‘Tis the season… Fall has officially begun and there a few must haves for the season. The color purple is a big hit and looks great on almost every skin tone. Stacked heeled boots that slouch are another sure fire hit that can be paired with jeans tucked in and a funky tee. Espresso was percolating all over the Fall 2008 runways, so do add a dash to your accessory rotation. From the East Coast to the West Coast, sky-high high heel platforms are all the rage, do mix with colored tights and sheath dresses. Every Couturnista needs a dollop of effortless chic thrown in, what better way to do that than with a kid-skin slouch handbag. Who said the oxford could not be a sexy shoe? Clearly, they had not anticipated the stiletto heeled versions for Fall. Look for a smooth, supple leather or a patent leather version to add just enough sex appeal to any look. Cat calls are optional.

Our pics: Michael Kors Azurette Iris Patent Ostrich Print Pump, Furla Oxana Pochette Crocco Morbido in Lichene, Giuseppe Zanotti Cognac Patent Leather Shoulder Bag, L.A.M.B. Hamura Red Square Toe Hidden Platform, Marc by Marc Jacobs Black Calf Crinkle Cuff Stacked Heel Boot, Giuseppe Zanotti Menswear-inspired Oxford Pump, and Michael Kors Iris Colored Kid Skin Drawstring Satchel.

Durian, The King of All Fruits!

Early this week, I found out all about the fruit called Durian. According to Wikipedia, it is quite popular in Southeast Asia and is referred to as the “King of Fruit”. The Project Management team were kind enough to bring prepared durian to the office at 2300, and people came running….and, went running, as soon as they smelled it. It’s known for it’s distinct odor. I grew up near hog farms in Indiana, I thought that no scent was too much for me….but alas, I was wrong…...I just filmed, I didn’t eat: )

Our New Home

Long time no blog..right?! We’ve been busy moving and getting situated in our new habitat. We finally got moved into our HUGE new Studio in the third quadrant of the warehouse. You know, next to the cute little KIVA bots!

We get to watch them glide, spin around, and nap all the time. Life must be so great if you’re a KIVA baby! If you’re in the warehouse, you should stop by and check out our living space. Its massive. I tried to get a few photos for you, just show you how big it is, but the photos don’t even do it justice! In our new area, we have Strobe City where all the apparel (adults and kids) are photographed, We have a meeting room, known as Hall of Justice, some of the production coordinators are in here, and Image Coordinators reside by the Hall of Justice. I do wish we were a bit closer to our other studio, because I miss seeing the photographers, assistants, and production coordinators over there! We are all one big happy KY Content family no matter what studio! Come and Visit us!!

I took this photo from the very back of the room to try to show you the size of this place!

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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?

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.


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?

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 . . .