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Summer Entertaining Essentials

Whether you’re entertaining at home for two or a few, there’s nothing quite like sharing a meal and drinks with loved ones. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite home essentials for making those get-togethers extra special. Bon appetit!

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1.OXO Good Grips® Steel Bottle Opener – Keep the beers and soda pop flowing for your guests.

2. Artland “Iris” Pitcher – From lemonade to adult beverages, everything looks better served in this gorgeous pitcher.

3. 10 Strawberry Street “Love Collection” Cooler Glass Set – Up your bartending game with these chic highball glasses.

4. Vitamix CIA Professional Series Model 1709 – Whip up frozen drinks, sorbets and even soups with this powerful blender.

5. Joseph Joseph Hands-On Salad Bowl & Servers – The sleek and modern design allows you to keep your salad servers always at hand and out of the way.

6. Oenophilia Recycled Bottle Top Tealight Holders – Set the mood for your tablescape with this unique centerpiece.

7. Emile Henry Flame® BBQ Kabob Grilling Stone – Evenly grills your meats and veggies for picture-perfect kabobs!

8. Joseph Joseph Triple Dish Set– Serve chips and dip or other appetizers in this lovely setting.

9. Waring Pro Professional Drink Mixer – Make delicious summer drinks with this retro-style fountain mixer.

10. Picnic Time Formaggio Oval Bamboo Cheese Board – Fancy cheeses deserve a beautiful serving board!

11. Emile Henry 9” Pie Dish There’s nothing more inviting than a homemade pie!

12. Oenophilia Perfect Stemware (Red Wine) Set of 6 – Serve your favorite vino in these perfectly balanced glasses.

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Recruiter Spotlight: Meli, This Week's @InsideZappos Social VIP

#InsideZappos, inside zappos, zapponian spotlight, zapponians, Zappos Careers, zappos core values, zappos culture, zappos employees, Zappos HR, zappos jobs, Zappos Recruiter Spotlight, Zappos Recruiters, Zappos Recruiting, zappos techGrowing up in Santa Fe, NM, I was always surrounded by culture and tradition. Although it was a small town, I always found something fun to do. I played softball, basketball, ran track, worked on my car, had a whole collection of animals, and played video games until the sun came up. My very favorite thing about this community was that everyone knew each other and it was very much like one big extended family. That small town feeling never escaped me.

Fast forward to 2007. Driving through Winslow, AZ, my grandmother couldn’t help but belt out the lyrics to that once so popular Eagles song. We were headed for Vegas to join our family for a reunion. Little did I know that the universe had something else in store for me and my life was about to change forever. I met my now husband of six years during that trip. He swept me off my feet and we had an instant connection. Living so far apart I never thought something so short would turn in to very much but a few months later, we decided to try to make things work and the rest was history. That is where my adventure in Las Vegas began.

For the next 5 years, I worked to become an HOA Manager.  I enjoyed working with the communities and helping the residents but never truly loved what I was doing. I knew I needed a change and luckily a friend and co-worker told me a little about Zappos. My first thought was “They get to wear pajamas to work and they believe in unicorns… Say what?!?! Zappos, where have you been all my life?”

I couldn’t help but explore all that Zappos had to offer and before long, I decided to take the plunge and apply. In August 2012, I started at Zappos as a Customer Loyalty Team (call center) member. I loved it! Coming to work was no longer a chore and I could wear a tutu to boot! If only I had found Zappos sooner.

I loved the culture, people, events, customers, service, charity work, and everything else that was Zappos. It meant so much to me that I decided I wanted to take my newfound passion to the next level. I progressed to the Scheduling Team and, with the help of my leads, was able to map out some goals for myself and start planning my career path.

My next move was applying for a temporary position called a Z’Apprenticeship as a Recruiting Assistant. During my interviews, the team was tough and asked me some off-the-wall questions to make sure I was the right piece to their jigsaw puzzle. As a final round, I was invited to happy hour with the whole team. It was at that moment that I knew I had found my calling.

I was lucky enough to be offered the position and asked to take on my role permanently a few months later. Since then, I have never stopped learning or falling in love with what I do and my work is a great joy in my life. The best part is working with our candidates and Zappos Insiders. Each day, I get to help people that hold that same passion and drive as I do and watch them become amazing contributors to the Zappos culture. What more could I ask for?

