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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 info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: October 6, 2014

What I Wear To…Pour Coffee

Written by: Laura Serino

Kendyll Farley is one of my favorite baristas in town. She’s super friendly, has great hair and can make a damn good chai latte. I spoke to Kendyll about how she gets dressed in the morning.

Kendyll, Barista at Hilltop Coffee

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Whats your go-to uniform when you’re at work?

Casual, simple and comfy layers. Some of my shifts start as early as 5:15 am, and it’s so much easier heading to work knowing that I’ll feel relaxed and snug. Especially when it’s dark and chilly (here’s looking at you, Maine winter), and I haven’t had my first cup of coffee yet!

Are there any things you’d never ever wear to work?

Anything white—I believe that there is a curse on baristas who wear white. Give it five minutes, and you’ll have ruined your white garment with the most frustrating coffee fumble in history. I wear lots of dark colors instead.

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Do you dress differently when you’re off-duty, or do you think your work style translates to your daily style?

My on-duty style absolutely carries over to my daily life. I rarely have reasons to get really gussied up, so I usually get to stay laid-back and comfy outside of work. Sometimes I’ll add more jewelry or a heeled boot, but dark layers are definitely my go-to.

What’s the one item of clothing that you’d pretty much die without?

Scarves! Scarves are useful, cozy, and basically a socially acceptable, adult version of a security blanket.

I feel like Portland is known for hiply dressed baristas. What’s the secret?

My fellow barista friends are creative, thrifty and interesting people, and that’s reflected in their style. Plus, working in coffee shops gives us a chance to confidently dress a little more eclectically and easy-going than might be possible in other fields of work. Keep on keeping on, stylish barista pals!

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