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Pajamas are Better in the Daytime

My sons created a great new family activity this year — pajama day. Once a month they ask me if we can have be a PJ’s day where we spend the day lounging, snuggling and reading, and we don’t do anything that involves getting dressed and leaving the house. There are no Cub Scouts, PTA or practice. We just focus on being with each other and enjoying one another’s company.

In the morning I make pancakes or a berries ‘n’ cream French toast casserole, and for dinner I throw something in the Crock-Pot. Some days we play video games, others we build amazing Lego creations or binge watch Minecraft videos cuddled up on the couch. Sometimes we just flop all over my bed with books. 



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While we make time to snuggle every day (I’m getting it in while they’re young, and every day they inch closer to that age when they’ll be too big to snuggle!), pajama day has become a precious thing to me, where no one else is invited to come over. 

Pajama day has reinforced me to be present in the present. Being willing to get on the floor and play and build opens up some amazing conversations between my sons and me. I love watching how my little guys’ mind works, and the stories and adventures they form around their “creations” give me such insight into his world. Example given, Darth Vader makes Minions pancakes and they all fight zombies together with banana boomerangs that Batman specially made for them. How cool of a place could that be to live? I mean, without the zombies.

We’re coming up on the holidays, and loungewear is huge for families all over. Our Elf on the Shelf, Tristan, has been leaving new pajamas for my sons the past few years. They love getting a gift before Santa comes, and I love that they have good looking jammies for Christmas morning pictures. This year I am treating myself to some new ones as well, since I’m unable to avoid having my picture taken on Christmas morning. (Thanks a lot, Mr. I’m the Favorite Uncle, for giving my oldest son a camera.) Regardless, I’ve found some amazing options for new sleepwear that will look and feel great whether you’re hibernating or enjoying your own pajama day with your favorite little people. 



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FEMININE CLASSICS There is something about the classics, and these menswear-inspired pajamas are definitely that. Updated in feminine fabrics and prints, these are great for lounging, and even better if the family paparazzi catches you unaware. 



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NIGHTS IN SATIN Satin pajamas not only help you sleep better (the satin slides across your sheets so you don’t get tangled up in them when you turn over), but they also just feel amazing against your skin. Implement beautiful patterns and you definitely can’t go wrong. 



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Soft nightgowns are a great, feminine bit of sleepwear and are always my go-to when I’m feeling especially girlie. Warm flannel or soft-as-a-baby cotton, you’ll wish every day was pajama day with how amazing these feel. 



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ROBES When you need just a little bit of layer for warmth or a little more coverage, toss on a fabulous robe. These two are both super soft and, as an added bonus, will look fabulous in your Christmas morning pictures! 


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



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Find Your Perfect Bra for Every Top!

We’re firm believers that the perfect outfit starts with the right foundations. The foundation of a great-fitting, form-flattering bra is essential for making all your tops and dresses look their absolute best.

Nothing ruins a nice outfit quite like wearing the wrong bra. Well, maybe visible panty lines, but that’s a whole other blog post in and of itself! Pairing your tops and dresses with the right bra is almost as important and pairing the right shoes with your outfit---it’s a detail you simply can’t skimp on.

Below we took a couple of popular yet sometimes tough-to-wear top options and showed you the best bra types to wear underneath to create the most polished look.

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Racerback Tops

Featured style:

Splendid Pinstripe Palm Tree Tank Top


Racerback & Convertible Bras

Featured styles:

1. Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Convertible Lightly Lined Demi Bra

2. DKNY Intimates Signature Lace T-Back Bra

3. Yummie by Heather Thomson Mallory Racerback Bra

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Strapless Tops & Dresses

Featured style:

Gabriella Rocha Strapless Dress


Strapless Bras

Featured styles:

1. OnGossamer Stretch Lace Strapless Bandeau Bra

2. Betsey Johnson Forever Perfect Strapless

3. Natori Solution Shaper Strapless Bra

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Lightweight Tees

Featured style:

C&C California Vintage V-Neck Tee


Seamless & Lightly Padded Bras

Featured styles:

1. Jockey Modern Micro Crop Bra

2. Yummie by Heather Thomson Audrey Day Bra

3. Natori Conceal T-Shirt Bra w/ Gel Comfort Straps




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Sexy Lingerie for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Variety is the spice of life and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try and buy something a little out of the ordinary. Your wife, girlfriend, or soon-to-be girlfriend if the night goes right, will be tickled pink to see you took the time to pick something out that will make her look even more beautiful.

