There are three things I think about when I think about Portland, Maine: the blue color of the ocean off the side of a sail boat, lobsters, and L.L. Bean. A couple of years ago, this American standard launched L.L. Bean Signature, with a nod to heritage and updated classics. I understand the thrill of a new look but for me, sometimes I just want to put on a simple black turtleneck or a cozy autumn sweater with some classic boots and call it a day (like on THIS day for example). So we paid them a visit at their store in Freeport, Maine, that is unbelievably open 24 hours a day – literally shop till you drop! – and then spent the last remaining sunsets of summer in Portland where the red brick contrasts the blue ocean and those white sails go gliding by like a painting that never changes but is always moving on the horizon.
Below: Discovered Portland General Store Apothecary which makes simple and natural beauty products inspired by antique recipes. I LOVE the shampoo and conditioner. Kevin loves the whiskey after-shave. Also, this is a great gift for any man in your life.
Fall favorites from L.L. Bean Signature: I can never have enough white button-ups, especially on work days. I get the *most* compliments when I wear this sweater and I’m really looking forward to cooler weather so I can cozy up in this. This dress is such a girlfriend dress and you can never go wrong with a black blazer. For the snow, for the city.
The food in Maine is worth going just for that purpose alone. Some of our favorites include Fore Street for dinner and ambiance. Duckfat - one word: fries. Saltwater Grill for lunch. Eventide Oyster Co. as much as possible. The oyster buns are TO DIE FOR. and the oysters. Just everything there.