Beauty in Action

 

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: SNOWBOARDER HANNAH TETER; SURFER KELIA MONIZ; SKIER JULIA MANCUSO; BASE JUMPER ROBERTA MANCINO

 
What is the best way to test out the staying power of your makeup? In an inspiring new campaign, makeup artist Bobbi Brown called in four professional female athletes put her new sweat-resistant, waterproof “Long-Wear Life Proof” eye-makeup line through the paces. Her roster includes surfer Kelia Moniz, alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso, snowboarder Hannah Teter, and BASE jumper Roberta Mancino. A short YouTube video series, called #LONGWEARLIFEPROOF, shows each athlete in action, captured via GoPro, looking gorgeous and smudge-free while surfing, skiing, snowboarding and sky diving. Bobbi Brown told The Huffington Post that these four extreme athletes have taught her that “beauty is about so much more than makeup; it’s about strength, confidence and courage, and that what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it.”

The impressive campaign brings the products to life, and shows that no matter the woman, the sport, or the conditions, the last thing these fearless females should have to worry about is their makeup.  Says Hannah Teter, “I may be an extreme sport athlete, but I still want to look pretty out there on the slopes”

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The Finest Line

 

 
Once on the fringes, big wave surfing has moved into the forefront of the sport of surfing with a generation of surfers riding waves of unfathomable height and magnitude, and reinventing the limits of what is surfable. The Finest Line is a photographic foray into the world of big wave surfing and the first book to look at this subculture as a whole.

Written by Rusty Long, professional surfer, journalist, photographer, and one of the biggest names in big wave surfing himself, The Finest Line takes us around the world, from one legendary wave to the next, with breathtaking images and awe-inspiring stories of hallmark sessions from such breaks as Maverick’s, Jaws, Cloudbreak, Teahupo’o, Belharra, Nazaré, Shipsterns Bluff, Dungeons, and Puerto Escondido. The book also includes interviews and insights from many of the leading surfers of this era, including Mark Healey, Greg Long, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Mike Parsons, Peter Mel, Dave Wassel, Kohl Christensen, in addition to a foreword by famed surfer Tom Carroll.
 
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FROM TOP: COVER: GRANT “TWIGGY” BAKER AT MAVERICK’S © FRANK QUIRARTE; SHANE DORIAN (L) AND MARK HEALY (R), JAWS, MAUI © ZAK NOYLE; ROSS CLARKE-JONES, PEDRA BRANCA, TASMANIA © STU GIBSON; GARRETT MCNAMARA, NAZARE, PORTUGAL © TÓ MANÉ

 
In the introduction, Long shares how from just after the turn of the century until 2014, big wave surfing has risen to completely new heights. Feats that were once very rare, like paddling into fifty-foot plus waves, have become normal. The introduction of the Jet Ski was perhaps the biggest factor in assisting big-wave progression. Tow-in surfing pulled surfers on to waves too big to paddle into. Surfer Laird Hamilton rose to prominence during this era, along with Buzzy Kerbox, Darrick Doerner, and Dave Kalama, who shattered boundaries with the Jet Ski assist, and redefined the way surfers could approach and ride giant waves. The tow-in surfing boom around the millennium, most prevalent at Jaws on Maui and Maverick’s off Half Moon Bay, California, opened the door to the pioneering of many other waves. Waves considered unrideable or even unapproachable, like the giants at Teahupo’o in Tahiti and Shipsterns Bluff in Tasmania, became rife with chargers yearning to be towed into the craziest waves possible.
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WOW: Nigel Barker & The DogPound

 
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FROM LEFT: DAWIN PENA, NIGEL BARKER, ME, KIRK MYERS, BREY PENA

 
In our WOW (Working Out With) series, yours truly goes head to head with a person of note, in the gym or some other sporting arena, to sweat a bit and talk about what’s up. For this installment, I connected with renowned photographer and fashion television host, Nigel Barker, at Gotham Gym in NYC to work out with his crew, known as the DogPound.

Nigel and I met in 2014 and got to know each other well working on his newest book, Models Of Influence, of which I was the photo editor. Published in February 2015, the book is retrospective of 50 of the most influential models in fashion history and the iconic photographs that defined them. Decade by decade, each chapter spotlights an era, and highlights the “50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion.”

Known well for his 17 seasons on “America’s Next Top Model,” Nigel was most recently the host of “The Face,” and is regularly featured on other television shows as the go-to fashion authority. A highly regarded photographer, filmmaker, philanthropist, and author, Nigel is no slouch in the gym either. Six days a week at 5:45 am sharp, he works out with a group of about 15 other guys and 3 very large trainers — Kirk Myers, Dawin Pena, and Brey Pena — aka the DogPound.
 

