Running Records: Carl Lewis

Find out more about Carl Lewis, a runner who dominated the Olympic games from the ’80s into the ’90s.

Guess who’s having a birthday on July 1st? Carl Lewis. He is one of the most prolific runners in history and his life has all of the elements of a track star: struggle, drama and triumph.

Frederick Carlton Lewis (a.k.a. Carl Lewis) was born in 1961 in Birmingham, Ala. It was a chaotic time in history because the civil rights movement was in full force. And, Carl Lewis’ family was not untouched by it. Riots and protesting affected his parents, who were both teachers. His father was often attacked by the police. As a result, the family decided to move to a more peaceful, racially diverse town: Willingboro, N.J.

After the move, Lewis’s parents started a track club. Little Carl and his sister Carol were a part of it, yet Carl wasn’t the star. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even good. It was during this time he met a family friend, the legendary Jesse Owens. Owens gave Carl a piece of advice that would stay with him forever: Just have fun. Apparently, these words led to a breakthrough. Carl eventually entered the spotlight and had a headline-making running career.

In the ’80s, he began to dominate the 100m and 200m. At the 1984 Olympics, he walked away with four gold medals and ended up breaking a world record. He carried this winning streak well into the ’90s. By the time it was all over, he had 17 gold medals and the title “Olympian of the Century.” The world praised Carl Lewis and, to the dismay of onlookers, he often praised himself.

Yes, Carl Lewis was known for his flamboyant hair, clothes and behavior. He wore a flat top. He dressed in unconventional, flashy clothes. And, he lived in Los Angeles and rubbed elbows with the stars. It was all too much for some people. It could be the reason why he didn’t get as many endorsements. Yet, to a few of us, it was understandable. Anyone who had achieved as much as he did deserved to pat himself on the back. So, on his upcoming birthday, I hope the now 47-year-old Carl Lewis will be eating a big slice of cake and telling himself, “I did good. I did really good.” After all, it is the truth, whether you like it or not.



Louis Vuitton started the pop up concept this year with the pop up Vuitton stores within Japanese artist Murakami’s art installations, with the stores featuring bags by the artist. Well it has caught on and now Colette will have a pop up mini store in New York City this summer on Fifth Avenue at 54th Street. The store will be set up for one month from September 6 through October 5. Colette, as you know (and again a fashion shame on you if you do not) is the hip, chic Parisian behemoth at 213 rue Saint-Honoré which carries all of the cutting edge labels and luxury designers that any fashionista, tourista and Lou Doillon wanna be could not live without. Much to the chagrin of Parisians, Colette will temporarily close its store for massive renovations starting July 7th, with an anticipated reopening by the end of August. Don’t be to upset though if you are in Paris and want to shop there, they will have a Suprette parked out front so you can still get your shop on.

Vacations Spots Every Kid Must See: Portland!

Portland, Ore. offers both natural beauty and a progressive approach to making education entertaining.

Portland, Ore. is perhaps the biggest tourist secret in America. Depending upon which direction you take, a two hour drive from Portland can be like a tour of America in miniature. The majestic beauty of this state is a never-ending surprise featuring incredible natural wonders that take the breath away. Where else in America can your kids spend the morning watching whales breach through the surface of the ocean, drive up a mountain in the afternoon and enjoy an incredible sunset among crested buttes in a desert setting at night?

Mt. Hood’s snowcapped peak is the centerpiece of Portland and a trip to this amazing city would not be complete without driving along the winding roads that will ultimately present you and your kids with a spectacular view of the city. Not too far away is the equally magnificent site of Multnomah Falls cascading 620 feet down into the Columbia River Gorge. Getting to Multnomah Falls involves some intense physical activity, but even those kids who consider getting up off the couch to get something to drink during their third straight hour of playing video games to be too much exertion will be captivated by the extraordinary sights they will discover on the way. Once you actually get to the waterfall, every single step is immediately forgiven. Multnomah Falls is one of those enthralling examples of nature that few ever forget.

Portland is a great tourist spot beyond what Mother Nature has given it, however. For instance, there is the Kidd Toy Museum, containing over 10,000 toys collected over the years by just one man. Many of these go back to the 19th century, making this museum a little history lesson in the bargain.

