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Hello New Year, Goodbye Old: 8 Looks for NYE 2016

With two days left in 2015, I’m sure many of you are asking the same question that I am — where did the year go?

It’s been a wild and crazy year for myself and many others. Here at Zappos, we said goodbye to a large number of coworkers and hello to a brand new way of working and self-management (see Holacracy). And while it has not been easy, the results I’ve seen are amazing. I love coming to work knowing that nothing is going to be the same as it was yesterday, and facing every new set of challenges has led me to grow, both at work and at home.

This year, I had set the goal of running 12-5K races, a half marathon and competing in a Tough Mudder. Due to repeated injuries, those goals were not met, but I did complete six 5K races, three of them with my 6 and 9-year-old sons, and have helped them begin to establish wonderful lifelong, healthy habits.

 

 

 

 

I didn’t set new record lows for numbers on the scale or BLI, but I did establish good habits, became a healthier person and tried a lot of new things. Some of the things I’ve tried, I’ve loved (vegetarianism), some I didn’t think were great ideas, but I tried anyway after some research (raw foods), and other things I’ve fallen in love with as new ways to work out and push myself as a person and as an athlete (Scottish Highland Heavy Throwing). 

 

 

 

 

I read some amazing, life changing books that have pushed me to improve as a friend, mother and coworker (“Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown — Oprah was completely right, this woman is a genius, and you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you read it!). I even went on my first real date after some hard work on me. After all, we should all be OK being in a relationship with ourselves before we inflict ourselves on another human being, right? All in all, 2015 was a year to focus on self-improvement and moving forward with a positive outlook. 

I am really looking forward to welcoming 2016 in in style, and while I’m not sure which direction I’ll be going in when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve, I do know that I plan on looking fabulous no matter what I end up doing. So this week, I’m bringing you some of the finalists for my final look of 2015, and my first look of 2016, and hope that you love them as much as I do!

 

 

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BRIGHT & SHINY Let’s face it, all black is overdone sometimes — in a sea of black, why not stand out in bright colors and a little bit of shimmer as you declare this the year of you?

 

 

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LEATHER & LACE There is something very empowering about mixing something as feminine as lace with something as fierce and powerful as a leather-look legging. Add in great jewelry, fierce heels, a red lip and well… watch out 2016, here we come!

 

 

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AULD LANG SYNE A twist on the LBD or a pop of feminine lace and an unexpected color? Simple, elegant and classic are always a great trifecta for any special occasion. As always, don’t forget amazing heels and a great clutch.

 

 

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"GILTY" PLEASURE One of my greatest memories of NYE as a kid was watching Dick Clark and loving all the amazing, glittering evening gowns. When Swarovski redid the ball in Times Square, I was in heaven. Glitz, glam and a touch of shine … what’s not to love?

 

So there we are, the best looks to end and begin a year.  If you’re welcoming in 2016 in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!

 

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Dressed to Thrill

While I am not the girliest of girls, I do appreciate a night of dressing up and seeing my friends and coworkers in something other than the jeans and sweaters that I see them in every day. Our Customer Loyalty team recently had a good old-fashioned formal evening here in Las Vegas, and it was amazing to see how our guys looked in suits, and how our gals looked in evening gowns and updos instead of ponytails and yoga pants. 

I guess that is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season, going to holiday parties and celebrating the year we’ve had together, and looking forward to the next. The sparkle and shine, the laughter and, of course, the dancing all make the season that much brighter as we celebrate the hard work we’ve put in with friends, family and coworkers.

This week, I’m happy to bring you a selection of great pieces for when you’re dressed to thrill. Enjoy your holiday season, and may your nights be merry and bright!

 

 

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SHORT & SASSY Beaded or not, show a little leg and a lot of attitude while you dance the night away with your friends; add a simple black clutch and great heels, and you’ve got a look that works for holiday parties and ringing in the New Year.

