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Inspired By: Pop Brights

If the saying rings true and fortune really does befriend the bold, then it’s in our good fortune that this season’s brightest and boldest hues are the hottest thing on the block!

There are so many ways to wear bright colors, even if you’re not as forward or bold in your sartorial tastes.  Adding in pops of bold hues through your accessories allows you to indulge in the “Neo Rio” trend without fear of going overboard.

Today’s street style inspiration, however, is all about embracing bold, bright colors while tempering them with a couple of well-chosen basics (in this case, a denim jacket). See our take on this vivid outfit below!

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1. Paige “Vermont” Jacket in Runway

2. Le Specs “Runaways” Luxe Sunglasses

3. Free People Solid Crinkle Breeze Cami in Vivid Purple

4. ALDO “Waggoner” Crossbody in Turquoise

5. Gabriella Rocha “Sophie” Skater Skirt in Fuchsia

6. Nike Air Pegasus ’83

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Gifts for your BFF

This Sunday, August 3rd is International Friendship Day, a lesser-known, but nonetheless important day to honor the BFF (best friend forever) and the absolute necessity of this thing we call friendship. 

So why not invite your BFF, a long-lost friend or that college buddy you’ve been meaning to catch up with, for coffee or brunch this Sunday?

Even better, show them a little token of appreciation with one of these lovely “just because you’re awesome” gifts below.

Cheers to life-long friendships!

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1. Chan Luu 3-Pack Paper Friendship Bead Bracelets

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere & Silk Blend Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Best Friends Set of 2 Charm Bangles

4. Dogeared “Best. Friend. Ever.” Pyramid Heart Necklace

5. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh Spray

6. Archipelago Botanicals Mason Jar Candle

7. Dogeared “Pearls of Friendship” Necklace

 

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New Brand Spotlight: bernie mev.

bernie mev, woven footwear, woven shoes, bernie mev shoes, bernie mev footwear, bernie mev women's footwear, Itamar Carmi, new brand spotlight,  The name Bernie Mev is known for being the master of woven footwear. Bernie Mev started out in the 1960s with his original factory located in the Bronx. At that time he was making shoes for all the big department stores and major retailers.

In 2000, Bernie met his match, a man named Itamar Carmi who was as fresh and energetic as Bernie. Itamar owned Medici Shoe Stores, a privately owned retail business with five locations in the New York area that specialized in imported Italian labels. When Bernie and Itamar came together they soon produced shoes in accordance with their shared high standards of excellence.

Itamar quickly brought a vision of his to life; it was a groundbreaking technology in the form of an expandable, handwoven memory foam footbed. It included innovative color combinations and patterns in a wide array of shoe styles from high wedges to ballerina flats.

Bernie Mev footwear is taking the shoe industry by storm with its unique designs and extremely comfortable shoes. Itamar and his wife personally choose all of the fabrics and design all of the patterns. The rest of the recipe includes a hands-on management style, a great office staff, and a crackerjack team of sales associates. “We have designed a whole new line for our 2014 collection,” said Rachel Carmi. “It's definitely Bernie Mev at its best.” Every woman needs a pair of Mevs in her closet!

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Zappos Installs Solar Panels

Here comes the sun! - and Zappos is taking full advantage of the more than 300 sunny days a year in Las Vegas to generate clean electricity using new photovoltaic solar panels. For the first time in company history, Zappos installed 66 280-Watt solar panels creating an 18.48 kW solar array on the roof of our Z-Bistro

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Las Vegas is known as a solar hot spot with excellent solar radiation. The deserts around Las Vegas are home to some of the world’s largest solar arrays including the 64 MW Nevada Solar One power plant and the 390 MW Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. Additionally, many Las Vegas residents are adding small solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems to the rooftops of their homes. That rocks!

The 18.48 kW Zappos Bistro solar project might be small in comparison to the ones mentioned above, but it’s our first step towards clean, renewable energy while our sustainability team researches larger solar installations. We certainly are proud parents!

Check out this sweet time-lapse video of the installation filmed by the awesomely talented Zappos A/V team.

Check out more awesome news from LEAF at Zappos.com/LEED, Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_leaf           

Recruiter Spotlight: Alexis, This Week's @InsideZappos Social VIP

Inside Zappos, Zappos College Recruiting, Zappos Human Resources, Zappos Recruiters, Zappos Recruiter Spotlight, #InsideZappos, Zappos Employees, Zapponian Spotlight, Zapponians, Zappos culture, Zappos Core Values, The story on how I got to Zappos isn’t really the special part. That’s filled with the normal things you’d find in a life. You know, job after job, college, boyfriends and the like. I could tell you about how I’ve made my journey through Zappos. That’s pretty important to me, but the actual path becomes repetitive after a while. I started in the call center, and had my eye set on my passion. I applied for recruiting and was lucky enough to be accepted. From there, I’ve only grown into a career that I absolutely adore, and that’s being a part of the college recruiting team. That story can be found on the lips of many Zapponians (though it might be different departments).

