Lulu Dupe Roundup

Y’all are Lulu CRAY, is all I have to say.

I cannot believe the number of messages I’ve received over the last week due to the sheer number of you getting your Lulu dupes in the mail and dying over them. Nothing is more gratifying than to know that you guys trust me enough to spend hard earned money on an item of clothing I’ve shared with you, and are then so excited about it that you take the time out of your day to message me. I appreciate every single message, and every single one of you who takes the time to shop through my links, share them with friends, etc.

All I can say is, this stuff is AMAZING. Like so amazing I’m 100% convinced it’s made with Lulu fabric, just with a different symbol. You guys know that I don’t spend tons of money on clothes, meaning I would never want you to spend your money on something I didn’t stand behind, so trust me when I say, this stuff is the real deal.

I will preface by saying I have not tried EVERY single item of this clothing on. I have almost all of it ordered, but my main concern was making sure I got this post up before all of the items sell out. I will definitely share as I get the items in. I can’t help but think we’ve started a movement here, because none of these item were marked “low stock” until early this week!

What I Wear (Sizing)
  • Tops: 8 in Lulu, M in Amazon
  • Bottoms: 6 in Lulu, S in Amazon
  • Sports Bras: 8 in Lulu, L in Amazon
  • Jacket: 10 in Lulu, L in Amazon
Tops

Split Tank

Tie Back Tank

Compression Built In Bra Cami

Compression Racerback Tank

Long Sleeve Shirt

 Bottoms

Naked Feeling High Rise 7/8 Tight w/ Pockets  

Naked Feeling High Rise Tight Without Pocket

Lightweight Drawstring Jogger

Naked Feeling High Rise Crop

Sports Bras

Light Support Cross Back (A/B cups recommended)

Medium Support Strappy Back (C/D cups recommended)

Jackets

Sports Define Jacket Slim Fit

Sports Define Jacket Slim Fit

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Weekly Workout Roundup

It’s been a minute since I’ve blogged a weekly workout roundup for you guys, and I’ll be completely honest – it’s because my workouts this summer have been far from perfect. Being that part of my platform with KaleKouture is fitness, it can be hard to motivate and encourage others when you’re not on top of the workout game yourself. It’s kind of like encouraging someone to be on a diet while you’re eating Cheesecake Factory in front of them!

Even though part of my job as a fitness blogger is to tell you about my workouts and how I’m staying active, and how you can do those things too, I am not afraid to admit that just like anyone else, “life” has taken precedence over a lot of my workouts this summer. This summer has been full of weekend lake trips, going on vacation, moving, looking for/buying a new house, working two summer jobs, getting everything ready to go back to school, and in the midst of all of that, trying to seamlessly transition into running this blog on my own. I started the summer with every intent of working out six days a week, trying new classes, tracking macros perfectly, etc. I mean teachers don’t “work” in the summer right, I should have all the time in the world! I’m here to tell you that’s not true, and that has not happened. But that’s okay!

While summer is obviously not the most ideal time for workouts to be lagging, truthfully I have not stressed or lost any sleep over it like I might have in years past. I know that summer is temporary, and the life events, vacation, and time with friends that have prevented me from working out like I normally do, are far more important than a few missed workouts. Memories with people you love are worth more than one missed hour- long-500-calorie-burn, I promise.

This summer has been one of the best summers I’ve ever had, and I can tell you without a doubt that my body looks no different today than it would had I not missed those workouts. Fitness is a lifestyle. So cliché, I know, but it’s true. It’s not a certain number of workouts, it’s not a certain number of days hitting your macros – it’s about the big picture. Did I miss some workouts? Yeah, more than I probably anticipated. Was I active this summer and did I try to workout as often as I could? Yes I did. That’s what it’s all about.

All that to say, I’m back and I’m running full steam ahead starting this week! And if you’re in the same boat and your workouts have been lacking this summer, know that I’m right there with you! Don’t worry about the workouts that didn’t happen, be encouraged and give your all to the workouts that you’re going to make happen this week! Screen shot the workouts below, and commit to working out with me this week!

