Written on September 11, 2013 at 9:17 am , by Marla Horenbein
The girl can sing, we know that for sure, but we also know that Alicia Keys has creative talent in the shoe designer department. Her third collaboration with Reebok Classic hit stores this month, and Alicia is helping bring some serious height to her favorite sneaks this time around. “The Freestyle is my shoe; it has always been and always will be my favorite sneaker. So for me to be able to update it with a wedge and give it a totally new look and feel, while still keeping the traditional look of the sneaker, has been an honor and really exciting.”
The Fall ’13 Reebok Classic X Alicia Keys collection will see two new sneaker wedge styles, the Freestyle Hi wedge and the A.Keys wedge. The A.Keys wedge (a fusion of the Freestyle and Chi-Kaze) will be available in four different color ways, all featuring chic details like luxe leather, heavy canvas, and crocodile embossing–nothing short of glam, that’s for sure. And for a price point at under $100, you’ll want to grab a pair in every color. As serious sneaker wedge fans, we’re definitely going to be scooping some up!
For a look at Alicia and her new Reebok Classics collection, check out this behind-the-scenes video. If you didn’t already love Alicia Keys, you’ll be sure to have a little girl crush after this! How cute is she?
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Written on September 6, 2013 at 11:31 am , by Marla Horenbein
Think back to your high school years, specifically the last few days of summer, right before the first day of school. If they were anything like mine, they were spent soaking up as much sun as possible and finding the perfect back-to-school outfit. This meant multiple trips to the mall, inevitably driving my mother (and her bank account) insane.
Fast-forward way too many years, and I still get that giddy feeling come September. There are few things better than back-to-school shopping, no matter how old you are, and while I’m sad to see summer go, I’m welcoming the fall with semi-open arms (I’m still pretty reluctant to trade my bikini-clad body for cable knits…just sayin’).
I’ve got tons of things on my fall wish list, but at the top in big bold letters is a NEW BAG. And by bag, I really mean backpack. Yes, you heard me right: I want a backpack. They’re making a comeback (no pun intended), and everyone from Marni to Madewell is on board. I’ve pulled together some of my favorites, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be sporting one at some point this fall – so long as my mom and her bank account want to help me re-live my back-to-school shopping days!
1. Rebecca Minkoff Matty Backpack ($295, rebeccaminkoff.com)
2. Coach Thompson Leather Backpack ($498, coach.com)
3. Adidas by Stella McCartney Backpack ($110, adidas.com)
4. Forever21 Cool Plaid Backpack ($25, forever21.com)
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Backpack ($1,100, shopbop.com)
6. Herschel Supply City Backpack ($80, nordstrom.com)
7. Epiphanie Brooklyn Backpack ($225, epiphaniebags.com)
8. O’Neill Levi Backpack ($46, oneillclothing.com)
Written on August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am , by Marla Horenbein
When you add tennis superstar Venus Williams and Flywheel Sports together, what do you get? A night filled with fun, fashion and Spinning, duh! I had the opportunity to join FlyWheel’s co-founder, Ruth Zuckerman, for a special ride with Venus to kick off the Fall 2013 collection from EleVen by Venus, sold at select FlyWheel locations (Chicago, Charlotte, Seattle and NYC, to be exact!). I was also lucky enough to sit down with Venus and pick her brain about fashion, food (apparently we both share a love for marshmallows!) and her life as a tennis star. Talk about a “pinch me” moment!
I work in the fashion department at FITNESS, so I’m super familiar with your line EleVen (we featured a tie dye version of this skirt in our July/Aug issue!), and think you and your team of designers are doing a great job. What inspires you when designing new looks? I really think that inspiration comes from within and that’s what makes the line a little bit different. I try to design pieces that are different, fun and bright – things that are really me – but not too different because you don’t want to step too far away from your roots, you know? We want the line to be relatable, so we’re always looking to find a happy medium. I want people to see my clothes and say, “Wow, that’s so exciting!”
And exciting it is! The new collection especially. I love the floral prints and electric color pallet. Are you going to wear any of these pieces to the U.S. Open?
I’ll be wearing the Rose Floral tennis dress.
Super cute! Definitely makes me want to get out on the tennis court and play!
Exactly! I want to inspire people to live a healthy life. Give them a little extra motivation to get out there and exercise.
Speaking of healthy, what’s your go-to snack, whether you’re on the go or heading into a big match?
