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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

As a very famous singer once said, “Give peace a chance.” Established in 1981 after unanimous resolution by the United Nations, the International Day of Peace provides for a date (September 21) shared around the globe “for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.”

We share in that commitment and asked our Skechers friends around the world seen in the images below to flash their peace signs to commemorate this important day.  To learn more about special events happening tied to this year’s UN theme of “Together for Peace:  Respect, Safety and Dignity for All,” check out the map at internationaldayofpeace.org.  We want to hear from you!  Let us know how you plan to reflect and act in the name of global peace in the comments.

HEALTHY MINDSET WITH DANETTE MAY

We partnered with fitness and lifestyle gurus for an ongoing series featuring the YOU by Skechers wellness collection. In our first installment, author and nutritionist Danette May helps us find a healthy mindset for a healthy YOU…

As a busy wife, mother and business owner, I don’t really have a “typical” day. In fact, sometimes my days are so crazy-busy that I don’t even know which day of the week it is! I literally run from one activity to the next, trying to squeeze all that I can into one day, all while doing my best to breathe, find balance and stay positive.

One thing I do every day are rituals and establish non-negotiables. These are what keep me grounded, sane and moving forward in my deep-seated dreams and soul purpose.

I start my day drinking lemon water and meditating. I then proceed to getting my girls off to school on time. Once the kids are off to school, it’s time to work on my growing business. During the business day, I ensure I make time for moving my body and getting in to nature. When I head to the store, the gym or a casual meet up, I slip on my Skechers. These shoes are so convenient for me and since I can just slip them right on without having to tie them, it’s one less step for me, which allows me to race to my next activity quicker!  And when I put them on, there is a sense of comfort and support underneath me, and that’s exactly what I need to get through my busy day! That’s why I love YOU by Skechers so much!

As the day closes, and I’m around the dinner table with my family, I am thankful for daily rituals.  Rituals of healing foods, healing movement and a healing mindset to keep me aligned with all the creations blooming in my soul.

Colorado girl Danette May is a certified fitness professional, author, Pilates instructor and nutritionist, with over 15 years in the business. Through her positive messaging, motivation & fitness plans, she has changed the lives of thousands of people by transforming their bodies & helping them achieve their fitness & wellness goals. She holds a degree in pre-med and nutrition, and is the founder of Mindful Health, LLC, a platform that provides millions of people around the world with the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to look and feel their best while inspiring them to live more healthy and zestful lives. Learn more about Danette at DanetteMay.com.

FALL FAMILY BOOTS WITH MOTHERHOOD AND MERLOT

We partnered with Joanna Clute from Motherhood and Merlot to show us how to gear up the entire family with Skechers boots for the fall season.

With the change in season right around the corner, Skechers has some fabulous boot styles for everyone in your crew. From toddler booties, to school-age kiddos and adults, there is something for everyone. I love the fall season, and boots/booties are a must have for your closet when the weather starts to cool down. My girls and I chose very different styles. It’s great that Skechers has so many options, so that everyone has something to wear.

Bell sleeves and ruffles are trending big time now, and I would put them on all of my kids if they would let me! My two youngest girls will be living in this trend this season. I love that the gold Little Lady booties pair so well with dresses, or pants and a cute top. Here in Arizona, we can pretty much wear dresses all year round, but I know that fall in some areas is much cooler, so these versatile booties are perfect for all climates.

My favorite way to pair my daughter’s western-style Mad Dash booties are with a flannel t-shirt dress. I adore the way that this looks on her, and it is so easy to style! These booties also come in black, as well as the brown color that she is wearing.

For myself, I chose the burgundy Taxi – Accolade booties and I am obsessed! Red is a power color for fall, and these booties do not disappoint. They look great with jeans, or a dress (with bell sleeves of course), and the color is just perfect for the warm tones of fall.

Plus, they have the soft memory foam insole, so they are EXTREMELY comfortable. When walking around with four kids at the pumpkin patch, this is a must for me! These are also available in taupe, which I am dying to get, and black. A must-have in every color.

A huge thanks to Skechers for asking me to share some fall looks for the whole family with all of you! It is so much fun rocking these adorable booties and getting to dress up my girls as we all prepare for fall.

What are your favorite fall styles this season? Let me know in the comments! And check out my blog Motherhood and Merlot for more seasonal outfits, beauty posts, and motherhood topics.

SUMMER WRAP UP

Can you believe we’ve reached Labor Day weekend already?  It feels like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating the start of the summer by planning out all the exciting things we would do and now here we are at the end. Yes, we know that technically summer continues for a couple more weeks but let’s be honest, with a new school year kicking off, busier schedules and cooler weather on the way, the sunniest season will soon be fading into the rear view mirror.

As you kick back and relax with friends and family on one last summer weekend, it’s a great time to take a moment and consider all the great things you’ve done the last couple months.  Did you get through your entire summer plans list?  We wanted to share some of our favorite moments with Skechers discovered on Instagram. Based on what we’re seeing, it looks like it’s been a fantastic couple months for everyone. From @momdutyblog having family fun at a park above to all the relaxation, dancing and adventures seen in the gallery below. Thank you to all who tagged #skechers this summer, and please keep it up!  We love seeing your pix and can’t wait to see how you style and wear skechers in the autumn months ahead!

