If you know me you know I love Maine.
I know, I know...it's cold, and it snows, and the winters can be brutal...but I love it.
Minute of it.
Maine is home for me, and no matter how far we travel it's the only place I want to come back to again and again.
And one of the things I love most about Maine is how many small businesses there are, and how they all truly support eachother.
It's so nice to see people working hard on things, products and services that they love - and sharing them with others
(whether they are local Maaynas or from away).
Which is why, when I came across Bespolk Hats I knew I had to work with them.
For one, the lovely gal who makes them is local here in Maine and two...her hats feature lovely sayings like
- What the Hell
- and my personal favorite...Shit (I mean does it get any better?!)
Bespolk also has some Maine classics like this nautical 'Maine' knit hat (featured close up below), as well as a super local Portland, Maine option.
All of which are handmade right here in Maine!
Speaking of handmade...I can't get over the quality of, not only the knit material and attention to detail, but also of the pom pom on top...which honestly is one of the softest things I have ever felt.
I also love that they are a bit oversized, so for us with lots of locks, or who like to fold down or roll the bottom up it gives you plenty of options.
(p.s. who else is excited about holiday cups at Starbucks & eggnog lattes?)
What better way to enjoy the snow than in cozy knits, am I right?
Want to snag one of these hats, or one of her many other styles, for yourself and get 20% off?
Trust me...you want one (or two) of these and your family and friends will love them as gifts.
Happy snow day!
xo - margaret
The blog catch up continues - sorry guys, but you're just going to have to pretend that I live someplace that's warm year round for the next month or so because I have a ton of summer content as well as vacation content from Australia, Portugal and Spain. So be prepared for crops, skirts, maxis and tank tops.
And with the under 20 degree temperatures this morning I will happily relive these hot summer days (as I sit here wrapped up in a blanket, socks and sweatshirt).
Really though...I do love winter. Just not at first, I mean I have to warm up to it. It's like dating though, first few dates are awkward and uncomfortable and then you find your groove and you start to settle in for the long haul and it's fine.
And speaking of dates...these cute crop pants could actually come with me right into the fall. Paired with some cute booties and a cropped sweater I actually think it would be an adorable look date night.
Not a bad idea really...I might be doing that this weekend.
And lets also talk high waisted clothing items for a moment.
For a long time I resisted them, because I just didn't know what to pair with them and also didn't feel quite comfortable with the crop top concept. But, if there is one thing that teaching spin has done for me (in addition to helping to define my core) it's made me 110% comfortable in crop tops.
It's so darn hot when you are teaching, especially when you have multiple classes in a row, that spinning in a crop or sports bra really is the only way to go. Plus it's super easy and cuts back on laundry...I digress.
Back to high waists...
My personal favorites are pants and skirts which have become a major staple for me and because of this I have also started to fine tune my collection of pieces to go with them. And what I have found I like the most are crops (as mentioned above) and bodysuits. With the high waist you can go loose on a crop because you've got a little tummy showing, but if you are going to tuck it in I really think you've got to go snug.
But if you are like me, the constant tugging of tucked in shirts will literally drive you to near insanity...so I have defaulted almost 100% to bodysuits.
Which are another item that took me a hot second to get on the bandwagon with - but I gotta admit I love them. They are so, so easy and I love that so many stores carry them now and in all so many options. I personally go for the basics and a few pops - so I've got sleeveless and long sleeve black and white (or cream) versions and then I've added in some sparkle, metallic and velvet options for the winter which are absolute perfection for holiday party season.
Speaking of parties...can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?! How on earth did that happen?!
Cheers to Thursday and being one step closer to the weekend!
xo - margaret