The NFL On Instagram

 

 

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Although I am not really a big football fan, other than cheering for the home team, I have been a follower of the NFL Instagram feed all season. These little square photographs that look like poloroids, faded with filters and framed with rough borders, have been given a special vintage quality that harken back to those early Sports Illustrated days. But it is also the image itself that is different. It is not the big play that is captured but something more intimate and almost innocent, as if the NFL were a high school football game.

So with the Super Bowl just a few days away and only 2 NFL teams left on the playing field, I thought I would share some of my visual highlights from the season.

 

Best In Snow

 

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LIVE FROM THE SLOPES OF SNOWMASS, COLORADO, check out a few of the coolest things spotted on the slopes and shops round town. There are still a least a couple of months of skiing and snowboarding left in the season, plenty of time to still shop the snow!

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Clockwise from top left: BURTON ANT-SOCIAL SPLITBOARD $699.95. Hike it up, ride it down. You’ll never guess you’re on a splitboard as you float through the powder; MONTBELL U.L. DOWN JACKET $169. This insulating jacket seriously weighs less than most T-shirts. It’s a perfect insulting layer and wind resistant enough to be worn on its own; POC SYNAPSIS 2.0 Aurelien Ducroz Helmet $250. POC makes the most beautifully designed helmets, equally matched for their safety features. Utilizing POC’s Anti Penetration Barrier, the Synapsis helmet is ultra light and ultra safe with a turnring adjustment system for perfect fit. Can be worn with or without visor; ARC’TERYX STINGRAY PANT $399. These highly technical Gore-Tex insulated pants will keep you warm and dry on those deep powder days; HESTRA ALL LEATHER PRIMALOFT GLOVES $150. The brand of choice of the pros, this soft and supple warm leather glove with Primaloft insulation are perfect on the coldest winter days; ZEAL iON CAMERA GOGGLE $399. 1080p HD digital camera is integrated into the lens with an in-goggle viewfinder and 170-degree view that automatically adjusts exposure for changing light; Center: ANON FASHIONABLY LATE SUNGLASSES $109.95. From Burton Snowboards comes Anon, their technical line of goggles and stylish shades; MARMOT NEWTON HAT $44.95. When the helmet is off, this striped beenie protects your head from the other elements; MAMMUT JUNGFRAU $125. This lightweight insulated layer can be worn as base or second layer for cold days, and looks super cute on its own.

 

So Fresh and So Clean Clean

 

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The sporty girl gets dirty and when it’s time to clean up she likes her soap to leave her smelling naturally fresh. Flowers like jasmine and freesia, fruits like lemon and lime, herbs like verbena and sage are some of her favorites from nature’s scents. She appreciates nice packaging too.

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1.THREE SOAPS SPORT SOAP SET $19. Set of three triple-milled bars crafted from organic oatmeal, olive oil, shea butter and essential oils. This environmentally sensitive soap is packaged with an irresistible nostalgic sporting theme.  2. MARIO BADESCU AHA BOTANICAL BODY SOAP  $8. Enriched with fresh fruit extracts like papaya and grapefruit to exfoliate, cleanse, and leave skin feeling soft and smooth. 3.CLAUS PORTO BANHO CITRON VERBENA BATH SOAP $18. Floral verbena and a hint of citrus are blended together in this 100% natural shea butter oversized bath bar. 4.L’OCCITANE VERBENA SOAP ON A ROPE $10. This old-fashioned rope soap is delightfully scented with verbena. It hangs in the shower to dry, conveniently mess-free. 5.SABON DELICATE JASMIN SHOWER OIL $18. SLS and paraben free, this combination shower gel laced with essential oils smells great and leaves skin feeling luxuriously silky and soft.  6.FRESH FREESIA OVAL SOAP $15. This triple-milled, vegetable-based soap is enriched with moisturizing shea butter and infused with a delicious floral scent. 7.BLISS ORIGINAL BLUE BODY BAR $15. Bursting with a crisp, fresh scent this long-lasting French-milled moisturizing bar with massaging nubs delivers a lot of bath for your buck. 8.(MALIN + GOETZ)  LIME BAR SOAP $10. This foaming cleansing bar is synthesized with refreshing lime, to gently purify and balance all skin types.

