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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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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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10 Plus Size Picks to Chase the Winter Blues Away

This past week, the only word most people can use to describe what’s going on outside is "freezing". That pesky groundhog saw his shadow, so here we are in the last grips of winter -- and old man winter sure wants to remind us he’s still here!

This is the time of year a lot of people get hit by the “winter blues”. This year, instead of letting the weather and the grey days get you down, why not do something to help light up your life?  Volunteer for a worthwhile cause! This time of year, it's hard to find people to walk all those adorable dogs at the local shelter- and you might just meet the new furry love of your life! Try something new with friends, or plan a “Go Away Winter” party, decorate with a tropical theme and sip margaritas and drinks with cute little umbrellas while blasting summer-themed music. You could even take a class or workshop on joy & happiness, or just go see an amazing comic with friends and laugh the night away.

While chasing away the winter blues, why not do it all in some amazing shades of blue that will leave you feeling anything but? Blues in bright, fun hues are headlining a lot of looks this season-- from rich, deep navy to brilliant turquoise. These beautiful pieces in amazing shades of blue- are sure to help you chase those winter blues away!

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1. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Raglan Chiffon Blouse

2. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Denim Jacket

3. Kiyonna Ciara Cinch Dress

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Long Sleeve Boatneck Dress

5. Karen Kane Plus Size 3/4 Sleeve Pick Up Top

6. Calvin Klein Plus Size Zip Front Roll Sleeve Top

7. Calvin Klein Plus Size Print Kimono Top

8. Vince Camuto Plus Brushstrokes V-Neck Shirttail Blouse

9. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Classic Fit Skirt

10. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Soho Skinny Jeans

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Desk-to-Dinner Style: the Shift Dress & the Slouch Pant

It seems like we’re always singing the praises of a multitasking wardrobe, but it’s hard to ignore how certain indispensible pieces can radically streamline your busy lifestyle. And not to mention, they just make more budget sense! Who doesn’t like getting more bang for their buck?

We believe in investing in pieces that seamlessly go from office-appropriate to “I’m ready for a cocktail” just by swapping out a couple of elements. Two such pieces are the flattering shift dress and the comfy-yet-chic slouchy black pant. Both can easily be toned down for work or dressed up for a night out!

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The Shift Dress:

Throw on a classic trench and some chic loafers for the office, and switch off to a sleek moto jacket and sexy heels for a night out!

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[Featured styles:]

desk: DKNYC Dress with Ponte Piecing + Larry Levine Classic Luxurious Wool Walking Coat, Cole Haan "Ambrose" Skimmer, MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

dinner: DKNYC Dress with Ponte Piecing + MICHAEL Michael Kors Moto Jacket, Pour la Victoire "Vione" Heels, Vince Camuto Horn Clutch

 


The Slouchy Black Pant:

This wardrobe workhorse is as comfy as it is chic. Wear it with sleek black pumps to add a polished feel, or turn up the fun with a pair of fancy heels for the perfect off-duty style.

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[Featured styles:]

desk: Joie "Mariner" Pant + BCGMAXAZRIA "Kendel" Slim Fit Shirt, Rachel Zoe "Ambrosia" Pumps, Rebecca Minkoff Medium Mab Tote

dinner:Joie "Mariner" Pant + Amanda Uprichard Crossover Tank, Sanctuary Sleeveless Blazer, Joie "Cayla" Heels, House of Harlow 1960 Warrior Tiles Link Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Mini "Crosby" Crossbody

 

Bring the Fanny Pack Back!

Yes, you read right! It’s time to bring the fanny pack back. Let’s face it, this style isn’t going anywhere, so take it center stage and make it pop! The fanny packs of the past are completely different than today’s modern versions. Today’s assortment of styles and textures are endless. The fanny pack even has a new name, the belt bag (or waist bag, if you’d rather)!

Read on for some trend inspiration on how to rock the NEW fanny pack… I mean, belt bag…

The fanny pack, belt bag, waist bag, moon bag or whatever you’d like to call it, never really went away. There’s the runner you see on the street or the tourist grabbing their travel guide to ask directions, but let me show you just a few cool ways to wear it and turn those naysayers into fanny pack wearers!

Fanny packs are practical, convenient and trendy for those times when a spacious shoulder bag or that giant tote just won’t do, and you want something small, fresh and new. After all, our days are getting longer, so our loads need to be lighter.

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1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Veg Belt Bag

2. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Belt Bag

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Quilted Pocket Belt Bag

4. Ultimate Direction Meow Waist Pack

5. Nathan Triangle

6. Pacsafe Metrosafe Anti Theft Cross Body & Hip Pack

Are you athletic but want to add a chic twist? Grab the Nathan® Triangle fanny pack with an amazing design and vibrant color to wake up your style. It fits perfectly at the triangle of your back for comfort and it’s adjustable to make it just right for you. The nifty water bottle pocket makes staying hydrated on the go a total breeze.

A day on the beach is all about carefree relaxation. Carry your bare neccessities easily with the Ultimate Direction® Meow Waist Pack. Enjoy the functionality even while playing around with a beach ball or taking on the task of building a sand castle. The options are endless when your hands are free!

