14 E-Newsletters You Should Subscribe To Right Now

Let’s call a spade a spade: I’ve been slacking on posting regularly here. Don’t believe me? Scroll down to the post before this one. Yeah, its been a while. I can say that I’ve been busy and blah, blah, blah, but that’s some bull we can all smell.

The truth is that I love thinking of new things to post here. In fact, I have multiple lists in multiple journals, devices and slips of paper full of new post ideas. And, you’ll get to read them all soon. I promise (for real this time).

This post in particular was inspired by a Facebook group post from multimedia journalist Samantha Callender. We both contribute to Her Agenda, an information and inspiration hub for millennial women. She asked our group of contributors if anyone knew of some email subscription lists that she could sign up for to stay up-to-date on great opportunities.

I subscribe to a good amount of neat e-newsletters that I’ve been meaning to share out for months. Literally, months. I just never got around to it, until now.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet, may I present to you: 14 E-Newsletters You Should Subscribe To Right Now

Oh, and in case you’re wondering: No, email isn’t dead.

Hopefully these will help you bide time while I work on posting more regularly.

Thanks for the inspiration, Samantha!

  • Unstuck Advice: Inspiration and advice to help you live a better life everyday from the creators of the Unstuck productivity app.
  • The Skimm: An early morning briefing of current events written in the tone of your overly-perky co-worker who doesn’t understand that you haven’t had caffeine yet, but she’s nice (and, smart) so you tolerate her early morning perkiness.
  • Brainpickings: A weekly digest of interestingness. That’s all you need to know because it’s just that good.
  • Today in Tabs: A cross-section of the cool things you missed on the Internet today.
  • Cassandra Daily: This daily newsletter features a themed, curated selection of trends you should know about.
  • Create Daily: I think they say it best: “Awesome gigs and opportunities for creative talent.” Sign-up for The Opportunity Daily AND The Weekly Gig newsletters. You’ll thank me later.
  • Smatterings:  Entrepreneur Saya Hillman curates a twice-monthly newsletter of goodness (inspiration, tips, opportunities and more) that you’ll be excited to receive in your inbox.
  • The Muse: Career advice delivered straight to your inbox so you can stress less about success.
  • Learnvest: Daily tips to help you stylishly live within your means.
  • Contently: If you work in communications then this is a must-read because it’s full of insights about powerful storytelling. ‘Nuff said.
  • Quartz Daily Brief: A straight-forward and straight-to-the-point run-down of the day’s top stories from the editors of Quartz.
  • WWD Morning Report: A briefing on all things fashion and retail from the editors of WWD.
  • The Heretic: A newsletter with tips to help entrepreneurs get shit done.
  • Now I Know: Learn something new everyday. Did you know carrots used to be purple? Now you know.
  • NextDraft: Fascination curated by writer Dave Pell.

If there are any neat e-newsletters that you subscribe then please feel free to share with the class in the comments section.

#ICYMI: This Week on the Internet

Let’s not spend a lot of time hemming and hawing here.

I read a lot of stuff on the Internet. Below are some items that caught my attention this week.

Take the “No Ice Bucket” Challenge (via Slate)

How many of your friends spent more money on ice than donating to a charitable cause this week? Slate contributor Will Oremus explains the origins of the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

A Mother’s White Privilege (via Manic Pixie Dream Mama)

In light of the on-going events in Ferguson, Missouri, blogger Manic Pixie Dream Mama shares how her experience raising three white sons will differ from those who are raising young black men in America.

The Front Lines of Ferguson (via Grantland)

Grantland contributor Rembert Browne shares a first-hand account of his experience in Ferguson.

Why I’m Not Marching for #Ferguson or #MikeBrown (via Friends of Ebonie)

Ebonie Johnson Cooper shares her perspective on “hashtage activism” and explains what she feels is needed for real change.

“I’m OK, I Swear!” – My Plight with Depression (via The Library)

Contributor Bianca Gracie courageously shares her personal experience with depression in light of the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

The Man Who Invented Pop-up Adds Is Very, Very Sorry (via Gizmodo)

He should be sorry. A pop-up ad appeared when I went to read this article.

