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My Mythology - Janelle G. Content Detailer from Fashion at Zappos.com

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 Janelle G., Content Detailer for Fashion at Zappos.com.

Janelle is wearing Diesel wide leg jeans , a Guess watch , Miss Sixty heels, Chanel earrings and a matching ring.

How would you define your look?
-Random and unpredictable, but in a good way.

What inspires your style?
-My mood.

Who is your favorite designer?
-Karl Lagerfeld

What fashion item would you never leave the house without?
-A watch

Who are your fashion/style icons?
-Gemma Ward

What are your favorite labels?
-I’m a sucker for Diesel , Custo Barcelona , Chanel, and Dolce & Gabanna .

Preppy or Punk?
-Punk, definitely

How would you define your mythology that you portray through your style?
-Ever changing.

What is your favorite decade for style?
-The now.

What is your favorite fabric?
-Satin.

Bubble skirts or pencil skirts?
-Pencil skirts to show off the ‘curves’ I don’t have.

What is your favorite color?
-Brown & Orange.

What item do you allow yourself to splurge on?
-Handbags and shoes.

High heeled boots or sandals?
-High heeled boots.

Diamonds or pearls?
-Diamonds are forever.

Which bag? – Francesco Biasia , Dooney & Bourke.

Sunglasses?
-Chanel.

What are your fashion rules?
-I don’t have any.

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

Would set foot in a thrift store?
-Never!!

What is the most you’ve ever spent on fashion and for what item?
-That’s for me to know and for my Dad never to find out! (He reads these blogs) ;D

Fashion Show of the Month: L'Oreal Fashion Week, Toronto

Few of us can afford to fly to Paris to see the collections, but if you’re interested in a quick fashion getaway to a foreign city with a true international sense of style, nothing could be easier than Toronto. L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2009 will take place from October 20-25, 2008 at the spectacularly stylish Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. Unlike New York Fashion Week, our neighbors to the north are a bit more egalitarian about fashion. Some of the shows are by invitation only, so this is one scene where, if it interests you, it’s actually worth traveling to check out in person rather than viewing on Style.com.

The Fall 2008 Toronto Fashion Week included big names such as Alfred Sung, Diesel and Buffalo DAVID BITTON, but it also featured some of the most unusually named fashion lines I’ve ever heard: bustle, Damsels In This Dress and Playdead Cult, BODYBAG by Jude, and gsus sindustries. It kind of sounds more like an alternative music festival than a fashion week, but after being in Bryant Park for days, I was ready for a little irreverence and checked those lines out. The gsus line, which originated in the Netherlands as a skate shop in 1993 and moved through street wear into high fashion, impressed me the most; it featured red pleather pants and dresses, elaborate head wraps, some of the best cut jeans I’ve ever seen and, dare I say it, touches of acid-washed denim that managed to look completely modern due to their lines and construction.

Local line Preloved was another standout. Creative director Julia Grieve, a former model, constructs the remade clothing line out of vintage sweaters. One collection can require as many as 50,000 of them, and each new garment manages to retain the vintage flair while appearing totally up to date and assisting the environment. (The clothes used to construct Preloved would otherwise end up in landfills.) Preloved kind of reminds me of Toronto itself: clean, friendly and slightly cheeky.

Baby Boomers: Sports after 50

Sports after 50 can be an invigorating and healthy way of rejuvenating oneself after years of a sedentary corporate life. A large percentage of baby boomers are living life to the maximum and engaging in physical activities but there are a few who are not. Sports after 50 can, in fact, be a life line for some individuals. There are a few things to consider before getting too enthusiastic and taking on new life sports after 50.

First and foremost consider what your lifestyle has been in the past. If you have never been the type of person that carried his or her running shoes to the office and hit the track right after work, don’t jump into a running program immediately. There are a number of excellent sports after 50 that won’t stress the joints and bones. If you have lived a sedentary lifestyle and have not even so much as put on a pair of walking shoes , first get clearance from your physician for any walking program.

