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GET MONOCHROMATIC WITH NORMCORE FEATURING D’LITES

Sometimes you just want to be comfortable without the flash and effort that goes into dressing to impress. Now those everyday anti-trend casual basics of the nineties has evolved into a style unto itself and two decades later that blank canvas look has become the trend known as normcore. Built on the foundation of blending in with unpretentious and average-looking style—it’s a rejection of the loud and flashy look-at-me culture driving our social media reality-tv obsessed world. Finally, it’s hot to be comfortable and desirable to be effortlessly basic. As Skechers was born in the nineties, we still offer designs inspired by the looks of that era that will flawlessly pair to your everyday normcore style.

Perfect for hanging out with friends on the weekend or a night out in the city feeling cool and comfortable, Skechers D’Lites have been a mainstay in the collection for more than decade.  Inspired by the big unisex Skechers Sport sneakers born in the nineties, every pair has been updated with a soft Skechers Memory Foam insole that delivers total comfort.  Available in whites and blacks, these styles pair perfectly with denim and a tee or go with the overalls and dress it down even more. Who cares so why not?   Seen in the photos:   Biggest Fan in black/white and Fresh Start in black.

As summer approaches and the days get hotter, the sunshine practically demands you wear sandals. With platform outsoles that deliver an incredible amount of cushioning, the Cali Cloud9 and Skechers Burst—Introspect sandals will feel great heading to an outdoor concert or festival, browsing at the record store, or just lounging around. Available in basic blacks and whites, these sandals will match up with worn jean shorts and the first plain tee you grab in your drawer.

Normcore means different things to everyone so tell us your thoughts on today’s top trend in the comments.  We also want to see how you pair Skechers to create the perfect look.  Show us your favorites on Instragram with #skechersstyle and #normcore today!

 

BLOG TAKEOVER: A DAY IN A MOM’S LIFE

 

In celebration of Mother’s Day next week, we asked the multi-talented Amy Kavelaris to share moments of her life as a mom. The artist, author, illustrator, art school owner and blogger dressed up in her favorite Skechers and shared her personal side with us in a series of beautiful snaps that chronicle a day in her life.

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Although I work from home several days a week, we are also constantly on-the-go. Truth be told, we are crazy about our Skechers and how they have every kind of shoe for every activity under the sun. Their Skechers Memory Foam insoles are dreamy and I am often amazed at all of the different beautiful styles!

Here we are at my art school, Bloom-Prints Studio. In this beautiful, eclectic space, with original hard-wood plank floors dating back to the turn of the century, I am constantly inspired while teaching fine art classes to all ages.

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“Surround yourself with great content” has always been my motto, so as often as we can, our little family loves to find a great museum, or a historical site for inspiration. We adore our Milwaukee Art Museum, and the classes and enrichment they offer (you might have seen it featured in Transformers 3).

Since my husband and I both own businesses, we are constantly working. So, as a family we find it crucial to unplug and find time to play with our sweet girl. We live in the Midwest in an area called the “Lake Country.” So of course whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter… you can usually find us at the lake.

And ANY opportunity we get, we spend time outdoors. Here we are, parkside, reading our book Bloom With Mi which I wrote and illustrated. It’s a sweet story about a girl named “Mi” who learns how to give back and celebrate others, and a portion of every sale goes towards a different give-back organization each month.

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and blooming Mother’s Day! And thank you for stopping by!

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Picnic 3Drawn in black and white to connect with every girl, Amy Kavelaris’ best-selling book Bloom with Mi is a sweet tale of a girl named “Mi” who has an opportunity to make life about herself… or about others. Every time she decides to use her gifts for someone else, she leaves her “bloom” behind. Follow the Bloom With Mi journey on Instagram as @AmyKavs, at Amy’s blog or on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

BLOG TAKEOVER: GET HEALTHY WITH SARA HALEY

Hey Moms! One of our biggest struggles is how to take care of ourselves while taking care of our kids, so today we’re talking to fitness and lifestyle mompreneur Sara Haley on how we can stay fit, healthy and happy as parents. She has a lot of wise advice from her experiences in the mommy trenches… read on to learn seven easy ways you can improve your life, every day.

