• Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"

    By Nick on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    ​Often described as a “National Treasure,” the Chesapeake Bay provides water for more than 17 million people. But every day, the Bay also feels the effects of those 17 million people, each of whom live on land that drains into the Bay. At Dansko, we take pride in partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), a nonprofit organization that strives to “Save the Bay” through education, advocacy, litigation and restoration, to improve the health of such an important body of water.

    So, as caring shoe people, how do we help “Save the Bay?”

    Every summer, a team of Dansko volunteers excitedly heads south to Annapolis, Maryland, to restore oyster gardens in the Chesapeake Bay. This year, our volunteers had the opportunity to get wet—and experience oyster restoration first-hand. 
     
    Our journey began in CBF’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a worldwide model for energy efficiency, high performance and water conservation. A brief introduction prepared our volunteers for a day aboard the Marguerite, one of CBF’s most advanced research boats. Before long, our volunteers had jumped into the water and begun diving for oysters located in a vulnerable part of the bay, filling bucket after bucket with shelled creatures.

    After collecting thousands of oysters, we headed for a safer portion of the bay, where we relocated our oysters in an “oyster garden” for healthy development. CBF will later use our “catch” to replenish the Bay’s declining population of oysters, ultimately restoring a vital habitat for fish and other species. 
     
    Our influential (and incredibly fun) project got us thinking: How can others “Save the Bay” in their community, whether they live near an ocean, lake or stream? We asked the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that very same question; check out their practical tips below!

    1. Know your watershed—and share its importance! If you don’t know which watershed you live in, search the internet or take a walk to your local creek. This body of water provides all the water you use in your home. But remember—your actions, and the actions of your community, impact water quality! Stay informed and help others do the same.

    2. Become an informed voter. As an individual, you have the power to take action by voting for thoughtful and responsible land use and conservation policies. When informed voters “flex their political muscle” on behalf of the environment, change happens! 

    3. Buy local foods. Most of the food you eat travels 1,300 miles before arriving on your plate. By purchasing food grown on local farms, you can help reduce air pollution, ultimately developing a cleaner, healthier watershed.  

    4. Minimize your use of household chemicals. Substitute all-purpose cleaners with baking soda or borax and hot water for everyday cleaning. Natural products reduce toxic chemicals in wastewater, providing a perfect alternative for scrubbing toilets, washing dishes and cleaning counters. 

    5. Plant a Tree. In addition to providing the atmosphere with oxygen, trees hold soil in place with their roots, preventing erosion that may run into your watershed. Check out our step-by-step guide to planting a tree—and then make difference in your own yard!

    Whether you decide to shop locally, vote responsibly or plant a brand-new tree, we encourage you to adopt these practices. For more information, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at cbf.org.
     
    While our team dove "head first" into the Bay, CBF filmed our restoration efforts. Check out their video below--and listen as Bart Jaeger, Discovery Program Manager, shares the highlights of our volunteer proejct.   
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  • The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?

    By Nick on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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    ​Forever aiming to achieve fabulous style identities, New York City fashionistas Valerie and Jean take pride in standing out in a crowd. But instead of targeting specific styles, or adopting the newest trends, the pair focuses on allowing their personalities to shape the way they look. 

    “A desire to enjoy life inspires my individual sense of style,” said Jean, who, along with Valerie, co-writes a blog entitled Idiosyncratic Fashionistas. “I look up to personal style icons like Nancy Cunard and Georgia O’Keefe—but I admire their strength of character more than their personal looks.” 

    For Valerie, who conveys a “graphic, textural and architectural” style, fashion represents an opportunity to express individuality: “Wearing clothes is like inhaling a bouquet of flowers,” she responded. “When people react to what we’re wearing, they look like they’re inhaling the same bouquet.”

    In late 2013, a celebrity editor for prominent fashion website Stylecaster noticed Valerie and Jean’s unconventional sense of style. He later listed the dynamic duo in his annual “50 Most Stylish New Yorkers” feature (see slide 45), describing Valerie and Jean as “two of the most fashionable women he’d ever met.” In Valerie’s words, Cain smelled their bouquet.

