Thursday, January 28, 2016

Food for Thought

Trust me.
I know how hard it is to keep a positive attitude throughout a long work week, especially when the weekend, or possibly a vacation, is right around the corner. There are always people that get on your nerves and things that get under your skin, but the first step to a better attitude is letting go of the negative! Here are some quotes to help you stay motivated throughout the day and to help remind you that you can do it, even if you don’t believe yourself at first.

Life is a roller coaster, and sometimes you might just be at that low point. The worst possible thing you can do is give up. Look around you. You have so much support, whether that is coworkers, family members, friends, or pets, everyone wants to see you succeed. Everybody has bad days, but that just means that a great day is right around the corner! The funny thing about life is that it goes on and it will be a great ride.

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Always-speak-and-think-kindly-of-yourself-Your-soul-needs-your-loveThis is a quote I need to start reminding myself of daily. Sometimes your biggest fan has to be yourself! You have to pick yourself up when you are down, and why not pat yourself on your back when you accomplish something. Lately, so many people have been bringing themselves down or thinking they aren’t good enough, but you need to hold yourself with more respect. If you don’t love yourself, no one else will want to. Why not love yourself and see what amazing things you can accomplish!

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Never give up on your day dream. There is never a prerequisite to achieving what you want besides your attitude. If you believe that you can do it, then you will. Dare to dream and dream whatever you want! The best ideas come when you set your mind to it and you resist to give up. When the risks are high, the success is usually magnificent!

Photo on left from Google

Photo above from Google


You can’t have the best day ever everyday of your life otherwise nothing would make those days so special! Unfortunately, there are negatives that happen everyday, but those things can’t distract you from the good that is appearing in your life. A smile, a text from an old friend, a compliment, or maybe you saw a dog on your lunch time walk are just a few examples of positives that can affect your day. Try to give these items more significance than the negatives and watch how quickly your mood flips (for the better!)

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This final quote for this post is probably my favorite one of all of these. Why not make someones day a little brighter? It does nothing to your day besides the benefit of putting YOU into a better mood as well. Helping to make someone else smile is one of the best things you can do for someone. You never know what someone is struggling with and sometimes all they need is someone to be there for them and say “everything is going to be alright.” There are so many people these days who want to bring people down that having one person to defy the norm and make someone feel included and special, is one of the greatest things you can do. Being a good person doesn’t cost you anything, but the rewards are priceless.
Photo above from Google
Photo above from Google

Hopefully these quotes help to put you in a good mindset for the weekend. There are always negatives throughout a day, but you must remember to have the positives shine brighter.  Sometimes all it takes to turn your day around is to remind yourself that you are worth it! Smile to those who need a smile, but always remember to smile at the person in the mirror too! A positive attitude goes a long way and don’t get too caught up in the setbacks in life…because it goes on!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Properly Geared for Winter?

{It finally happened! Winter found the upper Midwest of the United States despite El Nino's best efforts.  Better luck for us next year. In the mean time we have to deal with the inbound arctic air.  That means breaking the insulated footwear out of the closet or heading to your local reputable retailer for a new pair. First, I should say that if you are waiting until it actually gets cold you are probably too late to get the best selection.  Most retailers begin selling winter footwear in October and smart shoppers think ahead.  Try not to be upset at the sales associate if you go in January and the selection is limited.  It is a seasonal product and it will not likely get restocked so late in the season.

What to buy, however?  The best looking pair you see? Sometimes, but certainly not always.  As with many things, this comes down to what you are actually going to be using them for.  The insulation in a cute insulated boot for walking from the car to the office will be greatly different from that in a boot for the city sanitation worker who spends hours outside at a time. It is important that you match the insulation to the activity.  Remember that insulation is a barrier that not only keeps cold air out but warm air in.  There is a great desire by people to go for the most insulation when they work outside a lot but this is not necessarily the best answer.  If you are very active while outside you will produce a lot of body heat and the higher insulation will not allow it to escape fast enough causing your body to overheat.  The end result of this is sweat and when you sweat in cold weather your body will get cold as it dries.  The reverse also occurs when too little insulation is coupled with inactivity and little body heat. It varies from person to person and their bodies as to how much insulation they need.  On average I recommend 600 to 800 grams of thinsulate for active work in the cold Midwestern environment and 800 to 1000 grams for inactive. 

Now what about the types of insulation and what is the best?  Insulation works by trapping air molecules between your feet and the outside air.  The more air that can be trapped, the less space for any cold air or heat to pass through.   Natural materials such as down or shearing work well but thinsulate is arguably the best product available.  Thinsulate is a synthetic material who's fine fibers are able to trap more air in less space.  It is 1.5 times more effective than down.  Just remember the more grams of thinsulate in the boot the more air trapped and the warmer the boot.  As always, visit a reputable local retailer, such as Rogan’s Shoes, for assistance with what type or how much insulation to get.}

To shop the stock of winter boots at Rogan's Shoes, click here!

