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TEAVANA WELLNESS TEAS

Besides just waking up and calming down, tea is known for its many health benefits. Health food stores have long had aisles dedicated just to tea, with blends that aid digestion, boost the immune system, sooth tension, and support healthy organ function, among many other things.

The Tea Council of the USA reported Americans consumed more than 80 billion servings of tea in 2014 and their interest in the health benefits of tea is growing. So much so, that earlier this month, Teavana, which is owned by Starbucks, launched a new line of seven wellness teas. Each loose-leaf blend has a wellness theme with a unique mix of tealeaves, fruits and botanicals.

Rejuvenate is a morning tea and contains a mix of black tea and yerba mate with hints of cinnamon and cardamom. The Rejuvenate blend is the highest in caffeine content, meant to invigorate and inspire you for the day ahead. Defense is a low-caff white tea blend with tangs of blackberry and contains 50% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C. Purify, another white tea with hints of jasmine and orange petals, promotes hydration and healthy skin. Rev Up is a bold blend of black tea, green tea, and high quality Chinese oolong with hints of peach, apricot and mango made to support a healthy metabolism. Recover is a detoxifying green and mint tea that also contains 50% of the daily dose of Vitamin C. Comfort is a mix of spearmint and peppermint with hints of ginger, lemon and rooibos meant to sooth and uplift. Serenity, an evening tea, is a calming blend of chamomile, orange and rose.

Each tea blend offers a unique flavor that promotes an important component of wellness. The teas cost $12.50 each for 2 ounces of loose leaf tea. They are now available at 350 of Teavana’s retail stores and online at Teavana.com

-Kristen Leen

 

Tennis Everyone?

 

SERENA WILLIAMS TRUE TO FORM AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2016

It may be winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s summer down under, where the Australian Open is in full swing. It’s the first major of the 2016 tennis year, and Serena Williams is back on the court, showing off that power physique in an ab-revealing, Nike crop top and pleated skirt combo.

The tennis forecast looks bold, bright and graphic for the season, with both performance and fashion brands getting some courtside inspiration. For players and spectators alike, it’s tennis EVERYONE!
 

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LEFT COLUMN: FRED PERRY COLOR BLOCK CARDIGAN $190. From iconic tennis brand, Fred Perry, this deep v-neck cardigan, with its bold contrasting sleeves and front, makes a perfect warm up piece on and off the courts. NIKECOURT PREMIER CROP WOMEN’S TENNIS TOP $65. Play like Serena in the signature short sleeve crop top she’s sporting at the Australian Open, and show off your power abs too! Pair that with Maria Sharapova’s NIKECOURT PREMIER MARIA WOMEN’S TENNIS SKIRT $70, with contrasting wide pleats, stretchy Dri-FIT mesh, and built-in compression shorts. SIGG “COLOR YOUR DAY” WATER BOTTLE $29. Stay hydrated in style with this colorful wide stripe aluminum water bottle, available in 5 hot neon shades.

CENTER COLUMN: SLATER ZORN COURT DRESS $175. Play all day in this tennis inspired, sporty striped dress. It’s available in a wide array of all your favorite colors. GOLDEN GOOSE X OFF-WHITE FOR COLETTE SNEAKERS $435. Golden Goose has paired with Off-White in a capsule collection for Colette that includes these Stan Smith inspired fashion tennis shoes. ANYA HINDMARCH SATCHEL $1585 $787. Stay in the lines with this sporty orange handbag — the perfect sized carry-all for a day at the matches. BOAST TIPPED CLASSIC POLO $70. With classic sporty style, Boast’s pique polo offers a great women’s fit, and features contrasting double stripes at the collar and arm cuffs, a drop tail, and its signature embroidered Japanese Maple leaf.

RIGHT COLUMN: GUCCI LEATHER METALLIC BOMBER JACKET $3500. This statement-making leather bomber jacket takes its inspiration from sport and spins it for an ace with its bold metallic finish. Trimmed with the iconic Gucci red and navy stripes, and lined in floral-print silk-satin, this is the hot jacket of the season! LACOSTE WOMEN’S SPORT PIQUÉ TENNIS POLO $95. This tennis polo is designed for performance, made with ultra-dry breathable fabric and accented with mesh panels, but this sleeveless zip top has a winning style that looks as great off the court as on. LACOSTE WOMEN’S JERSEY COLOR BLOCK SKATER SKIRT $125. And when the match is over, slip on this flowing lightweight pima cotton skirt with color block stripes, inspired by the Lacoste sport heritage. LIVE THE PROCESS CONTOUR COLOR BLOCK SPORTS BRA $135. Whip off your shirt in victory and reveal this bold sports bra underneath. It features a high round neckline, crescent cut-out at bust, and a crisscross back with extra wide straps for sexy but supportive style.

