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Meet the zulily Buyers: Toys, Spring Style, Home Decor Trends and More!

Trying to find that perfect toy that will keep your kids entertained all summer long? At a loss when it comes to keeping your little guy stylish? Our buyers are here with some answers including the must-have item for spring fashion. Meet some of our fabulous zulily buyers: Lindsey Michael (toys), Leah Ochoa (kids’ apparel), Briana Fletcher (women’s apparel) and Amanda Christie (home).

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Lindsey Michael, Toy Buyer

What makes a good toy design? 

For me, good design is eye-catching and engaging in a way that allows a person to envision that product in their lives. That combination of quality, functionality and timelessness ensures that the product will last and is worth bringing into your home. For toys specifically, the product must be safe and offer hours of play value.     

What are the top toys this season? 

Right now, it is all about encouraging kids to be active and play outside. Gardening toys like pint-sized wheelbarrows and creature catchers have been popular.  They allows kids to participate and play outside while their parents are gardening next to them. 

What is the new and upcoming product that I should look out for? 

Lottie is an amazing line of 8 ½” dolls that are designed to be anatomically similar to the average nine-year-old girl. Teaching girls to have a healthy body image is front and center on the minds of parents and teachers – now there is finally a doll to model that during playtime.  The dolls are designed in the United Kingdom and just hit the US market this year!

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Leah Ochoa, Kids’ Apparel Buyer

Who is your style icon and why? 

I take my inspiration from many different people in my life, my boys being at the top of that list. My 16-year-old came out of his room the other morning with his polo pj bottoms, camo bucket hat and a galaxy-print hoodie and he was ready to go to school. Anyone looking at him would think he just rolled out of bed and threw that together, but he really took the time to put all of these crazy prints together and at the end of the day it worked. He is breaking all the rules and I am loving it. 

How do you buy to please two people: parents and kids?

I am a mother of three unique boys. When I buy for zulily I always think of my boys and ask myself: would my kids wear this? Then I try to offer a happy medium so moms can feel confident buying themand at the same time I try to introduce them to some of the trends that are out there. 

What trends should I look out for?

You will see more and more bright florals and jogger pants for boys. Just like harem pants were hot for girls in spring now it’s come around to boys and it’s a huge trend for the fall season. Bieber watch out! 

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Briana Fletcher, Apparel Buyer

What catches your eye when you’re looking for new items or labels? 

When I am looking for new labels, I look for quality combined with originality. That’s something our customers can’t find everywhere else.

What is the new and upcoming trend that I should look out for?  

A trend you can’t miss for spring is a pair of wide-leg trousers/pants. You don’t have to be tall to pull these off, there are so many cute styles out there for all heights. Throw these on with a pair of sandals and  a lightweight sweater or tank and you are all set!

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Amanda Christie, Home Buyer

What is the top item for home goods this season?

Box signs with personality and vintage marquee lights continue to be top items in home décor. Small pieces that make a big impact are also a must. For example, a new vase to display your bright, colorful bouquet or a fun throw pillow to add a pop of color to your living room.

What is the new and upcoming trend that I should look out for?

The biggest trends to look out for in home décor are vintage chic, geometrics and bright patterns and mixing and matching material & textures.

Check out our Buyer’s Picks events running May 4-7 with our top picks for everything from baby gear to home decor.

Our Top Picks to Welcome Spring for May Day

From ancient Rome to our own homes, May Day celebrations have become one of our favorite ways to ring in Spring. And who could blame us? Whether dancing around the Maypole or kicking back at a backyard barbecue, we’ve picked some of our favorite bits to orchestrate the perfect outdoor party to say “Hello Spring”!

1. Terrific Tresses

Get dressed up with some fun floral head wear. It’s the perfect accessory to top off any ensemble with a bit of garden-fresh style.

 

2.  Not your average glassware

Every party deserves a signature drink and every signature drink deserves to get dressed up for budding festivities. Serve your refreshers from a beautiful, Spring-themed pitcher.

 

3. Games du jour

Get the kids outside and playing with some fun yard games.

 

4. Garden goddess

With everything in full bloom, it’s easy to want to stretch out your own green thumb. From classic planters to repurposed bird cages, the possibilities are endless.

 

5. Picnic perfect

For those who like to dabble in a little sun worship, there’s nothing like a stellar set of patio furniture that’s perfect for lounging pool side to help you shake off those winter worries.



Get the Look: Summer Trends Part #1

The temps are rising, and we know you’re hot on the social scene. From playdates and garden parties, to dinner soirees and island vacations, your schedule is jam packed! We totally get it. With that being said, you need styles that can hold up to an extensive agenda, (am workouts, breakfast for the kids, afternoon dance recitals, plus dinner with hubby).

This crop of warm-weather trends includes styles that are able to see you through the day in comfort, in addition to sultry numbers that can accompany you at night, for a versatile dawn till dusk look. Now how’s that for multi-faceted apparel!

Shop these looks below.

