The New Mavs Jersey: Following A Fashion Trend Or An NBA Classic?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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I've always postured that sports is woven into the fabric of our community in Dallas/Fort Worth. Now the Mavericks are truly reflecting that. The team unveiled its 2015-2016 jersey on Tuesday which reps the Dallas skyline well.

It was a crowdsourced project designed by Dallas native Geoff Case. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban chose Case's skyline-themed look out of 1,000 entries. For his efforts, Case received $1,000 and season tickets for the 2015-2016 season.

Sounds kinda skimpy to me. I digress.

This alternate jersey will be worn at least eight times during the 2015-16 season.

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Image via City + Sky

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Image via Outline The Sky

From t-shirt company Outline the Sky's skyline-themed looks to City + Sky's chic Dallas pieces, the Dallas skyline is having a moment. Dallas recently earned "Best International Skyline" honors  from USA Today.

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Here's the thing: while this is a trend on the fashion front, skyline jerseys are nothing news. The dear, departed Seattle SuperSonics had a great skyline logo on their jersey from 1975 to the 94/95 season.

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The Golden State Warriors have sported various versions of the Golden Gate Bridge in their logo throughout the years.

What Do You Think? 
I like all things Dallas. Given that the Mavericks are truly the only team that plays in AND is headquartered in Dallas, it's smart to promote that.

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Maybe it looks better in action? Maybe....
As for the aesthetics, I don't quite care for the color patterns, particularly the blue uniform with the green piping. It just looks "off" to me.  I like the skyline logo, even if it does ignore the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Do you like the new Mavs look? Hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

All You Need To Know About The 2014 SMU/TCU Game


SMU and TCU meet for the 94th time Saturday at Ford Stadium. The Horned Frogs are looking to improve to 3-0 while the Mustangs are looking for their first win after starting the season 0-3.

If you're going to the game, remember they don't tailgate at SMU. They Boulevard. Yep. As pretentious as that sounds, it's a good scene.

Also remember this: fashion counts on the SMU campus. A lot. So much so that you could spend hours talking about it. In fact, I did with SMU senior Taylor Hardy and TCU senior Suzi Mellano in the SMU/TCU GameDay Style Hour

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Click on any item to learn more about it. 

As for what to wear to the game, it's expected to approach 90 degrees on Saturday. This will be one of your final chances to dress in lightweight clothing this football season. Any combination or interpretation of the looks shown here will work.

Here's all you need to know about going to an SMU game.

What's your prediction? I say TCU wins 39-6. Share your prediction in the comments section.

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The Perfect GameDay Dress

Monday, September 22, 2014

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I love maxi dresses for a variety of reasons: they're versatile, cover a slew of figure flaws and can transition well into cooler weather with a scarf, sweater or wrap (this Marc Jacobs scarf is fabulous with the dress I'm wearing).

The Perfect GameDay Dress
Maxi dresses are also a perfect way to express your gameday style. Online boutique Kiki LaRue sent me this Morgan Maxi Gameday Dress in Cowboys colors (it also comes in a great UNT green). This navy and grey number is perfect for Cowboys fans. It's comfortable enough to wear to a game but stylish enough to wear running around town or for weekend brunch. Double bonus: a maxi dress is so forgiving, you can eat all you want.

While I didn't wear it to a Cowboys game, I did wear it to brunch on Saturday, followed by a kids birthday party and back home for a dinner party. It was the ideal outfit for day full of errands.

You can dress this look up or down with a variety of accessories like scarves, handbags and jewelry. I went with a Cowboys-heavy theme and wore a ton of silver, something I haven't done in months.

About Kiki LaRue
Southlake-based Kiki LaRue is a great solution for the stylish sports fan. From the 1st & Goal dress in Aggie maroon to the MVP Strapless Maxi in Texas burnt orange, the online shop features clothing in the colors of so many of your favorite teams. Even better? Most of the items are under $60, making them an affordable gameday option, too. Stylish and affordable? Score!

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*Disclosure: Kiki LaRue provided the Morgan Maxi Gameday Dress for review. Opinions expressed here are mine. 

Southpark Takes A Shot At The Redskins And It's Awesome

I love anyone who takes shots at the Redskins. Even better when it's well-done. Even more awesome when shots are fired at team owner Dan Snyder.

Let me just say this: I've met the guy. Fire away.

Comedy Central aired a Southpark promo during the Redskins/Eagles game on Fox. In a word: brilliant.

What do you think?

