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Work, Girl: Curvy Girls Need Gear Too

I’m going to start with a disclaimer: When I say I’m a runner, I mean that I am slightly faster than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter. For a while, I was very frustrated and disappointed in myself at my 14-minute miles as I did a slow walk-job combination. Then, a wise woman named Laura pointed out that my minute mile was the same distance as someone else’s 4-minute mile, and that I was still lapping everyone on the couch. 

Recently, ESPN Magazine published its annual Body Issue, each year asking the same question, “What is an athlete?” This issue celebrates elite athletes of every shape and size, and I love that they are willing to bare their bodies as well as their insecurities. For the everyday athlete, these self-doubts can be reinforced with challenges of finding the right gear to fit our amazing bodies.  This is especially true when we need and want gear that works in hot weather. 

Workouts can be a challenge in and of themselves, but when you get "the dreaded chafe" (you all know what I mean, ladies!) because your pants were soaked in sweat, or your chest and shoulders hurt because “the girls” weren’t properly supported, you’re more likely to quit working out — and that just won't do. 

Thank goodness for companies like Nike and Moving Comfort, that recognize that bodies of all sizes and shapes work out. These brands have made curve-friendly tech gear to support the chest and help avoid chafing! Moreover, these pieces have moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you as comfortable as possible (hey, 100°F is still one… hundred…degrees…) and looking fabulous during your hot weather workouts.

Don’t forget the little things that make a lot of difference, like moisture-wicking reflective headgear and a great hydration pack. Lace up a pair of cushioned shoes with support to carry you down the road, and you're ready to go! You might not look marvelous to folks around you when sweating mid-workout, but personally, that’s when I feel my prettiest. 

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1. Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra S4490
2. Moving Comfort Maia Bra
3. Shock Absorber D+ Max Support Sports Bra N109 

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4. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank
5. Soybu Plus Size Reese Tee
6. Nike Extended Size Miler Tank

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7. Nike Extended Dri-FIT™ Essential Crop
8. Marika Curves Plus Size Framed Tummy Control Capri Leggings
9. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

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CamelBak Marathoner 70 oz

10. CamelBak Marathoner 70 oz
11. New Balance W1080v5
12. Columbia Trail Dryer™ Cap

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Get Outdoors! Great Pieces for Great Adventures

I am blessed to not only have an amazing job and great coworkers, but to be the Den leader for an amazing group of Webelo Cub Scouts here in FABULOUS Las Vegas. No, they don’t learn how to deal blackjack; yes there are actually an amazing number of great hiking trails, fishing spots and outdoors things to do in and around Las Vegas. One of my favorite things to do with my son and my Scouts is go hiking! If you want to have an incredible conversation with any kid, take them where there is no cell phone reception and leave their game system behind.  I’ve come to realize that my little boy is becoming a pretty awesome young man through the conversations we have while hiking. After all, no kid will ever remember a day spent inside watching TV. 

Curvy girls have a some challenges when it comes to getting outside and playing with our kids, friends and family. First of all, we have the challenge of the inside of our heads, telling us that we can’t do it and that we’ll just embarrass ourselves if we try to go hiking because we won’t look like the others, or that we may struggle to keep up.

Just by taking the first step outside, you’ve already won half that battle! Get up, get out, and do that ONE thing that you’ve not done before.  If it’s your kids that you are hiking with, trust me when I say they don’t care what you look like, they care more that you are outside and playing with them. Your time and your presence is often the thing they want more than any other presents you can give them. 

Second, we have the challenge of finding gear that is a little more comfortable to hike in than jeans and an old t-shirt. Thankfully, companies like Columbia and Soybu have recognized that curvy gals (and bigger guys) want and need comfortable tech gear for outdoor adventures. 

