Written on April 9, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Argy Koutsothanasis
It’s that time of year in NYC when everyone is restless and so over winter. We’re all chomping at the bit for warmer weather. I’m not gonna lie—I’m a total beach bum. The last week I’ve been working on swimsuits for our July/August cover shoot, strategizing over what cool sporty bikini will look best on our cover girl. But yesterday when the temperature hit that 70* mark I was ready to start thinking about what I’d like to be wearing on the beach in Miami while I stand behind the scenes of the Fitness cover shoot. It’s an easy answer after my meeting with the Faherty twins. They just launched a brand of swimsuits that is everything I love: surf-inspired, in yummy mixable prints, that give killer coverage for an active girl (running back and forth between wardrobe changes requires a suit that keeps my girls put!). I should also mention that the brand offers the softest swimsuit fabrics I’ve come across so far.
So this morning before getting to work I went on fahertybrand.com and ordered my swimsuit for next week (this top, and this bottom..how cute?). I’m so ready for Miami—now I just have to wait for the Faherty’s to launch their T-shirts and rompers!
Written on January 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm , by Argy Koutsothanasis
The best part of my job is visiting the different active brands and seeing what they have up their sleeve for upcoming seasons. I recently spent some time with the team at Lole. Aside from their awesome leggings and funky jackets, they have managed to build a community of empowered and inspiring women. We are all on a journey, staying fit and looking chic is the fun part. The hard part is taking that first step, making the choice to get healthy and to be active. But seriously, with so many fun active lifestyle brands out there, most of the time I work out just to sport the cute clothes. I shared my story of shedding sixty pounds with Lole, and you can check it out here for some inspiration, and a chance to win an Lole sweater! Sporting the latest styles is my shallow motivation for staying fit.
Tell us: What keeps you motivated?
Written on September 5, 2012 at 9:52 am , by Argy Koutsothanasis
It’s been a little over a week since I got my Great Lengths extensions. My favorite part of this entire experience has been looping my hair into the perfect pony tail before my morning run. Having longer locks helps me feel girlie and sexy when I’m playing tennis or running. It’s also been a fun week of playing dress up. The first couple of days I sported my natural curly texture, that made me feel very 80′s hair-bandish so I wore tight skinny jeans and heavy-metal tees (prompting my hubby to say I looked like Tommy Lee–ahh what every girl wants to hear.) Then I decided that bangs could be a fun addition to the mix. With the bangs I have felt more girly, opting for skirts and ethnic-style linen tops in a muted palette. It is taking me longer to get ready and there were 2-3 days of adjustment, but overall I highly recommend the experience. I’m having fun changing up my look, hair first.
Tell us: Would you get hair extensions?
Written on August 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm , by Argy Koutsothanasis
You would think that as the fashion director of Fitness that I would be obsessed with clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags—you know all the trappings of fashion. Of course I love all those things but the truth is that my true obsession is hair. I truly believe that even if your outfit is not the latest and greatest, even if you’re kicking around in your favorite Puma sneakers and Lululemon capris, if your haircut is on trend and your hair looks healthy nothing else matters.
For me style starts with the right hair. That doesn’t mean always having perfect hair. I love that the high bun is making a comeback and there’s nothing sexier than post-work-out wisps of hair framing a glowing face. I think hair tells the story of everyone’s personal style. For years I’ve been dying for long flowy locks a la Kim K and Cher circa 1970. Their Armenian roots give their look an ethnic bend that I can easily identify with. But it’s the sex appeal and versatility of their great hair that I have always coveted.
So today at 5pm my favorite hairdresser—the very talented Alma G—is going to give me hair extensions compliments of Great Lengths. I’ll be posting pictures of my hair and all the crazy styles I look forward to sporting thanks to my long and luscious locks.
Written on July 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm , by Argy Koutsothanasis
You know it’s summer here in the big city when the girls start wearing short, billowy dresses, the wait to sit alfresco at a restaurant is longer than it is to sit indoors, and the subway is hotter than, well, you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong, summer is my favorite time of year, but I’ve been putting off hitting the golf course (one of my pastimes, besides shopping of course!), because these summer temps have been too hot, even for me, the sun worshiper. This got me thinking though, about a golf trip that I recently took to Nova Scotia and how perfect the weather is there for a great round of golf.
If you are a golf lover like me, you’ll love the first course that I played at, Digby Pines Golf Course. Its rustic and old-school look was quite a refreshing change from some of the overly luxurious courses that I’ve played at in the past; I really enjoyed the no frills environment. Don’t let me fool you though, I did find time to pamper myself at the Aveda Spa. After playing a full round of 18 holes, I was in need of a serious massage, and the spa gave me just that. I walked out of there thinking, “That was the best massage that I have ever had!”
After spending the night at Digby Pines, we headed over to Fox Harb’r Golf Resort and Spa, a very posh and upscale resort. The scenery there was breathtaking, as the golf course over looks the ocean—what could be better than that? I played the first 9 holes of the course before I decided to bail from our group—the wind out there was a little too much for me. Since I had such a great spa experience at Digby Pines, I decided to see if I could get into the spa at Fox Harb’r, but unfortunately, they were all booked up. I guess that gives me a reason to go back there!
The third leg of our trip was one of my favorite parts. We stayed at the Glenora Inn & Distillery, where we toured the property and enjoyed a whiskey tasting (that’s what the inn is known for!). I’m not a whiskey drinker, but word on the street is that they have some pretty tasty whiskey! The best part for me was the run that I went on the morning before I left to head back to NYC. The misty air, beautiful foliage, and serene setting were just what I needed to end this trip on a good note!