Editor’s test: Can Outdoor Voices’ new workout dress replace its cult-favorite Exercise Dress?

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It doesn’t have shorts, but Outdoor Voices’ Athena Dress is a great addition to its athletic dress arsenal. Do you have a summer uniform? I do! Thanks for asking. Mine is the Exercise Dress from Outdoor Voices. If I could, I would wear it daily, but it’s also a good case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Let me explain. Read Full Story

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Outdoor Voices’ new collab with St. Vincent is athleisure at its best

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Outdoor Voices’ new collab with singer St. Vincent is a reminder of the brand’s pop-culture prowess. Outdoor Voices, the athleisure brand responsible for introducing us to matte color-blocked leggings and the ultra-chill Doing Things hashtag, had a tough last week. Tyler Haney, the brand’s energetic 31-year-old founder, who served as the public face for the athleisure company, announced she was leaving Outdoor Voices after being forced out as CEO. This came amid reports that the brand was struggling to raise money even as it burned through cash. Just a few days later—as if to remind people of the struggling brand’s outsized cultural relevance—Outdoor Voices dropped the STV.OV line , created in collaboration with singer-songwriter St. Vincent. Read Full Story

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I tried out Fitness+, Apple’s polished new exercise subscription

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I put Apple’s connected fitness service through its paces and came away impressed (but not surprised)—and quite sweaty. Apple’s new Fitness+ connected workouts service, which launches today, is polished and well-designed, with a rich content library full of workouts. I’ve been trying out the service for a few days and have found it to be a great way to exercise indoors during a pandemic without a large time commitment. Read Full Story

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$1M in 12 minutes: How the Nap Dress became a pandemic uniform

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Hill House launched a dress that became a quarantine sensation. Here’s how it’s planning to keep growing post-pandemic. It was the name—”Nap Dress”—that got my attention when I saw an Instagram influencer post about it. To cope with the daily exhaustion of living through a pandemic, I often take a midday snooze. And here was a dress, made by a brand called Hill House Home , that promised to take you straight from a nap to a Zoom meeting. I was sold. I bought it immediately for $125 and have worn it almost every day for the past eight months. Read Full Story

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Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney resigns after being forced out as CEO

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Haney, who founded the buzzy athleisure brand in 2013, is exiting amid reports that the company is “hemorrhaging” money. Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney is leaving her company just days after its board reportedly forced her to step down as CEO . The 31-year-old was widely considered to be the public face of the direct-to-consumer athleisure brand, which she launched in 2013. Haney combined entrepreneurial hustle with social media prowess to build Outdoor Voices into a major player in the sports apparel space, becoming a minor celebrity in her own right. Behind the scenes, however, reports indicated the startup was burning through cash at an astonishing rate—and struggling to raise more. Read Full Story

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The ultimate fashion statement of 2020? A dress that doubles as a comforter

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These dresses are an ode to life in lockdown. Even before the pandemic, I loved a good nap. But since the lockdowns began, my little siestas have become a survival mechanism. In the midst of long days, full of exhausting Zoom calls, I look forward to a few minutes of shut-eye on my sofa in the afternoon. I’m not alone. One of the most popular fashion trends this year was a dress designed specifically for napping , from a brand called Hill House Home. (I own three.) Read Full Story

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I work in the speaking industry. Here’s why a refreshing viewpoint is everything

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Trusting your gut and spotting that unique brand can lead you to compelling voices, writes the author. Early in my career, the majority of the speakers I was assigned to book fell into the $5,000-$20,000 range. And at first, bookings were hard to come by. This was for a variety of reasons, but for starters, selling a speaker has a lot to do with having relationships of trust with event sponsors. Because I was new to the industry, I didn’t have those relationships. As much as I knew that this would resolve itself with time, there was one thing I noticed that I could fix immediately. Read Full Story

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Worried about running with a mask on? Here’s what you need to know

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If the warm weather has you itching to exercise outside, make sure you’re doing it safely. Getting exercise outdoors is one of the few pleasant escapes we’ve had while stuck at home. A long bike ride, a run on a nearby trail, or a brisk walk around your neighborhood can go a long way to making you feel happier and less anxious , provided you stay at least 6 feet away from others. Read Full Story

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Why Presentation Skills Are Important in Marketing

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What does it take to be a successful marketer? Turns out we don’t have to guess because someone’s already done the research. Fractl used IBM’s Watson Personality Insights API from 2019 to pick out the key traits and characteristics of 20 of the world’s most prominent marketing leaders (I even made the list!). According to the study, the No. 1 trait shared by marketing leaders is adventurousness, followed by high energy levels, assertiveness, and intelligence. One interesting thing about this is that you’d also find a lot of those traits in people with exceptional presentation skills. To put yourself out there and present to a room full of people, you need to be at least a little adventurous. If you’re not a high-energy person, you’ll find it hard to keep people engaged. If you’re not assertive, you’ll struggle to communicate your points effectively. The list goes on. That’s not a …

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I redesigned a school playground for my PhD—and the children got better grades learning outside

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As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, schools would be wise to take the classroom outdoors. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the education of at least 1.5 billion school students. That’s more than 90% of the world’s children. Although many schools in the west, along with private schools in the developing world, have continued some school activities online, more than 50% of learners worldwide do not have a household computer. The absence of face-to-face learning and opportunities for playing with friends will hugely impact child mental health. Read Full Story

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How joining the e-bike revolution made my 2020 a lot more bearable

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Instead of feeling trapped at home, I’ve been enjoying the great outdoors more than ever—even when pedaling up the scariest hills in town. Last March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted everything, it took me a while to notice that my new lifestyle was one of extreme lethargy. With local businesses shuttered, activities canceled, and a second bedroom serving as my office, the amount of exercise I got on a typical day dwindled to a few hundred steps. Shuffling off to the kitchen for a snack started to feel like a workout. Read Full Story

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