We love that a big part of making zulily happen every day, is learning about interesting companies that are making products to change the world. One of our favorite stories is that of CLARO Candles, a Seattle-based company that makes candles that give back. We spoke with Brett Kolomyjec, co-founder of CLARO Candles, about why he started the company, how they choose their non-profits to work with and even his favorite candle. Get CLARO Candles now on zulily.
Tell us about what makes CLARO Candles unique?
CLARO Candles are unique because they each have a story that matters. CLARO is a Latin word for bringing light to darkness, and that’s exactly what these products do. Each product is made with the highest quality, all natural ingredients and give to the most urgent causes on earth. Every time you purchase a CLARO Candle, you are helping to bring light to children, people, and causes all over the world.
How did you come to found CLARO Candles? What was the inspiration behind the idea?
About two years ago myself, and one of my best friends and business partners, Jeff Bethke, were in Uganda working with a local orphanage there. There we met a lady who was selling candles and next to her candles there was a card that said, “light a candle and be the light in the life of a child.” The message associated with the darkness of social injustice, and the light of someone helping to push back against that tragedy, was so powerful to us that we thought others would be willing to join a story where light is brought to darkness and peoples’ lives are changed through the purchase of an everyday, timeless product.
How do you choose the non-profits that you work with?
Almost all the nonprofits that we work with are either ones that we have traveled and worked with directly, or are run by close personal friends/colleagues of ours. We love working with people and organizations that we know we can trust, and those whom we can personally testify for the effective, amazing work that they are doing.
What is your favorite candle in the collection?
This is a very difficult question. We ALWAYS go through seasons where we prefer different candles because they are all so fantastic! Overall though, I would say that my favorite is the Whiskey + Oak, which is the Love candle from our Vintage Natural Collection, while the Satsuma + Honey Almond Freedom candle is definitely what’s burning most often in Jeff’s household!
What’s next for CLARO Candles?
At this point we really aren’t totally sure. If that’s acceptable to even say! Two years ago we had no idea that we would be in the candle business, but this year alone we’ve been able to impact more than 10,000 people with the giving of our product lines and we are so proud of that. We try to be really intentional about enjoying the ride, celebrating the impact that is happening in the here and now, and not looking too far into the future, that we miss the adventure we are on day to day. We hope to become a nationally-recognized consumer brand, but ultimately what’s most important to us are the stories of the people that our product helps, and the stories of the individuals who support our mission by purchasing our candles.
Why did you decide to partner with zulily?
zulily is such a great opportunity to share our story with people. zulily cares about delivering great products to customers and we love that. We know new CLARO customers through zulily will be served well and that’s amazing.The opportunity to share Claro with the zulily family is always truly a blessing.
We’ve got some exciting news for our friends down under. zulily has launched in Australia with great deals on thousands of unique and hard to find items for the whole family plus lower shipping costs to Australia.
We’ve made discovering something special on zulily a breeze for Aussies. The site is now custom-tailored so you’ll be able to browse through items from around the world, including rompers for the kids and a dress for you, available to ship directly to Australia. And you can shop on the go from zulily apps for iPad and iPhone with Android soon to come.
Shipping for apparel and accessories starts at $9.95, plus FREE SHIPPING on additional apparel orders before 11pm AEST.
So set your alarms for 11pm AEST and get ready to find a great deal on your favourite brands plus a wide assortment of new and unique items that you can’t find elsewhere.
Last week, 4 employees doubling as models, helped us get some pretty amazing shots (with no retouching, mind you) to launch the NYX Cosmetics event today. In addition to the typical shot list, we needed images to create a lip color grid that made the shoot a little livelier than normal - miniature props, lots of color changes, and so many funny faces.
Shop NYX Cosmetics on zulily.com for the makeup kit used on all of the models, and check out some of our favorite moments from the shoot and the final lip color grid below.
It’s the first day of fall and that little chill in the air means it’s time for pumpkins, crock pots and fall foliage. If you need some inspiration to get in to the mood of the season, try these ideas out.
Apples are in season and you can find them everywhere from your grocery store to your local farmers’ market. Use them in this Crock Pot Apple Butter recipe from My Frugal Adventures for a taste of the season.
Create your own decoupage fall leaf bowl with instructions from Luv a Bargain.
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving. Display your pumpkins all year long in this whimsical Turkey Pumpkin Stand at zulily.com.
Take plain cupcake mix and transform it in to a fall treat with The Tip Toe Fairy’s Caramel Apple Cupcake recipe.
Swap out your salt and pepper shakers for a more seasonal pair. Get these Orange & Cream Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Shakers on zulily.com.
It’s officially the last day of summer! Time to turn our focus to the great indoors. If there’s some room for improvement, we’re here to help. Whether it’s adding an accent chair to your living room or a do-it all desk to your home office, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on furniture pieces to make your room look like new. We’ve got some ideas and a collection of home furnishing that will get your great indoors looking fabulous in no time.
The “moto” or motorcycle jacket is an embodiment of the leather coat trend. In the case of the moto, it appeals to kids and adults who like a more fitted look and don’t worry…this doesn’t have to be all tough stuff either; I love the juxtaposition of a dress layered underneath, making a moto look chic and sweet! Look for asymmetrical zippers and flat front pockets and many come in colors other than black like purple, green and red.
You’ll find varsity jackets everywhere for both adults and kids, because they’re a winning combination for a sporty back-to-school look, even if you don’t have your letter quite yet. Have fun with the color-blocked sleeves: black and white is always a classic choice.
If a full leather jacket isn’t in your fashion repertoire, consider a leather accent on your outwear. You may find this as a pocket trim on a woven coat, as the collar on a trench or as a belt. It’s a perfect way to dip into the trend without overdoing it.
