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Inspired By: Trail Blazer

Let’s get one thing straight; we love laid-back off-duty dressing just as much as the next girl. However, there’s just something about taking your standard jeans-and-tee combo and elevating it from hanging out to night out with very minimal effort. We’re all about that as well! 

Today’s street style inspiration is an excellent example of taking something as traditionally tailored and put together as the blazer and shaking it up for weekends or a night out. Pair with loose, messy waves and some red lipstick to show off the more carefree side of dressing up!

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1. Grey City Dwyer Pointed Mules

2. BCBGeneration Shell Collar Blazer

3. DL1961 Florence Instasculpt in Scorch

4.Chaser Je Suis Boheme Boxy Flow Tee

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The Running List: 4 Rules for Finding Your Perfect Running Shoes

I have a distinct memory of my first pair of running shoes, mostly because up until six years ago I am pretty sure running shoes in my size only came in three colors: blue, black and/or white. Having a shoe size of 11 female makes finding any shoes, let alone running shoes, rather challenging. So when I found my very first pair of pink, black and lime green Nike running shoes, I was beside myself.

These were the first pair of running shoes that made me feel like a badass. They were sporty, and super stylish…but unbeknownst to me, they were NOT at all what I needed in a running shoe. During a training run with my old running team in Reno (shout out to NSET!) , one of my teammates spotted my spiffy kicks and told me I really needed new running shoes that supported my overpronation. My heart was broken. I somehow managed to pull myself out of my mild depression and face the cold, hard truth that my adorable running shoes were just not right for me. With that, I had to start from square one and find a new pair of running shoes.

I did, however, find a compromise by wearing my Nikes on weight training days – score!

Finding a good running shoe may seem like a simple task, but with so many options available, it can become quite daunting. Have no fear my dear friends; I have created this simple how-to guide to help you find the best running shoe for you!

Rule #1: Always remember that your feet are like snowflakes – no two are the same. I always welcome recommendations, but just because someone absolutely loves their own shoes, that doesn’t mean it’s a good match for you. This leads me to my next rule…

Rule #2: Before purchasing any shoe, it’s worth your while to have a qualified professional look at your stride. This can easily be conducted at your local running store, OR just watch the video below where one of our running buyers shows you how to determine your stride!:

Rule #3: Do not purchase a shoe based solely on aesthetic features. Sure, the pink and neon yellow, double laced, light-up sneakers with the glitter sole appear to be heaven sent; but beware, just because they look amazing does not mean they are functional or practical for YOUR feet.

Rule #4: Just like cars, go ahead and take your shoes for a test drive. It is important to try on several different shoes and walk around the house with them to see what works best for you. Remember, with Zappos' free and easy returns, you can order as many as you’d like and return the ones that don’t make the cut!

Be sure to stay tuned for my next "The Running List" post, where I will break down the best running shoes for those that need a little support, neutral runners, track athletes and trail blazers.

Until next time, happy trails, roads, and other unchartered terrains!

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Strong Looks for Bold Moves

How is your New Year’s Resolution going? Are you all still working on that ONE goal you’ve set for yourself?  Some days, it is easier than others to pull that inner strength out and move forward. For those rough days, sometimes you need a "power outfit" that helps you feel like that tough, strong and amazing woman you are on the inside.

After all, one of the best things about clothing is that it helps each of us write our story and show the world around us how we feel. Fashion is the story of ourselves, representated by the clothing and jewelry on our bodies and how we wear it, rather than letting it wear us.

It is for this reason that I am in LOVE with the current moto-punk-chic trend. I mean, how can you back down and wimp out when you’re rocking a leather dress and strong denim? Add some great jewelry and a cool bag and get ready to let the world know you’re here and ready to rock!

