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  • Need vintage specs? I know just where to go

    When I stopped this Portland resident to inquire about her beautiful vintage glasses, I got a big surprise. Read on

  • One-of-a-kind accessories with a recycled past

    Jared DeSimio is a maker in the truest sense. In his Brunswick studio, you might find him handstitching a custom bag or perhaps just staring at a piece of found fabric, waiting for inspiration to strike so he can turn it into something beautiful. Where did the idea for repurposing materials come from? I’m pretty… Read on

  • Prom dresses Mainers wore in 1989: A fabulous, gold lame retrospective (take notes, teens)

    There's something about prom that brings out the worst in fashion. Maybe it's the YOLO effect? Prom is both ephemeral and everlasting. Ephemeral in that it's 3 hours of dancing, everlasting in that your mother is never letting go of those prints. She will hold them over your head for as long as she lives. Us too. Portland Press Herald keeps our archival prints of proms of years past. Read on

  • 5 awesome Maine-made beach bags

    Beach season is right around the corner. My excitement knows no bounds. Here’s five great bags that are rugged enough for a day at the beach, but slick enough to go from the sandy beaches to the sidewalks of Portland. 6 Pocket Market Tote from AU Bags Roomy enough to stash sunblock, a towel and… Read on

  • More than just brassieres at √Čtain Boutique

    Bras, panties and negligees abound at the new Etain Boutique on Congress Street in sizes and styles for every lady in Portland. Read on

  • You’ll never guess where these stylish ladies are from

    Apparently the high-waisted acid wash jean trend is popular overseas too. Read on

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