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Inspired By: Pop Brights

If the saying rings true and fortune really does befriend the bold, then it’s in our good fortune that this season’s brightest and boldest hues are the hottest thing on the block!

There are so many ways to wear bright colors, even if you’re not as forward or bold in your sartorial tastes.  Adding in pops of bold hues through your accessories allows you to indulge in the “Neo Rio” trend without fear of going overboard.

Today’s street style inspiration, however, is all about embracing bold, bright colors while tempering them with a couple of well-chosen basics (in this case, a denim jacket). See our take on this vivid outfit below!

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1. Paige “Vermont” Jacket in Runway

2. Le Specs “Runaways” Luxe Sunglasses

3. Free People Solid Crinkle Breeze Cami in Vivid Purple

4. ALDO “Waggoner” Crossbody in Turquoise

5. Gabriella Rocha “Sophie” Skater Skirt in Fuchsia

6. Nike Air Pegasus ’83

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Gifts for your BFF

This Sunday, August 3rd is International Friendship Day, a lesser-known, but nonetheless important day to honor the BFF (best friend forever) and the absolute necessity of this thing we call friendship. 

So why not invite your BFF, a long-lost friend or that college buddy you’ve been meaning to catch up with, for coffee or brunch this Sunday?

Even better, show them a little token of appreciation with one of these lovely “just because you’re awesome” gifts below.

Cheers to life-long friendships!

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1. Chan Luu 3-Pack Paper Friendship Bead Bracelets

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere & Silk Blend Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Best Friends Set of 2 Charm Bangles

4. Dogeared “Best. Friend. Ever.” Pyramid Heart Necklace

5. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh Spray

6. Archipelago Botanicals Mason Jar Candle

7. Dogeared “Pearls of Friendship” Necklace

 

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New Brand Spotlight: bernie mev.

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In 2000, Bernie met his match, a man named Itamar Carmi who was as fresh and energetic as Bernie. Itamar owned Medici Shoe Stores, a privately owned retail business with five locations in the New York area that specialized in imported Italian labels. When Bernie and Itamar came together they soon produced shoes in accordance with their shared high standards of excellence.

Itamar quickly brought a vision of his to life; it was a groundbreaking technology in the form of an expandable, handwoven memory foam footbed. It included innovative color combinations and patterns in a wide array of shoe styles from high wedges to ballerina flats.

Bernie Mev footwear is taking the shoe industry by storm with its unique designs and extremely comfortable shoes. Itamar and his wife personally choose all of the fabrics and design all of the patterns. The rest of the recipe includes a hands-on management style, a great office staff, and a crackerjack team of sales associates. “We have designed a whole new line for our 2014 collection,” said Rachel Carmi. “It's definitely Bernie Mev at its best.” Every woman needs a pair of Mevs in her closet!

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Zappos Installs Solar Panels

Here comes the sun! - and Zappos is taking full advantage of the more than 300 sunny days a year in Las Vegas to generate clean electricity using new photovoltaic solar panels. For the first time in company history, Zappos installed 66 280-Watt solar panels creating an 18.48 kW solar array on the roof of our Z-Bistro

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Las Vegas is known as a solar hot spot with excellent solar radiation. The deserts around Las Vegas are home to some of the world’s largest solar arrays including the 64 MW Nevada Solar One power plant and the 390 MW Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. Additionally, many Las Vegas residents are adding small solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems to the rooftops of their homes. That rocks!

The 18.48 kW Zappos Bistro solar project might be small in comparison to the ones mentioned above, but it’s our first step towards clean, renewable energy while our sustainability team researches larger solar installations. We certainly are proud parents!

Check out this sweet time-lapse video of the installation filmed by the awesomely talented Zappos A/V team.

