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Men’s Cowboy Boots – A Comfortable Fashion Statement

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Cowboy Boots

Cowboy BootsCowboy boots have their historical roots in Mexico and Europe. Originally used by vaqueros, the short and flat boots didn’t meet the rigorous demands of the profession. The current version of the cowboy boots can be traced back to Northern Europe.

The European riding boot was adapted by those who settled in Texas to meet a rider’s needs, especially when they had to stay in stirrups for hours on end. Narrow toes made it easy to get in and out of stirrups, and a high heel kept the foot from slipping. Cowboys could get thrown off horses or dragged for miles if they weren’t careful. High leather tops and reinforced arches made the wearer comfortable on the range.

Materials used

Whether it is men’s cowboy boots or women’s the most commonly used material is calfskin as it is easier to work with. One can find cowboy boots made from exotics such as pigskin, kangaroo hide and horse hide. Some others include armadillo, shark, alligator, eel and snakeskin too.

Buying the perfect boots

There is no particular formula to buying cowboy boots. You will know whether the ones you try on are right for you – your feet feel good. Since most cowboy boots are handmade, they will all fit slightly differently.

  • Keep in mind that different brands, leathers and styles can impact the way a boot fits. When you are out trying shoes, make sure that you have a pair of socks handy, preferably boot socks.
  • It’s always better to try the boots standing up as the ball of the foot and arch need to be snugly enclosed and supported.
  • Depending on the toe style you chose, make sure that you have enough toe room. You should also check if the instep is comfortable by pinching the leather with your thumb and index finger. Too much of a wrinkle and you have the wrong size.
  • It is quite normal for your heels to slip a bit in the boot – if it is ¼ of an inch, it is fine. The reason this happens is that the boot is still new and has to be broken in. After a bit of use, the boot will fit snugly and offer years of comfort.

Cowboy boots have become a statement for men and women. The number of people working on farms has gone down quite a bit in the last few years, but the boots remain popular among a broad cross-section.


Unique Birthday Party Venues in Albuquerque

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Children at Birthday PartyIf you are planning to throw a birthday party in Albuquerque, New Mexico, remember to choose the venue wisely. Put yourself in the shoes of your guests and ask yourself whether the idea of having your party in a particular place thrills you. If choosing the birthday party venue goes well, there is a good chance that the party will turn out well, too!

Water Parks are Fun

Water parks are great places for birthday parties in Albuquerque. Since the city sits near the edge of the Chihuahua Desert, the heat in the area can be overwhelming. If one of these parks will be the party venue, guests will be excited to come – for a chance to be in a refreshing environment!

If you are expecting a lot of children and their parents to arrive, you will not go wrong with water parks. There, you and your children can play around with the water slides, swimming pools, splash pads, themed rides, and more. Because these parks are family-friendly places, everyone – from adults to kids – can have a lot of fun.

Family-Friendly Restaurants

Family-friendly restaurants are a great venue for birthday parties, too. As long as these places are in a convenient location, guests will be looking forward to these parties. Apart from those that offer programs for groups, you should go for restaurants that offer the city’s signature food items (like posole and calabacitas).

Visit a Petting Zoo

Zoos make great venues for birthday parties in Albuquerque. If they are animal lovers, your guests will appreciate birthday parties in Albuquerque zoos. There, you can enjoy learning about the animals with your children and their friends.

Conclusion

If you want a unique birthday party, your guests will enjoy holding it in any of these venues. Fortunately, all these awesome places can be found in Albuquerque.


Pawn a Diamond Ring in 4 Steps

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Diamond RingIf you’re strapped for cash, you’ve maxed out your credit cards, and you don’t have friends or family to borrow some money from, you might want to consider pawning a diamond ring.

Pawn shops are on the rise, thanks in part to TV shows like Pawn Stars. When you pawn a ring or any other piece of jewelry, you’re applying for a loan in exchange for that ring. Typically, you have 30 days to pay the loan back. If you default, the pawnbroker will own that ring and has the right to sell it to make profits.

