Fila Herringbone Leggings Alter The Conversation

Fila addresses the long-standing debate over leggings rages on. Are they pants? Are they Not? Can I wear them every day?

Though I long-ago decided I was squarely on the side of “I’ll wear these comfy stretchy things whenever and wherever I darn well please,” I’ve never been totally stoked on wearing them on the trail, and particularly not on overnight trips. They hold sweat and smell, they’re prone to snagging and ripping when subjected to rugged terrain, and they offer little to no protection from wind or rain.

But they were also my only full-length active pants that were even remotely appropriate for hiking. I have pants for winter conditions, ski pants, long johns, and…shorts. Women’s hiking pants tend to be baggy and unflattering (though companies like Prana and Stio have some great, stylish options), and as a rule, I don’t love wearing super futuristic gear on something as low-key as a day hike or an overnighter.

Then I got my hands on a pair of Fila Herringbone Leggings which somehow capitalize on everything that’s awesome about leggings—they’re reliably breathable, stretchy and super-comfortable, and built to really move with you—while remedying everything that makes spandex more at home at a yoga class or on a run than on an epic hike.

Made of a lightweight, durable, quick-drying, and breathable fabric, the Fila Herringbone is much more at home in the backcountry than my Lululemons. They’re cut like a legging with just a little extra room—so, tapered at the ankle, slim through the leg, and rising to just below my bellybutton, but without the total body-hugging suction of a good pair of spandex. Thoughtful design including articulated knees and tons of secure pocket space means they don’t sacrifice movement or function for a trim fit. The minimalism extends to the waistband, which lays flat and holds snug without any buttons, zippers, buckles, or unnecessary bulk, meaning they’re a great match for hip-belts and harnesses. However, the fixed waistband did have me doing a little dance to get them on and off.

Most importantly, the price tag—only $46 on Shopping Blitz. isn’t going to leave you broke, particularly in comparison to gear by other brands. Perhaps less important, they’re super flattering. I wouldn’t necessarily wear them to work, but the versatile deep purple and black are a far cry from your standard safari-pant khaki, and I’d wear ’em around town—cuffed with sandals, at the climbing gym, just about wherever—without hesitation.

 

Shopping Blitz Will Be Vending at Mysteryland Music Festival

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Will you be attending the Mysteryland USA music festival this Memorial Day weekend? If so, stop by our vending station at the festival! At the Shopping Blitz merchandise booth, you can shop for some of the same styles of shoes and clothes you can buy online.

This year, the Mysteryland music festival will be held Memorial Day weekend, from May 22nd to the 25th. Though the festival has been running since 1993, it made its U.S. debut last year. After experiencing great success, the festival is returning to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York, which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from New York City. The Bethel Woods Center is where the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival took place.

As Mysteryland has been active since 1993, it’s the longest running electronic music, culture and arts festival in the world, and we are really excited to be a part of it. In addition to the U.S., other events have been held in the Netherlands and Chile. Regardless of the location, the festival draws great electronic artists and electronic music fans from all over the world. This year’s performers include many internationally renowned and awesome up-and-coming artists.  You can expect to enjoy performances from Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Josh Wink, A-Trak, GTA, Tropkillaz, Diplo, and many more.

If you attended the U.S. debut festival last year, then you can expect this year’s festival to be bigger than ever. This year, Mysteryland USA will provide an even more enchanting festival experience, with improved campgrounds, larger capacity and more camping options, and more music, to bring you the ultimate 3-day festival experience.

Between enjoying your favorite performers, be sure to stop by our vending booth! We’ll have tons of great clothing, shoes and accessories that are perfectly fit for the festival.

Cool Job Series: The Umpire

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In honor of the Major League Baseball season beginning last week, we are recognizing the umpire for this month’s #CoolJob Series. Umpires are responsible for officiating the game, enforcing and interrupting the rules, making judgement calls on plays, and taking care of any disciplinary actions.

In Major League Baseball, there are at least four umpires in a game, with one at each base. In playoff games, there can be as many as six umpires, with the addition umpires at the fair-foul line and in the outfield. The umpires have the official authority over the game. At Shopping Blitz, you can shop for the best clothes online that are fit for an umpire.

Adidas Sport Performance Ultimate Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Adidas Sport Performance Ultimate Short Sleeve T-Shirt

For games played hot and humid conditions, umpires need clothing with extreme comfort. This training shirt from Adidas Sport Performance is extremely lightweight, breathable and comfortable. It features the innovative Climalite fabric technology, which is designed to wick away sweat and moisture from your body, keeping your cool and dry.

With this T-shirt, umpires can withstand the hot conditions for the entire game, even those that extend past the traditional nine innings. Retails for $29.09.

Adidas Sport Performance Climacore Hoodie Shirt

Adidas Sport Performance Climacore Hoodie Shirt

Similar to the training T-shirt, this Climacore Hoodie Shirt from Adidas Sport Performance will keep you comfortable and dry to the core in all kinds of conditions. The hoodie is exceptionally lightweight and flexible, and also features the sweat-wicking fabric to repel sweat, water and moisture from your body.

This hoodie shirt will keep you cool and dry all game long. Retails for $41.37.

Adidas Sport Performance Supernova Riot 6 Sneakers

Adidas Sport Performance Supernova Riot 6 Sneakers

These athletic shoes from Adidas Sport Performance will keep umpires’ feet comfortable throughout the entire game, as they follow every single play. These shoes feature an air mesh upper to keep your feet comfortable for hours, while the synthetic overlays provide optimum midfoot and heel support. The adaptive traxion outsole delivers maximum traction on both hard and soft surfaces, and the continental rubber compound provides perfect grip in wet conditions.

The padded collar adds extra comfort. Retails for $109.95.

 

Spring Break Essentials

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Your much anticipated Spring Break trip is finally here! Before you embark on your much needed beach vacation, make sure you aren’t leaving any of these Spring Break essentials behind.

Spring Break Essentials for Men

Columbia Silver Ridge Ball II Cap

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Since you’ll be spending hours in the sun, this fitted cap from Columbia is necessary to shield your eyes and protect your scalp from the sun. The hat is extremely comfortable and breathable and features Omni-Shade sun protection. It’s also stain and water repellent, so you can even wear it in the water. This cap is available in a variety of colors, including tan, navy, black, red, and blue.

adidas Originals Toronto Sunglasses

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Guard your eyes from the sun in style with these sunglasses from adidas Originals. Whether your vacation will consist of extreme watersports or relaxing on the beach, or a mix of the two, these sunglasses will deliver the comfort and protection you need. The sunglasses feature flex temples and a soft saddle bridge for added comfort.

Helly Hansen Carlshot Trunk Swim Shorts

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These Helly Hanson swim trunks are a very popular swimwear option for a reason. Their exceptional breathability and comfort, combined with their quick-drying properties, make them a top bathing suit for men. These swim trunks also feature a contrast drawstring, so you can get the perfect, snug fit you need for being out in the water.

Clarks Un.Bryman Sun Sandals

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The Clarks Un.Bryman Sun Sandals are the ideal shoes for beach goers and spring breakers. Available in black or brown, these sandals contain riptake fastenings to give you a secure fit, as well as a loop fastening system so you can easily loosen and tighten them. The mesh panels and perforated leather lining provides extreme breathability, while the long-term cushioning offers unmatched comfort.

Spring Break Essentials for Women

Tommy Bahama Two Tone Crochet Raffia Hat

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You can’t hit the beach without this cute and protective sun hat from Tommy Bahama. This hat will provide shade for your eyes, as well as protect your scalp from the sun’s strong UV rays. The hat features a cotton sweatband to keep your head dry and comfortable all day long.

Roberto Cavalli Eyewear RC671S Metal Sunglasses

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These oversize metal sunglasses from Roberto Cavalli Eyewear feature stylish animal detailing on the temple and the emblematic RC logo in metal. The sunglasses feature gradient tinted lenses, which are tints that start off darker in color at the top of the lens and gradually lighten towards the bottom. Gradient tints are great for fashion and for reading on the beach on the sunniest of days.

