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Apparently Kate Spade – a brand known for it’s trendy twists on classic style- has a sense of humor! Lately, I’ve been seeing some of the line’s accessories that are silly and fun. These examples just make me smile – and want to be friends with anyone who wears them.
I was born and raised in Maine, on a farm (pronouned faahm), and with that upbringing came everything LL Bean. Don’t laugh, it’s truly a way of life. I embraced the LL Bean brand; it was actually very practical.
I had so many canvas bags with my initials on them I couldn’t count them all on two hands. Duck boots, check. Flannel shirts, check. Flannel sheets, check. (The only thing I refused to do was those awful wool clogs.) The whole grunge phase actually coincided with my teenage years and LL Bean came through for me once again.
After college I ended up settling outside Portsmouth, NH, a trendy, cultural and affluent little seacoast town. Even though it’s only one state over, LL Bean lost its appeal for me. It suddenly seemed very uncool – like you only wore it if you were a hick from Maine – which I was, but desperate to appear as anything but. I shunned the brand for the next ten years.
Recently, it feels like the LL Bean brand is back. Maybe it’s my new mom status and the overwhelming desire to be comfortable all the time. Plus cozy is having it’s moment in fashion – it’s the new weekend uniform. And I think the brand has refreshed itself. In any case, I have accepted LL Bean back in my life with open arms like an old BFF I hadn’t talked to in years.
I asked my sister for their fleece-lined flannel button down for Christmas, and she literally laughed at me and said; “Since when did you become the LL Bean flannel shirt girl?” “Since, like, always.” Eyeroll.In my About section of this blog I remind people that I am practical about where I live- you can’t only be Louboutin this and Chanel that in NH. LL Bean is a brand I recommend you check out no matter where you live. You’ll never be more comfy, warm or happy to take those Louboutins heels or tweed Chanel jackets off for a few minutes. 🙂
Here’s a few other things I love from LL Bean.
I am a huge fan of Diane Von Furstenberg. I think she has an innate sense of fashion. a classy attitude, a nose for business – and friends in influential places. This woman has rebuilt a fashion empire – twice. She married into royalty and has traveled the world. She hangs out with social elite. And it all started with that little wrap dress – her signature piece.
A friend of mine loaned me the Diane – A Signature Life book and for a biographical piece, I couldn’t put it down. (normally a total snore book category for me!) I would totally recommend it as a holiday gift – for yourself or a fashionista friend (who can then loan it to you to read afterwards).
Here’s a teaser to pique your interest: “Diane is the frank and compelling story of an extraordinary woman and her adventures in fashion, business, and life. “Most fairy tales end with the girl marrying the prince. That’s where mine began,” says Diane Von Furstenberg. She didn’t have to work, but she did. She lived the American Dream before she was thirty, building a multimillion-dollar fashion empire while raising two children and living life in the fast lane.”
You can read more or buy the book on Amazon.
All I want right now is my DKNY Cozy, a glass of wine, and an epic movie to be on TV. For all New Englanders, today is a DKNY Cozy sweater kind of day. Mother Nature has slammed us twice recently, and ready or not, winter is here. Unfortunately I am in heels (and not sweats), at work and it’s too early to drink. *Sigh* But I still have my Cozy on!