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In Bloom: 12 Looks to Blossom In

I recently spent a weekend camping in the Kaibab National Forest, home to large herds of buffalo, and what my sons have termed “Vulcan Squirrels” (Kaibab squirrels have pointed ears, and yes, I’m raising my sons to be Trekkies). One of my favorite parts of the trip, other than hikes in and around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, was sitting on a sun-warmed rock with my sons at sunset and waiting for wildlife to appear in the meadow near our campsite. As we sat and waited, I found joy in watching waves of color move towards and away from us as the winds caressed the multitude of wildflowers in shades of yellow, purple, red, and blue, complemented by the myriad greens of the grasses surrounding them.    

Flowers are enigmas; we view them as delicate, but without flowers, there would be no life. Most of the foods we grow have a flower at some point in their growth cycle. Wildflowers fill the barren places with riots of color. Delicate orchids grow out of thin air high in jungle canopies and roses remind us that things that seem delicate can take care of themselves. Flowers have even been given their own language and code, declaring meanings beyond just being beautiful. 

Women are like flowers in much the same way; though some may appear similar, we all have deeper meanings and messages to share. Those who might appear to be helpless may in fact be highly-ranked martial artists and the furthest thing from helpless you’ll ever come across. 

One of the beautiful things about floral prints is just that, while the first impression may be of gentle femininity, they can still be considered fierce fashion- it all depends on who is wearing it and how they style it.  They allow the wearer’s personality to blossom and share their inner beauty with the world around them.

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1. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Tropical Print Tank Top

2. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Summer Floral Tee

3. Kiyonna Wanderlust Wrap Top

4. Kiyonna Valentina Illusion Dress

5. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Dress

6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Floral Top

7. Karen Kane Plus Size Monochrome Hi-Lo Dress

8. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Cutout Neckline Fit & Flare Dress

9. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Back Interest Fit & Flare Dress

10. Spring Step Hanne T-Strap Sandal

11. Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast Liberty Floral

12. ASH Frankie Bahia Crossbody

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9 Blue Picks to Brighten Your Day!

Some days, it is great to have “the blues”.  There is nothing like channeling your inner goddess in a beautiful sapphire blue dress, or feeling soft and romantic in a dusty periwinkle.  The beauty of blue is that it can be fierce and powerful, soft and gentle, feminine and strong; the deciding factor is the shade of blue and of course, your attitude. Blue is a color used to represent strength, loyalty, trust, intelligence and authority. Until Queen Victoria was given a diamond when she was betrothed, stones in shades of blue were the premier choice suitors used to make clear their intention. 

These days, all the shades of blue are a fabulous alternative to fitting into any situation- and not just relying on black to fit in. Blue can be a casual or formal color and is appropriate for both professional and formal events. Personally, I’m a fan of blue because I love that it can be so many things -- just like me. It all just depends on how it’s worn.  I also love the way blue stands out in a sea of black, soothing and calming you and those around you while saying, “Hey, I’m here to rock, not be the same as everyone else.” This week, I’ve brought you some examples of how versatile blue can be. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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1. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Sleeveless Top

2. Pendleton Plus Size Vista Tunic

3. Roper Plus Size Blue Chip Check Shirt

4. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Ruched Midi Skirt

5. NYDJ Plus Size Briella Shorts

6. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

7. Kiyonna Peek-A-Boo Dress

8. Rachel Pally Plus Size Quintana Dress

9. Culture Phit Plus Size Nalah Dress

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10 Summer Lovin' Looks for Hot Summer Nights

When I was a little girl, one of my earliest memories was watching Grease over and over with my older sister and dreaming of the day I would be old enough to have a summer love like Sandy, walking down the beach in a great sundress and holding hands with a sweet boy who had just turned eighteen and had a motorcycle…

Summer days and nights have their own special magic when it comes to making us feel beautiful and powerful.  Sun-kissed skin, the relaxation that comes from a day spent outside in the fresh air, and the way we can’t help but smile because the sunshine increases our Vitamin D and serotonin levels, improving our sleep and reducing stress in general (but don’t forget that sunscreen!) All of these things make summer most people’s favorite season. 

This week, I hope you enjoy these fiercely feminine yet comfortable pieces to bring out your inner romantic, even on a fancier night! I am in LOVE with this Adrianna Papell Cape Dress, by the way! Enjoy these softer, lighter pieces to make those summer nights just a little bit hotter.  The bright colors remind us of days on the ocean and beautiful sunsets, and time lounging by the pool can never be considered a waste!

