OLYMPICS 2016: GET INSPIRED

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The Olympic 2016 Games are upon us and it’s time to get to know the US athletes and be inspired by their dedication, enthusiasm, and patriotism. And why not take a few tips from our top athletes at the same time on how they maintain body and mental health, strength, and endurance.

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SIMONE BILES, WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

Expected to bring home the gold, Simone Biles is set to dominate the women’s gymnastic competition this year. Raised by her grandparents, she’s always had a natural “spunk” and athletic ability, and now she’s ready to show the world her amazing talent. Not only must athletes stay mentally strong to handle the pressure, they must also maintain a balanced diet and exercise plan to allow their muscles full potential. At only 4’9″ and 105lbs, how does she maintain a strong, trim physique? On training as well as off season, she likes to stay disciplined with her diet with no greasy, salty, sugary or all-around heavy meals. She says,“Pre-workout I love drinking Core Power; it’s a recovery drink. And then a banana and peanut butter because bananas have potassium, which helps with muscle cramps. And then afterwards, I like having a good fish, like salmon, and rice and carrots.”

Check out our favorite healthy recipe that’ll keep you in tip top shape just like Simone:

Baked Grouper with Chunky Tomato Sauce

What you’ll need:
3 1/2 cups chopped seeded tomato (about 4 medium)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets

Directions:
(1) Preheat oven to 425°.
(2) Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium bowl.
(3) Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Place fish, skin sides up, in pan; cook 2 minutes.
(4) Turn fish over; top with tomato mixture. Bring to a boil. Place pan in oven; bake at 425° for 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

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KRISTIN ARMSTRONG, WOMEN’S CYCLING

No one knows dedication more than this year’s women’s cycling team. Comprised of 4 unique individuals, each of the US women is strong enough in their own right to medal. One to watch is 43-year-old Kristin Armstrong, already a 2 time Olympic medalist and favored to place at the Games. When asked why she would want to come back for her fourth Olympics after retiring she states, “Simply because I can.” But how does she balance work, career, and family? By maintaining an exercise regime, eating healthy, enjoying nature, and scheduling in quality time with her son and husband. You really CAN do it all; it’s just a matter of planning and maintaining a positive attitude. When you feel life start to bog you down, take our handy tips for relieving stress and regaining balance:

(1) Yoga: It combines the practices of several other stress management techniques such as breathing, meditation, imagery and movement, giving you a lot of benefit for the amount of time and energy required. Check your local listing for a Yoga studio near you.
(2) Breathing: Deep breathing is an easy stress reliever that has numerous benefits for the body, including relaxing muscles and quieting the mind. Breathing exercises are especially helpful because you can do them anywhere, and they work quickly so you can de-stress in a flash.
(3) Music: When dealing with stress, the right music can actually lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind.

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KERRI WALSH JENNINGS, BEACH VOLLEYBALL

One to watch this week is Kerri Walsh Jennings on the US Beach Volleyball Team. Gold medalist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, she seeks to regain her title and beat out the host country’s record 11 medal Olympic Beach Volleyball win. We’ll be rooting her on, but how does she keep those incredible abs and picture perfect tan? Says Kerri, “I do Pilates three times a week—twice in the studio and once on the beach, I lift weights twice a week, I do physical therapy, and I do brain training and meet with my sports psychiatrist, so I’m really taken care of from head to toe. I eat a lot of oatmeal and drink a lot of shakes—anything I can put in a cup and take with me!” On maintaining a picture perfect tan: “I’m a little bigger than normal and really pale! When you have a tan, everything seems a little tighter, so I’m a big fan of organic spray tans, like Chocolate Sun.” Check out our Facebook for a perfect DIY Tanning lotion you can use today to get Kerri’s sun kissed look.

Show off your tan with the perfect bright bold Summer bikini:
“Bollywood” Blue Beaded Bikini
“Guilty Pleasures” Teal Lace Swimsuit
“Summertime” Coral Crochet Bikini

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U.S. WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Mix swimming, basketball, and soccer, toss in some wrestling for good measure, and you have a pretty good description of the exciting, fast-paced sport of water polo. The U.S. women’s water polo team is ranked No. 1 in the world and is considered the favorite to bring home the gold medal at the Rio Olympics. To watch water polo is to see a frenzy of churn and motion.

