Fitness and Fashion: Staying in Style, Staying in Shape

Not since the mid 1980s has active wear had a high-profile place on the catwalk, but now it is back with a vengeance. With high profile designers like Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang now getting in on the act, fitness has never been so chic. It is great news for those who love to live a healthy lifestyle but want to look good at the same time, while fashion fans are now having to muscle up to make the most of this exciting new trend.

Looking good in the gym

Although plenty of people go to the gym to show off their bodies, it is rarely seen as a venue for showing off clothes. That is changing now; with designer gym wear bringing a new level of satisfaction to working out. What’s more, this designer gear is not just made to look good – it’s constructed from breathable fabrics in comfortable cuts, with tailoring expertise put to use in ensuring it flexes and stretches just where it needs to.

This season’s styles

If you are heading out running this season, you will find that wearing old leggings just doesn’t cut it any more. Brighten things up by pairing velvet shorts with sleek, patterned running tights or pulling on some neon-hued knee-high socks worn with personalized trainers. For a more casual look when relaxing, slip into a pair of black or neutral-toned yoga pants with a loose long-sleeved top, or pair an ab-baring sports bra with a zip-up jacket.

There’s a distinct absence of legwarmers in this season’s look but one Eighties staple, the headband, has returned with a twist. In place of the bandana is the elasticized sweatband, designed to add a touch of glamour to what is otherwise a distinctly casual look, with glitter or beads.

Colors and fabrics

It may still be the case that what women like on men is a simple color palette, from tees to athletic shirts, but when it comes to choosing their own clothes they are more adventurous. This look mixes black, white and neutral-toned basics with vivid highlights, sometimes in neon colors, with geometric patterns adding to their impact. Trainers in inky, purple and rainbow shades are a popular touch.

New microfiber materials give designers more flexibility this time around so you’ll find your gym clothes feel comfortable in a much wider range of temperatures, no matter how much you are sweating. Neoprene also remains a popular choice and we have yet to run out of uses for Lycra, but what really stands out about the current ranges is the softness of many of the fabrics.

How and where to wear them

The idea behind this look is that you can wear it not only when you are working out but also when shopping, having coffee with friends or heading out to a party at night. The office may not quite be ready for it, but it works almost everywhere else and sends out a clear message – that you are not only a snappy dresser, you are also someone who is ready for action.

 

My Latest Stitch Fix Review!

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*Please note that if you purchase via clicking on one of the link below, I may receive compensation.

I know I need to stop ordering clothing online, but I so look forward to my Stitch Fixes!  This time around, as in many others, I was not disappointed.  I had just gone shopping with my husband, as part of my birthday gift, so I had to make sure that was was enclosed in that fix was things that I “needed” as opposed to “wanted”.

First up was a very versatile black sleeveless shift dress from Sanctuary.  I wore it last week to work with a pair of black slingback kitten heels and got a lot of compliments.  It’s freezing in my office so I paired it with a black cardigan but it would have looked great with a royal blue one.  I really liked the royal blue zipper detail on the front lower “pockets” and back.

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I received two dresses in this fix – the second one from Tart, one of my go-to brands for maxi dresses.  Their fabrics are super soft and seem to wash well.  This cowl neck dress fit  perfectly – can you imagine?!  The only thing I need to remember when I wear it is that I need to wear some Spanx – it hugs the figure!

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The color blocked shirt caught my eye and I mentally paired it with my off-white Zara pants or my black pencil skirt.  Perfect for the office with a black blazer or cardigan.

color block shirt stitch fix

For what I believe is the first time, I received a necklace as part of the five pieces.  I did note in my initial survey that I didn’t want jewelry because at the time I was working with Stella & Dot and the last thing I needed was costume jewelry.  The necklace they sent is nice – Zad’s Adrianna circle bib necklace is simple and can go with really any neckline.

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Last but definitely not lease was the most comfortable pair of shorts.  Level 99’s Annie Abstract Floral Print shorts.  By touching them, I had a feeling they were going to soon turn into one of my favorite pairs.  They are.  I am not one for floral prints, but this is very subdued…off white with black and hints of pinkish color…I immediately paired them (the next day) with a black tank top and flops.

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My next Stitch Fix is coming at the end of October and I look forward to seeing what’s inside!  What’s great about Stitch Fix is that you can request just one “fix” or schedule them out monthly, every few months – whatever you’d like.

I totally recommend trying this at least once.  Filling out the survey is easy and very beneficial as it gives your stylist a snapshot of what you like and what you are looking for (as well as your sizes!). I think a big help was that I added a link to my Pinterest board “My Styles” which illustrates the different clothing items that I have liked and pinned over time.

You can click HERE to learn more and definitely tell me if you check Stitch Fix out – I’d love to know what you think!

Want to check out my other fixes?  Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

My 2014 Reading List – UPDATED!

