View 492381182's profile

In Bloom: 12 Looks to Blossom In

I recently spent a weekend camping in the Kaibab National Forest, home to large herds of buffalo, and what my sons have termed “Vulcan Squirrels” (Kaibab squirrels have pointed ears, and yes, I’m raising my sons to be Trekkies). One of my favorite parts of the trip, other than hikes in and around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, was sitting on a sun-warmed rock with my sons at sunset and waiting for wildlife to appear in the meadow near our campsite. As we sat and waited, I found joy in watching waves of color move towards and away from us as the winds caressed the multitude of wildflowers in shades of yellow, purple, red, and blue, complemented by the myriad greens of the grasses surrounding them.    

Flowers are enigmas; we view them as delicate, but without flowers, there would be no life. Most of the foods we grow have a flower at some point in their growth cycle. Wildflowers fill the barren places with riots of color. Delicate orchids grow out of thin air high in jungle canopies and roses remind us that things that seem delicate can take care of themselves. Flowers have even been given their own language and code, declaring meanings beyond just being beautiful. 

Women are like flowers in much the same way; though some may appear similar, we all have deeper meanings and messages to share. Those who might appear to be helpless may in fact be highly-ranked martial artists and the furthest thing from helpless you’ll ever come across. 

One of the beautiful things about floral prints is just that, while the first impression may be of gentle femininity, they can still be considered fierce fashion- it all depends on who is wearing it and how they style it.  They allow the wearer’s personality to blossom and share their inner beauty with the world around them.

#curvygirls, #WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, Adrianna Papell, ash, DKNY jeans, feminine_floral_prints, floral, Kiyonna, michael michael kors, Mynt 1792, plus fashion, sperry top sider, spring step, Well Rounded Wednesday, zappos, Zappos Plus, Plus size fashion, plus size clothing, #curvygirls, #WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, Adrianna Papell, ash, DKNY jeans, feminine_floral_prints, floral, Kiyonna, michael michael kors, Mynt 1792, plus fashion, sperry top sider, spring step, Well Rounded Wednesday, zappos, Zappos Plus, Plus size fashion, plus size clothing, #curvygirls, #WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, Adrianna Papell, ash, DKNY jeans, feminine_floral_prints, floral, Kiyonna, michael michael kors, Mynt 1792, plus fashion, sperry top sider, spring step, Well Rounded Wednesday, zappos, Zappos Plus, Plus size fashion, plus size clothing,

1. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Tropical Print Tank Top

2. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Summer Floral Tee

3. Kiyonna Wanderlust Wrap Top

4. Kiyonna Valentina Illusion Dress

5. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Dress

6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Floral Top

7. Karen Kane Plus Size Monochrome Hi-Lo Dress

8. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Cutout Neckline Fit & Flare Dress

9. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Back Interest Fit & Flare Dress

10. Spring Step Hanne T-Strap Sandal

11. Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast Liberty Floral

12. ASH Frankie Bahia Crossbody

SHOP PLUS CLOTHING >>

If you’re feeling like anything but a wallflower in the looks featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

View 492381182's profile

9 Blue Picks to Brighten Your Day!

Some days, it is great to have “the blues”.  There is nothing like channeling your inner goddess in a beautiful sapphire blue dress, or feeling soft and romantic in a dusty periwinkle.  The beauty of blue is that it can be fierce and powerful, soft and gentle, feminine and strong; the deciding factor is the shade of blue and of course, your attitude. Blue is a color used to represent strength, loyalty, trust, intelligence and authority. Until Queen Victoria was given a diamond when she was betrothed, stones in shades of blue were the premier choice suitors used to make clear their intention. 

These days, all the shades of blue are a fabulous alternative to fitting into any situation- and not just relying on black to fit in. Blue can be a casual or formal color and is appropriate for both professional and formal events. Personally, I’m a fan of blue because I love that it can be so many things -- just like me. It all just depends on how it’s worn.  I also love the way blue stands out in a sea of black, soothing and calming you and those around you while saying, “Hey, I’m here to rock, not be the same as everyone else.” This week, I’ve brought you some examples of how versatile blue can be. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

#curvygirls, #WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, blues, culture phit, Kiyonna, Mynt 1792, NYDJ plus, pendleton, plus fashion, plus size apparel, plus size clothing, rachel pally, Roper, vince camuto, Well Rounded Wednesday, women’s clothing, zappos, Zappos Plus#curvygirls, #WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, blues, culture phit, Kiyonna, Mynt 1792, NYDJ plus, pendleton, plus fashion, plus size apparel, plus size clothing, rachel pally, Roper, vince camuto, Well Rounded Wednesday, women’s clothing, zappos, Zappos Plus

1. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Sleeveless Top

2. Pendleton Plus Size Vista Tunic

3. Roper Plus Size Blue Chip Check Shirt

4. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Ruched Midi Skirt

5. NYDJ Plus Size Briella Shorts

6. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

7. Kiyonna Peek-A-Boo Dress

8. Rachel Pally Plus Size Quintana Dress

9. Culture Phit Plus Size Nalah Dress

SHOP PLUS CLOTHING >>

If you’re feeling blue but fabulous in anything featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

View 492381182's profile

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.

#WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, body love, curvy, curvy girl clothes, jag jeans, Kiyonna, NYDJ plus, plus denim, plus fashion, plus jeans, plus size clothing, plus size fashion, plus stylish, Poppy & Bloom, Well Rounded Wednesday, women's clothing, zappos, Zappos Plus

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 Zappos.com. 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!

View 492381182's profile

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!

#WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, calvin klein, culture phit, curvy, curvy girl clothes, dresses, Fresh Produce, Marika Curves, michael michael kors, NYDJ, pendleton, plus fashion, plus size clothing, plus stylish, Poppy & Bloom, rain boots, rain jackets, rubber boots, Well Rounded Wednesday, women's clothing, women's tops, zappos, Zappos Plus

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

SHOP PLUS SIZE CLOTHING >>

Singing in the rain with any of the great pieces featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday? Please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

View 492381182's profile

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!

Well-Rounded Wednesday, plus size, plus size clothing, plus size outerwear, Columbia jackets, women's jackets, women's plus size jackets, plus size clothing, plus size fashion, jackets for women, womens coats, Levi's jackets, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Pendelton, NIC + ZOE, Jessica Simpson clothing, coats and jackets,

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

SHOP PLUS SIZE OUTERWEAR >>

View 492381182's profile

Think Pink for the Cure

It’s May, and all over the country, countless events are held every year to help battle that enemy of women and men everywhere- breast cancer.

This year, someone I hold very dear has been battling this menace - and winning!  He (yes, he -- hey, Richard Roundtree, Rod Roddy, and Peter Criss all beat breast cancer- it’s important for men to get regular checkups as well!) has finished his chemo and radiation after his mastectomy. I can’t imagine a world without him being a superhero to cheer up kids- just like I never wanted to imagine a world without my stepmom when she lost her battle to cancer 14 years ago.

The funds raised each spring during these events have helped reduce the breast cancer mortality rate, and every year, we are one step closer to a cure- and I am proud to take part in as many events as possible through the year to help support all the charities supporting the community, for the cure, for support of those fighting, and for those around them.

#WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, breast cancer awareness, curvy, curvy girl clothes, pink accessories, pink clothing, plus fashion, plus size clothing, plus size fashion, plus stylish, race for breast cancer, think pink, Well Rounded Wednesday, zappos, Zappos Plus#WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, breast cancer awareness, curvy, curvy girl clothes, pink accessories, pink clothing, plus fashion, plus size clothing, plus size fashion, plus stylish, race for breast cancer, think pink, Well Rounded Wednesday, zappos, Zappos Plus

1. Columbia Plus Size Tamiami Long Sleeve Shirt

2. Nike Miler Tank

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Tankini

4. Moving Comfort Maia Bra

5. Culture Phit Plus Size Danielle Wrap Romper

6. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Side Wrap Floral Dress

7. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

8. DKNY Plus Size Glamour Shot Sleepshirt

SHOP PLUS SIZE CLOTHING >>

Whether you walk, sleep in, swim, race, dance, or bounce around in support of a these amazing men and women, it’s always wonderful to find amazing shades of pink to do it all in. So, as you’re out there rocking it out and supporting one of my favorite causes, I’m happy to share with you some fabulous pieces to look fabulous in while you do it all!

Feeling your woman power in any of the amazing pieces featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday? Please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

View 492381182's profile

Here Come the Guests: 9 Gorgeous Dresses for Wedding Guests

I love weddings. To me, they epitomize hope, dreams, and all the grand desires we have for the future. It’s a time when friends and loved ones come together to witness and celebrate hope and love. It’s a grand statement to the world that these two people have found their partner in crime, their best friend, and the one they want to wake up to for the rest of their life- no matter how bad the other person’s morning breath (or snoring) may be. 