Color Trends: Shades of Melon and Water Hues

 

From fruity melons to cool blue hues, these two color trends are making a splashy appearance this season. Play up these signature tones with your accessories for peppy accents. Sport a peachy handbag and statement necklace with a sleek office ensemble to sweeten up a company merger, or don a mint scarf and sunhat for a day at the beach.

 

The soft pastel tone of these colors makes them ideal as subtle touches or signature statements within a look, so feel free to go minimal or bold when experimenting with these shades.

Get the look with our Color Trends: Melon Accessories and Water Hues events premiering Wednesday, April 30th and May 7th.

Miami Heat

Get sultry and sassy with apparel that brings the Miami heat! We’re talking vibrant colors packed with passion, and styles that skim along curves. Hint: this is the trend to wear for that special dinner date with the hubby, or while vacationing in the tropics.

 

In addition to its bold accents, Miami is all about retro-inspired classics like tunics, wide leg pants and flowing sheaths full of decorative prints, so go wild with mod styles.

Find your flavor-filled counterparts in our upcoming Miami Heat collection premiering Friday, May 2nd.

Music Festival

Ditch the the heels and office frocks to embrace festival-infused pieces that are as leisurely as they are lovely. The ideal apparel for backyard bbq’s and other outdoor scenes, these styles go beyond festival season, for looks that fair well with everyday outings. From fringe focused accents and crochet top, to trendy cutoffs and gladiator sandals, expect to be cozy and look cool with this ever popular trend.

 

Our all-time favorite – in addition to breezy maxis – has to be haute-hippie sandals. A tried and true staple for spring and summer, this shoe is sure to go the distance, while seeing you to your destination in style. Shop this boho-inspired trend next Tuesday, May 6th with Music Festival.

From Celebrity Baby Scoop: 5 Celebrity Moms with all Daughters

Girl power!

Last time, our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop brought us 5 celebrity moms with a brood of boys. Now they are highlighting famous families with all girls in the mix.

Continue reading about 5 celebrity moms who have plenty of female energy in the house.

Jessica Alba:

Sin City star Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are parents to two daughters: Honor, 5, and Haven, 2.

“Every day with my girls is a dream and just hanging out with them is the best thing ever,” Jessica gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop.

The eco-friendly mama added: “We do a lot of DIY crafts like using cardboard boxes to make airplanes and dollhouses—our creative playtime together similarly shows the girls about repurposing old items.”

Denise Richards:

Twisted star Denise Richards and ex-husband Charlie Sheen are parents to two girls: Sam, 10, and Lola, 8.

The actress adopted a third daughter, Eloise, as a single parent in June 2011.

“I’m definitely a hands-on mom,” Denise has said. “For me it’s about priorities, and my girls always come first. I look at it as having a harmonious house more than balancing – it’s never quite balanced!”

Demi Moore:

Ghost actress Demi Moore and ex-husband Bruce Willis are parents to three daughters: Rumer, 25, Scout, 22, and Tallulah, 20.

The Charlie’s Angels star actress admits that she constantly asks herself if she’s a good mother.

“There is no job in our life that you want less to make a mistake with,” she told E! News of motherhood. “And it is inevitable. The pain of that is deeper and more enormous than anything you could grasp because you spend most of your life as a mother wanting to save them from any pain at all. So to have to look at yourself as being the cause of their pain is excruciating.”

Alyson Hannigan:

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan and husband, actor Alexis Denisof, are parents to two daughters: Satyana, 5, and Keeva, nearly 2.

The actress recently gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood.

“Being a mom is simply the best thing I have ever done,” she shared. “My kids make me laugh and smile every day.”

“Satyana is very into dressing herself and everything has to be bright pink or purple,” Alyson added of her girly-girl. “If it glows or is shiny that is even better. If you need sunglasses to look at her outfit, you know that’s a good outfit. Her choices are not always the fashion choices I would make, but they always make me smile!”

As for Keeva, it sounds like she’s Sati’s biggest fan.

“Keeva really wants to be like her big sister and follows Sati around — she’s always watching her,” Alyson shared. “At this point, they really get along and love being together which is great.”

Melanie Brown:

Girl power, indeed!

Spice Girls star Mel B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, is mom to four daughters: Phoenix, 15, Angel, 6, Madison, 2, and stepdaughter Giselle, 8.

“I do want a boy,” she revealed shortly after welcoming Madison. “But I’m enjoying my girls and my baby. She’s about to start crawling in Sydney and I’m like, ‘Don’t let her move until I get back!’ It would be nice to have a son, but it wouldn’t be straightaway.”

“The gap between Madison and Angel works brilliantly,” she continued. “I’ve just had them all on Skype and Phoenix is holding Madison and Angel’s playing with Phoenix’s hair. It’s beautiful.”

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com

zulily Celebrates National Dance Week

Fitness for the entire family—doesn’t that sound good?

We think so too, and that’s why we’re excited about National Dance Week, starting today, April 25th through May 4th!

National Dance Week is all about celebrating dance and promoting fitness. With contests, performances and activities going on all over the country, now everyone can join in the fun! Check out http://www.nationaldanceweek.org for ways to get involved.

