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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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Summer Metallic Mania from Birkenstock!

It wasn’t too long ago when the Birkenstock sandal craze first swept the fashion landscape with full force. Tastemakers and style-savvy people everywhere breathed a universal sigh of relief as the ultra-comfy Birkenstock soft-footbed sandal became the sandal du jour, popping up on everyone’s style radar, from fashion editors to casual weekend warriors.

We’re happy to say that this summer, ultra-comfy and laidback styles like the classic Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed and the multi-strap Birkenstock Florida are still making major waves-- from the streets to the glossy fashion magazine editorials! Your feet will rejoice as they slip into the all-day comfort of those iconic ergonomic footbeds for the entire warm-weather season.

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1. Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

2. Birkenstock Mayari

3. Birkenstock Florida (featured style on model)

4. Birkenstock Gizeh

To give your casual summer looks a pop of posh, we absolutely love the fresh crop of high-shine patents and metallic Birkenstock sandals available right now! Whether you go for a mirror patent in a bold shade or a subtler metallic neutral, these Birkenstock sandals give you the perfect combination of sensible comfort and fashion-forward style. Who says you can’t have it all?

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Start Your Summer Adventure with Kühl Clothing

When one thinks of the word “adventure”, it’s easy to imagine adrenaline-pumping activities or treks that take you into uncharted territories, but we think of adventure in a much broader sense, especially during the summer months, when our spirit of exploration seems to peak.  Adventure can mean different things to different people. But one thing always remains true—every adventure, near or far, starts with the right gear.

Kühl® offers a great assortment of durable, comfortable and yes, adventure-ready outdoor clothing for no matter where your summer itineraries take you! From flattering, easy-to-wear dresses for warm-weather travels, to breathable hoodies for the airports and sightseeing, to more rugged styles like hiking pants for nature excursions, Kühl is the perfect foundation for living life to its fullest.

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1. Kühl Futura™ Top

2. Kühl Splash Roll-Up Pant

3. Kühl Naomi™ Top

4. Kühl Møva™ Dress

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1. Kühl Steath Shirt

2. Kühl Renegade 12” Short

3. Kühl Renegade Shirt

4. Kühl Ramblr™ 10” Short

Featuring adventure-focused techonolgy, Kühl clothing is specifically designed to make travels, hikes, camping and any other outdoor endeavor more comfortable and fuss free. Utilizing superbly soft fabrics, UPF protection, four-way stretch and other features not found in regular clothing, Kühl takes every summer adventure to the next level by making every move as cool and comfy as possible.

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The Style Edit: 5 Must-Have Summer Dresses

Warm weather calls for the season’s most essential dress styles for every occasion. From the shift style to colorful prints, we've rounded up the top summer dresses to beat the heat in effortless style.

5 must have summer dresses

1. The Summer Shift

From prim and proper to sassy and short, this timeless silhouette is perfect day or night.

2. To The Maxi

Exude effortless style whether you’re on a seaside escape or an elegant dinner for two.

3. Lady In Lace

Ladylike lace lends a delicate and airy feel for summer weddings and ladie’s brunch.

4. Pristine White

Move over, LBD! The White Dress is a quintessential summer classic that’s here to stay.

5. The Floral Frock

Summer’s freshest floral prints run the gamut from tropical to delicate to bold.

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Think Pink for the Cure

It’s May, and all over the country, countless events are held every year to help battle that enemy of women and men everywhere- breast cancer.

This year, someone I hold very dear has been battling this menace - and winning!  He (yes, he -- hey, Richard Roundtree, Rod Roddy, and Peter Criss all beat breast cancer- it’s important for men to get regular checkups as well!) has finished his chemo and radiation after his mastectomy. I can’t imagine a world without him being a superhero to cheer up kids- just like I never wanted to imagine a world without my stepmom when she lost her battle to cancer 14 years ago.

The funds raised each spring during these events have helped reduce the breast cancer mortality rate, and every year, we are one step closer to a cure- and I am proud to take part in as many events as possible through the year to help support all the charities supporting the community, for the cure, for support of those fighting, and for those around them.

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1. Columbia Plus Size Tamiami Long Sleeve Shirt

2. Nike Miler Tank

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Tankini

4. Moving Comfort Maia Bra

5. Culture Phit Plus Size Danielle Wrap Romper

6. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Side Wrap Floral Dress

7. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

8. DKNY Plus Size Glamour Shot Sleepshirt

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Whether you walk, sleep in, swim, race, dance, or bounce around in support of a these amazing men and women, it’s always wonderful to find amazing shades of pink to do it all in. So, as you’re out there rocking it out and supporting one of my favorite causes, I’m happy to share with you some fabulous pieces to look fabulous in while you do it all!

Feeling your woman power in any of the amazing pieces featured 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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New Brand Spotlight: Oliver Peoples

Oliver Peoples Eyewear has earned a solid reputation of superb quality and glamorous style as well as a loyal following of influential trendsetters, celebrities and fashion tastemakers. Headquartered in West Hollywood, Oliver Peoples was co-founded in 1986 by eyewear visionary and designer Larry Leight and is currently has distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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