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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
If you’ve never checked out Etsy.com, then I highly suggest you go take a peek at a few things! There are some really unique artists and stores in their handmade sections - you can literally browse the categories for hours! I’ve found a lot of my favorite pieces of clothing on etsy! Like the pants featured today!
One late evening when I was lazily browsing for a new pair of leggings, I found and fell in love with the ‘mermaid II yoga leggings' by purushapeople! For starters they looked uber comfy and the design was just perfect for my water-loving bod! I did a lil reading and found out that the company was founded by dyer and screen-printer Hayley Elliot in 2009. Purusha focuses on what they call “fashion for freedom” - remaining super passionate about the ethical and humane production of their clothing, using organic and natural fibers, low impact dyes, and water-based paints.
”We firmly believe that a clothing brand existing in 2013 must be sustainable, transparent, and of course fashionable. Our ultimate goal is to manufacture clothing from field to factory to wearer in the most beautiful respectful way possible, protecting all people and life involved. Fashion for freedom is a right not a privilege!”
Purusha is also part of the 1% campaign to fix fashion, pledging to donate 1% of all sales to the clean clothes campaign. The clean clothes campaign works to improve working conditions in the global garment industry. To learn more visit : http://cleanclothes.org/about-us.
With commitment to quality and a bottom line like that I couldn’t resist! And to be perfectly honest with you they are fantastic pants! Totally worth it! They’re stretchy but not clingy in all the wrong areas like some yoga pants can be - I don’t feel like the pants are ‘holding me in’ or impacting my movement. They’re like a second layer of skin. A nice silky layer that happens to be part mermaid - even as the chilly weather sets in, my mind is on the beach! ;)
For more info or to take a look at their line you can check out Purusha @:
I used to hate mornings! Getting out of bed was a chore in itself some days. I remember trying to ‘get a run in’ before class and by 10 am my mind was just done. I’d be sluggish throughout the day and since I’m not a coffee drinker, I never relied on caffeine for a pick-me-up, but I’d resort to fast, cheap foods to numb me or alcohol (not in moderation) practically every evening. My morning’s sucked. And so the rest of my day suffered. I’ve come to believe that the way you start your day can have a huge impact on how you spend your next 23 hours.
When I started changing a few things, a few habits and behaviors, I began to notice that my morning’s got a little brighter, a little less painful and as a result my positive mood and actions carried on into other aspects of my life during the day. And no - I did not start drinking coffee! ;) Check below for why coffee is not a healthy addiction. I started incorporating these 5 things into my life and suddenly instead of just rolling out of bed each morning, I noticed there really was some shine to my rise that continued throughout the day.
- Stretch - Usually our first instinct when we wake up is to stretch out a little bit. Don’t you? For some people it’s the mega-yawn accompanied by full, wide arm and leg extensions (with or without sound and/or hair ruffling) and for other’s it’s a quiet squeeze of core, chest and back muscles before rolling out of bed. It feels good and gets blood flowing. I decided to focus on making stretching a part of my wake-up routine. I began by practicing a minimum of 10 sun-salutations every morning and it not only improved my flexibility, but it gave me this serene, calm awareness as I continued my morning. (For those who don’t know what a sun-salutation is check the beginner’s video by Kino, here to learn how to do this properly.) Maybe just start out with 5 every morning for a week and see how you feel - I guarantee you’ll feel a difference!
- Drink More Water - This sounds like a no-brainer, I know. But I cannot stress enough the significance of water for weight-loss, health and just general happiness. Nearly 75% of North Americans are chronically dehydrated and that’s a serious issue. Water is our life force; it’s essential to all aspects of our digestion and absorption of nutrients. It deters hunger cravings, and makes our hair, skin and nails look healthier and juicier! To start the day off on the right foot, I began drinking a minimum of 1L of water (preferably lemon-water or a herbal infusion of some sort) within the first 15 minutes of rising. It’s not as much as you think, and I’ve seen frat boys who can chug-a-lug way quicker than that! ;) Now let’s talk toilets for a second: take a peek at your wee a couple times a day, if you’re hydrated, it should be clear or very close-to. When you first start increasing your water intake, you will probably have to visit the bathroom a little more frequently, depending on your body and level of toxicity, activity level etc etc. Get used to it, a frequent flusher is a healthy flusher!
- Move That Body - Turn on some beats, pick-up some weights, do a few push-ups, walk, run, whatever! Just get the blood flowing! You’ll be nice and warmed up after those sun-salutations and if you’ve got a passion for dance or a goal to hit in the gym, there’s no better time than the AM to focus on what’s important. For me, it’s different nearly every day. This morning I took my dog for a 20 minute jog, yesterday I tried learning how to bellydance via youtube and the day before that I threw around some dumbbells. It doesn’t have to get boring and stagnant, pick something you enjoy or have always thought you should try. There are countless workout vids online and if you liked the sun-salutes, try a morning yoga class or a full at-home practice!
