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New Brand Spotlight: Lightning Bolt

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Born in Hawaii and inspired by surf culture at its purest form, Lightning Bolt is a clothing brand that is, at its core, a symbol of the inherent passion, energy and connection to nature that surfing provides. It celebrates the individuals who live the surf lifestyle as a canvas of pure self-expression.

Their range of premium t-shirts, board shorts, hoodies and sweatshirts is designed consciously and with function in mind. While Lightning Bolt is always evolving, the brand is always committed to its ethos—A Pure Source.

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8 Must-Haves in Fashion Footwear for Spring-Summer

If variety really is the spice of life, then this season’s hottest shoe trends are destined to keep your spring and summer months extra spicy! As the weather heats up, our need for cute sandals and shoes definitely moves up on the style priority list. From metallic stacked heel sandals to easy-to-wear strappy flat sandals, the fashion footwear landscape is full of fabulous styles to complement all your warm-weather outfits.

Below are a few of our top shoe trends to wear now and well into late summer!

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SLIDE SANDALS

Easy style and all-day comfort is the name of the game when it comes to one of the season’s most sought-after sandal styles. This simple design looks great paired with mini dresses, distressed shorts and topped off with a carefree vibe. 

Featured style: Sbicca Admiral


CUFFED ANKLE STRAPS

We love pairing our cuffed skinny jeans with sandals featuring a noteworthy ankle strap. This style also looks fantastic with your A-line dresses for all those spring and summer weddings and other special events!

Featured style: GX by Gwen Stefani Adams Sandal

 

MINIMAL FLAT SANDALS

Whether it’s paired with a bikini and cover-up or boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt, the minimal thong sandal is one of those styles that lends itself to easy grab-and-go wear every day!

Featured style: Chinese Laundry Glitterati

 

METALLICS

Give your casual looks a hint of glam with shiny metallic finishes that read like neutrals, making them super versatile for plenty of outfit pairing options. 

Featured style: Dune London Jordann

 

ESPADRILLES

Done high on a wedge or low on a slip-on sneaker, the espadrille never fails to make a major splash every summer. This classic detail is quintessential warm-weather style at its finest.

Featured style: Jessica Simpson Bristol

 

GLADIATORS

Go bold this season with the addition of an edgy gladiator sandal to your style repertoire. There are many different versions of this look, from low and classic to ones that go all the way up to the knee! Pair them with your favorite maxi dresses or cut-off shorts for a festival-inspired look.

Featured style: MIA Game

 

WHITE-HOT

It’s no secret that white is one of the season’s must-have hues. A white sandal is an easy way to infuse this trend into your everyday spring looks. Try a wooden wedge with a dash of retro style done in vibrant white leather!

Featured style: Lucky Brand Lyndell

 

FRINGE

A touch of fringe gives a fun, bohemian-inspired vibe whether you’re at Coachella . Let’s not forget the always-popular ankle boot!  We love pairing ours with mini summer dresses.

Featured style: Steve Madden Ponncho

 

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Glance Spotlight: The Look- Girls Who Brunch

Sunday brunch is one of the most anticipated highlights of the weekend, and for good reason! It’s a great time to catch up with friends over food and mimosas while unwinding in casual-cool style.

On Glance, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite stylishly laidback and chic pieces to create a foolproof look that’s perfect for enjoying a leisurely brunch with your favorite ladies. Click through the link below to see our brunch favorites in clothing, accessories and of course, shoes!

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New Brand Spotlight: She + Lo

New Brand Spotlight, She + Lo, She+Lo, She + Lo handbags, hobo bags, fashion handbags, She + Lo totes, She + Lo clutches, fashion bags, In fall of 2014, Sheila Nazarian & Laura Darrah started She + Lo, their namesake handbag line featuring easy-to-wear California-inspired designs with a distinctive edge.

Their handbags all feature custom craftsmanship using the most of-the-moment trends such as zipper details and bold pops of color.

Available in a variety of shapes, from hobo to structured totes to sassy clutches for evening, She + Lo handbags offer a funky take on tried-and-true classics. Additionally, custom-designed hardware like matte black studs, clasps and zippers give all their handbag styles an unmistakable edge that makes the She + Lo brand one to watch this season!

