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I'm Over Apples and Bananas

The rumors are true! The good fruit, the good trail mix, fresh popcorn , coffee – pretty much all of the good snacks dwell near the 2800 help desk. So if you’re craving a juicy nectarine…you now know where to find ‘em!

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My Mythology - Eileen Lewis: Director of Fashion Strategy

My Mythology – Creating our own living legacy at Zappos

One of the joys about working at Zappos is the freedom to be ourselves through our own personal style. Style shouts! Individuals identify themselves through their personal style. Taking the chaos out of the closet and using clothing as a celebration to create personal mythology or legend is something I have been fascinated by.

What is someone trying to say through their style?

Join me in the discovery. Each week I will take an employee from Zappos and find out their personal psychology through their favorite outfits.

Today we study the mythology of Eileen L., Director of Fashion Strategy for Zappos.com.

Eileen is wearing her favorite outfit which consists of an Alexander McQueen scarf , a Gucci watch, King Baby earrings , Royal Order ring, D&G Dolce and Gabbana cuff bracelet, Roberto Cavalli top, D&G Dolce and Gabbana skirt, and Chanel shoes.

How would you define your look? METAL, BIKER CHIC MEETS COUTURE.

What inspires your style? THE MOOD I’M IN AND WHAT EVENT I’M DRESSING FOR.

Who is your favorite designer? ROBERTO CAVALLI .

What fashion item would you never leave the house without? A GREAT WATCH.

Who are your fashion/style icons? KATE MOSS.

What are your favorite labels? OF COURSE CAVALLI , CLERGERIE, DSQUARED2 , CHANEL, GUCCI, PRADA, PACIOTTI, MCQUEEN , DOLCE & GABBANA , BIKKEMBERGS .

How would you define your mythology that you portray through your style? A CHAMELEON.

What is your favorite decade for style? THE PRESENT.

What is your favorite fabric? LEATHER.

What is your favorite color? BLUE.

King Baby or Chrome Hearts? CHROME HEARTS.

What item do you allow yourself to splurge on? BOOTS.

Do you need to take out a second mortgage for your style? DEFINITELY.

Diamonds or pearls? PEARLS.

Which bag? CARLOS FALCHI.

Sunglasses? GUCCI.

What are your fashion rules? I DON’T HAVE ANY.

What is the most you’ve spent on a handbag? $800.

Would set foot in a thrift store? NOT UNLESS SOMEBODY DRAGS ME IN THERE.

If your answer was yes, what is the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store? N/A.

What is the most you’ve ever spent on fashion and for what item? A $1700 NECKLACE.

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The Post Labor Day Weekend Blues

There’s no denying it, there’s a change of pace here at the Zappos Headquarters as everyone tries to cope with the after Labor Day blues. Labor Day weekend is so much more than a Sunday do-over, it’s a benchmark holiday that means Summer has come to a close and Fall is on it’s way. Students of all ages dread this weekend because it usually means that school is back in full swing. Fashion gurus (and those who abide by the fashion law) retire their white attire for the season and welcome the rusty colors of fall. And everyone else buckles down for the long road ahead until the next paid three day weekend (which is – Yikes – Thanksgiving).

So readers and fellow Zapponians, don’t dread the end of Summer (if you live here in Las Vegas, the Summer heat is still going to be with us for while) and, I love Fall, it’s my personal favorite, nothing beats waking up to crisp Fall air!

Now get up all of you who decided to spend the day in the “Quiet room” wishing that today was yesterday, because inevitably Tomorrow will come and it’s a waste of a day, a week, or even a year, if you spend the majority of the time wishing it away.

You heard me….Get out of those nap pods and shake off the post Labor Day Weekend Blues!

Celebrity Gossip: Babies for Beyonce, Olsen Twins Outed, And Jimmy Wants Sara Back!

Is funny man Jimmy Kimmel having second thoughts about his recent split from Sarah Silverman, his girlfriend of five years? The National Enquirer is reporting that close sources have said that Jimmy has actually been drunk dialing Sarah and asking to get together so the two can talk. Unfortunately, Sarah seems to already have moved on. No, she’s not dating anybody new yet (that I know of), but her friends say that once Sarah cuts a relationship off there’s no going back. Too bad for Jimmy.

