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VV Must Have: Chic Essentials For a Successful Workout

Ah, summer. A time for vacation, pool parties and the chance to do something for YOU. Summer may be far away, but that doesn't mean you can't start preparing now. Whether we like it or not, exercise is essential to leading a healthy life. For women, especially African-American women, we let excuses like hair, sweat and physical appearance keep us from the treadmill.  Today is a new day. Whether it's the first or the hundredth time, now is the time to make a statement.  A fashion forward ensemble will turn heads and boost confidence. Our shopping guide's got you covered from head to toe.

vibe-vixen-nike relay print capriQuick Dry Clothing
For me, breaking a sweat at the gym means I'm doing good work.  However, I could definitely do without that sticky, sweaty feeling that comes after. Need a solution? Quick dry clothing! Brands like Under Armour and Nike make products that take care of this AND have cute patterns and colors. Invest in a more expensive pair or go with a something cheaper to start a wide collection of workout attire. 

Vixen Picks:

Aerie Slim Gym Boot Crossover Pant, $24.95

Under Armour Shatter Capri's, $45

Asics PR Skort, $42

Nike Relay Print Capri's, $58

 Old Navy Women's Active GoDRY Running Top, $22.94

 Nike Dri-Fit Knit Long-Sleeve, $70

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vibe-vixen-under armour underwearUndergarments
The worst place to get sweat is in between your legs. Truth is fabric matters more than style. Like your pants and shirt, undergarments should also air dry.  Today, sports brands offer an extensive selection.

Lululemon Light As Air Hipster, $18

New Balance Seamless Boy Short or Bikini (3 pack), $29.99

Patagonia Women's Active Hipster, $20

Under Armour Pure Stretch Cheeky, $12

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vibe-vixen-northface bounce braSports Bra
Keeping the breasts in check is an issue for all women.  We don't want them moving all over and we don't want to suffocate them either. I suggest getting an accurate bra fitting. Once you know your true size, buy a sports bra that isn't so tight it gives you "back fat." It should hold the girls up and minimize the bounce.

Ideology Sleeveless V-Neck Racerback Sports Bra, $40.00

Lily of France Breathable Sports Bra, $32.00

Panache Underwire Sports Bra, $68

The North Face "Bounce Be Gone" Bra, $32

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Accessories
Now that you have your top, bottom and undergarments, let's talk about the extras.  For all of the ladies who just hit the hair salon, the Save Your Do Gymwrap is your saving grace. Endorsed by Nicole Ari Parker, this product makes "sweating out your weave" a thing of the past. An insulated water bottle will keep your protein shake or water cool for hours and can be reused for hot coffee in the morning. Remember: yoga mats aren't just for yoga. Stick one in your duffle bag and it will remind you to stretch after a strenuous workout.

Save Your Do Narrow Band Gymwrap, $24.95

Nike Varsity Metal Girl's Duffle Bag, $35

Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle, $24.95

Altus Hibiscus Yoga Mat, $14.30

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pretty girls sweat workoutWorkout to Try: The Pilates Chair

When the temperature drops, all we want to do is snuggle under our covers with a hot beverage and watch TV (at least I do). In fact, that's what I wanted to do before stepping into NYC's Chaise 23 studios about a month ago. Joined by the Pretty Girls Sweat team, I thought I'd participate in a low key Pilates routine and be on my way. Boy, was I wrong!
Our 40-minute Reinvention Method session, led by former ballerina Rachel Piskin, was one of the most intense workouts I've ever done. The revolutionary Pilates chair (with arm bungees above it), forces you to use your own body strength to redefine itself. Besides a bit of exhaustion, I felt rejuvenated and energized.

This is one of the many goals of Pretty Girls Sweat, a non profit organization grown out of Teen Diaries. The year old project is spawned from a fitness event that supported Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. Keri Hilson, who hosted, was currently atop the Billboard charts with "Pretty Girl Rock," the song that inspired the organization's name. Since then, PGS has continued to motivate women to work out and have fun with fitness.

Keep up with PGS at prettygirlssweat.com to purchase apparel and stay up to date on future events.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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