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Inspired By: Cozy in Cambridge

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then street style replication is fashion flattery at its finest.

Today’s inspiration is all about adding a dose of glam to a laidback weekend attire. An easy-to-wear faux fur vest instantly adds coziness and interest to our favorite go-to formula for kicking back: a sweatshirt + skinny jeans + Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.  The addition of a structured satchel lends a more grown-up vibe to this super comfy outfit.

Check out how we rock this effortless look below:

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1. BB Dakota "Perri" Vest

2. Alternative Apparel "Dash" Sweatshirt

3. ALDO "Daubs" Satchel

4. Hudson "Krista" Super Skinny Jeans

5. Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Core Ox in Optical White

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Zapponian Spotlight: Paul W.

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A proud member of the fabulous Zappendales, Paul Walker's e-mail skills are so magnanimous that he makes answering a phone call look like live chatting a tweet. But how can this figure of Olympian online correspondence cope with the tedium of a world that doesn't understand his art? Often, he copes by dressing up all lady-like. Today, we take a long hard look into the abyss to determine the man, the myth, the motorcyclist. (Paul only agreed to speak with us if this interview was clothing optional…) 

This first question comes with a challenge. There are five words you are not allowed to use in your answer. The five words are "dance, sing", "gyrate", "guitar", and "showgirl". 

PW: So you can say them, but I cannot. 

 

Right, I can say them. You can't point to me and say "Say this one". That would be cheating. The question is "What do you do in the Zappendales?"

PW: I am the lead singer--

 

(BUZZ) You can't say "singer". 

PW: You see, I didn't see "singer" [on the list] just "sing" and that threw me off! 

 

You can't say "singer". You can't say variations of the words: "singer", "dancer", etc.

PW: Gyration? 

 

No.

PW: Ok, I am the "baws" (spelled B-A-W-S) of Zappendales. Just so we're clear on that. I make the decisions and what I say goes. When it does not, I throw a tantrum in my trailer, because that is what we celebrities do.

 

What is the greatest foe that Captain Anomaly (your secret alter ego) has ever faced and what did Captain Anomaly (who you don't want anyone to know is you) do about it, Captain Anomaly?

PW: Doctor Normality. In the eyes of the public, I would like to say I vanquished him through providing excellent customer service. He likes to keep things toned down; he likes to mess with people. He likes to delay their shipments. And I like to go above and beyond, stop him, do what I can to WOW our customers and keep him at bay.

And when that doesn't work, I found his address through our friends in order verification, and I set him on fire. He won't be delaying shipments any time soon!

 

What do the letters Z, A, P, P, O, and S mean to you?

PW: Misspelled "Zappendales". 

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This next question is for the ladies.

PW: Well, I have the figure of a malnourished twelve-year-old-girl, so I think I can still answer this one. 

 

Uh, I mean this question is for their benefit. 

PW: Oh, oh! Right. Of course! Of course.

 

Z: If you could be any shoe, what would you be and why?

PW: [Slams his shoe on the table] I would be a Vibram® Five Finger®. I am wearing the KSOs. You can actually get those on Zappos.com! Free one business day shipping and returns. 365- day return policy! I don't know if you knew that…

 

Z: Final question, I just want your opinion on something.

PW: Definitely shave it. 

 

Z: Uh... not that. I often entertain my team with my spot-on impression of you. I wanted to get your opinion on it. [Does an absolutely perfect Paul Walker impression]

PW: Do you mind if I give you a little bit of feedback? I'm not going to sugarcoat it. I hope that's ok with you. I just like to give it straight…to give all the truth and just plow it straight on. Is that going to be all right?

There were too many clothes, alright? That's not my style. There was not enough pelvic gyration…I can say gyration now, right? That was just for that first question?...and you didn't express any of my amazing talents or skills: my dance moves, my convincing brow to lure the ladies in, so those are my recommendations.

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There you have it! After speaking to Paul, I learned what a quick wit and comedic mastermind he is! I can see why he is such a popular member of the Zappos family. Thanks so much, Paul!

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Designer Picks: Badgley Mischka

From star-studded red carpets to beautiful weddings, Badgley Mischka has become a name synonymous with timeless glamour reminiscent of 1940s Hollywood. Reinterpreting the style of that era for the modern customer, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka have always managed to stay true to the impeccable sophistication which makes Badgley Mischka a go-to among Hollywood’s A-list.

We asked the two talented designers to share some of their inspirations and standouts from the fall collection:

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1. Badgley Mischka Cowl Back Beaded Waist Dress

2. Badgley Mischka Strapless Lurex Dress

3. Badgley Mischka Long Sleeve Metallic Reptile Tweed Dress

4. Badgley Mischka Satin Wool Blazer

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Morocco

Today we’re dreaming about the faraway exotic beauty of Morocco. The notorious desert heat subsides around this time of year, making it the perfect time to embark on your own desert adventure. Camel rides in the sunset? Yes, please!  

