during the chilly winter months to come.

Anyway.

While staying at The Lighthouse Inn & Carriage House, I decided to go nautical with a navy dress featuring white stripes (Jack White not included – I’ll be here all night, folks).

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

My dress, which was thrifted, features a wrap-around piece, which i chose to ignore. I like to break rules.

Posing with sand-covered slippers. Photo by Jordan Race
Posing with sand-covered slippers.
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Photo by Jordan Race

For days when I felt like lounging around, I decided to add comfort to my wardrobe with a touch of glamour, all thanks to Hollywood bombshell Eva Mendes and her New York & Company collection.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

I ADORE Eva’s dresses because the fit is super comfortable, they’re designed to enhance your natural curves, and they have a vintage look/feel with modern fabric and tailoring. It’s the best of both worlds.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

This dress is from a previous season, but you can get some (or all) of Eva’s current designs at a New York & Company near you.

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Photo by Jordan Race

The view wasn’t too shabby, right?

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Don’t forget to come back next week and find out how I made it in Maine!

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