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Curvy Style Staples: 8 Pieces Every Girl Needs

We always hear about fashion staples, but what exactly does that mean? The basic answer is something that is versatile and can be worn in many different ways, with the classic example being the LBD (little black dress). Staples are items that never really go out of style, and ensure that no matter what the situation that comes up, you are always able to reach into your closet and pull out the perfect outfit for the occasion.

Having the perfect eight staples on hand is a necessity, especially for curvy girls. Why? Simple — how many times have we skipped out on something because we felt like we didn’t have the perfect thing to wear, or how many times have some of us worn something to an event that didn’t quite fit, or was uncomfortable? How many times do we hide in the back of group shots because we’re not feeling amazing and fabulous in our clothes? Staple pieces are an investment not only in our wardrobes, but ourselves.

There are so many times that we tell ourselves, “I’ll do this when I lose the weight, when I can get into this size, when I can…” Recent events have reminded me of one of the greatest maxims in life — we are never promised tomorrow. So we can either choose to enjoy and live today, investing in ourselves by getting the clothes, the shoes, the external trappings that make us feel like the amazing, beautiful and confident goddesses we are, or we can stay home and miss out on life. 

The number on the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength or love. The same thing goes for the number on the tag inside your clothing. If you need a number to focus on, how about the number of times you laugh with your friends at events, the number of times you hug your kids on a daily basis, or the number of times you try new things? Those are the numbers that matter, and those are the numbers that give meaning to our lives.  

I’m happy to share with you a few of the staples; don’t forget to add in a great black pump, a fabulous black suit (tailored to fit you perfectly, of course!) and a fabulous strappy sandal, and you’re ready to conquer anything! 

 

 

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BOTTOMS UP Start with a great bottom, and the rest can be mixed and matched for success! Some days I’m a skirt girl, but most often you’ll find me in pants; having great pieces to choose from means I can build my ensemble for the day based on my morning mood. 

 

 

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TOP IT OFF A classic button-down and a great jacket can dress up a business casual event. Top it off with jeans for a little bit of flair, or go over a cami as versatile jacketing when the days are warm. 

 

 

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DRESS YOU UP A little black dress is, of course, the number one staple for every wardrobe. Add in a great day dress and you’re ready for the office or an afternoon wedding. 

 

 

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FINISHING TOUCH A signature wrap and evening clutch ensure you always have the right pieces on hand to complete your look with a heavy dash of your own personal style. These ones by Chan Luu are possibly the softest things I have ever touched that were not a baby, and Vivienne is, well … a goddess of style, just like you. 

 

So here are the basics, and the basic splurges, that every woman should have. If you’re rocking out in any of the pieces shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

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Gifts for your BFF

This Sunday, August 3rd is International Friendship Day, a lesser-known, but nonetheless important day to honor the BFF (best friend forever) and the absolute necessity of this thing we call friendship. 

So why not invite your BFF, a long-lost friend or that college buddy you’ve been meaning to catch up with, for coffee or brunch this Sunday?

Even better, show them a little token of appreciation with one of these lovely “just because you’re awesome” gifts below.

Cheers to life-long friendships!

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1. Chan Luu 3-Pack Paper Friendship Bead Bracelets

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere & Silk Blend Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Best Friends Set of 2 Charm Bangles

4. Dogeared “Best. Friend. Ever.” Pyramid Heart Necklace

5. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh Spray

6. Archipelago Botanicals Mason Jar Candle

7. Dogeared “Pearls of Friendship” Necklace

 

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9 Must-Haves in Spring/Summer Accessories

If variety is the spice of life, then this season’s hot and trending accessories must be equivalent to some cayenne pepper in your lemonade! As we eagerly approach spring and summer, the latest crop of must-have accessories like retro sunglasses, statement jewelry and vibrant scarves, take us out of winter’s chill and into a promise of many warm, sunny days ahead.

It’s amazing what the addition of the right accessories can do for an outfit. Is your basic dress feeling a bit ho-hum? Throw on a straw fedora to instantly add a cool vibe! Is your sleek ponytail in need of some extra pop? How about a pair of bright statement earrings to liven up your entire face? Even your swimwear could use some extra sizzle this spring. One of the sexiest accessories on our radar is the body chain. You can wear it over a top (as shown above), or heat things up at the pool by draping it over your tanned bikini bod. Pure summer perfection!

Check out these and a few more of our most buzzworthy, can’t-live-without accessories trending now!

