11-17-2015

Fitness Gift Guide For Women (Apparel)

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Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? Because I can’t! I have a few holiday related things up my sleeve for you all, starting with 6 gift guides coming at you this week and next. I figured we will all start shopping soon, and why not get inspired OR find ideas for what YOU might want to add to your own wish list ;)

Here are my topics for the gift guides after this one:

  • Fitness gift guide (apparel) for men
  • Stocking stuffers (health/fitness/running related)
  • Health and fitness gift guide (think tech, appliances, food, etc.)
  • Gift Guide for Runners
  • My Favorite Makeup Gift Guide

Today’s gift guide will focus on fitness apparel for women. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your mom, your spouse, your sister, your BFF…you will find some ideas below.

Holida Gift Guide: Fitness Apparel For Women

Okay let’ get started…

Forever 21 Activewear - Heathered Capri Leggings

 Heathered Athletic Capri Leggings (Forever 21) – $12.90

I love that these are heathered and high-waisted. Forever 21′s activewear is actually surprisingly good, and their heathered stuff is really soft. This is perfect for winter workouts!

Forever 21 Activewear - Pullover

 Drawstring Cowl Neck Pull-Over (Forever 21) – $22.90

I love cowl neck pull-overs! So comfortable and cozy. Perfect for warming up or just day-to-day wear.

Nike Winter Running Gear

 Nike Dri-FIT Headband & Running Gloves Set – $30.00

This will probably be in my running guide as well but a headband and gloves set is perfect for anyone who plans on exercising outdoors this winter. 

Nike Pro Warm Running Gear

 Nike Pro Hyperwarm Top – $80

Nike hyperwarm tops are my favorite winter tops. They are so warm (same with their tights) and I use them for running, sitting out at football games…basically anywhere where I will be cold. They make a great base layer as well to add lighter tops over them for those bitter, cold runs.

Old-Navy-Activewear

 Burnout Racer Back Tank (Old Navy) – $10

Winter = more indoor workouts. This tank is perfect for that! PS – all Old Navy activewear is currently up to 50% off online. Check it out!

Other places I shop for activewear also include T.J. Maxx (you can find really warm fleece-lined leggings here) and Marshall’s. I’m telling you though, you can find a lot of apparel (and inexpensive at that) at Forever 21.

Where do you shop for yourself or the fitness lover in your life?

Do you prefer capris or shorts for gym workouts in the winter (or you don’t care)? I like capris so I’m not AS cold on the walk from my car to the gym lol

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06-09-2015

RBX Activewear at T.J. Maxx

I’ve written about RBX Activewear before…and it is still one of my favorite brands for workout gear. I bought two new pieces recently that I wanted to share with you.

But first…can we talk about how marathon training officially started yesterday??? Who else started training for Chicago Marathon, or will start soon? I’m excited that I will be working with Coach Marc again, though also equally as nervous. He just sent me this email today:

We’re going to totally mix it up – some day hard hills, some days long repeats…and then a combination of all of them.  The mileage will be comfortably uncomfortable and you’ll be tired.  All the time.  It’ll be so important for you to take care of yourself and give yourself every opportunity to race fast at Chicago.

I lifted for the first time in months yesterday and was sore before I even went to bed last night. Woke up super sore. Sad thing is I did 3 sets of KB single leg deaflits + rows, KB squat, KB sumo squat, KB overhead press and cable leg kickbacks. All with like 15 pounds. My hamstrings and inner thighs are killing me. But gotta get back into it…I need a PR this fall! *knock on wood*

Okay anyway, let’s get into RBX Activewear. You can find some of their pieces at T.J. Maxx for really great prices. Both my top and bottom in these pictures were $9.99. 

I took these photos on Sunday at the NYRR Retro 4 Miler in Central Park (which was awesome by the way!).

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

The shorts are colorblocked with grey and green (had to match with my Tiux socks!). The main thing I love about these shorts are that they’re high-waisted. So they aren’t falling down or riding up.

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

The top is a very similar material to lululemons swiftly tanks, so very soft and comfortable. One thing I didn’t like is that it’s a bit low cut for me in the front, so I had to wear a higher cut sports bra. Otherwise, it would not be a pretty sight while running ;)

The front and back are ruched, and the shirt itself is on the longer side, which I also like. Because of the ruching, it is more fitted towards the waist, so you don’t have to worry about your shirt flapping in the wind or riding up.

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

And gotta end with a running action shot…

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

Head over to T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s and check out RBX Activewear. I know in the past I have said I don’t like tanks for running, but I think I am a fan now! I still need something to wipe my sweat, but tanks do make me feel a bit cooler than t-shirts.

Up next, race wise, is the Oakley Mini 10K this Saturday. Anyone else running?

Where do you shop when you’re on a budget?