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“Superbowl Sunday” Night At The Sports Flicks

 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)

In honor of the Superbowl, we present a special edition of “Sunday Night Sports Flicks” featuring five of our favorite football movies of all time. Click the movie title and image for preview.

“Friday Night Lights” is the story of the Permian Panthers, a high-school football team in Texas, and their coach who strives to propel them to greatness through economic, racial, and emotional hardships. The film is based on the book by H.G. Bissinger and dramatizes the single minded focus of a town on the success of its high school football team and the toll that takes on its players. Billy Bob Thornton as the coach, Tim McGraw as an abusive alcoholic father, and Derek Luke as the star running back whose season takes a heartbreaking turn, are just some of the great performances in this movie.

 

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HEAVEN CAN WAIT 1978

In “Heaven Can Wait”, Warren Beatty stars as a Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken from his body by an over-anxious angel before he is supposed to die. He comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire and buys the team in order to quarterback them into the Superbowl. The movie also stars the always enchanting Julie Christie.

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JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)

Directed by Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise plays Jerry Maguire, a slick sports agent at the top of his game who snaps under the pressure. The love of a single mom, played by Renee Zelwigger, and her son inspires personal and professional redemption. The movie features some of the most quoted lines in movie history such as “Show me the money!” and “You complete me”. It also features the oscar winning performance of Cuba Gooding Jr. Read More

 

Snow White

 

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As the first blizzard of 2016 blankets the Northeast in snow, we’re loving all these chic winter whites! Made for snow days, this warm outdoor gear will keep you looking great, having fun, and enjoying winter’s playground.

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: J.CREW COLLECTION CHUNKY CABLE SWEATER $278. Indoors and out, this cozy cable-knit sweater will keep you warm and toasty on those frosty snow days. VUARNET 1315 GLACIER SUNGLASSES $540. These iconic sunglasses are back are cooler than ever! Vuarnet Glacier Sunglasses are recognized for their unrivaled eye protection in the high reflectivity of the mountains, and feature the chicest of alpine style. MARMOT STRETCH FLEECE HOODY $100. Lightweight and insulated, with four-way stretch and breathable comfort, this soft fleece hoody is a great layering piece for all your outdoor sports. PISTIL JULIETTE POM BEANIE $33.95. It’s a cool slouchy beanie in cozy snow white.

SPECIALIZED HELLGA FAT TIRE MOUNTAIN BIKE $1500. A bike ride in the snow? Heck yeah! The Hellga is ready to plow through the pow with its extra fat tires, great traction, and super control on any kind of terrain. BAFFIN ICELAND SNOWBOOTS $139. Snow is no match for these weatherproof snowboots! They’re double-weave, quilted 900 denier nylon, with a rubber shell and removable Thermaplush liner for extra protection and added warmth. PERFECT MOMENT IMOK PADDED STRETCH SHELL SKI PANTS $350. Technical performance combine with playful design in these polar bear print ski pants. The waterproof shell has four-way stretch, with PrimaLoft insulation for warmth without the bulk.

CENTER: FIMBULVETR HIKR SNOWSHOES $298. These high-tech snowshoes feature a distinctive asymmetric design that can handle any snowy terrain with superlight convenience and reliable traction. Their recycled DuPont Hytrel frame is very durable, surprisingly flexible, and extra light, for maximum flotation in deep snow.  THE NORTH FACE WOMEN’S NUPTSE 2 VEST $149. Amply insulated with 700-fill goose down, this signature vest is extremely warm, lightweight, and highly compressible for travel.

 

NFL X CFDA

 
CFDA + NFL SUPER BOWL 50 DESIGNER FOOTBALLS
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: MARK MCNAIRY; NICOLE MILLER; LISA PERRY; TANYA TAYLOR; SHINOLA; TODD SNYDER; SANGLIM LEE; MICHAEL BASTIAN

 
As they did two years ago with a football helmet collaboration, the NFL and CFDA have partnered once again to produce a collection of 50 designer footballs that go on auction today through Feb.14, at NFL.COM/Auction, in support of the NFL Foundation. In celebration of Super Bowl 50, 50 CFDA members have created their own Bespoke Designer Footballs, including such designers as Nicole Miller, Georgina Chapman, Billy Reid, Lisa Perry, Todd Snyder and Betsey Johnson. The balls all have a gold theme, symbolic of the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, but otherwise these football creations reflect the distinctive style of each designer.

