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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

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The Style Edit: One Denim Jacket, Three Ways

There’s no all-American staple quite like the classic denim jacket. Its iconic relaxed style is more versatile than ever before, thanks to its recent resurgence. There are plenty of fresh, modern versions of this beloved classic out there to incorporate into your wardrobe right now!

Seize the opportunity to get creative with your denim jacket with these three stylish layered looks:

Denim jacket with fur vest, skinny jeans and boots

A faux fur vest adds some serious glamour to the denim jacket. Instantly perk up the look with a statement necklace and opt for a knee-high lace-up boot with a stacked heel.

Denim jacket with a plaid shirt and leather jacket

Give the denim jacket an edgy twist with the simple addition of a moto jacket layered over an oversized plaid shirt. A pair of faux leather leggings turns up the edge factor even more!

Denim jacket draped over a tuxedo blazer and turtleneck for a refined update!

This tailored take on the denim jacket is perfect for a night out or the office. By taking refined separates like a black blazer and adding in a casual spin, you're getting a whole new way to rock a timeless classic!

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Wonderful Tonight: 8 Looks to Rock Your Holiday Parties

Can you believe that 2014 is almost over?  Last year at this point, like many people, I was yearning for the end of 2013. I do not know anyone who had a good year in 2013, and we were all looking forward to 2014 with hope and a sense of “Whew! I survived!” In contrast, 2014 has been a year of new loves, new books, new jobs, new family members, and a multitude of other reasons to celbrate for almost everyone I know.

What were your goals this year? Did you keep any of your resolutions? I am proud to say that I did. I ran my first 5K, spent as much time outside with my kids as I did inside, and actually put money into my savings account- which is a LOT harder than it seems when you work around fabulous clothing and shoes all the time!

The end of the year is a time of introspection and celebration with friends and family. We spend time with family, coworkers and friends, old and new, reflecting on our accomplishments and setting the bar for  next year’s achievements. As we celebrate, we want our outside to show just how we feel on the inside- powerful, strong, prepared and fabulous.  

With that in mind, this week I am excited to bring you looks to make you feel "wonderful tonight", ready to rock your curves while celebrating you and all that you have accomplished this year. All these fabulous party looks need is one or two glam accessories, a cute bag, and of course, GREAT SHOES (trust me; I know an awesome place to find them!) to complete the look and have you ready to celebrate. 

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1. Kiyonna Screen Siren Lace Gown

2. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Kimono Sleeve Lace Dress

3. Kiyonna Valentina Illusion Dress

4. DKNY Plus Size Gold Embellished Shoulder Draped Dress

5. BB Dakota Plus Size Teo Dress

6. Tahari by ASL Plus Size Eason Dress

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Chain Strap Jumpsuit

8. Lysse Plus Size Marais Dress

 

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Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous: 6 Looks from the Zappos Plus Runway

I love my job.

I know that is not something a lot of people say, and I count my blessings each and every time I say that. Here at Zappos, we get to have a lot of amazing experiences, including llamas and mini horses coming to visit, margarita machines in the café, karaoke in the lunchroom, and events where designers and brands come to educate our Customer Loyalty Team about their products.

When you call in and speak to one of the amazing "Agents of WOW" on the phone, you are speaking to someone who not only is friendly and cheerful, but has also had pretty extensive training on common foot issues, troubleshooting for fit, and specifics of certain brands and materials!

In November, our incredible Plus buyer, Anna, and her team put on the very first Zappos Plus Fashion Event here on campus.  Highlights of the day included meeting representatives from BB Dakota, Kiyonna, Rachel Pally, NYDJ, and a new brand joining the Zappos family in the spring, Mynt 1792, as well as a fashion show where we featured many of the amazing plus brands we carry. The runway featured a gorgeous gathering of our employees modeling some of the hottest styles in plus size fashion.

Below are a few of the supermodel styles we worked on the Zappos catwalk. These stylish pieces will have you ready to work it and look fierce well into the new year!

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1. NYDJ Plus Size Metallic Leather Tweed Jacket

2. NYDJ Plus Size “Georgette” Blouse

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Leather Sleeve Buckle Cardigan

4. Vince Camuto Plus Pleated Batwing Sleeve Fold Over Blouse

5. BB Dakota Plus Size “Ciel” Dress

6. NYDJ Plus Size “Sheri” Skinny Coated Denim


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Next week, I will bring you the rest of the collection- gorgeous plus size holiday dresses and cocktail dresses that will have you ready to stand out and turn heads at all those gatherings!

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Come Fly With Me: 9 Packable, Mixable, Match-able Pieces

The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally known as the busiest travel day of the year, filled with insane scheduling and stress as we fly in and out of our favorite places.

One of the biggest challenges of travelling for the holidays, besides implementing a strategy for avoiding all the uncomfortable questions from your family about your love life (or lack thereof), your career (or lack thereof), and avoiding crazy Aunt Agnes, is packing a wardrobe that is appropriate for all the family gatherings, while still having a great outfit to wear out when the crew of friends that you’ve known since childhood decides to meet up for “Catch-Up Cocktails”. 

So, in honor of the upcoming Turkey Day festivities, I bring you a sampling of some amazing, packable items that mix and match perfectly, so you can pack in a carryon and avoid baggage fees.

