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Fresh Picks: Black and White

They say opposites attract, and this theory is most evident by the never-ending magnetic attraction between two polar opposites: black & white. This timeless color combo is making quite a mark on the current fashion landscape—with everything from clothing to accessories donning its high-contrast appeal!

Check out our current favorites and create your own laws of attraction this fall:

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1. MINKPINK ‘90s Love Child Tee

2. Sam Edelman Credit Card Case

3. MINKPINK “All Down to You” Playsuit

4. MINKPINK “Skyline” PU Sleeve Dress

5. BCBGeneration Checkered Flare Dress

6. French Connection “So Fresh” Tote

7. BCBGeneration Oversized Jacquard Sweater  

8. Brigitte Bailey Lacey 100% Silk Blouse

9. Brigitte Bailey Skyler Shift Dress 

10. kensie “Riley” Bralette

11. Sam Edelman “Bethanie” Loafers

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Embrace and Drive Change

What do you think of when you hear the word change?  No, I’m not referring to the straggling coins that we carry around in our pocket.  But change—as in a sudden shift in habit, mood, or season.  We inevitably experience change on a daily basis.  We cry upon discovery of that first grey hair.  We endure our favorite TV series ending after a number of seasons.  We learn to accept that overalls may never make a comeback.  We grieve when we lose a loved one.  We get anxious when we have to step out of our daily routine.  We rejoice in seeing close friends get married.  The list goes on and on.  Artists have written a number of top hit songs about change because we experience it on so many levels.

The concept of change is a hot topic here at Zappos as it is our second core value.  Not only do we embrace change, but we want to drive it.  This is a foreign concept to most people.  Some people clam up at the thought of change because it means taking risks and stepping outside of our comfort zone.  Some people chase after it, seeking the thrill that comes with the adventure.  But if there is one thing that we have in common, it is that we all fear it on some level.  It's like closing our eyes and walking down a path with an unknown destination. We do, however, have the opportunity to take a proactive approach and tackle it head first.
 
Here at Zappos, we are constantly re-evaluating the way we do things.  Why change things when they are good, you ask?  Sure we could keep doing the things that are working.  But as our company grows, our routine way of approaching things needs to shift as well.  We look at the gap between what is and what could be and find a way to bridge that gap.  Yes, sometimes it is a little scary trying something new, but it’s all about taking that leap of faith.

Over the past few years, our company has taken leaps and bounds to enhance our customers’ experience, rethink the way we self-organize, and foster the entrepreneurial community here in downtown Las Vegas.  Individual teams have pushed themselves to think outside of the box and have grown so much in the process.

Change is not perfect by any means. There are plenty of times when things do not work out the way a team might hope. But there are other times when having a positive mindset around change has lead to innovation. With this innovation has come great success. It is this success that continues to inspire our employees and other collaborative groups to throw a kinder eye to change.

So there are two choices we can make: We can embrace change or we can suffer through it.  Instead of fearing it, let us learn to welcome it.  We must desire change, knowing that good can come from it.  This is not limited to the work world. Life is filled with trials and many seasons of change. They are sometimes hard to digest in the very moment, but they can often lead to incredible lessons.  
 
We must see change as the beginning of an exciting new chapter and have faith in the adventure that follows. It doesn’t matter if you are an individual going through the roller coaster of life, a small business trying to get the ball rolling, or a big company who is already rocking and rolling.
 
What choice will YOU make next time you encounter change?

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On Our Favorites: Print Party

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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MINKPINK “Blue Bay Fire” Dress- This easy, breezy dress makes easy to rock a mixed print without going overboard!

Herschel Supply Co. “Sutton” Duffel- Perfect for those quick weekend jaunts!

 

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New Brand Spotlight: Cowboysbelt

New Brand Spotlight, Cowboysbelt, Cowboysbelt bags, Cowboysbelt leather bags, Cowboysbelt Amsterdam, Cowboysbelt belts, fashion handbags, fashion beltsSince 1980, Cowboysbelt™ has grown from a leather belts manufacturer in Amsterdam to now producing other high quality leather goods including handbags, wallets, and bracelets.

Driven by the belief that nothing can replace the craftsmanship of genuine leather, Cowboysbelt only works with premium leather to create the very best line of accessories. They place maximum respect to the production process so each leather belt, bag, backpack, wallet, and other accessories they make can slowly grow more beautiful as time goes by.

For Cowboysbelt, the "cowboy" does not refer to the horseback riding, gun-slinging hero chasing cattle, but to the brand’s fearless and innovative approach to provide the finest genuine leather accessories to their customers.

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Brahmin Handbags Delivers Classic Fall Style

Brahmin is a handbag brand built on the foundation of great craftsmanship and classic style. Today, the same meticulous attention to detail is paid to every single handbag that goes through with the Brahmin name.

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1. Elisa Convertible Bag

2. Suri Wallet

3. All Day Convertible

4. Mimosa Crossbody

Three fashion bloggers got to witness Brahmin’s commitment to quality and timeless design when they took a tour of their headquarters to take a look at the process of making a quality Brahmin bag and a sneak peek at their fall 2104 collection.

From the drawing board to the very last stitch, each Brahmin bag is made with passion and it definitely shows in the product.

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New Brand Spotlight: Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar, Alexis Bittar jewelry, costume jewlelry, fashion jewelry, Alexis Bittar jewelry,fashion accessories, Zappos Couture, New Brand SpotlightBrooklyn-born and bred designer Alexis Bittar has been designing jewelry for over 20 years. He began his illustrious career by selling on the streets of New York City in the early 1980s. Bittar sold his handcrafted pieces from a wooden foldout table on St. Mark's Place and in Soho. Shortly after, Bittar's creations were recognized by fashion retailers worldwide, propelling the artist into the world of international museums, department stores, and luxury boutiques alike.

To this day, Bittar's three costume collections are designed in Brooklyn, New York. In 2010, the self-taught designer was lauded by the CFDA, receiving the Accessories Designer of the Year award. In 2013, he received the award for Brand of the Year by the Accessories Council.

Bittar's insatiable thirst for innovation drives him to search the world for unique materials. All of the stones found in Bittar's collections are custom cut and set in his custom designed metalwork, which provide the foundations for his creations.

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1. Alexis Bittar Asymmetrical Rocky Cuff

2. Alexis Bittar Encrusted Stud Earrings

3. Alexis Bittar Fox Ring

The punk youth and urban thread resonates throughout Bittar's collections—often layering juxtaposing eras, such as 1980s and sculptural deco imagery. Bittar's diverse aesthetic and unique point of view enables him to remain at the cutting edge of culture, design, and craftsmanship while abiding by his core beliefs of quality and innovation. Bittar's diverse celebrity following further reflects the designer's reach. He continues to change the world's perception of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, and rings by celebrating wearable art. With his designs, Bittar lauds individualism, embracing imperfections, and rejecting the mundane and ordinary.

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Carhartt Celebrates 125 Years of Craftsmanship

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This year marks Carhartt’s 125th anniversary as a family-owned business still run by descendants of its founder Hamilton Carhartt. As America’s legendary workwear brand, Carhartt has been outworking every other brand by staying dedicated to its loyal customers.

What started back in 1889 as a two-sewing-machine, five-employee operation has grown into one of America’s most revered names in quality workwear, manufacturing high-quality clothing, shoes & accessories here in the US and globally.

As Carhartt reaches its 125th year, the brand is constantly innovating and evolving the technology in their products to keep up with the rigorous demands of hardworking customers everywhere. For example, their QuickDuck™ fabric is 30% lighter than traditional sandstone but every bit as durable.

Today, Hamilton Carhartt’s entrepreneurial spirit and determination remains strong with the brand’s unrelenting passion in producing premium quality workwear that stays true to its American-born legacy.

 

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