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Inspired By: Forever Fables

One of the season’s coziest trends is all about channeling that woodsy winter vibe. We’re talking faux furs, fuzzy coats and warm layers that give off a positively warm and plush vibe to cold-weather dressing.

Today’s street style inspiration gives this trend a fresh boho spin with the addition of a maxi skirt. 

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1. ALDO Oviglio Satchel

2. RCVA Rosy Fruits Fedora

3. Jack by BB Dakota Hoffman Wubby Coat

4. Tart Aislin Vest

5. Free People Layering Me Top

6. Alternative Double Dare Maxi Skirt

7. ASH Jordy Sneakers

 

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Shades of Grey: 9 Pieces that are Anything but Basic

The holidays are over, and your New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. Good for you! Was one of your resolutions to step outside of your fashion comfort zone?  Then the “shades of grey” trend may be just the right baby step for you!

I will admit that as a curvy girl, I have spent more time than I care to admit wearing black because it's considered “slimming”. Getting comfortable enough on my fashion feet to rock bright colors took a little while, and grey was one of the first steps for me. 

Grey is a fabulous color- it can be dark enough to still feel conservative and comfortable (and ok, slimming), while the lightest shades can feel much softer and brighter. Add in some textural details and patterns, and you will find grey is one amazing color!

Throw on a Michael Michael Kors faux fur vest, a great silver belt or jewelry, and you have another outstanding go-to in your fashion arsenal that is versatile but never boring! Beyond that, we're also lucky that grey is considered the new black, so there is an amazing selection of plus sized grey items to suit your personal style. These are just a few of my personal favorites!

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1. Vince Camuto Plus Size Celeste Stripe Tee

2. Karen Kane Plus Size Asymmetrical Knit Top

3. Calvin Klein Plus Size Sleeveless Open Lace Top

4. NYDJ Plus Size Metallic Sweater

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Chain Neck Fur Front Vest

6. Kiyonna Luna Lace Dress

7. Jag Jeans Plus Size Ricki Pull-on Legging

8. NYDJ Plus Size Audrey Ankle Pants

9. Columbia Plus Size Booty Cut Pant


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What to Pack for A Winter Getaway

If flying south for the winter is on the immediate itinerary, you’re not alone. A lot of us tend to start pining for warmer, sunnier spots this time of year. Whether it’s Cancun, Jamaica or the South Pacific, swimsuit weather certainly sounds very appealing to those of us in the thick of the winter chill!

We’ve rounded up our top essentials in swimwear, sandals & beach accessories to get your paradise-packing session started! Even if you already live in these aforementioned sunny locations (lucky you!), these seaside staples are certainly always a welcome sight…perhaps with an umbrella-topped drink.

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1. Trina Turk Coral Reef Cover Up Tunic

2. Magicsuit Shirred Solid Yvonne Swimsuit

3. COACH Bryn Sunglasses

4. Mara Hoffman Weekend Bag

5. Nanette  Lepore Havana Tropical Bikini Top + Bottom

6. Jack Rogers Georgica Sandals

7. Hat Attach Packable Traveler Sun Hat

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1. Tommy Bahama Palms Over Paradise Shirt

2. Nautica Tropical Bird Swim Trunks

3. Tommy Bahama Paradise Pro Shorts

4. Sperry Top Side Bahama 2-Eye Boat Shoes

5. Reef We Heart Leather Flip Flops


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Fresh Picks: Black & White

Life is full of grey areas. Who pays on a blind date? Are socks with sandals ever acceptable? But when it comes to one of the season’s most striking trends, it’s all about the definitive black and white. These two polar opposites have always made quite the incredible duo, and this season, this trend is certainly making everyone take notice.

From the popular black and white striped top to a mod-inpsired black and white dress, there are plenty of fresh ways to play with this timeless color combo.

Below are just some of our recent favorites:

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1. Jack by BB Dakota Clarence Stripe Solid Ponte Dress

2. MINKPINK Be Scene Dress

3. Sam Edelman Pleated Dress

4. kensie Blurry Stripe Dress

5. BCBGeneration Wizard Heeled Oxfords

6. BCBGeneration The Stuck On You Clutch

7. Sanctuary Ace Utility Pant

8. French Connection Romeo Knits Top

9. kensie Stamped Stilettos Top

10. Jessica Simpson Brynn Pumps


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How to dispose of fats, oils, and grease the Earth-friendly way!