    But for the stylish pair, achieving an identity in the “fashion capital of the world” requires a strong sense of self-awareness. Jean believes aspiring fashionistas must know who they are and what they want to look like—and then, they need to laugh. “When people look at me, I hope they see confidence with a sense of humor,” she continued. “After all, dressing should be fun.”

    Valerie encourages women to practice patience from start to finish: “Start simply and make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself” she said. “Just like cooking, you should slowly add to your style. But remember—nobody gets it overnight!”

    Jean and Valerie navigate New York’s busy streets on a daily basis, all the while donning their fabulous outfits. But admittedly, they couldn’t do so without supportive, comfortable shoes. 

    “Details count!” said Valerie, offering final words of advice. “You CAN find shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. Take the time—you’ll be glad you did.”

    Jean, who prefers to paint, sticker and add platform heels to her Dansko clogs, also believes in the power of comfort and style: “I have worn Dansko for decades,” she began. “I do a lot of walking and my feet never, ever hurt!” 

    We love the confidence, sense of style and personalities of these remarkable women.

    “Cunard and O’Keefe were not interested in looking like everybody else,” Jean concluded. “They looked like who THEY were, and that worked for them.” 

    [Photo Credit: The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas]


     

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Practice in Posture, A Seated Guide to Meditation

    By Mindful Magazine on Friday, July 11, 2014

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    Meditation is not all in your mind. In fact, it begins and ends in the body.

    When we think about meditating, we often get distracted by our own thoughts. So in this post, we are going to do something about what’s happening in our heads.
     
    Meditation involves taking the time to pay attention to where we are and what’s going on, and that starts with being aware of our body. That very act can be calming, since our body has internal rhythms that help it relax—if we give it a chance.
     
    Here’s a posture practice that can be used to begin a longer meditation practice, or perhaps a practice to help stabilize and relax before carrying on with the rest of your day.
     
    TIME: 3 to 5 minutes
     
    1. Take your seat. Whatever you’re sitting on—a chair, meditation cushion, or park bench—find a spot that gives you a stable, solid seat, not perching or hanging back.
     
    2. If on a cushion or on the floor, cross your legs comfortably in front of you (If you already do some kind of seated yoga posture, go ahead). If on a chair, make sure the bottoms of your feet are touching the floor.
     
    3. Straighten—but don’t stiffen—your upper body. The spine has a natural curvature. Let it be there. Your head and shoulders can comfortably rest on top of your vertebrae.
     
    4. Situate your upper arms parallel to your upper body. Then let your hands drop onto the tops of your legs. With your upper arms at your sides, your hands will land in the right spot. Too far forward will make you hunch. Too far back will make you stiff. You’re tuning the strings of your body—not too tight and not too loose.
     
    5. Drop your chin a little and let your gaze fall gently downward. You may let your eyelids lower. If you feel the need, you may lower them completely, but it’s not necessary to close your eyes when meditating. You can simply let what appears before your eyes be there without focusing on it.
     
    6. Stay there for a few moments. Relax. Now get up and go about your day.
     
    - Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine Editor-in-Chief
     
    Mindful will return in August with their third guest post. In the meantime, visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format.

     

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  • Fran’s Four Fabulous and Functional Summer Hairstyles

    By Meghan on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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    ​Earlier this year, acclaimed Seattle style blogger Dana Landon published a photo of a hairstylist wearing Dansko boots—a pair she described as “clear winners.” The photo first appeared on Dana’s blog, then made its way to the Seattle Times, and was later featured on Word of Foot. The stylist, Fran Connolly, just so happens to don Dansko shoes on a regular basis, navigating Seattle’s bustling streets in comfort and style.

    We recently connected with Fran to discuss "four fabulous and functional summer hairstyles,” each with a unique (yet easy-to-master) set of instructions. Which stylish look will you try this summer?

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      The Bohemian Bun

      Products: Dry Shampoo, Flat Hair Brush, Hair Tie
       
      Prep: After texturizing your hair with dry shampoo, form a high ponytail with your flat brush. When you would normally leave the ponytail, wrap your hair in a bun and secure with a strong hair tie. Use your hands to pull and tease your hair out of place, completing a fun and stylish pulled-back look.
       
