5 New Athleisure Brands You Should Be Adding to Your Rotation

Article by Samantha Leal for Well + Good

Athleisure has come a long, long way. From workout clothes to lounging to now even business-meets-athleisure brands, the go-to outfit for many (especially in COVID-19 times) probably includes at least one piece of athleisure. And while the category expands, it can be hard to keep up with all of them. (Plus, are they even good?) You’ve got this. Or rather, we have. Here are five newer athleisure brands you should be adding to cart.

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Athleisure has come a long, long way. From workout clothes to lounging to now even business-meets-athleisure brands, the go-to outfit for many (especially in COVID-19 times) probably includes at least one piece of athleisure. And while the category expands, it can be hard to keep up with all of them. (Plus, are they even good?) You’ve got this. Or rather, we have. Here are five newer athleisure brands you should be adding to cart.

OFFLINE by Aerie

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Aerie just launched a new athleisure line called OFFLINE made for movement and comfort (aka working out or ordering takeout from your couch). Available online and with two retail store locations to come, these leggings, tanks, sports bras, and more are all super soft without being sloppy. Try the Real Me legging ($40 – $45) as a go-to for every day or the Goals legging ($50) to lift the booty and have you feeling (and looking) good.

Solely Fit

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Founded by ABC News reporter Stefania Okolie, this fitness apparel line launched right in the middle of COVID, and has everything to make your body stand out. As “elevated athleisure” the shapes and sillhouettes of this line are super strong and flattering for any body. The favorite: The Moremi Biker Shorts ($54).

Enavant Active (ENVT)

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Chic. Chic. Chic. I typically shy away from using that word, but this athleisure brand lives up to it. From the French phrase “en avant,” meaning “to move forward” this brand is committed to sourcing the highest standards of technical materials, which is why it spent two years perfecting its trademark fabric Enavance™. Spun from luxury Italian fibers, Enavance™ boasts revolutionary performance while feeling incredible against the body. As a premium line, the pricing can seem high, but as someone who has lived in her sets for days at a time (I mean, what? Who? Not me…) I can say they’re so comfortable and flattering. My favorite set? The Malibu Bra Top ($88) with the Sunset Leggings ($89).

WVVY

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Wellness influencer Britney Vest joined forces with HSN to launch her own athleisure brand this summer called WVVY, with sizing up to 3X and everything under $100. (Size inclusive and budget-friendly? Yes, please.) The line was inspired by Britney’s love for California and the ocean, and features leggings, sports bras, biker shorts, jogger pants, and t-shirts. Try the cropped hoodie ($47) paired with the lace-up legging ($48).

Mind Body Love

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The new workout collection from the line “Peace Love World,” by Alina Villasante is full of liveable styles in mostly black and white. It launched with QVC in June, and consists of eight key pieces for everyday workouts and post-workout style. Sizes go up to 3X, and feature designs in petite, regular, and tall. Some standouts? The performance tank ($38) with a great square neck and the biker shorts ($51) with secret pocket.

Source: https://www.wellandgood.com/new-athleisure-brands/

How to Grow Hair Faster So It’s Longer and Stronger

By Sarah Wu  for Glamour©


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Hair never seems to grow more slowly than when you need it to do the exact opposite. If you’re wondering how to grow hair faster, the first thing to keep in mind is that there’s no sudden miracle cure for transitioning between hairstyles or growing out an unfortunate chop overnight. On average, you should expect a maximum half inch of new growth per month—and that’s under the healthiest conditions. Due to factors like breakage or diet, it can easily be less. In other words, have plenty of patience.

The good news: There are plenty of easy steps that can make a big difference in ensuring you do reach that half inch every month. Growing your hair out requires a twofold approach. First, you have to reduce damage throughout the hair shaft to prevent hair loss and growth-slowing breakage. And second, you need an optimal growing environment at the root, while also leaving certain things (like color and trims) in the hands of experienced professionals. Below, hair and scalp experts weigh in on the 15 most effective things you can do to get those follicles (gradually) moving. Here’s their best advice on how to grow hair faster.

1. Put down the scissors and ask for “health trims.”

Says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan, let it grow out until you can (or feel safe enough to) book a salon appointment again. Once you do, she recommends asking for a “health trim”—in other words, letting your hairstylist know you are growing out your hair and only want to cut the split ends while still maintaining length.

“If the goal is to grow out your hair, patience is key,” she says. “Get trims two or three times a year, or more frequently if your hair is damaged or you color it regularly.”

2. Take a break from bleaching.

“I like to say your hair can be short and blonde or long and dark, but you can’t have both,” says Marjan. Regularly bleaching and highlighting your hair can easily lead to over-processing, which causes breakage and makes it much harder for hair to grow out. Marjan recommends switching to darker colors during your grow-out phase and opting for demi- or semi-permanent colors at the salon, which won’t cause unnecessary damage.

3. Try a clarifying shampoo or scalp scrub.

Your scalp condition is crucial to growing your hair—not just faster, but also healthier and stronger. According to dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D., you can improve scalp health by creating a clear surface with clarifying ingredients. “Like your face, your scalp experiences a great deal of environmentally induced inflammation,” she says. “Keeping follicles clean prevents oil build up or clogging.”

Shamban recommends any scalp scrub formulas with salicylic acid (which strips away the outer layer of cells and sebum buildup) and glycolic acid (which penetrates even more deeply). You can also try making your own using sugar, olive oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Or, simply incorporate a once-weekly shampoo that’s equal parts clarifying and hydrating.