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Last year, I listed all of the books I wanted to read in 2013.  I made a dent, but not as much as I wanted to.  Although, come to think of it, there were books that I read that weren’t on my initial list – two being the Divergent series!  Here’s my list for 2014.  (Note: a New Year resolution I really need to keep to this year, is to NOT BUY ANY MORE BOOKS until I read the gazillion I have in paperback or downloaded on my Kindle.)

  1. Orphan Train – COMPLETED 1/15/14
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  3. The Holiday by Jane Green
  4. A Walk in the Park by Jane Green
  5. The Girls in 3B by Valerie Taylor
  6. Over You by Emma McLaughlin
  7. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  8. Swim by Jennifer Wiener
  9. Paris Without End by Gioia Diliberto
  10. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
  11. The Fallback Plan by Leign Stein
  12. Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
  13. Prep, a novel by Curtis Sittenfield
  14. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
  15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  16. Pearl of China by Anchee Min
  17. Womenomics by Claire Shipman
  18. The Weighing of the Heart by Jane Thynne
  19. Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LaCava
  20. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
  21. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Phillipa Gregory
  22. Motherland by Amy Shone
  23. A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel
  24. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  25. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
  26. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  27. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
  28. The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay
  29. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Brett
  30. Smut: Stories by Alan Bennett
  31. Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan
  32. The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
  33. A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay — READING NOW AND LOVING!  9/20/14The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  34. Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman – COMPLETED 7/14
  35. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  36. The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
  37. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
  38. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
  39. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  40. Promises to Keep by Jane Green
  41. The Summer We Met Gatsby by Danielle Ganek- COMPLETED 9/12/14
  42. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

Do you have any good book recommendations?  I’d love to hear!

BOOKS I READ THAT ARE NOT ON THE LIST!

  1. The Chaperone – COMPLETED 1/14
  2. No, Seriously – (audiobook) COMPLETED 1/14
  3. On the Inside – COMPLETED 1/14
  4. Orphan Train – COMPLETED 4/14
  5. Wedding Night – (audiobook) Sophie Kinsella – COMPLETED 2/14
  6. Spelling it Like it is (audiobook) – COMPLETED 3/14
  7. Have You Found Her? – COMPLETED 4/14
  8. Brunette Ambitions (Lea Michele – audiobook) – COMPLETED 5/14
  9. Maxed Out – American Moms on the Brink – COMPLETED 6/14
  10. The American Heiress – COMPLETED 7/14
  11. The Book of Life – COMPLETED 8/10

 

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Five for Friday: September 19th

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It’s Friiiiiiddaaayyyyyy!  This week was a bit slow-moving for me but Friday is here so I am super happy!!  Last weekend I decorated my house for Halloween and my husband didn’t understand why so early.  I want to enjoy the decorations!!!  Next thing you know it is going to be time to decorate for Christmas (um, Michael’s you’re freaking me out with your multiple rows of Xmas cheer…).  I digress…on to the Five for Friday!

1. Ever wonder what wine goes best with your tradition of Friday night pizza?  Enter this cool Vinepair app…all you have to do is click on the cute toppings illustrations of what type of pizza you are eating and if you are planning on drinking red or white wine and voila!

2. One of my dreams has come true, although I was a bit disappointed I must say.  So SJP’s house is up for sale, and there are pictures of the absolutely awesome kitchen and other interior rooms INCLUDING her closet.  She totally cleaned it out before the photo shoot because I envisioned it much more crowded.  What do you think?

3. I am a huge Starbucks fan.  I loved this video on Saturday Night Live introducing the Verismo.  So funny!

4. This next article is for my Long Island readers!  25 Things You Don’t Understand About Long Island Unless You Lived There – so true!

5. If you are a scarf lover, don’t miss out on my post about Fall Scarves and video share of cool ways to tie them!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Fall Trend – Scarves!

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While reorganizing my guest bedroom closet, I came to realize that I have quite a few scarves.  I think scarves are a GREAT accessory to any outfit – especially when one has a wardrobe like mine that is neutral.  A scarf can add an extra pop of color or texture – besides the traditional use to keep you warm!

Believe it or not I do have scarves with color!  I love polka dots and paisley print – I guess scarves are the one clothing item that I really do tend to buy outside of my normal comfort zone.

As mentioned in my Fall Fashion: Part One post, plaid is back!  Here are some fun plaid scarves to choose from:

Notice the Burberry-esque one for a fraction of the price!

You can easily achieve the dark floral trend with a gorgeous scarf!

Something about polka dots always makes me smile!

Missoni scarves are definitely on my “want” list, like the ones below, but are somewhat of an investment.  NOTE: they go on sale!!  Check out online shops like Gilt and Rue La La…sales pop up all the time.

Now on to how to actually wear the scarf and not just admire its beauty!  Depending on the shape of the scarf, there are many different ways you can tie it!  The video below is awesome.  I sat in front of the mirror with my computer right next to me and pressed play then pause then play then pause so I could try out a lot of the different styles.  They are definitely doable!

Do you wear scarves?  What’s your favorite print and style?