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Zapponian Spotlight: Jason Z.

Jason Z. Packs for KidsJason is an extraordinary leader in the Zappos Kentucky Family on the floor, as a Lead in the Picking Department, and after hours. While volunteering for the Zappos Packs for Kids: Backpack Buddy program February 27th – March 2nd, Jason not only gave his time, he also packed 100 bags of food and wrote 100 notes for children in need. The Backpack Buddy program was started by Dare to Care in 2004 as an effort to bring nutritious food to children on the weekends, when free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches are not available.  This year, the Zappos Kentucky Family teamed up to pack over 2,000 bags of food and draft over 2,000 notes to the children in our area.  These will be distributed in new, sturdy backpacks.

We asked Jason a couple of questions about this project that is near and dear to his heart:

What drew you most to helping out with the Zappos Packs for Kids Backpack Buddy program?

J:   It’s for the KIDS!  How can you not?!

What brought you to Zappos?

J: The culture!

 If you won $1,000,000 to be donated to charity, what organization would you donate to and why?

J: Any charity [that assists] kids. They can’t help themselves.

What is one thing you had as a child that you still have or use today?

J:  A baseball.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

J: Spontaneous, Humble, Motivated.

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"Live Life, Don't Watch It": A Short Film from PUMA Social

PUMA® Social, known for empowering late night after-hours athletes throughout the world, recently launched their first short film. It captures and shares the spirit of fun, energetic late night activities and competitive bar-sport warriors. The film sets out to inspire the millennial generation to break free from the confines of reality TV and go out and create their own stories. Because after all, the night deserves to be played, not watched.

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New Brand Spotlight: Blondo

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Using only the highest quality leathers in the richest colors for its boots, shoes and sandals, Blondo beautifully blends the latest fashion trends with clever and innovative features in a variety of sizes and widths.



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Fresh Picks: Spring Showers

With springtime comes the inevitable spring shower. Thankfully, there’s no need to settle for lackluster style when it’s pouring outside. Cute, rain-ready accessories really brighten up your look even through grey skies.

Here are some of our favorites for a little rainy weather pick-me-up:

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1. Free People Lacey Raincoat, 2. Vera Bradley"Island Blooms" Umbrella, 3. Gabriella Rocha Mission, 4. Hunter Aston rain boots, 5. Chooka Deck Solid rain boots 6. Hunter Original High Gloss in Orchid

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Corporate Challenge 2012 Update: Zappos Racquetball Teams

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Last week, our men’s and women’s racquetball teams represented Zappos in Corporate Challenge. The Women’s Doubles team went on to take home the silver medal! Congratulations ladies and great job to everyone who participated.

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New Brand Spotlight: Kennebunk Home

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The core of Kennebunk Home is on the high-quality yarns used on their beautiful throw blankets. Every piece is made in America, in the same New Hampshire factory where Kennebunk got its name. These cozy and super soft throws are perfect for any décor, from a cabin home to a contemporary living room. Envelop yourself in the luxury and comfort of Kennebunk Home throws.

Super Awesome Description-February 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.

super awesome description,Zappos Development, zappos content team,Zappos culture,The winner for February is Kenny Lucas. Kenny is part of the performance team and his quirky description for the Quiksilver Venture luggage piece was too amusing to ignore. Congratulations Kenny!

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

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

K: Excessive… ellipses… dude…

What is your favorite color?

K:Plaid – I like to think it’s a color.

What inspired you when writing this description?

K: I read an article a while ago about a man who was trying to build a rocket ship in his backyard, so really, I was just reminding him to pack the necessities while he’s up there exploring the universe. Hopefully he didn’t forget his toothpaste.

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

K: I’m apparently named after Kenny Rogers, but since I can’t ever remember listening to him with my family, I can only assume I was named after his delicious rotisserie chicken.

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The Trend: Y-3 Show at New York Fashion Week

In this week’s The Trend, Victoria Recaño gives you a backstage look at the Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto runway show in New York City Fashion Week.

Here are this week’s can’t miss trends:

Sporty dress: adidas Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto Mesh Dress

Neutral heels: UGG Collection Marcella in Brandy

Miniaudiere clutch: Kooba Bethenny

Bold luxury men’s watch: Breil Milano TW0995

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Fresh Picks: Fancy Flats

As much as we love our heels and wedges, there’s always a special place in our hearts (and wardrobe) for lady-like flats. These chic and walkable shoes are equally perfect for a professional setting as they are for a night out on the town. Pair them with everything from cuffed skinny jeans to dresses to cropped trousers.

Here are just a few of our favorite dressy flats for both day and night:

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1. Elie Tahari Shirley Ballet Flat, 2. Joan & David Emily Rose, 3. Joan & David Ezza, 4. Daniblack Rodin, 5. Dolce Vita Laci, 6. KORS Michael Kors Otley

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Staff Picks: Color-Pop Running Shoes

Here at Zappos, there’s definitely no shortage of runners from every level—from seasoned triathlon athletes to beginners who are just getting into running. That’s why this week, we’re featuring four Zappos employees on the home page along with their picks for colorful running shoes. We think there’s no reason why you can’t look good while putting in those miles every day! Running is just more fun with cool running shoes, right?