Of course, no visit to Morocco is complete without exploring the ancient city of Marrakech. The Jamaa el Fna square is a must-see. It offers everything from a great day of shopping for souvenirs at the souk (a traditional market) to video-worthy experiences like snake charmers and can’t-miss culinary adventures.

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Where are you jetting off to this Wanderlust Wednesday?

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Beef Roast Recipe with the Le Creuset Roaster

There isn't a more perfect use for the Le Creuset roaster than a beef roast. This delectable recipe combines classic flavorful ingredients with seasonal root vegetables for a mouth-watering result.

The best part is that you can put this roaster right on the stove top and make the gravy directly in the dish! Go big for your next dinner parties with a 4-pound roast because the roomy handles on the Le Creuset roaster make maneuvering around the kitchen easy.

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INGREDIENTS:

-1 (4 lbs) boneless prime rib beef roast

-6 garlic cloves, minced

-2 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard

-1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves

-1/2 cup kosher salt

-1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper

-1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 3 Tbsp for the vegetables

-2 lbs of small potatoes, halved if larger than 3 inches

-2 lbs assorted root vegetables (such as carrots, beets, turnips or parsnips) peeled and sliced on the bias

-2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

-1 qt beet stock

-2 sprigs fresh thyme

INSTRUCTIONS:

1 Allow the roast to rest at room temperature at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2 Mince the garlic cloves. Combine with Dijon mustard, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil to create a rub. Spread evenly over the prime rib, patting well. Place the roast fat side up in a Le Creuset Signature 7 qt Roaster.

3 In a bowl toss the potatoes and root vegetables with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the vegetables around the roast reserving any tender vegetables, such as carrots, for later.

4 Place the roaster in the center rack of the oven. Roast roughly 20 minutes per pound for medium-rare, or internal temp reaches 120 degrees F. Add the more tender vegetables to the pan halfway through roasting. When the roast is ready, remove from the oven and let rest 20 minutes before carving.

5 While the roast rests, make the jus (gravy). Discard a few tablespoons of fat, leaving some in the roaster. Place the roasting pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes, until it reaches paste consistency.

6 Pour in the beef stock and add thyme, stirring continuously. Use a wooden spoon to release any browned bits on the bottom of the roaster.

7 Increase the heat to high and continue to cook. Adjust seasonings if necessary, and strain the jus to serve with the roast.

Enjoy!

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On Our Favorites: Hey Stud!

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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C&C California Embellished SweatshirtThe super comfy, wear-with-everything sweatshirt we adore gets a super cool studded design to turn things up a notch!

Matisse “Studly” Ankle BootsJust when you thought a classic pair of stacked-heel booties couldn’t be improved upon…they went and added pyramid studs to add a dose of edgy.

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Friday Fix: DIY Halloween

Sometimes, the best Halloween getups are the ones that are put together using stuff you have in your closet. Not only does it conjure up more creativity on your part, it also allows your wardrobe to flex its multitasking muscles!

Check out how we’ve taken a few awesome pieces and put them together to create Halloween-worthy looks with just the addition of some creative props and makeup to make them your own:

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Freddie Krueger:

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Michael Stars Rugby Stripe Sleeveless Crew Neck

!iT Denim Ultra Skinny Ponte

Shellys London Simonas Boot

Punk Rocker:

Obey Knuckle Spikes Ring

Circus by Sam Edelman Cassie Creepers

Obey Sweet Revenge Faux Leather Jacket

Blank NYC Pussy Cat Black Vegan Leather Legging

'70s Rock Star:

MINKPINK Farshion Coat

Free People Century Denim Stripe Bali Flare Jean

Le Specs Rudeboy Sunglasses

Shellys London Potak Velvet Platforms

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Zappos Exclusive Interview: Joyce Azria of BCBGeneration

When it comes to interpreting the latest trends in a lighthearted and unique way, BCBGeneration is always on their game. We caught up with BCBGeneration Creative Director Joyce Azria during MAGIC to get the scoop on the overarching influence for their fall collection:

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New Brand Spotlight: TW Steel

Established in 2005, TW Steel is the fastest growing watch brand in Europe. Proudly Dutch, TW Steel stands unique amongst its watch rivals concentrating exclusively on continuing to develop and lead the oversize watch market.

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TW Steel, the name meaning "The Watch in Steel," has rapidly established itself as a big, bold, lifestyle watch brand. Its watch collections are reflective of and available for all tastes and occasions without compromise to design or build. Successfully combining design and innovation across its watch collections, TW Steel offers a defined sense of individuality with style and quality assured. Put simply, wearing a TW Steel watch makes a powerful statement.

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Inspired By: Autumnal Vibes

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then street style replication is fashion flattery at its finest.

Today’s street style inspiration comes to us once again from the stylish streets of the Big Apple. This perfectly layered fall look could easily become a favorite go-to for chilly days.

