Trending Now…Cork-Accented Shoes!


Like the look of cork? Footwear etc. has a bunch of new styles containing cork-styled accents. You can have the interesting look of cork on the upper of the shoe, on the straps, on the heels, and even on the outsole. Cork lends a casual yet classy look to any shoe, and here are a few new models that you’re sure to love!

The SoftWalk Women’s Bandito – this sandal contains SoftWalk’s famous eggcrate footbed, which gives you cushioned comfort with every step. The outsole, however, has a cork-wrapped design, and adds visual interest to the shoe. Love that casual comfort!

The Arcopedico Women’s Scala is a Mary Jane style that has a leather upper that looks like cork! This cute shoe has an anatomic footbed so that your feet can be supported all day long, and the instep strap lets you adjust the shoe for a custom fit. I also like the fact that the outsole is non-slip. I won’t worry so much if I get caught in the rain!

Helle Comfort has a gorgeous sandal called the Elske. This shoe has a patent leather and cork upper with rhinestone embellishments. This is an elegant sandal that you could wear with almost anything! It’s particularly nice since the microfiber-covered footbed is padded and gives great cushioning as well as arch support.

My go-to brand for whenever my feet need extra support, Orthaheel, has a cork-styled sandal in the Yasmin II. This is the perfect shoe for casual wear. The Tri-planar Motion Control footbed provides outstanding support, and I love the cork styling and button embellishments on the upper. It’s an unusual look and I love that it’s just not your everyday old sandal.

Check out the many varieties of cork-accented sandals at Footwear etc. Enjoy the casual style that cork provides!


The Current Favorite Handbag Here…Hobo International’s Joann!

Hobo Joann

When this handbag came into the office, pretty much everything stopped. We all HAD to get a good look at it, because it was just SO pretty. Hobo International has outdone itself once again with a gorgeous oversized wristlet. The Joann is a fabulous bag you can use every day, or even for special occasions. What really makes it pop is the color blocking. This bag is available in Jade/Caramel leather or Black/Caramel leather.

What’s especially nice about this bag is the size. At 10.5” wide x 7” high x 5” deep, it’s an easy to use clutch that can actually HOLD your needed items. For those of us who are sick of having to pare down our necessities, you won’t necessarily have to do so with this bag. I can easily get in my wallet, keys, checkbook, some cosmetics, some medications, and of course some tissues! It completely fits the bill for me; it could do so for you too!

I also love the luxuriousness of the leather. It’s top-grain vintage leather that’s been tumbled for a slightly distressed look. It’s soft and supple and feels great in your hands. The patterned lining is durable and yet attractive with a beautiful circle design. This is a beautiful bag inside and out!

The Joann is not just beautiful, it’s also practical. Not only is it a great size, it has a few interior pockets so that you can stash a few items away. What more could you possibly need from a handbag?

Check out the Joann from Hobo International. It’s gorgeous, practical, and fun!


Love Sandals? Check Out the New Models from Romika!

Romika Suitcase

‘Tis the season to start wearing sandals, and Romika has just come out with some beautiful new designs. Are you in the market for flat sandals? How about a slide? Maybe something dressy? Look no further than Romika. These shoes provide amazing comfort, particularly due to their signature lateral support wings and orthotic-friendly footbeds. These styles are fashion-forward and kind to your feet. Here are a few to entice you….

Romika Women’s Nancy  08 – I love this beautiful slide with its chunky heel. It’s an elegant shoe that you could wear with jeans or with dressier clothing. You can get a custom fit due to three Velcro straps on the upper, and your feet will love the feel of the micro velour and leather-lined footbed. Slides are so easy to wear, and this particular slide can go with so many different types of attire! It’s available in Black Jamaica Leather or Dark Nude Jamaica Leather, and would be an outstanding addition to your wardrobe!

How about a sandal version of this slide? Check out the Romika Women’s Nancy 03. Take all of the great features of the Nancy 08, but add a strap behind the ankle. That one strap helps keep this shoe on your foot more securely. It’s available in Black Jamaica Leather or Basalt Jamaica Leather, and is a superb sandal for both casual or dressier attire.

For a flat slide, try the Romika Women’s Fidschi 22. This is an adorable flat slide with tiny polka dot accents. The metallic leather upper also has complementing suede and button accents. Available in Red/Combi Leather or Black/Combi Leather, this shoe will bring a smile to your face! The insole is soft and cushy, and its leather lining helps wick away moisture from your feet. Who wouldn’t want a fun-looking and great feeling slide like this?

These are just of the few models available from Romika. See how the comfort and style features can really enhance your life!

New Shoes from OluKai and Cute Bags from Baggalini!

Olukai and Baggalini

OluKai has a bunch of new models out for the spring – sandals, slip-on shoes, lace-up shoes, etc. These are wonderful casual shoes that can reflect your relaxed lifestyle, and provide the outstanding comfort you’d expect from this brand. Baggalini has consistently provided superlative quality handbags in all sorts of styles, shapes, and colors, and also has some beautiful new models for the season. Here are a couple of favorites that work great together:

The OluKai Nohea Canvas – this canvas shoe is breathable and lined with a custom printed design. With the contoured footbed, your feet will experience wonderful support in an easy-to-wear shoe. I particularly like the Drop-In Heel, which gives you the versatility of having either a shoe or converting it to a slide. I love the hand-sewn moccasin styling on this shoe!

Pair this with the Baggalini Tokyo Mini. This may be your next favorite handbag! It’s water resistant and contains all sorts of helpful pockets to ensure that you stay organized throughout your day. I like the security features of the long zipper pulls, top zip closure and flap with turn-lock clasp, and zippered gussets. It’s a really good size for everyday use, and you can use it as an across-the-body bag for hands-free shopping!

For a beautiful and carefree look this spring, check out the fun-loving styles from OluKai and Baggalini. You’ll love how well they go together!

Have Back Pain? Try BackJoy !


Most people have lousy posture, particularly when they’re sitting. I know I’m guilty of this myself; it’s so easy to slouch in your seat, or torque your torso, or sit too far back. Now there are products that can really help make you feel better while you’re sitting: BackJoy seats!

These seats aren’t mere cushions. They actually improve your posture as you sit and engage your core muscles. It’s amazing how different you can feel just by having your back aligned properly!

BackJoy products are easy to use. All you do is sit down on the seat, and pull it forward so that the curved back hits the top of your hips.  You can use them anywhere, on hard or on soft seats. They are very portable; take them to the movies, or the office, or use in your car, or even on a bench.

Why does this make such a difference? The design of the BackJoy seat forces you to automatically align your body into proper posture position. When you sit on the seat, your body weight activates the seat’s patented Applied Postural Science™. That automatically tilts, cups, and floats your pelvis so that it’s in the optimum position for proper posture. It also engages your core muscles, which support your lumbar area and therefore reduce strain on your back. The seat even dynamically reacts to your body movement, so that you can remain aligned in your seat even if you move around.

There are two different models: the Relief, and the Posture +. The shape of each seat is the same, the main difference is that the Relief has some cushioning over the frame, whereas the Posture + has a rubbery material over the frame. The Relief is only available in black; the Posture + is available in Sea Blue, Red, Yellow, Fuchsia, and Orange. Both models work the same way and provide the same benefits.

Give your aching back a break – try out the seats from BackJoy!