La Veloce Vita

 
2017 DUCATI SUPERSPORT

 
I don’t ride motorcycles but if I did, I’d ride a Ducati. Italian bred, they are works of art – powerful pieces of sculptural engineering that even to those who may never straddle one, are just plain sexy.

I’ve been on some pretty awesome press trips, and would have dreamed to be invited to Seville, Spain to test the new 2017 Ducati SuperSport, recently awarded the title of  “Most Beautiful Bike” at the prestigious EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. Lucky for distinguished writer and long time motorcycle aficionado Jake Bright, he got to go. Thrown in with some of racing’s best, his love of motorcycle riding clicked back into gear speeding around the track and through the Spanish countryside…

“LA VELOCE VITA”

by Jake Bright

 

The world starts to resemble an impressionist painting while tucked under the windscreen of a Ducati at 140mph. That’s where I found myself recently, clad in full leather gear on Spain’s Circuito Monteblanco race track. Only minutes prior, I had not ridden a motorcycle for several years. Days earlier I was on the frigid U.S. East Coast without even a helmet.
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Eye Candy

 

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LIME GREEN, NEON YELLOW, BRIGHT ORANGE, HOT PINK…

THESE CANDY COLORS AND MORE ARE POPPING UP ON ALL THE MUST-PLAY TENNIS, BIKE AND PADDLE GEAR FOR SPRING.  

 

LEFT COLUMN: SURFTECH SABER STAND UP PADDLEBOARD $1199. Get out and explore the waters on the new Surftech Saber. The next step in the evolution of touring Stand Up Paddleboards, its surf inspired shape and rocker make it easy to catch small waves, with enough volume and a concave deck to cruise flat water with ease. OAKLEY JAWBREAKER $210. The Jawbreaker has a 40-year heritage of sports performance and now features Oakley’s Prizm technology: Plutonite lenses filter out 100% of UVA, UVB, UVC rays and High Definition Optics exceed standards for optical clarity. The Switchlock system provides hassle-free lens changing for vision optimization in any light conditions.

CENTER COLUMN: GIRO SWITCHBLADE MIPS $250. The new Giro Switchblade MIPS downhill-certified full-face mountain bike helmet is optimized for the descent – its badass aggressive style offset by its eye popping colors. Certified to CPSC, EN-1078 and ASTM-1952-DH, with and without its removable chinbar, it houses the new standard in safety, MIPS technology, all in a lightweight design. ADIDAS WOMEN’S MELBOURNE COLLECTION. Tops, skirts and dresses in this light blue and orange color combo debuted at the Australian Open on such top players as #1 ranked Angelique Kerber, and can be your winning style as well this spring and summer!  GIORDANA SILVERLINE SHORT-SLEEVE JERSEY $129.95. The Silverline series from Giordana brings high-end performance and fabric technology to riders looking for a more relaxed fit and lower price point. Made from a blend of moisture-wicking fabrics and breathable honeycomb mesh, this bright jersey will keep you cool and comfortable with colorful style.

RIGHT COLUMN: NIXON BASE TIDE WATCH $99.95. With simplified tide telling and future tide times, the Base Tide also offers info like day, date, chronograph, and countdown timer. Packaged in a mod design, this surf watch has everything you need and nothing you don’t. ADIDAS MELBOURNE TENNIS TANK $60. This stunning tank features thin cross back straps and an asymmetrical split overlay for total movement with high-fashion style. The Climacool technology with ventilation channels and 3D fabrics wicks away moisture and circulates air to keep you cool and confident out there on the court. SIDI LEVEL CARBON CYCLING SHOES $199. One of the most popular cycling shoes both indoors and out, the Sidi Level Carbon Shoes feature the classic ratcheting buckle and micro-adjustment operation for the perfect custom fit. The Millennium 4 Carbon Composite outsole blends weight and stiffness for efficient power transfer to the pedal, all at great price point. 

 

Pret-A-Sporter: Fall 2017

 
 

 CHIC & SPORTY

OUTDOORS AT SACAI ~ EQUESTRIAN AT BOTTEGA VENETA ~ ON BASE AT ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ~ COURTSIDE AT FENTY X PUMA 

 

The Fall 2017 RTW Collections are officially a wrap, and once again it’s time for “PRET-A-SPORTER” — our semi-annual review of the sportiest looks from the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Designers found their inspiration in the playing fields of the great outdoors, speedways, gyms and other arenas  — taking athletic style to whole new level and reinterpreting it with their own inimitable fashion flair.