Miraclesuit Net Work Mystify Swimsuit

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Be the most stunning woman on the beach in this Miraclesuit swimsuit. Miraclesuit is the #1 slimming swimwear brand, and it makes its swimsuit with Miratex, a material that makes you look 10 pounds lighter. This particular swimsuit from Miraclesuit features sheer mesh sides and a ruched, draped front for a bathing suit that’s sexy and chic.

New Balance Revive Thong Sandals

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The New Balance Revive Thong Sandals deliver the most perfect combination of style and comfort. These sandals feature an ultra-soft footbed, cushioned midsole and durable rubber outsole for everlasting comfort and support. The shoe’s Walking Strike Path outsole technology is designed to help stabilize your foot, making them the best sandals for walking on uneven sand.

Visit ShoppingBlitz.com to shop for clothes, accessories and shoes for Spring Break online.

 

No Boot Shortage at Shopping Blitz

For most Americans this winter will go down in history. Before one storm can be cleared away another one lies in its wake, enter apropos nicknames like Snowmageddon and Snowpocalypse. No matter what you call it, it sucks and supplies normally fully in stock are dwindling. One such staple is the all-important winter boot.

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According to the New York Times as reported by Jezebel.com, “We are completely short, completely out of stock at this point,” said Brian Rosener, the manager of the Eastern Mountain Sports store at Broadway and 76th Street who has worked at the store on and off for 15 years. “This is the most thorough sell-through that I’ve seen.” Rosener also added “It’s been a tough winter to stay ahead of the curve. We’ve gotten very good at apologizing and finding other stores to get the products in.” The thought of all those East Coasters slogging through the rest of the winter without the proper footwear makes us sad. Luckily here at Shopping Blitz we are well stocked to keep feet warm and dry. winter boots

1. Teva Jordanelle Waterproof Boots

2. Helly Hansen Snowcutter 2 Winter Boots

3. Teva Lenawee Waterproof Winter Boots

4. Rocky Blizzardstalker Steel Toe Boots

5. Patagonia Snow Drifter Waterproof Boots

6. UGG Australia Hamric Waterproof Boots

 

 

Fashion News Update

At Shopping Blitz we have the awesome privilege of carrying almost 300 amazing brands. Each brand in of itself is unique and worth getting to know better. Here is a snapshot of some of the cool stuff our Vendors are doing to shake up and change the face of fashion as we know it.

Leandra Medine for SupergaFirst up is my latest sneaker obsession, Superga

The Italian-based company, who inked a deal with Steve Madden as their exclusive North American distributors, is now under the direction of Co-Creative directors, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. The Olsen twins, who have long ago shed their image as the babes from Full House, have developed into savvy business woman and fashion mavens. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the brand has recently joined forces with Leandra Medine, street-style maven, blogger and recent author of a collection of essays entitled ‘The Man Repeller.’  Medine has now created a capsule collection, of the same name of her celebrated essays for Superga’s Fall 2013 collection. The style is young, hip and adaptable. Talk about a revamp on a timeless style!

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“I seem to be making characters for each new season. This seasons character is probably the quiet girl in the bunch whose walls are covered in posters of The Yardbirds, The Smiths and The Who” — Agyness Deyn

Model and modern ‘Punk IT girl,’ Deyne has created a new line for Dr. Martens, a brand that has a long rep for epitomizing the fashion essence that is alternative. Ms. Deyne,  embodies the company’s ethos of ‘standing for something.’ Her creative self-expressive style and innovative ideas were the catalysts behind her line, ‘The Third Collection.’ The collection is Deyne’s interpretation of the ‘Mod’ look, a style that has come along way from its inception in the swinging 60’s. The line encompasses clothing, footwear and accessories, with prints influenced by tailored fabrics like houndstooth and herringbone. While Deyne could make a garbage bag look chic,  this collection gives the rest of us a fighting chance.

nicola formichetti for dieselNicola Formichetti named Artistic Director for Diesel

“The fashion industry has to change. It’s so one-dimensional. We have to start somewhere, and Diesel is such a huge power.” — Nicola Formichetti

Former stylist for Lady Gaga, the Italian/Japanese fashion director and editor takes on Diesel and the project of infusing new life into an iconic brand. If you have any interest in fashion or social media, you will have by now seen the #dieselreboot campaign; featuring artistic images of edgy, fresh faced talent. Formichetti eliminated the middleman and went straight for the talent/creatives via a Tumblr page he created for such purposes. The #dieselreboot campaign is all about resetting the clocks, not so much a redo but a fresh shock to the established system. Something one would expect from a fashion innovator who has built his career on renegade styling and campaigns that land with a blast, never a whimper.

