What is Dry Cleaning?

Posted March 23, 2017

What is dry cleaning?

You know you need it for your professional and fancy clothes, but what is dry cleaning, exactly? When you bring your clothes to the cleaners, how are stains and smells removed without using water? Maybe it’s a magical process done by wizards or fairies? We wish it was that enchanting! In reality, dry cleaning is a scientific process that uses non-water-based solutions to clean delicate fabrics without causing damage. We'll tell you all you need to know about how dry cleaning is done.

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Topics: Garment care, Behind-the-Scenes

St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Posted March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day might be the luckiest day of the year to get married. 

St. Patrick's Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious event that celebrates the Irish culture with music, food, drinks and a whole lot of GREEN.  Thinking of getting married on St. Pat's? We raise a glass to you! From green wedding dresses to green shoes, to lucky horseshoe cake toppers to shamrock suspenders, we searched Pinterest for awesome green inspiration for any wedding style. Because after all...

"There are only two kinds of people in the world—the Irish and people who wish they were."

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Topics: Fashion and style, Wedding

The Best Portland-Based Food Trucks for Your Wedding

Posted March 09, 2017


If you're planning a wedding with a laid-back, hipster, or rustic vibe, food trucks are a great way to cater your event.  In lieu of a formal sit-down dinner with a set menu, you can offer something for everyone with a range of cuisines that appeal to your most finicky guests. Does your crowd include both carnivores and vegans? No problem! You can easily accomodate thier tastes with a couple of different trucks. Plus, food trucks get your guests moving and mingling. 

Portland is home to an awesome fleet of food trucks. We've singled our some of our favorite options, serving both savory and sweet fare. All of these food trucks are happy to cater, and will roll up to your event ready to please your guests. 

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Topics: Food and wine, Wedding

How to Wash Wool & Cashmere at Home

Posted March 02, 2017


Yes, you can wash wool and cashmere 

Whether you're preparing to store your wools in the spring (yay!) or just doing routine maintenance during the fall/winter, your wool and cashmere items need different care than your other clothes. If you throw them in the wash and dry them with your regular laundry, you will quickly discover that they shrink, pill and become unwearable. Luckily, you can wash wool and cashmere at home (or at the laundromat) without ruining your cozy items. Just follow our instructions below to wash your wool and cashmere by hand or in the washing machine. 

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Topics: Laundry, How-to

Top Picks for Maine Restaurant Week

Posted February 24, 2017

Kick Those Winter Blues and Go Out on the Town!

Maine Restaurant Week (MRW), our annual herald of spring, is coming up on March 1–12, 2017. If you're not familiar with the tradition, MRW provides a great excuse to dine out at some of the state's best restaurants. Participating restaurants provide three-course prix fixe menus at bargain prices, so you can sample a range of cuisines without spending a ton of money. In addition to eating amazing meals, it feels good to get out and support the local restaurant scene, which tends to suffer during the long Maine winters. 

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Topics: Food and wine, In the community

2017 Wedding Color Trend: Yellow & Grey

Posted February 16, 2017

Yellow is the color of happiness, optimism, warmth, sunshine and spring. That makes it a perfect wedding color, especially for spring and summer weddings. (But orangey, mustard-yellow also makes a glorious fall wedding color.) Yellow is balanced beautifully by cool, neutral, and sophisticated greys. Grey is also the color of compromise, an important element of any good marriage! Yellow and grey color palettes started trending in 2016, and we expect this fresh and modern look to be on-trend for the next several seasons. 

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Topics: Wedding

Maine Wedding Inspiration 2017 Part 2

Posted January 31, 2017

Part Two: Mother-of-the-Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses

As promised, here's our follow-up to Maine Wedding Inspiration 2017 Part 1. This post features mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid dresses from the photo shoot for Real Maine Weddings we took part in last May at Maple Rock Farm. Thanks to Brea McDonald Photography for providing the wedding images! (Don't miss the rest of the pictures and more details from the day in the current issue of Real Maine Weddings.)  

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Topics: Wedding

Maine Wedding Inspiration 2017 Part 1

Posted January 26, 2017

Part One: Wedding Dresses 

We were delighted to take part in a photo shoot for Real Maine Weddings on a chilly day last May. Our job was to steam, press, and perfect the wedding dresses and bridesmaids' dresses before the models put them on. While the models and stylists shivered outside, we were lucky enough to do our work inside the warm and cozy main house at Maple Rock Farm! 

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Topics: Wedding

4 Steps to Avoid A Uniform Disaster

Posted January 19, 2017

What can go wrong when choosing new uniforms for your business?

Plenty! Just ask American Airlines. In case you haven’t heard, last fall American Airlines unveiled their first company-wide uniform update in 30 years. The change was heralded as a brand-unifying triumph. It was the first uniform update since American merged with US Airways, and the final, visible sign of the new, unified company. The new clothing was modern, fashionable, practical, and it projected the image American Airlines wanted: professional, technical, progressive.

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Topics: How-to, Uniform

Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2017

Posted January 12, 2017

Wedding Dress Shopping Has Never Been More Fun

If you're getting married in 2017 or 2018, you are in luck!  There has never been a better time to buy a wedding dress.  Whether you love classic styles or go for modern cuts and metallic fabrics, you have an amazing array of dresses to choose from.  Here are our top 10 favorite wedding dress trends that you're likely to see in every bridal boutique you visit in 2017. Happy shopping! 

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Topics: Wedding

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