Secondly consider your health and go and take a stress test. Once you have done that, and your doctor clears you to begin a sport, be realistic as to which of the life sports after 50 best suits your lifestyle and personality. Then decide which sports you are more likely to continue to participate in the rest of your life. Most individuals choose a sport early in life. If this is something that just did not make it into the agenda due to life, it’s not too late to begin.

There are sports one can participate in without the individual necessarily having to stress him or herself out, while still providing a form of exercise in the long run. Golfing is an ideal example, because it is relaxing yet challenging and involves being engaged mentally and physically. Invest in a good pair of golf shoes and a good driver and head to the driving range before spending megabucks on a set of Graphite Clubs. One final word – fore!

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Shopping Tips for New Parents: Blankets 101

Ah, the baby blanket, a cozy piece of cloth wrapping your newborn tight into a cocoon and protecting them from the world at large. The blanket many kids keep close by their side through the toddler years and beyond. A safe and snuggly accessory, which unconditionally offers warmth, comfort and protection.

Wrapping up your little one is a top priority no matter the season, and there are plenty of ways to mix the practical side of things with a little creativity. Baby blankets made with double layers, velour trim and luxury furs are just a few variations on the old-fashioned knit and cashmere blends. Investing in a quality blanket from the start means your little one can cuddle up in comfort for months to come.

One of the first things to look for is a hypo-allergenic filling; today’s baby blankets may be made of synthetic materials such as rayon and polyester but don’t have to be the source of health problems for your youngster. The Shootsie Puppy Ear is a good example of a simple, hypo-allergenic blanket that is plenty snuggle-worthy. The blanket is made with blue satin, a rayon-polyester blend, and is free of dyes and formaldehyde.

Choosing a double-layered blanket can also provide that extra-plush feel. A double layer of cotton and polyester traps in the heat and keeps your baby safe, warm and cozy for hours on end. It’s an ideal blend for overnight bedding, and blankets such as the le top Plush/Velour Double Layer Blanket are accented with cutesy designs, satin borders and embroidery for an extra touch.

And if you’re looking for ways to pamper your tot in ultimate luxury during their early years, a baby blanket made with exotic fur may be a better choice. The Dolce & Gabbana Junior Rabbit Fur Wrap Blanket is a hooded blanket which means creating that cocoon is a cinch; this one’s made with 100-percent rabbit fur and a cotton-elastane blend. The best part? There’s a detachable pompom right on the blanket so baby has something to play with after nap time.

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Best Snowboarding on the Planet: Europe's Highest Mountain

If you aren’t among those who remain angry with the French for failing to support U.S. foreign policy, they you can easily discover some of the planet’s best snowboarding.

Consider Chamonix, which features Mont Blanc, which is Europe’s highest mountain. More than 90 percent of the slopes are higher than 2,000 meters, and if you wish to convert from meters to feet, you will have to remember some of your school math. (Okay, we came up with 6,561 feet and a few inches. How? See below.)

Chamonix also advertises “superb culture and nightlife,” but of course we’re in France, so everyone is going to say that. But it’s true! Chamonix also has a reputation of being more “snowboarder-oriented.” Publicists for the resort emphasize that beginners and intermediates need fear not, because Chamonix is not just for experts.

Among the offerings at Meribel, meanwhile, are “645 kms of pisted trails.” Seems like they could have worded that a little differently. But indeed the trails are well-packed. And a cool thing about Meribel, like Chamonix and some other French resorts, is that they offer special vacations just for snowboarders. Many snowboarding super-enthusiasts feel they get more respect in Europe than in North America.

If you really want to make a snowboarding vacation out of it, Meribel is a neighbor of Courchevel and Val Thorens, located in the Trois Vallees. That’s three valleys, of course, and the Meribel folks proclaim that theirs is the prettiest.

These three valleys, which in the United States would be called “tri-valleys” or “tri-cities,” reach a peak of 3,200 meters. That’s 10,495 feet and a few inches, by the way.

Other spots in France to consider: Alpe D’Huez Resort, Les Arcs 2000, Let Gets, Morzine, Sainte Foy, Tignes and Val D’Isere.

And now (drum roll), time for the math explanation: A meter is 39.37 inches or 1.0936 yards, give or take. Go from there. And if you don’t remember that from high school or junior high, well, we won’t speculate . . .