Like people, love comes in many forms and shapes, all of them worthy of celebration. We all know that the challenge of finding celebration-worthy clothes that have you ready to dance the night (or afternoon) away while meeting the dress code of the wedding can be daunting, no matter what size you wear.

Have no fear! We’ve gathered here today to bear witness to a fabulous collection of dresses that look as amazing as you’ll feel wearing them, whether you’re richer or poorer (I’m looking at you, new college grads!).  

#curvygirls, #WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, Adrianna Papell, dkny, Donna Morgan, gabriella rocha, Kiyonna, Mynt 1792, OINTB, plus fashion, plus size, plus size clothing, plus size dresses, plus wedding guest looks, Well Rounded Wednesday, zappos, Zappos Plus#curvygirls, #WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, Adrianna Papell, dkny, Donna Morgan, gabriella rocha, Kiyonna, Mynt 1792, OINTB, plus fashion, plus size, plus size clothing, plus size dresses, plus wedding guest looks, Well Rounded Wednesday, zappos, Zappos Plus

1. Kiyonna Peek-A-Boo Dress

2. Donna Morgan Plus Size Jessie Chiffon Dress

3. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Cap Sleeve Sequin Chiffon Dress

4. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Fit & Flare Dress

5. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Embroidered Eyelet Dress

6. Gabriella Rocha Plus Size Chiffon Nalah Dress

7. Kiyonna Seamless Ease Maxi

8. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Cowl Neck Dress

9. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Sleeveless Beaded Gown

SHOP PLUS DRESSES >>

SHOP PLUS CLOTHING >>

“But Franki, Where’s the black?”  Most people see black and think of mourning- we’re celebrating love here! Rock those bright colors and gorgeous prints to those summer weddings! Feeling more demure? Go with a sophisticated neutral with a little bit of glam detailing. Everyone is saying orange is the new black, but if that is not your thing, navy is very acceptable for a wedding if you are more comfortable in a darker hue. 

Feeling fabulous in something featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday? Please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

View 492381182's profile

White Haute: 12 Hot Looks for Hot Days Ahead

Once upon a time, society dictated that no one wore white between Labor Day and Memorial Day of the next year, except for brides at weddings. Thank goodness those days are gone and we can now wear white year round without committing a major fashion faux pas!

White in all its subtle variations can’t help but leave you feeling cool, confident and ready to take on the world; after all, in American society, white represents purity, coolness, charity and perfection.

When everyone else is wearing shades of grey and black, white pops out to catch your eye. Add some great shoes , a great bag , and finish it all off with some amazing jewelry, and you’re ready for the next White Party, charity event, or afternoon out with your friends. 

Just remember that while rocking white anywhere anytime is generally okay, only the bride gets to wear it at most weddings!

#WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, Adrianna Papell, calvin klein, curvy, curvy girl clothes, jag jeans, Kiyonna, levis, Lyssé, Marika Curves, NYDJ, plus fashion, plus size clothing, plus size fashion, plus stylish, plus white, rachel pally, Soybu, vince camuto, Well Rounded Wednesday, white denim, zappos, Zappos Plus

#WellRoundedWednesday, #WRW, #Zapposplus, Adrianna Papell, calvin klein, curvy, curvy girl clothes, jag jeans, Kiyonna, levis, Lyssé, Marika Curves, NYDJ, plus fashion, plus size clothing, plus size fashion, plus stylish, plus white, rachel pally, Soybu, vince camuto, Well Rounded Wednesday, white denim, zappos, Zappos Plus

 

1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Crew Roll Sleeve Blouse

2. Kiyonna Afternoon on the Promenade Top

3. Marika Curves Sophia Keyhole Long Sleeve Top

4. Soybu Plus Size Reese Tee

5. Vince Camuto Plus Size Sleeveless V-Neck Top

6. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Split Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress

7. Rachel Pally Plus Size Quintana Dress

8.  NYDJ Plus Size Dora Skirt

9. NYDJ Plus Size Ariel Crop

10. Levi’s® Plus Size Bermuda

11. Jag Jeans Plus Paley Boot Leg

12. Lysse Plus Size Cotton Capri


SHOP PLUS SIZE CLOTHING >>

Feeling white hot any of the great pieces featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday? Please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!