Core exercises don’t need to be bodyweight-only, and this quick kettlebell abs workout proves that adding resistance to the mix can be a great way to challenge those all-important muscles.In this video, the fifth installment of Sweat With SELF’s new Kettlebells series, you’ll complete a 20-minute core workout that’s focused on your rectus abdominis (the muscles that run vertically along the front of your abdomen) and your obliques (the muscles along the sides of your abdomen). Lee Jimenez, a certified kettlebell level 1 instructor and ACE-certified personal trainer, and ACE-certified personal trainer Tiffany Ragozzino will take you through the routine, which includes three rounds of four kettlebell exercises.After a quick warm-up, where you’ll get the blood flowing throughout your body with exercises like the cat-cow, bird-dog, and plank walk-out, you’ll get into your abs workout. You’ll complete each exercise—the single-arm assisted sit-up, Russian twist, plank pull-through, and side-bend/windmill progression—for 45 seconds, resting for 15 before going right to the next move. After all four exercises are finished, you’ll rest for 60 seconds before starting again from the top.These kettlebell core exercises help you build both strength and stability in your rectus abdominis and your obliques through motions like rotating or flexing (say, when you’re performing the Russian twist or sit-up) as well as through resisting movement (like when you’re keeping your body steady during the plank pull-through). Working all of the functions of your core is important in any strength training routine, since it better mimics the actions of your core in everyday life—which is super important for injury prevention.Throughout the course of this workout, you’ll be encouraged to progress at your own pace and build ownership of these moves. In the first round, for instance, try to familiarize yourself with the movement patterns and get more comfortable performing them. The second round builds on that—to do so, you’ll sub in a windmill progression in place of the side bend—and the third round really encourages you to give it all you’ve got.Choose your kettlebell wisely for these moves—you don’t want to go too heavy, which can cause your form to falter and over-stress related muscles, like your lower back. A light to moderate weight kettlebell will likely be your best bet. (For more information on how to choose the best kettlebell for you, check out our introduction to kettlebells video.)Ready to light up your core? Grab a kettlebell, block off 20 minutes, and give this kettlebell abs workout a try.ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.Related:
The monkeypox virus causing the current global outbreak may have undergone “accelerated evolution,” mutating more quickly than scientists expected, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature Medicine. The team of researchers in Portugal behind the paper analyzed previous samples of the monkeypox virus, including samples from 2018 to 2019, and compared the DNA to samples from the current 2022 outbreak. The results suggest the virus has evolved very quickly, Thomas Russo, MD, an infectious disease expert at the University of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who was not directly involved in the research, tells SELF.To be clear, it’s well-known that viruses evolve and adapt; that the monkeypox virus has done so isn’t the surprising part. Rather, it’s the speed—a mutation up to six to 12 times faster than expected, per the new research—that has experts questioning whether monkeypox could be more infectious now than in the past. The new research raises the possibility of higher contagiousness, “but we just don’t know yet,” Dr. Russo says.The monkeypox strain currently circulating outside of endemic areas is one of two types and is thought to be the less severe of the two, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One strain is endemic to the West Africa (WA) region and the other is endemic to the Congo Basin (CB) region, per the WHO. In the past the WA strain has “been associated with an overall lower mortality rate of less than 3% while the CB [strain] appears to more frequently cause severe disease with a case fatality ratio reported from 1% to 10%,” per the WHO. The authors of the new report studied the WA strain since it’s responsible for the current outbreak.Health authorities recently cautioned that the symptoms being observed in current monkeypox cases may look different than those commonly observed during previous outbreaks. For instance, in the past, people diagnosed with monkeypox typically developed a total body rash; some people affected by the current outbreak, though, are seeing just a single pimple-like spot or lesion. Experts suspect the virus’s fast evolution could be the reason why some people are reporting atypical symptoms, Dr. Russo says.To date, there have been 305 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Globally, there have been more than 4,700 cases in 49 different countries at the time of publication.To put that into context, the United States reported just two cases of monkeypox last year, both of which were travel-related, per the CDC. But that doesn’t mean you should start comparing it to COVID-19, Dr. Russo says, no matter how familiar the discussion of symptoms, viral mutations, and vaccination feels right now. Currently, “this isn’t like COVID where you can acquire it in a supermarket when you’re not wearing a mask,” says Dr. Russo.Per the CDC, the monkeypox virus is spread through direct contact with an infected person’s rash, scabs, or body fluids; respiratory secretions emitted during prolonged, face-to-face contact; intimate contact such as kissing, cuddling, or sex; or contact with an infected person’s items, such as their clothing or bedding. Additionally, pregnant people can pass the virus to a fetus via the placenta.While health authorities stress that you don’t need to panic, especially because a vaccination response is underway for high-risk people, any new or unusual symptoms are worth paying attention to right now, especially if you have traveled recently or are a man who has sex with men, as this community has been heavily affected by the current outbreak. The new research raises a lot of questions for experts, but it will also help guide discussions about what the best policy is to prevent the spread as the outbreak continues to evolve.Related:
LoveShackFancy has partnered with State Bags, a family bag company, to launch a new travel collection.The six-piece, limited-edition travel collection includes a check-in suitcase, a carry-on size suitcase, travel backpack, mini travel backpack, travel pouch set and toiletry kit, featuring floral prints, pastels and romantic details for which LoveShackFancy is known.
