My Monday morning disclosure: As I am sipping my coffee, I am simultaneously kicking myself for not buying multiples of my favorite sweater. I am also kicking myself for not sharing the aforementioned favorite sweater with you months ago when it was still available for online purchase.
I am generally not one to purchase multiples of a specific item (aside from these too good to be true, MOSSIMO CREW NECK JERSEY T-SHIRTSwhich are back in stock!), but occasionally I come across a piece of clothing that is just remarkably awesome. The ICONIC WRAP LULULEMON SWEATER is one of those awesome finds. Unfortunately, it’s completely sold out in all 3 colors on the website, although you may still be able to find it in a local LULULEMON store in your area.
Rumor has it, the sweater gets brought back season-to-season in new colors. Fingers crossed!
What do I love about it?
It’s the perfect weight — not too heavy, not too thin.
It’s completely reversible — you can wear it two different ways, for two different looks.
It’s the ideal color — a dark, neutral charcoal.
It’s wash and wear — into the washing machine it goes.
I bought it on a whim last May and have been wearing it on repeat ever since. Whether to spin class on chilly mornings, on road trips to my college reunion, to a dinner out at night, etc. — this sweater has been put to work!
Rather than dwelling on what could have been, I’ve instead made an effort to find a comparable sweater match that needs to be added to my closet immediately. Yes, needs.
You might want to add one to your closet, too — just sayin’.
With my schedule in it’s current state, the only time I am really able to squeeze in a workout during the week is at 5:45am. In a weird, twisted, masochistic sort of way, I actually enjoy an early morning high intensity spin class to clear my mind for the day ahead. The downside is that with school bus pick-ups, pre-school drop-offs, client meetings, household errands and appointments, a shower is not in the cards until much later in the day. Sometimes, depending on my schedule, not until I’m getting ready for bed. Sorry, I know that’s gross.
This state of nastiness all day is actually NOT as bad as you may think. 1) I wash my hands, face, neck and chest as soon as I get home 2) I remove my drenched shirt and swap into something light, loose and layered (my 3 L’s!) 3) I reapply deodorant 4) I throw in some dry shampoo and style my hair in a cute headband or braid.
See, not TOTALLY disgusting!
The crucial factor to pulling off this gym to street transition without looking like total bum is finding great workout clothes. Lucky for you, athletic wear is becoming one and the same with casual wear and at ALL price points. I’ve recently started to venture out of my Lululemon bubble (#lovemesomelulu) and test out other brands with great results! Athleta, Ellie, Adidas, Nike and Target make some wonderful styles and their price points are a little (or more often, A LOT) more wallet-friendly than some of Lululemon’s goods. Which obviously means you can buy more of them 🙂
Here is my MUST have product roundup for any post-workout quick change:
Hope everyone enjoyed their post holiday weekend of leisure. After all of the chaos leading up to Christmas, it’s definitely a nice change of pace to lay around the house, not wear makeup, do little cooking and just relax. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and to be honest, I’m ready to get back into regularly scheduled programming. Starting with the blog, of course!
As promised, we’re continuing the ‘New Year, New You’ series and today’s focus is going to be fitness. Ha, ha… don’t worry, I’m not going to make you drop and give me twenty! For the majority of my adult life I have HATED exercise. I would do it out of necessity (sometimes) and it would take some major motivation. I always envied those people who claimed that they LOVED to work out, they needed a good sweat and they couldn’t imagine a week without some form of exercise. Ladies and gents, I have discovered their secret!!! It comes in 3 steps:
1) Find an activity you truly enjoy.
2) Stick with it at least 3 consecutive weeks- that’s how long they say it takes to turn an action into a “habit.”
3) Buy cute workout gear to keep you motivated.
For me, the activity is spinning. It’s the quickest one hour of my day set to the best soundtrack. The class setting, great instructors and the awesome music make getting up at 5 am 2-3 times a week bearable (THANK YOU Jen & Scott!). I show up, zone out and take an hour out of my day just for me. Sixty minutes and a few buckets of sweat later, I feel energized and ready to tackle the day ahead. If you feel self-conscious, or uneasy that you won’t be able to keep up- DON’T. At one point, everyone tries something for the first time. You’re not alone. Here are my spinning studio recommendations for those in the Cleveland, NYC and Long Beach, NY areas (#havespinshoeswilltravel):
Their tagline “Rock. Ride. Love.” could not be more true! At Psycle, the workout begins from the inside out in a unique environment fueled by the energy of its riders. Once the lights are out, and the music is on, you don’t spin, you ride.
A new 2013 addition to the growing Hingetown neighborhood of Ohio City, Harness aims to give every class a full-body workout through “sweat, strength, reflection and recovery.” Now, who couldn’t use some of that!?
We must pay respect to where it’s due… the original business behind the indoor cycling phenomenon: SoulCycle. Now, with locations throughout the NY tri-state area, as well as southern California (with Boston & D.C. to be added shortly!), SoulCycle revolutionized the spin class workout allowing its customers to change their bodies to the beat of the music. “Take your journey. Find your body. Find your soul.”
This past summer, I discovered this newly opened studio that’s light, bright, and energizing even before you step foot on a bike. The Ocean Ride community is one with passion- just like Long Beach (see my love letter to Long Beach HERE), and they will inspire you to change your body, one class at a time.
Now that we’ve tackled the hard part (steps #1&2), let’s move on to step #3- fun workout gear! For spinning, I’m a big advocate of wearing slim fitting workout wear. Aside from wicking moisture away from your body, the body conscious styles lend themselves better to the motion and positions required during the actual spin class. Take a look at some of my top finds:
1) Lululemon Skinny Will Pant – YES, the CEO said some pretty dumb things this year, but these pants are still my A#1 favorites!
2) SoulCycle sweatshirts – Although initially, you may not feel like a pro, at least you can look like one.
3) Stella McCartney for Adidas workout bag – The perfect size to carry your spin shoes and workout essentials.
4) Lululemon Run Dash Crop – You definitely need some cute stripes to mix up your workout gear!