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A Classic: L.L. Bean Boots

20121222-055536.jpg L.L. Bean boots are about as classic and iconic as they come. Handcrafted in Maine since 1912–celebrating 100 years as a preppy classic. They now come in a host of variations and colors, all designed to keep your feet dry and warm.

20121222-060306.jpg Zip-up, lace-up or slip-on, they all are so incredibly comfortable. Perfect in the snow, they also come lined to keep your feet extra toasty. I made my first homage to Freeport the Summer I taught tennis in Boston before my freshman year in college. If you are ever in that area of Maine, you must stop in. Open 24 hours hours a day, 365 days of the year, the L.L. Bean flagship store is also a classic. You will be blown away.

20121222-061020.jpg The slip-ons have become a new favorite for me. I walk Bailey each morning, so I have a pair at the ready by the side of the bed. Perfect when the Seattle rain has descended. They also are great as slippers in a pinch–think Brooks Brothers pajamas with a martini in hand after a long day.

Happy Saturday everyone! Have fun shopping if that is an activity on your list.



L.L. Bean Love

A canvas boat & tote bag from L.L. Bean is a beautiful thing. I have been a fan of the bags since I was in high school, schlepping tennis what-not here and there. These bags really are built for the long haul. Constructed of sail cloth canvas, they really will last close to forever, and will keep you looking preppily chic and organized.

20110928-070705.jpg We have used these 2 bags for a dozen years to transport things to our week-end house. They are just now starting to look a tad worn.

20110928-070947.jpg Every once in awhile, they create a bag for a season. This one has been perfectly beachy for small stuff to go to the island.

20110928-071144.jpg They also occasionally offer one with leather handles, which I adore. This bag I have had since I had my wholesale showroom. It has accompanied me to every trade show, working perfectly to hold orders and paperwork.

20110928-071454.jpg And lastly, they are our go-to gift for special occasions. We give them often to friends who have just had a baby, and we have the name of the child embroidered on the bag. The 2 pictured here were a recent “thank you” gift to friends who threw us a wedding party after our recent nuptials. I filled them with orange related treats, like a bottle of Veuve and things to have with it while they enjoyed the champagne.

I taught tennis in Boston the Summer between my senior year in high school and freshman year in college. I made the trek to Freeport, Maine on one of my free week-ends to pay homage to my beloved L.L. Bean. They make a slew of other amazing things that I have loved over the years, but the boat & tote will always hold a special place in my heart.



Here we go!

Welcome to my blog. I look forward to a fun journey with all of you. It is a sunny day in Seattle, and I will take that as a good sign that this is the day to begin.

We just returned from a few days of rest & relaxation at our beach place on Vashon Island, WestWard. The ferns are beginning to unfurl all around our property. Spring has come late, but it is just amazing how things have grown in just 2 weeks since we were last there. It is such a delight to experience how lush things become in such a short time.

The tulips we bring with us from the Pike Place Market are always a welcome addition to the ottoman.

I am just back from a whirl wind trip to New York for a buying trip. More on that later…