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5 Spring Wedding Shoes to Fall in Love With

Few occasions in life top the magnitude and grandeur of a wedding. So isn’t it safe to say that one of life’s most important events deserves a pair of shoes that are worthy of the big moment? After all, the bride’s shoes are the finishing touch to what’s more than likely the most photographed outfit of her life!

Whether you go with a pair of elegant satin pumps by Badgley Mischka, Caparros platform sandals or Adrianna Papell ankle-strap heels, look for wedding shoes that complement your dress and your personal style. It also doesn’t hurt to pick heels that you can wear again on a fancy night out with your sweetie or to attend another wedding…since you know, wedding season is really all year round!

So without further ado, below are five gorgeous wedding shoe trends we LOVE for spring.

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1. Badgley Mischka Lavender II

2. Nina Canton

3. Caparros Susannah

4. Blue by Betsey Johnson Song

5. Adrianna Papell Rebecca


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4 Brands Who LOVE (and flatter) Your Curves

I recently saw an amazing picture of a sign under a scale at a bariatric clinic in Denver that read: “This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity.  THAT’S IT.  It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength, or love.” 

What an amazing and wonderful thing to see right next to one of the most dreaded devices known to womankind. No matter what our size, many of us spend a lot of time fretting over the numbers on the scale, rather than the numbers that really matter- the smiles we share every day, the hugs we give our friends and loved ones, or the hours we give to help others.

I personally spent years feeling that my value was directly related to the number on the scale. That is, until I learned to not only love my body for the miraculous things it is capable of. Over the years, I’ve also discovered some amazing plus clothing brands that truly understand that some women’s bodies are little more luscious and curvy than others- and do amazing things to flatter them.

There is nothing better than slipping into a fabulous piece by Kiyonna. Their cuts are amazing, the flow and feel of their fabrics are fabulous, and the fit flatters every curve while artfully camouflaging areas you might not want to flaunt.

JAG Jeans tops and bottoms utilize flattering cuts, great washes and amazing prints. I love their sophisticated take on denim that can be dressed up or down, all while defeating the dreaded muffin top! Their tops blend fabulous prints with light and airy fabrics that feel as good as they look.

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1. Kiyonna Promenade Top

2. NYDJ Plus Size Solid 3/4 Sleeve Pleat Back

3. Poppy & Bloom Spring Forward Dress

4. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size On the Boardwalk Dress

5. Kiyonna Wanderlust Wrap Top

6. NYDJ Plus Size Dora Skirt

7. Jag Jeans Plus Size Caley Pull-On Crop

8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Pull-On Skirt

I don’t think I can ever say enough nice things about NYDJ and their life-changing jeans and skirts.  Cut for curves and flattering for every “asset”, their bottoms are almost magical! My personal favorite feature is the knowledge that I can chase my minions around any playground in their jeans without ever worrying about bending or squatting and showing off my underthings to the other parents.

Finally, let’s talk Poppy & Bloom, a new addition to Zappos.com. I am in total fashion lust with their gorgeous spring collection. From pinup-inspired pieces to office-ready skirts and dresses, you can’t help but feel both fierce and feminine in their clothing. They fit and flatter every curve while staying perfectly on trend.

I hope you’ll give these amazing plus fashion clothing brands a try! Their dedication to making women of all shapes and sizes feel and look fabulous is second to none, each having a great story to tell. 

If you’re rocking any of the amazing pieces you’ve seen here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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Find Your Perfect Bra for Every Top!

We’re firm believers that the perfect outfit starts with the right foundations. The foundation of a great-fitting, form-flattering bra is essential for making all your tops and dresses look their absolute best.

Nothing ruins a nice outfit quite like wearing the wrong bra. Well, maybe visible panty lines, but that’s a whole other blog post in and of itself! Pairing your tops and dresses with the right bra is almost as important and pairing the right shoes with your outfit---it’s a detail you simply can’t skimp on.

Below we took a couple of popular yet sometimes tough-to-wear top options and showed you the best bra types to wear underneath to create the most polished look.