To be honest, I’m not a big snacker. I’m into green juice and smoothies, so I usually reach for something like that.
Well that explains why you look so awesome! But seriously, any splurge snacks? There’s gotta be something…
Marshmallows! I love marshmallows. Those are a weakness, so I allow myself to splurge once in a while.
A girl after my own heart! So you’re about to go to a match, you’re dressed to the nines in your cute tennis clothes; you’ve drank a smoothie. What’s next? Any special rituals that we should know about?
I don’t have any crazy rituals. I’m the most relaxed person before a match. Probably too laid back. I’m always running late! People are pushing me to go and I’m like, “Wait, where’s my racquet?!”
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Written on August 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm , by Marla Horenbein
We hate to be those people, but we’ve just come to the realization that our beloved summer nights are numbered. Being the beach bums that we are, we’re not ready to ditch our bikinis and flip-flops yet, so we’ve taken to wearing our comfies on the beach when the sun starts to set and the salty air gets breezy.
But comfy doesn’t have to be frumpy. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sweatshirts for you to keep warm in for those last few bonfires on the beach. All you have to do is throw one on over your favorite bikini (we’re obsessed with everything L*Space), and pair with denim cutoffs, for the perfect low maintenance, beachy-chic look.
Nike Rally Sweatshirt ($50, nike.com)
Billabong Here We Are Pullover ($40, billabong.com)
Rebecca Taylor Pullover ($350, rebeccataylor.com)
SoulCycle E Hoodie ($88, soul-cycle.com)
Aerie Classic Crew ($30, aerie.com)
Victoria’s Secret Pink Slouchy Crew ($45, victoriassecret.com)
Written on August 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm , by Marla Horenbein
Obsession is an understatement when it comes to Shark Week. We wait all summer long for a week full of nail biting deep sea adventures, views from the shark cam and gruesome attacks. If it were up to us, every week would be #SharkWeek! Sadly though, we’ll soon have to bid adieu to Jaws and Bruce for another year, and hope that we’ll be able to hop onto our paddle boards and get back in the open water without running into any unwanted fins. Eek!
In case you’re crazy about sharks, too, and need a fix after all of the hype settles down, we rounded up some of our favorite shark-themed accessories. Accessorize at your own risk:
Society 6 Shark Attack iPhone Case ($35, society6.com)
Vanessa Mooney Shark Tooth Ring ($35, vanessamooney.com)
Billabong Sweettooth Cap ($24, billabong.com)
Finn Jewelry Baby Mako Tooth Necklace ($1,350, finnjewelry.com)
Toms Discovery Shark Camo Shoes ($79, toms.com)
Written on July 2, 2013 at 11:49 am , by Marla Horenbein
Breezy running shorts, check! Rockin’ playlist, check! Sunscreen, check! Sunglasses, err, check?
Sunglasses are a summer staple, but when it comes to hitting the pavement and logging miles, my shades usually stay tucked away at home. Throwing a baseball cap on before a run is enough shade for my squints, but for other FITNESS staffers, eyewear is a huge part of their summer workout wardrobe. The only problem…finding the perfect fit!
Enter Under Armour. We’ve known about the company, well, forever, but we just got acquainted with the eyewear line. With a wide range of styles, there’s something for every athlete (in true Under Armour fashion), and of course for every fashion-forward diva like yours truly (I’m loving this pair for my days at the beach!). When put to the test by our trusty editors, these suckers performed. And well.
Our super-runner Editorial Assistant, Lauren, fell in love with the sleek look, and cool-colored lenses of the Igniter. “The blue lenses cut the glare from the sun for a no squint, headache-free run!” Bonus: mirrored lenses are a huge fashion trend this summer, so Lauren definitely achieves the fashion-forward flair she craves while running the streets of her hood.
For our Web Editor, Colleen, finding an adjustable and cushy nose piece is key, and the Zone II has the perfect no-slip grip. “They stayed put without any sliding around on a very sticky, humid morning,” she notes. “That says something because I was extremely sweaty!” Another cool feature that similar styles, like the Core Switch and the Core, have: adjustable temple cushions, which creates a more personalized and comfortable wearing experience.
While testing her pair out one sunny weekend, Assistant Web Editor, Samantha, realized she could use these shades (she tried the Igniter II in a black/red combo) for more than one activity. “I used my sunglasses all weekend while volunteering at Relay for Life, went for a run in them, and am excited to wear these on long bike rides this summer! I never felt like I had to squint, even at high noon, and of course, I looked cute!” Having a pair of multi-function sunglasses makes for easy packing when taking a weekend trip or long vacation. One pair and you’re good to go!
