Sporting Style At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week In New York

Often touted as the “Super Bowl” of fashion, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week brings the biggest names in the business together to exhibit their newest collections. In recent years, athletes have become a prominent presence at runway shows, making a name for themselves among the fashion elite. From the newcomers to the veterans, sports stars are embracing high-style more than ever. Quarterbacks, tennis players and power forwards are among those being tapped by top fashion houses to front campaigns and assist with design....more

Of Posturing, Politics, Predators, and Power Grabs

How's that for some alliteration?  Or should I say, "obliteration?" I am now going to write on a topic I know virtually nothing about: college football.  Though it's probably invisible to those who live well outside of the heart of flyover country, a major athletic conference here is currently imploding at the behest of powerful and greedy folks all over these United States. And in its wake, this implosion will leave local and regional economies in tatters and major university brands tarnished.  Wait, institutions of higher learning have brands?&nbs...more

Instigating Football Mischief - Roll Tide Roll

Today is opening day of college football. In my house that means opening day of rivalry fun. I'm not historically a sports nut by any means, but I have become an enthusiast in my 4 years of  shacking-up with a sports nut. And because I have a latent competitive streak, I can get a little rabid about the teams I choose to make my own....more

Football Friday

I have another blog called NCAA lives here but I haven't posted much on it simply because I couldn't come up with enough sports topics so I haven't done much with it. One major issue I have is that I simply do not know enough about football/sports to have a blog solely dedicated to it. Instead, I've decided to sprinkle in what I will be calling "Football Friday". Maybe when football season is over, I will have "Monday Madness" for basketball or something along those lines....more

crab fishin'

Though we prefer going to the lake house during the winter, we usually spend our summer vacations there too. This year wasn’t any different.  The thing I like the most about going there is all the nature and wildlife that surround us. (I should bring the camera with me more often, so I don't miss anything. Last week we bumped into a curious, supercute squirrel standing on a tree branch. It was staring at us just waiting for me to take its picture......more

Cheat Sheet


Should LeBron be in the new hall of fame?

Susan RawlingsTwitter: @susansboutiqueEmail: boutiquesearchmarketing@gmail.comLiving in Cleveland, I am all too familiar with the terrible tale of LeBron James.Now that the NBA might not even be playing this season, there is a lot of talk about whether or not he is a superstar, especially with the lingering loss in the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks....more

Soccer, tutoring, chess, gymnastics: How much is too much?

With the start of the school year, my big kids (9 and 6) also add a few activities to the calendar. And I’m guessing I’m not alone. The kids have been in once-a-week gymnastics class since 2009. So that doesn’t change. Daily summer swim team is being replaced with karate once a week for the next few weeks. My son wants to continue weekly chess after school, but my daughter has decided to give that up....more

Dispelling the Myth: Cheerleading is INDEED a SPORT!

I live in a world where girls are pushed to their limits and beyond on a daily basis. I live in a world where you are expected to tumble, stunt, cheer, dance, jump, smile, be enthusiastic, cheer on the football team by knowing 50+ cheers/chants, have great sportsmanship, and still have competitive drive. I also live in a world where no matter how hard you work, you are still told that you are NOT an athlete and what you do is NOT a SPORT.I live in the world of CHEERLEADING!!!...more
My son is a junior in high school, and he was recruited into cheer a year ago (by the girls). ...more

Playing Dumb - Players Responsibility During NFL Contract Talks

I am grateful the NFL contract talks are over. Not because I'm a big football fan by any stretch of the imagination...but because I was damn tired of watching players who earn tens of millions of dollars shrug their shoulders and play dumb. Last week all parties agreed to a 10-year contract to end the months long lockout. The agreement benefits all involved and drives home just what an insanely big business professional football is in the United States: ...more
Amen to that. Same can be said for the NBA and WNBA.... maybe not parity due to length of ...more