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Boom! Hot Looks for Your 4th of July

Hot dogs, ice-cold watermelon, lounging by the lake or the pool, fireworks and celebrating our independence to be who we are, how we are, and wear what makes us feel great -- these are just a few of the best things about the 4th of July.  There have been some mighty big changes in the past week, and some amazing reasons to celebrate the freedoms we have as Americans.  There is something about sporting red, white and blue to celebrate our country that just cannot be beat.

When we wear the colors of our flag, we celebrate the principles upon which our great nation was founded; white signifies purity and innocence- the hope of a new nation that holds fast to the belief that all are equal, and that each person is given the opportunity to work towards becoming the best they can be, with no limits on achievement or potential. Red is for our hardiness & valor, as we remember the hard work that it takes to achieve our goals, and remember the blood spilled by the men and women who fought to create and preserve our great nation and its freedoms. Finally, blue signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice, reminding us all to keep asking those hard questions of ourselves and our elected officials, to stand fast through difficult times, and that every American has the opportunity and right to fair treatment under the law.

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1. Roper Plus Size Americana Pieced Color Block Top

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Threadwork Tunic

3. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size Pier 59 Tunic

4. Soybu Plus Size Taryn Tank

5. Pendleton Plus Size Rib Tee

6. Jag Jeans Plus Size Hope Crop Narrow Fit Pant

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Jersey Maxi

8. Levi's Plus Size Classic Capri

9. NYDJ Plus Size Bi Stretch Bermuda Short

10. Sanuk Yoga Sling Partriot

11. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Striped Sailor Knot Hat

12. Steve Madden Ombre Stars Day Wrap

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We refer to ourselves as curvy women, a women of size,  big beautiful women, full figured, plus sized, queen, thick, or simply as girls “who ain’t no size 2” (gotta give that love Meghan Trainor!). Whichever way you choose to identify yourself, remember to celebrate your fashion independence, wherein no person can dictate that which you wear and feel beautiful based upon your size -- except you!

Have a fabulous, fun, and fierce 4th of July!
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Make it a Red-Hot Summer!

Well, the solstice has come and gone, and we are now officially in summer! Out here in Las Vegas, that’s not much of a surprise, what with the record-breaking temperatures and winds that feel like a giant hair dryer has been turned on high. While at times we are tempted to complain about the temperatures, at the end of the day, we just all have to remind ourselves that you don’t ever have to shovel sunshine.

There is something about summer that makes us all feel a little stronger and pushes us to show that fierce side. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it has something to do with that little bit of a golden glow we develop -- even through the SPF 70, or maybe it just has something to do with the longer days and feeling like we seem to be able to get more done.   

Whatever the reason, summertime is one of those times of the year where we dress a little more powerfully, and there's no color quite as powerful and fiery as red. While winter calls for layers and bundles, summer encourages us to show off our playful side, our strong side, and a little bit of skin. Nothing says, “Strong woman” more than shades of red, mixed and matched in perfect harmony and accented by great red or neutral heels. Styles like these will have you looking fabulous and ready for anything, wherever your adventures may take you this summer.

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1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Stripe Keyhole Maxi Dress

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Belted Shirt Dress in Grenadine

3. Kiyonna Caycee Twist Top

4. Pendleton Plus Size Rib Tee

5. Hanky Panky Plus Size Signature Lace Cami in Red

6. Roper Cotton Poly Slub Jersey Muscle Tee

7. Kiyonna Kelly Swimsuit in Ruby

I hope that you enjoy these red-hot pieces this week. If you’re 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!

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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. 

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Big Love for our Favorite Guy: 9 Looks for Dad

No matter how old we may be, our dad is always bigger than life! After all, dad was the one who could scare away the monsters from under our beds and in our closets and saved us from the icky bugs. His mere presence kept us from being attacked and eaten by bears during walks in the woods -- even if it was just a wooded path, in a city park, in the middle of downtown.

Father’s Day is that special time every year where we give the fathers and father figures in our lives an extra special thank you for all those times they kept the bears away, built us a tree fort, took the spiders outside, and didn’t wear black socks with sandals when out with us in public. Even if the person you call dad is actually an uncle, an older brother, an older cousin, or your mom’s best friend from way back, it’s always nice to take a special day to thank him for always being there for you, to guide you- and keep away bears.   

For those larger-than-life father figures who are larger in life, sometimes it’s a challenge to find clothes that fit well and make them look great. Sometimes, it feels like all you’re left with as options are oversized t-shirts and all variations of black. Thank goodness for great brands like Nautica, Columbia and Tommy Bahama who make great big & tall men’s clothing options that score big points on both fit and style!

I’ve chosen a few looks this week to tell dad thanks while getting him ready for a night out with his guys, a day on the links or relaxing at home with his favorite people in the world -- his family!

