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

I guess you could call me somewhat of a rarity here in Las Vegas. My Grandparents moved here in the early 1950s and soon after, they had my dad. Add about 30 years to that story when my dad met my mom and – ta da – I came into this world. Being a Vegas native, let alone a second generation Vegas native, is pretty rare here. Most residents are Vegas transplants, but we natives do exist, as uncommon as we may be.

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Just call me Oprah as here are some of my favorite things (in no specific order) – The bearable winters, hot summers, Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston, Red Rock, downtown, great restaurants (I’m a huge foodie), Vegas shows, great shopping, 24-hour everything, being only a few hours away from the beach and Zion National Park. But the one thing I definitely cannot leave off of this list is Zappos.

Zappos moved to Nevada in 2004, and it’s still crazy to me that it took me, a Vegas native, eight years to find them. I often ask myself, “What took you so long?”  Either way, I found Zappos and I love it.

I first started within CLT (Customer Loyalty Team) where I wowed our customers who called in. I had never experienced a better job before this. My background was in HOA management so Zappos was like Disneyland to me. Almost a year into Zappos I knew I wanted to be in recruiting, and just my luck, there was an opening!

Five interviews later, I found out I didn’t get the job. Super sad, I know. I was bummed but I was determined. Core value #9 – Be Passionate & Determined, is my favorite core value. I took the feedback I received to heart and I did all that I could to make sure the next time would be the right time. In January of this year another position opened up and I couldn’t have been more excited, but scared all the same time. After a couple more interviews, I had my feedback session where I was told I didn’t get the position again, just to be surprised by the whole team in the hallway to tell me I did. Yes! Now I am here, writing this blog.

One of the many things that Zappos has done to make my list of favorite things is that this company never stops surprising me. Big surprises, little surprises, all kinds of surprises. The biggest reason I love Zappos is because they let me be me, the real me. I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin than I have since day one here. 

When you live in a world with so much judgment, it’s refreshing to spend 40 hours a week with none of those shenanigans. I’m a 26-year old-guy with gel nails and I love it. My team loves it. My Zappos family loves it. Core Value # 3 – Create Fun and a Little Weirdness – one of my daily mantras. Next week will be my two-year anniversary and here’s to hoping for many more!

 

Cheers!

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4 Ways to Wear Denim on Denim

If you thought double denim was still in the “fashion faux pas” territory, it’s time to take a fresh approach to this modern version of a denim lover’s dream. Gone are the days of the “Canadian Tuxedo” a-la Britney & Justin circa 2001! It’s all about modern pairings and inventive ways to layer our favorite go-to staple.

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1. Svelte & Sleek: Keep the look streamlined and chic by wearing pieces that are closely tailored to the body but not overly snug.

 

DL1961 “Bobbi” Relaxed Denim Shirt in Whitecap

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DL 1961 “Amanda” Skinny in Moscow

 

2. Two-Toned: Double denim is easiest achieved by pairing two different washes—or be more adventurous with a pair of jeans that has two contrasting tones.

 

Levi’s® Juniors Tailored Hidden Sawtooth Top

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Free People Mid Rise Moto Jean  in Imperial Blue

 

3. The Denim “Short Suit”: This unexpected pairing is particularly great when dressed up with some fabulous heels or cute ankle boots.

 

AG Adriano Goldschmied “Cori” Jacket in Saga

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True Religion “Eden” Patch Pocket Rolled Short in Axil Blue

 

4. Dressed-up Distessed: Give your nights out a dose of relaxed style with an effortlessly cool pairing of a denim moto jacket and modern distressed jeans. Pair with sky-high pumps for the full effect.

 

Blank NYC Denim Jacket

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AG Adriano Goldschmied “The Nikki” Crop

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New Brand Spotlight: Cozy Orange

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From packaging to production, Cozy Orange’s intention is to protect and preserve our Earth’s precious resources. By blending this philosophy and the passion to create high quality yoga attire at a modest price point, it’s no wonder women are choosing to Chauranga in these cute women’s yoga clothes. Cozy Orange believes in making women feel confident no matter what shape, size, or age.

Yoga apparel is so much more than something you work out in; it has become a lifestyle piece. Whether worn in the studio or dressed up with heels, Cozy Orange understands the importance of making a yoga line that is suitable for all areas of life.

SHOP COZY ORANGE >>

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Inspired By: Grown-Up Overalls

Let’s face it; overalls are one of the most polarizing trends right now. Although it’s true that certain overalls and overall pairings can run you the risk of looking kindergarten rather than grown-up chic, don’t dismiss this unexpectedly wearable trend just yet!

There are actually lots of ways to make the overall look very current and yes—even chic! Try doing a black and white pairing (like our lovely street style inspiration below) or opt for stark monochromatic white. If you prefer a more classic blue denim style, pair it with something dressier underneath, like a pretty silk blouse.

Check out our take on the updated, very of-the-moment overalls below!

