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#BeanBootsandBrews

Last week I headed up to Portland to celebrate the launch of L.L. Bean’s small batch Bean Boots! The event was held at the O’Maine Studio a fabulous event space right in downtown Portland. The L.L. Bean team did an amazing job, walking in was like being transported to a Fall wonderland! Along with checking out the new small batch Bean Boots, we sampled beer from localPortland breweries. I tend to favor wine but I was super impressed by some of the beers!

My favorite was the Orono Brewing CO’s IPA. The Fog Town Pale Ale was also nice and refreshing. There were lobster rolls, my personal favorite, tacos, and s’mores! Portland has an amazing food scene and tons of fantastic microbreweries! Mike and I were in Portland last month for a friends wedding and I was so excited to get back there to explore more.

L.L. Bean has always been one of my favorite brands. Every time Mike and I are driving up to his cabin in Maine we stop at the Freeport flagship store and I can never resist buying something new! L.L. Bean is my go to place for outdoor gear and their signature line has adorable sweaters for fall. My Bean Boots have been a wardrobe staple for years, last year I got a pair of blue ones and I was excited to get a pair of the new plaid shearling lined small batch boots. Be sure to get a pair of small batch Bean Boots before they’re gone, thank you so much to L.L.Bean for having me!

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A Christmas Tradition

Right before me and Mike’s first Christmas together he took me to his place in Maine. It was my first time there, I had actually never been that far north in Maine before. It is so beautiful up there, it is the perfect place to go, unplug and relax for a few days before Christmas.

This year is our 4th Christmas together and for a fourth year in a row we headed up to Maine. It’s great to spend a weekend just the two of us, no WiFi, no distractions!

On the way home we always stop off in Freeport. I love the Christmas Village LL Bean does every year, this year they called in the Celebration of the Northern Lights. During the day Santa is there for the kids (and big kids) to take photos with, there are reindeer, hundreds of Christmas trees all lit up, it is truly magical! We can all get a little stressed during the holidays but strolling through all the trees really makes me feel like I’m in a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Thanks to Mike for being a good sport and letting me take a million photos even though you were cold!

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Birthday and Wine

Every year for my birthday me and my best friend Megan pick a winery and go do a tasting. Her birthday is November 2nd and mine is the 16th so we always get together on Veterans Day weekend to celebrate together.

This year we visited Mill River Winery in Rowley, MA and then we grabbed lunch and strolled around downtown Newburyport. Mill River was super small but they delivered on the charm. The bar tender was super knowledgeable about the wines. My favorite was the Plum Island Red!

After our tasting we drove the ten minutes to Newburyport. It was a little chilly but the sun was shinning. I had on my Lands End tartan puffer vest. Just like my other Lands End vest the pockets are fleece lined which is perfect for keeping my hands warm! I counted the other day and it turns out I have 6 vests! And that’s after loosing my favorite Vineyard Vines vest this summer when I moved. But I’m a firm believer that you can never have enough vests! Where is your favorite place to get vests from? Newburyport is super charming. I know New England is full of charming seaside towns but I’ve always really liked Newburyport!

Vest: Lands End

Jeans: Vineyard Vines

Bag and boots: LL Bean

Hat: Northface

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A Walk in the Park

If you’re in the Boston area and you haven’t been to the Arnold Arboretum you’re missing out! This time or year especially, all the leaves are changing and it is picturesque Autumn. This week I️ went for a walk with my friend Maddie and her dog Hamilton, it was a little cold but we had a great time! If you take the orange line to Forest Hills the Arboretum is literally right across the street. You can bring your furry friend as long as they are on a leash, and it’s a hefty fine if they catch a dog off leash so definitely keep them on! I️ wore one of my favorite J. Crew vests (similar), I️ love the polka dots! I️ kept warm with this great plaid scarf from Primark, right now they have tons of blanket scarfs in all different patterns for just $5! I️ got three or four the last time I️ was in there. My leggings are also from primark, I️ will say the quality is not fantastic but for $3 they’re a no-brainer.

I wore one of my old vineyard vines sweaters (similar) and I️ brought along my LL Bean Boat and Tote and threw on my bean boots to complete this fall look!

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Magical Christmas with L.L. Bean 

Every year right before Christmas my boyfriend Mike and I head up to Maine to close up the cabin for winter and do a little Christmas shopping in Freeport. Freeport is home to the flagship L.L. Bean store, I love to shop at a lot of different places but L.L. Bean is the my number one. They have everything for everyone, the quality never disappoints, and their customer service is unmatched. I was able to get some Christmas shopping done and we stoped for dinner at Linda Bean’s Topside Tavern. 

L.L. Bean gets decked out every year for Christmas, this year they went bigger than ever. 100 Christmas trees all lit up, a reindeer barn, and a northern lights show inside an igloo! It was magical, if you are having any trouble getting into the Christmas spirit visit L.L. Bean they do Christmas better than anyone! 


Where is your favorite place to go Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments section!