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The Running List: Warm-Weather Running Clothes

Welcome back! My how things have changed since the last time I was here – the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and the temperatures are on a steady incline. This can only mean one thing: spring has officially sprung! Being a native resident to Las Vegas, we have the pleasure of enjoying about two months of this glorious time before temperatures reach the “don’t come out of your house our you will melt” zone. Knowing my days are numbered, I try to take advantage of these temperatures as much as I can. I insist on driving with my windows down, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on my back patio, and, of course, running outdoors as much as possible.

It is no coincidence that this will be the third San Diego Marathon that I have trained for – no, not because I am huge fan of running on freeways and large hills, but because the race is typically either the last week of May or first week of June. This means that peak training just happens to coincide with the optimal Las Vegas weather! For some reason, waking up to the sounds of birds chirping and the sun shining makes it exponentially easier to roll out of bed, put on my clothes, and hit the road.

It also helps that I now only have to put on four articles of clothing rather than the 74 layers I was putting on in the dead of winter (this may be a slight exaggeration; however when you factor in gloves and head warmers, things get crazy).

Three, yes, just three articles of clothing: running shorts, a sports bra, and a running top. As I have previously mentioned, I am slightly neurotic when it comes to planning out what I am going to wear when I run. I like to have everything ready in the morning so I can literally roll out of bed, hopefully not hit my head on the nightstand (though it has happened more than once), put on my clothes, and head out the door.

Truthfully, I am usually not fully awake until two or three miles into my run, just the right amount of time and distance so that I can’t second guess my decision and crawl back in bed. With that, laying out my running wardrobe in the spring is quite shocking the first few times I do it, mostly because I feel like I am missing 71 articles of clothing. However, now that I am accustomed to only having the essential three, I am more inclined to pick pieces that work well with each other. 

Gone are the days of layering, covering, and hiding any semblance of a cute running outfit. Now is my time to shine and since I only need three, yes, just three articles of clothing to run in, you better believe that they are going to be the cutest, hottest, and most functional outfits of all my running apparel. With that, I bring you my spring-summer apparel running list:

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WOMEN'S

Outfit 1:

1. Nike Dri-FIT Balance Tank Top

2. CW-X Versatx Running Bra

3. Under Armour UA Armour Vent Moxey Short

Outfit 2:  

1. Under Armour Fly-By Stretch Mesh Tank Top

2. adidas Supernova Racer Bra

3. Brooks Infiniti Capri III

Outfit 3:

1. ASICS Fit-Sana Graphic Tee

2. Moving Comfort Fiona Bra

3. The North Face MA-X Short

Outfit 4:

1. MPG Sport Encourage

2. Champion Spot Comfort Full-Support Sports Bra

3. New Balance Accelerate Printed Capri

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MEN'S

Outfit 1:

1. PUMA PT At Cool Nov Tee

2. ASICS Woven Shorts

Outfit 2:

1. Under Armour UA coldback Run Tee

2. Brooks PureProject Woven Shorts

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Zappos on Extra: Holiday Gifting 101

Our very own Cat Cook shares some of the hottest gift items under $100 for everyone on your list this holiday season!

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Top it Off with the Perfect Hat!

Whether it’s a pure fashion statement, a barrier from the winter chill, or a workout necessity, hats certainly have a permanent place in our wardrobes.

As temperatures continue to drop, hats become even more of an essential part in any wardrobe, especially on those days when you’d rather not deal with your hair. And with so many cool beanies, fedoras, baseball caps and more to choose from, it’s easy to make the hat a regular staple of any wardrobe—from nights out to working out!

Check out some of our picks below:

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Fashion:

1. Hat Attack Wool Felt Floppy Hat

2. San Diego Hat Co. Wool Cap

3.  Echo Design “Milk Made” Slouchy Beanie

 

Cold Weather:

1. UGG Slouchy Beret 2

2. Columbia “Winter Worn” Beanie

3. Patagonia Vanilla Beanie

 

Sport/Performance:

1. The North Face “Bones” Beanie

2. Under Armour UA Tech Beanie

3. Smartwool Microweight Beanie

 

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Wrap Dresses for Every Occasion

If we had to pick one dress silhouette that we could classify as universally flattering, it would have to be the wrap dress. There’s just something about that figure-enhancing front drape that makes it so easy to throw on for any occasion to give you an instant dose of pulled-together style.