Puffers got loads of playtime with designers this season.. More so than ever, the fun with puffers is the variety and choice: plays on color, quilting techniques and patterns.
Black Ruffle Puffer Coat, YMI Kids, 24.99 (zulily.com)
Loden Belted Down Puffer Coat, Bill Chill, 59.99 (zulily.com)
Little kids are like fall leaves: their jackets are always falling off! In the early autumn as things begin to chill down, consider a light puffer that can be layered with other pieces like cardigans and sweaters—so that if one layer peels off, another remains to keep them warm.
It goes without saying that down is incredibly lightweight and Mother Nature’s most efficient insulator that will keep your kid seriously warm as temperatures plummet. For further protection from the elements, look for water-resistant shells when purchasing a ski coat and interior pockets made for holding hand warmers.
Get ready for a cold breeze with the Arctic trend of faux fur. Designers pretty much went crazy putting fur on everything, and here are some really wearable ways to get in on this trend for the whole family – and to channel a little Northern Exposure.
A total faux fur jacket is just the ticket for keeping your warm as you run around town, and looks equally great with jeans during day time or with a dress for date night.
Just a Touch
A faux-fur trimmed hood is how most people will wear the trend. Other fun hardware details can complete the look of a parka like toggles or shiny buttons, exposed zippers, epaulettes and military pockets.
Some of my favorite jackets of the season are what’s called “mixed media” or ones that are compilations of different fabrics like part-sweater, part-quilted. Throw in some mid-top sneakers and that’s what I like to call Northern Exposure chic.
CAMO & PLAID
Who would’ve ever thought that two of the biggest pattern plays in coats this season could actually work together side by side? So you grab some camo and I’ll grab my plaid and let’s head out to play!
This pattern is ubiquitous this season from shirts to sweaters and pants—windbreakers, jackets and more. Look for unexpected color choices when it comes to camo…like orange on white or purple on black.
Rad for Plaid
We never tire of this classic schoolgirl staple, and with crisp updates, why should we? Whether it’s a more traditional white-black-red or a refreshed navy-green-pink, there so many instances where a great plaid coat can serve you well and keep you warm.
So we have to admit that while researching for this blog post, we got really hungry. We may have even taken a short break to get a big, juicy cheeseburger. I mean really, what’s better than that? Not much. It’s probably why the great people who create holidays decided to treat us all to a day dedicated to celebrating cheeseburgers! Choose from one of these great ideas to honor the day or just salivate like we did.
Funny Video Wednesday: Itsy Bitsy Spider Singalong
One of the great things about being a kid is the pure joy that comes with singing a song at the top of your lungs. We just love this little girl’s dramtic rendition of Itsy Bitsy. Who knows, maybe we’ll use it in our next commercial?
Any mom knows that welcoming a new addition to the family comes with the need for a lot of new stuff, everything from strollers to baby clothes to diapers and toys.
Today is Welcome Baby day at zulily, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a Welcome Baby Bundle worth over $600 to help a new mom out.
The bundle includes a phil&teds Nano stroller, a brag book, keepsake calendar and record book from Pepper Pot, a unisex footie from Zutano, a Vuulli Sophie La Girafe teething toy set, swaddling blanket from Swaddle Design, (2) 28-packs of Bamboo Nature newborn diapers, and a $50 zulily giftcard.
zulily will share a Welcome Baby Giveaway post on the zulily Facebook page around 12:30 p.m. PST on 9/17 with instructions on how to enter the giveaway. To enter, you’ll visit any of the Welcome Baby events on zulily.com, choose your favorite product from the event, and post a link to the product in a comment on the Welcome Baby Facebook post with the hashtag #giveaway. Post your comment by 11:59 p.m. PST to enter.
We’ll announce the winner in the Facebook post Wednesday 9/18.
Share this with any new moms you know and good luck!
See below for official rules:
The zulily Welcome Baby Giveaway Official Rules
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
The zulily Welcome Baby Giveaway starts at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on 9/17/2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 9/17/2014.
Getting to Know Callie's Coffee: A Q&A with Callie's Dad
At zulily, the imaginations of kids inspire us every day. So when we heard about Callie, a little girl who at just 7 years old came up with an idea to start a coffee company to benefit childhood cancer research, we just knew we had to share her story and her coffee with our customers. We spoke with Callie’s dad, Ryan Lentz, about Callie’s Coffee, a Seattle-based company which gives 100% of profits to the Ben Towne Foundation, a cause that we support as a company. You can purchase Callie’s Coffee for a limited time on zuilly. For more about making Callie’s Coffee part of your morning routine see http://vimeo.com/106194338
Tell us about inspiration behind Callie’s Coffee?
Callie’s coffee was inspired by my daughter Callie when she was seven years old. Our very close family friends lost their son Ben to an incurable neuroblastoma. Our family had been witness to this completely unimaginable suffering and loss. And when something that can’t be happening actually happens, it has tremendous ripple effects.
The effect on Callie was that she needed to do something about it. Just like a kid, right. It wasn’t ok to just go forward, she needed to help. So she came to me one day and told me she had this great idea to start a company. She had noticed all adults drink coffee so she thought that would be a pretty good thing to sell. She also said she wasn’t really interested in setting up a stand, like she and her brothers would sometimes do selling lemonade. This time she wanted to start her business on Facebook. Finally, she told me she would take all of the money she made and give it to Ben Towne Foundation, the pediatric cancer research foundation Ben’s parents had started in his honor.
What did you think when Callie first started talking to you about her idea?
