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Friday, December 14, 2012

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Friday Item Receptacle

The regular Bargain Bin is off this week, but in its place is this ... Item Receptacle of things that aren't necessarily on sale, but are still potentially worthwhile. So I guess it's also a gift guide. Anyway, today all L.L. Bean boots are 30% off — men's and women's.

Left: $97 (were $137); Right: $125 (were $179)

L.L. Bean also has surprisingly nice, moderately priced sateen sheets. They're not on sale, but I've liked them for the past few years, if you're ever in desperate need of a sheets recommendation. Interestingly, L.L. Bean also has a $749 knife

Any chance to recommend Soapwalla and its magical natural deodorant ($12) is one I will grab and rub Soapwalla natural deodorant into. By now I'm also only using Soapwalla's body oil ($26) and mostly-only using its vegan lip balm ($9), so I guess take this recommendation with a grain of salt (or sugar, from the body polish). Our interview with Soapwalla creator Rachel Winard is here, if you missed it and want to know more.

Also: prints of Natalie Eve Garrett's lovely undersea paintings ($25)!

And Esther C. Werdiger's extraordinary League of Ordinary Ladies tote bags ($18)!

So, this has been a somewhat random collection of things one person thinks are good, and probably the best thing I spent money on this year was travel. Also: a reminder that almost everything in Food52's online shop is 10% off with the code "hairpin10" until December 31 (small print here). Happy holidays! Or, don't buy anything.



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PatatasBravas

LL Beeeeeeeeeeean, they have the bestest boots in the world, and amazing customer service!

Also that cheese kit intrigues me.

thisisunclear

@PatatasBravas Those boots on the right (with the shearling) have saved my life time and time again, the best xmas present I've ever received!

KatieBarTheDoor

@PatatasBravas Ooh, this is good to know. I just posted a comment, without reading any of the others, asking for help on my new need for winter gear. I had a feeling LLBean would know what they're talking about.

fondue with cheddar

@PatatasBravas My dad owned a lawn care service for 30 years, and he always bought those boots for everyone. They're great!

Hot Doom

@thisisunclear Yeessssssss, I just went straight to the comments to say how much I love the shearling boots (which I happen to be wearing as I type). I sometimes use them as slippers because that's how comfy they are/lazy I am to put on my actual slippers (also LL Bean, also fab-o-lus).

Bloodrocuted

@PatatasBravas I go hiking with a guy who buys new L.L. Bean boots always. He stands in snow banks and icemelt to bellow "They're so insulated! I'm completely dry!"
It's like a trust fall with this company, but luckily they always catch him.

fondue with cheddar

@Bloodrocuted That is adorable.

allendaniel

Is amazing <3 <3 <3@a

parallel-lines

When you go to the LL Bean website and scroll thru the boots there's a jug of maple syrup for sale in the middle of the page. They're really sticking to that lifestyle brand thing pretty hard, huh?

SuperGogo

@parallel-lines In 5th grade when we had to do state reports, I got Maine. I wrote to LL Bean requesting information, and I received a huge folder full of all sorts of PR-friendly info and swag. It also meant that I ended up on their catalog mailing list...for years! Even though I've never bought a thing of theirs, I've always had a great impression of their comfy, flannely ethos.

iknowright

@SuperGogo I had Maine too! I remember having a potato in my presentation box and then it grew those viney things so months later the whole class used it in a science project. Since then I've never really been into potatoes, but I'll always have a thing for Maine.

planforamiracle

@iknowright I'm just gonna leave this here: http://yourllbeanboyfriend.tumblr.com/

Emby

Ugh, $749 for that knife? That knife??

Something you people don't know about me, because I've never told you and because I'm not nearly important enough for you to care about, is that I'm a bit of a knife aficionado. Mostly because I go camping a fair amount, but also because sharpening knives on a whetstone is kind of a zen exercise for me (and, yes, unbearably creepy to mention in public. Is this public? I don't know anymore).

And a quarter of a thousand dollars is WAY too much to spend on any knife, let alone that piece of crap. It's a decorative fucking knife! You can get one for $50 on Amazon that's a trillion times better! Ugh!

Ugh!

