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Zella in Your Corner: 3 Basic Boxing Drills to Know Before You Get in the Ring

This October, Zella observes 10 years in the activewear industry. To get into the celebratory swing of things, the Nordstrom-exclusive brand is honoring the occasion with a special capsule collection dedicated to a burgeoning sport with some serious fighting spirit: women’s boxing.

While female competitors have been throwing punches since at least the 18th century, boxing has been largely considered a macho, male-dominated sport for most of its history. Even today, physical aggression is seen as a man’s specialty, despite female fighting phenoms like Claressa Shields and Cecilia Braekhus making regular ESPN headlines. But the world of women’s boxing is only ramping up—and we’re hoping this new collection inspires a few more million-dollar babies out there.

For one, it delivers a full-body workout that tones almost every muscle and incinerates up to 900 calories an hour. (That’s twice as many calories as your average foray on the elliptical machine.) Boxing’s inherently short bursts of extreme cardio are proven to burn more fat than a steady-going cardio session and continue to burn calories post-workout. It’s also incredibly empowering and fun. When you’re punching bags and lifting weights in fast and furious drills, your endorphins are cranked to 11. You’re building strength, honing hand-eye coordination and learning practical self-defense skills. You’re firing on all cylinders, pummeling the day’s stresses away.

Not into human combat? No problem! In fact, most boxing students never step into the ring. Some don’t even spar (when two people practice fighting against each other). It’s a choose-your-own-intensity sport where you control the level of involvement. What matters is you’re getting your heart rate up, working muscles head to toe and managing stress in a healthy way.

WATCH & LEARN BASIC BOXING DRILLS

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Watch This: 5 Ws with Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style

If you’re looking for a feel-good winter flick with tons of style and an off-the-charts inspiration value, well, strap yourself into your sweats and get the leftovers platter ready, because you don’t need to look any further.

Advanced Style, the movie based on the fabulously mature women featured in the blog of the same name and the ultra-charming photographer dedicated to documenting them, is not just a 90-minute endorsement of color blocking, print-and-pattern mixing and wild accessorizing, it’s an affirmation of life itself.

And check this: we have your exclusive pre-feature cinematic appetizer right here.

Ari Seth Cohen, champion of ageless personal expression, appears here in the second installment of our 5 Ws series.

Image via Advanced Style

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Diane von Furstenberg: Live, Up Close and Personal

Seattle, it seems, loves a good jersey dress. Or a great American designer. Or an exceptional life storylike The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg.
Or all of the above. The standing-room-only crowd at Elliott Bay Books on Friday, November 14 was likely compelled by a number of reasons, and when a patterned-shirt-dress clad DVF came through the back hallway door and strode up the left aisle all of them coalesced in the form of whoops, yelps and lots of applause.

(left) @lovemooyoung via Instagram | (right) @jamilghores via Instagram

Seattle Art Museum’s Chiyo Ishikawa introduced von Furstenberg and our own Laura Cassidy, editor of the Thread, and the two began a 15-minute open dialog concerning literary aspirations (hers were simple: to tell her mother’s story, but she realized that to do so required telling her own), character studies (the memoir is studded with stars playing really interesting parts) and civic duties (she gave us a few tips on how to get a Seattle version of New York’s Highline: in short, demand beautiful public space and don’t give up).

The mic then went to the room and the most Tweeted and Instagrammed moment emerged: a fan asked the designer what her favorite part of being a woman was and DVF answered, “That I’m not a man,” and bent in half in laughter at her own joke.

We’re a biased bunch of writers, sure, but for our money, we loved it when she called herself a femmmmmmminist—that’s a feminist with lots of M’s, as she explained. And we really loved the time she compared a writer’s breakthrough moment to an orgasm. What a gal.

We spent a little time with DVF offstage and behind the scenes before all of that went down, and took the opportunity to shoot the first in what we hope will be your favorite new video series. Check it out here.

SHOP: DVF

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Gift Personalities: The Independent – Cormac Mahoney

“I grew up at a big table. For me, dinner is all about sharing. When someone passes you food, something special happens. I believe in magic—and that those little things go a long way.” –Cormac Mahoney, Chef/Co-owner, 
Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA

Cormac is the perfect ambassador for Seattle’s vibrant food scene. Every dish he serves is a testament to his inventive pairings and passion for fresh ingredients. This award-winning chef’s mission is to make people feel at home in his warm, welcoming restaurant, nestled a stone’s throw away from Seattle’s Madison Park Beach.

All portraits by The Selby.


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Gift Personalities: The Free Spirit – Bonnie Robbins

“My family is a huge part of my life. They’ve shaped who I am, and they always inspire me to be something new. My mom never takes herself too seriously and that’s one great thing she’s taught me.” –Bonnie Robbins, art student, Seattle
, WA

Bonnie’s independent, creative spirit really inspires us. She’s just beginning to chart her path, but she gives us a sense that her foundation of family, nature and talent will take her far. We photographed her at one of her favorite places—her childhood home in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.

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Gift Personalities: The Modernist – Marcellus Turner

“I’ve been a librarian for quite a few years now…We have a city of readers, and that’s a good thing in my profession.” –Marcellus Turner, City Librarian at the Seattle Public Library

Seattle is consistently ranked as one of the top most literate cities in the U.S, and a great book becomes even better when one of the people helping us discover favorite new reads is the natty Mr. Turner. We give him high marks for his bookish blend of classic and modern men’s style.

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Gift Personalities: The Class Act – Connie Aramaki

“Photography is all about finding the moment. It’s nice to know when to put the camera down. Sometimes I’ll ask myself, ‘Do I want to just experience this, or should I take a photograph?'” —Connie ‘Coco’ Aramaki, freelance photographer, Seattle, WA

We were drawn to Coco’s easy-going style, inspiration and bright personality. She’s an award-winning photojournalist as well as a fashion and travel photographer. Something as simple as a walk through her Beacon Hill neighborhood is enough to get her camera clicking.

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Gift Personalities: The Innovator – Preston Singletary

“I feel blessed to have a career as an artist. All of my work is based on my Alaskan Native ancestry. The art that I do today gives me a sense of purpose because it’s all part of a continuum.” –Preston Singletary, Artist, Seattle, WA

There’s something impossibly cool about a great artist—especially one who can work with molten glass. Add a strong sense of community and respect for others, and you’ve got something totally irresistible.

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Gift Personalities: The Scene Stealer – Theresa Crim

“I like taking this empty room and filling it up with people and art. Everyone here has a sharing spirit and a drive to do awesome, amazing stuff. I love Seattle because there’s this feeling that we need to build this opportunity for each other.” –Theresa Crim, Co-owner, 
Land Management Gallery & Creative Space, Seattle, WA

Theresa represents a new crop of Seattleites who are actively shaping the city’s culture. Her Capitol Hill space plays host to events, performances and parties where the creative community can meet and join forces. This forward thinker is just brimming with inspiration and a passion for what she does.

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Gift Personalities: The Maverick – Gabe Johnson

“We’ve created a community here. This is a place where people can take themselves a little less seriously, and inject some wonder and curiosity back into their lives.” –Gabe Johnson, curator at Horses Cut Shop Event Space, Seattle, Wa.

We love Gabe because he’s a cultural instigator who embodies the DIY, frontier attitude that still exists in the west. He has a knack for bringing people together for creative exploration and unconventional fun. Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood (nicknamed The Center of the Universe by its residents) makes a perfectly quirky home for Horses Cut Shop.

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