I wrote up a weekly workout roundup below, not only for you guys to follow along with, but to motivate myself as well! It’s a proven fact that if I write out my workouts, and schedule them in my planner like any other commitment or appointment I have, I’m 100 times more likely to make it happen. Let me know if you have any questions!

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‘Keep It Cool’ Crop Leggings | ‘Ebb To Street Tank’ | Nike Free RN Flyknit 

Weekly Workout Roundup 

  • Sunday: Cardio + Legs
    • 15 minute stairmaster warm up
      • smith machine squats (3 sets of 12)
      • bench step ups w/dumbbells (12 each leg, 3 sets)
      • walking lunges w/barbell (3 sets of 24)
      • plie pulse squats w/dumbbell (3 sets of 24)
      • leg extension, single leg (12 each leg, 3 sets)
      • hamstring extension, single leg (12 each leg, 3 sets)
      • jump squats (3 sets of 12)
  • Monday: Cardio + Triceps
    • 15 minute stairmaster warm up
      • tricep pushdowns w/rope attachment (3 sets of 12)
      • overhead tricep extension w/plate (3 sets of 12)
      • single arm pushdown w/cable – overhand (12 each am, 3 sets)
      • single arm pushdown w/cable – underhand (12 each arm, 3 sets)
      • overhead tricep extension w/cable (3 sets of 12)
      • tricep exentsion machine (3 sets of 12)
      • single arm kickback with dumbell (12 each arm, 3 sets)
  • Tuesday: Cardio + Biceps/Back
    • 20 minute incline walk on treadmill (incline: 12, speed: 3.5)
      • bicep curl w/ barbell (3 sets of 12)
      • seated cable row (3 sets of 12)
      • hammer curls w/ dumbbells  (12 each arm, sets of 3)
      • lat pulldown (3 sets of 12)
      • bicep curl w/rope attachment (12 each arm, 3 sets)
      • single arm bicep curl w/cables (12 each arm, 3 sets)
      • bicep curl w/ 25lb plate (until failure – this is a burnout, go as long as you can!)
  • Wednesday: Cardio + Legs
    • 15 minute elliptical warm up (incline: 20, resistance: 30)
      • smith machine split squats (12 each leg, 3 sets)
      • glute kickback machine (12 each leg, 3 sets)
      • curtsy lunge w/barbell (12 each leg, 3 sets)
      • smith machine squats (3 sets of 12)
      • reverse lunge with barbell (12 each leg, 3 sets)
      • straight leg deadlifts w/barbell (3 sets of 12)
      • body weight lunges until failure
  • Thursday: Cardio + Shoulders
    • 15 minute stairmaster warm up
      • front raise with barbell (3 sets of 12)
      • upright row w/ barbell (3 sets of 12)
      • lateral raise w/ dumbbells (3 sets of 12)
      • shoulder press w/ dumbells (3 sets of 12)
      • upright row w/ rope attachment (3 sets of 12)
      • shoulder press machine (3 sets of 12)
      • plank shoulder taps until failure
  • Friday: Corepower Yoga
  • Saturday: Cardio + Abs
    • 3 mile run
      • 24 leg lifts
      • 24 bicycle crunches
      • 40 russian twists
      • 30 second plank
        • Repeat 4 times!

UPDATED Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Activewear Picks!

I posted this earlier last week at the beginning of the presale, but now that the sale is open to non cardholders, and now that many things have sold out, I’ve updated my post with some new items in place of the old! Many of these items were also just shipped to me a few days ago so I didn’t want to add them until I had tried them on and decided to keep them!

I will wholeheartedly admit I am 100% not the queen of fashion, and that is the whole reason that up to this point, I didn’t do the fashion side of this account. I spend 90% of my time in workout clothes and if you know me, you know that is not one bit exaggerated. So much so that my mom says she wouldn’t recognize me in anything else. The other 10% of the time, I’m in “teacher wear”, and it’s kind of hard to be super trendy when I spend half my day on the floor with 5 year olds. However, I refuse to be left out of all this Nordstrom madness, and while most of you are probably shopping for your new fall wardrobe, I am shopping for both that and my new fall workout wardrobe! I decided to dedicate a post to everything I just got from the presale so that you’d have an easier time sifting through the hundreds of amazing items on sale right now!