Judith Slutler

@Emby So what kind of pocketknife should I get for general camping / being able to cut things / etc purposes? I was thinking Swiss Army knife because I like the idea of having a can and bottle opener along, and it would give me a little bit of Girl Scout nostalgia, but it just has so much extraneous crap. And then my bf has this little Opinel and I'm kinda jealous of it. Help me out here!

EggsErroneous

@Emmanuelle Cunt Agreed, I would love a good knife recommendation. Mostly for camping - can it double as a fishing knife? I have had to gut fish with a dull camping knife before and that kinda sucked but I think it was situational and still hold out hope that one knife can be multipurpose for me if I take good care of it.

Faintly Macabre

@Emmanuelle Cunt I have had a camping Swiss Army Knife for many years (I made my parents buy it for Hanukkah when I was in an outdoorsman phase), and even though I've never needed an awl or many of the other random things, I still love it. They have a lot of other varieties, too!

Also, I do not read thoroughly, so I was about to recommend an Opinel and then saw that you already know about them. I had one until I lost it, and I loved it! They're easy to clean, stay sharp, come in lots of sizes and woods, and cheap on eBay in the U.S. because no one knows about them. (They also sell Opinels just for harvesting wild mushrooms here--oh, France.)

iceberg

@Emby - Ask A Knife Aficionado?

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Emby I carry a simple Gerber pocketknife everywhere I go, and it has come in handy more times than I can count. It just clips to the side of my pocket. I love it. I also spent time in Toledo, Spain, and bought my dad a really, really solid pocketknife that is still holding up over a decade later.

Reginal T. Squirge

@Emby

Funny you should say that. I'm a bit of a stab-a-motherfucker-that-disrespects-me expert. We should hang out.

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@Emby

If I had that much money to spend on a knife, it would be a William Henry. I've seen them in the wild. They are far more beautiful and also a trillion times better than the one L.L. Bean is trying to shill.

redheaded&crazy

heh L.L. Bean. L.L. Bean Boyfriend. Except I totally married all of them soooo tough luck y'all.

Emby

@redheaded&crazie Good thing your L.L. Bean Boyfriend-husbands are all into plural marriage, because they just have so much love to give.

redheaded&crazy

@Emby not to mention I will take all the love I can get

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie oh nooo I deleted the link! DAMN YOU EDITING FUNCTION

LL Bean Boyfriend is here if people haven't just given up on me entirely by this point.

Puppy in a cup

@redheaded&crazie Noooooo, can't I just have one? Preferably this one: "'How about after we go to the farmer’s market we go for a walk on the beach?' Silas asked as he made us organic egg omelets. "

redheaded&crazy

@Fingers Crossed lest anybody call me ungenerous, I grant you permission to have eggy Silas.

I never really liked him anyway.

coolallison

@redheaded&crazie I did not know what you were talking about... and now that I do... I have forgotten all about reading the rest of the comments on here. Because it is too sexy over there.

Puppy in a cup

@redheaded&crazie Yesss! Best early christmas present EVER! Now if Silas would just get to work on building that table...

fondue with cheddar

@redheaded&crazie OOH yummy.

I really hope my LL Bean Boyfriend doesn't find out about my Daguerrotype Boyfriend.

hotdog

Wow, so THAT is where I can buy my new $345 bag. Who knew blog editing was so lucrative...

Edith Zimmerman

@hotdog You're right, I deleted the bag. I do think Of a Kind has a lot of cool stuff, though, and I admire what they're doing.

area@twitter

@hotdog Blog editing, and writing pieces all over the place, and hey, maybe you want to save up money for something, who am I to judge?

hotdog

@Edith Zimmerman Oh, I do too-and I frequently wish I had that kind of cash a-rolling around. Beautiful things.

melis

actually Edith got the bag as a gift from a grateful mill-pond nixie after driving off the evil miller who wanted to imprison her in his grain silo, so.

area@twitter

@melis Friday Bargain Bin: Magical Scepters, Enchanted Lamps, And Other Supernatural Gifts

smidge

@area@twitter please let this be real thing one day oh please EDITH

martinipie

@area@twitter oh god yes, a thousand times yes....bargain bin Regretsy-style?!

