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Coolest Skate Parks: Northern CA, Yuba City Skate Park

If you are a Northern California skateboarder looking for a great park to try out, you need to get to the Yuba City Skate Park. With 14,000 square feet of terrain to explore on your board, you will have plenty of room to stretch your skills and develop sick tricks. To find this park, you will need to go to the Sam Brannon Park in Yuba City, California.

Yuba City Skate Park – The Basics

The Yuba City Skate Park has a great vert park and a great street course. The crown jewel of this skate park is the interconnecting bowl feature. This is a three bowl configuration that includes three-foot, five-foot and seven-foot deep bowls. Outside the bowls you will find a pyramid, steps, boxes, a quarter pipe, ledges and spines. There is a lot of space at this park to practice in, and the crowds are minimal. This park is open year round and even offers lighting for night skating.

Yuba City Skate Park – The Rules

To use this skate park you will need to follow the rules. Fortunately, this park has very few rules to deal with. Like most public skate parks in the United States, you are required to wear the appropriate skateboarding gear like helmets and padding. While you don’t have to sign a waiver, this is still a skate-at-your-own-risk park, so be smart about your skating behavior. Now for the no’s. There are no bikes, pets, bottles or alcohol allowed. Beyond these basic rules, you are free to skateboard and inline skate in your own style.

Getting the Most From Your Yuba City Skate Park Experience

Yuba City Skate Park is one of the parks found on the Northern California-Oregon skate park circuit. This means that you will inevitably run into skaters from both California and Oregon. Take advantage of this skater diversity by learning what skills and tricks that California skaters bring to the game and what skills and tricks Oregon skaters bring to the game. Also, don’t be afraid to show off what makes you a unique skater. Above all, have fun and enjoy the air under your wheels.

Evolution of Clothing: Out of the Trenches

Like many other fall and winter weather choices, today’s fashionable trench coat is military in origin. Lightweight and rain-resistant, it was created as an alternative for officers and other ranked personnel during World War I, which was, of course, dominated by trench warfare. The coat is somewhat common; however, it is often easy to forget its origin, even though many of the details we consider hallmarks of the trench coat’s style actually originated as military practicalities for the display of insignia and the carrying of equipment and weapons.

Military clothes have always had a presence in civilian fashion, usually because they are retained after war both for durability and as an indicator of status as a veteran or survivor. The trench coat was no different, and because its use had been restricted to those of rank, it quickly morphed into an indicator of wealth and sophistication. Civilian versions of the trench coat for both men and women began to be produced between the two world wars, and the military version of the coat remained in use during World War II, although in more variants as more countries added similar garments to their uniform options.

After WWII, the trench coat’s trendiness really took off, and the coat became a staple of fashion in both books and films, particularly the detective genre. Perhaps most surprising, though, is the way the trench coat has been embraced by various alternative youth fashion movements for decades.

The trench coat was popular with the mods in the 1960s and is often seen in both the goth and heavy metal scenes (although usually in longer, black versions more accurately known as dusters). In more mainstream fashion, Sex in the City’s Carrie also popularized the trench coat for women by making it sexy and flirty. For a coat that started in battle, the trench coat has had a surprising fashion history that is only likely to continue.

DEAR READER:

We here at Couture often give our viewpoints on fashion and trends as part of our ongoing reporting duties, but this time around we want you dear reader, to tell us what you think about certain fashion and trends. Share with us your favorite shoe style and tell us why?

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Blog World Expo '08 Twitter Party Viral Interviews (Finale)

We would have kept the interviews going all night, but lets face it, drinking and socializing is a lot more fun!

Thank you all who attended this event! Keep on keeping on, and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again soon. Oh and remember, follow our CEO @Zappos on Twitter for more announcements and inside scoops on Zappos.com.

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Shopping Tips for New Parents: Decorating the Baby Room

When it’s time to bring the new addition to the family home, a fun and inviting place to sleep and play is sure to give the newborn a grand welcome. You’ve probably spent weeks, even months decorating before baby’s arrival, but you can still freshen up the baby room regularly to keep your newborn happy as a clam. Whether you pick up a set of Uglydolls to make them giggle or fill up the room with creative toys to nurture a future genius, you have dozens of option for creating a fun and inviting place for your little one.

Dolls and stuffed character toys will easily become your baby’s new best friends, so choose wisely; most of these will carry them through their toddler years. Uglydolls are ready to share their story and will make great companions for bedtime stories. Pick up Ice Bat, Uglydog or Abima as a set to get started. Newborns might also find comfort in an oversized stuffed animal; pick up a friendly Chimpanzee or Giant Sea Turtle for some extra TLC during those days of growing pains.

