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New Year, Take 2: Monkey Business

In the spirit of building open and honest relationships through communication (Zappos Core Value no. 6), I’m going to let you in on a secret … January has been absolutely horrible for me on a personal level. A health crisis with my mom, a good friend in a horrible accident and a number of other small things have all added up to the point that I already want to tell 2016 it is fired. 

Fortunately, this week marked the start of the Chinese New Year and the year of the Monkey, and I am determined to salvage the rest of the year’s remaining 10 months. I am celebrating with my friends and family, much like the Chinese diaspora around the world. While in the United States New Year’s Eve is a night of revelry, Chinese New Year’s Eve is marked by reunion dinners with family members who have travelled home to honor the family’s ancestors, as well as to prepare for good fortune to come.

 

 

 

 

During these celebrations you will see red everywhere, from clothing to the lai see, which are envelopes that married people give to children and unmarried relatives and friends, as well as their employees. The money must be in an even denomination and cannot contain the digit four for good luck. As come upon the year of the Monkey, we are celebrating those who are intelligent, witty, curious and playful. Those who are born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004 will probably agree with that, as they are all monkeys as well! 

So while we push the reset on 2016, take a moment to enjoy a tangerine, pomelo (e.g. an orange) to bring luck, dumplings or egg rolls for prosperity, and some jai to celebrate the new beginnings. Let’s also create an outfit that that will bring together all of these elements to make you feel fabulous, and draw in a little luck!

 

 

 

 

GOLD and yellow are good for bringing in money, and to symbolize the power and royalty of the throne. The first emperor of China was known as the Yellow Emperor. The primary river in China is the Yellow River. And you can always count on yellow and gold to brighten up your outlook!

 

 

 

 

GREEN is the symbol for money in all of its shades. Jade green is especially powerful as it is believed to bless everything it touches, thus why you’ll see many in China and Vietnam wearing jade and gold charms.

 

 

 

 

RED is the Chinese national color, and represents happiness, beauty, success and good fortune. As mentioned above, red is found everywhere, even to double rows of red “xi” symbols on gates and doors to invite happiness. It is considered the happiest color in China, and is the color of wedding gowns! As a double bonus, 2016 is a Fire year, making this year’s monkeys even more ambitious and adventurous.

 

 

 

MONKEYING AROUND One of the most beloved stories in China is the story of the Monkey King. There are still articles written in many publications about “Calming the Monkey Mind.” The monkey is known to love being the center of attention, as well as being witty, intelligent and a little rebellious. What better way to celebrate the year of the Monkey than with a fabulous bag featuring a playful monkey, a playful earring or a sophisticated monkey’s fist — a symbol of friendship — which reminds us that each friendship is different, but built around a solid base.

 

If you’re celebrating in any of the pieces shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!

 

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Sporty & Curvy: Fall Fan Fashion

It’s football season. 

These three little words bring such joy to a girl’s heart. Friday night in the stands at high school games, waking up Saturday morning with the College GameDay crew, NFL football on Sunday, and the occasional (and adorable) peewee game in between make for perfect fall weekends. Spending time outside watching the action on the field or perched on the edge of the couch as you try not to throw things at your TV, there is no other season as perfect as this.

For the fashionable fans out there, wearing a jersey is not the be-all and end-all when it comes to team spirit. In a sea of black and gold, or scarlet and grey, sometimes you want to stand out for more than your knowledge of stats. I have a friend who has worn the same outfit on every Saturday, for the entire season, since she was a freshman with me at Ohio State. After all, a girl’s got to be able to transition from game time to victory party without a wardrobe change.

So as you cheer on your team, and jeer your friends’ poor choices in fandoms, remember the basic rules: be a good sport, it really is just a game, and have fun! 

 

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Beyond Basic Jeans

Boyfriend jeans accent your sporty girl style, as well as flatter great curves, reminding them you’re not just one of the guys, and you can never go wrong with a classic boot cut.

 

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Not Just Your Team's Jersey

Athletic-inspired tops that transition from the sidelines to out and about, or a fabulous print that echoes your team’s colors, either one will have you looking great as you cheer your team or peewee player to victory! 

 

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Keep Warm

As the season goes on, the temperature is going to drop; your ability to cheer on your home team shouldn’t be affected by chattering teeth. Fabulous fleece in bright colors and blanket sweaters keep you cozy and ready to be the best fan in the stands. 

 

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Score with Accessories

Big bags may be in, but NFL stadiums are restricting the size of bags they’re letting through the gates. Approved sized bags can be sporty while still holding your essentials, and never underestimate the power of a great scarf to top off your sporty look. 

 

If you’re cheering on the home team in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style scores! 

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Fresh Picks: Lovely & Ladylike

Who says romance is dead? If this current fashion shift towards the unapologetically feminine is any indication, the “girly-girl” in us has nothing to worry about!

