Go Pretty in Pink with Sorel

 

“Grey days are the bestest,” said my little girl as the car rolled up near the entrance of the movie theater. I nodded my head slightly in agreement as she gazed at me in the rearview mirror. “Why don’t you like the sun, sweetheart?” I asked in a pretend puzzled voice, as a parent often has to do with young children to continue on the conversation. “Because my boots don’t look as bright when it’s light out.”

To preface: my daughter loves the spotlight. Along with her bright personality has always come bright clothing, jackets and footwear. Hence if it’s dark and overcast, she’ll stick out like a sore thumb — and that’s the sort of attention she craves.

For the past several days, Hannah has been obsessed with her new winter boots. She’s a budding fashionista who enjoys browsing and selecting styles online that suits her vibrant personality.

 

 

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With winter weather a-brewin’, it was time to fire up the laptop and search for her some new footwear. Upon a few of my suggestions that went wholly ignored, Sorel Kids won Hannah’s heart with its signature polar bear logo and brightly colored designs. The brand won my heart with its outstanding craftsmanship and quality of materials, strong enough to withstand even the toughest of wintry elements.

Upon delivery, one of the first things I noticed was how perfect these are for recess or raucous neighborhood play. These boots won’t slip and slide in rain, sleet or snow with its full traction, multidirectional rubber outsole. Playground scrapes and falls are not fun to deal with, and this lugged design seems to be the answer her and I have long been searching for.

 

 

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Additionally, these boots' seam-sealed construction prevents moisture from getting in and dampening socks, as well as her outdoor fun. And not that you expect your child to be out in -25 degree temps, it’s good to know that these boots will keep feet and toes all-day warm and toasty.

With fun colors and stylistic details throughout, for Hannah these boots may be the bright spot of her day. For me, it’s the smile of satisfaction I see spread across her face. 

 

 

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Fringe Benefits

When I was 10 years old my very fashionable older sister bought herself a pair of black suede knee-high boots with a beautiful row of fringe down the back with her first paycheck. The fringe swayed with every step, accentuating the power and strength in her footsteps. I remember thinking that no one had a cooler or more fashionable sister than me.

A few months later she bought herself a gorgeous matching jacket of the softest same material. One day we were crammed into the tiny back seat of our parents’ Chevy hatchback while we looked for the perfect winter formal dress for her. I wasn’t feeling good because the heater was broken, but she had let me lean on her (which was a rare treat), and the feel and smell of that jacket has stayed with me to this day.

Fringe is one of those amazing things that softens our edges and can make a serious piece a little more playful. It first entered our fashion consciousness when Europeans met Native Americans, who used fringe to diffuse sound and add a little visual interest to their garments.

Flash forward to the 1920s and you can’t think of the era without imagining a flapper in a fringed dress doing the Charleston. From Elvis to Hell’s Angels, fringe has played a vital role in the way we’ve dress for decades.

Personally, I love the way that fringe camouflages some of the troubled areas for a curvy girl, creating a veil or a draw-away effect. I also love how a great fringed boot or shoe flares with each stomp, reminding us of the power in the span of our hips, the stride of our steps, and the curl of our lips — all of which are, of course, fringe benefits. 

 

 

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Fringe on Top

Masculine details are balanced out with deep, rich colors and a truly feminine feel, putting these shirts at the top of the class for me. 

 

 

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Top It Off

Fringed details can be either light and breezy or more solid to keep you warm. Just remember to balance these off with a sleek base layer and great pants or skirts.

 

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Stomp

Some days just a little fringe is all you need to feel influential and to remind yourself of the power in your step. 

 

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Round It Out

Oftentimes it’s easier to experiment with your accessories. Feel the power of fringe in this Mighty Purse (it will charge your phone for you all day!), or go a little subtler in this great choker.

 

If you’re feeling fierce in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

 

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Mastering the Black Boot

Black boots are an absolute wardrobe must-have and there are tons of gorgeous style options out there. Still, many of us tend to purchase a lackluster pair because they’re a popular style or on sale. Can we make a pact, girls? No more blending in with the crowd or choosing the safe style option, okay?

Treat your black boots like a high-fashion accessory. They should add interest to your outfit in an edgy yet classy way and the look should seem effortless. Avoid anything overly ornate or too sleek. You don’t want to be too trendy or conservative. The best option is a boot with hints of detail to draw attention without distracting from the rest of your outfit.  

Ready to master the black boot? Here are a few tips and options to consider:

Timeless Details

Fringe and buckles have been popular for decades and will always be in style. Choose a boot that keeps this trend to a minimum so you can dress it up or down easier. They’ll look great with skinny jeans, leggings, and dresses.

