My Mythology – Creating our own living legacy at Zappos.
One of the joys about working at Zappos is the freedom to be ourselves through our own personal style. Style shouts! Individuals identify themselves through their personal style. Taking the chaos out of the closet and using clothing as a celebration to create personal mythology or legend is something I have been fascinated by.
What is someone trying to say through their style?
Join me in the discovery. Each week I will take an employee from Zappos and find out their personal psychology through their favorite outfits.
How would you define your look?
Punk Rock Girl Grows Up.
What inspires your style?
Magazines, TV shows (some old, some new) and what I am planning to do that day.
What fashion item would you never leave the house without?
A second pair of shoes. A girl needs to be prepared!
Oh! And I always have a little something leopard print with me too!
Who are your fashion/style icons?
Hmmm…I like to reference Nancy Sinatra (ala 1960’s), Scarlet Johannsen (current), Barbara Eden (ala I Dream of Jeanie days), and Lady Bunny (everyday).
What are your favorite labels?
Milly, Nanette Lepore and Betsey Johnson .
And AHC is totally different, In my opinion Andrew Hamilton Crawford epitomizes the new trend of mothers and daughters sharing the same clothing, jewelry and trends. It’s hip, current and at the same time classic.
How would you define your mythology that you portray through your style?
I’m a big believer in the idea that if you look good, you feel good. I think it’s important to be true to yourself and your style. I’ve had things in my closet that are 10 years old (that still fit, thank God!) and I love them ‘til this day, some were super cheap and some weren’t, but I love them all the same and can mix them up together.
What is your favorite decade for style?
Early to mid 1960’s.
The shift dress, hairspray and hair dye are the best inventions ever!
What is your favorite fabric?
Pony fur! I’d cover my walls in it if I could!
Which celebrity would you like to be able raid their closet ?.
Rachel Zoe, she just about has freakin’ everything in there! I could play for days….
What brand of denim do you prefer?
I’m still looking and trying so hard….but for now paper denim & cloth and 7 for All Mankind , though I plan on attempting True Religion, Joe’s and Rock & Republic . I’m only 5 pounds away from a shopping trip!
Fishnets or opaque tights?
Fun me- FISHNETS
Kitten heels, 3”, 4”, 5”, or 6” heels?
Kitten for the average day, 4” for Nightcrawls, and 6” for lounging and having someone bring me my cocktails while I perch.
What is your favorite color?
Pink and Gold
What is your favorite gemstone?
Opal.Rockabilly or Psychobilly?
Goth or Neo-Romantic?
Punk or preppy?
What item do you allow yourself to splurge on?
I’m trying to change my habits. I splurged on whatever I liked pre-2009, but I’m really trying to change my habits. Instead of lots of little things I am planning on making one big purchase this year…I’ll let you know when I do……
Do you need to take out a second mortgage for your style?
I was heading down that path, but am really trying to change my ways…..
Diamonds or pearls?
I can get down with both…different occasions, different looks!
Please see “splurge” comment above. It’s a secret for now!
Oh yeah! Am becoming an expert in this field now! But more than sunglasses, I am spying some of the Betsey Johnson readers. I don’t exactly need to wear readers, but they are so cute, and would expand my librarian wardrobe options.
Believe it or not, I have never been able to shake the 90’s Versace fragrance, Blonde. They stopped making it years ago, but I have sealed stashes of it in my house in a cool, dry place. I also love Creed’s Indiana.
What is your favorite item you’ve ever bought at Zappos.com?
OOH! Hmmm….so many…..I have these great Moschino patent heels that have a clear pvc vamp and say, “chic” across it. They combine everything I like!
But I get a ton of mileage from a pair of $40 Volatile wedges. I’m serious! And I can prove how comfy they are because there are at least 15 other girls in the office who bought 3 pairs themselves! I’m telling you, they’re like sneakers!
What is your favorite brand on Zappos.com?
Probably Betsey Johnson , it’s always new and colorful.
What are your fashion rules?
Anchor it with black,
Throw in some leopard here and there,
prairie skirts have no place in my world.
If it looks natural, why bother?!?
What is the most you’ve spent on a handbag?
See “splurge” comment above.
Would you set foot in a thrift store?
Oh yes! I tend to be drawn to the housewares and art sections.
I get addicted to going to thrift stores now and then. I have to force myself to hold back.
What is the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store?
Poodles. Love Poodle statues! I cannot tell you how many 1950’s spaghetti poodle statues I have!
And the colors!
What is the most you’ve ever spent on fashion and for what item?
I really don’t want to admit this in writing, nor do I really want to admit this to myself.