April 9, 2012
We have moved! Chcek out our dynamic new blog www.LiveStonewear.com.
The new blog can be found at http://www.LiveStonewear.com.
October 6, 2011
It’s now the third week of our “Sexy in Six” challenge led by Sabrina Domenosky. The Stonewear gals have decided to kick off the season by taking on the six-week boot camp challenge. Let us tell you… it sure has been a kick in the behind to say the least. The main regimen begins with resistance training led by Sabrina on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. After watching Sabrina’s video that shows us our workout we are to carry out the training not by time but by form, even though Sabrina claims it doesn’t take longer than 35 minutes. We are lucky enough to have “Stonewear Land” in the office which is the perfect room for our weight training. Of course, the door is shut to keep the boys and the dogs out. Oh and we can’t forget how lucky we are to have Mrs. Drill Sergeant Tonya Clement (Director of Sales for Stonewear Designs) leading our work outs. “Put your butt down,” “More weights,” “No slacking, get farther to the ground”…. These are some of her favorite phrases during the work out.
I believe we would all agree the workout isn’t even the hardest part… it’s the diet restrictions that get us. No sugar, no dairy, nothing processed, limited carbs, and only 2 alcoholic drinks a week! Sabrina says, “If it doesn’t come out of the ground, the sea, or an animal YOU DON’T EAT IT.”
The rest of the week Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are cardio days. These we do on our own time but don’t worry Mrs. Drill Sergeant Clement checks in with us to make sure we’re not cheating with our cardio and especially our diet.
Our favorite part of “Sexy in Six” is Slacker Sunday. Workout is optional and we get one cheat meal, reminder ONE cheat meal a week not one day of cheat meals.
The good news is…. The third week isn’t even over yet and we all have more energy, our pants are fitting again and we’re having a blast with the program. Thank you Sabrina for kicking our butt and getting us back in our skinny jeans!
You can check out Sabrina’s “Sexy in Six” program at www.sexyinsixweeks.com. Notice her beautiful Stonewear Designs clothing, perfect for the training!
Stay tuned for more “Sexy in Six” with the Stonewear Gals. In two weeks Sabrina comes to “StonewearLand” to give us her personal boot camp training and Drill Sergeant Clement’s hubby will film us for a promotional video! Oh boy!
August 4, 2011
Wow…where has this summer gone? About this time of year – every year – I find myself asking that same question. This summer in particular has seemed very busy and quick. Luckily, the ladies of Stonewear Designs have been able to enjoy some amazing – AND FREE - “Yoga in the Park” classes offered here in Denver by Nancy Levenson and Namaste Works Yoga. We attended the first class in June and have been returning every so often throughout the summer to enjoy the class and find escape from our busy summer schedules. How many times do you get to “open your heart” to the actual sun and sky? Our time at Yoga in the Park has been wonderful. We started checking around and found that many cities offer similar yoga events. If in the Denver area, we hope you can swing by one of Nancy’s Yoga in the Park classes…and hope everyone, no matter where you reside, can take advantage of similar happenings. Novice, advanced…doesn’t matter…what a great way to relax and recharge. A huge thanks for all that help put on these events. Below are some links to various Yoga in the Park classes around the country. I’m sure we are missing many, many other classes that are available…we just did a quick internet search. If you are aware of any classes that you want people to know about, please post on our Facebook page.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer and hope you are excited for the autumn season that is fast approaching!!!
April 5, 2011
Spring’s awakening offers us an abundant source of vitality. The day’s ease and natural lightness pervades our general esprit des corps with greater ‘high test’ fuel for daily living. The exercise we chose for this month’s Mindful Movement video exemplifies the basic elements of nature’s seasonal shifts and harmonious changes both metaphorically and physically. Practicing this exercise once a day inherently provides us fortitude and quiet self-assurance for mindful thoughts, words, actions and movements. Our interconnection with nature and our own grounding through this exercise innately increases our body and mind’s balance, power, endurance, strength, centeredness, poise, exploration, progress, and growth.
Let Spring’s vitality ground you for forward momentum. Enjoy! – Onnie (And the entire Stonewear Designs Team!)
1. exuberant physical strength or mental vigor
2. capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence
3. power to live or grow
4. vital force or principle.
November 30, 2010
A short, fun film featuring three awesome women that are near and dear to Stonewear Designs….Tonya Clement, our Director of Sales; Thea Young; great friend and Stonewear Buyer for Footsloggers in Boone, NC; and Amy Hahn, our first ever Sales Rep!
October 26, 2010
Behind the scenes photos of our recent fashion shoot. Already shooting our Fall 2011 catalog! A huge thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this a wonderful event!
July 14, 2010
I recently visited my family in Cape Cod, MA where my first priority was to eat as much seafood as I possibly could. I had things like grilled swordfish, fried haddock, grilled cod, and of course lobster! But my favorite dish was one that I had prepared for my family, Grilled Salmon with Fresh Blueberry Corn Salsa. It was refreshing and delicious! And of course it integrated well into my all seafood diet. The recipe is rather simple but extremely elegant and colorful with the combination of sweet and savory flavors and soft and crunchy textures. Plus it’s healthy! I tried this recipe with grilled Cod and grilled Haddock as well. I believe that it goes well with any fish.
My mother found this recipe in a book by Linda Greenlaw and Martha Greenlaw called Recipes from a Very Small Island. The book contains recipes that a mother and daughter created in their hometown, Maine. Linda Greenlaw is America’s only female sword fishing captain. She is the author of three New York Times bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman: THE HUNGRY OCEAN (1999), THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES (2002) and ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS (2004). She is the winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004. She is most famous from her survival of the Perfect Storm as a swordfish captain.