At the very beginning I was kind of humoring Callie. We take walks together and Callie likes to talk to me about what’s on her mind. So this time, I thought she was dreaming up some scheme to make money so she could buy a roomful of American Girl dolls. So I asked her what she was going to do with all the money she was going to make. When she told me her plan to give everything to Ben Towne Foundation, it really stopped me in my tracks. Right away, I knew this was something I would help her do. It was the right thing to do.
What has been the most rewarding part of starting Callie’s Coffee?
There have been multiple rewards. We started Callie’s coffee as a family project and Mollie and I have had a lot of fun, and made some great memories with our three kids throughout this whole thing. Then people began to respond to what we were doing, and that includes people we had never met before, living in far away places! It was rewarding to think we might be able to make a real impact with Callie’s idea. If we got enough people to join us, and just change the kind of coffee they drink, together we might be able to create an ongoing, sustainable source of funding for research. Ben Towne Foundation is responsible for bringing some leading doctors to Seattle, and they truly are changing the way pediatric cancers are treated and cured. It is incredibly rewarding to be a small part of their work.
Perhaps most surprising is how personally rewarding this experience has been. I set out to do something with my daughter, hoping we might do some good and teach her a few things at the same time. But working to start Callie’s coffee has ended up changing me. It is the first time I have truly been working for something that matters. That aspect took me completely by surprise.
What makes Callie’s Coffee so unique?
At Callie’s Coffee we work really hard to make sure we deliver a great product that gives to critical research being done right here in our own city (Seattle), and for the benefit of kids everywhere. We know how seriously people take their coffee. It’s a requirement that ours be best in class. At the same time, Callie’s coffee gives people an accessible, everyday way to make an important impact for a cause that truly matters.
Less than 5% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to childhood cancer research. That means funding to change the way pediatric cancers are treated and cured will not happen unless private philanthropy steps in. Callie’s wraps giving into something many people do every day – drink great coffee. By making it a part of that small daily ritual, we hope to invite many, many people in. Together we can impact many lives.
What’s in the future for Callie’s Coffee?
Our primary focus will always be to attract more and more people to Callie’s Circle – the group of people who have chosen to get their coffee delivered to their doorstep every month, so that their daily cup gives. We have also found many businesses interested in switching to Callie’s. It’s a pretty great way to bring giving to the front lines of a company’s culture – where it isn’t about writing a check once a year, or about a decision made behind closed doors. This kind of corporate giving invites all employees, clients and stakeholders in because they literally participate in it.
One of the things we are most excited about this coming year is launching our kids 4 kids program. Callie’s was started by a seven year old to help children with cancer. So it seems natural to open things up so that other kids and their families can get involved. We have started piloting this program and the kids have been amazing. It is very moving to watch a young person take action and then realize that it really is possible for them to make an impact, even as a kid.
Why did you decide to work with zulily?
zulily is a phenomenal company that has obviously been highly successful, broadly disrupting the category. So I admire them as a business. I also believe our brands speak to the same customer. But the primary reason we are so thrilled to work with zulily is their dedication to giving, and in particular, their support of Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Like us, zulily has recognized the critical work being pioneered in kids’ cancer research here in Seattle and the imperative to fund this work, so that we might progress toward a world without childhood cancer.
In Callie’s own words, what is your favorite part about Callie’s Coffee?
“My favorite part about doing Callie’s Coffee has been being able to give lots of checks to Mr & Mrs. Towne for the foundation. I also have really liked to do really fun things with my dad and meeting really really nice people”. I really love to get the nice notes and emails from people all over the place who say that they love our coffee and tell their friends about Callie’s. People have been so nice and I think my favorite part about doing Callie’s Coffee is being able to give money to help other kids and the people. Those are my favorite things about Callie’s Coffee”. – Callie
The right lighting can make a world of difference in a room. Just a few updates to your lighting and your space can look like new. Our buyers have put together some tips and a week of lighting events to help you brighten up your place. Check back all week for a new lighting event.
Chandeliers and Pendants
Wrap chandeliers in ivy, silk flowers, raffia or other mixed media for a unique twist on this classic fixture. (zulily.com)
Need a little boost to get you over the hump this Wednesday? Lucky for you, we’re starting Funny Video Wednesday. Check back every Wednesday to see what we’ve found on the web that week. This week, we’ve got what must be the best dad ever, dancing with his daughter to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Now doesn’t that just make you smile?
We’ve all played the bedtime dance with our kids. Put them in bed, they come out, put them in bed, they come out again, repeat. To help ease those bedtime frustrations and ensure everyone, even you, gets to sleep, try out one of these five ways to make bedtime easier.
Keep monster spray handy in case of middle-of-the-night scares. Free printable from PINTRIEDIT:http://zuli.ly/Zg02I1
Get your little one a stuffed animal they can keep with them every night for comfort (zulily.com)
Calm down before bed with quiet time activities. 13 awesome ideas from Kids Activities Blog: http://zuli.ly/1tIgj5e
Put a spin on the bedtime reading with personalized stories (zulily.com)
Create a nighttime ritual and stick to it! You may even want to create a checklist. Or get a free checklist like this one from Get Snazzy: http://zuli.ly/1lTXk5x
We all love freshly-made home cooked meals, but who really has the time? We’ll let you in on our little secret, mom’s helper in the kitchen, the Vitamix. Say bye to chopping, dicing and blending and hello to healthy meals in a breeze. We’ve got them for a limited time only for only $299 plus free shipping. To get you inspired to use your new Vitamix, we’ve got our favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and anything in between.
We can’t wait for TOMS to be back on zulily Tuesday 9/9! Get the first look and see behind-the-scenes at the TOMS photo shoot on Mercer Island, WA. (Remember, LOVE the brand for a reminder: http://zuli.ly/Z91eNq)
HINT: Shop before everyone else on 9/8! Just download the zulily app AND turn on push notifications to get early access on Monday afternoon: http://zuli.ly/1qlPJMQ.
