Holiday party season is upon us! It’s time to get dolled up and celebrate the merriest time of year in head-turning party dresses. We got the scoop straight from our fashion dresses buyer Melanie on what’s hot for holidays when it comes to party frocks. Read on…
If there’s one thing to remember Paul Bunyan for, besides growing an impressively manly beard, it's putting buffalo checkered plaids on the map. We have seen a big resurgence of this print everywhere, from low end to high end fashion. We think there’s no better time than this winter to dabble in this timeless print and channel your inner woodsman (beards and suspenders optional).
Check out a few of our recent favorites in buffalo checks:
The raquelle Collection was born on a breezy, sunny summer morning…one of those serendipitous encounters that epitomizes New York City at its magical best.
Manhattan was deep in the 2008 summer heat when Raquelle strolled past an outdoor cafe in the West Village wearing a silky, flowing dress she had designed for fun the week before. A woman sitting at an outdoor table called her over excitedly to inquire about the dress. When Raquelle told her it was an original creation, the woman ordered three of them in different colors on the spot!
Needing the materials to fulfill her first order, Raquelle headed to her most beloved fabric store in the Fashion District. As soon as she entered, she knew that she would be making more than just the three dresses. Reams of silk needed to become flowing blouses, towering piles of cotton just had to be skirts, and heaps of fine Italian jersey demanded new life in dress form. She left the store with enough fabric to create an entire collection-and that’s exactly what she did.
This first collection was the beginning of a thrilling journey. Today, raquelle enraptures passersby from windows and storefronts of fashion boutiques across the country. Truly a mix of her Colorado roots (Howdy, Dad!) and Parisian background, (Bonjour, Maman!), the raquelle Collection is easy-going, but flirtatious, lively, yet graceful. The colors and prints are modern and feminine, but reference other times. The clothing line takes inspiration from different eras like 1960s with its clean, dramatic silhouettes, and the softly geometric echoes of the Art Deco era can be found in the prints she hand draws.
Raquelle has managed to fuse comfort with couture to create a line of high fashion that isn't afraid to have fun and live in the moment! She believes that the most important part of the dress is the woman wearing it. Like that first magical dress she dreamed of years ago, each piece is the product of one woman’s love for the beauty of life and commitment to making wearable pieces that aim to express a part of that beauty.
Zappos LEAF is very proud to work with the Blind Center of Nevada to recycle computers and IT equipment for a good cause. During our epic move from Henderson, NV to Ddowntown Las Vegas, we donated more than 800 flat screen monitors and other IT equipment to The Blind Center to be refurbished and sold, or recycled, with all of the proceeds directly funding programs and job creation for the blind and visually impaired.
Located in North Las Vegas, The Blind Center is the largest private not-for-profit seller on eBay, with 60% of its operating costs covered by electronics re-sale. The Blind Center is also a very green operation; including an impressive rooftop solar array that powers almost 100% of the electricity needed at its North Las Vegas headquarters
On a recent visit to The Blind Center, directors Cory and Ronnie showed the Zappos LEAF team that the Center is a joyful, happy place focused on helping people who are both genetically and newly blind to socialize, be active and reach their full potential.
The Center has grown to include classes in music, crafting, exercise and even bowling! Volunteers also lead members on trips to the grocery store and picnics at Red Rock Park. This holiday season, members of the center are busy assembling beautiful holiday gift baskets filled with delicious chocolate treats, with all proceeds benefitting The Blind Center programs (definitely check it out!).
On November 15, Zappos LEAF celebrated America Recycles Day by collecting computers, printers, and other home electronics from employees for donation to the Blind Center. We look forward to our continued friendship with The Blind Center; improving both the lives of others and the health of our planet.
For more information about the Blind Center of Nevada, please visit: blindcenter.org
Treat the kitchen connoisseurs on your gift list with the best from Cuisinart, one of the most trusted names in kitchen appliances! From the versatile and easy-to-use Griddler Deluxe to the dual-purpose Coffee Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker, these state-of-the-art Cuisinart products will keep the good food and beverages coming long after the holiday season is over.
The Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
The Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!
Free People Voile Trapeze Slip: We love layering this airy slip dress under chunky knit cardis and coats when the temperature dips, and worn by its sexy lonesome during warmer months—with our favorite ankle boots, of course!
Hanky Panky Luxe Lace Bralette: This flirty and light-as-air bra is perfect for wearing under oversized tank tops and lingerie-inspired dresses.
While the holiday season is undoubtedly the happiest time of year, it can also be the most stress-inducing. That’s why there’s no better time than ever to indulge those on your gift list with some amazing beauty and bath products to help them feel their best amidst the holiday frenzy.
Check out a few of our favorite pampering gifts this season:
This fall, Volcom premiered “True to This”, a motion picture paying tribute to the artistry of board-riding in its purest forms. As America’s first boarding company, Volcom was the first to combine surf, skate and snow under one brand back in 1991.
Celebrating the anti-establishment style that has defined a generation of boarders, Volcom has always been a brand rooted in authenticity—and remains so to this day.
Check out the official trailer of “True to This”:
And since it’s the holiday season, below are some great gift ideas from Volcom: