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Zapponian Of The Day, Pat W.!

Oh Pat, we all need a little help in this office from time to time. I do hope our Zapponian of the day session helped you out in wonderful ways and more importantly, made your Mom proud.


Diane Von Furstenberg, the powerhouse behind the DVF brand, the advocate for women empowerment, and the creator of the quintessential travel piece, the iconic wrap dress, is taking it up another fashionable notch with the launch of her blog column, Inside DVF, on The blog chronicles Diane’s travel’s, creations, favorite things, DVF news and philosophies on day-to-day life. The overall site is a wonderful fantasy of color, collections and information about the brand. You can join as a DVF friend on Facebook, you can watch how the current campaign came together (filmed and photographed), as well as browse through her style archives. So if you are a lover of all things DVF, this will be a special treat and inside look into her very fashionable world. See, just when you think you can’t love Diane much more, she gives you yet another reason. Danke Diane!


Raise your hands and say I:, that is I will never have visible panty
lines, ever! Now to make sure that that fashion faux pas never
transpires, there are control top panty hose, spanks, corsets and now, thankfully, firm control thongs, yes I said thongs, from Maidenform.
Maidenform is having a stellar year, as this is the bra centennial
which they have been at the forefront from the beginning and now the
tummy flattening thong. The deep leg openings ensure that you have
freedom of leg movement and a pillow cushioning crotch — that, my
friends, needs no explanation. So in the words of Heidi Klum: ‘Auf
Wiedersehen’ to VPL and discomfort!


Sharp, bold, unconventional and retro, a architectural heel is a edgy twist on a traditional heel pump. These Robert Clergerie Jul Pumps , for instance, give a pencil skirt or jeans a playful yet sophiscated feel.

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Fitness Resolutions: Fighting Holiday Pounds

When the holiday season calls for late-night dining, extra-large servings of festive treats and little time to head to the gym, livening up your fitness routine might help ward off any holiday pounds and relieve a little stress in the process. The holidays leave most of us with 5 to 10 pounds of extra baggage to be dealt with in the New Year, but you don’t need to carry that extra weight when you have a fitness plan by your side. A few tweaks to your schedule are all it really takes to keep your health and fitness goggles planted firmly in position when the dessert tray rolls around.

Invest in a snazzy new gym bag to recommit to your fitness purpose. A stylish bag gives you a chance to show off the latest trends at the gym and may even prompt you to pack it up with your essential gear during a busy week. Pick up something fresh and trendy like the Columbia Metropolis Cybersling or the PUMA Runway Grip Bag and you might be inspired to head out to the gym more often than not.

Pick up a pair of cross trainers and join an indoor sports team in your neighborhood for a fun, stress-free way to burn off a few calories. Indoor sports like soccer and indoor tennis are great ways to relieve stress and work on your skills; a friendly game with the neighbors or a local team can keep you motivated to move, even in the midst of the holiday frenzy.

Ready to dance? Put on your dancing shoes for a tap or jazz session at your local community center and easily burn a few hundred calories per hour. You can jump and jive to your favorite tunes and pick up a few dancing skills in the process. A fresh new dance routine is a great way to keep moving during ‘couch-potato’ season. Plus, you’ll have a chance to show off your moves at the next holiday party!

If going to the gym during holiday season just isn’t making it on your to-do list, there are plenty of alternative ways to get up and get moving so you can stay in shape. Indoor sports and dance classes are just a few options. Think of creative ways to stay fit and healthy this season so you can ward off those holiday pounds.

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History of Shoes: Shoe Accessories

Shoes have been an important part of human life since the beginning of fashion. They have allowed humans to travel over various terrains and adapt to life in a number of climates. However, shoes wouldn’t be what we know them as today if it weren’t for the shoe accessories that developed along with our foot fashion. Some of the most commonly used shoe accessories today include shoe horns, shoe trees, shoelaces and shoe inserts.

History of Shoe Accessories:

Shoe Horns
Shoe horns evolved along with leather and hide shoe designs . Their purpose was to help a person get their shoes on more easily. They were traditionally made from wood, however, wealthy shoe owners had theirs made from bone, ivory, silver and shell. Today, shoe horns are still commonly made of wood; however, they are also made from plastic, glass and stainless steel.

