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Fashion Favorite: CRAP Eyewear

Written on August 19, 2014 at 9:56 am , by

In every woman’s collection of accessories, a statement pair of sunglasses is a must. However, most people tend to stick to their one perfect shape and focus on practicality, rather than fun. But why do we do that? Don’t we all deserve a pair of sunglasses that makes us feel like a million bucks while spending a fraction of the price? CRAP Eyewear, ironically named, is your answer to a cool, funky pair of sunglasses that won’t break the bank.

Self-described on their website as “an independent sunglass founded by a couple of beach rats who still own and operate the brand,” CRAP Eyewear is gaining popularity all over the country as the low-maintenance, stylish option we all crave. With style names like “The Human Fly,” “The Diamond Brunch” and “The Nudie Mag,” the brand offers frame shapes that you don’t see everyday, which is exactly their angle. It’s a budget-friendly alternative that yields a big reward in the chic department. Every collection ranges in colors and shapes and every pair is under $60. Consider me sold.

Here are a few of my personal favorites, but check out the rest of their Summer ’14 collection on their website.

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Fashionably Fit: Celebrate the Running Skirt’s 10-Year Anniversary

Written on August 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm , by

Written by Anna Hecht, editorial intern

What’s more fun than looking super cute while training like a beast? Answer: nothing. Which is why we totally love a good running skirt. This fall, the brand behind the original, Skirt Sports, celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a “Virtual 10 on 10 Run” on September 13th. As you probably guessed, we’re joining the fun and are pretty pumped to sport this season’s trendiest styles.

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of what exactly a “Virtual 10 on 10 Run” entails, we must talk about just how crazy it is that the running skirt has officially been around for an entire decade. News like this can make a girl feel pretty old. I mean, we’re talking 2004 here, back when Usher’s “Burn” was the top pop single and movies like Mean Girls and The Notebook were rockin’ the big screen (We still love you, RyGos and Rachel).

It was also the year that professional triathlete Nicole DeBoom debuted the running skirt—while winning Ironman Wisconsin, no less—and used her prize money to start Skirt Sports, a brand that’s dedicated the last decade to making women look and feel great while running. Talk about major girl power.

So, what exactly is this virtual run, and how can you participate? From September 13-15, Skirt Sports invites women from around the world to run either a 10K or 10 miles (if you happen to live in Boulder, CO you can run with the Skirt Sports team!). Sign up here, and share your training and race-day adventures on social media—just remember to tag @SkirtSports. Every participant that registers will receive a gift certificate to Skirt Sports, a Lucky #10 race bib and a finisher’s gift post-race.

Still new to the world of running skirts? Check out some of our fave picks below. From the most fashionable styles to the best options for optimal performance, you’ll love the freedom that comes with wearing skirts while running your fastest. What are you waiting for? Time to suit up, sign up and pound some pavement. Happy training!

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Converse and Missoni Team Up Again

Written on August 4, 2014 at 9:33 am , by

Just when we thought our Chuck Taylors couldn’t get any cooler, Converse announces its All Star Missoni Collection, featuring Missoni’s signature zigzag designs on the classic Converse silhouette. In their eighth sneaker collaboration together (why change something that works, right?), the brands’ Fall 2014 line features black and white, black and teal, and purple and beige patterns available in both men and women’s sizes. The new kicks debut today at Nordstrom (almost a month before you can find it at retail stores and Converse.com) and includes a style exclusive to Nordstrom, so get them while you can and get ready to show off more than just your skills on the court!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni (Exclusive to Nordstrom, $85)

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni ($85 – $100)

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Fancy ($95 – $100)

Images courtesty of Converse Inc.

Which pattern and style are your faves? 

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Fit Blogger We Love: Style of Sport

Written on July 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm , by

Written by Mary Christ Anderson, deputy editor

Being an editor at FITNESS, I’m always looking for scoop on what’s now and next for the sporty lifestyle. One blog I make a must is StyleofSport.com. I think I’ve settled on a cute beach tote when —poof—my new favorite pops up in the Style of Sport newsletter. SOS’s founder Claudia Lebenthal always nails the haute and cool mix of picks because she has an eye for design. “There’s a definite intersection of sport with fashion, art, news and culture and I see it everywhere: in magazines and movies, on ski slopes, at the gym or a photo gallery—you name it,” says Lebenthal. (She was a visuals director at both Women’s Sports & Fitness and Self—I know because we worked at both together!—before she set her sights on, well, sites.)

