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December 14th, 2015

Serenity And Rose Are Trending

Pantone color of the year for 2016 is a softer take on color hues, for the first time the top hue for 2016 is a blending of two shades  ... serenity and rose quartz. That’s right. The shade color experts at Pantone who have every year picked one color that they believe will be reflected in the following year’s fashion, home décor and design have departed from tradition to predict that the blending of the two colors. These professionals have identified that the dominate color next year will be a merger of delicate pink rose quartz and the soft blue of  serenity.

by Anne Middleton

December 14th, 2015

Top Employment Opportunities Target Nerd Geniuses

Are you passionate about software? If you are fanatical about technology and the development of apps, then 2016 could be a year filled with opportunities and significant salary prospects. Every year, professional services company Deloitte ranks the fastest-growing North American tech companies in its Fast 500 list.  As Monster.com revealed on their website, the results are in for 2016 and the software industry dominates this year’s top ten.

by Anne Middleton

December 7th, 2015

Maximizing Your Money As A Millennial

Are you a Millennial? And if you have to ask what a Millennial is, then you are likely not proud member of this youthful demographic comprised of 15 to 29 year olds. But if you or a family member fit into this group of individuals entering into adulthood, you’ll be interested to know that YouthfulCities has compiled a list of the most affordable cities for growth and opportunity. This list has a caveat, however.  In order to take advantage of the top location providing the highest minimum wage for Millennials, you’ll be required to travel half way around the world.

by Anne Middleton

December 4th, 2015

Inclusion Through Translation

The world is shrinking.  Not literally, of course, but international borders are becoming blurred as information is shared and technology evolves. For example, the University of Illinois now broadcasts its Fighting Illini college football games in Mandarin, the most widely used language in China.  And when examining the student body demographics, this comes as no surprise.

by Anne Middleton

December 3rd, 2015

Travel Djibouti

Djibouti may be a small African nation on the Gulf of Aden, however if the hustle and bustle of major African and Middle Eastern tourist traps makes you bristle, then it may be a fine choice for an adventure.  If you want to go off-the-beaten path, trek through Djibouti with us.  Djibouti has been inhabited since Neolithic times and the first Afroasiatic-speaking populations arrived in the region during this period from the family's proposed urheimat in the Nile Valley or the Near East. Pottery predating the mid-2nd millennium has been found at Asa Koma.  As a nod to Djibouti’s antiquity, look at the Navie sandal by UGG.

by Anne Middleton

December 3rd, 2015

With Hanukkah Just Around The Bend

With Hanukkah just around the bend, you may be mad dashing a little more lately to get your preparations together.  If you’re dusting off the menorah and finding your Aunt Edith’s latke recipe, you’re off to a fine start.  Perhaps it’s time to hammer out a list of Maccabean-inspired gifts.  Let’s face it.   Eight nights of gift-giving is a tall order.  Outfit the whole tribe in some new shoes this Hanukkah. Tots love the holiday season.  As you illuminate the menorah, it’s always fun to watch your kid’s eyes light up too.  Our littlest need special shoes to keep their feet warm in the gelid weather.

by Anne Middleton

December 2nd, 2015

Happy Birthday, Sagittarius!

Happy Birthday, Sagittarius!  Fiery, yet flexible, Sagittarius is definitely a live and let live personality.  They are the explorers of the zodiac and need superb shoes to keep up with their wanderlust.  Here’s some footwear we think will serve The Archer perfectly. Sagittarius the Archer is ruled by Jupiter the planet of luck and expansion, so that explains the persistent twinkle in their eye.  They are typified by a brilliant shade of purple, symbolizing the comingling of zeal (red) and intuition (azure).

by Anne Middleton

December 2nd, 2015

Santa Around The World

We are so inundated with images of a fat, bearded, rosy-cheeked Santa Claus that we forget that other cultures have different renderings of the gift-bestower of holiday season.  Here’s a rundown of a few other cultures’ alternatives to our more corpulent St. Nick. Italy
Italians credit a beneficent witch clad in black with bringing holiday treats on January 6th.  Complete with bewitching accoutrements like the conical hat, La Befana comes down the chimney in her broom.  Itching to dress up like Befana, ladies?  Be sure to order the Embellished Boot in black by Boston Proper in time for Epiphany.

by Anne Middleton

December 1st, 2015

Letters To Santa

The art of letter writing is getting eclipsed by email, but one beloved tradition still remains…writing a letter to Santa.  If you’re welcoming Kris Kringle into your home this holiday season, the 7th through 13th is “Dear Santa Letter Week.”  Our smallest letter-writers may still need help with penmanship, so be sure they practice up.  Cursive Practice by Brainstop in the Apple app store is perfect for tots who need to practice their ABCs.  Make sure Santa sees their best chirography.  You don’t need pen and paper to practice either.

by Anne Middleton

November 30th, 2015
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Sweeten the Season on Cyber Monday with New Balance

A few years back, I started buying myself a new workout outfit just as the holiday season was kicking off. Sure, I felt guilty the first time, buying myself a gift when I should be checking others off my list. But here’s the thing: it worked. And it continues to work. Feeling stylish in the gym, along with the superior comfort and support New Balance provides, kept my booty in the gym during the lazy days of the winter celebration. Just setting foot in the gym in December is impressive in my world. Because, let’s be honest, I’m not passing up the once a year, mouth-watering delectables that have come to symbolize the season for me.

by Abbey O’Bryan