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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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Winterize your Workout

Written on January 2, 2014 at 10:10 am , by

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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Your Guide to Holiday Dressing

Written on December 19, 2013 at 9:05 am , by

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. 

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Get Fit, Fab and Happy With Kate Hudson

Written on December 3, 2013 at 9:17 am , by

Shape up in style! Kate Hudson makes sweat sexier than ever. (Courtesy of Fabletics)

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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Kristin Cavallari Gets Bumpin’ for the Holidays

Written on November 22, 2013 at 10:26 am , by

Eating organic, Pilates and Just Dance 2014 keeps preggo entrepreneur Kristin Cavallari going—and glowing! (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Ubisoft/AP Images)

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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Top Fashion Trends to Try this Season

Written on September 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm , by

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!

Team Spirit: Root Those Boys on in Style

Written on September 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm , by

Junk Food Vintage NFL Curated By Kristin Cavallari At STYLE360 (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage for STYLE360)

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)

Head Back to School in Style with Fall’s Must-Have Accessory: Backpacks

Written on September 6, 2013 at 11:31 am , by

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)

Tennis Pro Venus Williams Talks Fashion, Food and Living a Healthy Life

Written on August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am , by

Ruth Zukerman and Venus Williams both wearing tops from EleVen by Venus’ new collection. (Photo courtesy of Marion Curtis/StarPix)

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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