The garbage disposal is a wonderful invention, but did you know some food waste is not meant to go down your kitchen drain?  Fat, oil, and grease (FOG) should all be kept out of drains and disposed of properly. Although FOG starts off as a liquid, it doesn’t necessarily stay that way.  Once they cool they often thicken and this has a number of side effects, from causing clogs in pipes and sewer systems to contaminating our water source. 

Most cities have water reclamation guidelines to help residents dispose of FOG properly.  Many of them request that all fat, oil, and grease be thrown away instead of washed down the sink.  After cooking, simply pour the excess FOG into a jar and toss it into the trash. Don’t have an empty jar?  A tin can filled with paper towels or newspaper works just as well. 

If you’re feeling super resourceful, try reusing the oil! Most fats and oils are reusable at least once more as long as they are kept refrigerated between uses. Reusing your oil may sound strange, but many chefs reuse oils at home. In fact, my grandma did this with bacon fat. Not only was it a money and time saver, it was also delicious!

Simply use cheesecloth to strain grits in the fat and then store the rest in the fridge. The grease can then be used in place of oil when frying or sautéing dishes and a quick search online will yield lots of yummy recipes posted by resourceful cooks.

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Here at Zappos HQ, the cooks in our Zappos Bistro keep the fryer oil out of the drain by recycling it with a local Las Vegas company. In 2014, our kitchen recycled more than 5,500 pounds of yellow grease and fryer oil. That’s 2.75 tons!

So, the next time you find yourself with any excess FOG, remember, save it in the fridge or toss it in the trash, but please don’t pour it down the drain!

 

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New Year, Better You: Find Your Zen with Yoga

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, the beginning of the year is the perfect time to recommit to taking care of you. It’s no secret that one of the best activities out there for both physical and mental stress relief is yoga. There are several types of practices available for every level such as restorative and flexibility-increasing yin yoga. If you’re more into going with the flow, perhaps a power vinyasa practice is more your speed.

Regardless of what type of yoga practice you turn to for balance and strength, comfortable and stylish yoga clothes is a great way to get excited about your newfound commitment to self. There’s just something so motivating and empowering about investing in fitness-focused clothing that makes you feel as good as you look!

By simply upgrading your yoga wardrobe, you’re giving yourself a fresh new start as you refocus on finding balance between mind, body & spirit. Plus, yoga clothing this gorgeous makes transitions from yoga studio to errands a lot more seamless!

Check out a few of our newest favorites in Lole and Soybu yoga clothing:

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1. Lole Riau Tank Top

2. Lole Suddhi Top w/ Open Back

3. Lole Satya Cowl Neck Tank Top

4. Soybu Starburst Tank

5. Soybu Passion Tee

6. Soybu Goddess Tank

7. Lole Dash Pant

8. Soybu Camille Pant

9. Soybu Allegro Legging


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Glance Spotlight: Our Favorite Finds

Happy first Friday of 2015! Start the new year off right with some of our latest favorites on the site. Today's Glance Spotlight is all about great style and fabulous finds without breaking the bank. All of these picks are under $100!

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Fitness Accessories: 5 Zappos Employees Share Their Favorites!

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Well, we made it! A whole new year is upon us, and with it comes a universally renewed enthusiasm towards our fitness goals. A few of us here at the Zappos headquarters are just as excited about all great possibility 2015 has in store—new hiking trails to discover, personal records to break, new breakthroughs in yoga practice… It’s certainly a great time to recommit to a healthier lifestyle!

Below, five Zapponians, including yours truly, open up our gym bags to share our most essential fitness gear that help enhance and improve our favorite physical endeavors. 

Read on to take a peek inside our bags and fitness routines!

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1.  SunCloud Polarized Optics “Standby” Sunglasses – “Having sensitive eyes, polarized shades are a must! They cut glare and just makes everything around me look prettier.”

2. Columbia Arcadia II™ Jacket“This folds up nice and compact. Makes a decent extra layer in case of rain or wind—or both!”

3. Salomon XR Mission W – “I prefer trail runners for their flexibility, and this one has great grip!”

4. Thorlos Experia Socks – “As dorky as they may look, I prefer a higher-cut sock so my shoes don’t rub my ankles.”

5. Under Armour UA Perfect Headband  – “I have short hair, and this one stays in place.”

6. Mountain Hardware Mountain Abbey Scarf  – “I like a scarf that’s big enough to wrap around me to keep in warmth when I need it.”

7. Osprey Viper 9 Hydration Backpack “This holds three liters of water plus it’s big enough to hold all the necessities for a short day hike.”

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1. Osprey Verve 9 Backpack – “This one is great for trail runs and hiking. It holds all the essentials and then some.”

