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Athleta Workout Wardrobe Capsule Collection

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Can you believe how quickly September is flying past us? I just want this gorgeous fall weather to stick around as long as possible! We’ve totally been spoiled in Cleveland.

Sh*t. There you go, I probably just jinxed the whole thing.  I’m sure Mother Nature will stick it to us come February! Ugh, Lake Effect… you kill me.

Athleta Workout Wardrobe Capsule 3

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Before we all freeze over, I wanted to talk about CAPSULE WARDROBES a bit again… this time with a twist. Or… er, a crunch? Yes, this time the capsule wardrobe is taking a slightly more active approach!

Over the past 4 years exercise has truly become a part of my life. I can’t imagine NOT doing it — which is something I never thought I’d say. Surprisingly, I crave it — even when feeling under the weather (tired, sick, hungover…yes, hungover).  It clears my mind and sets up the day ahead. Occasionally (OK, more often than not!), it also dictates what I’ll be wearing.

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ATHLEISURE is the new fashion word on the street and clothes that were once relegated for the gym only, have become the go-to for many women (AND men) on the go. With improved fabrication and cutting edge materials, gym clothes are not your ratty, old, grey college t-shirt anymore and have the stylish ability to take you from the gym to anywhere else you need to go.

A tight collection of 12 workout pieces is really all you need to feel put together regardless what your activity level… AND let’s be real here: great-looking, new workout wear is also a fabulous incentive to get you moving and motivated to work out!

I’ve been shopping a bit more at ATHLETA lately and have found that for my money, the quality of their product can’t be beat. Through countless washings and general sweat and abuse, all of my ATHLETA purchases have held up really well. It also helps that a new ATHLETA just opened down the road from my home. (#dangerous)

Athleta Capsule Wardrobe Running Shoes (via)

So what’s included in this 12 piece capsule? Well, for someone like me who tends to exercise indoors and has higher impact cardio involved, I recommend the following:

• 2 sports bras
• 3 base layer tanks
• 2 capri length leggings
• 1 full length legging
• 1 jogger pant
• 1 long sleeve top
• 2 sweatshirts

Obviously, depending on what YOUR form of exercise is, this list may need to be adjusted. For example, if you’re an outdoor runner, make sure to select breathable and warm layers that will protect you from the elements. Yogis, you’re ok with less spandex and a little more cotton and natural fibers. You get the idea…

Here are a few more Athleta looks that have caught my eye —

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Workout Wardrobe Shape-Up

sneakers workout wardrobe shape up

Now that we’re a few weeks into 2015… how are those fitness resolutions coming along? I was just commenting to my husband that in my 30-some years, this (3 years) is the absolute longest I’ve gone consecutively in terms of maintaining a regular exercise routine. Kind of sad, yet kind of true.

I know how hard it can be to motivate when there are 1000 other things you could be doing (or NOT doing, as the case may be), it’s cold and gross outside and you’re exhausted after a long day. Oh… I definitely know! The standard gym workout was just not enjoyable enough for me to push myself out the door. It took a long time, but eventually I came across a physical activity I love (#PSYCLEPATH) and actually MISS when I can’t partake. Better yet, I finally figured out that I’m (no doubt) a morning person, and it’s much more likely that I will carve out that hour workout time at 5am vs. 7pm. It’s a standing appointment I make with myself that once committed in writing/typing, I’m less likely to break.

You know what else?! It’s so cliché, but clothes in this case really do make the difference. New workout gear always gets me more interested in squeezing into a sports bra and getting suctioned by assorted poly-lycra-spandex blends. These days, there are so many new athletic wear options and brands you can pretty much find something fabulous at every price point and size.


Shop the look by hovering over the image above, or clicking on the individual items below:

How do YOU motivate to get your workout in?

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Beauty

Pure Barre

About a year ago I was on a beach in Puerto Rico when my close college friend introduced me to Pure Barre.  Obviously, there was some sort of alcoholic drink in our hands as we lounged poolside while Melissa sang the praises of her favorite workout.  Honestly, I don’t think I have ever met anyone THAT enthusiastic about exercise, like, ever. On and on Melissa went about how Pure Barre was the best workout she has ever done and that it has changed her body.  More importantly, she clued me into a new Pure Barre studio that was opening in my town and made me swear I would give it a shot.

Between my devotion to spin classes 3x a week and basic time limitations, Pure Barre was always on my “to-do” list, but just never got done.  This past spring, I made a commitment to mix up my workouts and add some additional strength training to my normal routine.  Perhaps my desire for a plumper, firmer, perkier behind might have had something to do with it too.  Enter Pure Barre.

I am not the most “athletically inclined” so trying out a new workout is always a little intimidating.  I deluded myself into thinking that regular cardio training and sporadic yoga would keep me from totally embarrassing myself.  Ehhh… not so much.  Pure Barre is a combination of isolated strength training and targeted stretching that aims to lift, tone and shape every woman’s most troublesome spots: butt, thighs, tummy and arms.  There are elements of yoga, elements of pilates, some familiar weight training movements and of course, ballet barre.  The class is directed by a “hands-on” instructor and set to a great upbeat soundtrack.  Good thing that music was turned up loud because I definitely dropped a few F-bombs as my legs were shaking during the barre segment. Also, the class makes you really focus on targeting small and very specific muscle groups.  While challenging at first, this ends up being a blessing because you are SO focused on “firing from the muscle under your seat” that you don’t realize how quickly(or slowly) the 55 minutes pass by.

SHANNON AHLSTRAND  photography: Pure Barre &emdash;

SHANNON AHLSTRAND  photography: Pure Barre &emdash;

Am I obsessed!? No, not yet, at least.  Did I enjoy it?  Hmmmmm… It was definitely not love at first “lift, tuck and hold,” but I could definitely see why women are Pure Barre fanatics.  It’s fast paced, it’s low impact and most importantly, it’s ridiculously effective. My butt and abs were sore for 3 days after my first class!  I’m now the proud owner of a month long unlimited pass.  Hopefully, by the end of the month I’ll be looking a little more “Bootylicious” and a little less, suburban mom of two.

What are some of YOUR favorite workouts?

XOXO,

Stella

*Pure Barre is now running a “New Client Special:” 1 month of unlimited classes for $99.  Go ahead and treat yourself!  Maybe I’ll see you in my next class? I’ll be the one swearing-like-a-sailor in the back corner and praying I don’t drop my ball (again)!