Lily Rowan

@Edith Zimmerman (I don't think there's anything wrong with looking at expensive things, ESPECIALLY when it's Definitely Not a Bargain Bin!)

thatgirl

I bought these for 50% off yesterday, and I am so excited! I'm not really a combat boots kind of girl, but these let me femme up and also I can put them in bootblack's faces!

Plus, SALE.

Judith Slutler

@thatgirl I'm a combat boots type of girl, and I think those are AMAZING

area@twitter

@thatgirl Damn those shoes are hot.

Hellcat

@thatgirl I am DM boot kind of girl and I love them! I practically live in these:
DM Wingtip Maryjane

Hellcat

@Hellcat And I was a copycat--I'm sorry! I looked at your link and couldn't help myself!

fondue with cheddar

@thatgirl WHAAAT those are the best high heeled shoes ever. And I hate high heeled shoes.

FulanaDeTallcan

@Emmanuelle Cunt Oooh, please share your combatbootly wisdom. I just got DM Triumph 1914's the ones she's wearing here (http://www.teresadoesit.com/?p=755). I've only tried them on in the house so far but here's my problem... I'm sure you know that Docs don't come in half sizes- but the size 6 is way big and not particularly flattering in a proportional sense, but the 5's are a tiiiiny bit to short in the length. Not painful but not roomy- my toe hits the tip a very little bit when I walk. Is this gonna get any better over time? Or should I A) chalk those cute shoes to the game and return them or B) be like my sister who suffers her cute shoes for fashion and secretly has some jacked-up big toes?

Judith Slutler

@FulanaDeTallcan I've had those for 3 years, EXCELLENT CHOICE. The leather is pretty soft and mine have definitely stretched some, to the point where I almost wish I had sized down, but mostly from the heel rather than the toe I think. A bit of a breaking in process is standard when it comes to Docs, though. If I were you I'd keep the smaller ones, wear thick socks sometimes to get em broken in, and not be shy about wearing them out in inclement weather (waterproof first).

fondue with cheddar

@Emmanuelle Cunt I like the oiled leather ones because they break in better.

The toe problem won't get better on its own (I have the same problem with mine), but if you take it to a cobbler they might be able to use a stretcher to lift the toe box.

FulanaDeTallcan

@Emmanuelle Cunt Thanks! Also, what are your thoughts on the ribbon laces vs. the regular waxed flat ones that come with the shoes too? I can't decide if I love them or if they skew a little too Sassy magazine for me. Hmm.

Judith Slutler

@FulanaDeTallcan I got my boots during snowy weather, so I immediately switched out the ribbon ones and haven't thought much about them since! The outfit you posted above made me think "hmm, those are actually pretty cute" though. IDK, maybe wear them out with ribbons a few times and see if you feel like you're too costumey?

Oh, squiggles

As someone without a lot of disposable income (who is also helping support someone who is basically homeless), I have spent the last year trying to squash down my consumerist nature. Good news-it worked pretty well. I have much less of the "iwantiwantiwant" going through my head when I look at cool/interesting/good quality/well designed stuff. Bad news- now I am drawing a total blank when it comes to trying to buy gifts for others. Part of me wants to continue to not be a wasteful consumer, and instead of struggling to figure out what someone might want (because they have so much already/already buy themselves what they want) then instead giving them a gift that has more to do with a cool experience, or something nice I can do for them. Is this a good idea? Will I seem like a scrooge for not giving traditional gifts that are wrapped and look pretty under a tree? If you think this is a good idea, and suggestions for nice things I can do/experiences? I'm an artist, so I can make a lot of stuff myself, and I can cook well, and I used to be a massage therapist, so those skills can come into play here.

Or should I just use the credit card reward points I have been saving to give everyone gift cards?

Ack, gift giving help needed badly!

Judith Slutler

@Absurd Bird I love getting and giving "experience" type gifts, and I think it enhances the whole thing to give a nice certificate or actual physical object of some kind along with them. That can look pretty and serve as a reminder of "the time I got that awesome massage and a tiny needlepoint of a massage table" or whatever.

However, and I have this issue with a few people on my list, some people just love to get actual things. I think it is ok to honor that impulse on their part as well, like idk if you have a teenage niece who loves sparkly stuff get her a pair of tiny pearl earrings she can wear forever, or something of that kind.

