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Spring it on in Sperry

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Spring is in the air! At least in beautiful Austin, which is such a refreshing change from the never-ending winter we’ve been experiencing in NYC. This trip has been the perfect opportunity to take my drawstring pants and crop tops out of retirement and wear my new Sperry Authentic Original Washed Canvas 2-Eye boat shoes! They are super lightweight and insanely comfortable (and easy to pack). With non-marking runner outsole and shock absorbing heel cup for added comfort, I’ve been basically living in them since getting to Texas.

Whether you’re going for a preppy look with khakis or something more nautical to go out boating in (or do as I do and wear them as a casual every-day shoe), Sperry is mixing up their classic silhouettes this spring. Having invented the original boat shoe in 1935, the brand has come a long way at 80 years young and are more versatile and trendy than ever. Expanding into casuals, they now offer a variety of styles spanning beyond boat shoes to include wedges, flats and sandals.

I’ve owned many a Sperry boat shoes (my step-mother gets them for me every Christmas!), and what I really love about the Authentic Original Washed Canvas 2-Eye boat shoe is how soft the top part of the shoe is. My other pairs are more traditional boat shoes and stiffer. These are so comfortable they feel like slippers on. Available in six shades and patterns (I’m rocking the Turquoise) for $80, check them out at sperry.com


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sperry through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Sperry, all opinions are my own

7 Great Gift Ideas for Dad + Win Taun Skincare for Him!

We’re keeping it simple this year and sticking to the basics since men are complicated enough to shop for. And while ties didn’t make our list, that’s mainly because that’s the one thing my dad says every year “no more ties”. (Under other circumstances I’d approve.) 7 great gifts for men:

1. A solid moisturizer – most men neglect a basic moisturizer as part of their daily routine. Not only is it great for their overall complexion, but also anti-aging. Which is why we’re giving away 2 bottles of Taun, specifically formulated for him!

Taun Facial Repair Formula ($79/1.7oz) is a household favorite in my humble abode. All dad needs to know is it feels good and helps hydrate his skin (he’ll like it, it absorbs quickly into skin and feels very refreshing). Why we love it: It’s dermatologist-approved, and packed with anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients to help keep him looking young. The special blend of 13 ingredients, including retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin-C esters, peptides, jojoba oil, and apricot kernel oil, are designed to stimulate collagen production, neutralize free radicals (aka damage from the sun), even skin tone and color, and strengthen skin cell barrier.

WIN IT! We’re giving away 2 bottles of Taun 1 on this blog on 1 on twitter! 

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post on why you’d like to win OR tell us what you plan on getting dad!


Follow @TaunForMen on Twitter, and  tweet us your response using the hashtag#Win4Dad or tweet the following: Win @TaunForMen for Father’s Day! RT to enter. http://bit.ly/KsCErM #Win4Dad

One winner will be picked from the blog comments and the other from twitter. Entries will be accepted until June 15rd at 8pm EST. US residents only. All federal, state and local laws apply.

2. Cufflinks!

How fun are these Esc & Ctrl Keyboard Button Cufflinks ($9.99)?  Makes for a fun gift for techy dads…

 3. Boat Shoes!

Sperry’s Men’s 3 Eye Boat Shoe by Band of Outsiders ($175) – Sperry has teamed up with Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg to merge their classic Authentic Original style with funky detailing in a variety of colors and materials to add a stylish twist on a classic boat shoe. For the more conservative dad, Sperry has a variety of more classic styles starting at $75.

4. Shaving products

Unless he’s a burly dude, dad shaves! So you can’t go wrong with a shaving kit or products (he’ll use it!). Murad has an extensive line of shave products starting with  Cleansing Shave ($28/6.75 FL. OZ.), a generous tube of antioxidant-rich cleansing formula that features Murad’s exclusive Beard Softening Complex® and Mushroom Enzyme exfoliants to uncover stubborn facial hairs and provide