• Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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    ​As the local food movement continues to gain momentum, we have to admit: we’re completely on board. Freshly-picked and locally-grown foods are flavorful and nutrient-rich…and also work to benefit the economy and the environment.

    In cities nationwide, farmer’s markets and seasonal food stands have started to draw customers away from traditional grocery stores, enabling shoppers to build relationships with the farmers who grow their food. This got us thinking: which national markets would we want to visit?

    Of course, we couldn’t visit any of these markets without a comfortable, stylish pair of shoes to carry us from one vendor to the next. So we handpicked a pair for our future journey (and for yours, too!). 

    With exceptional arch support, a lightweight construction and a soft, cushioned ride, our Allison mule belongs on a nationwide tour—or on a quick trip to your local market. Regardless of your travels, grab a tote bag, step into Allison’s cushioned footbed and hit the road. Your taste buds (and feet) will thank you!

    Check out our five bucket-list worthy markets, from New York to Seattle.  

    Five Can’t-Miss Markets Across the USA

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      Union Square Greenmarket (New York, NY)

      A program of GrowNYC, a nonprofit organization that uses environmental programs to improve New York City’s quality of life, the Greenmarket began with 12 farmers in a Manhattan parking lot. Today, more than 54 markets operate in the city, selling goods from more than 230 farmers and fishermen. The Union Square location serves as the “Grandaddy of them all,” selling fresh-cut flowers, seasonal vegetables, homemade wine and more through 140 local vendors.

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      Crescent City Farmer’s Market (New Orleans, LA)

      For nearly 20 years, the Crescent City Farmer’s Market has served up some of New Orleans tastiest seafood, from crawfish to catfish to charbroiled oysters. If you visit on a Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the city’s “Warehouse District,” an art-centric neighborhood that many call “the SoHo of the South.” Grab a shrimp po’boy sandwich, and a bag of homemade Cajun chips, and explore this culture-rich Gulf Coast city.
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      Minneapolis Farmer's Market (Minneapolis, MN)

      Located just west of downtown Minneapolis, this festive market provides an everyday shopping alternative—and a spot for social gatherings, too! Cooking classes, concerts and other special events fill the weekend calendar, while a “Fresh and Local” podcast keeps customers informed while on the run. From fine food to fun entertainment, Minneapolis’ flagship market keeps shoppers coming back all week long.

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      Santa Monica Farmer's Market (Santa Monica, CA)

      Widely regarded as one of the most diverse markets in the country, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market offers a rich cultural experience in a vibrant, open-air setting. From exotic citrus fruits, to Latin music, to children’s pony rides, this California market provides an unforgettable experience for tourists and locals alike. Load up on savory snacks—and then walk a block to Santa Monica beach.

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      Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA)
       
      Overlooking the scenic Elliot Bay, and located on the edge of a steep Seattle hill, Pike Place pairs natural beauty with local food. Comic book shops, antique dealers and art merchants add variety to the market’s fresh produce and fish, helping attract more than 10 million visitors annually. Despite all of its fame, Pike Place holds true to its core value: to help shoppers “meet the producer.”
       
      Whether you explore the country in search of the very best markets, or turn your shopping routine into a local adventure, travel in all-day comfort with our contemporary Allison mule. And remember—when you shop local, you support the environment, the economy and the farmer who raised your food!
       
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  • Shop the Trend: On Active Duty

    By Nick on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    From aluminum water bottles to comfy sneakers, we have the active trend covered. Check out our favorite items below:

    1. Yoga Mat Bag: Meet yoga’s cutest (and most functional) accessory: the mat bag. With a convenient outside pocket, sturdy construction and drawstring closure, this yoga mat carrying bag will keep you organized and ready to go, regardless of the day and time.
    From: effiehandmade

    2. Reusable Water Bottle: Never forget your H20 with this reusable aluminum water bottle. Featuring a vintage graphic of a pointed finger and an easy-on, easy-off cap, this bottle will keep you hydrated from work, to gym and beyond.  
    From: JoyMerrymanStore

