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Fall 2014 Updates

Hiya friends,

It’s been a minute since we updated the LEAF blog, but rest assured the LEAF team has been busy. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to so far this fall.

Grass removal project:

Our LEED Gold campus is 57% more water efficient (compared to the baseline model) thanks in part to the desert landscaping all around the building. However, we do have a patch of grass we call the “backyard”.  The backyard grass is nice for yoga sessions and petting zoos but since we aren’t utilizing all the grass, we just replaced a third of it with more desert landscaping.  Desert landscaping is easier to maintain and helps with water conservation.

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New Trane chiller with VFD and Free Cool:

In order to cool our office space we need big HVAC equipment, such as chillers. This fall we replaced an old chiller with a new Trane 550 ton chiller with a preinstalled variable frequency drive (VFD) and free cool system. The VFD throttles the machine up and down depending on demand instead of running at 100% all of the time. The free cool system should allow us to use outside air in the winter for all of our cooling needs – preventing the need to run HVAC equipment. It’s a big investment that will yield efficiencies and energy savings in the long run.

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Tech Department Coffee Mugs:

Our tech teams were looking for ways to reduce their use of disposable coffee cups so they bought a whole bunch of coffee mugs for their break rooms. The reusable mugs can be washed in our energy and water efficient dishwashers countless times; AKA less paper waste from single use cups. We applaud our tech teams for championing this initiative!

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SXSW Eco Conference:

The LEAF team visited Austin, Texas in October for the SXSW Eco conference. We enjoyed 3 days of awesome speakers, presentations, and networking. We were also proud to sponsor the 2014 SXSW Eco Ping Pong Tournament! There were some ferocious ping pong battles throughout the week, but when the dust settled, an app developer from Sweden, Henrik S., won the tournament and a $250 gift certificate to Zappos.com.

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VERGE Conference:

I’m writing this blog post while in San Francisco at the 2014 VERGE Conference. VERGE, put on by the GreenBiz Group, brings together experts who are integrating sustainability into cities, transportation, and technology. We’re here to pursue growth and learning! (Zappos Core Value #5)

 

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

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Top it Off with the Perfect Hat!

Whether it’s a pure fashion statement, a barrier from the winter chill, or a workout necessity, hats certainly have a permanent place in our wardrobes.

As temperatures continue to drop, hats become even more of an essential part in any wardrobe, especially on those days when you’d rather not deal with your hair. And with so many cool beanies, fedoras, baseball caps and more to choose from, it’s easy to make the hat a regular staple of any wardrobe—from nights out to working out!

Check out some of our picks below:

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Fashion:

1. Hat Attack Wool Felt Floppy Hat

2. San Diego Hat Co. Wool Cap

3.  Echo Design “Milk Made” Slouchy Beanie

 

Cold Weather:

1. UGG Slouchy Beret 2

2. Columbia “Winter Worn” Beanie

3. Patagonia Vanilla Beanie

 

Sport/Performance:

1. The North Face “Bones” Beanie

2. Under Armour UA Tech Beanie

3. Smartwool Microweight Beanie

 

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New Brand Spotlight: Midnight by Carole Hochman

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When it comes to stylish sleepwear that’s designed with superior comfort in mind, look no further than Midnight by Carole Hochman. Made with luxuriously soft modal fabric and silky-smooth satins, this everyday collection of feminine sleepwear makes women of all sizes and ages feel gorgeous while relaxing in blissful, dreamlike comfort. 

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We Love Wedges!

When it comes to heels, wedges have always been a walkable, super-versatile favorite of ours. There are so many wedge types out there to fall in love with, from sky high for nights out to moderate and comfy for work.

Below is a sampling of a few of our current favorites in stylish wedge boots & shoes!

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1. Frye “Regina” Wedge

2. VOLATILE “Arlington”

3. Franco Sarto “Octagon”

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors “Aileen”

5. ASH “Blade”

6. Lucky Brand “Yoanna”

7. Pikolinos “Amsterdam”

8. Dirty Laundry “Valerie”

9. Steven “Base”

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New Brand Spotlight: Penfield

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Founded in 1975, Penfield is an American outerwear brand that is dedicated to only delivering the very best down-insulated jackets, coats and vest. Each expertly designed garment that bears the Penfield name is manufactured to withstand the diversity of New Engalnd winter weather.

With its roots firmly planted in Massachusetts, their commitment to producing durable and warm outerwear with a classic “New England” aesthetic remains strong.

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Zappos on Extra: Adrianna Papell

Our very own Cat Cook is in NYC with the Creative Director for Adrianna Papell, Michael Smaldone, to share some of the most gorgeous party dresses and wardrobe staples for every woman.

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Inspired By: Uptown Boho

Today’s street style inspiration is a great example of an effortless way to rock a boho vibe without going overboard. By simply throwing on an airy Henley top over a casual skirt, grabbing some comfy knee-high boots and throwing on a couple of choice fall accessories, you’ve got a look that as carefree as it is wearable!

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1. Free People “Benedict” Henley

2. Brixton “Messer” Hat

3. Love Quotes Linen Tassel Scarf

4. DV by Dolce Vita “Leroux” Boots

5. Alternative Eco Jersey Mini Skirt

6. Betsey Johnson "Ball & Chain" Satchel


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10 Perfect 10s (When You Ain’t No Size 2)

In honor of Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW), and for the inaugural Well Rounded Wednesday on the Zappos Blog, I hereby publicly admit that I have a massive girl crush on Meghan Trainor.

Only 20 years old at the time of this writing, Ms. Trainor has been writing songs since she was 11, produced her first tracks at 13, at 18 was signed a songwriting deal, writing for Rascall Flats and an assortment of Disney stars.  By now, most of us have heard her amazing body-love anthem “All About That Bass”- and celebrated that amazing line “Cause every inch of you is perfect, from the bottom to the top.” Body acceptance and love are amazing things that we all struggle with some days- especially when we face the dreaded dressing room mirror.  Trainor says, "I wrote this song because I myself struggle with this concept of self-acceptance. It was written from a real place so I’m glad that other people can relate to it.”

Some days it can be a challenge to find clothing that compliments your body while being on-trend and in-style when you have hips, curves- and maybe a few extra inches from your bottom to your top.  So, for the inaugural Well Rounded Wednesday, I bring you 10 items that are Perfect 10’s when it comes to being on-trend and in style this season- even when you’re not a size 2.  

I hope you love these as much as I do, and they help you show on the outside how fabulous you feel-and are on the inside!

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1. Kiyonna Linden Lace Top

2. Culture Phit Plus Size Long-sleeve Top

3. BB Dakota Plus Size "Millie" Sweater

4. Rachel Pally Plus "Harlow" Dress

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Faux Wrap Dress

6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Zip Jumpsuit

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Zip Seamed Skirt

8. NYDJ Plus Ponte Trouser

9. Levi's® Plus 580™ Defined Waist Boot Cut

10. NYDJ Plus Size "Michelle" Premium Denim Trouser

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