Fashion Finds: Team USA

Fashion and athletics pair together like no other when the Olympics roll around. And for Team USA, they’re set to make one stylish grand entrance when they step into the Opening Ceremony in Ralph Lauren’s specially-designed ceremony attire.

Ralph Lauren shares on the company website that it took 292 people to craft the ceremony uniforms, with over 1,100 members of Team USA set to be outfitted in Polo Ralph Lauren paradewear. The ceremony attire itself is comprised of a sleek blue blazer, patriotic boat shoes, white pants and a selection of red, white and blue tops.

The clothing itself holds true to the crisp aesthetic of the Ralph Lauren brand, offering classic styles in patriotic red, white and blue. With everything from blazers to T-shirts and boat shoes to belts, the Ralph Lauren Olympic attire delivers an unmatched style, all while keeping in mind the true focus of the Olympics: the athletes.

Looking to purchase a piece of Olympic sartorial history? Check out THL’s favorites from the women’s collection and remember — when you purchase anything from the Team USA collection, proceeds will help support the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Favorite top: The Team USA Cotton Jersey Tee. You too can represent the red, white and blue with this tee from Ralph Lauren’s Team USA collection. A traditional short-sleeved tee with a bold “USA” emblazoned across the chest, this tee proudly proclaims your support for Team USA not just during Olympic season, but all year round. Price: $55.

Favorite bottom: The Team USA Stretch Legging. If watching the Games inspires you to train like an athlete, now you’ll have the proper attire to do so. With friction-minimizing flat seams and a patriotic flair, these leggings are sure to motivate you to work out like a champion. Price: $98.50.

Favorite accessory: The Team USA Crosscourt Cap. Proudly proclaim your support for Team USA with this cotton-mesh hat that features the traditional U.S. Olympic Team logo at the front, the year at the side and the Ralph Lauren logo at the back. Price: $49.50.

If you can’t make it to the Games in Rio, at least you can support Team USA in style from the homeland!

Happy Shopping!

 

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Wear what you want

You’ve never needed permission to feel comfortable in your own skin or to wear exactly what you’ve always wanted to wear — that’s exactly the message behind a new hashtag that circulating around Instagram.

According to ELLE, Los Angeles plus-size blogger Simone Mariposa started the movement when she posted some photos of herself all decked out in her most stylish looks accompanied with the hashtag, “#WeWearWhatWeWant.”

From swimsuit looks to stylish dresses, ELLE reports that the message behind her stylish photos is “that women actually dress for themselves, not men, not other women, and certainly not for the trolls in the comments section—has taken off.”

Since her initial posts, Buzzfeed reports that hundreds of women have joined the movement, posting their own photos wearing what they love.

From swimsuits to crop tops, from models like Tess Holliday to other gorgeous women from around the world,  each woman proved that they deserve to wear exactly what makes them feel beautiful — after all, women should be dressing for themselves and no one else.

To see more photos from the #WeWearWhatWeWant Instagram movement, click here.

 

Capsule collection on the way for JLo

If you’ve ever admired Jennifer Lopez’s style — whether on the red carpet, on stage or on the street — you’ll want to keep an eye out for her forthcoming capsule collection.

According to ELLE, the 47-year-old multi-hyphenate will release a collection of shoes and accessories, teaming up with luxury shoe brand Giuseppe Zanotti to design the upcoming styles.

Set to be released in January 2017, ELLE reports that the collection will include “crystal-encrusted open-toe booties, embellished wedge sneakers, and gladiators in snakeskin-print leather in a palette of pastels, cool greys, and warm beiges. Two bag styles complete the collection.”

Lopez told ELLE of the impetus behind the collection, while also dropping some hints about what to expect from the line.

“I think it goes without saying that like every other girl, I love a killer pair of shoes,” she said to ELLE. “Whether I’m walking the red carpet or dressed casually, the right shoes complete my outfit to make me feel beautiful, sexy, and fearless. The collection Giuseppe and I have created is everything you would expect from the both of us—bad ass high heels with shapes that are fierce and of course, have some sparkle!”

As for Zanotti himself, he said that the capsule collection perfectly encapsulates Lopez, telling ELLE, “The collection, like Jennifer, is sensual, sophisticated, modern but also playful and edgy.”

