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Travel Essentials Previews Fashionable Footwear

With all the limitations that the FAA imposes on travelers, it’s hard to pack and look your best for your travel excursions.  For all the Imelda Marcos wannabes, of course we’d want to bring all our shoes.  But how can you bring all these shoes without requiring a personal Sherpa? Cambiami's (which cam3in Italian means “Change Me”) is the brilliant invention of is Diane Licht who was faced with the challenge of packing 10 pairs of sandals for a 12-day trip to Greece.  Cambiami is a line of sandals which allows you to create 24 different pairs of sandals with ONE sandal.  Completely removable and inter-changeable uppers and straps in various colors and patterns allow you to change up your look in three easy steps.  The comfortable base (available in black or tan) consists of a foam insole for added cushion and comfort, a flexible foot bed, and a rubber outsole for better traction.

Starting from $85, Cambiami's 'Build Your Cambi' option includes one sole and two upper sandal parts of your. The base on its own is available for $40.00 (from size 6-11), with uppers (in a myriad of colors, textures and prints) are available for $25.00 each.

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Clarks Spring/Summer '14 Preview

With all the walking that the average New Yorker does, British footwear maker Clarks is a panacea. Snce 1825, Clark’s have been known for quality, comfort and reinvention, offering fresh takes on classic styles earning them the reputation for quality footwear and exceptional comfort.  No wonder it has a following among celebrities such as model Suki Waterhouse, actresses Keira Knightly, Emma Watson, and Ashley Olsen and musician Pharrell Williams and Rihanna, who themselves are known for their own fashion forward sense.

IMG 1360For their Spring / Summer 2014 collection Clarks introduces an updated panoply of classic styles with unexpected materials, eye-catching details and bursts of bold color for the whole family. The latest collection highlights hot shoe trends: perforation, criss-cross vamp straps, double ankle straps, and sporty silhouettes.

With bright color blocking to exotic animal effect, pretty prints, patent splashes – the woman of today can have multiple looks for all occasions from work to frolicking on the beach.

Great flats include the ultra-modern Valley Lounge Smoking Flat - a silhouette borrowed from classic menswear but with edgy piping colors and butter-soft leather linings, and the Grayson Erica – a buttery-soft leather, lady-like slip on shoe.  For the more casual look, the classic boat shoe get a reboot with cool colors and unusual materials and prints (think croc, patent and metallic) in the Dunbar and Cliffrose Sail Boat Shoes.  Wedges, like the Amelia Avery and Caslynn Regina, give women a leg up on the fashion quotient with updates like laser cut etching, contrasting color, and printed heels.

Clarks continue its collaborations with contemporary artists who reinterpret their classics and introduce new trends, including hip hop artist DOOM, cutting edge creative consultancy Patternity, Oi POLLOI, lifestyle brand Wood Wood and fashion label YMC.

IMG 1341London-based style and pattern innovators Patternity create an exclusive print for the brand's iconic Desert Boot. The eye-catching print features a bold lacquered geometric graphic inspired by classic shapes (circles, rectangles, etc). For women, the Desert Boot is a slim-downed feminine design. The men’s collection stand out piece rightfully named the “Grimsby Craft” displays craftsmanship and comfort with an basket weave pattern.

Wood Wood‘s collaboration involves a new version of the Wallabee-inspired Tawyer silhouette, unusual cut lines with hidden stitches and a two-tone navy and burgundy colorway give a completely contemporary look to a classic style. Elements from Wood Wood’s own SS14 “Utopia” collection are visible on the printed insole and the embossed leather pull-tag.

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Crocs Takes a Bite of NYC

The new Crocs flagship store, conveniently located in NYC’s Herald Square and right across from Macy’s (billed as the world’s largest department store), officially opened with Vanessa Lachey at the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with Crocs executives Dan Hart, (Chief Legal and Administrative Officer), Dale Bathum, (Chief Product Officer), Greg Sullivan (General Manager of the Americas Region) and Mario Caruso (34th Street Store Manager).

crocs-ribbonThe new stores boasts two floors packed with a selection of over 300 different pairs. The first floor features new styles for both men and women, and the second floor is just for the kids. In the center of the second floor is the giant “jibbitz” dispenser. Shoppers of all ages can rummage the bins of tiny animal-shape buttons—“Jibbitz” in Croc parlance—to customize the popular perforated models.

