Puff Stuff

 

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Stay warm and toasty this season from head to toe in these insulating layers. A range of modern styles and silhouettes make these pieces just as stylish too!

LEFT COLUMN: MM6 MAISON MARGIELA X THE NORTH FACE NUPTSE SCARF $650. Martin Margiela has collaborated with The North Face on the MM6|TNF collection, reinterpreting a number of iconic pieces from the Expedition Series that include the Nuptse Scarf shown above. The MM6 signature scarf takes its inspiration from the Nuptse design and technical features, and is reimagined into a shawl with 700 fill down certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), and protected by high sheen ripstop nylon that features Durable Water Repellent (DWR). Stowable hood packs into collar. Also included in the MM6|TNF collection are Denali fleeces, jackets, and puffers.

SNOWPEAK FLEXIBLE INSULATED CARDIGAN $230. Part of the signature Snow Peak Flexible Insulated Series, the Flexible Insulated Cardigan provides versatility as a lightweight, functional piece. The thin quilting makes it easy to layer both over and under in transitional weather, with a windproof and water-repellent outer layer that insulates in colder temperatures as well. This season both the shell and filling are constructed of recycled polyester to minimize environmental impact. Read More

 

Wheee-Bike!

 

ZIPPING AROUND ON THE EEYO EBIKE

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The Gogoro Eeyo is an electric bike, or “eBike”, a mode of transportation that has become increasingly popular — even more so since the Coronavirus pandemic — as an environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and health conscious way to get around. We’ve been writing about eBikes for a while now, since their evolution from junkyard delivery bike with a big battery, to a refined breed of modern commuter bikes. Almost all the major bike companies, along with a host of other bespoke brands, now manufacture an eBike.

The eBikes we are talking about are not like a moped or motorcycle. They do not have a throttle. You have to pedal for your power, and on some bikes harder than others. Class 1 eBikes max out at 20 mph,and Class 3 at 28 mph. Class 2 models are different in that they have throttles and don’t require pedaling. That’s typically what you see the delivery guys riding and not really an eBike. When buying an eBike you want to be sure it has the power, range, and comfort you need for your ride. How long is your commute? Are there a lot of hills? Do you like to ride fast?

The advantage of these “pedal-assist” eBikes, even for the most fit and active rider, is an extra boost of power that is there when you need it… on a long commute, if you’re in a rush, or you’d prefer not to arrive sweaty at your destination. Plus, they’re a heck of a lot of fun! And for you bike geeks and design obsessed, a few of the latest models are so sleek and chic, with the battery and motor integrated into the frame, you’d hardly even know they were eBikes! Check out these 3 new models that are sure to appeal. Read More

 

Fleecy Piecy

 

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Your coziest layers from head to toe…

stay warm and toasty, indoors and out, in our favorite fleecy pieces!

 
LEFT COLUMN: L.L.BEAN WOMENS MOUNTAIN PILE FLEECE COAT $149. This extra-plush sherpa fleece coat features windproof protection, along seat warming drop tail. Two zippered pockets keep essentials handy and secure, and hands warm too.

PENFIELD WATERFORD FLEECE VEST $145. We love the entire collection of fun and functional sherpa fleeces from Penfield! Shown here is a basic black fleece and nylon vest with zip chest pocket. It’s a perfect layering piece with any look.

MONCLER HELIS FAUX SHEARLING HIKING BOOTS $880. Moncler goes inside out with these cream and brown faux shearling hiking boots, rendered in a classic silhouette with lace-up front, logo-engraved gold eyelets, and chunky rubber tread soles.

CENTER COLUMN:ROAM PRISM SLIPPERS $132. Go anywhere in these stylish faux shearling two-toned slippers that feature memory foam, custom molded footbed, breathable neoprene, and are backed in cotton fleece for added comfort and softness. Read More

 

CBD 101: The Athlete’s Guide

 

MUSCLE MX, BROOKLYN HEMPOLOGY, ELEMENTS BY DR. RICHARD FIRSHEIN, PLANT ALCHEMY, KOI CBD

 
Walk into any health food or drugstore these days and you’ll see shelves filled with CBD products. In particular, there are a multitude of CBD creams and balms targeting muscle pain and inflammation, the common symptoms of overuse or injury any athlete encounters. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is the relaxing but non-psychotropic component of the cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant. Its counterpart is THC, the component that gets you high. CBD and THC are the most well known components, but there are many more cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, all of which have different therapeutic benefits.

There are three different categories of CBD products: CBD isolate, which contains no other cannabinoids or THC; broad-spectrum CBD, which contains most cannabinoids; and full-spectrum CBD, which in addition to the full range of cannabinoids also contains THC, up to the maximum 0.3 percent allowed by law. With such a miniscule amount, there are generally none of the mind-altering effects associated with THC.

While CBD isolates and broad-spectrum are ideal for consumers who want to be sure there is no THC in their product, without the other cannabinoids, the overall therapeutic benefits of CBD are reduced. Without the THC, what is known as the “entourage effect” is reduced as well. Even with just the trace amount allowed, CBD is more effective with THC. With so many options to choose from, including all the different dosages available, how do you know which one to buy? We asked Dr. Richard Firshein of the Firshein Medical Center for some answers. Read More

 

The Bike Commuter Style Guide

 

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If you’re like many these days, you are riding your bike to work, run errands, or just get around town. There are certain basics you need on the road, especially as the weather turns cooler. A rain jacket, insulated layer, sunglasses, bike helmet, and more… here are a few chic and functional essentials to ride in style!

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: PATAGONIA NANO-AIR VEST $199. The versatile Patagonia Nano-Air vest is an essential layer for any sporty activity. It’s warm and stretchy, with lightweight breathable insulation to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable — on and off the bike.

LINUS PRONTO 10 BICYCLE $895. Linus bikes appeal to that sophisticated rider looking for classic style at a reasonable price. The Linus Pronto 10 is their premium commuter, and features 10 speeds with a trigger shifter, all-weather hydraulic disc brakes, premium alloy tubing — all in a sleek Matte Meteor package.

VELOCIO RECON SNAP JACKET $289. From chilly trail rides to your everyday commute, the Recon Snap Jacket has the technical features you need in a bike jacket with casual style for all-day wear. The Pertex Quantum Air shell provides wind protection, water-resistance, and mobility in an ultralight stretch weave, with Polartec insulation for breathable warmth. Available for men and women. Read More

 

Have Your Carbs & Eat Them Too!

 

 

Fat free, low carb, high protein… every few years a new diet trend comes along, eliminating one major food group while promoting another, touting the miracle health and weight loss results. What goes around comes around, and the cyclical nature of what to eat and what not to eat can get very confusing. The diet and nutritional trends we feature on STYLE of SPORT are a trickle-down from elite athletes and what they eat for sport performance. Carbohydrates used to be considered the go-to fuel source, but in recent years that has shifted to fat, which as it turns out is great for weight loss too. But the latest trend lets you have it all!

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred fuel source, generally because that’s what we feed it. The body converts carbs into glucose for fuel. What it doesn’t use, it stores as glycogen. But there is a limited capacity to how much glycogen it can store, 2400 calories in fact, and after that the excess glucose is stored as fat. Carbs are easier to access for fuel than fat, and what the body will turn to first for energy. “Carbo loading” used be the norm for endurance athletes, with bowls of pasta consumed the night before a long race, and sugary gels during the race.

When carbohydrates are not available however, the body will tap into other fuel sources, namely fat. If you think of your metabolism like a fire, carbs are the kindling. But kindling burns fast, as opposed to those slow burning logs underneath which you can compare to fat. As such, many endurance athletes have discovered that fat is actually a better source of energy, and trained their bodies to be fat burners instead of sugar burners. The low-carb, high-fat Keto diet is a popular reflection of that trend. Gone are the bowls of pasta before a race, replaced the body’s own supply of fat, something many of us have handily stored in places we don’t want it.  Read More

 

Lift Off

 

 

It’s surfing without a wave, snowboarding without the powder, flying without a plane… it’s eFoiling, your new (albeit expensive) board sport! An eFoil is a motorized surfboard with a sleek hydrofoil design that lifts the board out of the water at speeds of up to 25 mph with control of a wireless handheld remote. Lift, the family-owned, Puerto Rico based company, is the creator of the best-selling eFoil on the market — and one can be yours for a mere $12,000.

