Victoria Justice's Crazy

Victoria Justice looks absolutely flawless on our November cover, it’s true. But we are also convinced that every body would look amazing in the gorgeous one-piece suit she’s wearing.

Why?

It features criss-crossed straps across the chest that highlight the décolletage, and a flattering midriff-baring cutout that reveals some skin while still covering most of the tummy. Adjustable straps and a back clasp allow you to tighten or loosen as needed for a fully custom fit. And unlike many swimsuits out there, this one provides full butt coverage without looking the least bit dowdy.

The denim shirt also makes for an adorable cover-up, if we do say so ourselves. But the cute doesn’t stop there. Here’s a sneak peak at the rest of our shoot with Victoria, plus all the info you need to shop each look.

Victoria’s wearing on the cover:Â L Space Madi ($165, nordstrom.com), The Current Elliot denim shirt ($198, neimanmarcus.com) and Stanmore Verses ring ($140, stanmorenyc.com)

Photo: James White

Victoria’s wearing: Ashish lace slip dress (freepeople.com for similar styles). Augden sweater (augden.com)

Photo: James White

Victoria’s wearing: Nili Lotan halter gown ($495; barneys.com)

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Gear Guide: Injinji’s Yoga Toesocks

By Su Reid-St. JohnWhen it comes to doing yoga, I get cold feet. Literally. Still, I’ve never been a fan of yoga socks. I need to use my toes during my practice, and the few pairs I’ve tried made me feel completely (and somewhat dangerously) unconnected to the mat. Enter Injinji’s new Yoga Toesocks, which promise to change my mind.

Like the name says, these socks have individual toes. They felt weird at first, but I got over that quickly. I’ve been wearing the company’s workout socks for a while now, and really like the way they wick moisture away and keep my toes comfy. These new Yoga Toesocks go further, by sporting tiny gripping dots on the bottom of each foot to keep them from slipping around on the mat. They’re good for the planet, being made of a sustainable bamboo-based fiber that just happens to have antibacterial properties (bye-bye, stinky feet). Plus, they’ll protect your tootsies from germs when you forget to bring your own mat to class and have to borrow one from the studio.

Wearing them isn’t all sunshine and roses, however. Those super-grippy dots I mentioned? Well, they’re so grippy that my feet kept catching on the mat during sweep-your-feet-back transitions like going from lunge to downward dog. Plus, they’re pretty darned uncomfortable to wear with shoes, so I ended up wearing a different pair to and from the studio.

Bottom line: Is having warm, happy feet to complement my yoga-induced serenity worth an occasional stubbed toe and some extra sock schlepping? You bet.

Product: Injinji Yoga Toesocks

Category: Apparel

Pros: These super-grippy socks—made of sustainable, antibacterial fibers—keep your feet firmly in-place, warm, and away from mat germs.

Cons: The gripper dots can catch on the mat, plus they don’t work well with shoes.

Cost: $16 at REI

Extra tip: Wear them for a while before trying them out in yoga class so you can get used to the weird toe feeling.

Gear Guide: Nathan Power Shower Refreshing Wipes

By Su Reid-St. JohnI’ve never been able to “squeeze in a quick workout” at lunch. It’s just that, well, I sweat when I work out. I’m talking caught-outside-in-a-storm soaked, with a nice red flush to boot. In other words, I need a shower—nothing quick about it.

Or do I? The folks behind Nathan Power Shower Refreshing Wipes don’t think so. Get refreshingly clean from a baby wipe look-alike? To say the least, I was skeptical. Too chicken to try them during an actual workday, I gave the wipes a test run over the weekend. I had already showered so I could run a bunch of errands, but I wanted to fit in an afternoon power walk before heading over to my in-laws’ place for dinner. (Thankfully, they like me, so I knew they wouldn’t mind if the wipes didn’t live up to their promise.)

I was pleasantly surprised. First, these are no baby wipes: They have a clean, citrus-y scent in place of the usual cloying baby- powder smell. My skin felt a bit sticky afterward, but that went away as soon as the moisture dried. My skin also felt delightfully cool after using them (it took two wipes to do the job), and they were excellent at cleaning off sweat; I felt as good as showered when I finished—from the neck down, anyway.

And that’s the catch: They can’t replace a shower when it comes to making my hair look presentable post-workout. If I could sweep it into a cute ponytail, this might not be an issue. But I have short hair…so it is. The bottom line: I’ll definitely use these again after short workouts, or even for a quick freshening-up during my normal workday. But for my usual sweat sessions? I’ll be hitting the shower afterward.

