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New Brand Spotlight: Pro-Tec

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Weekly Trends: Nautical & Easter

The start of spring always gets us excited about two things: warmer weather and Easter fun! That’s why this week’s Shop By pages are featuring both nautical and Easter looks for both men and women.

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Nautical: The nautical trend is really making a huge splash in fashion this season, although it’s a trend that’s been around for ages. It just goes to show how timeless this style is! Invest in classic pieces like a striped tee, comfy boat shoes and a few solid pieces in navy, white and red--- trust us, they’ll instantly become indispensable in your spring/summer wardrobe.

Easter: This holiday rings in the beginning of spring season. With pastels being such a huge trend in fashion these days, Easter looks are definitely spot-on, whether you’re celebrating or not. Guys, if you’re a little weary of pastel shades, try infusing a little dose with a pastel-colored tie or layer a pastel tee underneath a button-up shirt.

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Spring Bridesmaids' Dresses

Vibrant hues are one of the biggest trends in bridesmaids’ dresses, particularly for spring and summer weddings. While the bride is the center of attention, her bridesmaids play an important role, not only as her main support system, but also setting the tone in the overall look of the wedding.

Another trend we’ve been seeing is having each bridesmaid wear a different dress, either in the same color or different complimentary hues. Check out a few of our favorite dresses in the most eye-catching colors for spring!

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1. ABS Allen Schwartz V-Neck Draped Gown: The rich canary yellow makes this flowy dress totally lively.

2. Lilly Pulitzer Blossom Dress: We love the slightly preppy feel of this feminine dress.

3. Max and Cleo One-Shoulder Lynn Dress: The delicate tiers and bright pop pink color makes this perfect for a stylish wedding.

4. Jax Straight Satin Dress:  A pretty shade of violet is perfectly tempered by the classic, ladylike shape.

5. Vera Wang Lavender Label Stretch Satin Bustier Dress: Sexy in the classiest way, this dress even comes with detachable straps.

6. Vera Wang Lavender Label X Front Dress: From its striking red-orange shade, to its modern and daring cut, this dress definitely makes a statement.

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Mini Style: Lilly Pulitzer Spring/Easter Dresses

One of the best things about spring, besides bunnies and colored eggs, is all the adorable spring dresses for little girls. Pops of cheerful colors and vibrant prints reenergize us for the season ahead, and these lovely Lilly Pulitzer dresses are no exception. Your little one will be the belle of Easter egg hunts and spring picnics in these!

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1. Little Kelsea Printed Dress (Zappos Exclusive), 2. Little Lilly Shift Ruffles, 3. Little Lilly Shift Classic Printed, 4. Baby Lilly Shift with Bow, 5. Carolina Bubble Dress, 6. Little Kelsea Printed Dress

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Behind the Scenes: Costa Rica Spring Shoot Day 4

We continue our sneak peek series on our spring shoot in Costa Rica with Day 4 around Manuel Antonio. We shot around Hotel Costa Verde , the main beach in Manuel Antonio and even found some really quaint cobblestone streets that made for some really cool shots.

Check back next week for the final day of shooting. Here’s a hint: We’re on a boat!

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New Brand Spotlight: Maaji Swimwear

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Inspired by the charm, beauty and diversity of their home country of Colombia, sisters Manuela and Amalia Sierra started Maaji Swimwear. Their swimwear is designed to make women feel pretty and delightful in their own skin.

Maaji never stops surprising with its swimwear collections inspired in magically surreal stories that are the result of a long creative process. A team of designers, garment manufacturers and pattern developers blend together all their ideas to create these little art pieces. Innovation is the hub of this world full of fun, eclecticism and attitude where the Maaji team works to achieve a perfect fit and constantly improve the slightest details.

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New Brand Spotlight: DEPT

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Their spring collection is immersed with ethnic-inspired prints and flowy silhouettes. Each piece is perfect for that spring vacation or hanging out at a rooftop party.

Check out DEPT Clothing at Zappos.com!

