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Great Looks: It’s in Your Jeans

There is nothing like how the right pair of jeans can make you feel. No matter what else is going on in life, slipping on the right pair of jeans can change your entire outlook. Jeans can be dressed up for a night on the town, dressed down for a day spent helping another, or right in the middle, where their only purpose is comfort. The best jeans give us a boost in the most important place — our confidence.



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Now don’t get me wrong, there are challenges with finding the right jeans. We all know the situation: we find a style of jeans that we love and adore, and that fits us just perfectly … and then, the brand stops making them, or they change the style in a weird and awkward way. But there is something about finding a staple that goes the distance with you while making you look and feel amazing. Using the right lines to balance your look make all the difference. While there are some recommendations for which type of jean looks best on which body, remember the first rule of fashion: There are no rules. 



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While there are no rules, per se, there are some guidelines that leave the good looks up to more than just your genes, and I’ve gathered the guidelines and a few suggestions for you, so that you’re not leaving anything up to chance. The easiest way to determine the best fit depends on what shape your body falls into — Apple, Pear, Strawberry, Hourglass or Straight. Looking at your silhouette in a mirror, decide which one fits you best, then go from there with some great pieces.



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CURVES TO BOOT All body types work well with a denim meant for curves, and a boot cut will take your look to the head of the class. The flare at the base complements all bodies, no matter your body type, and, of course, is best worn with a great boot peeking our from the edge of your hem.



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GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT Simple, clean lines and nothing to worry about stepping on? That’s my kind of denim. Straight jeans are the other universally complementary style that fits every body type.



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WHAT’S THE SKINNY Best suited to an hourglass or straight figure, these styles look best tucked into a great tall boot, or balanced with a loose-fitting swing or peasant top. The number one accessory to pull off a skinny jean is confidence — and trust me, you look amazing!


I hope you enjoy great denim pieces. If you’re rocking out in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 



Dance Footwear Fit for Your Workout

Last January your sole focus was hot yoga. The year prior was marathon running. The year before that you had a basic gym membership that barely got swiped. Your last three workout resolutions, for a lack of a better word, failed miserably — not because you didn’t try, but because you simply chose the wrong one for you.

This year, try an unconventional exercise that’s fun, motivating and will test your limits when it comes to body and mind strength. Without a doubt, you’ve got to try barre and Pilates. 



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Barre workouts are all the rage. Drive anywhere within a six mile radius and you’re bound to stumble across a studio or two that promises to sculpt your core and tone your rear. Unlike other exercise classes (yes, I’m looking at you CrossFit), you won’t be required to use a dozen different types of equipment. In fact, all you’ll use here is, you guessed it, a ballet bar.

Barre’s short yet impactful history is credited back to 1959 when Lotte Berk, a German ballerina who injured her back, came up with the idea to combine her dance conditioning routine with rehabilitative therapy. Berk’s understudy, Lydia Bach, brought the workout to the U.S. in 1971, and its influence has expanded ever since.    

As opposed to other trendy workouts, barre’s core-focused movements are performed and held in tiny, one-inch increments. Similar to a dancer, you’ll oftentimes find yourself leaning and holding posture on your toes and heels. Although some studios are OK with you going barefoot, sticky grip shoes are definitely encouraged, such as the ones featured below.



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Bloch footwear is an industry leader in the realm of dance and athletic footwear. For three generations, the brand has received high praise for its dependability, innovation and style. 



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Take the Bloch Contour Barre, for example. Designed with optimal performance and stability, its patented Dynamic Resistance Technology® provides reinforced support and shock absorption that you can feel between movements. And with its no-slip sole, you’ll be able to focus more on the workout at hand while achieving better results.

Similar in design to the Contour Barre is the Bloch Balance Pilates. Both shoes are made of a hardwearing, long-lasting fabric upper that won’t deteriorate after months of practice. However, despite both having similar construction and a sleek profile, the most notable difference between the two is its toe-less look for added airflow. 



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Unlike barre, Pilates is a mix ‘n’ match hybrid of several exercise programs, integrating key components to help increase flexibility, core strength, posture and more. With that being said, between the sweat dripping off of you and the dude to your right, the Balance Pilates is a worthwhile investment for the sake of maximizing grip and cleanliness.