 

1. Get outside! The weather can have a huge effect on your health and happiness. Even when it’s not so nice, I still encourage you to get outside whenever you can. The fresh air wakes you up and when the sun is out, it can’t help but put you in a better mood. Walk wherever you can, with or without the kids, and maybe even turn it into a workout! (P.S. If you’re looking for some workout inspiration, check out my free 10 Day Upper Body Blast workout at UpperBodyBlast.com.)

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2. Keep your Bag of Health stocked! If you don’t have one, you need to keep one with you always, so you don’t give in to bad habits just because you weren’t prepared. I keep mine packed by the front door, or just leave it in my car.

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My Bag of Health is always stocked with:

1) water

2) a lock (in case I make it to the gym)

3) fiber and/or protein bars

4) an extra bag to help keep it green with any last minute shopping

5) My Skechers (Flex Appeal – Obvious Choice is my favorite), leggings, a sports bra and top

Having these things on me at all times helps keep me healthy by keeping me hydrated, avoiding evil cravings, and giving me a chance to get a last-minute workout. Add anything that will save you from your normal excuses!

 

3. Hydrate! I always make sure that both my kids and I stay hydrated. My number one health tip for everyone, but especially moms and moms-to-be, is that when you think you are hungry, you are more than likely just dehydrated, so drink H20 as often as you can! Keep a water bottle on you at all times (like in your Bag of Health).

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4. Start cleaning – housework counts! Did you know that 30 minutes of vacuuming burns 119 calories and 30 minutes of washing your floor burns 187 calories? Seriously, if you can’t fit in a traditional workout, than start cleaning! I just slip on my Skechers Stretch Fit: Glider – Deep Space shoes (no laces required), pull out my favorite vacuum and start burning some calories and clearing my mind. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than sitting down in a tidied up, crumb-free room. (Did I really just say that? LOL #momlife)

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5. Laugh and smile as often as possible. Smiling is contagious. When you’re having a “mom moment” or better yet, when your kids are having a “kid moment,” SMILE or make them laugh! Tickling is a guaranteed path to laughter at my house. The sound of children’s laughter, especially my own boys’, is music to my ears. It makes me feel like I’m doing my job right. Remember, staying healthy isn’t just about the food we eat and the way we move our bodies, but about how we feel too.
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6. Do nothing. What? Yeah, right! Trust me, I know the feeling. When my oldest is at preschool and my youngest is down for a nap, I immediately get cleaning, start writing, make a phone call, check social media, the list goes on and on. But I’m encouraging you, as well as reminding myself, to take five minutes (or even more) and just sit, breathe, and have a moment to tell yourself “Good job, Mama.”

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7. Bonus Tip: Let it go! Fellow mamas will understand this one: I was trying to get a pic of me and my boys in our Skechers, but the timing was horrible. Landon (my oldest) had just come home from school and was clearly exhausted and not into it. I thought about it and said to myself, “Sara, just let it go. It’s not that important.” And let’s be honest, in the scheme of things it wasn’t. So for your mental health, and for your kids, pick your battles and choose sometimes to Let It Go!

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Thanks for listening! I hope these tips will help you in your quest to be a fit, healthy, and happy mom.

 

SaraHaleypicSara Haley is an active mom of two and creator of the Expecting MORE workout series for moms and moms-to-be. Check out her workout programs at SaraHaley.com/shop and chat with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Periscope @sarahaleyfit.









BLOG TAKEOVER: FESTIVAL STYLE WITH MERMAID WAVES

The unofficial start of the 2016 music festival season kicks off today at Coachella in Indio, California. With headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Guns ‘n Roses and Calvin Harris, the legendary event has options for every eclectic taste. But as any festival veteran knows, it’s about more than just the music. Finding the ideal outfits for hours under the bright sunshine is part of the fun. We checked in with style blogger Dani McGowan of Mermaid Waves who paired her favorite festival fashion with Skechers.