 

 

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Universal Heights

Heel and boot shaft heights matter. A lower height for both is universally flattering and versatile. Low, chunky heels are timeless and provide excellent support for your feet. Ankle boots or booties look sleek and can be worn with wider leg pants. 

 

 

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Wood Toned Heels

This color combination is great because it’s subtle and feminine. Wooden heels also hide scuffmarks well. Wear them with floral dresses to add a hint of bohemian style or with all black attire to soften your look.

 

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Remember impeccable style is found, not forced. But, you can’t discover it if you’re not willing to have fun with fashion or try something new. So go forth and look fierce, my friends. It’s totally allowed.

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These Boots Were Made for Walkin'

Once upon a time, in the magical land of the Buckeyes, there lived a girl with a love of fashion Buckeye football. She loved the myriad of styles that she saw every day walking around campus at THE Ohio State University, especially the trend of soft, fluffy cable-knit sweaters topping off leggings tucked into tall leather riding boots.  But alas! This young girl had spent her youth riding horses, learning sword-craft, and playing volleyball while helping family and neighbors with any and all chores they needed, all of which left her with what some companies refer to as an “athletic calf”.  While the land of the Buckeyes, held a vast array of boots designed for those with petite, delicate calves, for those with a calf larger than the standard size of 14” to 14 and ¾“, there were few choices; thus, she set forth on a quest and lo! She discovered Zappos.com!    

In all seriousness, there is nothing more frustrating than the quest for THE perfect boot, as tall boots have become a seasonal classic for fall and winter, with looks ranging from fierce, thigh-high leather stilettos, to gorgeous, flat, engineer styles.  The search can be further complicated when you have an “athletic” calf, or thick, strong legs that have taken you all over the world and shouldered your burdens- but aren’t quite petite.  I fell in love with Zappos long before I worked here, simply because I could sort by my size and calf measurement while questing for the perfect boot, which kept me from falsely finding the perfect thing, just to learn that it wasn’t made or available in my size. 

So, this week, in celebration of the quest I’ve been helping many women complete, I bring you a selection of some of the amazing boots we carry, in a variety of calf-widths; I hope these help you bring together that perfect fall look.

Wide Calf:  A wide-calf boot is a boot that measures 15 inches up to 17 ¾ inches.  To find your measurement, measure at the widest point of your calf with your foot on a chair. These great boots by Hush Puppies prove that stylish can also be functional, as they’re waterproof, while these UGG Australia boots are beyond comfortable.

 

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Extra-Wide Calf: Calf sizes ranging from 17 inches to 19 inches. There is nothing better than a great boot with an elastic gore to hug your legs and give you a little bit of cheat when your legs change a little bit in thickness through the month; dressed up or casual, these boots will last season after season.

 

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Super Wide Calf: With calf sizes ranging from 19 inches up to 20 ¾ inches, and the foot available up to a double wide width, you can look stylish and amazing no matter what.

 

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Boots To Get Your Style Movin'

If shoes are a girl’s best friend, then boots most assuredly must be a man’s — well, after his dog of course. As a man myself, there’s an inherently euphoric feeling about owning a pair of boots that you just can’t get with an everyday pair of kicks, and I'm not just talkin' smells.

Boots are refined yet rugged; modern yet classic; dressy yet casual; sleek yet rustic. In fact, they’re a full-on style contradiction, however, their allure makes them a popular classic year after year. Take a look at some of the styles I own below, as well as some styles that are on my radar for this fall! 

 

 

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Better Your Runs With This Winning Formula

Have you ever wanted to remove “run a race” from your bucket list, but often find yourself getting frustrated a few weeks into training? Don’t worry — it’s happened to us all, and the good news is this disappointment is completely reversible. When preparing for a 5k or 10k, you have to think slow and steady and not over-exert out of the gate. Think back to the notorious childhood fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” and you’ll be reminded that it takes more than just any kind of training and lightning-quick speed to come out on top.

 

 

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If you’re a beginning runner and want to take a stab at your first race, I highly suggest following my 15-week and 13-week training schedule below. I’ve also provided a few more talking points that will have you getting your runs off on the right foot, rearing and ready to go by New Year’s!

 

 

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Tips for a successful training

 

  • Don’t wait to take walk breaks. By alternating walking and running from the beginning, you speed recovery without losing any of the endurance effect of the long one. Start with jogging one to two minutes and walking two to three minutes. As your training level increases you can adjust your run/walk ratio to running five minutes and walking one minute on your long runs. 

 

  • Be sure to do the running portion slow enough at the beginning of every run (especially the long run) so that you’ll feel tired but strong at the end. The conservatism will allow you to recover faster.
     
