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Hot Looks When There's a Chill in the Air

I never understood the concept of “shoulder season” until I started working out. You see, when you work out you spend certain days focusing on certain things. If you see a friend walking funny, and you know they spend a lot of time in the gym, just assume it’s leg day — or, more accurately, you’re seeing them after their leg day workout. Back and arms day usually leaves me feeling like my arms are going to float away for the rest of the day. But shoulders … they are a different beast altogether, in both workouts and in seasons.

In the spring, weather in the high 50s and 60s makes us put our cold weather gear away. When it hits autumn we dive into our closets and pull out soft and warm pieces like a child with their blanket, wanting nothing more than to feel warm again (even when a few short weeks ago we were lamenting the heat and humidity).

Shoulder season pieces are fast becoming my favorite, especially in the fall. It marks a time that much closer to the end of a good year, and it brings to mind softer and cozier times. I love fall and winter fires in the fireplace or the pit outside, making s’mores and telling stories with my boys. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania where fall meant bonfires and Friday night football under the lights, and there was nothing more exciting than pulling out your coat for a cool night with friends.

 

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Timeless Classics

You can never go wrong with a great trench or anorak. Simple lines and timeless shapes can keep you warm for any occasion and can be dressed up or down as needed. 

 

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Whatever the Weather

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where there is rain in the fall, or simply just a low dip, a fuzzy fleece or convertible rain jacket is essential. I especially love how Columbia’s fleece seems to just get softer and softer with wear, and I love this one a little bit more since Columbia will donate a portion of the sales to breast cancer research.

 

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A Little Unexpected

This fall has some great and unexpected twists when it comes to staying warm.  Capes are making a comeback, so every woman can channel her inner superhero while staying warm and having her hands free to pick apples or push swings. Feeling a little more vixen than hero? A girl can never go wrong with a styled moto-inspired jacket.

 

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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How NYDJ Can Inspire Your Autumn Attire

Uncomfortable, unstylish clothes have been around since the dawn of time. Fortunately, due to modern resources and technology, we’re no longer succumbed to gathering fig leaves, spinning linen or wrangling up sheep on our own just to create a pair of itchy, wooly pants.  

Today we’re blessed to have fashion forward designers and manufacturers craft tops, bottoms and everything in between on our behalf. However, when it comes to everyday style, women are still tasked to choose comfort for looks, as well as looks for comfort.

NYDJ doesn’t believe in that mantra. Instead, the brand continues to innovate their products and break the mold by creating a line of clothing dedicated to women not just young in age, but also in spirit. 

 

 

 

 

NYDJ is notably known for their original slimming jean. Created with premium materials, you’ll never experience that awful worn-in, bagging sensation often felt with other brands. And with this season's newest Sure Stretch Denim® technology, you'll instantly see an increase in your pants' flexibility. 

Additionally, NYDJ's universal fit makes it simple to get the same flattering look in every pair you choose. That’s right! Whether you're a crop, capri, bootcut, straight or skinny leg kind of girl, you’ll experience the same satisfaction in each and every style.

 

 

 

 

And as part of the brand’s constant innovation, NYJD has created Lift Tuck® technology to give gentle, slimming control in the front while simultaneously lifting and reshaping the back.

In fact, each style is designed to make you look one full size smaller. How does this sorcery work? Well, each style features a built-in crisscrossing panel from within that trims the tummy and creates a pleasing silhouette where you want and need it most.

Beyond denim, NYDJ incorporates its Lift Tuck® technology in their line of pants, dresses, tops and athletic attire.

 

 

 

 

This autumn, don’t just pair your ankle boots and cardigans with any kind of denim, dresses or tops. Instead, explore NYDJ’s vast selection of clothing that’s guaranteed to keep you looking fabulous and feeling exceptional.

 

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Falling For MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set 6

 

Whether you’re biking along the rainy cobblestone streets of Paris or brunching outside a city center boulangerie, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set 6 footwear collection will have you looking fresh and feeling amazing for autumn.  