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I had to create a bohemian look for festival season.  Just because its bohemian doesn’t mean it has to be basic.  I took inspiration from my favorite fashion era, the seventies.  Adding some vintage glam to your bohemian look will make it anything but basic this season.  These Skechers Footsteps-Jagged Edge sandals have a cork wedge that complements a bohemian-inspired outfit.  They are the perfect festival shoe with a memory foam sole that you can dance in all day long, and a small wedge for the right amount of height.  I paired my sandals with an embroidered top and cargo shorts.  My favorite part of festival styling is piling on the accessories, for festivals ADD another accessory before you walk out the door.  A vintage scarf is a great way to look glam and also keep your hair in place.  Oversized sunnies are my eyewear of choice for every occasion.

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This look is a tribute to the ultimate girl gang–the Spice Girls.  What better way to celebrate music than taking inspiration from some of your favorite ladies?! I paired a simple striped dress with my Skechers Breeze Low – Moon and Stars sandals.  I am so attached to these sandals, I wear them to the ballet studio, to school, to the spa, and now to a festival!  Having a jacket or some kind of extra layer is key to staying comfortable when at a festival all day.  You never know when some kind of crazy weather will kick in.  I keep mine tied around my waist, doubling as a cute accessory.  I just had to incorporate another vintage scarf into this look, this time I tied it around my neck.  I never travel without some kind of bag, its best to keep everything you need to survive the day (sunscreen, lip balm, money) in one place.  Who doesn’t love a sparkly pizza purse?! It doubles as the perfect photo prop!

LOOK THREE:

Festivals are a major workout so make sure your outfit is up for the job.  I am rocking my Skechers D’lites with some flirty ruffled socks.  These sneakers are great for running around from the stages to the food tents.  I love a simple piece I can throw on and wear all day, so I chose this vintage tennis dress to add the sporty vibe.  These floral sunnies are so much fun and the ideal way to spice up a sporty look.  This backpack is one that I DIYed myself, I added patches and pompons to create a bag perfect for me!  I have been taking this bag with me on all my vacation and festival adventures and it reminds me of many fun memories each time I carry it.

Dani McGowan is the fashion guru behind the Mermaid Waves blog.  Follow her on Instagram to see her latest looks for the spring season.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES ON MEGHAN TRAINOR’S NEW TV SPOT

It started with her print ad and then the #MTrainSkechers campaign took over your television! In her new commercial that launched last month, Meghan Trainor finds herself in a nightclub that’s just as cool and fun as the totally retro Skechers Originals collection shoes that she’s wearing. The shoot was a family affair for all involved with Meghan’s parents and brother on-set for the elaborate production. Skechers president Michael Greenberg even stopped by with his daughter to say hello to the Grammy-winning pop star.

It’s all about fresh and new for Meghan right now.  From her striking red hair to her sophomore album Thank You releasing on May 13 to the sweet Skechers Originals kicks you’ll see in the spot. As she told us, “The new album is very, very different. Our latest songs coming in are very urban and hard and hit you in your face with a little bit of funk and I love that! I love how different it is but you can feel my influence in my throwback love. I think it takes confidence to take risks and be original. Skechers has truly embraced this message in the new campaign and I can’t wait for my fans to see it!”  Take a look at the video below for a sneak peek with even more insight from Meghan on her album, her hair change and shooting the new spot!

The commercial features Meghan’s hot new single “NO” that hit #1 on iTunes. Now that you’ve gone behind the scenes, in case you haven’t seen her complete Skechers Originals spot, it’s right here to check out!

Have you picked up a pair of Skechers Originals yet? Find your perfect pair and don’t forget to share your look on Instagram with #MTrainSkechers for us all to see!

Pre-order Meghan’s new album and hear “NO” today at www.meghan-trainor.com.

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BLOG TAKEOVER:  BRITT ON HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE HABITS

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Hi, it’s Britt here from FitBrittNutrition! I’m a Holistic Nutritionist-to-be, and am passionate about ALL things health and fitness related.  After Skechers sent me a pair of their new Flex Appeal shoes to try out, I wanted to share my favorite tips with you that help me stay motivated to work out and all around live a healthier life. We can all get a little lazy with winter’s colder months, so these tips will help you jump right back into your fit-gear.