Katie Heaney

@Absurd Bird if I had an artist friend who made me something of her own time and skill I think that would be just about the nicest holiday present there was!

parallel-lines

@Katie Heaney One year I made everyone lavender sachets with matching balm and bath bombs like the ones they sell at LUSH - I even filled them with rose petals and oils so when they fizzed it'd look like that scene from American Beauty and you'd have the best!bath!ever! and...no one got it. Everyone was like, "Oh. You mean THIS is the present?" Shit was really not that cheap and super labor intensive. Moral of this story: um, people are jerks sometimes during the holidays?

Katie Heaney

@parallel-lines some people are, true. but, bonus christmas gift: learning which of your friends are seriously terrible!

area@twitter

@Absurd Bird Congratulations on taming the "I Wants"! That's fabulous. I think homemade gifts and experience gifts are absolutely wonderful- some of the best things I've received have been along those lines. Aunts baking everyone homemade bread and cheese straws, fluffy cute scarves, a trip to an event. And a massage, oh my God, yes. A+++++, yes forever. I agree with @Emmanuelle Cunt though, some folks- mostly kids and teens- will appreciate fun little things. These don't have to be hugely spendy though; my cousins are getting Mad Libs, sticker books, and blinged-out pencils from me, and I think they'll really enjoy them. Lots of little things can be more fun for kids than one big thing.

Lily Rowan

@Absurd Bird I am Not an artist, but I'm pretty sure everyone appreciated the year I gave homemade soaps and mix CDs for Christmas just as much as anything else I've given.

aphrabean

@Absurd Bird This year my partner and I are making all of our gifts (which is how I grew up, but not how he did.) Knit hats for all the kids, little jars of homemade body butter, baked goods, decorated miniature herb gardens. It's money saving, thoughtful, and if people don't appreciate them? Well, then they're grinches who don't like cookies! I prefer homemade gifts to almost anything in the world.

area@twitter

@aphrabean Just saying: I would kill for a miniature herb garden.

frigwiggin

@parallel-lines Aw, no! That sounds lovely! A year or two ago one of my friends made our little book club these wonderful little jars of sugar-and-oil face scrub with different scents (I think mine had cloves and something) and they were GREAT. (I asked her for the recipe after I ran out and she never got back to me. Sob.) I don't know how people can be dicks about a handmade gift!

LydiaBennett

@Absurd Bird I don't have a ton of disposable income this year and was tossing around ideas of homemade gifts. I landed on giving the gift of time this year! To my aunt and uncle with a small child, I am giving them a nice bottle of wine and a night of free babysitting. To my grandparents who live in a retirement community and hate the food, I'm cooking them a nice dinner (their place or mine!) To my grandmother of the other side who I don't see as often, my sister and I are driving out to her and taking her to lunch. I've found that in a family where everyone really has enough STUFF, consumables, time spent, etc are the best gifts!

Lisa Frank

@parallel-lines That sounds like a great gift! Your friends are jerks!

Blushingflwr

@Absurd Bird Experience gifts are awesome, as are homemade things that reflect either the personality of the giver or the recipient.

One thing that my father likes to do if he is giving tickets or whatever is to make a home (computer) made card to present them in. He often scans the tickets and puts the image in the card to avoid the risk of losing them. It will usually have a picture of the person or thing that's being gifted (so, concert tickets would have a picture of the band, theatre tickets would have the show poster, travel would have a picture of a famous landmark of the location, etc). Then inside he'll outline what the gift is.

So, yes, tickets to things, home made food, gift certificates for services (especially things that the person might not otherwise be willing to indulge in). A friend of mine was going through a really rough patch personally and financially, so her birthday present was all the Lush stuff she normally uses, plus a gift card, because I know how easy it is to put yourself last when you're tight on funds. I've also given hats and scarves that are big hits (especially the pirate-themed ones).