Behind the Scenes: On the Hunt for Product in Brooklyn
At zulily, our buyers are constantly on the hunt for new and unique products to introduce to you. On one recent trip to New York, Sharon Pacaldo from our DIY team crossed the bridge to Brooklyn to see what’s new and exciting in the artisan hub. Stopping first at Brooklyn Flea, one of the most renowned flea markets in the country, Sharon found all sorts of new and novel products. She then headed over to the hip and industrial neighborhood of Dumbo to find inspirations at the specialty retail shops throughout this trend mecca. Take a look at some of Sharon’s favorite finds from her trip.
Brooklyn Flea operates flea markets every weekend of the year, featuring hundreds of local artisans and designers.
Jack from Art on Post-its, creates works of art with his sketches of homes, pets, people, autos, landscapes and more on Post-its.
Susannah Tisue, founder of SKT Ceramics, creates whimsical pieces of pottery from their studio.
Updating your little girl’s wardrobe for the fall can be a bit overwhelming. So much to choose from and she must have it all! But fret no more because we’ve got the scoop on the top five fall must-haves that she’s gotta have.
Bright and inspirational pieces set the scene for one of our favorite décor styles, the Happy Home. Color, vintage-inspired design and lots of charm are the signatures of this style. Whether picking up one piece to add to a room or redoing your entire home, we’ve got some tips on how to bring this style to your abode.
It’s a Frozen world and we’re just living in it. From Halloween to Birthday parties to just everyday living, if you are anything like us, your kids just can’t get enough of Frozen. And now you can be the most impressive parent ever when you whip up these Frozen dos on your little one or even yourself. Our zulily stylists took some inspiration from our Frozen sale today to create Elsa’s braid and Anna’s bun.
Step 1:Section off and pull back the start of the braid, leaving about a two inch section of hair to frame the face.
Step 2: Tease the area that you’ve just sectioned off.
Step 3: Secure with a clear elastic.
Step 4: Starting at the elastic, being a classic braid, working with small pieces, pulling from the front and adding in to the main braid, rotating left and right.
The bigger the sections you take the better.
Continue the braid to the end of the hair and secure with an elastic.
Step 5: Using caution, cut out the top elastic holding the original braid.
Step 6: Blend the two sections together to connect.
Step 7: Gently pull at the braid to add volume.
And you are done, smiling faces all around.
Step 1: Section off the front of your hair and clip. This will later make a bang.
Step 2: Pull back the top part of hair into a ponytail and start to twist.
Step 3: Continue twisting in to a bun, keeping a hole in the middle. Pin in place.
Step 4: Take a section of hair under the bun and wrap it around your fingers and place into the hole of the bun. Pin in place.
Step 5: Section off enough hair for a wider braid underneath the bun and start braiding to eventually wrap around the head.
Step 6: Continue the braid, placing a pin in front of bun, halfway between the bang and the bun.
Step 7: Place a pin in the back.
Step 8: Tease bottom section of hair to create volume.
Step 9: Gather hair in a ponytail to where it meets at the bottom of the bun and covers the start of your braid. Secure with a clear elastic. Add a second clear elastic band to gather the loose ends of the ponytail.
Step 10: Roll and stuff the ponytail into teased bottom section of hair and smooth it out.
Step 11: Sweep front section across the forehead and pin in the base of the bun to create false bangs.
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never owned a dog. In celebration of National Dog Day, we are sharing photos of some of our employees’ sweet and cuddly pups! Enjoy your moment of cuteness below.
We all remember the first time we lost a tooth. Such a victory! And then, there’s the sweet anticipation of putting it under your pillow to wake up in the morning to whatever the Tooth Fairy has brought you that night. It’s an exciting time in every child’s life. In celebration of National Tooth Fairy Day, we’ve collected some unique and fun Tooth Fairy traditions that will make that first experience with the Tooth Fairy or tenth extra special.
Make it really official with these Tooth Fairy Invoices. Have your child fill out and then slip it in the envelope with the missing tooth. Free printable kits can be found on How Does She.
If you’re teaching your little one to save those Tooth Fairy earnings, this Tooth Fairy bank is a must have. It has 20 individual slots for each tooth lost. (zulily.com)
This nifty DIY Tooth Fairy pocket from Craft, Interrupted uses a jean pocket to stash the goodies. How clever!
Is the Tooth Fairy sometimes forgetful? Let your little one rest easy that this time, the Tooth Fairy will not forget to leave money with this Tooth Fairy Spray that signals the Tooth Fairy to come right away. (zulily.com)
“Under the pillow” method getting a little tired? Try the Tooth Fairy Glass from Brought2ubyMom.
It may have been a while since we here at zulily have had the joyful experience of getting on our brand new outfit for the first day back to school, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relish in it just the same. In the spirit of all the kiddos getting ready to go back to school, we’re celebrating #TBT with our own version, #ThrowbackToSchool. Join in by posting your throwback photos from your first day back to school and tag #ThrowbackToSchool and #zulily. We’ll share our favorites!
We all know how important that first day of school is to your kids. They’ve styled their favorite outfit, decorated their binders in preparation, and have probably put in a special request for a first day dessert in their lunch.
But, before they hop on that school bus, you’ve got to snap the perfect first day picture to add to your collection. Share these fabulous first-day photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #yayfirstday and #zulily. Every few weeks we will select a few of our favorites as “star student of the day” and share these photos on Facebook and Instagram. We will also choose a photo every week to include in our Facebook cover photo!
Whether you’re traveling across the country or just taking a trip to the park, traveling with your little one is always an adventure. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite hacks, tips, ideas and products to make this adventure just a little easier for you.
