Would Would Brandy Do if she Had a No Limits Shoe Shopping Spree

Just the other day I was thinking about how I haven’t purchased myself clothing in forever. Occasionally I do receive a gift card to get some clothes and then I spend that on myself, usually shoes. This got me thinking, what would I do if I had a no-limit shopping spree for my favorite wardrobe item … shoes?!

First off, why do I love shoes? Because they always fit just right no matter what. I can get tall shoes to be a tad bit taller and I can get flats that allow me to stay at my 5’6″ level. It’s great to see the new shoe options out there in the world these days, such as the gladiator heels shown below. Aren’t those some pretty nifty, shiny heels? I could see myself wearing this to a blog event, such as coverage for a movie or a special NYC event. Surely I would tower over many people, but my feet would gain some pretty awesome attention.

Gladiator Heels

Maybe on this particular day I wouldn’t want to tower over everyone and have so much attention brought upon myself, so maybe for a special event I would go with the privileged heelless shoes, these wouldn’t bring me as much attention, wouldn’t make me so tall and could share my love of art. I am all about artistic talent and clothing or shoes being a way to express ones self. These magazine print privileged heelless shoes would so fit the role of me expressing my love of art.

Privileged Harting Magazine Print Clear Oxfords

The next shoe style option that is available these days and seems to be getting more and more popular are the wedge boots. Wedge style shoes are actually the first heel-like option I let my daughter wear. I wasn’t quite ready to push the idea of having my tween walk around with heels on, but I wanted to allow her some shoe freedom and so wedge style shoes made sense. There are so many wedge style shoes, I hadn’t a clue. I happened upon the below wedge style boots and fell in love! What would you think if you saw me walking into an event with these babies on?

Pink Wedge Shoes

Well I think out of all three options I shared, the first option is the one I would love to wear on a night out or an event for my business. Either way, I wonder, which shoe you would choose and why?

Do tell me in a comment below; if you could shop for shoes and have an unlimited amount of money to spend; what style would you envision yourself purchasing?


Discount Boots: The Perfect Footwear for the Fashionable and Practical Woman

Every woman should have a pair of elegant and trusty boots in her closet. Not only do they look great but they also serve a very important purpose – providing comfort and protection to the person wearing them. There are so many gorgeous boot designs that choosing just a couple of pairs can prove to be daunting. Many high-fashion designers rely on boots to elevate the look of their models as they strut in their creations on the runway. Fall collections are rife with boots of all manner of fantastic designs, which is why many women look forward to this season. High heels are sexy and ballet flats are sweet and cute but there is just something about wearing a beautiful pair of boots that makes a woman exude class and sensuality.

Budget-Friendly Chic

Currently, there is a broad spectrum of women’s boots in the market designed by various well-known designers. A pair of designer boots can cost a hefty amount of money, which is not the most ideal expense in this age of economic struggle. Fortunately, discount boots are available to those of us who are on a tight budget but still want to look stylish. A lot of the designs are inspired by designer boots but with minor modifications and less expensive materials. As a result, it is now possible for regular women to mix up their outfits by owning more than one pair of boots.

Stick with the Essentials

As affordable as they are, you don’t need to get a pair of every style of boots. In fact, there are only five investment pieces that you need to cover your entire wardrobe. Naturally, you will need to have a few casual pairs for everyday use such as rider boots and stacked booties. It was Nancy Sinatra who once said that “boots are made for walking” and she was truly on to something. Rider boots and motorcycle boots are favorites among women who are on the go and prefer a more laid-back style and maximum comfort. However, these boots are by no means unflattering as their designs range from rugged to embellished. Knee-high rider boots are also very popular because they can be worn with jeans or a nice summer dress. Standard leather rider boots in black or tan can easily be your go-to footwear when running errands and meeting friends for lunch. On the other hand, dressier rider boots made of other materials like suede or velvet are perfect for evening parties.