Wow: Conde Nast Kicks Lucky Magazine Out (via Racked)

Spoiler: The magazine is not folding, but will be under new ownership.

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This Restaurant’s Bathroom is Wallpapered with Ryan Gosling (via Apartment Therapy)

Hey girl…that’s kinda weird.

A Lot of People Are Feeling This Angry Email from a Designer Who Claims He Was Asked to “Work for Free” (via Buzzfeed)

Because asking a professional to work for free isn’t a contest.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone’s Talking About…Gentrification

Gentrification has been a hot topic this month and we’re not even half-way through.  Gentrification is nothing new. It has been covered in iconic movies such as “Do The Right Thing,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Here’s how media outlets are talking about gentrification in cities across the country.

New York

“Gentrification, Inc,” Fast Company, 8/7/14

In New York City, parties like Mister Sunday, along with upscale flea markets, artisanal food events like Smorgasburg, and art events have long signaled the coming wave of gentrification to once-crumbling industrial backwaters like Williamsburg, Bushwick, Long Island City, Gowanus, and now, Sunset Park. A hip, young set willing to push the boundaries into once-unloved neighborhoods in search of bigger spaces, creative freedom, and ultimately cheaper rent is always part of the equation of gentrification. But so are the savvy real-estate developers who follow their every move, ready to pour accelerant on the process. 

Washington, DC 

“Irrigating the (Food) Desert: A Tale of Gentrification in D.C.” Gawker, 8/11/14

Grocery stores and farmers markets, it seems, are common components of gentrification with ambiguous results on increasing food justice. They are correlated with displacement of low-income residents in inner-city areas to low-resource suburban areas—”food hinterlands” where distance and transportation barriers often make nutrition issues worse. Perhaps, then, it’s adequate to look at grocery stores more as agents of gentrification and potential weapons of cultural violence against the poor than as saviors for our country’s obesity epidemic. 

Chicago, IL

“In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are More Black Don’t Gentrify,” NPR, 8/8/14

“It used to be referred to as ‘white flight,’ ” Sampson said, referring to the postwar years in which whites left big cities as more blacks moved into them. “But we refer to it in the paper as ‘white avoidance’ — [gentrifiers are] not moving into neighborhoods where there are lots of black people. In Chicago, the [neighborhoods] that are gentrifying are the ones where there was a white working class, or Latinos, but not many blacks.”

Marfa, TX

“Marfa’s Art World Gentrification is Pushing Out Long-Time Residents,” Hyperallergic, 8/11/14

From the Soho and Williamsburg neighborhoods in New York to Santa Fe in New Mexico, artists have frequently upset existing social fabrics in their quest for cheap rent. Though Marfa’s art renaissance has drawn much outside investment, transforming it from “just a dying, little West Texas cow town” — as a retired U.S. Border Patrol agent told the newspaper — to one of the state’s hottest destinations, it has sidelined many with deeper Marfa roots. After watching their town reinvent itself, they may now also have to reinvent their own lives.

How has gentrification impacted your city? Share your thoughts in the comments.

#ICYMI: This Week on the Internet

Let’s not spend a lot of time hemming and hawing here.

I read a lot of stuff on the Internet. Below are some items that caught my attention this week.

99U Podcast: Grace Bonney on Building Your Own Empire (via 99U)

99U chats with Grace Bonney, founder of the site Design*Sponge. Grace has been blogging for 10 years. How many of you can say that? Pick up on the science she drops and thank me later.

30 Viral Voices Under 30 (via The Root)

The Root highlights 30 young movers and shakers on the Internet, including my dear friend Chasity Cooper, for its “Young, Black and Viral Weekend” series.

The Public Library Wants to Be Your Office (via Fast Company)

Here’s a novel idea: Libraries as business incubators and co-working spaces.

Three Lessons from Toyota’s ‘Swagger Wagon 2′ (via PSFK)

PSFK contributor Rob Fields explains what went wrong with Toyota’s ‘Swagger Wagon’ reboot.

