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My Mythology - Hannah E. Lead Content Coordinator for Fashion Jewelry

My Mythology – Creating our own living legacy at Zappos.

One of the joys about working at Zappos is the freedom to be ourselves through our own personal style. Style shouts! Individuals identify themselves through their personal style. Taking the chaos out of the closet and using clothing as a celebration to create personal mythology or legend is something I have been fascinated by.

What is someone trying to say through their style?

Join me in the discovery. Each week I will take an employee from Zappos and find out their personal psychology through their favorite outfits.

Today we study the mythology of Hannah E. : Lead Content Coordinator for Fashion Jewelry at

Today Hannah’s outfit shoutouts are a vintage Moschino Cheap&Chic dress, CC Skye , Accessories & Beyond bracelets, Miss Sixty boots, and a Sheila Fajl ring.

How would you define your look?
Vintage-inspired or beachy casual, depending on what I feel like that day.

What inspires your style?
I get inspired by people who look effortlessly stylish…there’s absolutely nothing worse than someone who looks and acts like they try too hard.

Who is your favorite designer?
My all-time fave is Christian Dior, but some of my favorite contemporary designers are Zac Posen, Alexander Wang , Charlotte Ronson and Marc Jacobs …oh! and I can’t forget—TOM FORD!

What fashion item would you never leave the house without?
Underwear…just kidding. I’d say jewelry. On days I do forget to wear jewelry, I feel naked.

Who are your fashion/style icons?
I think Nicole Richie has a great instinct for style…and of course I love Kate Moss, she’s like the Twiggy of my generation.

What are your favorite labels?
I’m not too particular, as long as it fits and looks good.

Local or haole style?
Haha! I’m no haole…I can get down with the slippahs and shorts any day…just not in the office!

How would you define your mythology that you portray through your style? Laid-back beach bum meets high-maintenance Vegas chick? Yeah…let’s go with that!

What is your favorite decade for style?
My favorite era for style and everything else is the 60s, and early (PRE-DISCO!) 70s.

What is your favorite fabric?
Cotton (Supima cotton to be exact)

Pleasers or Naughty Monkey?
Oh boy… Naughty Monkey , but Pleasers for Halloween!

What is your favorite color?
I have three I can’t live without, grey, black and white! Are those even colors?

What item do you allow yourself to splurge on?
Handbags and Jeans

Do you need to take out a second mortgage for your style?
In this economy? Never!

Diamonds or pearls?
I don’t wear either

Trina Tarantino or Gasoline Glamor?
Tarina of course! She’s fabulous.

Which bag?
Bulga , Marc by Marc Jacobs , Kooba…I just like bags in general!

I love my Ray Bans, but I buy cheapies and vintage sunglasses too

What are your fashion rules?
If you can’t drink beer and still be comfortable in it, your outfit is too tight!

What is the most you’ve spent on a handbag?
800 bucks, Dior logo saddle bag, which I sadly never wear anymore.

Would set foot in a thrift store?
Of course!

What is the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store?
Someone found it for me….this Moschino dress!!

What is the most you’ve ever spent on fashion and for what item?
That aforementioned Dior bag. I don’t know how I afforded it…I was a broke college student!

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2290 Potluck Madnesss!

Tis the season of chowing down. Now I ask you, is there a better way to enjoy copious amounts of food with coworkers than with a potluck? I think not.

The 2290 building decided to have a housewarming, “International Potluck”. The HR and Training teams brought American food, the Finance team brought Spanish food, the PM team brought desserts, and the Dev team brought whatever they wanted to. It’s the best Potluck ever! So much food! Yum!!

Now that’s what I call a potluck!

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Things On My Desk with Diana G.

Inside Zappos really is all about culture and the “things” that make Zappos so unique from every other company. One thing that us Zapponians pride ourselves in is how encouraged we are to decorate our desk space as we see fit; because lets face it, we spend a lot of hours at our desk and if a fake bird with a wig on it helps you get through your work week, then so be it.

So see the things that CLT member Diana G. keeps on her desk.


Ah, home for the holidays… we all remember them well. You and your beloved wish for a tropical excursion, where you can lie on the beach, sip Mai Tai cocktails, and watch the sunsets. Then, bam! One phone call and you are snapped out of your fantasy into the reality of family obligations. Now, of course, it does not really have to be that bad; there is a certain comfort in embracing the family call and soldiering through it. That is why the film Four Christmases, a delightful new romantic comedy, is the perfect pre-holiday antidote for the upcoming holiday season. We may not be able to get out of our responsibilities, but we sure can laugh at seeing how other people deal with it on the big screen. Four Christmases – In Theaters November 26th!


Clothing featured: Custo Barcelona Suvy Wayu Dress, Ugg Australia Fray Linen Bucket Hat, Elliot Lucca Pascale Hobo Handbag, Marc by Marc Jacobs Metal Tenacious T Bangle, Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Sunglasses, Kate Spade Sloan Sunglasses, and Michael Kors Pearl Ankle-tie Open Toe Wedges.


Having this lovely camel coat by Just Cavalli, makes you wish every day were cool and wintery. Okay, not quite, but you get what we mean. The hue is rich, the longer length is perfect, and the multi pockets and stitching detail adds a bit of drama that can take you from day to night, which is essential for an investment winter piece.