4. Choose haircare products with targeted ingredients.

Beyond your once-weekly clarifying shampoo or scrub, it’s also helpful to look for topicals that can maintain your hair health in between. Kerry Yates, scalp health expert and founder of Colour Collective, always recommends a select group of anti-inflammatory botanicals. “Aloe vera instantly soothes and conditions without negatively impacting sebum production,” she says. “Fenugreek is rich in niacin, which can increase blood flow to the follicle. Chamomile is a natural calming agent for scalp sensitivities, and honey helps ward off bacterial growth on your scalp.”

5. Space out your shampoo days.

Deciding how often you should wash your hair ultimately depends on your individual hair type. But whether you have curls or straight hair, Yates does not recommend shampooing on a daily basis. “The daily use of cleansers can cause dryness and scalp irritation,” she says. Use a dry shampoo when needed, and follow with a clarifying rinse the day after.

6. Treat yourself to a deep-conditioning treatment.

Scalp health is important for growth, but so is keeping the rest of your hair nourished, even if it’s made up of dead cells. Cut down on split ends and damage by doing a once-weekly deep-conditioning treatment. These targeted formulas help to keep the hair shaft sealed and smooth. “Have a deep conditioning treatment that’s part of your regular regimen,” says hairstylist and owner of Phenix Salon Suites, Gina Rivera. 

7. Swap out your bath towel for something snag-free.

Once you’re out of the shower, your hair is in its most fragile state. Avoid breakage by using towels that won’t snag and pull. “The best towels to use for drying the hair are non-terrycloth towels,” says Yates. “The absence of the tight loops prevent that excess pulling, which is not good for hair health.” She suggests using an old cotton T-shirt instead, which provides a smooth surface for hair to glide over without getting caught.

8. Minimize heat damage.

Growing your hair out doesn’t mean swearing off hot tools entirely, but minimizing heat damage significantly cuts down on dryness and split ends. “I recommend Ghd hot tools because of their universal heat setting, which styles your hair without blowing out the cuticle and contributing to heat damage,” says Marjan. Rivera also recommends lines like By Gina with infrared smart technology, which locks moisture into the hair shaft. In general, keep your blow-dryers, flatirons, and curling wands on lower heat settings when possible to prevent scorching the hair. (And always pair them with a heat protectant.)

9. Brush your hair—carefully.

Brushing your hair does more than detangle it; it also releases dead cells, improves scalp circulation, and distributes oil throughout your hair shaft. Shamban often recommends that her clients with irritated scalps incorporate this step by using a bristle brush daily. Remember that hair is especially fragile out of the shower, so it’s best to do this step once your hair isn’t sopping wet. “Make sure you brush gently and use a non-damaging brush that won’t pull or snag hair,” says Marjan.

10. Invest in a silk pillowcase.

“Silk pillowcases are probably the easiest change you can make that reaps the biggest reward,” says Marjan. When you sleep on cotton pillowcases, the fabric can pull moisture from your hair overnight and cause friction that leads to dryness and pulling. “Sleeping on silk not only extends the life of your hairstyle, but also keeps hair healthier,” says Marjan. These colorful cases from Branché keep their soft but substantial finish no matter how many times you wash them, but you should also take a look at our breakdown of the best silk pillowcases worth your money.

11. Gua sha your scalp.

If you’ve tried gua sha on your face, the same technique can be applied to your scalp to stimulate hair follicles. “This is a great pre-shampoo treatment and can be done with an oil on your scalp,” says Marjan, who recommends either castor or tea tree oil. “Castor oil has an essential fatty acid that nourishes your scalp and prevents hair from falling, resulting in thicker, healthier hair,” she says. Tea tree oil is an ideal option if you want a cooling, stimulating effect. touch points.

12. Use low-pressure hair ties.

Just like cotton pillowcases, elastics can also pull on your hair if you’re not careful. “Constant pulling will result in permanent follicle damage and prevent the follicles from operating normally,” says Yates. “If you like to wear your hair in tight ponytail, try one a bit lower, towards the nape of your neck to limit strain.” Also consider swapping out your regular elastics for silk scrunchies or hair ties that distribute pressure more evenly, like the Invisibobble.

13. Take biotin, iodine, and zinc supplements.

Topicals are effective at maintaining hair health to an extent, but supplements are another smart way to get your nutrients in. There’s no miracle pill that will suddenly speed up hair growth, but certain ingredients can assist in the process. Shamban frequently recommends biotin to her patients, which works as well internally as it does topically. Nutritionist and founder of JSHealth Vitamins, Jessica Sepel, likes kelp-sourced iodine and zinc, which are featured in her Hair + Energy vitamins. “Iodine has promising research to enhance hair health and growth, and zinc can help maintain it,” she says.

14. Eat foods rich in iron, protein, and healthy fats.

Sepel also recommends paying attention to your regular diet, where you get the bulk of your growth-boosting ingredients. “Incorporate a variety of nutrients to promote healthier hair,” she says. At the top of her list are iron and protein-rich foods like red meat, spinach, legumes, tempeh, tofu, poultry, fish, and eggs. The healthy fats found in salmon, avocado, and nuts can also help promote shinier, stronger hair.

15. Reduce stress.

Shamban says that stress and hormonal shifts are the main factors behind hair loss and thinning in women. “When you are unhealthy, the energy to support scalp and hair health will be diverted to other parts of your body,” says Yates. “Solely relying on topical treatments in these cases will not help with scalp health.”

This one’s admittedly easier said than done, but whether reducing stress involves plugging in an essential oil diffuser or having a longer conversation with your doctor, it’s an important final step. “A happy scalp grows healthy hair,” says Shamban.

