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Celebrity Style: Bathing Suits of the Rich and Famous

With the summer months upon us, what better time to look at celebrity bathing suits ? Some celebrities opt for the teeny, tiny bikini and others keep it more modest with sporty bikinis. Some celebrities even wear bathing suit cover-ups over their bikinis. Let’s take a look at the most popular styles.

The string bikini is probably the most common bathing suit among celebrities. Not everyone can wear one, though. Most string bikinis do not provided enough support for larger-chested women. One of the exceptions was when Fergie hit the beach in a red and black string bikini that had metallic rings at the top of the straps. The triangle top was actually supportive for her. On the other hand, small-chested women usually have no problem with the string bikini and the triangle tops. Celebrities like Kate Hudson, Mischa Barton and Hilary Duff have been seen sporting string bikinis. In fact, Kate Hudson had several string bikinis that she wore when she was in Miami a couple of months ago.

The halter top bikini is another very popular style among celebrities, because it is actually a flattering pick for any size. The straps on the halter top will make your shoulders look smaller and will also balance your upper body with your lower body. Most halter tops are very supportive, so you can be more comfortable if you are going to be doing some actual swimming or playing on the beach. Audrina Patridge from The Hills was seen wearing a bold, turquoise halter top bikini from J Crew. Carmen Electra sported a blue and white halter top bikini while on the beach in Malibu. Lastly, Kate Bosworth was seen wearing a chocolate brown halter top bikini with tortoise shell rings in the middle of the top.

Whatever bathing suit you choose, you need to remember one thing, do not compare yourself with celebrities. Celebrities take care of their bodies because that is their job. Be yourself, be confident and enjoy the summer!

Ms. Jackson gets her own show, Kate Beckinsale runs out of gas, Heather Mills's new boy toy and Kimora Lee Simmons is "kind of" engaged

As if the world needed another talent show, now MTV is giving Janet Jackson her own show! TV Guide reports that Janet Jackson will host this new show and go around to places like community centers and churches searching for the next big star. Seriously though, how many next big stars can there be? At the rate we’re going, everyone and their brother will have appeared on a reality show at some point.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Celebrities are usually annoyed at the presence of paparazzi, but not when it comes to having trouble. Kate Beckinsale was out on a drive with her husband and child when they promptly ran out of the gas. The whole family bounded out of the car and asked the paparazzi if they’d kindly drive one of them to the gas station. While one of the paps drove Kate’s hubby to a nearby gas station, the rest of them stayed behind and filmed Kate standing on the side of the road carrying her daughter (who seemed a little too old to still be carried around by her petite mom, if you ask me).

You would think that after going through one of the world’s most public and nasty divorce, that men would know enough to stay away from Heather Mills. But alas, the ex-Mrs. McCartney has managed to get her claws into a hunky, younger guy. Her latest boy toy apparently works at a hotel and is being called “nothing more than a day care worker” by some. Day care worker or not, his toned body is more than enough to keep Heather happy and her newfound millions are enough to keep him happy too, I’m sure.

We know that Kimora Lee Simmons is pregnant with Dijmon Honsou’s child, but it looks like the two are not exactly on the same page when it comes to taking the next step in their relationship. Kimora recently told People Magazine that she is “kind of” engaged, which is the same as saying that you’re “kind of” pregnant. You either are or you aren’t, right? Hmm, looks like celebrities have trouble getting their boyfriends to commit too!

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Our Platform on Platforms

Platform shoes weren’t just a ridiculous trend of the 1970s. Rather, they’ve been a form of style and status for centuries.

While most of us think of platform shoes as an often unfortunate fashion trend of the 1970s, the style actually has a long history and reached outrageous heights early on.

The earliest platform shoes were found in the ancient Greek theater and to a certain degree on the streets of Rome, although these never reached more than a few inches in height. Wooden platform shoes called geta emerged in 8th Century Japan and were the dominant style of footwear until Japan was opened to the West in the late 19th Century. Today geta are usually only worn with traditional and formal dress, on festival occasions or by protectors of Japanese arts such as geisha.

Arguably, platform shoes didn’t become truly outrageous until Venice during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. There, women wore “chopines.” These were high, elaborate and sturdy overshoes worn over a more delicate indoor shoe. Ostensibly, the chopines’ role was to protect the indoor shoe from dirt, but their elaborate styles and expensive materials involved in the construction of chopines quickly made them more a matter of fashion and status, worn by women of every conceivable rank. That said, the highest chopines were seen amongst the wealthy and noble, with some shoes reaching as high as thirty inches.

Despite the ubiquity of these shoes in Venice, they were widely mocked throughout the rest of Europe, and unflattering references to them make appearances both in Shakespeare and British law of the time. For several centuries platform shoes are almost non-existent in the West as women’s fashions were alternately driven by desires to be dainty or at least practical. While heels were worn frequently in this time period, they endeavored to be narrow and graceful.

The true resurgence of the platform shoes comes in the 1930s-1950s with platforms constructed out of cork and wood. These platforms rarely exceeded an inch or two in height and were usually discretely styled, unlike those of the 1970s that featured outrageous colors and platforms two to ten inches high. In the 1990s the platform made a brief resurgence with a lower height.

Today modest platforms echoing the styles of the 1930s-1950s continue to have some popularity especially for those with retro or rockabilly looks. They are easy to find, yet are far from ubiquitous.

FEZ Invades the Bay Area!

Our Front End Development team, or FEZ, as they are also known, went on a day outing to the city of San Francisco on Wednesday. SF is actually the birthplace of the wonder that is Zappos; it welcomes any Zappos group with open arms!

