National Splurge Day: 10 Ways to Reward Yourself

Are you tired of budgeting and opting for frugality? If so, you will be pleased to know June 18th is National Splurge Day! It’s a guilt-free shopping day to treat yourself and others! There are endless ways to celebrate this occasion from a day spent at a luxury spa to a day filled with online shopping. Don’t know where to begin? We’ve got 10 ideas to splurge on style from a trusty go-to city chic bag to a fashion investment piece like a Michael Kors watch.

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1. Mara Hoffman Easy Dress

2. Joe's Jeans Markie Skinny Crop

3. Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm

4. Vince Camuto Cabash Stripe Top

5. Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack

6. Michael Kors Slim Runway Double Wrap Watch

7. Aldo Okelani Sandals

8. Nike Racquette Leather

9. Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Clutch

10. gorjana Taner Interlocking Cuff

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Inspired By: Festival Chic

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from going to several summer music festivals over the years, it’s to keep comfort at the top of the priority list. Don’t get us wrong; festival season is prime time for showing off your individuality and great taste. However, there are a few wardrobe staples that always seem to make it on our list of festival essentials year after year. Distressed jeans, flat sandals, a cute crossbody bag, just to name a few.

Today’s easy breezy festival style inspiration comes to us from the Governors Ball in New York earlier this month. Her girly cropped sweater perfectly offsets the distressed skinny jeans, and the nude flat sandals give the whole look a cool, minimal finish.

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1. Kensie Cotton Blend Slub Knit Sweater

2. Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Convertible Crossbody

3. Kensie Cotton Blend Slub Knit Sweater

4. Chinese Laundry Gimme Slide Sandals

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Here Come the Guests: 9 Gorgeous Dresses for Wedding Guests

I love weddings. To me, they epitomize hope, dreams, and all the grand desires we have for the future. It’s a time when friends and loved ones come together to witness and celebrate hope and love. It’s a grand statement to the world that these two people have found their partner in crime, their best friend, and the one they want to wake up to for the rest of their life- no matter how bad the other person’s morning breath (or snoring) may be. 

Like people, love comes in many forms and shapes, all of them worthy of celebration. We all know that the challenge of finding celebration-worthy clothes that have you ready to dance the night (or afternoon) away while meeting the dress code of the wedding can be daunting, no matter what size you wear.

Have no fear! We’ve gathered here today to bear witness to a fabulous collection of dresses that look as amazing as you’ll feel wearing them, whether you’re richer or poorer (I’m looking at you, new college grads!).  

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1. Kiyonna Peek-A-Boo Dress

2. Donna Morgan Plus Size Jessie Chiffon Dress

3. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Cap Sleeve Sequin Chiffon Dress

4. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Fit & Flare Dress

5. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Embroidered Eyelet Dress

6. Gabriella Rocha Plus Size Chiffon Nalah Dress

7. Kiyonna Seamless Ease Maxi

8. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Cowl Neck Dress

9. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Sleeveless Beaded Gown

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“But Franki, Where’s the black?”  Most people see black and think of mourning- we’re celebrating love here! Rock those bright colors and gorgeous prints to those summer weddings! Feeling more demure? Go with a sophisticated neutral with a little bit of glam detailing. Everyone is saying orange is the new black, but if that is not your thing, navy is very acceptable for a wedding if you are more comfortable in a darker hue. 

Feeling fabulous in something featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday? Please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

Zappos Sustainability Rockstar: Derek Sabori of Volcom

Hi everyone! My name is Holly Moynahan and I am Zappos’ Sustainability Apprentice (intern) for summer 2015! As part of my sustainability apprenticeship, I got the opportunity to interview a few sustainability rockstars from some of Zappos’ favorite brands. This will be blogged as a series and below is my first interview with Derek Sabori at Volcom. Please read, share, & enjoy!

