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On Our Favorites: Wild Ones

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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Steve Madden “Ecentric” in Leopardthe skate-inspired sneaker is having a total moment with this feisty print!

Jack by BB Dakota “Elden” in Black  - we love how the animal print takes this classic coat silhouette to another level.

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New Brand Spotlight: Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang was born and raised in the Austrian Alps. At the age of 18, he began to teach himself clothing design. A few years later, he opened a made-to-measure shop in Vienna. In 1984 he closed the shop, and two years later showed his first runway collection in Paris at Centre Georges Pompidou.

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His fashion house became famous in the late 1980s for its simple but refined designs. Once Lang moved to New York, he began using unconventional materials such as rubber, feathers, and metallic fabrics to redefine the silhouette of the 1990s and early 2000s. As one of the most important designers of our time, his work left an undeniable imprint on contemporary culture and his influence continues to reverberate among the fashion community today.

Lang's apparel collection for men and women focuses on refined and elegant pieces, such as slim suits in black or white, an exquisite denim collection, and the use of high-tech fabrics. Lang is known for his minimalist, deconstructivist, and often severe yet sophisticated designs.

Breathe new life back into your look with sleek jackets and fitted blazers from the Lang Men’s Collection. Polished button-ups pair perfectly with slim and modern denim. For a more casual look, the simple and chic tees pair seamlessly with stylish sweatshirts and hoodies.

The Lang women's collection offers a fresh and versatile take on fashion for any occasion. Featuring clean lines and chic concepts, from trendy jackets and skirts to sweaters and tops made for layering, you are sure to be on trend and turning heads.

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New Brand Spotlight: Bardot

Bardot, Bardot dresses, Bardot Group, Bardot Australia, new brand spotlight, Bardot clothing, fashion clothing, women's clothing, women's fashion apparel, The Bardot Group was first established in Australia in 1996. Bardot is proud to have become a major player in the Australian retail fashion sector in such a short time, and thrilled that the brand’s potential is now being recognized in key international markets. Retailers are enjoying success with Bardot in Asia, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, New Zealand, Japan, and the USA.

Bardot is coquettish, sensual, and sophisticated. Perfect styling has a balance of femininity and naughtiness. It’s about being brave enough to express your own style. Match mood to outfit. Own the trends. Be bold in rich colors or float in soft frilly fabrics. Whoever you are Bardot knows style and can help bring out the glamour in you.

“There is a wonderful saying—‘When the world hands you lemons, make lemonade.’ So, in ’96 when I returned home from overseas with no job, no apartment, and no car, I dared to dream, sold my wardrobe, and started a label that would stand the test of time.” - Carol Skoufis, Founder

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Zappos Welcomes the “Do More with Less” Frog to the Box

In August 2014 a cute new friend made its first appearance on the iconic Zappos box. He’s the “Do More with Less” Frog, and his presence and message is to promote green thinking and sustainable behavior. He’s named after Zappos Core Value #5 – Do More with Less. You might even be reading this blog for the first time thanks to Frog! Woo hoo!

The new images of the “Do More with Less” Frog and the message of sustainability revolve around the “Three Rs” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. At Zappos we understand that as our business grows so does our environmental footprint. We also know that our biggest environmental impacts are associated with our logistics – our boxes and our shipping practices.

Reduce – We realize that this is our job. We try hard to reduce the number of packages we send back and forth by offering features on Zappos.com to make sure you order right the first time. We also try to ship your footwear and apparel order in the right sized box. Sometimes when we’re operating at “ludicrous speed” (Spaceballs, 1987) we get it wrong and you receive a small item in a big box - we’re working on that.

Reuse – This is a chance for our customers to be creative and have fun with reusing our boxes. Have you ever used the box as a luxury lily pad like the “Do More with Less” Frog? Let us know the craziest way you’ve reused our box and send us a pic on Twitter (@ZapposLEAF)! We’ve also had discussions about whether or not returned boxes are fit to be sent out again. These discussions are healthy and lead to innovative ideas.

Recycle – We hope you’ll recycle your Zappos box once you’re finished with it. Cardboard is one of the most recyclable materials in the country and there is a flourishing market for it. If you’re currently an avid recycler – HIGH FIVE! If you’re not currently recycling, give it a try. If your neighborhood or apartments do not offer recycling, start that conversation with your neighbors.

As Zappos’ customer base grows, so does our potential to talk with many new friends about the impacts we all have on the world. We’re excited to Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication (Zappos Core Value #6) with you about your thoughts on the environment.