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1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Sorento Tie-Dye Dress

2. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Dress

3. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Structured Cape Sheath Dress

4. Rachel Pally Plus Size Kathy Dress White Label

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Fringe Cover-Up

6. NIC+ZOE Plus Size Perfect Scoop Tank

7. Vince Camuto Plus Size Morrocan Mirage Blouse

8. Kiyonna Smitten Lace Top

9. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size Tilt & Twirl Skirt

10. Rachel Pally Plus Size Wide Leg Trouser


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Get Outdoors! Great Pieces for Great Adventures

I am blessed to not only have an amazing job and great coworkers, but to be the Den leader for an amazing group of Webelo Cub Scouts here in FABULOUS Las Vegas. No, they don’t learn how to deal blackjack; yes there are actually an amazing number of great hiking trails, fishing spots and outdoors things to do in and around Las Vegas. One of my favorite things to do with my son and my Scouts is go hiking! If you want to have an incredible conversation with any kid, take them where there is no cell phone reception and leave their game system behind.  I’ve come to realize that my little boy is becoming a pretty awesome young man through the conversations we have while hiking. After all, no kid will ever remember a day spent inside watching TV. 

Curvy girls have a some challenges when it comes to getting outside and playing with our kids, friends and family. First of all, we have the challenge of the inside of our heads, telling us that we can’t do it and that we’ll just embarrass ourselves if we try to go hiking because we won’t look like the others, or that we may struggle to keep up.

Just by taking the first step outside, you’ve already won half that battle! Get up, get out, and do that ONE thing that you’ve not done before.  If it’s your kids that you are hiking with, trust me when I say they don’t care what you look like, they care more that you are outside and playing with them. Your time and your presence is often the thing they want more than any other presents you can give them. 

Second, we have the challenge of finding gear that is a little more comfortable to hike in than jeans and an old t-shirt. Thankfully, companies like Columbia and Soybu have recognized that curvy gals (and bigger guys) want and need comfortable tech gear for outdoor adventures. 

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1. Columbia Plus Size Skiff Guide 3/4 Sleeve Top

2. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank

3. Columbia Plus Size Bahama Long Sleeve

4. Columbia Plus Size Back Beauty Boot Cut Pant

5. Columbia Plus Size Camp Henry Shirt

6. Soybu Plus Size Killer Caboose Crop Pant

7. Terramar Plus Size Short Sleeve Scoop Top

8. Columbia Plus Size Reel Beauty II Maxi Dress

9. Columbia Plus Size Splash A Little Rain Jacket

10. Big Agnes Chair Elite

11. High Sierra Piranha 10L Hydration Pack

12. Keen Whisper Sandal

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Breathable fabrics, moisture wicking and cooling fabrics with built in UPF? Yes, please! Thank you, Columbia, for the AMAZING fabric that is Omni-Freeze ZERO! Bags with built-in hydration systems with straps that do well on wider shoulders let you enjoy a longer hike, and chairs by Big Agnes pack light and small while holding up to 320 pounds, which means your little one can sit on your lap while you roast marshmallows together and make memories -- and s’mores!

Finally, we have the challenge of figuring out where to start when we want to get out more. For that, I recommend checking out the National Parks Service website.  Parks aren’t just in the wilderness; they’re all over, including the middle of some urban downtown areas. Not only is there planning information, but they are rock stars at rating their trails for hiking based on your ability, as well as for kids, stroller, and wheelchair accessibility.

Have a great time getting out and enjoying the great outdoors; if you’re rocking our anything featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see enjoying the great outdoors and rocking your Zappos looks!

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10 Great Looks for Your New Year's Eve Countdown

We’ve all made it to the end of the year -- well, ALMOST! I hope that your 2014 has been as amazing as mine has been, and that you are looking forward to the 2015 with a sense of hope, determination and purpose. To celebrate the end of this year and to get ready for a new one, you need something that makes you look as amazing on the outside as you are on the inside! Celebrating with friends and family is the best reason to put on your best party or cocktail dress and a pair of sassy heels to dance the night away as you welcome 2015.

Ladies, I bring you some fabulous looks for New Year’s Eve 2014. I hope that you spend your New Year’s Eve enjoying fabulous champagne, but more importantly, enjoying great company.  I look forward to sharing amazing, fabulous clothing, fashion and ideas with all of you in the New Year.

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1. Karen Kane Plus Size Silver Stud Dress

2. BB Dakota Plus Size Marloes Dress

3. Karen Kane Plus Size Metallic Knit Dress

4. Kiyonna Rumor Ruched Dress

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Sleeveless Studded Dress

6. Lysse Plus Size Hayden Dress

7. Kiyonna Soiree Evening Gown

8. Calvin Klein Plus Size Batwing Jumpsuit

9. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Banded Deco Dress

10. Gabriella Rocha Plus Size Jordyn Dress

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Dress Up: 12 Spring Dresses To Love

Every April since 1839, the Friday before the Crabbies Grand National at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England becomes the fabulous celebration of style known as the Aintree Ladies Day.  This early spring day is dedicated to three things: horseracing, fashion, and fun --much like our own Kentucky Derby in May, but much more fun and carefree than the more formal races at Ascot. 