You are likely familiar with the concept of foiling as it applies to sailing, and have seen the hydrofoil race boats that have become standard design in the America’s Cup. As speed increases, wing-like foils propel the board up and you float above the surface as the blade slices through the water below. A two-hour charge lets you ride for about 90 minutes.

Described by some as a cross between a Jet Ski and a surfboard, thankfully the electric motor is silent, and eFoiling takes some athletic skill to master. I’ve been wanting to demo an e-Foil for a while, and Lift hooked me up with a lesson in Montauk, L.I. earlier this week. Kai Costanzo, owner of KaiKai sandals located at Gossman’s Dock (and other locations) was my instructor. Telling me most people don’t stand up on their first lesson, such would be my motivation!
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Funky Fall Favorites

 

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Colors, patterns, styles collide for a fashion twist on your fall favorites. Mix and match with sporty classics for a rugged country look with big street style.

 
LEFT COLUMN: THE NORTH FACE SALTY DOG BEANIE $26. Keep that noggin’ toasty with this classic docker style beanie, jersey lined for extra warmth. It features a shallow fit and heritage branding on a woven patch for added vintage style.

SACAI LAYERED COLOR BLOCK BOMBER JACKET $1170 (now 35%off). Your bomber jacket goes hunting for fall. Color-blocked and layered with army green and safety orange, it’s a be seen look this season.

MONSE FLANNEL CASCADE HOODIE $1150. Sweatshirt meets flannel shirt with this cashmere blend, asymmetric hoodie. It’s a luxe fashion spin on your basic hooded sweatshirt.

CENTER COLUMN: PATAGONIA NANO PUFF SCARF $69. Your scarf is now a windproof and water-resistant insulated layer. The Nano Puff scarf is made from lightweight, compressible PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco that is 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. It features a handy little zip pocket too! Read More

 

Francisco Costa Is Costa Brazil

 

 

When Francisco Costa left Calvin Klein in 2016, after 13 years as the Creative Director, it would not be another fashion house he would seek. This native of Brazil returned to his homeland and found himself deep within the rainforest of the Amazon — not on the luxury cruise he had originally planned with friends — but with an indigenous tribe called the Ywanawas. It was here by chance that his newest venture was born, Costa Brazil.

Costa Brazil is an all-natural skin care line — a blend of powerful ingredients, sourced from the Brazilian rainforest — that Costa discovered on that first trip and multiple visits since. At the core of the line are body oils that blend mineral-rich Kaya, antioxidant-packed Cacay, and the aromatic healing properties of Breu. While Costa Brazil bears Francisco’s name, it is Brazil that is at the heart of the brand, embodying the connection between beauty and nature that distinguishes the place from which he comes.

The products are an olfactory delight, the essence of which is a resin called Breu, revered for its sacred aromatherapy benefits. It was the first ingredient Costa discovered on his maiden trip to the Amazon, and became the inspiration for the line. The aroma is hard to describe. It is exotic, like a place you’ve never been but want to go… a jungle, forest, or other some natural wonderland where the scent is so fragrant it’s almost intoxicating, and makes you want to return again and again. Read More

 

So You Sage

 

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Ease into fall with this collection of sage. Beach, country, town…

functional style for any locale, wherever the season finds you.

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: MOSCOT TELENA SUNGLASSES $315. Crafted with cinnamon colored Italian acetate frames, tinted green lenses, and durable 5-barrell hinges, these chill shades bring contemporary style to any sun-soaked look.

SATISFY LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING CAP $59. Take to the road in this technical Satisfy running cap from their LSD collection — embroidered with LONG SLOW DISTANCE on the front in applicable 60’s typography.

BOGS KICKER RAIN CHELSEA $80. You’ll be excited for rainy days in these fun little rain boots. They are made with 100% waterproof, ultra-soft, and flexible rubber that’s functional and rugged enough for the country, but stylish for city wear too! Read More

 

Heal Thyself

 

 

For many fitness lovers and weekend warriors, overuse injuries often come with the territory. Luckily there are chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists to get us back in action as fast as possible. When the coronavirus pandemic hit however, those practitioners’ offices closed, and with that went the treatments and therapies on which we’ve come to rely.

Though many sport and physical therapists’ offices are now open, with Covid fears and the pandemic lingering, some people are still reluctant to go, despite the safety precautions doctors and health practitioners have taken. While we can’t replace the hands-on techniques of a great physical therapist, there are a number of things we can do ourselves to keep those nagging injuries from becoming more serious.

One of my primary sport therapists is Duke Chiropractic in Manhattan, where in addition to skeletal adjustments, they use active release therapy, along with a variety of other muscular therapies like Graston and EPAT to treat both recreational and professional athletes. I spoke with one of my doctors there, Dr. Peter Duggan, about what recovery therapies we can do on our own when getting into the doctor’s office is not an option or as convenient as it once was. Read More

 

10 Sleek Summer Slides

 

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Always cool and comfortable, your sport slides get a dose of chic all cleaned up in white. Add a hit of color here and there for some extra summer fun!

 

LEFT COLUMN: CHACO CHILLOS ENDORPHIN $50. Chaco has collaborated with Saucony on a co-branded recovery slide designed for ultra post-run relaxation — with all-day style to match! GUCCI MATELASSE RUBBER SLIDES $320. Gucci takes your rubber pool slide and transforms it into a chic summer sandal with a quilted geometric effect that’s finished with an embossed Double G detail. ADIDAS ADILETTE SLIDES $45. You can’t beat the original pool slide — especially in a graphic black and white! BALENCIAGA LOGO EMBOSSED POOL SLIDE $275. Minimal and chic, these white Balenciaga logo embossed slides are functional too in rubber with a comfort molded footbed and sole. MONCLER BASILE RUBBER SLIDES SANDALS $225. At the pool, lunch, and cocktails, these Moncler rubber sandals with tricolor strap go anywhere your summer takes you.

RIGHT COLUMN: KAAPA BANDA SLIDES $35. We love them in white, but these Kaapa slides are also in a full array of summer colors, and all feature the cheeky Kaapa logo. GIVENCHY 10MM LOGO EMBOSSED RUBBER SLIDES $295. Another minimal designer take, these white Givenchy pool slides feature a little hit of color with red embossed logo. LACOSTE CROCO SLIDE $39.95. Everybody loves the Lacoste crocodile, and these pool slides feature him prominently in tennis green on the wide foot strap. CHAMPION IPO SLIDES $35. These Champion slides add a chill sporty vibe to your summer style from the pool to the beach to the street. PHILIP PLEIN LOGO PRINT FLAT SLIDE $375. Designer Philip Plein always loves a sport inspiration, and here contrasts his graphic logo design in black against a simple white pool slide.

 

Lateral Objects

 

 

We featured production designer Stefan Beckman’s home furnishings line, Lateral Objects, when it launched last summer with a collection of bright and graphic beach towels. The collection has since expanded into tableware with placemats, napkins, and glasses, along with additional beach products like camp chairs and tote bags — as well as a shop in the Long Island hamlet of Bellport, NY that carries the whole line and more.

Beckman is arguably fashion’s most sought after production designer, creating the sets and stages for such designers as Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, and Bottega Veneta – in addition to his editorial work for such publications as Vogue Italia, W, Love, and Interview. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, and so much of the fashion industry on lockdown, like many New Yorkers he left the city for his summer home, and set up shop — literally — in Bellport. Read More

 

Bandana-Rama

 

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While the bandana has always been a favorite accessory with its distinctive paisley print, it has become more popular than ever in the last few months as a face covering. This sporty collection takes its inspiration from the bandana with hoodies, bags, leggings, sneakers, t-shirts, hats, and more that pay homage to this colorful little square!