“As a company we aim to inspire exploration, discovery and togetherness,” said Jacq Tatelman, cofounder, chief executive officer and creative director of State. “We are excited to be partnering with LoveShackFancy for our first adult and kids travel collection. Their highly recognizable prints capture the attention and hearts of super fans all over the country, and we can’t wait to introduce them to the world of State.”
Travel bags from State Bags and LoveShackFancy.
The garden party-inspired collection is available at statebags.com, loveshackfancy.com and in all LoveShackFancy stores. Prices range from $85 for the toiletry kit to $325 for the Logan check-in suitcase.
“Like LoveShackFancy, State is more than a product, it is a way to live and enjoy life. I have always been a fan of the brand’s thoughtfully designed bags and its give back mission, so I was thrilled to collaborate on a collection inspired by the wonder of travel,” said Rebecca Hessel Cohen, founder of LoveShackFancy. “Marrying our prints with functional luggage is the perfect pairing for summer adventures.”
State allocates a portion of its profits every year to create a life-changing impact in America’s most underserved communities. This collection will support State’s newest initiative, Travel Academy in partnership with Puzzle International, to give the gift to travel to students growing up in New York City’s most underfunded neighborhoods.
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Having a baby will change a woman’s perspective on many things.
In Nanushka creative director Sandra Sandor’s case, the way the body “can adapt and change so fast” during pregnancy made her appreciate the beauty in imperfection. She just welcomed a new baby with her husband Peter Baldaszti, cofounder and chief executive officer at Nanushka and parent company Vanguards Group.
Many sexy dresses this time are made in stretchy fabric, while the outerwear comes with a slightly cinched waist design to project a nicer proportion.
She also used asymmetrical silhouettes in necklines, paneling and hems, which she and her team took months to perfect, as well as the abstract illustration of curvacious women seen on a cream shirt to manifest this idea for the resort 2023 collection.
“This collection aims to reevaluate the idealistic perception of what it means for a garment to be beautiful. Like the ethos of the Bauhaus says, if an object is designed to function, well then it will, by definition, be beautiful. I really love that and that’s a valid principle for Nanushka,” Sandor said.
The collection, presented in the form of a look book shot in Portugal, also had a large portion of gender-fluid offerings, as Sandor “really wanted to effortlessly blur the line between femininity and masculinity.”
In terms of accessories, the fringed tote bag, woven from raffia and adorned with tassels across the base, is likely to be a street style must-have next January.
SHANGHAI — With lockdown measures slowly relaxing, sunny days aplenty, Shanghai residents have been back on the streets in style when they can, especially those living in the picturesque Former French Concession, which became a lifestyle destination in its own right.
The area around Anfu Road, the equivalent of SoHo New York in Shanghai, has recently experienced a street-style renaissance. Curbside Shanghai Fashion Week is now a year-round festival. The race to be snapped means a stamp of social media approval and instant local fame.
In terms of Shanghai street style, early Aughts influences reign large. Vintage corsets paired with Y2K cargo pants or camo skirts echoed Shibuya street style. Vintage corsets paired with Y2K cargo pants or camo skirts mirrored Shibuya street style, and workout getups paired with dandy loafers took a page from Bella Hadid’s recent model-off-duty fashion.
At the same time, easy denim jumpsuits or breezy caftans have become the ultimate strategy to get through Shanghai’s sweltering summer. Fully masked, many commuters are not afraid to bear a lot of skin with mini crop tops or vests to let in some air.
In accessories, retro headscarves, statement shoulder bags, chunky sneakers or slippers and baseball caps completed the looks.
