The Original Athleisure: Juicy Couture Tracksuit

As more people embrace the athleisure fashion trend it is good to remember that there was an original – the Juicy Couture tracksuit. There can be no denying that this velour staple was the first to take the concept of casual-as-day-wear to the next level and it took off like wildfire – with celebrities leading the trend. Even though it reached its peak of popularity in the 2000s, there is news that it is making a comeback; in fact, the Juicy Couture tracksuit is alive and well. Last July, Bloomingdales introduced the Juicy Couture Black Label for an exclusive capsule collection of the classic tracksuits – famous J-zippers and all. And just as it was in the early 2000s, celebrities have embraced the comeback with a vengeance. Celebrities, and me …

I purchased a Juicy tracksuit in classic pitch black. There is something so cozy about wearing velour and I love the simple high style of this casual go-to which I will wear for exercise and beyond. Says Brooke Jaffe, Operating Vice President, Fashion Director, Women’s Ready-To-Wear at Bloomingdales, “Current fashion trends are about elevating casual sportswear…and velour is velvet’s casual antidote.” Go Juicy!

Photos by Abrina Hyatt

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Nothing Says Spring Like Kate Spade!

LGH_150401_6344LGH_150401_6343Nothing says Spring to me more than my vintage Kate Spade New York straw handbag. I can’t remember where I bought it – Bloomindale’s, perhaps? I can’t remember how long ago – at least 15 years. None of that really matters to me. I do know that I bought this handbag before I had ever heard of Kate Spade, and certainly before she became the well-known designer that she is today. That could be one of the reasons that it is a favorite of mine and the first thing I pull out when the weather warms. The combination of the colors and the texture are at once classic yet modern. It carries a timeless quality that translates to every occasion and every opportunity to take it out for a stroll.

I bought this handbag simply because I liked it. And that is what really matters when we buy and certainly keep, our treasured pieces.LGH_150401_6387

Photos by Lauren Hagerstrom

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