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As a girl who enjoys yoga, dance and basically any kind of vigorously play and creative expression, I naturally have a have a deep-rooted love of comfy workout clothes. Having the right pair of leggings can make or break your yoga practice; there’s nothing worse than uncomfortably adjusting yourself mid-class, while trying to get your om on and find inner peace! And who wants to spend over $100 on a running hoodie or $50 on a performance t-shirt that won’t stink if
(God-forbid) you sweat in it?! Your fitness gear should be an extension of yourself and not distract you from the work at hand - or cost an arm and a leg to buy! To be perfectly upfront and honest with you, I love workout clothes almost to a fault - I own more leggings, sports bras and stretchy-pants than should be legally allowed in one household. So, when a company contacts me with an offer to review a new and affordable line, I of course, jump at the opportunity!
Sears Canada just recently launched their new line of athletic apparel, aptly named Pure NRG Athletics - for women who want high-quality clothing without having to pay the typical high-quality price. Fashion finally meets comfort in their selection of tank-tops, t-shirts, zip-up hoodies and stretchy pants! I was contacted and offered three outfits to review, each with a slightly different feel.
In my package of fitness clothes I received:
- 1 black zip-up jersey knit mock neck jacket
- 1 pair of black full length performance leggings
- 1 pair of black yoga capris
- 1 lavender/marine blue studio tank
- 1 pink performance t-shirt
- 1 pair of lounge leggings
I paired each new outfit with a workout during the week to balance it out and test each item as practically as possible:
Monday was a little bit of yoga and dance with light weights & bodyweight exercises, so I wore my favourite sports bra, coupled with the zip-up jacket over-top and black capris. The jacket was a nice fit, and not too heavy like a lot of athletic sweaters can be. It kept me nice and warm in savasana and other restorative poses, without restricting or impeding my movements.
On Wednesday, I did 30 minutes of stationary cycling as well as a kettle-bell workout and the studio tank and lounge leggings really proved to be my favourite outfit of the three! The tank was light and airy and with a built-in bra that doesn’t ride up or choke your rib cage. The leggings have a flattering fit, I have to say - especially around the glutes, I mean people pay hundreds at lulu for this kind of lift-action and absolutely nothing from this line is over $50, with most items in the 20-40$ range.
Finally, to top the week off, on Friday I did some more weights at home and used the performance leggings and t-shirt as a base-layer for a quick 20 minute jog. They held up to their name and felt like a second layer of skin! They have a nice sheen on them which I really like too.
Overall, I am really pleased with each of the outfits! These are the kind of simple, basic and versatile pieces that earn a staying place in my wardrobe and the folks from Sears want to offer a chance for YOU guys to grab an outfit for your next workout too! Starting on Feb 17th until the 21st I’ll be running a giveaway for your chance to win one of THREE $50 Gift Cards from Sears! You can check it out below for details on how to enter!
I will announce the winners on Saturday, Feb 22nd and contact them over the weekend to discuss details.:) Cheers and best of luck to everyone who enters! xo
I went to the Western Fair Farmer’s Market yesterday with a friend to stock up on a few weekly essentials. We had a great time; bought some delicious juices and checked out the new organics. I was also pleasantly surprised to find some organic rainbow carrots and purple kale among the stalls and as soon as I got home I felt inspired to create some sort of violet, magical concoction with my dark, leafy friends!
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make a juice or a smoothie, so I got creative and went for a little bit of both! I juiced the kale, with some beets, a carrot, apple and an orange, then blended up some bananas with sprouts, kiwi, lemon juice, blueberries and a few leaves of basil. Mixed ‘em together and this vibrant super-drink was created!
Chop up the following and run through your juicer. Alternatively, if you don’t have a juicer at home you can use a blender and strain it through a cheesecloth after. Be warned: this juice will be very deep in color and stains easily - if you’ve juiced beets before you know what I’m talking about - just be a lil extra cautious about where you wipe your hands. This should yield ~500mL of fresh juice depending on the size of your produce.
- 2 beets
- 1 bunch of purple kale
- 1 carrot
- 1 apple
- 1 orange
Next, mix the following ingredients in your blender (keeping the greens on the bottom to eliminate any big leafy chunks) and slowly add the juice to the mix to even out the consistency.
- sprouts (here I used pea tenders)
- 4 bananas
- handful of basil leaves
- 1 kiwi, with skin
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- juice from 1 lemon
Pour it into a big glass and enjoy! The recipe takes a bit of extra work but it’s surprisingly smooth & rich! Has a nice, light Earthy flavor & I really am pleased with it! And it definitely packs a nutritional punch! ;) Let me know if you give it a whirl and what you think! What’s your favorite way to use purple kale?
I woke up this morning feeling happy, energetic and alive in my skin for the first time in far too long, and very thankful. Since coming home from my trip I’ve felt sick and in a funk; my eating habits were all off and I didn’t feel as excited about food as I normally do. After a few weeks of off and on again bad eating habits (LOTS of processed & cooked foods) I finally got smart with myself and got out of the way to let my body do the healing.
After just one day of clean eating with proper sleep and hydration, I woke up feeling strength in my frame and a spark in my soul. How silly we are sometimes when we’re feeling down to rely on “comfort foods” that really do us no comfort at all and in fact promote the moody, uncomfortable and dis-eased state that is a direct result of poor digestion, poor nutrition and an over-toxic system. I felt foolishly full of gratitude as I gulped down my lemon-water like in communion. Wow, so this holistic thing really works!
