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Practicing with prAna: Early winter collection yoga apparel review

Breath, life, vitality of the spirit.

Breath, life, vitality of the spirit.

Remember a few #FitFashion Friday’s ago when I posted about California-based yoga and lifestyle apparel brand prAna and their funky, well-fitting pieces with beautiful details? Well guess what — I was lucky enough to be selected through a Fit Approach campaign to try out a few pieces from their early winter collection… AND give my readers a 15% off discount code so you can try it for yourself!

I chose to feature prAna awhile back not only because I loved the look of their funky-patterned yoga leggings and tops, but also because I was impressed by their commitment to sustainability — something I think is definitely lacking with other active wear brands.

“A brand should give much more than it takes from the world”. This has forever been prAna’s simple answer to the complex challenge of sustainability. prAna’s reason to be and to continue on is based on an increasingly mindful use of natural resources, but also on our ability to motivate our community of customers and peer businesses.

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#FitFashion Friday Feature: Fit Girl Redefined – quality workout clothes designed to embrace curvy women

Lola Tee by Fit Girl Redefined

Lola Tee by Fit Girl Redefined

A few posts ago I mentioned I struggled to find well-made, stylish athletic apparel for “plus-sized” women to feature on #FItFashion Friday. Although some brands do have sizes up to 14, what’s a girl to do if you don’t fit comfortably into a 14? It’s not fair that there is all this amazing, gorgeous athletic apparel for the extra-small types, but limited options for sizes extra large and up.

That’s why after further digging since finding Lola Getts — a collection of cross-functional active wear for “the woman who celebrates her curves and her busy lifestyle” — I was excited to find another great brand specializing in active wear for sizes 14 and up.

Fit Girl Redefined, a U.S.-based active wear line by Jennifer McClelland, is “all about quality workout clothes that are designed to embrace curvy women.” Not only are the pieces stylish and comfortable, but most are also made locally in the states, which is something I can get behind. I also love what McClelland says about why she founded the brand:

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#FitFashion Friday Feature: The best sports bras for every size

boobcollageBouncing. Chafing. Swoobage. Back pain. Pancaking. Potential suffocation during downward dog …

Yes I’m talking about boobs, and what happens when you don’t contain them properly during exercise.

A good sports bra is one of the most important pieces of workout gear for women, and one of the hardest things to shop for. While you may be tempted to shop by style and what will look awesome under your tank top at the gym, the reality is everybooby—I mean, everybody—is different, and a bra with a customized fit that keeps everything comfortably in place during your workout should be your number one priority.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to rock the super supportive beige granny bra during your workout. Thankfully, there are a few apparel companies that make sports bras that are both functional and stylish.

Not sure what brand of sports bra would be best for your cup size and the type of activities you do? Read on to hear from nine women of all shapes and cup sizes who participate in a variety of activities—from ultra marathons and triathlons to weight lifting and Jazzercise—about some of the common issues they’ve experienced and what brands and types of sports bras they recommend. (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: West coast winter workout gear essentials

wcwwgeLiving on an island off the west coast of beautiful British Columbia definitely has its perks. The ocean surrounds us, the wilderness here is beautiful, there are plenty of places to explore for hours on end without seeing another human being, and the weather here is never too extreme. That means year-round outdoor adventures and not having to spend the winter cooped up in a gym to stay fit and healthy.

Even though we hardly get any snow here at sea level and the temperature rarely drops below -1°C, outdoor enthusiasts still have to consider the elements when exercising outside during the winter months. Here are a few key pieces of apparel us northern west-coasters should add to our workout wardrobe for winter: (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: “Plus-sized” athletic apparel that is actually stylish (featuring Lola Getts)

Plus-sized active wear by Lola Getts

Plus-sized active wear by Lola Getts

Though I love the way all the run-to-runway fitness gear I feature in #FitFashion Friday posts looks on the models, you’d never catch me wearing a laser-cut designer sports bra with tiger-print spandex pants out in public. Maybe if I lived in New York… but we’re a little less fashion-forward here in Victoria on the west coast. Gortex, Lululemon, Crocs, Tilly hats, tie-dye and cargo pants seem to be acceptable here; wild prints and colourful designer clothing, not so much.

Also, most of the clothes I tend to feature aren’t practical for the average-sized woman, as the sizing only goes up to a large. Also, a designer sports bra with laser-cut holes probably won’t keep the “girls” under control during a workout.

