CRAVINGS - BOOTIES


The Couture team is loving every moment of the fall season, what with all of the fashion offerings, how could we not. At this very moment, we are head-over-heels for booties. There’s something about this almost-shoe that’s just too cute, but not saccharine sweet, when paired with a skirt, but can also render that Avengers’ Emma Peele cool yet tough persona with elements like washed metallics, studs, stitching detail or buckles. Our picks: L.A.M.B Camden bootie , Alexander McQueen black booties , Givenchy brown suede booties and Jean Paul Gaultier metallic booties .

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Bake Sale!

We do what we can here at The Zappos HQ to help out our community and those who need help within it. So, today we hosted a bake sale within our offices here in Henderson, NV in order to collect money to donate to the Arthritis Foundation as well as satisfy the sweet tooth of our Zappos employees. Needless to say, it was a huge success! Of course the exceptional baking talents of our employees made it pretty tasteful to donate for this cause, but I am still blown away by the vast amount of generosity that lives within this office. And, I am proud to say that inside Zappos alone, we raised over $2,000 for The Arthritis Foundation! Way to go Zapponians!

If you didn’t have the chance to donate today, don’t worry, you still have time to either enter in the October 25 Creep Walk here in Las Vegas, NV, or give money to Zapponians who are participating in the walk. For more information please visit the Arthritis Walk Home Page.

Meet The Kids Content Team, Episode 3: Anastasia Loves Kittens

Welcome to the third episode of ‘Meet the Kids Content Team’. This week I got to know Anastasia a little better. I learned that she is a very complex person with a love/hate relationship with animals, and an obsession with German cats. Let’s learn more…

Anastasia was born on a hot July day in Guatemala. I asked her what she would like people to know about her birthplace and she told me that they have a very pretty bird with an exceptionally long tail….that’s all. She feels very strongly about animals. She is trying to become a vegetarian but frequently complains about her dirty 10” long goldfish named ‘The Fish’. Sounds more like an old mob guy than a goldfish to me.

Anastasia is also enraptured with German kittens, i.e. kitties with funny and grammatically incorrect captions. She spends time scouring ‘the Internets’ and using ‘the Google™’ to find appropriate pictures for each and every occasion. The main thing I learned about Anastasia, was that she is secretly the funniest person I have ever met… a witty connoisseur of hilarity in a small and unexpected package.

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Big Game Fishing: Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba

When talking about Africa, most people immediately think of safaris which involve hunters going after lions, tigers and other big game animals. That doesn’t mean, however, that those who live for sport fishing should pass up a chance to visit this beautiful continent, especially the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.

Part of the United Republic of Tanzania, the waters between Zanzibar and Pemba present anglers with a variety of year-round fishing opportunities, including the barracuda, the speedy Wahoo and the giant Travally. Catching any one of these beauties means a great trophy to hang on your wall back home.

If you schedule a vacation between August and October, that’s the perfect time to drop a line and catch some Yellowfin Tuna. If you are fortunate enough to hook one of these strong fish, they make excellent trophies and an even better meal.

You can’t make the long journey to Africa without trying to land some of the billfish that hang around Pemba Island. If you schedule your fishing expedition for the months between November and March, test your skills against the Black, Blue and Striped Marlins.

Many fishing enthusiasts agree that the Broadbill requires quite a bit of strength and skill once you have one on the line. Although they bear little resemblance to Australian actor Russell Crowe, this fighting fish has earned the nickname “Gladiator of the Sea.” When going up against this “Gladiator,” make sure to wear a durable pair of Sperry Top-Siders.

Zanzibar also attracts many undersea divers each year, and if you head below the surface, you may catch a glimpse of whales, humpback dolphins and other marine life.

Getting to Zanzibar requires a little coordination, however. One recommended method is booking an international flight into the Dar es Salaam region and a connecting flight to the islands. You also can catch a ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar after you land.

With tropical scenery and sea creatures that put up a real fight, pack your passport and gear and head to Zanzibar. It’s one place where you won’t mind picking up the bill, especially if it’s attached to a fish.

Sources:

http://www.rasnungwi.com/fishing/deep_sea_fishing/
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/species/pac_yellowfin_tuna.htm
http://www.zanzibar.net/

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Fitness Resolutions: The Pre Holiday Fitness Challenge

You’ve been working hard to keep up with your gym routine all year long, but the holiday season can put even the most disciplined fitness guru to the test. The holidays call for round the clock errands, juggling a never-ending shopping schedule and organizing a grand family meal. The hustle and bustle of the season can leave you spent and less likely to stick with that early a.m. treadmill circuit. Still, there are a few ways to keep up with your healthy intentions. Here are some tips to stay motivated and get buff through this high-stress season:

1. Get serious about yoga. Yoga is a great workout no matter what your fitness level is, and yoga has the added benefit of relieving stress. Inhale and exhale your way to peace and tranquility in a comfy pair of yoga pants, which will keep you cool and calm when anxiety levels run high. Schedule yourself at least 1-2 sessions per week and greet the sunrise whenever possible.

2. Hit the slopes! If you’re blessed with piles of snow over the holiday season, get out and have some fun in the great outdoors with some skiing or snowboarding. You’ll be working that upper and lower body to the max as you take in that crisp winter air. No snow to be found? Make your way to the nearest indoor ski center for a pseudo-ski that will burn off plenty of calories.