Smile Bitch Training Camp: So Your Frown Never Ruins Some Random Dude’s Day Again (via ThinkProgress)

15 Designers Reveal Secrets for Staying Productive (via Fast Co. Design)

“If you work with assholes, no to-do list will help you work efficiently.” #truth

When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown (via Stacia L. Brown)

Writer and professor Stacia L. Brown reflects on the death of Michael Brown, a Missouri teen who was shot by police on Saturday.

Does Your Dog Love You THIS Much? (via Refinery29)

How to Rescue a Boring Conversation (via Slate)

Because “What do you do?” is the worst ice-breaker EVER.

Why Are There So Many Women in Public Relations? (via The Atlantic)

But, for real though…

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Sharing is caring. Feel free to share links to any interesting content you’ve discovered in the comments section. 

Hip-Hop’s Guide to Dealing with Haters

Have you ever sat down and really thought about haters? No, me neither, but humor me for a moment.

Realizing that you have a hater is like that moment when you realize you have a piece of gum stuck on the bottom of your shoe. You know you’ll have to deal with a slight sticky feeling every time your shoe hits the ground until you either a) scrape the gum off your shoe, or b) allow the gum to dissolve on its own over time.

Don’t get it twisted.  This isn’t a subliminal post aimed at some hater in my life. I honestly wouldn’t know if I had one because I spend my time thinking about more productive things like how to turn cookie butter back into cookies.

However, I noticed that a lot of rappers rap about haters. I guess the wine of success tastes better when you see all of the sour grapes left behind in the vineyard.

That being said, I went through some of the most popular rap songs discussing the complex relationship between haters and the people they hate on to find words of wisdom to help you deal with any haters you may have in your life. Thank me later.

cf5328f8-78c8-43f4-bd35-c0f919c96dce11. Haters have existed from the beginning of time (Judas, anyone?): “From the beginning to the end, losers lose, winners win. This is real. We ain’t  got to pretend. The cold world that we in, is full of pressure and pain.” – 50 Cent, “Hate it or Love It”

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2. But, let your haters know that you’ve worked for everything you have: “Au contraire [ninja]. I am here cause I earned this shit. By riding out when [ninjas] had learners permit.” – Jay-Z, “Some People Hate”

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3. Haters hate themselves more than they actually hate you: [Ninjas] fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer. Guess it’s just the theory of man. Became a monster, on top of the world, never fallin’. I’m as real as they come from day one, forever ballin’. – Nas, “Hate Me Now”

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4. It’s okay to acknowledge your haters: Hustle hard, stack paper, it’s alright, y’all hate us. It’s nothin’, we major, you see me, hi hater! – Maino, “Hi Hater”

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5. It’s also okay to offer some words of advice to your haters (if so inclined): Hey. What the heck, breathe homie, me I’m doin what I always do, grindin. If you wasn’t steady hatin you’d be balin too. – Rich Boy, featured in B.o.b.’s “Haterz Everywhere”

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 6. Understand that real winners help others: [Witches] is like crabs in a bucket. You see a bad [witch] gettin’ shine, you should love it. Cause every time a door opens for me that means you just got a better opportunity to do you.”  – Nicki Minaj, “Still I Rise”

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7. Haters are just a part of the circle of life: There’ll always be haters, that’s the way it is. Hater [ninjas] marry hater [witches] and have hater kids. – Kanye West, “Bring Me Down”

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8. Be careful who you let into your life because haters can come disguised as “friends”: Fake friends write the wrong answers on the mirror for me. That’s why I pick and choose. I don’t get shit confused. I got a small circle. I’m not with different crews.  – Lil Wayne, “Right above It”

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9. Sure, you can hear what your haters are talking about, but you don’t have to listen. Do you boo: Send the haters all my love – X and O. I got a black box where suggestions go. But, I don’t really give a [funk], it’s probably best you know. My reality is brighter than your dreams are. I gotcha dream girl ridin in ya dream car. – Drake, “Congratulations”

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10. Let your haters work for you: I told you I was gonna make it big, gonna grow. This is dedicated to all of the haters that didn’t know. But they know who it was. Haters created my buzz. Talking about me made people wonder who she was.” – Eve, “Be Me” 

How do you deal with the haters in your life?

