Après-ski

The last stop, final run of the day – Après-ski. Head to toe slope style in affluent abundance during this peak style social stop. The labels gracing these style savvy snow goers are both old school privileged prestige brands along with some new mountainside players. Take a look at the 2016 snow school brands making up the slope side Après-ski competition.

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On The Table: Sakara

Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle are the co-founded of Sakara Life. Launched in 2011, the brands name Sakara, meaning “with form” in Sanskrit, holds their principal belief that food is medicine. Their meal delivery program is based on a whole-food, plant-rich diet that includes fresh, nutrient-dense, and delicious ingredients delivered to your door. Quickly gaining a cult following and known as THE model staple and a common house-hold name among the celebrity scene. Gwyneth Paltrow took her love for Sakara Life from fan to family – officially endorsed by Paltrow’s lifestyle brand GOOP.

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The Sakara Life Nutritional Pillars:

  • No Calorie Counting
  • Plant protein
  • Hydrating foods
  • Greens
  • Good fats
  • Eat the Rainbow
  • Nutrient-density
  • Sulfur-rich Vegetables
  • Body Intelligence

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Every meal contains the highest quality ingredients (calorie counting is not part of this game plan.) Meals are delivered right to your door/desk,  ready-made (and ready to eat) organic, vegetarian and adaptable for food allergies. Focus on local sourcing provides constantly changing menu choices, only fresh seasonally specific produce. Delivers are made up to three times a week (depending order size). There is no weekend delivery – participants are encouraged make meals and provided similar cleanse consistent recipes.  It just so happens that Sakara Life cares about the environment as well – all packaging is compost friendly and/or biodegradable.

A full day will run you $100 dollars: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Larger packages of 5 days or 20 will lower the daily cost and save you some money. Take a look at a sample menu below.

 

  • Lunch: Sautéed Fennel and Skillet-Toasted Almonds over a bed of Organic Baby Arugula
  • Dinner: Lemon-Scented Quinoa with Grilled Artichokes and Farm Fresh Asparagus

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With all the hype our team at Heel-Side had to take Sakara for a test ride. Five days, literally a different office. Skin was glowing, there was energy in the air, we felt great and the best part about it all was – there was so much food! This green gift from Sakara is far removed from the connotation association of being hungry and cranky while craving all the wrong things. Were at Heel-Side agree – we are joining the cult of clean at Sakara Life.

Take a look at S-Life Magazine for tips and advice on not only eating clean, but living clean.

All About Kit and Ace

I want to take some time over three months to catch up on the recent game changers in the athletic world. Heel-Side was on an extended hibernation staycation (i.e. out of the blog-sphere realm.) Good news – back in home among the fashionably fit. A little overtime need to catch you up to who’s on A team – some serious cliff note sessions are on the books. Here we go…

Today at Heel-Side we are all about  Kit and Ace. Founders Shannon and JJ are none other than the wife and step-son of iconic fitness brand founder of Lulu Lemon’s – Chip Wilson. Kit and Ace will not compete with the stronghold that Lulu Lemons in market dominance,  this brand is heading into an althleasure realm of high fashion and luxury comfort without compromising the functionality.

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Kit and Ace is taking on innovative solutions that is giving this now over saturated industry where it hard to tell who is who without checking the label. So what is so different about Kit and Ace.

  • Kit and Ace is future-focused and in constant pursuit of the newest systems, fabrics, tools, construction and care. A huge disrupt taking the possible to new heights – AKA offering up a Technical Luxury™ cashmere that you can wash!
  •  Each store is unique (surrounding fashion trends, climate and other social factors into consideration) coinciding with the environment. Unique decor, merchandise and interior space.
  • They promote local artisans. All interior art/decor is sourced locally. Any in-store events are catered and curated from neighbors. Recognizing local influence and honor it in uniquely to each store location.
  • A classic american road trip dubbed the ‘Grand Tour’ – a copper-clad Airstream trailer decked out in modern luxury – a mini Kit and Ace served on the go. Why? Simple, Kit and Ace was looking to meet the neighbors’. They get to take in the culture and meet the resident taste makers and introducing themselves to the science before they set up shop. Jump on the bandwagon and get real-time updates on who, what, where.

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  • AND… these guys just want to do good stuff. No industry standard (brilliant!). Committed to integrity, treating our people well (same for the people we work with), sourcing luxury globally and making headway in the luxury apparel market through innovative technology.

This brand was worth the words. Your team at Kit and Ace is the new luxury wether outfitting ourselves or calling you are new neighbors. We will be following along here at Heel-Side!

Check out the Kit and Ace in my NYC here. 

Everything but the Dress

Karlie Kloss caught sporting yet again. New face  for Kurt Geiger’s Spring | Summer 16 campaign.

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Black, red and white – a paired down color pallet evoking none other than team spirit. Energetic, high fashion sporting  is the baseline appeal in this collab between Creative director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley and Erik Tortensson. Pieces include swim, sport sandal hybrids, sneakers and flat-forms. The game plan here was to avoid compromising functionality and wearability for high fashion style, they nailed it. Uniquely this collection seems to be a go to uniform worthy everywhere and in-between; on a stage or crossing the finish line. Perfectly defined as style that is made to move.