 

 

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NOT-SO-BASIC BLACK Some people say black is boring- not when you remix the classic LBD.  As always, accessorize to bring the level up or down, and you can get the most mileage out of an old standard.

 

 

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BLACK TIE PREFERRED Feeling fancy? Add a little bling and a lot of class in these great looks that work for a serious black tie affair; keep the accessories simple and let your smile be the brightest jewel of the evening.

 

 

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SOMETHING DIFFERENT Sometimes, it is just too cold for a skirt- or skirts just really aren’t your thing.  Let your personality shine through even when you have to dress up, or sparkle and shine like the lights of the season in a bold metallic.

 

If you’re celebrating the season in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

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School Daze: 12 Looks for Back-to-Cool

As much as we all hate to face it, summer is almost at an end, which means the start of a new school year, new classes, new teachers and best of all, updated clothes, shoes and bags! 

I loved and hated going back to school when I was younger. The latter reason was because, at that time, there seemed to be this weird belief in the fashion industry that if you were a curvy girl you wanted to look like a 45-year-old woman who dressed for a very dull office environment. I skillfully dodged cameras most of my middle and high school career unless I was wearing something I had designed and made myself. Thankfully today we have great designers who know that curves come on women of all ages and lifestyles. And with that, they bring us young, fun and funky pieces that hug and flatter those beautiful curves this fall.  

What are some of the hottest trends for back to school this year? Trendy jeans in skinny and boot cuts, tunics in soft fabrics that feel as amazing as they look, and hi-lo hem dresses that can be dressed up or down in a variety of ways. Furthermore, we’ve got updated plaid button-downs (in fabrics other than flannel!), rompers, cardigans and, of course, basic tees in silky-smooth cottons. Mix these with great outerwear in warm fall colors, on-trend boots, and a stylish alternative to the traditional backpack. That’s it — you’re ready for a great school year! 

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  1. DKNY Jeans Batik Print Romper
  2. BB Dakota Gaston
  3. Karen Kane Long Sleeve Hi Lo Dress
  4. Marika Curves Mix Up Tunic
  5. Vince Camuto Serengeti Cinched Waist Rumple Anorak
  6. Columbia Camp Henry™ L/S Shirt
  7. Terramar Short Sleeve Scoop Top W8790W
  8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Erin Cuffed Ankle in Khaki
  9. Levi's® 315™ Shaping Bootcut
  10. Levi's® Mid Rise Skinny
  11. Herschel Supply Co. Market
  12. Steve Madden Exclusive - Damiannn

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Inspired By: One of the Boys

Holding your own in a man’s world can sometimes mean as simple as looking better in their closet staples than they do! We love this week’s street style inspiration for just that reason—it’s tough and inspired by menswear without losing any of its head-turning appeal. Move over, boys!

Check out our take on this sharp outfit:

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1. BB Dakota "Korina" Jacket

2. BB Dakota "Tulane" Top

3. Kangol Lite Felt Player Hat

4. Free People Solide Easy Pleat Pant in Black

5. Steven "Burk"

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Inspired By: Hot Ticket

If you didn’t quite make it to Indio these past couple of weekends, no worries, festival season is still in full effect. Not only is the season of music fests heating up, so is the weather! That’s right, time to put those cutoff shorts on heavy rotation!

Today’s street style inspiration is a lovely example of how to infuse some girly style while still looking (and staying) effortlessly cool well into the heat of summer.

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1. BCBGeneration Jelly Crossbody

2. BB Dakota “Aline” Top

3. MINKPINK “Sugar Magnolia” Denim Shorts

4. DV by Dolce Vita “Atara” Sandals

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Lucky You: Great Looks to Make Them Green with Envy

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Ireland’s unique history and culture celebrated by both the Irish (and those who wish they were!) all over the world. Revelers as far back as the 1680s believed that wearing green clothing made one invisible to leprechauns and fairy creatures, and thus they would be saved from the painful pinches these creatures would bestow on those they could see. In later years, revelers took it upon themselves to pinch those not wearing green, just in case there were no leprechauns around to do it!