For those of you who don’t know, Nordstrom does an anniversary sale each year in July. Most stores do their sales at the end of the season, however Nordstrom actually does their major sale on fall and winter clothes at the end of summer! Meaning you can save tons of money on fall and winter clothes by shopping early.

Side note – many people talk about how quickly these items sell out during the sale, and while many do, they’re ALWAYS restocking. So don’t worry if something sells out – just keep checking back!

As you may or may not know, our posts are now shopable through the “LikeToKnowIt” app, which you can download from the app store. This app allows you to screenshot or “like” our Instagram posts, and have the direct links sent to you email inbox, making shopping so much more convenient and quick! So be sure to download it if you haven’t already, that way you can shop straight from our Instagram, eliminating the extra step of having to come to the blog!

However, because you’re reading this, you’re obviously already on the blog, meaning all you have to do is click each linked title to shop the item! Many of these items will sell out quickly, so if you see something you like, definitely go ahead and get it! Nordstrom always does free shipping and free returns, so err on the side of caution, and grab it before it’s sold out, then return it later if you need to! I’ve included pictures of all the items I picked up and tried on in store, the rest of my order is being shipped to my house as we speak, so I’ll update with pictures as I get them!

Bottoms

 

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

These are the perfect leggings for fall/winter. I don’t typically wear full length leggings in the summer, but when it gets chillier, these will for sure be my go-to’s! I love the high waist, they’re SO soft, and they’re tight enough to keep everything in place without suffocating you. I already own a pair of these, but they’re close to half of what I originally paid! These are $35 – they’re a little long, but they run true to size!

Zella ‘Hatha’ High Waist Crop Leggings

Again, LOVE the high waist on these crops, and I die for the mesh detailing on the back! I own far too much black, so I’m excited to add a little bit of grey to my workout uniform (they only had black in store – but I ordered the grey)! Trying to refrain from ordering the blush color too … For only $33, this is a total steal! They also come in black if that’s more your style. These run true to size!

 

Zella ‘Keep it Cool’ Crop Leggings

These are a staple in my closet. I wear these both in and out of the gym because they’re SO comfy. They’re soft, stretchy, and so breathable. These are the ones I linked on Instagram last week in the teal color! This is the perfect non-high waisted crop, and who doesn’t need a perfect pair of plain black crops?! These are $31 and come in both red and blue in addition to the black! These run true to size!

 

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Zella Live In Slim Fit Leggings

For those of you who don’t love the high waist trend, these are perfect for fall/winter and they’re the exact same price as the crops, $33! They’re a slim fit though, so if you’re in between sizes, or you don’t like things super tight, I would size up!

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Zella Knock Out High Waist Leggings

These are perfect for the gym, but the mesh detailing gives them more of an athleisure look, meaning I can wear them everywhere and people aren’t judging me for wearing workout clothes … right? These also come in the cutest pink color! Definitely a steal for $42 and they run true to size. These are only left in a large – HURRY!

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Zella Moonlight High Waist Midi Leggings

What I love about these leggings is that they’re a “midi” style, which means they should hit you mid calf instead of closer to the knee like a crop, or closer to your ankle like a full length legging. I am a huge fan of the longer fit because it helps give the allusion that my legs aren’t two feet long like my long long long torso sometimes makes them feel! Another steal at $38! These crops run true to size.

Tanks

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Zella Pace Tank

This top is one of those go-with-anything workout tanks. It’s simple, basic, and it comes in 4 colors, so you’re sure to find something to match any pair of crops, shorts, leggings, you name it. I love a more relaxed and flowy fit in the summer when it’s so hot, which makes this the perfect top for only $24! This tank runs true to size.

