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.
Photo by Jordan Race

For a similar look:

Photo by Jordan Race
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.

Photo by Jordan Race
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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Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 1

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.

From my trip to Maine.
From my trip to Maine.

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!

On a lobster roll diet.
On a lobster roll diet.

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.

I drowned my hair in argan oil before I stepped outside.
I drowned my hair in argan oil before I stepped outside.

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.

Rosé, like this one, does wonders for a homesick, culturally shocked city girl.
Rosé, like this one, does wonders for a homesick, culturally shocked city girl.

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).

When it comes to food, Maine does not disappoint. Fried haddock sandwich, fries, and mac 'n' cheese balls with coffee? Yes, please! #whatdiet
When it comes to food, Maine does not disappoint. Fried haddock sandwich, fries, and mac ‘n’ cheese balls with coffee? Yes, please! #what diet

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?

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

In the end (at least for this day), I was a happy mermaid.

"Some day I'll be...part of your...WORLD!" Photo by Jordan Race
“Some day I’ll be…part of your…WORLD!”
Photo by Jordan Race

So, does this city girl make it in Maine? You’ll have to find out in part two!