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Cool Back-to-School Backpacks

The backpack is a true essential when it comes to back-to-school style. Think about it; the backpack is the one thing your kids carry with them daily, regardless of their outfit! So, as much as we focus on getting the perfect shoes and clothes to set them up for a great school year, it all starts with the right backpack.

No matter which backpack you go with, make sure it reflects their individual style! These things don’t just carry homework, books and pencils, they’re really a style statement that sets the tone for the rest of the outfit.

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1.MadPax Block Full Pack

2. Kipling "Raychel" Metallic

3. Herschel "Settlement" Youth

4. Billabong "Lakey" Backpack

5. Quiksilver 1969 Special Backpack

6. JanSport "Right Pack"

7. Roxy "Bunny" Backpack/Lunch Bag Set

8. The North Face Youth "Sprout"

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Buy Now: Spring/Summer Sandals

There’s just something about slipping your feet into sandals that preps your mind for all the fun, sun-soaked activities that spring & summer have to offer! Whether it’s hanging out poolside, beach bonfires, or taking in a sunset at the pier, these cool sandals have us all wishing for an endless summer!

Check out just a handful of our current faves below. For even more sweet sandals, clothes, and more from your favorite surfm skate and streetwear brands, check out Zappos Rideshop.

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Guys': 1. Ocean Minded Seaweed III, 2. Reef Bonzer, 3. Quiksilver Foundation Crush 2 , 4. O'Neill Lowdown, 5. Volcom Concourse Creedler, 6. Olukai Kava Slides

Girls': 7. Roxy Java, 8. Volcom Forever Sandal, 9. Roxy Tavarua, 10. Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandal, 11. Reef Friendship Bracelet, 12. Ocean Minded Manhattan II

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Dreaming of Spring Break!

Even if it’s still cold and snowy in your neck of the woods, it’s totally OK to start planning for (and dreaming of) that long-anticipated week of fun in the sun: Spring Break!

From riding bikes down the boardwalk to hanging out with friends at the beach or pool, this is the season to get into a sunnier state of mind and break free from the winter blues.

Below are some of our picks to get you in the spirit of laidback, sun-soaked days!

Go to Zappos Rideshop for even more spring break finds!

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Men's: 1. Volcom Blakely Shirt, 2. Von Zipper Elmore Sunglasses, 3. Hurley Phantom Solid Boardshort, 4. Billabong Carter Chino Shorts, 5. Penny The Nickel Classic skateboard, 6. O'Neill Speed Blur Tank Top

Women's: 7. Roxy Sundancer Scalloped Tankini, 8. Reef Mallory Flip Flops, 9. Volcom Crowned Queen Cheese Hat, 10. Billabong For Keeps Backpack, 11. O'Neill Rubix Dress, 12. Fox Skyfire Tank Top

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Fresh Picks: Cozy Printed Cardigans

A warm, cozy knit cardigan is a great go-to for cold-weather layering. It’s like a comforting hug every time you throw it on! Wear these closet staples over everything from dresses to a worn-in denim shirt for the perfect layered look.

Below are  a few of our latest favorites done in cozy winter prints and hues:

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1. O'Neill Cosby Sweater, 2. Jack by BB Dakota Zillah Sweater, 3. O'Neill Cozy Up Sweater, 4. Quiksilver Native Cocoon Hoodie, 5. Jack by BB Dakota Janne Sweater, 6. Quiksilver Sunset PLake Ombre Sweater

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White Shirts + Blue Jeans: A Clean & Classic Combo

There’s something so summery about pairing a white shirt over classic blue jeans. Whether you go with the more tailored route with a crisp white button-up shirt over jeans or go casual with a simple white tee, the look is totally timeless.

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Staff Style Picks: Spring Dresses by Occasion

This week on the homepage, we’re featuring four Zappos employees (including yours truly!) wearing our favorite dresses for different spring occasions.