Sources:

http://www.alpineelements.co.uk/snowboarding-holidays/resort/chamonix.html

http://www.alpineelements.co.uk/snowboarding-holidays/resort/meribel.html

http://www.worldreviewer.com/experiences/snowboard/

Treacherous Climb of the Week: Mt. McKinley

Mountain climbing isn’t always as treacherous in the United States as it is overseas, but there is always the exception to the rule. Take, for instance, Mt. McKinley, which is located in Denali National Park in Alaska. McKinley is the highest peak in all of North America, and despite its unmistakable beauty, this mountain is one of the most dangerous climbs you could ever attempt.

The main issue with Mt. McKinley, of course, is the temperature. You expect freezing weather in Alaska, but the summits of this particular mountain go beyond mere frigidity. Temperatures of -50 degrees C are not unheard of, and the lowest recorded temperatures are far below that. In order to fair well on Mt. McKinley, you’ll need to dress with the intention of keeping all your fingers and toes intact.

In addition to a heavy thermal coat, long underwear, a hat that protects your ears and thermal pants, you’ll also want to protect your feet. This is probably the downfall of most climbers who attempt to ascend and wind up in a hospital.

The EuroSock Ascent Wool is a good choice because it provides warmth, ankle support and moisture management, while increasing circulation. Socks intended for skiing, snow-boarding and mountain-climbing are usually your best bet.

It is also important to remember that, when conquering America’s highest peak, you have to deal with the nasty side effects of such high altitude. Altitude sickness is more common than you might imagine on Mt. McKinley, because climbers underestimate the need to prepare.

Before you leave, make sure you are able to tolerate the loss of oxygen and moisture in the air. On your hike, watch for signs of altitude sickness in both yourself and the people around you; if someone seems to be falling ill, an immediate descent is necessary. No one needs to die just because you want to be able to say you climbed Mt. McKinley.

Of course, the main summit of Mt. McKinley provides one of the most beautiful views in the world, and you’ll have an opportunity to see enormous glaciers up close. Just be aware that preparation is needed to climb this particular mountain, so make plans before you start packing your gear.

LOOKS OF THE WEEK - BRANDON A.

Whenever someone asks the question, “Who is fashionable?” people often name girls first. But the guys shouldn’t get the shaft – take this week’s Looks of the Week, Brandon A. He dresses up jeans with crisp collared shirts and balances shorts with casual long-sleeved shirts. Better be on your fashion game, girls – Brandon is right up there among the top fashionable here at Zappos.

Breakfast and Conversation

In the spirit of Core Value #7, Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit, Casual Lifestyle Content Team invited the Size and Width Merch Team for breakfast and conversation. We had yogurt & granola, pastries, and mini-frittatas. We cleared tables and ate family-style. Here’s a pic of Sam H., Rudy R. and Latrira S from the breakfast feast:

We went around the room and talked about one thing in our lives that’s new or interesting outside of work. Graham M.‘s wife is about to have a baby girl any day, Rudy R. is excited to see Madonna in concert, Nicole S. is picking up the keys to her new house today, and Anji C. is attending a dream analysis lecture on Thursday. Exciting stuff! Yours truly is super-pumped about the upcoming NKOTB concert on October 11th.

I made a batch of mini-frittatas for breakfast that everyone enjoyed. They’re a great breakfast to make on the weekend, throw in the fridge, and heat up on your way out the door during the week. Here’s the recipe:

Mini-Frittatas

  • Ingredients:
  • 5 eggs
  • shredded cheddar cheese (any cheese will work)
  • black pepper
  • onion (yellow or red)
  • chopped bacon (or turkey bacon)
  • canned diced tomatoes

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk 5 eggs, a handful of shredded cheese and diced onion, 4 slices of chopped, cooked bacon, about 1/4 of a can of drained diced tomatoes, and a few dashes of black pepper together in a bowl. Pour the mixture among 12 greased (cooking spray is fine) muffin cups. Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown. If you choose to remove the bacon, add more onion and tomato to compensate. Enjoy!