7 Super Cool Yoga Brands You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Awesome Yoga Brands That Aren’t LuluLemon

Trends & Tribulations

While we are forever grateful to Lululemon for being the pioneers of fashionable yoga gear (because, obviously, it needed to happen…), there are so many new and exciting yoga apparel brands popping up every day.  Considering the last year’s market where sales of athletic pants equaled the sales of denim, it is really not a surprise that more and more companies are banking on the athleisure trend.  In honor of the recent article I wrote for MNYoga, here’s the skinny on the coolest yoga gear that’s (ahem) not LuluLemon.  Enjoy, loves!

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The Upside

The Upside

The Upside

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Sweaty Betty

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This British retailer was founded in 1998 to “inspire women to find empowerment through fitness“.  They combine innovative, feminine designs with technical fabrics.  Plus, they give super cute reusable bags adorned with their geometric logo and motivational quotes with purchase.

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Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh has an emphasis on futuristic prints and high-quality, technical fabrics that feature reinforced stitching and streamlined fused seams for unrestricted movement.  The designer, Anjhe Mules, uses her fashion and swimwear expertise to cut and craft yoga wear that flatters a women’s physique, while feeling comfortable and able to stretch freely.

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Alo Yoga

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This retailer is inspired by life in the fashion and healthy-lifestyle mecca Los Angeles.  They test out all their gear on real yogi’s before putting it to market to ensure a slim and functional fit.  Plus, their color blocking is so perfect to mix and match tops and pants together.  Who knew you could feel so put together in yoga clothing?

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WearGrace is yoga clothing designed for both on and off the mat.  Its creator is former art director, graphic designer, and then Director of Image for the Gucci group (creative agency for all the brands: Gucci, YSL, Mcqueen, Balenciaga, and Sergio Rossi, among others) who found yoga after a few incidences happened simultaneously, and she found herself unable to walk and lost her father and husband.  The founder, Karen Joyce, explains that her yoga practice became an analogy for her life.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

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Onzie was created by a 20-year Bikram yoga practician to create affordably-priced clothing that is functional, flexible, and flattering.  Their lightweight, fast-drying fabric allows you to move freely whether you are doing yoga, pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, or running.

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Clothing made from recycled plastic bottles?  This LA-based retailer creates yoga pants and tops using fabric that is spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles, then cut, printed, and hand sewn using environmentally friendly practices.  Plus, everything is manufactured in the U.S., which provides jobs to Americans and reduces their carbon footprint.  Considering it takes over 400 years for plastic bottles to biodegrade, this is such an amazing way to help out the environment and offsets the need to produce new raw materials.  All that aside, I can personally attest to how unbelievably soft and lightweight their material is, as I own at least a few pairs of their pants (just doing my part for the environment….), and oh, my, are they just daaaarling.



What are your favorite athletic brands?  Do you shop at any of labels featured above?


The It List: The Fall’s 10 Most Coveted Bags

Bag, Borrow, or Steal:

This Fall’s most coveted handbags range from furry to fringed to equestrian-inspired styles from Chloe & Gucci.  It seems as though almost every designer came out with a cross-body bag this season of many different shapes and sizes, as well as drool-worthy clutches, totes, and bucket bags.

Read on for 10 of the most hottest bags of the season.


Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315

Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315


Loewe 'Barcelona' Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00

Loewe ‘Barcelona’ Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00


Givenchy Antigona Medium Satchel Bag, $2,435


Saint Laurent Monogram Small Lipstick-Print Crossbody Bag, $1,990


Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650

Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650


Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150

Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150


Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882

Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882


Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910

Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910


Charlotte Olympia Modern Maggie embroidered crepe de chine clutch, $1,295


Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

What do you think of these bags?  Which are your favorite?

xo, loves


J. W. Anderson was nominated for the Womenswear & Menswear Designer of the Year by British Fashion Awards earlier this week, penning him against the likes of Victoria Beckham and Christopher Kane.  He couldn’t be more deserving of this award, with his innovative and unique designs in both the men’s and women’s sector of fashion.  Check out these loafers created with suede, leather, and a varnished, marbled effect on the heel.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Style ’em with cropped, frayed denim & a lacey blouse, and fringed cape for a full on 70’s boho chic look.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Would you wear these loafers?  If so, what would you pair them with?

xo, lovelies

This Week’s Most Coveted

Pantone has officially dubbed the sultry Marsala as the color of the year.  The red wine, burgundy-esque color evokes images of its earthy roots, while exuding a refined class and sophistication.  It blends well with muted tones, as well as bold and light neutrals, as it is a universally flattering color for fashion, beauty, and interiors.  The color is also appealing to men and women alike.  The color is both dramatic and grounding at the same time.  Check out the inspiration board for Pantone’s favorite color of 2015.
Major Marsala Dresses
What do you think of the color of the year?  How will you style it into your wardrobe?
xo, loves

Runway Report: Everything You Need to Know from New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

All of the Highlights From NYFW You’ll Want To Know About (Besides Strippers at Alexander Wang)

Karlie Kloss’ darling Barbie-looking wrap dress at DVF.