Sarah Wu is a writer in Berlin. Follow her on Instagram @say.wu.

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Colorful New Swimwear

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7 Sophisticated and Festive July 4th Outfit Ideas

Slide 1 of 7: Don't own much blue? Don't stress, you can totally keep the color out of your outfit. In fact, any combination from the trio (blue with white, red with blue, etc.) will look just as festive without being quite so on the nose. Shop similar styles: All Saints top ($55; $22); Summersalt pants ($80); Banana Republic clutch ($70; $41)

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1. Pick Two Out of Three

Don’t own much blue? Don’t stress, you can totally keep the color out of your outfit. In fact, any combination from the trio (blue with white, red with blue, etc.) will look just as festive without being quite so on the nose.

Shop similar styles: All Saints top ($55; $22); Summersalt pants ($80); Banana Republic clutch ($70; $41)

Slide 2 of 7: Primary colors can be a bit much. Rather, focus on an understated print (with some addition of red, white or blue) that you can pair with white sneaks. Shop similar styles: Beach Lunch Lounge dress ($78); Keds sneakers ($75); Furla bag ($398)

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2. Go for Muted Tones

Primary colors can be a bit much. Rather, focus on an understated print (with some addition of red, white or blue) that you can pair with white sneaks.

Shop similar styles: Beach Lunch Lounge dress ($78); Keds sneakers ($75); Furla bag ($398)

Slide 3 of 7: Oh, your floral dress already happens to be blue and red? Add a handbag in any of the three patriotic hues and call it a day. Shop similar styles: Yumi Kim dress ($258); Rebecca Taylor dress ($297)

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3. Give Florals a Patriotic Spin

Oh, your floral dress already happens to be blue and red? Add a handbag in any of the three patriotic hues and call it a day.

Shop similar styles: Yumi Kim dress ($258); Rebecca Taylor dress ($297)

Slide 4 of 7: Swap stars for leopard spots and switch stripes for plaid; so long as you stick to the OG color scheme, you'll fit right in with all the flag-adorned folks while watching the fireworks. Shop similar styles: Paige shirt ($159); AG jeans ($188); Reike Nen handbag ($380); Nine West heels ($89; $70)

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4. Try some Unexpected Prints

Swap stars for leopard spots and switch stripes for plaid; so long as you stick to the OG color scheme, you’ll fit right in with all the flag-adorned folks while watching the fireworks.

Shop similar styles: Paige shirt ($159); AG jeans ($188); Reike Nen handbag ($380); Nine West heels ($89; $70)

Slide 5 of 7: An easy denim jacket or classic-cut blazer is always a good idea. You know what else is great? A bright red lip. Shop similar styles: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna ($18; $13); Sephora Collection ($15); Marc Jacobs Beauty ($32; $16)

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5. Use Makeup to Your Advantage

An easy denim jacket or classic-cut blazer is always a good idea. You know what else is great? A bright red lip.

Shop similar styles: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna ($18; $13); Sephora Collection ($15); Marc Jacobs Beauty ($32; $16)

Slide 6 of 7: Bold lipstick not quite your style? Tie a red and blue scarf around your ponytail to transform your favorite LWD from simply cute to really ready to celebrate America's birthday. Shop similar styles: Coach scarf ($95; $48); ASTR the Label dress ($128; $64)

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6. Ditto for accessories

Bold lipstick not quite your style? Tie a red and blue scarf around your ponytail to transform your favorite LWD from simply cute to really ready to celebrate America’s birthday.

Shop similar styles: Coach scarf ($95; $48); ASTR the Label dress ($128; $64)

Slide 7 of 7: So you actually have the perfect shorts for such a specific holiday? Tuck in a structured button-down and take your look from costume-y to classy. Shop similar styles: Gap blouse ($60; $36); Shein shorts ($8); Sole Society bag ($60) RELATED: The Only Basics You Need to Complete Every Simple Summer Outfit

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7. Keep it Streamlined

So you actually have the perfect shorts for such a specific holiday? Tuck in a structured button-down and take your look from costume-y to classy.

Shop similar styles: Gap blouse ($60; $36); Shein shorts ($8); Sole Society bag ($60)

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Embrace your gray hair

Slide 2 of 9: Martin's transformations take 8-15 hours depending on the length of the hair, the thickness, how dark it is, and if he's going for a salt and pepper look (which takes longer).
Jack Martin

A celebrity colorist’s amazing hair transformation photos will inspire you to embrace your gray

  • Jack Martin is a celebrity colorist encouraging women to embrace their gray hair.
  • He posts stunning transformation photos on Instagram that show just how beautiful silvery locks can be.
  • Martin told Insider that gray hair should be seen as something positive and no longer connected with aging, plus it’s very low maintenance.
  • The ecstatic reactions from his clients afterward are, Martin says, his “true fees.”

The LA-based hairdresser, who’s responsible for the hair transformations of Sharon Osbourne and Jane Fonda, posts before and after transformation photos on his Instagram account to encourage women to ditch the dye.

And Martin told Insider that the coronavirus lockdown has “absolutely” led to even more women around the world deciding to go gray naturally.

“Now, many women have about four to five inches of a new regrowth so they’ve started to see how beautiful their gray is naturally,” he said.

“Being quarantined at home for three to four months, seeing how much gray hair they have and how beautiful their gray hair is, many women have changed their minds and decided that they want to go this way.”

Even before the coronavirus lockdown, however, Martin was seeing an increasing number of women growing tired of endlessly dyeing their hair to disguise their gray.

“The way we looked at gray hair 10 or 20 years ago is different than now,” he said. “We are becoming more liberal.