With lingerie, you don’t have to worry so much about comfort and getting the fit perfect. They won’t be wearing the garment all night if you know what I mean. ;) Choose an item that you like first and also in a color or design that you feel will look dynamite on her. If you’re still having trouble, go ahead and choose the style you like best in red or black. Red is the color of the season and black is the color of, well, every season. It never goes out of style, and in lingerie, black gives off an air of seductive sophistication.

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1. Natori Plus Size Zen Floral Chemise

2. Natori Feathers Chemise Lace & Mesh

3. Cosabella Never Say Never Naughtie Lowrider Hotpants

4. Hanky Panky Plus Size Signature Lace Crotchless Teddy

5. Hanky Panky Signature Lace Chain Halter Babydoll w/ G-String

6. Hanky Panky Plus Size Leopard Nouveau V-Neck Chemise

7. Hanky Panky Cigarette Girl Chemise

8. Hanky Panky Plus Size Peek-A-Boo Lace Babydoll

9. Betsey Johnson Satin Slip

So now the fun begins! Let’s start with the classics shall we? In the lingerie world, satin and lace are tried and true. One brand that makes sexy lace lingerie that looks and feels exquisite is Hanky Panky. Their signature lace is adored by many women for its softness, stretch, and romantic floral pattern. Plus, all their products are all made in the U.S.A.! The retro-inspired Cigarette Girl Chemise is a perennial favorite. It’s flirty, flattering, and totally sheer. A more daring option from Hanky Panky is the Signature Lace Chain Halter Babydoll w/ G-String. This hot number has a plunging neckline, chain halter, an open back and oh yeah, it’s totally sheer as well. As for smooth satin, Betsey Johnson makes a fun little slip that features a stylishly feminine ditsy floral print and enchanting lace trim that flaunts an eyelash fringe.

At Zappos, we are proud to offer sexy lingerie in a range of sizes. Hanky Panky has a scintillating selection of plus size lingerie in their famous lace. The popular Hanky Panky V-Neck Chemise is available in solid pink or black lace or a feisty leopard print lace. The Hanky Panky Plus Size Peek-A-Boo Lace Babydoll w/ G-String is also adorably irresistible. This babydoll nightie is fabricated from a sheer floral lace and includes a skimpy G-string.

You could also pull out all the stops and choose the Hanky Panky Plus Size Signature Lace Crotchless Teddy . You didn’t read the wrong, it’s crotchless. It also has satin ties down the front and a thong back, but those are really just details in comparison to that other design detail!

Maybe a babydoll or chemise is too much lingerie for your liking? I get it. Bare skin is often best. The way to go here is to just a great pair of underwear. Cosabella, “beautiful thing” in Italian, is celebrated for their sumptuous fabrications and Italian craftsmanship. One of their racier styles is produced in a gorgeous lace that’s soft, stretchy, and seam-free. This style is the Cosabella Never Say Never Naughtie Lowrider Hotpants. What’s the naughty part you ask? It’s open at the crotch;) Since we’re on the topic of crotchless underwear, Hanky Panky also has a number of crotchless panties to spice up your life.

Is underwear of the crotchless variety a tad too scandalous for you or your lady? That’s totally fine. Sometimes more is really less. Natori is a wonderful brand that makes elegant sleepwear that’s demurely sexy. The Feathers Chemise w/ Lace & Mesh is an opaque jersey chemise that boasts a knee-grazing length and sheer mesh trim with lace trim on the bodice. Everything is covered, but the overall look is still alluring. Natori also produces an absolute showstopper in the Zen Floral Chemise which is offered in regular and plus size. This soft knit chemise boasts a floral lace bodice and a deep plunge neckline that looks both seductive and glamorous.

At the end of the day, the gift of lingerie for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion is always a good one. It shows that you put some thought and care and want to create a great experience for you and your desired one. Flowers die, candy gets eaten too quickly, but lingerie is the gift that keeps on giving. What if she doesn’t like what you got here for some crazy reason?  Well, Zappos has a 365-day return policy, so we totally have your back! You can always exchange for a handbag which most women also lust after all year round.

Now go pick out some come-hither lingerie and laissez les bon temps rouler!


