I was craving something chocolatey today and remember my client had sent me a homemade Nutella recipe that looked so good! Lucky I had all the ingredients to make my treat!
When I was approached by Live Love Dream they described their new clothing line as "... a fashion forward approach to active and lounge wear. Launching July 7th online and in store’s, this collection will complete your lifestyle in every way! From skinny sweats to active capris, shorts with spandex underlay and an amazing anorak, Live Love Dream is perfect for the gym, running errands, and hanging out with friends in style."
Could it sound more perfect?! As you have probably heard me say before, and I am sure a lot of people agree, it is the best when you can wear your gym clothes out and not feel like a total slob!
After a little more research into LLD I realized that they are an Aeropostale branch. I was hesitant and actually felt too "old" to be wearing Aeropostale. But I gave LLD a shot, and I am glad I did so that I can share it with all of you!
I looked through their site and I got:
I opted for a gray color because I have so much black.The fit was fine. Not as flattering as some of my other capris, but it works! It held me in and felt good all through my 45 minute cardio dance class. The length of the carpi was perfect and I did not have to keep pulling them up or down like I have done with some other carpis. They also have a cute zipper pocket function in the back.
Compared to other fitness apparel brands these capris are very reasonable in price. However I fond them to be just average with quality, make and material. The seams in some places were not neat.
But it fits right, and looks fine. No one will be touching your pants other than you. So if you are cool with your fitness apparel not being above average then go for it.
I would not buy all my capris from LLD but If I found something super cute and funky (like these floral capris!!!!!) then I would spend the $25. I actually really love these and will get them now :)
I got a medium in the sports bra, and I am thinking maybe I should have gotten a small? I did not feel much support under my boobs and there was a large space between my rib cage and the bra. But other than that the material felt good and the over all bra was comfortable. There is only one ply of material, when my other sports bras have two. Just an observation and I am not sure if it makes that much of a difference.
The cross back feature is cute and makes the bra more interesting. It is on sale for $15.00! You can't go wrong.
Two longs sleeve color block shirts (I can no longer find online!)
*I am wearing the LLD capris in the photo above
I am sad I can no longer find these because they were my favorite item from LLD! I have seriously been living in them! I got them on sale for $7 (each)!! They are comfy and super perfect for before the gym, after the gym, and anywhere you go in between! I am so glad I got 2 colors! Bring it back LIVE LOVE DREAM! Will you?
LLD also gave me this bag that I have to say I have been using EVERYDAY! I love it. It is perfect for my errands around the city and/or trips to the gym.
While looking through the LIVE LOVE DREAM site I do see some cute stuff that I would not mind getting because the price point is right. In this case, you get what you pay for. The quality will not be as good as some other brands, but I think LIVE LOVE DREAM works. It is functional, and has some cute patterns. One thing I am not a huge fan of is logos and some of their lounge apparel is full of logos so that limits things for me.
Overall, if you are looking for fitness function apparel check out LIVE LOVE DREAM. They have a very reasonable price point and I think some of their stuff is really cute, and not everyone wants to spend $80-$100 on yoga pants!
Thank you LLD for making budget friendly, functional, fitness apparel for the active and fashion aware girl.
Happy Friday! In honor of spring I decided to do a DETOX video. This will get you sweaty and help you start fresh for spring! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxvREJk6Jqo&w=560&h=315]
Elise from Lillybelle Foods came over to film and we actually ended up doing the workout TWICE because half way through the first time the memory card become "full", and we didn't realize that it had stopped recording! (hence why we look so flustered!)
This is one huge reason why I wish I had a camera pro with me all the time!! Then I would not have to worry about recording and producing, just do the fun stuff like working out, sharing cool recipes with you and doing awesome product reviews. I am not the best when it comes to video, so this is not the first time something like this has happened. But I guess it just gives me a double workout...right?!
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Try the workout and let me know how it goes. It is a good one!!
