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Hit the Trail: Great Pieces for Sunshine Days

Summer is officially here! Well, ok, it’s not technically summer since the summer solstice has not happened yet, but we all know that Memorial Day weekend is usually considered the unofficial-official start of summer. Personally, my favorite thing about summer is getting out of the Las Vegas heat to hike and camp with friends or my minions.

Getting out and enjoying nature under the summer sun calls for specific outdoor gear, especially for curvy girls.  First and foremost, make sure that most, if not all, of your gear has a UPF rating.  This fabulous feature is an AMAZING first line of defense to not only keep your face and décolletage looking young, but more importantly, 1 in 50 of us will be diagnosed with melanoma in our lifetime, and UPF-rated clothing and hats, like the one featured below from Outdoor Research, are a great way to protect you from the sun’s damaging rays.

Second, lightweight and moisture-wicking fabrics are a girl’s best friend out on the trail after her hydration reservoir. I LOVE convertible pants like the ones featured from Columbia. They’re thick enough to protect my legs while going through brush, heavy enough to keep me warm during cool desert morning and evenings, but even better as shorts during the heat of the day.

A great pack by Osprey is a definite essential with room for a light Columbia jacket or raincoat, snacks, and an included a 3-liter hydration reservoir.  Of course, don’t forget that great hiking boots are your best friend during those summer outdoor adventures, especially ones that are as comfortable (and good looking) the Vasque Breeze 2.0 with GTX.

Finally, for those times you’re spending the night out in nature, I am going to tout the best bag/ sleeping pad combination I’ve ever come across.  The beauty of Big Agnes sleeping bags and pads is that the bag has an integrated sleeve for the sleeping pad, thus insuring it doesn’t sneak away while you sleep! The Double Z sleeping pad is lightweight, air-filled and extra cushy at four inches thick, and honestly makes sleeping out in the rocky desert as comfortable as on my bed back home. As an added bonus, it doesn’t squeak and crackle like most sleeping pads do! Who knew camping could be so comfy?

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1. Columbia Plus Size Bahama™ Long Sleeve Shirt

2. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank

3. Terramar Plus Size Short Sleeve Scoop Top

4. Columbia Plus Size Arcadia II Jacket

5. Columbia Plus Size Saturday Trail II ™Converible Pant

6. Columbia Plus Size Saturday Trail™ Long Shorts

7. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

8. Osprey Raven 14 Backpack

9. Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero

10. Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX

11. Big Agnes Women's Juniper Sleeping Bag

12. Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad

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Summer Shoe Essentials from Base London

In order to excel in Summer Dressing 101, a crucial part of your wardrobe is the shoes. Building your outfit from the ground up is not a bad idea considering how important the shoes are to any man’s overall look! It’s also not a bad idea to take some cues from the stylish men of London. Taking the style demands of the British male, Base London takes footwear classics like the brogue oxford and the slip-on sneaker and refines them for the tastes of the modern man.

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1. Base London Spam 2

2. Base London Fry 2

3. Base London Sew

4. Base London Cuffs

5. Base London Spam 2

6. Base London Tartar

From sleek men’s loafers for work to laidback slip-on styles for the boardwalk, Base London men’s footwear exudes a timeless vibe while staying current with the fashion landscape of today.

Below, we’ve rounded up a couple of our current favorites from Base London for whatever is on your summer itinerary.

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Join Us for the 2015 Zappos Rideshop Series!

Right now, you’re probably still basking in the glow of a three-day weekend, but we want to invite you to start thinking about what you’ll be doing next weekend!

Next Friday, May 29, We’re hosting our annual Zappos Rideshop Series event right here in downtown Las Vegas—Fremont St. & Las Vegas Blvd. to be exact.

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Join us for an evening of family fun with live music from Unwritten Law, food, some of the industry's top skate brands and even a skateboarding contest featuring some of your favorite pro skateboarders!

To get a preview of what’s coming this Friday, check out this short snippet from last year’s Zappos Rideshop Series:

The Style Edit: The Great White Color Trend, 3 Ways

White is this summer’s color obsession! The simplicity of white is fresh, classic and brilliantly stylish! We love the simple, clean look of this monochromatic color trend and think it’s best rocking head-to-toe white. We put together three chic all-white looks to take you from the office to your favorite Sunday brunch café. Prepare to look white hot this summer!

Layered Perfection

Paint the town white! Step out in style by layering a sleek vest over a soft maxi dress. Pair with a modern clutch and vinyl sandals to create a contemporary look.

Sporty Spin

Keep it casual and comfortable as you roam the city with your friends in a relaxed shift dress paired with sneakers and a backpack for a sporty twist.

The Bright Side

As a smart, classy businesswoman, keep your outfit professional with a tailored wide-leg pant paired with a georgette shirt.  Finish your polished look with simple sandals and a structured satchel perfect to go from desk to dinner.

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Summer Jelly Sandals from Mel by Melissa

Remember the good old days of summer when you would slip into your cute jelly sandals, ready to make the most of all the sunshine? There’s something so utterly nostalgic about “jellies” (as they’re lovingly referred to) on a nice summer day. As we steadfastly head into the summer months, we’re so glad to see that jelly sandals and jelly shoes are making a resounding splash in the footwear scene—although, one could argue that they never really went away!

