Marilyn Monroe crooned it best, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Of course we agree, well, that is until Louis Vuitton took it up a sparkling notch with its new logo-monogrammed diamonds. If your 4-carat or 5-carat diamond solitaire seems to be lacking something, perhaps it is the LV logo inscribed into your diamond, or the flowers etched on its side ending in a neat little bow, literally. For a mere $2.8 million dollars you too can have a three-strand necklace carved with the company’s monogram motif, or maybe the 6.25-carat ring is more your style with the aforementioned logo LV inscribed in the diamond, small flowers etched beautifully on its side, tied neatly in a little bow at the ring base, which took a year as reported in Women’s Wear on July 2, however there was no report on the price of this confection. The company is confident that this new monogrammed direction is the way to go that a solitaire engagement collection is on the November horizon. Frankly, if you already have a sizeable diamond, logo monogram or not, go with it and be happy.
DATES: May 31 thru June 8, 2008
BUYER: Shyloh C, Buyer – Casual Apparel
May 31, 2008
4:05 AM -Awake at 4am, (barely).
5:30 AM – Packed: CHECK, Laundry: CHECK, Dishes: CHECK, Honey ‘to do list’: CHECK, Children’s caregiver ‘to do list’: CHECK, Hugged and kissed sleeping beauties: CHECK, Loading up car: CHECK
6:31 AM – Inhaled banana BEFORE it was radiated in security. Have a thing about eating
food after it’s gone through X Ray machine.
7:17 AM – About to board when I notice deoderant on my top. Lordy. That’s what happens
when you dress in the dark!! Will have to carry handbag on that side all day!
2:42 PM – Landed in Charlotte. Read some of customer evangelists, and carrot principle and watched the movie 27 dresses (LOVED IT!!)
3:33 PM – Having lunch and catching up on mens sportswear periodicals. Did you know that
Goretex MBT’s are featured in the first pages of GQ for June???
4:32 PM – Sitting in VERY humid airport reading and waiting…......
5:53 PM – Just boarding plane for W Palm Beach. Looking
forward to getting to hotel and seeing the Atlantic!!
8:53 PM – Just landed in W Palm Beach! Wow! It’s green!
9:09 PM – Car service had wrong pickup time, place and person. Finally arrived in hotel
after all was sorted. Starving!!
10:16 PM – Just paid check. Waitress a BIG fan of Zappos. Got her email to send her a
coupon when I get back to the room.
11:00 PM – Forcing myself to go to bed, (8:00 pm West Coast) but doubt it will come easy
after eating the 4 raspberry truffles Lilly Pulitzer left in a basket in my
June 1, 2008
6:02 AM – 5 hours of sleep is not enough.
7:47 AM – Headed to welcoming breakfast. Of course I purchased.a new Lilly Pulitzer top
from Zappos to wear for the day!! (in photo)
9:39 AM – Just sat through presentation. Owner and President LOVES Tony and referenced his seminars in his Jubilee Launch.
10:50 AM – Lilly is doing a Steinway Piano, Florida Naturals special edition juice box,
new fragrance etc etc!! Good for them!!
11:48 AM – Bought Ponte, square necks, straight legs, wide legs and that darn lurex that won’t
go away and keeps selling!!
12:50 PM – Got them hooked on Twitter. They are coming in for a tour and training. All of
2:40 PM – I have never seen so many women in Pink and Green in my life!
3:44 PM – Still entering buy. On 4th cup of coffee -pooped. Jeanne look out. I am going
to beat your record for caffeine (is that possible?)
4:35 PM – STILL writing orders!! On to chocolate now!!
5:51 PM – Finished 5 minutes before driver picked me up for airport. Ran to front door to
7:00 PM – Ran to gate. Was too preoccupied with eating and trying to get notes to Andy
for AB class tomorrow!!
9:24 PM – In charlotte -Jumping on next flight. Can’t believe I was at the Breakers in Palm Beach and was never able to stick my feet in the ocean!
11:34 PM – Just landed. Pooped. Will need to catch up on sleep this week as I travel again next weekend for LA market. .
June 2, 2008
12:55 AM – Just got home. Need to authorize payroll but can’t access site. Will get up early to do so!
June 7, 2008
4:00 AM – Up again on a sat at 4:00am. Bad habit
5:00 AM – Loading up on airborne!
6:02 AM – Holding on to hand rail in train while typing into diary. Talent!!
7:06 AM – Just boarded. Nice and quiet. That is the beauty of flying early on a sat morning!!
