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Earth Footwear Shoes for Comfort and Style While Traveling

Earth Footwear Fauna Shoes (Jennifer Miner)

News alert: I’m short. I’m just under 5’4” which means that whenever I buy pants, either I need to hem them (failure, I can’t draw a straight line let alone hem one) or pay someone else to hem them, which adds to the total cost of the jeans/slacks/whatever.  That’s not cool. It’s also a little embarrassing to shop in the “Juniors” or “Youth” sections of clothing stores, since — as my daughters are fond of reminding me — I’m so very, very old. Thanks, kids. In any case, a little heel in my shoes goes a long way to helping jeans and pants fit right, but I’m certainly not going to clomp around in massive platform wedges or teeter around in high heels all day — comfort is paramount. Plus, I have the grace of a clumsy ox. What to do? Introducing a fashionable shoe that is comfortable with a [Read more]

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I've been a fan of Aventura women's clothing for a couple years now: Check out my past reviews of the eco-friendly items here and here. Now, I'm delighted to be one of the clothing company's ambassadors, which means I've been [Read more]

 

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Young people — and by young I mean over 21, guys — tend to drink beer, tequila and that sort of thing when they choose to imbibe. I remember, when I was that age (yes, that was a long time ago, don’t rub it in) I thought [Read more]

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Balancing Travel and Social Media

It used to be that friends, family, and neighbors would go on vacation and we would have to wait for their return home to hear about the trip. As for photos? Those might be produced days or weeks later after a trip to [Read more]

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