So this year, take a chance on a new form of exercise. And who knows, maybe barre or Pilates is what you were looking for all along.



3 Questions to Help You Find the Perfect Workout

Happy new year, folks! Looking at the calendar we are now seven days into 2016 and your proclamation to get fit. Since Thanksgiving you’ve exhausted your bad eating habits with deep fried appetizers, hearty meals and platters of desserts. Heck, you were on such a roll that you even had two slices of holiday fruitcake that was meant purely for decoration.

Regardless of how out of control the last seven weeks have been, you’re ready to turn over a new leaf (likely in the form of lettuce. Lots and lots of lettuce) and build your best body ever. With this newfound commitment to health, it’s important to set yourself up for success by asking yourself (and answering) these basic questions:


What is my fitness goal?
What workout(s) would suit me best?
How can I stay motivated?


Let's go ahead and target each of these questions below...



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Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, increase endurance and flexibility or improve heart health, deciphering what you want to get out of exercising is a big first step. Instead of just putting it in your mind what you want done, write your goals down on paper. This makes your objectives appear more tangible and within reach than just a thought in your head.  Next, take a deep breath and get after it in the steps to follow.



Depending on your answer above, you’ll want to cater your workout to target your specific goal. For example, if it’s important for you to put on 10 pounds of muscle, climbing the StairMaster isn’t going to build up your arms and pectorals in time for the summer cabin.



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According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, resistance training is the key to getting buff. Kettlebell exercises and training programs such as CrossFit will help you achieve this look more quickly and efficiently than, say, Zumba, spin class or kickboxing. Although the latter won’t get you ripped, it will help you lose weight, lean out and increase your endurance. 

To help move the needle on your flexibility, balance and core strength, barre is another great go-to. Barre classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates, focusing on isometric strength training combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Oh, and there’s more: barre can also improve posture, reduce stress and is perfect for pregnant women due to its low impact workout.



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This is a big one. In fact, it very well could define your success or failure. Throughout the tenure of your resolution, take into account these five ways to stay committed to regular exercise:

1. Shift your thinking

Adjust your perspective from being a couch potato to an athlete. Remember, any form of exercise is better than none, whether it’s a 15-minute power walk or a 15-mile bike ride.

2. Schedule a regular workout time

Stay consistent when you exercise. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, make it a habit to work out at the same time every day for the first few weeks. Soon enough, you’ll feel bad if life gets in the way and you do miss your daily dose of cardio.  

3. Keep it fun with variety

Humans by nature despise redundancy over and over and over (OK, I’ll stop). Focus on body toning one week and cardio the next. Not only is it a nice change of pace, but you get to target more trouble areas than just your hips.

4. Get an accounta-buddy

You’re more likely to succeed if you have someone to exercise with. Having another person by your side to motivate, encourage and vent to can be therapeutic, especially if you begin to hit the wall seeing results. 


According to a recent Forbes Magazine article, 92 percent of people do not achieve the resolutions they set out for themselves, whether it’s fitness related or otherwise. This year, be a part of the other eight percent and crush your fitness goals by educating yourself, believing in yourself and never giving up. Godspeed ahead!



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Hello New You: 8 Resolution Essentials

Twelve percent of all gym memberships are started in January, and after 24 weeks, most of those new members have quit or just stop coming to the gym. Many of those who start diets on January 1 are doomed to fail; research has shown that 95 percent of the time when people “diet” they gain back the weight, plus 5 more pounds. 





Face it, diets SUCK, because the entire focus of our world becomes food — what we can’t have, what we can have, what we’re “allowed” to eat, and then … we begin to dream of all the things we would rather eat. There are all kinds of addictions and issues that people have, but we rarely hear or talk about sugar, which trigger the same areas of our brains as heroin.

My name is Franki, and I am a sugarholic. I crave sweet things, they make me happy but they don’t make me healthy. Everyone has their own path to finding their peace with food. I’ve traded in refined sugar for raw fruit and Stevia, as well as taking a look at what made me go on those sugar binges. When I want chocolate, I have dark chocolate, which has high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, as well as a good dose of antioxidants and flavanols that may improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure, and may also improve brain function. Please note that I don’t do that every day, however. 





