Spring into Fitness with this Gear

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we are excited to be headed back outside more often. Here are some of our favorites for ready-for-Spring fitness wear.

Ready to hit the trails? Us too! This has been a long winter (thanks, Phil) and we are more then enthusiastic about warmer weather and more outside time. If you are a runner, walker, or hiker, you will love these new sneakers from Brooks Running. The Launch 5 is a lightweight shoe with a mesh outer layer that keeps things airy. It has a “BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning and rebounding rubber create a springy feel underfoot”. (What does that mean? It’s basically providing adaptive cushioning throughout the midsole as well instead of just the usual support only in the heel and forefoot. The more you know.) It’s a truly comfortable shoe for everyday wear as well as for running. It works well for the gym (even if the treadmill you get stuck on is a bit shoddy), trails, and sidewalks- we’ve had no complaints over here. $100 at http://www.brooksrunning.com

Another option is the Adrenaline GTS 18, which is extremely supportive and well cushioned. These shoes are known and trusted for their amazing fit, and we completely agree.  One of their features that helps with this is an “asymmetrical 3D Fit Print and TPU saddle pulls from the heel and wraps around your midfoot for a secure fit”.  It also has the BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning that we had mentioned above, as well as an integrated Segmented Crash Pad that cushions your feet as they land.  If you are all about support and soft landings, this is the shoe for you. We’ve used these on about every terrain you can think of, both running and as casual wear, and they have been holding up extremely well and have become the favorite sneaker of a very, very picky runner.  $120 at http://www.brooksrunning.com

For ladies’ support without the underwire, check out the Fiona Bra. This bra is easy to get on and off, comes in a multitude of colors, and is easy to wear for a long day. It has molded cups, velcro adjustable straps (which actually stay in place, surprisingly) and a padded back hook-and-loop closure. The sides come up high enough so there is no leakage, and it will hold you in place as you move about. The compression is excellent. These run from $30-$50 depending on size and color preference on http://www.brooksrunning.com

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The Virtuali-Tee from Curiscope

X-Ray Vision that Inspires with Virtual Reality

Do you think your little scientist wants to know more about how the human body works? The Virtuali-Tee from Curiscope is an amazing way to engage their interest. Basically this enhanced t-shirt works with a free app to give an animated 3D look inside the human body. Yes, with just the camera function on your phone or tablet you can have an immersive educational experience.

You may be familiar with Curiscope, known for their virtual reality experiences like Great White Sharks. Now they have brought a new level of education to apparel. This new product is exactly what they say, an “anatomical adventure”. Understanding our bodies and anatomy is often something we see separate from ourselves in books or images. By bringing this to kids in a 3D vision that touches their own skin it makes the information a reality beyond the virtual.
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Really Tall Man? Try TallOrder.com (And Enter to WIN! )

 

Got a really tall guy on your shopping list? TallOrder.com isan online fashion brand that caters to the big and tall market, provides socks for men with big feet, shoe sizes 12-20. It’s a category that has been severely underserviced – until now. Family, friends and significant others with tall men in their lives can gift them with an accessory that helps them express their personal style.

 These socks are soft and comfortable to wear, as well. Long enough to cover as much as you would want to, and fun themes and patterns to choose from. A portion of your purchases will also go to “Tuesday’s Children”, a nonprofit organization that helps children after traumatic events.

A little bit about the founders;

“Standing at 6’11” and 6’9”, twin entrepreneurs from Long Island, Mike and Dan Friedman, have been reaching new heights all their lives. Growing up, the brothers stood out for their size and were commonly referred to as the “Twin Towers.” Sadly, this nickname would take on a much different meaning when they were 11 years old and lost their father, Andrew Friedman, in the World Trade Center attacks.
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Ready for the Great Outdoors

While you may have promised yourself never to sound like your mother (or father), you might hear her in your voice when you shout “reminders” to your kids to put a coat on as they streak out the door, going this way or that.  Looking for something warm this winter season?

As a top layer, or for a good mid-weight jacket, the Xersion Midweight Puffer Jacket is one worth looking at. It’s got a “puffer” style chest or vest, and knit sleeves with thumb holes. Available in four color combinations, it’s got a layered look about it all on its own. It’s a good top layer, but you can also put it underneath a heavier coat if you are looking to add another layer for warmth. I know, I’m saying “layer” a lot, but it’s a fantastic jacket for (you guessed it!) layering. It’s also nice on it’s own in milder weather, like those early Spring days that will (hopefully) soon be poking their heads around the corner. Available at JCPenney for $64.

The ACTIVE PACKABLE JACKET is a full zip, color block patterned jacket that is ready for wind, rain, or snow- and is incredibly lightweight. It is part of the Perry Ellis 360 Performance Collection, and is finished with water-resistant fabric to keep the elements at bay. It also has performance stretch to keep you comfortable as you move about. Ready to take on the worst that nature can throw at you, it also thinks of the creature comforts we have come to desire- there is a headphone port in the shoulder, so you can access your music or phone anytime you’d like. We were surprised at how warm this very lightweight jacket was, as well as how comfortable. It’s a good jacket to travel with as well, as it takes up very little space. Available at PerryEllis.com for $185.