Check out how we recreated all this bundled-up goodness below:

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1. Sam Edelman Mixed Media Wool Jacket

2. Free People Huntington Hacci Top

3. Echo Design Digital Pixels Wrap Scarf

4. Vans Mismoedig Beanie in Black Heather

5. DL1961 Emma Leggings in Berlin

6. Steve Madden Troopa Boots

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At-Home Spa Day

A spa day may seem indulgent to some, but did you know that the benefits of pampering yourself to this relaxing respite from our busy lives goes far beyond the surface?

Spa treatments like hydrotherapy, foot massages and body treatments (like a full body scrub) can help improve blood circulation and regulate blood pressure, not to mention, they feel sublime!  The much-needed mental break from a spa day can also do wonders psychologically, helping to increase feelings of confidence, well-being and boosting self-esteem.

Even if you’re too busy to schedule an appointment at your local spa, you can still reap the benefits of a relaxing spa day (or evening) right in your very own bathroom. Take a look at a few of our favorite spa indulgences and leave those worries at the door! :

 

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1. philosophy Granny's Homemade Apple Pie Shower/Bath Gel

2. philosophy The Microdelivery Peel Kit

3. Archipelago Botanicals Sugar Cane & Coconut Sugar Scrub

4. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

5. Archipelago Botanicals Excursion Artisan Candle

6. philosophy Soul Ownder Exfoliating Foot Cream

7. Bliss Glamour Gloves

8. Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream

9. Tweezerman Pedro® Callus Stone


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Lolë White Yoga Tour Concludes in Paris' Grand Palais

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Imagine being transported, mind, body & spirit, during a peaceful yoga session in a Paris architectural landmark accompanied by the gentle, soothing melodies of the string musicians from the Opera de Paris…

Last month, four thousand people got to experience this surreal yoga moment during the conclusion of the Lolë White Yoga Tour in Paris’ Grand Palais located on the Champs – Élysées.

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The yoga session was led by renowned American instructor, Colleen Saidman- Yee, along with Canadian teacher, Grace Dubery, who led the White Yoga Tour in Toronto.

According to the New York Times, Colleen Saidman Yee is known as “the first lady of yoga.” Yee, who is an instructor and inspiration to thousands of practitioners, also regularly works with acclaimed fashion designer, activist, and yoga enthusiast, Donna Karan. With a meditative style that focuses on improving quality of life, Yee epitomizes Lolë’s mission of wellness and call to action to Live Out Loud Every Day.

This concluding session was the latest in a series of White Yoga Tour events that have spanned the globe from Paris, to Salt Lake City, to Montreal, and Toronto. Lolë also hosts ongoing well-being focused events in-store and in the urban outdoors at their two debut U.S. locations in Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City.

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Timberland: Celebrating 40 Years of Quality

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It all started in 1973 with the introduction of the world’s first seam-sealed, guaranteed-waterproof boot. It was then that the very first Timberland boot was born, setting a high benchmark for every other boot to follow.

In the 40 years since Sidney Swartz unveiled that classic Timberland yellow boot (now known as the Classic 6” Boot), it has managed to reach iconic status with its uncomplicated design, authenticity and superb craftsmanship. The boot that was born out of practicality and the needs of the “working man” has certainly stood the test of time, continuing to make believers out of the working man and fashion tastemakers alike.

Today, Timberland continues to base their design ethic on this heritage of quality.  The unwavering standard for form, function & craftsmanship of the iconic Classic 6” lives on across all Timberland collections---a true testament to the brand’s commitment to making a great product that stands the test of time.

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Fresh Picks: Fall Outerwear

One of our favorite things about fall weather is the opportunity to bundle up in style-defining coats & jackets. Whether it’s a classic wool coat or a modern bomber jacket, these cold-weather essentials really complete the look.

Check out a few of our recent favorites:

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1. BB Dakota "Davina" Coat

2. Free People Boiled Wool Jacket

3. BB Dakota "Frank" Coat

4. MINKPINK "The Wanderer" Coat

5. Townsen Leather Jacket

6. Circus by Sam Edelman Hooded Jacket w/ Sweater Knit Sleeves

7. Vince Camuto Asymmetrical Toggle Knit Coat

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A New York Minute with COACH

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We’re in a New York state of mind, which is why we can’t help but fall head over heels for new fall collection from Coach. From bags and accessories to shoes and sunwear, these chic new must-haves exude that sophisticated New York state of mind.

We invite you to discover some of our favorite fall pieces inspired by New York City’s enduringly classic allure:

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1. Coach Legacy Sport Watch in Gold

2. Coach Nala Suede Pumps

3. Coach Monroe Kitten Heels

4. Coach Katisha Ankle Boots

5. Coach Legacy E-Reader Sleeve

6. Coach MadisonSmall Phoebe Shoulder Bag

7. Coach Abigail Sunglasses

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