 
LEFT COLUMN: BDG WASHED BANDANA HOODIE SWEATSHIRT $59. This unisex printed hoodie features a cotton outer layer with a light poly fleece lining, and is available in three colors.

ARIZONA LOVE TREKKY BANDANA-WRAPPED SANDALS $134. Teva-inspired, these comfy sandals get a fashion infusion wrapped in red bandana-print voile.

BANDANA BLANKET COMPANY CLASSIC BANDANA BACKPACK $69.99. Available in lots of bandana colors, this backpack features a heavy-duty construction, padded nylon back and bottom, and interior laptop pocket too.

WALK ON WATER BANDANA SLING CHAIR $149. Also available in all your favorite bandana colors, these sling chairs recline in three different positions for ultimate relaxation. They feature a solid wood frame and durable, water-resistant seat that are UV coated to protect against fading. Read More

 

Play It Safe: Best Sport Masks

 

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Lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking…

These 10 face masks will help keep you protected and prevent the spread of coronavirus when working out and training hard!

 

UA SPORTSMASK (above)

$30

 
Made with high-performance fabrics, this water-resistant, anti-microbial mask is designed for sport and all-day wear. Structured design sits up off face and lips for added comfort and breathability. Iso-Chill fabric on interior lining and ear loops feels cool to the touch.

 

JAANUU REUSABLE ANTIMICROBIAL FACE MASKS

SET OF 5 / $25

 
From the modern medical uniform company, Jaanuu, comes these antimicrobial scrub masks designed for all-day wear. Moisture-wicking and breathable, they are great for working out too, and come in a wide assortment of palette pleasing colors! Read More

 

The Tennis Shop

 
FROM LEFT ROW 1 & 2: TORY SPORT PERFORMANCE STRIPED SLEEVELESS RUFFLE POLO WITH LUCKY IN LOVE SCALLOP SKIRT; POIVRE BLANC POLO TANK TOP AND TENNIS SKORT; TORY SPORT PERFORMANCE MERINO V-NECK SWEATER WITH INPHORM PLEATED TENNIS SKIRT; ROW 3: POIVRE BLANC TENNIS DRESS; INPHORM ASYMMETRICAL TENNIS DRESS; TORY SPORT V-NECK TENNIS DRESS

 

Mason’s Tennis has been a part of the New York City shopping landscape since 1975 — a go-to destination for NYC’s tennis set and tourists alike. Opened by founder Mark Mason during tennis’s heyday, when players like Chris Evert, Bjorn Borg, Guillermo Vilas, John McEnroe, and Vitas Gerulaitas ruled the courts — and brands like Fila, Tacchini, and Ellesse made tennis style as big a part of the game as the matches themselves.

Mason’s is one of those original NYC specialty stores you don’t really find anymore, small but jam-packed, like a hardware store that’s got everything you need. Here it’s tennis — racquets, apparel, shoes, and accessories. The store was originally located on 7th Ave between 57th and 58th St, and moved to its current location on 53rd between Park and Madison in 1999. Read More

 

The Art of Sport

 

 

ABOVE, CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: MR. BRAINWASH, MUHAMMAD ALI

“LEGEND” (LIFE IS WONDERFUL); A. BORGHERESI, MONACO GRAND PRIX; KATHERINE BERNHARDT, NIKE PANTHER; CLAUDE GARACHE, ROLAND GARROS 1990

 

Surf, skate, soccer, tennis and more… bring your favorite sports home this summer with these limited edition prints, art objects, and vintage posters that represent them all. With many sporting events still on hold, you can view them on your wall 24/7 with this curated collection from GC/EDITIONS. For more information, click images.

 

 

ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION ARTIST SERIES SURFBOARDS

Created by surfer shaper Tim Bessell in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Foundation, these Andy Warhol Foundation Artist Series surfboards were produced in a limited and numbered edition of 10 or 12. Read more HERERead More

 

May The Fourth Be With You

 

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Festive for the Fourth of July in red, white, and blue… this collection has the fun summer style you’ll want to wear all season long!

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: BOAST WARM-UP JACKET $140. Taking its inspiration from the tennis icons of the 1970’s, this pique tricot warm-up jacket features classic retro styling and the Boast signature embroidered Japanese maple leaf insignia.

IMPERIAL GOLF BUCKET HAT $35. Made for the links, wear this classic bucket hat anyplace you need a little sun protection with style. It’s available in lots of color variations too!

ADIDAS ALL ME BIKINI TOP $35 + SPORTY BOTTOMS $30. Dive, spike, swim… this made for summer sport bikini goes from beach volleyball to a surf session with ease.

NORSE PROJECTS BJARKI COLOR BLOCK SOCK $25. From Norse Projects’ latest drop come these cotton blend colorblocked socks, topped off with snug ribbed ankle cuffs. Read More

 

Weight for It

 

 

No weights? No problem! With gyms still closed and everyone working out at home, weights are almost impossible to find — or marked up on eBay at black market prices. But don’t let that get in the way of your workout! Everyday objects will do just fine.

I’ve been using gallon jugs of Poland Spring myself for dumbbells, which weigh 8.34 lbs. 2 cups of water weighs about 1 lb., so whether you’re curling a liter bottle (2.2 lbs) or bench pressing a 5 gallon water cooler refill jug (41.7 lbs), you really can substitute any water container for a weight (Water/Weight Calculator). Wine or champagne bottles are another option, slightly heavier because they are glass and not plastic, which on average weigh between 2-3 lbs.

Wood is another idea. A 2 x 4″ can be cut to measure at Home Depot or Lowe’s, and weighs about 1.2 lbs. per foot. Stack two pieces together to easily double that weight. Or use a brick for a 5 lb. weight. Other ideas at the hardware store are paint cans — gallon size or smaller sample cans which are more easily hand held. Paint weighs more than water, and varies depending on type between 10-15 lbs. per gallon, but you can also purchase empty paint cans at places like Walmart and simply fill with water.

Sandbags are another idea which can be found at a variety of different types of stores. Saddle bag styles from a camera or lighting supply shop can be purchased in different weights from 5-50 lbs. and have convenient handles too! Other options are food — from a can of soup which weighs about .75 lbs, to potatoes which come pre-measured in 5 lb. bags.

All these ideas are in stock and available online or in stores now. So no weights? No excuses!

 

Power Brews

 

 

With the popularity of intermittent fasting, a nutritional tool that can help your body burn fat, that first cup of coffee is often the break-fast meal. For those who prefer training in the morning, while in a fasting state, fueling their workouts can be a challenge. Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts have conditioned their bodies to use fat for energy — as opposed to carbs which were once the norm — and have turned their morning brew into nutritional, fat-burning fuel.

Bulletproof coffee was one of the first fat-packed recipes to gain popularity: essentially black coffee with a scoop of grass-fed butter or ghee, and MCT or coconut oil. The added fat slows down caffeine absorption for more sustained energy. The theory is by adding fat to a cup of black coffee, you can transform it into an energy-boosting, brain-fueling, fat-burning meal. Grass-fed butter or ghee adds high-quality fats and essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids; fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K; and antioxidants. MCT Oil, which is derived from coconut oil, is said to help to increase energy levels, improve cognitive performance, regulate blood sugar, and boost fat burning. Bulletproof manufactures its own MCT oil called Brain Octane FuelRead More

 

Sport Your Pride 2020!

 

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We celebrate Pride 2020 and all the many colors

of the LGBTQ+ community with this sporty rainbow collection!

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: VERSACE X PRIDE LOGO SWIMSUIT $495. Versace celebrates Pride month with a special collection that includes this swimsuit emblazoned with a rainbow colored logo. In support of the LGBTQ+ community, a portion of sales will be donated to charities that work towards inclusivity and equality.

NIKE BANDIT RISE BETRUE SUNGLASSES $169. The Nike BeTrue collection honors athletes who uplift the LGBTQIA+ community and use their voices for change. See through the BETRUE engraved on lenses.

