With “New Year, New You” resolutions firmly in play and gym memberships dusted off, it’s time to think about how to make those resolutions stick around longer than the January blues…and if there is one thing we know about keeping your fitness game on point, it’s that the right gear makes all the difference. This month Sand & Smoke has teamed up with retail giant Bloomingdale’s – Dubai to showcase the ultimate fitness wardrobe. With a new department dedicated to luxe sportswear, including brands such as Outdoor Voices, The Upside, Michi and many more, Bloomingdale’s – Dubai has given us the push we needed to hit the gym stylishly. Throw in a contemporary section full of names such as Public School, No.21 and T by Alexander Wang and you have fashion’s new obsession with athleisure covered, taking you from the yoga studio to the street effortlessly. To celebrate this, Sand & Smoke have handpicked some of the region’s most stylish and active women to showcase the “it” brands you need to know now…
THE BALANCED BLONDE.
As senior manager of an experiential marketing agency, Amanda is no stranger to working a room, whether that be at Dubai’s most glamorous events or the four walls of her gym. With model good looks and a knack for making her workouts look like as much fun as ladies night, the 28-year-old from the UK is a key player in UAE’s new fitness movement and can generally be found with her girls in the great outdoors, doing yoga, hiking or surfing.
THE GAME. I’m a yogi at heart but a big Flybarre fan too, I love wake-surfing and hiking on the weekends
THE FUEL. I’m a big fan of Dubai’s ‘Kold Press Juice Company’ and their fresh veggie juices
THE JAM. I have Duke Dumont’s Ocean Drive on repeat at the moment
THE BEAUTY. I moisturise at night, just before I go to sleep, and I swear by Kiehl’s and aloe vera gel for my skin.
At only 22 years old Jessica Olie is fast becoming the Kayla Itsines of the Middle East with an army of over 112k instagram followers at our last check and now the author of her own Ebook #letsstartyoga. It’s her lethal combination of awe-inspiring yoga moves set amongst Dubai’s most scenic views that has made her a social media sensation not to mention rocking a seriously strong activewear game…so who better to trial Bloomingdale’s new active and contemporary brands than this British born bronzed beauty.
THE GAME. Yoga or high Intensity training
THE FUEL. I love a good smoothie on the go
THE JAM. Anything that has a good beat!
THE BEAUTY. Cleanse, tone, moisturize and a light SPF foundation
Top and leggings both Splits59
Mother, musician and street style favourite, Dana Hourani has fast become the darling of the fashion brands with her striking good looks and effortless sense of style. A poster girl for the Middle East’s new cooler way of dressing the 29-year-old Lebanese beauty shows us how to do sport luxe like only she knows how.
THE GAME. I love barre workouts such as physique 57.
THE FUEL. I love juicing in the morning!
THE JAM. I’m actually going through a Bieber Fever phase.
THE BEAUTY. Three-step wash, tone, moisturizer.
THE SQUAD LEADER.
If there is one person that can get you moving this year it’s Danielle Blaker, the 35 year-old Canadian can generally be found rallying her squad to try all sorts of fitness crazes on a regular basis. As a food and travel writer Dannielle trials some of Dubai’s, and the globes, hottest healthy hangouts, combine that with her high energy and passion for fitness and Danielle has become Dubai’s resident go-to-girl for a good dose of motivation on all things fitness and health.
THE GAME? Team sports like volleyball, reformer Pilates and TRX
THE FUEL? The Salad Jar and Essentially’s The Raw Food Experience
THE JAM? Old school UK Garage is my workout playlist
THE BEAUTY? First, I drink a glass of lemon water then I cleanse, tone and use BB cream by TAO cosmetics. No moisturizer and no sunscreen (dermatologist’s orders).