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1. Columbia Plus Size Skiff Guide 3/4 Sleeve Top

2. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank

3. Columbia Plus Size Bahama Long Sleeve

4. Columbia Plus Size Back Beauty Boot Cut Pant

5. Columbia Plus Size Camp Henry Shirt

6. Soybu Plus Size Killer Caboose Crop Pant

7. Terramar Plus Size Short Sleeve Scoop Top

8. Columbia Plus Size Reel Beauty II Maxi Dress

9. Columbia Plus Size Splash A Little Rain Jacket

10. Big Agnes Chair Elite

11. High Sierra Piranha 10L Hydration Pack

12. Keen Whisper Sandal

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Breathable fabrics, moisture wicking and cooling fabrics with built in UPF? Yes, please! Thank you, Columbia, for the AMAZING fabric that is Omni-Freeze ZERO! Bags with built-in hydration systems with straps that do well on wider shoulders let you enjoy a longer hike, and chairs by Big Agnes pack light and small while holding up to 320 pounds, which means your little one can sit on your lap while you roast marshmallows together and make memories -- and s’mores!

Finally, we have the challenge of figuring out where to start when we want to get out more. For that, I recommend checking out the National Parks Service website.  Parks aren’t just in the wilderness; they’re all over, including the middle of some urban downtown areas. Not only is there planning information, but they are rock stars at rating their trails for hiking based on your ability, as well as for kids, stroller, and wheelchair accessibility.

Have a great time getting out and enjoying the great outdoors; if you’re rocking our anything featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see enjoying the great outdoors and rocking your Zappos looks!

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Summer Dresses for Every Occasion

When it comes to effortless outfits for hot summer days, no other closet staple quite compares to dresses. Our great selection of dresses for every occasion—from work to weekends—means you can practically live in this warm-weather must have all season long!

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Summer Weddings:

1. Ted Baker “Alexxis Summer at Dusk” Maxi

2. Lilly Pulitzer “Phoebe” Dress


Beachside Vacations:

1. Soybu “Rachel” Maxi

2. Patagonia “Garden City” Dress

 

Office Days:

1. Yumi Jacquard “Aztec” Dress

2. Christin Michaels “Candice” Dress

 

Date Nights:

1. NIC + ZOE “Twirl” Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey “Demri” Dress

 

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New Year, Better You: Find Your Zen with Yoga

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, the beginning of the year is the perfect time to recommit to taking care of you. It’s no secret that one of the best activities out there for both physical and mental stress relief is yoga. There are several types of practices available for every level such as restorative and flexibility-increasing yin yoga. If you’re more into going with the flow, perhaps a power vinyasa practice is more your speed.

Regardless of what type of yoga practice you turn to for balance and strength, comfortable and stylish yoga clothes is a great way to get excited about your newfound commitment to self. There’s just something so motivating and empowering about investing in fitness-focused clothing that makes you feel as good as you look!

By simply upgrading your yoga wardrobe, you’re giving yourself a fresh new start as you refocus on finding balance between mind, body & spirit. Plus, yoga clothing this gorgeous makes transitions from yoga studio to errands a lot more seamless!

Check out a few of our newest favorites in Lole and Soybu yoga clothing:

Women's yoga clothing by Soybu & Lole

1. Lole Riau Tank Top

2. Lole Suddhi Top w/ Open Back

3. Lole Satya Cowl Neck Tank Top

4. Soybu Starburst Tank

5. Soybu Passion Tee

6. Soybu Goddess Tank

7. Lole Dash Pant

8. Soybu Camille Pant

9. Soybu Allegro Legging


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Hit the Trail: Great Pieces for Sunshine Days

Summer is officially here! Well, ok, it’s not technically summer since the summer solstice has not happened yet, but we all know that Memorial Day weekend is usually considered the unofficial-official start of summer. Personally, my favorite thing about summer is getting out of the Las Vegas heat to hike and camp with friends or my minions.

