She SAID: Luxury Rebel

Terri Kennerson

There was a time when dressing like a biker meant you had to invoke all the worst stereotypes about such a choice, including utilitarian2fashioning complete outfits from old Metallica t-shirts and union/ confederate  flags (not to mention the lack of acceptable hygiene). Fortunately, times have changed. Some of the biggest names in utilitarian clothing have upped the ante (and the price) on construction and quality.

No one quite does outerwear like All Saints. The new Ryn Parka mixes wool, leather and bone to create a multidimensional topper that can be worn a number of ways. The company has made a name for itself with impeccable construction that defies mistreatment from even the most absent-minded among us (I’ve run over more than one coat and/or scarf with my car in some mad dash to some place or another. Don’t ask).

utilitarian5Before the elegant re-birth of matte jersey (thank you Donna Karan. Our humble apologies St John, but Donna did it better), the textile was usually relegated to comfortable fat pants and maternity wear. By the time Helmut Lang got hold of it, we’d already begun to trust that we could all look good (and be comfortable to boot) in it. The Nova Dress goes from the boardroom to drinks and dancing with the addition (or utilitarian3subtraction) of a few accessories. If you’re really ready to tap into your inner luxury rebel, pair it with a pair of Frye Veronica Shorties. Frye continues to make boots that wear and fit like the most comfortable pair of sneakers. A good pair will last you at least a decade. The best part is the longer you wear them, the better they look.

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Even without the full get up, the right accessories make all the difference. Less is a whole lot more. So if you go with a scarf, or earrings, or steel/silver/hematite bauble… do just one or two. Too much and you begin to look like new money, and all of the terrible (TERRIBLE) stereotypes that come with it. Biker chic is effortless in its elegance, and appears to be more unconsciously tossed together than carefully thought out. ‘Tis the only way to properly pay homage, without sacrificing basic comforts and considerations.

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We SAID: Yoga Sculpt

Staff Writer

By now you’ve likely eaten, drank, eaten some more (the average American consumes 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone)… and done some shopping.  Now you’re full, worn out, (broke?) and probably in need of a nap. When you wake up, there will be inevitable mad dash to undo all of the culinary damage that you shoved into a 24-48 hour period. The good news is, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans will join you and repeat this cycle for yet another year. By Friday and Saturday, most gyms are packed with renewed efforts and promises to make it a healthy Holiday Season. yogasculptIt’ll be even worse on Monday (when all of the leftovers are gone and everyone swears to start that diet for real this time).

If you’re interested in breaking the cycle, roll out your yoga mat and break out the weights. Yoga Sculpt might just be the perfect full body workout. The practice combines traditional yoga moves with light to medium weights. The music is more club than chakra-balancing (perfect for critics who find yoga slow and boring), and the commands are often yelled over pounding bass. Some practitioners take it up and notch and perform the yogasculpt1class in a heated room. Talk about melting the calories off.

Advocates say it works because it combines the best of both worlds. Yoga poses help to lean out and lengthen the body, while weights increayogasculpt3se the burn and build muscle. Add heat, and you also get a detoxifying effect (and an accelerated calorie burn).

The best instructors take care to have students move the weights through the center of the body to avoid injury. This is one weight-training class where how ‘much’ you lift is not a factor. You can get an intense workout with simple 3-pound dumbbells. There are so many combinations and repetitions, that your body will feel it long before you end the class in Savasana.

We SAID: Sans Turkey

Staff Writer

Millions of Americans are set to gather around the family table and give thanks, then promptly dive into the biggest turkey the cook could scavenge from the local grocery store. ‘Tis the season after all, to eat more than you can hold… rest… and repeat until every trace of Thanksgiving Dinner is done.

But an increasing number of people are breaking tradition. A rise in complicated dietary restrictions (no wheat, no pork, no dairy) have made the quintessential Thanksgiving Dinner more of a liability than a celebration. Instead of turkey, some are opting for Prime Rib (hormone/antibiotic free, grass fed)… or ditching the meat altogether.

thanksgiving1Meatless meals include all of the regular fixings, including green bean casserole, yams, mashed potatoes and (vegetarian) gravy, and even macaroni and (soy) cheese (hey, don’t knock it until you try it). Some cooks are even adding  non-traditional (but delicious) dishes like grithanksgiving4lled brussel sprouts and/or asparagus.

For dessert, there’s dairy free ice-cream (homemade if you can swing it), and no-bake pumpkin pie. By the time you’re done eating, you won’t even notice that there was no turkey on the menu.

But we’re pretty sure the Turkey will.

She SAID: Holiday Shine

Shahada Karim

The Holiday Season is upon us. Turkey Day is just days away, and the slew of holiday parties aren’t far holidaybehind. Between food, drinks, air kisses (and more drinks), there isn’t much time to check in for a quick makeup touch up. Your best bet is to find a look that locks in and lasts through the night.

MAC teamed up with Prabal Garung for a collection truly worthy of the Season. The stars of the collection are the Lipstick and Lip Glass in Ultramarine Pink (mid-tone dirty violet), and the Matte Bronzer. Pair the lip color with Magenta Lip Pencil for a look that stays put until you take it off.

Givenchy’s holiday addition contains everything you need to make up the perfect holiday look. The Lip & Eye Palette Extravaganza contains four shadows and a ‘jelly’ blush in a convenient case that slips easily into a purse.Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Chanel took holiday highlights to new heights this season with the Camellia holiday4Highlight Powder. The company’s signature flower is stamped into a powder that blends gold and silver shimmer, for a neutral shine.

Matte Lips are making a comeback, and Tom Ford is leading the charge with a cozy selection of lipsticks. The crown jewelholiday2 is  Black Dahlia, a deep purple-berry shade. Use fingertips to press it into the lips for a ‘stain’ effect, or layer on straight from the tube for full, rich color.

Nothing says holiday like the perfect red. Christian Louboutin (he of the perfect red sole) bottled such a shade in Very Prive. The deep red nail polish is more tasteful than tacky, and looks amazing on any nail length.

He SAID: Signature Streaming

Christopher M. Enis

The media streaming service Netflix is all grown up. What began as the little distribution engine that could, ultimately blossomed into a behemoth that put major networks on notice and inspired HBO, CBS and the like to start streaming a little content of their own.netflix2In recent years, Netflix made the leap from streaming secondhand, to creating original content. It began with the show Lilyhammer in 2012. The series originated in Norway, but premiered on Netflix in exclusive fashion. One year later, the critically acclaimed House Of Cards set the stage for what is now a comfortable selection of comedies, thrillers, dramas and documentaries… all of whom bear the Netflix standard.netflix3

What makes Netflix such a force, is the quality of said programming. Several shows (including Hemlock Grove, Orange Is The New Black, and House of Cards) became the first original ‘online only’ programs to garner Emmy nominations and wins. Netflix (distributed) documentary The Square was nominated for an Academy Award.

One can argue that Netflix is the catalyst that inspired the competition to engage in the ultimate form of flattery: imitation. Amazon Prime, Google TV and even Yahoo stepped up their game. Major networks dug in, and are either already streaming or have major plans to produce exclusive online programming.

For now, Netflix enjoys a comfortable lead in terms of quality, quantity and access. And to think, it all started because co-founder Reed Hastings got stuck with late fees for keeping a rented copy of Apollo 13 a few days too long.