 

SPORT GRAPHICS

ON THE SLOPES AT MIU MIU ~ THE SPEEDTRACK AT MARKUS LUPFER ~
TARGET PRACTICE AT MONSE ~ VARSITY SQUAD AT FENTY X PUMA

 
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Courting Beauty

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: JULIEN FAREL HOLDING COURT AT HIS NAMESAKE SALON; JULIEN FAREL RESTORE SALON & SPA EXTERIOR; VICTORIA AZARENKA ON SERVE AT THE US OPEN IN 2017

 
Ever wonder why those pro tennis players look so good, nary a hair out of place, while running, swinging, and sweating it out on the court? Trimming the tresses and styling the locks of such top players as Rafael Nadal, Novac Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, both on and off the court, is Julien Farel, who presides over the courts at the US Open Tennis Tournament and at his namesake Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa.

Located at the Loews Regency Hotel in NYC, the flagship Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa sits atop the home of New York’s famed “Power Breakfast”, the noted morning meeting spot for the city’s movers and shakers. The 10,000 square foot facility occupies the southern end of the hotel and is visible through the windows on the second floor, where the transition from hair salon at one end, into fitness center at the other, can be seen. Julien Farel presides over this cross-section of beauty and sport, and embodies the two himself.
 

JULIEN FAREL RUNNING ALONG THE EAST RIVER EARLY ON A WINTER MORNING

 
A lifelong athlete, Farel grew up as a competitive skier and soccer player, before getting into the sport of beauty. Rising every workday at 5am to run along the East River or ride his Peloton bike at home, this handsome Frenchman, usually attired in suit and tie, has been integrating fitness into his salons since 2008. For him the connection of beauty and sport is integral. “They work together”, says Farel. “Our clients want one-stop shopping. They want to look and feel great, inside and out.”
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Slip & Slides

 

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Designers like Prada, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy have taken a liking to the classic pool slide, adding a little fashion flair to this favorite sporty sandal. We still love the iconic adidas Aditlette as well, the inspiration behind this hot trend for Spring. Stripes, stars, fur, wool, rubber and more… pick your color, pattern and texture to hit the deck in comfort and style!

LEFT COLUMN: ADIDAS ADILETTE SLIDE SANDAL $44.95; GIVENCHY MINK FUR SLIDE $595;  VALENTINO PVC STARS RUBBER SLIDE SANDAL $295GUCCI PURSUIT ’72 RUBBER SLIDE SANDAL $190; RIGHT COLUMN: PRADA FLORAL SLIDE SANDAL $395NIKE X PENDLETON BENASSI SLIDE $99; MARC JACOBS COOPER GLITTER SPORT SLIDES $150; MIU MIU FLORAL RUBBER ONE-BAND SPORT SANDAL $290

 

Catch The Waves

 
“THE WAVES”
The Pepperdine Women’s Beach Volleyball Team

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KEITH KING

This Saturday, March 4th, the Pepperdine Women’s Beach Volleyball team kicks off the 2017 season with their home opener against USC and UCLA. Yes, Beach Volleyball is a NCAA sport, and with 3 out of the top 5 ranked teams on the West Coast, these college athletes make you wish they all could be California girls. Tall, fit, and tan, with killer spikes and power blocks, these women are exactly as you picture them and then some.

Collegiate Beach Volleyball is a relatively new NCAA sport, which is why you may be surprised to hear about it. I know I was when I stumbled upon the Pepperdine Waves on Zuma Beach last fall, and couldn’t help but notice these physical specimens practicing on the court next to ours. Similar to college tennis, five teams of doubles compete for each school. The team winning 3 out of 5 matches wins the tournament. The Pepperdine Waves are ranked #4 going into the 2017 season, with USC ranked #1 and UCLA #3.
 

A DAY AT THE BEACH
Coach Nina Matthies and the Pepperdine Women’s Beach Volleyball Team:
“We’re training eyes, mind, and bodies.”