Today, zulily is saluting National Dance Week in six exclusive events, with something for every dancer! From ballet to hip-hop, we’ve got the whole family covered.

National Dance Week: Ballet

Tutus and more for special pliés and twirls!

 

National Dance Week: Jazz & Tap

Unique apparel for a unique dancer.

  

National Dance Week: Young Professionals

Performance-worthy ensembles from the studio to the stage.

 

   

National Dance Week: After Class

For the little dancer who just can’t get enough.

 

  

National Dance Week: Hip-Hop

So b-girls can show off their style.

  

National Dance Week: Boys

Not just for boys—men too!

 

 

4 Simple Ways to Live a Little Greener

Finding easy ways to make your life a bit more eco-friendly can seem like a daunting task. In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve put together our top tips to get you started on the track to making your everyday life a little more environmentally friendly. For more products to help you along the way, check out our Earth Day events.

1. Start with Books. Learn about the Mother Earth together. Books about the environment like Hoot & Flush by Carl Hiassen and Maisy Grows a Garden, are a great way to teach toddlers and preschoolers in a fun, interactive way.

2. Go Local. The local food movement means farmer’s markets are popping up everywhere. It’s not only a fun outing with your family, but the selections of fruits, veggies and other foods are amazing. And you can feel good about supporting your local farmers. Make sure to bring a big reusable tote to carry everything. Bring It has a great line of functional and fashionable totes.

3. Recycle as a Family. Recycling should be a family activity. Make recycling easy by having clearly marked containers at various spots around your home with lists of common products that can be recycled rather than trashed.

 4. Volunteer. Many communities sponsor green activities, like pitching in to help clean up a local park or playground. Maybe the area around your child’s school could use sprucing up.

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Brand Spotlight: Introducing with love from africa by kate quinn

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Today, zulily has the unique opportunity to bring you the first look at a line of clothing that is very special to us both for its unique look and its purpose.  The with love from africa by kate quinn line of organic clothing features beautiful prints inspired by the scenes of Nairobi and Kenya. But it’s not just the beautiful designs that get us so excited. In partnership with Bébé Ravi, the clothing is lovingly handcrafted by women in Nairobi and Kenya,areas with unemployment rates as high as 40%. We had a chance to speak with the women behind kate quinn organics, Kate Quinn herself, about the driving factors behind creating this line and her inspiration.  

What led you to partner with Bébé Ravi, and what inspired you to develop your “with love from africa” line?

I met Siamanda Chenge, a former fashion model from Kenya, a few years ago at a show in NYC.  She currently runs a Kenyan women’s knitting project that creates the most beautiful sweaters, Bebe Ravi, which in turn helps support an orphanage that provides homes to boys and girls, many of them orphaned by HIV.  I was immediately inspired by her work, which is both meaningful and visually stunning.  I had been waiting for an opportunity for us to create some good together, and we finally developed this line, which is a woven custom print cut and sew collection, classic lines with fun details. zulily fell in love with it, and the rest is history.

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Where did you get your inspiration for the colors and patterns of the “with love from africa” line?

The prints are inspired by colors and textures etched in my memory from my last trip to Africa, sunsets, sky, grass fields after the monsoon.  The silhouettes are inspired by heirloom vintage party dresses and jumpers, both whimsical and easy to wear.

Can you explain the charitable contribution aspect?

The first production of this collection will create 30-35 new jobs for women in these villages. With each purchase, moms can feel good about helping moms in Kenya to cloth, feed and care for their children. In addition, a percentage of the revenue from the clothing is put back into the community through the support of the Patrick Chege Memorial Orphanage.

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Why did you choose to partner with zulily on this line?

I knew zulily would be the perfect fit due to their enormous heart and ability to get things done. We presented the idea to zulily and they fell in love with it. The rest is history. We know the zulily moms will love it just as much as we do.

See the full line of with love from africa by kate quinn today on zulily.

Get Ready for Summer: Top 5 Essentials

Between a bump in the barometer and days of endless sun, there’s nothing that puts a pep in your step like the anticipation of Summer fun. While Summer might not be here just yet, it’s never too early to prep for warm-weather festivities. From backyard barbecues to soaking up sun by the surf, we’ve gathered together five of our favorite Summer essentials to get you out the door and enjoying the sun in style.

1. Tote

 

From the beach to the farmers market and everything in between, you need a great tote to carry all your goodies to and fro.

2. Swimwear

 

Whether is a swim diaper for baby or your favorite polka dot bikini, Summer by the sea is always better with a vibrant swim wardrobe for beachside retreats.

3. Barbecue Accessories

Tis the season for baseball tailgates and backyard cookouts. From heat resistant mitts to tongs and kid proof plates, having an arsenal of barbecue accessories is sure to garner any cook a few smooches.

4. Pool Toys

 

From lounging poolside under the umbrella or doing cannonballs into the deep end, pool toys just make Summer more fun.

5. Get Fit Gear

 

With warm weather comes a plethora of outdoor activities to get the whole family up and moving. From state of the art rapid-ready gear to totally zen yoga apparel, summer isn’t complete without a wardrobe that’s ready to get fit.