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our work with the CFDA and their amazing roster of designers to showcase that fans can merge their love of fashion and football,” said Rhiannon Madden, NFL Vice President Consumer Products. “The auction of these one-of-a-kind footballs that capture the excitement of Super Bowl 50, and bring each designers individual aesthetic to life, will benefit the NFL foundation.”

The designer balls will be unveiled Jan. 20 at the NFL’s offices in New York, and displayed in San Francisco in the week leading up to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. The footballs will be featured in NFL Shop at Super Bowl, NFL Experience and On The Fifty, the Super Bowl 50 restaurant, among other NFL events around Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The NFL Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football. Through its grant programs, the Foundation supports youth and high school football programs, health and safety efforts such as Heads Up Football, and community health initiatives, including NFL PLAY 60.

Don’t miss the chance to own or at least check out these couture footballs, whose beauty is more than pig-skin deep!

 

Winter Red, White and Blues

 

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As we settle in for the cold months ahead, forget about those winter blues. In the snow, on the court, or in the surf, it feels like summer with these cheerful shades red, white and blue! 

LEFT COLUMN: SOLID AND STRIPED STRIPED COTTON JERSEY TOP $120. At home or on holiday, this tri-color crew-neck has a relaxed fit and sporty feel that’s perfect with jeans, shorts or over a bikini. VALENTINO TWO-TONE MID-RISE FLARED JEANS $990. Accented with dark-indigo cuffs and pocket borders, these flared jeans feature a classic mid-rise waist and pressed creases for a chic leg-lengthening look. SALOMON WINGS PRO TRAIL RUNNING SHOES $140. Designed for performance, with a whole lot of style, this is the ultimate, all-terrain trail running shoe. Fast, light, and comfortable, Sensifit™ cradles the foot with the Quicklace™ one-pull system, providing a secure and customized fit that won’t loosen on the run.

CENTER COLUMN: MONREAL LONDON CABLE KNIT STRETCH COTTON TOP $500 NOW $150. Functional sportswear with great style, this Monreal cable-knit V-neck tennis vest is printed with classic preppy red and blue bonded stripes and features a stretchy flattering fit. KJUS SNOWSCAPE QUILTED DOWN SKI JACKET $1000. This toasty warm snow white and powder blue ski jacket is down filled for cozy lightweight insulation. It has a slim fit and detachable hood that fits easily over a helmet. Other features include internal mesh goggle pocket, complete with a handy lens wipe, built-in snow skirt, and neck gaiter for extra warmth. NIKECOURT TIE DYE BOYFRIEND WOMEN’S T-SHIRT $35. The Grand Slam tennis season kicks off Monday with the Austrailian open! Look for Nike players Serena, Maria, and Eugenie to be sporting this cool blue and white ombre short sleeve top, and you can too!

RIGHT COLUMN: HURLEY PHANTOM 202 FULLSUIT WOMEN’S WETSUIT $380. The Hurley Phantom 202 Fullsuit features revolutionary, heat-reflective technology that provides the warmth of a 3mm suit with a minimal 2mm construction. A stretchy Flexlight exterior and anatomical seams lets you paddle freely, and contoured, water-tight chest zip entry with bungee and toggle makes for easy in and out. MOON BOOT QUILTED SHELL AND FAUX LEATHER BOOTS $235. These red, white and blue Moon Boots are as warm and waterproof, as they are patriotically stylish. A fab apres-ski look, they have an insulating fleece lining, to keep your feet dry and comfortable in the snow. Gripped rubber sole provides optimal traction even in the coldest of conditions. CHARLOTTE TILBURY + NORMAN PARKINSON JERRY HALL PRINTED WASH BAG $80. From the Norman Parkinson-inspired collection, this limited edition toiletry bag features the iconic Vogue image of a swimsuit-clad Jerry Hall, poised to dive in for a swim.

 

Keep Calm & Meditate On

 

THE DEN

While you might consider meditation a discipline for only the deeply spiritual or those still stuck in the 70’s, it is now one of the hottest new wellness trends. Meditation studios have been popping up all over the country, many designed with the modern feel of a boutique fitness or yoga studio, and with a variety of class options. Chic, contemporary, and very zen, these drop-in studios offer a new spin on traditional meditation practices.

