Chic and Sporty Mama!

 

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The French term Apprécier means “to grow in value over time,” and a new lifestyle website of the same name, founded by InStyle Special Projects Editor Cindy Weber-Cleary and entrepreneur Stephanie Stahl, inspires women in their 40s, 50s and beyond, to do just that with their style. A mix of shopping tips, how-to advice, and pro secrets makes Apprécier an at-your-fingertips style guide.

We asked the fashion gurus of Apprecier to give us their Mother’s Day gift picks for chic and sporty moms who want to go from the gym through the rest of the day with cool casual style. With so many options to choose from these days, figuring out what to buy to fit your fitness and lifestyle routine can be overwhelming, but half the fun of working out is dressing for the occasion.

LEFT COLUMN: MONROW LAYERED SWEATSHIRT $121. This soft french terry sweatshirt is layered over a granite tee for a cool look that goes from the gym to the street with ease. APL TECHLOOM PRO SNEAKER $140. The Techloom Pro from APL is a stylish lightweight sneaker, with a single layer upper construction that’s comfortable, breathable and supportive for all types of impact workouts. TORY SPORT COLOR BLOCK TRACK JACKET $165. The track jacket is a must have this spring and this little number from Tory Sport is the hot pick of the season. L.L.BEAN FRENCH SAILORS SHIRT HOODIE $49.95. Inspired by the classic French Sailors shirt, this striped hoodie has timeless style perfect for the beach, gym or anyplace in between.

CENTER COLUMN: HEROINE SPORT PERFORMANCE BRA $84. Shirts off to show off this stylish sportsbra. The Performance Bra by Heroine Sport features a halter neckline, cool contrast trim, and textured grid print for a modern look and feel. OUTDOOR VOICES 3/4 TWO TONE WARMUP LEGGINGS $85. These Outdoor Voices signature heathered leggings are super soft and comfortable, with a compression fit that lifts and smooths. Hidden waistband pocket offers handy storage for workout essentials. ANYA HINDMARCH EYES MINI BACKPACK $1450. Why carry a boring gym bag when you can sport this fun little backpack from the always playful Anya Hindmarch! TEVA FLATFORM UNIVERSAL SANDAL $60. The iconic Teva sandal gets a fashion boost with a fun platform lift and multiple color options.

RIGHT COLUMN: BLANC NOIR MESH INSERT PUFFER VEST $159. Made with moisture wicking material for breathablity, down fill for warmth, and mesh insets for ventilation, this hooded sleeveless puffer vest, with its contrast bordered diagonal baffles, makes a chic extra layer for any sporty excursion. IVY PARK EMBROIDERED MESH T-SHIRT $60. From Beyonce’s new athletic apparel line Ivy Park is this cool oversized mesh tee. Inspired by the classic basketball top, slip it over a tank or sports bra for some sexy gym class style. SWEATY BETTY AVESHA YOGA TANK $90. A playful Brazil-inspired design is revealed in the deep racerback of this lightweight yoga tank. The curved hem creates a flattering shape for easy comfort and modern style at yoga and at home.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Roka Rocks

 

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Every now and again a new sport line comes along that so beautifully fuses design with functionality, you lust for a piece of gear or item of clothing even if you’re not a participant in that sport. ROKA, a triathlon focused performance brand that launched in 2013 with a revolutionary wetsuit, the Maverick Pro, is one of those lines.

ROKA was founded by two former All-American Stanford swimmers, who after competing in their first Half Ironman triathlon, set out to build a better wetsuit — a faster wetsuit — one that actually enhanced the body mechanics they’d spent years in the pool training to perfect. The wetsuit gained instant recognition among the top triathletes and world champions for record swim times. Later this month a new state of the art wetsuit, the Maverick X, will debut. Available on pre-order, it has triathletes buzzing and lined up to get into one, regardless of the $900 price tag.
 

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For a much less expensive, but equally sleek piece of gear from ROKA, the new R1 Goggle ($35) is also now available on pre-order. Rethinking the goggle specifically for open water swimming, ROKA has developed RAPIDSIGHT technology that radically opens the forward viewing plane in the head-down swim position. The architecture along the top frame of the goggle has been minimized and a tilted lens design opens the field of view in the forward movement plane. This design offers a distinct competitive advantage for open water swimmers by allowing for better target spotting of things like buoys and other swimmers, with less disruption to form and mechanics. The R1 is ROKA’s fourth goggle frame to feature SPCTRM, a lens collection that offers the optimal tint for every condition: predawn darkness, fog, haze, transition light, glare, and bright sun in natural and urban environments.
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Orange and Black Is New

 

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Orange is the new black. Black is the new orange. Orange and black is new.

