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Super Awesome Description-June 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

zappos content team, zapponians, Zappos Development, super awesome description winnerThe winner for June is Chelsea P. Chelsea is part of the fashion team and her quirky description for the Wallet On A Chain was too amazing to ignore. Congratulations Chelsea!

We asked Chelsea a few fun questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

Commonly misused words: their vs. there vs. they’re, loose vs. lose, affect vs. effect, etc.

What is your favorite color?

I love every color in the rainbow.

What inspired you when writing this description?

The style name was quirky and it was later in the day when I wrote it, so exhaustion/goofiness was starting to get the best of me.

What activities/hobbies take up your spare time?

Going to the dog park with my pups, movies, photography, and lots of eating!

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Tank Top Tuesday!

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As you may know, Las Vegas gets hot during the summer. Really, really hot. That’s why a few of us in Zappos Development have decided to start what we affectionately like to call “Tank Top Tuesdays”. It’s literally just that; every Tuesday, we rock our super awesome tank tops for everyone in the office to admire. Yes, even the dudes…or should I say, especially the dudes!

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Super Awesome Description-April 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

super awesome description, KUHL, Zappos Content Team, Zappos Development, inc., Zappos employees, zapponiansThe winner for April is Jonathan B. Jonathan is part of the clothing team and his brilliant description for the Kuhl Agent Shirt was too amazing to ignore. Congratulations Jonathan!

We asked Jonathan a few fun questions to get to know him better. Check out his answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

Run-on sentences. They drive me crazy.

What inspired you when writing this description?

I really liked the shirt when I initially wrote it. I mentioned it to my fiancé and she surprised me with it as a birthday present. Whenever I get something from my portfolio, I always like to check the details on the tags against what we have on the site, just to make sure everything is correct. When I pulled the shirt up on the site, I wasn’t happy with the product description I had originally written. I started thinking about secret agents and everything just clicked!

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

I just turned 40. Most people underestimate my age by eight to twelve years until I tell them I have a 16 year old daughter and twin eight year old girls.

What is the last book you read?

The Sentry by Robert Crais. Love the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike characters! The series is fast and fun.

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Super Awesome Description-March 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

super awesome description,zappos content team,betsey johnson,zappos employees,zappos culture,Zappos Development, The winner for March is Amber O. Amber is part of the fashion team and her quirky description for the Betsey Johnson Yacht Club Necklace was too amusing to ignore. Congratulations Amber!

We asked Amber a few fun questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

A: Run-on sentences. Epic misspellings. "These is"

What is your favorite color?

A: Floral.  

What inspired you when writing this description?

A: I got to thinking, “Could I legit wear these? I’ve never even been on a yacht.” So I wrote the description for people like me. You know, to make me feel better about wanting to wear yacht-themed earrings.

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I’ve always wanted to be a dancer. Or better yet, I’ve always wanted to be good at a dancing video game. Either way, I’m no good.

Super Awesome Description-February 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

super awesome description,Zappos Development, zappos content team,Zappos culture,The winner for February is Kenny Lucas. Kenny is part of the performance team and his quirky description for the Quiksilver Venture luggage piece was too amusing to ignore. Congratulations Kenny!

We asked Kenny a few fun questions to get to know him better. Check out his answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

K: Excessive… ellipses… dude…

What is your favorite color?

K:Plaid – I like to think it’s a color.

What inspired you when writing this description?

K: I read an article a while ago about a man who was trying to build a rocket ship in his backyard, so really, I was just reminding him to pack the necessities while he’s up there exploring the universe. Hopefully he didn’t forget his toothpaste.

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

K: I’m apparently named after Kenny Rogers, but since I can’t ever remember listening to him with my family, I can only assume I was named after his delicious rotisserie chicken.

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Staff Style Picks: Spring Sandals

You’ve probably noticed four of our lovely staff members highlighting some of their favorite spring sandals on the homepage this week. Here they are creating some “fun and a little weirdness”, hamming it up during their photo shoot! 