ELLE reports that pair’s designs will be available in Giuseppe Zanotti stores, online and at select retailers worldwide.

Stay tuned for a review of the line when it hits stores!

 

DuVernay and Winfrey team up for children’s classic

After working together on the movie Selma and collaborating again on a new series for OWN called Queen Sugar (set to premiere on September 6), Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay are set to work together for a third time, according to ELLE.

The pair is now taking on the children’s classic A Wrinkle in Timesays ELLE, part of a “science-fiction/fantasy series called the Time Quintet” that was penned by Madeleine L’Engle in 1963.

ELLE reports that Winfrey is in final negotiations to play the part of Mrs. Which, the “wisest of three mysterious characters who help two children find their lost father in another dimension.”

While ELLE says the character is portrayed as a light in the book, we’re pretty sure Winfrey will take the character to a whole new level — just as DuVernay will do the same to the entire film.

Be sure to keep an eye out for any further information about the film — THL certainly will!

Martinez pays it forward

Olympian Brenda Martinez knows that every child who dreams of one day running a race on behalf of Team USA needs to have two things: determination and a good pair of running shoes. That’s why she’s donating new sneakers to aspiring runners.

According to the Huffington Post, the 28-year-old runner shared the story of her youth that inspired this program on Instagram, writing:

“I remember when I was young and my parents couldn’t afford to buy me a new pair of running shoes … The shoes I wore to school were the same shoes I wore to practice. My father would always try to find running shoes on the clearance rack.”

But after pursuing track and field at age 5, running for UC Riverside and being turned down by two major training groups, the Huffington Post says Martinez finally got her break when she picked up a sponsorship from New Balance and was “was introduced to Joe Vigil, a legendary coach who believed in Martinez’s talent and offered to coach her. With Vigil’s support, Martinez won the bronze medal for the 800m at the World Championships in 2013, according to Competitor.com.”

Three years later, and Martinez will be taking to the track in Rio for the 1500m race, says the Huffington Post. But beyond her forthcoming stint on Team USA, the Huffington Post reports that “for the past four years, Martinez has hosted an annual summer camp for 10 to 12 female high school runners, she described to FloTrack.”

The camp, which includes “daily runs and clinics about confidence, healthy living and positive thinking,” is run by Martinez and her husband, Carlos Handler, who “cover all expenses, including meals, and even personally pick the girls up when they arrive in couple’s town of Big Bear Lake, California,” according to the Huffington Post.

While Martinez and Handler certainly take care of their campers, New Balance steps in to provide some other essentials, donating workout clothes and three pairs of shoes to each camper, says the Huffington Post.

Martinez summed up the goal of her camp best when she wrote in her Instagram post, “I’m donating back to the sport that gave me a fighting chance in the world.”

Chenoweth brings new jewelry designs to HSN

If finding new jewelry is on your to-do list this summer, you may want to keep an eye out for Kristin Chenoweth’s jewelry collection on HSN.

Although InStyle reports that the Broadway star launched the line last December, she’s recently added new styles to the collection. Filled with whimsical designs like a music note cuff, anchor earrings and even a hashtag-emblazoned ring, InStyle says Chenoweth’s jewelry line is injected with a bit of her personality and her Broadway roots.

Pieces include “a necklace based on Charlie Chaplin’s song ‘Smile’ along with favorites like sterling silver pave arrow stud earrings and a pave anchor ring,” says InStyle.

While Chenoweth told InStyle that she is often “up in the middle of the night” working on new designs, crafting beautiful and inspired jewelry is not a taxing project for the Tony winner.

“It never feels like a job for me,” she told InStyle. “I can’t see myself doing anything but what I do. There’s no other choice for me. I’m an artist.”

Each piece in the line is priced between $30 and $170, reports InStyle, and is available for purchase on HSN.com.

THL’s favorites from Chenoweth’s HSN jewelry collection:

Favorite ring: The ‘Stay the Course’ Pavé Wrapped Ring. With a message prompting wearers to follow their dreams, this beautiful ring serves as a subtle reminder to always move forward and to never give up. The wrapped style encompasses your finger, making it a statement piece with an equally powerful statement behind it. Style and substance for a sale price of $44.95.

