Yoga with Briohny Smith We're really inspired by the strength and beauty of Equinox Instructor Briohny Smyth. It's no  doubt she's been practicing yoga for over 15 years when you see the athleticism and artistry of her arm balances. Equinox spent a morning with her (catch a glimpse of her lover) at the sleek  Mondrian Hotel in Soho.  If these are the results, we're definitely motivated to move beyond the basics.

source: Q Equinox

Grand Slam at NY Fashion Film Festival Photographers, filmmakers, fashion insiders and students from SVA's Graduate Photography Department recently gathered to celebrate the 2nd New York Fashion Film Festival and the increasing collusion between the two art forms. The opening piece (and a personal favorite) was a short film by Matthew Donaldson called Sooyeon Lee: Grand Slam. Donaldson highlights the Korean table tennis champion's elegance and technique as only slow-motion can. Katie Shillingford styled looks by Versace, Jil Sander, Christopher Kane and Christian Louboutin to accentuate Lee's aggressive returns, fluid follow-thru and even a moment of kittenish contemplation.

Sooyeon Lee: Grand Slam

via: posted by: Nancy H.

Winter Sports Go Glam

sports1 - photos by Nelson Simoneau for S Moda

S Moda, the fashion mag of El Pais, kicks off an Olympic year with a pictorial celebrating sports and fashion. Jewelry, high heels and full-on makeup compete with sportswear by the likes of Givenchy, D&G, Mui Mui, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney and Nike. Lensman Nelson Simoneau is victorious with a little help from stylist Alberto Murtra; Marty Foss for his winning retro hair; and Caroline Saulnier's inspired performance on makeup. If only we all looked this good in the sports arena.

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via: Fashion Gone Rogue posted by: Nancy H.

Take Refuge by Kevin Cooley

Kevin Cooley As I sit here in Salt Lake City contemplating the rare snow deficit among local mountain resorts, it's only natural I would conjure up visions of a winter wonderland seen elsewhere.

So it is that Kevin Cooley's captivating and mysterious snowscapes readily come to mind. This Brooklyn-based photographer explores the tenuous relationship between man and his environment and does a particularly beautiful job with his wintery destinations. He often employs the use of light to stand in for his human subjects, appearing as either a signal of settlement or a rescue beacon.

Kevin Cooley Kevin Cooley - Take Refuge His most recent works, on view at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles were created while Cooley was a 2011 participant with The Arctic Circle, an expeditionary residency program taking place in Svalbard, the northernmost part of Norway.

take refuge at The Kopeikin Gallery January 7th - February 11th, 2012 posted by: Nancy H.

2011 Gift Guide: The Golfer

2011 Gifts for the Golfer1) Nice Pants will brighten any wall. This limited-edition print of multi-patterned golfers was snapped by lensman Landon Nordeman (contributor to The New Yorker and Saveur). From $50, 2) Located in England's Dartmouth National Park, Bovey Castle is a sportsman's paradise, with archery, tennis, fishing, falconry and, of course, its own private 18-hole course. All that fresh air will deserve a proper cocktail in the Oak Bar and seasonal feast in the castle's Edwardian Room. 3) We're coveting Louis Vuitton's exquisite monogrammed canvas golf bag. From $11,700. 4) Make a bold statement on the greens in head-to-toe orange (next-gen golfer Rickie Fowler does). 5) Gekkota Golf multi-tool features a ball marker, money clip, divot fixer, bottle opener and screwdriver all in a slim profile. Clearly a perfect stocking stuffer. $29.99. CRKT 6) Ditch the white gear. Add color to her game and grip to her swing with G/Fore leather ladies gloves in 13 shades (also available for men). $35. 7) Ecco's Street Luxe hybrid golf sneakers move from links to lunch without a sweat. Shown in brown pebbled leather and feature 800 traction points for grip in a variety of weather conditions. $180. 

Finding Oregon

I couldn't resist sharing Finding Oregon, a sublime video by the creatives at Uncage the Soul Productions. In a season of overspending, overbooking and overindulging, it's such a pleasure to stop and take a moment to enjoy the pleasures of nature via time-lapsed photography. Perhaps I'll even gift myself another trip to the state, you know, just to check it out for myself.

via: REI; source Uncage the Soul Productions posted by: Nancy H.

Books: Cyclepedia

"Cyclepedia" by Michael Embacher Everyone fondly remembers his or her first bicycle experience – the wobbly start, the shiny chrome, the ding-a-ling sound of the bell. Avid rider and architect Michael Embacher has shaped that love into a collection of more than 200 models. The author recently published "Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design," his second book on the subject. A forward by fellow enthusiast Sir Paul Smith and crisp, captivating photographs by Bernhard Angerer spotlight 100 bicycles – racing, touring, mountain, tandem and curiosities – from the past century. Each bike is accompanied by a detailed component list and anecdotal stories for insight into its culture and creation. Wherever you fall in the spectrum of kid to connoisseur, this book is a pleasure to explore. Cyclepedia, $35 Chronicle Books or £19.95 Thames & Hudson

1983 Trussardi 1983 Trussardi - The fashion company redresses a WWII paratrooper bike with detachable shoulder bags.

1980 Tur Meccanica Bi Bici1980 Tur Meccanica Bi Bici - A bicycle for two built on a single frame

via, source Embacher Collection photographs: Bernhard Angerer

Dark Sun: NY Surf Exhibition

Nike Stadium Dark Sun exhibition

Nike Stadium presents, "Dark Sun," a new solo exhibition about the NY surf community, by photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos. The artist began his career in New York City assisting Andy Warhol and Irving Penn. His landscapes and portraiture are part of the tradition of street photography in which artifice and polish is replaced with the confrontation of raw existence.

True to form, Nike built a sculptural installation of waves and ramps for the show. This simultaneously echoes the subject of the photo essay, while offering up a playground for local skateboarders. "Dark Sun" is on view through 9.26.11 at 276 Bowery, NYC.

Nike Stadium Dark Sun exhibition

via Cool Hunting and Nike Stadium

The Art of Flight

Travis Rice in Chile We interrupt our scheduled US Open Tennis posts to bring you a special announcement. Snowboard pioneer and X-Game medalist Travis Rice just dropped his latest film premiere "The Art of Flight" in NYC. Every year Travis and his bro shredders (on hand for the screening) amp up the challenge with a little help from Red Bull. This movie does not disappoint. View the trailer below, but you'll have to buy the film (now available on iTunes) to fully capture the breathtaking cinematography and beautiful motion graphics orchestrated by Curt Morgan and his team at Brain Farm. Go ahead, we'll wait while you check it out...

Now, if you're anything like us, you seriously started itching for that first – oh. so.wonderful – winter snowfall. To hook you up, Jetsetter has generously rounded up a pre-season collection of lodging deals, including Aspen and Jackson Hole, two of Rice's playgrounds. Follow me for your connection to this invitation-only travel site. See you on the slopes in 78 days!

Aspen village at night

"Strong is Beautiful" campaign

Sorana Cirstea The WTA unveiled a new advertising campaign in May featuring 38 current and next gen stars of women's tennis. The ads spring from a cinematic portfolio of stills and videos by photographer Dewey Nicks that appeared in the NY Times Magazine last fall. Nicks worked with the ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners to produce the global campaign.

via NYTimes and WTA