8:12 AM – Landed in LA at 8:10. Running to the mart downtown for a 9am appt.
9:14 AM – Late for TinT your World thank goodness! Looking at plus lines!!
10:08 AM – Just finished 3 plus lines. A mix of silks, twills, linens and velvets. Looks great!!
11:23 AM – Maternity is into mesh. Looks good! Inhaling lunch before next appt…
2:10 PM – Just worKed Kay celine, Isda and Pure and simple. Animal prints will not give up!!
3:39 PM – Jumping from one to the next. Did lots of burnouts at Allen Allen and now lots
of lace and watercolors at David Cline!!
4:52 PM – Going to do more plus sizes at Vikki Vi!
6:12 PM – Headed in for last appt – maternity. Getting hungry.
8:16 PM – Just finished 4 maternity lines!! Pooped and picked up pizza for dinner.
9:13 PM – Ate, called to say goodnight to kids, and now going to sort through all paperwork and prioritize!
June 8, 2008
7:00 AM – Wake up – shower. Fell asleep at 10:30 with lights on and paperwork all over bed. Oops.
8:00 AM – Call kids and try to do payroll – oops – can’t bc can’t get on wifi without paying
9:00 AM – Shuttled to la mart and had tea. Headed into Jag Jeans appt.
10:00 AM – Looking at new plus tops line – going to wait until late Fall for it. Need to prioritize other lines.
11:00 AM – Bernadette Conte lifestyle looks amazing!! Liquid – metallics- Need more money!!
12:00 PM – Magaschoni – we are going to have shawls, pashminas, and novelty cashmere in
the portfolio this year in yummy colors! Yeah!!
1:00 PM – At xcvi gobbling up super wide legs. Can’t keep them in stock!!
2:00 PM – Reviewing holiday at Scanty pj’s. Dancing reindeer and christmas trees out of
peace signs are adorable!
3:00 PM – Just saw Lindsay Lohans new legging line. Looks a lot like Lindsay Lohan!
4:00 PM – Going to LAX
5:00 PM – Finished organizing all paperwork for Patricia. Will drop off after I land as I
will be flying out in the morning to Dallas.
6:00 PM – Dying for a vanilla soy latte from SB.
7:00 PM- Just about to take off! Guess I should turn my phone off
8:00 PM – Just landed and getting my car. Need to go to Zappos.
9:00 PM – Finished dropping off paperwork for Patricia to work on and headed home.
9:30 PM – Home. Doing a few things on computer than going to bed. Flight to Dallas at 6:00am tomorrow.
Bat flight, cave exploration and nature talks are all part of the fun at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Have you always wanted to see bats in their natural habitat? Do you prefer darkness to bright sunshine? Are you the exploratory type? Vacations for the outdoorsy type don’t have to include rock climbing or bike riding – in fact, there is plenty to do and see below ground. Carlsbad Caverns, located in Eddy County, N.M., is one of my favorite vacation destinations in the world.
Rather than exposing yourself to the great outdoors, you can explore what underground passageways have to offer. The Carlsbad Caverns were formed over hundreds of years as aggressive sulfuric acid ate away at the limestone rock below ground. Now, these caves are open to public for exploration, including a few caves where visitors can tour by themselves without a guide.
Even better, Carlsbad Caverns offers a wide range of difficulty in their cave tours, allowing both experienced cave divers and novice enthusiasts alike to enjoy their vacation. Spider Cave, for example, includes lots of crawling, climbing and shimmying through tight spaces, which can be exciting for someone who doesn’t mind a bit of physical activity. Of course, those who are claustrophobic need not apply.
For more novice visitors, the Kings Palace cave is one of the most beautiful sites to see in Carlsbad Caverns, and includes lighted passageways where dozens of fascinating cave formations are put on display. The Left Hand Tunnel Tour is easy compared to some of the other caves, and requires that visitors carry lanterns as they explore cave pools and ancient fossils.
Of course, spending an entire vacation below ground might be depressing to some, which is why Carlsbad is one of the best destinations in the entire U.S. On the days when cave exploration seems unattractive, you can take a few hours in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Nature walks, informative demonstrations given by park rangers and slide programs are all available.
And finally, make sure you take at least one evening to visit the Carlsbad Amphitheater, where every summer evening the bats leave the cave in one gigantic stampede, rushing out over seated visitors. Although photography and pets are not allowed, this is a wondrous experience that no one should miss while in New Mexico.