Booties have also earned their spot in the essential footwear list mainly for their style and versatility. The more casual stacked bootie often has a wider heel and is ideal for walking around the city. The dressier type of bootie is less comfortable because of its thinner and higher heel, as well as the absence of a slight platform at the front of the shoe. However, dressy booties go very well with sophisticated outfits because they come in bright colors and various embellishments. Stiletto boots are unique in their own way because they can be both casual and dressy. They are considered appropriate work shoes but they can also be worn with an elegant frock at night. Wellington boots are obvious essentials because their main purpose is to protect your feet from harsh weather conditions such as rain or snow. Thankfully, even these utilitarian boots come in feminine designs now so that your toes can stay snug without compromising style.

This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84

It May Be Hump Day but to me It’s Like Monday

I sit here at my desk with so many things I could be writing and sharing with you all, but to formulate one simple blog post on one topic is really just not working for my all-over-the-place brain.

I woke up on the right side of the bed with my five year old son snuggling me and being all happy with a great big hug. My son then proceeded to tell me that “there must be some cartoons on by now”. That meant *hint hint* Mama it’s time for you to wake up. I woke up, sort of. Kept hitting snooze on my alarm and laying back down, but I was awake. Then my daughter walked into my bedroom with this tween attitude asking “are you going to keep hitting snooze and laying back down or are you going to get up and make me breakfast because my stomach hurts I am so hungry”. That put me sort of in an off kilter mood because she 1) can make her own english muffin with PB (which is what she has been eating lately before school) and 2) the tone behind how she stated the question just irked me.

I rolled out of bed. Shut off my two alarm clocks and popped english muffins into toaster for the middle child and the oldest. Then I made a jelly sandwich for my youngest because the kid doesn’t eat much more than that lately and I didn’t have time to scramble eggs for him. During the process of handing plates with breakfast to everyone I was getting clothing out for the boys and making my own coffee determined to get my own self dressed soon.


facepalm sort of day

That is when my youngest decided to be angry. He did not want a jelly sandwich, was sick of me giving that to him and there was no reasoning with this child. I told my youngest that if he were not so picky that he would have other breakfast options but because he doesn’t eat near anything that is all there was. So he went without breakfast, well I do believe he took one bite.

Then it was time to get shoes on. I grabbed socks and shoes for the boys, sat on couch like I always do and asked Aj (my middle child) to come over so I could help him get his socks and shoes on. He flat out refused saying that he wasn’t putting shoes on. Mind you about one minute before this happened he was saying how all of a sudden his tummy sort of hurt and I was telling him that he isn’t going to miss school again over him getting himself all worked up. That was not an option. Shoes though, well he can put those on himself – he is 7. Since Aj was standing firm on no shoes and no school, I tossed his shoes on the couch and told him to put them on his own self, he knows how.

Moving onto the now-over-the-breakfast-battle five year old. I put his socks and shoes on, he went into his room picked out what he wanted to wear for a shirt and over shirt and then my oldest and youngest were ready for school. Meanwhile the seven year old is crying and screaming about he isn’t going to school. I explained that I didn’t care what he was saying, his siblings do need and want to get to school on time so get shoes on and let’s go. He finally had his shoes on; the oldest and youngest went outside and got buckled up in the van when I walked back inside to a 7 year old with no shoes on …

I like seriously was frustrated at this point.

Sooooo I grabbed the 7 year old boys shoes and said come on let’s go, I led him to the van and buckled him in. Told him I was getting his sister to school on time and will deal with his shoe issue at his school so if he is late that’s his problem & fault, I will not allow his actions to make his sister late to her school. Upon arrival to the boys school I was able to get the shoes on the 7 year old and give kisses and hugs .. the boys were off.

At this point I just sigh with tears just about to fill my eyes.

I held it together. Drove home and sat in my driveway listening to country music on my car radio. Then my cell phone rang. It was the daughter’s school, she was calling because she forgot something. I had to drive down to her school, get pictures sent to my cell so I could come home, print them and bring them back to her.

This all happened this morning. By 9:30am I was home, sitting at my desk ready to work, but not without first getting this mornings story out of my mind. At this point, I am just ready to laugh out loud, tears are not wanting to come, it’s just laughter, because in all reality my morning was such an odd series of events that I don’t know what else to do except be curious about what is going to happen next…..



