Maine’s rocky shore is dotted with islands, and our iconic lighthouses are as synonymous with our state as its lobster bakes. Many find the lighthouses to be interchangeable and indistinguishable; for me Seguin will always stand apart because of my personal history and its connection to my childhood home.
Seguin Island Light was commissioned in 1795 by George Washington, and is the second oldest lighthouse in the State of Maine. Since that time, countless people have lived on the island acting as caretakers for both the island and light. From Memorial Day weekend 2011, I could count myself among them. The summer of 2011 I was 25, clutching a freshly earned master’s degree, engaged to a sailor, and looking for one last “hurrah” before resigning myself to full blown adulting. Nate and I both grew up in the shadow of Seguin island, the difference between us being that he spent his youth volunteering out there, whereas I didn’t step foot on this 64-acre outpost until Ethan Deberry, captain of the Seguin Island Ferry, delivered us as the Keepers for the first time.
In addition to proving that Nate and I could, indeed, live in remote close quarters without going mad (helpful knowledge going into a marriage), Seguin also offers expansive and dramatic views in all directions (you can even see Mount Washington on particularly clear days), and hiking trails across the varied landscape. Amanda and I wanted to test drive our outfit ideas for adventuring in style this summer. In addition to offering me a day of nostalgia and memory, the island provides the perfect backdrop. The boat ride out to the island with Captain Deberry begins at the dock by Fort Popham in Phippsburg, and is exactly as beautiful and scenic as you would expect. Once we neared the island, we popped into the raft and were quickly rowed ashore, ready to begin our explorations. If you haven’t been, you should seriously consider, we highly recommend!
Comfortable walking shoes are not always cute. That said, I frequently do not end up purchasing some shoes I absolutely love because I know I simply won’t get enough wear out of them. There are, of course, some “will do” options, but Amanda and I are never willing to resign ourselves to “good enough”. We have been on the hunt for a sandal that is comfortable, non-chafing, blister free and most importantly has a supportive sole. We settled on the Clair Slingback by Caslon. It’s cushy sole, butter soft sueded leather, comfortable wide straps, plethora of color options, and adjustable band checked all our boxes. Not only are they flattering, I have walked around for miles in them without regretting a single step.
After carefully reading through the sizing guide and online reviews, I settled on a size 6.5. I found the toe strap to be comfortable and soft. From a length perspective, I likely would have done better with a size 6, however the adjustable back strap helps hold my foot in place as I required the larger size to accommodate my wider foot. There is a *slight* wege which offers me a subtle lift, and I have literally walked for miles in the cushioned sole with perfectly happy feet. The beautiful suede does show the smallest stains and marks, so I highly recommending treating with your favorite suede protector prior to wearing. The white sole also shows dirt (no surprise). I touch mine up with a magic eraser after every few wears to keep them looking fresh.
Layers are absolutely necessary with Maine’s changeable weather. We are loving this iconic L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece Pullover. They updated the classic look of a fleece with a knit exterior, while keeping the traditional brushed fleece inside. This slight alteration of the design makes it feel a little more refined and transitions the jacket into a practical AND fashionable choice. I was hugely tempted by the new color blocked options, but erred on the side of caution and versatility with the solid Sailcloth color. I also really enjoy the pewter as an alternative conservative selection if you’re worried about keeping the sailcloth color looking fresh, an admittedly difficult feat with kids in tow!
Available in petite, regular, and plus sized options, we love the custom feel all of those fit choices offer, coupled with the soft warmth this wardrobe staple wraps you in. L.L. Bean sizing tends to run larger than other brands we frequent, so I tried this in both a “Regular Small” and a “Petite Medium”. They both felt about the same through the chest and the torso, however the upper arms were narrower in the small. Regarding length, the sleeve and torso were shorter in the petite. I ultimately settled on the Petite Medium because I was concerned the more narrow sleeve of the small would feel too restrictive, especially while layering, and the sleeve length was more flattering in the petite.
I love shorts. I generally find them more comfortable than pants and while I’m also a huge fan of dresses, sometimes they aren’t practical– like when you are hiking and climbing around an island for example. For this trip, we chose to try the Cora Shorts by Boden. This linen short has a 6” inseam and a fuller leg, providing more coverage and freedom of movement as we trekked up the steep incline to the top of the island, and wandered about. I wore the size 8 in these shorts, but may have benefited from a size 6 as these are a more relaxed cut than some of their other offerings, such as the Richmond Shorts we reviewed earlier this year. I ended up altering the Cora shorts to create a more flattering silhouette. I found the fullness of the leg to be too full to be flattering on me, so I took in each leg approximately 4 inches, this alteration streamlined the look of the short while still keeping them loose enough to be comfortable. If you are a pear shape, or if you prefer an almost skirt like look in your shorts, these would be a great choice.
Our favorite detail on these shorts was the removable tie at the waist. In so many cases, when shorts or pants have a bow at the waist, it isn’t actually removable. We loved the freedom of choice (to bow or not to bow!) along with the vibrantly bright color and natural ventilation the linen offers. Pro tip: Boden is a company based in the UK. If you’re in a hurry, many items are also available at Nordstroms and they get to you far more quickly when you go that route, the only downside being the reduced color options.
There’s no shortage of stripes out there, but we love the affordability and versatility of this Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee by Madewell. I struggle with v neck shirts being a little too deep on my petite frame, but I found this one comfortable, flattering, and not too revealing. Cotton naturally stretches out a bit, but this top held its shape well and the side-slits at the hem are a thoughtful detail. I went with my normal J.Crew/Madewell size medium and was pleased with the relaxed fit. Sometimes I struggle with white cotton being too sheer (especially when the name contains “whisper cotton”), however I find as long as I pair with a nude bra this isn’t an issue. This is a huge bonus in my book because on a hot day, the last thing I want to do is add a layering a tank!
What have been your go-to items this summer? We’d love to hear where you are going and how you style your adventures!