Shoe Tree
The shoe tree was a remarkable invention. This device, traditionally made from cedar, was designed to fit into shoes when they were not occupied by feet. The shoe tree helped the leather to keep its shape, and the cedar of the shoe tree absorbed both foot odor and moisture left in the shoe. Today, you can still find cedar shoe trees; however, plastic shoe trees are more common.

Perhaps the oldest shoe accessory in the world is the shoelace. Shoelaces can be traced back to 3,000 B.C. Their purpose is to secure footwear to the person’s foot. However, while used in primitive shoes, shoelaces were replaced during subsequent shoe design eras with buckles, buttons, zippers and other closing devices. They didn’t really emerge as the leader of shoe closures until the 20th century.

Shoe Inserts
One of the latest shoe accessories to hit the shoe market is the shoe insert. Shoe inserts are designed to make the shoe more comfortable to wear. Common shoe inserts include cushions, orthopedic supports and lifts. Basic shoe inserts can be bought at department and shoe stores, however, orthopedic shoe inserts usually have to be prescribed by podiatrists.

Clothing and Body Types: Twiggy?

Remember Twiggy? In the 60’s, she made having a stick-thin figure popular. As a result, women everywhere learned how to eat celery, fit into sweat pants and strap in all of their natural curves. It explains the painful look on some of those old pictures of your grandma. Thankfully, this trend faded away, and now you rarely hear about Twiggy except in old movies or on America’s Top Model. Yet this icon must be given credit for leaving behind a legacy that can still help women today. What is it? Twiggy taught us all how women with boyish figures should dress.

Let’s face it. Our DNA has more to do with our hip size than we’d like to think. For this reason, if you have a boyish figure – one that is slight and lacks curves – you can’t do much about it. I don’t care how many hotdogs and fattening shakes you consume. So, it’s best just to wear clothes that accentuate your form and help you look good. Here are a few tips.

Add curves by . . .

  • wearing patterns like plaids, tweeds and polka dots.
  • dressing in ruffles that add curves and shape to your body.

Flaunt your own natural curves by . . .

  • falling in love with spaghetti straps that show off your neckline and shoulders.

These clothing items are just a few that can help add curves and dimension to a boyish figure. They are an instant fix for a gal who would look like a teenage boy if she threw on a pair of overalls and a baseball cap. Since you don’t want to be her, wear these suggested clothing items. They will make you look great and more feminine.

Skateboarder of the Week: Geoff Rowley

British-born Geoff Rowleyis one of pro skateboarding’s more daring and acrobatic athletes. Somehow he’s still going strong at age 32, after all the thrills and more than his share of bone-rattling spills. If you watch Geoff Rowley’s various high-octane videos, which include both his hits and some occasional misses, you will wonder how he’s not in a full-body cast.

Furthermore, Geoff Rowley continues to up his street-skating ante. If he sees a handrail that looks similar to one that he has previously conquered, he’s not much interested.

“Show me an S-shaped one that goes around corners and over buildings, and I might be interested,” Rowley says.

British towns such as Rowley’s Liverpool have far tighter confines than most American cities, which explains why Rowley finds himself attracted to places such as parking ramps and steep front stair steps.

Geoff Rowley was 12-years-old when he first skated , borrowing his friends’ boards.

“Happiness came forth,” he describes the experience simply. In his early 20s, he decided to go for the big time and moved to Southern California. He remains single and makes his home in Huntington Beach.

It’s common to say that someone with Rowley’s modest and quiet nature “would let his skating do the talking.” One fan says in Rowley’s case “talking” should be replaced by “screaming,” because he always is ready to attack a challenge.

In Orange County, sometimes he tackles these challenges without the permission of the property owner.

“Everyone gets booted out of everywhere,” Geoff Rowley says. “You’re in, you’re out. But there’s a lot of concrete ditches … I’m having fun skating locally because I’ve found all this different stuff that (other) people aren’t really looking at. That’s fun for me, to skate stuff that everyone’s not interested in.”

Despite his street sense, Rowley also is a champion in regular competition, and he protests against being typecast.

“I’ve always tried to learn new things and constantly do different things,” Geoff Rowley says. “I’m not a handrail skater. I’m not a rail pro. It’s a non-issue. Skate whatever you want.”

Geoff Rowley has not forgotten about back home. He is pushing for the Liverpool City Council to build a top-notch skate park.