I remember my Freshman year of high school (in 1994 to be exact - gulp!) when there were a few key staples I needed in order to fit in: A GAP denim jacket, Doc Marten footwear, flannel shirts, a metallic silver Eddie Bauer down jacket and an Eddie Bauer backpack. (Did I mention that I lived on the Eastside of Seattle so "grunge" was in full effect?) Well of course like any 13-year old I forced my parents to get majority of these things - especially the Eddie Bauer backpack. It seemed like every 4 out of 5 girls had them. If you had an Eddie Bauer backpack or even more, the puffy down jacket - you were making a statement. There was a sense of pride owning Eddie Bauer gear, not only cause it was cool to have something from the store, but also because it was a retailer that was founded in Seattle and really embodied what the Pacific Northwest is all about.
As you can see, Eddie Bauer is a little nostalgic for me. It brings me back to a time where the only worry I had was what I was going to wear to school (oh wait I do that now, but to work instead) and making sure I got a ride to school the next day. So when Eddie Bauer hosted their Blogger Day event last week to showcase some items from their Holiday collection, I was glad to have an opportunity to re-acquaint myself with a brand that brings back so many memories. With my good friend Rachel in tow - I was ready to take a trip down memory lane.
The memories of living in the PacNW came rushing through as soon as I saw the various plaid patterns, thick wool sweaters and mandatory snow gear. Eddie Bauer's Holiday collection is filled with everything all outdoor enthusiasts, or those who aspire to look like one should have, including this Four-Pocket Leather Military Down, French Terry Jaspe Pants and of course my personal favorite - the coveted Pendleton Jacket. You don't have to be lounging in a log cabin in the middle of the woods or defrosting from a day on the slopes because the cozy Holiday wear will immediately make you feel like you're already there without even leaving the comfort of your home. In my case, it whisked me back home to Seattle.
Rachel and I wandered throughout the store sifting through the rack of Winter goodies, catching up (and meeting) with some of my favorite bloggers and checking out how others styled the current collection on model Jade who was on-sight to showcase outfits we put together. Raijean styled the look below and I'll definitely be returning to the store soon to replicate it.
In the end, gallivanting through the store made me feel like I was 13 again, but more importantly it made me realize that I'm ill prepared for this upcoming Winter season. You can guarantee that I put that Pendleton Jacket on my wish list this Christmas and I can't wait to visit again to stock up on must haves as temperatures drop. For more pictures from Eddie Bauer Blogger Day check out my Facebook page.
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*Thank you to Lainee and the team at Eddie Bauer for not only hosting this event, but helping me remember so many things I love (and miss) about the Pacific Northwest.