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Kicking off the Holiday Season with College Football + New Shoes



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Although I love traveling (which is no big surprise since I run a travel blog), I also adore my home state of South Carolina.

For many others, the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving and then leads into Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's.

As a proud South Carolinian, I know that the holiday season really starts when the weather gets chillier and the words "college football playoffs" are beginning to be bandied about. This past weekend, my husband and I headed back up to our alma mater, Clemson University, to see a football game and get into that holiday mood right before Thanksgiving.


Kicking off the Holiday Season with College Football + New Shoes | CosmosMariners.com

We tailgated with our daughter and my in-laws before heading into the game, which was a fun way to spend our morning in Clemson. (Spoiler alert: Clemson beat Wake Forest 33-13. Go Tigers!)

Britton's still learning about football, but she's already really into the idea of picking up her tiny toy football and flinging it more or less towards whomever is catching.

Kicking off the Holiday Season with College Football + New Shoes | CosmosMariners.com

Standing around before, during, and after a football game requires some seriously good footwear, and Britton and I came prepared with our new boots. I love the Carlos by Carlos Santana Helena Riding Boots, while Britton thought she was super stylish in her Steve Madden Bucklee Toddler Boots. I'd only worn mine boots once before the game, which is always a risk when you've got new shoes, but they were super comfortable the entire time that I was running after Britton, playing football, walking to and from the stadium, and cheering.

Kicking off the Holiday Season with College Football + New Shoes | CosmosMariners.com


It was raining a little during the game and it was chilly all day, so I ended up in an old sweatshirt that I've had since I was a student at Clemson and my jeans. I kept telling my husband that my boots were too cool for the rest of my outfit!

Kicking off the Holiday Season with College Football + New Shoes | CosmosMariners.com

Britton has lived in her new boots since I surprised her with them (she's a boot fiend!), and doesn't want to take them off. They've held up to everything she can throw at them (often literally), but they're still flexible enough for her to run and play in.

Kicking off the Holiday Season with College Football + New Shoes | CosmosMariners.com

I'm really glad that I got those two pairs since they're both super versatile, and I know that we'll both be wearing them to school, cookie exchanges, and family dinners through the holidays and beyond.

What are your go-to holiday shoes? What signals the start of the holidays for you?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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