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Zappos on Extra: The Nine West "Starter Husband Collection"

Our very own Cat Cook shares the hottest picks from the Nine West “Starter Husband Hunting” Collection with Extra's resident Trend Spotter Flynn Adams.

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Fall Beauty Preview

Along with our wardrobes, a beauty routine update is definitely in order as we transition into fall. Below are some of the most notable beauty looks to try this season!

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Wine-colored Nails: keep your nails trimmed down with this hue to achieve a more modern look.

Try: Essie Nail Polish in Bordeaux


Berry-Bitten Lips: perfectly gorgeous when paired with a dewy complexion and flushed cheeks.

Try: purminerals Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day

 

Au Naturale: this trend is all about flawless-looking skin and minimal makeup.

Try: LORAC POREfection Foundation

 

Sleek & Modern Pony Tails: this is such an easy hairstyle to pull off for both day and evening—just spray on a light hairspray to keep the look as smooth as possible.

Try: Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray

 

Bold Cat Eye: channel your inner Alexa Chung or Brigitte Bardot with this timeless liner look!

Try: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

 

Jewel-toned Smokey Eyes: trade in your usual gray and black shadows to create a more interesting smokey look that makes your eye color pop!

Try: Stila Eye Shadow Palette in “In the Garden”

 

Teal Eyeliner: to make this look pop, keep the rest of your makeup subdued.

Try: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Teal1

 

Metallic Shadow: this look was seen all over the runways for Fall/Winter 2014 and really steals the show!

Try: Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow

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New Brand Spotlight: Bardot

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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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Buyer Favorites: Ready for Fall

As we set our sights on fall, we can’t help but get excited about the shift to richer hues and all the layering possibilities!

To get the scoop on must-have fall transition pieces you need in your wardrobe now, we turned to one of our resident fashion connoisseurs and private label apparel buyer, Lauren. Below, she shares some of her favorite new arrivals from our Zappos Private Label collection.

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Cardigans & Kimonos: perfect for throwing on over your summer basics as the weather begins to cool off.

1. Brigitte Bailey Stripe Pleat Boho Cardigan

2. Brigitte Bailey Peakaboo 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan

3. Brigitte Bailey Tribal Aztek Dream Cardigan

4. Gabriella Rocha Amy Floral Kimono

 

Blouses: pair with everything from pencil and A-line skirts to tailored trousers!

1. Brigitte Bailey Wild Animal V-Neck Silk Blouse

2. Brigitte Bailey Mixed Media Blouse

3. Brigitte Bailey Tiffany 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

4. Brigitte Bailey Sophie Blouse

 

Day-to-Evening Dresses: versatile silhouettes make these the perfect option for layering to create a variety of looks!

1. Gabriella Rocha Vikie Sleeveless Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey Torie Dress

3. Brigitte Bailey Demri Dress

4. Brigitte Bailey Jennifer Dress


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Designer Picks: Nanette Lepore

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What were some inspirations for your fall collection?

N: The artisans and craftsman of the world, the breathtaking embroideries in the Met show, my own extensive archive and a lifetime of travels to souks and markets from all over.


Describe the woman you design for.

N: Our woman is sexy and powerful, feminine and taken seriously. She’s the life of the party…she’s the boss.


What are some things that are on top of your must-have list for fall transition? 

N: There are so many great new pieces from our fall collection! The Love Crime Dress is a great desk-to-dinner dress and the print is beautiful. The Interwoven Pullover is perfect for those fall nights you find yourself walking around the city or in front of a campfire. For a classic go-to look with tights and booties, the No Regrets Dress is incredibly flattering.

 

Where/when do you feel your most creative?

N: A trip to Paris or Morocco with my daughter, Violet, is always inspiring. I’m always anxious to get back into the studio and work out the ideas that have been brewing.

 

New York Fashion Week is just around the corner; what are you most looking forward to this time around?

N: We’ve been working really hard to get more runway looks into production so the customer can shop straight from the fashion show.

NANETTE'S PICKS:

1. Mystery Dress

2. Academic Shift Dress

3. Dewey-Decimal Dress

4. Librarian Dress

5. No Regrets Dress

6. Wasn't Me Dress

7. Love Crime Dress

8. Interwoven Pullover

9. Secret Gateway Top

10. Poetry Top

11. Cross Examine Cardi

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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.

 

Levi’s® Juniors Tailored Hidden Sawtooth Top

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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.

 

AG Adriano Goldschmied “Cori” Jacket in Saga

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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.

 

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AG Adriano Goldschmied “The Nikki” Crop

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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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