My theory is that a good gift is one that shows that you put thought into it but also that you know enough about the recipient to know what they will enjoy (e.g. if you gave me a box of peanut butter cookies, I would appreciate the thought but give the cookies away, because I do not believe that peanut butter has any place in desserts). Also, remember, making it yourself doesn't necessarily make it less expensive (says the woman making a scarf from a merino-silk blend).

area@twitter

I am tempted to buy the goat cheese making kit? But then I remember that I could take that money and buy really good goat's cheese at the store, today, and eat it right now. I have patience for many things, but cheese is not one of them.
L.L. Bean, holla. At least two pieces of my outfit today are from L.L. Bean.

bitchycrosstownexpress

The Soapwalla thing reminded me... I bought a little trial thing of dry shampoo the other day because sometimes my bangs look flat and oily even though the rest of my hair looks fine, and I really hate washing my hair if I don't have to. But then I looked at the ingredients of the dry shampoo and it is literally five different kinds of chemical accelerants (propane is one of the ingredients, I kid you not). So does anyone have any reccommendations for a dry shampoo that will not turn my head into a matchstick?

Katie Heaney

@bitchycrosstownexpress baby powder!

parallel-lines

@bitchycrosstownexpress It's pretty spendy but the Lulu Organics Lavender and Sage hair powder smells divine and lasts quite a while http://www.birchbox.com/shop/lulu-organics-lavender-clary-sage-hair-powder

You can also use cornstarch or baby powder (make sure it's the talc free version!) BUT you will need to work harder to comb it into your hair and it's an inelegant solution if you're not blonde.

parallel-lines

@parallel-lines Here's a DIY one for dark haired ladies: http://wellnessmama.com/5047/diy-dry-shampoo/

mangosara

@bitchycrosstownexpress there are lots of dry shampoos that come in powder format (as opposed to spray), like this one that Jane recommended a little while back. you basically just shake it out and comb it through.

Kallie

@bitchycrosstownexpress I use Pssssst. You can get it at Walgreens for pretty cheap and it works for brunettes. It's my go to when I don't have time to wash my hair.

bitchycrosstownexpress

@Kallie Thanks everyone! I knew the collective brilliant minds of the Hairpin would have some solutions!

Kallie

@bitchycrosstownexpress whoops just looked at the ingrediants (propane) it is amazing though and has saved my booty many times.

Punk-assBookJockey

@bitchycrosstownexpress Klorane has one that is in this weird kind of dispenser that you squeeze and then it poofs out the powder similar to how a aerosol can would, but no chemical accelerants, just puffs of air and powder. It seems to last longer too!

so what?

@parallel-lines I have not tried the Lulu Organics one, but this recipe calls for the same ingredients and I love it. http://www.readymade.com/projects/organic_hair_powder I use it all the time and it works so well.

However, I am kind of a hippie and I already had all the ingredients on-hand, so I might be biased.

ETA: I just looked at the recipe again and just noticed that it actually is THE recipe from Lulu Organics, straight from the horse's mouth.

parallel-lines

@so what? Oh wow! I might have to try that in the future, thanks!

Mira

@bitchycrosstownexpress the Oscar Blandi one in the white bottle. The best. It's a little more expensive than the drugstore ones but it smells great and works fantastically and the big bottle lasts me like a year and a half (and I use it mumble mumble times a week).

Smallison

I am waiting til my next paycheck comes through, and then I'm buying myself some Soapwalla. It's slightly absurd how much I'm looking forward to it!

NeverOddOrEven

@Smallison
I finally got some a while back and it was very... eh? I works well, but then I started noticing the arm pits of my shirts turning greenish.
Anyone have a fix for this?

Punk-assBookJockey

@Smallison I am aparently sensitive to baking soda, and it made my pits all rashy and peeling. I did not stink though.

so what?

@NeverOddOrEven I'm with you. I was super excited to try Soapwalla, but it didn't really work wonders for me. And it was unpleasantly grainy/greasy. I haven't, however, noticed any greenish staining...

