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Filtering by Tag: Sporty-chic

Here Comes The Sun

Jessica Wagner

Swim Wear: Part 1

First the packing, then the bliss! By-the-sea escapes are full of activities that require specific swimwear.

We leave for our family vacation this week and since we are staying in a house right on the beach, I am literally bringing my whole stash of swimsuits. When in Rome!

With summer winding down, end of season sales are a great time to snag a new suit for a fraction of the peak swim season price.

In this post I shared some tips on how to find that perfect suit, but in today’s post I’m going to highlight three styles that work for different pool and beachside occasions. ( Part 2, here.)

CROCHET

CROCHET: Fun, sexy, minimal coverage.
Crochet and embroidery are gorgeous options for sandy strolls along the water’s edge. This teeny-bikini is paradise worthy for sure. (Rob bought this for me before we left for spring break in Cancun, otherwise I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to try it on!) It’s a low-rise style and very cheeky. The crochet details and shades of blue add to the overall boho-vibe. Soft, comfy and crazy cute. This is the suit for lazing poolside or relaxing in the cabana. While this handmade two-piece is great for lying out, don’t plan on jumping waves or swimming laps.

GRAPHIC

GRAPHIC: Sporty, active, full coverage.
Keep it simple in a solo style. This is the summer of the graphic suit. Off-kilter cool, this one-piece style is everywhere, and the bold graphic options are funny and clever. What I love about this singular silhouette is the easy shape doesn’t feel out-dated. It’s fresh, youthful, and ideal for sun-soaked activities. (You for scuba?) Take a run along the beach, play a game of sand volleyball or dive in and ride the tide. This suit has you covered. It manages to be playful, and dare I say sexy in that 90s Pamela Anderson kind of way. A high impact scene-stealer that lets your legs do the talking.

RESORT

RESORT: Glam, romantic, low cut.
Calling all bathing beauties - tuck a flower in your ear and drink in the last sun-drenched hours in this glamorous swimsuit for poolside pinups. To me this suit is all old Hollywood. Destination: poolside. The deep V, shoulder baring silhouette and belted bow need nothing more than a sun kissed glow and maybe a chic sun hat to help keep you cool. Dazzle from days in the bay to nights by the cape, in a solid color, that shows some skin, but brings an effortless elegance to a summer by the sea. Just add champagne.

So, weather you prefer a suit with a slogan or something a little more strappy, these options are all beach-ready for a summer spent chasing the sun.

Swim Wear Details:

Crochet:
Bikini: Aerie Hand Crochet Teeny Bikini (top sold out, bottoms on sale, also comes in black and white. Also have this pink gingham one) Wrap: H&M (similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength

Graphic:
Bathing Suit: Glamzelle (lots of other graphic options here, here, and here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Resort: 
One Piece: Asos, Belted Plunge (similar here) Hat: DIY Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur

Beauty Inside Out

Jessica Wagner

Work Out Wear

Killer sportswear is great motivation for getting your booty into gear.

You might not put much thought into what you wear when working out, but the more focused physical activities require a specific set of clothing in order to maximize your benefit.

 When in the privacy of your own home, sure, a messy bun, ratty old tee and PJ bottoms suffice, but if you’re planning on going out in public, your appearance requires more attention.

Know your activity’s specifications. Will you be sweating it out indoors or outdoors? What’s the weather like? What type of equipment is it provided?

Whether it’s going out for a quick run, a stop at the local gym or a special fitness class, you want to be prepared.

For example, I practice yoga. (Namaste friends!) In class settings I have my own mat I like bring with me, but borrow other tools that assist with that days’ particular demands. Yoga is an activity you want to be properly attired for. Try doing a downward-facing dog in your skinny jeans. NO BUENO!

Yoga is my favorite form of physical, mental and spiritual exercise. If you are looking for a great place to practice, I highly recommend local yogi studio, Tonic. They welcome students at every level and have a gorgeous state of the art facility that is home to their practice. (And the instructors are the best.) Now, I know some of you hear yoga and roll your eyes, and run for the hills. That’s fine! I’m not trying to convert you, but I am a firm believer in the practice because of what it has done for me. 

Burning healthy energy, whether it’s in the form of yoga, boxing, recreational sports, or on the run, is a requirement. Make time for that zen or mediation, whatever that means to you.

For starters, always carry a water bottle. First and foremost stay hydrated! I’m obsessed with my bkr glass silicone bottle (also from Tonic.) It’s so glam. It seriously changed the way I drink water, plus it’s environmentally friendly.

Next, be sure to wear the right support under your clothing. Women need a bra that is comfortable but also holds things in place. Consider a racerback style for enhanced range of motion, and a v-neck with wide straps for a feminine, yet supportive fit.