Below are a few of our picks to illustrate just how versatile the wrap dress can truly be:  

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For the Office: 

1. Calvin Klein Ribbed Sweater Dress

2. Karen Kane “Geo Dot” Cascade Wrap Dress

3. Kenneth Cole New York “Chantal” Dress

For a Night Out:

1. Adrianna Papell Floral Print Faux Wrap Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey “Demri” Dress  

3. Ivy & Blu Maggy Boutique Galaxy Print Draped Sheath

For Casual Days:

1. Kuhl “Grace” Dress

2. Smartwool “Maybell” Dress

3. The North Face “Joice” Wrap Dress


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Spring Picks: Hiking & Camping Gear

Despite some snowy conditions in a few parts of the country, the official arrival of spring brings with it a promise of warmer days in the horizon. That means the prime season to get in a little quality time with Mother Nature is finally within reach!

If you’re planning on escaping the hustle and bustle for a bit with some springtime hiking and camping, take a peek at a few of our favorite essential gear to get you ready:

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1. Petzl Tikka® Plus 2

2. Patagonia Refugio Pack 28L

3. Mountain Hardwear Flip 35/50 Sleeping Bag

4. Victorinox Camper

5. Big Agnes Foldable Chair

6. Kelty Luma Tech Lantern

7. The North Face Women’s Borealis Backpack

8. Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6-Person Tent


 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him--For $50 and Under!

We all know the saying “it’s the thought that counts”, but old sayings aside, most guys just can’t get that excited about getting the same ol’ socks for Christmas (if they do, they’re probably pretending!) That’s why we’ve rounded up some pretty awesome gift ideas for the dude/s on your gift list.

Trust us; they won’t have to fake being excited about these presents in their stocking! Did we mention everything ships for FREE? Easy, piecey!

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1. Timex Weekender Full Size Slip-Through Watch

2. Filson Tri-Fold Wallet

3. Hex Focus Case for the iPhone5®

4. Mitchell & Ness NFL Beanie

5. Echo Design Brooklyn Bridge Portable Charger

6. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Duffel Bag

7. Skullcandy Uprock Headphones

8. ZIRH Warrior Shower Gel

9. The North Face Men’s E-tip Denali Glove

10. Burton DND Beanie 3-Pack

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Outdoor Lover

There always seems to be at least one in every gift list, those who prefer long nature walks, rugged terrains and exploring the great outdoors to being cooped up inside.

Below, we’ve put together a few gift ideas for those who prefer scenic routes, wide open spaces and being one with Mother Nature. These will make them almost as happy as a day spent somewhere off the grid with little to no cell phone reception!

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For Her:

1. The North Face "Aconcagua" Jacket

2. Patagonia "Mirror Lake" Vest

3. Marmot Tech Sweater

4. SOREL "Tivoli" High Boot

5. Smartwool Chunky Cable Scarf

6. Arc'teryx "Pyxis 18" Backpack

For Him:

1. Arc'teryx "Delta AR" Zip Neck Sweater

2. Suunto "X-Lander" Sports Watch

3. The North Face "Denali" Jacket

4. Outdoor Research "Blackpowder" Gloves

5. Patagonia "Refugio" Backpack 28L

6. Outdoor Research "Svalbard" Hat

For Fido:

1. Ruffwear "Web Master" Harness

2. Ruffwear "Roamer" Leash

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Cool Back-to-School Backpacks

The backpack is a true essential when it comes to back-to-school style. Think about it; the backpack is the one thing your kids carry with them daily, regardless of their outfit! So, as much as we focus on getting the perfect shoes and clothes to set them up for a great school year, it all starts with the right backpack.

No matter which backpack you go with, make sure it reflects their individual style! These things don’t just carry homework, books and pencils, they’re really a style statement that sets the tone for the rest of the outfit.

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1.MadPax Block Full Pack

2. Kipling "Raychel" Metallic

3. Herschel "Settlement" Youth

4. Billabong "Lakey" Backpack

5. Quiksilver 1969 Special Backpack

6. JanSport "Right Pack"

7. Roxy "Bunny" Backpack/Lunch Bag Set

8. The North Face Youth "Sprout"