• The Essential Guide to your Fourth of July Tablescape

    By Meghan on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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    ​This summer, showcase your party-planning passion with a jubilant tablescape, ready for a memorable Fourth of July celebration. From American flag pennants to decorative fireworks, and from strawberry and blueberry shortcake to watermelon hors d’oeuvres, turn your Independence Day into a fun and festive bash.

    How, you may ask?

    For starters, we recommend pairing your favorite summer outfit with a pair of sandals from our Vista collection, complete with a cork footbed, adjustable uppers and countless color options (like red crackle, ivory, and blue). While decorating, cooking and entertaining your guests, you will experience all-day comfort and support, made possible by our long-wearing Vista sandals.
     
    Once you’re dressed for the big day, jump into action by setting your table. Below, we offer a few decorating tips to help you along in the process. But don’t take our word for it—find your table and decorate away!
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      Mix patterns and shapes
      On Independence Day, stars and stripes cover anything from tabletop decorations to summer t-shirts. So why not mix up your palette with an assortment of red, white and blue patterns—like polka dot or plaid? The result: a Fourth of July tablescape with a bold, eclectic flavor.

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      Add a vintage touch 
      Sort through your attic—or your local flea market—for antique decorations with a summer flair. We’re talking old soda bottles, wooden milk crates, worn-out baseballs, vintage mason jars and other fun novelty items. Pair your classic decorations with modern tableware for a perfectly-balanced display.

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      Uncover your inner crafter
      Think like an artist and turn simple decorations into creative summer staples. Paint thick, solid stripes on a traditional tin vase; turn patterned scrapbook paper into playful pinwheels; or use fun buttons and letters to create hanging pennants. Regardless of your craft, delight in the accomplishment of attractive (and festive) homemade decorations. 

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      Incorporate subtle summer flowers
      To counter your red, white and blue color scheme, handpick a bouquet of simple-yet-elegant summer flowers, including daisies, hydrangea, lilacs, assorted greens and other light-colored fillers. Your bouquet will radiate refreshing summer colors, creating beautiful symmetry with your bright and bold decorations.

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      Decorate with food
      While decorations play a pivotal role in bringing your table to life, no party is complete without delicious summer food. Add festive hors d'oeuvres to your Independence Day display by making a flag design out of cheese, watermelon and blueberries. Or, for a savory twist, toss a salad with goat cheese, strawberries and blueberries. 


      Whether you go utterly classic, completely modern or somewhere in-between, we encourage you to make the most of your Fourth of July party. Plan well, work hard, and have tons of fun—all the while sporting your comfy Vista sandals. Happy Independence Day!

       

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  • Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage

    By Meghan on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    From distressed leather to sterling silver, and from styles of yesteryear to today’s looks, we have the vintage trend covered. Check out our favorites by following the links below:

    1. Pendant Necklace: A brilliant turquoise and sterling silver pendant elevates this handcrafted necklace into a stylish wardrobe staple.    
    From: TheLostTreasure
     
    2. Brass Bangle Bracelet: This clean and crisp bangle bracelet features a hole-punch design and classic brass finish, ready to impress fashionable friends from every generation.
    From: alchemievintage
     
    3. Weekender Bag: With a rich cognac color, large buckle pocket and distressed details, this weekender bag represents the very best of the 1970s.
    From: alchemievintage
     
    4. Dansko Dana: Dana, a huarache sandal with heritage roots, adds a versatile metallic pallette to your classic summer style.  
    From: Dansko

     

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  • A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine

    By Mindful Magazine on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    We’re excited to introduce Mindful Magazine, a publication that celebrates mindfulness in all aspects of daily living, as our all-new guest bloggers. Mindful will be sharing relevant tips and inspirational features on a monthly basis, offering insight into a simpler, more peaceful way of living. Join us—and see firsthand how mindfulness can impact your everyday life.  

    We hear the word “mindfulness” a lot these days. 2014 has even been called The Year of Mindful Living. What exactly are people talking about?

    Mindfulness. It's a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, though we so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. And that makes us anxious.
     

    Yet no matter how far we drift away, mindfulness is right there to snap us back to where we are and what we’re doing and feeling.

    If you want to know what mindfulness is, it’s best to try it for a while. Since it’s hard to nail down in words, you will find slight variations in the meaning in books, websites, audio, and video. Here’s an all-purpose definition that treats mindfulness as a quality that every human being already possesses, rather than something we have to conjure up:
     

    Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

    While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques, particularly seated, walking, standing, and moving meditation (it’s also possible lying down but often leads to sleep); short pauses we insert into everyday life; and merging meditation practice with other activities, such as yoga or sports. When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being.
     
    Mindfulness meditation gives us a time in our lives when we can suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness—to ourselves and others.
     
    - Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine Editor-in-Chief
     
    Mindful will return in July with their second 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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  • A Woman of Many Titles: Q&A with Image Consultant Michele Gustafson

    By Meghan on Thursday, June 05, 2014

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    ​From image consultant to motivational speaker to confidence coach and even to loving wife and mother, full-time entrepreneur Michele Gustafson carries many titles. No day looks the same for Gustafson, who is also an author, marketing professional and branding champion…Oh my!