As if Lindsay Lohan ‘s life wasn’t already drama-filled, her dad, Michael Lohan, just dropped a major bomb on her and the rest of the Lohan clan. It seems that Michael hooked up with another woman during one of his “off” periods with ex-wife Dina Lohan and actually fathered a daughter with the other woman. Which means that somewhere out there is a Lohan half-sister that the world didn’t know about. Michael Lohan has said that his love child even has some of the classic Lohan features. Wonder how LiLo is going to handle this one? And more importantly, how does the secret Lohan sister feel about being a Lohan? Of course, Michael is really only a father in the technical sense, he hasn’t provided any sort of financial support to the other daughter (not that he provides any financial support to his kids with Dina either).
Russell Simmons will have to fork over $40,000 a month in child support to Kimora Lee Simmons for his two daughters. Now $40,000 is about what most regular people make in a year, much less in a month. I guess baby fur coats and kiddie spa treatments don’t come cheap these days.
Mary-Kate Olsen made an appearance on Letterman for her new movie, The Wackness, where she revealed that she actually went to school with one-half of the World’s Most Hated and Vomit-Inducing Couple, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. Apparently, Spencer had a reputation even in his high school days. She said that he was on the soccer team and would often lose his temper and walk off the field during games. She even agreed when Letterman asked her if she thought Spencer was “wormy.” Spencer, ever the gentleman, responded to Mary-Kate’s comment by saying that it must be tough being the less-attractive Olsen twin. I think he’s forgetting that Mary-Kate could buy him up in a heartbeat if she wanted to.
And guess who’s playing matchmaker for Britney Spears now? Her buddy, Mel Gibson! It seems that Mel is eager to set Britney up with one of his sons. He thinks the two would have a lot in common seeing as how they’ve both had stints in rehab. Yeah, somehow I don’t think that’s the kind of thing you want to lead with when you’re trying to set two people up. Thank goodness that Britney was smart enough to say, “No thanks.”
Serve classic drive-in food that’s actually healthy.
Everyone remembers the greasy hamburgers they used to get at the drive-in. They were something your grandparents shared with your parents and then your parents shared with you. Unfortunately, times have changed and sharing this meal with your kids seems out of the question. The fat and calories are simply too much for a society where juvenile diabetes affects so many children. Luckily, there is a way to re-create those classic hamburgers.
One of the most classic hamburgers is the pizza burger. What kid wouldn’t love pizza sauce and melted mozzarella cheese on their hamburger? This healthy meal is sure to be a big hit.
Low-Fat Italian Pizza Burgers
- 1 pound of 93-percent lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
- 1 cup of pizza sauce
- 4 slices of part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1. Mix the ground beef, onion and garlic together in a medium-sized bowl and shape into patties.
2. Cook the patties in a large skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
3. Top each patty with ¼ cup sauce and one slice of cheese.
4. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and cook until the cheese has melted.
5. Serve on whole wheat buns with baked French fries.
Of course, what drive-in would be complete without a chili cheeseburger? It’s still a popular favorite, but it’s also a heart attack on a plate. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. You can easily turn this into a healthy meal.
Veggie Chili Cheeseburgers
- 1 pound of 93-percent lean ground beef
- ½ tablespoon chili power
- ¼ tablespoon cumin
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 2 cups of low-calorie vegetarian chili
- 4 slices of cheddar cheese
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1. Mix the ground beef, chili powder, cumin, onion and jalapeno in a bowl and shape into patties.
2. Cook in a skillet over medium heat until the patties are cooked through.
3. Once cooked, place each patty on a bottom bun and top with a ½ cup of the heated chili. Add a slice of cheese, any preferred condiments and the top part of the bun.
4. Serve with baked French fries.
If you have any recipes ideas, improvements, suggestions, please comment below and let us know! Let us in on some of your secret recipes!
Learn about one of the biggest skateparks in the American Southwest, Los Altos Skate Park found in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Albuquerque, New Mexico is known for its art and cuisine, however, it is also the home of one of the biggest skateparks in the Southwest. Los Altos Skate Park can be found at 10140 ½ Lomas, Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is a free Skatepark that has a lot to offer.
The Los Altos Skate Park offers about 35,000 square feet of skating terrain. Within all of this square footage are three distinct zones, a street course and two combination bowls. The first combination bowl is made up of three bowls of varying depths. The second combination bowl is made up of four bowls, each having its own shape. Here you will find a rectangular bowl, a round bowl, an angular bowl and a tear-drop bowl. In addition to the bowls and street course you will also find a variety of structures and textures to grind such as rails, benches and ridges, not to mention a scoot and ride and a pyramid.
