Om…BRRR : Cold Weather Yoga Gear & Tips For Your Winter Practice
Yes, it’s officially freezing in NYC, and with dropping temps outside, comes bundling up to get to class (not to mention sometimes chillier studios!). With that in mind, we decided to assemble our favorite products to help keep us warm while getting our OM on (or our OM to class!).
Leg Warmers: Why have leg warmers not made a huge comeback since the 80’s? These things are fantastic. Add a layer of warmth to your yoga pants for the walk, and easily peel off when you start warming up in that second sun salutation. We LOVE these knee high warmers from ToeSox, or for full fledged freezing, look for a thigh high leg warmer!
Yoga Socks: when your feet still need a thaw out and you’re not quite ready to hit the mat barefoot, yoga socks are the perfect answer. Get comfort and warmth without losing any grip with these lovelies from Gaiam.
Lined or heavier Yoga Pants: For chillier temps or if you’re like me and are sporting your yoga gear around town daily, there are some great fleece lined or cold weather yoga pants. Also, don’t be afraid to try some pants that might cross over and be listed as outdoor running or jogging tights. Many are versatile enough to use in your practice. Heavier capris or calf length yoga pants are also out there. If you’re laying up or looking to combine a pair with those leg warmers, try these by Dear Kate. They’re well constructed and a little thicker than your average yoga pant. Also, they’re innovative design allows you to lose one intimate layer, and not have to worry about panty lines of any sort!
Layered Harem Pants: Looking to wear calf length yoga pants or still not warm enough walking to class in your normal yoga gear? Try layering up. We love these Harem 3/4 Ruched Legging by Gaiam. They’re stylish and loose enough to layer over your favorite yoga legging.
Fleece Lined Layering Jackets: A zip up in the perfect way to stay warm on the walk over. I am obsessed with this super warm Calvin Klein Hoodie that I picked up earlier this year at TJ Maxx, and literally wear it almost every cold day. We also love this one from Mondetta with it’s stylish look and warm hoodie. Both can be comfortably worn under jackets and easily zipped off during class. Plus, Mondetta has great sales going on right now AND gives back a percentage to charity. Get shopping and stay warm!
Winter Yoga Tips: Ready to get your OM on now? Check out these great winter tips from Gaiam. Including 5 Poses that are perfect for Winter.
Five Trends to Try Out in Spring 2012
Along with all that wintery white stuff being a thing of the past and the warmer temps climbing day by day, comes the time of shopping for spring trends (which is the best part of any season change, right?). With everything from 1920’s fashion coming back to color blocking and keeping it nice and light with pastels, this spring season is all about letting your guard down, experimenting with different colors and patterns, and ultimately just having fun!
Bloom Baby Bloom
What’s spring time without some flowers? It just wouldn’t feel right if our wardrobes didn’t reflect Mother Nature’s precious gifts. We’ve all seen the floral jeans everywhere, but with fashion heavyweights like Alexander Wang putting a biker chic twist on things with his great cropped jacket and floral pants combo, and Prabal Gurung showcasing a sexy floral dress that’s perfect for your first big date this spring, it’s safe to say that the flowers will be in bloom all season long.
This spring, whether it’s a bold print or just a subtle mixing of the right colors, every designer out there seems to be on fire for everything tribal. The colors and patterns coming from this trend are truly unique, as soft desert hues seem to be popping up everywhere. With longtime designers like Oscar de la Renta showcasing understated browns and tans in beautiful chiffon dresses and Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. going a bit bolder with a whole tribal pantsuit, you’re bound to feel fun, free and effortlessly sexy while experimenting with this totally doable trend this season.
Although us ladies have come a long way from where we were in the 1920’s, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate what that era brought us fashion-wise. Mainly with this trend, we’re talking about the ultra fabulous and inspired flapper dress. A couple to watch out for are definitely Marc Jacob’s modern take on the flapper dress in metallic blue, as well as Ralph Lauren who pays homage to the roaring 20’s by doing classic white and adding feathers (never a bad choice in my book!). This is an absolute must-try for a fun night out with the girls or your guy because it screams romance, sophistication and flirtatious all in the same breath.