The model who tripped at Givenchy, and the two darling gentlemen that immediately helped her up….which made me notice all of the models shoes looked like they were untied…


The plethora of other Barbie-worthy dresses at Carolina Herrera.

Carolina Herrera Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2016 in New York

The cringe-worthy idea that models should take selfie-sticks on the same runway…


The Always Gorgeous, Fairytale-kinda Beauty, Marchesa show.

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The rainbow eyelids at Betsey Johnson.


That Dress at Givenchy.  Yes, please.

At first I thought this dress was the dress to make all other black fur dresses obsolete....

At first I thought this dress was the dress to make all other black fur dresses obsolete….

But then I saw this one, and it made me question everything.... Sigh (#whitegirlproblems).

But then I saw this one, and it made me question everything…. Sigh (#whitegirlproblems).

The gorgeous braids at Herve Leger.


The Awkward Nipple Dress at Idan Cohen.


And That Gorgeous Yellow & Pink Crop Top & Trousers Ensemble at Idan Cohen.

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Marc Jacobs’ Indescribable Super-Hollywood Show at the Zeigfeld Theatre.  Hence, the following video:

Shiny, Pretty Things! at Tory Burch.

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Americana-Inspired Plaids & Red, Whites, & Blues at Victoria Beckham.

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The white bikini at Herve Leger.

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Legs for Days at Altuzarra.

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Anna Sui’s Rockabilly Beach Party.

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The Mohawk Headphones at Desigual.

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Those Lace-Up Shoes at Derek Lam.

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The Bucket Hats at BCBG.
BCBG SS16 Bucket hats

What were your favorite highlights at New York Fashion Week?  What shows did you like the best?  Share in the comments section below!

stay lovely, xo

The Long Awaited Bucket Hat Comeback

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 Runway, via the ManRepeller

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 Runway, via the ManRepeller

There’s really no easy way to say this, so I guess I’ll just get on with it… As many of you witnessed at NYFW, the bucket hat is back.  And BCBG really wants to make sure you are aware, as every model at the Spring/Summer 2016 show in New York adorned one of the 90’s inspired floppy, patchwork hats.

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say, the real question on everyone’s minds is: Where can I score one a pair of mohawk headphones from the Desigual show? Sigh.

Mohawk Headphones from Desigual's SS16 NYFW show

Mohawk Headphones from Desigual’s SS16 NYFW show

Really though, the bucket hats can’t come as too much of a surprise, considering the 90’s are (and have been back) in full force over the last few years.  Since you might as well give into the throwback Sugar Ray-inspired fashion trend, here’s some picks to shop below.

Ashley Williams shearling bucket hat, $545.37

Ashley Williams shearling bucket hat, $545.37, via FarFetch

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Bucket Hat $42.00

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Bucket Hat
$42.00, via ShopBop

Keds® Patterned Reversible Bucket Ha

Keds® Patterned Reversible Bucket Hat, $33, via JCPenney

Bleu De Paname Denim Hat, $63.26, via FarFetch

Bleu De Paname Denim Hat, $63.26, via FarFetch

Quick side note: BCBG had an amazing playlist.  Like “almost forgivable for bringing back the bucket hat trend” -kinda good.  I digress…

Bucket Hat, $35, via DollsKill

Bucket Hat, $35, via DollsKill

What do you think of the comeback of bucket hats?  Will you wear the trend?


Can Flip-Flops Be High Fashion?

Charlotte Olympia Teams Up With Havaianas To Create Fashionable Flip-Flops

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What is it about the (unofficial) national sandals of Brazil that designers and fashion insiders alike love so much?  This upcoming collab is one of my favorites: Charlotte Olympia teams up with Havaianas to create perhaps the most fashionable flip-flop ever.  The Spring/Summer 2016 collection will debut this upcoming February after a preview at Milan Fashion Week this September.

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The collection will include 3 flip flop styles and a beach towel.  The best part?  You can snag a pair for only about $40, rather than the usual high price tag for Charlotte Olympia shoes.  The collection is inspired by her signature kitty motifs, retro pin-up style, and, of course, her quirky, tongue-in-cheek attitude.

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The designer, Charlotte Dellal, is daughter to Brazilian model Andrea Dellal, which may have contributed to one of the reasons for the collab.


Brazilian model Andrea Dellal with designer daughter Charlotte Dellal, via StreetPeeper

What do you think of Havaianas?  Will you be shopping this collection?


How To Sound Like A Fashionista Even If You Aren’t (or, Shoe Types Decoded)

How To Sound Like A Fashionista Even If You Aren’t (or, Shoe Types Decoded)

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Read on for an elaboration of some of the most dizzying shoe types shown above (and some they neglected to give honorable mention).