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way

Summer is a hop, skip and a jump away – are you all set for the bikini season or still scrambling to beach-proof your body in less than thirty days like the rest of us? If the latter refers to you, don’t despair! We have all you need to get moving and grooving!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Check With Your MD
Well, we don’t exactly carry doctors on our website, but we highly recommend that you see one anyways – you wouldn’t believe how many people end up in emergency rooms with avoidable injuries. Get the OK from your physician and make sure there aren’t any pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or high-blood pressure, that need to be addressed before you begin any exercise program.

Get In Gear
Workout gear, that is. Brands like Under Armour – with their Signature Moisture Transport System – keeps you comfortable and dry by wicking away sweat as you perspire during workouts. Make sure to get an ample amount of  tees and shorts as well as comfortable sneakers –  you want to avoid the “I don’t have anything to wear” excuse at all costs! If you plan on exercising in the daytime, don’t forget the sunscreen and some shades to protect your eyes as well. For those working out at night, we carry reflective apparel and footwear  to keep you safe and visible after hours.

Monitor Your Heart Rate
I wasn’t too fond of doing this myself at first, but it is important. According to medical professionals, closely tracking your heart rate during exercise can help you derive more from your workouts.  You heart rate tells you how fast you should be moving, when it’s time to slow down, and how in (or out) of shape you truly are. Luckily, brands like Soleus make water resistant HRM watches that can do the leg work for you.

Get Lost
No, please come back! I mean get lost in whatever it is you are doing to fine tune your bod.  Find an exercise routine that you love (or at least don’t hate) and make it fun! Blast your favorite tunes while doing workout videos at home or load up the iPod for gym sessions. Grab a buddy if you don’t want to do it alone, or join an online support group with like-minded individuals to track your progress and get encouragement. Stay at your own pace, keep a smile on your face and make this your best summer yet!

 

Product Spotlight: Naturalizer Juletta Boots

Since turning 30 this gal has begun to let go of her tomboy past and embrace the temptress that is fashion. Fueling the flame are all the amazing styles popular this Fall. I find that I want it all in my closet, from the cute dresses over tights and tall gorgeous riding boots to funky flats with colored jeggings. Slowly I am beginning to weed through my shoes and replace the clunkers with classic pieces that I can manipulate into any style I am feeling at the moment.

My most recent purchase from the SB warehouse is the Juletta boot from Naturalizer. These boots are part of the reason that at my age I am developing a shoe obsession. My mother would be so proud! These babies are just stunning. I have somehow wheedled them into most of the decent parts of my wardrobe. They make so-so dresses smile and give old skirts a new lease on flirt. The other ladies in the office and my girls out of it have been experiencing the dreaded shoe envy. Which is no place for a fashionista on the rise to be.

What really set my new boots a part for me was how surprisingly comfortable they were. Normally I am not happy unless I am in flats or flip-flops but these boots have become an extension of my feet. After some research I discovered that for over 80 years Naturalizer has been creating shoes known for their comfort. All Naturalizer footwear features their exclusive N5 comfort system—five essential features that help in providing all day comfort: extra cushioning, breathable linings, balance, flexible soles and lightweight material.

I have no problem running around in them every day at the office and then effortlessly carrying them over into my social time. Which is feat unto itself. Shoes that are day and night friendly are clutch. I never have to bring a change of shoes when wearing the Julettas, unless I am heading to the gym. Which is not enough to even talk about! But since these boots make my legs look so good I try to not let it get me down.  Happy Fashion Hunting!