Treacherous Climb of the Week: Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman, MT,

Climbing mountains and canyons during any season is a challenge, but it is particularly difficult when you add winter ice to the mix. Ice climbing has gained significant popularity in the U.S. and abroad in recent years, and Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman, MT, is one of the most challenging locations for ice climbing.

Ice climbing, for the uninitiated, is the practice of climbing, not the rocky faces of mountains and canyons, but instead scaling frozen waterfalls and other natural ice formations. These are usually up against the sides of a rock formation and present unique challenges.

When climbing at Hyalite Canyon, you’ll need an ice axe to create footholds on the sheer, icy face of your obstacle. The Grivel Alp Monster is a good choice, because it features a posterior hammer, anti-clip saw and a lightweight, rubber shaft. It won’t add much weight but will get the job done.

You might also need to invest in a pair of high-quality mountaineering boots with good ankle support. Make sure that you are dressed for frigid weather, including hats and gloves, to ensure the most enjoyable experience.

In Hyalite Canyon, there are a number of ice climbing routes, some of which are already equipped with ice screws and rope set-ups. Some of the more difficult routes feature very thin ice and shouldn’t be attempted unless you are a professional.

Additionally, it is a good idea to check with the Hyalite Canyon authorities before you head to Montana for a climb. Some seasons, the ice formations do not appear until late winter, depending on local temperatures and rainfall. Some might not be available when you arrive due to too much climbing or because of perceived dangers created by ice climbing tools.

If you are interested in visiting Hyalite Canyon during other seasons, or if you aren’t too sure about ice climbing, there are plenty of things to do in this area during the spring, summer and fall. Mountains and ridges in Bozeman, present numerous possibilities for the avid climber and some are open all year.

You might also want to hook up with an outfitter if you’ve decided to try ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon. Having a professional who knows the area in your corner is invaluable.

Importance of Clothing in TV: Gossip Girl

One of the hot new shows for fashion is Gossip Girl, a delightfully trashy drama about privileged teens in New York City. The fashions on the show are so popular that several blogs have already sprung up to document the show’s clothes, hairstyles and makeup.

While much of the show’s look is dependent on exclusive designer names such as Michael Kors , Kate Spade and Juicy Couture , many key items to the show’s style are more pedestrian and familiar than you might expect. For that prep school look, French Toast offers uniform basics, although they’re made for kids and will only fit smaller-sized adults. But gray or navy pleated skirts aren’t that hard to come by, and with the right accessories you can definitely make it into something stunning.

Gossip Girl favors classic looks with lots of color and mostly feminine (the show is a big fan of ties on girls) styles for women, and khakis and sweaters for men. To get the Gossip Girl look, think texture and patterns. Tweeds and corduroy, as well as knits and more sumptuous fabrics like velvet and silk are sure winners. Plaids, stripes and piping, as well as great accessories are critical. And the accessorizing isn’t just limited to women – men need to consider French cuffs in order to show off cuff-links and also will want to have great ties, pocket squares with the right jacket, and if you’re really daring, the oft-seen-on-the-show ascot.

Part of the show’s appeal is also its love of outrageous costuming, which is often showcased during the exclusive parties its characters attend. Whether it’s a themed birthday party (think 1920s or Marie Antoinette) or a high-profile event like the White Party, the fashion of Gossip Girl is driven by special-event looks, which hold particular interest as we enter the holiday season.

Gossip Girl understands that all fashion is costume, and while every look on the show won’t necessarily translate easily to our more mundane lives, the show is a great inspiration to be completely serious about making your wardrobe absolutely playful.

Baby Boomers: Stay Healthy and Strong through Yoga

Baby boomers are looking for ways to enjoy life and retirement, but in the process they also want to stay fit while enjoying the deserved down time. Yoga is one of the most popular ways to get fit. Yoga offers the benefits of becoming more flexible and toned, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. One of the important aspects of yoga is comfort. To get into the yoga mode and mood you’ll need to get geared up for yoga fitness.

The basic concept to yoga clothing is comfort and flexibility. Baby boomers don’t want to wear something so loose the yoga instructor cannot see their form, but you also do not want to wear something tight. Buying clothing geared for yoga is the best bet, simply because the design is created specifically for yoga.

Clothing designed for yoga fitness should offer stretch, breathability, comfort and durability. There are a number of brands of yoga clothing ; however, the key is in finding one that works for your specific needs.

Basic yoga pants and a yoga top are needed to comfortably begin yoga class. Many practitioners of yoga prefer the pants that hit right below the knee such as the Unity Yoga Capri by Statik Mountain Co. Available in black and made from 88 percent nylon and 12 percent spandex, the yoga pants have a lined crotch gusset, a low rise waist, flat side seams and are designed to dry quickly. The Unity Yoga Capri retails for approximately $61.

Basic yoga tops are usually tanks, tees, spaghetti tops or even cross-trainer tops with support, which are ideal for yoga. It goes back to the fabric being breathable and the top being comfortable. If well endowed at the top or having upper support is preferable, a great choice of yoga tops is the Moving Comfort Apparel Cross-trainer Support Tank. Available in lime, hibiscus or cocoa, the tank is made from 87 percent Coolmax polyester and 13 percent spandex. The Cross-trainer Support Tank retails for $46 and is ideal gear for yoga.