I think I'll just go back to making my own deodorant, which worked amazingly for me. Not sure why I stopped. Anyone who's interested, I use this recipe: http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/07/homemade-deodor.html

NeverOddOrEven

@so what?
I've made that recipe before and LOVED it at first, but then my skin started reacting to the baking soda, and I got all red, peely and itchy

Smallison

@NeverOddOrEven :( Hmm. I'll probably still give it a try, but I'll definitely keep an eye out for this. Bummer!

large__marge

One of the few things I miss about Maine was having an LL Bean outlet nearby. $8 merino wool sweaters! $50 down parkas! God, I loved that place.

thisisunclear

@large__marge I may have applied to a teaching job in Maine solely for its proximity to LLBean HQ.

cuminafterall

Oh L.L. Bean, I want one of your Black Watch plaid flannel shirts so bad, please bring them back in stock! Don't make me buy the more expensive, flimsy-ass J. Crew version :-(

Trish Greene@facebook

re: the soapwalla deoderant. I'm mostly sold, BUT how long does that little 2 oz. containter last? If I'm paying $12 for 2 oz of stuff, it better either cure cancer or last a daaaaamn long time. I understand you have to pay more for the good stuff, but my meager grad student stipend is skeptical.

crango

@Trish Greene@facebook I don't wear deodorant often, so mine's lasted almost a year. You don't need to use a lot and the amount of product you get is only a little bit less than what's in a stick of deodorant, so i would imagine it would last at least as long as a regular stick with daily use, maybe a bit longer.

OhMyGoshYouGuys

Oh Soapwalla, how I love thee. Anyone with problem skin, I highly recommend Rachel's activated charcoal face soap. It's doing amazing things for my face.

Megasus

@OhMyGoshYouGuys Oooh charcoal soap is seriously the BEST.

sprayfaint

@OhMyGoshYouGuys Like what kind of amazing things?

OhMyGoshYouGuys

@sprayfaint I use it after I remove my makeup at night and it does an awesome job of cleaning ALL the dirt and residual makeup out of my pores and calms my finicky skin--my face looks less red/irritated and just feels nice and smooth. I'm really careful about what I put on my face and this doesn't have any sketchy ingredients. It does have a strong smell (which I really like) but some women might not.

frigwiggin

Oh noooooooo, I forgot to put on deodorant this morning! Ugh. Can I just start today over?

yeah-elle

@frigwiggin This made me freeze in terror and think, shit, did I forget too? But then I remembered hiking up my sweater last minute and thinking, "Goddamnit I am getting deodorant all over my bra" so...SUCCESS(ish).

coolallison

@frigwiggin I keep some in my desk drawer, as I am a frequent forgetter of deodorant.

lizardjellybean

@frigwiggin Ahh! I forgot too! Thanks for reminding me about forgetting. Luckily I keep one of those travel-sized ones in my purse, for just such emergencies. This happens ALL THE TIME.

the angry little raincloud

@frigwiggin I didn't either! But it's because, cough, I woke up at a place other than my own. I did shower, but I guess I was too hungover to rifle through someone else's medicine cabinet in search of deo. Considering my clothes smell strongly of unfiltered cigarettes, I'm pretty sure no one will notice. I'm clearly wearing yesterday's outfit, anyway.

In vaguely related news, vaguely on topic, but not really, since there is a lot of talk of boots in this thread (and I did BUY the Bean Boots just now. Thanks, Edith!), I managed to have sex with someone last night who actually took off my boots. (Not the Bean Boots, as I haven't gotten them yet. But The Most Beautiful Boots in the World, that I mentioned previously, that tend to stay on for certain activities as men seem to like them.)

Yes, I enjoy oversharing, anonymously, on the internet.

meetapossum

@the angry little raincloud Get it, girl!

KatieBarTheDoor

LLBean boots just reminded me to ask you cold-weather folks: is that generally a good place to get my serious winter gear? Such as those boots, and also coats, maybe long underwear? I'm about to move to MA from FL-- big change, obviously, and I don't know what to buy. What are warm things that are also somewhat elegant looking? Snowy ladies, teach me your ways!!

Judith Slutler

@KatieBarTheDoor Get Smartwool socks! They aren't elegant but nobody will see them, and they basically hug your feet all day with glorious warmth.

Also check out REI if they have that store in your area (or is it a western US thing?). They have a really good store brand for coats, polarfleece, that kind of thing, etc.

thisisunclear

@KatieBarTheDoor To expand on my comment above, I really do swear by the LLBean boots with the shearling, they haven't let me down in upstate NY or Chicagoland snows (including one blizzard where I was trapped at a seminary across the street from Notre Dame, long story). I'm not exactly an outdoorsy chick, but I think they can be styled really cute* too.