      Place: Weekend brunch with friends
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      The Knotted Bun

      Products: Dry Shampoo, Comb, Magic Pins
       
      Prep: Start by lightly spraying your hair with dry shampoo. Then use your comb to part your hair down the center. Knot your hair until none remains, using magic pins to set your hair in place. To ensure that your pins hold firm, place them into the bun and then push up, grabbing a bit of hair from outside the bun. Then pull all of your hair back into the bun, guaranteeing a snug hold.
       
      Place: Casual summer wedding
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      The Bohemian Wrap Around  

      Products: Dry Shampoo, Comb, Bobby Pins, Magic Pins
       
      Prep: Spray your hair with dry shampoo and rub throughout, stopping when you have an “out of control” look. Then part your hair down the center with a comb. Lightly wrap your hair around the perimeter of your hairline until you reach the middle; continue to twist tightly. Once both ends meet in the middle of the part on the back of your head, pin the remaining hair against the back of the original twist.
       
      Place: Romantic date night
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      The Twisted Bun  

      Products: Dry Shampoo, Pomade, Elastic Bands, Bobby Pins
       

      Prep: Part your hair down the center with a comb, and then spray with dry shampoo. Create two twisted ponytails, one on either side of the part, and secure with elastic bands. Place a dab of pomade on the ends of the tails for a clean finish. Then, begin weaving your hair so that it hides the origin of each ponytail—and hides any elastic bands. Finally, use bobby pins to set hair in place, check the placement of your bun in the mirror, and enjoy your simple new style. 

      Place: Day at the office  

      Whether you try the casual knotted bun, elegant bohemian wrap around or any of Fran’s other beautiful styles, we hope you uncover an all-new do for your summer routine.
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  • 10 Summer Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes

    By Nick on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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      1. Visit a local fair: Research a summer fair close to your home and experience an evening of high-flying rides and pop-up games. Set your sights on a grand prize—and keep playing until you win!

      On Your Feet: Sheri
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      2. Catch fireflies at night: Step outside and search the summer sky for fireflies. Once you catch your well-lit bug, place it in a mason jar, punch holes in the lid and watch as it lights up the night sky—all before you say goodbye and release your bug back into the air.  

      On Your Feet: Jameson

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      3. Play miniature golf: Pick up a putter and challenge your friends to a round of mini golf. Create make-believe awards for everyone involved, from “most inventive shot” to “most patient putter.”

      On Your Feet: Iris
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      4. Host a barbecue: Gather your closest friends, create a delicious menu, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the sun. For drinks, surprise your guests with a sweet summer cocktail—like Jeffrey Morgenthaler's “East of Eden.”

      On Your Feet: Fern
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      5. Go to a baseball game: Visit the Major Leagues, Minor Leagues or Little Leagues and experience the thrill of summer baseball. Before you buy tickets, pick up a baseball cap to make your fanhood official. 

      On Your Feet: Dana
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      6. Attend an outdoor concert: Pack a picnic, jump in the car, and soak in the sounds of an outdoor concert. For an unexpected twist, seek out a brand-new band or an unfamiliar genre.

      On Your Feet: Professional Clog

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      7. Pick peaches: Walk your local orchard in search of lush, orange peaches. Once you’ve filled your box, and eaten your share, make a sweet summer recipe—like grilled peaches with blackberry basil butter.  

      On Your Feet: ProXP
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      8. Walk the boardwalk: Stroll down the boards of a beachside boardwalk and delight in summer’s warm breezes and fragrant air. On your walk, pick out the best beachside food, from savory clams to brick-oven pizza.

      On Your Feet: Shayla
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      9. Visit the zoo: Spend a day hanging with the giraffes, monkeys and elephants, and explore an entire community of well-known (and unknown) animals. Make sure to make a stop at the petting zoo, too, to get up close and personal with the zoo’s most interesting attractions.

      On Your Feet: Elise
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      10. Watch a drive-in movie: Take the entertainment outside this summer and locate an outdoor movie theater. Pick a film, grab your popcorn and watch away.

      On Your Feet: Janie
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