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Red Hot: 8 Looks to Love for Valentine’s Day

There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to celebrating the feast of St. Valentine: those who celebrate a holiday established alongside a feast day for a patron saint of love, engaged couples and marriage, and those who remind those people that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers and the plague. 

Regardless of which camp you fall into, one of the things that we often forget when the world and DeBeers are focusing on “love” in its commercial forms, complete with chocolate, roses and diamonds, is remembering to take a few moments to practice some self-love.

 

 

 

 

There have been multiple studies recently published that prove that low self-esteem (aka low levels of self-love) can contribute to a reduction of brain size by up to 20 percent, as well as memory skills. The silver lining, however, is that these studies also found that if we take the time to re-train our brains in how we think, we can reverse this atrophy and expand our brain size back to normal.  

Why is this important for a curvy girl? How often have we slipped and told ourselves that our worthiness is tied to our dress size? How many times have we come home from a frustrating day of shopping, where it feels like even socks don’t fit right, and berated ourselves for being useless, ugly and fat? How many of us trick ourselves with the armor of “It’s a holiday created by greeting card companies and florists” to cover up the frustration, pain and depression of feeling unworthy because we are single for yet another holiday?

 

 

 

 

Self-love and affirmation take many different forms, and just like the millions of beautiful women around this world, of all shapes and sizes, each one is unique. While many share the same starting point, there is something magical about the way that we can all take the same words, or the same dress, and create a powerful and unique story, both verbally and non-verbally. The simple phrase, “I approve of myself and feel great about myself” can end in so many powerful and world-changing ways. A little red number meant to remind us that we can be OK if we stand out, and to celebrate our self-love can be worn and styled and used to illustrate our individual stories in so many different ways; the most important ingredient is the love we have for ourselves.

So this year for Valentine’s Day, let’s not worry about whom we have. Rather, let’s celebrate the most important love we have in life — ourselves. 

 

 

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DRESS UP Why not dress up just for you and take yourself to a fabulous lunch or dinner — or order the best takeout you’ve ever had and spend a night in? Red is a color for destiny and power; find yours in these great ones by Kiyonne.  

 

 

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TOP IT OFF Red can be the color of blood, the color of a fire engine, or of a gorgeous Syrah wine that hits sweet and finishes with a strong and dark flavor.  Forget those shades of gray, shades of red are much more fun to experiment with. 

 

 

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FINISHING TOUCH If red and power hues aren’t your thing when it comes to your wardrobe, why not try little pops of color added to your staples, or a little valentine to yourself? Red shoes like these scream for a night of adventure, and these sweet little finishing touch earrings keep it simple, but remind you that love is what matters. 

 

 

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AT DAY’S END At some point, men began to think that women wear sexy lingerie and lace for them; we don’t mean to break their hearts by telling them that we wear it to feel amazing, feminine and girly, even when our daily lives may call for a really boring or seemingly masculine uniform. Underneath it all, and at the end of the day, the most important thing about self-love is about doing it for you, not for anyone else, even if that means lounging in comfortable and soft pajamas. 

 

So there you have it … eight great pieces when you’re feeling red hot and ready for love and adventure with that most important person of all — you! If you’re rocking out in any of the pieces shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW. We’d love to see your style! 

 

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8 Fabulous Pieces with Unlimited Possibilities

The crunch of leaves under your feet, the bright pops of red, yellow and orange donning the trees, and the cool nights and crisp scents are vital signs that point to autumn. It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks some folks will be waking up to frosty windows or snowflakes patting the ground. However, here in Las Vegas, jeans and boots are coming back out of winter storage, and the rest of the country is calling us wimpy for believing 70 degrees is cold.

There was once a time in my life when I used to look forward to fall weather, as it was my first chance to jump back into bulky sweaters or anything else that hid my size. These days, I look at it as a chance to embrace the parts I love while camouflaging the parts I don’t consider perfect.

As I’ve grown wiser, I’ve learned that every body is beautiful and that you don’t need to cater to other peoples’ sensibilities or avoid their opinions. Thanks to this lesson, I no longer hide behind my clothing. Instead, it’s a time for me to bring back my favorite looks and pieces that are downright uncomfortable in 100+ degree weather.

So without further delay, here are my top picks for a fabulous and fierce autumn. Enjoy!

 

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Hot Looks for Cooler Weather

Nothing says fierce like a moto jacket and, thankfully, this season is bringing back the grown-up punk look. Pair this staple with jeans for a casual look, or a great pencil skirt for a good-girl-gone-bad style infusion. For a more sophisticated take on staying warm and stylish, you can’t go wrong with a sweater cape — just make sure it doesn’t show your superhero cape underneath! 

