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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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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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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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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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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 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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Cruisin’- 9 Plus Size Picks for An Amazing Spring Break

It's hard to believe that spring break is about to start, as well as the height of resort and cruise season--especially when I just looked through my Facebook feed, and almost all of my friends' pictures are of snow or comparison shots of their kids or dogs next to massive piles of snow. Or just…snow. 

With my role in the Zappos Customer Loyalty Team, I get to talk to people every day who are heading for warmer climes. Florida and the Bahamas seem to be the most popular places people are heading to this year to get out of the cold.

A change in latitude can be an amazing thing for the attitude, and there is nothing that makes you feel better, and gets you ready for spring and all its new beginnings, like a new wardrobe piece that is bright, colorful, and wonderfully feminine and flirty.

Try a fabulous dress in bright colors or a great new bathing suit that accentuates your best assets and makes you feel like Hollywood royalty. Armed with spring hottest bright hues, you will be ready for that warm weather when it finally arrives- or when you arrive to your snow-free destination!

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1. Rachel Pally Plus Size Mini Caftan Dress

2. Levi's Plus Size Bermuda Short

3. Jag Jeans Plus Size Caley Pull-On Crop Pants

4. Rachel Pally Plus Size Wide Legging Trouser

5. Tahari by ASL Plus Size Tammi Dress

6. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Block Print Pleated Dress

7. Badgley Mischka Plus Size Draped Front Mio One Piece

8. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Spring Poppy Flutter Top

9. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Kimono Cover Up

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Isn’t It Romantic?: Valentine's Day Picks to LOVE

It’s that time of year again, when love is in the air and everywhere you look, you see images of love. Some days, it almost makes you want to throw things at your television, right? I’m going to make a confession here. It took me a while to come to love and accept my body, and some days I still don’t like it.  I know that’s okay, because I also know that no matter what size I am, or how I feel that I look, every woman has something they wish they could change. In fact, did you know that more women would choose a million dollars over having Giselle’s body?  I’ve learned as I have gotten older (and maybe a little wiser) that the best love you can have is for yourself.   

Love your amazing smile? Share it with the world.  Have a sexy brain that rocks at Trivia Crack? Take it on dates to the library, museums or a great speaker series to give it more. Learning to embrace the hips that carried and bore my two amazing sons has been an amazing exercise in learning to self-love. I know I will never be a size 2, but I am a size happy and healthy, and that is what matters the most.

Once you have learned to love the amazing, wonderful and miraculous body that you have been given, there’s nothing more amazing than enhancing and celebrating it with clothes that make you look and feel amazing.  An amazing dress that flatters and fits and just makes you feel like the vixen goddess you that you are! Thank you, Kiyonna!

Craving soft and romantic pieces for those times you are feeling more Jane Eyre than Hester Prynne? I am in LOVE with DKNY apparel’s soft blush hues for spring.  Wear a uniform every day but still want to feel a little fierce under it all? Hanky Panky has you covered. Rock your wardrobe and body comfortably, love yourself, and you just might be inspired to do something special or unexpected for YOU! And that, my friends, is the true definition of romance!

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1. Kiyonna Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress

2. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Lace Back Top

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Long Sleeve Top w/ Chain

4. Columbia Plus Size Super Tamiami™ Shirt

5. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Lurex Top

6. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Pleated Slit Neck Sheath

7. Tahari by ASL Plus Size Lester Dress

8. Hanky Panky Plus Size Signature Lace Unlined Cami

9. Hanky Panky Plus Size Signature Solid Boyshort

10. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Plus Size Brushed Twill PJ Set

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