FJALLRAVEN KANKEN RAINBOW COLLECTION BACKPACK $80. With the Kånken Rainbow Collection, Fjällräven celebrates every individual’s right to express themselves. This bestselling backpack comes in assorted colors that all feature special edition rainbow stripes.  Read More

 

As Pro Sports Return, Some Stars Say Not So Fast

 

 

United States Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe will be noticeably absent from the N.W.S.L. Challenge Cup when the National Women’s Soccer League resumes play later this month. Rapinoe is refusing to play on the grounds of safety, and her team, OL Reign, will be without her for the month-long tournament taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The 34-year-old soccer star is one of the biggest names in the game, having led the USWNT to victory in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. “I understand her motivations,” her coach Farid Benstiti was quoted as saying in the The New York Times, “but I am disappointed and frustrated that she will not be with us to compete in this tournament. Megan is important to the group, and we could have achieved something big if she had joined the rest of the group. She will be missed by the team and also by women’s football.”

Rapinoe isn’t the only member of the USWNT who is refusing to play, according to Yahoo Sports, but she is the only one who has been named so far. Players have voiced concerns about safety and testing protocols, isolation from their families during the required quarantine, and the risk of injury in a compressed schedule where most games will be played on artificial turf — the latter of which has been an ongoing concern for players even before the Coronavirus pandemic hit. Rapinoe tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee while training on a turf field before one of the national team’s victory tour games, and also tore the meniscus in her left knee in 2017.
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Happy Father’s Day

 

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WE’VE GOT THE COOL SPORTY SWAG

ANY DAD IS SURE TO LOVE THIS FATHER’S DAY!

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: 100% LEGERE SQUARE SUNGLASSES. These performance sunglasses are ultralight and durable, made from a proprietary UltraCarbon™ material. Rimless frames and flat lenses add extra style quotient. (Click for more great gift sunglasses too!

BLUE BLUE JAPAN FLAG SOCK $19. Elevate his sock game with this signature design from Blue Blue Japan. They’re knitted with a soft cotton blend and available in multiple colors — all with the Japanese flag motif.

FAIR HARBOR JUPITER BOARD SHORT $68. These timeless boardshorts are made from the recycled polyester of 12 water bottles per pair, and infused with generous stretch for extra comfort and performance. Read More

 

Shades of Tortoise

 

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If you’re looking for performance sport sunglasses with classic understated style, you can’t go wrong with these shades of tortoise. Wayfarer, cat-eye, aviator, and more — we’ve got all your favorite styles covered from sea to ski to city streets!

 
LEFT COLUMN: 100% CAMPO $150. On the trails, beach, or bike, these sport sunglasses feature all the elements of top-shelf performance frames wrapped in retro urban styling.

TIFOSI SEEK ENLIVEN GOLF $49.95. Keep that sporty tortoise style on the links with the Tifosi Seek. Enliven™ lenses fine tune color for more definition, contrast, and color pop on the fairway and greens.

ROKA HALSEY $125. Voted Best Running Glasses by Outside Magazine, with their cool Wayfarer style you can wear these performance shades anyplace and anytime.

SUNSKI TREELINE $89.95. The award-winning performance Treeline mixes a classic aviator with the iconic glacier goggle. These extra dark polarized shades are made from super light recycled plastic and backed by a lifetime warranty.  Read More

 

Drew Brees Fumbles… Again

 

 

In October of 2018, New Orleans Saints fans cheered as their beloved quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record to become the all-time leading passer in NFL history – and on a touchdown pass no less. We celebrated this accomplishment but with a more scathing view in Go Rylan Brees.

The headlines read, “Drew Brees Gives Inspiring Talk To His Kids After New NFL Record”. Except he didn’t give an inspiring talk to his kids. He gave it to his three sons as his daughter watched, held in the arms of her mother. “Hey boy, hey boys!” Brees exclaimed. “You can accomplish anything in life that you want to work for, right?” (watch here)

I was stunned when I first saw it, unable to believe how rampant sexism still was in this sensitive climate – not just in sports, but the media too. I couldn’t believe no one picked up on it or told that story. But thankfully Drew Brees’ fumble on Wednesday did not go unnoticed, when a statement he made in an interview with Yahoo Finance went viral and became headline news. Read More

 

The Healthy Crunch

 

 

For many people now working from home, the delineation between breakfast, lunch, and dinner has blurred. Wandering into the kitchen for a break or distraction — the snack break is the new coffee break. While we could lecture on the extra calories this is adding to your daily intake, we’re providing some healthy options instead. So toss those Lays, Doritos, and Triscuits and try these tasty and nutritious whole food chips and crackers!

 

SIETE GRAIN FREE TORTILLA CHIPS. Available in savory flavors like Sal y Limon, Nacho, and Ranch — you’d never know these tortilla chips are grain, gluten, and dairy-free! Siete tortilla chips are made with the mineral rich root vegetable cassava, along with a superfood blend of coconut flour and ground chia seeds, and cooked in healthy avocado and coconut oil. They’re perfect for those on a plant-based and Paleo diet — and so tasty anyone will enjoy!

FROM THE GROUND UP CAULIFLOWER STALKS. From The Ground Up makes an assortment of plant-based crunchy snacks like chips, crackers, pretzels, and these Cauliflower stalks — all made with a blend of cauliflower, whole grain rice, and cassava flour. They’re available in such flavors as Lime, Cheddar, and Sea Salt. Also available are a variety of Butternut Squash snacks. Read More

 

Summer Stripes

 

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On a bike helmet, camera, track shorts, beach umbrella, and more…

cheerful summer stripes add some fun to everything they touch!

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: BELL HELMET CUSTOM 500 SE HARO $189.95. A limited-edition collaboration with Bob Haro Design on this Custom 500 SE bike helmet pays homage to the BMX legend. A quilted, contrast-stitched, plush interior is wrapped in a fiberglass composite shell, complete with retro racing stripes.

NIKE SPORTSWEAR PRINTED BODYSUIT $40. Made from soft cotton jersey, this rainbow stripe bodysuit is a playful summer look, layered up or down – especially should you want to take a quick dip!

J.CREW TIPPED V-NECK STRIPED HOODIE $79.50. Sure to become a summer favorite, this striped tunic-hoodie hybrid is crafted from durable cotton mariner cloth, and features contrast trim and side slits.

BUSINESS & PLEASURE HOLIDAY BEACH UMBRELLA $169. This chic fringed beach umbrella is lightweight but sturdy, and features a 180-degree adjustable pole hinge, UPF 50+ fade resistant canvas, and comes with matching carrier bag.
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Finding Calm

 

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Back in October we did a feature with our contributing nutrition editor Sarah Wragge on energy and how to get more of it. With the crazy busy lives we were living then — going from home life, to the gym, to work, and out at night — energy seemed a priority. While we are certainly still living crazy lives, ones that have been upended by the Coronavirus pandemic, our priorities have shifted. What we really need now are strategies to stay calm and relax. Not easy to do!

We are all super stressed out by the direct and indirect effects of this virus in ways we might not even be consciously aware. All we hear is bad news 24-7 and there seems to be no end in sight. Our baseline emotional state is one of high anxiety, which is very taxing on the immune system as well. With all this in mind we conferred with Sarah again on some tactics to chill out and relax in these unprecedented times…
 

EXERCISE

STYLE OF SPORT: Exercise is a great emotional outlet and while most of us are trying to stay fit at home while gyms are closed, it’s not like we’re getting the same benefits from our workouts. I’m doing the best I can, but my workouts just aren’t as intense on my own.

SARAH WRAGGE: With screaming kids in the background, technology glitches with Zoom workouts, and other distractions at home, you’re not getting that exercise high you normally would with the energy and support of a classroom and teacher pushing you. Our usual stress outlets have been taken away, so our exercise needs to be more harmonious and calming. Maybe your workout style shifts. It might be different now than it was before. I find I’m doing more yoga because it’s relaxing, Yin and Restorative yoga in particular, as opposed to a HIIT workout which revs me up. Figure out what type of movement is going to benefit you not just physically but emotionally — after the workout as well. Read More

 

Let’s Face It

 

 

The accessory of the moment is the face mask, and if we’re going to be wearing them for a while, we might as well look good doing it. So it’s time to trade in those blue medical masks for these florals, seersucker, gingham, toile, and other stylish options — and the proceeds from many go to great charitable causes!