Hello All!! Below is a GREAT workout using a chair. I really loved it, and think my next video might be a full length chair workout! What do you think? That way you can follow along with me! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atKYgo7J998&w=560&h=315]
Some FUN news....I just entered into "The Face OF Fitness" photo contest for a chance to be on the cover of FITNESS MAGAZINE! How cool would that be? (If I was on the cover I PROMISE I'D SMILE!!!) This endeavor seamed right along my path considering I love fitness, I love inspiring, and I would love to be on the cover of this magazine. To be honest, I would be happy even with being on the inside pages of Fitness Magazine. I always wanted to be one of those fitness magazine models that demonstrates the exercise step by step... know what I mean?
This is where YOU come in... I need YOUR HELP! If I inspire you, if you enjoy my workouts and my blog and think I would be a good fit to be on Fitness Magazines cover then I would LOVE your VOTE. You can vote EVERY DAY until the 14th of this month, Sunday at midnight. After a couple of rounds of voting there will be 5 finalists. ONE of the FIVE finalists will be chosen by the readers... AKA readers choice... AKA chosen by YOU. The Grand prize winner and the person who will be on the cover of Fitness is chosen by a panel of judges.
Q. How is the winner chosen?
The Grand Prize Winner is selected by a panel of judges from a group of five finalists. She will be selected based on her overall fit and healthy appearance in her photo(s), personality of entrant as expressed through the photos, quality of the photos, and quality of her essay. One of the finalists comes from the weekly Reader's Choice voting. See Official Rules for more details.
THANK YOU for your love and for inspiring ME. XO... now go VOTE!
Have fun! And Sweat it out! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZMjQ9CrLk]
I have never tried a savory crepe, have you?
I just got back from a Jukari Fit to Fly and Fit to Flex Reebok photo shoot in Toronto, Canada. I did not really get to explore much of the city, but what I saw during the ride from the hotel, to the set , and back to the hotel, looked very promising. A lot of character and charm in the restaurants and the little shops we passed.
This was my frist professional photo shoot. I have done video footage before, but still shots are much different. It was a full two days of shooting at Kingwest Fitness. There were 6 girls on the shoot. Two girls from Canada, three from NYC, and then me from Boston, baby! We had an amazing crew of people; Reebok and cirque marketing , art directors, photographers, stylists, makeup artists and we can not forget craft services. The food was always delicious and healthy. My favorite was the banana chocolate muffins... YUM! Together everyone created such an amazing atmosphere . The hours flew. Not to say we did not work hard, but it was a fun experience all the way through.
The wardrobe/fitting part was great as we got a sneak peek at what Reebok is bringing us for next season. I can not say much, nor can I share pictures of the clothes or shoes, but I will say I "oooo"ed and "ahhhh"ed a lot.
The hardest part of the shoot was having to hold crazy poses that not only took balance but a lot strength. There were usually 3-4 girls in each shot and getting everyone together and looking good was a fun challenge. There was one time where I thought I was going to lose my lunch. But I held it in and we moved on :) We were often spritzed with fake sweat made of glycerin and rose water, but there were definitely times where the fake stuff was not needed. We were working hard, and today I am sore in all the right places!
On set. Fit to Fly
One last thing, I LOVE REEBOK sneakers.. and no they did not pay me to say that. They have really developed their product and have slowly become my favorite go to sneaker. I was really sad when I could no longer find my favorite Nike shoe, but honestly, I am even more pleased with the Reebok shoes. They have great color combinations and are really comfortable. When I find my top Reebok sneaker I will be sure to post and keep you updated.
I am hopeful that the future will bring me more experiences and opportunities like this one. Thank you Reebok and Cirque, my first photo shoot experience was amazing.
SetFLY! A couple of days ago I was invited to participate in a training at the Reebok headquarters for a class called Jukari Fit to Fly. Reebok and Cirque du Soleil have combined their strengths to create this FUN and amazing workout. When I say fun, I really mean it. You are flying through the air, swinging, sweating, laughing, and performing all at the same time. The FUN element makes you forget about all the working you are really doing. Today, two days later, I am still sore. My lats, back, abs, and oh man my butt!
