Twilight, the new, slightly older, more mature and sensually charged Harry Potter-esque (vampires instead of wizards) movie has been racking up major buzz. The mere mention of Twilight gets millions of girls giddy at the thought of the fiercely romantic vampire/human novel. Well, that and Robert Pattinson, the lead in the movie. He’s so dreamy, isn’t he girls? All that crazy hair

Of course, we here at Couture are also curious about the movie’s fashion and the effect on trends it will have for the Spring. Will we see an emergence of atypical teenage fare featured in the movie – hooded sweatshirts, jackets, T-shirts, jeans and sneakers, here and there – or will it filter out into a more punkish hybrid that some trends are already suggesting? Well either way, the movie looks like a lot of fun, and who doesn’t love effortless fashion? Check out the trailer , see the movie, and let us know what you think.

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Things On My Desk with Britni D.!

Get a sneak peek on the things that Britni D., our Marketing Associate Coordinator, keeps around her desk.


Tiered dresses are freeflowing and playful, whether the tiers are flat or ruffled. Feeling too flapper-esque? Dresses with longer tiers , like this one by kensie, are more fluid and will have you less likely to break out into the Charleston – wear them with colored tights and flats.

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Celebrity Gossip: Actors Singing, Underwood in Wax, and America Doesn't like Lohan

It appears that Jessica Biel wants to be just like her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. Biel visited a recording studio earlier this month and recorded a couple of tracks. Her rep stated that Jessica did “an amazing job.” What is her rep supposed to say? That she really sucked at singing? Her rep is on her payroll! Jessica has sung before when she was a younger kid and preformed in musicals and plays. So, who knows, maybe she can really sing. Maybe her and Justin will put out a pop record together and become the king and queen of pop?

Carrie Underwood is the latest celebrity to be featured as a wax figure at Madam Tussauds in New York. When asked about her wax figure, Carrie stated, “Honestly, it looks so good, it’s almost kind of creepy looking at myself.” While at the unveiling of her wax figure, Underwood also answered questions about her feud with Jessica Simpson, who is dating Underwood’s ex, Tony Romo. Underwood stated that there is absolutely no feud between her and Simpson, who she has only met once quite briefly, and Jessica “seemed really nice.” I guess this is one celebrity feud we can put to rest.

For all you fans of Lindsay Lohan’s character on the television show Ugly Betty, don’t get too attached to her. Lohan has been cut from the six episodes of the series down to the four that she has already recorded. Among the rumors swirling in Hollywood is that America Ferrera, who is the star of Ugly Betty, and Lindsay Lohan were not getting along so well on the set. Supposedly, Ferrera was getting tired of Lohan thinking she was the star and acting like she was too good for everybody. If you remember, Lohan had the same issues when she filmed a couple of movies in the past. I guess her rehab didn’t help her professional attitude.


Evolution of Clothing: The Sweater Dress

Sweater dresses have a surprisingly long history. While we tend to associate their first burst of popularity with the 1950s, patterns for such garments were produced by pattern companies and in sewing magazines in the 1940s and 1930s. Today we tend to think of the sweater dress as a comfortable, casual clothing item, but this wasn’t always the case.

Through the 1950s, the soft lines of the sweater dress didn’t mean that wearing them was remotely comfortable. Foundation garments for women including girdles, corsets and highly structure bras were still the standard, and the clingy shape of the sweater dress only made them more essential.

In the 1960s, sweater dresses took on a split personality. Conservative dresses, usually in a single color and with small stitches, were appropriate for women in the workplace. Meanwhile, the sweater dress also became popular with the rise of the hippies who incorporated multiple colors, layers and stitch styles, including crochet. Sleeves became wide and outrageous. As they moved towards the 1970s, sweater dresses came in all lengths – from the micro-mini to floor-length versions. Some were worn alone, other were worn over slacks and blouses or smaller, clingier dresses.

In the early 1980s, the sweater dress was largely co-opted into the dance-wear craze, and sweatshirt dresses were as common as their knit cousins. Worn with leggings, the lengths were often quite short, and bold patterns in primary colors were popular. Bright reds and blues, along with black, white and yellow dominated the sweater dress in the first half of the eighties. In the later eighties, hems came down a bit (but were still largely above the knee), and the dresses took on more muted colors. Sweatshirt materials were out, and the traditional sweater dress was back to being knit. That said, the silhouette still remained loose.

Beginning in the 1990s and moving through the turn of the century to today, the sweater dress went back to its roots, becoming clingier , more appropriate for office settings and often homemade as knitting once again became a popular activity for women.

Vacations for the Outdoorsy: Raw Colorado at Devil's Thumb Ranch

There are few places in this world that successfully combine raw, rustic living with five-star accommodations. One such rarity is Devil’s Thumb Ranch, which boasts “5,000 acres of raw Colorado”.

