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New Brand Spotlight: Reed & Barton

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In business for over 186 years, Reed & Barton is one of the country's foremost marketers of fine tableware and giftware. Stylish entertaining starts with great flatware, stemware and of course, the perfect tabletop presentation. Reed & Barton creates a fine selection of silver and stainless steel flatware, along with everything the discerning host needs to make the most of the at-home dining experience.

Check out Reed & Barton for your home or for a great housewarming or wedding gift!

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Prom Season 2012

It’s that time of year again; the time when high school guys and gals get dressed to the nines, don their boutonnieres and corsages and slip into their fancy shoes. Yup, it’s prom season!

If going to the mall just isn't your style (and who really wants to stand in line and deal with poorly-lit dressing rooms anyway?), we’ve got some fabulous dresses, shoes and accessories worthy of prom night.

Here's a fun idea: have your very own "pre-prom fitting party" at home. Invite your friends and try on some dresses and shoes as your friends vote on which ones are keepers for the big night. (It’s ok; we have FREE shipping both ways!)  

Here are just a few of our prom favorites to get you started:

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1. Laundry by Shelli Segal Pick Up Strapless Gown, 2. Laundry by Shelli Segal One Shoulder Embellished Dress, 3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Crisscross Shirred Strapless Gown , 4. Max and  Cleo Strapless Draped Lulu Dress, 5. Max and  Cleo Strapless Mina Dress, 6. BCBGMAXAZRIA Petite Kaeya Cutout Gown
7. BCBGMAXAZRIA Crystal Trim Bow Clutch, 8. Touch Ups Sequin Clutch, 9. Nina Moira crossbody clutch, 10. Nina Jewelry Mirabela earrings 11. Nina Medina sandals, 12. Nina Pachita platform sandals

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Bogs Spring 2012

Spring is just around the corner, and that means spring showers, gardening and lots of farmers’ markets to peruse through on weekend mornings. Lucky for us, Bogs, a brand known for its durable, waterproof and super comfy shoes, has spring covered—at least your feet.

Bogs is also sponsoring local farmers across the country by giving them hardcore boots and gardening shoes to withstand anything Mother Nature can dish out. If you live in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Portland and Chicago, be sure to check out your local farmers’ markets this spring to show your support.

Check out this short video description of the Bogs Rue, a great everyday slip-on shoe for amateur urban farmers and advanced green thumbs alike!

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Now Available: ZN Hollywood Glam Issue!

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The third issue of ZN now available for FREE on the iTunes store for your iPad. This latest issue pays tribute to the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown.

Check it out and tell us what you think! We love to hear all your feedback and ideas. Follow us on Twitter: @Zappos_ZN

Click HERE to see a short video of ZN in action.

*Stay tuned for the 4th ZN issue where we welcome in summertime in all its fun and stylish splendor!

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Paige Denim Spring 2012

This spring, Paige Denim is all about bringing out your fun side. Whether it’s with colored denim, cropped jeans or printed denim, this season’s Paige styles are delightfully on-trend yet wearable.

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at their Spring 2012 campaign in which Paige Adams –Geller talks about the premium denim brand’s design inspiration.

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New Brand Spotlight: Winter Kate

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Nicole Richie’s signature bohemian-chic style is beautifully recreated in her Winter Kate clothing line. Named after her daughter Harlow Winter Kate, this lovely collection is brimming with airy silks, flowy silhouettes and an ethereal appeal that’s both retro and timeless.

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The Trend: February Week 4

For this week’s episode of The Trend, Victoria Recaño takes you on an exclusive backstage look into New York City Fashion Week. Our host talks trends with tastemakers, designers and stylish celebs at the Rachel Roy runway show.

Check out this week’s to-die-for trends inspired by the latest runway looks:

Exotic-print blouse: Rachel Roy Cascade Blouse

Lace leggings: Anna Sui Lace Stripe Legging

Carry-all tote: Kooba Emma

Sky-high wedges: Sergio Rossi wedge platforms

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Staff Style Picks: Spring Sandals

You’ve probably noticed four of our lovely staff members highlighting some of their favorite spring sandals on the homepage this week. Here they are creating some “fun and a little weirdness”, hamming it up during their photo shoot! 

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We asked these Zappos ladies a couple of questions to get to know them a little better:

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

A: Urban, girly and relaxed

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

A: I LOVE the “Manngo” espadrille wedge by Steve Madden!

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? :

A:  Free People, BB Dakota and Nike

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :

A: “I’m in a Hurry” by Alabama. I’m a master in multi-tasking and always on the go. 

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

S: Comfortable, colorful and striped. I love stripes!

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

S: I live in the Volcom Forever Creedler  flip flops when it’s warm out.

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? :

S:  Converse, Volcom, Purminerals

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :

S: “The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme). Not because I'm evil and part machine, but because I'm determined and under the impression that I'm tall.

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

E:  boho, low-key and comfortable

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

E: The Volcom New School Creedlers. I literally own four different pairs!

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? :

E: Roxy, O’Neill and Volcom

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :

E: “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” by Less Than Jake. It has such a great flow and I can listen to this song over and over again. It makes me want to take the top off of jeep and blast it while driving down the highway!

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

C: fun, effortless, comfortable

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

C: I love the Steve Madden Manngo in Coral!

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? : Joie, Jessica Simpson, BCBGMAXAZRIA

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :
C:
"Daylight” by Matt and Kim. I absolutely love this song because the beat is so up lifting. This song always puts me in a good mood!