Easter Egg Hues
What’s spring time without a few pastels to truly get you in the mood? Now, don’t worry, these aren’t your typical little girl “Sunday Best” kinds of get-ups, but rather elegant dresses and stunning separates that are effortless and ooze with sophistication. With fashion houses like Prada doing an easy yet so chic knee-length dress (perfect for the office or a ladies’ lunch out!), and Preen doing pastels from head to toe with a beautiful light yellow jacket and equally satisfying Easter egg blue pants, this spring is truly the season to get back to basics and feel like a little kid again!
PAYNE: When Fashion Hits The Gym
With Fashion Week happening here in NY, we decided to spotlight a new line that is just as much about function as it is fashion. PAYNE, a beautiful new apparel line, is designed to have you looking great and feeling great, in and out of the gym. It’s superior quality can stand up to any spin or pilates class, and it’s sexy, sleek design will have you sporting your fav pieces all around town.
Versatility was what it was all about for creator, Heather Payne, a former fashion model turned designer. During her modeling days, her hectic pace left her seeking clothing that was fashionable, yet able to keep up with her active lifestyle. When she discovered a gap in the market, she decided to create it herself.
With bold designs and creative combinations, PAYNE has pieces perfect for working out, or going out. Easy slip on skirts and sexy jackets make it easy to layer up your look and change from gym to streets, or day to night. Superior fabrics keep it feeling luxurious, yet always able to keep pace with wherever you are headed.
Fashion Alert: Fall Trends
Fall has definitely arrived, and now that the temperature has dropped it is time to put away the summer clothes and fall into some of the season’s top trends. What to wear, what to wear? This season we are seeing some hot colors, great lengths, and even a few throwbacks to another era. HSNY contributor Ashley O’Connell takes us through what’s hot for fall.
Five Fabulous Trends to Try This Fall
Is there anything sexier than the color red? We don’t think so! This fall designers everywhere (Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung – just to name a few!) have taken a liking to crimson in just about every form possible. We’ve seen it everywhere from stunning jackets to silhouette hugging blouses to beautiful dresses. Simply put, red is the perfect way to add a punch of color or create just the right amount of drama and intrigue to any ensemble.
Speaking of feeling effortlessly sexy, leather is here again ladies! And it’s not just leather jackets either. We’re talking skirts, pants, dresses, tops – just about anything you can think of. Designers like Jill Stuart and Derek Lam have brought back this timeless textile and allowed it to seep into your daily styles with ease. So give this trend a try at work with a leather dress or for a night out on the town with some flirtatious leather pants and completely dazzle the room!
Calling all ladies who are getting tired of coming up with appropriate office wear… the pant suit is back in full effect! It’s not back in same monotonous style either. With designers like Ralph Lauren doing a sexy three piece pin striped suit to DKNY and Marc by Marc Jacobs working a distinct 70’s vibe, this season’s new pant suit is eclectic and exaggerated all while remaining completely do-able for the office.
“The longer the better” could very well be the motto this season. Usually sporting maxi dresses and long skirts is totally the norm for the warmer months, but this season we’re seeing heavy weights like Alexander Wang and Carolina Herrera put a feminine fall twist on skirts by designing them flirty, overstated and completely to the floor. Outerwear has also picked up on this long and luxurious trend as “duster” coats (Rodarte being one to check out!) are all the rage as well. So ladies, thank your lucky stars because with lengths this great, your legs will look miles long!
Once the fall temperatures hit, we’re all grateful to pull out our woolies, but it’s also nice to have something that won’t completely overwhelm us like a big honkin’ winter jacket does (which we only get out in the most blustery of snowy situations, of course!). That is where the chic poncho comes in. This season, we’re seeing more casual yet sleek styles out there for weekends or more polished and modern types (think black!) that are perfect to wear to work. All in all, the chic poncho is a fall great alternative if you’re tired of the same old coat and jacket routine.