THE BRAZIL YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE

The first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about Brazil is the beautiful beaches, Rio de Janeiro, samba and bossa-nova, isn’t it? But at this time, our Brazilian team invites us to know a different country, touristic but at the same time simple. The team invited four couples from Instagram to show us the best countryside places you must know and how is their days pass by with Skechers.

A weekend in Rio de Janeiro hills

Clara and Gustavo, from @lugaresqueamamos show Rio from a different perspective. The state of Rio de Janeiro has natural and cultural riches that go far beyond the beautiful beaches. There are many other super cool places to know in the Marvelous City. Our mission was to put lightweight Skechers sneakers on our feet and leave to clear another side of the city.

The first stop was at Mirante Dona Marta, a touristic spot that is very famous due to the beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro. The Mirante has 360 meters and, from the top, you can see the Cristo Redentor, the Pão de Açúcar, the Maracanã Stadium, the Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, among others. Having a free day in Rio de Janeiro, you can also go to nearby places, and feel another way to enjoy your trip, leaving the beaches and the hot weather behind to enter into a mountain range called Serra Fluminense. It’s a colder place and you can know Teresópolis, the city that was the capital of the country and where the emperors built their palaces in the XVIII century.

Just two hours from the city of Rio, Teresópolis boasts its beauty in many ways, whether through the towering mountains or the trails that lead to waterfalls, wells and overlooks with stunning views. Among the attractions are the famous Pico de Deus, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos and Granja Comary. This last place is the seat of the Brazilian Football Confederation. In just one weekend it was possible to enjoy Rio de Janeiro in different but incredible ways. And at all times our Skechers accompanied us making our walk even more pleasurable and comfortable.

Beautiful horizons from Belo Horizonte

The second couple we invited, Filipe and Renata from @estilofire, show us the charm of Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. It´s separated from Rio de Janeiro by mountains and fields where people grow coffee. Because of its history, Belo Horizonte was born modern. As the first planned Brazilian city, in 1897, BH (as we call it), was growing gentle, like its native people. It’s where you’ll find the most receptive and warm people of the country, who are, by far, the best attraction of the city. No visit to BH is complete without a visit to the Pampulha Lagoon, a touristic complex of the city that houses the Pampulha Church—designed by the renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, the same professional that designed our political capital, Brasilia.

Continuing the ride by the beautiful landscape and architecture, we find the Praça da Liberdade. It´s a synthesis of different styles, bypassing the Circuito Liberdade, recognized as the most important cultural areas of the country. It features 15 buildings including museums, centers of culture and formations that exhibit different aspects of the cultural and artistic universe. Parque Serra do Curral is formed by the mountains that surround the city and holds natural and artistic wonders within beautiful environmental reserves. In recent years Belo Horizonte has gained prominence through the Inhotim Institute, one of the most popular cultural centers in the world. Through all of our explorations wearing Skechers made the journey beyond comfortable.

A romantic walk in Piracicaba, the Brazilian Florence

In the heart of São Paulo state, there is a charming city cut by a magical river where the cupid plays and people fall in love with each other through an eternal dancing night. It is Piracicaba, the Brazilian Florence, the Bride of the Hill, the place where Lorena and Matheus, from the @eaivamosnos, chose for sightseeing. Tourists can note that they arrived in a different place when they heard the strong countryside accent and see all the young people living who study at one of the eight local universities. One of the universities is ESALQ-USP, with an environment full of beautiful gardens and lawns with neoclassical buildings created by Belgian landscape architect Arsenio Puttemans in 1907.

The city grew up around the Piracicaba river, one of the most important rivers of São Paulo. One of its main touristic points is the Engenho Central, built to replace slave labor by the wage earner and mechanizations. Those who access it through Avenida Beira Rio have the privilege of crossing the Suspension Bridge, from where you can observe the current of the river and the old buildings of the Engenho. Ahead of the Suspension Bridge is the Rua do Porto (Porto Street), famous for its restaurants with traditional fish on the grill. And, next door, there is a good option for walking, “Parque do Rua do Porto”!

These two loved wearing Skechers on this adventure and told us: “What got us out of the comfort of our couch was the comfort of Skechers shoes. When we realized how comfortable the shoes were, we wanted to put them on for a lot of walking. And we did two days of walking in Piracicaba. And when we got home, we did not even feel the need to take out our shoes… No tired feet!”

São Roque, the wine city in São Paulo countryside

Mariliza and Paulo, from @tripadoiss, visited two cities in São Paulo countryside. They started in São Roque which is an easy place for a short trip to enjoy beautiful walks, varied restaurants and the wines, spirits, distilled, artichokes and sweets produced in the city.