Check out more awesome news from LEAF at Zappos.com/LEED, Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_leaf           

Recruiter Spotlight: Alexis, This Week's @InsideZappos Social VIP

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The special part, however, is what Zappos has done for me on a personal level. Before I came to Zappos, I was a little on the negative side. I had my trials and tribulations through life, as most do, and it left me jaded. I would get angry at things that I couldn’t have control over, and that was usually accompanied by cursing. That doesn’t mean I was a “debbie downer” all the time or wasn’t a good person in general, but I knew I could have a more positive outlook on things. I wanted to be better, but I didn’t know how. 

Enter Zappos. Zappos became the first place that felt like home to me in Vegas. I was actually born in Vegas (not raised) and have family here, but it never felt right to be here. Zappos was the first place I came across where I felt like I belonged. I remember walking into my very first day of New Hire Training, and it was like walking into a brand new life. It definitely had the feel of walking into your very first college class freshman year, where everyone kept their heads down and were equally shy, but it felt refreshing.

I met people I could relate to. After all, we all share the same values. In all seriousness though, I am a product of my environment. Those around me affect me. I am a person that needs positive vibes to be able to give off positive vibes. That’s what Zappos did for me.

I have an environment that is conducive to me becoming a better person. I have another family, and that’s my team. These are people I can rely on for anything, inside or outside of work. If I’m having a bad day, I come to work and I feel better within the hour. They are my coworkers, friends, confidants, and they make me want to be a better person. Although, I do still have some troubles with cursing!

Zappos truly brings out the best in me, thanks to the amazing people who make this place the culture haven that it is. When you look at studies on healthy relationships, they say this should definitely be an outcome. Like every relationship, there are ups and downs, good days and bad, but the true test is how you come out in the end.

I don’t ever want to quit being a better person. So I thank you, Zappos, for being an amazing partner, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

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Summer Vacation Essentials

Vacations are awesome, but let’s face it, sometimes the transit to and from your destination can be far from a day at the beach. The good news is there are plenty of items you can pack in your travel bags to make the journey to your blissful summer getaway as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

Below are just a few of our travel must-haves for any warm-weather getaway:

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1. LAmade Convertible Tube Dress/ Maxi Skirtthe perfect multitasker to pack for warm destinations.

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses – a timeless pair of sunglasses that goes with everything? Yup, a total must.

3. Yosi Samra “Samara” Cap Toe Foldable Flats – the perfect shoe to carry around to give your feet a break from uncomfortable heels. Also great for getting in and out of the security lines!

4. San Diego Hat Company Mixed Braid Large Brim Floppy Hatthis blocks your face from the harsh sun AND covers up any hair woes!

5. Supergoop Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreena must for every day and especially when you’re out and about more than usual!

6. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Travel Tote Bag – for when you purchase more souvenirs than you anticipated!

7. Alternative “Relay” Raglan Hoodie – don’t get caught in a cold plane cabin without this versatile layering essential!

8. COOLA Suncare Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm –airplane cabins are notoriously drying, so keep this handy in your bag at all times!

9. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Sac Medium – keep all your travel essentials like snacks, chargers and medicine close at hand and all in one place.

10. Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals – this super-wearable sandal goes with everything!

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Kids' Back-to-School Shoes Preview

Although summer is still in full effect, it’s never too early to start thinking about your budding scholar's back-to-school essentials--starting with the all-important shoes! Whether your kids love to be inventive with their day-to-day looks or wear uniforms to school, we’ve got plenty of kids’ loafers, sneakers, sandals and more from the best brands to keep their growing feet happy and stylish well into the new school year!

Check out a few of our current favorites below!

For even more back-to-school and fall transition styles, check out our Kids’ Boutique.