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Adidas Originals Trefoil Logo Relaxed Fit Tank

I love this tank with all my heart! It’s the perfect workout tank, but it also double as the perfect athleisure staple! It’s so soft, it’s black (my favorite), and can be worn as shown, or knotted in the front/back if you size up! And, its only $21 – doesn’t get much better than that!

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Climawear Perf Perfection Singlet

I have not seen this on one other roundup of sale items, and I am so surprised! I loved this top from the moment I tried it on. It’s so stretchy, it’s breathable, and it feels like you’re wearing your softest jammie shirt to the gym. It’s only $24 and I would compare the quality of the fabric to some of my Lulu tanks. This is a steal! Runs true to size.

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Nike Breath Training TankNike Breath Training Tank

I am SO shocked this is not sold out yet. This tank is one of my absolute favorites. For those of you who tend to be like me when it comes to tank tops, and love a loose and breathable fit, this is the tank for you! The material is extremely thin which is perfect for the summer and warmer fall days and I love the burnout detail. Definitely worth every penny for only $33!

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Nike Pro Cooling Sports Bra

Okay – here’s the deal with the sports bra. I was totally hoping to find a sports bra I loved this year, and while I found this one and loved it, there’s a caveat. My only issue with this sports bra is that I would not recommend it for anyone bigger than a C cup. I am a D, and the large was suffocating me, so I would definitely say to size up regardless of your cup size. While it didn’t fit me right, I highly recommend it and have seen it recommended by many other smaller chested bloggers. The material is great, the quality is obviously great because it’s Nike, and the thin straps make it perfect for any workout top! It’s a steal for $33!

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Zella Constellation Crop

These crops are extremely similar to the ‘Hatha’ high waist crop leggings I posted above. They’re the same fit and the same style, so if you love those, you’ll love these! I love the high waist, as well as the mesh in the back, but above all else … this pattern! I love any pop of color or pattern a crop adds to an otherwise boring athleisure look.

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Zella Autumn High Waist Moto Ankle Leggings

I think these leggings are the cutest leggings ever. I love the fact that they can be worn with anything gym wise, but even more so that they can transition into a casual/athleisure look with a quick top change! I love the olive green color, but these come in black as well. These fit true to size!

Zella Mesh Inset Training Tee

Maybe I’m weird, but I am always on the hunt for a good workout tee. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for a tight fitting tank! I honestly did not expect to love the fit of this top as much as I did! It has such a feminine and flattering fit, and the mesh makes it so airy and breathable. Only $31 and it comes in two other colors! This ran a little small for me so I sized up!

 

Zella Power Racerback Tank

Again, I told y’all I am not usually one for super tight fitting tanks. They’re not always the most comfortable, and for nights when I’m running outside or just doing light cardio at the gym, this kind of tank is perfection because of how lightweight it is. And for only $24, I may or may not have gotten it in two colors. This tank runs true to size.

Sweatshirts/Jackets

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Zella Outta Town Hoodie

Truthfully, I’ve been looking for a sweatshirt to be able to throw on over a tank or a tee when I go to the gym in the chillier months, for YEARS now. I always just a jacket or something light, but I’ve never had a cute and comfy hoodie that could go over anything. This will without a doubt be my go-to if this Kansas heat ever goes away! It’s one of the more expensive items in this post, but for something you can wear all the time, I definitely think it’s worth $49! This runs true to size.

Free Focus Flyknit 2 Training Shoe

I need not one more pair of tennis shoes, and my mom is going to kill me when she reads this, but I couldn’t say no to this color combo. I am a sucker for aqua and grey. Grey goes with everything and aqua is the perfect pop of color to add to any workout look! They come in black too! Aside form the color, I’ve also tried these on and they feel like you’re walking on clouds. I can’t think of a workout they wouldn’t be great for! Get them quick, they’re only $89 and they’ve already been sold out and restocked once! These ran a little big for me so I ordered a half size down.