Whether it’s a graceful fit-and-flare dress or lovely pastel hues embellished with sweet little details, we’re all for rekindling the romantic femininity of decades past.

Check out a few of our girliest faves:

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1. Jack by BB Dakota “Zedora” Dress

2. Steven “Viienna” Sandals

3. ALDO “Guhtlarie” Crossbody Clutch

4. Free People “Cha Cha” Solid Dress

5. French Connection “Natalia Ottoman” Dress

6. Jack by BB Dakota “Cobie” Dress

7. Betsey Johnson Floral Watch

8. Jack by BB Dakota “Lorissa” Pant

9. ALDO “Longstreet” Clutch

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Fresh Picked: Beach House Vibes

You don’t need to spend your summers in the Hamptons or on a yacht to rock that effortlessly chic beach house look! Hit the nearest boardwalk or pier in these nautically-inclined pieces that make us all wish for an endless summer.

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1. Townsen “Captain” Top

2. Wildfox Reversible Beach Bag

3. Vix Sofia “Naya” Chemise Cover Up Dress

4. Alternative Apparel Pop Slub “Mulholland” Top

5. Betsey Johnson Vintage Terry Wrap

6. Soludos Classic Woven Sandal

7. Sanctuary Beach Sweater

8. Free People “Nickel and Dimes” Pullover Sweater

9. Sanctuary New Beach Comber Pant

 

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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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The Style Edit: One Denim Jacket, Three Ways

There’s no all-American staple quite like the classic denim jacket. Its iconic relaxed style is more versatile than ever before, thanks to its recent resurgence. There are plenty of fresh, modern versions of this beloved classic out there to incorporate into your wardrobe right now!

Seize the opportunity to get creative with your denim jacket with these three stylish layered looks:

Denim jacket with fur vest, skinny jeans and boots

A faux fur vest adds some serious glamour to the denim jacket. Instantly perk up the look with a statement necklace and opt for a knee-high lace-up boot with a stacked heel.

Denim jacket with a plaid shirt and leather jacket

Give the denim jacket an edgy twist with the simple addition of a moto jacket layered over an oversized plaid shirt. A pair of faux leather leggings turns up the edge factor even more!

Denim jacket draped over a tuxedo blazer and turtleneck for a refined update!

This tailored take on the denim jacket is perfect for a night out or the office. By taking refined separates like a black blazer and adding in a casual spin, you're getting a whole new way to rock a timeless classic!

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Sweet Accessories for Your Sweetie

Roses are red, violets are blue…but sometimes you need something more than the regular ol’ roses-and-chocolates gift on Valentine’s Day! Whether it’s your soul mate or your BFF, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to celebrate the ones you love and show them how much you care. And what’s more thoughtful than a gift that lasts more than a few days? (Sorry, roses!)

We’re not saying flowers aren’t great, but these highly giftable accessories are perfect for surprising that special person (or special people) in your life with an anything-but-garden-variety gift on Valentine's Day!

Below are a few easy gift ideas they’re sure to adore.

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For Her:

1. COACH Heart Crossgrain Zip Case

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere/Silk Real Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Charm Bangle Bracelet

4. Dogeared Infinite Love Necklace

5. GUESS Hearts Watch

6. Betsey Johnson Kiss and Tell Bow Beanie

 

For Him:

1. Lacoste Montreal Watch

2. Scotch & Soda Wooly Patterned Tie

3. Calvin Klein Underwear ck one® Boxer Brief

4. Fossil Ingram Traveler Wallet

5. Filson Original Briefcase

6. Maui Jim Hawaiian Time Sunglasses


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Fresh Picks: Rebel, Rebel

Sometimes, a girl just has to embrace her rebellious side. Whether it’s wearing your hair a different way or breaking out a pair of totally show stopping heels for girls’ night out—there’s a little rebel in all of us!

Luckily, one of the hottest trends of the season involves a healthy helping of rebellious, punk-inspired style. From moto jackets to studded shoes to a plaid shirt borrowed from the boys, this trend throws caution to the wind and allows you really show off a sassier side to your style persona.

Have fun with this one! We’d suggest pairing any of these styles with a bold red lip, tousled hair and a spontaneous attitude to go along with it!

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1. Obey Jordan Shirt

2. Obey City Moto Suede Jacket

3. Rachel Pally Britt Dress

4. House of Harlow 1960 Geodesic Triangle Mini Hoop Earrings

5. Sam Edelman Daphnie Open-Toe Booties

6. Sam Edelman Eloise Heels

7. Joe’s Jeans Boyfriend Slim Jeans

8. Plush Fleece-Lined Quilted Knee Patch Leggings

9. Betsey Johnson Pretty n Punk Beanie Hat


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