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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: December 11, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas from Black Parrot

The birch tree branches and white lights in the window of Black Parrot are the perfect hint at what you’ll find inside. A grand, minimalist space with indie designers and high-fashion dresses as well as the classic staples that one is always on the quest for: a perfect wool hat, simple post earrings, a buttery, soft leather clutch. These are the stylish staples that set BP apart from the rest – it’s a boutique filled with a constant rotation of designers you already love and some you never knew existed.

Meredith West pulled together the perfect assortment of price points, from stocking stuffers to the truly splurgeworthy. “This year I’m gifting with the theme of ‘cozy’ in mind: Suss cashmere sweatpants for the collegiate studier, Penelope Chilvers shearling-lined boots for the unfortunate Mainer that is perpetually cold, for the writer a glass Menu teapot and Belloq tea to cozy up with by a roaring fire, a reversible down-filled Duvetica vest for the fashionable ski bunny.”

And those cashmere sweatpants she’s referring to? I’d recommend you stop in just to touch them. See something you like? Visit them at 191 Middle Street or give them a ring!

Photos by Erin Little / A Love Supreme Photography 

More Local holiday gift picks

From Portland Trading Company and Black Parrot to the handmade and unusual at
Pinecone + Chickadee and Portland Flea-For-All, Fore Front Fashion rounds up some unique
gift ideas that can all be purchased locally. And there’s more to come this week!
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