    3. Elastic Hair Ties: Say goodbye to damaged, crimped hair with these playful hair ties. Whether you wear them for morning yoga or afternoon errands, these ties will keep you focused on what matters most—while adding a touch of color to your active outfit!
    From: MadebyMegToo

    4. Dansko Sabrina: Lightweight, supportive and fun to wear, Shayla offers everything you ever wanted in a sneaker—and so much more. Pick your color and enjoy comfortable travels.
    From: Dansko

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  • Momentum Magazine: 5 Ways to Incorporate Bicycling Into Your Daily Routine

    By Momentum Magazine on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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    ​Riding a bicycle is a smart, fun, easy, and stylish way to get around. The reasons for riding a bike are boundless: whether it is to improve your health, to save money, to reduce your carbon footprint, or to simply have fun.

    Finding ways to add bicycles to your daily routine is surprisingly uncomplicated. We’re not talking about long, sweaty rides in dedicated athletic clothing. A daily bicycle ride can simply take you where you need to go, from picking up fresh groceries to exploring nearby neighborhoods and parks. 
     
    At Momentum Mag, we regularly highlight how bicycles can be a part of our readers’ lives in easy, convenient and fun ways! Our positive and solutions-based editorial includes city and people profiles, style guides, smart riding solutions, family riding tips, urban bike travel, and of course, reviews and product showcases of great city bicycles and accessories that will enhance any urban lifestyle.
     
    Below, we share five ways to add a little more bike to your life:
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      Start Small
      Every day, we take small trips that can be made easy by bike. And often times, biking only marginally lengthens these five-to-ten minute trips, offering a much more enjoyable experience. Try shopping by bike or plan a bike-powered picnic on the weekend. Or, try hopping on a bike share with a daily membership, a non-committal introduction to city cycling. Finally, join a bike tour, a great way to “get to know your city” (or a new one!) with a rental bike and an enthusiastically-knowledgeable guide.

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      ​​Bike To Work
      Whether part-time, full-time, or just joining national or local Bike to Work Days, making your commute by bike can give you more energy and better prepare you for the day ahead. We recommend that you keep the trip nice and simple, and ride in a way that is comfortable for you. Special gear is rarely needed, but a few key items can help!

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      Find A Bike You Will Love
      If your bike is uncomfortable, you’ll rarely choose to ride it. Finding a comfortable bicycle, one that you will love to ride, can be fairly straightforward. A bicycle with an upright riding position lets you feel in control, is often better for your body, and has the added bonus of looking hip and stylish. If you plan to travel or mix your rides with public transit, then a folding bike may be right for you. And if you're looking for the ultimate car-replacement vehicle, there is nothing like a cargo bike.

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      Make Any Bike Excuse-Proof
      For many cyclists, the most challenging part of riding a bicycle is overcoming the excuses not to ride. The weather and the ability to carry your daily essentials are some of the most common excuses you will encounter. While it is okay to say “no” to riding in a heavy downpour, a wet ride is made more enjoyable with fenders and a chainguard that keeps grease away from your pant legs and dress hems. To carry items, a pannier bag or basket on a rear rack will act like a trunk, making unexpected purchases no problem at all.

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      Wear What You Want
      Riding a bike does not require a special wardrobe. You can ride in dresses, both short and long, and in any clothing, whether appropriate for a formal office or for laying around on the beach. You may want to avoid wide-leg trousers if your bike doesn’t have a chainguard, but our best advice is to always dress for your destination.

       
      Momentum will return in October with their second guest post. In the meantime, visit momentummag.com to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format—and to learn more practical tips about incorporating bicycling into your daily routine.

       

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Three Ways to Focus the Wandering Mind

    By Mindful Magazine on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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    ​It happens all the time: we’re working away on something we have to get done, and suddenly we realize that for quite some time we’ve been lost in a daydream about something else entirely. We don’t know when our mind went off track, nor how long we’ve been meandering away from our task.

