Yearly Archives: 2017

Q and A with Karen Bell

Have you ever wondered how K. Bell began and what inspired the fun and fashionable selection of socks?  I was fortunate enough to convince our wonderful K. Bell founder, Karen Bell, to take a few minutes and answer some questions our readers have been dying to ask.

1)  What inspired you to start K. Bell Socks?

I was always artsy crafty and was always embellishing socks at night and for fun (doesn’t everyone?)… then I began dying them in my washing machine and creating collections of fun colors with trims, that was the game changer.  It was late 70’s, early 80’s and all the socks were white, I started selling them to make some extra money and that was the beginning ok K. Bell Socks.

 

2) Did you have a design or hosiery background before K. Bell?

Never! I went to college to become a teacher. I took a business class in college and liked it very much. When I took my first full time job, it was for an accountant and from there, worked in venture capital.  Those experiences led me to how I could move my fun hobby into a business model. I was doing something I loved, the rest fell into place for me.

 

3) What are some memorable moments that has happened to you at K. Bell?

Many years ago WWD placed a K. Bell new fall sock on the cover of their newspaper.  All the retailers saw it and wanted it. That was amazing and great for brand recognition, all retailers were reading WWD in those days, the single biggest publication in our industry. Since then, whenever K. Bell socks appear in any publication, on a celebrity or show up in a highly visible location…it is very exciting for our team! It was thrilling a few years ago when George Bush wore our flag sock onto a field where he was being honored.  Because he was wheeled out in his wheelchair, the socks showed up very visibly!  That is a great memory!   

 

4) What is your favorite sock design?

I think my favorite sock design is that flag sock mentioned in the last question.  I was inspired to design that during the Gulf War and that sock has remained in our top 10 selling styles ever since.  

 

5) What is your favorite sock color to wear? Why?

I love to wear black socks, most of my shoes are black and I like to match shoes with my socks!  How about you and what do you say?  Should socks match shoes or socks match trousers?  Shoes, trousers…???  It’s a very old dilemma…ha ha.

 

6) What sock design have you not done but really want to do?

I would like to do a collection incorporating all natural fabrications and using the new photography technology…I think we are getting close, so that is all I will say…the millennials are all about nature and environmentally conscious, this could be fun.  

 

 

7) Have you “socked” any famous people? If so, who?

Yes and that is so much fun!  I am not comfortable calling them out, however I get a thrill when someone on our team brings in a photo, spots them in an article or recently there was a scandal about a marriage breaking up and lo and behold, the culprit behind the break up was wearing our socks in People magazine! It’s all fun stuff, we are based in L. A., we have lots of fun fun fun!!

 

 

8) What was your biggest achievement as K. Bell?

Our biggest achievement as a company was being recognized years ago as one of the most recognized hosiery brands in the country by WWD.  We had worked hard to build up the company for many years and when we started nobody knew the brand.  We moved into a time when our sales team called our buyers and they knew the brand we were calling about.  This was enormous for me personally, branding in the beginning was just the start. One more achievement for us was finding RENFRO as a hosiery partner. K. Bell had grown beyond my management expertise,and they came in as the largest hosiery company in the world, owning most of the biggest sock brands out there. They filled in all the blanks at that time. They really supported us and BINGO, the partnership was born, it was the perfect fit!

 

9) As a #girlboss what is one of your biggest challenges?

I never think about gender in relation to my ability to manage, but years ago and in the beginning, a banker laughed at me and suggested that I would just go back home when I failed (suggesting I bake bread).  That stayed with me, only because he did not know how badly I wanted to succeed, nor did he take the time to understand my business.  I knew at that time his comment was sexist and subjective, and I never went back to that bank! That really hurt my feelings. One more thing, the ongoing challenge of finding good people is always there…I learned early on that if I hired everyone who could do things better than I, everything worked!  I continue to surround myself with a team that does everything better than I!!  This is key and I never forget it!!

 

10) For all the girl bosses out there, what one piece of advice would you leave them with?

