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…and it was pouring!

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Fun times at Port Boutique Labor Day 2013

What do you get when you put five fun ladies in Portland for the weekend on a rainy day — Fun at Port Boutique!  Labor Day 2013 was the worst rainy day the Old Port had all summer.  Shop owners closed or predicted a no show day.  Well, not so at Port Boutique.

Five of the best ladies dropped in out of the rain and stayed for a lifetime, as they say – well, friends for a lifetime.  Individually and collectively this group was fun!  A mixed bag of connections – childhood friends, sisters-in-law, sisters… to be honest, I was pretty confused with the connections, but it really didn’t matter.  I just loved their energy and flexibility.  They were from the Boston area, New Hampshire, New York City, and I think Chicago… don’t know if I just made that up or it was for real.

Notice the matching starfish t-shirts.  They tried them on, cut the tags, and wore them as a group!  too funny!   – that was only the beginning.  The came, they bought, they enjoyed!

Carie, Mary, and Susan (with the help of  Connie, and Tzena) have all had the opportunities to meet some fabulous ladies this summer.  We shared it was our first summer owning Port Boutique, and they all supported us bountifully!  Our goal is to continue to make customer service paramount at Port Boutique by offering appropriate styles for all sizes, colors for all seasons, and prices affordable to please.

Thank you everyone!  We hope to see everyone during the next months as we are filling Port Boutique and Visibility with our fall lines now!



IMG_3767 (212x350)August, Maine, and Summer mix well together.  The weather is luscious, the people are chill, the temperature is perfect, and the shopping is easy.  Outfits in August are wonderful because we get really serious about wearing less… a skirt, a t-shirt, sandals, swing bag, and one can be ready in a flash for any occasion.  The skirts featured in coral, brown, white, and black at both Visibility and Port Boutique are the absolute best because they fit, fit, fit – hiding any jiggles and lumps from too many lobster rolls!

Stop by Port Boutique and Visibility during the week.  In the Old Port at the Port Boutique store (7 days a week) on Wharf Street (across from Beal’s Ice Cream) or at Visibility (Tuesday – Saturdays) on 1041 Washington Avenue.

It’s a June of easy, breezy outfits!


IMG_3289 (266x360)Summer colors are bright and bold – like emerald, orange, and lemon, nectarine, and periwinkle.  All the colors that wow us and make such fun wonderful warm weather outfits.    We seemed to have been propelled into hazy, hot, and humid weather very quickly this year throwing us all into the perennial dilemma of, “I don’t have anything to wear!!”  So if this season caught you by surprise this is a great solution for you… stop by Visibility, and let us do the work for you!  Pick up neutral capris or skirt and a fun top, and let’s build from there.

At Visibility and Port Boutique we have the specialty items needed to outfit you for everyday living such as… bold and smaller pocketbooks, sassy scarves, hip hats, dramatic earrings, funky necklaces, or glitzy bracelets for starters.  For the event driven need – try one of our light, poncho scarves, cool mesh jackets, sophisticated tops, and glam sandals!  There are so many ways to dress colorfully, comfortably, and affordably.  One of the secrets of Visibility’s success is having your seasonal clothing colors analyzed and a personalized wardrobe style consult that teaches you exactly what NOT to wear and what actually makes you look taller, slimmer, and younger.

Once you have your personal consult you can stop by Visibility with outfits you have made and have Mary make you custom jewelry just for you or ask Carie if it works!   Susan, Carie, and Mary answer these questions all day long and love it!  Someday we hope to have a drive-up window so our clients can drive up, get out and do a twirl to show us their outfit, and get a thumbs up or down of approval!  Now wouldn’t that be a hoot!  but who knows…

May brings us bouquets of color!

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Mary, Carie, and Susan May 2013

With our Maine weather cooperating more and more, daffodils are at full bloom; parkas are stored away, and flip flops reign once again. Even with a chill we all will stick with our sandals. Visibility is offering OkaB sandals at the both shops. They are made in the USA and are wonderfully comfortable with a nice touch of glam… not too much, just enough.  Sandal motifs include starfish, sand dollars, and some spectacular glitz. The hottest items in the store right now are the new LuluB pull-on or button capris (long and short) and LuluB skirts.  When was the last time you tried on a skirt and found it to be so comfortable, you didn’t want to take it off. The LuLuB pant line is just a fantastic fit because of it’s “tummy control fabric”.  You might actually be able to wear a size DOWN in this line. That alone is enough for everyone to run, not walk, to try on one of the great colors – coral, coca brown, tan, white, or black! Stop by and see for youself. Visibility is always stocking new makeup items. Right now the new felt tip eyeliners are superb and the lip crayon is suitable for everyone’s season! After you try on your pants, you can test the new makeup. You will leave looking and feeling like a million dollar May flower!  Mary has received a new shipment of the beautiful glitzy magnet bracelets.  She has also added some neat matching necklaces that are really sharp! We are stocking new wristlet bags, bigger bags, sunglasses, readers, and summer scarves. May will be a memorable month~!

At Visibility it’s almost SPRING!


So many new spring clothes are now at Visibility.  Everyone who is local has the “first look” opportunity at what clothes Visibility will be carrying at Port Boutique.  We have all the clothing lines shipped to Visibility to be inventoried and readied for the Old Port.  Carie prepares the clothes and Mary coordinates the jewelry – and, the new jewelry Mary has created is spectacular.  Visibility will always keep the shop at 1041 Washingotn Avenue well stocked with scarves and jewelry.