As far as sportswear tops and bottoms, it’s really up to you. I like to keep colors basic and usually coordinate. Black and white, hot pink and lime green are my go-tos, but really choose what feels good and motivates you.

On top I like to layer. In the summer months I usually wear a tank layered under a tee.  My tank in this post is made of a dri fit fabric, designed to hug your body and move with you as you stretch and bend. This type of material layers well and it’s breathability keeps you cool.

As for bottoms, I prefer dark colors and usually wear super stretchy leggings.  Sometimes I’ll wear shorts but then again, it depends on the activity. I really fell in love with these Under Amour cold-gear leggings. I wear them in the summer, even though they are meant to perform best in cold weather. They are so comfortable it feels like you don’t have any pants on. (So be careful!) They wick moisture, but also keep you warm.  I have worn these for all types of physical activities and they have yet to fail to live up to expectation.

Keep your hair non-fuss, pulled back and out of your face, unless you want to Beyoncé-out. (You do you!) I also like to dab on an essential oil. Lavender soothes, peppermint refreshes, and patchouli stimulates.

While my outfit in today's post is very basic, the look as a whole combines some of my favorite brands and pieces. Experiment with the athletic labels, as there are endless options and sportswear lines out there right now. Do your research. Know before you purchase if your shoes are meant for running, or light exercise. Making informed decisions will only help you master new moves that much quicker.

Now go break a sweat! I’m the first to admit my workout plan changes from season to season. Try incorporating fun ways to get your blood pumping. Walk the kids to school. Use your lunch break to break a quick sweat. Find a motivator, weather it’s an old school beat, a new cheeky work out tank or an upcoming event. Weddings and vacations seem to be on endless rotation as my main motivator. Reward yourself! (Um, shopping, cupcakes!) Try a new workout playlist, get a cute water bottle, pull your hair into a tomb-raider inspired braid and hit the bricks!

I think by now we all know daily exercise boosts your energy levels, improves your mood and decreases stress. I’m not always on top of my work out game, but I notice a 10-fold difference in my mind, body, and sprit when I make it a priority.

The shock and joy when you start seeing your body make changes is so worth it. Not to mention, ultimate pride when you realize how amazing your body is and everything that it can do for you.

Outfit Details:
Top: Nike Pro Hypercool Dri Fit Tank Sports Bra: Nike Pro Rival Dri-fit High Support Bottoms: Under Armour (similar here) Shoes: Nike Orive Sweatshirt: Tonic Bracelet: Tonic MantraBand Engraved "Namaste" Cuff Water Bottle: bkr Bambi Sheer Bright Pink Glass sold at Tonic

Athleisure Layers

Jessica Wagner

style + comfort
 

Getting dressed this time of year can be perplexing. It’s 29 degrees and snowing one day and 65 and sunny the next. You want to stay warm, look cool. Athleisure is a way to combine style and comfort for a chill (or chilly) day. By wearing a smart mix of lightweight layers between spring and winter, you’re sure to be set.

Athleisure is a stylish spin on the comfy sportswear you slip into on the weekends. It combines athleticwear with pieces from your everyday wardrobe and it’s perfect for a casual day spent lounging. Sure, leggings and sneakers are meant for fitness, but they can look just as fab outside the gym. Tennies with a dainty dress and red lip? Makes perfect sense to me!

The trick to rocking athleisure without looking like you actually just walked out of the gym is in how you style your pieces. When searching for athletic street-wear you want to fuse function and fashion.

I went for a menswear-inspired duster coat. It's a long, lean style you can wear with almost anything. It kept me cozy in fall and is quickly becoming my go-to favorite for spring. You can wear a super simple outfit, throw on this coat and look instantly effortless. Tall and streamlined. When styled with black retro sneakers, this look goes from classic-minimalist to sporty-chic.

Whether it’s leggings with a longer coat and scarf, or a cropped-tee and denim jacket with crisp white sneakers, sporting athleticwear all day has become more acceptable. Think preppy baseball caps, a sporty leather backpack, or letterman style jacket.  It’s also a really accessible look. Fitness brands are working hard to blur lines between the locker room and everyday wear. From a strictly fashion standpoint, it’s a refreshing combo and a great option if you want to look stylish going from the house to the gym.

When shopping for athleticwear ask yourself, “Can I wear this from the yoga studio to the street?” Then enjoy crusin' around the city in your comfy sneaks!

Outfit Details:
Coat: Forever21 Heather Grey Duster (similar here) Hat: Slouchy Knit Beanie (similar here) Top: Cream Waffle Knit (similar here) Jeans: Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Distressed Bag: Zara Reversible Tote Pom Key Ring: (similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Shoes: Nike Orive Earring: Etsy Conch Style Piercing by Arthesima Nails: Essie Ballet Slippers Lipstick MAC: Ruby Woo