The theme this weekend (and perhaps for the next 20 days) is Santa. And while we’re used to a Santa who sits in a big chair at the mall all December while kindly pretending to give a hoot about our Christmas wishes, the Santas we’ll be seeing this weekend are, well, a more lively sort. Santacon, the annual Santa bar crawl, takes place in Portland on Saturday. And Surfriders is rounding up Santas on surfboards down in Kennebunkport. In Freeport, runners can dress up in holiday garb for a Santa-themed sprint through town. And you’re welcome to dress up as the big mad in red for any other weekend activities, like First Friday Art Walk, The Santaland Diaries, and any of the classic holiday festivals happening in towns around Southern Maine.
This Halloween, you can dress as “Twerk Teddy,” wearing the same crack-eyed teddy bear leotard that Miley Cyrus wore during her VMA performance. Or you can use this trick-or-treat, smell-my-feet holiday to revel in Maine pride (even better, do it on the cheap). We’ve come up with five Maine-based Halloween costume ideas that are easy to put together with a few items from Goodwill, some fabric paint, and a head-mounted LED worklight. Take one of these ideas and run with it, all the way to the fancy neighborhood that gives out full-sized candy bars. Or let these ideas inspire your own made-in-Maine creative genius.
Halloween may be two weeks away, but that doesn’t mean can’t can’t dive face-first into the terrifying, ghastly, and free candy! event right now. That said, there’s some creepy stuff going on this weekend, from haunted hayrides and frightening forts to scary stories told at the historic (and beautiful and wonderfully eerie) Victoria Mansion. If you like to celebrate Halloween in a way that doesn’t include strangers covered in blood leaping out at you from the dark recesses of an unfamiliar building, hit the Wicked 5K on Sunday and run in a costume!
What if I pay to swap but don’t see anything I like? Can I show up anytime to the event? Am I allowed to unload my winter clothes even though it’s 90 degrees out? We’ve got the answers to all your burning swap questions, but hurry, the fifth ever Swap Maine event is this Saturday, June 29, and you do not want to miss it.
Have you been sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for all the SwapMaine details? Click on through for event times, drop off times and more details for the event of the summer! Swap to it.
Goodwill South Portland (555 Maine Mall Road). A friend recently reminded me that though I’m constantly telling people to go here, and I’m always finding great clothes here, I’ve never actually blogged about it before! Sac le bleu! So for the good of this blog, and the world, I thought I’d take you along on my most recent thrifting trip.
On Saturday, June 29th, SwapMaine is back and better than ever. We’re headed back to the East End School for a giant, citywide swap that’ll give you a closet full of new clothes for the summer. For those of you that haven’t attended a clothing swap before, allow me to explain how it works!
It’s that time of year in Maine where we have 90 degree and 40 degree days in the same week. Before you go into full on fashion confusion mode, I tapped our favorite stylist Ashley Jordan to give us a couple outfit ideas for the finicky weather using something everyone has in their closet: denim!
The staff at Maine College of Art, aka MECA, isn’t hindered by the mundane khakis and personality-less button-up shirts that plague many offices. Artistic license reigns here. Personal expression? That, too. The hallways at MECA see colorful brooches and patterned skirts, shiny blue shoes and tees decked with cassettes, or head-to-toe black with just a hint of white birds – and that’s just the people who work there.