Neoprene Heats Up

 

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These sporty neoprene wetsuits, bikinis, boardshorts, and more are made for all your water sports, and designed with an extra splash of sexy style. 

LEFT COLUMN: PERFECT MOMENT PRINTED NEOPRENE RASHGUARD $195. Top off your swimsuit with this sporty neoprene jacket that’s lightweight, shape flattering, and protects against the elements. CYNTHIA ROWLEY METALLIC CUT-OUT HIGH WAIST SWIMSUIT BOTTOM ($105 & TOP ($105). Retro but modern, this metallic two-tone swimsuit is made with 5MM Fiber-Lite Neoprene and is SPF 50+ too. RIP CURL G-BOMB BOOTY SPRING WETSUIT $99.99. Turn heads as you hit the waves in this bright and sexy booty cut wetsuit.

CENTER COLUMN: DUSKII ST.TROPEZ STRIPED PERFORATED NEOPRENE BACKPACK $120. Designed with contrasting bright-orange and navy stripes, this bucket style neoprene backpack has a roomy interior for all your beach esssentials and adjustable rope strap for comfort. SURFTECH SPORT TOURING TEKEFX 11′ 6″ STAND UP PADDLEBOARD $1275. With vibrant graphics, a classic bamboo veneer, and a high gloss finish, put your neoprene style in action on this touring stand up paddleboard. On both chop and flatwater, it has all the stability, glide and speed you need for a perfect day on the water.

RIGHT COLUMN: LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ JASMINE BONDED SWIMSUIT $375. Bring out your inner Bond Girl in this seventies style one piece, detailed with flattering zigzag seams and finished with the signature scuba-inspired zipper. SEASTAR BEACHCOMBER ESPADRILLES $78. The classic espadrille gets reimagined with a water loving, soft and fitted neoprene upper, and a protective rubber deck shoe sole. SURF VIBES SALTY DAYZ VEST $69.95. This sun bleached, vintage style surf vest adds a layer of warmth and a chill vibe to your beach day, in and out of the water. ROXY 1MM NEO BOARDSHORTS $49.95. These playful neoprene boardshorts are thermal lined and designed to perform with sexy tomboy style.

 

Gap x Bielmann

 

 

Brian Bielmann, 58, has been a surf photographer for almost 40 years, and is one of the biggest names in the industry. His nephew, Brent Beilmann, 25, is the hot new lensman in the water, whose images are regularly featured on the pages of Surfing magazine. Both are distinguished by their fearlessness — getting on the waves with their subjects, and putting us in the water with the world’s best surfers.

A few months ago, Brian got a phone call from the Gap saying they were interested in producing a line of surf t-shirts with his images. He then got a phone call from his nephew saying he had received the same call. As it turned out, both were being followed on Instagram by two different people at the Gap who thought the two Bielmanns were one. Once they realized the two were related and what a fun story that was, the concept of featuring the images of both photographers in the Gap x Bielmann Surfer Graphic Tee collection was born.

“I’ve been shooting on the front lines and have paved the way for surf photographers in the present, including Brent, who’s carrying on the Bielmann name, continuing to push the limits by getting deeper inside the barrel in death defying waves”, says Brian. “My story of starting out as young photographer, almost dying on the reef and hitting head first, lead me into shooting more than surfing, making the Bielmann name a household name. Brent’s story was more about having to live up to the Bielmann name, and ending up really pushing new boundaries. It’s really a mentor and tutor kind of theme, and now we are both still killing it.”

The 6-piece collection features 3 images from each and is now available online at Gap.com. To read more about Brian and view a portfolio of his work, check out this feature we did in 2014: PORTFOLIO: BRIAN BIELMANN

 

Raving About Rashguards

 

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With the official start of the summer coming up this Memorial Day weekend,

it’s time to hit the waves. Paddle on out in this season’s most stylish rashguards.

We’ve got 6 so fab, you’ll want to wear them on dry land too!

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: LON GUNDIE WOMEN’S CAMO CORAL CREW NECK RASHGUARD $68; MOLLUSK SURF SHIRT $87.95; MAAJI SANDSURFER RASHGUARD $88; ATHLETA BOSCABELL CRISS CROSS RASHGUARD $69; ORLEBAR BROWN LUISA PALM BEACH ROLL PHOTOGRAPHIC RASHGUARD $275; CYNTHIA ROWLEY PRINTED RASHGUARD $195

 

Day At The Races

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: RACE NO. 6 OF THE DAY; PREAKNESS VILLAGE VIP PASS; CHRISTINE A. MOORE MILLINERY HATS ON SALE; STARTING GATES; THE WOODLAWN VASE, THE WINNER’S TROPHY

 

Saturday saw the running of the 141st Preakness Stakes on a wet and muddy track that changed the odds in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The win went to Exaggerator, one tough mudder, who surged in the final stretch to beat Nyquist — winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby and favored horse to win the race. While it is disappointing there will be no Triple Crown winner this year, it was a big win for Exagerrator, his over first over Nyquist after 4 attempts — including the Kentucky Derby, in which Exaggerator came in second.