We asked our Zappos “models” a couple of questions to delve into their running routines:

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Describe your workout style in three words.

J: Loose, relaxed, maneuverable 

What three songs are always on your running playlist?

J: “Push It”- Salt n’ Peppa

   “Supermodel” –Ru Paul

   “I’m Too Sexy”- Right Said Fred

Describe your typical running routine.

J:  Stretching before and after every run is a must, and so is staying hydrated! 

What are your top 3 favorite Zappos brands?

J: Nike, Vans and Adidas

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Describe your workout style in three words.

K: Comfy, trendy, all-purpose 

What three songs are always on your running playlist?

K: “Beautiful Day”-U2

     “Pump It” -The Black Eyed Peas

     “Redemption Song” -Bob Marley

Describe your typical running routine.

K: Two miles on the treadmill jamming to my iPod.

What are your top 3 favorite Zappos brands?

K: Nike, Adidas and Brooks


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Describe your workout style in three words.

K: Technical, functional, memorable.

What three songs are always on your running playlist?

K: “Free Yourself” –The Untouchables

     “Sexy Back” –Justin Timberlake & Timberland

    “Cuddly Toy” –Roachford

Describe your typical running routine.

K: Wake up, down a PowerGel and a glass of water, easy 45 minutes with focus on form, walking cool down for 15 minutes then recovery with ramen noodles!

What are your top 3 favorite Zappos brands?

K: K-Swiss, Pearl iZumi, Zoot.

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Describe your workout style in three words.

S: black, white, and something bright.

What three songs are always on your running playlist?

S: “Let the Drummers Kick” –Citizen Cope

    “How I Roll” –Britney Spears

    “Last Night of the Dynasty” –Shanghai Restoration Project

Describe your typical running routine.

S: Stretch for a little bit. Walk for a little bit.  Run for a lot of bits.  Stretch a medium bit. Ice knees.  Eat lots.

What are your top 3 favorite Zappos brands?

S: CW-X, Any brand that offers highlighter-colored shoesNike and Saucony do neon really well--, knee-high socks from Injiniji

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New Brand Spotlight: MiH Jeans

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Chloe Lonsdale, Creative Director of MiH Jeans, relaunched the company five years ago to reestablish its position as the leading British denim label. Inspired by wardrobe basics, MiH is all about wearable basics infused with modern aesthetics.

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New Brand: Rockadelic

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In the world of men’s footwear, Rockadelic shakes things up by infusing a healthy dose of rock and roll into timeless shoe designs. Born from creative director Alison Muskat's love for men who can’t get enough of denim, Rockadelic is inspired by the classic man who looks great no matter what he is wearing. She’s bringing the rockstar back to the business world, adding flair and an edgy modern style that will transform the shoe industry.

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New Brand Spotlight: Sbicca

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Want some laid-back California style this spring and summer? You’ll love Sbicca sandals and their perfect pairing of bohemian-inspired style and all-day comfort. Wear these cute and versatile sandals with all your maxi dresses, skirts and jeans—they give you that surfer girl beach vibe no matter what you wear!

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Behind the Scenes: Costa Rica Spring Shoot Day 2

On day 2 of our spring shoot, we headed to the beaches of beautiful Manuel Antonio in Puerto Quepos. Our first location was a little bit of a hike, but it was well worth it. The payoff was this gorgeous secluded beach at the end of the trail called Playa Biesanz. It was so peaceful and we highly recommend it for a nice morning hike and even a beachside jog along the lovely cove.

We then headed out to the main beach which is a bit more of a tourist spot. The streets are lined with lots of shops, restaurants and bars, making Manuel Antionio Beach the perfect spot to spend an entire day. You can even learn how to surf with one of the many surf instructors lining the beach.

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To top it all off, the sunsets on this side of Costa Rica are definitely picture perfect!

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5 Ways to Cuff Your Jeans

Now that the weather is starting to warm up (finally!), we’re so excited to start wearing one of our favorite jeans trends this season: the cuffed pant. It’s so easy, yet somehow so impactful in freshening up your favorite pair of jeans be it skinny or boyfriend, or something in between!

Check out this little how-to video we put together to illustrate different ways to rock the cuff this spring:

Here are the denim styles used in the video:

The Peg Cuff:

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The Single Cuff:

Levi's Made & Crafted Pins Skinny Jeans

The Messy Cuff:

Blank NYC Spray-On Skinny Jeans

The Preppy Cuff:

7 for All Mankind Slim Straigh in Khaki

The Roll Cuff:

Hudson Bascara Crop Straight Cuffed

*In the spirit of “doing more with less” our style team recruited yours truly to demo these looks in the how-to video!

** P.S. The cuffed pant is a great trend for both short and tall girls. It’s a great way hide a too-long or too-short inseam!

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