Crafted to perfection, this impressive assortment of slip-ons, wedges, heels and boots allows fashionistas everywhere to choose their own adventure. From a casual midday shopping spree to dancing to the rhythm of a string quartet, this fashionable line of footwear will always lead the way. Made from high-quality materials and integrated detailed components, these satisfying silhouettes are the building blocks to creating your best ever outfit.

The Jet Set 6 Collection features six versatile footwear essentials every woman needs to pack no matter where in the world her travel itinerary takes her. Bon voyage!

 

 

Take a break from your two-wheel ride and walk along the Champs-Élysées with the bold design of the Kyle Slip-On. Beautifully crafted with leather, pair this snakeskin print with ankle cropped jeans for a casual-smart look that’s sure to steal a few glances.

 

 

Autumn’s allure begins with the striking design of the Woods Bootie. This mid-heel shoe features smooth calf leather, dual gore panels for easy pull-on, and a decorative ankle strap with buckle closure. Round out this exceptional bootie with a pencil skirt or distressed denim.

 

 

Don’t let a little rain steal your thunder. Add some color and shine to your day with elegantly created Ariel Platform. Built to perfection, this snakeskin-wrapped heel with crisscrossing straps will be the exclamation mark to your upscale style.

 

 

A contemporary upgrade to the classic pump, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Sabrina emanates sheer elegance. Smooth, supple leather envelops this shoe from front to back and features a silver-coated chain link detail at the heel for a touch of sophistication. 

 

 

Stroll along the river walk and take in the city’s architecture and natural beauty with the Bryce Tall Boot. Crafted with Vachetta leather, these two-tone equestrian-inspired boots will take you where you need to go in modern style. Try pairing with black denim and a wool peacoat for utmost appeal. 

 

 

What’s fall without a classic bootie? Cleanly styled to round out your chic style, this all-leather, chunky heel design implements tiered buckle accents, articulated treads and an exposed side-zip closure. The Gretchen Bootie is your season’s must have.

 

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8 Fabulous Pieces with Unlimited Possibilities

The crunch of leaves under your feet, the bright pops of red, yellow and orange donning the trees, and the cool nights and crisp scents are vital signs that point to autumn. It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks some folks will be waking up to frosty windows or snowflakes patting the ground. However, here in Las Vegas, jeans and boots are coming back out of winter storage, and the rest of the country is calling us wimpy for believing 70 degrees is cold.

There was once a time in my life when I used to look forward to fall weather, as it was my first chance to jump back into bulky sweaters or anything else that hid my size. These days, I look at it as a chance to embrace the parts I love while camouflaging the parts I don’t consider perfect.

As I’ve grown wiser, I’ve learned that every body is beautiful and that you don’t need to cater to other peoples’ sensibilities or avoid their opinions. Thanks to this lesson, I no longer hide behind my clothing. Instead, it’s a time for me to bring back my favorite looks and pieces that are downright uncomfortable in 100+ degree weather.

So without further delay, here are my top picks for a fabulous and fierce autumn. Enjoy!

 

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Hot Looks for Cooler Weather

Nothing says fierce like a moto jacket and, thankfully, this season is bringing back the grown-up punk look. Pair this staple with jeans for a casual look, or a great pencil skirt for a good-girl-gone-bad style infusion. For a more sophisticated take on staying warm and stylish, you can’t go wrong with a sweater cape — just make sure it doesn’t show your superhero cape underneath! 

 

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Beyond Your Basics

Jeans and leggings are fall classics, especially when paired with a fabulous pair of boots; faux leather calls out more of the moto-chic trend, and a girl can truly live in Levi’s. 

 

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A Little Unexpected

Fall is still a great time for the unexpected, like a great studded jumpsuit, or this very unexpected combination by Kiyonna; either one will definitely have you turning heads. 

 

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Pops of Color

Still a little shy about echoing the fiery hues of the trees around you head to toe? Rather, try out a little pop of color in footwear that will take you from this season to the next in style and in comfort! 

 

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Take a Hike with Black Diamond and Carhartt

A change in the weather is finally upon us! Time for pumpkin spice lattes and weekends spent exploring tree-lined trails. There’s nothing better than getting out into the crisp autumn air for a scenic hike or camping trip, but you definitely need the right gear to do it. If you’re anything like me, you hold on to your outdoor clothing for a long time so quality pieces are important. My go-to brands for reliable apparel are Black Diamond and Carhartt.