Thanks to my guest beauty editor Evan Pepper!

 

THE BESPOKE SPORTING GOODS STORE

 

 
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ROW 1: RAPHA GINGHAM  LONG SLEEVE SHIRT; SATURDAYS SURF CROSBY ST, NYC; ROW 2: VANS AT DQM; NIKE STORE 21 MERCER; PREMIERE ISSUE OF SATURDAYS MAGAZINE; ROW 3: EARLY TOUR DE FRANCE; LIMITED EDITION KAI MALIE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD AT ANTHROPOLOGIE; DQM NYC; ROW 4: PRO TEAM JACKETS AT RAPHA; HELMET FROM ADELINE ADELINE;  ADELINE ADELINE IN TRIBECA

The word “bespoke” conjures up an image of refined sophistication that one does not usually associate with skateboarding, surfing and cycling, but there is a whole new generation of hip and posh sporting goods stores that fit this description. In lower Manhattan, the surf shop SATURDAYS, skate shop DQM, Nike store 21 MERCER, and bicycle store ADELINE ADELINE have all opened in the last few years designed with a cool and minimal aesthetic. In addition, there are online stores like RAPHA, which design and carry retro cycling apparel and sportswear reminiscent of the early days of the Tour de France. Even clothing stores like Antropologie are following suit carrying a limited edition Kai Malie stand-up paddleboard and Van Heesch Copper Bicycle that patinas with age. Below are a few of my favorite “Bespoke” sporting goods stores. I am NYC based but love to hear about others in the US and abroad!

ADELINE ADELINE.Located in Tribeca, NYC, this very bespoke bicycle boutique sells only the most beautifully designed city bikes and accessories in the tradition of those seen on streets of Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and the English countryside. The store has a refined Scandinavian aesthetic that showcases these two wheeled works of art, in addition to a selection of helmets, bags and other accessories perfectly curated to compliment the bicycles they sell.

NIKE 21 MERCER. Tucked away in the middle of Soho, its hard to imagine this understated boutique is actually Nike store. 21 Mercer carries a specialized and hard-to find selection of Nike footwear and apparel, curated to appeal more to the design and fashion oriented customer than the athlete. 21 Mercer is home to the exclusive Nike Bespoke program, where customers can design their sneakers from scratch with almost unlimited design elements during a NIKEiD customization session. The boutique also carries limited edition pieces from the brand’s NSW line, a collection of refined and sophisticated off-field apparel.

SATURDAYS SURF NYC. In 2009, Saturdays opened its flagship store in SoHo as New York’s premier downtown surf shop. Carrying not just surf gear and apparel, but books, fine art and other accessories, Saturdays represents the lifestyle of the urban surfer. The clean open design, espresso bar, and garden patio in back have established it as much as a hang out destination as a store. Saturdays now designs and produces its own menswear line designed to appeal to the surfer and hipster alike. There are also addional stores in the West Village and Tokyo.

RAPHA PERFORMANCE ROADWEAR. Rapha Performance Roadwear is a premium sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories. It is an online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories, publications and events, all celebrating the glory, culture and history of road riding.

DQM. When DQM first opened in 2003, on a nondescript street in Manhattan’s Bowery district, it had just twenty styles of sneakers, a few skateboards and five styles of house brand t-shirts. Founded by professional skateboarder Chris Keeffe, born and raised in New York City, DQM quickly found the support of the neighborhood and the downtown scene. Remaining true to its roots in skateboarding, DQM has grown to become one of New York’s premiere location for sneakers, menswear and skate goods, as well as a fully-fledged brand in its own right, with clothing and accessories sold in select locations around the world. In 2011, DQM opened its second store, The General, in partnership with Vans, in a landmark building in SoHo district, bringing one the most impressive collections of Vans to the East Coast.

