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?

Birkenstock repair 2

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

Birenstock repair

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.

Think Shoes

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”.

IMAN’S BB CREAM FOR ALL WOMEN OF COLOR (FINALLY)

It is finally here–fashion icon Iman’s Cosmetics line has come up with a BB Cream for all women of color.  Recently she was on Good Morning America talking about her new BB Cream, and I was so excited to hear about this product.  Since I am a woman of a certain age, I don’t just go out and buy something without first at least a little investigating. So here goes.

Iman BB Cream

I had wondered why no one else had come up with this idea.  Women come in all shades.

BB Cream

Iman’s BB Cream comes in 4 shades much like her bronzing power which is wearable for fair to dark skin.  I have not had a chance to try the product, but I have heard good things about it, and after going online I found the perfect person to tell us about it–You Tube star Thomas Adrianna.  She may be young, but she is a woman of a certain age with knowledge and a likable personality.  You can go to her video to hear her honest review of the product as she applies it.  You can also follow her at thomasAdrianna on Twitter.

Thomas Adrianna’s video on Iman’s BB Cream http://youtu.be/vTQTq2nHVFQ

Iman’s BB Cream will be sold where her cosmetics are now sold–Walgreens, Walmart, Target and many other places.  You can go online and find it at www.imancosmetics.com or www.drugstore.com.  The price is $20 which is a very good price for a product that takes the place of many.

Iman's Women of Color

Take a look at my other articles on BB Creams, they are:  http://thisisyourbestyear.com/2012/07/31/bb-creams-miracle-workers/   and http://thisisyourbestyear.com/2012/08/10/bobbi-brown-bb-cream-now-available/

If you have a favorite BB Cream let us know–share with us.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream Now Available

Bobbi Brown BB Cream is now available. It comes in 5 shades: extra light, light, fair, medium and medium to dark. It looks like more women of color will be able to try it, but it still does not seem to have a color for the darker skin tone s. Here is a link to to the site. You can also find Bobbi Brown products at department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and others.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.

http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/product/9339/21694/Whats-New/BB-Cream/BB-Cream-SPF-35/index.tmpl