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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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If you’re wearing any of the styles we feature here on Well Rounded Wednesday, snap a picture and share it with us on Twitter and/or Instagram via #WellRoundedWednesday - we would love to see how you rock the look!

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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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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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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

 

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What to Wear: Mother's Day Brunch

This Sunday, we honor the most special lady in our lives, otherwise known as mom. There’s no better time to treat dear mom to a nice, relaxing brunch, put on your Sunday best, and remind her why she’s truly one of a kind!

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from our Polished brands for making Mother’s Day brunch a stylish occasion mom won’t soon forget:

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For Her:

1. Pendleton "Vista" Dress

2. Vince Camuto Keyhole Blouse + Vince Camuto Navajo Jacquard Skirt

3. NIC + ZOE "Fresh Fields" Tunic Top

4. KUT from the Kloth "Diana" Skinny in White

5. NYDJ "Gypset" Blouse + MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Linen Short

For Him:

6. Nautica Ramie/Cotton Button-Down Shirt + Vineyard Vines Classic Fit Seersucker Club Pant

7. Vineyard Vines Jersey Polo + Vineyard Vines Classic Fit Madras Breaker Short

8. Tommy Bahama Island Geo Camp Shirt + Tommy Bahama New Linen on the Beach Easy Fit Pant

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Great Gift Ideas for Mom

There are so many types of mom out there, but one thing remains constant—their unconditional love, constant support and advice make them more than deserving of a day entirely dedicated to them!

Even though mom will always defer to “it’s the thought that counts” when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, we have a few lovely "just-in-time-for-summer" gift ideas that she’s sure to adore.

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1. Alex and Ani Blue Raspberry Set of 5 Stack Bracelets

2. Vera Bradley Cosmetic Trio

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

4. Love Quotes Linen Hand Knotted Tassel Scarf

5. Alex and Ani “Like A Mother” Charm Bracelet

6. Dogeared “One for Your One for Me” Mother-Daughter Necklaces

7. San Diego Hat Company Floppy Sun Hat

8. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair Clutch

9. Hobo Zappos Exclusive Perforated “Lauren” Clutch in Mint

10. Michael Kors Collection Signature Mother’s Day Gift Set

 

Remember: Mother’s Day is May 11! Our shipping is fast & free—returns are free as well!

Visit our Gift Shop for even more Mother’s Day gift ideas!