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Super Awesome Description-January 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

The winner for January 2012 is Jay G. Jay is part of the athletic performance team and his witty description for the Ward’s Boxing Club NYC The Husband Beater was too clever to ignore. Congratulations Jay!

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We asked Jay a few fun questions to get to know him better. Check out his answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

Exclamation points. I use it to no end regardless of mood! See what I mean?

What is your favorite color?

Back when I was 10, I would have said “Blue”.  Nowadays, I don’t really have one, but I’ve found that anything light-colored or pastel-ish goes well against my skin tone.

What inspired you when writing this description?

It’s boxing-inspired athletic wear so I just played on those aspects.  Plus 1) I’m a big boxing fan (go team Pacman), 2) I use to write Athletic Performance clothing back in the days so it wasn’t that far from my wheel house and 3) I’ve been happily married to a beautiful yet stubborn woman for 11 years… hence the tone.  Everything else just fell into place.

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve owned 8 pairs of Z. Cavaricci pants and 3 MC Hammer pants.  Anyone above 35 would know what I’m talking about.

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New Brand Spotlight: Wörishofer

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1. Wörishofer 251 in Fuschia Glitter, 2. Wörishofer 583 in Tabac, 3. Wörishofer 251 in Grey Snake, 4. Wörishofer 251 in Yellow

Wörishofer® Footwear, named after a Bavarian spa town where the footwear is made, is bridging the gap between chic style and comfort. Originally designed as a sensibly styled work and comfort shoe for orthopedic patients, the redesigned colors and designs have brought Wörishofer footwear into a new arena of classy and casual possibilities.

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Fresh Picks: Bold Swimwear

As we look forward to warmer, pool-worthy days ahead, we’re starting to aim our radars on some pretty bold and fabulous swimwear out there. After being cooped up all winter long, there’s no better time to make a splash with swimwear that really make a statement.

Check out a few of our current faves:

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1. Mara Hoffman Totem V-Wire: We adore the interesting take on tribal on this standout one-piece suit.

2. Mara Hoffman Embroidered Four-Strap Bikini: Animal print and rainbow colors work seamlessly in this spicy and sexy number.

3. Roxy Abstract Tribal Shirred Bandeau Top and Boy Brief: The funky tribal print coupled with the tropical teal color equals a totally on-trend beach look.

4. Brette Sandler Beth Halter and Bottom: The unique woodgrain print reads more abstract that literal on these vibrant pieces.

5. Nanette Lepore Riviera Stripe Top and Bottom: Sail away in perfect nautical style! We love the crisp and clean design on these separates.

6. adidas by Stella McCartney Swim Cover Up Suit: Sporty meets girly in this lavishly eye-catching one-piece suit.

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Pet Adoption Day at Zappos HQ

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Clockwise: Rocky, Fiona, Fiona with her new mom and dad: Pam and Jerry!

We had a special treat today here in the office. The Animal Foundation brought in five adorable dogs that need a forever home.  We also had a Pet Photo Contest among our employees and will share the cute and furry winners on the blog soon!

Jeanne M. wins MOQ award

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Congratulations, Jeanne!  How does it feel to be recognized by your Content peeps?

It was definitely a *very* nice surprise, but honestly feel there are 100 people far more deserving than I.  We have an amazing Content Team at Zappos overall and lots of Merchandising people on all teams work with them very closely and diligently.  (I am of course partial to the Casual Lifestyle Content Peeps – they rock!!)

What do you believe are the three most important things you can do as a buyer to work in tandem with the writers in Content?

1)      Communication

2)      Communication

3)      Communication!!

The content team is one of most important components of our brands being successful, as they truly "sell" the product for us and help WOW our customers by giving them all the info they need to make shopping decisions.  It's essential that we are looping them in on all things that concern our brands – any changes whatsoever within the brands from personnel or manufacturing/styling standpoint, as well as making sure we are inviting them to all show appts and office meetings with brand reps so they can develop strong partnerships with our brand partners as well.  Deadlines and last minute projects change for all of us, so it's key we are working together successfully by being open about communicating our needs so we can accomplish our goals together as a team and can pitch in to help from both sides. As with every dept at Zappos, it's also tremendously important that we spend time bonding together and taking the culture to the next level- I don’t look at Content as a separate team but as a very important extension and part of our own team.

Share with us the single most important piece of advice you have received and how it helps you WOW the people you work with.

Building relationships with people on all different teams and departments – not only does it help build and strengthen our culture, but we have so much to learn from each other. 

If there were a movie based on your amazing relationship with Content titled, "The Fabulous Life and Times of Jeanne," which actress would play you?

Hmm, I'd love to go with Sandra Bullock – no resemblance looks-wise sadly, but she is pretty sarcastic in many of her roles and so am I!

Since you are a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, who is your all-time favorite Dodger?

I honestly can't narrow it down to a single player.  I would have to say it is the 1988 World Series Team. Not only due to this being the last time they won the series, but because virtually nobody gave them a chance.  Conventional wisdom was they would be swept in 4 by Oakland, they ended up taking the series in 5.  Who can forget the Kirk Gibson dramatics of game 1? (probably a lot of Zapponians actually, since many of you weren't even born back then!)

Finally, the big question!  Which do you prefer, Jeanne: Chocolate or cheese?

Cheese, of course – since it’s the perfect complement with a glass of wine.