Rebecca Farrar-Hockley long standing friendship with Erik Tortensson who have paired up a time or two in past projects regrouped yet again. It seems these two make a strong team. Here’s to another game changer!

Model Karlie Kloss. Photographed by Erik Torstensson.

NIKE x Pedro Lourenço

Pedro Lourenço x NIKE collaboration collection launched in January 2015 –  on point and worth a re-visit.Lourenço 12 capsule sportswear collection delivered what athletes want in design and functioality. Model Karlie Klosss’ campaign further highlights the clean/modern aesthetic through geometric movement applied technique. Somehow this year old ad campaign is still in the game.

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Equinox putting on some serious lbs.

Equinox is putting on some serious lbs. – in real estate that is; 75 fitness-centric hotels to be exact.

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Locations will circle the globe and NYC is launching one of the first. Location is confirmed in the Hudson Yards project on the West Side of Manhattan. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, will include a 60,000-square-foot gym, indoor and outdoor pools and restaurant featuring organic and locally sourced health focused dining. Open date is specked for 2018 and the Los Angeles hotel shortly after in 2019.

Alexander Wand  2013 show was a knockout featured everything one would need to enroll in a high fashion boot camp. The fashionable élite outfitted accessories included  jump ropes, boxing gloves, yoga mats, and a mock croc bike locks, which could motivate anyone to get moving. I hope this training trend carries over to the 2014 RTW I could get used to this high fashion take on working out.

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From the moment of  MIKOH  swimwear launched the Miller sisters have graced the swim scene with stunning silhouettes and modern cuts.  No doubt these two have already made waves in the swim sector but 2014 will mark another milestone. Braving the open water, MIKOH will release of their first ever collection catering to the surf scene. Lets get it on (summer and these suits that is)!

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Juice Shop

A Juice Shop that sells…? You guessed it, JUICE. This Shop O’ Juice takes the highest quality fruits and veggies, the true OG in SF juice.  All juices are unpasteurized and cold pressed daily. The small window shop juice connoisseurs are knowledgeable and personable. They exude a passion for their health (glowing skin on these ppl. no lie) and the company that they are building. And when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Juice Shop aims to reduce environmental impact by using locally sourced produce, reusable glass bottles (when returned you get some cash – win for you – win for mother earth). Oh and they deliver! So it’s either pick up or delivery, located conveniently on 1994 Union St. (corner of Union and Buchanan) – neighboring both Lulu Lemon and Lucy, is seems like this block is taking shape. Drive by from Monday – Friday  7am – 6pm and weekends   9am – 6pm. 

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Check out The Juice Shop here.

Lots of love from the LEFT COAST!

E

Listen to the Beat… BEAT

My heart skipped a beat when I set my eyes on these little accessories. Firstly I love my beats headphones. I take them EVERYWHERE I travel.  Now these…(sigh) This is the ONLY type of headphone that I wear working out  and with the added bonus of them limited edition Dre beats… enough said.

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Heres the specs. 

MADE FOR ATHLETES. – Flexible ear clips are designed to secure Power beats earphones in your ears no matter how rigorous your workout. Sweat-resistant materials and ear tips of all sizes keep you comfortable always.

CLEARER SOUND. DEEPER BASS – Powerbeats earphones are the only Beats by Dr. Dre earbuds that come with two speakers inside each bud. That means you get crystal clear highs and deep, rumbling lows in high definition.

SAFETY FIRST – Powerbeats earphones are specially designed to pump clear bass at any volume while letting in ambient noise – making sure athletes stay safe while running on the road.

REMOTE CONTROL CORD – You can adjust your music to find your power song right from the cord. No need to fumble with your MP3 player during your workout.

I haven’t gotten myself a birthday present as of yet. Don’t mind if I do!

E

Chanel Water Gymnastics by Karl Lagerfeld

CHANEL’s seaside themed Spring 12 campaign by Karl Lagerfeld (creative director) campaign featuring Models Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls. The chute location is sun drenched shots capture the models frolicking near the ocean at France’s Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc, France, and in the nearby Mediterranean waters.

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In gymnastic-inspired poses shots are captured, Andrea Perry’s soundtrack, ‘If you come over’, playful antics harmonize with the acoustics. The seaside gymnastic theme contrasts with the dramatic tailoring and feathered outfits, adding a certain femininity to the scene. The final shots characterized the dramatic story compared to the soft whimsical making of the video (which can only be defined as Chanel). Chanel yet again raises the bar on high fashion. 

Get The Look: GAME TIME

4th and Bleeker one os the OG fashion blogs to pioneer the style blogsphere. An eye for style and photography have made a name for themselves lending the biggest names in fashion to partner with her on collaborations and collections.  Below Spencer styled by… herself an everyday take on the uniform. Keep an eye out for her on the style scene. 

 

Check out her blog here 4th and Bleeker.

Good Company

(Sigh)… It’s a breath of fresh air when a new brand surfaces. The Moncler puffer jacket has been a staple on fashionistas Holiday wish lists for some time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Moncler. One of my favorites for more than several reasons. However when everyone girl walking down the street has on an identical jacket, it’s becomes… whats the word…mainstream? So Jcrew, the talent scouter’s that they are (Mickey D, who is way ahead of the game) brings a ‘meticulously curated collection, based on quality, craftmanship, and of course cool factor’,  dubbed ‘in good company’. I love, love, love what JCrew is doing here. It would be just as easy for JCrew to knock off any of these products (if no patton prohibits) creating an exact replica – adding a JCrew tag. Brand collaboration and good old-fashioned curation, pairing the company with talented designers with solid product and bringing them on to ‘the Crew’. 

Back to the (sigh)… and enter Authier. The company originated in Switzerland in 1910, this Italian brand of “chic sportif” is synonymous with elegance and innovation (it was among the first to offer skis when the sport was taking off in the early 20th century). The ready-to-wear collection transfers the craftsmanship and technology of its skis to clothing that’s made in Italy and coveted by ski enthusiasts and fashion aficionados alike. Authier’s devotion to materials extends right down to the zippers (also made in Italy) and the label, which is stitched by hand. 

Good work Crew. Giving us something to sigh about. 

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Good Physique Design

Workout space is an important element in the perfect workout. As merging gap between fitness and design merge a multitude of gyms that are well… breathtaking in both the aesthetic sense along with the good ole’ increased heart rate – directly correlated with a good sweaty workout. The latest example of ‘good pysique design’ emerges at the Plaza hotel in NYC. La Palestra wellness centers have conceptualized a hybrid of proper medical care with fitness in an upscale facility without disrupting the indigenous elements of their respective locations. The mission of La Palestra health centers focuses on integrated health.

Designers Frank Gehry, La Palestra delivered a holistic haven of wellness, consisting of exam rooms and cardio center accessed through a stunning Gehry staircase. Despite the facilities opulent feeling occupying the space, the function of the space remains in tact, a functional, classic gym.

Pat Manocchia Founder of the La Palestra chain conceptualized a space where fitness and health of the human body remained safe and secure. Each space is designed individually catering to the original fabric of architecture.

“Culturally, from an exercise perspective, people are made to believe that the idea of beauty is that it’s flawless,” says Manocchia in pointing out an interesting parallel, “but it’s the exact opposite. The flaws are what makes something beautiful.”

Using the space presents architectural challenges. Variations in ceiling height were exploited to create alcoves of light that aid in one of Manocchia’s central ideas, which is privacy. The placement of equipment and room-dividisions are laid out to create the right environment for optimal performance.

If one feels as though they are being observed or judged, or crowded, your focus shifts towards your self-conscious of how you look rather than focusing on what you are doing. Individual bathrooms (complete with shower)  take the place of locker rooms contain individual showers, dressing room with wardrobe built in. Another common gym staple you wont find here is floor to ceiling mirrors – mirrors are situated away from the wall to prevent feeling boxed in, while lights shine with very specific variants to reflect times of day and year.

It’s no surprise that this gym contains the highest quality equipment, from top-of-the-line Woodway and Cybex treadmills to artisan-made vaulting boxes Manocchia seeks to support the most important design element in fitness—the human body. “When it comes to innovation in the field, it’s not about reinventing the wheel or inventing something new, it’s about how good design is re-engineered to support the human body,” he says. “You have to understand how the body works so you can utilize equipment that fits into movement patterns and provides a broad toolbox. Dumbbells can be used for all sorts of things, and are you going to make something better? No. We’re interested in the best-made version.”

The breadth and depth of La Palestra’s medical and training attention—makes it the logical choice for those with health concerns or injuries, or anyone looking for a superior level of care integrated into their fitness routine. A training session comes accompanied with the message that techniques and routines should be learned, and are designed for members to take away and practice on their own.

The Palestra Gym truly takes your daily workout to a whole new level.

Now… What to wear?

Off to shop – pre workout warmup?

Love E!

4 FNO

Fashion’s Night Out turns 4! 

Join editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers on September 6, 2012, as they flood stores in cities across the country and around the world for fashion’s most iconic extravaganza.

Last year’s bash featured events in eighteen countries and more than 4,500 events here in the States. With special limited-edition products, celebrity appearances, and unforgettable performances, FNO 2012 is promising to be even bigger and better than before!

See you at Fashion’s Night Out, September 6! 

Love, E

What does a Good Sports Sport?

Go on, be a good sport this summer with Ashish for Topshop… From the ‘King of Sequins’, comes a sportswear line with an ironic twist and it’s just landed on Topshop.comCelebrating his 8th capsule collection for Topshop, Ashish Gupta shows off his trademark comic style with a winning concept designed for the underdog. The result?  Varsity jackets and slouchy sweat sets featuring slogans such as ‘2ndplace’ and ‘Don’t play games’…

Sporting ability aside, when it comes to shopping Ashish for Topshop, you’re guaranteed a sartorial win!

Thanks for the DL Topshop

Now it’s time to put on your game faces girls – things are about to get… PRETTY TOUGH!

Love, E