All hail espadrilles! This summer shoe harmonizes style and comfort, which is why these braided rope soles are a must on any summer shopping list. We rounded up our top 20 finds right here, from crochet day designs to platforms for summer nights. Click to see them all.
From SoulCyle to Flywheel, spinning has become a nationwide obsession. But across the ocean, our European neighbors have adopted another type of fitness cycling—and it’s underwater. Now this trendy workout has reached our shores, starting in New York with Aqua Studio. We asked InStyle.com’s Jennifer Davis to don her finest Speedo and hit the pool and report back on the results. See how she fared below.
I’m spinning obsessed, so when I heard about a new form of my favorite exercise, I knew I had to test it out. Like other cycling studios, Aqua Studio promises a full-body workout that will torch up to 800 calories ($40 per class; aquastudiony.com for info). The class offers fitness benefits you can’t get in land-based exercises, like cellulite reduction (count me in), no muscle soreness, and better sleep. With this in mind, I made my way to the TriBeCa studio to participate in the 45-minute splashfest. I was a bit apprehensive about getting into a one-piece around complete strangers, but those feelings quickly vanished as soon as I slipped on my rubber shoes ($2 for rental) and headed downstairs to the pool. It was a judgement-free zone, which put me at ease. “People come in who are all shapes and sizes,” my young, super-fit instructor Luke Lombardo said. “It caters to everyone and that’s what I think is so amazing about it. It’s such an eclectic crowd.” The workout was tough even without adding resistance—there is no flywheel or knob to up the intensity, the water does it for you, and I caught on to underwater pedaling quickly. “The water just has so many benefits,” owner Esther Gauthier said after the class. “You get the massage of the water, so it drains your whole lymphatic system which is really a plus, and you build up endurance. It improves your entire system.” While the jury is still out about the cellulite claim, I do have to say my body felt great after the class—a perk of the low-impact ride—and my endorphins kept pumping long after my session ended. “You feel energized,” Luke said as he bounced out of the pool. I have to agree. I’m ready for more. But not too often. Once in a while will do.
Plus, if you’re headed to a pool near you, check out our most flattering suits for your figure.
Jason Wu often dresses Diane Kruger on the red carpet, and last week, the fashion star lent her support to him when she attended the Young Friends of ACRIA‘s 2013 Summer Soiree he helped host at Glass House in New York City. Wu is a member of the group, which actively works to engage supporters under 40 in the fields of design, media, and arts in supporting ACRIA’s mission to offer healthcare and consulting to those affected by HIV and educate people about the disease. The event also celebrated the release of the limited-edition T-shirt he created with artist pal Nate Lowman, a collaborative design created to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit. All proceeds from the purchase of Wu and Lowman’s design will benefit ACRIA. Show your support by picking up one today for $175 at jasonwustudio.com or acria.org.
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Madonna‘s high-impact performances are as exciting as the work done by her backstage glam squad! While we eagerly await the premiere of Madonna: The MDNA Tour on Epix this Saturday, we caught up with her makeup artist Gina Brooke and her hairstylist Andy LeCompte to see how they kept her look together through the fast-paced dance numbers and even faster wardrobe changes. “The quick changes happened underneath the stage, and we’d basically have to change her hair, makeup, and wardrobe in under five minutes! It’s so much fun working with her, though,” Brooke told InStyle.com exclusively. “There’s nobody like her. I’ve worked with so many people in the industry, and there is no one and will never be anyone like Madonna.” We agree! Click the photo to see her most-memorable looks, and how they came together.
Emily Maynard has always been a fan of the Charlotte-based jewelry line Towne & Reese (she wore a ton of it on her season of The Bachelorette), and now the single mom is collaborating with the brand to create her own line, available on her site, EmilyMaynard.com, beginning July 10. “Each piece reflects my style,” Maynard told InStyle.com. “Some days I wake up and dress very ladylike with heels and pearls, and the next day I’ll wear combat boots and ripped jeans, but that’s the fun part of being a girl.” Her collaborators Town & Reese, started by former advertising executives Christi Pack and Jessica Stanfield, is budget-friendly, with each piece named after friends of the duo’s daughters — who just happen to be named “Towne” and “Reese.” Maynard did the same with her collection. “Ricki [Maynard’s 7-year-old daughter] had a lot of fun naming each piece after one of her friends,” Maynard said. “She went through the whole yearbook!” In fact, with 63 pieces in her first collection, the reality star joked that Ricki is going to have to make some more friends come next season. Maynard visited antique marts for inspiration, so expect to see some vintage pieces, along with some tribal-inspired designs with turquoise. The one thing you shouldn’t expect to see? A line of bridal jewelry. “I haven’t had that good of luck,” she demurred, “so I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to jinx someone.” Click through the gallery to see some of the pieces from her new line, available July 10.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their baby girl on June 15th, a few weeks earlier than anticipated. While the first-time parents have yet to reveal the name of their little one, they did hint that it will start with the ’K’ (figures). So, in celebration of the to-be-named baby Kimye, we’ve rounded up 10 gifts that can be dressed in pink and monogrammed with the letter ‘K,’ perfect for any name they choose. Click to the gift ideas now.
The concept of self-love and inner beauty is one that our July cover girl Salma Hayek knows well. “You’ve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best with what you’ve got,” she told InStyle in her July feature. “That goes for the figure, and it goes for everything else. You’ve got to be kind to yourself.” We love her positive attitude, and as the saying goes, when you feel good, it shows on the outside. Despite her busy schedule, the star just added new products to her already-impressive Nuance beauty line, which are perfect as a pick-me-up on a rough day, or as an indulgent treat to yourself. Click through our gallery to see the latest additions, and check out more Salma in our July issue, on newsstands and available for download now.
After 45 years on the market, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer got a makeover! Celebrities including Estelle, Selita Banks, Katharine McPhee, Petra Nemcova, Stacy Keibler, and Emily VanCamp (in Preen) were all on-hand to celebrate the reformulated lotion of the beauty industries most beloved products at the Loft & Garden at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. The stars mingled with beauty editors at the rooftop venue, where they enjoyed cocktails and tunes spun by DJ Duo. The new formula named, Dramatically Different Lotion+ ($26 at clinique.com), promises the same moisturizing benefits as the original with added strengthening components. Now that’s something worth celebrating!
Click through the gallery to see more of last night’s parties.