If you’re considering pawning to generate some much-needed cash, here is what you need to do:

1. Clean your ring.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your ring, paying attention to the stone and the prong underneath. Karat markings inside the band may have been exposed to oils and dirt from your body, so make sure to focus on that area too. You are more likely to win a bigger loan with a clean-looking ring.

2. Take an appraisal with you.

If you have an appraisal done within the last two years, take it with you. This will help the pawnbroker understand the important details about your diamond ring, such as the carat, clarity, color, and the type of metal used for the band.

3. Get familiar with the terms.

Terms differ from one pawn shop to another, so you should read and understand the fine print before pawning your diamond ring. Interest rates range anywhere from 6% to 25% and holding periods can be 30 to 90 days depending on the broker.

4. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Haggling is expected at pawn shops, so do your best to raise your loan or lower the rates as much as you can. If your ring has historical value or if it has emotional value to you, you are in a better place to ask for higher loans from the pawnbroker.

Remember, pawning a diamond ring does not mean you will get the retail price of your ring. Pawn shops have to be able to sell your ring at a profit if you default on your loan, so don’t go in with the expectation that you’ll get $1,000 for a $1,000 ring.


The Return of ‘Frozen’: Disney Announces Plans to Release Short Film Next Spring

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The main characters of animated film “Frozen” will reunite in a new short film “Frozen Fever,” Disney has confirmed.

Worldwide Hit Film

Disney will bring Elsa, Anna, Kristoff , Olaf, and the rest of the gang back to life next Spring.

The short film will also reunite the award-winning team behind “Frozen.” It will include songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Many fans of the movie have been consistently pushing for a sequel since its big success a year ago, but the producers don’t have plans to create a feature-length big screen follow-up.

The news was announced during a TV special on ABC on September 2.

Plans for Sequel

“Frozen Fever” will focus on Anna’s birthday as her sister, Elsa, and Kristoff planned to give her the best and most memorable celebration ever.

Disney, however, released a statement, saying: “Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.”

The company also announced that the short film will include a new original song.


Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Got Married in Secret: How Did They Pull It Off?

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Hollywood’s hottest couple Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie have finally tied the knot after nine years of being together.

The long-awaited union has happened on August 23 at Chateau Miraval in France, a representative for the pair confirms.

As the news made the rounds on the Internet, many people are wondering how they managed to keep the whole event secret.

They Chose A Simple Venue

Pitt and Jolie decided to tie the knot at a small chapel, which is not a celebrity-favorite venue. They purposely planned to have the wedding at their family home. Their six children played a special part: Jolie walked down the aisle with her eldest children Maddox and Pax, while Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals and Shiloh and Knox served as the ring bearers.

They Kept Their Guest List Small  

Unlike many Hollywood celebrities with hundreds of guests attending their big day, Pitt and Jolie chose to invite only few important people. An unnamed source there was only 22 guests in total. It seems the couple believe that the bigger the party, the greater the leak.

It’s All About Timing

Citing multiple sources, the wedding was planned for several months, but the couple made sure to conduct their special ceremony at the right place at the right time. Pitt and Jolie ensures the wedding would happen after their major public appearances, where there are no photographers that could spot their wedding band.


Leaving Cole Out Of The Squad Is A Difficult Decision, Says Roy Hodgson

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England team manager Roy Hodgson has said that leaving left-back defender Ashley Cole from the World Cup squad was a difficult decision. Cole subsequently retires from international duty following the news of his omission.

A Difficult Decision

Hodgson said, “Among many difficult decisions I’ve had to make for my squad, not selecting Ashley was one of the hardest. To amass over a century of caps is a truly staggering achievement and he deserves enormous credit for the desire and brilliance which has shone through over the years he has represented his country. There are few players who can be considered among the very best in the world, but Ashley in his prime was the best left-back without question,” he added.

Looking to the Future

The manager’s latest selection suggests he is concentrating on bolstering the England squad with young players. Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Jon Flanagan, and Daniel Sturridge are among the names rumored to be featured in the 23-man list.


Jim Irsay Faces Four Felony Counts

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Colts owner Jim Irsay faces felony counts because of possession of controlled substance. This is after he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving. Irsay was released Monday afternoon. He will initially appear in corn on March 26.

Sobriety TestedJim Irsay & George W. Bush

Authorities said that Irsay failed a number of roadside field sobriety tests before they arrested him. Inside his vehicle, they also found a number of prescription drugs. Sources said that the incident was some sort of a wake-up call for Irsay, who admitted that he had become dependent on painkillers after a number of medical procedures.

Sanction

If the court convicted Irsay on the charges, he might face incarceration from six months to 3 years. Among the drugs that were allegedly found with him include Darvocet, Ambien, and Xanax. His team released a statement that supports the owner. The statement says, however, that Irsay should refrain from commenting further at least until formal charges have been filed.


US TV Legend Jay Leno Bids Farewell To ‘Tonight’

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Long-time US television host Jay Leno has said goodbye to “The Tonight Show,” with the help of some celebrity guests.

Tearful goodbye

Jay LenoThe comedian became tearful as he concluded what he called the “the greatest 22 years of my life.”

He was joined by celebrity guests including Billy Crystal, Oprah Winfrey, and Garth Brooks.

“It’s fun to kind of be the old guy and sit back here and see where the next generation takes this great institution,” Leno said about his successor, Jimmy Fallon. “But it really is time to go and hand it off to the next guy, it really is.”

The future of ‘Tonight’

Comedian and late-night host Fallon will take over the program on February 17 in New York.

It was a tender finish to a farewell show that was mostly aiming for laughs, with traditional monologue jokes, clips from previous shows, and a wild assortment of celebrities helping to usher Leno out the door.


Jason Schwartzman Expecting A Second Baby

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Jason Schwartzman and his wife, Brady Cunningham, are expecting their second baby together, a source said.

Gender will be kept surprise

jasonThe couple are parents to an adorable 3 year old daughter, Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman, who is said to be excited about becoming a big sister.

“Brady is due [in April] and she is feeling great,” a source said. “They are not finding out the sex and are keeping the baby’s gender a surprise.”

As the pair did when Marlowe was born, Schwartzman and Cunningham decided to wait until birth to find out the gender of the baby .

Busy schedule

In a previous interview, Jason explained their choice to keep the child’s gender a surprise and described it as leading to “a great moment.”

The actor has a busy filming schedule ahead of him, but he has a fun kid-friendly film out right know, Saving Mr Banks.


Oprah Finally Speaks Out On Paula Deen Controversy

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oprah and deenOprah Winfrey finally spoke out about the series of unfortunate events that plagued her friend, the butter-loving queen of southern cooking, Paula Deen.

“In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up,” Winfrey, 59, tells Entertainment Tonight. “In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad.”

Winfrey believes that people need to let the “dust settle” before the two can have a “real conversation” about racism in today’s world. The 66-year-old Deen was subsequently fired by the Food Network and lost multiple endorsement deals in the process.Until recently, Winfrey had remained silent on her friend’s latest controversy.

When asked to comment about Deen during an interview with Extra, Winfrey laughed but declined to say anything more about the disgraced TV personality who she befriended back in 2012. “Oh my god! I don’t have anything to do with Paula Deen,” she insisted. “She is not the first white lady to use the N-word! Good lord!”

Winfrey herself has experienced racism in the past, but chooses to rise over them than letting it bring her down.

“Nobody in their right mind is going to call me the N-word. You know, you see those fools on Twitter sometime say ridiculous things. But nobody in their right mind is going to do that to my face, because true racism is being able to have power over somebody else,” Winfrey explains. “So that doesn’t happen to me that way.”