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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.

 

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Red Hot: 8 Looks to Love for Valentine’s Day

There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to celebrating the feast of St. Valentine: those who celebrate a holiday established alongside a feast day for a patron saint of love, engaged couples and marriage, and those who remind those people that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers and the plague. 

Regardless of which camp you fall into, one of the things that we often forget when the world and DeBeers are focusing on “love” in its commercial forms, complete with chocolate, roses and diamonds, is remembering to take a few moments to practice some self-love.

 

 

 

 

There have been multiple studies recently published that prove that low self-esteem (aka low levels of self-love) can contribute to a reduction of brain size by up to 20 percent, as well as memory skills. The silver lining, however, is that these studies also found that if we take the time to re-train our brains in how we think, we can reverse this atrophy and expand our brain size back to normal.  

Why is this important for a curvy girl? How often have we slipped and told ourselves that our worthiness is tied to our dress size? How many times have we come home from a frustrating day of shopping, where it feels like even socks don’t fit right, and berated ourselves for being useless, ugly and fat? How many of us trick ourselves with the armor of “It’s a holiday created by greeting card companies and florists” to cover up the frustration, pain and depression of feeling unworthy because we are single for yet another holiday?

 

 

 

 

Self-love and affirmation take many different forms, and just like the millions of beautiful women around this world, of all shapes and sizes, each one is unique. While many share the same starting point, there is something magical about the way that we can all take the same words, or the same dress, and create a powerful and unique story, both verbally and non-verbally. The simple phrase, “I approve of myself and feel great about myself” can end in so many powerful and world-changing ways. A little red number meant to remind us that we can be OK if we stand out, and to celebrate our self-love can be worn and styled and used to illustrate our individual stories in so many different ways; the most important ingredient is the love we have for ourselves.

So this year for Valentine’s Day, let’s not worry about whom we have. Rather, let’s celebrate the most important love we have in life — ourselves. 

 

 

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DRESS UP Why not dress up just for you and take yourself to a fabulous lunch or dinner — or order the best takeout you’ve ever had and spend a night in? Red is a color for destiny and power; find yours in these great ones by Kiyonne.  

 

 

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TOP IT OFF Red can be the color of blood, the color of a fire engine, or of a gorgeous Syrah wine that hits sweet and finishes with a strong and dark flavor.  Forget those shades of gray, shades of red are much more fun to experiment with. 

 

 

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FINISHING TOUCH If red and power hues aren’t your thing when it comes to your wardrobe, why not try little pops of color added to your staples, or a little valentine to yourself? Red shoes like these scream for a night of adventure, and these sweet little finishing touch earrings keep it simple, but remind you that love is what matters. 

 

 

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AT DAY’S END At some point, men began to think that women wear sexy lingerie and lace for them; we don’t mean to break their hearts by telling them that we wear it to feel amazing, feminine and girly, even when our daily lives may call for a really boring or seemingly masculine uniform. Underneath it all, and at the end of the day, the most important thing about self-love is about doing it for you, not for anyone else, even if that means lounging in comfortable and soft pajamas. 

 

So there you have it … eight great pieces when you’re feeling red hot and ready for love and adventure with that most important person of all — you! If you’re rocking out 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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8 White Haute Looks in the Winter Cold

Once upon a time there used to be a rule about wearing white after Labor Day, and if you wore white after it ... the hounds of heck would be unleashed upon the wearer with the wrath of the old biddies who enforced the rules of fashion, and wielded them against the “nouveau riche” during Reconstruction to keep them in their place. Thankfully, we now live in a time when we don’t have to worry about coal soot in the air staining our clothes as the temperatures drop, and we are no longer held to a limit of “winter white."

White can be fresh and clean or crisp and ready to go. Indoors or outdoors, there are a million different ways to wear white, and a myriad of ways to feel fabulous while doing it. Now, I know many people on the East Coast have had it with too much white stuff, but why not dismiss Old Man Winter with a nod to summer and the heat to come?

 

 

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SWEET DREAMS Nothing brings on sweet dreams like a little fresh and clean cotton to wrap ourselves in at bed time as we head to the land of Nod.

 

 

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TOP IT OFF Comfortable clothes, great tops and little pops of color to break up the monochrome look?  Yes, please — and thank you!

 

 

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BOTTOMS UP There is nothing like a well-cut white pant to take a look to the next level. These great pieces highlight your assets while hiding your flaws, making them a perfect accompaniment.

 

 

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SNOWBUNNY DOES IT BETTER When it’s cold outside, and you want to stay warm while enjoying the great outdoors, nothing does it better than these great pieces by Columbia.