This bold collection of spring watches mix and matches orange and black with stylish flair for a great sporty look in any combination!

 

TOP ROW: TUDOR HERITAGE CHRONO $4000FILSON DUTCH HARBOR WATCH $750ALPINA SEASTRONG DIVER 300 AUTOMATIC $1650; MIDDLE ROW: SHINOLA RUNWELL CONTAST CHRONO $750; OMEGA SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN CHRONOMETER $4900; NIXON CARDIFF SPORT $200; BOTTOM ROW: TISSOT QUICKSTER QUARTZ $495; HAMILTON VENTURA ELVIS80 QUARTZ $1045; ELECTRIC DW02 NATO $350

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Little Surfer Girl

 

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From fashion and sport brands alike, surf’s up on land and sea!

With an eclectic mix of Hawaiian prints, beach bohemian, and Endless Summer style,

catch the wave, and mix and match, because anything goes this spring.

 

LEFT COLUMN: SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC SURF AVIATOR $375. Beaching it at the house of Saint Laurent, it’s designer Hedi Slimane’s bright and sunny take on the classic aviator. More colors available too! ORLEBAR BROWN SAFFY WOMENS WRAP AROUND SKIRT $295. Add a little Hawaiian punch to your surf style with this perfect wrap around beach skirt. Made from Orlebar Brown’s classic swim short fabric and fully lined, this Polynesian print is one a few styles available, and a reproduction of a vintage painting of the South Pacific from the 1950s. TOMMY HILFIGER STRIPED CROCHET DRESS $607.95. Thrown over a swimsuit at the beach or accessorized around town, it’s island style all summer long with this playful little crochet dress. VANS HAWAIIAN FLORAL OLD SKOOL $65. Vans classic skate shoe goes Hawaiian style with this inspired floral print. TAMA TOWELS INTREPID $85. Made from authentic 100% Turkish cotton, this multi-colored woven towel is ultra soft and absorbent with cool boho style.

CENTER COLUMN: ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE ENDLESS SUMMER LONGBOARD $925. One of the stars of the iconic 1963 surf film “Endless Summer”, Robert August is still surfing today and is the embodiment of the authentic lifestyle and heritage of the sport. From his Robert August Surf Company comes this classic longboard featuring the famous Endless Summer graphic from the film. CYNTHIA ROWLEY FOR J.CREW COLORBLOCK BIKINI TOP $105 AND BOTTOM $105. Paddle out in this sexy colorblock neoprene bikini created by Cynthia Rowley for J.Crew. The fit is flattering and snug for a hot sporty look that stays put when you hit the waves.

RIGHT COLUMN: BILLABONG CALI BEAR PULLOVER $49.95. This relaxed fit French terry v-neck hoodie has that cozy surfer vibe you want after a day at the beach. VICTORIA BECKHAM SPRING/SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION. Not just for the beach, chic surf prints strutted down the Victoria Beckham ready-to-wear runway for Spring 2016. SOLUDOS SURFER SMOKING SLIPPER $65. The perfect espadrille hits the waves embroidered with this surf print.

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National Parks Centennial

 

 

This summer the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday and the festivities have already begun. Huckberry, a curated online shop carrying many of our favorite outdoor brands, has gotten the party started with their National Parks Gift Shop that features a fun collection of tees, artwork, home goods, and other commemorative items. 10% of all profits from purchases are being donated to the National Parks Service.

Each month Huckberry will also be highlighting a different park like Yellowstone, Badlands, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon, among others, and have just launched the first of the seven-part insider’s guide series, this one on Zion National Park.

Be sure to check out the Style of Sport Shop at Huckberry too, with a hand picked selection of outdoor gear, apparel and accessories from the coolest heritage brands. And stay tuned for more National Parks Centennial celebrations to come!

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Sunblockers

 

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For cycling, running, hiking or any outdoor sport, this season’s sport shades have all the coverage, protection, and of course the style, to block those rays on bright sunny days and enhance vision on those overcast as well. With a wide field of view, eye shield design, and a variety of lens configurations, these are 6 of our favorite sporty sunblockers perfect for all your outdoor endeavors. 

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POC CRAVE $245. Two of the hottest new sunshields this spring both come from Poc Sports, the CRAVE and the ASPIRE. Shown here is Crave, a slightly smaller but still oversized sunshield. Available in array of frame and interchangeable lens colors, both are designed for all your athletic pursuits, with super mod style for all day cool. Lightweight, flexible, and durable, they feature Carl Zeiss lenses, with an open frame construction for ventilation, and hydrophilic rubber that stays grippy when wet.  The lens is ripel treated to help keep fog, dirt and grime from blocking your view.

