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2014 Children’s Recycling Art Contest Winner Announced

The following article is by Janet T.

It is crucial to teach our children the importance of recycling and adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Evidence indicates that this generation will have the greatest impact on the environment for the next 50-100 years.  Recycling reduces the amount of resources we consume and helps to remove toxic materials from production. Valuable resources are being wasted in landfills and large amounts of greenhouse gases are being produced as these landfills decompose.

In our efforts to encourage kids to keep the planet near and dear to their hearts, Zappos LEAF holds an annual Children’s Art Contest. This year, we asked kids to express “why they love recycling” through drawing. Up for grabs was a $50 Zappos.com Gift Card just in time for the holidays!

Zappos LEAF Team awarded 10-year-old Ethan V. a $50 Zappos.com Gift Card for providing us with a phenomenal picture describing why he loves recycling! We also wanted to give a shout out to his entire family, for all three lovely children participated in this year’s contest!

The 2014 Children’s Recycling Art Contest Winner

Thank you to all the kids who participated! Comment below and tell us why YOU love recycling!

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

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Menswear Monday: 4 Must-Have Pants for Winter

Great-fitting trousers and jeans are an essential addition to any man’s wardrobe, particularly in the fall & winter. Just as you lighten up your fabric assortment for the spring/summer season, it's time to grab the heavier fabrics for the cold-weather months. Think tweed trouser, corduroys, cotton twill chinos and selvedge denim—more substantial fabrics that look and fit fantastic.

What is also great about these, besides keeping you warm, is that they fit with all of the other items we're suggesting you invest into. Not to mention, when this season passes and spring/summer comes back around, you can store these up and wear them again for cold-weather months to come! That’s the advantage of investing in timeless wardrobe pieces—longevity that goes beyond fly-by-night trends.

All in all, this is a great time of year to get creative with your personal style. Step out of your norm and try new layering and mix-and-match techniques. You may just find yourself liking it!

4 Pants Every Man Needs in His Closet this Winter and Beyon

TWEED

1. Perry Ellis "Portfolio Slim Fit" Flat Front Solid Tweed Pant

2. Gant Rugger R. Herringbone "Smarty" Pant

CORDUROY

3. AG Adriano Goldschmeid "The Graduate" Tailored Straight Cord

4. Nautica "Danforth 8" Wale Cord Pants

COTTON CHINO

5. Dockers Men's "Alpha Khaki" Pant

6. Levi's® Men's Chino Pant

SELVEDGE DENIM

7. Levi's® Made & Crafted Tack Slim in Selvedge Rigid

8. Joe's Jeans "Brixton" Fit

SHOP MEN'S PANTS >>

SHOP MEN'S JEANS >>

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Snow Days Were Made for adidas Outdoor Terrex

As we head into December from the coldest November the country has seen in almost four decades, the promise of more snow days just got a bit more real. Thankfully, gearing up for the beginning of winter is as easy as grabbing a couple of cold-weather essentials from adidas Outdoor.

Their Terrex line, along with other snow-proof gear, makes layering up for those winter treks way more lightweight and breathable. We all know how cold-weather gear can weigh us down, and on the mountain, that extra bulk is never ideal. adidas Outdoor Terrex hiking boots and outerwear helps insulate and protect from the chill while preserving your agility and speed when and where it matters most!

Check out some of our favorites from adidas Outdoor:

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Women's:

1. adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift Climaheat Frost Jacket

2. adidas Outdoor "Libria Pearl" CP PrimaLoft®

3. adidas Outdoor Hiking "Reachout" Pull Over Fleece

Men's:

4. adidas Outdoor Hiking Climaheat Jacket

5. adidas Outdoor Terrex "Swift R Mid GTX®

6. adidas Outdoor Terrex "Stockhorn" Fleece Hoodie


SHOP ADIDAS OUTDOOR >>

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Zappos on Extra: Born

Our very own Cat Cook is with Sara Tropeano from Born to take a look at some of the hottest cold-weather styles from the beloved comfort-fashion brand. From ankle boots to wing-tip heels, Born bridges the gap between versatile, timeless design and all-day comfort.

SHOP FEATURED ITEMS>>

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JetBlue and Zappos.com Deliver "Happiest Travel Day"!

It's the day before Thanksgiving, a day notorious for being the year's busiest and oftentimes most stressful travel day. To help spread some holiday cheer, Zappos decided to team up with our friends at Jet Blue Airways to deliver a little surprise and delight to a few unsuspecting travelers!

Watch what happens when we bring back last year's "Baggage Claim Game"--the new and improved version-- to some Jet Blue passangers at JFK's Terminal 5!

