Congratulations to Maggie S. for winning this giveaway!
Code “GIFT25” will get you 25 percent off your order until Tuesday, 12/11. (Ah-mah-zing, especially since Christmas is only a few weeks away.) Today’s blog post is all about my absolute favorite L.L.Bean stuff: the products I swear by!
Before we get to that, though, I’m excited to announce that I’m launching something I’m calling “12 Days of Giveaways.” I kind of feel like that requires no further explanation 😂, but yes: they’ll occur between now and Christmas, and the details of each giveaway will appear in blog posts and/or on Instagram. (So definitely follow along on both platforms!) Some of the products have been gifted by companies I’ve worked with in the past, and others have just been picked out by yours truly. (Like today’s.) We’re actually hosting the second giveaway in today’s second blog post, so be sure to check that out, too!
Here’s how you can enter to win today’s giveaway: a new pair of Bean Boots. (Again, any pair you’d like!) As always, simply:
- Leave a comment in the comment section below. You can say whatever you’d like, as long as it’s PG and relatively friendly. You can certainly talk about L.L.Bean, but randomness is also encouraged. I personally love scrolling through and reading entertaining comment threads, and from the feedback you’ve given me about these giveaways, it would seem that you do, too! :)
- Be sure to leave your e-mail address in the following non-spammy format: kelly [at] gmail [dot] com.
- Enter via Instagram for a bonus entry. Find the post featuring the above photo, “like” it, and leave a comment in the comment section!
A random winner will be announced and contacted on Monday. Good luck!
But let’s get to my favorite L.L.Bean products:
These are my favorite Bean Boots. I can’t recommend them enough. They’re unbelievably warm–even as warm as my Sorels!–and they get me through the toughest Chicago winters. Yes, they’re backordered right now, but the wait time is VERY short considering what it normally is. I’d pounce now! Winter is long. *Sniffle.*
The most important part about buying Bean Boots, though, is getting a pair with tumbled leather. SO much more comfortable than other pairs, and they require zero break-in time.
Sizing for Bean Boots: Half sizes, go down a half size. (For example, I normally wear a size 7.5, so I ordered the 7. They’re perfect!) Whole sizes, go down an entire size. (For example, if I normally wear an 8, I would order the 7.) Seems crazy, but this sizing info is spot-on.
Btw: Here’s my guide to buying Bean Boots, and above are a few of my favorite pairs.
We could not survive parenthood without this thing. I had a small one growing up, but L.L.Bean sent us the size large a couple of years ago and it quickly became a travel staple. It goes everywhere with us!
We now have the size large with long handles, and it holds a TON–everything Emma could possibly need for a flight–and fits under a plane seat. The long handles are super important; without them, it’s kind of uncomfortable to carry it on my shoulder. I should also mention that we throw ours in the washing machine often, and then dry it on low for about 15 minutes. (Couldn’t own the tote if this wasn’t possible because we’re hot messes.) Comes out PERFECT.
The Boat and Tote also makes for a great (and affordable) gift. I got my Grammie one last year, with “Great Gram” embroidered on it. It was a big hit!
This thing is AMAZING, and I think it’s one of L.L.Bean’s best-kept secrets. I get so many compliments when I wear mine! The one thing I’ll say is that it runs large. I would recommend going one size down, if not two.
This is one of my favorite pullovers. I like it better than my Patagonia Quarter-Zip, since not as many people have the Bean version. The Bean one is also lined with a fuzzy fleece material, making it EXTRA cozy. Sizing: I went up one size in this and it’s great. It’s a little roomy, but that’s what I was going for. Don’t think it would be as comfy if I’d gone with my regular size!
Wear this one all the time, too. Love that leather pull! It runs big. I sized down to an XS (I normally prefer my tops and sweaters in a size small) and very happy with that.
If you have Bean Boots, you NEED camp socks. Totally completes the look! ;)
L.L.Bean sent me this coat this year, and I’m in love. It’s PERFECT. A coat you’ll have for the rest of your life. It’s well made and features a quilted liner for extra warmth, and it has great pockets. It doesn’t come in a size 2 or 0, but I got the size 4 and it’s not too big! Large enough to wear a sweater underneath it, but not so large that it looks like I’m swimming in it.
This is my favorite fisherman sweater that L.L.Bean carries. I find it to be way more flattering than the others. It’s also softer! Looks great on its own or with a flannel underneath.
These are my go-to flannel shirts. The key is getting the slightly fitted ones as they have a little shape to ’em. (They other version looked like a tent on me.) That said, the slightly fitted ones do run large, and I highly recommend going down a size. This shirt is my go-to weekend shirt during the winter. It’s soft yet substantial and therefore very warm!
My parents gave me these for Christmas a few winters ago and I’ve never looked back. They’re by far the warmest slippers I’ve ever owned, and I couldn’t live in Chicago without them. ;)
I don’t have these, but they’re on my xmas list. Don’t they look amazing?! Here’s the solid suede pair as well as the leather pair. Thinking the leather would hold up the best, but the cable-knit is too cute to pass up.
I wear this sweater year-round! It’s a great everyday sweater, and I love how it hangs. I went one size up.
I don’t have this, but it’s on my wish list! Looks SO cozy for the winter, and it’d make a great gift.
Three come in a pack! Perfect stocking stuffers.
I have this sweater in blue, but I LOVE it in green. Reminds me of something my mom wore in her 20s. :) That lady has always had timeless style!
Don’t have these either, but I imagine they’d look really cute paired with leggings while sitting around the tree on Christmas morning. :)
A good solid navy vest is hard to find.
LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Of course, it’s pretty pricey for a sweater. But with the discount code, it’s a little easier to stomach.