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New Brand Spotlight: Make Pie Not War

Started in 2007 by Alana Little, Make Pie Not War is a jewelry brand that is a true labor of love. Tired of the corporate world, the Accounting and Fashion Design major decided to pursue her dreams and turn her passion for classic yet funky jewelry into a reality.

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Now in it’s 7th year as a growing company, Make Pie Not War continues to be a lovingly handmade jewelry brand that sets out to make their customers smile!  When she’s not delighting customers with her fun and lovely jewelry designs, Alana keeps busy with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

Make Pie Not War is our final featured brand within the Zappos Emerging Designers series. Their unique necklaces, bracelets & earrings make the perfect gifts just in time for the holidays!

 

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New Brand Spotlight: aden + anais

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Founded in 2006, aden + anais first introduced extra-large, multi-use swaddle blankets to the American market. Today, they offer a beautiful array of baby products, from the burpy bib®, the dream blanket®, baby bath towels and more.

Their use of simple and timeless designs makes aden + anais a favorite for generations to come.

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber

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Sure, you could grab your old rain boots when the weather gets soggy, but why not shake things up with something a little unexpected?

Never to be outdone as a reigning classic, Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® has reinvented itself once again this fall with its latest iteration: The Rubber Collection.

This rain-friendly collection is perfect for commuters, sneakerheads, and pavement pounders who want a waterproof version of this timeless All-American sneaker.  P.S. They look equally as cool when the weather is sunny!

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Fresh Picks: Biker Chic

One of fall/winter’s most notable trends carries with it a serious dose of attitude and edge. We’re talking about the moto or biker trend that’s popping up everywhere from moto leather jackets, moto boots, and even handbags!

Even if you’re not ready to jump head on in the biker-chic bandwagon, there’s lots of timeless, wearable ways to infuse this trend into your wardrobe. Try adding a cool leather jacket with zip details over your feminine blouses or dresses to toughen up the look a bit. Or try slipping on a pair of moto-style ankle boots with your everyday outfit to give it that edgy vibe while still being super comfy and wearable for day and night.

Below is a sampling of some of our favorites to indulge in your own moto madness this season!

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1. Free People Hooded Vegan Moto Jacket

2. BB Dakota “Sutton” Jacket

3. AG Adriano Goldschmied Biker Jacket

4. Steve Mountain “Bounti” Mid-Calf Boots

5. Sam Edelman “Linden” Boots

6. Steve Madden “Klyde” Crossbody

7. Mavi Zip Skinny Ankle Jeans

8. French Connection Leather Skirt

9. AG Adriano Goldschmied “The Legging” Ankle Jeans

 

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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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