• A Moment for Mindfulness: Holiday Party Planning

    By Mindful Magazine on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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    The holidays can be both a joyful and chaotic time of year. Families get together—a lovely experience, but when we’re hosting relatives and coordinating gift exchanges, a sense of obligation can crowd out some of our jollier feelings. There’s often so much doing that we don’t make time for being together.
    Here are a few simple ways you can mindfully plan your holidays and spread feelings of kindness and compassion liberally this season:
    Have A Mindful Potluck
    Cutting down on cooking is not a cop out. Extending the invitation to family and friends to bring their favorite recipes into your home is a great conversation starter—after all, we all have a few recipes passed down to us from our grandparents. Potlucks also cut down on worries you might have about guests not enjoying the food. You can extend your generosity a bit further by coordinating your potluck with the fundraising efforts of local food organizations.
    Dodge The Dogfights
    Getting together with relatives can be a real joy, but it can also create many challenges. There are lots of unspoken expectations about the holidays. And sometimes when we visit relatives, we feel like we’re a teenager again and not an adult. And the personalities! When with family, stick to topics you can all agree on. 
    Have A Gift-Light Holiday
    For some of us, giving gifts is as essential as the star on the top of the tree. But the stress of looking for the right “thing” can eclipse actually seeing and talking to the people we’re buying for. Happiness can’t be wrapped up in a bow. Instead of obsessing over what to get someone, consider that the perfect gift might be your presence. You can also give a gift as a family: do some volunteer work together, or take some time at the year’s end to send donations to organizations you care about. 

    By practicing a few of these quick-and-simple suggestions, you can make the most of your family time—and holiday time—this winter.
    Visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format. Happy holidays!
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  • Five Looks for the Holiday Season

    By Christy on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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    ​Ahead of family get-togethers, all-day errands and “the most wonderful time of the year,” we offer five chic looks for the holiday season. Take a look below:

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      The Party Hopper. This time of year, invitations to holiday parties arrive by the bunch. Laugh, eat, mingle and play with a perfect blend of style and comfort. 

      The Look: Colorful-yet-subtle cropped pants, paired with a solid cashmere sweater and a layered necklace, create a fashionable (and functional) holiday outfit.  
      The Shoe: Pretty, polished and ready for everyday demands, our Bonita ankle boot, complete with an easy on/off back zipper and a fashionable ankle cutout, raises the bar on the style without sacrificing comfort.


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      ​The Coffee Shop Enthusiast. From festive peppermint mochas to classic hazelnut roasts, coffee shop trips serve as a holiday staple. Set yourself up for dozens of compliments with a casually-chic winter outfit.

      The Look: Cuffed jeans serve as the perfect base for a delightful layered look. On top, add a traditional oxford button-down, a neutral striped sweater and a coordinating buttoned jacket.
      The Shoe: Experience our trimmed-and-tailored Oksana flat, a shoe that outlasts the busiest of days. A memory foam footbed delivers all-day comfort, while a decorative band offers a feminine touch.


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      The Casual Champion. Present buying, food shopping, errand running—the holidays have a knack for building busy agendas. Why not look your best while on the run?

      The Look: Grab your comfiest, coziest crew-neck sweatshirt and a pair of brightly-colored pants for a cheerful pop of color. Your simple ensemble will make a statement from the supermarket to the shoe store.    

      The Shoe: For comfort with a can-do attitude, step into Sabrina, our supportive, stylish, active-casual sneaker with soft suede uppers and a slip resistant outsole.

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      ​The Holiday Explorer. Whether visiting faraway family or nearby friends, the holidays offer the perfect excuse to explore a new town, city or country. Embark on the journey in comfort and style.

      The Look: Start with a pair of skimmer khakis in classic tan, and then add a touch of color with a button-down sweater in heathered plum. Finish the look with a quilted vest—left open, of course.
      The Shoe: Designed with versatility in mind, our Allison mule features a floral embossed upper and a soft, cushioned ride, offering a go-to shoe for everyday travels. 


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      The Girl Who’s Ready for Anything. Spontaneous trip to the city? Check. Dinner with friends and family? Check. Pulling off the biggest party of the year? Check. Head into the holidays with a chic new look, ready for the all of it.

      The Look: A solid-color sweater offers a perfect top layer, while bright-blue pants deliver an unexpected (and oh, so fashionable) finish.

      The Shoe: From wardrobe defining to wardrobe enhancing, Liza delivers modern style—and all-day comfort—with graceful lines and a crepe textured rubber outsole. 

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  • Fall Cleaning: Five Ways To Tidy Up Your Shoe Collection

    By Nick on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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    ​As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season draws nearer, we decided to take a step back for a little “fall cleaning.” Read on to uncover five practical (and inventive) methods for keeping your shoe collection clean and tidy.