 

Everyday Moments That I Find To Be Hilariously Awkward

My far-fetched dream is to become the sixth Spice girl. This is my back-up since my auditions for the Twerk Team didn’t quite pan out. I would be a perfect fit for the Spice Girls. First of all, I’m tone-deaf. Secondly, I’m rhythmically challenged at times. But, that’s all okay because I have loads of personality and have already come up with my stage name. You already know Sporty Spice, Scary Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice and Posh Spice. Now welcome me, Awkward Spice. I’m that adorkable Spice Girl who you’ll most likely laugh at when she trips in her platforms.

Speaking of awkward moments let’s get right to it. Below are some everyday moments that I find to be hilariously awkward:

1. Tripping in public

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It’s public meaning that you can’t fake like no one saw you kiss the ground. Right, Michelle?

2. Hugs

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I’m not a natural hugger, but I’ll lay a half-hug on you if social circumstances require it. Please don’t try to teach me how to hug (yes, people have tried). Just know that if I ever give you a full hug then you are truly loved. 

3. Short Guys and Tall(er) Girls Coupling

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You won’t catch me walking around looking like someone’s babysitter. 

4. Elevators

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I think we’re all in agreement here.

5. When someone openly calls you out for curving (rejecting) their romantic advances

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That sounds like a personal problem. What’s it have to do with me?

6. When you see someone eyeing the food you’re eating 

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I would give you a piece, but you see the way my hunger is set up…

7. When you think you and the person you are talking to are about to split ways, but you realize you are headed in the same direction

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Uh, you know what? I think I forgot something back there. You go ahead. 

8. Trying to mind your business and not eavesdrop on nearby conversations

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But, weren’t we given two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we speak? That’s in the bible, right?

9. When you realize someone is wearing the same [insert clothing, accessory] as you

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Props to you for having good taste, but did you bring an alternate outfit or nah?

10. When you think you see someone you know, but turns out you’re wrong

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Go. Just go away. 

What everyday moments do you think are hilariously awkward?

Reflections on My First Year in #Chicago

This time last year I boarded a plane to Chicago with a one-way ticket, two suitcases and a carry-on. People ask me what made me move to a city I had never been to before. I usually reply that I did it for the post-grad job I had secured here, but I actually think it was for the thrill of the unknown. The quote, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” became my mantra during the moving process. If it hadn’t I too would have had major reservations about leaving everything I knew (especially my family).

Moving to Chicago was the best decision I have ever made since moving to Boston to start college before moving back to the Washington, DC area to finish college. The biggest growth points in my life happened because I made bold geological shifts and mental shifts to explore the unknown. I have no regrets. I have experiences that turned into memories and memories that transformed into lessons. All of this I am truly grateful for because they have helped mold me into the person that I am becoming.

I’ll admit that it hasn’t always been rainbows, butterflies and Nutella. There was a time I sincerely regretted my decision to move to Chicago. Summer had long ended and the weather had started to cool. As did my thoughts about everything. Maybe it was Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), I don’t know, I’m not going to self-diagnose it. The point is that it didn’t matter how good my life looked on paper because in my mind something was off. I began to put together an “exit plan.” I considered going back to school. I considered moving to New York. In all honesty, New York is a city I’ve been tip-toeing around my whole life. Maybe it was time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Maybe the Windy City was for the birds.

Flash forward to today and now I’ve fallen in love with Chicago. I love the city’s potential. Like me, Chicago is in a state of evolution. The start-up scene and maker movement are working to elevate the city’s economy. I think I’m in love with the underdog. Those cities that proudly admit that they will never be like the “big ones.” Those cities that are constantly struggling not to focus on what they don’t have, but build on what they do have.

I had to do some deep self-reflection sometime between today and all the yesterdays I spent questioning the decision to take my talents to Chicago. I had to ask myself tough questions about what I wanted out of life. Questions that I had stopped asking myself once I landed in Chicago as if my moving here was the answer. It’s easy to think that once you’ve met that goal you set out for yourself that the work you owe yourself has been paid in full. But, as the U.S. Education System hasn’t failed to remind me monthly, you can’t forget about the interest. There’s always a little more to give of yourself to yourself. And, that’s what I began to do. I pursued things to fill in the gaps in the parts of my life that I thought was “missing.” For instance, I began to write more because I missed the constant deadlines I had in college to get work published every week. I took on a part-time job because I missed working with small businesses. I began to do more DIY projects because I missed making things with my hands. I’m beginning to move towards a systems approach instead of the goal-oriented approach that ruled my academic life. I stopped scheduling my goals around “semesters” or “years” and instead I am now measuring my self-fullfillment (instead of “goals”) by the positive habits I am beginning to form through small, but consistent actionable changes.