 

Nike Juvenate SE Sneaker

You guys are probably sick of seeing these shoes by now, seeing as though I wear them in 75% of my Insta stories and pictures! But they go with EVERYTHING and they were worth every penny I spent on them (which was a lot more than $70!). I have had mine since Christmas and for as much as I’ve worn them, they still look brand new. Wish they came in more colors because they’re one of my favorites! These run true to size.

That wraps it up for all of my favorite active wear items this year! I’m working on a post with all of the non-active wear items I picked up in case any of you are actually interested in what I wear when I’m not at the gym! Check back early this week for the post! Happy shopping girls! Please message me or leave comments if you have questions on sizing or anything regarding the sale!

XO, A

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Activewear Picks!

I will wholeheartedly admit I am 100% not the queen of fashion, and that is the whole reason that up to this point, I didn’t do the fashion side of this account. I spend 90% of my time in workout clothes and if you know me, you know that is not one bit exaggerated. So much so that my mom says she wouldn’t recognize me in anything else. The other 10% of the time, I’m in “teacher wear”, and it’s kind of hard to be super trendy when I spend half my day on the floor with 5 year olds. However, I refuse to be left out of all this Nordstrom madness, and while most of you are probably shopping for your new fall wardrobe, I am shopping for both that and my new fall workout wardrobe! I decided to dedicate a post to everything I just got from the presale so that you’d have an easier time sifting through the hundreds of amazing items on sale right now!

For those of you who don’t know, Nordstrom does an anniversary sale each year in July. Most stores do their sales at the end of the season, however Nordstrom actually does their major sale on fall and winter clothes at the end of summer! Meaning you can save tons of money on fall and winter clothes by shopping early. 

*Sidenote – many people talk about how quickly these items sell out during the presale, and while many do, they’re ALWAYS restocking. So don’t worry if something sells out – just keep checking back!

As you may or may not know, our posts are now shopable through the “LikeToKnowIt” app, which you can download from the app store. This app allows you to screenshot or “like” our Instagram posts, and have the direct links sent to you email inbox, making shopping so much more convenient and quick! So be sure to download it if you haven’t already, that way you can shop straight from our Instagram, eliminating the extra step of having to come to the blog!

However, because you’re reading this, you’re obviously already on the blog, meaning all you have to do is click each linked title to shop the item! Many of these items will sell out quickly, so if you see something you like, definitely go ahead and get it! Nordstrom always does free shipping and free returns, so err on the side of caution, and grab it before it’s sold out, then return it later if you need to! I’ve included pictures of all the items I picked up and tried on in store, the rest of my order is being shipped to my house as we speak, so I’ll update with pictures as I get them!

Bottoms

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

These are the perfect leggings for fall/winter. I don’t typically wear full length leggings in the summer, but when it gets chillier, these will for sure be my go-to’s! I love the high waist, they’re SO soft, and they’re tight enough to keep everything in place without suffocating you. I already own a pair of these, but they’re close to half of what I originally paid! These are $35 – they’re a little long, but they run true to size!

Zella ‘Hatha’ High Waist Crop Leggings

Again, LOVE the high waist on these crops, and I die for the mesh detailing on the back! I own far too much black, so I’m excited to add a little bit of grey to my workout uniform (they only had black in store – but I ordered the grey)! Trying to refrain from ordering the blush color too … For only $33, this is a total steal! They also come in black if that’s more your style. These run true to size!

Zella ‘Keep it Cool’ Crop Leggings

These are a staple in my closet. I wear these both in and out of the gym because they’re SO comfy. They’re soft, stretchy, and so breathable. These are the ones I linked on Instagram last week in the teal color! This is the perfect non-high waisted crop, and who doesn’t need a perfect pair of plain black crops?! These are $31 and come in both red and blue in addition to the black! These run true to size!

Zella Turning Point High Waist Crop Leggings

This is without a doubt my favorite item I got from this sale! I love any kind of color blocked legging but these are the cutest! Annnnd again with the high waist … anyone noticing a trend?! These are $42 and worth every single penny. I ordered my regular size in these!

