Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Bean

What does a fashion-conscious girl do when an effing relentless winter keeps her away from the shops?  Why, she goes shopping online, of course!  And where does she go shopping online?  If she's me, she looks around, but she always ends up back at L.L. Bean.

I am a big fan of The Bean.  No one is paying me to say this.  (Although if one of the Beanerites gets wind of this and wants to send me a gift card, I wouldn't say no.)  The reasons for my as-yet undying Beanerism are:

1)  The COLOURS.  I like a varied palette in my wardrobe, and I'm not talking about fifty shades of grey.  Neutrals have their place, but that place should be as contrast to whatever kicky colour I've chosen to brighten my day.

2)  The easy care.  The no-iron shirts truly can go into the dryer and come out straight onto a hanger, ready to wear.  It is my goal to eventually replace all my mandatory-iron shirts with these lazy ones.  If only I'd known of this option sooner.

My older no-iron shirt:

The one that I just received this week:

Hey, colour, right?  Don't say I didn't warn you.

I already had one of these in blue, but when I saw them on sale for 50% off I didn't even try to resist getting two more colours.  Hmm, it looks a little wrinkly in this photo, but I swear it shakes out just fine after it's been worn for a little while.

Ah, my happy family of Easter egg colours.

I also received a cardigan, (in "natural"), which I'm sending back because it's too boxy.  Too bad; I had high hopes for that one.

That's about it for my mid-winter shopping spree.  I did also order a pair of pants from Eddie Bauer, maybe, I think.  I mean, I got a confirmation e-mail stating that they received my order.  Then I started to get e-mails saying things like "Yoohoo!  I think you forgot to check out, maybe?  Let us know if we can help you process your cart."  I clicked on the e-mail link, which told me I had zero items in my cart.  So, I dunno.  Maybe I'm getting pants, or maybe I'm not getting pants.  Eh, either way is fine.  It's not like I'm dying for those pants; it's more of an experiment to see if they fit.

Oh, and if anyone from Eddie Bauer wants to pay me for linking to them, once again, I am totally open to bribes a gift card.  Just sayin'.


Jenski said...

LLBean is great for cold weather clothes too. So you can shop in the warmth for clothes to keep you warm.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Wow... I have those same no iron shirts ;-)

LL Cool Joe said...

You don't iron your shirts?? I iron my boxer shorts. :D

I have seen LLBean, but never shopped there, probably too classy for me! I'm more of a tacky t-shirt from Wal-Mart type of guy.

Granny Annie said...

My mother took my young daughter shopping one day.
"What are we shopping for?" my daughter asked her Granny.
"An ironing board." my mother replied.
"What's an ironing board?"

Needless to say I got a critical call at work from my mother:)

DarcKnyt said...

We do almost all our shopping online now. As long as you have an idea of the size you need and don't have to try everything on, it's very convenient and awesome.

Even for groceries. Which, of course, don't have to be tried on. :)

Lynn said...

Nice blouses! I'm a Chicos girl myself.

Vanessa T said...

Yay for scoring a deal! Go, you! :)

I've never been a fan of malls - I used to use catalogs before the Internet. Now, it's point, click, spend. :)

Sparkling Red said...

Jenski: I get all my cold-weather clothes locally, at Mountain Equipment Co-op. I feel the need to occasionally support Canadian businesses. ;-)

Ron: No - in the exact same colours? That is so cool! E-mail me, and we can wear the same shirts on the same days and be Internet Fashion Twins!

Joey: You iron your undies, but prefer a tacky t-shirt to a button-down. You are a living, breathing paradox.

Granny Annie: Ha! That's great. I think you should have deserved praise for keeping your children innocent of the evils of ironing.

DarcKnyt: Considering I live one block away from the grocery store, I don't feel the need to order my groceries online. However, I do see how it could be useful, especially for a family of 4.

Lynn: Chico's, eh? *checks out the website* Ah, very chic!

Vanessa: I occasionally ordered from catalogues in my youth, and it always seemed like a big adventure. I still remember the time my mother made me return a pair of coveted sandals when I was 12, because of shoddy construction only visible when they were delivered. I was heartbroken! (Wedge espadrilles, in blue, with a strap across the ankle - so cute!)