Please note: these are not medical grade masks, but face coverings to help protect ourselves and others from spreading the Coronavirus.

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: JUNIE LIFE BANDANA FACE MASK $15.99. Re-usable, washable, triple-ply cotton, these bandana face masks come in lots of different colors, and have a pocket for a filter that’s included.

BIRDWELL BRITCHES BIRDIE REVERSIBLE MASK $19.95. From the iconic board short brand, these Birdwell Britches face masks are constructed with two layers of breathable SurfStretch. For each mask purchased, one will be donated to CORE, a non-profit founded by Sean Penn, working in partnership with the LA Mayor’s Office and LA Fire Department to provide free drive-through testing for high-risk individuals.

BILLIE BLOOMS $20. Made of 100% cotton, these face masks feature a pouch for optional filter insert (not included). For every mask purchased, one will be donated to someone in need in partnership with Feeding America.

CLARE V. BISOUS MASK, set of 4 $35. Each mask is made from remnant fabric and embroidered with signature CV lips patch. Clare V. is donating non-medical grade masks to frontline and essential workers. Read More

 

Fire and Iceland

 

Skogafoss Waterfall

 
When it came time for busy actress Alysia Reiner — star of such hit shows as Orange Is the New Black, Better Things, and The Deuce — to plan a family vacation last December, it was not one that included much rest. While many people choose a warm beach or tropical climate over the holidays, Alysia and her husband, fellow actor David Alan Basche, along with 11-year old daughter Livia, packed up for frigid but beautiful Iceland — in fact, it was her daughter’s idea!

Livia has always loved volcanoes. “Since she was tiny, she was slightly obsessed”, Alysia told Style of Sport. I suggested Costa Rica, but she came up with Iceland”. Perhaps volcanoes are not what first come to mind when you think of Iceland — it’s more glaciers and the famous Blue Lagoon — but actually Iceland has some the most geothermal activity in the world. There are approximately 130 volcanoes, both active and inactive. Many of them are underneath the surface of the earth and underwater, which is how those incredible hot springs were formed.
 

Skaftafell 5 hour Glacier Hike with Iceland Rovers Tour Company

 
Known as the “Land of Ice and Fire”, Iceland is a natural wonderland where the freezing forces of arctic weather are in constant battle with the explosive heat of the earth. The result is a dramatic landscape of stark contrasts — fields of moss-coated lava, plains of black sand, explosive geysers, mountainous glaciers, and of course, those blue thermal hot springs. All of which make for a very adventurous vacation. Read More

 

Mother’s Day 2020: Keep Calm & Carry On

 

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It’s a different kind of Mother’s Day this year. While we all want to stay active, one of the most important things we need to be doing right now is chilling out. Rest, relaxation, and calm are some of the biggest boosts for our immune system. With that in mind, here are the best gifts to help her do just that this Mother’s Day…

 

ROME PAYS OFF X JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT COLLECTION YOGA MAT $120. Why give a plain yoga mat, when you can give a work of art! The “Now Is the Time” yoga mat features Jean Michel Basquiat’s 1985 artwork. It’s eco-friendly and biodegradable too, printed with water-based inks on natural tree rubber and recycled bottle plastic.

THE RITUAL OF JING MAGNESIUM BATH CRYSTALS $17. These calm-inducing bath salts renew the body and soul, with the relaxing fragrance of Lavender fused with the tranquil essence of Sacred Wood. Magnesium helps to improve sleep quality to leave her feeling refreshed and energized in the morning too. Read More

 

What’s On Tonight? 12 Great Sports TV series!

 

 
There may not be any live sports to watch, but there is still great sports television streaming and on demand. Both old (The White Shadow) and new series (Peyton’s Places), from comedies (Ballers) to documentaries (The Last Dance) to dramas (Friday Night Nights) and more, here’s our guide to the top 10 sport themed TV shows you should be watching now — even if you’re not a sports fan!
 

THE LAST DANCE (above)

Now airing on ESPN and Netflix is The Last Dance, the highly anticipated documentary about Michael Jordan and the six-time champion Chicago Bulls. The 10-part series takes an in-depth look at the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty through the lens of the final championship season in 1997-98 with over 500 hours of previously unseen footage, and unprecedented interviews with former team members and management then and now.

The series focuses on Jordan — his rise as a college player and evolution into NBA superstar — along with behind-the-scene stories of Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, coach Phil Jackson, and other notable personalities that reveal the conflicts that ultimately led to the dynasty’s demise. The first four episodes of the 10 part series have already aired and are available on demand, on ESPN+ and Netflix, with two more new episodes airing this Sunday. Read More

 

Animal Kingdom

 

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While everyone has been binge-watching Netflix’s Tiger King,

the animals have been running wild for Spring!

 

LEFT COLUMN: THE UPSIDE SOPHIE TIGER PRINT SPORTS BRA $85; GUCCI NEON TIGER PRINT COTTON JERSEY SWEATSHIRT $1280; NILI LOTAN ZEBRA NOLAN PANT $328; CENTER COLUMN: R13 SPRING 2020 RUNWAY COLLECTION; CONVERSE CUSTOM CHUCK 70 $105; SAINT LAURENT ZEBRA SKATEBOARD GRIP $90; BURBERRY ANIMAL PRINT TECHNICAL NYLON HOODED PARKA $1281

 

Kassia Meador: Sound Surfer

 

 

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Back in early October, I attended a press event for Kassia + Surf in NYC. The company and its namesake founder were introducing a new line of wetsuits made from recycled neoprene and salvaged tires, along with a collection of other eco-conscious surf apparel. Considered perhaps the best female longboarder ever, Kassia Meador’s graceful and effortless surfing style is legendary — cross stepping and tiptoeing up to the nose of the board, hanging out there in a crouch, or maybe topping it off with a twirl.

The press event was hosted at Mndfl, one of the new breed of meditation studios that have popped up over the last few years, and a featured part of the morning would be a sound bath meditation led by Kassia herself. If you have never experienced a sound bath, it is style of meditation that uses vibrational sound waves produced by chimes, gongs, drums, and crystal bowls as a relaxation technique. As you “bathe” in these tones, it facilitates a shift in your brainwaves to a state of deep relaxation and rest. For those who are new to meditation or have found it a challenge, a sound bath is a great place to start. Focusing on these vibrational tones can help tune out distractions to attain that deeply meditative state many of us find so elusive. Read More

 

Sporting Goods

 

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From designer sport gear to sport gear design,

the ultimate in sporting goods is very black and white.

(We hope you will ignore the extravagance and enjoy the gallery!)

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: POC ASPIRE CLARITY SUNGLASSES $220. With an updated design for 2020, the Aspire sunglasses deliver superior performance on the bike with big urban style. Developed by POC with Carl Zeiss, Clarity lenses intensify color and contrast, and are tuned specifically to different riding environments.

WILSON CUSTOM BLADE $259. The racquet of choice, from top pros to recreational players, the Wilson Blade is now customizable — along with a selection of other popular Wilson racquets — with the colors of your choice!

SAINT LAURENT X WILSON TENNIS BALLS $105. At that price, you’re not playing with tennis with them, but for the very fashionable tennis player who has it all, these Saint Laurent x Wilson tennis balls make the perfect accessory or gift. See the entire Saint Laurent Sport collection. Read More

 

Hooping It Up

 

SABRINA IONESCU

Last weekend was a big one in professional basketball. Though there were no live games, both the NBA and WNBA featured major stories. In the WNBA draft, “virtual” this year, the number one pick went to the New York Liberty who selected Sabrina Ionescu. Over on ESPN, The Last Dance, the much-anticipated documentary series on Michael Jordan and the 1990’s Chicago Bulls debuted.

Basketball fan or not, undoubtably the name Michael Jordan is familiar to you, but likely not that of Sabrina Ionescu. Here’s why it should and likely will be soon.