Many of these styles are from Zappos’ own amazing private label (exclusive) brands. These pieces will all pack fabulously and are ready to wear fresh out of the bag! Pair them with a basic bootie, add a great necklace, and you are ready to rock it out.

I wish you all safe travels and the best of times celebrating with family and friends!

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1. Gabriella Rocha Plus Size “Kaylee” Dress

2. Gabriella Rocha Plus Size “Jordyn” Lace Dress

3. Culture Phit Plus Size “Lea” Short Sleeve Maxi

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Cowl Neck Top

5. Culture Phit “Lara” Modal Top

6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Ellensburg Boatneck Dress

7.  NYDJ Plus Suze “Sherri” Skinny Coated Denim

8. Calvin Klein Plus Size Flyaway Sweater Vest

9. BB Dakota Plus Size “Cosima” Sweater

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Spice Up Your Life: 9 Pieces to Color Your World for Fall

Thanksgiving is coming, and we all know what that means- family, friends and lots of amazing food! Cornbread stuffing with sage, candied sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar that becomes a beautiful caramel sauce in the oven, fresh cranberry and orange compote, roasted Brussels sprouts and green bean casserole, and of course, the rich deep orange of a silky pumpkin pie-- all go perfectly with that gorgeous turkey, golden brown and fresh from the oven. Just thinking about it makes me hungry, even during "pumpkin spice everything" season!   

The palette of our Thanksgiving table, thankfully, also translates fabulously to fall fashion, reminding us of cozy moments with friends and family, surrounding us in warmth and comfort just as they do. Beautiful sage greens, rich cinnamon reds, turmeric yellows, nutmeg browns, caramels, orange in all its rich and warm varieties, all play a huge part in this fall's "spice trail" trend. As do lush fabrics like plush velvets and warm suede. Add in the fabulous variety of patterns, a great hobo bag and a shawl... and voila! You're ready to take on late fall!

This week for Well Rounded Wednesday I am excited to bring you a palette to entice your palate!  These rich, spicy hues will be as complementary to your fall wardrobe as gravy is to mashed potatoes.

I hope you savor these as much as I do for their beauty, style, and best of all, their comfort!

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1. TWO by Vince Camuto Plus Size Jersey “Saturday” Shirt

2. NYDJ Plus Size Scarf Print Blouse

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Mixed Print Stud Neck Top

4. Tahari by ASL Plus Size “Jake” Dress

5. Rachel Pally Plus Size Printed Long Caftan Dress

6. rsvp Plus Size “Harper” Ruffle Arm Dress

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Stretch Corduroy Leggings

8. Jag Jeans Plus Size “Peri” Pull-on Straight-Leg Jeans

9. Kiyonna Perfect Pullover Bellini

 

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 9 Fine Pieces to Keep You Warm

Happy Well-Rounded Wednesday!

I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where this time of year meant 3 things:

  1. Football Friday Nights- Texas may think they have the market cornered on high school football fandom, but I think real fans fight frostbite to watch their team... when the snow stops blowing emough that you can actually SEE the field from the stands.
  2. Harvest Festivals- Apple cider, pear cider, peaches fresh off the tree, candied apples, and apple goodies galore, hay rides, corn mazes, and hot cider by a bonfire with your friends. Who can ask for anything more?
  3. Scuffing my feet through huge piles of leaves in friend’s yards or on the paths in the park (but not out in the woods, because that’s where everyone was hunting!)

These days, I make my home in Las Vegas, where there are still Apple Festivals (I’ve discovered apple donuts out here- BEST THING EVER!), Football Friday Nights, and with a bit of a drive to Mt. Charleston, leaves to play in with my kids.

This time of year also means new fall and winter gear. Now, every curvy girl knows that finding outerwear can be a real challenge- not only does it have to keep us warm, it also has to look cute, have a generous cut in the sleeve to allow for thicker arms covered by cozy sweaters, but it has to do all of this while NOT making a girl look like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Woman.  

Lucky for me, I’ve found some AMAZING pieces below that all do just that. So today, I share them with you! Have a great week!

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1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Zip Pocket Leather Jacket

2. Columbia Plus Size Bugaboo Interchange Jacket

3. Levi's® Plus Size Trucker Denim Jacket

4. Pendleton Plus Size Belted Shirt Jacket

5. Jessica Simpson Plus Size Quilted Faux Leather Moto Jacket

6. Jessica Simpson Plus Size Coat

7. Pendleton Plus Size Walker Coat

8. Columbia Plus Size Kaleidescope II Jacket

9. NIC + ZOE Plus Size Windfall Twirl Jacket

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We Love Wedges!

When it comes to heels, wedges have always been a walkable, super-versatile favorite of ours. There are so many wedge types out there to fall in love with, from sky high for nights out to moderate and comfy for work.

Below is a sampling of a few of our current favorites in stylish wedge boots & shoes!

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1. Frye “Regina” Wedge

2. VOLATILE “Arlington”

3. Franco Sarto “Octagon”

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors “Aileen”

5. ASH “Blade”

6. Lucky Brand “Yoanna”

7. Pikolinos “Amsterdam”

8. Dirty Laundry “Valerie”

9. Steven “Base”

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