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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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Moms Rock! 5 Looks for Every Amazing Mom

If you had told me when I was 25 that someday, I would be able to cook dinner (without burning anything), check homework, soothe a crying preschooler and fold laundry all at the same time, I would have laughed in your face.  Then, I became a mom and realized I could do that, as well as a few other things, all at the same time!

In the military, mom is known as the Commander in Charge of House; others refer to moms as the ultimate CEO or Project Management Professional.  Moms know where every sock, each can’t-live-without stuffed animal and each vital Lego piece can be found. Sometimes, while she’s focused on keeping everyone else organized and looking awesome, moms forget to make themselves look as amazing on the outside as they are on the inside. This week, our amazing Zappos Stylists have helped bring together some amazing looks from our great plus brands for the most amazing women of all- Moms.

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White Haute: 12 Hot Looks for Hot Days Ahead

Once upon a time, society dictated that no one wore white between Labor Day and Memorial Day of the next year, except for brides at weddings. Thank goodness those days are gone and we can now wear white year round without committing a major fashion faux pas!

White in all its subtle variations can’t help but leave you feeling cool, confident and ready to take on the world; after all, in American society, white represents purity, coolness, charity and perfection.

When everyone else is wearing shades of grey and black, white pops out to catch your eye. Add some great shoes , a great bag , and finish it all off with some amazing jewelry, and you’re ready for the next White Party, charity event, or afternoon out with your friends. 

Just remember that while rocking white anywhere anytime is generally okay, only the bride gets to wear it at most weddings!

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1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Crew Roll Sleeve Blouse

2. Kiyonna Afternoon on the Promenade Top

3. Marika Curves Sophia Keyhole Long Sleeve Top

4. Soybu Plus Size Reese Tee

5. Vince Camuto Plus Size Sleeveless V-Neck Top

6. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Split Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress

7. Rachel Pally Plus Size Quintana Dress

8.  NYDJ Plus Size Dora Skirt

9. NYDJ Plus Size Ariel Crop

10. Levi’s® Plus Size Bermuda

11. Jag Jeans Plus Paley Boot Leg

12. Lysse Plus Size Cotton Capri


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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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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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4 Brands Who LOVE (and flatter) Your Curves

I recently saw an amazing picture of a sign under a scale at a bariatric clinic in Denver that read: “This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity.  THAT’S IT.  It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength, or love.” 

What an amazing and wonderful thing to see right next to one of the most dreaded devices known to womankind. No matter what our size, many of us spend a lot of time fretting over the numbers on the scale, rather than the numbers that really matter- the smiles we share every day, the hugs we give our friends and loved ones, or the hours we give to help others.

I personally spent years feeling that my value was directly related to the number on the scale. That is, until I learned to not only love my body for the miraculous things it is capable of. Over the years, I’ve also discovered some amazing plus clothing brands that truly understand that some women’s bodies are little more luscious and curvy than others- and do amazing things to flatter them.

There is nothing better than slipping into a fabulous piece by Kiyonna. Their cuts are amazing, the flow and feel of their fabrics are fabulous, and the fit flatters every curve while artfully camouflaging areas you might not want to flaunt.

JAG Jeans tops and bottoms utilize flattering cuts, great washes and amazing prints. I love their sophisticated take on denim that can be dressed up or down, all while defeating the dreaded muffin top! Their tops blend fabulous prints with light and airy fabrics that feel as good as they look.

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1. Kiyonna Promenade Top

2. NYDJ Plus Size Solid 3/4 Sleeve Pleat Back

3. Poppy & Bloom Spring Forward Dress

4. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size On the Boardwalk Dress

5. Kiyonna Wanderlust Wrap Top

6. NYDJ Plus Size Dora Skirt

7. Jag Jeans Plus Size Caley Pull-On Crop

8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Pull-On Skirt

I don’t think I can ever say enough nice things about NYDJ and their life-changing jeans and skirts.  Cut for curves and flattering for every “asset”, their bottoms are almost magical! My personal favorite feature is the knowledge that I can chase my minions around any playground in their jeans without ever worrying about bending or squatting and showing off my underthings to the other parents.

Finally, let’s talk Poppy & Bloom, a new addition to Zappos.com. I am in total fashion lust with their gorgeous spring collection. From pinup-inspired pieces to office-ready skirts and dresses, you can’t help but feel both fierce and feminine in their clothing. They fit and flatter every curve while staying perfectly on trend.

I hope you’ll give these amazing plus fashion clothing brands a try! Their dedication to making women of all shapes and sizes feel and look fabulous is second to none, each having a great story to tell. 

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