This blog contains information from Ross Sykes, district manager of Rogan's Shoes Milwaukee stores and corporate sales. To see his original blog, click here

Friday, January 15, 2016

Time to Give Winter the BOOT?

Does it feel like winter is dragging on while summer seems further and further away from us? From having no snow over Christmas here in the Midwest, to having our cities turned into snow globes overnight, most of us can agree that we are more than ready for the changing of the season.

But, before we wish the winter weather away, why don't we take advantage of one great perk that comes with winter...BOOTS!

Sometimes, all it takes for an outfit (or a day) to go from DRAB to totally FAB is a great pair of shoes, more specifically a great pair of boots! So forget about the gloomy, winter weather and get ready to tackle the day head on.  From the sleek booties style to a dramatic over-the-knee cut, we offer everything that can spice up a look in seconds! 

Boot styles have flourished in recent years, enabling fashion trends to come about that can be unique to ones own identity. So why not take a great pair of boots and run with it! 

Here are some of our favorite styles:
  1. Looking to go for an edgy look? Then, you can never go wrong with our Unionbay Sheldon Ankle Boots. With the gold accents on the brown faux leather, these boots have become a trend you don't wanna miss out on!

         To complete this look, pair the boots with a cream colored sweater, army green jacket,          black pants, and your FAVORITE statement jewelry piece. Don't forget to wear gold to          help emphasize the gold in the shoe!

   2.  Since its seems like the winter sky is always gray and cloudy, let's add a pop of color to         our wardrobe! With our Bella Vita Zana Ankle Boot in Burgundy, we can get that pop of         color we are looking for without sacrificing the chic look of our outfit. This boot does               have a 3 inch heel, but it seems to shout, "Look out Spring! We're coming for you!" 

       For a put-together-look that could be worn for a day at the mall or thrown on after 8 am          yoga class before going to work, you can add skinny jeans that are cuffed right above            where the boot starts. By showing only a sliver of your ankle, you are drawing more              attention to the part of your leg peeping through, making your legs look slimmer! Pair            with a winter beige winter cardigan, white v-neck t-shirt and a bulky plaid scarf.

   3. Can't decide if you want to wear black or brown today? Why choose! With the                        Bandolino Cranne Tall Dress Boot, you can have the best of both worlds. This two-                toned leather style helps to add that extra flare to your outfit by pulling accents of brown        and black, to create an sophisticated style. 

      With this style boot, you can't go wrong with some knee high socks. Besides keeping             your lower legs warm in the brutal winters, these socks help to elongate your legs and           show off your unique personality with the many colors/designs. Add some jeggings, a           solid color shirt and a pastel faux leather jacket to create a sassy, but classy look.

  4. Dropping the kids off at school or maybe picking them up from soccer practice? Don't           sacrifice style for comfort when we have the perfect boot to show the other parents that         you're a part-time fashionista, as well as a full-time mom! With our UGG Akadia Ankle       Boot, your feet will stay warm in the sheepskin accents and you'll never want to take             them off!

      Go ahead, throw on some comfy pants, a half-zip sweatshirt and a vest and you're more       than ready to tackle the cold with class.

  5. Ready to take boots to the next level? How about over-the-knee? With our Chinese  Laundry Riley Tall Dress Boots, you can be certain that all eyes will be on you during            Date Night or Girl's Night out on the town. The stretchy back design of the shoe helps to        fit your body type while the black leather creates a smooth look.

     Tie these boots in with a chic faux vest with a classy black dress. Make sure the dress          goes a little above the boots (respectively) so you can show off the over-the-knee                  feature.

Even though winter seems to be dragging on, we don't mind that BOOT season continues! We hope we have a pair that suits your lifestyle and if you're not a boot girl check out the rest of our selection on our website

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Stay on Track: 6 Tips to Keep your Weight Loss Resolution

The New Year usually comes heavily loaded with New Year's Resolutions. More often than not, those resolutions include going to the gym more, eating healthy and weight loss. Here's some tips to help make achieving those goals a little easier to help you stay on track.

We mentioned above that it's important to have the right shoes for the task you're looking to accomplish. If you're interested in running outdoors, a trail running shoe might be the right one for you. Check out our blog on how to run outdoors in the winter safely. If you're looking to have a full gym-going experience, a cross trainer or training shoe is probably the optimal choice for you; you'll receive support during your cardio workout as well as when you're lifting weights. All the brands you love like New Balance, Nike, Adidas and Asics create a cross training shoe. Some of our favorites (pictured below) are the Asics Gel-Craze (left), the New Balance Wx711 (middle) and last, but certainly not least, the Nike Flex Supreme TR 2 (right). Who said your gym shoes can't look cute?

Training Shoes for the gym