     

 

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  • Every other day you can cross-train instead of walking. Cross-country ski machines, water running, cycling and any other mode that you find fun and interesting (but non-pounding) will improve overall fitness. 

 

  • Stay conversational on all of your exercise sessions. This means that you should be exerting yourself at a low enough level that you could talk. It’s OK to take deep breaths between sentences, but you don’t want to “huff and puff” between every word. 

 

  • As the runs get longer, be sure to keep your blood sugar boosted by eating an energy bar, or equivalent, about an hour before exercise. Drink water continuously before and during exercise and with all food. 

 

 

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Classic Beauty: 8 Pieces with Endless Possibilities

Classic: adjective; of the first or highest quality, class, or rank; of enduring interest, quality or style; basic; fundamental.

A woman’s best bet is always a classic, whether it’s a little black dress and pearls à la Coco Chanel or a 1955 Chevy Bel Air in candy apple red and white. When we look at classical art we see the appreciation artists of the era had for curvaceous woman who were anything but shy about flaunting her curves. Today, millions of dollars are made by trying to reshape or eliminate them, when in antiquity thick hips, broad shoulders and fabulous décolletage were celebrated as evidence of a woman’s femininity and desirability.

While today it doesn’t make good fashion sense for most of us to ride around in giant shells while being attended by cherubs, we can sport much more comfortable looks that get us through our days and nights in timeless elegance and style. So flaunt those curves and celebrate them in pieces by classic American designers, such as Calvin Klein. I promise it is all much more flattering and comfortable than seashells. 

 

 

 

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Peasant tops and classic white can never go wrong; classics can be reimagined with fabulous details, keeping them as a part of your staples. 

 

 

 

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A little black dress and a navy A-line: two basic pieces that can be dressed up or down a million ways — it all just depends on how you accessorize! 

 

 

 

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Audrey Hepburn once said, “I wore pants when they weren’t fashionable; I sat down on the curb if I was tired; I did what I wanted and what I thought was reasonable so long as I didn’t hurt anyone.” Now who are we to argue with an icon of style when it comes to classic pants and skirts? 

 

 

 

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Classic sweaters never go out of style and can be layered with seasonal trends to keep your look on point. Great details and soft pieces make all the difference. 

 

If you’re having a fabulous fall in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

 

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New Brand Spotlight: Pumpkin Patch Kids

The crisp air stinging the tip and inner parts of your nose and the sight of brightly colored leaves dancing softly to the ground is a scene to behold. Fall’s harvest is in full swing and, second behind winter’s holidays, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

From tree-lined hikes, getting lost in corn mazes and riding tractor-pulled hayrides to picking apples, stuffing scarecrows and feeding farm animals, there’s a plethora of outdoor activities for families alike. The most unforgettable and must-do event of the season, however, is visiting an expansive off-road vegetable garden, also known as a pumpkin patch. 

To coincide with this once-a-year event, Zappos is proud to introduce its newest collection, Pumpkin Patch Kids. Take a look at some of our favorite handpicked products below! 

 

 

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Pumpkin Patch is the leading specialty children's clothing brand in Australia. Their comprehensive range covers all stages of a child's growth, from infant through pre-teen, and they specialize in providing a complete look with their coordinating styles.

As moms and dads, we love when our little ones look their best, but we also know the business of being a kid is tough on clothes. Therefore, in this collection you’ll find great fashion styles, from shirts, sweaters and jackets to dresses, pants and jeans, which are hardwearing and suitable for the everyday.

 

 

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Despite a late-afternoon sun shining through rustling trees, a northerly wind can bring in feelings of winter. Keep your little princess warm and toasty in a super stylish, superbly soft coat. These dressed-up, elegant designs are exactly what she needs for a fun autumn outdoors! 

 

 

 

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Dress her for fall without putting her in those atypical fall colors. Stick to her tastes with a cute screenprint or a striped long sleeve that's every bit as cute as she is. Paire these lightweight cotton tops with colored pants or jeans for a signature look.

 

 

 

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Your little man loves exploring nature, but isn't a fan of wearing uncomfortable, heavy jackets. Instead, meet him halfway with a lightweight jacket or vest that he'll actually want to keep on. Made from 100% nylon and a plend of polyester and cotton fabric, this coat is the answer to your many arguments. 

 

 

 

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Keep his classic look stylish yet comfortable in these long-sleeve staples. Plaid is always on trend and won't be going away anytime soon. And stripes? You can never go wrong with those! Black or dark wash denim as well as darker khakis would make for a great top-bottom combination.  

 

 

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