Favorite earrings: The ‘Throwback’ Curved Bar Drop Earrings. Sleek and subtle, these earrings will pair perfectly with everything from your go-to black dress to a dressy-casual brunch look. Sure to be the utility player of your jewelry collection, you can have these sparklers for a sale price of $34.95.

Favorite bracelet: The ‘Infinity Love’ Double Circle Pavé Bracelet. A delicate take on the infinity knot, this bracelet makes a perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Featuring a thin chain and interlocking pavé circles, this bracelet delivers shine and classic elegance for a sale price of only $39.95.

Favorite necklace: The ‘From Above’ Pavé Star Station Necklace. Offering whimsical interpretation of the traditional station necklace, this chain is sure to make you shine brighter than all the stars in a summer night’s sky. Another plus is its versatility, allowing this necklace to easily pair with T-shirts and tank tops to dresses and jumpsuits. You can have this versatile yet eye-catching look for $99.95.

Shahidi hits back at Hollywood stereotypes

It’s no secret that stereotypes still persist in pop culture and in the world at large. But Yara Shahidi had some powerful words to help tear down hurtful and confining stereotypes that continue to plague the realm in which she works: Hollywood.

According to the Huffington Post, after the Blackish actress received an award at the Points of Life Conference on Volunteering and Service in June, Shahidi used the moment to deliver a striking speech on the still-present stereotypes surrounding people of color in Hollywood. The Huffington Post says 16-year-old explained the danger of perpetuating a narrow story of people of color, saying that many grow up to believe that “they are an anomaly if they succeed and the expectation if they fail.”

She went on to offer that it is impossible for people of color to believe that they are “valued similarly” when they are continually reduced to narrow-minded stereotypes that are inaccurate portrayals of real people, reports the Huffington Post.

To combat this, the Huffington Post says Shahidi offered a highly plausible solution to the issue: more intentional programming on television that presents a more accurate depiction of certain groups of people. Citing shows like TransparentJane the Virgin and her own Blackish, the Huffington Post says Shahidi explained how her character of Zoey helps her to break down oft-perpetuated stereotypes:

“It is through my character and characters like her that the barrier of racism, ageism, sexism and other -isms can be broken down … Art plus activism in any and all forms is a powerful statement that can spread a message that transcends the barriers and limitations of our different realities to reveal the commonality of our shared human existence.”

The takeaway: Art + Activism = Change. Thank you, Yara Shahidi, for such a powerful message.

To watch her entire speech, click here.

 

 

 

 

Fashion Finds: Plus/Extended Size Clothing

If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe this summer, this week’s Fashion Finds has a number of stores at the ready for you to begin the hunt for some stylish new threads. In this week’s edition, we’ve rounded up the best plus and extended size clothiers that offer the latest styles at affordable prices.

No matter you’re size, clothing should reflect your personality and — above all — make you feel beautiful. And these retailers definitely offer a selection of tops, dresses, jeans and everything in between that are sure to make you feel special and look gorgeous:

Eloquii: Offering sizes 14-24 and some styles in sizes 26 and 28, Eloquii delivers the latest styles in a range of sizes so that there is truly something for everyone. What makes the retailer all the better is that there’s something for every price point — tops start at $19.90 and going up to $99.90 — and they present a well-rounded selection of styles; there are 321 top options alone, with everything from military-inpsired looks to sweet peplum styles to flowey blouses. THL’s favorite: The High Low Cape Dress, which offers an affordable take (it’s only $99.90) on a major red carpet trend.

Melissa McCarthy Seven7: Achieving a great personal style shouldn’t be size-exclusive, and that’s why we love Melissa McCarthy Seven7 — they offer the most complete range of sizes we’ve seen, starting at a size 2 and going up to a size 28W. Delivering playful patterns, classic shapes and edgy details (like faux leather!), Seven7 makes sure that there is something in store for everyone. What’s also particularly remarkable about Seven7 is the ease with which pieces can be mixed and matched; even printed pieces seem to pair together effortlessly, allowing you to get the most out of your wardrobe. THL’s favorite: the Vegan Leather Peplum Top (available for $89), a style that takes the classic feminine silhouette of a peplum and injects a bit of sass via the faux leather.

