Stars & Stripes


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It may not be Independence Day yet, but feel your freedom 

in the crazy hues of these stars and stripes — because in these

United States we celebrate all the colors of the rainbow everyday!


LEFT COLUMN: OPENING CEREMONY STRIPED RIBBED KNIT DRESS $475. This sporty spring dress shows off that hard earned physique with its body hugging fit and flattering silhouette. DSQUARED2 TWIGGY BIG STAR JEANS $775. Stand out from the crowd in these cool stone wash jeans that overlay a white painted star design on distressed denim. 

CENTER COLUMN: SAINT LAURENT COURT CLASSIC DENIM STAR SNEAKERS $595. Saint Laurent updates the crowd favorite Court Classic in blue denim for spring, embellished with its signature white leather star appliqués. MARA HOFFMAN VELA CUT OUT ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT $225. One piece in the front, two piece in the back, the eye-popping multi-striped Vela is made from SPF50+ Italian stretch fabric and accentuated by flirty cutouts. ADIDAS FINALE CAPITANO UCL SOCCER BALL $19.99. This match ball replica is made for everyday play and honors the UEFA Champions League Final. It features the signature star pattern and official UEFA Champions League logo. BALENCIAGA BAZAR RAFFIA STRIPED ESPADRILLES $545. The summer’s essential espadrille becomes a modern statement maker in woven raffia and vinyl, emblazoned with red and blue stripes. Also available in white and blue stripes.

RIGHT COLUMN: CHINTI & PARKER CASHMERE STAR SWEATER $550. Pick your color and style, but we love this new season update in orange of Chinti and Parker’s signature star sweater. Spun from 100% Italian cashmere, it features a contrasting cream star intarsia, with a relaxed fit and comfortable wide crew neck. P.E NATION THE HEAT SKIRT $240. Made from basketball mesh in P.E Nation’s signature kaleidoscopic stripes, step up your game in this statement making tennis skirt. NEW BALANCE X J.CREW CROP TOP $70. From the New Balance for J.Crew performance activewear line, this crop top sportbra energizes any workout with its star print. Also available in a windbreaker, leggings, and shorts.


Double Vision. One Focus.



“On 4/3/15 I woke up like the picture on the left. I’d had a stroke in my sleep which caused a palsy in the 3rd nerve of my brain, causing my right eye to swing out. I saw two of everything and could only see straight if I closed one eye. It’s taken over a year and a half, 3 surgeries, an ocean of tears, and the desperate need to regain my life to get ME back. I took the pic on the right just after taking my new SoulCycle instructor photos — hence the incredible and very fake lashes. I never imagined having the courage to share the ‘before’ pic, but think it’s important to recognize and celebrate the journey, no matter how painful. Unlike so many stories, this one has a happy ending, one that will hopefully inspire determination and hope!”

-Emma Zaks, Facebook post, November 18, 2016

This is the story of Emma Zaks, a bubbly, energetic, and very popular SoulCycle instructor. Those who ride with Emma watched this healthy and fit 33-year old woman go through an unimaginable two-year journey — becoming increasingly ill with debilitating symptoms, both gastro-intestinal and neurological, that ultimately resulted in a stroke.

On and off the SoulCycle schedule at first, Emma began subbing out her classes for other instructors. Then followed a long absence. She would later return to teach — a patch on one eye and face swollen from the steroids doctors had prescribed for devastating symptoms no one really could explain. An autoimmune disease of some sort was the rumor. As is her nature, Emma remained her upbeat self through it all, or so it appeared, never letting her riders see the pain and fear going on inside.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending. After her illness was finally diagnosed and treated, Emma started posting little bits of her journey on Facebook. So moved and overwhelmed by her strength and bravery, we asked her to tell us what happened from beginning to end. This is her story in her own words…. and her Facebook posts.
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X-Trainers: HIIT It With Style



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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), CrossFit, and Boot Camps have become some of the most popular workouts, providing maximal results in minimal time, and proven to offer continual calorie and fat burning benefits even after the workout is done. Based on the concept of interval training, periods of highly strenuous activity are alternated with easier recovery periods. The cardiovascular benefits are the heart rate is kept high as the body stays in motion, rotating exercises and targeting different muscle groups throughout the workout. 