    On average, our minds wander 50 percent of the time. The exact rate varies enormously. When Harvard researchers had 2,250 people report what they were doing and what they were thinking about at random points throughout their day, the doing-thinking gaps ranged widely.

    But the biggest gap occurred during work, as mind-wandering is an epidemic on the job. Thankfully, we can take steps that will help us stay on task when it matters most. Here’s how:

    1. Manage our temptations.

    Many of the distractors that pull us away from what we’re working on are digital: tweets, emails, and the like. But now, several internet apps can help reduce the temptation to wander off. Google Chrome offers two free apps that do this: Nanny for Google, which blocks off websites we might be tempted to visit for a custom length of time, and StayFocusd, which limits the amount of time we can spend in our inbox, on Facebook, or wherever else we might be seduced away.

    2. Monitor our mind and take second thoughts.

    Noticing where our minds have gone – checking our twitter feed instead of working on that report – gives us the chance for a second thought: “my mind has wandered off again.” That very thought disengages our brain from where it has wandered and activates brain circuits that can help our attention get unstuck and return to the work at hand.

    3. Practice a daily mindfulness session.

    This mental exercise can be as simple as watching our breath, noticing when our mind has wandered off, letting go of the wandering thought, and bringing it back to our breath again. These movements of the mind are like a mental workout, the equivalent of repetitions in lifting free weights; every rep strengthens the muscle a bit more. In mindfulness, the brain’s circuits get stronger for noticing when our mind has wandered, letting go, and returning to our chosen focus. And that’s just what we need to stay on task.

    - Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus

    Mindful will return in September with their next 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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  • Five Dancing Tips and One Stylish Sandal for your Latin Dancing Routine

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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    ​From San Francisco to Philadelphia, summer nights present the perfect opportunity to leave the house and experience the warm outdoors. Neighborhood walks, outdoor meals and evening hikes often fill our agendas, though a new summer phenomenon has started to surface: outdoor Latin dancing. Towns and cities nationwide have caught on to the craze, encouraging dancers to “move and groove” under the stars.

    At Dansko, we’re always looking for an excuse to show off our best moves. This got us thinking: which Dansko style would we choose for a night of dancing?

    With a striking cross-strap design, gorgeous full-grain leather upper and on-trend wedge heel with stud detailing, our Frida sandal effortlessly fits the bill. But Frida offers more than just style: a memory foam insert and breathable leather socklining will keep you moving from the first dance, to the last dance, to dinner and dessert, all in one stylish pair of sandals. So, what are you waiting for? Strap up those sandals and hit the dance floor. We’ll see you there.

    Before you embark on your night of swinging and rumbaing, we’d love to share a few tips for your next performance. Time to practice—summer won’t last forever!

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      1. Pick a style—and stick to it! Whether you choose the Cha Cha, Danza or ever-popular Salsa, we recommend learning one style before attempting another. If you try too many styles at once, you may confuse your steps! 

      2. Focus on your feet. Before you think about your hips, or even your arms, you will want to master the most important element of Latin dance—your footwork. Develop your dance steps, incorporate your hips and arms, and dance away.
       
      3. Learn the intricacies of leading and following. For Latin dances to work cohesively, leaders must know when to lead and followers must know when to follow. Picture yourself in a conversation with your partner; always tune into his or her moves, and anticipate when to respond.
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      4. Stay positive (and confident). Once you learn the ins and outs of basic Latin dance, the steps (and spins) will become second nature. Stay confident, and let your feet guide you from start to finish. As soon as you begin to second-guess yourself, the rhythm will become harder to follow!

      5. Dance with people of all abilities. Virtually every Latin dance requires a partner. So why not test your skills with a pro—and perfect your moves with a beginner? By practicing with a wide range of partners, you will learn all the intricacies of rhythmic dance.
       
      We hope you practice your skills this summer—and use our tips to become a Latin dance pro! Get outside and enjoy a free-spirited night of dancing in comfort and style.
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