The Oregon Zoo is considered one of the finest in the country and is home to an extraordinary collection of animals. The Portland Children’s Museum is a must for those with younger children, featuring a revolving series of special exhibits and a vast collection of opportunities for kids to engage in interactive and hands-on learning experiences. Older kids will enjoy the renowned Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which offers everything from a tour of a submarine to Imax movies to a thrilling motion simulator that offers a series of virtual experiences including a Grand Prix race and a trip into a volcano.


It is funny how persuasive the news media can be when it comes to celebs, ‘It’ girls and creating the buzz around the latest must-have accessories. For instance, Couture has been loving the Delman Uli ankle strap thong sandal for months now. Why? Because they are simply designed, comfortable yet very chic, making them perfect for almost any occasion. They can be paired with white jeans and a leopard print halter top, with a great LBD (little black dress) or with shorts and a T-shirt. Clearly, we are not the only ones loving this shoe, the Delman Uli recently was given a shout out in June’s In Style magazine. carries the featured Silver Mirrored Metallic, as well as the lovely Rose Gold Mirrored Metallic hue and the delightful Midnight Blue Mirrored Metallic hue. And yes, Couture was, again, ahead of the trend curve here.

Who's Who in L.A. Fashion

A showcase of some of the most creative Los Angeles designers

The first annual “Who’s Who In L.A. Fashion?” fashion show will be held on Wednesday, July 23rd at the Forbidden City, one of L.A.‘s most happening nightspots at the world-famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine. Los Angeles is underrated as a hot spot for fashion, because anyone who reads magazines knows it’s the Hollywood starlets who drive fashion purchases by being photographed in the garments. These days you can’t make it in fashion if you don’t make it in L.A.

The focus of the “Who’s Who In L.A. Fashion?” fashion show is to get Los Angeles the recognition it deserves as one of the world’s great fashion hubs while putting the spotlight on some of L.A.‘s most creative homegrown talent, according to J. Smith, aka J.S., CEO of First Take Entertainment and producer of the “Who’s Who In L.A.” show. First Take has created a guerrilla marketing campaign for this event featuring videos on You Tube, My Space, AOL Video and Truveo.

The host of the “Who’s Who In L.A. Fashion” show will be Vincent M. Ward, a featured regular on the show “Everybody Hates Chris.” Designers featured all have urban flavor but run the gamut from the cheeky hoodies of Brown I’d Soul Fashions by Boo & Bambi to House of Syville Couture by Syville Morgan, a custom-made clothing line that sells through a membership club . Also appearing are EMEL Fashions by Michellee Liu; House of Bliss LA designs by Happy and Kristine Fernandez, a line of colorful and carefree sundresses; K Menzella Fashions by Katie, and Delis’ Anna Fashions by Delissa Parker.

All of these fresh designs will be on display with the exciting backdrop of Forbidden City, an upscale-Asian themed dance club with two dance floors, multiple outdoor patios, 4 premium bars, an Asian-fusion kitchen, and a selection of VIP booths and beds for people with table reservations. Over the evening the fashion show will morph into a party and L.A.‘s top fashion people are expected to be there.

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Staying Fit in the Workplace: Take Advantage of Your Lunch Hour

Is the daily, 9-5 office schedule the reason for those pounds around the waistline? Sitting behind a desk all day puts you at high-risk for an unhealthy lifestyle, especially when you’re dealing with all those extra business lunches, snack attacks when stress levels run high, and only a ten-minute break to get up, walk around and stretch.

If you’re not an early riser for the gym each day, or are wiped out after a day at the office, making the best of lunch hour may be the only way to squeeze in a workout. Consider these simple exercises for a real power-hour over lunch:

1. The Stairwell Calorie-Burner.
Head to the stairwell for a quick lower body workout that’s sure to kick the metabolism into high gear. Walking up and down stairs at a steady pace can give your glutes, hamstrings and calves a quick aerobic fix, improve circulation and even elevate the heart rate for a mini-cardio routine.

2. The Parking Lot Circuit.
Head to the office parking lot for a speedwalking routine up and down the lanes. Just steer clear of traffic as you weave in and out of parked cars; this routine can help increase your heart rate and take those energy levels up a notch.