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1. Alternative Cap Sleeve Crew in White

2. House of Harlow 1960 Tambora Triangle Necklace

3. Le Specs “Alohaha” Sunglasses

4. Blank NYC Overalls in Cybergoth

5. Frye Campus Saddle Bag

6. DV by Dolce Vita “Zippy” Sandals

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New Brand Spotlight: totes ISOTONER

ISOTONER slippers, ISOTONER, totes ISOTONER, bedroom slippers, comfy slippers, men's slippers, house slippers, women's slippers, house shoes, house sandals, ISOTONER® offers the ultimate bedroom slippers for long-lasting comfort and warmth. ISOTONER bedroom slippers are available in a wide range of styles for men and women, including ballet slippers, spa thong slippers for women, moccasins, and slide-on men’s slippers. With soft memory foam insoles, weatherproof indoor and outdoor rubber soles, and breathable linings, you’ll never wear any other slipper again.

Made from premium suede, microterry and jersey materials, each ISOTONER slipper is designed for deluxe warmth. They are lined with soft sherpa or terry material for breathability and warmth. The nonskid rubber soles are ideal for indoor or outdoor wear. Make sure your slipper collection has a variety of colors and styles from ISOTONER.

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Fresh Picks: Summer-to-Fall Booties

There very few things in our wardrobe arsenal that are as hardworking as the ankle bootie. These closet workhorses are THE perfect way to transition your warm-weather looks gradually and seamlessly into the fall months.

Wear them now with your airy summer dresses and cut-off shorts, and when the weather finally starts to cool down, pair them with skinny jeans, tights and your usual fall layers. With so many stylish possibilities, it’s no wonder the ankle boot is always high up there on our must-have list!

Check out a few of our recent favorites:

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1. Sam Edelman “Justin”

2. Jessica Simpson “Erlene”

3. Matisse “Dodge”

4. BCBGeneration “Anders”

5. DV by Dolce Vita “Mercy”

6. DV by Dolce Vita “Promise”

7. Sam Edelman “Mackay”

8. DV by Dolce Vita “Clark”

9. Shellys London “Mieri”

 

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Timberland Partners with Ed Norton's CrowdRise for Serv-a-Palooza

Last week, Timberland announced its call for entries for their inaugural Timberland Serv-a-Palooza Challenge in partnership with innovative digital fundraising platform CrowdRise.com.  The six-week Challenge encourages consumers to volunteer for a cause of their choice for opportunities to win amazing prizes as well as big donations for the non-profit organization they choose to support. A real win-win for everyone!

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For 17 years, Timberland has celebrated its commitment to volunteerism through its annual Serv-a-Palooza events. In April 2014, Timberland surpassed the one million hours served milestone. Now, through their Serv-a-Palooza Challenge, Timberland wants to get started on its next million hours and motivate the public to get out and volunteer.

Anyone who wants to volunteer can sign up at crowdrise.com/timberland to earn rewards for the hours they serve, donors they recruit, and money they raise. The Timberlan Serv-a-Palooza Challenge will begin Monday, August 11 and continue through Thursday, September 18th.

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Timberland’s partnership with CrowdRise (founded by actor and philanthropist Edward Norton) brings the brand’s love of volunteerism to consumers for the first time with prize and donation incentives. "I'm a big fan of Timberland. I wear their shoes all the time and I also admire their longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and community service," said Norton. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with a company that's got such great priorities to leverage their volunteer efforts in exciting new ways."

 

“Volunteerism is an integral part of Timberland’s heritage,” said Atlanta McIlwraith, Senior Manager Community Engagement. “Partnering with a socially innovative platform like CrowdRise gives us the opportunity to engage with our consumers in an exciting way; and it reinvigorates our own commitment to giving back.  It’s inspiring to imagine the impact this partnership could have in communities around the country.” 

 

At the end of the Serv-a-Palooza Challenge, Timberland will award grand prizes to the Top Recruiter, Top Volunteer and Top Fundraiser. Each winner will receive a $10,000 grant for the cause he/she supports.  They will also receive a $5,000 Timberland shopping spree OR an all-expense-paid trip to the Horquin Desert to help plant Timberland’s two-millionth tree in China, a custom pair of Timberland® boots, and have their “Impact Maker” story shared on an online Timberland campaign. Additionally, the top volunteer will have his/her hours matched by Timberland employees in New England!

 

For full rules and details, visit crowdrise.com/timberland. Volunteers who set up their fundraising page by August 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET will be entered to win one of 50 pairs of Timberland® boots to wear while they complete their service hours.

SHOP TIMBERLAND >>

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On Our Favorites: Wear It, Don't Say It

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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StyleStalker “Don’t Stop Get It Get It” Muscle Tank  - Wear your hustle on your tee! Pair with distressed denim, leather leggings or style it up with a mini skirt.  

Wildfox “Take me to the Beach” Beach Bag – Ditch your boring tote for this oversized luxe-nautical beach bag!