Olympic Team Style: Medal-Worthy Costumes Light Up Sochi

  • February 18, 2014
  • Jenna Maxwell

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that the 2014 Olympic Winter Games are under way.  More than any other time of athletic competition, during the Olympic games it usually means that even the most non-athletic people will temporarily stop whatever they are doing to become sports fans. Whether you like the ice-skating, the skiing, the hockey or even the curling or bobsledding, it seems the games have something to offer just about everyone.  The Olympics always seem to create memorable characters with each passing games as well. Even just days into the competitions, some of the Olympic costumes already have us talking--in fact, we think it’s almost a shame that there aren’t awards given for some of the more kooky, unique and bizarre of what we’ve seen thus far in Sochi.  In the spirit of the Olympics, we believe some of these more memorable Olympic looks clearly are medal worthy!

BRONZE:  US Team Sweaters

We can’t give the United States Olympic Team much credit for cool when it comes to their chosen team uniforms for this year’s Olympic games.  Looking downright homespun, these patchwork getups are reminiscent of something someone’s granny might have pieced together.  The team’s jackets look like a patriotic version of that ugly Christmas sweater Aunt Mabel wears to your Christmas dinner every year.  In spite of being probably one of the homeliest US Olympic Team Uniforms on record, these sweaters have already sold out online and very clever and entrepreneurial types are reselling them on eBay for thousands of dollars, making quite a tidy little profit.  Now that’s the U.S. spirit!  For turning a lemon into lemonade, we give these uniforms our honorary “bronze” status. 

SILVER:Norwegian Curlers

The Norwegian Curling Team is making quite a reputation for itself and it may very well be far more for it’s wardrobe choices than it actually is for the sport of curling. It seems that many folks are tuning in to not only see the guys do their curling thing; but also to see what these funky fellas are going to wear while they compete out on the ice.  Known for wearing some very outlandish and colorful uniforms, this year in Sochi, when it comes to memorable costumes  (excuse me, “uniforms”) the Norwegian curlers will not disappoint.  For their very unique sense of style, these kooky curlers get the “silver” award.

GOLD:Mexico Olympic Gold

When it comes to making a statement about who he really is, this guy has to be a hands-down favorite.  Humbertus von Hohenlohe, at age 55 is not only the second oldest athlete to compete at this year’s Olympic games, but he is also the only athlete representing the country of Mexico at this year’s winter games.  There is something about this guy’s quirky yet classy yet positively over the top style that we are digging--big time.  Humberto’s Mariachi Olympic Prince look was both flamboyant and attention getting; we wholeheartedly give his unique Olympic look the GOLD!

This year’s Olympic styles will go down in history just as the athletes who competed will do, forever leaving their mark on the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  Our huge costume and accessory collection can help you find your own unique way to express yourself, too even if it is just as an average, everyday athletic supporter.  Dress up and get into your own version of the Olympic spirit! 

Be The Ultimate Valentine

  • February 10, 2014
  • Jenna Maxwell

Are You Ready?The big day is nearly here.   Valentines day, the day dedicated to love-- adorned with flowers, candy, greeting cards and if you’re lucky, romance.  But perhaps you are getting a little bored with the traditional Valentines Day fare.  Maybe the whole idea of one more passé Valentines Day is more than you can stand. Perhaps the whole hearts and flowers thing is just feeling a little bit stale and unoriginal.  What can you do to perk up your Valentines Day and make it more memorable?  Perhaps there are a few ways to turn what might be a little ho hum into oh yeah…

Adventure:  Depending on where you live, you can turn Valentines Day into a heart-pumping day filled with adrenaline and adventure.  Go Sky Diving.  Go Bungee jumping.  Go Zip lining.  Go for a ride in hot air balloon.  The more unique and out of the box your Valentines Day plans are, the more memorable (not to mention exciting) they will be.  The surprising twist?  Going through an almost scary and thrilling experience with someone special is actually bonding.  Don’t be surprised your spine tingling adventure inspires a little bit of Valentine’s Day romance later on.

Feel Young Again:  If you are not one of those overly sappy, lovey-dovey, emotional types that love all the oozing emotion surrounding this holiday, Valentines Day might be a little bit too much to deal with.  Why not turn back the clock and make this holiday about FUN?  There’s no reason why Valentines day has to be so serious. Be a kid again and enjoy some kid style fun.  Play Dodge Ball.  Play a board game.  Have a pillow fight.  Go Roller or ice-skating.  Create a new breed of Valentines Day romance spending your day doing something lighthearted, simple and spontaneous.