One of Mary Kate Olsen’s ex-bodyguards is spilling all her secrets, but it’s seriously nothing that we haven’t heard before. He claims that Mary Kate is into smoking pot and other drugs and has been a heavy drinker since her high school days. Now, you know that Mary Kate and her famous twin sis, Ashley, both have tiny, childlike bodies, so you can imagine the toll that alcohol and drug abuse takes on their bodies when they indulge. He also touched on Mary Kate’s struggle with an eating disorder and says that Ashley and her family were frantic with worry over how to deal with it and most importantly, how to get Mary Kate back to a healthy weight again for her own sake.

Now that Beyonce and Jay-Z are supposedly married, Beyonce is feeling the pressure to start popping out kids … soon. But the pressure isn’t coming from her, as much it’s coming from Jay-z and her own mother. It seems that Beyonce has the entire next two years planned out for her career already and she doesn’t see how having a baby at this point in her life would be possible or even beneficial for her career. Of course it doesn’t help that her little sis, Solange, already has a four year old son and that her dress designer mother, Tina, is desperate for another grandchild already. I mean, if Solange can do it then Beyonce should be able to, right? Hmm, good luck with that one Beyonce!

Family Recreation: Backpacking

Family vacations can be a lot of fun. But they can also be a lot of stress. I remember my mother keeping most of the games, books, toys and snacks with her. Even when we got a little older. What resulted was not pretty. Mom looked harassed all the time; with five kids, one of us was always clambering for something. One way I’ve learned from her mistakes is to let my son be in charge of his own stuff. He’s five years old, and perfectly capable of managing his own backpack with snacks, books, toys, games and coloring books (with crayons, of course).

Choosing backpacks for children
You do want to make sure that your child can handle his or her backpack. My son’s backpack is slightly smaller and easy for him to carry. Your child should also be old enough and mature enough to handle keeping track of his or her things. If you travel on airplanes a lot, you might consider a wheeled backpack . This can make things easier between flights. Here are some other features that you might consider when choosing travel backpacks for your children:

  • At least one zip pocket in the front (two or three is better). This is an ideal place for the snacks. They won’t get lost if they are kept in the front pocket.
  • Tall enough to fit a coloring book without having to bend it to make it fit.
  • Lightweight.
  • Sturdy.
  • Small enough that it will fit under the seat of an airplane. You don’t want to be constantly trying to get it out of the overhead.
  • Side pockets (if necessary) for electronics. Sometimes these pockets are located on the inside of the bag.

Before you leave, make sure you show your child how to pack the backpack. Check to make sure that it is not too full, by having your child walk around with it for a while.

You can make your family vacation a little less stressful by allowing your child to be responsible for access to his or her own entertainment.

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Best Vacation Spots for Skaters: Colorado

Colorado is home to many great vacation opportunities including world class whitewater rafting, shopping and backcountry adventures. However, this state is also a great vacation destination for skateboarders as well. If you want to stay away from the crowds found in Denver, then consider the quaint town of Longmont, Colorado. This town has six skateparks, a great little skateboard shop and it is the home to several annual skateboarding events.

Longmont, Colorado – Skateparks
The first thing that skateboarders want to know about a city is where its skateparks are. Longmont, Colorado has six free skateparks. These skateparks are usually found within larger recreation areas and family parks. This means you will not only have easy access to great skating, but you can also try out some of the other activities found at the park complex.

If you are a novice skateboarder, or if you are skating with young kids, then you will want to stick to the Clark/Centennial Skatepark, located at 1100 Lashley, and the Stephen Day Skatepark, located at 1340 Deerwood. Both of these parks have a great selection of skateboarding features, and Centennial Park also has a roller hockey rink you can play around in.