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: HANGING LEGS LIFTS AS THE DOGPOUND KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE; MORE AB WORK WITH LEG THROW DOWNS; NIGEL AND I GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH PUSH-UPS

 
The group was originally assembled by actor Hugh Jackman, and includes various other captains of industry and a few Olympic athletes as well. The name “DogPound” is an homage to “Dali,” Jackman’s French bulldog, who presides over all workouts. The group meets every morning to “smash it,” their signature expression for crushing everything from weightlifting, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and literally smashing things — boxing, hammer drills, hitting drills, ball slams and throws. I got a taste of it, pushing a 200 lb. tire back and forth with Nigel, along with a sampling of other DogPound favorites. A little stomach bug kept me from going full out, but even a shortened session left my heart pumping and eager for another round with the DogPound! After our workout, we talked fitness, fashion, and Models of Influence.
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Stow n’ Go

 

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Spring temperatures may go up and down, but with these featherweight, wind and water resistant, stow n’ go jackets you’ll be ready for whatever the weather may bring. Just fold ‘em, roll ‘em and stash ‘em in your bag, pocket or their own handy pouch. Running errands or running trails, these 9 windbreaking shells, won’t let a little rain slow you down.

TOP ROW: FALKE ERGONOMIC SPORT SYSTEM PACKAWAY SHELL JACKET $300. This featherweight mesh-paneled shell is wind-resistant and water-repellent, while still breathable too. Perfect for all your high intensity outdoor activities, it also features reflective detailing for extra functionality and a striped cuff accent for extra style. ALEXANDER WANG LAMINATED HOODED ANORAK $325. This chic city slicker is laminated with a shiny, water repellant finish. It features an aqua guard zipper, adjustable back drawstring, and front kangaroo stowaway pocket. UNIQLO POCKETABLE HOODED JACKET $39.90. This classic windbreaker can’t be beat for its low price and great array of colors. It is designed to block UV rays, so it’s a great option for sunny days too, and ideal for all your sporty outdoor activities. The contoured cut gives it a feminine, form-fitting look, and it packs away into an included pouch.

MIDDLE ROW: PATAGONIA WOMEN’S HOUDINI JACKET $99. Light as a feather and proven to protect against the elements, this technical running jacket is your go-to-shell for all your outdoor aerobic sports. Breathable and unobtrusive, it features a drawstring waist and a low-profile hood that fits snug with a single pull. Zippered chest pocket converts to palm sized stuff sack. NIKE TECH AEROSHIELD MOTO CAPE $180. Durable and light, this high-tech sport shell delivers versatile protection from the elements. It features a high-standing collar with a packable hood, raglan sleeves for mobility, and perforated lining for breathability. VFILES SPORT PLUS TECH TRACK JACKET $220. Reinterpreting classic sportswear, this unisex nylon pullover takes its inspiration from track and field, and amps it up with graphic modern style. Details include blurred Sport Plus logo, zip pockets on front & back, and mesh lining.

BOTTOM ROW: THE NORTH FACE CLOUD VENTURE JACKET $129. This lightweight shell is waterproof and breathable, and finished with a translucent half layer dot-print lining. It features a fully adjustable hood and large zip vented hand pockets where it can also be stowed. ADIDAS OUTDOOR TERREX AGRAVIC WIND JACKET $170. Made to keep going when the weather has other plans, this ultra-light bold patterned wind jacket stows neatly into its own pack pocket. Breathable Climastorm® blocks wind and light rain, while Formotion® fit offers performance and comfort in motion. Mesh panel on back provides added ventilation. ATHLETA INDIO ANORAK $108. Super-soft lightweight nylon combines with a jersey lining to make this hooded cover-up a cozy topper for your outdoor activities. DWR finish fends off unexpected showers and mist. Full-front zip, drawstring hood, and adjustable hem cinches to fit. Two front slouchy scoop pockets and metal grommets for ventilation add style and functionality.

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

 

IT’S MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENING DAY…

…and the official start of another season of America’s favorite pastime! It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t appreciate what makes the game so special… a sunny day at the ball park, or an evening game played under the lights; hearing that crack of the bat and the cheers of the fans echoing in the stands. Even the healthiest among us can’t resist a hot dog, peanuts, and an ice cold beer. It’s a game of tradition and nostalgia, and most of us love watching the game even if we don’t know anything about baseball. It’s made for the fans.

Wouldn’t it be even more fun if you had a few insider tips and knew a bit of trivia about the game and the season to come? Here are the top “9 Things You Need To Know” for the 2015 season. That’s one for each inning, of which there are 9. We assumed you knew at least that.

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1.A-Rod is back

New York Yankee Alex Rodriquez makes his return to baseball after being suspended for a year for using performance-enhancing drugs. Baseball’s bad boy accepted his 162-game suspension for doping, which kept him off the field the entire 2014 season. The suspension, the most severe punishment in baseball history, is said to have cost A-Rod $25 million in salary. Rodriguez may be the man you love to hate in baseball, but games are more exciting with him in the lineup. We hope he has a good season. Everybody loves a comeback!

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2.Derek Jeter is not

Yankee fans are still recovering from Derek Jeter’s retirement after a fairytale farewell season. Number 2 hung up his cap and his number is being retired too. Relive one of his most memorable plays HERE and then get ready for a new era of Yankee baseball. Their new shortstop, Didi Gregorius, has some big cleats to fill! While he’s more known for his glove than his bat, Gregorius had a great spring at the plate, and has fans looking forward to his first season in the Bronx.