- Eat Fruit For Breakfast - If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: fruit is the best food you could possibly eat to start your day. Smoothies and/or juices are fantastic ways to get more nutrients and more calories into your belly. I aim for a minimum of 700 calories from fruit for breakfast to feel satisfied and energized. Some days it’s just a bowl full of 7-12 pieces of fruit, and other days it’s a mega-smoothie or a funky green juice! Fruits and veggies digest so clean and quickly in our bodies, immediately fueling the cells in our brain and body with glucose. If you want to kick-start your day with clean, healthy food that will GIVE you energy and not take it away, then start eating fruit for breakfast and notice how quickly your whole day improves!
- Maintain a Positive Mind - This can be as simple as writing an affirmation on your bathroom mirror and repeating it to yourself, or making a quick list of the things you are grateful for each morning. Do you ever notice how stubbing your toe or losing your keys in the wee hours of daylight can totally change your attitude for the rest of the day? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Take each moment as it comes and let it go. Maybe take 2 minutes to check yourself out in a mirror and take note of all the things you love about yourself. What can you look forward to? What awesome creation can you come up with today?
If you try to incorporate these 5 tips into your morning routine I personally guarantee that you will notice a difference, probably lots of little differences, even in the first week! If you’re just sick and tired of being tired all day long, a morning-makeover is just what you need! Give it a shot, worst case scenario is you lose a little weight and learn how to touch your toes! ;) Let me know how it works for you and what your morning habits are!
Why You Should Give Up Coffee
"Think about how widely accepted it has become that people need coffee to wake up. You should not need anything to wake up. If you can’t wake up without it, it’s because you are either addicted to caffeine, sleep deprived, or a generally unhealthy slob… But it’s not heroin and you’ll learn to live without it!" - Rory Freedman
It seems like everyone I know is addicted to their coffee. Their Tim Horton’s double double or the Starbucks syrup concoction of the season, there are so many options in today’s fast food world. I’m here to give you a few reasons why you should give it up, for GOOD!
Caffeine increases stress hormones and causes indigestion and digestive discomfort. Not to mention heartburn, dehydration, decreased insulin sensitivity and elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Does that sound like a healthy way to begin your day? Pissing out nutrients and giving yourself a stomach ache? I don’t think so! If there are other natural ways to be bright-eyes and bushy-tailed in the mornings and throughout the day, then the negative side effects and health problems caused by coffee really outweigh the claims of "but it tastes good" and "I’m addicted". Need more reasons to give up the ‘jo? How ‘bout peptic ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, headaches, anxiety and depression? And you’re PAYING for it! Ditch the caffeine for water, juice or herbal tea and watch how quickly your mood lifts and body brightens! If you’re worried about withdrawal, don’t sweat it, after the first 3-7 days you’ll be through the worst of it and you’ll never have to have a caffeine headache again! ;)
I’m not a big New Years party kinda person, but I do think there is great value in making a resolution for the year to come. Back in January ‘11 my New Year’s Resolution was to lose a little weight, and here I am a few years later, 43 pounds lighter and on the best health kick of my life! That one little resolution changed my whole outlook on life, and I think even if it’s just silly wishes and it’s all in your head, it’s still a good idea to get your head in the right place. ;)
This year I traveled back home north to bring in the new year with my boyfriend and his two little cuties! We shared our first new year’s kiss (yep it’s a big deal) and drank some bubbly by the fire (d’aww :p).
I hadn’t really given much thought to my resolution this year until I woke up the next morning and the sun was shinning - I just felt really good and ready for change. So, here’s a sort of impromptu list of things I want to do for myself this year:
- commit to continuing with 100% raw breakfasts (juice/smoothies/fruit) & aiming for 70% raw vegan foods throughout the day. Sounds easy sure, but lots of things can get in the way and meal planning is something I don’t do well with on the go. More prep time, more focus, that’s all.
- ten sun-salutations minimum a day.
- learn to accept others for where they are in their own health journey and to inspire instead of argue my way to their hearts and minds.
- I want to blog more and get to know my readers. You all seem like cool shit & I want you to know that I care about you too!
- get another tattoo (really fresh idea, still playing around with concepts in my head)
- read more & write more
That’s all really. Just basic things to keep my head in the health game and my vibrancy going up. What are some of your resolutions for the new year? Did you succeed in making last year’s goals a reality? :)
Much love & hugs!