That’s what you see on the surface. What you don’t see are the players’ legs, circling constantly underwater. The players aren’t allowed to touch the bottom of the pool. They’re treading water the whole time, each leg circling in an opposite direction. It’s a motion that has an excellent name: eggbeater.

Just how do these women stay in shape to maintain that type of stamina? Take our three step exercise regime to stay “Olympic” ready:

(1) Jumping Jacks: Simple yet to the point, this exercise builds strength and stamina. Hold 3-5lb weights for extra muscle tone. Do 3 sets of 20 reps and build from there.
(2) Planks: Builds core strength and abdomen muscle tone. Descend onto elbows and hold body in a “plank” position for 1 minute, maintaining straight back and elongating neckline. Turn sideways onto right elbow, tucking left leg under right for a sideways “plank” extending left arm up, holding for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Repeat entire set 3x.
(3) Resistance Band: You will need an exercise resistance band. Secure band behind you by tying to a door or bar. Position body away from the band. Grab the band from behind and pull extending your arm as far in front of you as you can, maintaining a 90 degree angle with the elbow.
NOTE: Check out our Posh at Play Facebook Page for more exercises you can do.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

Defeating New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, the US Women’s soccer team is already off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. Up against the host country team favored to win, the US women will have an uphill battle to win but are confident based on camaraderie and team spirit. Get in the “game” and try a little one-on-one with a friend or family. Soccer is a great way to build stamina and coordination with the fast foot work and cardio, and you’ll have so much fun you will forget you are exercising.

Try out our favorite lightweight Summer shorts perfect for playing the game:
“Livia” Floral Printed Shorts
“Cari” Blue Crepe de Chine Shorts
“Summer” Coral Printed Viscose Crepe Shorts

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WOMEN’S SWIMMING TEAM

Veterans mixed with novices make up this year’s US Women’s Swimming Team. Ones to watch are Missy Franklin who scored 4 golds in 2012’s London Olympics and Katie Ledecky, who might just be the best swimmer in this year’s Rio Olympics. Though these athletes appear poised, calm, and confident, female swimmers talk about the pressures of basically being half naked your entire life and not fitting in with your peers at an early age.

Said five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin: “There’s so much that’s coming at you from so many different angles. You’re impressed upon really, really easily. When I was 13, I had size 13 feet. I was very different, and it made me stand out. It makes you feel a little uncomfortable when you’re so different from your peers — and from what you’re seeing.”

But these athletes used their differences in a positive way- something we can all learn from. That’s why we here at Posh at Play are always encouraging you to be YOU and embrace who you are from within, while wearing the fashion that expresses your individuality.

Be inspired by the bright colors of the Swimmer’s leggings with our top choices:
“Taylor” Bright Blue Patterned Leggings
“Fire” Red Printed Jersey Leggings
“Royal” Purple Patterned Leggings

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TEAM USA

And finally, how can YOU support our Olympic Team and feel a part of The Games? Why not show your Patriotic pride and wear red, white, and blue. While the athletes march in the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening donning custom made Ralph Lauren gear, shop your own “USA” wear here:
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Thompson” Skinny Jean
“Manic” White Cheeky Shorts
“Chain Reaction” Blue Washed Silk Jacket
“Kiss and Tell” Red Lace Tunic
Joe’s Jeans’ “Fifty Five Colors” Red Denim Shorts

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No matter which sport or which athlete is your favorite, show your patriotic pride for the good old USA by watching this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics. Cheer on your favorites and be inspired by our athletes’ dedication and passion.

And remember our mantra here at Posh at Play:
Be YOU, be fashionable, and always be feminine.

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SPRING DRESSES TO FIT YOUR FIGURE

Dresses To Fit Your Figure

Athletic, Hourglass, Apple, Triangle, or Inverted Triangle- which figure are you? We’ve selected the best Spring and Summer dresses to fit and flatter each body type for the most stylish Season ever. Embrace your silhouette this year and choose clothing that enhances your every curve. First, determine which shape you are, peruse our dress selections, then get to shopping your best dress fashion. Get ready to sizzle in style this year with dresses that bring out the best in you.

ATHELETIC FIGURE

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Athletic figures are basically square shaped with minimal definition. Enhance the curves you do have with a ruched or wrap dress. A cinched mid-section is also ideal for giving the illusion of a more feminine waistline. From Carolina Herrera to Michael Kors, get in on Spring’s latest bold floral trend with Hale Bob’s fuchsia floral jacquard tank dress, perfect for the athletic figure. Another flattering option we love is the purple vintage jersey mock wrap dress also from Hale Bob. To play up your curves, streamline your look with a simple gold watch from Betsey Johnson and matching gold strappy heels from Guess. Add a gold clutch by Sarah Jessica Parker and you are ready to rock this Spring in style.