NOTHING SAYS SUMMER LIKE FISH AND SALSA
- One 3-pound fresh salmon fillet
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ears sweet corn
- 4 medium tomatoes, diced
- 2 small ripe avocados, peeled and diced
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small orange bell pepper, diced
- 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
- Juice of 2 limes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 cups blueberries
- Sprinkle salmon with cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
- Cook corn in boiling water for 5 minutes, cool, and then cut the kernels off the cob. Combine in a bowl with the tomatoes, avocados, bell peppers, cilantro, lime juice, oil, and vinegar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Light grill. Cook salmon, turning once, until it is charred-almost blackened-on the outside and has reached the desired degree of doneness. I like it firm but juice (medium).
- Add blueberries to the salsa, stir gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste if desired. Serve salmon with salsa spooned over or on the side.
Note: you can use 1 cup of thawed frozen corn kernels instead of fresh corn.
June 29, 2010
June 18, 2010
- The whole Stonewear team consists of women, even the designers and pattern makers
- We are part of a larger organization, Great Trango Holdings Inc, which also owns Trango, e-Grips, Fast Rope Descenders
- The first season contained 13 styles
- There are 6 direct employees on the Stonewear team
- Sari Nichols founded Stonewear Designs in 1996
- The Stonewear Pant is our longest running style and was designed by Sari in 1999
- The majority of employees live in Boulder, CO
- Stonewear Designs was first inspired by women in the climbing industry
- We support the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
- Our fabrics are mostly recycled or organic cotton
- There are 3 main dogs that come to work everyday: Sting, Grace, and Kaia. Dogs Zacho, Lincoln, Zoe, and Ziggy make guest appearances.
- There are no stray cats around the office
- Nichols invented the first ever spaghetti strap top with an internal wrap-around bra in 1996
- Our youngest employee is 22
- The most popular sport among our employees is hiking
- Our Stonewear pants and Rockin pants come in 18 different fits
- Football is the most popular sport to watch by employees
- Stonewear Designs manufacturers its products in LA
- Some of our polyesters are made from recycled pop bottles
- The first pant produced was the Lagotto
- There are 38 styles in the current season
- 80% of employees in the office sit on fitness balls
- The longest working Stonewear employee has worked here 7 years
- Mexican Food is the favorite of Stonewear employees
- The Solace Top and the T-Back Top enjoyed the longest run before they were retired
- In order to become more eco-friendly, organic cotton fabrics were introduced in Spring 2009
- Stonewear employees have come from all over the USA (ie: California, New York, and Oklahoma)
- There are 650 different options of clothing in the current season
- The process for a season begins 18 months to 2 years ahead of its launch date
- Dog training is the brand director’s passion outside of work; however her first name is Kitty
- Nichols was a curvy, voluptuous woman and a hard core rock climber
- Spring 1998 was the first season for Stonewear Designs
- The logo of the curvy woman with an S shaped arm has stayed the same since it was first established
- Stonewear does not have a storefront
- Employees get to wear Stonewear to work
- We are a privately owned company
- Some pieces are named after employees or family members
- One of our employees has stood on top of Mt. Everest, Kilimanjaro, Ama Dablam, and Green Mountain
- In the upcoming Spring 2011 catalog, one of the models is one of our own Stonewear employees
- 3 of our employees previously worked together in the book industry
- Dara Wong
May 24, 2010
When I was asked a few weeks ago if I wanted to model in the upcoming catalog for Stonewear Designs, I automatically answered yes without even thinking about what I was getting myself into. After getting the chance to let the agreement sink in, I started thinking about how I have never modeled before, how I don’t think I am very photogenic, and how my body is not at the ideal weight I want it to be…Then panic started to overcome me. However, the greatest part about being a Stonewear model is that we want “regular” people. Our catalog’s purpose is to show that we fit every body. Although I did feel pressure to eat well and not get tan lines, I thought it would be a cool experience.
At first, it was a little weird getting used to the crew watching you pose and comment about what they like or don’t like. As a model, I had to keep in mind that the clothes were what we were trying to highlight and I was just the object in them. However, it was extremely nice getting pampered with hair and makeup as I found myself not having to make any decisions. I was put in the outfits the designer chose, I was told what positions to pose in, and I even had someone run over to me and fix my hair or pull a thread off of me. I think I could get used to this being queen for a day thing!
Because I am an employee for Stonewear, I got a behind the scenes look at what it was like to model and the logistics that went into the shoot. Being the bubbly happy person that I am, I knew that smiling for long amounts of time was not going to be too difficult but I was not expecting to test my multi-tasking abilities. A specific shot sticks out in my mind that seemed simple enough but to achieve the right shot was actually quite difficult. I had to hold a hose that they wanted me to spray so that we could get the glistening water in the photo. When I think about how the lighting, props, and poses all effect the shot, it made me aware of how much goes into each photo. Once we were satisfied with the composition, I had to put enough pressure on the hose so that it sprayed the perfect amount of water out while pointing it towards the photographer without spraying the equipment and starting a fire. Two hundred photos later and we were satisfied with some of the shots. If you don’t think this sounds hard, then think about holding that pose for 200 photos worth!
With this great opportunity, I wanted to see what the models did in their normal lives. Often I catch myself looking at a magazine or catalog and not realizing that the models are just like everyday people and that we sometimes put them on a pedestal because they are beautiful. In this catalog, we used four female models total, including me. Shannon, a model from earlier Stonewear catalog seasons, also runs a business called Camelflage. It is a women’s panty company designed to smooth out “Camel Toe” under clothes. Brilliant!! Erin styles hair at a salon in Greeley, CO when she is off camera, and Brooke works in the Nordstrom corporate office in Park Meadows. It was a pleasure to spend time and get to know these women since all were beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.
All in all, it was hard work, long hours, and great fun.
Ever thought about modeling?