The best solution I’ve found for a new me didn’t come from a gym or from some new-fangled diet. It came from taking a pretty major look inside, and realizing that diets don’t work, but setting a goal to be healthier does — especially when I did it for me, not for anyone else. Well, OK, there are some other people I work on being healthier for: two little people, to be exact.

I come from a family with a lot of heart issues, and where people die young. By working out, eating healthy and getting regular checkups, I increase the length of time I get to spend with my kids. By setting a good example, eating my veggies, treating fast food as a treat instead of a daily thing, and going for walks, runs, hikes and bike rides instead of sitting on the couch, I am helping my kids establish habits that will last them through what will hopefully be long, happy lives, where they can and will be comfortable in their own skin.   

One of the first things you need to establish these new and better habits is the right gear. There are a few basics that if you don’t have, you’re destined to failure because you won’t be comfortable in your new routine, whether it be at the gym, walking or running around your neighborhood, or taking a hike with your family.  





BASICS A great workout starts with the same thing a great outfit does — the right foundation pieces, specifically, sports bras that do more that squish the girls and kinda-sorta-but-not-really keep things from moving around in painful ways. A busty girl needs more support (as well as to avoid black eyes), and these bras from Shock Absorber give you the ability to do inversions in a yoga class, and NOT have anything move. Nothing kills continuing a workout plan like pain, and these bras will help you eliminate that issue.  





PANTS There are a couple of ways to go with workout pants: yoga pants, and compression. Yoga pants have the benefit of a flared leg for those who might not be so comfortable wearing something that is tight all the way down, while a compression pant supports the muscles and helps with recovery. Personally, I say tailor the pant to the activity — running or biking in yoga pants tends to be distracting, and can get caught in the chains. Remember the golden rule: you’re in the gym to look and feel better for you, and it should never matter what you think other people think you look like. Besides, if we all had perfect bodies, none of us would need to be in the gym working out, now would we?





TOPS The right top avoids chafe, and doesn’t have those teeny-tiny underarm seems that make the sleeves roll up and pinch. Nothing kills your run, or your set while lifting, like not being comfortable. This time of year warmth is also a factor, even in the gym. These great tops also have moisture wicking technology to avoid the dreaded half-moons of “boob sweat” without having to resort to wearing black.





LAYERS Whether walking, running or going for a hike, layers on your core will be your best friend. Even in cold weather, you’ll heat up fast while having fun, and being able to peel down a layer is a good thing.  If you’re in one of those areas where someone forgot to tell the weather it’s actually winter, a good layering piece is perfect for when it’s too hot for a coat, but too chilly to go out with nothing.  


I hope you enjoy these gear suggestions to help you craft a new you in the new year. If you’re rocking out your workout in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 



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Zappos Joins Key Organizations in 2015

Hi all,

Happy holidays! This is a busy time for all of us, and taking the time to sit down to read a blog, let alone write one, often gets eclipsed by time spent with colleagues and family, but we must forge on! The Zappos LEAF team had a really fun, active fall and fostered some new relationships that are important for our industry and the environment. Read below at some of our many accomplishments ... 



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SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION MEMBERSHIP Zappos proudly became a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) this fall. For those of you unfamiliar with this amazing organization, the SAC states its origins as: “In 2009, Walmart, America’s biggest retailer and Patagonia, one of the world’s most progressive brands, came together with a radical mission: Collect peers and competitors from across the apparel, footwear and textile sector and together, develop a universal approach to measuring sustainability performance.” In 2015 there are now more than 350 members comprised of the world’s leading brands, retailers, manufacturers, academics, affiliates, government agencies and NGOs working for you, the consumer, to bring you the most sustainable products possible. 


CONSERVATION ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP Zappos proudly became a member of the Conservation Alliance this fall. I really cannot summarize the organization better than they can. Here are a few words from their website.