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Racerback Tops

Featured style:

Splendid Pinstripe Palm Tree Tank Top

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Racerback & Convertible Bras

Featured styles:

1. Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Convertible Lightly Lined Demi Bra

2. DKNY Intimates Signature Lace T-Back Bra

3. Yummie by Heather Thomson Mallory Racerback Bra

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Strapless Tops & Dresses

Featured style:

Gabriella Rocha Strapless Dress

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Strapless Bras

Featured styles:

1. OnGossamer Stretch Lace Strapless Bandeau Bra

2. Betsey Johnson Forever Perfect Strapless

3. Natori Solution Shaper Strapless Bra

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Lightweight Tees

Featured style:

C&C California Vintage V-Neck Tee

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Seamless & Lightly Padded Bras

Featured styles:

1. Jockey Modern Micro Crop Bra

2. Yummie by Heather Thomson Audrey Day Bra

3. Natori Conceal T-Shirt Bra w/ Gel Comfort Straps

 

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Time to Update Your Skate Style!

Over the decades, skateboarding has taken on a life of its own. Once merely a by-product of surfing and the California lifestyle, skateboarding evolved exponentially and its influence stretched from coast tocoast and around the globe. Dare you call it a sport, for many, skateboarding is a way of life. Like a fish out of water, the surfer too found its way to land. Eventually moving away from the salty air of the boardwalk, the skater adapted to whatever environment provided the gnarliest of sessions, from the harsh concrete and asphalt of the skate park to more vertical landscapes.

One of the key aspects of the lifestyle is style. It’s hard to imagine another group of fanatics so obsessed with their aesthetic and dedicated to their brands as skateboarders. If you cut to the core of skateboard style, perhaps the single most important identifier is the footwear. The quickest way to let the world know you are the real deal is the skate shoes on your feet. The scuffs on the toe, the ripped laces, the subtle holes, that’s the stuff hours of dedication are made of! The selection of the right shoe can weigh heavy on a young mind, or seem downright exasperating to the parent of the radical one. From low-profile canvas skate shoes destined for maximum chilling to technical models set to shred, The Zappos Rideshop has you covered.

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1. DC Trase TX

2. Emerica The Reynolds Low Vulc

3. adidas Skateboarding Adi-Ease

4. Circa AL50 Slim

5. etnies Marana

6. HUF Choice

7. Globe Motley

8. Nike SB Check

9. Vans Authentic

10.Vans Classic Slip-On

11. Vans Old Skool

12. Vans Authentic Lo Pro

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The evolution of the skate shoe has closely mimicked the timeline of skateboarding progression itself. The early low-profile vulcanized models led way to more advanced cupsole technology. As riding got more technical in the ‘90s, so did the shoes themselves. Skaters quickly realized that stair sets and huge gaps called for more padding, support, and comfort. A bruised heel or two have sidelined even the most hardened of skate veterans. Luckily, the skate shoe companies of the modern era have their craft down to a science. Often designed and tested by professional riders themselves, skate shoes reflect an amalgamation of style, functionality, and performance.

Dedicated brands such as Vans®, DC®, Emerica®, and HUF® have developed skate shoes to be less bulky, more comfortable, and durable than ever before.  Traditionally speaking, vulcanized soles are low-profile and provide optimum flex, board feel, and grip for superior control. Although not as durable or impact resistant as their cupsole counterparts, vulcanized technology has progressed to provide the best of both worlds.  Cupsole technology is easily described as an outsole that is shaped like a cup around the sole of your foot.  Cupsoles were thought to have less feel and flex compared to shoes with vulcanized construction, but many brand such as Nike SB®, etnies® and, adidas® Skateboarding offer slimmed- down versions with great board feel.

From future pros imagining their first video part to casual cruisers intent on the next sesh, there’s nothing like lacing up a fresh pair of skate sneakers right out of the box. Update your current kicks or pass on a new pair to the next generation of shredders. With brands like Supra®, C1RCA®, and Globe®, it’s no wonder that skateboarding shoes have set the standard for cool since the late ‘80s and have pushed the limits ever since!