Urban riders have taken to the streets with a more playful mind-set. Floral prints and relaxed fits became the norm, while functional accessories added an element of flair and street cred. Some even showed off their effortless biking style mixed with a touch of avant-garde reminiscent of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. A healthy disregard for the weather and post-lockdown realities (when there aren’t any) make the day.
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Megan Fox Celebrates in Pink Racerback Crop Top and Midi Skirt After Machine Gun Kelly’s Madison Square Garden Concert
Megan Fox is continuing her streak of all-pink outfits.
Attending the after party for her fiancé Machine Gun Kelly’s Madison Square Garden concert Tuesday, the actress wore a fuchsia racerback crop top and ruched midi skirt by The Andamane, paired with pink heels by Femme and a matching minibag by L’alingi. She was styled by Maeve Reilly.
That night, Kelly also continued to match with Fox in another all-pink outfit, wearing baby pink trousers and a pink mesh tank under an oversize colorful jacket with patchwork detailing.
Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox attend the afterparty for his Madison Square Garden Show in New York.
Earlier this week, the couple attended the premiere of Machine Gun Kelly’s Hulu documentary “Life in Pink,” which was held at the exclusive private club Zero Bond in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, born Colson Baker, also matched in all-pink at the premiere. Fox wore a two-toned minidress by Nensi Dojaka and matching pink heels by Femme, while the rapper wore a light blue and pink mock neck crop top with white pants that featured chains, showing off his tattoo-covered midriff.
“Machine Gun Kelly’s Life in Pink,” which is now available to stream on Hulu, chronicles the artist’s life, providing an intimate look at his career and the highs and lows of his personal life. The musician’s film also follows how he handles fame, his role as a father and more.
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Foods with vitamin C are easy to find if you know where to look. And that’s a good thing, considering how important the nutrient is for your health.You might already know that vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, supports a healthy immune system. But the health benefits of vitamin C go way beyond launching strong attacks against germs.”Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant,” Caroline Green, RD, LD, a South Carolina-based registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor, tells SELF. Antioxidants, as SELF reported previously, help neutralize unstable molecules called free radicals. When free radicals are left unchecked, they can damage cells through a process called oxidative stress, which can set the stage for conditions like cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, or diabetes, among others, according to the National Institutes of Health. So higher consumption of antioxidants may lower the risk of these diseases.Your tissues and skin need the stuff too. Vitamin C, which is a water soluble vitamin, is a key player in the formation of blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and the skin-smoothing protein collagen. “In fact, it’s perhaps even more important in collagen formation than protein is,” Dana Ellis Hunnes, PhD, MPH, RD, senior clinical dietitian at UCLA Medical Center and author of Recipe for Survival, tells SELF. (Though when you’re talking about vitamin C for skin, topical vitamin C serums can also give you a boost.)The body also relies on vitamin C to max out absorption of minerals like iron (particularly from plant-based sources), so it’s a good idea to pair the two on your plate when you can. Think lemon vinaigrette on your spinach salad or a side of strawberries with your black bean soup.So, how much vitamin C should you shoot for each day? Well, it varies. People assigned female at birth should get 75 mg of vitamin C per day, though the recommended dietary allowance jumps to 85 mg during pregnancy and 120 mg while breastfeeding, per the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Those assigned male at birth should get 90 mg. And while that might sound like a lot, the vast majority of us are getting to these dietary allowances with no problem. “It’s fairly rare to have a vitamin C deficiency,” Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDCES, FAND, a registered dietician nutritionist and certified diabetes care and education specialist based in Los Angeles, tells SELF. (Severe cases of vitamin D deficiency results in a condition called scurvy, which causes anemia, poor wound healing, bleeding gums, and bruising.)In other words? You probably don’t need to make much of an effort to get your vitamin C fill. But if you want to make sure your bases are covered (or are wondering whether trying to get more is better), here’s what you should know.How can I get vitamin C naturally?Most experts agree that healthy eating means meeting your nutrient needs from food sources as much as possible, and the same applies to vitamin C. “The easy answer is, get more fruits and veggies!” says Green. “Consuming plenty of colorful plant foods daily should keep you covered when it comes to vitamin C levels.”
Oris continues its industry leading efforts to clean up our oceans with a new watch created to benefit the Billion Oyster Project, a non-profit working to restore New York Harbor’s oyster population. Sometime called the ocean’s trees, oyster colonies create ecosystems for other marine life, and form natural storm barriers.
The new Oris New York Harbor Limited Edition.
