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L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary

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This year L.L. Bean turns 100 years old.  Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one room operation, selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe, which it it still sells today.  Here at MSLO, we have been fans of L.L. Bean products for a long time. Their products are rigorously tested and guaranteed to last.  Plus, they ship for free.  I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorites here and if you're in Maine, you must visit the retail store campus in Freeport.

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The shoe that started it all.  This is an updated version of the original made in waxed canvas from L.L. Bean Signature.

1 The shoe that started it all. This is an updated version of the original made in waxed canvas from L.L. Bean Signature.

I also love the Hunter's Tote Bag in black.  It's so chic and would look great with a monochromatic monogram.

2 I also love the Hunter's Tote Bag in black. It's so chic and would look great with a monochromatic monogram.

In honor of its 100th anniversary, L.L. Bean is offering select anniversary edition products.  These snowshoes are great.

3 In honor of its 100th anniversary, L.L. Bean is offering select anniversary edition products. These snowshoes are great.

The anniversary edition canoe by Old Town is so beautiful.  Only 10 of them are being made.

4 The anniversary edition canoe by Old Town is so beautiful. Only 10 of them are being made.

This Classic Swiss Army knife is made from reclaimed Swiss walnut for this 100th anniversary edition and features the anniversary logo.

5 This Classic Swiss Army knife is made from reclaimed Swiss walnut for this 100th anniversary edition and features the anniversary logo.

Another great tool from L.L. Bean, the Leatherman Wave.  It's a compact multitool.  I know many of the stylists here at MSLO keep them in their tool kits.  So handy.

6 Another great tool from L.L. Bean, the Leatherman Wave. It's a compact multitool. I know many of the stylists here at MSLO keep them in their tool kits. So handy.

The Rolla Roaster Hot Dog Forks are great for marshmallows too.  They have a rotisserie knob for 360 degree browning.

7 The Rolla Roaster Hot Dog Forks are great for marshmallows too. They have a rotisserie knob for 360 degree browning.

Discovery Binoculars are compact and perfect for viewing nature.

8 Discovery Binoculars are compact and perfect for viewing nature.

The Trailblazer Walking Light is a super bright LED that illuminates your path at night.  It also has a red blinking light on the back so that you're easily seen.

9 The Trailblazer Walking Light is a super bright LED that illuminates your path at night. It also has a red blinking light on the back so that you're easily seen.

This solar flashlight will provide 12 hours of light from an 8 hour charge and is waterproof to 80 feet.

10 This solar flashlight will provide 12 hours of light from an 8 hour charge and is waterproof to 80 feet.

The Solio Bolt Solar Charger will charge virtually any device that has a USB port and it looks really cool too.

11 The Solio Bolt Solar Charger will charge virtually any device that has a USB port and it looks really cool too.

Although the northeast winter has been mild this year, the snow castle/snowball maker set would be lots of fun with some snow.

12 Although the northeast winter has been mild this year, the snow castle/snowball maker set would be lots of fun with some snow.

The Slope Slider is an updated version of the classic saucer sled. The bright colors are great.

13 The Slope Slider is an updated version of the classic saucer sled. The bright colors are great.

Bean's classic toboggan is fun for the whole family.

14 Bean's classic toboggan is fun for the whole family.

I love all kind of games.  L.L. Bean offers the vintage board games of Backgammon, Checkers, Parcheesi and Chinese Checkers individually or as a set of four.  They would make great hostess gifts.

15 I love all kind of games. L.L. Bean offers the vintage board games of Backgammon, Checkers, Parcheesi and Chinese Checkers individually or as a set of four. They would make great hostess gifts.

Another great gift idea. Hometown Puzzle is a custom made puzzle centered on any US Postal address.  It's made with a real US Geological Survey map showing main roads, buildings, contour lines and vegetation.

16 Another great gift idea. Hometown Puzzle is a custom made puzzle centered on any US Postal address. It's made with a real US Geological Survey map showing main roads, buildings, contour lines and vegetation.

Bean's croquet set is the perfect lawn game for all ages.

17 Bean's croquet set is the perfect lawn game for all ages.

After a day of playing games, who wouldn't want to relax in a classic cotton hammock.

18 After a day of playing games, who wouldn't want to relax in a classic cotton hammock.

Keep food and drinks ice cold in this Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler.  It will keep ice frozen for up to three days in 100 degrees!

19 Keep food and drinks ice cold in this Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler. It will keep ice frozen for up to three days in 100 degrees!

E. Dehillerin French Kitchen culture in Paris

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While in Paris I was able to visit the famed E.Dehillerin kitchen store. Wow! What an inspiring place.  Famous for its range of copper casserole, E. Dehillerin has been around since 1820 and is Paris' most famous cookshop. Have a look at my pictures:

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E. Dehillerin Paris

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Tartelette pans of every sort. I love the glossary set-up.

3 Tartelette pans of every sort. I love the glossary set-up.

These tart pans almost look like modern art.

4 These tart pans almost look like modern art.

Pastry tips galore.

5 Pastry tips galore.

What an amazing wall of copper!!

6 What an amazing wall of copper!!

Whisks anyone?

7 Whisks anyone?

Can you believe these are rolling pins.

8 Can you believe these are rolling pins.

Such a great type face.

9 Such a great type face.

This packaging reminds me of wrapping I have seen in Japan.

10 This packaging reminds me of wrapping I have seen in Japan.

I love the architecture of this plate display rack.

11 I love the architecture of this plate display rack.

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The famous Madeleines of Paris.

13 The famous Madeleines of Paris.

If you need to know the price of something check here.

14 If you need to know the price of something check here.

I was blown away by the array of plastic food storage.

15 I was blown away by the array of plastic food storage.

here is part of their window display

16 here is part of their window display

Everything is covered in plastic to stay clean.

17 Everything is covered in plastic to stay clean.

Entry down to the basement.

18 Entry down to the basement.

I have now developed a passion for copper pots.

19 I have now developed a passion for copper pots.

The curved stairs are so beautiful.

20 The curved stairs are so beautiful.

Guess what this is... a pomme frites machine.

21 Guess what this is... a pomme frites machine.

E. DEHILLERIN — Expert in kitchen and pastry tools and cookware

18 et 20, rue Coquillière - 51, rue Jean- Jacques Rousseau - 75001 PARIS
Phone: +33 1 42 36 53 13 - Fax: +33 1 42 36 54 80
Email:
info@e-dehillerin.fr

Click here to see their website

My New Stationery

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Back in November, I wrote a post about my visit to the renown stationery shop Mrs. John L. Strong to purchase personalized stationery. The note cards finally arrived! Lucky for me, the shipment came in time for me to write heartfelt thank you notes to my friends and family for their generosity over the holidays. Take a look at the final product below.

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The box was almost too beautiful to open.

1 The box was almost too beautiful to open.

I love the shop's stately insignia.

2 I love the shop's stately insignia.

It felt like Christmas came twice this year. Didn't the cards turn out well?

3 It felt like Christmas came twice this year. Didn't the cards turn out well?

Here is a close-up view. I can't wait to start using them!

4 Here is a close-up view. I can't wait to start using them!