THE DAILY TREND - POLOS

Polo shirts
for guys with the collar popped up is hot. Not! But really, the popped collar trend is so over – wear your polo with board shorts or khaki shorts and flip flops and you’ll look every bit casual cool. Again, restrain yourself from popping the collar. It’s over. Move on.

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More Workplace Snacking No-No's

When sinful treats and fast food lunches fill up your days at the office, it’s hard to stick with a healthy diet. Just make sure you steer clear of these seven deadly diet sins to keep your healthy motives on track.

When you’re bombarded with sinful treats from well-meaning coworkers or heading off on yet another fast food lunch for a mid-day refueling session, sticking with a healthy diet at the office may seem impossible.

Eating out regularly and snacking on sugary foods throughout the day is the fast track to weight gain, and day-to-day stresses can make it even harder to stick with a diet plan. When you’re stuck behind a desk all day, one of the keys to staying fit is to steer clear of the deadliest diet sins – the fat traps at the office holding you back from getting in shape. Here are just seven deadly diet sins to avoid at the office:

1. Morning Donuts. Those Monday morning meetings can quickly turn into a diet catastrophe with the donut plate, that innocent-looking platter of sugar and fat-laden treats to accompany your coffee.

2. Birthday Treats. Coworkers’ birthdays are the easiest way to fall off your diet course, but all those baked goodies can easily add up to extra pounds around the waistline.

3. Vending Machine Snackfest. When stress levels run amock, it’s easy to head off to the vending machine for a quick snack. Unless you’re craving granola bars or a bag of pretzels, you’ll be vulnerable to potato chips, cream-filled cakes and candy bars that can do more harm than good.

4. Soda Pick-Me-Ups. Loading up on sugar and caffeine might help you get through the day, but they won’t be helping your fitness aspirations. Sugary soda will also take you on a sugar high-low ride, leaving you even more vulnerable to overeating when you crash.

5. Mid-afternoon Chocolate Attacks. When a negative mood and low energy levels unite, you may be at risk for a chocolate fix. The mid-afternoon slump is the window of opportunity for the devil’s food indulgences, so eat a healthy lunch to combat cravings for good.

6. Candy Jar Social Hour. When coworkers serve up candy and sugary treats at their desk, make sure to say ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to avoid a diet catastrophe.

7. The Office Bake-Off. While it’s hard to resist your colleague’s homemade chocolate brownies, ‘just saying no’ can help you say ‘yes’ to a healthier body in a few short weeks.

A BALANCING ACT

Be a modern day lady gladiator with these gravity-defying, back zip alabaster architectural platforms by Giuseppe Zanotti . Stylish with rolled cuff distressed boyfriend jeans, a slouchy off shoulder top and an oversized tote.

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Healthy Options for the Fam: Pot Pie!!!

Are you tired of the same old meals? Wouldn’t you love to make something creative? Well, then it’s time you stuffed it. Pizza dough, pie crust, puff pastry, it doesn’t matter. All of these options can be stuffed with savory ingredients to create a quick meal.

Are you tired of the same old meals? Wouldn’t you love to make something creative? Well, then it’s time you stuffed it. Pizza dough, pie crust, puff pastry, it doesn’t matter. All of these options can be stuffed with savory ingredients to create a quick meal. Best of all, they’re a fun way to sneak in vegetables. It’s even a meal where the kids can get involved. Last, but not least, meat pies and calzones are a great way to use up leftovers.

Hearty Chicken Pie Pockets
Serves 4

  • 1 pound of leftover white-meat chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup of frozen carrots slices
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 cup of frozen chopped onions
  • 12 ounce jar of chicken gravy
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 package of refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 egg whites, beaten

1. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken, vegetables, and gravy. Bring to a boil and season with the fresh cracked pepper.

2. In the meantime, place the two rounds of pie dough on a floured surface and allow them to come to room temperature. Then sprinkle each round with a half cup of the shredded cheese and press it into the dough.

3. Flip the dough over and place half of the chicken mixture on each round. You will only want to place the filling on one half of the dough, making sure to leave room to crimp the edges.

4. Fold the dough over and crimp the edges with a fork. Carefully place the pockets on a nonstick cookie sheet and brush with the egg whites.

5. Cut slits into the top of each pocket and bake in a 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Of course, you can’t forget dessert.

Dark Rocky Road Turnovers
Serves 4

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups of miniature marshmallows
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • Coarse sugar

1. Cut the puff pastry into four pieces.
2. Place a quarter of the dark chocolate, walnuts, and marshmallows onto each piece of puff pastry.
3. Fold over the pastry, crimp the edges, brush with the egg whites, and top with coarse sugar.
4. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

If you have any recipes ideas, improvements, suggestions, please comment below and let us know! Let us in on some of your secret recipes!

THE STAND OFF

Summer fashion should be comfortable and casual, which is why sneakers are ideal for guys. So, tell us fellas, which sneaker would you choose to wear out and about from the beach to the bar and why? The Cesare Paciotti Euro-inspired sneaker or the Marc Jacobs sportier pair ?

