This Is Love. The motto of More & Co.’s current collection rang especially true to me when I walked through the door. It’s plain to see that this is a special collection for the partners of this Portland-based creative studio – the goods they’ve personally fallen in love with since opening their storefront last year, the products in which they wholeheartedly believe and want to share with their loved ones… except they’re sharing it with anyone and everyone who drops into the shop. It does kind of feel as though you’ve walked into a friend’s home (your friend with the very best taste, that is), with the expectation that there is a remarkable story behind each item you see.
The handmade polka dot mug from which I’m currently drinking, the bright Jenny Pennywood textiles, the Maine-made ANK Ceramics, and the colorful Grimms wooden block sets – all fit perfectly together and convey that sense of happy, minimal, creative style that Michael and I have come to appreciate and admire from More & Co, having followed their blog and watched their branding projects for years.
You can always take a peek at the collection online, but if you have the time, I highly recommend stopping by the shop to see these objects in person - This Is Love is available through the end of May.
Contact Information - More & Co.: This Is Love
Portland, Maine 04101
This past weekend was kind of all over the place, emotionally, for Michael and I. We laughed and we cried, we had meaningful conversations and we felt inspired. It wasn’t our typical few days off from work, but I’m certainly thankful the weekend took the course it did.
We capped off a productive week by meeting two of our favorite neighborhood families for pizza at 158 on Friday night. Wouldn’t it be great if every weekend began with sharing delicious pizza with friends and laughing so hard it hurts?
Saturday was all too bittersweet. Two of our dearest friends, Darcy & Carolyn, closed the doors to their shop, 2 Note, on upper Exchange Street, in preparation for a big move to Hudson, New York. We have the store to thank for the fact that we’ve become friends with two of Portland’s most beloved individuals – five years ago, frequent visits to the old 2 Note location on Moulton Street turned into shared meals, which then progressed to all kinds of hilarious adventures and a friendship we couldn’t possibly value more. It wasn’t easy to walk through the doors of 2 Note on its final day, and it certainly wasn’t an easy farewell to what was our very favorite store in town, but we know that our friends and their shop are destined for big things in New York + beyond. (2 Note fans, fear not – their entire collection is still available online!)
We needed a bit of a pick me up after the tearful goodbye, and in true Meredith & Michael fashion, we found it in food - milkshakes and sweet potato fries at Silly’s. My Hippy Hippy Shake (a chocolate peanut butter milkshake with pretzels on top) didn’t whisk all of my blues away, but it sure was a tasty start. A walk with Orvis helped to bring up our spirits even more that afternoon, and once we finished the movie, About Time later that evening, we fell asleep with the happiest feeling of gratitude in our hearts. What a day!
After a blissfully lazy Sunday morning of eating goodies from Scratch on the couch while reading blogs (me) and watching This Old House (Michael), we took Orvis to the beach – something we hadn’t done as a family in a few weeks. Ideas were flowing after a smoked salmon salad lunch (thanks to a generous delivery by our friend, Betsy), so we spent the rest of the day working and brainstorming before trying a new recipe for dinner.
What did you all do this weekend? We hope whatever it was, you enjoyed yourselves immensely! Have a great week, friends!
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Michael and I tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a low-key manner. We prefer to cook a fun meal, open a bottle of wine, and spend the evening without the normal distractions of life. This year, we added something new to the usual routine – drinks and snacks at Hunt & Alpine! We spent Friday evening sampling some delicious drinks, snacking on our favorite popcorn and deviled eggs, and chatting with our friend, Anestes, who ended up taking us to the opening of the Sweetgrass Farm Winery tasting room around the corner. After sampling some of their wines & Back River Gin (yum!) we walked out with a bottle of their Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract and headed home to continue our traditional laid-back Valentine’s celebration with Orvis.
After hearing about the weekend pizza nights at 158 from several friends, we couldn’t wait to give it a shot on Saturday evening. Armed with the remainder of our bottle of Scribe we’d opened the night before, we ventured out in the snow eager to eat some delicious pizza. (More on that coming soon!)
We spent the rest of the weekend catching up on work, reading, cooking chili, and taking long walks with Orvis – an ordinary weekend at home that was still rather extraordinary.
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After almost two weeks of being on the road, I was really excited to spend some time relaxing with Meredith and Orvis this past weekend. So after a lunch with friends at Zapoteca on Saturday, we ventured up to Wiscasset to spend a couple of nights on the farm. Sometimes, one of the best ways to decompress and reset is to cook a fun meal and open a bottle of wine, so we did just that on Saturday night. After a tasty breakfast at Crissy’s the next morning, we decided to hike a new trail outside of Alna that had yet to be walked on after last week’s snow. Letting Orvis run along as we explored trail blaze to blaze was definitely a highlight of the weekend. After we warmed back up, we headed north to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, and then shared a cozy dinner at Shepherd’s Pie in Rockport.
I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend my first weekend back, and hope that you were able to spend yours just the way you wanted, also.