As a guest of Longines, the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the Triple Crown, I got to see it all go down first hand. One of the coolest moments of the day was coincidentally being in the administrative offices of Pimlico Race Course, as the winner’s trophy, the Woodlawn Vase, was carried in by Army Sgt.1st Class Jonathan McGlone. The Woodlawn Vase was first awarded in 1861 to a stakes winning mare named Molly Jackson in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1917, it became the official trophy of the second jewel of the Triple Crown and was awarded to the Preakness winner Kalitan.
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WOW! Al Roker & Deborah Roberts

 

AL ROKER, YOUR EDITOR, AND DEBORAH ROBERTS AT CITYROW

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Al Roker and Deborah Roberts are just like any married couple raising a family, except a little more high profile. He is the jovial weatherman known to more than 30 million viewers as one of the stars of the Today show; and she is the venerable ABC News journalist and 20/20 correspondent, regularly making her own appearances on morning television as a reporter for Good Morning America. With sixteen Emmy Awards between them, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts are the first couple of television news.

Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom For Modern Times by Al Roker and Deborah Roberts is the new book this powerhouse duo have co-authored. Presented in a back and forth, “he said, she said” format, with stories told by each, the book gives an inside look at their daily lives as a couple, as parents, and as a family — that off camera are not much different from our own. In a funny, heartfelt, and honest collection of personal anecdotes, Al and Deborah share the life lessons learned and wisdom gained facing the challenges of a busy professional couple, raising kids in New York City, while focusing on maintaining a successful relationship of their own.

With two distinctive personalities, what makes the book a fun read is Al and Deborah’s different ways of looking at the same thing. This holds true when it comes to fitness. They have opposite body types, and while Deborah, naturally slim, loves working out and running in Central Park, Al, now half the size he once was, will tell you “I hate it.” Regardless he gets it done at 4:45 every morning before he goes on air.
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Your Perfect White Tank

 

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The white tank is a summer essential and we’ve got nine perfect choices, in a whole variety of styles, guaranteed to have you looking hot and feeling cool all season long!

TOP ROW: RAG & BONE RAW EDGE LAYERED LINEN TANK TOP $136. A double-layer design, this white linen-jersey tank top features a racerback base beneath a low-cut top layer, and is finished with raw edges for a cool rugged vibe. POLO RALPH LAUREN COTTON RACER BACK TANK $48. Subtle ribbing gives this soft cotton tank a touch of texture, while a slim fit and racerback enhance its sexy sporty style. RTA V-NECK TANK TOP $165. Raw edged and asymmetrical, this chalk white cotton and linen v-neck tank top adds a little rock n’ roll to your summer vibe.

CENTER ROW: SPLENDID SCOOP NECK TANK TOP $40. You can’t beat this simple white tank, form fitting with a bit a stretch, and perfect as a layering piece or on its own. J.CREW LINEN TANK TOP $29.50. Made from soft, drapey linen, this tank top has a chic loose fit perfect for all your summer looks. T BY ALEXANDER WANG JERSEY RACER BACK TANK $80. Cut from the softest jersey, T by Alexander Wang’s racerback tank is a go-t0 essential every season.

BOTTOM ROW: GAP RIBBED TANK $19.95. This classic ribbed tank, made with soft stretch knit is a summer must have. Curved hem adds a little extra sporty flair. VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER DAYTONA V-NECK $112. With a bit of biker style, this cotton-blend tank has a fit relaxed through the body, and is styled with a deep V-neck. Layer it up or strip it down for cool style all summer long. JAMES PERSE RIBBED DAILY TANK $45. A perennial favorite, the James Perse tank is made from ribbed stretch Supima cotton that feels and looks great no matter you style it.

 

Rayblockers

 

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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 both come from Poc Sports, the CRAVE and the ASPIRE. Shown here is Crave, a slightly smaller but still oversized sport sheild. Available in array of frame and interchangeable lens colors, both are designed for multiple 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. Hydrophilic rubber stays grippy when wet, and the lens is ripel treated to help keep fog 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.