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More Keeping Feet Happy!

If you’re a walking enthusiast – the type that’s hitting the next trail on the weekends or heading out for a walk at sunrise each day – make sure your feet are ready for the challenge with these foot care tips.

Walking is a great way to stay in shape and keep you healthy, but it does put some pressure on your feet. If you’re a walking enthusiast, the type that’s hitting the next trail on the weekends or heading out for a walk at sunrise each day, make sure your feet are ready for the challenge! From soaking your feet in a foot bath to wearing the right footwear , here are some simple ways to keep feet happy on your daily or weekly treks:

1. Buy cushioned insoles. No matter how comfortable those walking shoes may be, long-distance walks may require some extra support. Buy a pair of cushioned insoles made with gel-like materials that provide support for you instep and balls of your feet. Just make sure you purchase a pair that are thick but still give your feet plenty of room to breathe, and take them out of the shoes when not in use.

2. Skip the heels. Walking long distances can put stress on your knees, ankles and calves. Adding pressure to the arch can make it difficult to maintain a healthy stride and puts excess pressure on the balls of your feet. Pick a pair of walking shoes that are flat; platform styles with a 1 to 2-inch heel can still support you as long as they’re made with thicker soles.

3. Give your feet a bath! A long walk or trek across challenging trails can put extra stress on your feet and ankles, so a soothing, relaxing foot bath can help melt the stress away and keep your feet in great shape. Try a foot soak or indulge in a spa foot bath that helps soothe tired and aching feet within minutes.

4. Moisturize before and after. Keep feet healthy and flexible with a moisturizing foot cream or body butter. Moisturizing your feet regularly helps keep them supple and pliable, reducing the risk of injury during stressful activities.

5. Take care of blisters. Blisters on your feet will only get worse without proper care and cleaning; make sure your feet are wrapped in bandages when needed so you can protect blisters from getting worse during your walk.

More Hills Spin-offs, Paris Isn't Preggers, Jennifer Garner's Baby Scare and Jessica Simpson Disses Carrie Underwood

MTV is handing out spin-off shows like candy to the cast of the popular reality show, The Hills. We first heard that Whitney Port would be getting her own “Hills”-type show, but now playboy Brody Jenner is going to be getting a “Tila Tequila“-type show, called Bromance, where guys will compete to be part of Brody’s entourage. You know what would be hilarious – if Spencer Pratt, Brody’s former BFF, was among the contestants!

You’ll be happy to hear that the world is safe from the spawn of Paris Hilton... for this month anyway. Although there had been rumors that the heiress might be pregnant because of what appeared to be a baby bump, Paris was recently spotted partying at a club for the filming of her upcoming reality show and indulging in some drinking and smoking. So either she’s not pregnant or just really dumb. Of course, this is Paris Hilton we’re talking about, so it could go either way.

Jennifer Garner recently had a bit of a scare while on out with the Jennifer Garner mini-me, daughter Violet. She accidentally locked the keys in the car along with her daughter. Luckily, she was able to give directions to Violet through the window and the smart tot was out quicker than she could say “Jennifer Lopez is my almost-mommy”.

And Jessica Simpson‘s country album hasn’t even been released but that hasn’t stopped the tabloids from creating drama between her and another blonde bombshell country star. Jessica Simpson was recently spotted wearing a t-shirt that read, “Real Girls Eat Meat”. Seems like a pretty innocent t-shirt until you consider the fact that Tony Romo dated Carrie Underwood not too long ago and Carrie is known to be very open about being a vegetarian. Hmm, this could get interesting.

Sources: DListed – http://dlisted.com, Hollywood Reporter – http://hollywoodreporter.com, Pop Bytes – http://popbytes.com, People – http://people.com, Daily Mail – http://dailymail.co.uk

BUYER'S DIARY #4 - Amber R. - FFANY

DATES: June 1 to June 6 ,2008
SHOW: FFANY
LOCATION: New York, NY
BUYER: *Amber R., Assistant Buyer, * Comfort

June 1, 2008

2:20 AM – Waiting to fall asleep. First night in NY. Tomorrow I will get some work done with W Hotel wireless and shop the market.

June 2, 2008

8:00 AM – At the “make sure everyone is alive” breakfast we always have during the week of shows. Eating at the Blue Fin restaurant downstairs of the W Hotel. Here with Galen, Graham, Kathy, Nicole.

10:33 AM – I am in hotel room hooked up to wireless getting a few things done, before I head out this afternoon to “shop the market”. I must admit it is pretty nice working from the 36th floor with a view of Manhattan.

1:54 PM – At Macy’s in NY. This is overwhelming. I had never been in here before. It’s huge, with many endless floors!

3:22 PM – Almost the whole store is on sale. Scary!

5:00 PM – Nicole just called and asked if I wanted to have dinner with her and one of Andrea C.‘s friends who lives in NY and also works as an Apparel rep for Tripp Apparel. We will go out for Sushi at 6:30.