Torrid: No one does affordable fashion like Torrid, who offers everything from jeans and tops to swimwear and lingerie. With their apparel ranging from a size 10 (a Torrid size 00) to a size 30 (a Torrid size 6), Torrid makes fashion accessible to all, offering all of their trendiest looks in the size range. What’s even better: they offer free shipping AND free returns, not that you’ll want to return any of your stylish snags any time soon. THL’s favorite: the Twist Front Midi Skirt (on sale for $30.98), the perfect summer style that is sexy enough for a night out and casual enough for a lazy Sunday morning.

ModCloth: There is so much to love about ModCloth already, but perhaps what we love most is that they no longer separate their extended sizes from the “regular” sizes; they group them all in one, all in an effort to make shopping a much more inclusive experience (as it should be). But beyond this, it’s hard to not fall in love with their retro aesthetic, classic looks and easily-affordable prices. Making their prices even more accessible is a 40 percent off summer sale, so you can stock up on your favorite looks of the season for next year. THL’s favorite: the Don the Road Vest in Navy, which offers a classic take on the trendy vest look for only $44.99.

Lane Bryant: Our Fashion Finds would not be complete without Lane Bryant, a retailer that has long offered the most of-the-moment styles all available in sizes 14 to 28. They even offer sexy lingerie styles by Cacique to complete your shopping experience. With styles ranging from dressy tops and blouses to stylish activewear, Lane Bryant has you covered for every aspect of your life — all at reasonable prices, with tops in general starting at a sale price of $12.99. THL’s favorite: the Printed Palazzo Culotte, an on-trend look revamped with a bold, artsy print available for $69.95.

With a host of options at your fingertips, you have no reason not to shop at least one of these fabulous — and fashionable — retailers! Know of a store we missed? Tweet us with the hashtag #FashionFinds and suggest your favorite so we can include it on our list!

Happy Shopping!

Larson enters the Marvel universe

When Captain Marvel was introduced in the 1960s, Marie Claire says the character was the first leading female character to enter the Marvel universe. And now, that character will be brought to life by none other than Brie Larson.

The Room” actress and Oscar winner is set to take on the role of Captain Marvel (or Carol Danvers) in a 2019 film called, “Captain Marvel,” reports Marie Claire. The news was announced at the recent Comic-Con event held for the forthcoming film, in which Larson attended the cast’s panel discussion.

Marie Claire explains Larson’s character this way:

“Captain Marvel began as Carol Danvers, a superpower-free person who fell in love with her friend, the original Captain Marvel. Carol became Ms Marvel, and later attained superpowers after an accident. The weird bit was that Carol didn’t know she was Ms Marvel, and Ms Marvel didn’t known she was Carol.”

A brief stint with the Avengers and memory loss via X-Men’s Rogue all combine to make this a highly complicated character, but as Marie Claire says, “The film will finally act as an answer to all the desperate calls from fans for Marvel to hurry up and make more films that give the company’s female characters justice.”

Amen to that.

Taylor takes Topshop by storm

It’s not every day that someone gets to star in a campaign for a major retailer, but for Taylor Hill, it’s just one more step in solidifying her supermodel status.

According to Fashionista.com, the 20-year-old model is now the face of Topshop‘s fall 2016 campaign, says a July 25 announcement — and that’s following her 2015 induction as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and her front-and-center spots for other major fashion campaigns, including Juicy Couture and Miu Miu, to name a few.

Hill follows in the footsteps of other big names in modeling, such as Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne, all of whom have stepped in front of the camera for Topshop, reports Fashionista.com.

The Colorado native makes her mark in the new campaign — which Fashionista.com says was styled by Topshop creative director Kate Phelan and shot by Giampaolo Sgura — in a studded and embroidered moto-style jacket, paired with a sheer, printed black dress.

Fashionista.com says Phelan explained in a press release the motivation for selecting Hill as the brand’s newest face. “She is a social supermodel and a young woman with style and personality; she is every Topshop girl rolled into one,” she said.

Hill not only shows off her social savvy via her highly-followed Instagram, she also does so as she takes centerstage in a video following the young model and her dog, Tate, in a day around New York City, says Fashionista.com.

Whether she’s on the runway or in front of the camera, this campaign is an indication that we’re sure to see much more of Hill in the near future.