Get Your Rear in Gear: Fitness Accessories

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I’ve been in the market to update my gym wardrobe lately and posted all of my favorite workout wear here. I ran track and played tennis in high school and have been a runner for most of my life. Cardio has always come easy for me but strength training, not so much. I’ve been focusing on improving my strength training this year and have been really into barre and yoga classes lately. Still, it’s tough to stay motivated when it’s cold outside and all I want to do is curl up on my couch with Netflix. Aside from clothes, cute gym gear works as an effective incentive and gets me excited to keep working out so I can use it.

1. Gaiam Grippy Yoga Socks: These socks are great for extra grip. As a bonus, it hides your toes if you err forgot to paint them.

2. Free People Elastic Printed Hair Ties: I love keeping these pretty bracelet like hair ties on my wrist. They don’t leave a dent in my hair making it ideal to use for light workouts when I know I won’t have time to wash and restyle my hair afterwards.

3. J.Crew Downing Tote: This tote is the perfect all-purpose bag. Whether I am running errands, going to the gym, or work, it looks chic and polished. These come in several colors including a really fun citron and is made of the softest leather that gets even softer with use. Use the attached wristlet to stash headphones, extra hair ties, or cash for the juice bar.

4. Frends with Benefits ‘Layla’ Headphones: These headphones not only provide great sound (to drown out that one person that is chatting away on her cell phone on the machine next to you) but look great as well. The caps are interchangeable so that you can change them out according to your mood.

5. Victoria’s Secret Sport Headband: I like to have all of my hair pushed back and up when I am working out. I have tried a lot of different types of headbands and none of the skinnier ‘no slip’ bands have worked. Instead they creep back slowly leaving an unattractive crimp in my hair. These VSX headbands come in a variety of colors and are thicker to avoid leaving that awkward dent.

6. Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes: I have a pair of Nike Free running shoes in a mint green color that I love but these black pair are so classic and will be my next sneaker purchase. It’s fun to have colorful pops of color on your feet at the gym but this black pair will work nicely with brighter outfits so that I don’t look like a walking highlighter.

7. Magic Carpet Yoga Mat: Aladdin is by far my favorite Disney movie so this instantly caught my attention. The designs on these mats are hand painted and printed resulting in a mat that provides both traction and visual appeal. I have hardwood floors in my living room so a good yoga mat comes in handy for when I don’t have time to make it to the gym and decide to follow a workout on youtube (blogilates and toneitup are two of my favorites.

8. Eucalyptus Towelettes: I love the scent of eucalyptus so these towelettes are right up my alley. I carry these with me all the time. They also come in a great lavender scent. Eucalyptus oil is naturally antiseptic so these towelettes are perfect for wiping my hands, face, or even my yoga mat after a work out.

9. S’well Water Bottle in Sparkling Champagne: This bottle is perfect for on the go and keeps your drink hot or cold. Perfect for the office, gym, or even the beach. I’ve also seen a smaller kids size at J.Crew that would be perfect for carrying in a purse.

10. bkr Heart Water Bottle: If it’s not apparent from the name of my blog, I have an affinity for hearts. This white one is chic and feminine and perfect for toting to your work out sesh.

 

Sweating Style: Workout Fashion Round-up

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1. Adidas by Stella McCartney Graphic Yoga Tee in White & Rose Tan

2. Victoria’s Secret Sport Supersmooth Fleece Pullover

3. Maaji Hi Low Tank Top in Jelly Canter

4. Onzie ‘Chic’ Strappy Back Sports Bra

5. Victoria’s Secret Angel Sports Bra

6. Maaji ‘Loyalty’ Racerback Sports Bra

7. Rese Mia Crop Legging in Blue & Black

8. Trina Turk Jet Set Jacquard Crop Legging

9. Blue Life Fit Silhouette Riding Legging

10. PRISMSPORT Capris with Key Pocket

Like the masses, I started this year with a resolution to eat healthier and get stronger. Whether I’m at the office or at the gym, I always find that I am much more productive when I am dressed the part. Stylish gym clothes make me happy and keeps me motivated to work out regularly. Here are my favorites from around the web that I have my eyes on.

 

 

 

In the Trenches

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Bebe Trench; Nordstrom Scarf (similar here); Frye Boots; Anthropologie Top; Paige Jeans; Givenchy Sunglasses; J.Crew Wrap Bracelet (similar here and here);  Louis Vuitton Evora GM

A good trench is an easy way to look polished in comfort. A lot of trench coats are overbearing on my frame but this one from Bebe surprised me at how well it fit. [Read more...]

The sleeves are 3/4 length so I don’t have to worry about it being too long and having to roll them up. As an added incentive, it was extremely marked down! I’m not very tall at 5’3″ and find shorter boots to cut me off and make me look even shorter. This mid-heeled pair by Frye are just high enough to make my legs look longer, but not so high that they look like too-short riding boots.  One item I almost always carry with me is a scarf. It’s lightweight to carry and keeps me warm when it gets chilly. This leopard one is one of my favorites because while it is a print, it works as easily as a neutral. Every second Sunday of the month, King Street, one of the main streets in downtown Charleston opens only to pedestrians for four hours. Will and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to eat lunch outside, listen to local musicians jam out,  and take part in my favorite outdoor activity, dog/people watch.

 

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