“Ladies are more liberated with their looks, they want to go more natural, ditch chemicals on their scalp, enjoy freedom, and not to be trapped by a color touch-up every two or three weeks.”

For some women, Martin’s transformations provide the the turning point in how they think about their own hair, he said.

“I know some ladies, once they see the gray, their mental health goes down,” he said.

“It’s like a desperate need to color their roots. So when they see the results on my Instagram, they love the idea.”

Martin believes gray hair should be seen as something positive and no longer connected with ageing, so it has nothing to do with being old.”

He believes gray hair should be embraced.

Martin’s transformations take 8-15 hours depending on the length of the hair, the thickness, how dark it is, and if he’s going for a salt and pepper look (which takes longer).

Slide 3 of 9: If he gets the impression the client is nervous during the consultation, he won't go ahead.
Jack Martin

If he gets the impression the client is nervous during the consultation, he won’t go ahead.

Slide 4 of 9: "They have to really want this 100%," Martin said. "If they have 20% doubt, I tell them to think about it. It's a big investment and big commitment."

“They have to really want this 100%,” Martin said. “If they have 20% doubt, I tell them to think about it. It’s a big investment and big commitment.”

Slide 5 of 9: But most of the clients Martin sees have been waiting for a long time and cannot wait to be transformed, he explained.

But most of the clients Martin sees have been waiting for a long time and cannot wait to be transformed, he explained.

Slide 6 of 9: Many women love how much lower-maintenance their hair is after going gray.

Many women love how much lower-maintenance their hair is after going gray.

Slide 7 of 9: "You only have to use purple shampoo and keep trimming your hair," Martin said. "So the visit to the salon will be either to tone your hair every four to five months, to get a trim, or to get a conditioning treatment."

“You only have to use purple shampoo and keep trimming your hair,” Martin said. “So the visit to the salon will be either to tone your hair every four to five months, to get a trim, or to get a conditioning treatment.”

Slide 8 of 9: The reactions he gets are, Martin says, his "true fees."

The reactions he gets are, Martin says, his “true fees.”

Slide 9 of 9: "Oh my God, the reactions," he said. "They're often crying, saying 'I can't believe this is my hair.' The words I hear, it's overwhelming."

“Oh my God, the reactions,” he said. “They’re often crying, saying ‘I can’t believe this is my hair.’ The words I hear, it’s overwhelming.”

It really is !

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How to buy the right bike for you

By Sara Hendricks for Reviewed.com

Call it a return to a bygone era or a fad brought on by COVID social distancing recommendations, but the classic two-wheel bicycle—along with roller skates, inflatable pools, and sprinklers—is trending in a big way.

There are many reasons to get into biking now: Maybe you’re trying to avoid public transportation, maybe you want a new way to exercise, or maybe you simply want to zip around in the sunshine this summer. But if it’s been a while since you tooled around on two wheels—or the last time you hopped on a bike, it was a stationary one of the Peloton variety—here’s what you need to know about shopping for your new (or new-to-you) ride

What kind of bike should you get?

a person riding a bicycle next to a fence: There are a lot of different kinds of bikes to choose from.
© Getty Images / PamelaJoeMcFarlane  There are a lot of different kinds of bikes to choose from.

A quick online search for “what bike should I buy” will show you that there are a lot of options to choose from, among four main types:

  • Road bikes or lightweight bikes with dropped handles and narrow tires that are aerodynamically designed for riding long distances at fast speeds over pavement
  • Mountain bikes, which have heavy, sturdy frames, wide, treaded tires, and shock-absorbing suspension features like springs that are best for technical trail riding
  • Hybrid bikes, which blend the features of a road and mountain bike by having upright handlebars (like a mountain bike) and middle-width, lightly-treaded tires that perform on pavement and well-traveled trails
  • Electric bikes, which can be any style of bike that has a battery-powered motor to assist the rider up hills or for bursts of speed, like when starting from a stop.

Before you opt for one, it’s important to consider what you’re going to use the bike for—the bike you buy should fit your needs, not the other way around.

A good bike for most biking newbies is a hybrid, according to Joe Goodwill, who runs the biking blog Average Joe Cyclist. Road bikes are speedy but don’t absorb much shock and the leaned-forward riding position takes some getting used to. And mountain bikes, with their upright seating position, are comfortable to ride but can be quite heavy, with tires that aren’t well-suited for rolling along pavement. A hybrid is a nice compromise, sacrificing some speed in favor of an upright perch and wider (read: slower) tires that are less prone to flats, but trimming down the heft of a heavy-duty mountain bike frame. E-bikes may be a good option, too, especially for riders who aren’t crazy about the idea of pedaling up a steep hill on their own, but they are expensive and require more maintenance, starting with remembering to charge the batteries.

“[A hybrid bike] has efficiency but more of a capability to absorb those shocks from the road and thus less pressure on your arms, shoulders, and hips,” says Goodwill. Some hybrid bikes have springs in the saddle and other forms of suspension, which will add a bit to their weight but can make riding over bumps, potholes, and gravel feel smoother. But comfort is essential when you’re first starting out on the bike. “If you have a lot of aches and pains after riding, that could put you off forever,” says Goodwill. “ So the hybrid is probably best for a beginner.”

Where should you get your bike?

The best place to buy a bike is in person at your local bike shop or a sporting goods store with a dedicated biking section, like REI. (You can find a local shop by doing a quick map search, or by using the store locator function on a reputable bicycle brand’s site.) Like (almost) anything else, you can buy bikes online, but getting one in person helps ensure it’s the right size for you (frames come in different sizes for different-height humans), does what you want it to, and minimizes the assembly you have to do on your own. “If you can, I always recommend going to a bike store,” says Goodwill. “They’ll give you a proper fitting, make sure you get a bike that’s right for your lifestyle, and talk you through the options.”