I would tell all the girl bosses (and the boy bosses too), keep doing what you love because the satisfaction really does follow. My passion for what I do has never wavered no matter how our business has evolved. I love to come into my office everyday, I believe that was always the magic for me and made all the difference.

Best Cats to Follow on Instagram

If you can’t tell by our large selection of cat socks, we love cats here at K. Bell!

Here are our favorite cats to follow on Instagram:

 

7) Garfi (@meetgarfi)

71.2K followers on Instagram.

Everyone meet Garfi!  Garfi is one of our newer loves.  He’s known for his sneaky angry face.

For some reason imagining your horror is making me giggle like a schoolgirl. 😜

A post shared by Garfi – Angry Cat (@meetgarfi) on

 

6) Sam (@samhaseyebrows)

227k followers on Instagram.

Just like his instagram handle, sam is known for his on fleek eyebrows!

When spring is only 7 days away but there's a blizzard tomorrow. #areyoukittenme #blizzard

A post shared by Sam (@samhaseyebrows) on

 

5) Hamilton (@hamilton_the_hipster_cat)

713k followers on Instagram.

Hamilton has the perfect mustache game.

Willing you to drop your chicken with my mind doesn't count as begging so I'm good… #mustachecat

A post shared by – Hamilton The Hipster Cat – (@hamilton_the_hipster_cat) on

 

4) Snoopy (@snoopybabe)

361K followers on Instagram

Snoopy looks like a stuffed animal! She is an exotic shorthair cat.

5yrs old today!!🍥#snoopybabe

A post shared by SNOOPY·babe (@snoopybabe) on

 

 

3) Lil Bub (@iamlilbub)

1.5 Million followers on Instagram

Lil Bub is a tiny cat who always has his tongue out!

 

2) Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat)

2.2 Million followers on Instagram

Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce.  Grumpy is known for being grumpy and you have probably seen her funny memes around the internet.

Check out our Grumpy Cat socks here!

Terrible Gift Idea: Grumpy Cat Socks from @kbell_socks http://grumpy.cat/kbellsocks

A post shared by Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat) on

 

1) Nala Cat (@nala_cat)

3.4 Million followers on Instagram.

Nala has over 3 million followers on Instagram, making her one of the most popular cats on Instagram.  She is a Siamese and Tabby mix.

Shark hat! 😆 www.nalacat.com

A post shared by nala_cat™ (@nala_cat) on

 

 

 

What is your favorite cat on Instagram?

5 Fun DIY Easter Egg Ideas for Both Kids and Adults

It’s almost Easter! This means it’s also time to decorate Easter Eggs.

If you are looking for some creativity this year, you came to the right place.

I made a list of unique easter egg decorating ideas by some of my favorite DIY bloggers..

These Easter egg ideas are fun and simple for both kids and adults.

 

1) Dyed Ninja Turtle Easter Eggs

If your kids love the Ninja Turtles, this simple yet cute Easter eggs will be a huge hit!

All you need are eggs, green dye, ribbons, and some googly eyes.

Check out Crystal from A Pumpkin and a Princess’s post here for the step by step instructions!

Photo by: apumpkinandaprincess.com

 

2) Emoji Easter Eggs

Show how you feel this Easter by making these cute DIY Emoji Easter Eggs.

This simple yet cute idea needs only paint and markers!

You can check out the post here for for step by step instructions!

 

 

Image by Studiodiy.com

 

3) Nail Polish Marbled Easter Eggs

If you don’t want paint your eggs this year, this is a fun option to color your eggs with nail polish!

You will need your nail polish colors of choice, a cup of room temp water, and toothpicks.

See the step by step post here.

 

 

Images by Hello Glow

 

4) Pineapple Easter Eggs

For people who are a little craftier, this Pineapple inspired Easter Egg design would be perfect.

You will need some craft paper and a glue gun for this DIY Easter Egg design.  Those with kids who makes large messes be aware!