Decorate the room with some vintage ABC blocks , and you’ll be creating a nostalgic baby or toddler room. Oversized cushions and pillows emblazoned with the alphabet are a few ideas for building a classic toy room. As your newborn gets older, you can make learning the ABCs fun. Wooden blocks are large enough for kids as young as two years of age, and the blocks sit neatly in a tray when it’s time to clean up. Some oversized puzzles and games are another way to encourage a little early learning. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo ABC/Numbers sets are great for decorating a room and playing with when your baby gets older. Decorate the room with a few sets of these blocks scattered on shelves or baby furniture – a surefire way to get your little one on the fast track to learning!

Themed blankets and bedding accessories can also help you create a unique and attractive spot for your little one. Pick up a plush pink blanket for your little princess or a simple reversible jersey cotton blanket for the little prince.

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No Internet + No Phones = Crazyness in the HR Department!

I’m sure a lot of you are wondering what do Internet companies do when their lifeline that is the world wide web quits for a decent amount of time? Well, I don’t know about most companies, but I do know that Zapponians take the time to go completely crazy. Oh yes, we’re talkin’ interpretive dance like crazy.

So lets see, shall we, how our wonderful HR department handles the pause in their work day.

Fashion Show of the Week: Paris Ready to Wear

The Paris Ready To Wear (Pret-a-Porter) fashion shows will be held from September 27 to October 5, and one of the most closely watched shows will be Yves Saint Laurent, taking place at the Grand Palais on October 2. Although Stefano Pilati has been designing for YSL since 2004, this will be his first Parisian collection out from under the shadow of Yves Saint Laurent himself, who died in June 2008.

New York Fashion Week was filled with tributes to YSL, who was known for his slouchy silhouette and elegant appropriation of menswear . Tom Ford, who designed the collection until 2004, ignored this meme in favor of the sexy siren look he perfected for Gucci, but his worldview was met with disfavor by the Yves Saint Laurent customer. Pilati, however, has stayed closer to the mandate he’s been given.

His Autumn/Winter 2008 collection featured menswear-inspired separates in neutral monochrome, with subtle shots of color like cobalt blue and sunshine yellow to alleviate the seriousness of the look. The waist and hips were a major focal point, with high-waist pants accented by narrow belts, color blocking, or ingenious cutouts in their matching jackets. Skirts and pants both belled downwards to echo the cocoon shape of the coats, allowing Pilati to present sophisticated but flattering lines. Tactile but potentially dour fabrics such as flannel, velvet, leather and tweed were accessorized with punk rock dog collars, severe haircuts and black lipstick, as if the youngest daughter in an English manor had dressed in the dark, grabbing half of her own clothing and half of her mother’s. My favorite look was a high-collared brown velvet jacket with prominent zippers mixed with an asymmetrical black leather zippered skirt. It sounds odd in the telling, but it was a collection you not only wanted to look at, you wanted to wear.

I believe Yves Saint Laurent would truly be proud of his namesake of a sort. After all, he got his start at 17 when he took over design duties for Christian Dior.

Evolution of Clothing: Capri Pants

Capri pants, which have enjoyed a prolonged popularity over the last several years, were first invented just after World War II and had their first surge of popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. While capris themselves are a relatively new invention, they descend from a long history of calf-length pants.

Like many of today’s popular women’s fashions, capri pants can be traced to early menswear including the formfitting breeches that were popular in the Baroque period and through the early 1800s. These pants, which ended just below the knee, were worn with socks designed to showcase the male leg as an object of beauty during a time in which women’s legs were always covered.

As men’s pants came down beginning in the mid-19th century and women’s hemlines rose at the beginning of the 20th, a shapely leg went from a male beauty requirement to a female one, and as women increasingly wore trousers, especially as women joined the work force and war effort in the 1940s, it became logical that pants should be invented that would show off the leg.

Capri pants also have cousins in the pedal pusher, a female pant of the same length that is usually cuffed, and knickerbockers (often shortened somewhat confusingly to knickers, which in British English refer to women’s underwear), which were baggy pants young men and boys wore in the early 20th century.

Capri pants are clothing’s perfect compromise. Easy and casual with flats, sandals or athletic shoes, capri pants in fancier fabrics can also be dressed up with ease, simply by adding a pair of high heels and a well-fitted blouse for either a retro or modern look. It is important that capri pants be at the correct length, to accentuate the swell of the calf; the wrong length can make the leg look stocky instead of shapely and can create the illusion of reduced height.