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

PS: Is the Frog a he or a she? LOL It is up to you to decide; all we know is that the Frog is pretty darn cute and has great eyelashes. Shoot, I have long eyelashes myself… and I’m a dude.

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5 Picks for Healthy Eating Made Easy

A healthy lifestyle is all about planning—whether it’s carving time out of your day for the gym or planning your healthy meals for the week. When it comes to the healthy eating part (which many experts agree is up to 80% of the healthy lifestyle equation), the right kitchen tools can be invaluable.

Below are five of our favorite kitchen gadgets to enhance your healthy diet!

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1. Cuisinart Griddler  - Grill veggies, chicken, steak, burgers and more while channeling away all the grease.

2. Zojirushi Mr. Bento® Stainless Steel Lunch Jar  Skip the greasy fast food and pack your lunch in this easy-to-carry lunch pack. It keeps everything fresh and has microwave-safe bowls as well as a fork spoon.

3. Omega Masticating Style JuicerThis high-efficiency juicer yields nutritious juice from hard-to-juice produce like wheatgrass, leafy greens and carrots.

4. Vitamix CIA Professional Series BlenderNot only does this restaurant-quality machine blend delicious healthy smoothies, it also makes soups and homemade frozen desserts!

5. Cuisinart Custom 9-Cup Food ProcessorThis is a real essential for cutting your prep time significantly when making healthy home-cooked meals!

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4 Ways to Wear Denim on Denim

If you thought double denim was still in the “fashion faux pas” territory, it’s time to take a fresh approach to this modern version of a denim lover’s dream. Gone are the days of the “Canadian Tuxedo” a-la Britney & Justin circa 2001! It’s all about modern pairings and inventive ways to layer our favorite go-to staple.

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1. Svelte & Sleek: Keep the look streamlined and chic by wearing pieces that are closely tailored to the body but not overly snug.

 

DL1961 “Bobbi” Relaxed Denim Shirt in Whitecap

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DL 1961 “Amanda” Skinny in Moscow

 

2. Two-Toned: Double denim is easiest achieved by pairing two different washes—or be more adventurous with a pair of jeans that has two contrasting tones.

 

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Free People Mid Rise Moto Jean  in Imperial Blue

 

3. The Denim “Short Suit”: This unexpected pairing is particularly great when dressed up with some fabulous heels or cute ankle boots.

 

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True Religion “Eden” Patch Pocket Rolled Short in Axil Blue

 

4. Dressed-up Distessed: Give your nights out a dose of relaxed style with an effortlessly cool pairing of a denim moto jacket and modern distressed jeans. Pair with sky-high pumps for the full effect.

 

Blank NYC Denim Jacket

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New Brand Spotlight: Cozy Orange

yoga clothing, Cozy Orange, yoga apparel, women's yoga clothing, new brand spotlight, yoga, Cozy Orange®, is an eco-driven women’s yoga apparel line based in sunny Carlsbad, CA. They pride themselves on creating functional, fashionable, and sustainable yoga wear. You will understand why “cozy” is in the company name when you experience the silky and soft fabric that is constructed from recycled plastic bottles.

From packaging to production, Cozy Orange’s intention is to protect and preserve our Earth’s precious resources. By blending this philosophy and the passion to create high quality yoga attire at a modest price point, it’s no wonder women are choosing to Chauranga in these cute women’s yoga clothes. Cozy Orange believes in making women feel confident no matter what shape, size, or age.

Yoga apparel is so much more than something you work out in; it has become a lifestyle piece. Whether worn in the studio or dressed up with heels, Cozy Orange understands the importance of making a yoga line that is suitable for all areas of life.

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New Brand Spotlight: totes ISOTONER

ISOTONER slippers, ISOTONER, totes ISOTONER, bedroom slippers, comfy slippers, men's slippers, house slippers, women's slippers, house shoes, house sandals, ISOTONER® offers the ultimate bedroom slippers for long-lasting comfort and warmth. ISOTONER bedroom slippers are available in a wide range of styles for men and women, including ballet slippers, spa thong slippers for women, moccasins, and slide-on men’s slippers. With soft memory foam insoles, weatherproof indoor and outdoor rubber soles, and breathable linings, you’ll never wear any other slipper again.

Made from premium suede, microterry and jersey materials, each ISOTONER slipper is designed for deluxe warmth. They are lined with soft sherpa or terry material for breathability and warmth. The nonskid rubber soles are ideal for indoor or outdoor wear. Make sure your slipper collection has a variety of colors and styles from ISOTONER.

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