Both brands make incredibly durable clothing that holds up to rigorous use. You’ll find everything from warm yet breathable jackets to comfortable, lightweight tees and flexible, functional pants. Carhartt has been making its goods for more than 100 years and their products are loved by individuals who work tough jobs in rough environments. Black Diamond’s designs are rooted in rock climbing and skiing, both extremely demanding sports that require dependable gear. Mix a few pieces from each of these brands together and you’ve got the perfect blend of adventure attire.  

 

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The best way to create a well-rounded hiking wardrobe is by stocking up on a variety of basics. A couple tank tops and T-shirts, a flannel or hoodie, pants, a weatherproof jacket, gloves and a hat are all you really need (other than good hiking boots, of course). Buy mostly neutral colors like gray, black, navy or tan so they mix and match easily, but make sure you buy at least one article of clothing in a bright color. This comes in handy for when you need to be visible on the trail. Trust me, things can happen, and you never know when you’ll need to be easily spotted in the wilderness.

 

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Another good rule of thumb is to purchase items in longer lengths or one size up. Larger sized clothing comes in handy for when you need to layer up on a cold night. Longer length clothing is perfect for when you need to tuck things in or pull them over your arms and legs for extra warmth. Remember, anything can be folded up, tied back or removed if you get too hot. A common error many people make is not preparing for unexpected cold weather when they’re out exploring. You definitely don’t want to be that guy.

 

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Both Carhartt and Black Diamond have a good selection of outdoor items to choose from. They also don’t go crazy on the color options, which shows me they’re less concerned about making a fashion statement and more focused on quality and craftsmanship. If you’ve never tried these brands out, I highly suggest you click the images below and check them out already! I could go on and on about why they’re so great, but I’d rather you discover it on your own. Happy hiking!

Off and Running with Adidas

Running — some days it’s the bane of my existence. It’s grueling, it’s tough and occasionally I’d rather be slouched on the couch with a four-cheese pizza pie and beer in hand. However, on days that I don’t run, I feel a sense of guilt. To me, a sense of accomplishment sits better in my stomach, so I habitually lace up my kicks five days a week and hit the pavement.

Since high school, I’ve considered myself quite the avid runner. From mandatory one-milers to charity races, themed 5Ks and 10Ks to major city marathons, running has become a part of who I am. Rain, snow or shine (well, not snow due to my regional climate, but you get the idea) one can find me along neighborhood trails, gym tracks or treadmills with ear buds in and music turned up high. Each day I try to tally at least five miles, usually averaging between 30 and 35 miles a week.

 

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In a sport like running, I can tell you firsthand the gear you own makes all the difference. Finding and wearing proper footwear, as you undoubtedly guessed, is the Holy Grail to runners of all distances. In fact, serious yet treatable ailments like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, runner’s knee and shin splints can happen as a result of improper, unsupportive and low-tread footwear. 

Several brands out there today do a great job catering to running enthusiasts. With enhanced cushioning and built-in technology, Forrest Gump could’ve easily run an additional 4,000 miles, adding to his overall time of three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours.

One of my favorite athletic footwear brands is adidas. Take a look below and read why I prefer these styles over many others on the market, and I'm sure you'll agree!

 

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Featuring a classic black and grey base, stake your claim with bold lettering and pop color accents with the Response Boost 2 and Vigor 6. Each shoe is constructed of lightweight materials and breathable mesh, allowing for a great next-to-foot feel for max performance.

Furthermore, I really enjoy the integrated TORSION® SYSTEM on select styles. This integrated technology, paired with the boost™ midsole, helps support the midfoot with stability and a padded cushion. Check out this video here on how the system works! 

 

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Looking to opt out of traditional color schemes and go for broke? Definitely check out the shoes above for some snazzy styles and awesome features that are definitely unique to their own.

The CC Rocket Boost was made to improve your run on any surface. Its STRETCHWEB outsole adapts to the ground for an optimized run from heel strike to toe off. And with a 360-degree climachill™ ventilation system, sweaty feet will be a thing of the past.