Star point guard at the University of Oregon, Sabrina Ionescu is the first player in NCAA Division I history – male or female – to record 2,000 career points, 1,000 career assists, and 1,000 career rebounds. She also finished her college career with a record 26 triple-doubles (that’s points, assists, and rebounds). Even more impressive is that she achieved this milestone just hours after delivering an unforgettable eulogy at Kobe Bryant’s memorial service in front of tens of thousands at the Staples Center (watch here).
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Sock It To Me!

 

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Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and more —

designers give the standard sweat sock their own playful twist! Plus the sporty favorites that are always in style!

 
LEFT COLUMN: MARC JACOBS THE SPORTS SOCK $35; SUPREME/HANES CREW SOCKS 4-PACK $20; POLO RALPH LAUREN POLO SPORT 2 TONE SOCK $19

CENTER COLUMN: BALENCIAGA LOGO TENNIS SOCKS $125; GUCCI POM POM SOCK $190; ADIDAS ORIGINALS 3-STRIPE CREW SOCK 3-PACK $19; ALEXANDER MCQUEEN STRIPE LOGO SOCKS $80

RIGHT COLUMN: Y-3 LOGO SOCKS $30; STELLA MCCARTNEY TOMORROW SOCKS $129; POLAR SKATE CO. HAPPY SAD SOCKS $9; OPENING CEREMONY AZTEC LOGO SOCK $25

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3 Simple Immune Boosting Tips!

 

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One of people’s primary questions during this Coronavirus pandemic is, “What can I do to boost my immune system?” Wondering that ourselves, we turned to our resident health and nutrition expert, Sarah Wragge, for some answers. It turns out there are a number of simple things we can be doing right now in the comfort of home — and the first place to start is with our gut.

You hear the term “gut health” all the time. Over 75% of our immune system lives in our gastrointestinal tract. Lined with about 100 trillion live microorganisms – this complex ecosystem of both beneficial and harmful bacteria promotes healthy digestion, protects the body from infection, and regulates the immune system.

“If our gut microbiome is balanced and functioning well, then our immune system is ready for action”, says Sarah. “Make your gut the priority right now.” Here are 3 simple ways: Read More

 

Mini Home Gym

 

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Working out at home with gyms closed, you need to have some training gear. Many of us don’t have a lot of extra room — nor do we want to buy big or expensive pieces of equipment during this shelter-at-home period. Here are a few multi-functional, space-saving essentials to power up any home workout!

 

ROW 1: NO KA’OI TRIANGLE LOGO MAT $212. For yoga and other floor workouts, you need an exercise mat. We love these bright ones from No Ka’Oi that come in an array of vibrant colors. With the perfect cushioned base for yoga and other floor routines, this no-slip, textured mat rolls up for easy stashing and portability.

NIKE FREE METCON 3 $120. We could all use a little inspiration, and a new pair of shoes will get you pumped for that workout! The Nike Free Metcon 3 combines flexibility with stability for support and speed from weight lifting to agility drills.

ROW 2: TANGRAM SMARTROPE ROOKIE $39.95. New from Tangram comes the Rookie – designed to be lighter, easier to use, and even more fun. LED-embedded, it displays your workout data in mid-air, and has a freely adjustable rope length for both children and adults. The Rookie syncs to your smartphone to automatically record exercise data like jump counts, calories, duration, and goal achievement. Read More

 

Tie-Dye For!

 

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Perhaps nothing cheerier for Spring than a tie-dye trend!

Dreaming of festive days to come, shop this collection — or tie-dye something yourself! It’s a fun stay-at-home project the whole family can enjoy.

Check out these TIE-DYE KITS (they’re going fast!).

 

LEFT COLUMN: OFF-WHITE TIE-DYE DENIM JACKET $895. This vibrant pink and blue jean jacket by Virgil Abloh features a cropped cut and ombre pattern for added sophistication on a wardrobe staple.

ELECTRIC & ROSE DELMAR LEGGING now $124.97. Made for performance and style, these high-waisted, soft and stretchy leggings feature moisture-wicking, quick-dry technology. Light blue mesh side panels add cool and breathable ventilation.

VANS CLASSIC SLIP-ON AURA SHIFT $59.95. Always in style and always on trend, these Vans Classic Slip-Ons feature a subtle tie-dye “Aura Shift”.

PERCEPTION JOY RIDE 12′ KAYAK $759. Looking forward to days ahead on the water, this 12-foot recreational kayak features a padded seat, easy-access storage, and “Entertainment Center” dashboard to hold accessories – even a selfie slot for your smartphone! Read More

 

The SOS Circuit Workout!

 

 

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There are a plethora of digital workouts available to stream — more than ever before with gyms closed and everyone working out at home. If the choices feel overwhelming, here is our basic old-school workout anyone can do  — and it’s free! 

The SOS Circuit Workout was designed by Ngo Okafor, the owner and founder of Iconoclast Fitness in NYC, who has transformed the physiques of such celebrities as Brooke Shields, Iman, Mariska Hargitay, and Kate Walsh, among others. He’s also the ripped guy in these pictures. 

The workout is easy to follow with tried and true moves that hit every body part. The starting position is in the inset photo. Do 15 reps of each exercise and go for 3 rounds — or just do 1 round for an express total body workout! In between each round we’ve got cardio intervals from which to choose. Hand weights are required, but other appropriately weighted objects can be substituted like wine bottles, water jugs, or elastics. Get creative! Read More

 

Sweetened with Monk Fruit

 

 

Move over stevia… there’s a new all-natural, calorie-free sweetener in town! Monk fruit, or lo han guo, is a small gourd-like melon native to parts of China and Thailand, named after the monks who first cultivated it centuries ago. The health benefits of the fruit have been well-known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for decades, but its sweet little secret is finally making it into the wellness mainstream.

Monk fruit sweetener is derived from the extract of the dried fruit, and processed into crystal form. It is 150-250 times sweeter than table sugar, due primarily to naturally occurring antioxidants known as mogrosides, which give it a cleaner and more intense sweetness, with no bitter aftertaste. Monk fruit has zero calories and carbs, and does not raise blood glucose levels — making it a good choice for diabetics and popular with the Keto community.

Sweeten your coffee, sprinkle on oatmeal, or mix into cocktails (Swoon simple syrup), monk fruit is stable at cold or hot temperatures, and can be used in baked goods too. Just be sure the monk fruit sweetener you buy has no other sugar additives, as some do.

With no known side effects, and generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration, Monk Fruit is the new sweetener of choice for the weight-watching, health-conscious, and wellness set.

 

What a Homebody

 

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Working at home… working out at home… just because we’ve become

homebodies trying to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus doesn’t mean we have to dress like homebodies too. These easy pieces layer up and down for chic and sporty stay-at-home style!

 
LEFT COLUMN: JACQUEMUS LE CARDIGAN TORDU $410. Throw on with joggers to posh up after your workout. This two-tone pink rib-knit cardigan features an extra stylish asymmetric construction and semi-sheer panel at shoulders.

WE OVER ME BALANCE SPORTBRA $68. An optimal choice for low impact workouts like yoga or barre, the We Over Me Balance sportbra features the brand’s ultra-soft “mossed” stretch-jersey, thin V-strap construction, and cut-out back for added ventilation with style.

ALEX MILL JESSIE SWEATSHIRT $78. The classic gray sweatshirt gets a few style tweeks with raglan sleeves, a wide banded hem, and slightly longer back than front for the perfect drapey fit.

MANDUKA PRO YOGA MAT $120. Instructor’s favorite, the Manduka Pro yoga mat is lightweight, with unmatched comfort and cushioning, and comes a lifetime guarantee never to wear out! If you’re looking for a yoga mat that’s less pricey, the Gaiam Premium 2-Color Mat is the best budget mat at $29.98, according to Women’sHealth magazine. Read More

 

Staying Fit When Gyms Are Closed

 

 

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Digital fitness has exploded in the last few years with streaming workouts, fitness apps, and interactive home gym equipment. With gyms now closed in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, these at-home workouts are more popular than ever. Maintaining our health and fitness regimens is still of the utmost priority for many of us — and these digital workouts offer a multitude of options to stay in shape.

