All’s well in Wellington

 
KENT FARRINGTON AND HIS STABLES IN WELLINGTON, FLORIDA.
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Unless you are part of the equestrian set, Wellington, Florida might not be a familiar destination, but every winter the world’s best riders descend upon this sport mecca for the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Hosted at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the main attraction is the show jumping and its numerous Grand Prix events — along with the perfect climate for rider and horse alike. 

Next door to Palm Beach, Wellington was originally created in 1972 as a 7000-acre equestrian preserve. The Winter Equestrian Festival has been going on since 1979, but it wasn’t until 2008 that Wellington began to evolve into the equestrian lifestyle destination it is today. In 2006, about 1000 acres that included the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, were purchased for $135 million by Mark Bellissimo, a former tech entrepreneur, who envisioned the economic impact developing this community could have.
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Head For The Hills

 

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With spring in the air, it’s time to get outside and enjoy nature as it awakens from its wintry slumber. Hiking, trail running, camping and more, we’ve got the stylish layers and rugged gear to take on all your outdoor adventures.

 
LEFT COLUMN: BLACK DIAMOND SKYLIGHT TENT $499.95. For those beautiful nights under the stars, the award winning Black Diamond Skylight is where you want to be! This three-season tent offers plenty of room for two and a cozy fit for three. Built with a hybrid single/double-wall construction, the tent’s front third has a mesh inner wall for ventilation and a panoramic view.

OSPREY TEMPEST 20 BACKPACK $110. Like its male counterpart the Talon, the women’s specific Osprey Tempest 20 is lightweight and streamlined, designed for any outdoor activity. With multiple storage compartments for all your gear, including a separate hydration sleeve, it also features the ventilated Airscape™ back panel, comfortable mesh-covered shoulder straps, a continuous hip belt wrap, and a dynamic suspension system for load support.

MARMOT GINNY SHORT $60. Hitting the trail or hanging in town, these casual little performance shorts will keep you cool, comfy and ready for action wherever the day takes you. With UPF 30 sun protection, durable stretch nylon combats wear and tear.  Read More

 

W.O.W! Working Out With Abby Elliott

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAIMIE BAIRD

If you are a fan of Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out”, you hate, but kind of love Abby Elliott. The character she plays, Brooke Von Weber, the entitled young wife of your stereotypical NYC hedge fund CEO, is fairly detestable, but Abby does it with such deadpan and oblivious humor, it’s hard not love her for playing it so well.

Abby is third generation comic genius and third generation “Saturday Night Live” alum. She was a cast member from 2008-2012. Her father, Chris Elliott, probably most recognizable for his regular sketches and guest appearances on “Late Night With David Letterman”, was also a cast member from 1994-1995. Her grandfather, Bob Elliott, one half of the famed comedy duo, “Bob and Ray”, made a guest appearance on the show in 1978.

Abby is currently filming the eagerly anticipated third season of “Odd Mom Out”, Bravo’s foray into scripted television. Set in Manhattan, it is a satirical peek at the outrageous lifestyles of the extremely rich wives and mothers who live on the Upper East Side. Abby’s character Brooke is most definitely the odd mom IN. She is the leader of this pack — foe of writer and creator Jill Kargman’s character, Jill, the series “odd mom out”. Both spoof the opposite ends of the spectrum at the other’s expense and the result is pure laughs.
 


 

For this installment of “W.O.W! Working Out With”, I met Abby at The Bar Method in Soho, her go-to workout of choice. While I kept waiting (and kind of hoping) for Brooke to appear, Abby is far from the character she plays. This fresh faced and unaffected cheerful young woman blended in with the crowd of regulars there for the packed morning class. With long hours on set, typical of any filming actor’s life, it’s been hard to workout lately as much as she would like, but with her first day off in while, this was her first stop. I, a HUGE fan of the show, was beyond excited to join her, although slightly dreading the torture I knew was in store.
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Lacoste x Yazbukey

 

 
In anticipation of Roland-Garros, aka The French Open, Lacoste has partnered with designer Yazbukey in a new LACOSTE x Yazbukey tennis collection. Yazbukey is known for creating whimsical accessories with a Pop Art inspired aesthetic, which she has integrated into this capsule collection of apparel and accessories.

The LACOSTE x Yazbukey collection humorously combines the visual world of Yazbukey with the tennis heritage of the crocodile and Lacoste brand. Says Lacoste creative director, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, “I always think it’s a good thing to take the brand to places where people don’t expect it and have its story told through a different world.”

A tennis match played by three tennis ball-shaped emoticons and a crocodile is the running theme throughout the line that features polo shirts, tees, tote bags, hats, leather goods, and more. Describes Yazbukey, “We created three characters for a tennis match – or a game of seduction – with four players: the crocodile and three tennis balls”.

The Lacoste x Yazbukey collection of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories will be available on Lacoste.com and at select Lacoste boutiques starting April 12th.

 

Baby Stripes

 

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Covering our favorite sweats, pjs, sneakers, hats, swimwear, hoodies and more are these easy spring stripes, adding a little sporty cool to all that they touch.

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LEFT COLUMN: TORY SPORT Zip Front Swim Top $115 & String Bottom $85. Surf’s up in this striped zip-up short sleeve swim top. It’s quick drying and features UPF 50 sun protection too. Body revealing with its cropped style, pair with these striped string bikini bottoms for a super sexy sporty look. MILLY Beach Please Towel $65. Hanging by the pool or lounging at the beach, this big striped towel says it all. Available in red and yellow too. SAINT JAMES Cartier Nautical Striped Beanie $37. Top it off with this cool striped beanie from Saint-James.

RIGHT COLUMN: THE GREAT Swing Striped Cotton Dress $165. This lightweight cotton-jersey navy striped dress features a racerback and body skimming shape – a casual sporty look perfect for the beach and sunny getaways. JOSHUA SANDERS Wide-Stripes Bow Slip-On Trainers $285. Fancy up your spring kicks with these Joshua Sanders skate inspired slip-on trainers. With an origami feel, these blue and white striped sneakers feature statement bows edged with a white pompom trims. J.CREW Striped Pajama Set $79.50. You’ll want to spend all day in these crisp cotton striped shortie pajamas. Pair the top with jeans for a cute look outside the bedroom.

LEFT COLUMN: SUPERDRY Stripe Pier Hoodie $44.50. Hit the gym or cruise around town in this little nautical stripe hoodie. THE SLEEP SHIRT Bonne Nuit Cotton Eye Mask $25. When the day is done, it’s Bonne Nuit with this cotton striped eye mask. SUNDRY Striped Sweater Knit Sweatpants $117. Great fitting and ultra cozy are these best-selling sweatpants from Sundry, cut in a luxuriously soft sweater knit fabrication.

 

Yoga Bodies

 
RUDRA IN SEATED LOCUST POSE

 
The new coffee table book, Yoga Bodies, celebrates 80 yogis of different shapes, sizes, ages, skills and backgrounds — their stories distilled by author, Lauren Lipton, and favorite poses captured by photographer, Jaimie Baird. Yoga Bodies showcases real people and their yoga stories — humorous, heartfelt, and profound – told to entertain as they enlighten.
 

CHAD IN HALF LORD OF THE FISHES VARIATION ~ CLAUDIA IN HAPPY BABY POSE

 

“The last thirty years was the practice of yoga; the last three years has been the application of yoga. Getting my son dressed and out the door in the morning is a daily test of patience and compas­sion and trying to not react in a knee-jerk way. I invite any Buddhist monk who has been studying in a monastery for however many years to take care of a three-year-old for a few days.” -CHAD
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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. 

 

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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