Product: Nathan Power Shower Refreshing Wipes

Category: Gear

Pros: Very refreshing, with a clean, citrus-like scent. They do a great job cleaning off sweat, and they leave your skin feeling cool. They’re highly portable, too.

Cons: Skin feels slightly sticky for a few minutes after use, plus they don’t address the sweaty hair issue.

Cost: $3.95 for a package of 10 at TriSports.com

Extra tip: Save for short workouts and quick freshen-ups unless your hair is ponytail-friendly.

Gear Guide: Piloxing DVD Combines Boxing and Pilates for a Kick

By Su Reid-St. JohnPiloxing is a new workout that blends Pilates and boxing, with a little dance thrown in, created by Swedish-born Pilates instructor, dancer, boxer, and personal trainer Viveca Jensen. The popular workout is taught at Jensen’s V Pilates studio in Toluca Lake, California, and a DVD based on the class was recently released. Always up for a new fitness challenge, I gave it a try.

Before I jumped into the DVD workout, I watched a helpful segment in which Jensen demonstrates some of the boxing moves. What she doesn’t explain, unfortunately, is how to put on the 1-pound gloves (which look like little black-and-pink turtles) you’re supposed to wear during the workout. I’m usually a pretty smart cookie when it comes to figuring out stuff like this, but these were a little tricky. (I realized later on that I had them on upside down.) Oh well, on to the workout.

The setup took me by surprise. Most workout DVDs supplement their star with a few backup people to add some enthusiasm and make you feel (I’m guessing) like you’re actually taking part in a class. Well, Jensen was backed up by no less than seven people, all crammed into a pretty small space. I’m guessing the intention was that I, the viewer, would see how effortlessly and enthusiastically all these people followed Jensen—but it was actually quite distracting. I couldn’t figure out how they avoided knocking into each other. And, with all those moving body parts, it was tough at times to actually see the correct way to do the moves.

Fortunately, Jensen has a really likeable presence. She obviously loves what she’s doing, and there’s much to be said for that. The workout switched back and forth between boxing and Pilates, with the Pilates also serving as much-needed recovery time. Jensen’s cueing on the Pilates parts was usually pretty easy to follow, but she quickly lost me during the boxing stretches. Some close-up, here’s-what-your-form-should-look-like shots would’ve been really helpful, but the camera stayed back for the most part, showing the big (crowded) picture. When it did zoom in, it was often—both inexplicably and unhelpfully—on the feet of one of the backup people.

It didn’t help, either, that my “workout space” at home is a carpeted area in the den. The foot-twisting boxing moves would’ve been much easier to do on a smooth surface.

Problems aside, I did end up getting a really good cardio-and-strength-combo workout. And even though 1 pound might not seem like much, my arms were definitely feeling it by the time the credits rolled. Bottom line? This DVD will make you sweat—but it’s no knockout.

Product: Piloxing DVD and GlovesCategory: DVD/Gear

Pros: Challenging cardio-and-strength workout that really makes you sweat. Plus, the trainer is likeable and enthusiastic.Cons: Boxing segments were hard to follow, and the large number of backup people was distracting. Gloves can be tricky at first.Cost: $19.95 for the DVD and $26 for the gloves at VPilates.com

Extra tip: Don’t attempt on carpet.

Gear Guide: Champion’s Double Dry Performance Seamless Women’s Tee

By Su Reid-St. JohnSometimes love sneaks up on you. You meet and think nothing of it. But then you start looking for opportunities to cross paths, and soon the object of your affection begins to feel necessary.

That’s how I feel about Champion’s Double Dry Performance Seamless Women’s Tee. When I first got this top, I tossed it in my workout drawer without a second thought. After wearing it a couple of times, though, I started seeking it out. I remember the first time I reached for it and realized it was dirty. I was so disappointed that I actually considered fishing it out of the hamper—where it had lain since the previous day’s sweat fest—for another go. (This from a girl who considers wearing jeans two days in a row a noteworthy accomplishment.)

Here’s why I love this T-shirt. First, it’s seamless, so it’s super-comfortable. Second, it’s surprisingly flattering; I’d thought it would be too body-hugging, but the stretchy fabric actually skims my figure, smoothing out imperfections (like my stubborn belly pooch). And, best of all, it’s like wearing an air-conditioner; the material wicks like mad and breathes so well that my skin actually feels cool while working up a sweat.

