Written on February 14, 2014 at 9:32 am , by Marla Horenbein
This Valentine’s Day will be the first one that I’ve spent solo in almost nine years (insert Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance here). Because I have a love-hate relationship with February 14th, I’m not totally bummed about not having plans (a night of rom-coms? Okay by me!), and knowing that there will be no pressure to find the perfect dress to be wined and dined in is a huge sigh of relief. But like most single gals, the thought of not receiving an embarrassingly large bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate from a crush does sting a little. So instead of waiting for Mr. Right to suddenly appear and shower me with gifts, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. Here’s how I’ll be spoiling myself this V-Day, with a little love from some of my favorite jewelry designers. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, ladies!
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Written on January 2, 2014 at 10:10 am , by Marla Horenbein
You’ve indulged more than you’d like to admit this holiday season, and now it’s time get back out there and burn some serious calories. But thinking about getting out of your warm bed at 6am to head to the gym seems less than appealing, right? Getting dressed is half the battle, so leave the excuses and whining at home, and take on the cold with some of winter’s best accessories and layers.
- Nike’s Aeroloft vest is the perfect layering piece for winter runs. It’s super lightweight (800-fill goose down!), so it keeps you warm without weighing you down.
- Whether you’re heading to the gym or venturing out for a snowy run, this Under Armour Charged Cotton Storm beanie will keep your noggin dry in the worst conditions. UA’s water-resistant storm technology wicks away moisture to help keep you dry longer, so using weather as an excuse to slack-off is not an option!
- Editor tested, athlete approved. Altheta’s Queen of the Mountain jacket is on the top of our list for keeping warm while being active this winter. And with 360* reflective detailing, you’ll be fully visible during those early morning or late night workouts.
- Sometimes all you need is a little color to get you inspired and out of your rut. These Saucony Space Dye Run gloves will add a fun pop to your outfit, and are sure to get you motivated and out on the streets.
- Jumping into a workout with cold muscles can cause injuries, so when you head to your next barre or Pilates class, try a pair of flats to help keep your tootsies warm. Blake Brody has tons of cute options, but the colorful braided strap on the Leah flat is just too good to pass up.
- Headed to the mountain? Keep your ears warm with the Bauhaus Knitted headband from Sweaty Betty. The fun jacquard print will make you stand out on the slopes, while staying put for extra comfort.
- Layer up for your next savasana sesh with Lululemon’s Savasana socks. The cozy merino wool will keep your toes toasty both in and out of the studio.
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Written on January 1, 2014 at 7:30 am , by Guest Blogger
FITNESS has teamed up with Gilt to bring you up to 60 percent off the best workout clothes and gear. Shop the sale at gilt.com/fitness starting January 1. Here, check out the go-to pieces Tracey Lomrantz Lester, the women’s editorial director of Gilt, chooses for looking stylish while working out.
Fitness is a really important part of my life. I’m prone to being a stress case, so I love the opportunity to turn everything off and sweat it all out. Here’s a peek at my best get-sweaty looks.
Bikram is my therapy! I aim to get to the studio three mornings a week, usually on my busiest weekdays so that I can get centered before the crazy comes. I think my most productive workouts are my sweatiest ones, and there is no lack of that when you spend 90 minutes in a 105-degree room. I keep my wardrobe minimal so the laundry isn’t as daunting; a sports bra and little boogie shorts do the trick.
I do most of my spinning on the weekends, because that’s when the class times are most convenient for me. I love to do a 9am on a Saturday–it makes me feel energized all day (and a little less guilty for that second martini on Saturday night). My go-to gear is a long bike pant and a tank top with a built-in sports bra. I like something streamlined so it doesn’t get in the way of my ride.
Cardio at the Gym
When I can’t commit to a class time or am in a crunch, I’ll head to my gym for some cardio and light weights. I like 45 minutes on the stair climber or elliptical, usually in running shorts and an old college T-shirt swiped from my husband’s drawer.
Even in the colder months, I love getting a little fresh air when I exercise. I live close to Central Park, so I take my bike around the 6-mile loop once or twice. They key is to layer up so you don’t freeze your butt off! I usually wear my bike pants, a sweat-wicking top, a zip-up jacket, and a fleece or a vest on top.