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Shopping Tips for New Parents: Comfortable Sleepwear!

When your little one will be spending most of their days snoozing and napping through winter season, they’ll need some comfortable sleepwear and cozy accessories to make the most of their hibernation. ‘Tis the season to wrap your kids up in snuggle-worthy clothing and onesies made with fleece, keeping them warm and toasty when temperatures drop and enjoy their daily snooze sessions in peace. Onesies and PJs designed especially for newborns are the versatile necessity for the season. Here are a few sleepwear must-haves for those chilly days ahead:

Your little lady is sure to enjoy life in la-la land in the Hurley Kids Footsie ; this zip-down onesie comes in a hot pink design and is covered with an all-over screen print. It’s made of 100-percent cotton and will easily trap in any extra heat both day and night. It’s a ‘Footsie,’ because it’s an all-in-one suit that keeps those toes well-protected against the elements; you can add a pair of booties or socks on top of the suit for extra protection on any brisker days ahead.

Your little prince will be pampered like royalty in an uber-comfortable velour onesie – an outfit that might also get him some extra attention during his snooze fest. The Petit Bateau Velour Footie is a super-soft pajama made with an 80/20 cotton and polyester blend. This one features a curious bunny and kangaroo pocket on the front and is a snap to put on and take off with the simple closure design.

If it’s the classic PJs you’re after, make sure you pick up a set of Sara’s Print Kids Pajamas , a loose fitting cotton pajama with a rib trim for extra comfort. You can pick from fun designs including red fire trucks, royal dinos and space travel or even tap into his sporty side with a pair of PJs with basketball hoops or a hockey theme. These extra-soft pajama sets can be accessorized with a pair of fleece booties and a fun beanie to trap in even more heat on any chilly evening.

When you’re looking for winter weather basics for your little girl or boy, you’ll need to stock up on a few sets of flannel, cotton and polyester pajamas for those casual days at home. Machine-washable sets are the most versatile choice for your hectic schedule, and buying a flame-resistant set will keep your little one safe and warm for nap time.

MARC, THE MODEL, THE MUSE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is already planning and executing its Spring 2009 exhibition with their new exhibit looking at models as muses. The idea that models are muses for the designers of the clothes they inhibit is not a new notion, but one rather worth exploring as the Met’s upcoming exhibit, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, showcases. The show aims to explore and explain fashion, the shifting ideals of beauty through out the decades, and showcases models as diverse as Veruschka, Marion Morehouse, Peggy Moffitt, Iman, Nadja Auermann up to today’s beauty ideal, Gisele Bundchen. The show will also showcase how these models inspired, contributed and defined trends during the 20th century and continue to influence how fashion is perceived currently. The exhibit will start on May 4th with the Costume Institute’s annual gala benefit with designer Marc Jacobs serving as the night’s honorary chairman, along side co-chairs Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Vogue Editrix, Anna Wintour.

The show will feature over 70 Haute Couture and ready-to-wear looks accompanying photography, runway images and video footage of models, socialites and rockstars alike who have set the tone for the decades. The show will feature images of models from the time of Worth and Poiret, to Fifties sensations Sunny Harnett and Dorian Leigh, to Sixties icons Jean Shrimpton and Peggy Moffitt, to Seventies goddesses Iman and Janice Dickinson, to the Eighties supermodels and Nineties ‘It’ girls. The curated items will feature designs from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Chanel, Armani, Donna Karan, Helmut Lang, Lanvin, Claude Montana, Prada, Chistian Dior, to name a few, as well as photography works by Horst, Avedon, Bailey, Meisel and Helmut Newton. The exhibit will be open to the public from May 6 through August, with it being held at the Met’s Tisch Galleries.

SIGERSON MORRISON, BULLSEYE

Target has done it again, the designer coup this time is the New York based designing duo Sigerson Morrison. The duo known for their stylish, ‘I can walk all over Manhattan’ flats, funky boots, edgy booties, brings their fabulous flair to Target with a line of styles that runs the gamut from embellished flats to d’Orsay-inspired velvet pumps. Sigerson Morrison is quoted in Target’s print ads as saying, “to us, designing a rocking, edgy, totally affordable shoe is the best kind of challenge.” For the masses, that is the best reason to buy them, well that and Target’s motto of expect more and pay less.

HONG KONG ITALIAN STYLE

DSQUARED2 is bouncing everywhere lately – Paris and Milan for fashion weeks, and lately, Hong Kong, to open a new 2,727 square foot, two-level store at Central On-Lan Street. The store has ready-to-wear clothes and accessories, and also fitting rooms with leather-trimmed doors surrounded by tree trunks and birch trees. It can’t be a DSQUARED2 store without a touch of wood, great clothes, amazing accessories and fabulously eclectic decorations.

Zappettes Strike Again!

Our world famous Zappos singing group has struck again today in honor of our beloved Miss Patty, the Queen of Facilities!

The Zappettes were hired by Zack in Help Desk to deliver a singing happy birthday wish to Patty, whose birthday was actually Tuesday, but it’s the thought that counts! The Zappettes are hired by Zappos employees to deliver the singing birthday messages, and all proceeds are given to charity.

Keep it up you vocal wonders!