Vacations For The Outdoorsy: Lake Okeechobee in Florida

Many of us are looking for the biggest and the boldest in our vacations, something that our friends haven’t done or that will make for great stories when we get home. One option is Lake Okeechobee in Florida, which is the largest lake in the U.S. after Lake Michigan.

Lake Okeechobee is 750 square miles of beautiful water and sandy beaches. With nine islands and divided into five counties, you could spend three weeks here and never do everything available in the area. In fact, many Florida families (and people from all over the U.S.) spend their summers here.

One of the most attractive things about Lake Okeechobee is the wildlife. If you suffer from a debilitating fear of alligators, for example, this probably isn’t the vacation spot for you. It is also home to a wide range of birds, fish, insects, plants and rodents. If you enjoy taking pictures of animals, you’d better bring your favorite camera.

Called the “Big O” by locals, Lake Okeechobee serves several small towns and villages where fishing is the largest attraction for tourists. From speckled perch to catfish, there is always something on the end of the fishing line, and camp grounds offer numerous outdoor fire pits on which to grill your catch.

You should also take time to visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, which celebrates the Seminole American Indian tribe through ancient artifacts and finds. They have plenty of hands-on events, including a nature walk through the swamp, and kids will enjoy it just as much as their parents.

When you visit Lake Okeechobee, make sure to pack a pair of high-quality hiking shoes, such as the Timberland Sandowns, which come with Gore-Tex membranes for dry, comfortable feet while walking. You’ll also want to bring jeans or long pants for hiking through tall grasses.

Make sure that your visit to Lake Okeechobee includes plenty of boat rides across the water, a few hours of lounging by the shore with a good book, and at least a day of antique shopping in Clewiston, one of the most popular lakeside towns. The best times to visit are in fall and spring, when the weather is mild, though many of the villages surrounding Lake Okeechobee have beautiful Christmas decorations in December.

Celebrity Gossip: Weddings, Reunions, and Men Who Shave Their Armpits

Can you believe who is engaged already? Kendra Wilkinson. Yes, the former girlfriend of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner is already engaged to be married. The really off thing is that the announcement was made by Hefner, and the wedding will be at the Playboy mansion next June. Kendra will be marrying the Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Hank Baskett. Also, Hefner made it known that he will be giving away Kendra at her wedding. Okay, so who else finds this completely odd? I think that the whole girlfriend of Hefner thing was a fake, and she was actually dating this guy while supposedly being Hefner’s girlfriend. I mean what would a 20-something-year-old, pretty woman want with an old guy like Hefner. I think that Baskett is more Kendra’s style.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had a little reunion at the Madonna concert on November 6. Both of the singers performed songs with Madonna at her concert. The concert was held at L.A. Dodger’s Stadium. Britney and Justin only briefly crossed paths at the sound check as they did not perform the same songs onstage with Madonna. Britney sang “Human Nature” with Madonna while Justin sang his duet “4 Minutes.” Britney was actually really tame and looked rather put together in her black satin pants and white ruffle shirt. Maybe this is a start to a whole new Britney Spears.

Another little odd tidbit of celebrity gossip is that country singer Toby Keith has admitted to shaving his armpits. First of all, this is really too much information for me. Secondly, Toby Keith really doesn’t come across as the metro-sexual type. Keith said that on hot summer nights while performing concerts he just gets so “hot and sweaty” that shaving helps cool him off. I actually know quite a few guys who aren’t swimmers who do this. I guess it works for them. So, guy, if you want to be like rough country singer Toby Keith, shave your armpits!


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Recipes For The Family: Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Let’s face it. In a few days, you’ll be faced with pounds of leftover turkey. While you could serve it with the traditional Thanksgiving sides, over and over again, you know that’s not healthy. Thankfully, there are hundreds of healthy ways to serve leftover turkey. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Hot Open-Faced Turkey Sandwiches
Serves 4
This makes a great, quick lunch after hitting all those Black Friday sales. If you don’t have time to prepare dressing, use some of the leftovers.

  • 1 pound of leftover turkey breast, skinned and shredded
  • 1 jar of turkey gravy
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 pieces of whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 2 cups of prepared, low-fat dressing mix

1. Place the turkey and gravy in a saucepan, season with pepper and heat over medium-high heat until bubbly.
2. Top each slice of toasted bread with ¼ cup of the dressing.
3. Top with the turkey and gravy and serve.

The Leftover Turkey Salad
Serves 4
This recipe takes advantage of cooked leftovers and some of the extra ingredients you may have leftover, such as celery and pecans.

  • One 4 × 4-inch square of leftover dressing
  • 8 cups of romaine lettuce
  • 4 stalks of celery, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 cup of pecans, toasted
  • 1 pound of turkey breast, skinned and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • Salad dressing of your choice

1. Cut the dressing into bite sized cubes and toast in the oven until golden brown and crispy.
2. In the meantime, combine the lettuce and celery in a large bowl.
3. Top with pecans, turkey, dressing croutons and salad dressing.
4. Serve with leftover rolls.

Don’t let the day after Thanksgiving be the beginning of a free for all that lasts until New Year’s. Instead, turn those leftovers into healthy meals that are quick and easy. After all, who wants to spend the day slaving away when they could be shopping or hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree?