Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gameday Fashion Planning

It's the end of July and a great time to be thinking about what outfits you can don at the stadium this fall.  Adabelle's blog, Inside the Lounge, is doing the thinking for you.  Check out the Adabelle's Fashion Lounge blog posts for some inspiration...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Women's Clinics

College football teams have either held or are planning their annual women's clinics and college football's feminine fans are raring to go.  The clinics usually go by one of two styles- some are in the cushy "ladies who lunch" format with coaches instructing them while others get the girls down on the field running through real drills and plays with the coaches. Some have fashion shows of gameday wear for the ladies or the gameday gear for the players and coaches.  Some are geared toward a casual fan that wants to learn the basics, while others focus on well-seasoned female football fans who like to draw up their own plays.  
Here is an overview of some clinics around the country.

Oregon Ducks

The purpose of this clinic is to provide every woman the opportunity to listen and interact with the coaches on the Oregon football staff and to gain knowledge and insight into the game of college football... and to have fun while doing it.The content of the clinic has been geared towards providing basic and fundamental information with the opportunity to take your understanding to the next level.There will be a welcome reception during registration prior to the lectures and demonstrations with heavy hor d'oeuvres, soft drinks, water, thirst quenchers, as well as beer and wine for those participants over the age of 21.Although there will not be a lot of physical activity, a changing room is available for those women who are coming straight from work or an appointment.
The format of the clinic is designed to provide every woman the basic concepts and nuances of Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. The lecture format will allow the participants to ask questions throughout the clinic.

Memphis Tigers
Here are some highlights from Memphis...

Kent State Golden Flashes

Kent State's football coaching staff hosted the second annual "A Ladies Must Get As" clinic on Wednesday, June 20 at Dix Stadium. 

Activities began in the Golden Flashes' team room, where participants learned everything from how to put equipment what players ate and the involvement of athletic trainers.  After entering the field through the smoke-filled tunnel, women went into groups participating in drills and practicing formations for offense, defense and special teams.  

Kentucky Wildcats

Texas Tech Red Raiders

TCU Horned Frogs

Ohio State Buckeyes
From the Ohio State blog, Eleven Warriors, here's a participant's account of Urban Meyer's clinic that was held in June.

Mizzou Tigers

Michigan Wolverines
Check out the promotional video made from the 2011 clinic

Midwestern State Mustangs

If you're curious whether your team has one or not, 
google your team's name with "women's football clinic".  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mrs. Manning

My sister gifted our boys a few years ago with the most wonderful children's book, Family Huddle, written by some Manning boys.  (you may have heard of them?)

Our sons have such a sweet affection for this sweet story.  They became Manning fans at a very young age because of it.  They seem to identify with the role of football and family and brotherly love in Family Huddle.  They know the brothers are Cooper, Peyton and Eli and their daddy is Archie.  See the pretty lady in the back of the book cover?  She is Olivia, my favorite character in the story...the lady in the middle of that mess of boys and football.  

You hear about the Mannings, of course, but not as much as the elegant woman behind those boys.  So when Garden and Gun arrived in the mail this week with "Olivia Manning: Football's First Lady" on the cover, I stopped what I was doing and read Julia Reed's beautiful profile on her.  I thought you would enjoy it too.  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rah, Rah, Ree...It's Barbie...

Little Bama, Auburn, LSU and Razorback girls have something to cheer about.  Their Barbie arsenal just got a bit more spirited.  In a partnership with Wal-Mart, Mattel is releasing four Barbie dolls sporting the cheerleading uniforms of four SEC teams.  

The Sports Business Daily published an interesting article last week about the new dolls.  It explains Mattel's past attempt in the mid-90s to get college sports fans to buy University themed Barbies nationally.  It tells us that you won't see much of these dolls unless you are in the states of Alabama, Louisiana or Arkansas as they are being distributed only in their respective areas.

Kudos to the doll designers for the cheer uniform designs...each one is unique and current too. Barbie looks great in any school colors, doesn't she?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Etsy Baby Beanies

Oh how I wish I had one of these beanies when my boys were tiny babies. At the hospital where they were born in our college town, the nice ladies that knit hats for newborns made one with a team logo for our firstborn.  I made sure to pack it for the hospital 14 months later for our second born son.  But the brown crocheted beanie with football laces is irresistible.  So irresistible that you now have your choice of many on Etsy with the adorable photographs that go right along with them.  

Below are a on the photo and it will take you right to the seller.  

(And refer back to this post whenever you need a little baby fix!)

And for a bigger guy for the fall 
(very appropriate for a new baby gift right now...he will grow right into it)

And my personal favorite...the crocheted helmet done in your custom team colors.

And if you're little guy needs a little bill on his beanie...

Every football coach's daughter needs this one...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Team Colors for the 4th

The Fourth is a perfect holiday to utilize all of your team color savvy and spirit.  If you can make a food into your team colors, you can make it into red, white and blue.  And, of course, vice versa.  You can look at all of the clever red, white and blue good things to eat and replace those colors with your team colors for the fall.  

A blog I enjoy reading, Style Blueprint, is based in several southern cities...Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville, Nashville and Memphis.   It is a well-curated blog covering stylish lifestyle subjects.  The Style Blueprint writers have great taste and while it has posts about general subjects for a national audience, it also informs readers about what is the hip and happening going on in its respective city.  

I follow the Memphis Style Blueprint and they had a fabulous post on food ideas for the Fourth of July.  I couldn't help but imagine my team colors in place of the colors of Old Glory for a September tailgate.  If your team colors are red and white, remove the blue.  If your team colors are blue and white, remove the red.  Or...incorporate the colors that work for get the idea!

Patriotic Palate Pleasers

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I don’t know about you, but for me, there is just nothing better than the 4th of July! A nation-wide party to honor the good ole USA. It is a day that represents not only our country’s birthday, but the adoption of our Declaration of Independence. It is a great day for so many things…Ray Charles’ version of America the Beautiful, sparklers, cookouts, fireworks shows and parades!
When it comes to delicious treats and cold cocktails, the 4th always delivers as well. From fruity drinks to flag inspired cakes, I am always in search of creative and tasty patriotic eats! Here are several 4th inspired ideas to make your party a true red, white and blue celebration! Happy Birthday America!
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Layers of absolute goodness

Sprinkles make everything better!

Homemade Cookie Bark

A twist on the traditional Margarita.

Kick it up a notch with a Rice Krispy Treat Flag

Patriotic Popcorn

Nothing better than a little mix of salty and sweet