These days, we celebrate being Irish (or wanting to be Irish) with green beer, good whiskey, parades, and if we’re really lucky, attending a good cèilidh where we can do all of the above while dancing and drumming the night away. Of course, you’ll want to have an amazing green outfit and gorgeous green accessories to keep those pinches away. Why not look fabulous while hiding from mischievous leprechauns!

I’ve gathered a few great pieces this week to hide you from the wee folk and maybe make a few Irish eyes smile upon ye. Here’s to an amazing and fun St. Patrick’s Day for all! Enjoy amazing company, great food and maybe even some good Irish whiskey. Sláinte!

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1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Crew Neck Roll Shirt

2. Vince Camuto Plus Size Short Sleeve Artful Strokes Shift Dress

3. Alex and Ani Lucky Clover Charm Bangle

4. DKNYC Plus Size Side Ruched Blouse

5. Columbia Plus Size Zero Rules Shirt

6. Columbia Plus Size Just Right™ Straight Leg Pant

7. House of Harlow 1960 Classic Station Necklace

8. Furla Lotus Large Carryall Tote

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Inspired By: The New Hippie

Few eras in history have had the kind of enduring influence on fashion like the groovy ‘60s. One look around any music festival and it’s clear to see that the “flower power” vibes are alive and well.

Today’s iterations of the hippie lovechild look are definitely less about walking barefoot through fields of flowers and more about taking that carefree spirit and translating it in today’s diverse fashion landscape.

Check out our take on the ever-popular bohemian look below:

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1. Free People “Every Day” Top

2. Ray-Ban Original Aviator in Matte Gold/Green Mirror

3. Lucky Brand “Loredo” Crossbody Bag

4. Circus by Sam Edelman “Holt” Ankle Boots

5. BB Dakota “Joey” Shorts

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Dress Up: 12 Spring Dresses To Love

Every April since 1839, the Friday before the Crabbies Grand National at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England becomes the fabulous celebration of style known as the Aintree Ladies Day.  This early spring day is dedicated to three things: horseracing, fashion, and fun --much like our own Kentucky Derby in May, but much more fun and carefree than the more formal races at Ascot. 

Ladies from Liverpool and beyond flock to the races in amazing dresses and hats to watch the races and compete in the Aintree Ladies Day Style Contest that nets the winner a new car and a few thousand pounds in prize money. 

What's not to love about an excuse to get dressed up and feel feminine and fancy?  Spring’s cheerful palettes and soft fabrics combine with great lines and on-point trends in this collection of plus size dresses inspired by the well-dressed ladies of Aintree. 

Bright, tropical colors, modern florals and crisp whites were the themes of the day. Even the gentlemen dressed to match in bright, bold and whimsical prints. Hemlines ran the gamut, but the number one accessory was a great smile as women celebrated a day out with friends. 

There are only 16 days left until the Kentucky Derby! I hope the gorgeous dresses below inspire you to gather some good friends, maybe even a mint julep, for our own American celebration of style and horseracing with great dresses and of course, fabulous hats! 

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1. Donna Morgan Plus Size Julie Chiffon Dress

2. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size On The Boardwalk Dress

3. Fresh Produce Plus Size Sunburst Dress

4. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Seamed Sheath Dress

5. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Maxi Dress

6. Karen Kane Plus Size Funny Dot Cascade Wrap Dress

7. Alejandra Sky Plus Size Juissa Maxi Dress

8. BB Dakota Plus Size Hilary Dress

9. Rachel Pally Plus Spaghetti Wrap Dress

10. Calvin Klein Plus Fit & Flate Slim Pleat

11. Calvin Klein Plus Scalope Eyelet Dress

12. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Photoreal Fit & Flare Dress

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