Chicago is treating me well because I’m treating myself well. I renewed my apartment lease, so I look forward to my next year in Chicago. I look forward to writing another post a year from now while munching on Garrett’s CarmelCrisp in-between sentences (as I’m doing now). I look forward to Lollapalooza and buying a thicker winter jacket. I look forward to exploring new neighborhoods and finally taking the Architectural Tour. But, most of all, I look forward to the unknown. Maybe the Windy City is for the birds, but it only makes sense that I continue to spread my wings.

 

Anuli about Town: Randolph Street Market

There is nothing quite like Chicago in the summertime. These three months of festivals, picnics and just overall bliss almost make up for the six months of Winter that Chicagoans suffer from each year.

Snaps for me for surviving my first Chicago winter and not dying of frostbite.

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Over the weekend I finally got my life together and made it to one festival that has been at the top of my list since I moved to Chicago last year: the Randolph Street Market Festival.

The Randolph Street Market Festival is a monthly indoor-outdoor market located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The market features 200 vendors of jewelry, vintage clothing, furniture and collectibles. And, the market also features food vendors. I experienced the best chicken empanada I’ve ever had there. Not getting the empanada vendor’s card will be the biggest regret of my life.

Check out some pictures from my day at the market below.

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Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

You can say that I’m living the dream. It has been a year since graduation and in that year I’ve moved to Chicago to work for the world’s top public relations agency. I live in a one-bedroom apartment in a beautiful neighborhood. I pay my own bills (including school loans). I’ve made fantastic friends. I go to brunch. Yes, I’m living the dream. A dream that I’ve worked my whole academic life to achieve. So, this is why I worked so hard. So, this is why I made the choices I made. So, this is it.

But, this is not enough.

You see, I ‘m the kind of person that’s never satisfied. I’m my own worst critic. I actually cringed a little bit writing that first paragraph because while all of that is true, it reeked of humble-braggedness (yes, I made up this word) plus rarely do I ever take time to reflect on how blessed I really am. It wasn’t until my 9-year-old sister told me on the phone the other day that I was her “role model” that I actually began to feel like I’ve done some good in the world. I’ve always looked outwardly for role models, never really identifying myself as one, but, damn, if the smartest kid I know wants to be like me then I must be doing something right.

I tend to focus more on fixing weaknesses than appreciating strengths. Obviously this isn’t the healthiest mind-set.

For me, it is always about what more can I do? What does the next level look like? Am I doing enough? What isn’t working here?

Maybe I’m paranoid, but I like to have multiple hustles. Sure, I have a full-time job, but I also freelance write and work occasionally at a neat stationary shop called GREERChicago. I have an innate fear of only being associated with one group or one thing. That’s probably why I never felt a desire to join a sorority. I’m a floater by nature, so being anchored by one group never really appealed to me. It’s probably why my resume looks like a game of “connect the dots.” How does one work experience connect with the other? And, how the hell did I end up in public relations despite concentrating in legal communications. Paranoia, that’s why.

My innate fear of only being associated with one group or one thing is tied into my greatest ultimate fear: not living up to my full-potential.

I’m not a big sports buff, but I am a big fan of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries. I binge-watch them on Netflix. Not only are they extremely well-made, but they all speak to this idea of potential whether in regards to meeting, surpassing or falling short of one’s expected potential. The internal and external pressures faced by athletes to live up their full-potential is an inherently human plight. While I am in no way an athlete I can relate.

