Beach Calling

A quote I saw that I just can’t get out of my head, “I Long for Salt Air in my Hair”.  I’m thinking about long lazy days spent at the beach with my boys.  The beach is where so many of our summer memories are made with family and friends.  I’m ready!

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Such Style

I am always impressed with people who can dress well, and I even get a little jealous when they have nailed down their own classic style.  Working an out fit to get all the attention it needs takes a lot of thought, whether this is intentional or not.  There are a lot of elements that line up perfectly when an outfit is stunning, like knowing what you want to wear, how to wear it and then, knowing the right place to wear it is the tricky part, but when those three magically happen~ that’s what I call a “stunner”.  There usually is one person at every event I attend that I find to shine like a star.  They just have their style down and the perfect place to go wearing it.  You be the judge, but this gal, Isis is a “stunner” to me!  So jealous of her effortless style.  Here are a few of my favorite Isis looks!  Notice how well she mixes inexpensive and affordable items to create her signature style!

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Get this look:

Burberry Scarf, Alpaca poncho, Jbrand jeans in Gold dust, Coach padded hat, Harlow snake skin clutch, Vince Camuto red platform booties.

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Blazer, H&M fancy sequin pants, H&M jewelry

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Forever 21 high waisted shorts, Ella Moss vintage top

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Get this Look:

Forever 21 dress, gold leather belt, jewelry H&M, Kate Spade Sunglasses

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Get this Look:

Burberry brown sunglasses, coach scarf, James Perse button up, Ralph Lauren jeans, Ferragamo Belt, Sailing sneakers in metallic

Pisco Sours

I just spent a week with my sister in law, Florecita in Seattle and we enjoyed Pisco Sours every night!  It was a beautiful thing….catching up with family while cooling off with our Pisco Sours.  I have had Pisco Sour only once before, and really enjoyed the ever so addicting sour flavors.  My father in law, says “you’re born with a sour gene or not born with it”.  Well, I was born with it and crave this refreshing lightweight summery drink.

Pisco is an odorless amber colored grape brandy, which is produced in regions of Chile and Peru.  Florecita is from Peru and I can safely speak for her, ‘Pisco originally came from Peru’.  I’m sure it’s a toss up as which country Pisco started in first.  But, there is a coastal town and river in Peru named Pisco.  I’m just pleased that I know people who share their Pisco with me!

Florecita’s bottle of Pisco

To make Pisco Sours, must have limes, egg & some sweetener

Blend away to create the perfect frothy sour drink!

We had a large party with our entire family, so we just used paper cups to enjoy a taste of our Pisco Sours!  Cheers!

Pisco Sour

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) pisco
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon pasteurized egg whites

Preparation

  1. In a blender, whirl 3 ice cubes, pisco, sugar, fresh lime juice, and egg whites. Whirl until smooth (you’ll no longer hear the ice cracking against the side of the blender) and serve straight up in a martini glass with a dash of aromatic bitters and a wedge of lime.
  2. Peruvian Pantry: Pisco. A brandy distilled from several different grape varieties grown in South America, it is the national drink of Peru and comes in many styles–from smooth and sippable to rough and fiery. (Chile also produces pisco, although Peru contends that the Chilean version is not real pisco but a Chilean brandy that needs its own name.) Pisco became popular in California during the Gold Rush, when Peruvian miners there extolled its virtues to fellow fortune-seekers.
  3. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Greg Hoitsma, Andina, Portland, OR, Sunset
JUNE 2006

Bad Ass Surf Shop

What?  In Maine, there’s surfing…. sure is and if there’s surfing, then there’s shops, but not just any shop, a new place, that has been here in Ogunquit, Maine for 16 years, but now Liquid Dreams has it’s own new sweet location.

Everything that owners, Mark and Rachael have done at Liquid Dreams is the perfect balance of Coolness + Calmness + Ocean all wrapped into one sweet surf shop mecca.  Every detail has been given the right attention.  They have constructed their shop all themselves and have put their heart and soul into it and it shows.

Being a shopper, I so appreciate the quantity and sweet style of women’s clothes, shoes (TOMS) and swim suits.  The men’s clothing is just as good if not better.  Then you get into all the boards (surf, boogie, skate), wetsuits, and all things cool that should be in a surf shop, like the many oh so many surf and paddle boards.

Having two boys themselves, Mark and Rachael even have cute kids clothes.  I am all about those tiny little shoes.  So cute.

Love these wooden boards.

No need to go any place else….seriously!

How fun is this hang out, while they shop area.

They didn’t have these in the 70’s- so cool.

The boys check out their sweet finds.

Sweet Shoes.

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Here in Maine, this is what we need when we are in the water.

Gotta love the info board.

Happy shopper.

Sun protection.

Lovin my TOMS

For the Kids.

Hey Ladies….

Summer day and nights.

Great attention to details.

How cool are these shorts and boards on the ceiling!

A true Liquid Dream.

Their own T’s.

Can I help you?

If the store wasn’t enough, now we have HOOKS restaurant on the property!

Port hole bar!