Of course, it’s not perfect. (What love ever is?) The high crew neck isn’t the best style for my short-trunked, slightly-busty frame. I much prefer the elongation of a V-neck. (Are you listening, Champion?)

Nevertheless, my infatuation remains steadfast. I never did retrieve it from the hamper that day. But I did buy another one.

Product: Champion Double Dry Performance Seamless Women’s Tee

Category: Apparel

Pros: Seamless and flattering, with material that wicks and breathes to keep you cool during your workout.

Cons: Would look better with a V-neck.

Cost: $28 at ChampionUSA.com

Extra tip: Get two, so you’ll always have a fresh one to wear.

Gear Guide: Moving Comfort Endurance C/D Sport Tank

By Su Reid-St. JohnWhen you’re a D-cup, you can usually wear a cute bra top (without an additional sports bra) only if you’re willing to bounce your way through your workout. That’s a sacrifice I’m rarely willing to make.

But Moving Comfort’s Endurance C/D Support Tank is really cute. So cute, in fact, that I caved and gave it a try.

There’s a lot to like about this top. I love the bright, two-tone colors, plus it’s flattering. It has a mesh back that worked wonders to keep me cool, and the fabric in general wicks impressively. It has a nice length, too; I didn’t feel like I had to keep tugging on the hem to keep my tummy covered. The “invisible” back zip pocket’s a nice bonus, too—just the place to keep your cell phone or ID.

That’s all well and good, but let’s get to why we’re really here: Does it support? Well, somewhat. It was surprisingly effective at holding the girls in place during standing runs on my Spin bike—and that’s saying something. But when I wore it again to do a workout DVD involving lots of jumping and jogging, the jiggle returned. So for low- or medium-intensity, this top works just fine. For high-intensity activities? Not so much.

I have one additional quibble: Why so many seams? There are a lot of them here, and they were a little irritating at first (although they softened up after several washings). Just curious.

Overall, this is a worthy top, and I foresee many wearings in my future as the days lengthen, the temperature rises, and I can sneak in more walks, skate sessions, and bike rides outside. Anything higher-impact than that, though, and I’ll be reaching for something a little sturdier.

Product: Moving Comfort Endurance C/D Support Tank

Category: Apparel

Pros: Cute, flattering, and wicking, with a mesh back to keep you super-cool while you sweat. Supportive enough for low- and medium-intensity workouts. Plus, it has a handy back pocket.

Cons: Not supportive enough for high-intensity activities (if you’re a D cup, anyway), plus the seams are a little scratchy at first.

Cost: $48 at MovingComfort.com

Extra tip: Wash it a couple of times before wearing, to soften up the seams.

Gear Guide: chicBuds Headphones With Retractable Cord

By Su Reid-St. JohnI love to rock out while working out, but have yet to find a pair of earphones that don’t sport a too-long cord or uncomfortable ear buds (or both). So I was intrigued by chicBuds’ retractable Earphones, which let you set the cord at five different lengths.

The new version, black decorated Swarovski Crystals, is a little girly for my taste (“nice bling,” my husband teased when he saw them), but that’s something I could get over. Eager to test them out, I tossed the instructions blithely aside (unread) and gave one end of the cord a pull. Bad decision. Turns out that if you don’t pull both ends at the same time, the cord gets all tangled and won’t retract properly. Luckily, the directions (which I finally read) told me how to fix the mess.

With that sorted out, I wedged the chicBuds into my ears, clipped the cord holder to my shirt, and gave them a test run during my morning Spin ride. And at first, wow. The retractable cord is a terrific invention. I was able to get the cord to just the right length, so it didn’t flop all over the place and catch on the handlebars. The sound was fine, too-not overly tinny, as some earphones can be, although it could use a bit more bass. More importantly, I could still hear what was going on around me (aforementioned husband getting ready for work), so I knew they’d be safe to wear while running or skating outside on the road. Five minutes into my workout, I was sold.

But then another five minutes passed. My ears began to hurt from the buds I’d crammed in. (Why don’t they come a little smaller, with those cushioning, sweat-absorbing foam covers?) I stood to do some fast pedaling, started to sweat in earnest…and one of the buds fell out. I put it back in. It fell out again a minute later. I put it back in. And so on, until finally I just gave up and tucked it into the neck of my shirt.

