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Fun Nail Art with the Essie Fall 2014 Collection

Even though fall hasn’t officially started yet, we’re so ready to dive into the rich new shades from the Essie Fall 2014 collection! How could we not fall head over heels for these totally spot-on colors inspired by the runways? After all, our nails need a wardrobe change for fall, too!

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To get you ready for a new season ahead, Essie has put together three fun DIY nail art looks featuring their latest autumn shades:

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Essie "Style Cartel"

Essie "Fall in Line"

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Essie "Take it Outside"

Essie "Partner in Crime"

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Essie "Take it Outside"

Essie "Fall in Line"

Essie "Partner in Crime"

 

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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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Fresh Picks: Scarlet Fever

Red, crimson, scarlet, ruby, garnet… The shade of red by any other name is just as striking. We’d be hard pressed to find a hue that embodies power and confidence more than red. It IS considered a power color by most!

Below are just some of our recent scarlet picks to breathe new life to your winter wardrobe well into spring!

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1. Betsey Johnson “Skull Squad” Dome Satchel in Red

2. Free People Racerback Crop Bra in Cherry

3. BCBGeneration Side Seam Zippy Cocktail Dress in Cerise

4. BCBGeneration “Odessa” in Chili Red

5. Jack by BB Dakota “Tisha” Dress in Cardinal Red

6. Rebecca Minkoff “Moto Mini” in Scarlet

7. Free People “Long Beach” Tank in Washed Red

8. Essie Nail Polish in Head Mistress

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

There’s no better time to wear pink proudly than the month of October! Show your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these lovely pink picks:

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1. GUESS Interchangeable Strap Watch

2. Vera Bradley "Monica" Reader in Ribbons

3. Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Collection 2013-"Pink About It"

4. Stila Breast Cancer Awareness #1 Cheek Palette

5. Chan Luu Breast Cancer Ribbon Bracelet

6. Manduka Breast Cancer Awareness rSkiddless® Yoga Mat by yogitoes®

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Fall Nail Trends to Wear Now

As we quickly approach the fall season, we want to talk digits. No, not your phone number! We’re talking stylishly decked-out fingers thanks to some of fall’s hottest trends in nail polish!

Let's face it, texting, typing, and cocktail hours are just more stylish with pretty polished nails looking back at you! But before you get to painting, start with the healthiest canvas imaginable with the Nail Recovery System from Dermelect Cosmeceuticals. This amazing kit helps resurrect thin, damaged nails to grow strong and beautiful.

Check out just a few of our favorite nail colors below to get you up to speed for fall.

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-Milky White: dreamy and ethereal white looks super angelic.

Try: Butter London “Cream Tea”

-Rich Metallic: adds an opulent and multi-dimensional finish.  

Try: Essie “For the Twill of It”

-New Navy: the deep midnight hue is less harsh than black but equally as dramatic.

Try: SpaRitual “Midnight Stroll”

-Chic Grey: edgy yet super versatile.  

Try: Deborah Lippmann “Pretty Vacant”

-Pop of Color: worn solo or in fun designs, these are total eye catchers!

Try: Butter London The POP! Art Trio

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Something Blue

Should you walk down the aisle without something blue? The tradition dates back to the Victorian England, but blue has been a symbol of faithfulness, purity, and loyalty since the days of ancient Rome. Sapphire earrings or a baby blue garter are a sweet and simple way to honor tradition, but bright cobalt nail polish isn’t as rebellious as your Great Aunt Muriel thinks! Before the nineteenth century, blue wedding dresses were far more common than white  gowns. Today, a soft blue dress makes a great "cut the cake" dress option!

Some brides choose to add a blue ribbon to their bouquets or add a blue monogram to their gowns. Unlike some bridal traditions, this is one custom that encourages creativity. Do you prefer teal to indigo? Adore azure, but can’t abide royal blue? Choose navy blue peep-toes or cobalt pumps to complement a more traditional gown.

Check out some of our blue bridal picks below from the Zappos Wedding Shop!