 

 

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Fresh Picks: Perforated Accessories

One “micro trend” we are loving lately is perforation. Whether it’s on a belt, a handbag, or shoes, these cool cutouts lend a slightly sporty, totally cool vibe to even the simplest pieces. We love it paired with something a little more feminine; for example, try belting in a floral dress with a perf belt for an edgy touch. Here are just a few of our current favorites:

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1. Linea Pelle Addison Waist Belt, 2. Linea Pelle Addison Hip Belt, 3. Linea Pelle Skinny Square Perf, 4. KORS Michael Kors Oatlands flats, 5. Rockport Zelia wedges, 6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Marina Large Drawstring Shoulder Bag

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At Home: Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again, time to get out of hibernation and do some spring cleaning around the house! Check out a few of our picks from our housewares department to start your spring cleaning off right:

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1. Rowenta Compact Valet Garment Steamer: This quickly and easily steams out the creases and wrinkles from all those spring dresses and slacks in the back of your closet!

2. Rowenta Delta Force 18V Stick Vac: Throw that old broom away and upgrade to this powerful and lightweight cordless!

3. OXO Steel Toilet Brush and Canister: No more unsightly toilet brushes! This one is sleek and modern enough for the coolest bathrooms.

4. Simplehuman X-Frame Laundry Hamper: Resolve to keep dirty clothes off the floor and in this stylish hamper!

5. OXO Stainless Steel Dish Rack: This compact dish rack folds down for easy storage.

6. Simplehuman 50L Deluxe Stepcan:  You’ll never forget to take the trash out with this sleek trash can proudly on display in your kitchen!

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Instant Dance Party at Zappos HQ Lobby!

If you come out for a tour of Zappos HQ, make sure NOT to press the button…unless you want to be surrounded by pure awesomeness. You’ve been warned!

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New Brand Spotlight: Beats by Dre

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Established in 2006, Beats Electronics is the brainchild of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, who set out to develop a new type of headphone with the capability to reproduce the full spectrum of sound that musical artists and producers hear in professional recording studios.

In January of 2008, Dre and Iovine announced a partnership with audio innovator Monster Cable to engineer "Beats by Dr. Dre," the most advanced headphones ever developed.

Check out Beats by Dre on Zappos.com!

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Comfort: Crocs Family Vacation Shoes

With spring break and vacation season in full swing, comfy summer shoes for the whole family is definitely top of mind. We love Crocs for all the obvious reasons, but seeing all their stylish new styles for spring/summer makes us love them even more—particularly for all those family getaways.

Below are our top picks for comfy, waterproof style:

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Women’s:

1. Leigh Wedge: All the comforts of Crocs, done on a charming wedge heel! Wear them with your maxi dresses for all-day style.

2. Jayna Sling-back: These darling flats are so comfy, you can wear them all day, even through a sudden spring downpour!

3. Above Deck Boat Shoe: This adorable boat shoe eliminates the need for socks. It looks fabulous with everything from shorts to cropped pants.

Men’s:

4. Duet Sport Clog: Perfect for sightseeing and walking through wet, uneven terrain.

5. Crosmesh Summer Shoe: Stylish enough to wear to dinner, but comfy enough for all-day wear.

6. Duet Athens flip flops: These are perfect for the pool, the beach, or just walking around town.

Girls’:

7. Duet Sport Clog: The classic Crocs clog done on a tough, treaded bottom. This shoe is ready for adventure.

8. Chameleons™ Color Changing Shirley: These darling sandals are dressy enough to wear with her favorite dress yet still works for the pool!

9. Hello Kitty Crocband:  Her favorite character on her favorite go-to clogs!

Boys’:

10. Caped Crusader™ Custom Clog: Channel his inner super hero!

11. Chameleons™ Color Changing Clog:  He’ll love wearing this fun morphing clog all day long.

12. Duet Sport Clog: Boys can be boys in this tough and rugged version of the Crocs classic.

*Add more fun to your kids' Crocs with fun Jibbitz™ characters!

