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Chasing the Sunset in Threading Water

After a few years of trying to meet up on the east coast and now the west coast, I finally got to meet up with my bud John DeFiora. We both happened to end up in Santa Cruz on the same day as each other. Thanks, Universe!

After grabbing some tea (all good things start with tea), we wandered over to snap some pictures and catch the sunset at the beach. Afterwards, we went to Saturn Cafe for some more tea (cool vegan spot).

I love this soft, slouchy  tee from Threading Water not just because it’s super comfy, but because of what their company does with each purchase.

Their clothing is ethically sourced and each purchase supplies clean drinking water for one person for an entire year. Through their partnership with Lifewater, they donate a portion of proceeds to build clean water wells for people who don’t have access to safe water.

Check out their online store to get your own comfy tee or tank and read more about how they give back here. 🙂


Photos: John DeFiora 

Tee: Threading Water slouchy tee

Jeans: AE 


<3

Hillary

 

 

“Dressing Up” Activewear with Accessories on the Amalfi Coast

When I lived in NYC, I was pretty much living in activewear–especially  black leggings. Now that I’m in California, I’m definitely living in leggings, albeit a little more colorful these days.

I love to be comfortable, but lately I’ve also felt like I want to step it up and dress up a little. Some days I’m back to wearing jeans or dresses. I realized, though, that I could also “dress up my activewear”. By adding a few simple accessories like sandals, a cardigan, a clutch, and jewelry, I feel significantly fancier.

image of yoga practice on the Amalfi Coast

Activewear in Positano

Relaxing in Positano

While we were in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, I wanted to feel comfortable while walking around as a tourist, yet still look like I put some effort into my outfit for dinner. I paired these pretty pink and purple Noli Yoga petal leggings with a comfy shirt and this blush pink H & M cardigan and some  sandals.  You can see another look from Noli Yoga on this trip here.

Feeling like I was really going all out, I ditched my hot pink travel fanny pack in favor of  this Salvatore Ferragamo clutch for the day.  One of my former personal training clients got this for me as a going away present. It makes me so happy to carry it and think of her.

Noli Yoga activewear

travel I love malas, and Mala Prayer makes such beautiful handcrafted ones. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but wearing one reminds me to be more mindful. Wearing a mala also gives me something to do with my anxious little hands.

Meditation in Amalfi

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amalfi coast From doing morning yoga on the beach to sight-seeing and visiting the local shops during the day to dinner at night, I felt pretty ok with myself in this outfit. This probably isn’t what people mean by dress attire, but for certain occasions, it’ll do just fine. :p

 


Photos: Jeff Tse

Leggings:  Noli Yoga Petal Legging

Cardigan: H&M

Mala: Mala Prayer

Sandals: Soda

Clutch: Salvatore Ferragamo


<3 

Hillary

Making Genie Dreams Come True in Mira Rae

Since I’ve been dealing with belly bloat for the past year and a half, finding comfortable, stretchy clothing has been a big priority for me. I remember watching I Dream of Jeannie when I was growing up, and wanting to dress up as a genie for Halloween. Those dreams were shattered due to a situation in third grade when I was being an a$$hole and got grounded around Halloween. After that, I was too stubborn to trick or treat again, so it never happened.

While harem pants are not a new thing, they’ve recently been becoming more popular in yoga/fitness culture, so I was eager to try a pair for myself. These harem pants from Mira Rae did not disappoint! The waist band didn’t dig into my gassy belly, and the material was super flowy for unrestricted yoga movement. Not to mention, I finally felt like those childhood genie dreams were coming true.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love anything mesh. This hoodie from Mira Rae also has those little finger tab things, so I kept slipping my hands into them and pretending I was a ninja–another childhood dream costume! I paired it with their sumi crop top.

For comfort, fit, and style, I give Mira Rae an A++, and I look forward to sharing more of their clothing! If you have any little ones, they also have fitness clothing for younger girls and the cutest toddler outfits as well–including metallic leggings!