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We asked these Zappos ladies a couple of questions to get to know them a little better:

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

A: Urban, girly and relaxed

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

A: I LOVE the “Manngo” espadrille wedge by Steve Madden!

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? :

A:  Free People, BB Dakota and Nike

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :

A: “I’m in a Hurry” by Alabama. I’m a master in multi-tasking and always on the go. 

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

S: Comfortable, colorful and striped. I love stripes!

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

S: I live in the Volcom Forever Creedler  flip flops when it’s warm out.

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? :

S:  Converse, Volcom, Purminerals

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :

S: “The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme). Not because I'm evil and part machine, but because I'm determined and under the impression that I'm tall.

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

E:  boho, low-key and comfortable

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

E: The Volcom New School Creedlers. I literally own four different pairs!

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? :

E: Roxy, O’Neill and Volcom

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :

E: “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” by Less Than Jake. It has such a great flow and I can listen to this song over and over again. It makes me want to take the top off of jeep and blast it while driving down the highway!

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Describe your personal style in 3 words:

C: fun, effortless, comfortable

What is your favorite sandal currently for spring? :

C: I love the Steve Madden Manngo in Coral!

What are your top three favorite Zappos brands? : Joie, Jessica Simpson, BCBGMAXAZRIA

If you could have any theme song, what would it be and why? :
C:
"Daylight” by Matt and Kim. I absolutely love this song because the beat is so up lifting. This song always puts me in a good mood!

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Super Awesome Description-January 2012 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

The winner for January 2012 is Jay G. Jay is part of the athletic performance team and his witty description for the Ward’s Boxing Club NYC The Husband Beater was too clever to ignore. Congratulations Jay!

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We asked Jay a few fun questions to get to know him better. Check out his answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

Exclamation points. I use it to no end regardless of mood! See what I mean?

What is your favorite color?

Back when I was 10, I would have said “Blue”.  Nowadays, I don’t really have one, but I’ve found that anything light-colored or pastel-ish goes well against my skin tone.

What inspired you when writing this description?

It’s boxing-inspired athletic wear so I just played on those aspects.  Plus 1) I’m a big boxing fan (go team Pacman), 2) I use to write Athletic Performance clothing back in the days so it wasn’t that far from my wheel house and 3) I’ve been happily married to a beautiful yet stubborn woman for 11 years… hence the tone.  Everything else just fell into place.

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve owned 8 pairs of Z. Cavaricci pants and 3 MC Hammer pants.  Anyone above 35 would know what I’m talking about.

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Super Awesome Description-December 2011 Winner

The Super Awesome Description award is a way of recognizing a member of the Zappos Development content team once a month. If a product description is particularly witty or creative, anyone in the company can nominate the person who wrote it.  The nominations are then read by other members of the content department and voted upon; the description with the most votes wins. The writer of that description is rewarded with a trophy and a certificate, not to mention recognition from their peers.

Zappos Development, inc.,zappos content team,super awesome description,zappos cultureThe winner for December is Angelina F. Angelina is part of the clothing team and her witty description for the Lucky Brand Café Racer Jacket was too clever to ignore. Congratulations Angelina!

We asked Angelina a few fun questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers below!

What is your biggest Grammar pet peeve?

I used to teach writing and grammar to high school students, so my biggest pet peeve is the use of text message shorthand in formal writing. I can LOL with the best of them, but def not in a professional setting.

What inspired you when writing this description?

My incredibly cool mother and stepfather are avid Harley riders, so they are always my inspiration when I write about moto-inspired looks. Although, to be fair, they are both very punctual people.

What is your favorite Zappos core value?

Pursue Growth and Learning. I love that our culture encourages and celebrates individual growth.  Even better, growth and learning may come from taking one of our Pipeline classes, working through a department progression plan, or just having the freedom to try out that harebrained, but potentially brilliant, idea you just had.  

What's a fact people would be surprised to learn about you?

Even though my stuffed Lewis and Clark are always with me, I have very little interest in that period of American history. My undergrad thesis was actually about Shakespeare and Elizabethan England. The dolls were just a gift from a dear friend who knew I thought they were hilarious.