Quirky Item of the Week: Keds

Keds (Image Credit: Keds)

Keds (Image Credit: Keds)

Did you know that Keds are 97 years old?  That’s right, Keds were created in 1916. The originals were called The Champion. Then in 1926, the Triumph shoes were made for men who played tennis (and for general fun-seekers). In 1938, the Kedettes, the first comfortable high-heeled shoes for women, were created. The Boosters were created in the 1950s as a dapper and casual shoe. The Pointers were created in the 1960s as a slender and sleek shoe for groovy ladies. The original Champion style made a comeback in the 1970s.  Keds became the “It” look in the 1980s.  In 2007, Nanette Lepore created a fun and flirty line of women’s Keds. Keds broke into the clothing line business in 2011. And most recently, in 2013, Keds and Taylor Swift teamed up together for a new line of shoes.

At Keds.com, you will find the complete collection of Keds canvas shoes, including Taylor Swift’s limited edition RED Keds. They carry the full selection of women’s and men’s Champion Originals, a wide assortment of fashion sneakers and women’s slip-ons, their own Keds.com exclusive sneakers, and even extended widths and sizes for women and men.

I remember wearing Keds as a little girl. As I got older, they weren’t that popular anymore. Within the past few years, they have made a comeback. Thanks to my girl Taylor Swift, Keds are becoming a fashion icon once again. I own the limited edition RED Taylor Swift Keds and the original navy blue Keds. I plan on getting more in the future. They are quite comfortable and very fashionable. You can wear them with just about anything- they go great with dresses, jeans, capris, and shorts.

Fashion trends come and go, but I think Keds are here to stay.

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You Can Crash My Party CMT! A Recap of the 2013 County Music Television Awards!

Jason Aldean performing at the 2013 CMT AWARDS (Image Credit: CMT)

Jason Aldean performing at the 2013 CMT AWARDS (Image Credit: CMT)

When you think country music, you probably think cowboy hats, pick-up trucks, girls crying, boys fighting, and people drinking alcohol all the time. In some cases, you would be correct in your way of thinking, but country music is not limited to that stereotype with a variety of sounds and artists emerging in recent years to suit just about anyone’s taste.

It’s the artists themselves that make country music so appealing to me. I biggest reason I was looking forward to watching the 2013 CMT Awards was because I love almost every single artist that is presenting or performing.  I am a country princess through and through…even though I live in the city.  The performances I was most looking forward to seeing were: Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, and Carrie Underwood.
Jason Aldean, country music star, and Kristen Bell, famous actress, hosted the 12th annual celebration that took place in Nashville, Tennessee.  I am dying to visit the capital of country music and hope one day I can!  Kristen hosted the show last year as, but this was Jason’s first time hosting an award show.

Lenny Kravitz opened up the show with his song, “American Woman.” One of the hosts, Jason Aldean joined him as well. Every time I hear this song, I wonder where Taylor Swift is since it’s the song that plays right before she goes on stage for her RED tour.  This song definitely got the crowd going.

Kristen told Jason that he has to “rip” on the country music stars, but both seemed to have a hard time with it. Jason wound up telling Taylor Swift that country will always be her home and they are proud of her (I was shocked to say the least and very happy that he gave her a compliment) and   Kristen tried to make fun of Carrie Underwood, but couldn’t do it.

Click to see Carrie Underwood and the other winners of the 2013 CMT Music AwardsKellie Pickler and Scotty McCreery, American Idol alums were the first presenters for the Breakthrough Video of the Year award.  The winner was Florida Georgia Line for their song, “Cruise”. I am obsessed with this song, so I was very happy that they won.  Anyone who is friends with my girl Taylor is great in my book.  Plus they are mighty fine looking, in my opinion.

Anna Sophia Robb, actress from The Carrie Diaries, and Brantley Gilbert, country bad boy, introduce the next performer: Miranda Lambert.  She performed her new song, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” I love Miranda’s bad ass attitude.  Plus her pink microphone is awesome.  She is a fantastic singer and Blake Shelton is one lucky man to be married to her.

