A passion for food + fashion

The Right Stuff

In Fashion on August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Missy Franklin photographed by Bruce Weber via vogue.com

I love the summer Olympics for all sorts of reasons, but most of all because of Wonder Women like Missy Franklin who inspire us mere mortals to be our very best. Seventeen days ago, I began the Go Shiggy Go 30-Day Challenge in hopes of tackling my total lack of core strength following my second C-section, as well as 20 stubborn pounds of residual baby weight. The GSG challenge was started by photographer Shiggy Ichinomiya, a friend of a friend, and has two basic rules: 1.) Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight and 2.) Post a photo of yourself exercising to your Facebook page (or on your blog) to keep yourself accountable. Even if that photo reveals crows feet and one’s propensity to sweat like a maniac.

Half way in, here’s what I’ve learned: I can always find 30 minutes—even if that means briskly walking the baby in the stroller around the neighborhood for a half hour or so. Second, having the right stuff, as in gear, is kind of essential to enjoyment. And last, it’s good to mix things up. So far I’ve relied on my very, very favorite form of exercise—running—as well as hiking the canyons and taking BRUTALLY challenging core sculpting classes at Pop Physique in Hollywood.

However, the most fun has been swimming! I hadn’t done laps since college and whoa, what a workout. To that end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “stuff” that has helped keep me on track for my challenge. I’d love to hear your favorites, too! Please post!

I’ve long been a fan of any and all René Furterer hair products, but this René Furterer After Sun Shampoo is the ne plus ultra of apres-soleil products. I can’t tell you how CRAZY I am about this product. Its secret weapon is palm butter, which helps remove chlorine build-up and leaves hair feeling refreshed and smelling great. I also love the leave-in conditioner spray from the same line.

Only after I googled did I discover that I’d purchased the same Speedo Women’s Vanquisher Goggles as Missy Franklin, only hers are more fun in pink. For those of you in Los Angeles, both colors are on sale right now at Big 5 on Wilshire Blvd. I love these as they don’t fog up or fill up with water.

Running shoes are such a personal thing, and I highly recommend you go to a professional running shop (like FrontRunners in Brentwood) to have your stride evaluated. Personally, I’ve hit my stride with the Brooks Trance (I’m on my second pair). They are lightweight and the cushioning helps reduce impact, especially running on roads.

It might seem counterintuitive that the best running socks are made of wool, but I’ve road-tested the hell out of these Smartwool Running Socks and they are hands-down the most comfortable athletic sock I’ve ever worn. According to the company’s website, “Research shows that because of wool’s effective moisture management, you maintain a lower and more stable core body temperature when wearing wool next to skin instead of synthetics.”

For sunscreen advice I turned to one my favorite Olympic golden girls, Kerri Walsh (how AMAZING was yesterday’s match???), who uses COOLA Organic Suncare. The COOLA Sport Mineral SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa is waterproof for up to 80 minutes, which is great for swimming laps or an intense run.

And finally, every girl knows that you can swim a little faster, run a little farther, climb a little higher if your nails look good. Currently I’m involved in a love affair with Tom Ford’s Scarlet Chinois Nail Lacquer. You should see just how pretty it looks while swimming the crawl…

  1. Feel free to send me a pair of those cool socks.

  2. As a lifelong swimmer–and currently 3x per week at age 65–I will add another tip for a product I won’t swim without: H2O Audio’s waterproof headphone system. Just insert an iPod Shuffle, close the 2-inch case, attach the gizmo to your goggle strap, and listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks while you swim. I “took” Italian lessons underwater before going to Italy a while back, and I’ve just finished “reading” the Steve Jobs biography and Cheryl Strayed’s WILD while underwater. I would not enter the pool w/out my H20 Audio headset. It’s small, unobtrusive, and WORKS! I’ve never gotten a drop of water on my iPod Shuffle (have to use the Shuffle due to needing small size). I am on my second H20 Audio system, as I upgraded my Shuffle a year ago. Have now used H20’s headphones for about 6 years. It is a miracle. Go to http://www.h2oaudio.com for all their swim gear, or buy it via Amazon.

  3. Wow, that sounds amazing! You inspire me (in this, and so many other ways)! I am currently working on breathing as I can only do a few laps at a time between breaks, but I’m working my way up and once I hit my stride (or stroke?) I will definitely be looking into one of these systems!

  4. Heather, you are amazing, an inspiration. How did you become such a fashion muse growing up in wine country?

  5. Gosh it must be nice to be you and be rich.

  6. absolute adorbs post! you are glamour in a cap. i accept your challenge. keep the posts coming.

  7. Thanks for sharing your experience. I had a great time reading your entry. I am intrigued by the René Furterer After Sun Shampoo. Where can I get this?

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