Born Boots Shine this Autumn

Born ShoesIt’s hard to ignore all of the awesome fall boots emerging, both on the shelves of our favorite stores and on the feet of those around us. Yes, autumn is finally here, and that means it’s time to bundle up in cozy sweaters, wool socks and a great pair (or six!) of booties.

One brand that stands out to us season after season is Born. With timeless silhouettes and sophisticated design, Born leather riding boots, booties, flats and slip-on’s are pure fall perfection. Each pair is crafted by hand, redefining what it means to make beautiful footwear at an affordable price.

bornBorn has also established another line, Born Crown, which takes intellectual inspiration and incorporates it into gorgeous, refined shoes, boots and wedges. For professionals with a little edge and an appreciation for quality leather footwear, Born Crown shoes may be a new go-to.

What do you love about Born? One of our favorite memories with Born happened last Christmas, when we partnered with them to run a contest and give away shoes to an entire school faculty in Boston. The best part… Born surprised all the kids at the school with their own shoes, too!

Explore Born shoes and see what all the rage is this fall.

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Easy Ways to Give Back this Fall

55102dc929c68b0b346d1b4334cbee79Have you been feeling the urge to give back recently? Last week we went down the street to a local women’s shelter, the Women’s Lunch Place, and donated over 150 pairs of shoes. It was such a wonderful morning and the women were so thrilled with their brand new Naot shoes!

Giving back can feel like an intimidating process, but it’s one of the most wonderful feelings one can experience. And it doesn’t have to be difficult or pricey! We’ve brainstormed some easy, affordable ways to give back this fall that we think you’re bound to love.

Shop smart
There’s nothing easier than giving back with your dollar. Research before you buy, from groceries to shoes, to find those brands that are making positive change for their communities or the earth.

Clean out your closet
Rainy fall days are perfect for tidying up and organizing your life. Rid your closet of summer clothes you don’t think you’ll ever wear again, making room for any new fall purchases. Then donate old clothes to those in need! The same can be done with furniture, books, and more via an organized garage sale.

Share your pet
There aren’t many things that delight us more than our pets. Our beloved dogs and playful kittens can be the perfect cure for a tough day. Passing this onto others may be the perfect way for you to give back! Bringing your dog to a shelter or elderly care facility is bound to put a smile on someone’s face.

Work at a community farm
Transitioning local community gardens from the summer to winter season takes a whole lot of work and labor. Oftentimes these gardens feed those in need and run CSAs, helping others and the earth. Give back by spending a day helping on the farm, complete with dirty knees and a bit of a workout!

Focus on the culinary
Give back to a friend or family member who has done something nice for you or is going through a rough time by cooking them a wonderful meal. If cooking isn’t exactly your thing, try volunteering at a soup kitchen to serve to those in need. As the weather gets chillier, they’ll need more and more help!

Share your skills
What are your strengths? Have you spent your years teaching? Offer your tutoring skills to those who need it most! If you’ve worked in the business realm, there are many opportunities to edit resumes and help others find success in the job market. The opportunities are endless when you focus on exactly what you’re great at and share those skills with the world.

How will you give back this fall? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Be Your Most Productive Self!

b43ec93bef5d621a9acebba69cf73037Sometimes it just feels like there isn’t enough time in the day. You set out in the morning with a mental list of things to get done, only to go to bed at night having accomplished only a few of those tasks. Not being as productive as you once hoped can be frustrating to say the least.

With a little research, we found some tried-and-true methods to increasing productivity! Some are easier said than done, but even adopting one of these strategies is guaranteed to increase your efficiency.

Plan your Micro-Tasks
Starting your day with huge goals (push my way towards a six pack! Finish a huge project!) makes you bound to end up disappointed. Breaking bigger goals into doable micro-tasks is a great way to get things done effectively.  Making a list of tomorrow’s tasks each night allows you to tackle your day head-on the next morning, while also allowing for better sleep due to a settled mind.

Manage your Energy
Instead of thinking about how you’ll manage your time, remember to manage your energy. If you’re most productive in the mornings, set out to accomplish your most important tasks then. Some do well waking up an hour earlier in the morning to focus on what’s most vital, whether that be organizing your day or settling in to some much-needed sunrise meditation. If this cuts into essential hours of sleep, however, prioritize those zzz’s.

You Are What You Eat
As cliché as it sounds, it’s very proven to be true. Starting the day off with a meal filled with vitamins and protein is guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your energy on an uphill climb. As the day goes on, nourishing yourself with nutrient-rich foods only helps sustain your productive vigor.

Physical Trainer Jack LaLanne Swimming in HarborDevelop a Routine
Some of the most successful people in the world have gotten where they are today from establishing routines. Jack LaLanne, fitness extraordinaire, woke up at 4am every day for 60 years to lift weights and do cardio. Every. Single. Day. This brought him to accomplish some of the most impressive fitness feats in the world, from setting a world record for push-ups at the age of 42 to swimming 1.5 miles towing a 1000-pound boat at the age of 70. He accomplished all this, of course, due to his commitment to routine. Whether it’s fitness-related, sitting down to a family dinner or simply getting through your emails every morning, sticking to routines is vital to productivity.

