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Lorna Jane Activewear Apparel Review!

Hi!  I have a pretty fabulous athletic wear brand to tell you about today.  I first became familiar with this brand at BlogFest & IDEA.  Lorna Jane, based out of Australia, isn’t just an apparel company but a lifestyle.  Lorna Jane puts an emphasis on women practicing active living.  What motivates a woman to workout more than cute workout clothes??

Lorna Jane was nice enough to send me a few pieces from their collections to test out and share my thoughts with you!

This is the Kelly 3/4 Tight.

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They have waistband, which I love in workout tights.  I don’t particularly like pulling up my tights every few minutes while I’m running.  It doesn’t like so attractive either, so the waistband is a must! On the inside of the band are drawstrings you can tie to give yourself the perfect fit and tightness in the waist.

Another must in my workout tights is somewhere to put my keys while I’m running outside at a park.  The Kelly 3/4 Tight has the perfect zipper compartment for that in the waistband!

These are like the little black dress of workout apparel!

This is the Sprint Excel Run Tank

 

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I absolutely love the color of this tank!  It’s very breathable and not too tight, but not too loose either.  It even has an adjustable hem at the bottom so you can make it tighter if you want!  I can’t stand when shirts ride up while I’m running!

Bottom: Lilly 7/8 Tight  

 

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I’m in LOVE with both of these pieces!  I’ve been wanting a pair of brightly colored workout tights for a while.  I first saw them on display at the Lorna Jane booth at IDEA.   The color is AWESOME. They’re thick enough to not show through – I always worry about that with colored leggings.  Another pretty cool thing about these tights – they’re reversible!  On the other side, they are navy, which probably helps them to not be see through. These also have a waistband with an elastic draw string to give you the perfect fit!

Top: Speed Excel Tank 

This tank offers a slim fit to show off your figure.  My favorite feature of this tank is the mesh panels down the back and front.  The fabric is shrink and fade resistant!  It’s also very breathable, especially with those mesh panels.  And um, it’s just downright cute.  Whoever said that gym clothes can’t be cute?

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I’ve used each of these pieces for running, lifting, and spinning, and they’ve worked out great for each!

What I love most about Lorna Jane is how stylish her line is.  Yes – her apparel is high quality, sweat wicking, and functional – all necessities.  But it’s the fact that I look forward to going to the gym to wear a super cute outfit to wear while working hard.

And it wouldn’t be fair if I shared all these wonderful things about Lorna Jane with you, and didn’t offer you anything right?

Of course not. So I am lucky enough to be able to offer a $50 gift card giveaway for one of you!  Enter in the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway will end next Monday, Sept 29th at midnight.

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Enter and share the giveaway with your friends for more entries!!

Have a great Tuesday!

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What I’ve Been Up To + WIAW

Hello, hello! How’s your week going? Extremely busy on my end!  But I wanted to pop in and say a quick hello and share some photos :)

Between teaching dance and going to class I find little time for my social life.  On Sunday, however, I spent the day at the Lehigh Valley Harvest Wine Festival.  I went to four different wineries, sampled wine and saw some beautiful vineyards.

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It was such a great day weather-wise for the tour! It was nice to relax and just enjoy the day :)

Onto What I Ate Wednesday!

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Overnight oats with 1/2 c. oats, 1/4 c. greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp chia seeds, some almond milk to make things a tad liquify, and a splash of vanilla extract.  I topped it off with a spoonful of Wild Friends Cinnamon Raisin PB!

For lunch, I had a salad consisting of spinach, quinoa, chicken, dried cranberries, celery, sliced almonds mandarin oranges and feta cheese.

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For dinner – this has been a favorite lately – I’ve been having my mung bean pasta from IDEA World Fitness Convention with pesto.  Add some chicken and broccoli.  JUST like a regular pasta dish.  So good. image_7

Okay – I’m off to an early morning yoga class to de-stress a bit!  Hope it works!  Have a great week! :)

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The Happy Challenge 1

So you want to be an optimist…

Happy Tuesday!

I am currently taking a Positive Psychology class, and it has been amazing so far.  I keep telling everyone it’s more like group therapy than a class.  We don’t just sit there and learn facts and theories.  We talk about life and how we can apply these strategies we learn to our own lives.

Anywho…this has inspired me to do a “Happiness Challenge.”

The Happy Challenge

Every Tuesday, I will post a new challenge to increase happiness.  And these will most likely be little things, but guess what?  Research shows these little things can make a big difference.  And why Tuesdays?  I don’t know about you, but to me…Tuesdays suuuuuck.  Almost worse than Mondays, so I figured I’d bring a little happy into our Tuesdays!

One of the things we constantly bring up in the class is how we have to make a conscious effort to increase our happiness.  It’s true, we have to work at it!  If we don’t try, if we don’t change our thoughts, if we don’t change our behaviors, our level of happiness will not change either.

Our environment has a strong influence on our beliefs.  There was a study done in 1979 by Ellen Langer where men above the age of 75 were placed in a 1959 themed resort for a week.  The entire environment was set up to represent the time period of 1959 – newspapers, music, ID badges, etc.  Essentially this was supposed to make the men feel young again.

Results showed that these men had greater concentration, attention and memory skills, better posture, eyesight, hearing and flexibility, and after going back home they were more self-reliant and self-sufficient.  Overall they acted younger.  Why?  Because our environment shapes who we are.

So what can we do to create a more positive environment for ourselves?

  • Create an organized, clean work space for ourselves – I always feel better after I clean off my desk!
  • Put fresh flowers in the house
  • Play music
  • Put up inspirational quotes
  • Allow more natural light into the room
  • Buy and light a nice smelling candle for yourself

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I put fresh flowers in my room this week, and cleaned up the little sitting area in my room.  Usually that white chaise ends up being used for clothes, wash baskets, purses, bags, etc.  I’ve been making an effort to keep that spot clear from now on.  I love that little corner of my room :)

What you will do this week to make a more positive environment for yourself?

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