The Avett Brothers introduced the newest artist to country music, Kasey Musgraves. She performed her new song, “Blowin’ Smoke.”  She is a huge success so far. Almost everyone I know on Twitter is obsessed with her.  I am not a fan, but I wish her all the best.

Dog Chapman, the Bounty Hunter, and his wife Beth were the next presenters for the Performance of the Year award.  The winner was Miranda Lambert for her song, “Over You.” This is a very emotional song that she wrote with her husband Blake Shelton.  It’s about his brother that passed away a few years ago.

Florida Georgia Line then told the audience that show was being broadcast to all the military and armed forces deployed overseas and introduced the next performer: Darius Rucker.  He performed his song, “Wagon Wheel.” Lady Antebellum joined him on stage as well.  The entire audience was cheering and singing along.

Jason Aldean introduced the next performer, Hunter Hayes.  His performance was outside of the Bridgestone Arena.  He sang his song, “I Want Crazy.” Oh my goodness.  I am a huge Hayniac.  Hunter is just so adorable and I am completely obsessed with this song.  It reminds me of the relationship I have with my boyfriend.  I listen to it at least once or twice a day.  I need to see this kid in concert! Girls in the audience were wearing heart shaped sunglasses with “Crazy” written on them.  I want a pair now.

Hunter sent it over to Luke Bryan, who was playing across the street at a place called The Stage.  He sang his song, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” He is a very talented singer and his voice gives me shivers. He then sent it back to the Arena for the next performance.  My girl Taylor!

Taylor performed her new single, “Red.”  Her dress was red and black.  Her guitar was red.  Her microphone was red.  Can you tell she loves the color red almost as much as I do? I am so biased, but this was the best performance of the night.  She had her band with her and back up dancers as well.  The lights on stage changed colors when she mentioned blue, grey, and red.  Taylor and her guitarist Paul Sidoti gave fantastic guitar solos as well.

Larry the Cable Guy was out next. He told Carrie Underwood to stop calling him because they are both married to other people now.  Carrie’s husband Mike was about to go onto the stage and beat him up jokingly.  I was cracking up. Larry presented the award for Collaborative Video of the Year.  The winner was Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church for their song, “The Only Way I Know.”

The Band Perry introduced the next performer: Keith Urban.  He sang his new song, “A Little Bit of Everything.” His guitar skills are amazing. Plus I am a sucker for his Australian accent.  He and his wife Nicole Kidman are cute together.

The Nationwide On Your Side Award for Best New Act winner was Hunter Hayes.  He definitely deserved this because he is a wonderful singer.  He is so adorable and humble.  Plus he is friends with my girl Taylor.  You know that means a lot in my book.

Jana Kramer and Charles Easton, stars of the hit TV shoe Nashville presented the award for Duo Video of the Year.  The winner was Florida Georgia Line.  In their acceptance speech, they mentioned my girl Taylor.  “Two in a row.  We are going to turn into Taylor Swift now.”  So awesome!

Click to see Miranda Lambert and the other winners of the 2013 CMT Music AwardsLisa Marie Presley and Ed Sheeran introduced the next performers: Lady Antebellum.  They performed their song, “Goodbye Town.” Charles Kelley and Hilary Scott’s voices complement each other so well. For having a baby on the way, Hilary can still rock like the best of ‘em.

Lenny Kravitz presented the award for Female Video of the Year.  The winner was Miranda Lambert for her song, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She gave Carrie a hug and Taylor Swift a high five on her way to the stage.

Keith Urban introduced the next performance from Little Big Town.  They sang their song, “Break the Chain.” My girl Taylor was head banging along to the song.  Towards the end of the song, Keith joined them on stage for a guitar solo.

Dax Shepard and The Bacon brothers presented the award for Group Video of the Year.  The winner was Lady Antebellum for their song, “Downtown.” Then Kristen introduced Jason for his performance of “Night Train.”

Miranda Lambert presented the award for Male Video of the Year.  The winner was Blake Shelton for his song, “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” How cute that Miranda was able to give the award to her own husband? Sadly, he wasn’t able to be at the show, so she accepted on his behalf.

