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BLOG TAKEOVER: BABY SHOPAHOLIC’S SWEET LOOKS FOR SUMMER

We’ve teamed up with Skechers to share some of our favorite summer looks for little girls.  My four-year-old daughter Peyton is already a shoe lover like her mom.  She likes to have the perfect shoe to go with each outfit.  Skechers has a great selection of sandals for both big and small girls.

We dub Peyton’s first look the “Cool Kid.”  We paired the Skechers Girls’ Granola – Fab Friskies sandals with some cut-off denim shorts and a crisp white shirt.  We topped the look off with a cool straw fedora hat.

Peyton’s next look is a the “Girly Girl.”  What little girl doesn’t love to wear a pretty dress?  Keeping with the girly girl look, we added the Skechers Girls’ Citrus – Heartstrings sandals.  The heart studs on the sandals add a little bit of a sweet edge.

Our final look is the “Wild Side” look.  We toned down this casual animal print dress with Skechers Girls’ Granola – Sunny Comfort black sandals.  She may be wearing a dress, but these sandals allow her to play and show her wild side.

Styles are also available at select Skechers retail locations.

For the latest on Peyton and mom Trina, visit Baby Shopaholic or find them on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

NATIVE GARDENING

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Spring means it is time to plant your new garden, replace plants that didn’t survive the winter, or in the case of California, replace your water-thirsty lawn with drought-tolerant landscape. If you’re not planting edibles, then go native.

Native means local species or those from similar environments suited to your climate. This is particularly important in California, where Skechers is based. Our drought means we must cut back on watering, or eliminate it all together and go for xeriscaping. Tropical gardens andexotic plants will suck our soil dry, and though banana trees and hibiscus are beautiful, they belong in Hawaii and areas with heavy rain.

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A common misconception is that drought-tolerant or xeriscape means a yard with brown or maybe green plants and ordinary succulents.  A visit to our local nursery proved this couldn’t be further from the truth.

For starters, succulents can blossom with beautiful purple, yellow and orange flowers, and the plants themselves can be colorful shades of green, red and yellow. They come in many shapes, sizes and textures—some spikey so be careful. You can create a truly breathtaking garden with succulents alone.

Add a bold, strappy plant for height and width plus a touch of the desert. Yucca works perfectly for the hotter and drier environments or in more mild climates go with New Zealand Flax. We love the Kangaroo Paw both for its bold splashes of color (red, yellow or orange) and for its ability to survive in a dry, sandy soil. Plus, birds love the blooms—I regularly see hummingbirds enjoying them in my garden.

Finally, since we are talking about flowers and pollinators, plants with silver leaves like lavender and salvia are loved by bees which is great for your garden! These plants also require little water and provide beautiful blasts of purple in your yard. Various salvia species will bloom in red, yellow and other colors, but check the watering instructions as some are thirstier than others. Woodsier varieties of herbs that also have silver leaves—think sage and rosemary—also require less water, smell wonderful in your yard, and taste great too!

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Key for us in all our gardening adventures is to apply sunscreen and wear a hat plus an easy and comfortable pair of shoes. Right now, my favorite is Relaxed Fit from Skechers because of the roomier toe area and super comfy Skechers Memory Foam lining. The style I have been wearing this spring is the Relaxed Fit Reggae Fest-Deputy—they’re cute and easy to slip on and off as I go in and out of the house.

Looking forward to seeing your garden adventures in Skechers! Please share them with us on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook with #skechers.

READY SET SUMMER

Clockwise from top: the women’s Skechers Cali Indulge – Cruising crochet sandal (retail only), girls’ Twinkle Toes – Sunshines light-up sandalmen’s Relaxed Fit Supreme – Bosnia sandal, and boys’ Scurried – Riffs skate sandal.

It’s Memorial Day, and we’re starting Summer 2015 in style: with big plans to hit the pool, fire up the grill and relax in the warmer weather with family and friends. And of course, we’re dressing for the occasion, with sandals and slip-ons that are deliciously pretty, sporty and oh-so-comfortable.

We’re ready to splash around, kick back and step out in some new looks this weekend…  and munch on some cupcakes with our adorable four-legged friend. We’re also launching an Instagram giveaway on Friday for anyone who’d like a new pair of shoes for summer. What are you up to this weekend?

Enjoy your three-day escape; make it a great start to one of your best summers ever! And take a moment to honor our country’s greatest heroes: the millions of men and women who’ve died in combat to protect our country.

DESIGNER INSIGHT: QUARTZ ADVENTURE

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Women’s outdoor shoes with performance features commonly look like men’s styles made in smaller sizes. It seemed like the market forgot that women are buying women’s hiking shoes. It was so obvious to me to design femininity and sleekness into our outdoor footwear.  I looked to nature for inspiration (of course!). I thought about all the beautiful things we find on a hike, some of my favorite discoveries are gemstones and crystals.  Using this inspiration, I designed the Quartz construction for our Skechers Adventure Relaxed Fit collection. Its rugged and feminine design is so in tune with nature. Floral lining, diamond shaped lugs, strong and soft materials, and on-trend pop colors make this group stand out above the rest in the outdoor market. All this beauty plus the function found in sport shoes.  And the casual styling makes it easy to pair with any outfit.  I’m so excited about this product and I can’t wait to see these beauties on the trail!