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Life’s a Beach and Then You Bodysurf

 
 
Spreads from “THE PLIGHT OF THE TORPEDO PEOPLE” by Keith Malloy (top) & “LIFE’S A BEACH” by Martin Parr
 
 

I received my Artbook / D.A.P. spring catalogue this week and in it were two books on a spread: Keith Malloy’s The Plight of the Torpedo People and Martin Parr’s Life’s a Beach. I’m not sure if the intent was to show the two extremes of a day at the beach but I loved the juxtaposition.

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The Plight of the Torpedo People by Keith Malloy is a collection of photographs, frame grabs and personal essays documenting the making of his first film, “Come Hell or Highwater”, about the sport of bodysurfing. While Malloy is most widely known as a surfer, his exploration into the world of bodysurfing began some 10 years ago in a quest to reconnect with the ocean. “Come Hell or High Water” looks at the history, culture and beauty of the sport of bodysurfing, alongside the purity of experience that is riding a wave.

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8 For The Road: Cycling Shoes to Go

 

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Spinning, triathlons and road riding are all extremely popular at the moment, and chances are you are participating in at least one of these activities. If so, you are in need of a good cycling shoe. Now as we are talking about shoes here, you want them to be kinda fab. In sports however, performance is key. What is most critical in a cycling shoe is that they be lightweight for efficiency, have a stiff sole for power, good ventilation, and adjustable straps for a secure and comfortable fit. Above I present 8 that have it all and are pretty hot looking too. So yes, you can have your cake and eat it too, as long as you keep riding!

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Row 1: MAVIC ZXELLIUM Road Shoes $149.99 (on sale)SHIMANO SH-R191 Road Shoes $229; Row 2: NORTHWAVE FIGHTER SBS Road Shoes $79 (on sale); DIADORA AEROSPEED 2 $99.99 (on sale); Row 3: GIRO FACET TRI $200SIDI GENIUS 5 Pro Carbon Road Shoes $239.99; Row 4: PEARL IZUMI PRO LEADER Road Shoes $269.99; LOUIS GARNEAU FUTURA XR Road Shoes $179.99

ALL SHOES AND MORE AVAILABLE AT PERFORMANCEBIKE.COM

 

Gabby Reece talks to SoulCycle’s Stacey Griffith

 

Left: Courtesy of Gabby Reece;  Right: Debby Hymowitz

I STARTED GOING to SoulCycle about four years ago, beaten up and kind of broken by my first NYC Marathon. Unable to run, having finished with a stress fracture in my femur, I was looking for a replacement to give me those running endorphins and keep my marathon physique. I’d heard the buzz about SoulCycle, but really the only thing I cared about in a spinning class was good music played loud–which was surprisingly hard to find in NYC. Give me that and I could pedal forever.

Conveniently, SoulCycle had just opened on the Upper East Side in Manhattan near my house and so off I went to my first class. What I found was much more than I expected. It had the hip vibe of a cool club, but one where everybody was welcome. The whole look of the place– the candles burning in the spinning rooms, inspirational graphics on the wall, the cheerful albeit insanely crowded waiting area–drew me in. The teacher, who didn’t even know me, called out my name in class, and I instantly felt like a regular. Yes, there was great music, but there was other motivation too. There was a roomful of people having fun, and I was hooked.

It wasn’t until about a year ago that everything really started to change. Stacey Griffth, one of the founding SoulCycle instructors, began teaching a regular 7:30 am class, a perfect time for my schedule. Beaten up by my second NYC Marathon, and again desperate to keep that runners high and body, I started going about three times a week. I knew of Stacey’s cult-like following, and her classes were legendary. Getting in was tough. Class sign-up for the week opened Monday at noon, and her classes were usually sold out by 12:01. Read More

 

The Color of the Month: Winter White

 


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With the beginning of the new year and record snowfalls, white feels like the perfect color for January. It’s makes a great canvas for accent trims, patterns and graphics to pop. From kayaks to sunglasses, watches to gloves, there is nothing more chic than white for sport apparel and gear!