 

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3. Uniform style

Most teams have gone traditional in recent years and have multiple variations of their home and away uniforms (the better for merchandising, of course). The Oakland A’s are taking #ThrowbackThursday pretty seriously. At every Thursday home game, the A’s will honor their franchise by repping throwback uniforms and giving away commemorative buttons to the first 5,000 fans.

Our favorite uniforms are still the originals though, many of which are available at EBBETS FIELD FLANNELS. Their authentic wool flannel baseball jerseys, caps and jackets are identical to the originals in fabric and craftsmanship, and have been recreated using the original materials, lettering, sleeve patches and trim.

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Spring Trainers

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: NEW BALANCE FOAM ZANTE; ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST; BROOKS LAUNCH2; SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO; NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 3; ASICS GEL-DS TRAINER 20

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Keeping on the Spring Training theme, there is nothing like running to burn off those winter layers. The fresh air, solitude and simplicity can’t be beat and what better way to get motivated than with a new pair of kicks! These six running shoes have consistently been rated best in class for performance, fit and comfort for 2015. So whether you’re trying to win the race or go the distance, these are the hot trainers for Spring!

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: NEW BALANCE FOAM ZANTE $100. The Zante the new addition to the popular Fresh Foam family that New Balance launched last year. It is the speedy version of the also noteworthy, BORACAY, its more cushioned cousin. Great for all types of training from long progression to tempo runs, the Zante was rated Competitor magazine’s “2015 Road Shoe of the Year”. The shoe offers a quick and smooth heel to toe transition that feels fast at any speed. It’s bootie-like design wraps the foot for a sock-like fit with a seamless interior that provides superior comfort.

ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST $180. Run with super reactive spring and cushioning in the new Ultra Boost, the latest evolution in Adidas Boost technology. Fast and comfortable, they feature a seamless stretchy Primeknit upper, and the midsole, comprised entirely of Boost™ foam, offers an incredibly responsive underfoot feel.

BROOKS LAUNCH 2 $100. Lightweight and springy, the updated Brooks Launch 2 features an improved groove under the heel designed to adapt to any footstrike. A hard rubber mid-foot offers more durability, and extra cushioning in the forefoot provides added comfort. The Launch 2 now has a seamless upper construction, with mesh in the toe and heel for maximum airflow, offering an all around great run and value for the price.
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The Final Four

 

 
There was much Madness in March with the Mens 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament filling the airwaves. It all comes to a conclusion this Monday, April 6th in the championship game, but first the “Final Four” must play for a spot. Those two games go down this Saturday, April 4th.

It has been an exciting tournament so far with heartbreaking upsets and thrilling come-from-behind wins. As we handicapped the bracket for you at the start of the tournament with The 10 Things You Need to Know, here’s a quick recap of the tournament thus far and guide to the Final Four. Toss out at least one of these highlights at a cocktail party this weekend, and you’re guaranteed to impress the crowd!

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Of the 11.57 million brackets submitted to ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, only 182,709 correctly guessed the Final Four.

Who’s left? 

The Final Four will play in two semi-final games. First up will be No. 1 Duke vs. No. 7 Michigan State. This will be Coach K’s (remember we told you that’s Duke coach, Mike Kryzewski’s nickname) 12th Final Four appearance as head coach of the Blue Devils. Game time is 6:09pm on Saturday, April 4th. The next game is No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 1 Wisconsin at 8:49pm. The Wildcats and the Badgers will meet in a rematch of last year’s Final Four pairing. Kentucky enters the game undefeated for the season.
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ClassPass

 

 

Back in January we ran a monthlong fitness feature, “The 31 Days of Fitness”, taking a different class everyday and sampling all the workout options available a la carte. Our goal was to showcase the plethora of boutique fitness studios offering specialty spinning, yoga, bootcamp, pilates, boxing, rowing classes and more, on a pay-per-class basis. ClassPass unites them all into one monthly gym membership with access to the most popular boutique fitness studios — many of which we included in our 31 Days. Barry’s Bootcamp, Flywheel, AKT In Motion, Aerospace, CityRow, Exhale, Physique 57, Flex Studios, and Mile High Run Club are just a few of the hundreds of participating studios.

The average price of a class at the most popular boutique fitness studios is around $30 depending on the package purchased. If you are working out regularly, say even the prescribed minimum of 3 x per week, this can cost as much in a week as a month at a gym. A ClassPass membership runs from $79 – $99 per month depending on the city. Members have unlimited access to all participating studios, but are limited to taking 3 classes at the same studio each month. ClassPass is available in 31 U.S. cities as well as London, Toronto, and Vancouver, and users book their class reservations through the ClassPass app.

With summer on the horizon, Spring Training is now in session. It’s time to shed those winter coats… and coatings. ClassPass offers a huge variety of great workout options all for one affordable price. No more excuses!

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