Tal Rabinowitz, founder and owner of LA’s newest drop-in meditation studio The DEN, started penciling meditation into her daily schedule as an NBC executive. She and several colleagues would try to block off time in their busy days to reflect and unwind. But she wasn’t satisfied, saying, “Sometimes it’s hard on your own. I wanted something better and something regular, before work or after work, kind of like exercise classes.”

That’s when she came up with The DEN. Rabinowitz’s studio is a beautifully designed multi-use space which she says embodies “exactly who I am.” She and her clients can not only take a class, but also lounge, relax and read with a cup of tea. The DEN is unique because of its variety of offerings and evoked feelings of “home.”

While the aesthetics may have changed, the benefits of meditation remain the same, and are perhaps more important than ever. Meditation is proven to reduce tension and anxiety; improve mood and focus; and boost energy and creativity. In this digital era in which we are always connected to the outside, meditation provides an opportunity to unplug and re-focus on the inside. Says Rabinowitz, “We’re all just craving a moment of balance.”

From NYC to LA, here are the new meditation studios that have got even the busiest learning to check out to check in:
 

MNDFL NYC

MNDFL

MNDFL is located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. MNDFL’s inventors, spiritual blogger Ellie Burrows and The Buddha Walks Into A Bar author Lodro Rinzler, dreamed of a non-traditional, non-religious space to meditate. The modern studio at MNDFL features exposed brick walls, large greenery and neutral-colored plush cushions. MNDFL offers drop in classes for 30 or 45 minutes of modern guided meditation. When you book your cushion, you chose from a “menu” of meditations catered to your mood or current state; for example, there is MNDFL Breath for relaxation, MNDFL Mamas for expecting mothers, or MNDFL Sleep for insomniacs. When classes aren’t taking place, the studio is open to the public for self-guided practice. 10 East 8th St, New York, NY. Photograph: Stephen Wilson

 
Unplug Meditation Center

UNPLUG 

Founded by Suze Yalof Schwartz, former executive fashion editor at Glamour magazine, LA-based UNPLUG was the first of its kind as a chic, boutique meditation studio. Clients can “drop-in” for 30 or 45-minute guided meditation classes, a format that the The New York Times described as “a Drybar for meditation” UNPLUG’s minimalist aesthetics make it a peaceful and uncluttered place to unwind. The classes focus on mindfulness, breath work, and imagination, and the “drop-in” style allows people to investigate the practice of meditation. UNPLUG offers crafted unique meditation programs for kids and corporate groups, too. 12401 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca.
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Favorite Winter Layers

 

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Winter temperatures have finally arrived on the East Coast and El Nino has been keeping things chilly out West, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying their favorite outdoor activities. Here are a few of our favorite winter layers to keep you staying fit, warm and dry, and out there having fun!

TOP ROW: SUGOI WOMENS IGNITE HOODIE $120. Run, bike, hike… you’ll stay warm and dry in this wind and water resistant cozy Aero Fleece hoody. Constructed with a bonded knit fabric and DWR for weather protection, it has a lined hood for extra warmth and media management system on the collar. PATAGONIA WOMEN’S NANO-AIR VEST $199. One of our favorite layers and an insulation breakthrough, the Nano-Air® Vest is warm, stretchy and so breathable, it can handle the pace of all your outdoor activity. THE NORTH FACE ISOTHERM HALF-ZIP $99. This innovative hybrid top features a wind-resistant core, flanked by stretch-knit panels with wicking FlashDry™ fibers, for warmth, moisture management, and temperature regulation on cold-weather runs.

MIDDLE ROW: CRAFT WARM HALF NECK $89.99. A great base layer for all your outdoor sports, the Craft Half Neck is made from lightweight, thermal yarns with just a hint of elasticity for a body-hugging fit. Featuring extra insulation in areas more exposed to wind, the ribbed design maintains body heat and wicks moisture for optimal temperature regulation. SAUCONY AEROSPACE HOODY $115. Designed for your every day run, and great for all your winter sports, this techy looking hoody combines thermal construction with the cozy warmth of a fleece, and is DWR coated for wind and water-resistance. The funnel hood features an off-center zip with internal gaiter for extra weather protection. GORE SUNLIGHT WINDSTOPPER® INSULATED VEST $149.99. This slim WINDSTOPPER® running vest adds a stylish layer of extra warmth and Primaloft insulation, and makes a versatile piece for the outdoor enthusiast.