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For similar styles with the Quartz outsole, visit your local Skechers retail store or www.skechers.com.

SKECHERS LOVES MOMS

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Welcome to the story of moms everywhere: sleepless nights and play dates; homework and school meets; coaching sports teams, student drivers and young grads ready to tackle their dreams.

Whether you’re a mom-to-be or a well-seasoned (and well-beloved) grandma, you get it: kids are some of the messiest, loudest, most challenging creatures in the world – and you wouldn’t trade them for a second.

This Sunday, it’s time for all of you to celebrate one special day: to relax, unwind, and hopefully enjoy some much deserved “me” time. Kick up your feet in a fresh pair of comfortable sandals like Skechers Stretch Weave – Parallel wedges (shown above, relaxing at the park). And reflect on the amazing year you’ve had (you did ALL that?) and the equally crazy, memorable year still waiting in the wings.

At Skechers, we’re taking time out to honor Mom with the Skechers Loves Mom sweepstakes. Post a photo that celebrates motherhood, and you could win two pairs of Skechers. Enter by Friday to win!

Clockwise from upper left: garden time with Skechers Reggae – Stir It Up; a mom-to-be moment in Skechers Stretch Weave – Unbeweaveable with multi hues; brunch al fresco in Skechers Stretch Weave – Silver Linings in bronze. All at Skechers retail stores; select styles at skechers.com.

BLOG TAKEOVER: @BEACHYOGAGIRL KERRI VERNA POSES IN SKECHERS

Can I share some secrets with you? I have been a fitness professional for over 12 years, teaching everything from kickboxing to now exclusively yoga. The last three years of my life has been dedicated to yoga on the beach, which means I spend most of my time barefoot, with sand between my toes. Despite my sun-kissed barefoot life, this Yogi still loves a good sneaker! The dilemma I have most of the time is mixing comfort, fashion and my lifestyle.

Most yoga studios will make you remove your shoes before entering the sacred space. However, outside the yoga studio there are no rules and shoes can be a great benefit to your practice. If your yogi toes are not flexible or you are trying to work on something new like jumping back into chaturanga, shoes will give you the added support you need to feel secure. I am always amazed at how much better I balance in a handstand when I have shoes on. Wearing shoes not only helps my handstand, but also makes for a popular photo on Instagram!

I first found Skechers when my two boys asked me to buy them for their first day of school. My little darlings of course were attracted to the flashing lights and easy-on straps, but I as a mother loved how durable they were. Year in and year out they asked for another pair of Skechers and I was always impressed with the quality. I decided to check out a few pairs for myself and fell in love with not only their fashion but also comfortable fit. As a mom who is sometimes on a tight budget, but loves fashion, Skechers is the perfect brand for my family and me.

I love to feature brands that I not only wear in my real life, but also make for an interesting image on Instagram. Skechers is a perfect fit for this Instagram Yogi Mom. I truly value my followers and want to represent companies that I feel are something that I can endorse and recommend to the people that follow me.

My life isn’t all about the beach, yoga and children. I also love to dress up from time to time. Skechers has many wedges and cute sandals for me when I’m not busy being a mother and teacher and my husband and I get to go out on a date.  If you are looking for a cute, affordable, comfortable shoe, try out Skechers. If you strike a pose in your cute new shoes for Instagram, don’t forget to tag @beachyogagirl!

Since Kerri began her Instagram account three years ago, fashion, yoga and photography have helped grow @beachyogagirl to 750,000 followers. Learn more about Kerri at beachyogagirl.com.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD ENTERS THE RING FOR SKECHERS

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Skechers is staging the ultimate comeback: signing boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard for Relaxed Fit footwear! The legendary showdown will highlight the all-star fighter in a global marketing campaign across all media this fall.

We asked Sugar Ray about joining the Skechers crew, and he’s ready for a knockout campaign: “I love going toe-to-toe with the best – and I’m ready to put on a pair of shoes as comfortable as Relaxed Fit and go a few rounds for this brand.”

An American boxing icon for nearly 40 years, Sugar Ray’s talent and charisma has taken him from winning gold to 80’s Boxer of the Decade to the face of American boxing on TV: along with his upcoming Skechers campaign, he’s also delivering blow-by-blow commentary on NBC Sports’ Premier Boxing Champions series. He’s our first boxer to enter the ring in Relaxed Fit footwear, joining our “Hall of Fame” sports legends that have included Pete Rose, Joe Montana and Joe Namath, along with the world famous drummer Ringo Starr.

We can’t wait to share Sugar Ray’s new campaign with the world and have this great champ in our corner. Stay tuned for his first commercial later this year!

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