I don’t know what the future holds or where my Journey at Zappos may take me from here, but I am definitely enjoying the ride. I love that I was able to find the things that mattered to me the most growing up, in a company that I want to grow old with. Culture, community, family and a lot of shenanigans. Yep, I am home!   

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Inspired By: Creative Layering

By simply layering your go-to summer staples in unexpected ways, you can drastically change the look and feel of each piece. Take this effortlessly cool example below.

Taking a barely-there summer dress and layering it over a classic tee instantly transforms it into something altogether fresh and new. Talk about getting more mileage out of your clothes!

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1. Alternative Perfect Cap Sleeve Tee

2. Free People Floral Trapeze Slip Dress

3.French Connection “Mod Squad” Shoulder Bag

4. DV by Dolce Vita “Zippy” Sandals

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adidas Springblade Drive

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Explosive Energy. That’s what adidas delivers with its revolutionary Springblade Drive. Springblade is the first-ever technology in running footwear designed to move you forward. Its radical design is the product of six years of development by the adidas innovation team.

Each of the 16 super elastic nylon springs are individually tuned to the needs of the runner throughout the gait cycle, harnessing energy and releasing more back to you with every stride.

The rear outside blades are tuned to absorb energy while the inside front blades are tuned to propel you forward, providing Explosive Energy. Designed for the runner looking for speed, the adidas Springblade is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. There is absolutely no traditional midsole foam between you and the blades, creating a never-felt-before ride that’s as fluid as it is fast.

To provide superb breathability, the adidas Springblade features a 3-dimensional engineered mesh upper with zones that provide air flow and other zones that provide support for that great adidas fit.

Add some speed to your fitness and running routine with the revolutionary adidas Springblade!

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Recruiter Spotlight: Kelly, This Week's @InsideZappos Social VIP

Thomas Huxley once said..."Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."

And that's exactly something that I never want to stop doing--learning.  Zappos has been nothing less than the perfect place to contribute to this passion.  My brain is constantly cultivated by my daily tasks, the people that inspire me, and the culture that is contagious.  It is a fountain of knowledge and you can always count on a variety of paths to pursue. This has been the theme of my journey here at Zappos.

Inside Zappos, #InsideZappos, Zappos Recruiters, Zappos Recruiting, Zappos Careers, Zapponians, Zappos jobs, Zappos Recruiter Spotlight, Zappos HR, Zapponian Spotlight, Zappos Core Values, Zappos employees, Zappos Tech, Zappos Culture, Zappos Employees, A few years ago, I had decided to uproot myself from the beautiful state of California to move back home to Las Vegas.  I was rapidly approaching what twenty-somethings call a "quarter-life crisis" where everything is much more dramatic in your fresh and vulnerable post-grad mind.  I was torn between pursuing a legal career or continuing my education to become a speech pathologist.  Because both of these routes would require a fair amount of certainty, I decided to take a break.

I needed to consider my options before diving head first into a dream that I was unsure I even wanted to chase.  I began applying to a variety of jobs within those two industries of interest, thinking I had it all figured out--until life threw me a curve ball.  I was driving on the freeway one afternoon and passed an adopt-a-highway sign that had the name "Zappos" on it.  I had heard a lot about this company and knew how much its focus was on customer service.  So when I got home that evening, I began to do a little more research on the company.  After reading about the 10 core values and watching some of the videos on the culture, I was very impressed.  Everyone looked so happy. The same kind of happy you see at Disneyland...but in the workplace. It almost sounded too good to be true.

The next day, I decided to contact the Recruiting Team to get more insight into applying at Zappos.  I was amazed at how genuine and speedy the response was compared to the rest of my job search with other companies.  Given all of the facts that I had learned about the company core values and the emphasis they place on customer service, I took a leap of faith and decided to apply for a position with the Customer Loyalty Team (CLT).  What better way to understand a company than to work within the department that has the closest interactions with its customers?  

The CLT department stood out to me as the face and heartbeat of Zappos. Before I knew it, I was taken on an adventure through the recruitment process. I was still in the midst of my interviews with other companies, but something deep down told me that this door was opening up for a reason and was one that I should not ignore.  As I continued in the process, I knew more and more that this was a company that I wanted to work for. The stars lined up and I was fortunate enough to earn the job!