Written on December 19, 2013 at 9:05 am , by Marla Horenbein
Drop the Christmas sweater! We repeat: Drop the Christmas sweater! And while you’re at it, ditch your sequin dress, plaid shirts and candy cane earrings. This holiday season, we don’t want you to look like a walking Christmas present, so we’ve pulled together some tips that will have you acing holiday style, without looking like you belong under the tree.
We love a good ugly Christmas sweater party, but they call them that for a reason. There are other ways to be festive on Christmas without sporting Rudolph all day. We suggest layering a crisp white shirt under an oversized cozy cable knit or funnel neck sweater, like the one below. It reeks of chicness, and if grandma asks why you didn’t wear the sweater she got you last year, just show her pictures from that party you went to. We think she’ll approve.To wear tights, or not to wear tights? That is the question. We all face it this time of year (at least those of us living in cities with freezing temps), so why not nix it all together and opt for pants instead? Sure, a dress or skirt might feel like the right option for your holiday bash, but a cool pair of leather pants and some sexy pumps can have the same effect without the goosebumps and the chills.
Written on December 18, 2013 at 10:04 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern
When it comes to cool workout kicks these days, style matters just as much as performance. Luckily, trendy ladies no longer have to choose between fit and fabulous because Nike is at it again.
The new Nike Free TR 4 was designed to handle the majority of movements in the gym, from running to dance cardio classes and everything in between. It is the first shoe in the Free TR collection to utilize Nike’s Flywire technology, which provides additional support from underneath the foot to the tops of the laces. Minimal, durable and strong, the new sneaker is taking the fitness and fashion world by storm with its high-performance quality and customizable design.
The shoes’ wide variety of color combos makes them a must-have for any healthy closet. Female athletes can log onto NIKEiD.com starting December 23 and create unique looks of their own—the possibilities are endless! Choose from 13 different color options in customizing nine different areas of the shoe, and play with fading effects, fun prints and personal message inscriptions on the tongue of the shoe for additional flair.
Ladies looking for a little design inspiration can turn to Maria Sharapova, the global tennis icon who collaborated with Nike to create the shoe’s sexy silhouette. She pre-selected several color combinations for girls who don’t necessarily want to pick a palette of their own, but still want to rock a stylish sneaker when they step into the gym.
The lightest Free TR to date, thanks to its crafty mesh construction, is ready to help women across the globe take their training to the next level. In the spirit of the holidays, treat a fit friend (or yourself!) to a new pair of sneaks that seamlessly place comfort, performance and individualized style beneath your feet.
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Written on December 13, 2013 at 10:33 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern
Searching for a meaningful gift for the swimmer in your life? Lucky for you, Speedo USA launched its Art of the Cap Campaign earlier this week, introducing five new, limited-edition swim caps designed by incredible athlete-artist duos that give back to influential charities across the country.
Team Speedo athletes (and Olympic gold medalists) Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer and Cullen Jones paired up with celebrated artists to design the five caps available just in time for the holiday season. At the core of the collaborations is a true connection between the athlete and the artist, from personal stories to interests and style, which breathes life into these creative designs.
The proceeds from each swim cap will be donated to five charities selected by the athletes themselves—Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Right to Play, Kids Beating Cancer, Simon’s Fund, and the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative. Head over to the campaign’s website to learn about each athlete’s connection to their selected cause and what it means to them to be able to give back. Coughlin’s design in particular reflects not only her love of swimming, but her deep appreciation of the environment. Proceeds for her cap provide sport program opportunities in disadvantaged communities across the globe.
The swim caps are available exclusively at SpeedoUSA.com for a limited time, so check out this inspirational project and unique gift idea before it’s too late! Trust us, it will be tough to decide which team made the coolest cap.
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Written on December 3, 2013 at 9:17 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern
From maintaining her successful acting career to wrangling her two energetic young boys, Kate Hudson has no problem keeping busy. If anything, she has to take advantage of every spare minute to strike a healthy balance within her life. So when the fashion subscription company Just Fab Inc. approached her about collaborating on a lifestyle athletic wear line, Hudson jumped on board.