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Michael was traveling again for work last week, so Orvis and I stuck close to home for the majority of the week. I finally ventured out on Friday to take some photos at Central Provisions (which, for the record, is going to be amazing and opens tomorrow!) and to meet friends, Brook & Daniel, for drinks at Hunt & Alpine. I spent the remainder of the weekend catching up on a bit of work, playing on the beach with Orvis, sprucing up the house with some bright blue anemones, and finishing a book that consumed my every thought when I wasn’t reading it – The Goldfinch. A truly captivating novel that I highly recommend!
Hope your week is off to a great start, friends!
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This past weekend was one of those weekends where you struggle just to get out from under the blanket(s) on the couch. Although Meredith and I would’ve probably preferred to stay right there, Orvis was able to convince us to go on a few brisk trips to the beach for some fetch. On Saturday we opted to escape the cold at a movie in town, followed by a comforting, delicious meal at Empire. After Sunday’s all too chilly beach trip, we ventured over to Big Sky Bread Company and warmed up with some tasty lentil soup & mac & cheese. Of course, no lunch at Big Sky is complete without a cookie or two! The remainder of the afternoon was filled with more couch lounging and lots of reading, but this time with a new cocktail in hand – woodfoord + cardamom clove syrup.
Hopefully y’all managed to keep warm over the weekend, too!
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Michael spent the better part of last week in Phoenix for work and didn’t get home until last night, so Orvis and I had the weekend to ourselves. An impromptu lunch with my mother at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick on Friday has had me daydreaming about their Thai Green Curry ever since I finished the last bite – so good! On Saturday, after a snowy walk with Orvis, I attended a yoga workshop at Lila that left me feeling refreshed and ready to experiment in the kitchen when I came home, so I whipped up almond butter cookies & a lentil salad for dinner, both from this cookbook. As the snow continued to fall through midday yesterday, I spent as much time as I could cozied up on the couch with a book and saffron whiskey sour (or two) as Orvis napped at my feet. All in all, not too bad of a weekend without the third member of our happy little family.
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As I mentioned last week, I wasn’t sure any winter weekend could live up to the first weekend of 2014, but I stand corrected! We took it very easy on a rainy Saturday, leaving the couch little beyond walking Orvis and picking up takeout from Empire. The next day we met our friends, Darcy & Carolyn, for a long overdue, tasty brunch at Piccolo. (More on their delicious brunches coming soon!) After filling ourselves with plenty of zeppoli and good conversation, we hopped in the car and headed to my family’s farm in Wiscasset once again. The weather was ideal for taking a few long walks with Orvis around the property and experiencing a breathtaking sunrise this morning before we departed.
We’re excited to see what else our winter weekends amount to, as they’re already off to a great start. Hopefully you all have enjoyed a similar beginning to 2014!
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We sure set the bar high for winter weekends during this first one of 2014 – it’ll be a tough one to beat! On Friday afternoon, after Thursday’s snowstorm, the fun began when we met one of my college roommates and her boyfriend for a long, laughter-filled lunch at Duckfat. Fantastic fries & fun friends are always a wanted distraction from the coldest of winter days.
The following morning, Michael and I packed our snowshoes, Orvis, and some snacks, and headed north to my family’s cottage in Wiscasset. We had two picture perfect days to snowshoe around the farm and even ventured out onto the beautiful, frozen Sheepscot River for the first time. Taking a break from the snowshoeing, we found that sipping milk punches, reading, and napping by the fire were every bit as enjoyable for us as our adventures in the snow.
Yesterday evening we decided to take advantage of our location and Primo‘s last dinner service until April, and enjoyed another fantastic meal at the renowned midcoast restaurant – this time at the walk-in counter. After a deliciously filling meal of brussels sprouts, meatballs, cassoulet, polenta with roasted vegetables, and a caramelized banana cream pie, we headed home to watch the Downton Abbey premiere by the fire – a delightful end to a delightful weekend. It’s back to work for now, but you can bet that this week will be filled with plenty of winter weather getaway day-dreaming!
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Happy New Year! I cannot quite wrap my head around the fact that 2014 is officially here already, but as is often the case with beginnings and fresh starts, I’m looking forward to all of the adventures that 2014 brings… especially the ones that aren’t even on our radar yet. So much of our travels revolve around our work schedules and are planned many, many months in advance, and while I’m unbelievably thankful to have the chance to experience all of those planned trips, there’s just something special about the slightly more spontaneous ones.
Our September trip to Sonoma is the best example of this – the days we spent there were easily my happiest days of 2013, but we didn’t start planning the trip until July. Wine country was a place we’d always dreamt of visiting, but somewhere we had no idea we’d be exploring at the start of the year. Things fell into place for us to book our trip just a couple of months out, and I’m so grateful they did.
Simply put, not knowing what the year holds for us just makes me all the more excited to get this year started. Thank you all for following along with these adventures of ours, big and small – we’re so happy that you do. Best wishes to all of you in 2014!Leave a comment