My journey at Zappos was off to a start! Little did I know how much my life would begin to change over the next few years. The training process was a great way to dig deep into the company's core values, culture, and history.  Our trainers teach every new hire in the company this foundation in addition to the focal point of the company: customer service.  

It can be scary to start off a new job not knowing anyone, but with training--I immediately gained 60 new friendships that I would take with me going forward.  Once I began my journey with CLT, I learned to appreciate the value of true customer service and putting your customers as the #1 priority. This role taught me the importance of listening and challenged me to creatively think of ways to "wow" our shoppers.  

After a few months, I began to grow within my team and learn from the leaders around me about the different ways I could pursue Core Value #5:  Pursue Growth and Learning.  Having always been a nerd when it comes to number-crunching, I landed a spot with our statistics team.  This team gathered data and metrics from our customer-contact channels and would share this volume with the scheduling team in order to properly staff the entire department.  The Excel-nerd in me came alive!  Working with the numbers helped quantify the bigger story of our company. 

A few months later, I continued my quest for knowledge as I joined the Toolbox team.  This team helped develop leadership paths for CLT team members who had leadership on their heart.  Our team also went on to help pioneer the company's first seasonal employee program in 2012.  This role pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me find an inner drive that I did not know existed. It helped set me on my feet for the next step I would take: joining the Zappos Recruiting team.  

Nothing excited me more than being able to help our teams find the best of the best to grow our Zappos family.  I joined the team through a Z'Apprenticeship which is an internal internship program that we offer employees to pursue new opportunities with other departments.  After working with the team for a few months, I knew I had found my passion!  Lucky for me, they liked me too and decided to open up a permanent position for me to grow into the role that I now have as a Recruiting Coordinator for our Zappos family.

Looking back on the last year and a half, I have seen myself grow in so many ways.  Bridging communication between our interviewees, hiring teams, and recruiters--I have gotten to know so many incredibly smart and talented individuals.  I absolutely love that I can be both an advocate and a friend to our interviewees going through our recruitment process.  My role has also taught me so much about understanding all of the little parts that go into running a successful e-commerce website.  Today, I still find myself learning so much about the teams that I work with and I have challenged myself not to give up in continuing that knowledge.  

You can probably tell that learning is extremely important to me.  But I cannot forget to point out that while I pursue this growth and learning...there is another piece that is important to me, and that is the fact that I am surrounded by an amazing family of individuals who are always there to support me.  We have our fair share of laughter and tears, we have our luck at bingo, we kick off our boots while line-dancing, we have a little too much fun together at happy hours, we are completely involved in each other's dating lives, we spend 40+ hours a week working with each other and we still want to hang out with each other outside of office hours.  

What more can I say? My team is my home away from home.  I cannot paint the picture clear enough.  I have never worked for a company where I have seen myself challenged so much over the last few years.  I have never felt as comfortable in my own skin as I do now.  I have never made such a close community of relationships with the coworkers that surround me.  The journey has been incredibly wild and the best part is that it only continues from here!

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On Our Favorites: Heavy Metal

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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Brigitte Bailey Fancy Metallic Crop Top – Dress it up, dress it down. Either way, this brilliant top is destined to steal the spotlight!

BCBGeneration “Casey” SandalsMetallic + futuristic hologram = major game changer.

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Inspired By: Breezy Chic

Let’s face it; sometimes it’s hard to think about looking put-together when the temperatures creep up into the “no longer glowing, but sweating” category. That means we have to throw looking effortlessly chic out the window, right? Wrong! That’s when we turn to our beloved warm-weather staple—the basic summer dress.

When done in a chic solid black, this easy-to-wear essential becomes the perfect piece for a hot day. Paired with clean white Birkenstock™ and some cool shades, and you’re ready to take on the summer!

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1. Ray-Ban New Wayfarer

2. Obey “Modern Rider” Dress

3. Dogeared “Good Vibes Only” Palm Tree Necklace

4. Birkenstock “Gizeh” Birko-Flor

5. French Connection “Gypsy” Mini