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Girls’

1. Stuart Weitzman Kids “Fiona” Glitter Bow Flats

2. Cole Haan Kids “Tali” Ballerina Flats

3. Tommy Hilfiger Kids “Mona” Stretch Sneakers

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Kids “Ivy” Shine 14 High-top Sneakers

5. kensie girl Kids Cork Wedges

6. Nine West Kids “Julissa” Loafers

 

Boys’

1. Kenneth Cole Reaction Kids “Dime Marker” Loafers

2. Converse Kids Chuck Taylor® All Star® Chase Ox

3. Cole Haan Kids “Franklin” Perf Oxford

4. Polo Ralph Lauren Kids “Scholar EZ” Sneakers

5. New Balance Kids KV574 Sneakers

6. Tommy Hilfiger Kids “Isaiah” Mesh Slider


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Inspired By: Nouveau Gypsy

Adventurous dressing can go one of two ways. It can be a total mess OR it can become an amazing form of self-expression that actually turns heads for all the right reasons. Today’s street style inspiration is a vibrant example of how the bold can also be beautiful (and sexy in that not-trying-so-hard sort of way!)

Check out take on this red-hot ensemble that’s definitely on the more playful side!

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1. Free People Jacquard Pieced Vegan Moto Jacket

2. Maaji “Fractal Fantasy” Bustier

3. ALDO “Bighorse” Jeweled Clutch

4. Aryn K Printed Palazzo Pant

5. DV by Dolce Vita “Adryna” Sandals

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Crocs Summer Favorites

As we head into the peak of summer, our appetite for fun in the sun continues to grow! With this need to get out there and explore comes the need for comfy, wear-all-day shoes for the entire family. That’s where Crocs come in! Find your fun by wearing lightweight and versatile Crocs™ on all those family summer adventures!

If you thought Crocs™ was just the iconic Classic Cayman clog, it may be time to take another look! Their feet-friendly and lightweight designs go way beyond the classic Crocs clog to include wearable sandals, loafers, sneakers and of course, adorable kids’ shoes!

Check out some of our latest summer favorites from Crocs™ shoes!

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Women’s:

1. Crocs “Really Sexy” Sandal

2. Crocs “Edie” Stretch Sandal (Zappos Exclusive)

 

Men’s:

1. Crocs Stretch Sole Loafer

2. Crocs “Walu” Accent Loafer

 

Girls’:

1. Crocs Kids Hello Kitty® Plane Clog

2. Crocs Kids “Shayna” Hi Glitter Mary Jane

 

Boys’:

1. Crocs Kids Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CrocsLights

2. Crocs Kids Star Wars Lighted R2D2 Clog

 

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Fresh Picks: Summer Makeup

The key to heatproof, humidity-proof summer makeup is simple: less is more. By keeping your makeup light, you’re saving yourself the inevitable face meltdown later in the day!

Below are a few of our summer beauty favorites, from bold summer hues to makeup staples that will not only stand up to the summer heat, but also keep you looking fuss-free and fresh-faced all season long.

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1. Essie “Haute in the Heat” Nail Polishthis hot guava pink really packs a punch!

2. Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof™ Mascara- apply one coat for a natural, wide-eyed look without smudging or flaking.

3. Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer-  fake a sunkissed glow (and more defined cheekbones) with this long-lasting bronzer!

4. LORAL PRO Matte Lip Color in Corala matte bold lip is an easy way to make a statement without a lot of work involved!

5. purminerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blushlonger lasting that traditional powder blush, a sheer cream blush adds a natural flush to the apples of the cheek.

6. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner- for a bolder eye look without the fuss, smudge this on along the lashline for a soft smokey eye!

7. Stila Stay All Day Prime and Anti-Shine Balm- banish T-zone oil slicks and soften the appearance of pores & imperfections with this silky primer.

8. Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm- even out your complexion with this ingenious multitasker that also packs a powerful SPF 30 for one-step perfection in a snap!

9. Butter London Lippy Liquid Lipstick in “Tea with the Queen” – this soft peach looks great on every skin tone.

 

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Day-to-Night Style: Summer Dresses & Shorts

Unless you’re part of a very small percentage of women who are blessed with unlimited closet space (P.S. we’re very jealous of you if you belong in that set!), chances are that a versatile wardrobe stands pretty high up on your shopping priority list.