The new Oris New York Harbor Limited Edition is a 2,000-piece limited edition based on its 41.5mm steel-cased Aquis diver’s watch collection (see full list of specifications below). Oris devised a green mother-of-pearl dial inspired by the color of the harbor’s water and by the shimmering nacre of the oyster shell.
Note that Oris has long been a proponent of cleaning the oceans and has partnered with numerous environmental organizations over the years as part of its Change for Better program. Just last year Climate Partner independently certified Oris as a climate neutral company. As detailed in its Sustainability Report, Oris plans to reduce its climate footprint by ten per cent a year for the next three years.
Billion Oyster Project began in 2014. Founded by educators Murray Fisher and Pete Malinowski, it has brought together 11,000 volunteers, 8,000 students, 100 New York City schools and more than fifty restaurant partners together to place oysters and build reefs.
Thus far, the Project has introduced 75 million juvenile oysters to eighteen restoration sites in New York Harbor, and the oyster population is now self-sustaining.
Oris will release the New York Harbor Limited Edition with a special presentation box that also includes a rubber strap, metal bracelet and strap-changing tool. Price: $2,700.
Specifications: Oris New York Harbor Limited Edition
(Limited edition of 2,000 numbered pieces)
Case: 41.5mm stainless steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel, stainless steel bezel with minutes scale in relief , sapphire crystal domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside , screwed caseback in stainless steel with special engravings, steel screw-in security crown , water resistance to 300 meters.
Dial: Green, mother-of-pearl, luminous hands and indices.
Strap: Green rubber, supplied with additional multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet with folding clasp with extension and strap changing tool.
Movement: Automatic Oris 733 (Sellita-based) showing hours, minutes and central sweep seconds hands, date with quick setting, stop second device, date window at 6 o’clock. Power reserve of 38 hours.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the world’s biggest automotive gatherings—think all of Monterey Car Week in a single place—triumphantly returned to the south of England this past weekend, packed with plenty of supercars and heart-racing spectacles. Set on the vast estate of the Duke of Richmond (who also hosts the retro-themed Goodwood Revival), the centerpiece of the event is a 1.6-mile hill climb, where race cars and production cars compete to set the fastest lap. Here are some of this year’s highlights from the festivities.
Porsche Showcases the 963 LMDh
Porsche has a celebrated history in endurance racing and looks to add to its legacy with its newest race car, the Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) prototype. Set to compete for Porsche Penske Motorsport in the 2023 race season, the 963 LMDh will run in the FIA World Endurance Championship—including the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans—and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Porsche’s new 963 LMDh race car is set to compete for Porsche Penske Motorsport in 2023.
With a combination of spec and custom elements, the LMDh class creates a single set of specifications across racing series, making it more affordable and more efficient for manufacturers to run. Spec elements include the chassis, battery, electric motor and gearbox, while each team is free to develop its own internal combustion engine and aerodynamics. The Porsche 963 uses a 4.6-liter biturbo V-8 mill based on the power plant from the 918 Spyder. And although Porsche hasn’t yet confirmed performance specs, the LMDh class is restricted to a maximum output of 640 hp. Other manufacturers who plan to compete in LMDh include Acura, BMW and Cadillac.
Lucid Air Sets Fastest Production-Car Lap Record
Pro driver Ben Collins—AKA the Stig from Top Gear—drove the 1,050 hp Lucid Air electric sedan to victory over the weekend with a record time for a production car of 50.79 seconds. The automaker claims that its Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance variant, driven by Collins, was completely stock, even down to the low-rolling-resistance tires. Lucid has come a long way since we first saw a prototype back in 2017, thanks to its level-headed CEO (and former Tesla engineer) Peter Rawlinson pushing to deliver a product with superior range, efficient packaging and quality that matches high-level luxury brands.
Lucid’s 1,111 hp Air Dream Edition.
Design director Derek Jenkins and team have done an admirable job creating a sleek, elegant aesthetic with materials and finishes that are sustainable as well as beautiful. Also on display at Goodwood was the company’s Dream Edition Performance model with 1,111 hp and an (unofficial) estimated range of about 560 miles. We’re eager for Lucid to drop its next model, the seven-seat Gravity SUV, which is slated for next year.
BMW M Division Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
BMW celebrated five decades of its M performance division as the featured marque at this year’s Festival of Speed, and brought an extensive field that included both classic cars and its newest models. Making its world debut was the BMW M3 Touring, a 510 hp wagon that, sadly, will not be sold stateside. It will, however, be used by MotoGP as its official safety car, which also premiered at Goodwood. Also on display (sort of) was BMW’s entry into the LMDh racing class, appearing in camouflage high above the ground as part of Goodwood’s dramatic central sculpture, which featured iconic cars from M division’s half-century of existence.