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Walking In A Winter Wonderland

The weather has been all over the place this winter, and that means so has your wardrobe been. Shoes are the hardest part to figure out- no one likes wet, cold, uncomfortable feet- that makes for a long day. We are loving this footwear, and we thing you will, too.

winter shoes for men

 

Waldlaufer has a huge variety of women’s shoes- but did you know they offer mens, as well? It’s a great time to check them out. We have been wearing the Men’s Jack Hayo Waterproof Oxford Schiefer shoes for about two months now, and using them for everything from daily wear to hiking and even to the gym a few times- they remain sturdy, easy to wear for long days out and about, supportive, and they do keep your feet dry.  They are a bit heavier then your average shoe, but they are also pretty rugged since they offer so much protection.  This ankle high waterproof boot will protect your feet all winter long- and beyond.  You won’t be leaving these in your closet when the season changes.  Since it is made with a waterproof membrane, it prevents moisture from entering the shoe.  The soles have great traction and durability as well as a supportive footbed. Get yours at https://www.waldlaufer.com for $190.

Perfect for winter (or any season but summer, I’d say) are the water-resistant and insanely comfortable new Luana ankle boots from Arcopedico.  These have very fast become my favorite boots, and perhaps my favorite shoes in general. So soft, so comfortable- and ethical as well. Made entirely of vegan materials (that never hurts, a “good for the environment” choice) they are easy to pair with almost any outfit, or to dress up and dress down.  These look like suede, but are actually Lytech with a self-adjusting side elastic for a super comfortable fit. With rounded toes and a slight wedge heel, these are actually machine washable as well. Really. Three colors available, Black, Brown, or Burgundy. Get yours for $105 at http://arcopedicousa.com
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5 Types of Wrinkle Free Fabrics

Fabrics that do not need ironing can be a lifesaver for anyone. Whether you are a mom who wants to skip the ironing or a savvy traveler who wants unwrinkled clothes wherever you go, wrinkle free fabric will be an essential thing for you.

Wrinkle free fabrics are those that remain smooth even after washing and drying. These fabrics can withstand any rigorous round in your washing machine and still come out looking smooth after drying. Keep yourself knowledgeable when it comes to these types of fabrics, so you know what to look for. Here are some of them:

  • Nylon. This fabric type is known for its smoothness and high strength while being lightweight. Nylon is often used for ropes, parachutes, fishing nets, and paracords – a testament to its strength and durability. It is also used as material for hosiery, swimwear, activewear, rainwear, and lingerie. It is highly durable, stretchable, and holds their shape/tensile strength well even with age.
  • Polyester. A very popular type of fabric, polyester is extremely strong and very durable. It can resistant to stretching, shrinking, abrasion, mildew, wrinkles, and most chemicals. Polyester fibers and fabrics have a wide range of uses such as in car tire reinforcements, conveyor belts, seat belts, upholstery padding, pillows, and comforters. It is also used for clothing, usually for activewear and performance-wear. It is also used as faux leather and imitation silk. It is a synthetic material and some people avoid wearing polyester because some of its components are said to may cause cancer.
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The Best Style Dresses for the Party Season

With the party season coming up fast, now is the right time to treat yourself to some new clothes. Right now, there is a huge range of outfits available to get dressed up for Christmas, with all shapes and sizes covered.

Shopping early, for your party clothes, ensures that you get the best choice and that you are more likely to find what you like in your size.

Detailed little black dress

For versatility, you really cannot go wrong with a little black dress. Every girl or woman should own at least one. Using the right accessories enables you to dress it up or down, so you can always create a look that works for the type of party you are attending.

This year, a lot of designers have decided to add some sort of special detail to their LBDs. Usually, it is small and simple, for example, some embroidery on the shoulder strap or a satin belt that is sewn into the dress. These little touches are very subtle, yet make a big difference to how classy the dress looks.

Something more colorful

However, if black is not for you, do not worry because there are also plenty of brighter options available. This year, plum, sapphire blue, russet and green dresses are very much back in vogue. But, for the more daring amongst you red is still a very popular colour.
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Dressing For Fall Travel

No matter where your travels take you this season, we have some great options to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable.

Now that it’s Autumn (and it’s finally cooled off), you want to make sure you have some layers available. One of my current go-to’s has been Dare 2b‘s Women’s Loveline II Core Stretch, a pull over the head, half zip sweatshirt. It’s not your mom’s sweatshirt, however- soft, warm, lined inside with a quick drying/water repelling outside, it’s pretty tough as well as functional. It comes in several color options, and is easy to care for as well. The price is right at $22, and it’s easy to pair with your running gear or toss on with jeans etc. The more options, the better, and it’s just the right weight for the fall season or to layer under your clothing as it gets colder.

Craghoppers has comfortable clothing for the entire family that protects against UV rays, insect bites, and even digital theft. No matter if you are out in the woods, in a national park, or on the city streets, these clothes are easy to wear, match, and keep you protected on all sorts of levels.  The Nosilife Pro Trousers for women havd a slim fit, but not too slim, with several pockets that zip closed to keep your valuables safe. The fabric is soft and quick drying, so quick showers or muddy patches won’t be an issue. They are also generously cut around the ankle for boots should you want to wear them.  The long sleeve NosliLife Erin Long Sleeve Shirt is breathable and quick drying as well, and the entire NosiLife collection is also insect bite repellent. Who needs all the bites that so often accompany time in the great outdoors? Not you, that’s for sure. Prices vary, visit https://www.craghoppers.com/us/
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