“After a successful baggage claim experience last year in the Houston airport (IAH), we wanted to make this year’s surprise activation bigger and better,” said Catherine Cook, PR manager at Zappos.com. “We were very excited to partner with a fun and customer-service centric brand like JetBlue, to deliver an above-and-beyond experience for travelers. In addition to the opportunity to wow these customers, we wanted to remind them that we are here for all their holiday shopping needs with fast and free shipping, 365-day free returns and a customer service team at the ready 24-7.”

In an effort to brighten the day for all this Thanksgiving, both brands also provided support to those unable to travel and spend the holiday with loved ones. JetBlue and Zappos dedicated ‘Give Thanks’ panels on the baggage claim game to community-oriented charities within each of their hometowns; enabling customers to give back this holiday. Donations included meals to Feeding America and children’s toys to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada!

The Happiest Travel Day was made possible by JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program and Getaways and the following partners: 1-800-FLOWERS, Dunkin’ Donuts, Feeding America, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and Zappos merchandise partners.

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9 Fine Pieces to Keep You Comfy 'N Cozy

The only thing I like better than air conditioning on an August day in Las Vegas is cuddling up in front a fire on a blustery day with my dogs,Luke and Leia, a good book, and a cup of Mexican hot chocolate (if you’ve never had it, find some; chocolate + cayenne pepper= AMAZING).

What makes a day like that even better? Comfortable, amazingly beautiful clothes that fit and flatter. This time of the year, we all find ourselves running here and there and everywhere- dropping off items at a charity, helping friends haul in a tree, baking hundreds of cookies, helping nieces and nephews and little cousins choose and wrap gifts for their parents. Our time is spent in such a hustle and bustle--which means we want two things above all:

  1. To look damn good for every situation, because we never know when we’re going to run into a good-looking elf.
  2. To be as comfortable as possible.

This week, I’ve gathered a group of items that do both. I will HIGHLY recommend adding a pair of AMAZING Cobb Hill boots to any of these to keep your feet looking great and feeling fabulous.

May you all have a great Thanksgiving, and we’ll see some of you out on the road.

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1. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Marled Cowlneck Sweater

2. Karen Kane Plus Size 3/4 Sleeve Hanky Top

3. Karen Kane Plus Size "Blue Moon" Sweater Knit Top

4. Vince Camuto Plus Size Three-Quarter Sleeve Half Zip Tunic

5. Roper Plus Bright Ombre Plaid Shirt

6. Karen Kane Plus Size 3/4 Studded Hanky Top

7. Lysse Plus Size Ankle Leggings

8. Levi's® Plus Size 580™ Defined Waist Boot Cut Jeans

9. XCVI Plus Size "Temecula" Cargo Pants

SHOP PLUS SIZE CLOTHING >>

Rocking some amazing looks you’ve seen here on the blog? Tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WellRoundedWednesday- we would LOVE to see your holiday style!

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Fresh Picks: Street Beat

As we set our sights on filling our plates and our calendars during the busy holiday season, the idea of comfy, easy-to-wear clothing seems to gain even more appeal. Thankfully, one of the upcoming year’s biggest trend stories is a carry-over of this year's huge sporty/street style.

Without further ado, below are just a small serving of our current street-savvy favorites:

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1. StyleStalker “Beast” Tank Top

2. Free People “Mexicali” Pullover

3. Brigitte Bailey Merino High Neck Sweater

4. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack

5. ALDO “Zelin” High-Top Sneakers

6. Circus by Sam Edelman “Dexter” Sneakers

7. Alternative Eco-Splash T-Shirt Dress

8. Splendid “Sandwash” Jersey Pant

9. Alternative Eco Fleece Jogger Pant

SHOP THE SEAM >>

SHOP THIS TREND>>

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You're Invited: ShopWithMe Presents a Zappos.com Pop-Up Shop!

Zappos.com is excited to partner with ShopWithMe to introduce a unique and interactive 20,000-ft. retail experience in downtown Las Vegas between Nov. 21th-Dec. 31st that will bring a new take on holiday shopping, family-friendly fun and much more!

Just like the Zappos.com website, the store will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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“This will be a first-of-its-kind experience that brings the world of Zappos.com to life and gives holiday shoppers the chance to interact with all 4 of the Zappos Cs; Clothing, Customer Service, Culture, & Community.” said Zappos VP of Merchandising, Steve Hill.

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As customers move through the experience (located at the Western Hotel, 899 Fremont St.) they’re able to add to a shopping cart that exists in the physical and virtual worlds simultaneously. They’ll be able to choose exactly what it is they want in the color and size they want it and Zappos will deliver it using the same fast & free shipping customers have come to expect!

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Customers will be able to browse, discover and find items including more than 2,500 sample items to touch and feel just like they normally would in any physical store. However, in the ShopWithMe experience, when a customer finds an item they like, their options are no longer limited by the walls of the store and they are able to broaden the shopping experience to include everything available to the Zappos customer online.

We hope to see you at the Zappos.com Pop-Up Shop this holiday season!