Find your Zen
Where and when are you most productive? Do you get the most done when you tune out, headphones on? Do you find your most creative energy at coffee shops? Find those special atmospheres that help you cross tasks off your list and make it a priority to get there.

Give Yourself a Break
If you’ve had a super productive morning following the above strategies, way to go! Don’t forget, however, to take a break when the going gets tough. Whether that takes the form of an afternoon stroll, sit-down lunch or quick read-over of the newspaper, it’s important to give your mind some time to recharge.

waterSet Reminder Triggers
If being forgetful is one of your strong traits, not to worry! Sometimes even putting to-do’s down on paper isn’t as helpful as it should be. Placing triggers, like your gym bag by the door or reminder notes in your wallet, can help jog your memory of the tasks you need to do most.

Depend on Water
Sometimes the key to reviving your energy is as simple as a cup of H2O. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so oftentimes that sluggish feeling you’re getting is simple dehydration. Instead of reaching for caffeine, try a glass of water first. It may be just what you need to rejuvenate your system.

What are your favorite ways to be productive? 

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An Embellished Edge: Boots

20140730-planetshoes-1225There’s an awesome trend on the horizon this fall: embellished boots. Ever fashionable and always of-the-moment, buckle boots and heavy metals adorn all of our favorite styles this fall.

Buckle up your seat belt—and your boots—and head out on your own amazing journey in our strappy, clasped silhouettes. A quintessential look for fall, it’s easy to shine in the metals of the moment. Silver and gold make it simple to nail down our favorite styles, reminding us of the malleability of taste and experience.

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Some of our favorite embellished boots include OTBT, Old Gringo, Pikolinos and Earthies. When it comes to buckle boots, we adore Timberland, Taos, Kork-Ease, Born and Remonte.

What are your favorite styles? We’d love to hear your faves!

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin_ChaiWell, if you can’t tell already from being literally anywhere on the web, we’re officially in the delicious trenches of pumpkin season. Warm cinnamon pumpkin bread, creamy pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spice lattes… it’s enough to make your mouth water just thinking about it.

However, as delicious as these recipes are (and as important as it is to indulge every once in a while!), they don’t tend to be the healthiest. Filled with fats and sugars, it can be difficult to justify eating all the pumpkin-flavored dishes that strike your fancy.

Luckily, and thanks to One Ingredient Chef, we’ve found an awesome Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe that totally satisfies your pumpkin cravings while staying nutritious. Filled with only whole, raw ingredients, this smoothie contains no preservatives and is filled with antioxidants, vitamin A and potassium.

And of course, as with all smoothies, this recipe is super easy for on-the-go! Just throw all ingredients into the blender, pour it out and head out the door.

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Step One
First, combine all the ingredients except the banana into a blender (almond milk, chai tea, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla) and blend until the tea has completely broken down.

Note: yes, we’re directly adding the tea leaves right into the smoothie. I’ve done this before for chocolate chai tea pudding and it works really well. If you’re using loose leaf tea (as shown in the background), this is no problem. If you’re using a teabag, simply break it open and pour into the blender – Tazo or Peets are great brands for this.

Tip: No pumpkin pie spice at home? Make your own with a combination of any of the following spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

Pumpkin_Chai_TopStep Two
Once this mixture is fully blended, add the frozen bananas – preferably in small chunks for even blending. Adding the bananas last will minimize their time in the blender, and keep the drink as frosty as possible. If you want a thicker/thinner smoothie, simply add more almond milk or frozen banana at the very end.

Garnishing with some homemade coconut whipped cream wouldn’t be a bad idea…

About the One Ingredient Chef
One Ingredient Chef is a healthy food blog run by Andrew Olson. His goal is simple: he wants you to become healthier than ever before while cooking the best food of your life. As he says, “The One Ingredient Diet is my simple answer to a world of processed foods. But this isn’t about munching on lettuce! My job is to show you (step-by-step) how to cook deliciously healthy food with only *real* ingredients.”

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Welcome the PlanetShoes Autumn Lookbook!

20140730-planetshoes-133320140729-planetshoes-115020140730-planetshoes-1390We’re super excited today! It’s a blustery, raw, rainy day here in Boston, but we’re all in good spirits. Why? Because we’re releasing our Autumn Lookbook today!

It’s been quite the process, spanning a couple months at least, but we’re so proud to bring you our best fall fashions, complete with fabulous how-to-wear looks along with the great recipes and travel tips you know and love from PlanetShoes. From picking our favorite product to organizing the photo shoot and putting the whole thing together, our lookbook is the definition of a team effort.

2014_10_01_magalog_fbIf you’ve watched any of our videos, you know we adore the shoes we carry. Our Autumn Lookbook is just an extension of this… a highlight of our most unique, exciting fall product from the brands we adore.

So check it out! We’d love to hear what you think.

Tidings of a happy autumn complete with wonderful shoes,
The PlanetShoes Team

Looking for the blog posts featured in our Autumn Lookbook? Check them out here!

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