Today I'd like to introduce you to Maggie from Seacoast Lately (a lifestyle blog focusing on, you guessed it...the coast)!
Maggie and I met on our first day of college, after stepping off a long flight from Newark, NJ to Paris, France. We were both amongst a group of freshmen headed to spend our fall semester in Dijon, France. Surrounded by a bunch of strangers that we were about to spend four months with, Maggie and I hit it off. We are both from small New England towns and share many mutual loves, like our obsessions with fashion, food and art.
I was so excited when Maggie decided to create Seacoast Lately. I knew she would have a new and creative lens on everything coastal and I couldn't wait to see what she would do with it. I was honored to be featured on Seacoast Lately last month, and couldn't be more thrilled to now share some of Maggie's insights and Portsmouth suggestions with you all. Read on for some seacoast wisdom!
1. When did you start your blog and why?
I officially started Seacoast Lately in May 2015. After graduating college, I worked in the fashion industry doing social media and blogging. I fell in love with the work and wanted to start something of my own in the place I love most…Seacoast Lately was born!
2. What inspired you to focus solely on the coast?
I absolutely love the New Hampshire and Maine coast and feel so blessed to have been born and raised here. The seacoast is a very unique and growing area so it feels like the perfect time to celebrate it!
3. Do you blog full time? If not, what do you do outside of Seacoast Lately?
I spend most of my time on Seacoast Lately because I am truly passionate about the work and making the blog a success. I also do social media for some local businesses in Portsmouth which I really enjoy too!
4. What does your typical day look like?
Each day is different which is so exciting! I can typically be found at my favorite coffee shops; Lil’s and White Heron, doing work on the couches:). When I’m not there, I’m off exploring! The wonderful thing about New England is there’s always something new to do or area to visit. I like taking day trips to Portland and Boston and visiting small towns like Tamworth, NH.
5. We both went to Colby, how do you think going to a small school in New England affected your style and aesthetic?
Go Mules! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to go to college in Maine because it allowed me to explore more of what the beautiful state has to offer - small towns, Portland, the coast…It’s great to have a small class, like ours, where we can connect with people who are doing awesome things…like creating stixandstonez!
6. We want to know all of the best spots in Portsmouth- what are some of your favorite shops and spots?
Okay, here’s the rundown of my faves:
Shopping: Gus and Ruby Letterpress, Janegee, Sault, Nahcotta, GOODS, Bliss, Making Faces…
Eating: La Maison Navarre, Row 34, STREET, The Fresh Press. I also love SALT in New Castle.
7. Where is your favorite spot to get coffee? Brunch?
In my opinion, the very best brunch is at STREET - incredible food served with a side of funky atmosphere and really hip people. They only have brunch on Sundays and it is well worth the wait - super popular spot!
For a sit-down breakfast during the week, I love Colby’s (amazing pancakes) and for breakfast on the go - Cere’s breakfast sandwiches are top-notch!
I’m a latte gal and my favorite spots here on the seacoast are Lil’s and La Maison Navarre!
8. Where can we find the best lunch and dinner?
Whenever I go out for lunch, I go to Beach Pea Baking Co.- the food is really fresh and healthy. I always get the #6 sandwich and a cowgirl cookie…yum!
9. What are the best activities in and around Portsmouth?
I love riding my bike along the water through Portsmouth and New Castle. The Farmer’s Market here is incredible!!! I try my best to take advantage of the four seasons and the coast by surfing and paddle boarding in the summer, hiking in the fall, and skiing, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing in the winter :).
As for more touristy things (which I am really into;) the Heritage and Thomas Laighton boat cruises are wonderful, strolling around town, and tours of the historic homes and Strawbery Banke are really neat too!
10. Are there any hidden gems that we should know about?
Yes! Wallingford Square in Kittery is one of my favorite places on the seacoast. Up until a few years ago, I very rarely came here. Many tasteful restaurants and shops have recently come in making this a real seacoast hotspot!
The West End in Portsmouth is very up and coming. It’s a little more spread out here but contains a lot of cool shops and restaurants. My favorites here are White Heron, STREET, Papa Wolf Supply Co., Making Faces, and Weekender House.
11. Where else do you recommend visiting along the coast for a day trip or the weekend?
In New Hampshire, Applecrest is a fun place to visit during the summer and fall. I also really like Jenness Beach in Rye - Summer Sessions Surf Shop across the street has everything you need for a day at the beach, including great coffee and bagels!
I love visiting the Stonewall Kitchen Headquarters in York, hitting the beach in Ogunquit, and strolling around Kennebunkport and Portland, Maine.
12. Where do you get most of your inspiration?
Traveling! It doesn’t have to be across the country, there is so much to explore in our own back yards. I think travel and exploration is the greatest education and, for me, it is a huge inspiration.
13. I'm sure everyone you have interviewed and spoken with has a great story to tell. But who is someone you've met through the blog that especially inspires you?
Wow -that’s such a tricky question! First of all, everyone has seriously been great. But there are a few who have stood out for specific reasons.
-Nick Mirabello from UROCK Marketing has an enthusiasm and passion unlike anyone I’ve met before.
-Cali and Charlee from Fancy Face Studio have fun, positive attitudes and live their brand so well.
-Andi and Lisa from Quiet Home Paints are special because I’ve known them for them for 4 years and have enjoyed watching them grow as the healthiest paint around.
-Hayley and Blair Griffin from Sea Salt and Chambray and Sam from Seagate Studio are down to Earth and genuinely nice, humble people - that goes a long way in my book!
-And Philip from Sault New England was enthusiastic and supportive of Seacoast Lately from the second I approached him. I really appreciate that.