Use That Winter Snow:  Winter has been hard on a lot of people this year, but you can use that snow to your advantage to have some winter style Valentines Day fun.  What about building a loving snow couple sculpted especially for your sweetie as a Valentine’s surprise?  Dress your snow couple up in reds and pinks and add hearts and flowers as accessories.  Another funny dress up idea for your snow man is to dress him up like cupid, with wings and a bow and arrow- trust us, your Valentine will love this whimsical wintery Valentine’s gesture, because even snow people appreciate a good costume.

Hold On Tight:  When’s the last time you went dancing with your sweetie?  Check your community center for other local venues for ballroom dance classes or go cowboy-style dancing at your local western bar.  Any way you can get into a groove with your significant other is going to be very fun as well as memorable.

Give Your Heart: Sometimes the most heartfelt gifts are also the most meaningful ones.  Try your hand at poetry.  If you are musically gifted (or even if you aren’t) try writing a song for your loved one, even if it’s a little silly.  Can’t get those creative juices flowing?  Sometimes a simple but sentimental list is a great option.  Start with “All The Reasons Why I Love You”…and go from there. 

This year, go out on a limb a little with your Valentine’s Day plans.  Chances are you will end up with a day of love that is not only fun but you will be making memories that will last a lifetime.  Trying something novel and new doesn’t always have to be hard or complicated; in fact very often the simplest and most heartfelt plans work out the best.  If all else fails, there is always chocolate and flowers.

Valentine’s Trivia: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Big Day of Love

  • February 03, 2014
  • Jenna Maxwell

Valentine's Trivia!Attention lovebirds everywhere!  Your favorite holiday is now on the horizon and it’s time to amp up your love quotient with a little bit of Valentine’s Day love trivia.  (Hint, hint: This list also makes a great review for those of you who are playing our “Fourteen Days of Love:  Countdown to Valentine’s Day” daily trivia game.)  Think you know everything there is to know about America’s favorite day of love and romance?  Check out these fun facts and get ready to send your romance-o-meter into the stratosphere!

  • Valentine’s Day is For Lovers…and everyone else, too.  The Valentine’s Day holiday is enjoyed just as much by friends, family members and classmates as it is by lovers.  In fact, there is nothing wrong with showering yourself with a nice Valentine’s Day gift--15% of women have admitted to sending themselves flowers on Valentines Day!
  • 65% of men admit that they do not make any advance plans for Valentine’s Day.
  • 655 million dollars are spent on candy for Valentine’s Day, making Valentine’s the 4th biggest grossing “candy” holiday of the year, coming in behind Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
  • The word “Valentine” comes from the Latin word valor, which means “worthy.”
  • The average consumer will spend about $75 dollars on Valentine’s day purchases, the most common being food, wine, candy, flowers and greeting cards.
  • 84% of Valentine’s Day greeting cards are purchased for relatives.
  • Of all the United States, California produces the most roses grown for Valentine’s Day.
  • The most traditional Valentine’s Day offerings include flowers, greeting cards and candy.  Candy is the most favored gift to receive, however, and out of all the American women surveyed, the vast majority said they would much rather receive chocolate for Valentine’s Day than flowers.
  • Hallmark is the top selling Valentine’s Day greeting card company. 
  • The tomato is also known as the “love apple.”
  • Women purchase 85% of Valentine’s Day greeting cards.  Men purchase 65% of Valentine’s Day flowers.
  • Mike and Carol Brady were the first television couple to be shown sharing a bed on the air.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second biggest card-sending holiday celebrated in the U.S. coming in behind Christmas.
  • 3% of pet owners will give their pet a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • 25% of all Valentine’s Day greeting cards fall into the category of “humorous.”
  • Teachers typically receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives and lovers.
  • 1/3 of Valentine’s Day cards are accompanied by a gift.
  • 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day.
  • 110 million roses (the vast majority being red) are sold for Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the very first box of candy made especially for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.
  • Green M&M’s are rumored to have aphrodisiacal qualities.
  • Cupid is the name of the mischievous baby son of Venus and is known to shoot love arrows into unsuspecting victims.
  • Giving Valentine cards containing love messages is a tradition that began in the 17th century.
  • One billion Valentine’s Day cards are purchased every year.