Crocs is known for their Crayola-colored sandals (made fro m a resin dubbed Croslite).   Orange Crocs have become celebrity chef Mario Batali’s signature footwear so much, that when the rumor came out that Crocs was going to discontinue its color orange, Batali said in an interview for Details’ January 2014 issue that he owns “Probably 30. I just ordered 200 more because they’re about to take orange out of the field. They made a special run for me before they retired the color.”. That’s scary. Well, Crocs is so much more than that. 

crocs2The women’s selection has a slew of comfortable ballet flats, flip flops, jellies, rain boots, wedges, leather and winter boots.  All have the patented Croslite soles for comfort and traction.  Great picks are the stylish, leather-strap women’s platforms, which sport only a strip of Croslite on the sole for traction; and the Prima is a women’s flat made entirely of Croslite and thus offering more arch support. And finally, how about showing off your New York pride with Crocs emblazened with the signature “I Heart NY” logo, as well as NY specific sports teams like the Mets and Yankees?

To learn more, go to:

Crocs Store 34th Street
152 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

Amazon Spring & Summer 2014 Preview

After a long and harsh winter, we are so ready for spring and summer.  It’s the perfect time for celebration – whether it’s Mother’s Day, Father’s day, graduation, vacation getaways, weddings, or just outdoor fun, Amazon is a one-stop shopping mecca for all your needs.  From the latest electronics to outdoor camping gear, Amazon has everything you can practically want or need.

Here are some Amazon’s favorite picks at its summer preview:

amazon-homeKitchen Utensils & Gadgets: Nothing says home like a gathering around the dining table.  And the first stop before the dining table is the kitchen. Whether it’s creating meals for two or a large clan, has everything you need to make cooking a snap, and healthy and fun for the whole family. Some suggestions would be Oster’s line of appliances - Versa performance blender 1000 series, Mykonos Greek Yogurt Maker, and Compact Juice Extractor.

Patio, Lawn & Garden / Tools & Home Improvement: Warm weather always brings a hubbub of outdoor activity – whether it’s repairing the house, relaxing by the poolside, or hosting a fun barbeque party.  Amazon offers have a wide variety of equipment, tools and décor to make your home look like a castle. Select picks include lawn equipment for landscaping and gardening chores (Greenwork’s eco friendly & zero carbon emission lawn mowers), and for more relaxing activities, the Weber line of barbeque grills, the Vivere double hammock, and Strathwood patio furniture (an Amazon exclusive).

Home: For those who love to entertain at home or just enjoy the serenity of being at home, Amazon offers a vast selection of furniture, décor, furnishings (including Amazon’s exclusive Pinzon line), even a super cute Janome turbo portable sewing machine (perfect for those living in compact spaces but who have that Etsy entrepreneurship).

amazon-eleElectronics: Electronics have become such an integral part of our lives that we are always looking for the latest and greatest.  Amazon always carries the latest models in electronic devices such as headphones, speakers, cameras, tvs, and its own Kindle line.  Kindle hardware has evolved from the original Kindle introduced in 2007 and a Kindle DX line (with a larger screen) introduced in 2009. The range now includes devices with a keyboard (Kindle Keyboard), devices with touch-sensitive screens (Kindle Paperwhite), a tablet computer with a reader app and a color display (Kindle Fire), and a low-priced model with an on-screen keyboard (Kindle).

Sporting and Outdoor Gear: Anazon is the leading online retailer of sporting goods and outdoor equipment. Amazon features specialty stores in popular categories like Exercise & Fitness, Golf, Skiing & Snowboarding, Cycling, Hunting & Fishing, Camping & Hiking, and Boating & Watersports.

amazon-fashionFashion: Amazon Fashion is a one-stop destination for head-to-toe style for the entire family at all price levels, from heritage brands to contemporary designers like Rebecca Minkoff and Diane von Furstenberg.  Browse full selection or curated shops, featuring the top picks in the latest trends to classics and basics that make up the foundation of every wardrobe.  Amazon Fashion also has one of the largest selections of accessories from shoewear to jewery, handbags and watches.
Amazon Fashion also provides how-to-wear-it ideas and style inspiration, highlighting the latest trends and newest arrivals, while designer spotlights and other special content take you behind the scenes with industry tastemakers.

Wedding Registry: Couples have become very sophisticated with their wedding registry choices and can choose well beyond the traditional his & hers matching towel set.  Nearly the entirety of the e-commerce site’s inventory, offering a vast and unique selection of products, is eligible for wedding-gift wish-listing. With Amazon’s Universal Registry system, couples can even add items from other sites onto their Amazon list.  In addition, Amazon offers an amazing 10%, one-time only coupon off select items.

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