First, schedule your workouts for the week

That’s right, just like you would schedule a doctor appointment or a lunch meeting, SCHEDULE in those workouts on your calendar for the week! So many of my clients complain that they can’t find the motivation to work out during the week because they get home from work feeling tired, but if you schedule in 3-4 workouts throughout your work week ahead of time, you are more likely to stick to them. I also recommend working out at whatever time you know you will commit to, whether you’re a morning person and that’s before work, on your lunch break, or right after work, perhaps before you go home and get stuck to your couch. Find what time works for you!

Be prepared

Always have a bag of workout necessities stashed in your car. A few workout musts to include in your bag: A pair of your favorite Skechers, shorts/leggings, a workout bra (ladies), tank top, sweat towel, water bottle, a pre-workout snack like a bar (choose one that has clean ingredients that you recognize), and some headphones to play uplifting tunes. Also, plan out your meals on a weekly basis. I use Sundays as my meal planning and prepping day. Doing this ensures I have healthy meals and snacks on hand to eat throughout the week.

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Keep your weekends active

To keep your healthy habits consistent, plan one challenging workout to do every weekend. Whether it’s a new workout class you’ve been wanting to try, something a little unconventional like paddle-boarding, or going on a new hike. Choose a workout you usually don’t have time to do during your work week. I always plan out my weekend activity (which is usually an extra-long hike in a new area) during the beginning of a new week to give me something to look forward to and help me stick to it.

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Revamp date nights with friends

Friends are definitely good for your health, there are studies out there that prove it! However, greasy food and alcoholic beverages (if you are of legal-age) are not so good for your health. So the next time you make “Happy Hour” plans with your friend to catch up, opt for trying a new activity or healthy restaurant together instead, or even both!

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Update your workout shoes

Lastly, and most importantly (at least my feet would think so), update your workout shoes with a new style for 2016. Nothing motivates me like a new pair of shoes I can’t wait to wear to the gym or out hiking. It’s important to invest in a comfortable pair of shoes that are going to support you in whatever your workout (or workouts) of choice may be. You can see the Flex Appeal-Whirl Wind training shoe that Skechers sent me in the pictures. First, can we take a moment to acknowledge how cute they are?! And maybe even more importantly, how comfy and supportive they are…I’ve been rocking these shoes everywhere! Invest in a pair of shoes you feel good about, and that feel good on your feet.

Once you incorporate ALL of these tips, you’ll realize what a healthier week and weekend you’ve created for yourself without too much effort. Soon, these little changes will become habits that will contribute to living a healthy lifestyle that is easy to maintain. Not to mention, you’ll start to realize how amazing your body feels, inside and out, and nothing is more rewarding than that!

Britt Martin is a California native who is passionate about health, nutrition, and fitness. She has her Communication degree from Cal State Fullerton and is currently pursuing her goal of becoming a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant through Bauman College. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, yoga, and her dog-children. For inspiration, workouts, motivation, and lots of health tips and recipes, follow @FitBrittNutrition on Instagram and Facebook or visit her website at fitbrittnutrition.com.

 

DEMI LOVATO LAUNCHES THE SKECHERS BURST HIGH-TOP

Get ready, Lovatics, because here it is–the latest Skechers commercial starring  Demi Lovato for the all new Skechers Burst high-tops collection!  It features cool fashionable sneakers with Air-cooled Memory Foam that offer comfort in every step and a brand new sleek silhouette for a brand new you. These cute and fun must-have demi boots (get it?) are filled with personality and will be the essential way to rock your #SkechersDemiStyle look this spring. Now that you’ve seen what went into creating the spot, preview the final commercial starring Demi right here!

Check out our website now to find your perfect Skechers Burst look from the #SkechersDemiStyle collection. Plus, tell us what you think of Demi’s new commercial in the comments!  And there’s always more in the works with Demi—she has a second new commercial coming later this year—more on that one in the months ahead!

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