Our Visit to Famous Footwear in Bedford, NH

On Saturday, September 28, 2013 my daughter and I ventured out to Bedford Mall in Bedford, NH to take part in the Grand Opening Event of a new location for Famous Footwear. Chili in hand we printed driving directions and, while she made a sarcastic comment about me being lost before we even left the driveway, we had a great bonding experience on the one hour ten minute drive to Famous Footwear in Bedford, NH.

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Upon our arrival my daughter was more interested in the balloons on the outside of the store, that is until she entered the doors to Famous Footwear. Shoes everywhere. People everywhere. Sales associates greeting you with a smile and a hand to help. A live DJ on site so that the customers could enjoy an upbeat time while participating in the exciting Grand Opening Event.

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You know when you enter some stores and it’s as if you feel intimidated by the staff and are fearful to even approach them, or worse yet the associates do not even approach you to assist?! At Bedford, NH Famous Footwear location we had great customer service, they had a larger than normal staff on hand in order to provide the best customer service possible during the large grand opening event. There was a warm, happy feeling about this location of Famous Footwear. The setup made it easy to navigate to shoes of interest, the clearance racks were towards the back with easy to navigate shelves.

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My daughter was able to have her feet checked for sizing, which was good, we thought she was a 7 1/2 woman’s but in all reality she is closer to a 9 woman’s. I am a 9 1/2 woman’s, sadly she is going to have her Mama’s big feet but thankfully for Famous Footwear’s huge selection of styles and prices, us big feet woman are able to find a shoe style that works for every foot type. My daughter had a blast trying on various types of shoes!

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I had shoe goggles on, seriously! There are so many different styles of shoes that I would have loved to purchase that day but alas I was there to get my daughter a new pair of shoes. My daughter is actually wearing her new Famous Footwear shoes today to school, shown above in image to the left (black pair of dress boots she is holding).

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While we clearly had a great time at the Bedford Mall, Bedford, NH location of Famous Footwear, I would like to share my overall feelings about this particular location of Famous Footwear:

  • Provides a warm, friendly, welcoming shopping environment.
  • Sales associates show they have been educated on all shoe types.
  • Store setup is easy to navigate and organized by shoe type in a proper way.
  • Plenty of parking spaces at the Bedford Mall parking lot.
  • Variety of prices for all budgets to be able to afford.

Will I return to this Famous Footwear location? I say yes. The location really made me feel so welcomed that I do believe my family and I will visit the Bedford Mall Famous Footwear location in the future.

Disclosure: I received a gift card for Famous Footwear, however, all opinions and experiences are that of my own and my daughter’s.


Famous Footwear is Opening a New Location in Bedford, NH #nh #shoes @famousfootwear

I am so excited to spread the news … Famous Footwear is opening a new location in New Hampshire tomorrow, Saturday September 28, 2013 and you are invited! Located in or around Bedford, NH? Well then read on …

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To celebrate the opening in Bedford, Famous Footwear is hosting an all-day
grand opening event on September 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shoppers are
invited to experience fun activities including:

· A Shoe Crazy® shopping spree where one lucky winner will get 30 seconds
to run through the aisles and grab as many free pairs of shoes as possible.

· Hourly drawings to win a complimentary pair of shoes.

· An appearance from popular, local radio station, WZID 95.7, giving
shoppers the chance to meet some of their favorite radio personalities.

· A live DJ.

Now this sounds like a fun time, right??! Well I say get over there then. Tomorrow my daughter and I will make an appearance to check out the all day fun at this new Famous Footwear location and I hope others who read this will stop in as well. Can you imagine winning a Shoe Crazy shopping spree? I think that would rock!

For more details visit Famous Footwear on Facebook.

I will be covering this event with my tween daughter as a way to not only get an adults perspective on Famous Footwear’s new location but a tween girl too. I will be sharing photos next week and other details about my feelings on this new location of Famous Footwear in Bedford, NH and if you go to this location please leave a comment below sharing your thoughts about this location.

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