If you are an intermediate or advanced skateboarder then you will have four skateparks to choose from. For intermediate skaters who are just moving up from the beginner rating, you will want to try out the Longmont Rec Center Skatepark found at 501 Quail Road. If you are an experienced skateboarder looking for both intermediate and advanced skatepark features, then you can try out the Blue Skies Skatepark, located at 1520 Mountain Drive, and Sandstone Ranch Skatepark, located at 2525 E. Highway 119.

Other Skateboarding Attractions
In addition to an amazing collection of skateparks, Longmont, Colorado also is the home to Sol Skateboards. This funky little skate shop can be found at 627 Main Street, and it is a great stop for skateboarding clothes and equipment. If you are interested in skateboarding events then you will want to visit this city during the summer. This is when the Mountain Madness Skateboarding Competition and the U.S. Nationals of Slalom Skateboard Racing are held.

Stress, Stress, Stress: Give Your Bad Shoes The Boot!

When you’re constantly on the go, it’s easy for aches and pains to take their toll. These inevitable problems tend to be either caused by or make stress worse. But one of the main causes is both fairly obvious and easy to fix. The culprit? Poorly designed, uncomfortable shoes. Believe it or not, wearing the wrong shoes when you’re on your feet all day can cause a myriad of aches and pains that are often attributed to stress. Without trashing all of your favorite heels, here are three great ways to help your shoes fit your life.

Choose well-designed shoes: This doesn’t mean wearing clogs all day (though some people do swear by them). Today, it’s easy to find a wide variety of stylish shoes that don’t kill your feet. For instance, the Silver-Pewter Kiko Shoe by Perlina ($79.20) looks incredibly stylish, but is designed for all-day comfort. There is an entire selection of shoes on Zappos designed specifically with comfort in mind.

Fix your favorites with insoles: Today’s insoles aren’t just for the elderly. If an irresistibly stylish pair of shoes pinches your toes or makes your back ache, you don’t have to give them the boot. The right pair of insoles can not only save those shoes, but make them downright comfortable. For subtle comfort, check out the Superfeet Premium Black Insoles ($40.00). These insoles are black, so they won’t stick out when you’re wearing your favorite shoes. The insoles make your shoes fit better, and align the bones of your feet for improved wear with less pain.

Lose the shoes: Am I suggesting you walk around the office barefoot all day? Not if you want to keep your job. But the average day offers several little windows to kick off your shoes and give your feet a rest, and many people I know find that to be a lifesaver. Whether it’s during lunch or just under your desk, losing your shoes for even five minutes can soothe your aches and leave your feet feeling refreshed.

Best Hiking: A Truly Scenic Appalachian Trail

When I’m in the US, I spend a lot of time in North Carolina, so it’s become one of my favorite places to hike. One of the best places for awesome hiking trails is on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It has a bit of a dry name but the trail is unbelievably beautiful and stretches almost 2,200 miles long from Maine down to Georgia. I’ve probably hiked about half of it at one time or another and, let me tell you, it’s never a disappointment.

The last time I hiked part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail I started in Asheville, North Carolina and walked two one day hikes from here that were stunning. The trails were in true wilderness in parts with no one around but, on both trails, the wonderful thing too were the other hikers that I did meet – many of them – all friendly, all helpful and all loving it. I even met a couple of thru-hikers, people who were planning to walk the entire length of the trail in one season.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail does have disadvantages to completely comfortable and easy hiking. There are black bears that are seen now and again and a few different types of poisonous snake that you should steer clear of. The bugs though are the most annoying part, especially in the northern regions (I hiked part of the trail in New York State one year and was almost eaten alive with mosquitos), so make sure you have your bug repellent with you and long hiking pants . But, the positives so far outweigh the negatives that, after a while, you don’t even really notice the bugs or worry about the scary snakes. The views are spectacular (come on, it’s the Appalachians, of course they’re gonna be) and breathing the air in the higher regions feels like breathing pure oxygen it’s so clean. There are also some really cool towns that the trail passes by. I recommend Harpers Ferry, West Virginia or Hot Springs, North Carolina as two pretty towns with nice people and only a stone’s throw from some awesome hiking.

My next goal is to hike part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Pennsylvania because there are some ghost mining towns the trail runs through. Now, how cool is that?