Hours of Operation
Between May and August the Los Altos Skate Park will be on its summer hours. This means that the park will be open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. Between September and April the park’s winter hours will be in effect. Winter hours are seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. The park managers will cue you when the park is about to close by turning off the north lights. Five minutes after closing, the south lights will be turned off. The parking lot lights will be turned off a half hour after closing.
Rules of the Park
To use this park you will need to wear a helmet if you are under 18. Other safety equipment is not required, but heavily recommended. Since this is a skate-at-your-own-risk park you will want to make sure you protect your assets. Next, keep in mind that that if it rains you will not be able to use the park. Finally, alcohol is not allowed.
Grandma’s Marathon is a run fit for the entire family. Find out why.
When I think about my grandma, a lot of wonderful things pop into my head. Grandma’s home-baked cookies. Grandma’s sweet bedtime stories. And Grandma’s warm hugs and kisses. Yet, never do I associate my grandma with a 26.2-mile race. It’s a big reason why I was surprised to find out about a run called Grandma’s Marathon.
Grandma’s Marathon is located in Duluth, Minn. It’s a 33-year-old race that began in the minds of locals desiring to run a scenic trek in their area. So, they set the course for this marathon and named it after their first sponsor: Grandma’s restaurant. (See? Grandmas are always so supportive.) Through the years, the name stuck and today they have over 9,000 participants each year. So what makes this marathon so great? Here are a few highlights.
This marathon is a three-day event. It normally starts on a Thursday evening with the handing out of packets and a health expo. From this point on, the marathon sponsors smaller races (for kids), dinners and other activities great for the whole community. Then, on the last day, Saturday, the race is run. It’s a great lead-up to a marathon that attracts a lot of people.
Grandma’s Marathon supports charity.
Like many marathons, Grandma’s Marathon is a gateway to giving to charity. You support the Young Athlete’s Foundation, Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program or a charity of your choice. The great new is that while you are raising money, you’ll be having fun the entire time.
Grandma’s Marathon has live music.
If you love live music, you will enjoy the festivities under the Big Top Tent at Grandma’s Marathon. It is important to note that there is an age limit and cover charge for entry, but it’s usually less than what you’d pay at a concert. Also, it’s a great diversion for young adults who want to run and shake a tail feather too. <p>Ready to go visit a different type of grandma yet? Get more details about Grandma’s Marathon at http://www.grandmasmarathon.com . It’s a home-style marathon fit for the entire family and great for a mini-vacation.
Is heel pain preventing you from enjoying your favorite activities? Wearing the right type of shoes, socks and even losing some weight could help keep those heels healthy and strong; here’s what you need to know.
If a nagging pain or tingling sensation in your heels is preventing you from enjoying your favorite activities, a closer look at your lifestyle may be in order. Heel pain is usually the result of excess pressure on the bottom of the heel, on the arch of your feet and unbalanced weight on the balls of your feet. Too much pressure in these areas can cause tissue damage and if you have ‘flat feet’ or wear high heels on a regular basis, you could be even more vulnerable to pain and discomfort in this area.
Whether you’re an avid tennis player or just enjoy running regularly, you’ll need a strategy to keep those heels in great shape. Here are some simple ways to prevent heel pain and keep those feet strong and healthy:
Wear thick socks
Wearing padded socks with your tennis shoes, sneakers or other supportive shoes can help reduce the impact of jumping, running and stress on the soles of your feet. Wearing a quality brand of thick socks also reduces moisture buildup on your feet, keeping the muscles in your feet taut and tight. Always make sure you’re buying shoes that will accommodate for thick sport socks and you’ll be well on your way to an anti-injury plan.
Learn some new stretches
If you’re not stretching properly before your workout routine or your latest adventure, you run the risk of damaging key tissues, muscles and tendons in your feet and legs. Do a quick three to five minute warm up that targets the feet and lower legs, and make sure you stretch each area to the max.
Lose some weight
Obesity and being overweight put you at risk for feet damage and heel pain, especially if you’re on your feet more often than not. If you’re not at a healthy weight, begin a low-impact exercise program that won’t put too much stress on your joints and feet. When you build up enough strength, move onto other aerobic exercises and fast-paced cardio routines.
Ultimately, wearing the right type of shoes for each activity ensures you won’t be vulnerable to heel damage. Reduce your risk of inflammation with the right supportive shoes, and make sure you stretch and strengthen your legs on a regular basis to prevent injury and keep feet happy!