For more styles and information be sure to check out underarmour.com.
Written on May 7, 2013 at 9:17 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
“Follow your heart and dare!” The DVF Loves Roxy Spring 2013 line’s motto perfectly describes the collaboration’s bold prints and playful silhouettes. In celebration of this laid-back but confident surfer sprit, Roxy pros Kelia Moniz and Monyca Byrne-Wickey flaunted the new bikinis for the camera after lending a hand in the design process. We sat down with the two gals to hear about their recent epic ride. Read on to learn about Kelia and Monyca’s swimsuit requirements, bikini-friendly diet and why fitness is not just a passion, but their lifestyle.
How did you two get into surfing?
KM: My dad was a professional surfer, so it was in the family. We were raised going to the beach—pretty much on the beach. My mom homeschooled us so surfing was a big part of my life. Every day after school (and during school!) we’d go to the beach and surf. And I have four brothers—it was something we did for fun. Being in Hawaii, there’s not much to do so the beach is pretty much our playground.
MBW: I grew up in a really small town—like literally two general stores, one gas station. There’s not a ton of stuff to do and so the beach is kind of like our playground. That’s where everybody goes after school to have fun. My family didn’t really surf. My sister surfed a bit, but I mostly learned from my two best friends growing up…they’re all boys and boys usually pick up surfing a lot easier than girls do so I always was trying to be as good as them and keep up. They’d really push me.
What do you look for when searching for the perfect suit?
MBW: Comfort is very important, especially in the water because you need something that’s tight to stay on, but at the same time you don’t want it digging into your neck or imprinting on your sides. You want it to stay on so a cross-back top is always really good. Something that’s not adjustable here [points to rib cage] so you’re not flying open. As far as bottoms go, I prefer regular—no ties or anything like that—because a lot of times you’re standing up on your board and you could get them caught on your hand…I want something that’s functional, comfortable and also looks cute on the beach. So if you’re going to the beach, the waves aren’t looking good and you decide you’re not going out, you’re still going to be really cute. And just as cute as all the other girls who aren’t surfing. I also prefer a smaller bottom just because I think it’s more flattering and you don’t get as crazy tan lines.
Do you draw your color/pattern inspiration from Hawaii or other places you visit during competition?
MBW: Sort of. I feel like there are some places we go that there’s definitely more of a style that we don’t see at home in Hawaii. In Australia, all the girls wear structured tops, like mostly bra tops and florescent colors. I do like a bra top, but I feel like for surfing, if you’re going to be out there for hours it can get really uncomfortable. It’s super cute; I still love it. I prefer pastels, florals and solids mostly. All the girls we travel with and all the girls on our team completely enjoy a different thing and the great thing is we’re all with Roxy and they have such a wide array of all that—there’s a print for everybody, there’s a style for everybody and there’s a color for everybody.
KM: [Monyca] loves, just like she said, a cross-back and I love triangle adjustable tops. I love tie sides.
MBW: And we’re super different surfers. I ride a short board and she rides a long board so she could even get away with wearing a bandeau because it’s not as rough.
KM: I’m above the water most of the time and I’m not duck diving where my top’s going to come off so I wear bandeaus all the time, especially to stay away from tan lines. Read more
Written on April 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm , by FITNESS Editors
Bling it on!
You can enter to win between now through next Tuesday. Don’t want to wait to see if you won? Pop on over to the ESD site and use the code FITNESSHALF to purchase this fabulous necklace for 20 percent off.
Enter to win here and good luck!
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 April 3, 2013 at 9:06 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
As we fit gals know, there are few things more powerful than a good sweat. The adrenaline rush, tight-knit team camaraderie and sense of accomplishment athletics provide can turn any negative into a glowing positive. It is for this reason that we give the new bag brand Activyst a big thumbs up for their mission to support girls’ sports programs worldwide. With a belief that active girls are a catalyst for change, every sale makes a difference in their partner-focused funding. The adorable vibrant colored bags are made of durable, waterproof macen, a popular material used in the brand’s Nicaragua birthplace. Tote your sneaks, yoga mat and change of clothes in style, while giving girls the opportunity to blossom into strong, active women. Here’s to jocks supporting future exercise junkies!
To buy a bag of your own and learn more about using sports as the solution, check out Activyst’s website.