Needless to say, these won’t become workout staples for me. The company does have a kids’ version coming soon—chicBuds Jr., with smaller earbuds—that I might check out sometime down the road. But in the meantime, my search for earphone perfection continues. Stay tuned.

Product: chicBuds Earphones

Category: Gear

Pros: The retractable cord allows you to choose just the right length, the sound is decent, and the earphones don’t block outside noise.

Cons: Buds are uncomfortable and hard to keep in.

Cost: $49 at chicBuds.com

Extra tip: Follow the directions! Pull the cord from both ends to avoid tangles.

Gear Guide: PUMA L.I.F.T. Racer Fitness Shoe

By Su Reid-St. JohnThe new PUMA L.I.F.T. Racer is the lightest workout shoe I’ve ever worn—and I’ve worn a lot of them. It’s made of a combo of mesh and a foam material (L.I.F.T. stands for “Lite Injected Foam Technology”) that reminds me of an even lighter-weight version of the stuff used to make my Crocs. Definitely worth a test run, if for no other reason.

First, though, I have to point out that despite its speedy name, the L.I.F.T. Racer is actually part of PUMA’s “active” category, not one of their technical running shoes. The company says it’s meant for walking, light jogging, cross-training, and just bumming around on the weekends. So that’s what I did.

I tested the shoes out during a strength-training session, then took them for a stroll around the neighborhood. They kept my feet really cool, thanks to a combo of the aforementioned mesh and numerous air holes around the heel area, plus they boasted surprisingly good arch support. For good measure, I wore them around the office for day, garnering a slew of “cute shoes!” compliments. (PUMA is known for their stylish kicks, and these are no exception.)

Then, since my knees don’t let me run anymore, I loaned them to my colleague and Assistant Editor, Susan Hall, to check out the “light jogging” part the PUMA folks had mentioned. Here’s what she had to say after a couple miles on the treadmill (thanks, Susan!):

“They were surprisingly cushy on my run—incredibly light, good arch support, very stable. The bottoms of the shoes look deceptively slick and ungrippy, but I never came close to losing my footing. I also tried them on the elliptical trainer and my bike, and they worked great. But I would not wear them without socks, thanks to the stitching that joins the foam to the mesh right where the laces start … not comfy!”

That stitching she mentions is the one thing that will keep me from making these shoes my go-to pair. Susan’s got a pretty narrow foot, and the stitching bugged her a little. I, on the other hand, have a somewhat wide forefoot, and that stitching (even with socks) started to feel uncomfortable after just a minute or two—and was downright painful after about 30 minutes. (That day at the office? I had to keep taking them off to give my feet a break.)

The bottom line: Spring for these cool-looking shoes if you have narrow feet and want a featherweight shoe for light workouts; they’d be great for travel, too. If you’re looking for a hard-core running or walking shoe, you’ll probably want to pass them by. Ditto if you’ve got a wider forefoot. Which, I’ll admit, makes me sad: I want to wear these shoes! Hey PUMA, how about a wide version, or at least a smoother seam?

Product: PUMA L.I.F.T. Racer

Category: Shoe

Pros: Extremely lightweight with good arch support, these shoes will keep your feet cool and stable during short walks and runs, or while biking, on the elliptical trainer, or just hanging around. Plus, they look really cool.

Cons: The forefoot stitching can be uncomfortable, especially if your feet aren’t narrow.

Cost: $75 at store.PUMA.com

Extra tip: Don’t wear them outside on a rainy day: Your feet will get soaked!

Gear Guide: yogitoes SKIDLESS Yoga Towel

By Su Reid-St. JohnOne of my fitness-expert friends recently urged me to check out the yogitoes SKIDLESS yoga towel, saying that it had changed her yoga practice (and no, she’s not on the company’s payroll). How could I not check it out after a recommendation like that?

A yogitoes towel is meant to be laid out on top of a yoga mat, and has two purposes: to keep you from slipping, and to protect you from germs. The top side of the towel is soft; the bottom side, which touches your mat, is covered with little silicone nubs to keep it in place.

When I took a yogitoes towel (the “Water” style, from their Chinese Element collection) to my weekly yoga class and spread it on top of my mat, I felt a bit prudish, like one of those moms who won’t put her kid in a shopping cart without some elaborate seat cover. And I was a bit skeptical: The top of the towel is super-soft, and I was sure I would slip right out of my first downward dog and land on my face. (America’s Funniest Yoga Videos, anyone?)