The roof is set up for shade, trees have light on them and there’s a copper wave outside of it all!

Kids fantasy wave!

If you visit Liquid Dreams new location in Ogunquit or Long Sands beach in York, then most likely you’ll see….Mark and Rachael.

With Hooks restaurant now open, Liquid Dreams isn’t just a shop, but a destination.  Get ready for an experience of good service, stylish clothing, cool kids goods from stickers to boards (my kids were in heaven), awesome decor including the bathrooms, boards, boards and more boards, lesson info and sign up and now food, music and drinks at Hooks!  The best part is you don’t have to get dressed up to enjoy…just go and have fun.

Yes, it’s all here in Maine, a dream that is liquid by most locals and the many who come here to vacation.

One Scoop or Six? New England and Old Fashion Ice Cream

Scoop Deck in Wells, Maine is like an adult ice cream dream come true with oh, are you ready for this, 72 flavors to choose from!  Not only do they offer ‘old fashion’ ice cream that is oh so yummy, but they offer an old fashion feel good experience.  The feeling you get when your there is that it’s ok to not take yourself serious at all, kinda like when you were a kid and everything was fun and easy.  The Scoop Deck fills my tummy and mind with a smile, so much so that it can be addictive!  The prices are right, and the scoops are ginormous and perfectly creamy, bursting with flavors that will bring you back to old summer days.

How much do you love their street sign!!

Oh boy, the decisions!

A clever sign posted to the right of the door~ take time to read it!

Maine = Lobster

I made the mistake of ordering a small… it was 2 scoops! oops!

Someday I will splurge and order the ‘six scoop’!

These messages around the “Scoop Deck” are what make this place a fun experience.

The ice cream descriptions.  There are several old fashion and specialty flavors to choose from.

  This bike is located to the left of the front steps.  If you can’t decide then the descriptions are attached to this bike.

My favorite sign at the Scoop Deck!

If you are as inspired as much as we are by the Scoop Deck check out their website and if you get the chance, go!  Open everyday, 11-11!

End of the school year blues

I don’t know why but, I’ve always had a soft spot for change, not all change, but things coming to an end.  This year my oldest son attends first grade and we’ve had a really nice year.  I always make it a point to volunteer every other week for an hour and will pop in for a lunch date with my younger son.  John, my youngest is ending preschool, where he has been attending for the past couple of years.  We’ve had great success there as well and I know he is ready to move on, but with all this change happening at once maybe I’m not ready to move on.

Come to find out the morning of my son’s last day of first grade, he said to me, “I wish we had two more days of school” and “it’s going to be like 50 more days until I can go to school again”.  It makes me smile to think of all the fun he is going to have this summer, especially with grandma coming to visit, but it also broke my heart to hear how sad he was about school ending.

This made me think about how we all struggle with change and depending on the situation our reactions vary in great degrees.  Sometimes I’m fine with things coming to an end, like my kids swimming lessons, and other times, I have a harder time wrapping my emotions around what is to come next.

With my children being out of school now, we are taking one day at a time and I have to say, summer isn’t so bad after all…. it’s a blast!

Brotherly love.  My two boys having a moment before the bus comes on the last day of school!

And he is off, a little sad, but also happy to enjoy seeing his teacher and buddies on his last day being a first grader!

I just found out who my new teacher is going to be for next Fall!!  My bff is in the same class! H+A+P+P+Y!

Celebrating the first day of summer with what else, ice cream!

Goofball boys!

So far we have had two full days off from school for summer vacation and we’ve gone for ice cream, had a playdate at our friends pool, went to another friend’s house for dinner, played with different friends at their house all morning, went to the beach, swam in the river, and now we are going out to eat at Dairy Queen and get ice cream!

Maine attraction

When we moved to Maine I was impressed…. well with all of it!  Lobsters….for starters!

This dock is 5 minutes from our front door!!  Feel a bit spoiled admitting that!

A local church steeple.  Every town has at least one that commands the most attention.

If you’re in Maine, LL Bean in Freeport is a must go to destination of you name it, but their known LL Bean boot is my favorite.

Camden is a stunning coastal town that is sweet and quaint with a real Down Eastern feel.

If you head to Maine in September, then you cannot and I mean cannot miss the Common Ground Fair.  The fair is by MOFGA, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.  You will find various local crafts, perishable goods, handmade soaps, fishing nets, to locally made meats, sweaters, and much much more!

Southern Maine has many small coastal towns.  This is of York’s Wiggly Bridge walk!

Lobster buoy’s in every seaside town!

Lobster bakes all year round, but summer is optimal for enjoying our gold of the sea.

In the fall, the small towns always celebrate with local parades, contests and festivals!

Fall apple, gourd and pumpkin orchard.  Last year we wicked two months worth of apples.  It cost us $91!  Of course we made crisps, pies, sauce and had caramel with all of our apples!

The beaches are great.  The water is freezing, but with the humidity and heat, sometimes I even go to play in the waves!

The lighthouses are beautiful but what is even cooler is that they light them up with holiday lights in December!

As you can see there are so many attractions in Maine… I hope you come and visit!