UVEX SPORTSTYLE 810 $79.95. Designed primarily for cycling, the Sportstyle 810 features the new Uvex curve 10 lens technology, offering a superior panoramic field of vision for all your favorite outdoor sports. With full 1cm more curvature, compared to standard flat lenses, the design offers greater coverage and protection. Ventilation openings at the edge of the lenses, combined with the highest possible coating standard ensure a fog free, crystal view.

NIKE ROAD MACHINE now $58 at Amazon. These running specific sunglasses feature Nike Max Optics lenses recognized for their precision clear field of view. Laser-cut holes in the sides of the lenses allow for added ventilation and help to reduce fogging. The 8-base frames are lightweight and rugged, with no-slip soft rubber nose pads, as well as Occipital Wrap temples, to keep these stylish shades in place during all your high energy sports.
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Day At The Races

 

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It’s motor city everywhere you look this spring: at the gym, on the street, and at the beach. Moto and Formula 1 inspired, cool racing stripes add chic sporty style to everything they touch, from swimsuits to surfboards to handbags and more. Check out this collection of our picks for the season!

LEFT COLUMN: HEROINE SPORT TRAINING JACKET $195. Made from perforated nylon, with two stripes racing down the front, this black bomber style jacket is a cool look to and from the gym — and anywhere else in between. TORY SPORT STRIPED SCOOPBACK ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT $185. You can’t beat a classic tank swimsuit, especially one so chic and sporty. White with two graphic colored stripes, it’s a modern take on the 70′s racing suit and features UPF 50 sun protection. LANDS END VERTICAL STRIPE RUGBY BEACH TOWEL $29. Available in a wide assortment of color combos, this striped oversized beach towel is plush and soft, made from 100% cotton with snagproof flatweave edging. It’s a great price too, and you can save $5 each if you buy 3 or more.

CENTER COLUMN: TAG HEUER FORMULA 1 QUARTZ CHRONOGRAPH MCLAREN EDITION $1550. Inspired by Formula 1 racing and the “Rocket Red” of Team McLaren’s 1985 campaign, this numbered limited edition chronograph is highlighted by a black and red NATO strap for a bold sporty look wherever the road may take you. TOMASINI PARIS STRIPED SUEDE TOTE $1118. Red and white racing stripes bring a sporty edge to Tomasini Paris’s classic navy suede boxy tote. Front flap conceals magnetic fastening. ALEXANDER WANG HYBRID MOTO AND DENIM JACKET $1595. One half speedway, the other half street, this hybrid striped leather moto and denim jacket combine for total cool.

RIGHT COLUMN: RAPHA CAP $35. Worn under a helmet or on its own, this classic bicycle cap is made from a soft, lightweight technical cotton and is water resistant, fast-drying and very breathable. With clean modern styling and a cool racing stripe, it makes a great look on and off the bike. BEAR PERFORMANCE WAIKIKI SPECIAL LONGBOARD $1199. This classic endless summer longboard is happy in any surf. It’s lightweight and a great board for pointbreaks and beachbreaks, but really starts to shine in long, peeling waves. Single fin with a 10” center box, it has a rounded squash for increased hold when noseriding, and a rolled bottom for smooth rail-to-rail transitions. Available in other beachy stripe combos. ANCIENT GREEK THAIS CROSS STRAP SANDALS $191. Sandal season is almost here and time set your feet free! These sporty striped cross strap sandals pair one white leather strap with one navy and red, for a chic spring look that’s always in style.

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Ivy Park

 

 

Now available is one of the most eagerly awaited and very buzzed about new activewear lines, Ivy Park — the joint venture created by entertainment superstar Beyonce and retail magnate Sir Philip Green. This graphic wow of a collection features a full range and wide assortment of leggings, tanks, sport bras, sweatshirts, tees, and more, designed not just for style but for performance. If these pieces can keep up with Beyonce’s moves, that’s a testament in itself!
 

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Sexy mesh, oversized logos, and varsity style are combined for a cool mix of gym gone glam. A sophisticated palette of black, white, grays, and neutrals are offset with the addition cobalt in the mix. Compression fits, seemless support, and wicking fabrics accentuate the comfort and performance focus of the line. The number 4 plays throughout — the date of Beyoncé, her mother, and her husband’s Jay-Z’s birthdays, as well as the couple’s wedding anniversary.
 

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While Sir Philip Green is most notable as the Chairman of Arcadia Group that includes Topshop, Ivy Park is a standalone brand that will be available at 12 retailers in 50 countries worldwide, such as Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Selfridges, Hudson Bay, as well as Topshop. It seems hard to imagine that this collection won’t sell out fast, so you best walk, run, ride, or dance your way over to one of these retailers (available online too) to get your hands on a piece of Queen Bey!

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