This costs money—you can expect bikes in a shop to start at around $400 and get into the thousands-of-dollars range. But bikes are most definitely a category where you get what you pay for—and while a cheapie from a big box store may be appealing for the budget, it isn’t going to be reliable long term, as those cheap components that keep the price down are prone to wearing out or breaking much faster than quality ones from reputable brands. This is a nuisance at best and could be a safety risk at worst.

Still, you don’t need to spend the peak price at a specialty shop to get a decent bike. “I would never tell anyone who says ‘I think I want to start biking’ that they should go and buy that $1,500 Trek,” says Goodwill. “Get the cheaper bike that’s still from a good brand, and you’ll be fine. The ones that come to mind are TrekSpecialized, and Giant, but pretty much all of them have a good entry-level.”

Goodwill says to go to the shop with a good idea of how you plan to use the bike—for recreation, for commuting, for racing, for off-roading. Also ask if it needs to be modified in any way to suit your needs (such as adding a kickstand, a back rack, or a water bottle cage) or your body proportions (perhaps you’ll need a longer or shorter handlebar or a different seat shape or cushioning level). “Try and get everything done at the same time,” he says. “Almost every bike shop will professionally fit [and install] everything for you for free because you’re buying more than one item. If you buy [accessories] later, you may have to pay for installation as well.”

How can you determine if a bike is the right size for you?

The size you need varies based on the kind bike you get, and most brands and retailers will have a size guide on their sites. To use the size guide, you’ll need to know your height and inseam measurements. (Your inseam is the interior length of pants measured from the crotch to the end of the pant leg—you can use a measuring tape on a pair of well-fitting pants to figure it out.) The inseam length helps determine the standover height, which is the distance between your crotch and the bike’s top bar when you stand over it. It should be about two to four inches, though the brand may specify a slightly different number.

When you get the bike, you’ll probably need to adjust your seat, which you can do using a lever located somewhere behind the seat. Your ideal seat height should allow your leg to extend almost its full length—about 80 or 90 percent of it, according to REI’s size guide—at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Another factor is your hand position as it relates to your arm length, which also differs based on the kind of bike you get. But in most cases, you’ll want to ensure a slight bend in the elbows to allow your arms to absorb shock. According to REI’s size guide, it should feel like you can “comfortably play piano keys” when you’re in the riding position—though, again, you’ll want to check with the bike’s manufacturer for more exact instructions and measurements.

Read more about bike accessories and upkeep at:

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Stylish and Flattering Summer Hats You Can Buy on Amazon

Slide 1 of 16: When packing for the beach, hats are crucial, both for your look and to protect you from the sun. If you still haven't found a hat to your liking or in your price range, however, let's try another option: Amazon. After all, you can find some amazing white t-shirts on there, not to mention work totes. So there's hope that the perfect hat awaits you. I perused a ton of hats on the marketplace, and I selected the best ones, ahead, based on style, function, price, and reviews. Since the only other thing you have to go on are photos, other people's testaments are super important when deciding between two or three styles. Before you even think about laying out in the sun this season, make sure you're armed with one of the hat options below. Don't forget about the sunscreen, too.

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When packing for the beach, hats are crucial, both for your look and to protect you from the sun. If you still haven’t found a hat to your liking or in your price range, however, let’s try another option: Amazon. After all, you can find some amazing white t-shirts on there, not to mention work totes. So there’s hope that the perfect hat awaits you. I perused a ton of hats on the marketplace, and I selected the best ones, ahead, based on style, function, price, and reviews. Since the only other thing you have to go on are photos, other people’s testaments are super important when deciding between two or three styles. Before you even think about laying out in the sun this season, make sure you’re armed with one of the hat options below. Don’t forget about the sunscreen, too.

Slide 2 of 16: $45.00Shop NowThis hat has excellent reviews for being lightweight, adjustable, and easily packable. The hat comes in 22 different colors, so you can theoretically get one to match every one of your outfits. The hat can be dressed up or down by swapping a bikini for a cute dress.
1) Victoria Sun Hat
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This hat has excellent reviews for being lightweight, adjustable, and easily packable. The hat comes in 22 different colors, so you can theoretically get one to match every one of your outfits. The hat can be dressed up or down by swapping a bikini for a cute dress.
Slide 3 of 16: $14.99Shop NowThis bucket hat is made from 100 percent cotton and is reversible, so you're getting two looks in one. For a little pick-me-up, show off the printed side. This hat is windproof and comes with a detachable wind lanyard if you don't want the straps dangling by your face.

2) Cotton Boonie Sun Hats

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This bucket hat is made from 100 percent cotton and is reversible, so you’re getting two looks in one. For a little pick-me-up, show off the printed side. This hat is windproof and comes with a detachable wind lanyard if you don’t want the straps dangling by your face.

Slide 4 of 16: $36.00Shop NowThe soft pink and brown stripes on this sun hat make it pleasing to wear if you care about the aesthetics of your accessory. It has a frayed-looking brim, which makes the hat look more natural and gives it that distinctive design element.

Sound of the Ocean Straw Sun Hat

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The soft pink and brown stripes on this sun hat make it pleasing to wear if you care about the aesthetics of your accessory. It has a frayed-looking brim, which makes the hat look more natural and gives it that distinctive design element.