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1. Chan Luu Brass Beaded Body Chain

2. Vince Camuto Paradise Scarf

3. BCBGMAXAZRIA Solid Straw Pom Cap

4. Echo Design Ombre Poncho Cover Up

5. Echo Design Waterfall Blocks Silk Dress Cover Up

6. Le Specs Wild Child Sunglasses

7. Brixton Leighton Fedora

8. Lacoste White Goa Watch

9. Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Earrings

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On Our Favorites: Enamored Embroidery

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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Free People “In the Free World” TopFrom the sheer, flouncy hem to the romantic floral embroidery, this airy top is the ultimate in girly-boho style.

Chan Luu 3 Pack Woven Friendship Bracelets w/ CrystalsWe love a good bracelet stack, and these colorful friendship bracelets have that “bought during an exotic vacation” vibe that will fit nicely with any arm party!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

There’s no better time to wear pink proudly than the month of October! Show your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these lovely pink picks:

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1. GUESS Interchangeable Strap Watch

2. Vera Bradley "Monica" Reader in Ribbons

3. Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Collection 2013-"Pink About It"

4. Stila Breast Cancer Awareness #1 Cheek Palette

5. Chan Luu Breast Cancer Ribbon Bracelet

6. Manduka Breast Cancer Awareness rSkiddless® Yoga Mat by yogitoes®

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Jewelry for your BFF!

Friendship Day is August 4th!

Where would be without our BFFs? They know our secrets; they listen to our problems, and are with us through the ups and downs. This Sunday, celebrate your best friend on National Friendship Day by giving her a token of appreciation for all those late night conversations, window shopping sessions and chick-flick marathons.

These adorable jewelry picks are a great way to commemorate your friendship in style! :

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1. Juicy Couture Key & Padlock Ring Duo

2. Emily Elizabeth Jewelry "All Aboard" Necklace Trio

3. Chan Luu 2-Pack Friendship Bracelets

4. Chan Luu 3-Pack Friendship Bracelets

5. Juicy Couture Heart & Key Necklace Duo

6. Dogeared Jewels "Pearls of Friendship" Necklace

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Watches & Jewelry

Mark your calendars; Mother’s Day is May 12th!  Why not give mom little tokens of love and appreciation with beautiful watches and jewelry? These great gift choices are perfect for showing mom just how precious she is to you.

Check out some of our picks for dear mom:

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1. La Mer Roman Sapphire Crystal Wrap Bracelet Watch, 2. Betsey Johnson Gold Crystal Watch, 3. Betsey Johnson "Walk in the Park" Baby Carriage Long Necklace,

4. Chan Luu Amazonite Vetiver Mix Bracelet, 5. gorjana XO Cuff Bracelet, 6. DKNY Silver Crystal Watch,

7. Juicy Couture Pave Teardrop Earrings, 8. House of Harlow 1960 Five-Station Leather Necklace, 9. Kendra Scott "Danielle" Earrings

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Winter Whites: Join the "Light" Side!

White is a color that a lot of women find somewhat tricky to wear, yet when done right, can be utterly flattering. As we see the light at the end of the tunnel from a barrage of deep, dark fall colors, now is prime time to infuse a little pristine white into your wardrobe! It’s easier than you might think.

Read more below for some tips to keep your look chic instead of clinical:

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1. BCBGMAXAZRIA Nydia Cutout Tank, 2. Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Clutch, 3. DL1961 Angel Ankle Skinny in Milk, 4. Chan Luu White Mix Wrap Bracelet, 5. 7 For All Mankind Kimmie Short Bootcut in Clean White, 6. Mara Hoffman Lattice Strapless Dress

*Accessorize with splashes of white. Try a clutch, statement necklace or a wrap bracelet done in white stones.

* Winter white doesn’t just mean stark white! Opt for variations of egg shell, vanilla or light beige if you’re looking for something less bright.

* Play with textures. When going for a monochromatic look, add some interest with white pieces in rich fabrications such as wool, cashmere, chunky knits and faux fur. This gives lots of dimension to a head-to-toe white ensemble.

*Opposites attract. The timeless pairing of white and black can create bold drama to your look. Try pairing a white shift dress with a pair of patent black heels for a great juxtaposition of light and dark.

*White jeans tend to scare off a lot of women. The trick is getting the fit right. If your legs are on the thin side, go for a skinny or straight fit that hits at the ankle to create the illusion of shape. If you’ve got fuller legs, you can still rock a white jean, but opt for a wider leg or a boot cut to slim and lengthen your overall leg line.