Click here for the post on Studio DIY

Image by Studio DIY

 

5) Minion Easter Eggs

Another favorite of mine! These blue and yellow Minion Easter eggs will add some cuteness to your Easter Sunday!

See the post here.

Photo by: apumpkinandaprincess.com

 

Share with us your DIY Easter Egg ideas in the comments below!

 

 

 

5 Ways to Spend your Tax Refund

 

Tax day is coming up! Tax Day is on the 15th but this year, you have until April 18th to do your taxes since the 15th land on a weekend.

Have you done your taxes? If you haven’t… you should probably stop reading this a do it.

For those who have done their taxes and got some $$ back… here are 5 ways that you can treat yourself:

 

1) SPA DAY!

If you got a large sum back from you returns why not spend it on a day of relaxing.  We know you deserve it.

 

2) Ice Cream

You scream, I scream, we all scream for Ice Cream.  Who doesn’t love ice cream?! I can’t think of a better way to spend my tax returns… except maybe on socks.

 

3) New Socks

Who doesn’t need new socks?  They are always going missing and we are left with one of every pair.  I don’t even remember the last time I wore a pair long enough to worn them out with holes.  Shop fun socks for the whole family here.

 

4) Movies with the Family

Need a good laugh, cry, or scare? Take the family out for a movie!  What is your favorite genre of movie?

 

5) Cleaning Service

This is one of my favorites.  Treat yourself by having someone else clean the house!

 

Have more great ideas on how to spend your tax return?  Share it with us in the comments below.

Best socks for your Kid

We have the best socks for your kid here at K. Bell socks!  Our fun selection of children’s socks will fit any boy or girl.

Whether your child loves animals, sports, food, princesses or superheroes, we have the perfect socks to match all their needs.

1) The Gamer-

With the abundance of technology these days, video games are easily accessible.  Not only do we play them at home, but kids are spotted playing games on phones and ipads everywhere. Our K. Bell Kid’s Video Game Controller Socks will take the gaming style to the next level.

 

2) The Foodie kid-

This kid has my heart since I food and food socks!  This fun Junk Food 6 pair pack of socks for kids are great for any mini chefs.  We also have the same 6 pair pack of Junk Food socks for women.  Check them out here.

 

3) The Grumpy Kid-

We all know this one.  Get your grumpy kid our grump cat socks!

 

4) The Princess-

Yes, we have the perfect socks for your little princess. Pony socks are for normal girls, these unicorn socks are made for royalty.

5) The Sporty Kid

Football players and Soccer Players, this soccer sock will make sure they look cute on the field.

 

5 more minutes please!

 

Who is still feeling the effects of Daylight Saving Time?  I have been channeling my K. Bell 5 More Minutes sock all week!  Apparently I did not use the suggestions provided in our Waking up with Ease- Daylight Saving Time post.

Me wanting 5 more minutes of sleep sparked my curiosity of how everyone here at K. Bell would want to spend an extra 5 more minutes.

Here is top 10 list of activities that K. Bell employees would like “5 more minutes” on a daily basis.

 

1) 5 more minutes of morning coffee!

This was the winner! Whether you eat breakfast or not, almost everyone wanted a little more time in the morning to enjoy their morning cup of coffee or tea before rushing out the door.

2) 5 more minutes of sleep

This one proved that I wasn’t the only person struggling to wake up this week.

 

3) 5 more minutes before bed

If you are like me, I love sleep, but I hate having to have to go to sleep.  It would be nice to have 5 extra minutes to read a book before bedtime.

4) 5 more minutes of lunch

How do you spend your lunch time? Some of us like to go out for a nice lunch, some like to hit the gym or stretch their legs on a walk around our building.

 

5) 5 more minutes with kids

Spending precious time with your kids on a hectic and busy day.

6) 5 more minutes without kids

Opposite of number 5.  5 more minutes to relax and enjoy you time before the Kids wake up.

7) 5 more minutes of weekend fun

If we can’t have an extra day for the weekend, can we get an extra 5 minutes?