Rascal Flatts introduced the next performer, Carrie Underwood.  She dedicated her song, “See You Again” to the tornado victims of Oklahoma.  It was a very emotional performance.

Sheryl Crow and Kenny Rogers presented the award for Video of the Year.  The winner was Carrie Underwood for “Blown Away.”  I was a tiny bit disappointed that Taylor didn’t win.

Florida Georgia Line and Nelly closed out the show with their remix of “Cruise.” What a great song to close out the show with!

The 2013 CMT Awards were awesome like they are every single year.  I love country music and I hope the readers do as well.

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The 10 Best Songs from Movie Soundtracks of the Last Two Decades!

Michael Cera and Ellen Page in JUNO (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Michael Cera and Ellen Page in JUNO (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Do you have a favorite movie that you watch over and over again? A favorite song from a movie soundtrack that you listen to over and over again? I know I do.  Not many soundtracks all soundtracks are created equal, but there a few that I really enjoy listening to over and over again.  Here is my list of the top 10 songs I love from movie soundtracks: Continue reading

What We’re Loving Right Now: A Rocket to the Moon

A Rocket to the Moon (Image Credit: http://www.arockettothemoon.net)

A Rocket to the Moon (Image Credit: http://www.arockettothemoon.net)

Not sure if this is just me, but when I go to concerts, I try to listen to all the opening acts music. That’s how I found out about A Rocket to the Moon. It was fall 2009 and I was going to see Cobra Starship. VersaEmerge, ARTTM, and The Maine were the openind acts and I listened to all three bands beforehand. I immediately fell in love with ARTTM. The lead singer is cute, I love rock ballads, and their music is fun to dance around to.
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Dean Winchester’s Top Five One-Liners

Jensen Ackles as Dean WInchester in SUPERNATURAL (Image Credit: Warner Bros)

Jensen Ackles as Dean WInchester in SUPERNATURAL (Image Credit: Warner Bros)

On the TV show Supernatural, Dean Winchester is a snarky, sarcastic, tell-it-like-it-is type of person.   He has some one-liners that are dead on and funny enough to make me laugh to no end. Without further ado, I would like to share Dean’s Top Five One Liners with you and hope you get a good laugh out of Dean’s one-liners too. Continue reading

Haylery Williams

Albums Your Ears Should be Eager to Hear this Year

Haylery Williams

Haylery Williams (Image Credit: Francisco Castro Navarrete)

Music is a huge part of my life.  I cannot go a day without listening to my iPod and  I’m sure I am not alone in this!  As much as I love the music I listen to, my ears are always eager for new songs to listen to.  Here is a list of albums I am looking forward to hearing in 2013 and your ears should be eager to hear as too… Continue reading

Taylor Swift

5 Reasons… You Should be a Taylor Swift Fan!

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (Image Credit: Eva Rinaldi)

Taylor Swift.  Taylor Swift.  Taylor Swift.  Her name resounds everywhere (i.e.  Radio, TV, and Internet).   If you do not know who she is by now, I feel sorry for you, and if you are sick of hearing about her, blame the media not the singer.  Lately, there has been a lot of social media anger towards my girl, Taylor, but I plan on giving you five reasons you should not buy into the internet drama and instead become a Taylor Swift fan. Continue reading

Why Ten Inch Hero is one of the best Indie Movies you haven’t seen!

Jensen Ackles, Danneel Ackles, and Clea DuVall in TEN INCH HERO

Jensen Ackles, Danneel Ackles, and Clea DuVall in TEN INCH HERO (Image Credit: Front Row Filmed Entertainment )

When I hear the term, “indie,” I think of one person with a camera in the middle of a farm or the woods making a movie with no name actors.  Ten Inch Hero (released on DVD in 2009) is not that type of indie movie.  You have certainly heard of many of the actors and there are no farms or woods involved. Instead, Ten Inch Hero is a romantic comedy that will make you laugh, cry, and laugh some more.  Continue reading