 

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DS: Besides working for a brand that is committed to the sports and lifestyle I love!? Working with all the different aspects of the business has got to be a close second. I get to have the unique role of working smack-dab in the middle of the action. I report to the CEO, interact with most all the teams here at Volcom, and act as our brand sustainability liaison to Kering’s sustainability team in Paris, France. It’s not too bad…I mean, where else does the sustainability guy get to sit in the commentator’s booth next to a surf legend (a-hem Gerry Lopez) and talk shop during the worldwide webcast of a major surf contest?

 

Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?

DS: More and more I’m inspired by what’s left to do. I think sustainability is sort of a never-ending pursuit, and if you’ve got a competitive drive, you’re constantly trying to tackle as much as possible and are always aware that the finish line is this elusive target that feels within reach, but is always just slightly, out of it. So I’m inspired by that challenge. I’m also inspired by the fact that there are people in the company that are passionate about sustainability, changing their own personal lifestyles, and are committed to seeing us through with the sustainability vision we’ve created for ourselves.

 

What do you do to stay motivated and energized?

DS: I make time for my personal well-being; It’s a priority for me. I surf as often as my schedule will allow it, and do yoga (thanks to some inspiration from our Volcom Wellness Committee) and other strengthening programs all throughout the week. My family life keeps me energized as well – love that crew!

 

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

DS: A whale shark.

 

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A little bit more about sustainability at Volcom

Volcom has an Environmental Sustainability program and a Product and Social Safety Program (P.A.S.S.). Volcom is also a part of the Kering Group and follows in suit with their robust sustainability program.

A couple of things to note about sustainability at Volcom:

  • Volcom measures its impacts by way of the EP&L (Environmental Profit & Loss)
  • Volcom continues to increase the amount of recycled fiber it uses in its products, mostly through the use of Repreve branded fibers.
  • Volcom is a Fair Labor Association member (and possibly the first in its industry)
  • Thanks to Kering, Volcom’s Scope 1-2 emissions are offset with REDD+ credits, through Wildlife works. The same goes for Volcom’s Sustainable by Design/Deep Blue Surf Events.
  • You can almost always find a current community event, or Give Back initiative happening at Volcom.
  • Volcom has a strong wellness program at its offices and offers an incentive each month for sustainable living (fun raffle).

You can see much of what Volcom does/has done here at http://newfuture.volcom.com/ and at https://www.facebook.com/volcomnewfuture

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6 Rashguard Styles for Serious Water Play

The summer heat lures us out to beachfronts, riversides and lakeshores every year. Even if we don’t live close to a body of water, we’ll take a weekend trip to one and spend the entire time soaking it in. When your water day calls for more than just sun bathing and getting your ankles wet, a rashguard is essential. They defend your skin from the elements and come in an array of styles that suit any water activity.
 
Rashguards provide excellent UPF sun protection by blocking up to 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. They guard your skin against chafing from surfboards and paddleboards, and prevent irritation from sand, shell and rock fragments. They are lightweight, made of quick-drying stretch fabrics and have flat-lock stitching for added durability. You can layer them under your wetsuit during cold-water snorkeling or wear them over you swimsuit for summer watersports like jet skiing. Pair them with some cute board shorts and you’re ready to stroll the boardwalk or grab a seaside lunch.
 
Loose fitting styles, known as swim shirts, are great if you want a little bit of air flow and breathability. Long sleeves are perfect for tide pool wandering and cove exploration. Short sleeves and cap sleeves work well for paddling out to catch a wave or boogey boarding. If you’re a water sport junky, consider investing in a one-piece style that provides excellent compression, a tighter fit, and stay-put flexibility.  
 
Rashguards won’t cramp your style either. They come in pretty prints, fashion-forward cuts, and bold colors.  Rashguards have become so popular that even outdoor brands and fashion designers have jumped on this surf shop trend. Ready to pick one out? Here are six different styles to choose from.

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Allen-Edmonds Road Warriors: For the Road More Traveled

To prove the all-day comfort of their Road Warriors Collection, Allen-Edmonds decided to invite a few busy commuters in a busy Chicago train station to try them out for themselves. Some started off a little skeptical, but when they returned to the station from their long day at work wearing their Allen-Edmonds shoes, they were true believers!

