Several years ago when Walking Cradles began working with a few select bloggers and influencers, Gail McCauley had reached out to me to discuss opportunities to partner with us. She had launched her LifeBeginsAfter50 blog and clearly had a knack in working with fashion! Thankfully, Gail was also a very helpful resource as one of our first Brand Ambassadors.
Now here we are, a few years later, and we are thrilled that Gail still loves her Walking Cradles shoes and continues to be a joy to work with! It's been fun to travel along with Gail as she has moved from Arizona, to New Hampshire and now to Colorado! Always one to have fun with styling our shoes, Gail is a constant fashion inspiration to her followers. We are thrilled that Gail made time in her busy schedule to tell us a bit about her background and to show off her favorite new Walking Cradles styles for Fall '21!
Before we share the new stuff, though, here are a few of my favorite pics of Gail featuring Walking Cradles shoes over the years (please note, these shoes are no longer available - this little photo collection is to share Gail's fashion versatility)!
Please be sure to check out all the links (at the end of this story) where you can follow Gail. And now, without further ado, I am thrilled to introduce Gail McCauley!
BEFORE YOU BECAME A PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCER, YOU HAD OTHER TIES TO FASHION, PLEASE SHARE WITH US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.
I have my bachelor's degree in fashion marketing from UMass & 30+ years in the fashion industry ranging from teaching fashion at local community colleges to manager positions at Bloomingdales & Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, and most recently, owning a licensed model and talent agency in Scottsdale, AZ.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL BLOGGER/INFLUENCER?
My 30+ years in the fashion industry combined with more than 10 years experience as a home decor freelance writer .
YOU KEEP QUITE BUSY, PLEASE SHARE WITH EVERYONE THE VARIETY OF BRANDS/PRODUCTS YOU WORK WITH AND WHAT YOUR DAY CONSISTS OF.
My niche for LifeBeginsafter50 is ageless fashion and beauty. I have a passion for working with small businesses because my husband and I were both small business owners for most of our careers, but I also enjoy working with medium and large nationally known, quality fashion and beauty brands.
WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING, WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU ENJOY DOING?
Some of my hobbies include hiking, gardening, photography, crocheting, and playing mahjong.
YOUR SENSE OF STYLE IS EVIDENT IN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND CHANNELS, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE “LOOK?”
Part of why I love fashion so much is because it allows us to express our sense of creativity. I really enjoy several styles and the more ageless I become, the more I enjoy styling with bold patterns and color!
HAVE YOUR FOUND YOUR SHOE WANTS/NEEDS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS, AND IF SO, HOW?
Yes! The more ageless I become, the more footwear comfort is just as key as quality and style!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE WALKING CRADLES SHOES YOU ARE WEARING IN THESE PHOTOS?
Walking Cradles is and always has been my favorite ‘all day’ comfort shoe!
There are so many reasons to love the Sloan, beginning with the gorgeous black leather and suede two tone details in this pump combination! The 2 1/2 inch heel is perfect for ‘all day’ pump comfort and the block heel gives the pump that slight bit of ‘extra’ contemporary that I love in a shoe! I can’t wait to style these pumps with heavy slacks next during our cold Colorado winter!!
I LOVE the convenience of slip on shoes, and the Dash slip on sneaker adds a fun snippet of leopard pattern & black patent leather bottom to this already fabulous stretch fabric sneaker! I adore how lightweight this shoe is and the comfort???… Well… WalkingCradles has done it again!! I’m styling it with black and white here; but I can’t wait to style it next with a bright POP of color for a super fun look!
This is not my first Orleans slip-on sneaker from Walking Cradles…. BUT it is my first ‘calf hair’ shoe from the brand! I loved the Orleans slip-on convenience and all day comfort soooo much that I immediately fell in love with the ‘on trend’ spin on the style when I saw the Tiger Calf Hair! I’m styling it today with a clutch bag that adds a touch of similar but not competing animal print to the look as well as a POP of goldy-yellow top to add a fun ‘everyday casual’ spin to this very versatile shoe!
WHAT IS A MESSAGE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE?
Never stop learning, age is just a number AND: LifeBeginsAfter50!!
We are very grateful to Gail for being part of “Shoes for All Walks of Life.” Please follow Gail - she is easily found at LifeBeginsAfter50 on all the channels below:
Would you like to be featured in an upcoming story? Looking ahead to 2022, we are looking for more fabulous women to feature in our "Shoes for All Walks of Life" series. To be considered, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a little bit about your multi-faceted life and the various roles you have that make you amazing! We know you have a story to tell, and we would love to tell yours and show how Walking Cradles shoes have made a difference in your life!
Thank you for joining us to learn more about the women who wear Walking Cradles and their multi-faceted lives. We will feature a different fabulous female each month and we hope you look forward to reading their stories as much as we enjoy working with them. Although, is it really work when you love what you do so much and get to spend time with such amazing people?!
To receive an exclusive discount on your Walking Cradles purchase, please use the code AllWalksGail20 for 20% off your order (expires 12/31/21). To shop using Gail's Brand Ambassador link, please go to: www.walkingcradles.com/gail.
Until next time...
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