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Zella Turning Point High Waist Crop Leggings

These are the exact same as the color blocked pair above them, but they’re black, AND they’re cheaper, so … I needed them! In all reality, I will probably make myself choose between the two, but I had to get both for right now because they’re so cheap! These are only $35 and run true to size!

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Zella Live In Slim Fit Leggings

For those of you who don’t love the high waist trend, these are perfect for fall/winter and they’re the exact same price as the crops, $33! They’re a slim fit though, so if you’re in between sizes, or you don’t like things super tight, I would size up!

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Zella Knock Out High Waist Leggings

These are perfect for the gym, but the mesh detailing gives them more of an athleisure look, meaning I can wear them everywhere and people aren’t judging me for wearing workout clothes … right? These also come in the cutest pink color! Definitely a steal for $42 and they run true to size.

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Zella Moonlight High Waist Midi Leggings

What I love about these leggings is that they’re a “midi” style, which means they should hit you mid calf instead of closer to the knee like a crop, or closer to your ankle like a full length legging. I am a huge fan of the longer fit because it helps give the allusion that my legs aren’t two feet long like my long long long torso sometimes makes them feel! Another steal at $38! These crops run true to size.

Tanks

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Zella Pace Tank

This top is one of those go-with-anything workout tanks. It’s simple, basic, and it comes in 4 colors, so you’re sure to find something to match any pair of crops, shorts, leggings, you name it. I love a more relaxed and flowy fit in the summer when it’s so hot, which makes this the perfect top for only $24! This tank runs true to size.

Zella Mesh Inset Training Tee

Maybe I’m weird, but I am always on the hunt for a good workout tee. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for a tight fitting tank! I honestly did not expect to love the fit of this top as much as I did! It has such a feminine and flattering fit, and the mesh makes it so airy and breathable. Only $31 and it comes in two other colors! This ran a little small for me so I sized up!

Zella Power Racerback Tank

Again, I told y’all I am not usually one for super tight fitting tanks. They’re not always the most comfortable, and for nights when I’m running outside or just doing light cardio at the gym, this kind of tank is perfection because of how lightweight it is. And for only $24, I may or may not have gotten it in two colors. This tank runs true to size.

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Zella Cut Both Ways Performance Tank

I love love LOVE the more feminine cut and fit of this tank. It’s a great mix of relaxed yet fitted, and the cutout in the back is to die for. It also comes in a burgundy color that’s perfect for fall! Only $29 and runs true to size.

Sweatshirts/Jackets

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Zella Outta Town Hoodie

Truthfully, I’ve been looking for a sweatshirt to be able to throw on over a tank or a tee when I go to the gym in the chillier months, for YEARS now. I always just a jacket or something light, but I’ve never had a cute and comfy hoodie that could go over anything. This will without a doubt be my go-to if this Kansas heat ever goes away! It’s one of the more expensive items in this post, but for something you can wear all the time, I definitely think it’s worth $49! This runs true to size.

Zella Don’t Sweat It Sweater

This is another item I kind of bought on a whim, and I didn’t expect to love it so much! It’s so soft and comfy and it’s super flattering for a variety of body types. To me this is probably not something I would wear to the gym, but rather something I might throw on over a tank if I’m going somewhere after the gym when it gets a little cooler. I love the thumb holes and I’m a sucker for anything that can double as “real” clothes, and workout wear! This top is $38 and I sized up for a looser fit!

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Adidas Original Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt

I can already tell you I will live in this this fall/winter. I have tried this on before and it is the softest sweatshirt of all time. Definitely something you could throw on before the gym, but also be comfy casual with jeans! Love love love it, and only $40! I sized up on this for a slouchier fit.

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Free Focus Flyknit 2 Training Shoe

I need not one more pair of tennis shoes, and my mom is going to kill me when she reads this, but I couldn’t say no to this color combo. I am a sucker for aqua and grey. Grey goes with everything and aqua is the perfect pop of color to add to any workout look! They come in black too! Aside form the color, I’ve also tried these on and they feel like you’re walking on clouds. I can’t think of a workout they wouldn’t be great for! Get them quick, they’re only $89 and they’ve already been sold out and restocked once! These ran a little big for me so I ordered a half size down.

