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These are more than just a pretty pair of hiking boots

May 12th, 2011

Though my love of shoes leans heavily on stilettos, I am a fan of any pair that combines comfort, durability and style. If it combines all those things with a charitable cause, even better.


Ahnu offers footwear for men and women who enjoy an active lifestyle—and, of course, some serious style too:

Whether designed for hiking on trails through the Big Sur Mountains or taking a run through Golden Gate Park, we infuse technology that keeps us centered, balanced, and ultimately comfortable for miles on end. And while our passions drive us to create great performance products, our values guide us to be responsible throughout all of our environmental and social encounters.

So if we can inspire a more balanced life that begins with getting outside, then we’re making the connections that influenced us to start this brand.

Back to that charitable cause. Ahnu footwear recently announced their breast cancer prevention initiative: For each pair of women’s Numentum™ performance shoes sold in April and May 2011, the brand will donate $5 to the Breast Cancer Fund. The initiative is taking place in more than 150 doors nationwide, and online at www.onlineshoes.com.

I was lucky enough to test out a pair of Ahnu Montara hiking shoes for Boutique Cafe’s Daily Dish.



Once I had the correct size (definitely order a half size up), I found they fit perfectly the moment I put them on…and by perfectly, I mean no break-in time needed (i.e., no blisters). Though I didn’t get to take them hiking in the mountains due to our super long winter and super late spring (I’m talking frigid temps earlier this week), I did wear them as actively as possible at the park and around town. No blisters, no hot spots and super lightweight on the feet. Honestly, I couldn’t believe how light these hiking shoes were—and comfy to boot (pun intended).

Me taking the Montaras for a test drive. Super cute AND super comfy! I even took a quick run to the car and they felt great!

I’m thinking the comfiness is due to that Numentum™ Technology, “a neutral positioning system engineered to encourage the foot’s natural biomechanics.” It sounds all techie but it sure feels good! Though I have the Montara in Coffee Bean, I adore the Ruby Wine, a delicious red. I also love the Rockridge II and Nicasio styles.

Ahnu has already contributed more than $20,000 to the Breast Cancer Fund and expects to donate a total of $30,000 before the end of 2011. How awesome is that?

Check out Ahnu’s entire collection of Numentum™ Technology women’s footwear here. And remember, for every pair purchased, the company will donate $5 to the Breast Cancer Fund.—Emily

P.S. You can find Ahnu on Facebook and Twitter!

Gal to Gal Walk – Go TEAM Boutique Cafe!

October 21st, 2009

Boutique Cafe is a very proud sponsor this year of the Gal to Gal Virtual Walk! Join Emily and Daria as we virtually walk across the country (via the DesignHer Gals nifty website) raising money for the Gal to Gal Foundation. Bottom line, they do GREAT things such as provide funds to fulfill the dreams and wishes of women suffering with Stage IV Breast Cancer. Just read these incredible wishes they are hoping to fullfill during this year’s walk, and I guarantee you’ll want to be a part of this touching venture.

For as little as $5 you can design your very own virtual gal, and start her walking. Don’t forget to join TEAM Boutique Cafe!! (simply add Boutique Cafe in the team name field when you create your gal, come back here and let us know you joined our team). It’s easy and it’s fun! The joy you feel in knowing that your dollars are helping make dreams come true for cancer patients, well it’s magic.
Picture 18Picture 19Here’s Virtual Daria and Virtual Emily doing our thing :)

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FAVI television is pure Bliss

March 8th, 2009

Bliss has landed in my studio in the form of a hot pink TV, can it be any more girly it matches my luggage?! Feast your eyes upon the 19-inch FAVI Pink 720p LCD HDTV DVD/Card Reader/USB Combo from FAVI Entertainment. This awesome television may look prim and proper, but even my husband was impressed to discover that it’s full of functionality. It’s truly like the Swiss Army Knife of media systems. Not only can you watch Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday night, but you can use this multi-use technology for so much more! Use as a desktop computer monitor, toss in your fave new DVD to watch (the DVD drive is built right in), drop in your camera card to view pictures as your own digital photo frame – it’s all jam packed into this sweet little unit from FAVI.

I first heard about FAVI Entertainment when I saw it featured on an episode of “The View” and how FAVI was supporting the Susan G Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer research. I was impressed with what I saw that day and contacted the company to find out more. I can honestly say that once I saw the product in person, that’s where my real excitement began. The HD picture quality is excellent, the unit is light weight and slim to suit your kitchen counter, desktop or bedroom. I also was impressed with the price point considering the quality of picture and the many uses and input jacks it provides, at $399 it’s a fantastic buy.

Plus it’s Pink, and we could all use a touch of that! – Daria

Gal to Gal Virtual Walk – Tribute to Dorit Shapiro

October 17th, 2008

“To our dear friends –
It is with great sadness that I must let you know that our Gal to Gal Foundation President, Dorit Shapiro, lost her brave battle to Stage IV breast cancer yesterday. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Dorit – I can tell you that she was an incredible woman who believed passionately in the purpose behind the Gal to Gal Foundation.

As you may know, this year’s virtual walk hopes to raise $250,000 by asking each and every one of us to take 5 minutes and $5 and go to www.galtogalwalk.org and create your virtual walker. It is our hope to grant hundreds of wishes for Stage IV breast cancer patients and their families this holiday season. With your help we can!

Dorit’s wish was not for herself. It was that we make this goal and that no woman living with Stage IV should feel alone in this journey. Please join Dorit’s virtual self and all of us today in her honor!

Here is a tribute to Dorit where you can listen to her own words spoken 1 week ago (!) as we kicked off this event. Unfortunately after this speech she took a turn for the worst. She will be missed by her family and friends very much! Dorit just turned 38 years old with 2 daughters (ages 4 and 8). Please help us grant Dorit’s wish.
Watch now!
With hope in my heart!

Jeanne Fitzmaurice
Gal to Gal Foundation
Design-her Gals ”

**Join the Gal to Gal walk and Team up with Boutique Cafe! When you submit your virtual self as a walker, add Boutique Cafe as your team name!! Let’s all walk together and make Dorit’s dream come true! – Daria

Listen to my past interview with Jeanne Fitzmaurice from last year (episode #76) regarding the Gal to Gal virtual walk Here.

Show #76 – Gal to Gal Virtual Walk

October 29th, 2007

Gal to Gal Walk Welcome to a very special episode of Boutique Cafe this week. Daria speaks with Jeanne Fitzmaurice founder of DesignHer Gals, about the Gal to Gal Virtual Walk going on right now, to improve the lives of those diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer.


When you join the walk, please come back and post a comment here so we can visit your gal on the site! Thank you Boutique Cafe for making a difference!

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