Hourglass Wrap Dress

Sizzle up your nightlife with a bright ruched fitted dress to play up the slight curves of your silhouette. We love Hale Bob’s short sleeved ruched dress paired with Steve Madden ankle strap heels and a Hale Bob black stretch Bolero jacket for chillier evenings. Embrace your fit althetic shape this Season and look for form-fitting dress styles to enhance your sleek shape.

HOURGLASS FIGURE

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Show off your curves with an adjustable belted dress to highlight just how tiny your waist is. Look for dresses with belts or fitted waistlines to enhance and flatter your figure. We love Hale Bob’s silk jersey shirt dress with adjustable tie belt to suit your every curve. Accessorize with a bold Marc Jacobs black handbag, suitable for all Seasons, and Miu Miu embellished black sunglasses for a glam Spring style.

Spring Dresses

We also love Hale Bob’s blue silk chiffon shirt dress, belted at the waist to flatter the hourglass silhouette. For chillier Spring days, pair with a light sweater or white silk jacket from Hale Bob. Be proud of your body this Season, and look for dress shapes to flatter and enhance your natural curves.

APPLE FIGURE

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Apples usually have thin legs and tend to carry most of their weight around the mid-section. Look for swing or empire waist dresses to flow over your waistline and draw attention to your lower body. We love Hale Bob’s ivory jeweled silk tunic dress paired with Spring’s hottest gladiator sandal from Free People and Topshop’s fringe handbag. Dress up the look with black and gold strappy heels from Michael Kors and a Tory Burch black clutch and you are ready to dine in style.

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Flatter your “Apple” shape and go “Boho Chic” this Spring with a Hale Bob black and white Cabana silk cotton shirt dress paired with Free People’s black ankle booties and a floppy hat from Urban Outfitters. Embrace your shape and look for dresses that emphasize your toned legs, drawing attention away from the mid-section for a perfectly styled YOU this Season.

TRIANGLE FIGURE

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Triangles are defined by a small upper body and wider hips and thighs. Look for “fit-and-flare” dresses to enhance your thin bust and waistline, and  hide your thicker lower body. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s blue sleeveless silk jersey tank dress paired with ankle strap heels from Kate Spade and Diane Von Furstenberg’s newest oversized ready-to-go black tote. If you want, you can further emphasize your small mid-section with a black leather studded belt from Versace.

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For a classic LBD style, we love Hale Bob’s black color block flare dress, perfect for any occasion. Pair with Lucky Brand flat sandals and a chic Ralph Lauren sunhat for a day at the beach or casual days out. Dress up your look and dance the night away with embellished heels from River Island and jewelry from Betsey Johnson.

INVERTED TRIANGLE

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Directly opposite of the triangle figure is the inverted triangle shape, defined by a broad upper body and smaller lower body. Minimize your broad shoulders and emphasize your smaller waist and hipline with “A-line” dresses that flare out slightly. Channel your inner princess with a Kate Middleton inspired outfit by pairing Hale Bob’s embroidered jacquard knit A-line dress with classic Jimmy Choo black pumps and a simple yet sleek black satin clutch by White House Black Market. 

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We also love Hale Bob’s chic black color block A-line dress paired with Sam Edelman ankle strap heels and gold bangles for a sizzling night on the town. Or go “athleisure” with your favorite Adidas sneakers, a Tory Burch tote, and Kate Spade sunhat for simple Summer styling.

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This Season embrace the body you were born with and take our tips on how to style your natural beauty. Instead of agonizing over the figure you wish you had, aim to eat healthy and stay fit in order to feel energized and vibrant each and every day. Be your own stylist and select the perfect clothing shape to suit you particular silhouette: ruched dresses for Athletic bodies, belted for Hourglass figures, swing dresses for Apples, fit-and-flare for Triangles, and “A-line” dresses for Inverted Triangles. If you still aren’t sure which body type you are, take “Who What Wear’s” quick and easy three question test to determine your silhouette shape. Here at Posh at Play we are all about being the best YOU can be. We believe in quality products to enhance your lifestyle and friendly personalized customer service. Check out our wide election of Spring dress styles to suit your figure and remember to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

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