That’s why we’re all about pieces that multitask—going from day to night with a mere swap of accessories & shoes! We take two of the summer’s most essential closet staples, the summer dress and shorts, to show you how easy it can be to get the most mileage out of these beloved pieces.

Who doesn’t love clothes that work overtime? We definitely do!

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Featured styles:

NIC+ZOE “Indian Summer” Mosaic Dress

 

(Day)

MICHAEL Michael Kors MK Plate Thong Sandal

Big Buddha “Adria” Bag

 

(Night)

COACH “Raven” D’Orsay Pumps

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Harlow” Signature Envelope Clutch

 

 

Nanette Leport “Caravan” Shorts

 

(Day)

Splendid Indigo Dye Shirt Tank

Soludos Wedge Sandal

Rebecca Minkoff Medium Mab Tote

 

(Night)

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Alessandra” Draped Front Top

House of Harlow 1960 Textured Link Necklace

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Polaris” Sandals

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Quilted Affair Crossbody

 

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New Brand Spotlight: Liquid Cotton

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Liquid Cotton® has engineered what their customers feel is the “perfect sheet” by using the finest mercerized 100% pima long staple cotton yarns spun to a finer denier. Liquid Cotton produces its woven sheets using 300 thread count single insertions that have the hand and sheen of silk, but with the buttery soft, moisture absorbency of premium cotton.

Liquid Cotton’s hotel quality construction is made to fit premium mattresses up to 18 inches deep. It’s a sheet you will look forward to sleeping on every night with a quality and feel that will never wash out.

Recruiter Spotlight: Lauren, This Week's @InsideZappos Social VIP

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called South Carolina, a college senior was researching potential summer internship opportunities. She searched and searched and nothing seemed to catch her eye or offer exactly what she was looking for. She was about to give up all hope of finding that perfect internship. That was until she stumbled upon the Zappos Family Interns website while shopping for shoes. At that moment everything seemed to click. An awesome company culture, jobs that make you want to get out of bed each morning, and the opportunity to get involved in the Las Vegas community-- It was the perfect opportunity. She knew Zappos was exactly where she belonged.

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This summer I am lucky enough to be a part of the incredible Zappos HR Team as the Recruiting College Intern. This is the third year of the internship program here at Zappos and we have a total of 42 fun and slightly weird individuals from all over the world! That makes us the largest intern class the company has ever had – woohoo!

As the recruiting intern I have had some amazing opportunities to shadow and assist the recruiters and recruiting coordinators with their daily tasks as well as take on individual projects. Every day I learn something new and grow more passionate about my work. One of the things I love most about my internship is that I’m given challenging, meaningful assignments.  No filing papers, making copies, or coffee runs for this girl! I have already taken on a variety of daily tasks as well as joining in on projects with members of my team. I am also encouraged to pursue growth and learning by coming up with new, creative ideas that will help my team and Zappos grow. I have never felt so supported by a company or team before.

Speaking of team, the recruiting team at Zappos defines what it means to have a positive team and family spirit (Core Value #7). Zappos believes in integrating your work and personal life which means I do not just think of my team as coworkers but also as amazing friends. What more can you ask for than having a group of people who you can collaborate with in the office and grab dinner with after work? The recruiting team has truly have become my family here in Vegas!

It is so hard for me to believe that I am starting week five of my nine week internship here. Not only have I had the time of my life but I have grown both personally and professionally. Working for Zappos has truly been my “happily ever after” and I don’t want it to come to an end. Going into my last couple weeks of this amazing internship, one thing is for certain: I can’t wait to see what else I learn and what the future holds!

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4 Essential Summer Pieces from KAS New York

Known for their impeccable use of exotic print and colors, KAS New York designs clothes that are destined to become the centerpieces of your summer wardrobe.

Below are four easy-to-wear staples from KAS that add a vibrant, bohemian-inspired vibe to your warm-weather ensembles:

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1. “Zena” Pull Over with Cross Back

2. “Anthovia” High Low Dress

3. “Julie” Pant

4. “Natalya” Kaftan with Embellishments