Led by their fearless captain of code, Alex K., they flew out early Wednesday morning and boarded a plane bound for the bay. They all garnered their custom made (by themselves) t-shirts, which have become their official travel Uniforms. While roaming the beauty that is SF, they reaked havoc, frightened locals, rode trollies and conquered the Golden Gate bridge.

Ryan A. has the height advantage here, I do believe.

Here they are taking over the Apple store…only these crazy kids would choose that color for their shirts!

The FEZ team is quite loved in Creative Services and we salute them!

'New' Isn't Always Good On Race Day

Wearing new clothes, new shoes or eating new foods on race day is a no-no.

New is usually good. But, on a day when you have a race, new isn’t good. On a race day, new can be run-destroying, disastrous and downright dangerous.

When buying new shoes, you should break them in for at least a week before you wear them on a long run. When I buy new running shoes , I don’t actually wear them for running until they’re broken in. Instead, I wear them an hour a day just walking around the house. After a week of doing this, they’re broken in enough that I can safely wear them on a short run without getting huge blisters. If I’m planning on wearing new shoes for a race, I break them in, then wear them for at least another week running short distances before I even think about wearing them for a race. On race day, you want to be wearing shoes that are already broken in to the shape of your foot and that you’re completely sure are comfortable. Even experienced running shoe buyers sometimes get a pair of shoes that take a couple of weeks to feel right, so the last thing you want to do is find out they’re not comfortable in the middle of a big race.

Same goes for running clothes. New clothes can sometimes chafe or scratch. If you’re running in a big race and especially if it’s a hot day, wearing new running clothes could give you a nasty surprise after a few miles. I always wash them first before wearing them and use a fabric softener. Then I wear them on a short run so I can be sure they fit and that they’re lightweight enough. Running bras especially can be a pain and I’ve had more than my fair share of chafe marks from a bra that was too constrictive or that didn’t wick away moisture correctly.

As far as new foods go, even healthy foods can give you stomach ache. You don’t want to eat a new healthy snack on race day then find, half way through the race, you’re doubled over with stomach cramps because it’s just not sitting well. Any new foods, either test out a few days before a race or after it. For race day, stick with foods you know give you energy and that your body doesn’t interact badly with.

These Shoes Were Made For Walking.....

A look at the helpful features that make walking shoes comfortable — and supportive.

With summer here, people’s thoughts turn to the outdoors — mine included. Taking walks with my son is one of the things I love to do during the summer. Walking is enjoyable, I get to stop and visit with my neighbors and it is good exercise. Indeed, for those first starting an exercise program, walking is considered a good way to start.

But walking can get old pretty fast without the right shoes. Regular walking puts stress on the foot and on your other joints, and it can result in blisters and calluses. The proper shoes, though, can solve most of these problems. When considering your walking shoes, think about these parts of the shoe, and what they do:

Achilles notch. This is a sort of dip at the top of the back of the shoe. It is designed to reduce stress on the Achilles tendon, creating increased comfort, and allowing you to do more walking.

Ankle collar. Around the top of the back part of the shoe is a line of cushioning known as the ankle collar. This supports the ankle, and it helps stabilize you as you walk. It also contributes to a proper fit.

Upper. Look for an upper (the part of the shoe that goes over your foot) made with mesh on the inside. This helps ventilate your foot and keep it from getting sweaty as you walk. New technology makes the upper more breathable, while still being sturdy and protecting.

Toe box. This is the area that houses the toes. Look for one that is roomy, and that has a round shape. Make sure that your toes aren’t squished together. A comfortable toe box can prevent blisters and chafing.

Soles. The soles are general divided into outsole and midsole. The outsole is the part you see on the bottom of your shoe. This provides traction and is usually made of sturdy materials with a slight give. The midsole is the part between the outsole and where your foot rests in the shoe. Often, there is a gel pad to further cushion your foot and reduce impact with the ground. You can also get removable insoles that provide further shock protection and cushioning.

Roll bar. This is part of the walking shoe that stabilizes the foot. It keeps the ankle and foot from rolling to the outside or inside, and plays a part in preventing injury.

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Survival Gear: Kayaking

Heading out to the water for a kayaking trip? You’ll need the right socks, shoes and helmet to make your trip a safe one; make sure you’re well-prepared with these five essentials.

Heading off on a kayaking adventure can be a great way to break away from the monotony of your daily schedule and enjoy the great outdoors. Kayaking through the challenging waters of the rainforest or just heading out to the open waters on the coast can help you explore new territory, enjoy nature at its finest and get a great workout in the process.

Planning your trip with the right gear ensures your venture will be a safe and enjoyable one; make sure you’re well-prepared with these five kayaking essentials:

Waterproof Life Jacket.

Life jackets are an absolute must as you head off to those turbulent waters, and you’ll need to wear these one at all times. Choose a jacket that fits snugly on your torso but can be adjusted easily. Some life jackets are designed with extra-supportive straps and a waist belt around the waist for more comfort.

Sturdy Sandals.

When you’re not on the boat, you may be trekking across the dock or just spending time on the waterfront. A pair of durable, water-resistant sandals can help protect your feet between kayaking trips, and help you get across rougher terrain with ease.


You’ll need a light and sturdy helmet to get through your kayaking trip safely; look for stiff shell construction and extra pads inside for a comfortable fit. Helmets will also prevent excess moisture accumulating at the top of your head as you paddle.

Moisture-Repellant Socks.

Skintight, waterproof socks are ideal for kayaking, helping protect your feet form the elements and keeping feet healthy. Look for insulating ingredients that can also promote healthy circulation without adding too much bulk to your feet and legs.

Kayaking is a great way to explore new territory and enjoy nature in a new way. Prepare for your adventure with these top five essentials, and look forward to an unforgettable trip that may soon become your next favorite activity.