Flatforms:  Shoes with a uniform-height platform wedge that run across the entire heel, popularized this season by designers such as Marni, Opening Ceremony, and Stella McCartney.

The Elyse, Britt and Binx Flatform shoes by Stella McCartney are currently part of the Fashion Week uniform

The Elyse, Britt and Binx Flatform shoes by Stella McCartney are the unofficial shoes of Fashion Week street style

Frye Boot: (See: The Buckle).

Lobster Claw: (See also: Armadillo Heels).  Famously popularized at Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 runway show, these heels are 10 inches high, and only 21 pairs have ever been produced.  They are rather impossible to get your hands on, and range from $3,900 to $10,000 depending on skin, style, and embroidery.

“The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today,

“The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today,” Alexander McQueen told the New York Times regarding his “Lobster Claw” heels (above)

Mary Janes: The name is taken from the character Mary Jane in the Buster Brown comic strip.   Characterized by a strap across the top of top the shoe running from ankle to ankle, fastened with a buckle.

The Original Purveyor of the

The Original Purveyor of the “Mary Jane” shoe style, Buster Brown

Mules: Heels with open backs to expose the ankle.  Whereas these heels were once reserved solely for “exotic dancers” (see Stripper Heels), they are currently trending in the fashion world.

The Mule.

The Mule Heel: Not Just For Strippers Anymore!

UGG boots: (See also: Teenybopper, Guilty Pleasures, Things That Are So Bad They’re Almost Good, Velour Tracksuits, and Things Hipsters Will Find ‘Cool in an Ironic Sort of Way’ In 2 Years).

What are your favorite shoe types?  Did we miss any?  Share in the comments section below!  Also, be sure to check out the weekly Shoe Porn Thursday for a curated selection of the best, worst, and all-over craziest shoes around town.


Your Most Flattering Colors for This Fall, Revealed

Pantone’s Fall 2015 Color Palette


Pantone recently revealed their Fall 2015 color palette, which consists of earthy neutrals and bold, standalone colors that balance each other and “reflect landscape of hope, fun, fantasy, and all things natural”.

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These colors were evident in Fall 2015’s runway looks, featuring timeless pieces inspired from the free, bohemian vibes of the 60’s and 70’s, and the allure of the 1920’s.  The color palette is, for the first time ever, truly androgynous, and work with both men’s and women’s fashion.

Desert Sage, one of Pantone's Fall 2015 colors

Desert Sage, one of Pantone’s Fall 2015 colors

The top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Fall 2015 are:

  • PANTONE 18-4214 Stormy Weather
  • PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff
  • PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
  • PANTONE 18-4726 Biscay Bay
  • PANTONE 15-1340 Cadmium Orange
  • PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose
  • PANTONE 16-0110 Desert Sage
  • PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond
  • PANTONE 17-3628 Amethyst Orchid

Perry Ellis’ Interpretation of the color palette

 Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway. The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette. 

-Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Rebecca Minkoff’s inspiration derived from Pantone’s color palette

What are your favorite colors from the palette?  I am a huge fan of “Dried Herb”, “Desert Sage”, “Marsala”, “Cadmium Orange”, and “Cashmere Rose”.  And basically, all of them.  

xo, lovely

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

via WhoWhatWear

via WhoWhatWear

Every woman I know has a love-hate relationship with high heels.  They love the way they look, but hate the way they feel (especially after walking about 100 meters…).  Here are 5 hacks that every woman should know to make walking in high heels a little bit easier.  As you read, feel free to browse Trends & Tribulations top high heel picks that you can finally be excited to wear!

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom


Tape your 3rd & 4th toes together using clear sticky or nude medical tape (count starting with the big toe out).

This trick helps to take pressure off the ball of the foot.  There is a nerve between these toes, and the tape helps to balance the weight by minimizing strain from shifting the weight forward.

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus


Apply fabric plasters on your feet.

Wear your new shoes around the house to find out where they rub uncomfortably around your feet.  Then, apply fabric plasters to those parts of your feet.  Soak your feet in water for a minute or two (with fabric plasters on your feet), then walk around the house in the shoes some more.  The wet plaster will expand and help to soften and stretch the shoe in those places.

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe


Use shoe cushions (or petals).

Shop foot petals here in all shapes and sizes to help provide a cushioning wherever your need it.

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe


Spray your feet with an aerosol deodorant.

Feet can often slip around in your high heels after wearing them for a bit, so spritzing them with aerosol deodorant before wearing can provide traction and ensure your feet stay in place.

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters


Choose a heel that crosses around the front of your foot.

 This will provide more support over your foot and around the heel and ankle.  Think of it as a “seatbelt” for your feet (awe!), if you will- it takes pressure off your feet, as they do not have to work so hard to hold the heel in place.  The Jeffrey Campbell ones (above) and Steve Madden pair (below) are chic options.

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

What do you think of these tips?  Will you try any of them?  Do you have any tips that you swear by?  Share in the comments section below!