I’ve put on a few lbs, big deal. My weight will work itself out once I’ve established myself back into a healthy pattern. I’ve stayed reasonably active; lifted weights a few times and cardio twice a week but nothing that has really challenged me - my inner trainer is being soft on me! Tisk Tisk!
A few days of abundantly raw meals will work my mood and energy back up and this laziness in my gut will be kick-started with green smoothies galore! ;) Have you ever felt like it was time to give your body a break and reward it with good, clean fuel? I’m taking a couple days to really repay my body for all that it puts up with from me. After all, she’s all I’ve got!
So, I have a little sort of announcement to make
that I can’t believe took me this long to fill you guys in on! I’m leaving for Spain in 5 days! :D My boyfriend (Cam) and I have been planning a little vacay for a while; he has family in Madrid, we both love to travel and since he is quite the experienced globe-trotter (he’s been to 36 countries - heyo!) he planned us a little hop over to Morocco to spend a couple days in the desert, yeah the Sahara Desert, maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s only the largest hot desert in the WORLD! I’m so excited!
One part of the trip that I am particularly excited about is a little venture to a town called Bunol in Valencia for ‘La Tomatina’ - the world’s biggest food fight! Some 50,000 people come crowding into town one day to throw tomatoes at each other! LOTS of tomatoes! We even went out and bought goggles for the event - to maintain throwing accuracy while not getting tomato juice in our eyes. ;)
I’m packing right now and only really guessing as to what I’ll be needing. I’m focusing on light, loose and comfy clothing, a few dresses and skirts, lots of tanks with long-sleeve shawl and wrap-arounds. Cam recently convinced me to buy a pair of Keens so these will be the shoes I wear everywhere (except like out to dinner, I’m bringing a comfy pair of dress sandals for restaurants and such). They’re heavier than my Minimus runners but so far I like them a lot and I’m looking forward to seeing they hold out on the road!
I’m so excited to taste the local fruit and check out the markets in Madrid! I can only imagine what kind of amazing flavours I’ll get to savor when I’m there! I PROMISE to take lots of photos and stay as up to date with you guys as possible while I’m gone with WIFI whereever I can find it. I’m bringing my ipod so I can stay in touch on instagram, facebook and twitter and my digital SLR camera that I haven’t used in YEARS so hopefully I’ll have some decent photos to share with you guys as well!
So, if you don’t hear much from me between August 10th - 30th you’ll know why! ;) Have you been to Spain before? Any tips or advice for while I’m there?
Day two of our juice feast began with a similar concoction as last night’s dinner. I got about ~2 L of juice from 4 lemons, 8 oranges, 6 carrots. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Orange/Carrot is one of my favorite fruit/veggie combos!
I made another version of my Strawberry Citrus Punch for lunch which was comprised of: 6 oranges, 2 lemons, 3 lbs of strawberries & a handful of blackberries. My man found strawberries on sale at the wholesaler for $2.99 per flat!! He brought home 2 flats (roughly 16lbs)! That’s what I’m talking about! Go big or go home & with prices like that, how can you not?! Strawberries are usually too expensive to make a lot of juice with them, but today I felt no shame about pulverizing the crap outta those bad boys and chugging their innards back with relish! Hehehehe! My frugivorous instincts are in full effect. ;)
So far I’ve experienced a few expected cravings, mainly because I’m in an environment where there is cooked & processed food around me; the smell of fresh bread and simmering veggies and such are particularly intoxicating. But I’m feeling great, lots of energy and really enjoying the relaxed, light feeling in my stomach. :) For my first juice feast, I’m really loving it! And as a bonus, my hands smell delectable from handling all that fruit! Lemony-fresh baby!
This afternoon I think I’ll make a tomato juice & a green juice. Then maybe some pineapple and kiwi for dinner! I’ll post photos later to tantalize your taste-buds! ;p
Today marks the first day of my juice feast! My boyfriend has been struggling a little with his health & fitness goals recently, so he decided to join me as well - which made my heart jump for joy when he told me! :p He went out last night to the wholesaler and brought back this gorgeous bounty of fresh fruits & veggies:
I spent about 2 hours in the kitchen last night with my juicer and made about 5.5 L of various juices: some orange/strawberry/lemon for breakfast, tomato/carrot/cucumber for him for lunch & green juice with pineapple/kiwi/lemon/apple/spinach/ginger for me. Simply delicious!
Dinner we shared approx 4L of oranges, carrots and apples together! So smooth and refreshing!!
As most of you know if you read my blog, I usually have a juice of some sort just about every day. I’m a self-confessed juice-a-holic. But right now I just finished my green juice from lunch and I am buzzing from all those vitamins and minerals! ;) My boyfriend has informed me that he’s already had to take a few emergency trips to the bathroom - but I take that as a good sign. The more that comes out, the more toxicity you’re getting rid of!
I’m not doing this for weight loss. I’m using it as a cleansing period, a chance to really let my body relax and focus on healing for a short while. Yoga, reading, inward reflection, affirmations & meditation are all part-and-parcel of my detox. :)
I’ll be posting more pics of the juices I make over the next few days too. As well as any more info on detox symptoms or cravings we might experience. My main informational post will be at the end of the week to summarize & give more background knowledge about fasting & feasting with juices.
Peace & Love to you all! <3