So if you can’t go to the gym, let the gym come to you. HIIT, cycling, yoga, dance, cardio, Pilates and more – take your favorite classes online in the germ-free environment of your own home. Whether it’s your regular workout or something new you’ve wanted to try, here are some of the most popular digital options.

MULTI-CLASS PLATFORMS

Fitness platforms like ClassPass, Jetsweat, and Peloton Digital offer a full range of cardio, yoga, dance, sculpt, boxing, barre classes, and more — available live or on-demand to stream on your phone, computer, or TV. With so many options for one monthly price – generally less than the cost of one boutique fitness class – these are the best bang for your buck. Just filter by workout, duration, difficulty – and press play! Read More

 

Eating Right, Right Now…

 

 
As we hunker down at home in these unprecedented times of the Coronavirus pandemic, maintaining our health and fitness regimens is still of the utmost priority for many of us — perhaps even more than ever. With gyms and boutique fitness studios closed, digital and streaming workouts are replacing our regular bootcamp, yoga, cycling, barre, and Pilates classes. More on that to come in follow-up post tomorrow, but in the meantime check out 31 Days of Digital Fitness!

Healthy eating in these days has new challenges as well. While some store shelves are cleared of dry goods and non-perishables — for those of us who regularly choose fresh foods, keeping things like meat, fish, fruits and vegetables in our diet now requires a bit more planning.

I asked our friend Erin Parekh, Holistic Health Coach and Culinary Nutrition Expert, for some easy-to-make dishes to prepare now and freeze for later. If you’re craving some comfort food in these stressful days that’s healthy too, here are six recipes for both meat and plant-based eaters (marked PB), Erin shared with me that I’m passing on to you!  Read More

 

No live sports? Watch these movies instead!

 

 

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In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, many major sporting events and entire seasons have been cancelled or suspended: March Madness (NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament); the NHL, NBA, MLB and NASCAR seasons; Indian Wells (BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament); and the Players Championship and Masters Tournament. For fans who weren’t planning on attending these events, this means no televised sports either.

So while you’re hunkered down at home with nothing to watch this weekend, we thought we’d offer some alternatives. Many of the greatest movies of all time have been sport themed, and we’ve got 12 of the all-time favorite baseball, hockey, basketball, tennis, golf, and race car movies to keep you entertained! Read More

 

Mountain Lines, Everest

 

MOUNTAIN LINES, EVEREST, 2019

 

Now on view at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London is Sohei Nishino|New Works featuring a monumental new work by the artist, Mountain Lines, Everest. Drawing inspiration from 18th century Japanese mapmaking, Nishino combines photography, collage, and psychogeography to create large scale experiential prints of urban and natural landscapes. Fascinated by the geographical and historical magnitude of Everest, Nishino took on one of the world’s most challenging environments to create his latest piece.

Nishino uses photographs as geographical representation, but it is with a subjective point of view. His signature photo-collage technique pieces together thousands of images taken over the course of his travels, to construct dioramas of complex geographies which integrate human and physical landscapes. From a distance, Nishino’s maps are almost abstract. It is not until we examine them in detail that the full experience unfolds.  Read More

 

Pret-A-Sporter: Fall 2020

 

 

THE SPORTING LIFE

PRADA ~ LACOSTE ~ BURBERRY ~ EMILIO PUCCI

 

The Fall 2020 Ready-To-Wear Collections are officially a wrap and once

again it’s time for “PRET-A-SPORTER” — our semi-annual review of the sportiest looks from

the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

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Fuel Up: Our 8 Fave Nutrition Bars!

 

 
One of the topics about which I get asked all the time are bars — not where to have a drink with friends — but snack, protein, and nutrition bars. Walk into any health food, grocery, or even drugstore, and you see aisles filled with them. But how do you know which ones are actually good for you, which are filled with additives, or which are candy bars in healthy packaging?

I am a snacker. I prefer to eat smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to bigger breakfasts and lunches. A nutrition bar is usually one of those smaller meals, and I’ve found different options I like depending on the time of day, my activity level, and nutritional goals. For a meal replacement, I like a Quest bar. It’s got 20 grams of whey protein, 10 grams of fat, and 13 grams of fiber, so it’s very filling and low in net carbs. If I do want more carbs than protein, I go for a GoMacro bar, which is plant-based too. You don’t have to look very far for either of these options, which makes them very convenient on-the-go.

Nutrition bars are also a topic which our resident expert, holistic nutritionist and wellness coach Sarah Wragge, gets asked about too. Prefacing her list of favorites with the statement, “Snacking is not my preferred choice of nutrition – it’s about eating meals that are balanced in protein, fat, and fiber, so you’re not hungry every couple hours” — did acquiesce that a nutrition bar can be a good option in a pinch. She looks for one that’s organic, plant-based, and additive-free.

Below is a combined list of our favorite nutrition bars!  Read More

 

Mint Condition

 

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Minty fresh is the flavor for spring —

and this cool green hue is popping up everywhere!

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: LE SPECS X ADAM SELMAN LUXX SUNGLASSES $147. Square aviators meet wraparounds in Adam Selman’s fashion take on a sport inspired sunshield for Le Specs. Metal frames, slightly tinted lens, and small triangular lenses on the sides add to the look.

PENFIELD VASSAN MINT JACKET $190. A perfect spring jacket for hikes in the country or weekends in the city, this versatile cotton blend parka features functional style details like four secure front pockets, studded storm flap, and hiking drawcords at hood with branded leather cinches.

NOTABAG CONVERTIBLE $28. Both a tote bag and a backpack, the Notabag transforms with a single pull on the straps. Inside is a pocket for wallet, keys, and other small essentials. Bag folds into that pocket to become hand-sized pouch when not in use. Read More

 

The O-Seat

 

 

Spice up your workout this Valentine’s Day! Spin class got a whole lot more exciting with the O-Seat – a portable vibrating bike seat from the cheeky porn company CamSoda. Compatible with any indoor or outdoor bike, the O-Seat looks just like your typical gel seat cover. Hidden discreetly within, however, is a pouch for the companion Lovense Lush vibrator, which is a controlled via an app on your phone.

We always knew sex was a workout. Now you can really count it as one!

 

My Sporty Valentine

 

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Working out, going out… make every day Valentine’s Day with this red hot collection of sport gear, apparel, and accessories! Great gifts that go from the gym to the street, and down the slopes — with style and performance to match.

 
THE MIGHTY COMPANY FERRARA STRIPED LEATHER BIKER JACKET $850. Inspired by vintage ’70s racer styles, The Mighty Company’s Ferrara biker jacket is crafted from supple red and white leather, and features classic details like a snap-fastening collar and zipped cuffs. The jacket comes with matching skirt too!

BURTON DEEP THINKER SNOWBOARD $579.95. Featuring playful Keith Haring graphics, the Burton Deep Thinker requires no thought at all. It offers float and control on powder days, blended with snap and power for carving up the groomers, banked slaloms, and halfpipe runs.

ADIDAS ORIGINALS RED DENIM BUCKET HAT now $20. It’s old school style revived with this ’90s-inspired denim bucket hat from adidas Originals. Soft construction and sun faded, it features a flat crown with a seamed brim and trefoil logo on front.

OFF-WHITE RED QUOTE BACKPACK $585. Virgil Abloh’s take on the classic canvas backpack features double zippered compartments on front with signature label and lettering; twin adjustable padded logo webbing shoulder straps; and two-way zip closure featuring logo-engraved O-ring pull-tabs.  Read More

 

31 Days of Digital Fitness!

 

 

The digital fitness market has exploded with online workouts you can stream live or on demand; fitness apps that let you take those workouts to go; and high-tech interactive home gym equipment. Treadmill, barre, Peloton, rowing, HIIT, swimming, yoga, Pilates and more – all these workouts, led by the industry’s top fitness instructors, are now available for the sweating — any place and any time. Most offer free trials to help you find the workout that’s right for you.