Photos: Jeff Tse

Pants: Mira Rae Maya Harem Pant

Hoodie: Ritu Mesh Hoodie 

Crop: Sumi Crop


<3

Hillary

No More Dreading Jeans Shopping: Introducing Kancan Jeans

I hate jeans shopping. Hate it. I went a good year and a half without even bothering going, because I hate it so much. That’s probably why I spend so much in activewear. It’s comfortable and easy to shop for. That can’t be said about my experiences with shopping for jeans. I’ve gone to the Gap and managed to try on 17 pairs of jeans and walk out with nothing (I’d like to also add that I fold them and take them out of the fitting room–I’m not THAT obnoxious). But basically, I just hate shopping for jeans. It always leads to me feeling defeated and going and drinking like 5 teas afterwards to try to make myself feel better. 😀

Previously, I had never shopped for jeans online. The idea seemed so ludicrous to me when I can’t even find a pair in the store after trying on so many–so I couldn’t believe it when I got a pair of jeans online from Kancan and they ACTUALLY FIT. Not only do they fit, but they are comfortable and I actually like how they look! I guess it’s safe to say that I will now occasionally be wearing something other than leggings!

I look forward to trying more of their denim styles out and I’m also relieved that I won’t have to go to a store and try on heaps of jeans. I styled these with my trusty Stan Smiths, this simple crop top, and this adorable sea otter purse from Bungalow 360 that I’m obsessed with made from sustainable materials!


Photos: Jeff Tse

Jeans: Kancan USA

Bag: Bungalow 360

Shoes: Adidas 


Have you ever done your jeans shopping online?  Try out these Kancan jeans yourself with code 116HH to get 20% off the entire site between now and 6/18/17.  

<3

Hillary

Temple Flower: Floral and Mesh in Positano

This season, I’m really loving mesh details on my activewear, and I hope mesh is here to stay. I love these floral and mesh pants from Temple Flower. They passed my test of being made from a material that isn’t see-through (isn’t it weird that this even needs to be criteria for women’s clothing?! If I wanted to wear pantyhose to the gym, I’d wear pantyhose, you know?) and they are plenty stretchy enough for comfort and movement.

I have been wearing this pullover shirt so much–it is comfy for wearing on the plane, makes a great swim pullover when it is a little chilly out, and it is fabulous to wear during my yoga practice and while running errands. I like that it is longer (perfect for when you’re in certain yoga postures) and has drawstrings at the bottom. Basically, for the last two weeks, I’ve mostly just been taking it off to wash. 😀

Jeff and I shot these in Positano, Italy, which is now one of my favorite spots. I have several more posts to share about Positano in the near future. <3

Temple Flower makes their clothing in LA, and their vision and philosophy is as beautiful as their clothing. You can read more about how they give back here.


Photos: Jeff Tse

Wardrobe: Temple Flower 

Shoes: Hoka 


Have you been enjoying the mesh trend?

On the Go in Noli Luna Leggings

It’s been awhile since my last post. I’m still working on getting into the groove of blogging. Since my last post, I’ve finished my 200 hour registered yoga teacher training (yay!). I’ve continued to have some ups and downs health-wise, and have been traveling a good bit, often with minimal or no wifi. Excuses, excuses, right? :p

Positano, Italy is one of my favorite places I’ve been to, and I’ll be sharing several more posts from this beautiful place. There are incredible views of the coast, a small beach area, charming shops and outdoor cafes. There are also like 1,000 steps you can climb if walking up the steep streets isn’t enough exercise for you. No, seriously–like 1,000 steps. Probably more. It’s supposed to take you like 45 minutes to do this one portion of steps there. We didn’t make it up all of them because we got lost and had to get to our dinner reservation. :p
Being comfortable is of high priority for me, especially if I’m walking around a lot, so per usual, I lived in yoga leggings much of the trip. These Luna Leggings and Aria bra from Noli Yoga were perfect for when the weather was a little warmer down at the beach, and I added one of my favorite jackets since I don’t dine in a sports bra at cafes.
relaxing in Noli Yoga
These leggings (and all pants from Noli–three cheers for consistency!) pass my “not see through test”.  I’ve also worn them for my hotel workouts and they are comfy and stretchy. While I love bright and colorful clothing, I am always a fan of more classic, simple pieces. Maybe it’s my inner goth child self that loves black, or maybe from living in NYC, but you can never go wrong with black!
Noli Yoga
Jacket: Rock & Republic
Sunglasses: Roka
Shoes: Hoka 

Do you prefer bright and poppy activewear, or simple classics?

<3

Hillary


Shades of Blue in Fabletics and Sol and Selene

The weather has been slowly getting warmer in California, and I’m pretty excited for when it’s scorching and I’m wiping sweat off my brow. 😀 I still need a jacket or long sleeves about half of the day, but that’s ok.