Getting out and enjoying nature under the summer sun calls for specific outdoor gear, especially for curvy girls.  First and foremost, make sure that most, if not all, of your gear has a UPF rating.  This fabulous feature is an AMAZING first line of defense to not only keep your face and décolletage looking young, but more importantly, 1 in 50 of us will be diagnosed with melanoma in our lifetime, and UPF-rated clothing and hats, like the one featured below from Outdoor Research, are a great way to protect you from the sun’s damaging rays.

Second, lightweight and moisture-wicking fabrics are a girl’s best friend out on the trail after her hydration reservoir. I LOVE convertible pants like the ones featured from Columbia. They’re thick enough to protect my legs while going through brush, heavy enough to keep me warm during cool desert morning and evenings, but even better as shorts during the heat of the day.

A great pack by Osprey is a definite essential with room for a light Columbia jacket or raincoat, snacks, and an included a 3-liter hydration reservoir.  Of course, don’t forget that great hiking boots are your best friend during those summer outdoor adventures, especially ones that are as comfortable (and good looking) the Vasque Breeze 2.0 with GTX.

Finally, for those times you’re spending the night out in nature, I am going to tout the best bag/ sleeping pad combination I’ve ever come across.  The beauty of Big Agnes sleeping bags and pads is that the bag has an integrated sleeve for the sleeping pad, thus insuring it doesn’t sneak away while you sleep! The Double Z sleeping pad is lightweight, air-filled and extra cushy at four inches thick, and honestly makes sleeping out in the rocky desert as comfortable as on my bed back home. As an added bonus, it doesn’t squeak and crackle like most sleeping pads do! Who knew camping could be so comfy?

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1. Columbia Plus Size Bahama™ Long Sleeve Shirt

2. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank

3. Terramar Plus Size Short Sleeve Scoop Top

4. Columbia Plus Size Arcadia II Jacket

5. Columbia Plus Size Saturday Trail II ™Converible Pant

6. Columbia Plus Size Saturday Trail™ Long Shorts

7. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

8. Osprey Raven 14 Backpack

9. Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero

10. Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX

11. Big Agnes Women's Juniper Sleeping Bag

12. Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad

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Ready to Rock: 12 Looks for Festival Season

I lived for about 13 years in Columbus, Ohio, and since 1972, June has meant that it’s time for ComFest. This long weekend of music, food, poetry and art meant long days dancing around and lounging in the grass with friends while enjoying new offerings from food vendors and brewhouses- and a new, giant pink mug every year.  The vendors and the amazing clothing were always one of my favorite parts of Comfest; since it was usually one of the first sweltering weekends of summer, the goal was to look good, but be as comfortable as possible. 

That combination of fashion purposes is one of my favorite things about festival clothing. Light, breathable fabrics come together with eye-catching patterns and colors to keep your clothing as bright as your mood. The beauty of most festivals is the amazing spirit of community- from events like ComFest to Coachella; Life is Beautiful to Burning Man, the underlying festival spirit the celebration of community in all of its forms.

The overwhelming air of acceptance at festivals is a balm to the soul- no matter who you are, what you’re wearing, how you’re shaped or what you look like, the music, the speakers, the celebration and the atmosphere are the primary focus, and the beauty inside everyone is brought out.

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1. Gabriella Rocha Plus Size Nalah Chiffon Dress

2. Lysse Plus Size Maxi Dress

3. Rachel Pally Plus Size Label Print Caftan

4. DKNY jeans Plus Size Batik Print Romper

5. BB Dakota Plus Size Ace Kimono

6. Vince Camuto Plus Size Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

7. Vince Camuto Plus Size Tropical Rain Embroidered Poncho

8. Roper Plus Size Slouchy Slub Jersey Top

9. Soybu Plus Size Camryn Tee

10. Levi's® Plus Size Bermuda Short

11. Rachel Pally Plus Size Wide Leg Trouser

12. Fresh Produce Plus Size Park Ave. Pedal Pusher

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Wonderful piece like these help enhance all of that by keeping you cool (physically), and keeping you looking cool and breezy (emotionally).  The bright patterns and colors cannot help but put you in a good mood, ready to dance, learn, and celebrate all that brought you there in the first place.  In addition to these great pieces, don’t forget to grab a great shoe, a relaxed bag, and maybe even a great hat to keep the sun’s rays of your smiling face.  Then relax and enjoy the sun, the sounds, and your amazing, rockin’ summer!

