Records for Running: Samuel Kamau Wanjiru

Watching the 2008 Beijing Olympic games was like sitting on the sidelines of a well-crafted soap opera. It had drama, sex, and secrets. Were the gymnasts from China under age? Should the synchronized swimmers from Spain be penalized for their sexy wardrobes? Did Usain Bolt act in a distasteful manner after he did a dance and lifted up his gold running shoes after breaking a world record in running? These questions kept the area around the water cooler warm and perked up with conversation. However, there were a few events at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games that didn’t ignite any disputes. One of them was the record breaking performance of Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru in the men’s marathon with a time of 2’06:32.

Samuel Kamau Wanjiru was born on November 10, 1986, in Nyahururu. It is the highest town in Kenya and a training ground for runners. It is an inspiration for anyone desiring to make it to the Olympics. For Wanjiru, it proved to be a stepping stone. Why? He embraced this area as a child, but the bulk of his training was completed in Japan; a place he moved to in 2002. There, he joined the Toyota Kyushu athletics team and sat under the coaching of a prior silver marathon medallist Koichi Morishita. This led to him (Wanjiru) breaking the half marathon world record on September 11, 2005.

However, Wanjiru never gave up his Kenyan roots. How could he? His people were there and he had a little family competition. Cousin Joseph Riri and young brother Simon Njoroge are both long distance runners. So, of course, he had to represent his country in the Olympic games and prove that the award he’d received just years earlier as “Kenyan Most Promising Sportsman of the Year” was right. Through his well-honed talent, Samuel Wanjiru was able to break an Olympic record and end a title drought that has plagued Kenya for years.

Best Marathons: Seattle Marathon

In life, there are always trade-offs. You agree to wear the birthday outfit your mom picked out for you in order to make her happy and deal with all of the jokes about it at the party from your friends. You stay late in an effort to catch up at work and miss out on a greatest happy hour ever in history that EVERYONE raves about the next day. And then, you decide to run a marathon in Seattle and have to deal with the rain. Okay, this last one isn’t so bad. The perks of tackling the Seattle Marathon outweigh any rain you might encounter. It’s what keeps runners returning each year to participate in it.

The Seattle Marathon draws people all over the country because of its scenic course, Carbo Load Dinner, goodie bags and charities. Born in 1908, this race has been going strong for 100 years. It’s a weekend event that starts with a race for kids, bus tour and dinner. Then, on the day of the race, people gather to run a half marathon or full marathon. The course goes along the Queen Anne neighborhood near an urban terrain enhanced by water, trees and historic buildings. It’s a scenic run that allows for a lot of photo ops. Plus, if you just want to enjoy it and a nice tune, you can now wear your iPod. The Seattle Marathon ends with awards being given to the winner along with a bag full of mementos handed out to the runners. It’s an event that is good for the entire family.

So, are you ready to bear a little rain in order to tackle a fun run? Consider running the Seattle Marathon. You can find out more by visiting their Website at www.seattlemarathon.org. It’ll give you details on the next marathon and how you can sign up for it.

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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas (or Should I Say 2290)

The conference rooms in the new Zappos 2290 office don’t go from a boring ol’ empty room to WOW over night. It takes a lot of hard work, creativity and sometimes staple guns and hot glue to pull off these famous meeting areas. The fashion department took on the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Room” as well as “The Elvis Room” and not to mention three others. They’re a busy group, but they don’t seem to mind too much, the Fashion Merchandisers are known to dress themselves as well, so I wouldn’t expect their conference rooms to be any different. I wonder if they’d be willing to give the Creative Service 1 room a face lift.

Way to decorate Fashion Merchandising! Can’t wait to see all the 2290 conference rooms once they’ve been officially made over Zappos style!

PIECE OF ME

No I am not speaking of the ‘lifestyles of the rich and famous’, nor of ‘that Britney shameless’ but of that ‘xtra, xtra, this just in,’ a new tattered, torn denim spin. The look of which I speak, is on full display as Ms. Spears dances around in an original pair of Destroyed Brand jeans in her VMA winning video Piece of Me, a look which is fast becoming a small trend in the denim kingdom. The style, a bleach-splattered, ‘drive over them a few times with your car wheels’, is a resurgence of its edgy predecessor from the early ‘90s. However, the Piece of Me video is not the only one leading the ripped charge, designer Christopher Kane paired ripped denim with lady-like blouses for his Spring 2008 runway collection, and denim maker Destroyed Brand, takes a more stylized approach to their torn designs with spray paint bleaching and strategically placed horizontal rips. If you are like me, or any one else who has ever owned, worn or designed a pair knows, the rips grow with every washing, so do watch your strategic placement. The best news of all? This time around the look comes in multiple washes and variations on the rip theme. Yay!