We want to remind all our wonderful customers that we are doing the same wonderful things at Visibility we always have done – offering services for waxing and facial treatments with Susan, hair color and styles with Stuart, massages with Aimee, and custom made jewelry with Mary!  And, clothing color/style consults with Carie.  Mary is our command central for letting clients know where we will be on what days… so you can always call Visibility 207-347-7148 or if you want, call Port Boutique at 207-879-1110.

We opened Port Boutique as we were building the store… and clients came by to visit.  Laurie Davis stopped by to say hi,  Diane Cunningham stopped by with her husband before the Flower Show, Trudy Winnie stopped by as she was out walking with her neighbor, and Anne Croft was our first sale!! So the doors are fully opened at both stores.  Stop by or call or email or text… we are here offering colorful, comfortable, affordable clothing and accessories for all styles and sizes…

Visibility II


IMG_5084 (300x219)Our Old Port Seasonal Shop at 2 Wharf Street is Opening for the Spring on Thursday, April 2, 2015 .  We are filling the shelves and racks with all of our new stock that is arriving daily; it beginning to look absolutely beautiful.

It would be very appealing to have the snow end, the melting begin, the sun warm the cobblestones outside our doorstep, and spring peak out of the ground for good, but we will just have to be patient…

We look forward to all our friends of Visibility visiting us at Port Boutique at 2 Wharf Street (across from Beal’s Ice Cream at the corner of Moulton and Wharf Street) this season.  But remember, the clothes arrive at Visibility first and then we bring them to Visibility Old Port.  This gives you a sneak peak at what’s new.  This will always assure your size, color, and variety will be available to you!

New Clothes at Visibility


Stuart is back from California celebrating his “significant” birthday for 2013!  He had a wonderful time celebrating with old good friends, but he is back at Visibility taking beautiful care of all his clients.

Carie, Mary and Susan are also back from their January buying trip for Spring 2013!   In a whirlwind 10 day trip we be found many new lines that will be offered at Visibility – pants, capris, t-shirts, cotton jackets, dresses, sweaters, casual printed tops, sandals, hats, purses, bags, readers, sun glasses, watches, funky jewelry.

All these new wonderful outfits and accessories will be out in the shop within weeks… just in time for spring!  Just knowing that we will get to enjoy the new colors of spring in coral, key lime, and aqua along with many others will help get us through the month of February!

We will keep everyone updated through our regular newsletters.  And, as always, you can stop by and see what’s ready when you are in for your hair cut, waxing, makeup, jewelry or just to say hi!


Color Consult


December is a time for giving and receiving – and the joy comes from the shopping!   When we shop store to store we get swept up in the crowds and the Holiday tunes – I love when you just hear the end of one song in one store only to hear it again in the next – and it’s best when it’s one of your favorites. As we shop from place to place, the choices seem to blur as we search for the right gifts and the right prices for us.  Many of us enjoy shopping where there are fewer crowds and and less craziness.

At Visibility we engage your giving and receiving.  We can help you pick out a scarf or jacket or dress or necklace or your favorite cream so your loved ones can stop by and “pick it out” for your present… it works!   We really try to make the visit to us a fun experience for the spouses as well.  We can wrap up Gift Certificates to slip under the tree, or we can mail them to special friends and family away.  Personalized shopping is what we do best!  We know your seasonal colors, your makeup choices, and best jewelry lengths for your wardrobes.

One suggestion we highly recommend is giving a Color Consult and Style Consult!  These are the most appreciated gifts and are both gifts that keep giving. Learning about your correct colors and individual style will change the way you think about clothes, arrange your wardrobe, plan an outfit, order online, shop for events, and more clearly define casual!  It will help you decide on the best eye glasses, pocketbook, winter coat, and sportswear!  It’s a wonderful way to begin the new year!

A Party…

Karen, Janet, Mary, Amy Kathy, Karen, Cheri, Liz, Liz, Carie

No matter how old or young we are, getting together with friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family to have fun is what we all love to do.  We go out to dinner or lunch, and that’s a good thing, but sometimes it’s fun to just do something different.  At Visibility we offer that unique experience – a Visibility Makeup and Accessory party.

First, invite your guests, then decide on your treats… appetizers, snacks, drinks or perhaps heavy emphasis on dessert.  Maybe your group would like to have a theme night.  The group featured here is a morning running group.  Guests brought their “worst” dress up  picture from younger days when they thought they were at the height of their own personal fashion and posted them on a board at the party.  One snapshot was funnier than the next…

We usually play some sort of game… maybe a Yankee Swap of earrings or door prizes or an idea you have.  You decide.  The fun begins when you get to have hands on to learn about fashion and colors, try your hand at the multiple ways to tie a scarf,  play with makeup, try on great jewelry pieces, and see what’s new in accessorizing your outfits.

Call Visibility at 207-347-7148 for more details on how you can sponsor a party. It’s a great event to share with your friends…


Infinity Scarves at Visibility


You’ve got to fall in love with the concept of Infinity Scarves… it’s the best look because it’s so casual.  It gives you that jovial and rakish appeal.  Scarves are like shoes… you can’t have enough of them.  The bulky big weave scarves Visibility is selling are warm, easy to put on, and not itchy.  College students throw them on with their branded hooded sweatshirts, jeans, boots and either a headband or cap – and, not only look good, feel good.  It takes the plain out of a grey college sweatshirt.  Mom’s love them, too.  The scarves are great to throw over a shirt and vest to run to the grocery store, stop at the gas pump, or do the “kid” run after school.   You look fashionable and feel good!

At Visibility we have discovered that everyone loves scarves… just like we love shoes; You can’t have enough of either!  You can pick one out to fit your mood and occasion.  We have a wonderful selection of the Infinity as shown in wonderful colors for everyone’s season.  Great Holiday gift on-line $29.00 (shipping included) or in the shop for $26.00!