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Boom! Hot Looks for Your 4th of July

Hot dogs, ice-cold watermelon, lounging by the lake or the pool, fireworks and celebrating our independence to be who we are, how we are, and wear what makes us feel great -- these are just a few of the best things about the 4th of July.  There have been some mighty big changes in the past week, and some amazing reasons to celebrate the freedoms we have as Americans.  There is something about sporting red, white and blue to celebrate our country that just cannot be beat.

When we wear the colors of our flag, we celebrate the principles upon which our great nation was founded; white signifies purity and innocence- the hope of a new nation that holds fast to the belief that all are equal, and that each person is given the opportunity to work towards becoming the best they can be, with no limits on achievement or potential. Red is for our hardiness & valor, as we remember the hard work that it takes to achieve our goals, and remember the blood spilled by the men and women who fought to create and preserve our great nation and its freedoms. Finally, blue signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice, reminding us all to keep asking those hard questions of ourselves and our elected officials, to stand fast through difficult times, and that every American has the opportunity and right to fair treatment under the law.

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1. Roper Plus Size Americana Pieced Color Block Top

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Threadwork Tunic

3. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size Pier 59 Tunic

4. Soybu Plus Size Taryn Tank

5. Pendleton Plus Size Rib Tee

6. Jag Jeans Plus Size Hope Crop Narrow Fit Pant

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Jersey Maxi

8. Levi's Plus Size Classic Capri

9. NYDJ Plus Size Bi Stretch Bermuda Short

10. Sanuk Yoga Sling Partriot

11. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Striped Sailor Knot Hat

12. Steve Madden Ombre Stars Day Wrap

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We refer to ourselves as curvy women, a women of size,  big beautiful women, full figured, plus sized, queen, thick, or simply as girls “who ain’t no size 2” (gotta give that love Meghan Trainor!). Whichever way you choose to identify yourself, remember to celebrate your fashion independence, wherein no person can dictate that which you wear and feel beautiful based upon your size -- except you!

Have a fabulous, fun, and fierce 4th of July!
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6 Rashguard Styles for Serious Water Play

The summer heat lures us out to beachfronts, riversides and lakeshores every year. Even if we don’t live close to a body of water, we’ll take a weekend trip to one and spend the entire time soaking it in. When your water day calls for more than just sun bathing and getting your ankles wet, a rashguard is essential. They defend your skin from the elements and come in an array of styles that suit any water activity.
 
Rashguards provide excellent UPF sun protection by blocking up to 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. They guard your skin against chafing from surfboards and paddleboards, and prevent irritation from sand, shell and rock fragments. They are lightweight, made of quick-drying stretch fabrics and have flat-lock stitching for added durability. You can layer them under your wetsuit during cold-water snorkeling or wear them over you swimsuit for summer watersports like jet skiing. Pair them with some cute board shorts and you’re ready to stroll the boardwalk or grab a seaside lunch.
 
Loose fitting styles, known as swim shirts, are great if you want a little bit of air flow and breathability. Long sleeves are perfect for tide pool wandering and cove exploration. Short sleeves and cap sleeves work well for paddling out to catch a wave or boogey boarding. If you’re a water sport junky, consider investing in a one-piece style that provides excellent compression, a tighter fit, and stay-put flexibility.  
 
Rashguards won’t cramp your style either. They come in pretty prints, fashion-forward cuts, and bold colors.  Rashguards have become so popular that even outdoor brands and fashion designers have jumped on this surf shop trend. Ready to pick one out? Here are six different styles to choose from.

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