“At first, I wanted to have a store that sold the sporty chic clothes I loved and worked out in,” she says. “That sparked me to bring together my collection of what I was craving online instead.”

Much like planning the spreads in magazines, Lebenthal scouts the season out and plucks the best gets for SOS. And you can tell she’s the real deal from her exploits—paddle boarding, flyfishing, kite surfing, back country skiing—all of which she shares, along with other profiles and tidbits. (You’ve got to read the essay she penned for FITNESS to be inspired. Readers wrote to us that they had co-opted her you-can-do-this mantra in that essay: It’s your level now.

“My goal,” says Lebenthal, “is to appeal to both the athlete and fashionista. Performance is the bottom line but style is what makes it fun!”

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Fitbit and Tory Burch Launch a Fit Fashion Collection We Love

Written on July 15, 2014 at 11:52 am , by

I love my Fitbit Flex as much as the next girl, and I swear, it really does make me walk more throughout the day (I’m seriously addicted to getting those little lights to flash on my wrist). But let’s be honest: the bands leave a little to be desired in the looks department. Of course, there’s been improvement over the last few years, and my current pink band blends with most of my outfits, but there’s no way you’ll catch me wearing it to the fancier events on my schedule (hello, wedding season).

Fitbit heard my cries for a fashion upgrade and are answering with total chicness. Enter their new collaboration with Tory Burch, which just launched an accessories line designed exclusively for the Flex. Your options: one of two silicone bands, both of which have the iconic Tory Burch pattern and retail for $38 apiece, or a piece of jewelry—specifically, a gold-tone pendant or bangle. The latter options are a little pricier, checking out at $175 or $195, respectively.

While the costs might seem high upfront, think about how often you’ll wear the band (um, every day) and how quickly you’ll make your money’s worth. After all, Fitbit users take 43 percent more steps when wearing their trackers compared to those who don’t measure any movement. So not only will you have a new, Insta-worthy fashion accessory, but you’ll be bettering your health every time you see that flashy little reminder on your wrist to go grab an afternoon coffee.

Oh, and don’t worry if you have yet to jump on the activity tracker trend. Tory Burch is selling the actual Fitbit Flex as well, so you can pick one up along with your new band. Happy stepping!

Photo courtesy of Fitbit

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APL’s New Sneaker Promises to Take Minutes Off Your Mile

Written on June 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm , by

Written by Katie Maguire, fashion assistant

It’s official: Athletic Propulsion Labs has launched the coolest new running shoe. APL is an athletic footwear company founded by the adorable Goldston twins, who know what they’re talking about when it comes to sports: both played basketball and football at the University of Southern California. Shortly after the brand’s initial launch in 2009, it gained widespread attention when the NBA banned all players from wearing APL basketball shoes, which claimed to help basketball players jump higher than normal, thanks to a spring-like device hidden inside the shoe. With press like that, the company quickly designed new ways to revolutionize all athletic shoes.

Their new running line includes 3 collections: The Joyride, The TechloomTM and The Windchill, each of which is designed to reduce stress on your feet in order to maximize your energy while running. We have yet to test the shoes out, but if this company’s past is any indication, I don’t want to wait much longer. To learn more about the company or buy a pair for yourself, check out their website. And be sure to post your results in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of APL 

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New Clothing Site Lets You Shop Based on Shape, NOT Size

Written on May 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm , by

Written by Jordan Clifford, editorial intern

I have a love-hate relationship with online shopping. I love it because it’s fast, easy and relatively painless. A few clicks of the mouse, a little indecision and one cringe-inducing moment of entering my credit card number and I’m done. I don’t have to stand in line for hours for the fitting room or rummage my way through crowded racks to find the perfect top. But when I tear into that pretty package promising to make me a fashion goddess, it almost always turns out that what I thought was a size eight fits like a size six around my bum, and that effortlessly flowy top actually looks like I stole a potato sack out of the pantry and tried pulling it off as a shirt. Not cool.

