For the long weekend I’m heading to one of my favorite places, Portland, Maine, to visit my wonderful friend Emily who lives there. When it comes to packing habits, Em and I are polar opposites. She could pack for a week with just a shoe box (and knows how to survive in the wild with a block of cheese and a piece of twine – she’s a Darwin best bet), whereas I tend to pack for a long weekend like I’m moving in. Permanently. After several destination weddings this summer (which have all been a blast – no complaints), I’m looking forward to a casual weekend, with no need for the formal attire regalia. The Maine dress code? Forgo the heels, the hotrollers. It’s about comfort, practicality and having the will and readiness for adventure. For the first time I can recall, I’m attempting to pare down to just a carry-on bag. Below, how I plan to do it. I can’t wait to see the proud expression on Em’s face!
Here’s my Maine Dress Code:
For exploring the coast and Fort Gorges and other nature sanctuaries, I’ll rely on sturdy overall-shorts,
and a wide brim sun-hat
which I will be wearing on the plane because how else do people travel with hats? Beach lounging is a big possibility so my favorite striped bathing suit will be coming along for the trip.
And speaking of sand and surf, SPF is a must and luckily my reliable standard from La Roche Posay comes in at under 3 oz.
Also in Alice-In-Wonderland-miniature I found this little bottle at whole foods of my favorite body wash, Dr. Bronner’s Almond Soap, which is perfectly satisfactory to double as a face wash for a few days.
The perfume samples I occasionally receive as a beauty blogger come in way handy for travel. But it does also mean I don’t ever really know what I’m going to smell like. Mascara (in summer I love Clinique’s Naturally Glossy), cream blush, and lip gloss is all you’ll find in my makeup bag. Okay okay – also eyebrow gel (I have very unruly brows if not disciplined). Okay, and under-eye concealer. But REALLY that’s all from the cosmetic department.
Another department, shoes, tends to be the biggest space hog when I travel – heels in particular. For this trip, I’m tossing them aside and sticking with lightweight, dressy-but-all-purpose sandals.
And low-rise converse for the plane and walking around Portland’s Old Port.
Evenings may bring a stop in one of Portland’s live music venues or a friend’s barbeque. For that, a cropped sweater and long skirt will feel summery while fending off a potential chill.
Without a doubt, we’ll be having a date with oysters, lobster and my favorite beer, Maine’s Allagash White, so I’ll pack a floaty tee shirt dress or voluminous maxi to accommodate an expanding belly.
For travel? This cozy Lululemon sweater that was tipped off to me by my friend Maggie, and some ankle jeans.
I almost forgot – HAIR! I’m ditching the hair dryer and curling iron. Instead, I’m air-drying and following with an easy braided crown using a few bobby pins and a mini bottle of texturizer spray. It’s low-maintenance to create and works day or night.
Hopefully this gives you some on-the-road style inspiration. Happy Labor Day weekend to you all whether home or away!