 

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Beyond Your Basics

Jeans and leggings are fall classics, especially when paired with a fabulous pair of boots; faux leather calls out more of the moto-chic trend, and a girl can truly live in Levi’s. 

 

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A Little Unexpected

Fall is still a great time for the unexpected, like a great studded jumpsuit, or this very unexpected combination by Kiyonna; either one will definitely have you turning heads. 

 

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Pops of Color

Still a little shy about echoing the fiery hues of the trees around you head to toe? Rather, try out a little pop of color in footwear that will take you from this season to the next in style and in comfort! 

 

If you’re having a fabulous fall in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

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10 Must-Have Shoe Styles for Spring/Summer

As we eagerly await spring’s official arrival, it’s a good time to take a deeper dive into the shoes and sandals that are buzzing on every style enthusiast’s radar for the warm-weather months.

Below is a quick checklist of sorts to get you acquainted with spring & summer’s most noteworthy footwear styles:

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FLATS

D’Orsay Flats: We love this sleek version of the flat for the office or just adding a dose of refinement to our jeans and t-shirt combos.

Featured above: Nine West Deputy

 

Summer Booties: Opt for something short, simple and easy to mix and match with practically everything in your closet.

Featured above:  Eric Michael Ireland

 

Preppy Flats: Add instant polish to your style with simple, classic details like kiltie and moc toe stitching.

Featured above: Gabriella Rocha Kiltie Loafers

 

Espadrille Loafers: This laidback update to a timeless footwear staple is perfect paired with shorts and summer dresses.

Featured above: Soludos Smoking Slipper

 

Minimalist Ballerina Flats: For work or weekends, it’s hard to beat the utter versatility and feminine style of the streamlined flat.

Featured above: Nine West Mistyray

 

HEELS

Girly Block Heels: Add a little retro vibe with this superbly walkable style.

Featured above: Dune London Mahala

 

T-Straps: Whether on heels or flat sandals, this simple detail instantly elevates your look.

Featured above: Kenneth Cole Reaction Ava Crave

 

Wedge Booties: These on-trend alternatives to heels pairs well with just about anything.

Featured above: Blowfish Byte

 

Sexy Mules: Rethink your heels with this structural version of the timeless mule.

Featured above: Grey City Dwyer

 

Ankle Straps: Ladylike straps look fabulous with knee-length skirts & dresses.

Featured above: Steve Madden Stecy

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Zappos on Extra: The Nine West "Starter Husband Collection"

Our very own Cat Cook shares the hottest picks from the Nine West “Starter Husband Hunting” Collection with Extra's resident Trend Spotter Flynn Adams.

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Glance Spotlight: Shine On

With Christmas behind us, we're eagerly anticipating ringing in a new year and all the festivities that go along with it. What better way to kick of the party than with some high-shine, maximum-sparkle shoes?

These metallic flats really know how to steal the spotlight!

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Glance Spotlight: Ladylike Loafers

We love how the loafer instantly adds polish and refined style to our outfits! For a more interesting take on the classic women’s loafer, we’ve gathered up a few styles that offer great attention to detail with a nice feminine touch.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Watches for Him & Her

Give the gift of quality time this holiday season…literally! These great watches are the perfect practical-yet-stylish gift to put under the tree and they’re definitely destined to impress.

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For Him:

1. Skagen Classics Silver Mesh Band Watch

2. Nixon The Corporal Watch

3. Bulova Men’s Dress Watch

4. Citizen Watches Eco-Drive World Chronograph A-T Watch

5. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Sport Bezel Sport Watch

For Her:

6. Anne Klein Two-Tone Watch

7. Betsey Johnson Leopard Print Watch

8. Juicy Couture Beau Rectangle Watch

9. Nixon The Kensington Watch

10. Nine West Round-Face Watch

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Nine West Fall 2013 Boots

As a world-renowned name in fashion, Nine West has a knack for pin-pointing the most sought-after trends of the season. This is certainly no exception when it comes to their latest crop of fall boots!

Check out a handful of Nine West boots on our must-have list. From timeless basics to trend-setting styles, these boots have all our fall outfits covered! :

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1. Nine West "Maggie"

2. Nine West "Sabady"

3. Nine West "Mainstay"

4. Nine West "Aspida"

5. Nine West "Persephone"

6. Nine West "Counter"