But it’s a new age and Australian fashion writer Larissa Thorne has made my day life! Her new website, Sizeable, launched last week and aims to revolutionize online shopping by taking the guess work out of what may or may not look good—and there’s shipping to the United States! Instead of showing clothes on models that all seem to have the same body type, Sizeable shows the item on six different models, all of whom have varying body shapes and sizes ranging from 6 to 14 (with full measurements and shoe sizes displayed). All you have to do is choose your model, then shop the site “with” her so you get a better idea of what an item might look like on you.

So why did Thorne venture into this groundbreaking realm of online fashion? “I find shopping online can be really demoralizing sometimes,” she told the Daily Mail. “It’s left me feeling really down on my body and we want to encourage women to embrace how they look. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, we all know there are millions of beautiful women out there who don’t look like a Victoria’s Secret model.” Preach!

Of course, Thorne’s six models don’t meet every body type, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. It’s certainly taken out a lot of guesswork out of my eternal search for fashion goddess-ness!

Would you shop at a site like Sizeable? Let us know in the comments below!

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Trending this Summer: 5 Ways to Update Your Look

Written on May 14, 2014 at 10:27 am , by

Updating your wardrobe each season with the hottest, trendiest pieces can be overwhelming and exhausting, not to mention hard on your wallet. To help you navigate through all the fashion fuss, we’ve created a ‘Top 5 Trends’ list, which will instantly amp up your summer style game. Check in each week for our latest trend tip!

This week’s pick: the T-shirt. The best part about this trend is that you probably already own dozens, you just need a new way of styling them to make ‘em feel fresh for the season. Pair a slouchy tee (crushing on this one…splurge!) with a structured pencil skirt for a laid back, office-appropriate look—think casual Fridays–or toss a plunging v-neck on with a pair of destroyed boyfriend jeans and lots of layered boho necklaces for an easy weekend style.

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Bust The Winter Blues: Red Hot Fashion for Spring

Written on March 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm , by

We’re tired. Tired of talking about the cold, tired of dressing for the cold, and most definitely tired of running in the cold. And if we’re this tired of it, we’re pretty sure you are too. Lucky for us, it finally seems like temps are starting to creep above freezing, and we’re desperately waiting for the day when we can officially chuck our snow boots to the back the closet, never to be worn again…at least until next winter. Until then, we’re stock piling some of our favorite warm-weather trends, and what better way to break out of the winter blues than with a burst of red?

 

Call Me, Maybe?: Cell phones have become just as much of an accessory as our jewelry and handbags, so why not dress yours up in a ‘notice me’ color this spring? Our pick: ban.do’s Shazaam Red.

Baby Got Back: We’re suckers for cute undies, especially comfy boyshorts, like these from Aerie. Wear ‘em under your favorite flouncy skirt or when it’s time to hit the hay…we’ll leave that up to you.

Cutting Edge: Splits59 has quickly become one of our go-to active brands, and we’re obsessed with their super cozy sweats. This edgy top features a sexy cut-out neckline and thumbholes. Yes, please!

Watch Out: The best way to add a POC (pop of color) to your wardrobe without going overboard? A little wrist action. We can’t get enough of the fun designs from May28th.

Babe Watch: You don’t have to be Pam Anderson to look smokin’ hot in a red bathing suit. This sporty style will have you turning heads on spring break.

Kick Back: Flashy slip-on kicks are all the rage this season, but if fire engine red is too vibrant for your style, try a washed version instead!

Eye Candy: Ditch your boring black shades for a pair with some spunk. Hobie’s Dogpatch sunglasses  have cool reflective (and polarized!) lenses to keep your eyes safe from the sun. Grab a red pair and be part of the limited edition crew!

Back Up: Hike through less-than-perfect weather this spring with this water-resistant backpack from Timberland. Your stuff will stay dry, and this poppy red will ensure that your hiking buddies won’t lose you along the trail.

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Love (and Jewelry) is All You Need on Valentine’s Day

Written on February 14, 2014 at 9:32 am , by

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!

From top left: CatBird NYC ‘X&O’ rings, Ariel Gordon Jewelry ‘Mini Heart’ studs, Jennifer Zeuner ‘Loved’ necklace, Scosha ‘Arrow’ bracelet, Carrie Hoffman Jewelry ‘Mini Pave T-Bar’ necklace

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