2. The North Face Standard Issue Ear Gear – “I love this for those cold outdoor runs. It keeps your ears warm and your hair in place.”

3. Nike Pro Indy Bra – “This offers great support and comfort. Everything stays in place even during long runs.”

4. New Balance W1400 – “I love this shoe for my shorter runs!”

5. Nike Pro Capri – “These stay put and are super comfortable!”

6. Saucony Isoseries Triumph – “This one’s my go-to shoe for long-distance running.”

7. Zensah Running Headband – “Cute enough to wear after running and keeps your hair off your face.”

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1. Manduka Go Free Yoga Mat Backpack – “I love that this backpack holds a yoga mat vertically! And it's super roomy, so it can hold a change of outfit, too!”

2. Manduka Waterfall rSkidless® by yogitoes – “When things get sweaty during ashtanga practice (and they usually do!), a yoga towel is downright essential to keep from slipping in the poses. It also helps during restorative floor poses so you're not lying down in a puddle of sweat!”

3. ALO Brook Long Sleeve Top – “Oftentimes, I have to run random errands right after class, so this cute sweater is perfect to layer over my yoga outfit.”

4. Gaiam Sol Shakti Rubber Yoga Mat 4mm – “I love this mat because it’s so durable yet light.”

5. Manduka Yoga 10’ Strap – “A yoga strap is a great tool for working on flexibility as well as stabilizing & strengthening your shoulder girdle during arm balances.”

6. MPG Sport Charisma Pants – “Printed yoga pants are not only great for on the mat, but they look great off the mat with some cute sneakers.”

7. Nike Core Hydro Flow Water Bottle – “Staying hydrated before and after practice is so important, especially when you've been doing a lot of detoxifying twists!”

8. Manduka Cork Yoga Block – “Whether it's gaining more length during half moon pose or increasing the depth of forward stretches, a yoga block can be your best friend during practice.”

9. Prana Reversible Headband  – “Focus (or "drishti") is paramount in any yoga practice, but a few sweaty strands over your face can break the concentration of even the most seasoned yogis...so a headband is always a good idea.”

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1. Nike Legend Track Tote – “This has a handy adjustable strap with a convenient two-way zip AND it’s water resistant!”

2. Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet – “The air vents on this helmet keeps you cool and I love the pink and black colors!”

3. Nathan SpeedFeed Box (Race Day) – “This is a great way to keep your nutrition source within a short reach.”

4. Nathan Icon 24oz Fire & Ice Bottle w/ SpeedLock Race Cap – “This bottle keeps water nice and cool, so you stay hydrated throughout your ride.”

5. Shimano Cycling Shoes – “These are great lightweight road shoes and perfect for spin class.”

6. Suunto Ambit 3 Sport Heart Rate Sport Watch – “This watch has everything you would need in a multisport watch and is great at logging all of your training goals online.”

7. Tifosi Optics Tyrant™ 2.0 Fotobec Sunglasses – “If you start riding early in the morning and the sun isn’t so bright, you can wear these glasses. As the sun comes up, they darken to block the light!”

8. Pearl Izumi ELITE Gel Glove – “I love the cushion these gloves offer with great venting.”

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1. Under Armour UA Gotta Have It Tote – “This holds everything I need and more. It can even go from the gym to the office or works as an overnight bag!”

2. CamelBak eddy™ 1-Liter Bottle – “I have gone through more water bottles than I can count, and CamelBak is the best. They never leak and can take a beating if you are like me and prone to dropping or tossing your bottle.”

3.  Saucony Kinvara 5 – “Lightweight with just enough support. A reliable runner for speed-work days.”

4. inov-8 F-Lite™ 240 Sneakers – “Rope climbs can tear through your road runners or training shoes. The rope tech on the F-Lites really works to keep your shoes intact!”

5. Under Armour UA Reflective Mini Headbands – “Essential for keeping your hair out of your face mid burpee.”

6. Feetures Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab Socks – “These super lightweight socks offer great support. They are no-show socks but never slips off the heel! They’re anatomically fitted for each foot and the seams never bunch or rub.”

7. Trigger Point the GRID – “This is an essential for keeping your muscles going and off the injury list. The size is perfect for your duffel bag.”

8. Chaco Flip EcoTread™ – “Nothing beats a Chaco flip flop post workout. It offers more support than a regular sandal, and it feels like a foot massage while it allows your toes to stretch!”

9. Under Armour UA Escape Coldgear® Infrared Glove – “These are great for those cold warehouse gyms or outdoor workouts.”