“The Conservation Alliance seeks to protect threatened wild places throughout North America for their habitat and recreational values. As a group of outdoor industry companies, we recognize our responsibility to help protect the wild lands and waterways on which our customers recreate and wildlife thrives. We support the most effective conservation organizations in North America. Since inception in 1989, Conservation Alliance funding has helped save more than 44 million acres of wildlands, protect 2,945 miles of rivers, stop or remove 26 dams, designate five marine reserves and purchase 10 climbing areas. We are pleased to announce the results of our Summer 2015 funding cycle. We funded 19 projects, for a total of $790,000.”


UPDATED LEAF TEAM LOGO We’re excited about the design of our new LEAF logo and the vast assortment of fabulous colors. The simple, patch-style logo reminds the team of our passion for the outdoors and home in the Desert Southwest. The 11,915 ft. Mt. Charleston on the west side of Las Vegas is fully snow capped right now! We’ve been giving away a few LEAF logo stickers on Twitter, so check in to see if you can pick one up too!





That’s it for now, and for 2015. In the meantime, be sure to check out more awesome news from LEAF at, Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_LEAF



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Hello New Year, Goodbye Old: 8 Looks for NYE 2016

With two days left in 2015, I’m sure many of you are asking the same question that I am — where did the year go?

It’s been a wild and crazy year for myself and many others. Here at Zappos, we said goodbye to a large number of coworkers and hello to a brand new way of working and self-management (see Holacracy). And while it has not been easy, the results I’ve seen are amazing. I love coming to work knowing that nothing is going to be the same as it was yesterday, and facing every new set of challenges has led me to grow, both at work and at home.

This year, I had set the goal of running 12-5K races, a half marathon and competing in a Tough Mudder. Due to repeated injuries, those goals were not met, but I did complete six 5K races, three of them with my 6 and 9-year-old sons, and have helped them begin to establish wonderful lifelong, healthy habits.





I didn’t set new record lows for numbers on the scale or BLI, but I did establish good habits, became a healthier person and tried a lot of new things. Some of the things I’ve tried, I’ve loved (vegetarianism), some I didn’t think were great ideas, but I tried anyway after some research (raw foods), and other things I’ve fallen in love with as new ways to work out and push myself as a person and as an athlete (Scottish Highland Heavy Throwing). 





I read some amazing, life changing books that have pushed me to improve as a friend, mother and coworker (“Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown — Oprah was completely right, this woman is a genius, and you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you read it!). I even went on my first real date after some hard work on me. After all, we should all be OK being in a relationship with ourselves before we inflict ourselves on another human being, right? All in all, 2015 was a year to focus on self-improvement and moving forward with a positive outlook. 

I am really looking forward to welcoming 2016 in in style, and while I’m not sure which direction I’ll be going in when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve, I do know that I plan on looking fabulous no matter what I end up doing. So this week, I’m bringing you some of the finalists for my final look of 2015, and my first look of 2016, and hope that you love them as much as I do!



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BRIGHT & SHINY Let’s face it, all black is overdone sometimes — in a sea of black, why not stand out in bright colors and a little bit of shimmer as you declare this the year of you?



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LEATHER & LACE There is something very empowering about mixing something as feminine as lace with something as fierce and powerful as a leather-look legging. Add in great jewelry, fierce heels, a red lip and well… watch out 2016, here we come!



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AULD LANG SYNE A twist on the LBD or a pop of feminine lace and an unexpected color? Simple, elegant and classic are always a great trifecta for any special occasion. As always, don’t forget amazing heels and a great clutch.



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"GILTY" PLEASURE One of my greatest memories of NYE as a kid was watching Dick Clark and loving all the amazing, glittering evening gowns. When Swarovski redid the ball in Times Square, I was in heaven. Glitz, glam and a touch of shine … what’s not to love?


So there we are, the best looks to end and begin a year.  If you’re welcoming in 2016 in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!



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Snow What? Let’s Go Camping!

Just because summer is long over doesn’t mean camping season has to be. With the right gear and a little preparation, your winter camping excursions can be as much fun, if not more, than those summer nights under the stars.

Winter trips do have a few more challenges than summer camping and do require extra planning steps, but the payoff is amazing. Warm night skies have nothing on the quiet beauty that you can see now, where a whole different set of constellations are scattered like diamonds above us and the earth is soft and quiet under a blanket of snow.





