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Loafing Around This Summer

by Kristie LeVangie

If you are like me, you can’t help but notice one of the hottest trends this summer is…Loafers.

Ballet flats are so 2000, and the Loafer is blazing its way onto the store shelves as well as the runway.

Whether it’s Erdem’s Resort 2014 runway show

Erdam Resort 2014

 

or Creatures of the Wind Spring 2014 runway show

Creatures of the Wind Spring 2014

or even Alexander Wang’s Resort 2014 collection,

Alexander Wang Resort 2014

 

Loafers are everywhere this season.

Women are leaving beyond the pain of heels and choosing comfort in looks from casual

Casual Loafer

to career

Career Loafer

to dressy.

Dressy Loafer

 

And here are some of our favorite looks this season:

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1.  Dress them up.

Salvatore Ferragamo Scotty Loafers

 

Aquatalia by Marvin K. Yaelle

 

Stuart Weitzman Guything Loafers

2.  Dress them down.

Burberry Hodgeson Loafers

 

Arche Drick

Cole Haan Trillby Driver

 

 

3.  Great for play.

Marc Jacobs Shorty Loafer

 

Rebecca Minkoff Sisa

Anne Klein Myles

4.  Great for work.

Michael Kors Braedon Collection

 

Michael Kors Jemma Loafers

 

Bass Wayfarer

5.  Great for everyday.

Kate Spade New York Nella Loafer

Giuseppe Zanotti E46155

 

Kenneth Cole New York Hard Line

 

So stop loafing around.  Get on trend this summer and pick up a pair or two.

We’re curious.  What’s your loafer style?

BMW Motorrad’s 2014 R nine T Motorcycle

by Kristie LeVangie

Picture courtesy of BMW Motorrad website

Picture courtesy of BMW Motorrad website

 

Created to mark their 90th anniversary, BMW Motorrad is set to release the sexy BMW R nineT this month.   From initial glance one might think this is a custom-built bike, but that is not the case.  Make no mistake though, someone with some real know-how can customize this baby to the hilt.

Deeply rooted in BMW Boxer history, the R nineT is a masterfully designed bike powered by a air/oil-cooled 2-cyclinder 4-stroke flat twin engine.  With its 12.0 : 1 compression ratio and up to 119 Nm at 6.000 rpm torque, it’s powerhouse on two wheels reaching speeds of over 200 kilometers an hour.

The speedometer and rev counter harken back to its historical lineage, while its minimalistic look, including an upside down fork at the front and BMW Motorrad Paralever in the rear, is undeniably futuristic.

For more details on this gorgeous new ride or to locate a dealership near you, visit BMW Motorrad’s website here.