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12-18-2014

Fitness Apparel Under $25

I’ve written about fitness apparel on a budget before…from Forever21, Old Navy & T.J. Maxx. It doesn’t have to cost you a lot to get some cute workout clothes! The other good thing about not spending a lot is that if you get a rip or a run in your clothes, you won’t stress over it.

Since it’s the holiday season, you may be looking for last minute gifts for your fitness or running fanatic, or you may just want to treat yourself! My gift to myself last week was the limited edition red lipstick from MAC called 5 Alarm. I love it. It’s glossy and sheer so you can do one layer for just a bit of red or layer it on for a more dramatic look. I decided I’m going to get back into doing my makeup/trying new looks. Is that something you’d be interested in reading about? Such as makeup reviews, etc.?

Anyway, back to fitness apparel…here are my picks for items under $25…can’t get much better than that!

Forever 21 Activewear

Seamless Athletic top – $15.90 (Forever 21)

This top reminds me of the long sleeve Swiftly tops from lululemon. No seams means no itchiness or chafing!

Merino Wool Running Socks

Merino Wool Running Socks – $15.95 (Darn Tough)

I actually need a pair of these myself. Hey, Kara Goucher told me to run in wool socks in the winter, so that’s what I’m going to do ;)

Forever 21 Activewear

Seamless Athletic Leggings – $11.90 (Forever 21)

To go with the seamless top. These look like they would be super comfy, and I’m all about high waisted leggings. 

Victoria's Secret Leggings

Victoria’s Secret Leggings – $19.50 (on sale)

These are actually originally $29.99, though some of their leggings with printed waistbands or that are reversible are more. AND Victoria’s Secret is having a 30% off all leggings sale, and free shipping on orders over $40. If you’re looking for a good pair of thick leggings definitely check out these out. They have a thick waistband so it doesn’t awkwardly cut into to you. I actually prefer these over my lululemon wunderunders now. I paid over $80 for wunderunders and on the 3rd or so wear they started pilling. Awesome. Ok, /rant. ;)

Running Earbuds

Dynamic Sports Earbuds – $5 (Five Below)

Okay, this isn’t technically apparel, but it’s pretty awesome. I found these at my local Five Below and love them. If you’re like me, you lose your headphones a lot or only use them to sweat, to why spend a ton of money on them? These are similar to Yurbuds in that they do not budge in your ear. That piece of rubber that sticks up goes into the crease of your ear and they don’t move at all. Trust me, I hate earbuds because they ALWAYS fall out due to how much I sweat…these are awesome.

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Is there anything you know of/love that is under $25? Leave a comment and share!

Have you gifted yourself anything this holiday season?

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11-06-2014

Old Navy Activewear Wish List

There’s a great sale going on at Old Navy now until Wednesday…up to 50% off everything! So it’s time to go through and see what my picks are for activewear. Now that it’s getting chillier, I need some new capri workout pants. My favorite ones I own are from Old Navy and have lasted me about 3 years.

This is not workout gear, but I really want a puffer vest! Now that there’s a sale, I think I’m going to order this one - 20 bucks!

Puffer Vest

 

Okay anyway, let’s take a look at my picks for Old Navy Activewear:

Old Navy Activewear

Mesh Top – $10

10 bucks for a lightweight, wicking workout top? I am ready to head to Old Navy after work today.

 

Old Navy Activewear

Half-Zip Pullover – $20

I actually own this but the full zip version and it is so comfy. I love the thumbholes. This was actually the first thing I bought from Old Navy from their active line.

 

Old Navy Activewear

Semi-Fitted Tank – $9 (Gray one is $4.99!)

If you need a simple tank or singlet, then you can’t go wrong with this deal. I wish I liked wearing tank tops but I just can’t. I need my sleeves to wipe off my sweat – hot, I know.

 

Old Navy Activewear

Mesh-Panel Compression Capris – $25

These are the capris I have that have lasted me 3 years. I love them. Mine don’t have this side pocket though which I would love. The pants also have a small pocket in the waistband perfect for your key or GU.

 

Old Navy Activewear

Yoga Leggings – $20

I love my wunderunders from lululemon but they’re pretty pricey. I’d love a pair of patterned leggings like these…as long as they’re not see-through!

I think next week I’ll do a Forever 21 list because I’m perusing their website right now and see a few things a I want…including a high-neck sports bra. Where has this been for me? Does anyone else have the issue of cleavage with sports bras?? No, just me?

Where is your favorite place to shop for workout clothes? What items do you splurge on?

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05-13-2014

Target Activewear Wishlist

I love that companies like Target and Old Navy are making great workout gear that won’t break the bank. I used to run or go to the gym in just a random t-shirt and Soffe shirts. Case in point:

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 But nowadays I like buying cute athletic wear that is actually meant for exercising. I need that dry-wicking material!