1. DIY Travel Chalk & Magnet Board
Sunny with A Chance of Sprinkles shows us how you can use a basic cookie sheet, letter magnets and some chalk to create a canvas for your little one’s masterpiece. Added bonus, these magnetic pieces won’t end up on the floor of your car.
2. Label Outfits in Baggies
This great idea comes from Just a Girl and Her Blog. It’s an easy way to make getting dressed while traveling easy. You can label each bag with your child’s name and note any special occasions to avoid fashion fiascos while on vacation.
3. A Stroller Fit for Flying
We all know how frustrating it can be to have to check your stroller at the gate while flying. Having a stroller that can fold up to fit in the overhead compartment…well that is just a dream come true. The Nano Protect Travel System from Mountain Buggy offers a lightweight stroller that does just that. Today, zulily will be the first to launch the Protect Infant Car Seat component of the travel system.
4. DIY Portable Lego Kit
This DIY Lego Kit from Fun at Home With Kids is small enough to fit in your purse, and a great source of entertainment for your toddler while waiting at a restaurant or for a doctor’s appointment. The puzzles are simple and the combinations endless. It comes with 24 Free Printable Activity cards.
5. DIY Snack Containers
Got extra liquid coffee containers? Stock Piling Moms show us that these are ideal for bringing snacks anywhere on the go. Whether they are keeping them in their backpacks or leaving them in the cup holders in the car, your kids will love pouring their favorite treats from these recycled bottles.
6 Ways to Add Style to Your Back to School Supplies
No doubt your kids have put a lot of thought in to their back to school style, so no plain black and white composition book or yellow number 2 pencils will do. Add some style to those back to school supplies with these fun DIYs and products.
We are exactly eight days away from the first college football game kickoff. And you know what that means? Time to stock up on all your tailgating needs. We’ve got some great recipes and gear to make you the queen of the stadium parking lot.
Make the presentation of the game-day buffet unforgettable with this total touchdown of a serving set.
The first three years of your baby’s life are full of changes. Baby gets bigger every day, and sometimes its hard to keep up with what gear Baby needs. So, we’ve put together a list of our favorite gear essentials for years one, two, and three to help make things a little easier. You can find all these essentials on zulily today.
This beautiful bassinet boasts multi-speed swaying motion and can play calming melodies and sounds. Its adjustable canopy will protect your little one from the light so they can drift off to dream land.
You can use the WiFi Baby 3 to check in on your little one from anywhere. The monitor features a free app for iPhones or iPads with true-color real time video and a unique MyWiFiBaby url that can be accessed from anywhere. The camera offers infrared night vision and 32 GB of memory.
This convertible high chair easily and conveniently grows alongside little ones as they transition from high chair to booster chair. It requires no tools to adjust the seat and footrest positions, features a removable feeding tray, and has a five-point safety harness to help keep your little one secure.
Designed for three-across seating and to safely grow with kids, this convertible car seat starts rear-facing for littler ones and then flips to face forward. Its REACT safety system offers a deep headrest, an anti-rebound bar to help improve stability, and foam layers to absorb energy. An added bonus…its absolutely adorable!
Featuring a fun print and a unique sleeved design for extra coverage, this bright basic protects Baby’s outfit from stray showers of strained peas or any other mealtime mess. With stretchy elastic cuffs, convenient ties in back and a soft, and waterproof build, it’s an attractive and durable way to stay stain-free.
Fun to chew and easy on the gums, this easily gripped teething ring stimulates and soothes inflammation using safe, FDA-approved materials. Knobby Qs encourage early mouthing experiences that support the development of the muscles critical for mature speech production.
Teach tiny tots how to tell time with this all-in-one talking alarm clock and night light. Featuring an interactive teaching game and three LCD display modes, this clever clock glows green to let little ones know when to wake and includes interchangeable color bezels to match any room!
Potty training will be anything but intimidating when this funny monkey’s hanging around. The Potty Monkey set comes with a timer, adults training books, a children’s storybook with encouraging narratives, and a plush monkey with his very own potty.
Are you as excited about the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie as us? Can’t wait for some Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael action! Check out the trailer and then check out our all the gear you or your little TMNT fan needs.
Graphics are a great addition to any wardrobe and home. Whether it’s a yellow and pink chevron scarf that adds a splash of color to a classic white blouse, a blue stained-glass maxi that stands on its own, or a patchwork vintage chair to add a pop to your living room, graphics let you show off your unique style. We’ve got some ideas to start incorporating this versatile trend in to your life.
We’ve all had those mornings where we hit the snooze button a few too many times. And on those days our outfits are a little…well, let’s just say they are a little “interesting.” The solution? A great graphic dress. These dresses make any outfit look glam, and when paired with a neutral flat, boot, or heel, you can be out the door in minutes.
The Graphic Shoe
For the girl who loves her basics, a bold graphic shoe will add a fun twist to any simple outfit. These heels would look great with your favorite skinny jeans and white tee.
The Graphic Scarf
While it would be wonderful if summer could last forever, fall is sneaking up on us. But, a new season means a new reason to shop! A scarf with a bold pattern can completely transform your outfit. So, if you love wearing the same boots and coat every day, pick out a new scarf to change things up!
The Graphic Home Décor
Whether you are redecorating your entire home or just looking for a few specific pieces, graphic prints give any room a pop and fresh new look. These pieces are just asking for compliments!
It seems today that there are as many types of fitness gear out there as there are activities. So do you really need specific gear for your sport? What do you need when spinning v. doing yoga? Carrie B., active wear buyer for zulily has some answers. And you can get all your gear during Fitness Week this week on zulily.