* ughhhh, I gross me out, but it's true.

martinipie

@KatieBarTheDoor Bean boots, Blundstones, Timbs, etc are good for snow. Make sure they are waterproof! Layer, layer, layer! My typical upstate-NY-February outfit was a Uniqlo HeatTeach (manna from heaven) camisole, a long sleeve shirt of some kind, a chunky wool or cashmere sweater of some kind (or two thinner ones) under my coat, LEGGINGS UNDER YOUR JEANS, DEAR GOD, LEGGINGS/TIGHTS UNDER YOUR PANTS at all times in the winter, thick wool socks (sometimes a thin pair under a wool pair) in my Timbs, gloves on my hands, scarf wrapped up around my neck and chin, and sometimes a hat. I stayed pretty warm!
Which is also to add--this kind of layering means your uppermost coat doesn't have to be a Michelin Man coat, if you're layered enough you can get away with a wool overcoat. And leggings surprisingly go under skinny/slim jeans quite easily--I never looked puffy or clunky, IMO.

polka dots vs stripes

@KatieBarTheDoor Yes!!! I have gotten my winter coats from them ever since I was a wee one, and I have honestly never been cold in one (grew up in NJ). My legs have been cold, sure, but my legs weren't covered by an LL Bean jacket.

Long underwear is a godsend. I just discovered the glory of fleece-lined tights and sweater tights, for slightly warmer winter days too.

PatatasBravas

@KatieBarTheDoor My thoughts on cold place survival:
-really good boots, water and snow-proof (I adore LL Bean)
-actually warm scarf, not merely decorative scarf
-chic looking, but warmly lined, gloves
-longish warm winter coat (the ubiquitous black puff coats that NYCers fancy? no idea what they are, but they are popular)
-I wear leggings or fleece lined tights for layering warmth
-thick warm socks like the Smartwools mentioned above
-a hat that covers your ears and still makes you feel glamorous/cute/sexy, so that you will never try and come up with excuses not to wear it when it is daaaaamn cold outside. Splurge on the hat so you'll want to wear it and be warm!

Faintly Macabre

@Emmanuelle Cunt REI also makes their own merino socks that are a bit cheaper and just as wonderful as Smartwool socks. You can sometimes get Smartwool socks at TJMaxx for cheap, too, and MA has TONS of TJMaxxes! And yup, REI exists on the East Coast/New England.

I have a pair of L.L.Bean silk long underwear that are ugly but were very helpful under jeans on windy winter days in Boston.

And echoing the others, waterproof boots (I wore Gore-Tex normal hiking boots with wool socks for four years and was fine, girls in Uggs were not) and actually wool or well-made hats, scarves, and gloves--none of that $5 acrylic stuff from H&M.

I have these down earmuffs, bought on sale at City Sports, and I love them very much.

@PatatasBravas Yes, definitely a below-the-butt-length coat!

KatieBarTheDoor

Ok, taking lots of notes here! It so happens I'll be passing through Atlanta at Christmas, and there is an REI there, so I can check it out. And there's an LLBean like 20 feet from my new apartment in MA, so now I'm excited for boots! Boooots. I almost bought fleece-lined leggings on Groupon a few days ago, too, and now I wish I had.

oboe-d-amore

@martinipie "LEGGINGS UNDER YOUR JEANS, DEAR GOD, LEGGINGS/TIGHTS UNDER YOUR PANTS at all times in the winter"

This. So much this.

Judith Slutler

@Faintly Macabre Just agreeing with you on the ACTUAL wool. Plus, a lot of leather boots can be waterproofed really well by regularly putting beeswax stuff and waterproofing spray on them! (note to self, do this to yr Docs this weekend)

apples and oranges

@thisisunclear I reallyyy want to hear the story about being stuck in a seminary..

Blushingflwr

@KatieBarTheDoor Layers are really the key. You can wear long underwear under nice pants (not just jeans). One of the reasons layers are key is not just because they keep you warmer, but because they mean you can regulate if you get somewhere where there's too much heat. Some of the buildings on my college campus (in upstate NY, where we used to cut through buildings to get from a to b, even if it was a longer route, because it was warm) were notoriously over-heated, and it was great to be able to take off your sweater.