Nike Juvenate SE Sneaker

You guys are probably sick of seeing these shoes by now, seeing as though I wear them in 75% of my Insta stories and pictures! But they go with EVERYTHING and they were worth every penny I spent on them (which was a lot more than $70!). I have had mine since Christmas and for as much as I’ve worn them, they still look brand new. Wish they came in more colors because they’re one of my favorites! These run true to size.

That wraps it up for all of my favorite active wear items this year! I’m working on a post with all of the non-active wear items I picked up in case any of you are actually interested in what I wear when I’m not at the gym! Check back early this week for the post! Happy shopping girls! Please message me or leave comments if you have questions on sizing or anything regarding the sale!

XO, A

 

HIIT Workout Roundup

Today I’m posting a roundup of my favorite HIIT workouts that I’ve done in the past month or so! Three of these workouts are from Julie Fagan who writes a blog called Peanut Butter Fingers. I have been reading her blog since the beginning of college and I would attribute 90% of my passion for health and fitness to her blog. She is real, so down to earth, and such an inspiration in so many ways. Go check her out!

Back to the workouts – I’m including machine HIIT workouts, as well as a no machine/equipment required workout, so hopefully there’s something for you no matter what you like to do at the gym, or what kind of equipment/gym situation you’re in! Screen shot these images, and get to sweatin’!

Treadmill HIIT

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Via: Julie Fagan @PBFingers

Stairmaster HIIT

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Workout via: @chescaleigh

Elliptical HIIT

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Via: Julie Fagan @PBFingers

Bodyweight/No Equipment Required HIIT

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Via: Julie Fagan @PBFingers

As always, if you don’t know how to perform any of these exercises, google is your best friend! Just search the name of the exercise and you’ll find hundreds of pictures and videos explaining how to effectively perform each one. Julie also posts pictures for many of her workouts, so click the image and it will take you directly to the blog post with the pictures in them!

What I’m Wearing

Y’all know I am always looking for quality and affordable active wear, and sometimes that is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Not only are quality and price important to me, but I’m also rather picky when it comes to workout clothes and the way they fit/look. It’s truly a miracle when I stumble upon a brand I love that encompasses all of these things. However, I have recently come upon Zyia Active (@zyia.karleeakina) and Zyia 100% meets all my requirements! I am wearing the Poppy Copper Charged Tank in these photos, and I am so in love with it that I am getting ready to order it in two more colors!

It is extremely similar to Lulu’s Swiftly Tech Racerback, but its almost half the price ($38) and the exact same quality or better. This tank is seamless, so it is ultra comfy and breathable. It’s also sweat wicking and made with a copper lining so that you don’t get smelly or have awful sweat marks halfway through your HIIT workouts!

Zyia Active has tons of tanks, tops, crops, and leggings that are so cute, and super affordable. Go check them out here, or shop my tank below by clicking any one of the photos!

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XOXO, A

 

 

Simply Workout

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This tank is so soft and comfy, I am not ashamed to say I’ve not only worked out wearing it, but I’ve slept in in a time or two, too! There is no shirt more fitting for me than one about avocado toast, so when Simply Workout gave me one shirt to pick – this was a no brainer! It fits more like a crop top, so I sized up for a longer fit! Be sure to check out the Simply Workout Warehouse Sale, going on until tomorrow night!

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I have no words for these pants. They’re dreamy in every way. We all need a little high waisted action in our lives, I don’t care who you are. The waistband covers everything we want to be covered, but it also keeps these pants from going anywhere. They stay in one place no matter what workout you’re doing, and they’re tight in all the right places. They move with you, they’re breathable, and I’ve decided I need them in every color. These were long on me, so I would definitely suggest trying them on in the store, even if you have other Lulu pants!

My Spring Sports Bra Picks

Today is April 7th, which, in any normal year, typically means Spring is here in KC. However just when you think you’ve got KC weather figured out, you don’t. I assumed by this point in the year we would have sunny skies and 60+ degree weather, but unfortunately, we got a tease at the beginning of March, and now have had what seems like nonstop rain since then! However, I think as of yesterday we’re on the up and up and I’m so excited to be able to run/workout outside again!