The amazing comfort technology built in to every pair of Allen-Edmonds Road Warriors oxfords and loafers is designed to make those everyday commutes feel a lot less cumbersome. Whether you’re catching the next train to the office or running through the airport terminal to catch a connecting flight, a pair of Allen-Edmonds Road Warriors shoes will keep you light on your feet.

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Starting with a shock-absorbing EVA sole and a soft cork midsole, the Allen-Edmonds Road Warriors collection takes comfort up a few notches with an athletic footbed to give you the kind of rebound that you might only expect from your favorite training sneakers. But it doesn’t stop there! The roomy toe box is perfect for air travel, allowing for foot expansion and its lightweight design makes those workweek commutes easier on your feet.

See for yourself why guys everywhere are trading in their regular work shoes for the remarkable, athletic sneaker-like comfort of Allen-Edmonds Road Warriors!

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Menswear Monday: Camp Shirts

As temperatures begin to rise, it’s time to shift your style to match the season. Why not add a printed camp shirt to the mix? You may ask yourself, “What is a camp shirt?”

A traditional camp shirt is often crafted from a luxurious fabric such as silk or rayon, with short sleeves and a relaxed, straight cut. Keep in mind that the hem usually falls at hip level and is not meant to be tucked into pants. The “camp” collar can be worn open and spread, and is usually identified with a button-loop detail. These specific shirts are typically known for their iconic tropical-inspired prints, but are also available in solids and a variety of other eye-catching prints.

The great thing about camp shirts is that they can easily be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. For example, a Hawaiian-print camp shirt paired with nice dress slacks and shoes is a great option for a dinner out with friends.  

You can also pair a camp shirt with solid flat-front shorts and flip flops, for a more laid-back look that’s perfect for any weekend BBQ. Don’t count out a camp shirt for that beach wedding either! Tommy Bahama has pioneered the camp shirt market by offering a variety of prints and solids with unique details that can easily be appropriate for any destination wedding.

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1. Tommy Bahama Island Modern Fit Hamilton Camp Shirt

2. Quiksilver Waterman Bells Beach Traditional Polynosic Top

3. Tommy Bahama Bedarra Garden Shirt

4. Jack O’Neill Panama Wovens

5. Tommy Bahama Al Dente Stripe Shirt

6. Tommy Bahama Airbrush Tropical Shirt

7. Scotch & Soda Retro Gentleman Short Sleeve Shirt

8. Scotch & Soda Short Sleeve Hawaii Print Shirt

9. Quiksilver Waterman The 4th Woven Top


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Keep in mind that fashion is all about experimentation. Make sure to have fun with the variety of prints available! A good rule of thumb to remember when cultivating the perfect summer outfit is to not go overboard with mixing prints. If you choose a camp shirt with a fun print, make sure your bottom is a solid color or a more subtle, smaller print in a coordinating color. You can’t go wrong with lightweight linen shorts or classic khaki flat fronts!

Happy Shopping!

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Fresh Picks: The Cold Shoulder

If the old John Denver song was right about sunshine on your shoulders making you happy, then one would conclude that it’s the perfect time to start baring some shoulder! This summer, we’re seeing such a great array of flirty off-the-shoulder tops and dresses on the most fashionable tastemakers around. While this trend isn’t exactly new, it does give the fun opportunity to show off those sunkissed shoulders.

A great way to introduce this shoulder-baring trend is with an Amuse Society cover-up dress. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, a sassy Free People off-the-shoulder crop top has a slightly retro vibe that works well with jeans and shorts.

So this summer, give those lovely shoulders a dose of Vitamin D and show off a flirtier side to your style with these off-the-shoulder picks:

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1. Nightcap Caribbean Crochet Crop Blouse

2. Amuse Society Lena Blouse

3. Free People Ripple Jacquard Priscilla Top

4. Culture Phit Nalah Dress

5. Tbags Los Angeles Cutout Sleeves Off Shoulder Maxi Dress

6. Amanda Uprichard Delilah Dress

7. Amuse Society Lola Dress

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