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PUMA MOSTRO SNEAKERS $74.99MILLY FELICITY TOTE $450JULBO WAVE OCTOPUS SUNGLASSES $190EDDYLINE FATHOM LV KAYAK $2699NIKE NEW BORDER TENNIS SKIRT $50NIXON WATCHES THE RUBBER MURF $300SHIMANO SH-TR31 TRIATHLON CYCLING SHOE $140ADIDAS ADISSAGE FADE SLIDE $30POC TRABEC RACE MIPS BIKE HELMET $200PEARL IZUMI INFINITY SHRUG $45KARLA COLLETTO CUTOUT HALTERNECK SWIMSUIT $300PUMA MONOLINE VISOR $15MARMOT ARMAGEDDON UNDERCUFF GLOVE $150

 

The Calendar: January’s 31 Days Of Workouts

 

 

The holidays are behind us and time to say farewell to December’s excesses. January is traditionally the shape up month and with that we thought we would offer 31 days of workout options. As we did with 31 Days of Sneakers in December, each day will feature a new class, sport, gym, dvd or other fun way to get back in shape or just liven up your routine.

JAN.31: CRUNCH. Wow, I cant believe it’s my last day of 31 Days of Workouts! I have had so much fun trying everything out, and for my last day wanted to feature a place that has it all, including some workouts I missed. Crunch started in 1989 as a basement aerobics studio in NYC’s East Village and now has gyms across the country. From the untraditional decor to the unbelievable class offerings, that mix traditional workouts with their own creations, like Bodyweb Bosu, Boing With Kangoo, Cycle Karaoke, Retro Robics, Cardio Striptease, Jillian Michael’s Bodyshred, and many many more… their philosophy has always been to make exercise FUN! So if you would like to try some of the workouts I featured this month and some of those I missed, Crunch is your place for one stop fitness.

JAN.30: STAND-UP PADDLE YOGA. From the snow to the water we go. Stand-Up Paddleboarding is a fun and great way to get some exercise, but unfortunately for many us enthusiasts it’s a summer or vacation activity only. I stumbled upon a this crazy workout called Aqua Stand-Up, an indoor stand-up paddleboard pool workout, which I couldn’t resist featuring. Besides paddling, there are lots of exercises you can do on a board, Yoga being one of them. Because the poses are performed on a moving surface, different muscles are engaged. So when the weather permits and you’re back on the board, why not give it a try. I myself am headed to Mexico in March for the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic. Sayulita was voted as one of the top 10 SUP destinations in the world by Men’s Fitness magazine. Hope to see you all there!

JAN.29: WINTER SPORTS. Mother Nature has given us a good blast of winter this year, with lots of snow and cold temperatures. Why not take advantage! Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, iceskating, and sledding are just a few of the fun ways to get outside, enjoy the weather and burn some calories at the same time. Consider it part of your cross training. I’m actually writing from Snowmass, CO where the sun is shining after a night of snowfall. Can’t say much more… gotta go hit the slopes!

JAN.28: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, and Jiu-Jitsu are just a few of the disciplines of Mixed Martial Arts. Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts, established in 1984, is one of the most recognized Martial Arts training facilities, with many east coast locations. I myself checked out Jeet Kune Do at Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy, an impressive 12,000 sq.ft training facility located in downtown Manhattan. Jeet Kune Do is the martial art system Bruce Lee developed and draws its inspiration from many different philosophies of street fighting. While teaching practical fighting and self-defense skills, the punching and kicking of Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai and all the other martial arts make these intense cardio workouts, in addition improving agility, increasing flexibility and building strength. To find a training facility near you click here.

JAN.27: KINECTED PILATES CENTER. With all the intense and crazy workouts out there, it is really important to incorporate some stretching and alignment into our fitness regimens. Pilates is a great way to do that. I took the Bands and Physioball mat class at Kinected, a Pilates studio recognized for their teaching training program and integration of wellness into their practice. This deceptively hard class, features exercises that focus on the Pilates tenets of core strength and body alignment. The studio is located in a lovely loft space, with cheerful attention to detail noticeable in the coordination of things like the bright blue walls, orange mats and clear Physioballs. Kinected also offers private and semi-private classes, physical therapy, Gyrotronics, Rolfing and other custom programs.

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