For Spin Class:
Time to get super sweaty! Dress in layers so you are able to warm up with a long sleeve top. Throw on a racer back tank under your top, and wear capri leggings so they can’t get stuck on the bike.
Running is all about the shoes and the right support! Grab some great running shoes that support your feet and don’t squeeze. Next make sure you wear a high impact sports bra. Bright-colored tees or tank are a make it easy to been seen and pair with either shorts with a layer of compression, capris or long leggings you muscles warm.
Shop Triathlon Training on August 6 and Running on August 8.
For Yoga or Pilates:
Breathe deep and OM…Namaste. For yoga class you can definitely step out with a little fashion. Wear pants, capris or shorts, whatever you are most comfortable in downward dog with. Wear a supportive sports bra and a body hugging tank or tee so you aren’t adjusting when you should be focusing on your breathing. Bring a long sleeve top or jacket for warm up and cool down. Gripper socks are super helpful as well. Wear some fun colors and look for some really fun details, like open back tanks!
Shop Yoga and Maternity Yoga on August 8.
For A Little Assistance at the Gym:
OK let’s be honest, sometimes to get fit you need to start by hiding what you don’t want to show! Pick your bottoms based on what you are most comfortable in whether it be a skirt, leggings, or capris. Shaping active wear provides tummy control to help you look trimmer. Always wear a supportive sports bra and pick a tee or tank with ruching and shaping panels that might actually help you pull your core in and could in return help build your core.
It’s all the rage these days. Hit the beach for some sun and fitness! Grab a bikini top that stays in place and supports your bust and bottoms that don’t ride up. Throw on some board shorts for extra coverage and a rash guard to protect from the sun. Make sure your rash guard fits snuggly so you don’t get unnecessary rubbing and chafing. Don’t forget the SPF!
Shop Paddle boarding on August 8.
For Cross Training Class:
Get sweating and moving! Grab a super supportive sports bra and some compression shorts, capris or leggings so you can stay supported. Wear a tank so you can see those growing muscles and a long sleeve top for warm ups.
Shop Cross-Training on August 10.
For everything you do, always remember to hydrate. Choose something that will multitask-holds our phone, credit cards and keys.
With summer in full swing—a time when al fresco happy hours and casual Fridays become a weekly highlight—it’s hard to know exactly where the boundaries of work-appropriate attire begins and ends. True, this is the ONE day of the week you get some say regarding what you wear, and understandably you want to flex a little fashion muscle. But the key is to do so without getting overly causal…such that the water cooler conversation is all about your outfit.
Here are my “wears” and “tosses” a.k.a. dos and don’ts to make sure your summer Friday style stays on track:
WEAR: COLORED JEANS
If you still haven’t gotten on board with this fun, fresh style, colored jeans have gained popularity over the last three years and are now an acceptable wardrobe choice for the creative office place. One way to make sure you keep the look in check is by combining your brightly hued denim with a silk blouse to dial up the dressy factor or top it with a blazer when the office air conditioning gets frosty. I draw the line at ripped or torn denim: save these for after hours.
Cream Catherine Sleeveless Top, Darling: shop here
Papaya Distressed Straight-Leg Jeans, Request Jeans: shop here
TOSS: FLIP FLOPS
I once had an old-school, Hollywood director’s wife, who hailed from the golden age of cinema, tell me to leave my click-clack mules at home: “Any footwear that makes distracting sounds at work is offensive to your co-workers,” she’d say. Imagine how she’d feel about flip flops! That slap-happy sound drives people batty, especially when it comes down a long hallway. Plus, I’m hard pressed to think of a time when your office mates want to stare at your toes. So keep those flops in your beach bag and opt for this season’s embellished flats, strappy sandals and sweet wedges, for numerous work options with panache (a thong sandal is even preferable).
Black Molly Burnished Leather Sandal, Calvin Klein Jeans: shop here
WEAR: TASTEFUL SUNDRESSES
A sundress can keep within an office dress code as long as it covers enough skin (so no barely-there straps, plunging necklines or sky-high hems) and isn’t see-through. A monochromatic white look is ultra crisp this summer or if a splash of hue is more your take, opt for refreshing citrus tones. Don’t forget the floral prints, which designers adored this season in all size of bloom: from dainty to watercolor to graphic.
Black & White Appliqué Scoop Neck Hi-Low Dress, LARA Fashion: shop here
Lime & Blue Color Block Gracie Sleeveless Dress, Darling: shop here
Pink & Blue Jin Ju Ruffle Cap-Sleeve Dress, Mata Traders: shop here
TOSS: MINI SKIRTS & MICRO SHORTS
A general rule: if your knees will be knocking together due to cold air conditioning at work, your hemline is likely too high. Mini skirts are fly when worn at the right time (for example, they’re great with opaque tights in the fall), but for the office place, exposing bare legs is simply too much. As for short shorts (and you know what I’m talking about with an inseam of 3-5 inches) screams “summer picnic” instead of “power lunch.” That said, if you love shorts as much as I do, and your workplace embraces the concept of work suit shorts, opt for a longer style closer to the knee in a polished fabric or try a Capri pant.
WEAR: THE MAXI
Surprised? What we love about the maxi – the breezy flow, the to-the-floor hem, the forgiving style, which means we don’t need to suck in our lunch burrito – is also what makes it great for the office. Inherently the maxi doesn’t over-expose in the skin department and is one of the more covered-up articles of clothing that exists in our wardrobe repertoires. So wear it. Top with a fitted jacket or cardigan to offer more structure on the clock, and consider a statement necklace to complete the look.
Coral & Fuchsia Floral Sullivan Maxi Dress, emploi New York: shop here
Red & Gold Braided Coil Necklace, Mata Traders: shop here
We had a great back-to-school Facebook live chat with zulily Lifestyle Editor Amy E. Goodman yesterday. Thanks for all your questions on back-to-school fashion trends, organization strategies, and tips for getting out the door!