 

The special part, however, is what Zappos has done for me on a personal level. Before I came to Zappos, I was a little on the negative side. I had my trials and tribulations through life, as most do, and it left me jaded. I would get angry at things that I couldn’t have control over, and that was usually accompanied by cursing. That doesn’t mean I was a “debbie downer” all the time or wasn’t a good person in general, but I knew I could have a more positive outlook on things. I wanted to be better, but I didn’t know how. 

Enter Zappos. Zappos became the first place that felt like home to me in Vegas. I was actually born in Vegas (not raised) and have family here, but it never felt right to be here. Zappos was the first place I came across where I felt like I belonged. I remember walking into my very first day of New Hire Training, and it was like walking into a brand new life. It definitely had the feel of walking into your very first college class freshman year, where everyone kept their heads down and were equally shy, but it felt refreshing.

I met people I could relate to. After all, we all share the same values. In all seriousness though, I am a product of my environment. Those around me affect me. I am a person that needs positive vibes to be able to give off positive vibes. That’s what Zappos did for me.

I have an environment that is conducive to me becoming a better person. I have another family, and that’s my team. These are people I can rely on for anything, inside or outside of work. If I’m having a bad day, I come to work and I feel better within the hour. They are my coworkers, friends, confidants, and they make me want to be a better person. Although, I do still have some troubles with cursing!

Zappos truly brings out the best in me, thanks to the amazing people who make this place the culture haven that it is. When you look at studies on healthy relationships, they say this should definitely be an outcome. Like every relationship, there are ups and downs, good days and bad, but the true test is how you come out in the end.

I don’t ever want to quit being a better person. So I thank you, Zappos, for being an amazing partner, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

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Summer Vacation Essentials

Vacations are awesome, but let’s face it, sometimes the transit to and from your destination can be far from a day at the beach. The good news is there are plenty of items you can pack in your travel bags to make the journey to your blissful summer getaway as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

Below are just a few of our travel must-haves for any warm-weather getaway:

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1. LAmade Convertible Tube Dress/ Maxi Skirtthe perfect multitasker to pack for warm destinations.

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses – a timeless pair of sunglasses that goes with everything? Yup, a total must.

3. Yosi Samra “Samara” Cap Toe Foldable Flats – the perfect shoe to carry around to give your feet a break from uncomfortable heels. Also great for getting in and out of the security lines!

4. San Diego Hat Company Mixed Braid Large Brim Floppy Hatthis blocks your face from the harsh sun AND covers up any hair woes!

5. Supergoop Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreena must for every day and especially when you’re out and about more than usual!

6. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Travel Tote Bag – for when you purchase more souvenirs than you anticipated!

7. Alternative “Relay” Raglan Hoodie – don’t get caught in a cold plane cabin without this versatile layering essential!

8. COOLA Suncare Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm –airplane cabins are notoriously drying, so keep this handy in your bag at all times!

9. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Sac Medium – keep all your travel essentials like snacks, chargers and medicine close at hand and all in one place.

10. Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals – this super-wearable sandal goes with everything!

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Kids' Back-to-School Shoes Preview

Although summer is still in full effect, it’s never too early to start thinking about your budding scholar's back-to-school essentials--starting with the all-important shoes! Whether your kids love to be inventive with their day-to-day looks or wear uniforms to school, we’ve got plenty of kids’ loafers, sneakers, sandals and more from the best brands to keep their growing feet happy and stylish well into the new school year!

Check out a few of our current favorites below!

For even more back-to-school and fall transition styles, check out our Kids’ Boutique.

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Girls’

1. Stuart Weitzman Kids “Fiona” Glitter Bow Flats

2. Cole Haan Kids “Tali” Ballerina Flats

3. Tommy Hilfiger Kids “Mona” Stretch Sneakers

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Kids “Ivy” Shine 14 High-top Sneakers

5. kensie girl Kids Cork Wedges

6. Nine West Kids “Julissa” Loafers

 

Boys’

1. Kenneth Cole Reaction Kids “Dime Marker” Loafers

2. Converse Kids Chuck Taylor® All Star® Chase Ox

3. Cole Haan Kids “Franklin” Perf Oxford

4. Polo Ralph Lauren Kids “Scholar EZ” Sneakers

5. New Balance Kids KV574 Sneakers

6. Tommy Hilfiger Kids “Isaiah” Mesh Slider


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