Chez Larsson recently wrote about how she organized her hallway bench using L.L. Bean tote bags to store Summer essentials like snorkel gear and swimsuits. She is not alone in this handy trick. I've been using the classic bags for years to store those oddly-shaped belongings that simply won't fit in a drawer or hang on a hook. I have an aunt who's probably a little too OCD about using L.L. Bean bags. She owns dozens in every size the company has ever produced and uses them to store everything from paperclips to paperwork to ski boots. Be it L.L. Bean bags or not, do you ever use tote bags (or other bags) as a storage solution?
Each holiday season I inevitably find myself searching for gifts that the men in my family will actually enjoy. For some reason, furry suede slippers never do well. And, you can only give a man a tie and a set of cuff links so many times before he starts to think you want him to spend more time at work.
But anyone with a Y chromosome wants to think he's useful at home as well as the office. So, whether you need to encourage the men in your life to do a little more work around the house, or you want to reward them for all the picture-hanging and deck-building they can't seem to get enough of, a handyman-style gift is just the thing to put a smile on your dudes' faces this year. I've collected some items I know they'll love, and perhaps laugh about (overalls). But I also recommend checking out your local hardware shop and some old standbys like Duluth Trading and L.L. Bean. If you're working with a beginner handyman, the ideal gift is a sturdy toolbox or bag filled with all of the essential household tools. Also, listen closely, there may be some sort of power tool your very own handyman is already aching for. To see my suggestions, read more
In big cities like the big apple, if you're taking public transit, hailing a cab, or trying to
sneak bring a doggie into a shop, you're often only allowed if your pet fits in a carrier. But, I remember from one of our first PetMarking missions, there are plenty of cute cases out there for people to choose and use! I don't agree with dog-as-accessory, and I think putting a pup in your purse – a bag not sold specifically for pet purposes – can hurt both the doggie and the bag. Now, Todd Oldham's certainly a busy man – being the new creative director of Old Navy causes him to jet between NYC and SF and sometimes, I'd imagine, he just grabs the first bag laying around before running errands. While there's nothing wrong with his classic L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, but I'd love for him to express that preppiness with a petspecific version instead. If you want to see which carrier I have in mind, then read more
L.L. Bean stocked up on new products just in time for the holiday season – as long as you order by Dec. 21, they'll make for happy Christmas morning pups. My faves are these totes that come completely stocked with gear for the big dogs or the new, little ones. It couldn't be easier to give a themed gift as they've eliminated multiple stop shopping by offering items produced and packaged specifically for L.L. Bean by Planet Dog for under $30. To see the rest of my top present picks from the site, read more
This L.L. Bean Canoe Coffee Table ($999) is kind of endearing. For what it is, this table isn't bad looking, but I feel that sometimes people take their hobbies a paddle stroke too far. Then again, that lodge-y look can be cozy sometimes, after a long day of fly fishing and shooting stags. What do you think?