My wife visited this beautiful ranch about three years ago for a writer’s conference and retreat. She came home gushing, not about the speakers or the opportunity to write, but about the beauty of the land and the hospitality of the staff.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch is located west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains and offers a host of outdoor activities for your enjoyment. From fly fishing to horseback riding, from snowshoeing to mountain biking, from skiing to swimming, this place has everything you could possibly want in an invigorating vacation.

And after you’ve spent the day taxing your muscles and taking in the scenery, you can enjoy a massage or body wrap in the ranch’s private spa.

They have 16 cabins and a lodge onsite for guests who wish to stay a while, and you’ll find that the accommodations are more than suitable for a relaxing vacation. Each room features exposed-beam architecture, soothing colors and quaint, yet elegant furniture.

For those of you who are interested in green living, you’ll be happy to know that Devil’s Thumb Ranch is committed to eco-friendly practices. Their buildings are heated geothermally to cut down on energy usage, and all meals served on the property come from organic meat and produce.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, you can get a bite to eat in the Ranch House Restaurant or the Saloon, and you are always free to select a bottle from hundreds of vintages in the wine cellar. All in all, this is an amazing place to spend your next vacation, whether you plan to travel in the summer or in the winter.

When visiting a ranch of this size, it’s fair to say that you’ll do a considerably amount of hiking. Make sure to pack a pair of sturdy hiking boots with solid ankle support, such as the Oakley All Mountain LTs for men or the Keen Targhee II Mids for women.

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Coolest Skate Parks: Skatopia

Skate parks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Public skate parks tend to be free and offer a few features that you can practice on. However, if you are a hardcore skateboarder looking for something a bit edgier than your local concrete skater pond, then visit Skatopia. This private skate park was referred to as “88 Acres of Anarchy” by Rolling Stone Magazine, and after visiting this mega-skate park it is easy to see where the nickname came from.

Skatetopia – The Basics
Skatopia is located at 34961 Hutton Road in Rutland, Ohio. It first opened its doors back in 1995 and was the brainchild of Brewce Martin, who still owns and operates this wild skate park. The park itself sits on about 88 acres of land. It includes both indoor and outdoor skateboarding features like an outdoor bowl made from concrete, a couple of indoor bowls and an interesting pipe-ramp complex comprised from a vert ramp and a full pipe.

Skatopia – The Extras
In addition to being a cool place to skateboard, Skatopia is also the home to the Museum of Skateboard History. This museum has a huge display of vintage skateboards that contains about 12,000 specimens. If you are interested in the evolution of skateboard design, take time to stop by this museum.

Skatopia – Events
The final attraction of Skatopia isn’t a physical feature. It is the events that are hosted at Skatopia. This skate park is a great place to host your own events like birthday parties, graduation celebrations and even your band’s gigs. This destination also offers you a great selection of planned events like the Backwoods Blowout.

Dressing for a Trip to Skatopia
Skatopia offers both indoor and outdoor skating, because of this you need to make sure you dress in layers so you don’t freeze when you are outside or roast while skating indoors. Also remember to bring the proper safety equipment with you, such as padding and a helmet. Finally, bring your board with you. Working with a board you are familiar with will help you to navigate the various features of this park safely.

If you are ready for an awesome and unique skateboarding adventure, grab your skateboarding shoes and head to Rutland.

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Recipes For The Family: The Trick to Eating Fiber

How do you get your children to eat more fiber? Whole grain bread is often a challenge. Instead, children want to munch on sandwiches made with fluffy white bread. But what if there were easy ways to get fiber into your children? What if you could turn some of their favorite meals into high-fiber meals? Best of all, what if your children never knew they were eating a healthy meal? Well, guess what? You can prepare a high-fiber meal that your children will love. Best of all, it takes less than an hour to prepare.

They’ll Never Know Chili
Serves 8 to 10

  • olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 large green peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • fresh, ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 15-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of black beans
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of kidney beans
  • hot pepper sauce, to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onions, peppers, garlic, ½ tablespoon of chili powder and ground pepper. Sautee until the onions become translucent.
2. In the meantime, mix 2 tablespoons of chili powder and cumin with the hot water.
3. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasoned water.
4. Drain the beans, rinse them thoroughly and add them to the pot.
5. Season with hot sauce and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the flavors have combined.

Hidden Fiber Sundaes
Serves 4

  • 8 apricots, cut in half lengthwise and pitted
  • 2 cups of fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup of healthy granola

1. Grill the apricots until slightly brown.
2. Top with frozen yogurt and granola.

Meals can be high-fiber without your children knowing it. The key is to change recipes so that they contain high-fiber ingredients. Just imagine it, a healthy meal that doesn’t have your children packing their bags and running off to grandma’s house.