In case you missed it, we’ve put together a look at some of the top Q&A from the chat.
Q: Amy, what fashion trends are you excited about for this fall?
A: There are so many fall trends that are GREAT for kids this season. The first is a toss back to the 90s! Remember those years?? Think motorcycle jackets and lots of plaid! Check out this great motocycle jacket HERE and this plaid button-up HERE
Blank NYC D’Hope Faux leather Moto Jacket, Blank NYC Cherry Lips Plaid Button Up Top
Another out-of-this-world trend that kids are loving this coming season is GALAXY. Imagine stars and planets printed on everything you can imagine from T-shirts to dresses and more! If you have an aspiring astronaut…check out these galaxy leggings HERE
S.W.A.K. Orange & Yellow Galaxy Leggings
And, for all those Anglophiles, it’s time get your London fashion on! Think puffer jackets and pea coats, trenches and hooded jackets. Such a classy and fun trend: adorable. Great for slightly dressier occasions this fall. Check it out this cute London top HERE
Ben Sherman White ‘London England’ Union Jack Tee
Q: What is a ‘normal’ amount of new outfits to start school with?
A: Depends on your budget. Getting locked in with the staple items and making sure you have those covered, and maybe peppering in a FEW nice trend items to start is great. So maybe one new thing for each day of the week!
Q: Are there any preschool/kindergarten essentials we should be aware of for this school year?
A: One of the trends that will have new tots start the school year with a roar is the Northern Exposure trend. It’s wild and fun with animal prints on T-shirts for example. And you could pair this animal shirt with some great cargo pants. Also remember that clothes get worn very well in those early years — lots of fun play on the playground.
In addition, a great hoodie, sturdy cargo pants that can withstand a lot of wear, sweet cardigans to keep them warm during the weather changes, these are all must essentials! And great tights for gals.
Q: My 8 year old has decided that homework is the worst thing ever and has started refusing to do it. How can we make it more interesting for him?
A: I hear you! I have an 8 year old daughter myself. First I would suggest having a designated homework station. It doesn’t have to be a big space, but outfitted with some fun school supplies like pens for getting the coloring work done and funky pencil cases that excite him/her.
Q: My 5 year old loves to dress herself…and choose her own clothing. How can I organize her clothing so she chooses pieces that go together? I love her punky bruster sense of style though.
A: I LOVE to hear of children who have their own sense of style! And sometimes when they are young, it is great to not so much correct them, but let their style evolve. That said, you can pair a few things together on hangers to give her several hanging examples in the closet of what you think goes — and then perhaps just let her have at it!
Q: Any recommendations for footwear for the early elementary school age?
A: We’ve got a wide selection of kids’s shoes on the site - perfect for any outfit. Check them out HERE
Clockwise from upper left: Franco Vanucci Boys Wheat Chukka Boot, Kenneth Kole Black Get a Slip Suede Sneaker, LILY of New York Blue and Yellow Patent Quilted Hi-Top Sneaker, Anna Shoes Leopard Vera Flat
Q: My son has to wear a uniform. How do I get him excited about wearing the same thing everyday?
A: I know that uniforms can be really tough in terms of personal expression. Perhaps this where you can get to get him excited about his after school attire. And being creative in that space. But even if you have to wear the same thing every day, perhaps your school allows you to be creative with your accessories: backpacks, lunch bags, etc! There are lots of cool options! You can find some back to school supplies with a lot of personality in this event HERE
Munchin Mike Sharpener, International Arrivals Pink and Purple Monster Mouth Pouch Set
Q: What is the best way to make homework fun?
A: Here are my top tips to make homework fun! For something like reading, you could have a timed exercise for them to finish a page or paragraph (all dependent on skill level and reading ability) and then add a star to a star chart if completed in the allotted time. With so many stars…then a treat (maybe a fun eraser!). Or for several stars, an outing with mom. It can be more immediate too…like more time to play outside.Food-based treats and rewards have to be dependent on the family of course. In our household, we prefer non-food related rewards! When my daughter improved her math homework attention, I got her a book that she really wanted — and I love that it was an educational reinforcement!
Q: Any tips on buying school supplies? My kindergartener has a list that’s at least $50, not including backpack and snacks for class. Shop the door busters all over town, or not worth the time and stress?
A: I’ve done both routes where I purchased a pre-packed supply that was a fundraiser for the school, and then done it myself. zulily has great deals on school supplies. No lines and no running to multiple stores! Check out this zulily event HERE
Sarget Art 50 Piece Classic Tip Marker Set, Roselle Paper Composition Book -Set of 6
Q: My 7-year-old loves leggings and won’t wear anything with a zipper or button at the waist. Any ideas?
A: That’s a tricky one! Keep her comfy in what she loves, and think about clothing that has this new trend of decorative hardware sewn onto the clothes — so that’s a way to “get” the look of hardware if YOU want it! i.e. a zipper that’s just for show on the panel of a jacket. Or zippered pockets on boys’ pants.
Q: I am a mother of just one, and she’s leaving me to go to Kindergarten! I am soooo sad. This is new for both us, and for me being a bit unorganized, what are some tips to make the morning routine everyday easy? I would love to not rush, and to have some time with her before she heads off…
A: So the key for having extra time in the morning, is waking up 15 minutes earlier than you really need to, having some breakfast pre-laid out or cooked (I love slow cooker oatmeal that’s ready in the morning); putting out her outfit the night before so there are no surprises. In addition, contact her teacher before the first day and ask about that first drop off. You’d be so surprised how much great info teachers have that may be insightful about those first moments!