Hot Fashion: 5 Summer Wardrobe Essentials
It is time to celebrate… summer in the city has unofficially begun! Bring on concerts in the park, al fresco dinners, and weekends at the beach. This is the time of the year to let your hair down, gather with friends and spend time (as much as possible) outside. Between work and socializing, who has time to worry about what to wear?
To get your summer off on the right start, there are 5 must have items that will take you from after work to the weekend in style (plus keep your weekend bag nice and light!)
The Maxi Dress
A key item this summer, the maxi dress is perfect for a dinner after work or a bonfire at the beach. It can also be worn on cooler days layered with a lightweight jacket or an open weave sweater. You could add a belt to give you some shape or a long pendant to elongate your frame.
The pictured is available at shopbop.com $286
Every woman must own a lightweight sundress for those extra hot and humid days. This can be worn roaming through a flea market or double as cute cover up at the beach. To get even more wear out your dress, add a cute jacket and wear it to work. Just make sure it isn’t too gauzy (i.e. see through!).
Pictured available at Anthropologie $118
The Perfect Chambray Shirt
Besides the maxi dress, this has to be the most talked about item this summer. The chambray shirt is great due to its functionality. First, it is lightweight. This shirt is a classic in it’s own right and will look great with a skirt, pants or shorts. But, don’t forget, that it can double as a cardigan or even a cover up. Not only will you be able to pack light, but will look fabulous as well.
Pictured available at Maxwell.com $68
In every chic woman’s closet, you will find a pair of white shorts (ankle length pants or jeans can be substituted). They look great with a striped sailor shirt, silky tank or a chambray shirt. Wear them with ballet flats, espadrilles or sandals during the day, and dress them up with wedges on a warm night. You cannot go wrong with a pair of white shorts.
Pictured available: Gap (clean white shorts shown) $39
It is time to put your heavy leather tote away for a few months, and substitute with a sturdy straw carryall. An instant update for the season, this tote will take you everywhere. Plus, there are many options… colorful patterns, a tribal look or just a neutral will do.
Shown: Silva Basket Available: laugoa.com $138
These five items will mix perfectly into anyone’s wardrobe and will take happily through the summer. Get out your favorite wedges and sandals and enjoy!
About the Author:
Allison Anderson, personal stylist and founder of Style Direction, has always had a love for the world of fashion. However, it wasn’t until after she decided to become a stay-at-home-mom, that she realized the connection between a well-organized closet, a smart wardrobe, confidence, self-esteem and a less stressful existence. She created Style Direction as a way to educate women on the importance of dressing for your body type, staying true to your individual style and carefully building your wardrobe to make the most of your clothing budget. As an extension of her business, she started a style blog to help encourage and advise busy women who might not be able to keep up on all of the latest fashion news. For the helpful fashion tips and inspiration, check out her website and blog.
Fit & Fashionable: Top Trends For Spring Workout Gear
Hitting the gym is an essential way to stay healthy, but the right workout attire is an important element to integrate into your regimen as well. After all, looking good and feeling good truly go hand in hand. I can’t say that I’m the most stylish one in the gym or while running in the park (seriously, I run in men’s sweatpants and oversized fleeces) but my fab stylist friend and fashion blogger, Dara Tye Goldstein gave me some much needed help. She scoured the internet for great workout fashion finds that you can purchase here in NYC!
Dara’s all about big color and comfort this season. Here’s what she has to say:
Need some inspiration? Check out some of her favorite looks below:
Fashion Week Spotlight: NY Designer Elene Cassis
We love powerful women. Especially those that are motivated and have their own sense of style. Fashion Week is in full swing here in New York so we wanted to spotlight a hot NY City designer. Meet Elene Cassis. Her line is barely a few years old and already she is showing in the tents at Lincoln Center (a MAJOR accomplishment for any designer). Born and raised in New York, Cassis was a competitive gymnast for over a decade. Her competitive spirit drives the excellence of her work. She believes fashion is about empowering women, creating designs that enhance and celebrate the inner-spirit that makes each woman an individual.
Here’s what Elene had to say about fashion, de-stressing, and of course, New York!
What was the inspiration behind your Fall 2011 collection? As a native NYer- does your hometown inspire your designs?