3. The Hallway Power Walk.
If the office building has long hallways, consider trekking across the buildings and departments for a quick power-walking session. Just maintain a steady pace as you wave to fellow coworkers. You can also use this one as a way to greet departments you otherwise would never see.

4. The Lunchtime Lift.
If you can get to a local gym or fitness center, try a quick weightlifting routine that targets core muscle groups in the arms, legs and back. Even 15-20 minutes of focused lifting can elevate the heart rate, boost the metabolism and ward off hunger for hours afterwards.

5. Jog Around the Block.
Grab those running shoes and change into your workout gear for a quick jog or run around the block at the office. If the office has a workout room, even better. Just jump onto the treadmill for a quick 15-20 minute cardio blast that will help clear your mind, reduce stress and keep you focused for the rest of the day.

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Most Death-Defying Climbs

Located near the city of Telluride, Lizard Head Peak is one of the most dangerous climbs in Colorado.

Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking, challenging and dangerous climbs, not the least of which is Lizard Head Peak. Located in the San Juan Mountains, Lizard Head has a 13,113-foot summit and some experts think that climbing it is truly a rotten idea.

Created as the result of volcanic activity, Lizard Head Peak has been battered by the elements over time, resulting in what calls “the epitome of rotten San Juan Rock.” Summitpost also mentions the climbers who have seen the mountain crumble as they were climbing it, making falling rock a real danger to those at the base. Many experienced climbers recommend simply not attempting to reach the Lizard Head summit while others consider it a good training exercise for longer climbs.

The National Forest Service ban on “fixed anchors” also makes Lizard Head Peak even more difficult to tackle. As of June 1, 1998, any anchor bolt, piton or other safety device that can’t be removed is illegal to use in the Lizard Head Wilderness. This, of course, has caused some heated debate between the government and climbers, but the ban remains in place.

If you do want to tackle Lizard Head Peak, the recommended climbing periods are summer and fall. It is possible to make the climb at other times of the year, but Colorado does have some pretty rough winters, which can make reaching the summit even more daunting. On the plus side, fees and permits are not required for the Lizard Head Wilderness.

Though Lizard Head is a tough climb, getting to the San Juan Mountain range isn’t that difficult. If you aren’t within driving distance, fly into Telluride Regional Airport and stay in one of the lodges or take a room at a local bed and breakfast. When you aren’t climbing, Telluride also offers other diversions, including art galleries and fine restaurants.

Not recommended for novice climbers, Lizard Head Peak is daunting, dangerous and a definite adrenaline rush. If you want to make the climb, plan your trip well, don’t climb alone and watch your footing on the summit.


Running Tips: Hit the Trail!

Trail running can be a great way to break the monotony.

When I was living in Southern California, I used to run every day. The great weather is conducive to running and, because California has an outdoorsy lifestyle, it’s encouraged. But, because I did run every day, after a few months boredom set in. Running on the beach was well and good, but I needed some variety, so I took up trail running. I lived near the Santa Monica Mountains, which are perfect for trail running, and I soon found myself loving it again. If you decide to take up trail running though, here are a few tips to make it not only enjoyable, but also fun.

Trail Shoes

First of all, make sure you buy some running shoes suitable for trails. Trail shoes are stiffer and have better support and cushioning than regular running shoes. The soles are sturdier and get better traction and the outsides are usually more waterproof and can handle abrasion by small rocks and debris.

Run With a Friend

Trail running can be more dangerous than road running. Two people are safer than one, especially if one person is injured and the other one can go for help.

Run Slower

Generally it’s safer to run slower when you’re trail running. There will be plenty of loose gravel and rocks and slippery bits, where you could easily fall and injure yourself. Running slower makes sure you can see what’s coming up and plan for it before you get there. It also means you can avoid situations easier if you’re coming up to them at a speed that’s controllable.

Downhill Running Should Be More Controlled

Some runners get out of control while running downhill. It’s easy to pick up speed and keep increasing it unknowingly until, soon, you’re hurtling downhill out of control. Pace yourself running downhill and make adjustments for loose soil, small stones and muddy patches. If you do this, you’ll save yourself potential problems and ensure you get back home invigorated but still safe.

Overall, trail running is really fun. You’re in the great outdoors, the scenery is beautiful and the course is usually challenging. Just make sure you follow these quick guidelines and you’ll have a great run while still remaining healthy and injury-free.