Q: My daughter is long and skinny. What are the best short options that are not TOO short. That seems to be all that’s out there right now!
A: A long legged girl, what a blessing! Look for Bermuda shorts options — they are longer and usually end like above the knee of so, and that is the perfect solution for her! Check out these adorable Bermuda shorts (not too short, not too long) HERE
Crystal Vogue Turquoise Dip Dye Star Shorts, Crystal Vogue Fuchsia Dip Dye Star Shorts
Q: What about short shorts to wear under school uniform skirts?
A: With a young girl who adores and basically lives in skirts and dresses all year long, I have to say I take advantage of end-of-summer sales and stock up on shorts for this VERY reason. My daughter knows she cannot hit the jungle gym without her “kick pants.”
Q: What is the best hair accessory to hold hair in a pony-tail?? I put my daughter’s hair up, looks perfect…she comes home from school and its all fallen out!
A: These hair ties have a special knot that helps reinforce the sturdiness of the pony. Ponytails in all varieties — low, high, etc. — are very popular right now! Check out these hair ties HERE
Sweet Ties Hair Ties and Headbands Purple and Blue Summer Tie Dye hair Tie Set, Queen Bee Barrette Orange ‘Be Different’ Hair Tie Set
Q: With preteen boys, what is the trend for school this season?
A: Look out for some great color-blocking, especially in black against white and also within colors: blue to blue. It’s not too loud and just the right statement for these stylish young men! You can find some great color-blocking for your pre-teen HERE
Red & Grey Asymmetrical Hoodie, dark Blue Stripe Hoodie
Q: We have a tough time getting folders/notebooks to last the year with a rough little boy. Any suggestions?
A: We have this really cute camo personalized folder that might fit the bill! If you want to reinforce something you already have, I feel you, and consider duct tape bandaging — which is a very popular thing right now. And the duct tapes — you wouldn’t believe all of the fun patterns. With any new folder you can of course reinforce corners and edges of folders and this will definitely help them last longer. I also get folders in sturdy plastic for my daughter. They’ve lasted two years, and a delicate dame she is not!
Q: What is the favorite cartoon character theme this year?
A: Frozen is obviously still white hot right now, but don’t forget about retro throw backs. Personally my son rocks out in his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-wear, and he’s 4. You can find all the character favorites for back to school on zulily. Check out the event HERE
Green TMNT Zip Up Hoodie, Brown ‘Curious George’ Zip Up Hoodie, Classic Red Just Minnie Zip Up Hoodie, Pink My Little Pony ‘Lets Have a Party’ Zip Up Hoodie
Q: Any trends in jackets or raincoats? I always have trouble in those seasonal changes with a coat that can go from hot to chilly.
A: Light puffer jackets! They are great from early fall chillies to colder winter days and they can be layered with a sweater before you start hauling out the major winter coats. Also puffers and quilted jackets this season for sure! Check out this Steve Madden coat event HERE
Steve Madden Olive Quilted Moto Jacket, Steve Madden Black Faux Fur-Trim Parka
DIY Monster Masks are the perfect craft for your next big sleepover. They are easy to make, easy to clean up, and they’ll keep your kids entertained for hours. Here are some simple step by step instructions from our very own zulily stylist, Brenda B., on how to make these one-of-a-kind masks.
What you’ll need: Scissors, 2 Feet of Ribbon, Pins, Glue Gun (Elmer’s glue is fine too!), Green/Red/White/Black Felt
Step 1: Get all your supplies ready and print our monster mask stencil kit from below. (Bonus! You can use these same shapes to make an adorable kitty mask too.)
Step 2: Cut out the stencils and pin to the felt for easy cutting.
Step 3: Cut out your patterns on the felt. You’ll need 1 mask, 1 horn, 3 teeth, 1 eyeball, 2 nostrils, and 2 eyelids (eyes) from the stencil. Feel free to mix and match your felt colors to make your monster mask one of a kind.
Step 4: Glue the teeth and nose to the bottom of your mask and the horn to the top. Your mask should look something like this.
Step 5: Glue on your monster’s eyes and nostrils. Your monster mask is almost complete!
Step 6: Cut two 1ft pieces of ribbon. Glue each piece to the back of each side of your mask. Let the glue dry for a minute or two. (Wait for at least an hour if using Elmer’s glue.)
Step 7: Put on your mask and get ready for some sleepover fun!
At zulily, we’re big advocates of planning ahead, so we’re celebrating Christmas in July! Time to start to stock up for that merry time of year. And whether you are truly celebrating Christmas in July or need some inspiration for the holiday season, check out some of these clever ideas.
zulily's First Day Q&A and Giveaway - Monday July 28
Back to school is just around the corner, and we know that everyone’s got questions about getting ready for the school year. zulily will be hosting an hour long live chat with our lifestyle editor Amy E. Goodman to help you get all your first day of school questions answered.
How can we make the ‘homework routine’ fun and interesting?
Any tips on getting out of the door on time in the mornings?
Any advice on navigating between what your kids want to wear and what you want them to wear?
Who: You, zulily, and our Lifestyle Expert Amy E. Goodman.
Amy’s experience as an editor, author, host and lifestyle expert spans magazines, news programs, and online media outlets makes her the perfect resource for all of your back to school conundrums.
At the end of the event we will be randomly selecting two participants to win a $25 zulily gift card (official rules below).
Bring your questions and we’ll see you there!
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In honor of National Hot Dog Day, we’ve put together 9 mouth-watering recipes that put a tasty twist on your average hot dog. So whether you treat yourself to a crunchy bacon hot dog, a poppin’ pretzel hot dog, or a hot dog topped with the cheesiest man-n-cheese, your taste buds will thank you! Happy eating!