 

For sweet dreams or days on the slopes, you’re covered and feeling white haute. If you’re rocking out 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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Dressed to Thrill

While I am not the girliest of girls, I do appreciate a night of dressing up and seeing my friends and coworkers in something other than the jeans and sweaters that I see them in every day. Our Customer Loyalty team recently had a good old-fashioned formal evening here in Las Vegas, and it was amazing to see how our guys looked in suits, and how our gals looked in evening gowns and updos instead of ponytails and yoga pants. 

I guess that is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season, going to holiday parties and celebrating the year we’ve had together, and looking forward to the next. The sparkle and shine, the laughter and, of course, the dancing all make the season that much brighter as we celebrate the hard work we’ve put in with friends, family and coworkers.

This week, I’m happy to bring you a selection of great pieces for when you’re dressed to thrill. Enjoy your holiday season, and may your nights be merry and bright!

 

 

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SHORT & SASSY Beaded or not, show a little leg and a lot of attitude while you dance the night away with your friends; add a simple black clutch and great heels, and you’ve got a look that works for holiday parties and ringing in the New Year.

 

 

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NOT-SO-BASIC BLACK Some people say black is boring- not when you remix the classic LBD.  As always, accessorize to bring the level up or down, and you can get the most mileage out of an old standard.

 

 

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BLACK TIE PREFERRED Feeling fancy? Add a little bling and a lot of class in these great looks that work for a serious black tie affair; keep the accessories simple and let your smile be the brightest jewel of the evening.

 

 

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SOMETHING DIFFERENT Sometimes, it is just too cold for a skirt- or skirts just really aren’t your thing.  Let your personality shine through even when you have to dress up, or sparkle and shine like the lights of the season in a bold metallic.

 

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

 

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Brrring on the Storm: Looks to Keep You Warm

When asked what my favorite part of living in Las Vegas is, my most common response remains “you don’t shovel sunshine.” Growing up in the Midwest I had my fair share of snow, rain and ice — as well as slipping on it and falling on my butt. As I’ve grown older, I love the concept of what snow means: time by the fire, curling up with a cup of hot cocoa, a good book and my cat, or time having snowball fights with my kids. 

 

 

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The reality of snow, however, is shoveling, delayed school buses, ice, horribly long commutes (made worse by the people who act like, beyond snowflakes, the sky is falling) and freezing off various body parts. Thank goodness for amazing coats that make the whole thing a lot easier to deal with. Warm jackets and vests that keep us looking great, and that still allow us to put our arms down, are a blessing. 

I know that my friends in the Midwest like to tell me I’m a wimp when I pull out a winter coat at 60°F, but I like to remind them that a month ago it was still 100°F, and my blood hasn’t thickened up yet after the 120°F days of summer.

No matter where you are, or what the temperatures you might find yourself in, I hope you enjoy some of the great choices for winter wear I’ve got for you this week. Don’t forget to check out our amazing winter hats, ear warmers and scarves to complete your look!

 

 

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Outdoor

I LOVE the Bugaboo — with three jackets in one that will get you from the coldest days of winter through the wettest days of spring, you can’t go wrong. If you’d rather just stay in bed, this down jacket is the closest you can get to your soft down comforter. 

 

 

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Vest

In places like the Southwest and the Gulf States where the temperature doesn’t drop as significantly, it’s always good to have something to keep your core warm while out and about.  Gorgeous colors with lightweight yet warm vests are the best way to go.  

 

 

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Dress

When it’s cold out but you still need to head to the office polished and professional, this is the route to go. A little bit of funk with faux fur or a classic trench creates a timeless yet classy wintry look.

 

 

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Little Bit Different

If your style is unique, and so is the weather, you’ve got great options to express yourself without having to do it through chattering teeth. Capes are in, as well as the moto chic look; it’s your chance to look cool while staying warm. 

 

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Classic Beauty: 8 Pieces with Endless Possibilities

Classic: adjective; of the first or highest quality, class, or rank; of enduring interest, quality or style; basic; fundamental.

A woman’s best bet is always a classic, whether it’s a little black dress and pearls à la Coco Chanel or a 1955 Chevy Bel Air in candy apple red and white. When we look at classical art we see the appreciation artists of the era had for curvaceous woman who were anything but shy about flaunting her curves. Today, millions of dollars are made by trying to reshape or eliminate them, when in antiquity thick hips, broad shoulders and fabulous décolletage were celebrated as evidence of a woman’s femininity and desirability.

While today it doesn’t make good fashion sense for most of us to ride around in giant shells while being attended by cherubs, we can sport much more comfortable looks that get us through our days and nights in timeless elegance and style. So flaunt those curves and celebrate them in pieces by classic American designers, such as Calvin Klein. I promise it is all much more flattering and comfortable than seashells. 