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5. Mel by Melissa Pitanga

6. Mel by Melissa Jelly

When you’re looking for fresh and always of-the-moment styles in jellies, you can always count on the jelly sandal experts, Mel by Melissa—the sister brand of iconic jelly footwear brand Melissa, to really deliver. Their fun collection of jelly sandals and jelly flats are perfectly poised to take your summer wardrobe to a new level of whimsical chic. Equal parts nostalgic and modern, Mel by Melissa jellies come in a great variety of summer colors as well as everyday neutrals that are perfect for work and play.

From their fresh assortment of jelly flip flops for the beach to super dainty jelly flats, Mel by Melissa has successfully elevated the beloved jellies of summers past!

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Make a Splash: 9 Swim Styles for Keeping Cool at the Pool

Here it is, my no-fail, two-step system for getting your body ready for swimwear season! Ready?

Step 1: Have a body.

Step 2: Put swimwear on it.

How easy that was?

All kidding aside, I know that many women around the country are dreading the countdown to summer, if only because of how much we hate shopping for swimwear -- and this seems to be a universal whether you’re a size 2 or 22. However, we all seem to forget a few basic things when it comes to summer and swim season.

First, we’re all at the pool, beach or lake for primarily one reason- because it is HOT outside, and water helps us cool off. Second, it’s HOT outside, and it’s a scientifically proven fact that if we are wearing less clothing, we are retaining less heat, thereby assisting our integumentary system in functioning more efficiently.  Third of all, it is simply just not practical to wear a full-body wetsuit in July- at least in the Northern hemisphere.

Lucky for us, we have great swimwear brands like Miraclesuit, that nips where we want nipped, and boost where we want to be boosted. Fabulous suits and cover ups by Becca by Rebecca Virtue utilize bright patterns and design elements to camouflage and distract from those areas on our bodies that we might not like the best, and make you feel like a million dollars. Throw in the amazing from swimwear hues by Michael Michael Kors Plus and Lauren by Ralph Lauren to the mix, and you have an amazing swimwear arsenal at your disposal to help you look at feel your best at the pool, beach, or lake!

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1. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Cozumel Foam Tankini Top

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Water Ikat Shirred Maillot

3. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Plus Size Maldives Paisley Twist One Piece

4. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Crochet Tunic Cover Up

5. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size African Beat Kimono Cover Up

6. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Plus Size Crushed Cotton Camp Shirt Cover Up

7. Miraclesuit Plus Size Solid Aurora Swimsuit

8. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Ritual Hi Neck Bra Top

9. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Solid Full

 

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I hope you are as inspired to try going out of your comfort zone a little this season, and realize how much cooler you’ll feel- both physically and emotionally. If you’re rocking any of the amazing pieces you’ve seen here on the blog, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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New Brand Spotlight: Mighty Purse

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MightyPURSE was started in 2013 as a true combination of style and functional creativity. Charging your cell phone, tablet or e-reader on the go just got a whole lot easier with this ingenious purse! By making your clutch, wallet or backpack a portable charging station for your mobile device, MightyPURSE eliminates the need to look for outlets or carry a bulky battery charger. MightyPURSE clutches, bags and backpacks not only deliver everyday function when you need it most, they look great doing it!

The high-capacity rechargeable battery can fully recharge your smartphone twice when the bag is fully charged. Each bag also comes with lots of smart compartments to keep your credit cards, makeup, keys and other essentials organized. MightyPURSE is the ultimate example of great design and innovation making your day-to-day life better. Who doesn’t love that?

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Menswear Monday: 3 Slip-On Summer Shoes You Need Now

Hello gents! As temperatures begin to rise, so does the need for comfy and stylish slip-on shoes. Last year, slip-on shoes were pretty popular and the trend will continue on this year. Below, I’ve rounded up three different types of slip-on shoes to wear to different occasions all season long.

First off is the quintessentially summer espadrille slip on. These shoes are not only comfortable, they can easily be dressed up or down, making it the perfect go to all season long. For example, you can pair them with a simple blazer, button-up shirt and a pair of tailored shorts, or you could just as easily pair them with a simple T-shirt and everyday jeans. I’d suggest picking up a white pair, navy blue or black pair and one in a fun print.

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1. Soludos Original Canvas Dali

2. UGG Kas

3. OTZ Espadrille

The next slip on that should be on your shopping list is the driving shoe. These are the perfect option to dress up a look without having to wear actual dress shoes. Driving shoes are a great option to wear to work on a casual Friday or even on a date, paired with a button-up shirt and slacks. These also look great with a nice pair of jeans!

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1. Cole Haan Grant Canoe Bit

2. Minnetonka Venice Driving Moc

3. Salvatore Ferragamo Nero

Last but certainly not least is the ever-popular boat shoe.You can wear them to the beach, to summer parties or just hanging out on a chill Sunday. There are so many variations of the boat shoe to choose from. You can find ones with tassels, suede boat shoes, leather boat shoes and boat shoes in bold color options for those who like to make more of a statement.

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1. John Varvatos Schooner Boat

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Rylander

3. Lacoste Keellson 6

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