BMW’s M3 Touring MotoGP Safety Car made its world premiere.
Philipp Blanz, courtesy of BMW.
Earlier this month, BMW released renderings of its LMDh car, which is powered by its own V-8 engine, but we’ve yet to see it close-up in the metal. “We put the car up at the very top of the sculpture so Porsche couldn’t see what we’re doing,” BMW M CEO Franciscus Van Meel quipped. “But I can tell you, the design will include BMW’s famous Hofmeister kink.”
Goodwood’s dramatic central sculpture featured iconic cars from BMW M division’s half-century of existence.
Lamborghini Shows Off Its Aventador Ultimae and Huracán Tecnica
Lamborghini says arrivederci to its flagship Aventador with a final special edition before the brand moves to hybrid power trains in 2023. The 780 hp Ultimae coupe is limited to 350 examples and is powered by Lambo’s much-loved (but soon antiquated) naturally aspirated V-12 engine.
Lamborghini’s 780 hp Aventador Ultimae.
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As the Raging Bull bid farewell to its past, it also showed off its immediate future with the Huracán Tecnica. The latter is a tech-centric, rear-wheel-drive variant in the Huracán line with 631 hp. This is rumored to be Lamborghini’s last (or second to last, depending on the source) V10-powered Huracán, which is sure to inspire collectors to get them while they can.
Lamborghini’s 631 hp Huracán Tecnica makes a festival appearance.
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Polestar Presents the New 5 Super Sedan
It was a big week for Polestar, the future-forward Volvo spinoff, with an IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange that saw a nearly 16 percent jump in its first day of trading. Meanwhile, at Goodwood, Polestar was presenting a prototype version of its 884 hp super sedan wearing grey camouflage and a fat set of tires that screeched up the hill in impressive time.
A prototype of the 884 hp Polestar 5 prepares to make a run up the hill.
David Shepherd, courtesy of Polestar.
Max Missoni, Polestar’s head of design, tells us that the prototype we saw is not the Polestar 5’s final look, but assures us it will be “very close” to the Polestar Precept, the concept car unveiled in 2020 that set the tone for the brand’s future design language. (The Precept was also named Best Interior Design by Robb Report that year.) Also on display was the head-turning O2 concept, a 2+2 roadster unveiled earlier this year, which rides on the Precept’s platform and comes with a built-in drone that follows and records driving for the ultimate social media reels. The production version of the Polestar 5 is set for 2024.
In Marrakech, Kylie Minogue, Chloë Grace Moretz, and More Celebrate Louis Vuitton’s New High Jewelry Launch
Kylie Minogue and Francesca Amfitheatrof. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Marrakech was the place to be earlier this week when Louis Vuitton presented its new high jewelry collection. Titled ‘Spirit’, the 125-piece collection designed by the maison’s jewelry and watches artistic director Francesca Amfitheatrof celebrates humanity’s incredible capacity for innovation and the mythology around fantastical creatures with a 21st century lens.
Cate Blanchett for Louis Vuitton. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
For its launch, a star-studded intimate dinner was hosted at the Dar El Bacha, with the guest list including Grammy-winning Australian singer Kylie Minogue, Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut, actors Chloë Grace Moretz and Riley Keough, models Anna Ewers and Sasha Pivovarova, as well as digital influencers and editors. Dressed in edgy pieces from the French fashion house, the attendees also viewed the collection up close, which recently named Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett as its brand ambassador.
Photo: Laziz Hamani. Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
“Like a phoenix rising from the ashes to take flight, or a dragon breathing protective fire, the Louis Vuitton woman exudes amazing strength, energy and optimism,” says Amfitheatrof of the collection. “It is that very femininity – so emancipating and emblematic of the maison – that I wanted to embody in Spirit.” The collection is accommodated across five distinct universes, with each reflecting Louis Vuitton’s house codes: Liberty, Grace, Fantasy, Radiance, and Destiny. Also worth noting is the collection’s size, as at 125 pieces, it makes it the brand’s largest ever jewelry release, and has taken over 40,000 hours of work in the Parisian ateliers.
Below, check out all the pictures from the event at Dar El Bacha, Marrakech.
Chloë Grace Moretz. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Kylie Minogue. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Francesca Amfitheatrof. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Riley Keough. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Anna Ewers. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Sasha Pivarova. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Carine Roitfeld. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Bryan Boy. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Sharon Alexie. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
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