BOTTOM ROW: ADIDAS SEQUENCIALS CLIMAHEAT TIGHTS $100. Cold weather is no match for these toasty insulated tights, trimmed in cozy fleece. Lined with a layer of special, hollow fibers that trap heat and dry quickly, you’ll be warm and dry on crisp winter runs. GORE MYTHOS LADY 2.0 WINDSTOPPER® SOFT SHELL TIGHTS $149.99. These award winning tights keep the cold out and warmth in. Two tone, zip leg with gripper elastic, they feature multiple reflective details for extra visibility. NIKE EPIC RUN LUX RUNNING TIGHTS $110. Fitted for full-length performance, these premium running tights feature luxe Dri-FIT® fabric that’s smooth to the touch and accelerates moisture evaporation. Wide waistband has a stash pocket and provides a secure feel. Mesh insets enhance ventilation in high-heat areas. MARMOT WOMENS CATALYST REVERSIBLE TIGHTS $75. These full-length, midweight running tights can be worn inside or out for double duty. Constructed from a soft double-knit fabric, they’re UPF 50, quick drying and breathable, with flat-locked seams for added comfort.

 

Biketown

 
NIKE “BIKETOWN” BIKE DESIGN FOR THE CITY OF PORTLAND BIKE SHARE PROGRAM

 
For more than 40 years, Nike has called the greater area of Portland, Oregon home, and made the city synonymous with the brand. Thus it is no surprise that when the City of Portland, including the Portland Bureau of Transportation, decided to launch a bike sharing program, they would do so in partnership with Nike.

Nike is the sole sponsor of the City of Portland Bike Share Program called BIKETOWN, which includes $10 million over five years. When the Portland City Council voted unanimously to create Portland Bike Share last September, it authorized a system with 600 bikes. With Nike as title sponsor, the system will now launch with 1000 bikes. Additionally, Nike is contributing designs for BIKETOWN’s stations, the visual bike identity and digital branding.

“We’re proud of our long history of partnership with the City of Portland and believe that the BIKETOWN bike share program is one more example of how we can work together to help make Portland an even more active, vibrant and innovative community – goals Nike and the City of Portland share,” said Nike Vice President of Global Community Impact Jorge Casimiro.
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Candy Striper

 

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ON LAND, SEA, BEACH, OR SNOW, THE SUN IS ALWAYS SHINING WITH THESE CANDY COLORED STRIPES! TENNIS, CYCLING, SKIING, SAILING, AND MORE, MAKE ANY SPORT MORE FUN WITH THIS PLAYFUL COLLECTION.

 

LEFT COLUMN: VELOCIO BRETON CYCLING JERSEY $169. This striped short sleeve cycling jersey has such cool sporty style you might want to keep it on all day. Made from ultralight, highly technical fabric, it provides excellent stretch and breathability for the performance you need on the road. STELLA MCCARTNEY SPRING 2016. We saw this cool and casual, long striped tank dress saunter down the Spring 2016 runway and couldn’t resist this little preview! But back to winter: K2 SHREDITOR 102 SKIS $549.95. Referencing vintage K2 stripe graphics on a hot new 2016 ski, the Shreditor (great name!) has the optimal amount of camber, sidecut, rocker and width underfoot, to carve it up on firm snow, rip it up in the bumps, or float though the fluffy stuff. Available in 170, 177, 184 cm.

CENTER COLUMN: MILLY CABANA AMALFI COLORBLOCK TRIANGLE BIKINI TOP $100 & BIKINI BOTTOM $95. Show off all that hard work in this cheeky little bikini trimmed in sporty stripes. MONREAL LONDON SUNRAY TENNIS DRESS $339. A tennis classic playfully reworked, this high-performance stretch-jersey tennis dress features jade, pink and royal-blue stripes, along with neon details. and a built-in sports bra. LAS BAYADAS LUCIA MULTI STRIPE BEACH BLANKET $45. For your quick winter getaway, grab this multicolored Mexican-inspired striped beach blanket, made with soft recycled cotton. It’s included as well in the MADEWELL SUNNY GIFT BOX $175, a cleverly curated, limited-edition gift box of stylish beach essentials.

RIGHT COLUMN: HELLY HANSEN W MOSS JACKET $260. Taking it to the high seas, Helly Hansen adds a bold and modern look to their highly technical sailing jacket with multi-color stripes, inspiring seasonal colors, and a high-contrast hood for extra visability. VANS SLIP-ON SF $54. Keep it beachy all winter long, with these multi-stripe, ticking patterned, canvas slip-ons that feature a collapsible heel. K-DEER JOSEPHINE STRIPE LEGGINGS $98. K-DEER’S signature striped leggings run the gamut from tutti frutti to more subtle shades of gray, and all are guaranteed to make your workout a whole lot more fun!

 
 

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