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Last Friday, Famous Footwear invited me to attend a concert in Central Park where I got to see Ne-Yo perform live, go back stage afterward, and then have lunch at Swifty’s with celebrity stylist Diandre Tristan. This was a pretty awesome way to start the weekend. This was my second time meeting Ne-Yo (first was at the GQ/Alfani event which also happened to be a birthday celebration for Ne-Yo’s 30th birthday) and I have to say that I love him. Both times that I’ve seen him, he was super friendly and down to Earth. Unlike some celebrities that I’ve run into at promotional events (cough cough: Adrian Grenier)

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Not only did Famous Footwear give me this awesome opportunity to see and meet Ne-Yo, but they also sent me a gift card to buy an awesome pair of shoes! I chose these great embellished gladiator sandals and thanks to a buy-one-get-one-half-off-sale, I even had enough money left over for some sneakers (love.)

Pictures from Ne-Yo’s concert, lunch at Swifty’s, and my shopping experience at Famous Footwear are after the jump.

[Hello shoes!] I visited the Waterbury location at the Brass Mill Center. They had a good selection of flats, heels, boots, sandals, and sneakers. Also plenty of options for men and kids.

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After trying on a bunch of different pairs, I went with my first two choices – these embellished gladiator sandals, which I wore to the concert and then some fun neon asics for the gym.

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At the concert: Ne-Yo performed a few of his hits like “Let Me Love You” and “Give Me Everything (tonight)” He wore leather shorts, a basic white tank, Converse sneakers, and his signature fedora.

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During lunch at Swifty’s with celebrity stylist Diandre Tristan, Diandre gave us a fashionable presentation on some great ways to update your look for back to school. While press and bloggers enjoyed a delicious lunch (with mimosas), Diandre had models show off their style with G by Guess boots, Converse sneakers, Madden Girl wedge sneakers, and many more “looks for less”. Famous Footwear is all about providing popular name brand shoes at discounted price points.

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The model below is wearing a pair of Madden Girl Hickory Wedge Sneakers.

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For lunch, we got to choose from the pre fix menu in the pic below. I chose the vichyssoise (a cold soup made of puréed leeks and potatoes), followed by the chopped cobb salad and vanilla meringue cake. Yum!

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Thanks again to Famous Footwear for the fun experience and new shoes!