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Inspired By: The Column Skirt

Today’s street style inspiration is all about mixing ‘40s-inspired femininity with simple, contemporary pieces. By pairing a ladylike column skirt with a relaxed tee, it instantly transforms the look into something totally of-the-moment.

Check out our take on this chic mash up below:

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1. Le Specs “Sphinx” Sunglasses

2. BCBGeneration Round Neck Top

3. Free People Geometric Skirt

4. Steve Madden “Varcityy” Pumps

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Zappos Welcomes the “Do More with Less” Frog to the Box

In August 2014 a cute new friend made its first appearance on the iconic Zappos box. He’s the “Do More with Less” Frog, and his presence and message is to promote green thinking and sustainable behavior. He’s named after Zappos Core Value #5 – Do More with Less. You might even be reading this blog for the first time thanks to Frog! Woo hoo!

The new images of the “Do More with Less” Frog and the message of sustainability revolve around the “Three Rs” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. At Zappos we understand that as our business grows so does our environmental footprint. We also know that our biggest environmental impacts are associated with our logistics – our boxes and our shipping practices.

Reduce – We realize that this is our job. We try hard to reduce the number of packages we send back and forth by offering features on Zappos.com to make sure you order right the first time. We also try to ship your footwear and apparel order in the right sized box. Sometimes when we’re operating at “ludicrous speed” (Spaceballs, 1987) we get it wrong and you receive a small item in a big box - we’re working on that.

Reuse – This is a chance for our customers to be creative and have fun with reusing our boxes. Have you ever used the box as a luxury lily pad like the “Do More with Less” Frog? Let us know the craziest way you’ve reused our box and send us a pic on Twitter (@ZapposLEAF)! We’ve also had discussions about whether or not returned boxes are fit to be sent out again. These discussions are healthy and lead to innovative ideas.

Recycle – We hope you’ll recycle your Zappos box once you’re finished with it. Cardboard is one of the most recyclable materials in the country and there is a flourishing market for it. If you’re currently an avid recycler – HIGH FIVE! If you’re not currently recycling, give it a try. If your neighborhood or apartments do not offer recycling, start that conversation with your neighbors.

As Zappos’ customer base grows, so does our potential to talk with many new friends about the impacts we all have on the world. We’re excited to Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication (Zappos Core Value #6) with you about your thoughts on the environment.

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Check out more awesome news from LEAF at Zappos.com/LEED, Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_leaf

PS: Is the Frog a he or a she? LOL It is up to you to decide; all we know is that the Frog is pretty darn cute and has great eyelashes. Shoot, I have long eyelashes myself… and I’m a dude.

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Designer Picks: Nanette Lepore

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What were some inspirations for your fall collection?

N: The artisans and craftsman of the world, the breathtaking embroideries in the Met show, my own extensive archive and a lifetime of travels to souks and markets from all over.


Describe the woman you design for.

N: Our woman is sexy and powerful, feminine and taken seriously. She’s the life of the party…she’s the boss.


What are some things that are on top of your must-have list for fall transition? 

N: There are so many great new pieces from our fall collection! The Love Crime Dress is a great desk-to-dinner dress and the print is beautiful. The Interwoven Pullover is perfect for those fall nights you find yourself walking around the city or in front of a campfire. For a classic go-to look with tights and booties, the No Regrets Dress is incredibly flattering.

 

Where/when do you feel your most creative?

N: A trip to Paris or Morocco with my daughter, Violet, is always inspiring. I’m always anxious to get back into the studio and work out the ideas that have been brewing.

 

New York Fashion Week is just around the corner; what are you most looking forward to this time around?

N: We’ve been working really hard to get more runway looks into production so the customer can shop straight from the fashion show.

NANETTE'S PICKS:

1. Mystery Dress

2. Academic Shift Dress

3. Dewey-Decimal Dress

4. Librarian Dress

5. No Regrets Dress

6. Wasn't Me Dress

7. Love Crime Dress

8. Interwoven Pullover

9. Secret Gateway Top

10. Poetry Top

11. Cross Examine Cardi

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Fresh Picks: Gray Area

As fall gets closer, gray, one of our favorite go-to neutrals, definitely starts to pop up on our radar at a more rapid pace.

This ultra-wearable middle ground between black and white just has a knack for getting on heavy rotation in our closets year round, but particularly when transitioning into fall!

Check out a few of our recent favorites in the world of gray:

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1. Free People “Gemma” Tunic

2. ALDO “Hendon” Clutch

3. kensie Cowl  Neck Dress

4. French Connection “Mississippi Melange” Dress

5. ALDO “Kristina” Pumps

6. French Connection “Mini Milla” Knit Top

7. Free People “Cloudy Day” Cardigan

8. BCBGeneration Sweater

9. Sam Edelman “Felicia” 


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5 Picks for Healthy Eating Made Easy

A healthy lifestyle is all about planning—whether it’s carving time out of your day for the gym or planning your healthy meals for the week. When it comes to the healthy eating part (which many experts agree is up to 80% of the healthy lifestyle equation), the right kitchen tools can be invaluable.

Below are five of our favorite kitchen gadgets to enhance your healthy diet!

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1. Cuisinart Griddler  - Grill veggies, chicken, steak, burgers and more while channeling away all the grease.

2. Zojirushi Mr. Bento® Stainless Steel Lunch Jar  Skip the greasy fast food and pack your lunch in this easy-to-carry lunch pack. It keeps everything fresh and has microwave-safe bowls as well as a fork spoon.

3. Omega Masticating Style JuicerThis high-efficiency juicer yields nutritious juice from hard-to-juice produce like wheatgrass, leafy greens and carrots.

4. Vitamix CIA Professional Series BlenderNot only does this restaurant-quality machine blend delicious healthy smoothies, it also makes soups and homemade frozen desserts!

5. Cuisinart Custom 9-Cup Food ProcessorThis is a real essential for cutting your prep time significantly when making healthy home-cooked meals!

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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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New Brand Spotlight: Cozy Orange

yoga clothing, Cozy Orange, yoga apparel, women's yoga clothing, new brand spotlight, yoga, Cozy Orange®, is an eco-driven women’s yoga apparel line based in sunny Carlsbad, CA. They pride themselves on creating functional, fashionable, and sustainable yoga wear. You will understand why “cozy” is in the company name when you experience the silky and soft fabric that is constructed from recycled plastic bottles.

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.

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