One of my favorite colors is blue, and I love these leggings and top from Fabletics. Lately I pretty much live in activewear, whether I’m going to the gym or just running errands. These leggings also match one of my favorite bags from Sol and Selene, and they pass the important stretch and not-see- through test that all gym pants should be required to pass. Check out Sol and Selene for awesome gym bags, backpacks and yoga mat carriers as well!


Photos: Jeff Tse 

Top and leggings: Fabletics 

Bag: Sol and Selene

Sunglasses: Roka

Shoes: Asics 


What’s your favorite color?

Where the Heck Should I Put My Phone During My Run?

I use my phone for a lot of things, one of which is running. While running, I currently use several apps–Strava to record my run, Amazfit to also track my pace, and Spotify so I can stay motivated by listening to some of my favorite music. A lot of times I wear a hydration pack for my runs , so I can toss my phone in there. Sometimes I don’t want the extra bulk, but I don’t want to hold my phone or risk dropping it.  Have you ever shattered your phone screen? Such a sad tragic moment as you clumsily try to catch it while watching in horror as the photo of your dog as your screensaver shatters before your eyes. I am loving my new SlimClip phone case because it clips right onto my pants and then I’m ready to go. 

I took it out on a run the other day, and it is also perfect for carrying my phone around  at the gym. I hate setting my phone down for fear that someone will drop a weight on it or something, but I want to be able to stream music (the gym I usually go to plays country music–not exactly inspiring for workouts). It’s also pretty gross to set your phone down at the gym–lots of nasty germs and man sweat dripping all over the floor (not that I’m being sexist about men sweating, as women sweat, too. Man, is this what being politically correct means?) While I love my fanny packs, sometimes it’s nice to have a little less stuff to carry around. 🙂


Photos: Jeff Tse 

Pants and top: Lululemon 

Shoes: Asics

Phone Case: SlimClip 

Watch: Pace by Amazfit 

Sunglasses: Roka


*Content sponsored by Slimclip. All opinions expressed are my own.*


Do you have difficulty  figuring out what to do with your phone when you’re active?

Black Lace for Valentine’s Day

Generally when I think about Valentine’s Day, I think of pink and red. Maybe the little goth girl inside me is still screaming out, but I prefer black. I got this black lace bodysuit from the Italian brand Intimissimi . Not only do they have amazing lingerie, but they also have some really cute tops and other clothing on their website.

I love the back details on this, and I’ve worn it  under other tops to add more feminine details to looks on those rare occasions when I’m not dressed in yoga pants and sports tops. Ok, fine–I wore it under another shirt once, but I’d do it again.

For this shoot, I worked with photographer Sophia Liu. Sophia is also a college student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to learn more about what inspires her as an artist.


Photographer: Sophia Liu 

Bodysuit: Intimissimi 


Anyone else dig black for Valentine’s Day?

Fabletics Fanny Pack Fridays

Hip, hip, hooray–Fabletics made a fanny pack, and it’s Fri-day!

I love fanny packs because they are so convenient, especially when traveling. I save a lot of time when I’m back in NYC  by whipping my metro card out of my fanny pack instead of digging through my purse for it. They are also awesome for easy access to documents at the airport.

In addition to being convenient, they are also great because having the bag around your hips takes the load off of your shoulder. Carrying around a heavy purse can be hard on your shoulder and neck. When I was working as a physical therapist assistant, one of the first things we’d do with a female patient with neck/shoulder pain is check out how heavy her purse was. I’m also a fan of fanny packs because one of my *many* fears is getting strangled by my purse because of a mugger, so it’s less likely to happen with a fanny pack (that got dark quickly–I’ve seen too many shows on the Investigation Discovery channel).

Anyway, I was pretty stoked to see that Fabletics came out with a fanny pack. If you aren’t familiar with Fabletics, they offer a VIP rewards program with great discounts each month. Kate Hudson is co-founder and they have a lot of fun prints and details on their fitness clothing. I got a nice bright red fanny pack and matched it with a red sports bra from them and pants with a really fun pattern. I’m not a very good tennis player, so hopefully the bright pattern will distract my opponent. Regardless, I get an awesome workout whenever I play tennis because  I’m running all over the court to retrieve the ball because of my lack of hand/eye coordination (trying to put a positive spin on a weakness here). Never let the fact that you suck at an activity stop you from trying and having some fun with it!

Tennis is tiring. ZZZZZZ


Photos: Jeff Tse

Wardrobe: Fabletics

Shoes: Adidas 


Would you rock this fanny pack? 

-Hillary