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1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Structured Leather Coat

2. Kiyonna Inspired Illusion Mesh Top

3. Levi's® Plus Size Trucker Jacket

4. Roper Brown Plaid Shirt

5. Roper Plus Size Slub Jersey Tee

6. Pendleton Plus Size Double Time Vest

7. NYDJ Plus Size Janice Denim Legging

8. Levi's® Plus Size 580 Defined Waist Straight Leg Jeans

9. DKNYC Plus Size Faux Leather Ponte Dress

10. rsvp Rider Knee-High Boot

11. Harley-Davidson Marissa Boot

Rocking some amazing looks you’ve seen here on the blog? Tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WellRoundedWednesday or #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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New Brand Spotlight: Nightcap

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Launched by designer Carisa Brambles, Nightcap Clothing is a luxury line of bohemian-inspire loungewear made of fine Italian and French lace. Mixing sexy style with delightfully soft and comfortable fabrics you’ll want to live in, Nightcap takes effortless bohemian silhouettes and takes them to a timeless, high-end level.

Nightcap lace dresses, lace shorts, lace pants and jumpsuits are perfect for daytime soirées, resort getaways and nights out on the town. Carisa takes eclectic sources of inspirations and infuses her signature dose of femininity and boho style. 

Nightcap Clothing can be found at high-end boutiques all around the world and each piece is lovingly handmade in Los Angeles, California.

 

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Fresh Picks: Heavy Metals

Your time to shine is always just around the corner! Take every opportunity to light up the room with one of the season’s most luxe trends—megawatt metallics.

If you thought the season for metallic dresses, metallic shoes and metallic bags has come and gone with the holidays, think again! This high-shine trend is perfect for infusing a dose of fancy to even your most laid-back looks.

Going to a fancy girls’ night out? Slip into a slinky metallic sheath dress to light up the town. Lying low this weekend? A pair of ultra-cool ASH slip-on sneakers in rich metallic leather takes your distressed boyfriend jeans and tee into a whole new level of awesome. It’s seriously the most effortless way to look instantly more posh and elevated.

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1. Corso Como Soho Oxfords

2. Seychelles Majestic Pumps

3. Brigitte Bailey Emilia Fit & Flare Twinkle Dress

4. Jessica Simpson Alice Too Beatrice Crossbody Bag

5. Free People Drippy Knit Sequin Jogger

6. Brigitte Bailey Imogen Sparkle Sheath Dress

7. Naughty Monkey London Calling Boots

8. ASH Joe Slip-on Sneaker

9. Jessica Simpson Claudette Pumps

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Menswear Monday: Sweaters for Every Occasion

Layering is a big component of smart cold-weather dressing, and one of the wardrobe fundamentals for winter layers is the sweater. There are several types of stylish men’s sweaters available for work, weekend and even nights out.

From refined V-neck sweaters to the classic crew neck pullover, stocking your closet with versatile sweaters is a good foundation of any well-rounded winter wardrobe. For more casual days, there’s the comfy and laidback French terry sweatshirt, or perhaps a merino wool cardigan to take your t-shirt-and-jeans look to the next level.

No matter what kind of men’s sweater you go with, remember that fit is key. Avoid a sloppy look by making sure the shoulder seams sit right on the shoulders (unless, of course, it’s a drop-shoulder sweater).

Below are a few of our favorite men’s sweaters to mix and match in your wardrobe this winter and even as we transition into spring:

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1. Lacoste Patterned Shawl Collar Sweater

2. Culture Phit Merino Aaron Zip Cardigan

3. Diesel K-Amini-A Sweater

4. Diesel K-Maniky Pullover

5. Fred Perry Tipped Island Knit Sweater

6. Lucky Brand Laurel Canyon Long Sleeve

7. Alternative Light French Terry Crew Neck

8. Gant Rugger R. Diamond Crüe

9. Culture Phit Merino Skipper V-Neck Sweater


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Glance Spotlight: Subtle Coats

These feminine shades layer over your favorite cold weather looks without overpowering, adding just the right amount of pop to your wardrobe.

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Inside the Photo Studio: April T.

Take a peek "Inside the Photo Studio" at Zappos.com and see what we are all about! Each month we  profile a different member of our team to give you a snapshot of his/her day-to-day as we get your favorite products up on the site.

This month's feature is on Junior QA, April!