The best thing about all of these workouts is the convenience and variety. If you’re pressed for time, most offer classes or routines as short as 7 minutes, which can also be a supplement to your regular workout. Try quick Nike Training Club ab blast after SoulCycle or an AloMoves yoga stretch after a run. Ideal for travelers too, bring your favorite workout with you to do in the hotel gym or your room.

For easy reference we’ve color coded the workouts for ONLINE, APP, or HOME GYM machine. If you’ve got Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, the workouts can be synced with your TV too. Read More

 

Heavy Metals

 

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Gold, silver, bronze… get your shine on this winter in these metallics and shimmer all the way from the gym to the pool to the slopes!

FROM LEFT, COLUMN 1: SUSHI PAGODA GOLD FOIL SKATEBOARD $49.95. Hang it for show or hit the streets, this gold foil skateboard is style on wheels. NIKELAB AIR FORCE 1 $150. The iconic Air Force 1 gets its shine on in gold, silver, and rose gold too. NIXON UNIT SS $250. With all the essentials in its multi-panel LCD display — time, date, chronograph, alarm, countdown timer, and thermometer — the Nixon Unit SS is as rugged as it is stylish.

COLUMN 2: OAKLEY FALL LINE SNOW GOGGLES $190. The latest addition to Oakley’s cylindrical style, rimless goggles, the Fall Line XM features Oakley’s Prizm™ lenses, precisely tuned to maximize contrast, and enhance colors and visibility in a variety of conditions. STATEBAGS KANE BACKPACK $85. Glam up your backpack style with the gold Kane from Statebags. Stash your laptop, workout clothes, and other daily essentials with multi-compartments to organize it all.  Read More

 

A Little R&R

 
 
FOUR OF THE TOP SPORT PERFORMANCE & RECOVERY THERAPIES:
CRYOTHERAPY, ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE, GRASTON, ACUPUNCTURE

 

There is nothing worse for an athlete than being sidelined with an injury – many of which are not a result of trauma, but chronic overuse (believe me, I know!). With a little R&R — Relax and Recover — many of these injuries can be prevented and treated through a wide range of different therapy techniques. Here is our guide to 9 of the most popular and effective sport performance and recovery therapies — some old and some new. And as an added benefit, many are equally popular as wellness treatments for relaxation and overall wellbeing too.

CRYOTHERAPY

We first wrote about cryotherapy in 2015, when your intrepid editor decided to venture into a -238 degree chamber – yes, you heard right — before it became as widely popular as it is today. Cryotherapy was on our radar as a cutting-edge sports recovery tool, popular among top professional athletes, many of whom had their own cryochambers at home. Now cryotherapy studios can be found in everywhere and booking a session as easy as signing up for your favorite workout.  Read More

 

Winter Layers: Your 10 Must-Haves!

 

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Walking the dog, a jog in the park, or hitting the slopes… here are the stylish essentials for all your winter sports — and just hanging by the fireplace too!

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: STIO PINION DOWN PULLOVER $259. Stuffed with responsibly sourced, 800-fill HyperDRY down, this hooded down pullover for men and women is a perfect multi-sport piece, worn on its own or as an insulating layer.

SNOW PEAK RECYCLED DOWN STOLE now $101.50. With the warmth and style for which Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak is known, this recycled down stole fits snugly around the neck without excess length, and features a handy little snap pocket too!

KHAITE ROMME ARGYLE CASHMERE SWEATER $1380. Knitted with a geometric argyle motif, this loose fitting, soft-spun cashmere sweater is perfect apres-ski – and a stylish look for any winter activity!

100% GLENDALE PERFORMANCE SUNGLASSES $185. These over-sized sport shield sunglasses blend cool style with technical performance on the road, trail, or snow. Impact and scratch-resistant, they feature a wide, cylindrical, and lightweight polycarbonate lens for increased peripheral view and protection. Shown here in a contrast-enhancing yellow, interchangeable lenses offer 100% UV protection, and ultra-grip rubber nose pads and tips provide a secure fit.  Read More

 

HIIT IT!

 

ROWGATTA

One of the new entries in the ever-expanding fitness landscape of New York City is Rowgatta – a combination rowing and strength training class. You might call it Barry’s Bootcamp meets rowing — and it fits right in with the popular HIIT style workouts that combine cardio intervals on a treadmill, heavy bag, or rower, with resistance training that’s centered around a custom designed step bench.

At Rowgatta, it’s a CrossFit reminiscent “FITBENCH” — complete with dumbbells, kettlebells, a slam ball, and resistance bands. Like Barry’s, Orange Theory, Rumble, and others in this category, Rowgatta features a night-club inspired design, colored mood lighting, and a pumping sound system. If you’re a fan of the formula, and prefer rowing over boxing or running, Rowgatta is for you!

Barry’s Bootcamp opened in 1998 and popularized High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in a group setting. HIIT style classes are a fun, efficient, and effective way to get in shape — offering maximal results in minimal time. You get all the benefits of cardio and strength training in one 50-minute class. High Intensity Interval Training also generates a physiological reaction known as EPOC – Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption – and these total body workouts are proven to offer continual calorie and fat burning up to 36 hours after the workout is done.

What started with Barry’s Bootcamp and the treadmill, has taken off and launched the opening of a host of other HIIT studios across the country. Boxing workouts like Rumble and GRIT BXNG have added or replaced the treadmill with heavy bags (water-filled, rubber boxing bags). LIT Method and now Rowgatta, have added rowing into the mix. No matter your cardio preference, there is a HIIT class for you. Here’s our guide to the most popular:  Read More

 

Get The Blues!

 

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Get the Pantone Classic Blues to be exact! It’s the official color of 2020. Though we’ve taking a little liberty with the hues, we’re starting the year right on trend with this sporty collection of blues.

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: BLIZZARD RUSTLER 10 SKIS $699.95. Part of Blizzard’s freeride collection, the Rustler 10 Ski is a powerful all mountain ski that can just as easily float pow turns as it can carve up the hardpack. The 102 millimeter waist gives it the versatility to charge on trail and navigate soft snow, while the rockered tip and tail add a floaty, nimble feel.

MYKITA X MARTIN MARGIELLA SINGLASSES $595. Sport-shield inspired with high-fashion style, these wrap blue sunglasses are ready for action any place and any time!

ERES LES ESSENTIELS ASIA SWIMSUIT $340. Sexy and sporty, this classic one-piece swimsuit is made from a silky matte fabric, and detailed with seamed panels at the waist, a scoop neckline, and high-cut thigh.

KORAL LUSTROUS HIGH RISE LEGGING $88. These sleek and shimmering leggings feature a high-rise waistband and body sculpting fit. Aptly named lustrous, they are crafted from Koral’s signature Infinity fabric for a fab look in and out of the gym! Read More

 

The Plant-Based Diet Takeover

 

NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FAST FOOD

 
I’ve got friends and family who have been vegan for years. The easiest way to understand vegan, one of them told me, is you don’t eat anything with a face. So in addition to the obvious meat, fish, and chicken — that means no dairy, eggs, and any other products that contain them. Veggie burgers, Tofurky, and soy cheese have been the basic go-to substitutions, available in a limited selection, and tailored primarily to a vegan taste palate. But all that has changed…

Go into any coffee shop or supermarket nowadays and you find menus and aisles of plant-based milks like almond, coconut, and oat — and freezer sections filled with delicious plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger. Designed to taste and smell exactly like a hamburger, and engineered with the multi-faceted texture of one — these new savory “veggie” burgers are featured prominently on the menu at major fast food chains like Burger King and McDonalds – along with Beyond Sausage sandwiches at Dunkin’ Donuts and Beyond Fried Chicken at KFC. Plant-based eating has gone mainstream — and Hollywood. It was a veggies only dinner last Sunday at the Golden Globes Awards.

A recent article in the New Yorker quoted some powerful statistics on the environmental impact of eating meat. In a nutshell, agriculture consumes more freshwater than any other human activity, and nearly one-third of that water is devoted to raising livestock. One-third of the world’s arable land is used to grow feed for livestock, and cattle are responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from the methane they produce in digestion. That’s as much each year as from all cars, trucks, airplanes, and ships combined! (NYT)
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