Waterproof boots, a coat that goes to at least your knees (especially if you're going to do a lot of walking). Mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves will, but gloves are more useful for doing things. I hate wearing hats and I only do it if it's REALLY cold because a) I lose them b) I have a lot of hair and it keeps my head warm and c) my headphones usually keep my ears warm enough (though I am considering trying to make a hat that I can loop them through). Having said that, you do need a way to keep your ears warm. I also find that my nose gets cold, so I am a fan of scarves that are soft, because then you can wrap them around your face (I also wrap my scarf around my whole head/face for warmth when I need to).

martinipie

@Blushingflwr Girl we are on the same page...and I have to ask if your overheated NY campus was the same as mine, namely, Bard College?

oboe-d-amore

@Blushingflwr Oh, yes, I recommend buying either real long underwear or some silky leggings, the kind they sell at Forever 21, etc, to wear under trousers. I definitely wear tights or leggings under my dress pants while performing in cold places (cough England cough lack of sufficient heating in churches)

the angry little raincloud

@thisisunclear (and other people vouching for the awesomeness of the boots): This is what I wanted to hear. I'm buying the LLBean boots! (My mom asked if I needed winter boots, and offered to buy me some for the holidays. [My mom might still think I am 12 years old. Whatever. I will not turn down mom-funded shoe shopping].) I was reluctant, but damn it, that's a damn good price for something that usually isn't discounted.

And, many, many thanks to Edith for posting this. I would have never checked the LLBean site today and would have missed the fabulous deal. I owe you a drink! (Or, I guess, my mom does...)

Blushingflwr

@martinipie No, though I did get accepted there! Alfred University, so the other side of the state.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@KatieBarTheDoor Everything everyone has said is really good advice; all I can add is that wool is a godsend, and doesn't ever have to be itchy or uncomfortable. Hell, I wear Smartwool underwear and it is glorious. It's all about temperature regulation through layers. And be kind to your feet: even if you think the boots are clunky and whatever, as long as you still have toes at the end of winter, you're gold.

Blushingflwr

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Yep. I'd rather look ridiculous but be warm than be chic and cold.

Sunny Schomaker

@KatieBarTheDoor I cannot stress enough the importance of knee socks, particularly in that in-between time where long underwear/leggings under jeans will be too sweaty.

thisisunclear

@kangerine All I can say is it involved rogue deer, a giant crucifixion scene, a lot of trail mix, and a forced camp-out in the Notre Dame student center. Blizzards!

KatieBarTheDoor

Thank you, everyone! I'm sure there will be an adjustment period, but I now feel that this challenge is surmountable.

Hellcat

@polka dots vs stripes Where does one find fleece tights in person? I see them online but no luck in any of the places I normally shop. I want to pick some up in a store before doing my standard "Well, I'm paying for shipping anyway--I'll take six!" routine.

polka dots vs stripes

@Hellcat Marshall's! At least, that's where I got my $6 Chinese Laundry ones....they had better quality ones too, if CL is not your thing.

Hellcat

@polka dots vs stripes Oh, fabulous--thanks! There's one very close to my office. I just have to manage to not wander into the big giant DSW right next door because, come on now, me--stop being so spendy already!

BattyRabbit

The LL Bean boots are still too expensive for me but uuuuugh how I love them and how they taunt me.

charlesbois

@BattyRabbit but they will last FOREVER! Think of it as an investment. If they last 10 years, you've only spent $12.50 per year!

I say this because I have some and I love them, even if they are not so great for my plantar fasciitis.

fondue with cheddar

@charlesbois They do but it depends how you use them. If you do a lot of squatting or kneeling the boots will crack where they crease. That used to happen to my dad's employees, but they wore them a lot and squatted or knelt to get a closer look at the grass many times a day, 5 days a week. He usually had to buy them new boots every year. But for normal use they're wonderful, indeed!

calamity

Clicked through to Food52 thanks to my goat cheese obsession, but ended up buying an iPad stand + sleeves set for my tech- and food-obsessed father!! And saved $4, thanks to that code.

I still might go back for the goat cheese kit for myself ... anyone know where I might buy the goat milk that the kit requires? Is Whole Foods a good bet?

Heat Signature

Ironically, people who live in Maine generally can't afford to buy Bean boots.

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