A Charm-ing Easter Gift
I’m a little bit obsessed with the charm bracelet lately. While its popularity ebbs and flows, this classic piece of jewelry never seems to go out of style. In fact, the humble, recession-proof charm bracelet has recently experienced a revival as females of all ages and tastes gravitate towards more emotionally significant and personal jewelry.
In her book Charmed Bracelets, jewelry designer Tracey Zabar refers to the charm bracelet as “history on a wrist” and explores its colorful origins dating back to the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. Charm bracelets have always been a lovely way to spark conversation and tell the story of a life. They make a unique and meaningful gift for a mother, daughter, friend or significant other.
Park City Jewelers on Main Street has unique charms to commemorate a ski trip or capture a passion for winter sports. And I was surprised to discover exquisite bracelets and charms at Overstock.com (pictured below).
Starting a charm bracelet for someone you love is as easy as 1-2-3…
1) Choose a classic bracelet.
2) Select a few meaningful charms to launch her collection.
3) Enjoy her charmed expression when she opens this thoughtful gift!
Spring Ski Fashion
It’s time to head to the slopes for spring skiing. Wondering what to pack? Layers, layers layers. Here are some Polyvore sets for motivation and inspiration…
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Mountain Lovers
Has Valentine’s Day crept up on you again? I’m usually late to the table for “Hallmark Holidays” and often scrambling to find last minute gifts. Zappos always helps out in a pinch with super fast shipping and a 365 day return policy. While some girls hope for a little robin’s egg blue box on Valentine’s Day, a Zappos.com box on the doorstep is enough to get my pulse rate up! Check out some of these cool gifts for mountain resort lovers and click on the images to check Valentine’s Day off your list.
Helmet Accessories for Fashionistas
Helmets are a hot topic in the ski industry. The National Ski Areas Association 2010/11 National Demographic Study shows that 60 percent of skiers and snowboarders are now wearing helmets, up from only 25 percent during the 2002/03 season. That’s a big leap, yet I still see plenty of helmet-less heads on the slopes. Last season a coiffed woman on the chairlift at Deer Valley told me that although her husband purchased her a top-of-the-line helmet, she never wears it because it makes her feel like a geek. And she’s not alone – some people just feel plain dorky in a helmet. Well, now there’s a new accessory that enables fashion-conscious helmet resisters to go from “geek-to-chic”…Helmet Band-Its!
Robin Dorman, an interior designer who owns a vacation home in Park City, became a helmet convert a few years ago after taking a spill on the slopes which left her uninjured but rattled. Dorman embraced helmets from that day forward but as a fashion careerist she wasn’t thrilled with the utilitarian vibe of her brain bucket. So the crafty style-maven whipped out a hot glue gun and doctored her helmet with a band of faux fur and viola! – a business was born. Her glamorous new accessory line features a variety of styles for women, men and kids to choose from including colored bandanas, faux and real fur, and silver or bronze nail heads.
My personal taste tends to be sporty and simple so when I first heard about this concept I’ll admit that it struck me as a bit ‘Bond girl meets Ivana Trump.’ I needed to see these bands for myself so I popped into Vida, a sophisticated Park City boutique that has been carrying Helmet Band-Its since November. The bands and matching cuffs on center display in the shop were visually stunning, well-crafted and beautifully packaged. Vida’s owner Luz Emma Holmes told me that there’s a great deal of excitement about Helmet Band-Its and sales are strong. I believe that any product that convinces someone to wear a helmet is worth buzzing about!
Robin hopes that by marrying style with safety, the bands will help to raise awareness about the importance of helmet usage and encourage more people to wear them on the slopes. She plans to launch her product on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival and I’m guessing that she’ll have a great response! Helmet Band-Its are one-size-fits-all. They can be purchased online or at Vida, Bjorn Stova Boutique, Flight and ColeSport in Park City .
Photos courtesy of Helmet Band-Its.
Dressing the Kids for a Ski Day
Henry Ford once said “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” This is certainly true for a ski day. One forgotten glove or the wrong kind of socks can spoil your entire day. My active kids have an amazing ability to stay warm while skiing, but once they do become cold or unhappy it is off to the lodge we go. Dressing in layers is essential and cotton must be avoided at all cost. Here’s a good bottom-to-top clothing checklist for a ski day
Ski socks. I recommend lightweight merino wool ski socks from Darn Tough Vermont or Smart Wool. Their socks are specially cushioned in all the right places and the fine gauge knit blocks moisture to keep tootsies dry and warm.
Long underwear. Polypropylene top and bottom base layers are crucial for a comfortable ski day. Base layers should be form fitting and worn next to the skin to wick away sweat and insulate heat. I’m a fan of Hot Chillys.
Polar fleece. – Patagonia, Lands End and Columbia all make excellent compressible fleece pull-overs to lock in heat.
Ski bibs/pants and jacket. Outerwear should be waterproof and wind-resistant. There is a wide array of style and budgets for ski outerwear, just be sure to pick a style that your child will want to wear again and again. The North Face is a good place to start.
Ski gloves/mittens. I prefer mittens for kids because they’re easier to slip on and they tend to stay warmer. Gordini and Grandoe are both great brands for children.
Gaiter or balaclava. These items will keep necks warm and protect little faces from windburn. They are light and easy to carry in your pocket.
Goggles. Well fitting goggles are much more effective than sunglasses. Oakley and Smith are good brands to try.
Helmet - Lucky Bums and Giros produce excellent ski helmets for kids.
REI is a great one-stop-shop for ski clothing for kids and adults. And for more detailed check-lists and clothing recommendations for children and adults check out Mike Doyle’s blog About.com Skiing.