One of the first things you’ll want to do while planning a winter escape is to make sure the area you want to camp at is open and accessible. I love the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, but that access point closes on October 15 every year due to its normal 6 feet or more of snowfall. I also suggest that you go with someone who has experience winter camping, and share your travel plans with responsible friends who will call out the Search and Rescue team if you’re not back at a pre-designated time. If you stop for coffee and pie, just make to check in and tell them you’re OK, and so is the service.

Clothing wise, make sure to dress up in many layers, such as a base layer (also known as long underwear, preferably wool or synthetic — not cotton, or you’ll find yourself wet and miserable), followed by a mid-layer of fleece or down, and an outer layer of something that is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Don’t forget to pair with good gloves and a hat. Pro tip: Always pack an extra set of gloves because the one time you don’t, you’ll rip or lose one, or regrettably both.





When it comes to footwear, thick socks and reliable boots are a huge key to success — cold, wet feet make for dismal camping trips. GORE-TEX™ will be your best friend, and there are a variety of styles and brands available.

Moreover, you’re also going to need some specific gear. As a starting reference point, I have pulled together 10 essentials to help winterize you for cold-weather camping. These categories are: navigation, sun protection, insulation, illumination, first aid, fire, repair kit and tools, nutrition, hydration and emergency shelter.  



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First things first — you’re going to need a good four-season tent. This tent, made by Marmot, has a removable vestibule and snow flaps, as well as adjustable guylines that can be tightened from the inside. A good sleeping bag is also a must, and this one by Kelty has 800 fill DriDown to keep you warm and dry. 



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If you’re going where there’s snow, why not plan on enjoying it with some snowshoeing? Remember that sizing is based on your weight, including the weight of the gear you’re carrying, so plan accordingly.  You’ll also want a larger and more adaptable pack for transporting bulkier gear, and this Osprey pack not only has the hip-pack conversion, it has lashing points for ice picks or snowshoes. 



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When you’ve made camp, a good chair and lighting can make it seem a little more like home as you hang out by a roaring campfire. Packability and durability pushes this gear to the head of the class. Black Diamond lights survive everything my Cub Scouts put them through; they won’t let you down, and a headlamp leaves both hands free when the sun goes down fast.  



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Not feeling up to making a roaring fire, but still need coffee and hot food to survive? The MSR Superfly with Autostart is an easy-to-use and compact gas canister camp stove that will have your water boiling in three minutes. And the Quick 2 pot set can be used for everything from scrambled eggs to spaghetti while still being extremely packable. 


So this year, instead of spending New Year’s Eve in another bar or uninspiring house party, how about counting down to midnight with the stars in the sky, not those who appear on television? 



Holiday Guide: Top Loungewear Looks

Like any dude, less is more when it comes to lounging and bedtime clothing. Shorts and a tank will oftentimes do it for me, as I don’t particularly enjoy waking up in a puddle of sweat. However, I sing a different tune during the frigid winter months. With plummeting temperatures and Old Man Winter showing his fury, longer, thicker clothing is a necessity, especially if I’m trying to keep electricity costs low.

A solid pair of sweatpants is an absolute must this time of year. The unparalleled comfort and warmth they provide is like anything else, all thanks to Émile Camuset, the visionary behind such a spectacular trouser. Since his Nobel Prize-worthy invention, sweats have adapted over time to meet the needs of athletes and leisurists alike.


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Today’s athleisure designs by Jockey and Kenneth Cole are some of the most forward thinking, well thought out on the market. Unlike traditional sweatpants where its wide bootcut leg has you tripping up and down the stairs, these updated styles feature ribbed ankle cuffs and a drawstring waistband to help keep everything in place. Additionally, its lightweight jersey fabrication also makes these a top seller over the competition. 



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If you’re looking to get more bang out of your buck, the Calvin Klein and Jockey sleep sets may be up your alley. These plaid designs are great for the traditionalist who likes a looser feel. Each of these sets include a long-sleeve crew neck or Henley top and a cotton or fleece pant, respectively.



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Despite shopping for yourself, you should also probably pick something out for your number one gal as well. These relaxing silhouettes are ultra comfy and prove to be quite warm for a day snuggled on the couch or in bed. Moreover, each of these styles has a bravado often not seen in loungewear.