But that didn’t happen. First down dog, no slippage. On to plank, then up dog—and my hands and feet stayed solidly in place. I began to notice as class went on, too, that the sweatier my palms got, the more grounded I felt, which isn’t usually the case when I’m practicing directly on my mat.

I was also enjoying the serenity of the cool blue color. Plus, the “drishti” (or focus point)—the Chinese symbol for water, near the front edge of the mat—helped keep me, well, focused. In short, it supported me beautifully and literally through a pretty tough class. Afterward, I tossed it into the washer and dryer—something, truth be told, that I rarely do with my yoga mat.

It occurred to me along the way, too, that you could tuck this into your suitcase or overnight bag and use it in place of a mat while traveling. (Although the nubbies might be a little uncomfortable on my hands and knees if used on a hard floor.)

Am I sold on the yogitoes SKIDLESS? Not completely, and here’s why: Yoga class is where I go to lighten my mind and stretch my body. Do I really want to start lugging another piece of (somewhat pricey) “stuff” with me? If I borrowed a mat from the studio, this would serve as an excellent barrier against other people’s germs and stinky foot odor. And if I practiced Bikram (hot) yoga, this towel would be indispensable. But since I loathe being any hotter than I have to be, this will probably never happen.

But I can’t deny the power of knowing that if I use it, my sweaty hands and feet won’t budge, no matter what pose I do. That’s a powerful sell. So I may indeed start schlepping it to class—only time will tell.

Product: yogitoes SKIDLESS yoga towel

Category: Gear

Pros: Does an excellent job of keeping hands and feet in place, no matter how sweaty. Also works as a barrier between you and germy borrowed yoga mats. Good for travel too.

Cons: It’s a little pricey, and yet another thing to lug to yoga class.

Cost: $64 at Yogitoes.com

Extra tip: Choose one from the Deity or Chinese Element collection and yogitoes will donate part of the proceeds to children’s foundations such as the Sechen Charity Orphan School in Tibet and the Casa de Milagros children’s home in Peru.

Gear Guide: Black Crater Cord Lock Light

By Su Reid-St. JohnLet me sing the praises of the Black Crater Cord Lock Light. This little gadget attaches via spring lock to your jacket’s drawstring cord or zipper tab, and casts a surprisingly strong beam to light you through a pre-dawn or evening workout.

As the parent of a toddler, I have to squeeze in workout time when I can—which usually means getting up at 5:15 a.m. so I can do it while she’s still asleep. I usually love being outside in the quiet morning (once I muster the will to pull myself out of bed), but hey, it’s dark, and I like to be visible to the other people up and out at this crazy hour. I have to admit, though, I’m not a big fan of reflective vests or waist belts; I like to stay as unencumbered as possible.

Enter the Cord Lock.

I clipped this tiny, battery-operated light onto the zipper tab of my workout top and headed out for a pre-dawn Nordic walk. The Cord Lock has three light settings: bright, really bright, and flashing. Both of the steady lights lit up a couple of feet ahead on the ground—just enough to help me avoid twisting my ankle on sticks and pavement glitches. I noticed as I approached one stop sign that I could see the reflection of the light on the sign, even though I was still about 20 feet away—pretty powerful. As the sky began to lighten and I could see more of the road in front of me (and more cars started to appear), I switched the light over to the flash setting to be seen more easily by oncoming motorists. What could be simpler?

There are two minor drawbacks to this handy little guy: You can’t direct the beam, and while you don’t technically need a cord or zipper pull, it can be a little difficult to clip onto your clothing if you don’t have one. (With patience, you can feed in a tiny bit of fabric; that’s enough to hold it.)

Oh, and did I mention the Cord Lock is small? So small that I could easily see myself losing track of it between workouts. But hey, for a mere ten bucks, it’s worth the risk.

Product: Black Crater Cord Lock Light

Category: Gear

Pros: Small, with a surprisingly strong beam that offers three settings. No bulky vests or belts to deal with.

Cons: You can’t direct the beam, and it’s hard to clip onto your clothes if you don’t have a cord or zipper.

Price: $10 at BlackCraterGear.com

Extra tip: Also great for hiking and camping, as it takes up next to no space and can be clipped onto any drawstring or cord (think sleeping bags, backpacks, etc.).