    Recently, when a client requested a wardrobe makeover, the style expert put on her “image consultant hat.” Gustafson immediately went to work selecting on-trend pieces for her client’s closet, including patterned blouses, a leather jacket and skinny jeans. When it came to footwear, Gustafson recommended Dana from the Pasadena collection—a sandal that flawlessly matched her client’s “romantic and bohemian” style.
     
    We caught up with Gustafson to discuss her eclectic career—and learn more about her Dansko recommendation.

    Q: Because you wear so many hats in your professional career, what does your day-to-day look like? 
    A: I am an entrepreneur who works from home and balances client appointments with life as a wife and mom. My mornings and early afternoons are filled with client and charity meetings, while my afternoon is spent welcoming my daughter home and preparing fresh meals.

    Q: What does your motto “giving confidence away” mean to you and your clients?
    A: This motto just came to me one day when I was trying narrow down all that my job entails. My clients are all transitioning into a better version of themselves, and my job is to walk them through the process of finding the best in themselves.
     
    Q: Would you be willing to share your favorite client “success story?”
    A: I once consulted a professional who wanted to define and refine her style while moving away from the boring stereotype that surrounds her profession. She found out her natural and personal expression could be displayed through clothing—and she looked anything but boring. Those inner-revelations make the best success stories!

    Q: In your recent Polyvore collage, you featured our Dana sandal (thanks!). Why did Dana fit the bill?
    A: The Dana sandal was perfect for this client because she needed supportive footwear. She has a number of Dansko pairs already and, because I try to work with brands that already suit my clients' needs, I wanted to give her a style that would simply update her wardrobe. 

    Q: How do you determine which styles will work for each client?
    A: I work with a defined process of discovery. We explore the best colors, body type and style profile for each client, and then start auditing her wardrobe. The client from my collage expressed herself best in classic lines and shapes but likes to add Bohemian and Romantic elements to her outfit.  Dana fit her style profile—and her need for comfort!
     
    Q: How would you describe your own style?
    A: I’m a dramatic-eclectic type. I find something dramatic in every outfit—color, pattern or scale—and pair it with classic and urban styles. I am an artist at heart and a solution-finder by practice, so that mix helps me style wardrobes for clients.

    Q: How has your book Angel in Your Heart benefitted your ability to reach women, children and families?
    A: My book was a "heart-project" written for my daughter.  Having lost my father in my early twenties, I knew I wanted to pass on what he taught me about faith, confidence and trust in myself. Sharing my book’s message has opened the door to help parents and children feel good about discussing life's hopes and dreams.

    Q: What advice would you offer to those looking for a confidence boost?
    A: Start by looking inside yourself and asking the question "who am I really?" You can answer this question with many types of personal journeys - a new exercise routine, weekend sabbatical, art class, or even consultation with an image consultant. Then note where your revelations happen, and try to apply them to your current situation. The result: instant confidence!
     
    To learn more about Michele's journey, and to discover new methods for instilling confidence, visit MicheleCharlesGustafson.com.

     

    [Photo Credit: Michele Gustafson] 

     

     

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  • Trend Alert: Your Complete Guide to Normcore

    By Meghan on Monday, June 02, 2014

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    ​As fashion trends from the past continue to influence the present, an all-new (yet all-old) fashion movement has arisen: “Normcore,” or “the new normal.” The trend, driven by comfort-seekers, taps into the fashion scene from the late 80s and early 90s, marking the return of elastic-waist sweatpants, plain white undershirts and graphic sweatshirts. According to fashion experts, it represents a quest for freedom and simplicity in one's dress; no longer wanting to be defined by one specific style.

    This desire for individuality has contributed to the rise of “Normcorers,” or people who refuse to fit into a pre-determined mold. The trend has also resulted in a renewed sense of nostalgia, as people attempt to rediscover the styles they grew up wearing.

    As we consider this trend—with its vintage flair, obsession with comfort and simple style—we love seeing our Professional clog in the Normcore mix. The Gloss, a fashion website that “aims to bring style and substance together,” recently published an article that answered common questions about the up-and-coming trend. The piece featured our Black Cabrio Professional clog, a shoe that embodies comfort, simplicity and style.

    So, what nostalgic items will you don with your Dansko shoes? Below, we share a few Normcore essentials, from aviator sunglasses to v-neck tees. Create your own outfit—and relive the 80s, 90s and beyond!

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      For a quintessential Normcore look, start with a minimalistic, solid color sweatshirt. Then add a pair of casual boyfriend jeans, a practical tote bag and iconic aviator sunglasses, all perfect complements to our Professional clog.

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      An essential v-neck tee pairs well with jean shorts and wayfarer sunglasses, while a vintage leather backpack adds sensible style without sacrificing functionality. Finally, feel the wind between your toes with our classic Sophie sandal, an ideal finish to your comfortable (yet oh-so-stylish) Normcore look.

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