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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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4 Brands Who LOVE (and flatter) Your Curves

I recently saw an amazing picture of a sign under a scale at a bariatric clinic in Denver that read: “This 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.” 

What an amazing and wonderful thing to see right next to one of the most dreaded devices known to womankind. No matter what our size, many of us spend a lot of time fretting over the numbers on the scale, rather than the numbers that really matter- the smiles we share every day, the hugs we give our friends and loved ones, or the hours we give to help others.

I personally spent years feeling that my value was directly related to the number on the scale. That is, until I learned to not only love my body for the miraculous things it is capable of. Over the years, I’ve also discovered some amazing plus clothing brands that truly understand that some women’s bodies are little more luscious and curvy than others- and do amazing things to flatter them.

There is nothing better than slipping into a fabulous piece by Kiyonna. Their cuts are amazing, the flow and feel of their fabrics are fabulous, and the fit flatters every curve while artfully camouflaging areas you might not want to flaunt.

JAG Jeans tops and bottoms utilize flattering cuts, great washes and amazing prints. I love their sophisticated take on denim that can be dressed up or down, all while defeating the dreaded muffin top! Their tops blend fabulous prints with light and airy fabrics that feel as good as they look.

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1. Kiyonna Promenade Top

2. NYDJ Plus Size Solid 3/4 Sleeve Pleat Back

3. Poppy & Bloom Spring Forward Dress

4. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size On the Boardwalk Dress

5. Kiyonna Wanderlust Wrap Top

6. NYDJ Plus Size Dora Skirt

7. Jag Jeans Plus Size Caley Pull-On Crop

8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Pull-On Skirt

I don’t think I can ever say enough nice things about NYDJ and their life-changing jeans and skirts.  Cut for curves and flattering for every “asset”, their bottoms are almost magical! My personal favorite feature is the knowledge that I can chase my minions around any playground in their jeans without ever worrying about bending or squatting and showing off my underthings to the other parents.

Finally, let’s talk Poppy & Bloom, a new addition to I am in total fashion lust with their gorgeous spring collection. From pinup-inspired pieces to office-ready skirts and dresses, you can’t help but feel both fierce and feminine in their clothing. They fit and flatter every curve while staying perfectly on trend.

I hope you’ll give these amazing plus fashion clothing brands a try! Their dedication to making women of all shapes and sizes feel and look fabulous is second to none, each having a great story to tell. 

If you’re rocking any of the amazing pieces you’ve seen here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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New Brand Spotlight: Marika Curves

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The Marika® Curves Collection is a line of activewear specially designed for full-figured women who never compromise comfort, excellent fit and great style. Each piece in the Marika Curves lineup is tailored to fit every curve. Designing fashionable, shape-enhancing athletic apparel for the busy lifestyle is their mission.

Whether it’s the yoga studio, the corner café or that much-anticipated beach vacation, Marika Curves helps to feel confident and comfortable so you can take on all of life’s great adventures!


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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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New Brand Spotlight: Kiyonna

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Since 1996, Kiyonna has been making plus-size women look and feel amazing. Known for creating designs a size 6 would love to wear, the stylish line of dresses, separates, and swimwear is exclusively available in sizes 0x (10-12) to 5x (30-32). Along with their amazing lace cocktail dresses, curvy hugging frocks, and chic pencil skirts, Kiyonna is also known for the love and pride they take in producing 100% of their collection in the USA.

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New Brand Spotlight: Rachel Pally Plus

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Rachel Pally’s signature look of easy elegance is now translated into a gorgeous plus-sized collection. Rachel Pally White Label boasts the same classic and wearable style of the original line, but cut to fit your curves in all the right places.From flowing maxi dresses to breezy blouses, their plus size collection speaks to the label's clean and timeless style.