Fabletics, the result of the collaboration, offers women affordable, high-quality and stylish active apparel that works for running errands, brunching with the girls and, of course, getting your sweat on! “I loved the idea,” says Hudson. “What was really inspiring to me was that we came together to find a way to make it affordable and create a larger community of women to learn about things they could do to motivate the first steps of that part of their life.” Each month the website debuts around 30 new outfits, and now that they have the basics covered, expect to see more sweats, different T-shirt styles and even some snakeskin leggings.
This new venture has not only helped Hudson connect with a new community of women, but it’s also given her the opportunity to spend more time with family. “I love my day job, but I’m also a mom, and my day job takes me away from my kids a lot. So it’s nice to have another outlet that I can do at home that still has a creative entity,” she notes. “It lets me take something that is important to me and hopefully inspire people to start getting healthy and fit and happy.”
As far as keeping herself fit is concerned, Hudson works with celebrity trainer and Pilates pro Nicole Stuart for that extra push of motivation. “She does these series of stomach and core exercises that are brutal, but what I like about them is knowing that it’s working from the inside-out and not the outside-in.” If Hudson had it her way, however, she would simply dance. “I just jump around and dance and play loud music and move around until I start sweating,” she says.
This fun free-styling doesn’t always get the job done, which is why the bombshell uses a little mental trick to change the way her body feels when she isn’t in the mood for a tough workout. “When something is painful and hurts and burns, when I really want to say, ‘Ugh, no!’ I’ll say, ‘Yes!,’” explains Hudson. “It’s not really what I’m feeling, but it’s how I’m make myself do it again.” When she isn’t dancing or working on her Pilates with Stuart, she sticks to high reps of dancing-style squats, focusing on the lifting and stretching movements that help keep her legs lean and toned.
At the end of the day, “it’s really about what you can do to have a happier way of life,” she says. “Any activity that you do to get your blood flowing is going to open up a more optimistic part of your brain and allow everything in your life to become more efficient. It makes for a more present way of life, where people can be more present for their children, their relationships, their jobs and most importantly, really connect with themselves.”
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Written on November 22, 2013 at 10:26 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
Kristin Cavallari has a lot to be thankful for this year—a talented hubby (Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler), 15-month-old Camden, thriving jewelry and shoe lines and now another baby on the way! So what does the former reality TV star have up her sleeve for the holidays? Like most of us, a whole lot of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing…her faves.
“We’re very traditional,” she told us a few days ago, shortly after putting her order in for an organic bird from Whole Foods. “This year, I’m actually hosting the meal at my house. It’s my first year making anything for a large group so I’m a little nervous!”
The fit mommy, who admits to giving into a few cravings lately (sweets and carbs!), won’t be digging into preservative-laden treats anytime soon, though. “With both of my pregnancies, the first trimester I’ve been really tired and I kind of eat like crap,” she confesses. “Once I get some energy back, I kick it into health mode.” One thing you’ll never see Kristin doing is counting calories. “I only read what’s in it and if there are chemicals and a bunch of crap in it, then I’m probably not going to be putting it in my mouth.” She and her growing family try to eat as organic as possible with lots of fish, veggies, fruit and whole grains, including Ezekiel Sprouted Bread, brown rice or quinoa pastas.
Kristin’s strict exercise regimen has also been dialed back a bit with baby on board. “I’m not as hard on myself about going four to five times a week and when I do workout, I don’t work out as hard as I typically do,” she says. Lately she’s been taking Pilates twice a week, followed by 15 minutes on the Stairmaster and a half-hour of light weight training. “The bigger I get, I’ll probably start yoga again,” Kristin says, adding that she enjoyed hitting the mat when she was pregnant with Camden. Another fun way she gets the family moving: Ubisoft’s hit video game Just Dance 2014. “It’s such a fun, silly way to fit in exercise,” she exclaims. “We’re big fans of ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk.” Talk about a fun way to burn off that slice of apple crisp!