The adidas Duramo 7 and Ultra Boost are two exceptional shoes for the neutral runner. Engineered with ADIPRENE® technology, these shoes significantly help to increase impact protection in the heel and forefoot. And with a grippy rubber outsole, you’ll be able to go the distance regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.

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Sporty & Curvy: Fall Fan Fashion

It’s football season. 

These three little words bring such joy to a girl’s heart. Friday night in the stands at high school games, waking up Saturday morning with the College GameDay crew, NFL football on Sunday, and the occasional (and adorable) peewee game in between make for perfect fall weekends. Spending time outside watching the action on the field or perched on the edge of the couch as you try not to throw things at your TV, there is no other season as perfect as this.

For the fashionable fans out there, wearing a jersey is not the be-all and end-all when it comes to team spirit. In a sea of black and gold, or scarlet and grey, sometimes you want to stand out for more than your knowledge of stats. I have a friend who has worn the same outfit on every Saturday, for the entire season, since she was a freshman with me at Ohio State. After all, a girl’s got to be able to transition from game time to victory party without a wardrobe change.

So as you cheer on your team, and jeer your friends’ poor choices in fandoms, remember the basic rules: be a good sport, it really is just a game, and have fun! 

 

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Beyond Basic Jeans

Boyfriend jeans accent your sporty girl style, as well as flatter great curves, reminding them you’re not just one of the guys, and you can never go wrong with a classic boot cut.

 

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Not Just Your Team's Jersey

Athletic-inspired tops that transition from the sidelines to out and about, or a fabulous print that echoes your team’s colors, either one will have you looking great as you cheer your team or peewee player to victory! 

 

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Keep Warm

As the season goes on, the temperature is going to drop; your ability to cheer on your home team shouldn’t be affected by chattering teeth. Fabulous fleece in bright colors and blanket sweaters keep you cozy and ready to be the best fan in the stands. 

 

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Score with Accessories

Big bags may be in, but NFL stadiums are restricting the size of bags they’re letting through the gates. Approved sized bags can be sporty while still holding your essentials, and never underestimate the power of a great scarf to top off your sporty look. 

 

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Top 10 Clothing Sustainability Tips (Part 2)

Hi again, everyone! Thanks for coming back to check out the second part of this post! We hope you enjoyed yesterday's tips and found them useful enough to implement within your own home. If you're not one for scrolling, here's a recap of what you regrettably missed:

 

1. Repair old clothing
2. Purchase clothing, bags, and shoes made of recycled material
3. Purchase clothing made out of organic cotton instead of traditionally grown cotton
4. Wear your garment more than one day before you decide to wash it
5. Purchase second-hand clothing 

 

Without further ado, let's keep the good times rolling and round out the Top 10 Clothing Sustainability Tips. 

 

6. Don’t wash your blue jeans, put them in the freezer!

  • Levi’s encourages consumers to wash jeans less in an effort to reduce water consumption and make them last longer. Putting jeans in the freezer will prevent them from smelling bad.
  • Levi's CEO Chip Bergh said in an interview that he hadn’t washed his own jeans in more than a year!

 

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7. Wash in cold water and line-dry when possible

  • Hot water washes require excess energy. The less energy you use, the smaller an impact you make.  
  • Avoid the energy use that goes into tumble-drying altogether! Lint equals clothes deteriorating. Yikes!
  • Line drying your clothes will make them smell fresh like an afternoon breeze.

 

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8. Avoid buying clothing you have to iron

  • Ironing requires excess energy & excess time!
  • Brands like Dockers have been making wrinkle-free, iron-free pants for years!

 

9. Avoid buying clothing you have to dry clean 

  • Dry cleaning requires toxic chemicals and excess energy — plus time and money!

 

10. Buy local when possible. Support local clothing, shoe and bag designers that do not outsource their factories to other countries

  • Buying local reduces the carbon footprint of apparel, shoes or bags as it travels from factories where it is made to the USA.
  • For brands with a strong commitment to “Made in the USA”, check out New BalanceMunro American and Fox River.

 

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So there you have it, friends! You can reduce your impact by exercising one or all of these clothing sustainability tips! Remember, every little bit helps. Please do your part. 

 

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