The inspiration for my Fall/Winter 2011 Collection comes from the New York City skyline. I’m so proud to be from New York and it shows in the aesthetics and strength of my clothes. The energy here is infectious and keeps me on my toes.
Do you have any favorite hot spots or indulgences in NYC — spas, restaurants, entertainment?
My favorite place in New York is Yankee Stadium — I love the kettle corn! Although I rarely have time anymore, I love going to the Bliss Spa and eating at steak houses.
We know this is your first time showing in the tents. How do you de-stress, relax and stay balanced during such a crazy time?
I devote most of my time to my brand but I really try to create balance within my work by enjoying the time I spend with my incredibly dedicated team. They really balance me out. Since Fall Winter 2011 will be my first runway show at the tents, I feel a tremendous amount of pressure but am so honored to have this opportunity. When I feel overwhelmed I try to laugh at myself and the situation and move on.
What’s one item every woman should have in their closet for Spring?
Every woman must have a little black dress which will carry them through season after season
Elene Cassis will be showing this Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Lincoln Center. For more information on Elene or her line her to her website.
Top Photo: Newsday.com.
5 Fast Fab Finds To Instantly Update Your Look For Fall!
Autumn has fully arrived, but for many of us our “look” hasn’t. If you don’t have the time or cash to fill your closet with a whole new fall wardrobe, get an instant autumn update with “it” items under $100.
Faux is fab. Just add a short cape, jacket or vest for an instant update and some extra warmth! It’s fashion and function at it’s best. Go vintage and check your local thrift shop or grandma’s closet… or check out these options. You can even add a belt to cinch your waist.
Loving leather in any form– it goes beyond jackets this season. Try leather pants (I wish I still fit into my favorite pair from my college days!), mini skirt, dress or simple leather details. Dress it up in a leather cocktail… or dress it down by pairing leather leggings with a white tee and sweater.
A little lace goes a long way. Go full-on with a lace dress or play peek a boo with a lace top under a blazer. Choose basic black or go for gunmetal. Stop by H&M for some great winter whites.
A leopard can not change his spots, but you can change it up by mixing a little leopard into so many looks. Try a leopard print tank under a basic blazer, top it off with a leopard scarf, or slip on leopard booties or pumps.
5. Super High Boots
Boots are going to new heights again this season. Go over the knee and thigh high. Any heel height goes. This pair is great because you can simply fold them down knee high for next fall!
BTW- Booties don’t fall short either- but pick a pair with detail.
Top Photo: Flickr
Suede Fall Boots: Something For Everyone
Boots have so many practical uses, mainly to protect us from something- rubber boots for the rain, hiking boots for climbing trails, riding boots, biker boots, combat boots, snow boots, work boots, waders, cowboy boots, athletic boots. These boots are strong.
But, I think there is something so beautiful about the dichotomy of a suede boot. While boots originated as strong protective gear sometime around 15,000 BC, today’s suede styles add a softness to the strength of the boot. And, this fall, the suede is being softened even more by the addition of ruffles or slouch, exuding romance, femininity, and strength all at once.
I drooled when I received my Anthropologie catalog and saw the Adroit boot, which combines the gray suede, ruffles, and ties all in a beautiful piece of art for the feet, priced at $328. I think this boot would look just gorgeous paired with jeans and a simple tee.
Of course, it is on the pricier side, so I headed to Google (a girl’s best friend) to find the style at all price points. And was absolutely thrilled to find this subtle version on DSW. The Raleigh Bootie by Madden Girl echoes the feel of the Anthropologie Adroit Boots, with the ruffled front, but this cut low ankle boot, can be worn with a dress, skirt, even cargos. And it’s priced at just $49.95:
Then, there’s the slouchy suede boot that has an effortless ease about it. Piper Lime had me panting over this Naught Monkey Women’s Detective boot, priced at $99. The comfort of the platform is the cincher:
And then, naturally, I headed to Target, and found this mid-calf Women’s Glaze by Adi faux suede slouchy boot. Priced at just $39.95, and comes in 3 versatile colors (gray is my favorite!), it makes the boot buying decision even tougher for me:
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