Men's Big & Tall Clothing

1. Columbia Big & Tall Tamiami™ II Short Sleeve Shirt

2. Tommy Bahama Big & Tall Cigar Lounge

3. Ariat Big & Tall Thurman Performance Short Sleeve Shirt

4. Tommy Bahama Big & Tall Squarely There Button Up

5. Nike Golf Victory Block Polo

6. Nautica Big & Tall Shirt Sleeve Plaid

7. Dockers Big & Tall Core Flat Short

8. Levi’s ® Big & Tall Big & Tall 501® Original

9. Nautica Big & Tall Twill Flat Front Short

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Ready to Rock: 12 Looks for Festival Season

I lived for about 13 years in Columbus, Ohio, and since 1972, June has meant that it’s time for ComFest. This long weekend of music, food, poetry and art meant long days dancing around and lounging in the grass with friends while enjoying new offerings from food vendors and brewhouses- and a new, giant pink mug every year.  The vendors and the amazing clothing were always one of my favorite parts of Comfest; since it was usually one of the first sweltering weekends of summer, the goal was to look good, but be as comfortable as possible. 

That combination of fashion purposes is one of my favorite things about festival clothing. Light, breathable fabrics come together with eye-catching patterns and colors to keep your clothing as bright as your mood. The beauty of most festivals is the amazing spirit of community- from events like ComFest to Coachella; Life is Beautiful to Burning Man, the underlying festival spirit the celebration of community in all of its forms.

The overwhelming air of acceptance at festivals is a balm to the soul- no matter who you are, what you’re wearing, how you’re shaped or what you look like, the music, the speakers, the celebration and the atmosphere are the primary focus, and the beauty inside everyone is brought out.

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1. Gabriella Rocha Plus Size Nalah Chiffon Dress

2. Lysse Plus Size Maxi Dress

3. Rachel Pally Plus Size Label Print Caftan

4. DKNY jeans Plus Size Batik Print Romper

5. BB Dakota Plus Size Ace Kimono

6. Vince Camuto Plus Size Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

7. Vince Camuto Plus Size Tropical Rain Embroidered Poncho

8. Roper Plus Size Slouchy Slub Jersey Top

9. Soybu Plus Size Camryn Tee

10. Levi's® Plus Size Bermuda Short

11. Rachel Pally Plus Size Wide Leg Trouser

12. Fresh Produce Plus Size Park Ave. Pedal Pusher

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Wonderful piece like these help enhance all of that by keeping you cool (physically), and keeping you looking cool and breezy (emotionally).  The bright patterns and colors cannot help but put you in a good mood, ready to dance, learn, and celebrate all that brought you there in the first place.  In addition to these great pieces, don’t forget to grab a great shoe, a relaxed bag, and maybe even a great hat to keep the sun’s rays of your smiling face.  Then relax and enjoy the sun, the sounds, and your amazing, rockin’ summer!

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Hit the Trail: Great Pieces for Sunshine Days

Summer is officially here! Well, ok, it’s not technically summer since the summer solstice has not happened yet, but we all know that Memorial Day weekend is usually considered the unofficial-official start of summer. Personally, my favorite thing about summer is getting out of the Las Vegas heat to hike and camp with friends or my minions.

Getting out and enjoying nature under the summer sun calls for specific outdoor gear, especially for curvy girls.  First and foremost, make sure that most, if not all, of your gear has a UPF rating.  This fabulous feature is an AMAZING first line of defense to not only keep your face and décolletage looking young, but more importantly, 1 in 50 of us will be diagnosed with melanoma in our lifetime, and UPF-rated clothing and hats, like the one featured below from Outdoor Research, are a great way to protect you from the sun’s damaging rays.

Second, lightweight and moisture-wicking fabrics are a girl’s best friend out on the trail after her hydration reservoir. I LOVE convertible pants like the ones featured from Columbia. They’re thick enough to protect my legs while going through brush, heavy enough to keep me warm during cool desert morning and evenings, but even better as shorts during the heat of the day.

A great pack by Osprey is a definite essential with room for a light Columbia jacket or raincoat, snacks, and an included a 3-liter hydration reservoir.  Of course, don’t forget that great hiking boots are your best friend during those summer outdoor adventures, especially ones that are as comfortable (and good looking) the Vasque Breeze 2.0 with GTX.

Finally, for those times you’re spending the night out in nature, I am going to tout the best bag/ sleeping pad combination I’ve ever come across.  The beauty of Big Agnes sleeping bags and pads is that the bag has an integrated sleeve for the sleeping pad, thus insuring it doesn’t sneak away while you sleep! The Double Z sleeping pad is lightweight, air-filled and extra cushy at four inches thick, and honestly makes sleeping out in the rocky desert as comfortable as on my bed back home. As an added bonus, it doesn’t squeak and crackle like most sleeping pads do! Who knew camping could be so comfy?

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1. Columbia Plus Size Bahama™ Long Sleeve Shirt

2. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank

3. Terramar Plus Size Short Sleeve Scoop Top

4. Columbia Plus Size Arcadia II Jacket

5. Columbia Plus Size Saturday Trail II ™Converible Pant

6. Columbia Plus Size Saturday Trail™ Long Shorts

7. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

8. Osprey Raven 14 Backpack

9. Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero

10. Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX

11. Big Agnes Women's Juniper Sleeping Bag

12. Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad

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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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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!

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