 

Pepperdine University is a small Christian college nestled in the hills of Malibu, California. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the most beautiful college campuses you’ve ever seen. The Waves home court is on world famous Zuma Beach — think “Baywatch” — to keep you California dreaming. The NCAA announced beach volleyball as an emerging sport in January 2010, and Pepperdine officially added the program for the 2012 season.
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Stars & Stripes

 

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It may not be Independence Day yet, but feel your freedom 

in the crazy hues of these stars and stripes — because in these

United States we celebrate all the colors of the rainbow everyday!

 

LEFT COLUMN: OPENING CEREMONY STRIPED RIBBED KNIT DRESS $475. This sporty spring dress shows off that hard earned physique with its body hugging fit and flattering silhouette. DSQUARED2 TWIGGY BIG STAR JEANS $775. Stand out from the crowd in these cool stone wash jeans that overlay a white painted star design on distressed denim. 

CENTER COLUMN: SAINT LAURENT COURT CLASSIC DENIM STAR SNEAKERS $595. Saint Laurent updates the crowd favorite Court Classic in blue denim for spring, embellished with its signature white leather star appliqués. MARA HOFFMAN VELA CUT OUT ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT $225. One piece in the front, two piece in the back, the eye-popping multi-striped Vela is made from SPF50+ Italian stretch fabric and accentuated by flirty cutouts. ADIDAS FINALE CAPITANO UCL SOCCER BALL $19.99. This match ball replica is made for everyday play and honors the UEFA Champions League Final. It features the signature star pattern and official UEFA Champions League logo. BALENCIAGA BAZAR RAFFIA STRIPED ESPADRILLES $545. The summer’s essential espadrille becomes a modern statement maker in woven raffia and vinyl, emblazoned with red and blue stripes. Also available in white and blue stripes.

RIGHT COLUMN: CHINTI & PARKER CASHMERE STAR SWEATER $550. Pick your color and style, but we love this new season update in orange of Chinti and Parker’s signature star sweater. Spun from 100% Italian cashmere, it features a contrasting cream star intarsia, with a relaxed fit and comfortable wide crew neck. P.E NATION THE HEAT SKIRT $240. Made from basketball mesh in P.E Nation’s signature kaleidoscopic stripes, step up your game in this statement making tennis skirt. NEW BALANCE X J.CREW CROP TOP $70. From the New Balance for J.Crew performance activewear line, this crop top sportbra energizes any workout with its star print. Also available in a windbreaker, leggings, and shorts.

 

Double Vision. One Focus.

 

 

“On 4/3/15 I woke up like the picture on the left. I’d had a stroke in my sleep which caused a palsy in the 3rd nerve of my brain, causing my right eye to swing out. I saw two of everything and could only see straight if I closed one eye. It’s taken over a year and a half, 3 surgeries, an ocean of tears, and the desperate need to regain my life to get ME back. I took the pic on the right just after taking my new SoulCycle instructor photos — hence the incredible and very fake lashes. I never imagined having the courage to share the ‘before’ pic, but think it’s important to recognize and celebrate the journey, no matter how painful. Unlike so many stories, this one has a happy ending, one that will hopefully inspire determination and hope!”

-Emma Zaks, Facebook post, November 18, 2016

This is the story of Emma Zaks, a bubbly, energetic, and very popular SoulCycle instructor. Those who ride with Emma watched this healthy and fit 33-year old woman go through an unimaginable two-year journey — becoming increasingly ill with debilitating symptoms, both gastro-intestinal and neurological, that ultimately resulted in a stroke.

On and off the SoulCycle schedule at first, Emma began subbing out her classes for other instructors. Then followed a long absence. She would later return to teach — a patch on one eye and face swollen from the steroids doctors had prescribed for devastating symptoms no one really could explain. An autoimmune disease of some sort was the rumor. As is her nature, Emma remained her upbeat self through it all, or so it appeared, never letting her riders see the pain and fear going on inside.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending. After her illness was finally diagnosed and treated, Emma started posting little bits of her journey on Facebook. So moved and overwhelmed by her strength and bravery, we asked her to tell us what happened from beginning to end. This is her story in her own words…. and her Facebook posts.
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