 

 

 

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Peasant tops and classic white can never go wrong; classics can be reimagined with fabulous details, keeping them as a part of your staples. 

 

 

 

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A little black dress and a navy A-line: two basic pieces that can be dressed up or down a million ways — it all just depends on how you accessorize! 

 

 

 

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Audrey Hepburn once said, “I wore pants when they weren’t fashionable; I sat down on the curb if I was tired; I did what I wanted and what I thought was reasonable so long as I didn’t hurt anyone.” Now who are we to argue with an icon of style when it comes to classic pants and skirts? 

 

 

 

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Classic sweaters never go out of style and can be layered with seasonal trends to keep your look on point. Great details and soft pieces make all the difference. 

 

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Hot Looks When There's a Chill in the Air

I never understood the concept of “shoulder season” until I started working out. You see, when you work out you spend certain days focusing on certain things. If you see a friend walking funny, and you know they spend a lot of time in the gym, just assume it’s leg day — or, more accurately, you’re seeing them after their leg day workout. Back and arms day usually leaves me feeling like my arms are going to float away for the rest of the day. But shoulders … they are a different beast altogether, in both workouts and in seasons.

In the spring, weather in the high 50s and 60s makes us put our cold weather gear away. When it hits autumn we dive into our closets and pull out soft and warm pieces like a child with their blanket, wanting nothing more than to feel warm again (even when a few short weeks ago we were lamenting the heat and humidity).

Shoulder season pieces are fast becoming my favorite, especially in the fall. It marks a time that much closer to the end of a good year, and it brings to mind softer and cozier times. I love fall and winter fires in the fireplace or the pit outside, making s’mores and telling stories with my boys. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania where fall meant bonfires and Friday night football under the lights, and there was nothing more exciting than pulling out your coat for a cool night with friends.

 

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Timeless Classics

You can never go wrong with a great trench or anorak. Simple lines and timeless shapes can keep you warm for any occasion and can be dressed up or down as needed. 

 

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Whatever the Weather

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where there is rain in the fall, or simply just a low dip, a fuzzy fleece or convertible rain jacket is essential. I especially love how Columbia’s fleece seems to just get softer and softer with wear, and I love this one a little bit more since Columbia will donate a portion of the sales to breast cancer research.

 

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A Little Unexpected

This fall has some great and unexpected twists when it comes to staying warm.  Capes are making a comeback, so every woman can channel her inner superhero while staying warm and having her hands free to pick apples or push swings. Feeling a little more vixen than hero? A girl can never go wrong with a styled moto-inspired jacket.

 

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Falling For MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set 6

 

Whether you’re biking along the rainy cobblestone streets of Paris or brunching outside a city center boulangerie, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set 6 footwear collection will have you looking fresh and feeling amazing for autumn.  

Crafted to perfection, this impressive assortment of slip-ons, wedges, heels and boots allows fashionistas everywhere to choose their own adventure. From a casual midday shopping spree to dancing to the rhythm of a string quartet, this fashionable line of footwear will always lead the way. Made from high-quality materials and integrated detailed components, these satisfying silhouettes are the building blocks to creating your best ever outfit.

The Jet Set 6 Collection features six versatile footwear essentials every woman needs to pack no matter where in the world her travel itinerary takes her. Bon voyage!

 

 

Take a break from your two-wheel ride and walk along the Champs-Élysées with the bold design of the Kyle Slip-On. Beautifully crafted with leather, pair this snakeskin print with ankle cropped jeans for a casual-smart look that’s sure to steal a few glances.

 

 

Autumn’s allure begins with the striking design of the Woods Bootie. This mid-heel shoe features smooth calf leather, dual gore panels for easy pull-on, and a decorative ankle strap with buckle closure. Round out this exceptional bootie with a pencil skirt or distressed denim.

 

 

Don’t let a little rain steal your thunder. Add some color and shine to your day with elegantly created Ariel Platform. Built to perfection, this snakeskin-wrapped heel with crisscrossing straps will be the exclamation mark to your upscale style.

 

 

A contemporary upgrade to the classic pump, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Sabrina emanates sheer elegance. Smooth, supple leather envelops this shoe from front to back and features a silver-coated chain link detail at the heel for a touch of sophistication. 

 

 

Stroll along the river walk and take in the city’s architecture and natural beauty with the Bryce Tall Boot. Crafted with Vachetta leather, these two-tone equestrian-inspired boots will take you where you need to go in modern style. Try pairing with black denim and a wool peacoat for utmost appeal. 

 

 

What’s fall without a classic bootie? Cleanly styled to round out your chic style, this all-leather, chunky heel design implements tiered buckle accents, articulated treads and an exposed side-zip closure. The Gretchen Bootie is your season’s must have.

 

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