8:00 PM – Sushi was very good and the company was great as well. I am now back at the lounge in the lobby of the W. Hanging out with several Zappos folks from my team, monkey row and Fashion .

June 3, 2008

8:04 AM – I am eating breakfast with the team and Steve Gebhart, before we all head separate ways for our first day of appointments. I have 4 brands today, and they aren’t too far from the W, so minimal walking today. Should be wrapped up by 5:00PM.

9:46 AM – Walking into Warwick Hotel for Aerosoles appt. Galen will be joining me.

11:04 AM – Met with Aerosoles earlier. Line looks good. Looks like huaraches are going to make a comeback next year! We discussed some possible marketing ideas for Aerosoles on 6PM.com.

11:45 PM – Just left Perlina meeting. Such nice people. Can’t wait for the Fall styles to hit. Perlina is doing very well. My senior rep, Yves, hopes someday that Perlina will be the biggest brand on Zappos.

12:45 PM – White Mt. was able to see me 2 hour early and now I have a nice break in schedule to grab some lunch. Met lots of people from White Mt as I was the only account present at the time I was there. Nice group of people, and they all speak very highly of Zappos.

2:35 PM – Organizing folders for my appointments tomorrow and Thursday. I have one appt left today with Duck Head at 4:00.

4:10 PM – Finished up with Duck Head short and sweet. Women’s Spring looks great.They are doing lots with color. I have been way ahead of schedule all day and gotten in and out of appointments early all day. Love when that happens! Tomorrow will be a bit harder to stay on schedule as I’m meeting with some big brands from my portfolio.

9:20 PM – Just finishing up dinner with Born at Mesa Grill. Large group of us including Tom McClaskie. Great food, wine, the best white peach margarita I’ve ever had! We are so blessed to “live the good life”.

June 4, 2008

7:39 AM – Day off to a great start. I have the giggles this morning. I am in the cab with Jeanne and Galen on our way to meet with the Clarks family. Have a big day today. Born, Ugg , Merrell , and Ecco . I will probably skip Merrell and Ecco to go back to hotel and get some work done on laptop.

11:00 AM – Met with Clarks/ Privo / Indigo first thing this morning. Clarks line looks great. They know who their customer is and update in their own ways, while keeping up with current trends.

11:24 AM – About to meet with Born.

1:00 PM – Met with Born and watched fashion show for Interim into Spring 09. Line looks great as usual, and they are trying a few things no one has thought of yet. Love my Born reps. They are awesome! The are using many shoes with a “Carrie Bradshaw” type flower on the top.

9:16 PM – Sushi Samba was some of the best food I’ve ever had! Having a great time in NY. Ate dinner with White Mt. crew. My White Mt rep took her first Sake Bomb, it was awesome and she was a natural champ. Go Marianne! After Sushi Samba, headed over to an Irish Pub style place and saw the Deer Stags rep Danny’s family perform in their band. Lots of fun, but it was ending right as we arrived. Headed back to W to check out the lounge. Late night!

June 5, 2008

7:42 AM – Last night was such a fun time at Sushi Samba with White Mt. Delicious food and great company. Then ended up running into Eric and his Steve Madden reps who we had a few drinks with. This afternoon, I am off to the Piers for my last appt of the show with Eastland. Clarks dinner tonight. Can’t wait!

11:00 AM – Just finished up a revision of my Privo and Timberland Outdoor plan. Thank you Caron for giving us the last chance.

3:55 PM – So I am at the Piers. Finished up with Eastland . Women’s Spring looks great and I can’t wait for the styles to hit the site. Men’s was interesting as they are taking more of an urban approach. The shoes looked good. Very nice distressed leathers. I’m outside Dansko booth, waiting for Jeanne, Dave, and Galen to finish up, so we can share a cab back to W.

5:17 PM – Back at hotel, getting a head start on packing for return flight tomorrow afternoon. Heading to Porterhouse for dinner with Clarks at 7:00.

7:16 PM – At Porterhouse restaurant in Time Warner building. Dave and I took an interesting picture with a statue. I have to give it to Graham for the blog! Also, very humid outside right now. I am not into the humidity!

10:00 PM – Dinner with Clarks tonight was amazing, but the coldest restaurant I have ever been in!

11:53 PM – All packed up and ready to go bag home tomorrow. Having a hard time falling asleep. Don’t know why, considering I haven’t had much sleep at all throughout the week. All in all, the trip was a great success and I look forward to receiving many new styles from my brands when they hit the site late fall and Spring 09!

June 6, 2008

10:18 AM – On my way to JFK for return flight to Vegas. Sharing a cab with Eileen and Graham. Glad the show is over, because it is a bit chilly today and starting to drizzle. All in all, the weather held up great all week. Certainly very muggy though! Makes me appreciate the dry heat we are about to enter for a hot Vegas summer. Busy week next week, from catching up on work after FFANY. Good bye New York, see you in December!