Ladies from Liverpool and beyond flock to the races in amazing dresses and hats to watch the races and compete in the Aintree Ladies Day Style Contest that nets the winner a new car and a few thousand pounds in prize money. 

What's not to love about an excuse to get dressed up and feel feminine and fancy?  Spring’s cheerful palettes and soft fabrics combine with great lines and on-point trends in this collection of plus size dresses inspired by the well-dressed ladies of Aintree. 

Bright, tropical colors, modern florals and crisp whites were the themes of the day. Even the gentlemen dressed to match in bright, bold and whimsical prints. Hemlines ran the gamut, but the number one accessory was a great smile as women celebrated a day out with friends. 

There are only 16 days left until the Kentucky Derby! I hope the gorgeous dresses below inspire you to gather some good friends, maybe even a mint julep, for our own American celebration of style and horseracing with great dresses and of course, fabulous hats! 

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1. Donna Morgan Plus Size Julie Chiffon Dress

2. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size On The Boardwalk Dress

3. Fresh Produce Plus Size Sunburst Dress

4. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Seamed Sheath Dress

5. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Maxi Dress

6. Karen Kane Plus Size Funny Dot Cascade Wrap Dress

7. Alejandra Sky Plus Size Juissa Maxi Dress

8. BB Dakota Plus Size Hilary Dress

9. Rachel Pally Plus Spaghetti Wrap Dress

10. Calvin Klein Plus Fit & Flate Slim Pleat

11. Calvin Klein Plus Scalope Eyelet Dress

12. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Photoreal Fit & Flare Dress

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Shades of Grey: 9 Pieces that are Anything but Basic

The holidays are over, and your New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. Good for you! Was one of your resolutions to step outside of your fashion comfort zone?  Then the “shades of grey” trend may be just the right baby step for you!

I will admit that as a curvy girl, I have spent more time than I care to admit wearing black because it's considered “slimming”. Getting comfortable enough on my fashion feet to rock bright colors took a little while, and grey was one of the first steps for me. 

Grey is a fabulous color- it can be dark enough to still feel conservative and comfortable (and ok, slimming), while the lightest shades can feel much softer and brighter. Add in some textural details and patterns, and you will find grey is one amazing color!

Throw on a Michael Michael Kors faux fur vest, a great silver belt or jewelry, and you have another outstanding go-to in your fashion arsenal that is versatile but never boring! Beyond that, we're also lucky that grey is considered the new black, so there is an amazing selection of plus sized grey items to suit your personal style. These are just a few of my personal favorites!

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1. Vince Camuto Plus Size Celeste Stripe Tee

2. Karen Kane Plus Size Asymmetrical Knit Top

3. Calvin Klein Plus Size Sleeveless Open Lace Top

4. NYDJ Plus Size Metallic Sweater

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Chain Neck Fur Front Vest

6. Kiyonna Luna Lace Dress

7. Jag Jeans Plus Size Ricki Pull-on Legging

8. NYDJ Plus Size Audrey Ankle Pants

9. Columbia Plus Size Booty Cut Pant


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11 Colorful Picks to Chase Away Rainy Day Blues

“Rain, rain, go away!” seems to be the most common thing I am hearing from the lovely customers who call in to speak to us here at Zappos lately.  While some people are still getting snow (and my deepest sympathies), the majority of the country is currently enjoying plenty of April showers. 

Rainy days can be dreary and a drag, putting us all into a major funk. Science has proven that bright colors not only enhance our mood, but also brighten up the moods of those around us. 

With that in mind, this week I’m bringing you a collection of bright and cheerful pieces guaranteed to lift your spirits- and those of your friends, family and coworkers. I’ve also included some great pieces of rain gear. Hunter rainboots have a very generously cut calf and the range of colors almost makes you want to start puddle- jumping like a little kid again. Hunter umbrellas solve the age-old problem of not being able to see where you’re going when walking with an umbrella. And, as always, I am in LOVE with Columbia’s outdoor gear. Pair them with amazing pops of color, and you’re sure to chase those rainy-day blues away!

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1. Fresh Produce Plus Size Vintage Coffee House Tee

2. Marika Curves Alex Illusion Top

3. Pendleton Plus Size Vista Tunic

4. Columbia Plus Size EvaPOURation Jacket

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Paradise Orch Top

6. Marika Curves Camille Sharkbite Cardigan

7. Culture Phit Plus Size Danielle Wrap Romper

8. Hunter Original Moustache Bubble

9. Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots

10. NYDJ Plus Size Ariel Crop Eyelet

11. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size Tilt & Twirl Skirt

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