We were asked a couple of fun questions about our favorite things for spring…dresses included!

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This dress is perfect for ________ because…”

Natasha: It’s perfect for a dinner date because the print would camouflage the tomato sauce stains!

Hannah:  I can totally see this dress at a garden party because it’s so lady-like; it reminds me of a tea party in a flower garden!

Alison:  I would wear this to a BBQ because it’s the perfect lightweight dress for a hot summer day.

Joanne: This cute maxi is perfect for the beach or pool because it’s bright, lightweight and easy to throw on over a bathing suit.

My favorite spring trend is:

Natasha:  Nudes paired with a pop of neon!

Hannah: I am obsessed with stripes, so I’d have to say nautical.

Alison: I love colorblocking! It’s fabulous to see all the great color combinations.

Joanne: Florals and bright colors against neutrals.

What is your…. :

Most memorable/worst date story?

Natasha: Ordering sweet breads at a French restaurant, actually thinking they were sweet breads….

Favorite flower?

Hannah: I love tulips! They always remind me of springtime.

Favorite BBQ food?

Alison: Freshly picked grilled corn or my husband’s Cajun Salmon recipe!

Favorite beach?

Joanne: Coogee Beach, Australia

What are the top 3 dresses on your Zappos wishlist right now?

Natasha:

Laundry by Shelli Segal Front-Zip Sweater Dress

Kensie Sleeveless Rose Hem Dress

Jessica Simpson One Shoulder Ruffle Dress

Hannah:

Quiksilver Coastal Crochet Dress

French Connection Susu Stripe Dress

BCBGMAXAZRIA Basia Cold Shoulder Colorblock Dress

Alison:

Laundry by Shelli Segal Split Sleeve Colorblock Dress

Jessica Simpson Floral Print Halter Dress

Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Leopard Lurex Dress

Joanne:

Soft Joie Wilcox Tank Maxi Dress

Lucy Love Kendra Dress

BB Dakota Willow Dress

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Stylist Spotlight:Maggie M.

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To showcase our talented and creative stylist team, we’ve decided to do a weekly Stylist Spotlight. This week’s stylist is Maggie M. Check out her cool take on weekend style with these two ensembles she hand-picked just for Stylist Spotlight!

We asked Maggie a couple of questions to get to know more about her and her personal style:

What do you do at Zappos?

M: I specialize mostly in our athletic and outdoor apparel categories. My daily focus is to coordinate outfits and create the ultimate visual experience for our customers.

What are a couple of fun facts about yourself? 

M: I really enjoy spending time in my studio sewing, screen printing, and exploring various forms of fiber art. I play the bass guitar and have been an avid homebrewer for the past 2 years. Running is another passion of mine as I have recently started training for a half marathon.

Describe your personal style:

M: Depending on my mood or the event, my style tends to sway between Hipster and Boho. A couple of my fashion icons are  Karen O and Sienna Miller.

What was your last Zappos purchase, or what is your dream purchase?:

M: The last purchase I made was the Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins in brown suede.

What are your top 4 favorite brands at Zappos.com?

M: Free People, RVCA, Vans and Alternative Apparel.

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Super Awesome Description Winner-November 2011

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.

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

What inspired you when writing this description?

I used my many, many, many experiences trying to pack a bag when leaving the house with my now two-year-old. You really do pack your hopes and dreams into that bag. Along with the butt cream and binky.

What is your favorite Zappos core value?

Deliver WOW through service! Service is a privilege; the world would be a happier place if more people thought that way.

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

Most people are usually surprised to find out I married my high school sweetheart. I’m kind of surprised by it myself. Because if you would have told me when I was sixteen that I would marry him one day, I would have told you to lay off the pipe.

Fun facts about Jennie:

My favorite food is pretty much anything I can eat in a bowl with a spoon.

We have a 1:1 DVR-to-person ratio in our house. We take TV that seriously.

Books are my best friends.

I am older than the Internet.