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Keep Austin Fashionable–Fashion X Austin: Men

Austin, Texas has the motto “Keep Austin Weird”, but now Austin can add another motto–“Keep Austin Fashionable”.  It highlighted its fashion side showcasing men’s wear at Fashion X Austin: Men.  The beautiful event was held at a private estate in Central Austin where Cadillac showcased its newest models.

The night was perfect for the occasion with the mild summer breeze and beautiful venue. There was great food provided by Catering With A Twist, refreshing drink provided by Goose Island, Deep Eddy Vodka and Rebecca Creek Whiskey, fun people and most of all great men’s fashion.

Below are a few images of the wonderful event.  All photos were taken by Ivan Miller or Occhio Appello.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

I’ve Fallen–I Got Up

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Remember the commercial we all laughed at when we were younger “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”?  Well while in Oklahoma City I fell.  I’m not exactly sure how I missed that step, but while leaving the restaurant after dinner–I fell (only had water to drink).  I am here to tell you that I got up!!! 

It might seem strange to say that, but that crazy exercise routine of sitting on the floor and getting up paid off.  I was able to walk from Bricktown back to the hotel.  Nothing was broken.  I have a boo boo on my knee and elbow and my foot is swollen, but nothing is broken.

I did go to Immediate Care the next day to have it checked out. So I am icing it and wearing very sensible shoes for a while.

I may never be as fit as I was in my 20’s, but I can fall and get up! I want to thank Marsha and Ed for keeping me in shape (thanks guys). I can still wear a regular necklace–no need for the Life Alert necklace at this time.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

If the shoe fits

What is too old?

All things considered...

My most recent column should be appreciated by all women, young and old, who love shoes.

A short while ago my husband and I were attending a funeral. (Unfortunately we seem to be doing this far too often lately.) As is often the case at funerals, I had an epiphany about the rest of my life and how I wanted to live it. However, this epiphany was not quite what you might expect.

My husband had just pulled up to the curb, put the vehicle into park and shut off the engine. I opened my door preparing to step out when a piercing shriek split the air. “Oh my God! Oh my God!” a woman exclaimed and she seemed to be pointing in my direction.

Startled by her scream I immediately checked my leg to see if I were bleeding, but all seemed fine there. Then I quickly scanned under…

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Read in 102 Countries and Counting

Thank you for making 2013 truly a wonderful year. Take a look at the annual report for “thisisyourbestyear”. We were read in over 102 countries!!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for coming with us on this journey, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

See you in 2014!!!

Having Fun While Helping Others

My friend Brit and I decided to strap on our stilettos and help out one of our favorite causes–education.  We attended Communities in School of Greater Tarrant County second annual Wine Women and Shoes. There was food, shoes, silent auctions, jewelry, fashions and  wine. It was a fun night helping to fund mentoring for students in Tarrant County, and empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Take a look at some sites at this amazing fun event.

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Western boots for everyone can be found at A Lost Treasure.

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Beautiful one of a kind jewelry creation by Nancy Garland Exclusive.

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Jewelry designer Nancy Garland of Nancy Garland Exclusive.

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Alice Adair of Adair Eyewear.

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Brit trying on glasses from Adair Eyewear.

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Amazing bracelet from Kendra Scott.

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Deborah Ferguson of KXAS Channel 5 having fun with the ladies.

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The runway show was entertaining with beautiful clothing and shoes.

To learn more about Communities in School please go to http://www.cistarrant.org

You can see more about the vendors mentioned at:

http://www.alosttreasuredfw.com

http://www.adaireyewear.com

http://www.kendrascott.com

http://www.nancygarlandexclusive.com

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Helping others can be fun.

Wine, Women & Shoes

http://www.cistarrant.org/events/wine-women-shoes

At Last, a Nude Shoe for (Almost) Every Woman | Fashion – Yahoo Shine

http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/at-last–a-nude-shoe-for–almost–every-woman-181121312.html?.tsrc=attmp

Love, love this idea. There is only one problem that I see.  As a woman of a certain age, and a woman of color I do not generally wear hosiery especially in the warmer months. When I do they are usually dark shades because I can not find a shade that matches my skin tone. In the colder months I usually wear tights. No one has come up with hosiery that matches almost everyone, so unless most women of color go without hosiery…..get my point? Kind of like putting the horse before the cart.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Update–Birkenstocks Repaired

On May 30, 2013, I posted “In With The New Fixing The Old”. It was about repairing my Birkenstock sandals for a fraction of what a new pair would cost. The outcome is below. Take a look.

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Before the repair–looking sad.

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After repair–looking good.

The cost to repair was $45. They feel really comfortable.  If you have a pair of Birkenstocks that need a little love and care, find an authorized Birkenstock shoe store. They can give you another 5 or 6 years worth of good comfort.

In the Fort Worth, Texas area try Take 5 Birkenstock on Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

In With the New and Fixing the Old

 

Remember last post when I told you I got a new pair of Birkenstock sandals. They are really good walking sandals especially for those of us who do not have perfect feet. Well I was just about to throw the old pair out–they are at least 5 years old–at least. They have seen much better days, in fact they are so worn they make my feet hurt. I was putting them in the box that the new pair came in when I found a little insert and began to read. It said that you should “never” throw out a pair of Birkenstocks; they can almost always be repaired. Well you know that since I am a woman of a certain age, I am very frugal with my money. I went online to see if Fort Worth had an authorized Birkenstock store, and lo and behold there is one on Camp Bowie Boulevard. Since you have to prove things to me, I called to make sure they could repair my sandals, and they said that as long as the leather straps were good they could.

Well here are the way the shoes looked after he had made sure they could be repaired. Kind of sad, don’t you think?

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He literally took the footbeddding out of the shoe to make sure it could be repaired.  Take a look at what he did.

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He wanted to make sure that it was not cracked anywhere.  I was informed that he could indeed repair them.  It would take a week to repair and cost about half of what a new pair would cost. I’m thinking to myself that I might should send the new pair back.  Then I thought why not have a spare pair.

On my way out the door I spotted another brand of shoe–Think.  I talked with the sales clerk about them.  He told me that if I liked Birkenstock that I would like Think.  So I tried on a pair.  They are the ones below.

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I must admit, they are really comfortable.  They are on par with Birkenstock and might be a little ahead of them in the comfort range.  I can’t really say for sure since I only had them on for a few minutes.  I will give them credit though, they have a complete line from flats, sandals, booties, pumps and more.  They cost about twice as much as Birkenstocks.  I do not know if they have the same policy on repair.  It seems that their website for the United States is down.  You can buy them at Nordstrom Department Stores also from online stores such as Zappos and others.

My Birkenstocks will be repaired next week, and I will let you know how they look.  If you are in the mood for comfortable shoes and you live in the Fort Worth, Texas area go by Take 5 Birkenstock.  They are located at 6108 Camp Bowie, Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76116.  You can also reach them at 817.989.2475.

I don’t know about you, but when my feet hurt, I hurt all over.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Best Walking Sandals

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Remember the post on shoes for people with problem feet–bunions? Well, I just got my new Birkenstock sandals. These are the most comfortable walking sandals in the world–seriously. If you want comfort go to their website to see their many styles. There are counterfeit products out there so if you do not see them at a store their website is for you. I got them in less than 3 days and no shipping charge.

These will be packed when I go to Napa along with the heels and athletic footwear.

The Birkenstock website is:  http://www.birkenstockusa.com/  Tell them I sent you. Remember, thisisyourbestyear”

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