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 cracker alternatives instead!

 

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 summer is the face mask, and if we’re going to be wearing them for the next few months, we might as well look good doing it. So it’s time to trade in those blue medical masks (leave them for healthcare workers please!) 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

Styling and Art Direction by Maggie Mann

 

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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