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My Mythology - Jonathan H. Sr. Content Coordinator for Fashion

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 Jonathan H., Sr. Content Coordinator for Fashion at Zappos.com.

Today Jonathan is stylishly sporting a vintage motorcycle jacket that he customized with a John Galliano scarf, safety pins, leopard and plaid fabric and some mementos. He is also wearing a Vivienne Westwood square ring, a Vivienne Westwood crystal orb ring, other random rings, a Nixon watch, a white t-shirt, John Galliano newsprint trousers, an Alexander McQueen keychain (on his belt loop), and Diesel shoes.

How would you define your look?
It depends on the day. Depending on how I feel, I play these roles with my style: a dandy, 1950’s rockabilly, goth, rock star, punk, movie star, Madison Avenue businessman, pirate, Two-tone ska, 1980’s Nu-wave, cabaret entertainer, starving artist, mod, Henry VIII or any of the English monarchy, beatnik.

What inspires your style?
Anyone who is unique and creative, but knows what looks great on him or her and isn’t afraid to show it.

Who is your favorite designer?.
Vivienne Westwood, of course. But Alexander McQueen and John Galliano are my second favorite designers.

What fashion item would you never leave the house without?
My Vivienne Westwood square ring. I LOVE IT! I got it at her King’s Road store in London.

Who are your fashion/style icons?
James Dean, Clive Owen, Gary Day (from Morrissey), Marc Almond, Andre 3000, Johnathon Schaech, Peter Murphy, John Galliano, Elvis Presley, Daniel Day Lewis.

What are your favorite labels?
Vivienne Westwood Man, Alexander McQueen , John Galliano, C’N‘C CoSTUME NATIONAL , DSquared2 , King Baby , and Moschino .

Psychobilly or Emo?
Psychobilly, baby!!!!

How would you define your mythology that you portray through your style?
Passionate mystery!

What is your favorite decade for style?
1940 or early 1960.

What is your favorite fabric?
Gabardine, cotton, or leather.

What is your favorite color?
Black and blue.

What item do you allow yourself to splurge on?
Vivienne Westwood.

Do you need to take out a second mortgage for your style?
Yes! I already have!

Do you have any tattoos?
I have a tiger, a panther, a dragon, a Vivienne Westwood logo, a John Galliano skull.

Which bag?
My Vivienne Westwood Abstract Orb bag of course! I carry it everyday!

Sunglasses?
Dior Homme.

What are your fashion rules?
If there are any, break them!

What is the most you’ve spent on a handbag?
$800.00. My Vivienne Westwood Abstract Orb Bag, a gift to myself.

Would set foot in a thrift store?
Of course. I go about every other day.

What is the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store?
A King Baby chain wallet for $25.00. It’s worth about $3,000.00!!!!!!

What is the most you’ve ever spent on fashion and for what item?
My Alexander McQueen suitcase. I think I spent a little over $900.00.

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Things On My Desk with Christa F.

If you want to get in with Zappos, you’re gonna have to visit with her first. That’s right. The one, the only, Christa F. is letting us get up close and personal with where the recruiting magic all happens…her desk.

Oh…and if you get called to her desk post being hired, thing back on your past day, week, or even month just to make sure you’re not in trouble for anything

Finance Fashion Friday-Shoe Edition WINNER!!!!

Jennifer P., Sept.12, 2008 Winner!!!

What is your favorite type of shoe and why?

I love any shoe/ boot that demands attention. A little bit shocking, even a little over the top. I know it’s a hot shoe when even Zappos people are like “WOW, those are some cool shoes!”

Give me one Core value that you think best represents your fashion statement?

Without a doubt core value # 3: Create fun and a little weirdness. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I live for weirdness. I love living outside the norm! Helping people open their eyes to different options other than the boring old normal way of doing things.

What has been your favorite Zappos fashion Expo so far of 2008?

I actually really enjoyed the Private label expo. It gave me some good insight to upcoming fashion trends.

Fashion Pick- If you could have ANY pair of shoes on the Zappos.com website, which ones would you pick?

These!

Wowza, I say!