Archive for the ‘charlotte’ Category

With many assists from the kind sirs at NeonSky Creative Media, I am proud to announce the arrival of my website: rachelsutherland.net.

There, you’ll find more about me, what I do and links to recent work.

More importantly, my If the Shoe Fits blog has also moved too. Please book mark it’s new addy. Same insightful, newsworthy content just a few blocks down the stylish street.




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I found myself in Statesville, NC this morning to deal with the repercussions of my lead foot. I managed to keep my issues with authority in check long enough to get the penalty reduced a smidge. I was riding such a triumphant high (The last time I was in traffic court, the bailiff said I needed to calm down and lower my voice. Good times), I figured I should do some shopping to celebrate.

A friend had repeatedly told me of fab deals and cute shoes at the Rack Room Shoes Outlet in Newtowne Plaza off I-77, but I hadn’t checked it out until today. Dios mio, I have been missing out.

Nike, Sperry, New Balance, Vans, Chuck Taylor All-Stars and Steve Madden are just a few of the brand names available for crazy cheap prices. I scored an adorable pair of Keds mary jane sneakers for $10 (retail for $35) for my daughter.

It’s certainly not a posh store — it looks every bit of an outlet and then some — but really, when you’ve got racks of super-sale $3 womens sparkly ruby slipper flats at the front door, who can complain?

Ladies shoes start at $5, and all mens, womens and childrens athletic shoes are 50 percent off the lowest marked price (the New Balance and Chucks I was scoping for my daughter were in the $10-$15 range).

It’s a great place to put your “quality versus quantity” spending resolution to good use (What? That’s not your resolution? Hm … maybe it’s just me.). It’s also a great place to stock up on name-brand kicks at a fraction of the regular retail price.

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When I ran into Charlotte’s Brooklyn Decker at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September, she was tight-lipped about a project on which she was working with Elle Magazine.

The former Matthews resident spilled the details of the super-secret work Monday on Twitter (@brooklynddecker): “It’s finally up and running!!!! ellemakebetter.com Please take a look! One of my best projects!”

She’s the lead in a three-DVD set that promises better fitness, fashion and beauty in 21 days.

Ah, reminds me of a certain Cindy Crawford workout tape I was so very, very fond of back in the day. Ok wait — I don’t know what’s dating me more: loving a fitness routine from 1992 or the fact I watched it on a VCR (or that I still have it. And love it).

In Decker’s much more current edition, fitness experts workout with Decker on discs targeting cardio, sculpting and yoga. Along the way, Elle Creative Director Joe Zee and Beauty/Fitness Director Emily Dougherty and a slew of experts offer beauty and fashion advice.

The DVDs are $19.95 each or $44.95 for the set.

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