So for this #FitFashion Friday feature, I decided to hunt down some designer fitness apparel for normal-sized women. Which was actually harder than I thought it was going to be. (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: Michi by Canadian designer Michelle Watson

Edgy, biker-chic styles by Michi.

Edgy, biker-chic styles by Michi.

I recently discovered the online store Carbon38.

Quick, hide my credit card!

That’s where I found these gorgeous clothes by Toronto-based designer Michelle Watson. You could easily wear many of her pieces as part of a statement outfit, or even out for a night on the town thanks to their sophisticated, edgy look. I particularly love the cut-outs on the sports bras and colour blocks on the leggings. At $129 for a sports bra and close to $200 for a pair of leggings, though, Michi is definitely a splurge. But, that’s the price you pay for designer clothes that aren’t made in a sweatshop overseas.

Though I couldn’t find any details about Michi’s manufacturing processes, as mentioned above, the clothes are all made in Canada. And they’re awesome-looking. Check out the rest of her collection on her website.

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#FitFashion Friday: Practicing with prAna

Love the printed leggings from Prana

Love the printed leggings from Prana

Prana is another great California-based yoga and lifestyle apparel brand with a focus on sustainability and making funky, well-fitting pieces with beautiful details. Though I’ve selected a few of my favourite fall pieces below, they also have stuff for guys. Hooray!

While their main focus is on yoga apparel, they do have a nice outdoors collection, too. Their signature styles range from a vibrant and colourful funky-patterned hippy look to something more subdued and plain. They also have some really cute bathing suits and climbing accessories.

Prana is available at most outdoor retailers like MEC and Atmosphere, and online from their website.

 

 

From top left: Meadow Top, Julz Burnout Top, Roxanne Printed Legging, Hope Top

From top left: Meadow Top, Julz Burnout Top, Roxanne Printed Legging, Hope Top

 

 

#FitFashion Friday: Run Lift Yoga Wear

A few weeks ago I ask you to help me design a t-shirt for my personal training business. The slogan Run. Lift. Yoga. was the winner, but I loved all the suggestions so I opened a store at spreadshirt.ca!

I created a whole bunch of men’s and women’s t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, leggings and tank tops for all you fitness-loving, weight lifting runner yogis out there. Most are performance shirts so you can get your sweat on in them. There are also several eco-friendly options available. If there is something in particular you want (a specific design on a specific shirt), let me know and I’ll make one for you!

You can order any of the shirts in sizes small to extra large and in the colour of your choice from runliftyoga.spreadshirt.ca.

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#FitFashion Friday: Lux looks from British designer Charli Cohen

From SS14: The VIS Collection

From SS14: The VIS Collection

I first discovered personal trainer and British designer Charli Cohen’s stylish athletic apparel through a Kickstarter campaign. Charli was raising funds to help launch a pop-up store in London over the holidays to showcase her first collection, SS14: The VIS Collection. I was on the hunt for a pair of leggings for winter runner and absolutely loved the look of her Laser Leggings — but not the $250 price tag. After reading her story and following her on social media, I decided to support the campaign to help launch her first collection, even though the coveted leggings weren’t really in my budget. I bought the more affordable Dynamo Bra, which came with a super soft organic cotton workout tank top, a nice thank-you card and a healthy holiday recipe ebook. I love the sports bra and tank top, which not only look super chic but also perform well during a workout. The fabric stays light even when it gets soaked in sweat, and the sports bra doesn’t chafe or feel restrictive. (more…)

#FitFashion Friday: Oiselle

mestandingThough it might not be obvious to those who see me day-to-day, I love fashion and they way clothes look on the body — but not in the sitting-at-a-desk, walking-to-the-car or just-standing-there kind of way. I like the look of clothes on bodies in motion, hence why my wardrobe is 80% workout gear, 10% office attire and 10% casual clothes and dresses. I don’t bat an eye at $110 workout pants, yet struggle to spend more than $40 on a pair of pants for work. I own three pairs of heels, and 20 pairs of running shoes. Laundry day is hell because all that spandex and sweat-wicking material is hang-to-dry. Some people call it lazy fashion, but I don’t like to think of it like that. I’d rather be spending my day in motion instead of sitting in an office, so why not spend the money on the clothes you know you’ll get the most out of? Plus, I think we can all agree spandex is more comfortable than a structured cotton pencil skirt.

That said, I’m going to start a new Friday feature on my blog highlighting some of my favourite functional workout gear and things I’m coveting at the moment. (more…)

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