There’s a door in my apartment building that clearly says “pull,” but when you pull on the door it doesn’t open. Turns out, you’re actually meant to push the door. Generally, fear is an emotion that pulls us back, but in some cases fear can actually push us forward. Just like that door there are some things in life that won’t operate the way are “supposed” to. We ask for signs to help aid our decision making, but sometimes the signs we are presented with aren’t necessarily the right ones. Sometimes we just have to operate by instinct. If our instincts tell us to push forward then why should we follow directions from signs telling us to pull back?

This is where I’m at right now. I’m facing signs telling me to do this, do that, be this, be that. But, my instincts say otherwise. My instincts say that if I follow my passions then I will eventually to live up to my full-potential because my potential resides within my passions.

So, what’s the moral of this admitted stream of consciousness? Don’t wait for a sign to tell you how to move forward. Trust your instincts. If you are doing things rooted by a passion then you will make great strides towards living up to your full-potential as defined by you, not others. If you’re afraid of what’s next then use that fear to fuel you. Use that fear to push you forward instead of pull you back. Above all, take time to appreciate your strengths and accomplishments, but don’t stop ’til you get enough.

 

Seventeen Sporty Chic Pieces to Add to Your Wardrobe Right Now

It’s time to channel your inner Sporty Spice because the sporty chic look is back in a big way! Top designers like Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese and Karl Lagerfeld looked to the sports world for inspiration for their Spring 2014 collections. The result is a fusion of feminine looks with a masculine edge that can be just as comfortable as they are elegant.

While workout wear may not be in your company’s dress code I’ve selected seventeen style staples you can incorporate into your wardrobe to jump on the sporty chic trend.

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1. ASOS Leather Cap ($34.30): Heads up! Let’s start up top with a leather baseball cap. The leather adds a dose of high-style to the traditional baseball cap.

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2. Varsity Zip-Front Jacket ($79.99): You may not have been a varsity athlete in high school, but you can still look like one with a letterman jacket.

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3. Dunk Sky Hi Sneakers ($150.00): These black grained-leather and snakeskin-print leather sneakers are sure to take your look to the next level.

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4. Muscle Tee ($13.50): Show a lil muscle and support your favorite team in style by rocking a team-centric tank.

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5. Back in the Day Clutch ($28.00): This letterman-inspired clutch features “1993″ patches embroidered onto a jersey fabric casing. Perfect accessory to wear to brunch or to the big game.

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6. Nation Two Part Chunky Sandals ($65.00): Cleated soles add a sporty edge to these colorful and chunky sandals.

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7. DKNY Floral-Print Sweatshirt ($87.00): A graphic sweatshirt is an easy way to get in on the sporty chic trend. Dress it up with trousers or dress it down with jeans. Either way you’ll look like a winner.

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8. Perforated Backpack ($68.00): Tote your belongings around town in a modern and cool perforated backpack.

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9. Sport Mesh Nuri Ponte ($69.50): Mesh inserts are an easy way to incorporate a sporty edge into your look. This body-con skirt features sheer mesh detailing at the hemline.

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10. Mesh-Trimmed Heathered Sweatshirt Dress ($138.00): Comfy, cozy and oh so chic! This heathered sweatshirt dress can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sneakers.

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11. Banana Leaf Joggers ($44.00): No need to break a sweat wearing these graphic joggers because your friends will be running to you to ask wear you got them.

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12. 84 Box Clutch ($59.90): Bold numbers add a modern twist to the classic box clutch. Perfect for sitting court-side or for a night out on the town.

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13. Abstract Scuba Knit Dress ($24.80): Make a splash with a scuba knit dress! The abstract pattern will show off your playful side and the black panels will show off your curves in the best possible way.

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14. Baseball Button Up ($85.00): Hit a fashion home run with this baseball button-up designed by Dimepiece.

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15. Drover Heel ($59.98): Mesh detail and a pop of color make these sky-high heels a glam take on the sporty chic trend.

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16. Women’s Adidas Originals Borboflora Tank ($35.00): A colorful and bold floral pattern brings a new school spunk to the old-school sports tank.

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17. Baseball Mirror Jacket ($238.00): Let’s finish off with this beautifully detailed baseball mirror jacket designed by Maison Scotch. Get a load of that embroidered and sequin detail.

Going sporty chic this season? Tell me how you plan to tackle this trend in the comments section.