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1. Nina Lyra clutch in French Blue, 2. Caparros Fairfax in Powder Satin, 3. Dogeared Jewels "Something Blue" Necklace, 4. Essie "Borrowed & Blue" Nail Polish, 5. Jane Tran Fancy Satin Headband in Royal Blue, 6. Badgley Mischka Goodie in Navy Satin, 7. Hanky Panky Plus Size Signature Lace Retro Thong, 8. Hanky Pany Blue Ribbon Lace Garter, 9. Kendra Scott Victoria Earrings in Cobalt, 10. Donna Morgan Kaylin Dress in Blue Dusk

Selecting your "something blue" can be a fun express yourself on your big day—not to mention another perfect excuse to get a new pair of shoes and new accessories!

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January is National Thank You Month!

Whether you say danke, merci, arigato or grazie, the meaning of “thank you” stays the same in any language. This January, which is National Thank You Month, say thanks to someone in your life with a little something special to let them know they’re appreciated.

Because a little gratitude goes a long way!

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1. Dogeared Jewels It's The Little Things Butterfly Stud Earrings, 2. Archipelago Botanicals Vanilla Home Candle, 3. Essie Modern Chic Manicure Set, 4. LeCreuset Activ-Ball Original Wine Gift Set, 5. Barefoot Dreams BambooChic Throw, 6. Marc Jacobs Fragrance Rollerball Trio Gift Set

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Staff Picks: Mother's Day Gifts

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Zappos employees ham it up during our Mother's Day Picks photoshoot.

Mom definitely deserves more than just one day out of the year in her honor; all those sleepless nights, all the lunches she’s packed for us over the years, and the countless rides to soccer games and the mall—we think she’s better than any superhero!

However, since there’s only one designated Mother’s Day, it’s your chance to really make it count. Show her your appreciation with thoughtful gifts she won’t have to fake enthusiasm for!

We asked this week’s Zappos employee “models” about their own moms (and wife) and their gift picks for her. To get a real mom’s perspective, we also threw in Sunshine who is a mom of two.

Cheers to all you moms out there! We love you!

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you have ever given your mom for Mother’s Day?

T: I surprised her with a huge bouquet of tulips last year. I'm bad about forgetting holidays, so she was genuinely shocked that I remembered! 

What is your fondest, most cherished memory of your mom?

T: I had a lot of hearing problems when I was a kid, and I remember her putting her hands over my ears and praying for me every day. 

What three words best describe her as a mom?

T: Affectionate, self-sacrificing, and fun! 

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

T:  Essie 6 Piece Mega Mini Color Cube in Winter , Dooney & Bourke Lambskin Collection O-Ring Shopper , UGG Coquette

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you have ever given your mom for Mother’s Day?

D: Five years ago my brother, dad, and myself bought my mom a Jack Russell Terrier puppy for Mother’s Day. His name is Rusty.

What is your fondest, most cherished memory of your mom?

D: Going to the mountains with her.

What three words best describe her as a mom?

D: Loving, Cheerful, Humble 

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

D: Keen Coronado sandals,  LeSportsac Cosmetic Bag Combo , Lucky Brand Garden Stack Ring Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you (or your kids) have ever given your wife for Mother’s Day?

S: The gift of making her a mother! 

It’s Mother’s Day morning—what is the first thing you and the kids do to greet mom for her special day?

S: Hugs and kisses.  

 What three words best describe her as a mom?

S: Best Mom Ever.

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

S: Volcom All Day Long Creedlers Sandals, Michael Kors MK5038 Watch, Michael Kors MK5216 Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift your kids have ever given you for Mother’s Day?

S:  They always make me breakfast in bed. It's fun to listen to them "cooking" downstairs while they think I'm still sleeping. One year I got to eat soggy Cherrios, gummy worms and a Diet Coke.

Describe each of your kids in three words (each):

S:  Scarlett: Independent, willful, wise. Zack: Empathetic, funny, lovable.  

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

S: They give me purpose. Everything I do is for them.  

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day wish list? (Kids, pay attention!):

S: Kitchenaid 5-Quart Artisan Design Series Stand Mixer, Fossil Flight Chronograph Watch , Ray-Ban New Wayfarer

 

 

 

Check out our Gifts page for more gifts ideas for mom!