A spontaneous date night with your beau can have you feeling light, free, and oh so sexy. Try the sleek and seductive Elizabeth and James™ Cynnie Belt Bag to set the tone for your mood. The textured leather and compact style would pair perfectly over a solid colored body con or even a fitted, midi length, jersey knit dress. Take your pick.

Want to raise the bar on your travel attire? Flaunt the Pacsafe® Metrosafe Anti-Theft Cross Body & Hip Pack to boost your confidence (and security!) while you trot around the globe. Oh yea, and a bonus: it’s unisex.

You can even pop your collar in your professional ensemble with the polished MICHAEL Michael Kors™ Quilted Pocket Belt Bag. The smooth leather with quilted detail embodies the posh style you possess and won’t compromise your serious attitude.

What girl doesn’t love a jeans-and-tee kind of day? Up the ante on your go-to casual look with the cool and luxe MICHAEL Michael Kors™ Veg Leather Belt Bag. Luxury at its finest, the signature logo detail on the softly pebbled leather adds the fierce touch of a style to make your look inspirational…and hands free!

And there you have it! Whether you choose to call them fanny packs, belt bags, or waist bags, there’s no denying that this hands-free way to store your daily essentials is the freshest comeback in the wide world of bags.

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10 Perfect 10s (When You Ain’t No Size 2)

In honor of Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW), and for the inaugural Well Rounded Wednesday on the Zappos Blog, I hereby publicly admit that I have a massive girl crush on Meghan Trainor.

Only 20 years old at the time of this writing, Ms. Trainor has been writing songs since she was 11, produced her first tracks at 13, at 18 was signed a songwriting deal, writing for Rascall Flats and an assortment of Disney stars.  By now, most of us have heard her amazing body-love anthem “All About That Bass”- and celebrated that amazing line “Cause every inch of you is perfect, from the bottom to the top.” Body acceptance and love are amazing things that we all struggle with some days- especially when we face the dreaded dressing room mirror.  Trainor says, "I wrote this song because I myself struggle with this concept of self-acceptance. It was written from a real place so I’m glad that other people can relate to it.”

Some days it can be a challenge to find clothing that compliments your body while being on-trend and in-style when you have hips, curves- and maybe a few extra inches from your bottom to your top.  So, for the inaugural Well Rounded Wednesday, I bring you 10 items that are Perfect 10’s when it comes to being on-trend and in style this season- even when you’re not a size 2.  

I hope you love these as much as I do, and they help you show on the outside how fabulous you feel-and are on the inside!

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1. Kiyonna Linden Lace Top

2. Culture Phit Plus Size Long-sleeve Top

3. BB Dakota Plus Size "Millie" Sweater

4. Rachel Pally Plus "Harlow" Dress

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Faux Wrap Dress

6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Zip Jumpsuit

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Zip Seamed Skirt

8. NYDJ Plus Ponte Trouser

9. Levi's® Plus 580™ Defined Waist Boot Cut

10. NYDJ Plus Size "Michelle" Premium Denim Trouser

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Your Summer Essentials: Michael Kors / The Jet Set 6 Collection

From weekend brunches to sunrise cruises to coastal getaways, summer is definitely a season that calls for fabulous footwear. And since it's the shoes that make the outfit, we’re totally smitten over the style-defining Jet Set 6 Collection by Michael Kors. From street-chic sneakers for exploring new cities to haute heels for beachside soirées, this ingenious collection of Michael Kors shoes has literally everything you need to build the ultimate warm-weather shoe wardrobe!

The Jet Set 6 Collection features six versatile footwear essentials every woman needs to pack no matter where in the world her travel itinerary takes her.

Watch the video below to see the gorgeous Lily Aldridge as she travels to sunny Rio de Janeiro with the Michael Kors Jet Set 6 collection in tow!

Meet the impeccable, round-the-clock styles from the Michael Kors Jet Set 6 Collection below!

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1. The Odessa Sandal- Go all out on your summer nights out! This exotic snake-print leather heel adds an extra dose of glamour to your little black dress, mini skirts, shorts & more. It’s like slipping on an instant pop of sizzling confidence as you strut your style on the dance floor!

 

2. The Somerly Wedge- This easy-to-wear neutral wedge sandal is a favorite go to for good reason! It elevates your more dressed-down ensembles and really does go with pretty much everything in your wardrobe—from airport to seaside dinner dates and back. A total warm-weather superstar!

 

3. The Kristen Kitten Heel- One of the season’s ultimate essentials is the chic white heel. This pretty pair lends the perfect ladylike style to your summer dresses and adds a pristine visual accent to summer’s bright and bold graphic prints.

 

4. The Irving Sneaker- A luxe twist to a casual essential, these white-hot kicks are perfect for running around town, sightseeing and shopping excursions! We love the pop of gold accents!

 

5. The Walton Ankle Boot- This neutral ankle boot is a must for any travel wardrobe! It gives chic, effortless style to anything you pair it with—from boho dresses to denim shorts.

 

6. The Metallic Jelly Sandal- Take your beachside (or poolside) style to a new level of fabulous with these gilded flat sandals. We can’t help but adore its high-shine metallic finish that adds instant glamour to all your swimwear and casual looks.

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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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