 

8) 5 more minutes of house being clean

I definitely feel this one.  How is it that only minutes go by before a clean house turns into a dirty house?

9) 5 more minutes of family time

Everyone is constantly busy that getting everyone in the same room is almost impossible. How you do spend quality family time?

Women’s Shark Sock

 

 

 

Men’s Shark Sock

Kid’s Shark Sock

10) 5 more minutes of getting ready.

Sometimes we all need a little extra time to look our best for the day.  An extra five minutes can prevent the “oops I only put mascara on one eye” day.

 

 

Where would you like to have 5 more minutes in your daily life?

St. Patrick’s Day decorations for $8 or less

Photo Cred: Party City

 

Saint Patrick’s Day is this weekend! For those of us who don’t have the time to do DIY projects, here are some fun items you can find for $8 or less and throw a smashingly great St. Patrick’s Day Party!

 

1) St. Patrick’s Day banner 4ct pack from Party City

Party City is one of our favorite places to go for holiday decorations here at K. Bell Socks! My personal favorite are the fun banners available to help get your guests into a festive mood.

This St. Patrick’s Day banner 4 pack has comes with 4 different banners for $6.99

 

2) Kiss Me I’m Irish Cocktail Napkins from Target

Get some lucky kisses with this cute cocktail napkin at your St. Patrick’s Day party.  Retailing at $3.95 for a 16 pack. It won’t break your bank.

3) Green Disposable Utensils from Dollar Tree

No need to worry about dirty utensils! This disposable utensil set comes with 16 green Knives, Spoons and forks. Retailing at $1 per pack!

4) K. Bell Socks!

Host your St. Patrick’s Day party in STYLE the our St. Patrick’s Day Socks! We have a variety for you to choose from starting from $8.

My favorite pair of St. Patrick’s Day Sock that is new for Spring is our Women’s Leprechaun Crew Sock!

 

Waking Up With Ease- Daylight Saving Time

 

 

Spring forward! Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, and that means we lose an hour of sleep!

Here are some ways to prepare you for the time change.

 

1) Wake up 10 minutes earlier everyday.

Starting today, set your alarm so that you are waking up 10 to 15 minutes earlier each day.  This gradually gets your biological clock prepared for the loss of an hour making a smoother transition.  For example, if you wake up at 7:00 AM, start waking up at 6:50 AM the next day, and then 6:40 AM the next and so on.

2) Exercise mid day on Saturday

Exercise promotes good sleep by the warming up and cooling down of the body.  Exercising in the middle of the day allows your body to have enough time to cool down into a sleepy state.

3) Wake up at your usual time on Sunday.

Whether you have or have not gotten enough sleep Saturday night, make sure you wake up at the usual time.  Sleeping in just makes adjusting harder.

 

Comment below on how you prepare for Daylight Saving Time.

 

5 Rainy Day Hacks

When most of the country gets snow during winter, we get rain in LA.

If you live in Los Angeles, you know that it has been raining nonstop this past month.

So us here at K. Bell socks wanted to share with you some of our favorite hacks for a rainy day.

 

1) Hair Bun Hack

Rain puts a damper on a good hair day. To avoid stress, frizz and flyaways, put your hair in a cute sock bun.

Check out this super fun How To Article by Birchbox on achieving the perfect bun with an old pair of socks.

 

2) Microfiber Towel Hack

Microfiber is extremely absorbent.  Keep it with you and gently tap dry your hair and clothing items that may need some loving.

 

3) Dental Floss Hack

For those extra windy rainy days, keep detail floss with you just in case your umbrella needs some reinforcement around the hinges.

Dental Floss is stronger than regular thread.

 

4) High Hemlines Hack

Here in LA, when it rains, it floods. If you don’t have rainboots, keeping your pants dry can be quite difficult.  Wearing high hemlines (such as a chic pair of culottes) will put your mind at ease.

 

5) Extra socks Hack

There is nothing worse than wet socks.  Keeping some extra socks with you on a rainy day will make sure your feet stay happy and dry.

 

What are some of your rainy day hacks?