I met the great folks at L.L Bean for the Outdoor Retailer trade show to help them get the word out about their great, new gear. The first day, I met with the women's product designers and walked through the entire show to observe what all the other companies were up to. We talked casually about what we liked, what we would like to see added to the L.L Bean line, and what was trending. It was a really neat experience to go behind the scenes of the first steps behind some of the L.L Bean women's active lines. These are literally the places where ideas are born and pieces are created. The next day, L.L Bean held a press lunch event complete with New England charm. They served Maine Lobster Rolls and invited the press to see some new pieces. L.L Bean has made a beautiful signature stand up paddle board that I was drooling over, and they really have some new outdoor gear and color combos that I can't wait to get my hands on. Not to mention, I was completely obsessed with specially designed L.L Bean hats they made for the event. Fingers crossed that I can get one of those because I will never take it off. I feel so proud to work with a company that is a really a collection of good people that embody core New England values on all different levels. In every single way, it was such a great experience.
Now, I finally made it home Vermont. I gradually eased into the colder temperatures. Even yesterday, it was a nice, sunny thirty degrees. I have to admit, nothing could really get me prepared for the ten degrees that greeted me today at Sabe's nordic race in Lake Placid, NY. But, I got out there and reveled in the beautiful contrast that is my life. I exist in two places that couldn't be more different and both are so special in their own ways. Whether it be the beach or fresh groomed corduroy, I am so incredibly lucky.
Go get out there and smile. This is what it's all about.
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