Follow Up To The Search For The Perfect Snow Boot.

February 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here’s my follow up as promised to my snow boot search. We still have a lot of snow and more on the way tomorrow, so I’ve had a chance to test them out. I ended up getting The Keen Betty Boot II. Even though they were my third choice after L.L. Bean and Sorel were sold out, I can’t complain. They’re warm, comfortable and most important keep my feet dry! I bought them a half-size up. I think my regular size would have been fine, but like that I have the option to wear extra socks. The traction is great too for the icy sidewalks and streets here.


The frozen view as we left New York for vacation last week.

Back From Vacation – My New Photography Blog.

February 26, 2015 § 2 Comments


Starting this blog renewed my interest in photography and lately I find myself here drifting away from my original intent to explore and learn more about my grandfather’s role in Women’s Footwear In America.  So in an attempt to be true to my subject I started a photography blog. Please check it out.

Julia Benjamin | Photography


Rule Of Thirds | Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

February 22, 2015 § 4 Comments

I’m on vacation and won’t be posting until I’m back, but enjoy being a part of The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. Here’s some attempts at this week’s challenge Rule of Thirds.DSC_2429DSC_2415DSC_2765DSC_2712DSC_2566

Paul Andrew.

February 16, 2015 § 2 Comments


Symmetry | The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

February 14, 2015 § 1 Comment


Calling All Basketball Fans And Sneakerheads.

February 14, 2015 § 6 Comments

DSC_2267Anyone who has a child in public school knows the lack of opportunity they have to move during the day. Add winter to the mix, and the city where most live in apartments without backyards, and parents that work full time — not able to make sure they get the 2 hours a day excecise they need. No wonder so many end up with suspensions. I’m really proud of the work I’ve done at our public school with getting them moving. At the beginning of the year I found out about the NBA fit clinic and shared the info with one of our teachers who ran with it. This week we were lucky to be one of a one hundred schools in NYC that participated in a Fit clinic with an NBA player. Ours–20 year old Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton.DSC_2187

Food For Thought.

February 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fashion’s Racial Divide – NYT, Feb. 12th, 2015


Damon Winter/The New York Times

The Search For The Perfect Snow Boot.

February 9, 2015 § 8 Comments

I’m obsessed over cold weather gear right now. This is our third week in a row in New York that we’re starting it off with another winter storm. I thought I would share my research on the most popular boots in the city.

L.L. Bean struggles to meet demand for boots |

New York Today: What’s the Local Version of a ‘Wintry Mix’? Feb. 9, 2015, New York Times City Room Blogs. 

Friday, when I was leaving my son’s school in the morning, I was stopped by a local reporter who was doing a story on traffic in the area. After we finished talking I looked down and noticed she was wearing the boots I’ve been wanting for the past 3 years, The L.L. Bean 10″ Shearling Lined Boot. Somehow as a mom I could never justify spending that much on a shoe I would only wear occasionally during the winter months. I finally decided this week I would get them and found they’re back ordered until June. I asked her how she liked them and she told me that they leaked and not to buy them, that she was sending them back. She said they were very warm when her feet weren’t wet. I can speak from my own experience that L.L. Bean has great customer service and guarantees their products, so I’m sure she will have no trouble returning or replacing them. The second most popular boot is Sorel. Unfortunately every online site was sold out in my size so I finally settled on a pair of Keen boots after reading the reviews. I will have to post back with an update when they arrive. My favorite boot for the past two winters has been The Emu Leeville boot. I would replace it, but I think it’s been discontinued in the US. The third most popular winter boots on the  street are Uggs. In addition to these 3 below I’ve listed some of my favorite brands. I’d love to hear what your favorite winter boot is, jackets and gear too!

L.L. BeanSorelUggsEmuLa CanadienneBlondoSperry


Scale | The Daily Post Photo Challenge.

February 6, 2015 § 2 Comments




February 2, 2015 § 7 Comments



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