Especially worthy of checking out is the ecological reserve known locally as “Mata da Câmara”, a municipal park in which one can admire the natural vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, with its typical orchids, bromeliads, etc. The area is part of the so-called “greenbelt of the Atlantic Forest”, recognized as a natural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

An American Settlement in Brazil

Their second stop should be especially interesting to Americans. Did you know that there was an American immigration to Brazil? Yes! Southern survivors of the Civil War started immigration to Brazil in 1867. The chosen city was Santa Barbara d’Oeste, in the São Paulo countryside. Along with their customs and cultures, Americans also brought new agricultural methods and techniques and new religious creeds to Brazil. On September 10, 1871, the first Brazilian Baptist church was founded in those lands. The city is also considered the birthplace of the automobile industry in Brazil, responsible for the production of the first automobile in Brazil in 1956, Romi-Isetta. Mariliza and Paulo laced up their Skechers sneakers and enjoyed the nice weather and saw it as a perfect chance for a workout in the park.

What a trip with so much to see! Brazil is a massive country with varying climates so there’s always somewhere to find great weather any time of year. The transitional spring-like season from now through October is particularly perfect for a visit filled with blooms ahead of the summer heat. Have you ever been to Brazil?  Let us know your favorite part of this beautiful South American nation in the comments. And don’t forget to visit skechers.com to find your next perfect pair of comfortable shoes for global exploration!

 

LET’S RELAX AS SUMMER SLOWS DOWN

It seems incredibly appropriate that today is National Relaxation Day. We suggest marking the occasion as a reminder to take a deep breath and enjoy these last couple weeks of August before the end of the unofficial summer season. With all the travel and getaways and barbecues and beach days, sometimes summer seems to pass by in the blink of an eye as the cooler days of autumn sneak up on us.
When it comes to footwear, relaxation and comfort go hand in hand and Skechers Relaxed Fit styles offer a roomier toe box and a soft air-cooled memory foam insole to ensure you’re feeling great at every step so you can maintain that late-season zen. The men’s Madolly lace-up sneaker is perfect for a trek out the beach cruiser away from the crowds.  When it’s just you and the path ahead, it’s easy to find your zone and let your mind let go.

Sometimes chillaxing with a friend with no plans in the future is exactly what the doctor ordered. Coordinating colors of your comfortable knitted slip-ons is optional, but as you can see the men’s Expected – Gomel in navy and the women’s Breathe Easy – Lassie in blue could be a perfect ice breaker as you and a date drift off into a long laugh-filled conversation about your favorite episodes of Always Sunny.  It’ll be a silly conversation but what makes it amazing is that you have nowhere else to be.

In the end, all that matters is locking in the time to do whatever sets your mind at ease. It almost seems counterproductive to make an appointment for relaxation, but if we don’t carve out the time in our busy lives—it just passes us by!  So don’t miss out and treat yourself while the sun is still bright and the weather still warm.  A few more perfectly comfy slip on Relaxed Fit styles—the Men’s Harper – Moven and women’s Breathe Easy – Like Crazy seen above.  And the women’s Empire – Inside Look seen below.  Let us know what you’re doing to find relaxation this summer in the comments!

BLOG TAKEOVER: LIFE IN BALI

We sent a few pairs of Skechers to Bali for expat American writer Caroline Griswold to share her take on what it means to live in paradise when you’re not just a tourist.

Bright sunlight streams in through my curtains, and the roosters up the road are crowing. I hear some distant chanting at a temple, and the fragrant incense from the daily offerings wafts through the air. These foreign, yet comforting, sensory experiences have all become familiar the past three months I’ve been living on the island of Bali.

Full of beautiful landscapes, lush vegetation and cheerful people, Bali has everything I could ever want. I’ve spent the last three months in Canggu, an area of South West Bali that’s just a 20-minute scooter ride away from the bustling city of Seminyak. During the typical day in Bali, I usually have some tropical fruit for breakfast, go to yoga, and get some work done at Dojo, a coworking space just steps from the beach.

Seen above:  The Vinyasa – Beach Bae sandal during yoga practice and a relaxing fruit breakfast in the BOBS Day 2 Nite espadrille in turquoise. Plus, below as well on the scooter is the Ultra Flex – First Choice.


Yes, you read that right. It is possible to get work done in Bali. Doing so, however, has made me way more effective at time management. With so many adventures available a short scooter ride away, it’s definitely difficult to be disciplined and work on my laptop instead of exploring a hidden waterfall or wandering through a monkey forest. Somehow, in this verdant paradise, I manage.

Every day, it seems like more and more tourists come to the island, but I honestly don’t blame them. Who wouldn’t want to come here and relax on beautiful black sand beaches, sipping from a refreshing coconut? Doesn’t trekking along picturesque rice terraces among lush greenery seem more appealing than a morning commute on the highway? I can assure you that a picture of a Balinese sunset on Instagram doesn’t compare to witnessing it in person, relaxing on a bean bag on the beach.


Below the BOBS in chestnut and the Reggae – Zig Swag sandal are perfect for beach days.


Whatever your style may be, Bali probably has something for you. Adventure, relaxation, and endless natural beauty — along with beautiful people and culture — make for a destination like no other on this planet.

Caroline Griswold is a writer originally from Los Angeles, and currently living in Bali, Indonesia. Check out her website thecarolinegriswold.com, or follow her on Instagram @grizshiz. Pictures by Conor Macken. See more of his shots on Instagram @conor_macken.

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