Slide 5 of 16: $22.00Shop NowYour sporty side doesn't stop at the beach, so you might opt for a snapback in place of the traditional straw sun hat. This one from Under Armour comes in a fun blush color and has a built-in sweatband that wicks away moisture.

Cotton Favorite Hat Calla

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Your sporty side doesn’t stop at the beach, so you might opt for a snapback in place of the traditional straw sun hat. This one from Under Armour comes in a fun blush color and has a built-in sweatband that wicks away moisture.

Slide 6 of 16: $28.95Shop NowFor those planning beach-destination bachelorette parties, gift the bride-to-be a personalized sun hat. If she's the type to also want all her bridesmaids matching, everyone can get their own hat customized with their names or whatever the crew's mantra is.

Personalized Mrs. Floppy Sun Hats

$28.95

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For those planning beach-destination bachelorette parties, gift the bride-to-be a personalized sun hat. If she’s the type to also want all her bridesmaids matching, everyone can get their own hat customized with their names or whatever the crew’s mantra is.

Slide 7 of 16: $19.99Shop NowThe next time a strong gust of wind threatens to knock your hat off and send you scrambling to chase it across the sand, tighten the straps on this wide brim sun hat. It can be easily folded into your backpack or beach tote and will still pop back to its original shape.

Wide Brim Sun Hat With Wind Lanyard

$19.99

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The next time a strong gust of wind threatens to knock your hat off and send you scrambling to chase it across the sand, tighten the straps on this wide brim sun hat. It can be easily folded into your backpack or beach tote and will still pop back to its original shape.

Slide 8 of 16: 15.00Shop NowHat boxes are inconvenient when you're trying to travel light, so pick a hat that's easily foldable and won't crease. This one has been suitcase-approved and comes in two different colors. One reviewer even wore this into the water and the cotton material survived getting wet—a plus when you want to embrace those ocean waves.

Open Knit Braided Cotton Beach Hat

15.00

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Hat boxes are inconvenient when you’re trying to travel light, so pick a hat that’s easily foldable and won’t crease. This one has been suitcase-approved and comes in two different colors. One reviewer even wore this into the water and the cotton material survived getting wet—a plus when you want to embrace those ocean waves.

Slide 9 of 16: 18.00Shop NowThis unisex panama hat is made from recycled paper instead of straw for all you eco-friendly shoppers. It has a Velcro inner band, so the fit is adjustable, while the woven material allows for moisture to escape, thus keeping your head cool. It's also water resistant, so if a splash of water gets on it while you're on the boat, it'll still remain intact.

Panama Sun Hat

18.00

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This unisex panama hat is made from recycled paper instead of straw for all you eco-friendly shoppers. It has a Velcro inner band, so the fit is adjustable, while the woven material allows for moisture to escape, thus keeping your head cool. It’s also water resistant, so if a splash of water gets on it while you’re on the boat, it’ll still remain intact.

Slide 10 of 16: $13.99Shop NowThis reversible bucket hat has two sides: A printed one, like this one with daisies, and an inner black lining. The navy floral print has a retro vibe like the hats spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim and costs just $11 compared to its luxe designer counterparts. With more than 22 colors and prints to select from, you won't have trouble finding the best one for your summer wardrobe.

Reversible Cotton Bucket Hat

$13.99

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This reversible bucket hat has two sides: A printed one, like this one with daisies, and an inner black lining. The navy floral print has a retro vibe like the hats spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim and costs just $11 compared to its luxe designer counterparts. With more than 22 colors and prints to select from, you won’t have trouble finding the best one for your summer wardrobe.

Slide 11 of 16: $17.99Shop NowThis extra wide brim visor won't make a huge fashion statement, but won't embarrass you on the beach either. It's perfect for those looking for something functional a.k.a. a hat that will keep their face free of redness and sunburns. Reviewers said this hat is super comfortable—it even comes with a detachable chin strap for windy days.

UV Protection Visor Hat

$17.99

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This extra wide brim visor won’t make a huge fashion statement, but won’t embarrass you on the beach either. It’s perfect for those looking for something functional a.k.a. a hat that will keep their face free of redness and sunburns. Reviewers said this hat is super comfortable—it even comes with a detachable chin strap for windy days.

Slide 12 of 16: $21.99Shop NowThis floppy hat has a cute little phrase written across the brim for those who love being OOO. It'll hold its shape because of the harder material and comes in a variety of colors, though I find black to be the most versatile. One note: this hat seems to be suited for people with smaller heads and less hair.

Elegant Wide Brim Hat

$21.99

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This floppy hat has a cute little phrase written across the brim for those who love being OOO. It’ll hold its shape because of the harder material and comes in a variety of colors, though I find black to be the most versatile. One note: this hat seems to be suited for people with smaller heads and less hair.

Slide 13 of 16: Shop NowThe best part about this straw hat is definitely the fringed hatband, which adds an interesting detail to the accessory while still matching with most of your outfits. According to a reviewer, the hat is also "lightweight, packable and folds easily without damage to the integrity of the hat." Given the short brim, this accessory won't provide too much face coverage but will look great on the 'gram.

Panama Straw Hat

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The best part about this straw hat is definitely the fringed hatband, which adds an interesting detail to the accessory while still matching with most of your outfits. According to a reviewer, the hat is also “lightweight, packable and folds easily without damage to the integrity of the hat.” Given the short brim, this accessory won’t provide too much face coverage but will look great on the ‘gram.

Slide 14 of 16: $15.99Shop NowThe cutout at the top of this hat is best for those who want their hair to get some sun, but not their face. The hole allows heat to escape from your head too on super hot days. Though the hat is easily packable, some reviewers have said fold marks do appear and it might not hold up well against the wind.