The FlySet is the first piece of fitness equipment to combine 360 degrees of movement with suspension. Not only is there a jump/fly series but there is also a mat strength series you can do using both the bar and the leg straps.
Here is a video from our training:
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T59ItqH4mW8&w=560&h=315] I really hope to see Jukari popping up in gyms. The only reason why I think gyms would hesitate is because the equipment is not the easiest to set up. There would need to be some overhead installation in order to get the suspension. I will keep you posted on the powerful future of Jukari!
This past weekend I went to Jimmy's Bar & Oven to grab a salad with a friend. I was IN LOVE with the decor and ambiance of this restaurant... high ceilings, cement and chalkboard walls, industrial lighting, an open kitchen, bar seating, and my favorite spec: a glass garage door that opens up to the outside street. I saw a man and asked if he was Jimmy. Luckily, he was. Turns out he used to own a restaurant in the South End and closed it 4 months ago to open up this new place. I did not get into too many details, but told him how much I love the look of Jimmy's (sorry I wish I had my camera on me to take a picture of the interior!)
Both my friend and I ordered baby arugula salad with figs, and goat cheese. I also asked for a side of beets. The Salad was fresh and delicious, we asked for more goat cheese, since we felt that both salads could have used more. They brought us more with no charge. Hey we love cheese!
The thing we enjoyed most about the salads were the figs. They were smaller and darker than what we thought normal figs were. We asked the waitress what kind of figs they were and she said "normal figs". We thought they had to have been soaked in something because they were oozing with goodness. But turns out they were just ordinary figs! They were oozing with their natural sugars! Totally sweet and yummy. I found them in Trader Joes today:
I just ate some now. I cut them up in small pieces and put them in greek yogurt with walnuts! YUM it was delish. I love the creamy texture of the yogurt mixed with the chewyness of the figs, and then the crunchy texture of the walnuts.
What do you do with your figs?
Some not so dangerous ways to satisfy your sweet tooth! Remember everything in moderation, regardless of what your food choice is.
- crunchy cookie balls (Halley from Blunder Construction brought me these treats to try. Her creative recipe came from ohsheglows.com YUM! no oven needed!!)
- adora dark chocolate disks (blunder construction) Get your fix AND your Calcium!
- chocolate chia seed pudding recipe below, Thanks Kerri!
- Dates and walnuts together, so yummy! (full of fiber, minerals and vitamins, and OH SO SWEET!)
- black bean brownies-recede below, thank you Anna!
- Vegan Fudge! So yummy, thanks to my friend Keri
- greek yogurt, raspberries (or any berry) and a little touch of granola (I like Bear Naked Granola Peak Protein, or there is a locally made one I get at the farmers market in Back Bay. I will get the name)
chocolate chia seed pudding
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp agave or any sweetener you want
- Add everything together, refrigerate for 30 mins to overnight & enjoy! You can get creative adding berries, bananas, vanilla, cinnamon, what ever you desire!
*Helpful tip when refrigerating stir every 10 minutes (at first). The chia seeds expand so its good to keep mixing them. Aim to let it sit for 30 minutes, but you can let it sit as long as you want.
black bean brownies recipe (compliments of Anna)
- 1 can black beans (preferably low sodium)
- 4 eggs
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 cup of sugar or you choice of sweetener
- 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla extract (I like to also add some chocolate extract as well to amp up the chocolatey-ness. Also sometimes I add banana extract or almond extract to vary it up.)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ Cup of low-fat cream cheese
- Chopped nuts (totally optional just for added flavor and nutrients.)
- Pre-heat oven to 350
- In a food processor blend ingredients until they’re smooth and well mixed
- Coat 8x8 baking pan w/ cooking spray and pour the mixture in. Sprinkle with nuts on the top if you feel like
- Bake for 30 to 40 mins. When it’s done it will usually separate a bit from the side of the pan. Or just use the old toothpick trick.
Enjoy your treats!