Classes at favorite studios like Barry’s Bootcamp, Orange Theory and others we reviewed in the 31 Days of Fitness, combine treadmill and rowing intervals with explosive plyometric and power moves, multi-directional floorwork, and weight bearing exercises. They require the agility and support of a training shoe with the cushioning and traction of a running shoe.

Here are 6 versatile hybrids, for men and women, we think hit the mark for all your training needs — ready to take on any workout with style!

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: ASICS FUZEX RUSH $100. For both men and women, the new fuzeX Rush is a lightweight and flexible performance running shoe. It features Asic’s fuzeGEL™ technology, providing responsive cushioning from heel to toe, for any type of impact, on a range of training and running surfaces.
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W.O.W! Working Out With Stephanie Ruhle




Stephanie Ruhle is the eponymous host of “MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle,” which airs every weekday morning at 9 am. If you watch MSNBC regularly you will also see this busy newswoman pop up on your TV screens at other points during the day — especially now, when political developments are non-stop and there is never a dull moment in our nation’s news.

Previously a banker at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, Stephanie got her start in business television as an anchor and managing editor for Bloomberg Television. There she co-hosted “Bloomberg GO,” Bloomberg’s flagship morning show. Among many other industry leaders, she regularly interviewed such financial titans as former Goldman Sachs President, Gary Cohn, now White House Director of the National Economic Council; Wall Street mogul, Wilbur Ross, now Commerce Secretary; famed “corporate raider” and Wall Street activist, Carl Icahn, now special adviser to the president on regulatory overhaul; and billionaire real estate tycoon, Donald Trump, now the 45th President of the United States.

Like many of those she has covered, Stephanie has shifted from business into political news in what has to be one of the most exciting times to be a reporter. It requires a lot physical and mental stamina. “It comes with a great responsibility,” she says, and you have to be “fitter than ever.” Given the time demands of her job; role as a wife and mother of three kids; and active involvement in women’s leadership development, having founded the Corporate Investment Bank Women’s Network and serving on the board of trustees for Girls Inc., how does Stephanie stay in such obviously good shape?
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Red Hot & Sporty


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Red hot for Valentine’s Day, it’s our favorite sporty classics. The perfect gift for a special someone or your own wish list, it’s always hotter in red!

LEFT COLUMN: SMITH SEQUEL SNOW HELMET $180. A red hot Smith favorite for your snowy Valentine, the Sequel combines the simple style of their classic helmet with a new ultra-light hybrid shell construction. It also features 18 adjustable regulator vents, a Boa fit system, and Snapfit SL ear pads for extra comfort and better fit. FJALLRAVEN FOLDSACK NO.1 BACKPACK $110. Another sporty classic in Valentine red is this rugged but stylish rucksack. Made with heavy duty canvas and leather details, it also has a laptop sleeve with padded bottom, large zippered front pocket, and padded adjustable shoulder straps. NORMA KAMALI MIO STUDDED SWIMSUIT $615. The super sexy Norma Kamali one piece is a timeless favorite and probably the most flattering swimsuit ever. Yes, it’s extravagant, but in red and silver studded, that’s Valentine’s swimsuit sure to make a splash!

CENTER COLUMN: BALENCIAGA OVERSIZED QUILTED SHELL JACKET $3250. The puffer goes haute couture with this straight-from-the-runway Balenciaga quilted down jacket. It’s warm and functional too with its detachable hood and scarf.  FREECITY FEATHERWEIGHT SWEATPANTS $125. Super cozy with a slim silhouette, these Freecity sweats are always a favorite. Incredibly soft, they get better with each wash and in this hot color you’ll never want to take them off. ADIDAS DRAGON OG $79. For 2017, adidas has reissued a fresh take on a 70’s track & field classic. The Dragon OG features the traditional athletic aesthetic and slim profile with a retro gum rubber outsole for durable traction underfoot.
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