Foldable Straw Visor

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The cutout at the top of this hat is best for those who want their hair to get some sun, but not their face. The hole allows heat to escape from your head too on super hot days. Though the hat is easily packable, some reviewers have said fold marks do appear and it might not hold up well against the wind.

Slide 15 of 16: $13.99Shop NowI've been on the hunt for a plain white bucket hat and, not surprisingly, found a great one on Amazon. This one has a frayed edge for extra design effect and can easily be folded away into your work tote once you arrive to the office. Style with your favorite striped shirt.

Wide Brim Cotton Bucket Hat

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I’ve been on the hunt for a plain white bucket hat and, not surprisingly, found a great one on Amazon. This one has a frayed edge for extra design effect and can easily be folded away into your work tote once you arrive to the office. Style with your favorite striped shirt.

Slide 16 of 16: 19.99Shop NowThis hat works for both the beach and for any outdoor wedding you're going to in 2021. The scarf can be switched out for fancier occasions (I prefer my hat sans scarf at the beach) to match whatever you're wearing and the brim is neither too wide nor too small. It's durable, thin, light, and perfectly floppy. For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter (subscribe here).

Foldable Wide Brim Straw Hat

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This hat works for both the beach and for any outdoor wedding you’re going to in 2021. The scarf can be switched out for fancier occasions (I prefer my hat sans scarf at the beach) to match whatever you’re wearing and the brim is neither too wide nor too small. It’s durable, thin, light, and perfectly floppy.

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How to Style Summer 2020’s Biggest Trends

When summer rolls around every year, the style that comes with it never fails to surprise me. It’s effortless and easy and just different than all the other seasons; you can throw on a flowy dress and slip-on sandals and head out the door—a far cry from the layers we have to put on to look chic during the other eight months.

At one point, it felt like this day would never come; the time where we could start considering trends again without getting a nagging reminder that they were pointless because we couldn’t leave our homes. And while things are far from back to normal, we’re getting a taste of our old lives once again with the ability to go outside and—for some places—begin to see our friends again. And what gives more motivation to get dressed and feel our best than sunny, 80-degree weather?

Whatever these next few months bring, there are still fabulous, exciting trends to discuss: bright colors and flowing dresses and styles coming back from decades past. These are summer 2020’s best trends—it doesn’t matter if you’re only wearing them for your walk around the block.

Denim jumpsuits

This ’70s-esque trend is impossible not to look chic in—it’s an effortless and versatile piece to add to any wardrobe.

jumpsuit / sneakers / bag / sunglasses

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Denim Jumpsuit

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Denim Jumpsuit

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Pink and orange

Neon is a trend in and of itself, but remember Taylor Swift’s 2016 Grammy’s dress? The pink-and-orange number with a bandeau top and full skirt stuck in my head for months after—it was fun and young and different than anything anyone else wore. The bold color combo is making its way to the top of the 2020 trends list, and for good reason: nothing screams summer more than this.

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Agean Bodysuit

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Knit Dress

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Halter tops

The ’90s staple— and the top you probably donned in middle school, anyone else used to have halter tops made out of bandanas?—is back and ready to be worn all summer long. Think of it as a back-bearing alternative to your basic tank; it can be worn with any of your go-to looks.

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Ethereal dresses

White, flowing dresses aren’t exactly new for summer; in fact, they’re more of a staple. But this summer, the carefree look is taken to the next level with embroideries, lace, puffy sleeves, and tiers. 

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Mini skirts

Another ’90s staple sneaking its way back into our closets, the mini skirt is nothing to fear—it looks sleek with just about anything you pair it with. Give your midi and maxi dresses a break and put your legs on display with a no-frills, short option.

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10 most popular destinations in the US right now

By ehochberg@businessinsider.com (Alesandra Dubin)

Slide 1 of 11: When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.As Americans return to travel, Airbnb is reporting an uptick in bookings compared with the same period last year. The home-sharing platform commissioned a survey in which the majority of respondents reported interest in driving trips within a 200-mile range from home.Here are the top 10 trending destinations among Airbnb users, including three in Florida, and two each in California and South Carolina.Read more: Are Airbnbs safe? We spoke to experts, a company representative, and an Airbnb host to share everything you should know before booking someone's homeAs coronavirus-related restrictions lift in phases around the country, many Americans are eyeing a return to travel after the industry had all but completely shuttered.Airbnb is among the companies seeing a significant return to business. And that makes sense, given that doctors and experts regard renting private homes as a low-risk proposition for disease transmission, especially when compared to hotels.In fact, Airbnb revealed new data that shows from May 17 to June 6, 2020 — yes, during the scourge of the pandemic — there were more nights booked for travel to Airbnb listings in the US than during the same time period in 2019.The platform's so-called Superhosts have particularly benefitted from this surge, claiming 55 percent of the nights booked in the same period, representing a 10-point bounce over last year.The data comes from a survey commissioned by Airbnb among 2,200 adults in the US, and nearly half of respondents said they will prefer to stay within a day's drive for their first trip after lockdown lifts. Indeed, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the percentage of bookings made on Airbnb within 200 miles has grown from one-third of all bookings (in February) to over half (in May), according to the report.Consider that's a trip a traveler can make on a single tank of gas at a time when many find their budgets strapped.The new data also shows the places where Americans are most interested in booking, as Airbnb also released the top 10 trending locations in the US right now as follows:Big Bear Lake, CAMiramar Beach, FLPanama City Beach, FLSmoky MountainsHilton Head Island, SCDestin, FLMyrtle Beach, SCBranson, MOPalm Springs Desert, CAPort Aransas, TXBelow, we detail these popular destinations among Airbnb users, as well as our top pick to book in each region, selected based on our own criteria that included top-rated, well-located, and well-reviewed listings offered by Superhosts, with near-perfect 5.0 ratings from reviewers.We also identified current COVID-19 cleaning policies for each property.Airbnb currently offers a few different options for hosts, in accordance with their new multi-tier Enhanced Cleaning Initiative. Announced in April, the new program overhauls host cleaning protocols and promises to make participating listings easily searchable and transparent for concerned travelers.The platform expects that searchable feature to roll out this month, which will identify which listings participate in the rigorous new sanitization procedures and booking buffer windows intended to space out stays for added safety.And this matters to prospective guests: 60 percent of US survey respondents said they are more likely than before the pandemic to choose accommodation based on confidence in cleanliness. These are the top 10 trending destinations on Airbnb in the US right now.Read the original article on Business Insider
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  • As Americans return to travel, Airbnb is reporting an uptick in bookings compared with the same period last year. 
  • The home-sharing platform commissioned a survey in which the majority of respondents reported interest in driving trips within a 200-mile range from home.
  • Here are the top 10 trending destinations among Airbnb users, including three in Florida, and two each in California and South Carolina.