Cutting down on gym time has surely freed up some time for her other passions. For one, she’s been having fun cheering on the Bears—even though a few years back she wasn’t much of a football fan at all. “I didn’t even know who Jay was when I met him!” she told us. “I’ve learned a lot in the last few years.” (And on that note, we’re sending speedy recovery vibes Jay’s way, who’s been sidelined battling an ankle injury.)
She’s also been killing it in the fashion industry with her own jewelry collection and Chinese Laundry shoe line. “Shoes for me were always my obsession, so to have my own line was really a dream come true,” explains Cavallari. “The jewelry came next—accessories are just so fun and there’s a ton you can do.” Her one piece of advice for those interested in becoming your own boss? “You’re going to get a lot of ‘no’s’ but you can’t let that discourage you. You have to keep going and if you really believe in something and love it, then stick with it.” We couldn’t agree more.
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Written on September 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm , by Marla Horenbein
With the craziness of New York Fashion Week behind us, we have to admit, we’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. We saw Spring ’14 walk the runways while wearing our Summer ’13 wardrobe and prepping for Winter ’14 in the office. If you’re confused, just imagine how we feel! Our heads are spinning with thoughts of summer dresses and winter whites. But hey, it’s all about living in the present, right? So we’re taking a step back to enjoy this season’s top trends. And you can too, with a few of our tips on how to look your best this fall.
The Look: Slouchy Pants
To master this tricky trend, you want to make sure you have a balanced silhouette. Instead of hiding your trouble spots – too much fabric on top can actually make you look bigger than you really are – the key is to wear a form-fitting top to offset your billowy pants. Three pairs we’re crushing on: Elizabeth & James, Vince, and Robert Rodriguez
The Look: Military
Camo might be our favorite trend this season, and we’re totally digging structured military style jackets. In order to make it work though, you can’t go into military overload. Camo on camo? Too much. Stick to one standout piece and keep the rest of your look simple. Fatigues that we’re loving: J.Crew, Gap, Monrow
The Look: Grunge-Inspired Boots
This fall we’re channeling our inner ’90s girl and shopping for grunge-inspired boots. We like the idea of pairing such a rough-around-the-edges style with something a little unpredictable, so try a girly dress or skirt. Mixing-and-matching these styles gives you the edge you desire, while still keeping a little girly mystery. Styles we’re stocking up on: Ash Footwear, Lucky Brand, Matt Bernson
And if you haven’t seen our story on how to style jackets this fall, be sure to check that out here!
Written on September 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm , by Marla Horenbein
Hut, hut, hike! From nailgating to tailgating, we think we’ve kicked football season off the right way. But we want to show you how to showcase your team spirit and still look super cute, without looking like you’ve raided your boyfriend’s closet. Leave that oversized, shapeless jersey at home, and show up to your Sunday Funday hotspot wearing your team’s colors in a more – dare we say – fashion-forward way.
After attending the Junk Food Vintage NFL fashion show, which was curated by Kristen Cavallari, (none of the pieces that walked the runway will be available for purchase, but we’re totally inspired by the cute jersey dresses, and leather sleeve crop tops!), and seeing this ad while watching the games last Sunday, we put together a little round up of what we’ll be sporting when we hit the stands to watch our teams kick butt this season.
- Pair a loose tank with a leather jacket and your fave worn-in jeans (cuffed at the bottom!) for a laid-back but edgy look. (Junkfood Touch Down tank, $30)
- Knot up a v-neck tee (that sort of resembles a jersey), and score some major points with your man as you rock his team’s colors at your next tailgate. (Nike Fan tee, $45)
- Show off those abs (you’ve worked hard for ‘em!) with a sporty crop top. For an unexpected look, style it with a flirty skirt like this one. (Victoria’s Secret Pink Cropped Athletic tee, $50)
- Layer a baseball-style sweater under a vest for those chilly SNF games! (Touch by Alyssa Milano Fan for Life sweater, $75)
- Are you a comfy-casual, watch-the-game-from-your-couch sort of girl? Throw on a cozy rugby shirt with your go-to leggings. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to look like you rolled out of bed! (NFL Shop Shabby Rugby tee, $36)
- For those days when your hair just won’t cooperate, a jazzy baseball cap will have you covered. (Victoria’s Secret Pink Sequin baseball hat, $40)