3. Adopt a walking mantra. Walking at a moderate pace can increase your heart rate and give you a brief mini-workout without the fuss. You just need to sustain a moderate speed for 15-20 minutes to make the most of this fitness routine. Squeeze in a walking session between errands or make a point of walking more often than driving as you go about your busy day. Just strap on those walking shoes and hit the road!

Whether you decide to burn off mega-calories on the ski slopes or stretch away stress and tension with yoga, keep up with your fitness resolutions this season and ward off those pesky holiday pounds. Your fitness routine might also allow for a second helping of pumpkin pie without the guilt!

Making Pregnancy Easier: Exercise

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. In fact, exercising can actually make you feel more comfortable during pregnancy and help you bounce back more easily after the baby is born. Here are some ways exercise can make pregnancy easier and some recommendations on the right kind of exercise to do during pregnancy:

  • Exercise releases endorphins that can help improve your mood when other hormones are making things difficult.
  • Exercise can keep you flexible, preventing injuries caused by clumsiness as your body changes.
  • Exercise can improve posture and relieve backaches by strengthening muscles, making them more capable of supporting your increased mass.
  • A fit body makes labor and delivery easier.
  • Exercise helps you sleep better at night.

Exercise during pregnancy is generally forbidden for women who have vaginal bleeding, early contractions, high blood pressure or other complications. Otherwise, most pregnant women will feel comfortable doing any exercise that is not high-impact. Examples of exercises that are comfortable and safe during pregnancy include swimming, walking, biking and yoga. Women that are already very fit, such as runners, may be able to continue their regular exercise programs with certain modifications, as long as they don’t overdo it.

Before you start a new exercise program, check with your OBG-GYN. Once he or she has given you the go ahead, try to schedule exercise regularly. Exercising half an hour, four days a week is a good start if you’ve been relatively inactive beforehand. Wear loose-fitting, cool clothes – overheating is dangerous to the baby – and a supportive bra. Comfortable sneakers with good support are essential. Your feet may swell during pregnancy, so consider ordering or buying a half size larger.

Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise to keep your body cool and hydrated. If the exercise ever causes pain or discomfort that’s out of the ordinary, stop working out and immediately call your doctor. But in most cases, you should be fine. By the time the baby comes he or she will have a mom that can set a good example with healthy habits!

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Celebrity Gossip: Car Wrecks, Battery, and Pirates #4

Shia LaBeouf’s hand may still have some healing to do from his car accident in July, but at least he can rest easy that he will not face DUI charges. The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office stated that there was not enough evidence from the car accident to charge Shia LaBeouf with a DUI. Instead, the driver of the other car will be face criminal charges for running a red light and causing the accident. Although Shia is not completely off the hook yet, as he will face a DMV hearing where his license could be suspended, he can definitely rest easy that he’ll stay out of jail.

In other Hollywood court news, Heroes’ star, Hayden Panettiere’s dad has formally been charged with misdemeanor battery. He allegedly assaulted his wife, Hayden’s mom, last month. He was arrested for hitting his wife in the face. According to the county sheriff’s office, alcohol did play a part in the fight. After being released from jail after the fight, Alan Panettiere called the incident a “misunderstanding.” He faces up to a year in the county jail on this charge.

Switching gears away from the court systems, Johnny Depp has signed on to play Jack Sparrow one more time. He has signed on to star in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. But it seems like he will be awfully busy in the next year, as he has also signed on to star in two other movies. He will play Tonto in The Lone Ranger movie and the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland movie. I know many people are definitely going to be looking forward to Johnny Depp sporting the pirate look again.

Sources:

www.people.com
www.usmagazine.com

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History of Shoes: Modern Fashion/Luxury Shoe Designers

Today fashion luxury shoe lines are very much in style. Popularized by television shows like Sex and the City and movie stars, fashion luxury shoes are now just as much of a fashion statement as a person’s clothing. This is a great time to be alive if you love exotic shoe designs that are crafted for luxury, elegance and intrigue. Three of the top fashion and luxury shoe designers in the world today are Elise Ferare, Guiseppe Zanotti and Claudio Merazzi.

Elise Ferare – Fashion/Casual/Contemporary/Luxury Shoe Designer

Elise Ferare is a contemporary shoe designer whose original shoe designs are very much a study in contrasts. Her designs routinely pair textural and style elements that play off each other, such as rough and smooth, edgy and traditional, and dark and light. Ferare likes to keep her shoe designs fresh and innovative and avoids subscribing to shoe fashion trends when at all possible. One of the things that make Ferare shoes unique, is their comfort, as Ferare believes that you “shouldn’t have to suffer for fashion.”

Guiseppe Zanotti – Fashion/Contemporary/Luxury/Dress/Evening Shoe Designer

Guiseppe Zanotti is an Italian fashion shoe designer that has continued the traditional of superior Italian shoe craftsmanship. Zanotti gained his footwear expertise by working with top Italian luxury shoe companies before starting his own line of designer shoes in 1994. Creative and artistic are the words that can be used to describe Zanotti’s shoes . He draws his inspiration from the arts, music and cinema, where he says shoe evolution is charted. This is a shoe designer that is favored by celebrities.

Claudio Merazzi – Fashion/Luxury/Contemporary Shoe Designer

Claudio Merazzi is one of the most influential fashion luxury shoe designers in the world. Not only has he been the creative director for his own shoe line CLAUDIO MERAZZI, but he has also served as the creative director for Cesare Pariotti, Gruppo Esade and Oscar de la Renta. Merazzi gained his shoe design experience working with shoe designer legends like Casadel and Bruno Mogli. His shoe designs are known for their modern edge, unique shapes and innovative construction.