The new data also shows the places where Americans are most interested in booking, as Airbnb also released the top 10 trending locations in the US right now as follows:

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Haircuts That Take Years Off Your Face

written by JULYNE DERRICK & BECCI VALIS

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Instead of charging to the dermatologists and demanding fillers at the first sign of wrinkles or investing a small fortune on miracle creams, maybe give your hairdresser a call instead. Tell them your issues (the hair ones) about what you think is making you look older, and then let them get scissor-happy.

To reveal just what could be aging you in terms of your hair, we asked two super-knowledgeable hairdressers, Marc Trinder, and Sam Burnett, to reveal the most anti-aging cuts on the circuit.

A Universally-Flattering Cut

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The universally-flattering shoulder-length cut is a celebrity favorite. It’s also super customizable, meaning your hairstylist can work with you to create the perfect layers or face-framing look.

“Shoulder-skimming styles are super flattering, as they graze the décolletage and gently frame the face,” says Sam Burnett, owner of Hare & Bone salon. “It’s also worth flagging that thinning hair, especially in younger women, is on the rise, and lobs are one of the best ways to create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair, which is incredibly youth-boosting. Fewer layers and breaking up the blunt outline with some freehand cutting keeps it fresh and modern.”

The Right Bangs

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Bangs are a phenomenal way to take years off your appearance. But, bangs that are too short can actually draw more attention to fine lines than you may want.

“A full, blunt fringe can be dramatic, but it will hide lines and can completely frame your face and draw attention to your eyes,” reveals Marc Trinder, owner of Trinder Hair Studios. A foreword on fringes, though. Unless you have a long or oval face shape, go for a softer gradient, says Trinder. “Fringes that curve around and frame the cheekbones will give contour and lift.” So you can pack away that highlighting and bronzing kit right now.

A tip on drying, though: you need the right hairbrush. Don’t wrap your bangs with a round brush or you will have the very dated “bubble bangs.”

Instead, use a boar’s hair paddle brush when blow-drying bangs. Brush bangs to the left than to the right, aiming the blow dryer down onto bangs. The brush our editors swear by is from Mason Pearson. It’s a worthy investment that will last a lifetime.

Keep It Natural

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Put away your irons and skip the professional straightening treatment and let your natural curls go. Moisturizing products with oils like argan will help keep frizz at bay while making sure your natural texture isn’t weighed down. Moisturized hair is the key to keeping curls defined.

Try a Center Part

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The key to the center part is to not make it exactly center, which can look too perfect and unnatural. Instead, aim for just a bit off to the left or right—wherever your natural part lies.

“If you’ve had your parting in the same place for a long time, it can make your hair sit extremely flat,” flags up Trinder. “If you normally wear it straight, try combing your hair back at a diagonal angle, and allow the hair to fall down in a new position.” Use the power of your nozzle to push and direct it into place if you need to.

Opt for a Bob

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“Going shorter will automatically give you a more confident and youthful look,” says Burnett. “The modern bob has a defined outline that sits around the jawline framing your face and directing the eyes towards your best features. Textured layers and a choppy fringe just above your eyebrows create even more of a playful feeling.”

Try Out a Pixie

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Funky short cuts are great on women no matter their age, but beware — you do have to have some confidence to pull off such an attention-grabbing style. For pixie styles, a decent molding paste or wax can mean the difference between awesome hair and “meh” hair. Without it, your hairstyle could fall flat to your head like a helmet or billow from your head in puffs of frizz.

Be Gentle With Color-Treated Hair

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While natural color may fade or become duller over time, you can always color your hair whatever hue you like. Dyeing your hair can take a toll on it, so it’s always a good idea to use products that will help your new color stay in your hair, like a color-protecting shampoo. If you’re not into going for a full-on color, maybe try some highlights or lowlights first. If color maintenance is too much trouble, skip it altogether and let your natural color fly.

Just the Right Amount of Layers

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Layered hair is controversial. Too much can leave you with a dated look. But the right kind of layers can add body and fullness to otherwise limp locks. This is a great layered look. Note the texture and the gorgeous color.

“Layers that are too short can instantly make a haircut look old-fashioned due to the roundness in shape that it creates,” explains Trinder. “If you feel you need layers due to thickness or you like the texture they create, keep them long, and have the weight removed using slicing or razoring techniques that will create a more, natural graduated effect.”

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