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World Water Day 2012 for charity:water

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Did you know that 2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene? We all know that without water, there is no life, but this is a daily reality for a large majority of the planet.

This is why the Zappos Family celebrated World Water Day on March 22nd to raise money for one of our favorite charities: charity:water. We had a few challenges that employees participated in, all to raise awareness and money towards this great cause.  

At the end of the day, $1,690.75 was donated to charity:water! That’s enough money for 85 individuals to have access to clean drinking water!

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Staff Style Picks: Spring Dresses by Occasion

This week on the homepage, we’re featuring four Zappos employees (including yours truly!) wearing our favorite dresses for different spring occasions.

We were asked a couple of fun questions about our favorite things for spring…dresses included!

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This dress is perfect for ________ because…”

Natasha: It’s perfect for a dinner date because the print would camouflage the tomato sauce stains!

Hannah:  I can totally see this dress at a garden party because it’s so lady-like; it reminds me of a tea party in a flower garden!

Alison:  I would wear this to a BBQ because it’s the perfect lightweight dress for a hot summer day.

Joanne: This cute maxi is perfect for the beach or pool because it’s bright, lightweight and easy to throw on over a bathing suit.

My favorite spring trend is:

Natasha:  Nudes paired with a pop of neon!

Hannah: I am obsessed with stripes, so I’d have to say nautical.

Alison: I love colorblocking! It’s fabulous to see all the great color combinations.

Joanne: Florals and bright colors against neutrals.

What is your…. :

Most memorable/worst date story?

Natasha: Ordering sweet breads at a French restaurant, actually thinking they were sweet breads….

Favorite flower?

Hannah: I love tulips! They always remind me of springtime.

Favorite BBQ food?

Alison: Freshly picked grilled corn or my husband’s Cajun Salmon recipe!

Favorite beach?

Joanne: Coogee Beach, Australia

What are the top 3 dresses on your Zappos wishlist right now?

Natasha:

Laundry by Shelli Segal Front-Zip Sweater Dress

Kensie Sleeveless Rose Hem Dress

Jessica Simpson One Shoulder Ruffle Dress

Hannah:

Quiksilver Coastal Crochet Dress

French Connection Susu Stripe Dress

BCBGMAXAZRIA Basia Cold Shoulder Colorblock Dress

Alison:

Laundry by Shelli Segal Split Sleeve Colorblock Dress

Jessica Simpson Floral Print Halter Dress

Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Leopard Lurex Dress

Joanne:

Soft Joie Wilcox Tank Maxi Dress

Lucy Love Kendra Dress

BB Dakota Willow Dress

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Mini Style: Mommy & Me Sleep/Loungewear

For those weekend days when you just want to lounge around at home, there’s nothing that makes the day more blissful than a cushy pair of slippers and comfortable pajamas! There are lots of snuggly options out there for both mom and daughter—perfect for staying in and spending quality time.

For a fun day in with your little one we suggest the following:

*movie marathon: pop some popcorn and watch your favorite DVDs in a row!

*arts n’ crafts: scrapbook your latest family vacation or create a DIY wreath for spring.

*baking party: bake up some delicious cookies or cake pops for dessert. You can even invite some friends over and do a dessert decorating contest!

*spa day: a fun Mom-and-daughter pampering day is a great way to relax and reconnect (and, or course, get pretty!)

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For Mom: 1. Karen Neuburger Indochine Henley Bermuda PJ Set, 2. BedHead Cotton Sateen PJ Set, 3. PJ Salvage Elephant PJ Set, 4. Life is Good Sleep Pant, 5. Acorn Taylor Spa Thong, 6. Acorn New Spa Thong

For Daughter: 7. Hatley Kids PJ Set, 8. Sara's Prints Kids Short Sleeve Nightie , 9. Sara's Prints Kids Fitted Shorts PJs, 10. Life is Good Tossed Daisies Sleep Pant, 11. Acorn Kids Taylor Spa Thong (Zappos Exclusive!), 12. Acorn Kids New Spa Thong (Zappos Exclusive!)