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“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

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?

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

Counting Steps with the Amazfit Moonbeam Activity Tracker

Now that I’m no longer living in New York City, I find that it’s a little harder to get my steps in sometimes. While the weather is certainly nicer in California during the winter, I don’t walk everywhere like I used to. An activity tracker bracelet is a great way to monitor your steps, but sometimes I like the idea of one more than the reality. Often, they are too clunky looking for my wrist and while I might wear one during a run, I don’t necessarily want to wear one to dinner.

Until now. Amazfit has several activity trackers that you will actually want to wear not only during the day, but even out to dinner. My favorite one they offer is the Moonbeam. You can wear a watch style band with this tracker, or another type of band that is even more slim in design. This is the first tracker that I’ve used that actually adjusts well to my wrist, so I’m over the moon…Moonbeam for it (ok, kinda cheesy there).

In addition to counting your steps, the Moonbeam is also a sleep tracker and allows you the option to have silent vibration alerts for call notifications and alarms. It is water resistant up to 3 feet and 30 minutes and the battery life lasts for up to 10 days!  If you’re looking to up the ante on your steps but not wanting to compromise style, I highly recommend checking Amazfit out.

 

 

 



Photos:  Jeff Tse

Activity Tracker: Moonbeam by Amazfit 

Top and pants: Lululemon

Fanny pack: New Balance 

Sunglasses: Roka 

*This post is sponsored by Amazfit, and all opinions expressed are my own.*


What is your favorite activity tracker?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shades of Purple: Noli Winter Camo

Growing up in West Virginia, I saw a lot of camo print. A LOT of camo. While I never really got into wearing my dad’s camo hunting jackets (maybe partially because he uses unscented fox pee or something to throw off his scent), when I saw this Noli winter camo leggings and sports bra set, I fell in love. I love the shades of purple, and these leggings were great for running at the track because they stayed put on my waist. I hate when I feel like I have to constantly pull up my pants, and these ones are perfect! It seems like I ran a little faster in them, too–but maybe the boost was just psychological. Who doesn’t feel like a badass in camo? :p


Photos: Jeff Tse

Sports bra: Noli

Leggings: Noli

Shoes: Hoka 


Will you be rocking any camo this winter?

-Hillary

Onzie: Yoga and Performance Wear

Whether I’m hitting the mat to take part in my newfound love for yoga or throwing some weights around in the gym, I’ve been smitten lately with these stirrup leggings and sports bra from Onzie. I love the pattern of the leggings and the mesh panels on them. Not only are they comfortable for yoga, but they allow me to squat and deadlift comfortably without fear of my butt crack hanging out. I’m assuming I’m not the only one who has experienced that, right?!

In addition to feeling great and having a variety of fun patterns to choose from, Onzie also does all of their design and manufacturing in the US!


Photos by: Jeff Tse

Leggings and top: Onzie 

Sunglasses: Roka 


What are some of your favorite activewear brands?

-Hillary