Anyway, onto the real point of the post for today … sports bras! While this may not sound like the most thrilling topic, I think it’s important and I feel like it’s not something many bloggers talk about, so I figured, why not!?

I would venture to guess that I’m not alone in saying, without a sports bra, a workout could not physically happen for me. That being said, finding a good sports bra is pretty essential in the quest to work out. So today, I’m posting my current three favorite sports bras for all you not-so-flat-chested-women out there who unfortunately have to take into consideration more than just which color sports bra to buy, or which criss-cross back will look the cutest with you open back Lulu tank. All you IBTC girls out there, don’t take this luxury for granted!

When you’re more on the busty side, C-D+ range (me), it’s difficult to find a sports bra because there are a plethora of things you have to take into consideration. You need the perfect amount of support to withstand burpees without your girls flying every which way, while not being completely suffocated at the same time. Then there’s the strap issue. We all know that anything providing a decent amount of support always seems to have thick nursing bra style straps, which aren’t my number one choice when trying to find something to look cute under a workout tank. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware of the fact that people don’t typically see your sports bras on a regular basis, however open back and cut out tanks seem to be the active wear trend these days, and I’m not trying to show off a sports bra that looks like it came out of my grandma’s drawer.

I will say, when it comes to workout clothes, I’d choose quality over cute 10 times out of 10, but there’s definitely something to be said for the motivation that comes with trendy new workout clothes, sports bras included! So that being said, here are my top picks, just click the pictures to shop!

Nike ‘Pro Classic’ Dri-FIT Padded Sports Bra – I don’t dare admit how many of these Nike sports bras I own, it’s embarrassing, but that should speak for itself when it comes to their quality. I have yet to retire one of them and I’ve had my earliest ones for almost 4 years now! They’re extremely thin for how supportive they are, but that’s one of the things I love about them. They have that barely-there feel, while being able to hold down the goods during a high intensity workout. These are a little bit more of a tight fit, so I would size up when ordering! They come in a ton of cute colors, but my favorite for spring is “Hydrangea” which is the one pictured above! They’re $35, and worth every last penny.

Calia Inner Power Seamless Bra – I bought this sports bra on a total whim when Dicks Sporting Goods was having a sale a couple of weeks ago, but I’m so happy I ended up trying it on and buying it because it has very quickly become my favorite. It comes with removable pads, and adjustable double straps, making it a great option for both larger and smaller chested women. It’s seamless, so it’s by far the softest, most comfortable, and most breathable sports bra I own. It provides more coverage that any other sports bra I have, and the support is phenomenal. It’s my go to for HIIT workouts – it’s definitely high knee/burpee/mountain climber/box jump approved! The pastel pink I’m wearing is sold out, but I linked the merlot colored one on the right, which I just bought as well! It’s $35 and a complete steal, you will not be disappointed with this one!

Hot Like Agni Bra – SALE ALERT! This is under the “we made too much” section of Lululemon’s website (pro tip – the best way to affordably shop Lulu) and it’s only $39! I will preface by saying that compared to the other two sports bras I’ve talked about, this one provides just a little bit less support, but it’s perfect for low impact workouts even if you are bigger busted. One thing I really love about this one, besides this perfect spring purple/pink color, is how thin the straps are. They’re easy to conceal, but tight enough to support you in all the right places! I sized down on this sports bra and it fits perfectly. There’s enough room to breathe while still feeling like your girls aren’t going anywhere.

And there you have it, my top three sports bra picks as of right now! I will say, as with any article of clothing, these favorites change every so often, so when I find another one I love, and I will do an updated post. But for right now, I’m confident in saying you will love all three of these! Please feel free to comment and share the links of your own favorites – I’m always in the market for something new when it comes to a good sports bra!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and are enjoying some somewhat springy weather wherever you’re spending it!

XOXO, A