RAPHA PRO TEAM FLYWEIGHT GLASES $220. With a Carl Zeiss lens and high-strength polymer frame, Rapha delivers their new cycling sunshield with uncompromising performance. The UV400-protective Neutral Grey/Bronze Mirror comes standard, with four other detachable lens colors available, for optical clarity in a wide range of conditions. The extremely lightweight, aerodynamic construction guarantees maximum comfort on long rides.

NIKE VAPORWING ELITE $386. The new Nike Vaporwing Elite R Sunglasses boast superior coverage with a one-piece Zeiss Optics lens that wraps around the face for exceptional clarity with an uninterrupted scope of  view. Lightweight and aerodynamic, Nike Flying Lens technology is designed for airflow with ventilation to reduce fogging. Rubber channels on temples wick sweat and improve grip on those warm weather runs.
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Courting Fashion

 

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From the runways to the courts, classic tennis style is not just for the matches only.

Spring style says dress for the game, with or without the racquet!

 

LEFT COLUMN: FRED PERRY COLOUR BLOCK DRESS $130. The pique polo dress is a summer classic, and this one from iconic tennis brand Fred Perry is chic and sporty on or off the court. L’ETOILE SPORT STRETCH JACQUARD SKIRT $165. Inspired by classic 70’s tennis, this stretch jacquard skirt is complete with plenty of pockets and interior stretch shorts for performance with style. TORY SPORT PERFORMANCE CASHMERE SWEATER $325. Share your love of the game in this technical cashmere sweater from Tory Sport, featuring Coolmax® Everyday fibers. It’s breathable, super soft and moisture wicking for all day sporty style.

CENTER COLUMN: PUBLIC SCHOOL CABLE DRESS $525. Taking their inspiration from the courts this spring, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School have created their chic sporty take on the tennis dress in a blend of cotton, silk and cashmere. SLATER ZORN RIBBED TANK $175. This playful wide ribbed sleeveless tank is made in New Zealand of 100% superfine wool, and trimmed with contrasting stripes for a stylish sporty look.

RIGHT COLUMN: GUCCI APPLIQUED CABLE-KNIT WOOL SWEATER $990. Gucci gets in the game with this cable-knit sweater, inspired by the classic blue and red trimmed v-neck tennis sweater. TORY SPORT CANVAS TENNIS TOTE $395. This chic tennis tote is crafted from durable coated canvas with an exterior pocket that holds and protects your racquet. Spacious interior features mesh pockets for ball cans, a detachable insulated water-bottle holder, and an aerated bottom shoe compartment. LACOSTE WOMENS SPORT TECHNICAL TENNIS WINDBREAKER $175. This hooded and technical windbreaker is made for tennis, but with its classic minimal style is the perfect little spring jacket. Featuring contrasting accents, reflective piping, and neon zippers, and it is lightweight and slightly transparent for a cool modern look. TRETORN NYLITE CANVAS SNEAKERS $65. Originally designed as a tennis shoe, the iconic Tretorn is a timeless sneaker that’s always in style!

 

America’s Cup Sails Into NYC

 

 

America’s Cup racing hit the harbor of New York City this weekend for the first time since 1920 and so did the crowds, as throngs of spectators lined the waterfronts of lower Manhattan and Jersey City to watch this world-class sailing competition. After a rainy week, and windless Saturday which cancelled the race, the sun finally came out on Sunday to shine brightly on a thrilling winner-take-all final.

No lead was safe as the wind shifted through wide arcs from the west to the north. It ranged anywhere from 5 to 20 knots — stopping the boats dead in the water, then slingshoting them forward with huge gusts. Emirates Team New Zealand dramatically unhooked itself from a starting buoy tangled on its rudder, and tactfully maneuvered the win in the opening event of the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is the preliminary competition among the six countries in the 35th America’s Cup — United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden — to be held in Bermuda in June of 2017. Points earned count toward the final competition and determine who will take on defending champion Oracle Team USA.
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Summer Kicks

 

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Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. Pastels, neutrals, and a stripe here and there, give chic easy style to this collection of sneakers. With jeans, shorts or a little sun dress, slip into a pair of these casual kicks for a cool sporty look all season long.

LEFT COLUMN: VANS CLASSIC SLIP-ON $60BLU KICKS DOUBLE STRIPE SLIP-ON $58; ONITSUKA TIGER BY ASICS APPIAN $90; SUPERGA 2210 COTW SLIP-ON $60; RIGHT COLUMN: SEAVEES 06/64 LEGEND SNEAKER $78; ROXY BLAKE $49BARBAPAPA X JOSHUA SANDERS CANVAS TRAINERS $292; CONVERSE JACK PURCELL SIGNATURE BUNNY 

 

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!

 

Roka Rocks

 

ROKA R1 SWIM GOGGLE

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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MAVERICK X WETSUIT

 
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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