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      Vintage Bookshelf
      You’ve worked hard to build a complete shoe collection: wedges for nights on the town, sneakers for strolls with Fido, flats for days at the office. So why not turn your wardrobe staples into a piece of trendy décor? Grab an old bookshelf and place your shoes (by wearing occasion, of course) in nice, even rows, filling the shelves with various colors, styles and patterns. As long as you keep your rows neat and tidy, your bookshelf will show off your shoe collection while also reducing clutter in your closet.

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      Apple Crates
      For a piece of rustic flavor, take a trip to your local farmer’s market, craft fair or antique store and search for wooden apple crates. You’ll want to buy one crate for each style of shoes you own: heels, flats, sneakers, boots. Before you arrange your shoes, create an organized (and visually appealing) display in your closet or along the wall in your room. Place one crate vertically and two crates horizontally on the ground; then hang another crate on the wall just above. However you organize your display, make sure to aim for a perfect blend of function and style!

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      Repurposed Furniture
      Browse antique stores—or your own bedroom—for a classic armoire. If the piece needs a little upkeep, choose a playful color and paint a little personality on the doors, shelves and feet. Instead of hanging and stacking clothes inside, develop an organizing system for your beloved shoe collection. Place sneakers in one drawer and flats in another; stack your boots vertically inside; and hang your summer flip-flops (ready for a winter vacation) from wire hangers. The piece will look like a simple armoire—but will function as your personal shoe assistant.

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      Utility Ladder
      Head into the garage and find the oldest, dirtiest wooden ladder you own. Don’t worry if the rungs tell stories of old projects, showing splashes of paint in every color: the wear and tear will add character. Place scrap wood between the rungs and nail the boards in place. If you decide to paint the ladder, make sure to leave a vintage touch! Once your boards are in place, and your paint has fully dried, start placing shoes on each “shelf.” Save your favorites for the top rung: a pair of modern wedge heels, perhaps?

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      Old Shoe Boxes
      If you’re anything like most of us, you probably have a stack of shoe boxes carefully hidden somewhere in your home: the corner of the closet, the attic, the back of the garage. Why not repurpose your boxes for simple shoe storage? Place one pair of shoes in each box, glue a photo or a description of the contents to the front, and stack away! Although your new organizing system will demand a little closet space, it will help store your favorite shoes in a straightforward, streamlined manner.

      To browse our complete collection of comfort shoes (in an organized manner!), visit Dansko.com.

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Rest Up for the Holidays

    By Mindful Magazine on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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    ​It’s time to rest up for the holidays.

    This time of year, we are often so busy that we can’t do what we’d really like to do: appreciate one another, give thanks, celebrate. Instead, we’ve built a long to-do list, our usual routines are disrupted, and we get less sleep than usual.

    It’s a perfect recipe for boosted stress levels. So here are three suggestions to help keep you on an even keel over the holidays:

    1. For five minutes, four times a day, stop briefly. It’s a simple way to practice just being instead of doing. Bring your attention to your own breath and body in the moment, just as they are. And no need to think about your to-do list—guaranteed, it will be there when you’re done.

    2. Try forgoing a few invitations this year. And don’t be shy about ducking out of parties early. You might be surprised at the extra time you’ll find for yourself, not to mention feeling like you’re securely in the driver’s seat of your own life.

    3. Spread compassion around liberally this season (and all other times of the year), and direct a bit of that holiday spirit your own way, too. Especially if you overcook the turkey or don’t get someone the “perfect” gift!

    These three tips offer just a taste of the many ways you can breathe, relax, and make the most of the holiday season. For more information about mindfulness, or to subscribe to Mindful Magazine in print or digital format, visit mindful.org.

    Photo Credits, Clockwise - [Kelly Sikkema, license], [Denise Rowlands, license], [Thomas Quine, license], [StarMama, license]
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  • Shop the Trend: Fresh and Festive Cranberry

    By Nick on Thursday, November 06, 2014

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    ​From fun and festive scarves to ceramic owl mugs, we have the cranberry trend covered. Check out our favorites by following the links below:

    1. Holiday Scarf: This nordic-inspired scarf will keep your neck feeling warm—and your outfit looking fresh—all season long.
    From: Northernly  

    2. Beaded Necklace: Vintage beads, a classic brass chain and a hook-and-eye clasp turn this beaded necklace in a year-round must-have.
    From: puffluna

    3. Professional Clog: With a stylish felt upper and a playful floral design, our Professional Clog will keep you moving through the holidays in comfort and style.
    From: Dansko

    4. Ceramic Mug: From morning coffee to afternoon tea, enjoy your favorite beverage in this ready-for-anything owl mug.
    From: BlueMoonCeramic

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