I was looking through Target’s website and picked out a few items I’d like to add to my closet. I really like the light blue double layer tank! Though I need more support for things like running, it’d be perfect for lifting days. Here’s what I liked:

target-workout-tankCowl Neck Layered Tank – $22.99

target-yoga-tankDouble Layer Tank – $22.99

target-activewear1/4 Zip Pull Over – $19.98

target-running-shortsWoven Short With Compression Shorts – $18.99

Recently I haven’t been able to run in anything other than spandex shorts. Does anyone else wear flowy shorts and they ride up in the crotch? So annoying. Any suggestions for spandex shorts? I love lululemon but would like something a bit less expensive…

Where is your favorite place to shop for work out clothes?

Do you prefer tank tops or shirts with sleeves? I like sleeves so I can wipe my sweat ;)

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02-25-2014

Forever 21 Activewear

This past weekend I was shopping in Forever 21 when I saw these shorts:

I thought, “Oh these are actually cute, and feel comfortable…and only 15 bucks!” In the past, I have looked through their workout clothes but not really been impressed. I left the store and thought nothing of it.

Then, the next day my sister and I went back to another mall, and were in Forever 21 again. I was curious about their activewear so I went to that section. I found a ton of items that I loved and all were in the $10-$20 range! A lot of you liked my T.J. Maxx Activewear post, so I figured why not cover my Forever 21 finds too? If I didn’t know Forever 21 had gym clothes, then others might not…plus who doesn’t love a good bargain?

So after doing a little online shopping, here are my favorite finds.

*This post has been edited since the original. Some of the items have sold out so I went and tried to find similar items. 

leggings

Seamless Performance Leggings – $10.80

shorts

Side Pocket Skinny Workout Shorts – $12.80

They had these in the store, and I can attest to the fact that they are pretty soft!I loved the wide waistband, but really loved the side pocket. I have a pair of lululemon leggings I wear to the gym all the time because it’s the only pair with a pocket for my phone. I like to listen to my phone while I workout, so this is perfect!

shirt

Moisture Management Workout Tee – $12.80

tanktop

Color Pop Workout Tank – $17.80

I love the back of this tank top! May have to order this one…

leggingstribal

Tribal Print Workout Leggings – $19.80

Because who doesn’t like colorful leggings for running? Or the gym?

yoga shorts

Heathered Colorblocked Yoga Shorts – $12.80

I have been loving spandex shorts lately as opposed to normal running shorts. If I can find a pair that is just as comfortable as my lululemon ones, then that is a win! I love the color and pattern on these.

I’m all about find cute gym outfits to wear. I feel better when I am wearing something I like, than when I’m wearing a random, frumpy t-shirt and shorts (because I forgot to do laundry). The quality on the clothes I saw in the Forever 21 store was pretty good, though I haven’t worn any of their stuff yet, so I can’t say for sure how they will feel when you’re actually working out or running. I will get back to you on that!

Which of these is your favorite?

Have you shopped at Forever 21 for workout clothes? Where else do you find your workout gear?

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01-14-2014

Gym Outfit Ideas

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t dress in colorful clothing-especially at the gym!

I love wearing bright colors no matter what season. I was doing a little online shopping and found these great, colorful pieces for the next time you hit the gym. They are all different price points too!

Also, can we talk about how Old Navy has some great workout pieces that aren’t going to break the bank at all? I love their capri spandex pants!

gym outfit ideas

Nike Legend 2.0 Tight Fit Capris ($65) – I love working out/running in capri pants, and I love the ombre detailing in these! They also have a minty green color option as well.

UnderArmour Women’s UA Tech Space Dye T-Shirt ($24.99) - Do you prefer t-shirts or tanks when you work out? I like t-shirts because I like to wipe my sweat on my sleeve…hot, I know. I like the pattern on this-I’m all about patterns!

Old Navy Women’s Active Compression Tanks ($10.00) - First of all, 10 bucks for a tank? Great price! Like I said, Old Navy’s active line is pretty legit, and sometimes you can find awesome sales like this one (original price was $19.99).

Nike 4″ Rival Printed Shorts ($55) - There are a few things I like about these shorts. 1) The wide waistband. I love wide waistbands. They’re way more comfortable when you’re moving around. 2) It’s pink and patterned. Two of my favorite things. 3) Pocket inside for your keys, and zipper pocket in the back.

Lululemon Rest Less Tank ($65) - I wish I liked wearing tanks because this one is really cute! I like the built in sports bra and racer back, as well as the pattern on the sports bra and color of the shirt. There are a few different color options as well. Plus, I like flowy shirts and tanks over tight fitting ones.

Which of these is your favorite?

Do you prefer working out in t-shirts or tank tops?

What’s your favorite apparel color?

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