Sidelines Bags: FINALLY (!) Stylish Clear Bags For Football Games

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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I love carrying a small crossbody bag to NFL games and other sporting events. It leaves you hands-free to clap, drink and mingle.

Sometimes, though, a small bag isn't practical. Take, for instance, a mom bringing a toddler to a game. I have done it plenty of times and needed wet wipes, diapers, a snack and sippy cup at the bare minimum. I get it. Factor in the NFL or PGA Tour's restrictive purse policies and it creates a problem. I have carried quart-sized Ziploc bags to games because I refuse to buy those ugly team-branded bags the NFL offers.
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Large enough for a wallet and wet wipes!
San Diego-based Sidelines is trying give women a stylish alternative to the clear bag conundrum. Sidelines carries an exclusive line of designer-inspired clear bags that fit within the NFL's Purse and Bag Policy.

They sent me the All-American bag which is a clear purse with navy blue trim, accented with silver buckles and matching hardware. It features an over-the-top snap closure, which I appreciate in light of having to carry a clear bag that exposes everything in your possession.

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This is a great option if you need to carry a ton of stuff to a game. Click here to learn more about Sidelines clear bags. 

Why 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day Will Change Your Life

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Whether it's aerobic exercise, yoga or weight lifting workouts, exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day will change your life.

I promise.

It bears repeating: 30 minutes.  That's it.  In the time it takes you to watch "Modern Family" or an old episode of "Sex and The City" you can squeeze in a workout and save your life.

If you're a relatively healthy adult, there is no excuse.

You don't have to spend hours in the gym, researchers have repeatedly proven this.  I blogged about less being more when it comes to exercise in February.   Gretchen Reynolds outlined reiterated in the New York Times Magazine in a Q & A titled Double the Workout, Double the Benefits?

In a notable study from 2011, people of all ages who exercised very moderately, for about 15 minutes a day, or approximately half of your current regimen, reduced their risk of dying prematurely by about 14 percent, or the equivalent of three additional years of life. Those whose workouts were twice as long — like yours, 30 minutes per day — saw an additional drop in the risk of premature death, but only by 4 percent. Using that data, other scientists have estimated that people who go really big with their workouts, increasing their exercise time from 50 minutes per day to 120 minutes per day — a 140 percent increase — achieve only about a 5 percent added decrease in their risk of dying too young.
Exercise beyond a certain level may even be counterproductive. When researchers tracked 52,000 adults for 15 years, those who ran 5 to 20 miles a week at a fairly pokey pace of about 9 to 10 minutes a mile received the optimal mortality benefits, the study authors write. The fastest runners and those who completed the most miles every week did not live significantly longer, on average, than people who didn’t run at all. 

Yes, You HAVE The Time
Every day, I meet women and men every who ask me how I squeeze in my workouts.  I have made it clear that exercise is my "non-negotiable".  I don't give those up.  I get at least five workouts in a week.

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But here's the thing: they aren't always ball-busting, go-all-out-affairs.  Some days it's a brisk walk, a treadmill run, yoga, pilates, hula hooping or a quick weight workout.  

Recently, I was in a time crunch, so I walked 10 minutes to the park with Jordan and the dog.  While she was playing, I jumped rope for about 20 minutes, on and off, and walked back home.  That was a quick workout that also allowed me to spend time with the kid.  She had fun watching me jump rope, as well. 

The majority of us aren't professional athletes, models or actors.  We don't need to "look a certain way" for the cameras or be able to dunk a basketball.  But we DO need our bodies to work for us in every day life: lifting the kids, moving furniture, running up stairs, even getting in and out of chairs. 

A simple 30-minute session of exercise will get the blood flowing, stretch and strengthen your muscles and make you feel better mentally, too.

Great 30-Minute Workout Options
When you're pressed for time, what do you like to do? 

Shop Items That Can Help You Exercise In 30 Minutes

How To Determine What Type Of Protein Powder Is Right For You

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Protein powders are a quick and convenient source of quality, complete protein. If you're a growing teenager it's a good way to fuel workouts. If you're just starting a workout program and trying to build new muscle, you'll need more protein than normal. If you're amping up your workouts, recovering from an injury or going vegan, a protein powder is a good option to consider. 

But there are so many options out there! Still trying to figure out your whey from your casein? And what about egg white, rice and pea (really!) protein?

Here's a simple cheat sheet to help you navigate the overwhelming minefield that can be the protein powder aisle. 

Share it, Pin it, Tweet it, Facebook it. This is an outstanding cheat sheet from Health Perch to help you determine the right protein powder for you.