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"Gimme, Gimme!" Holiday Wish List

We all have one. You know, that secret list you would give the real Santa if you could. It is the list that is not at all made up of the practical things you asked for, or peace on earth or good will towards men.

I mean the wish list with the REALLY cool stuff on it that makes your heart skip a beat. Those things that you love just because they are beautiful and the mere thought of rocking them makes you feel that much more marvelous. 

Fabulous extended-calf Frye Jane boots to pair with a great Nic +Zoe cardigan? Yes, please! Natori pajamas in a luxurious, soft and silky fabric for a night in with a good glass of wine and a great book? Check! A cozy, fabulous, and soft Pendleton wool dress to pair with a fabulous Coach bag? Oh, Santa! Cat-eye Maui Jim glasses for looking Hollywood fabulous while rocking a Michael Kors lambskin moto jacket? Be still my heart! Close out the wish list with a luxurious and cozy Michael Kors faux fur vest paired with a BB Dakota sequined skirt and you are ready to show the world a little bit of your inner diva.

I hope Santa, Krampus and all the Magi bring you everything you want this holiday season, beyond peace on earth and good will towards men. I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming New Year!

Franki's Holiday Wish List from the Zappos Plus Size Shop & more!


1. Columbia Plus Size Mighty Lite™ III Jacket

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Fur Toggle Vest

3. Michael Kors Plus Size Zip Pocket Leather Jacket

4. BB Dakota Plus Size Savita Sequined Skirt

5. NIC+ZOE Plus Size Cozy Cardigan

6. Natori Plus Size Zen Floral PJ Set

7. Pendleton Plus Size Merino Wool Dress

8. Frye Extended-Calf Jane Boots

9. Maui Jim Pikake Women’s Sunglasses

10. COACH Smooth Leather Crosby Carryall

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


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There's Still Time!: Last-Minute Gift Ideas

There’s only a mere five days left before Christmas! Can you believe it? If you’re the last-minute type, don’t fret; there’s still time to get some awesome gifts they’ll surely love!

We’ve rounded up a few great gift ideas that will make them smile. And they’ll be none the wiser about your last-minute gift shopping, thanks to our fast and FREE shipping! Happy gifting!

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For Him: 1. Patagonia Nordic Scarf, 2. UGG Scuff Slippers, 3. Ray-Ban Small Aviator Sunglasses, 4. Anthony for Men The Weekender Kit, 5. Fossil Estate Leather Messenger Bag, 6. Smartwool PhD Snow Gallery Anthony Boronowski 3-Pack Socks


For Her: 7. Michael Kors Runway Chronograph Watch, 8. UGG Coquette Slippers, 9. Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Set, 10. Natori Purl Robe, 11. Echo Design Touch Gloves plus Earphones Gift Set, 12. Arhcipelago Botanicals Holiday Boxed Candles

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Fresh Picks: Pretty Sleepwear

There are few things more relaxing than lounging in your PJs at home. That’s why we think it’s so important to stock up on comfy sleepwear that looks as good as they feel. It just makes lounging in bed all the more enjoyable when you wrap yourself in soft luxury. You’ll be amazed how pampered you will feel just by putting on something pretty to sleep (or relax) in!

Check out just a few of our current favorites in sleepwear:

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1. Karen Neuburger Señorita Girlfriend Pedal Pusher PJ, 2. Natori Hnah PJ, 3. Natori Dara PJ, 4. P.J. Salvage Floating Hearts Chemise, 5. Bedhead Stretch Cami & Short Set, 6. Calvin Klein Underwear Essence Chemise

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Shopping Guide: Workout Resolutions

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1. Moving Comfort Vixen Sports Bra A/B, 2. Shock Absorber Max Sports Bra, 3. Natori Sport Underwire Bra, 4. Lucy Power Yoga Halter, 5. Lolë Shining Top, 6. Prana Mackenzie Capri, 7. Brooks Ghost 4, 8. Camelbak Better Bottle, 9. Prana Revolution Sticky Mat

Now that the dust has settled, those hearty holiday meals have been put away, and all those gingerbread cookies have been consumed, it’s time to get back on track with healthy habits for the New Year. 

Treating yourself to brand new workout gear is a great way to kick off those fitness resolutions. It’s a fresh new year and we all get a fresh new start. Whether it's getting back into yoga, walking the dog daily, or finally trying out that new Barre class your girlfriends have been raving about, make 2012 the year to get back on track with your fitness goals!