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Review: Fabletics yoga wear

The Facebook ads finally got to me. (See this, Facebook advertising team? ROI!!!) I caved and bought a few pieces of Fabletics gear because of the 50% off for the first outfit as a VIP member. Fabletics is the Kate Hudson co-founded brand of athletic wear. First of all, the VIP membership is a new trend in ecommerce, where you join with a credit card number and get to buy something every month at a huge discount. You can skip that month, but it’s a manual process where you log in and have to click on “Skip this Month.” If you forget to skip and didn’t want to buy anything, it’ll charge your card $49.95 and place it as a credit in your account. You can use the credit later. You can always cancel membership, but it has to be done by calling their 800 number and can’t be done online. I bought the Norwalk Tank and Salar Legging as an outfit, and that was marked 50% off, which was about $30. (Apologies for the dirty …

SXSW 2015: Yoga, yoga, meditation & yoga

Bear with me while I’m still recovering from SXSW and trying to process it before my bird brain forgets. One of the big things about this year was an increased presence of yoga. Perhaps it’s to counterbalance all the shades of brown food available free throughout the week, like so: During the Interactive conference, they continued to offer the morning yoga session at the convention center. At 5 pm, they also offered meditation in the same room. The downtown location of Black Swan Yoga offered classes twice a day at 10 am and noon. And the sweetest free yoga event with an amazing view was on the rooftop of Brazos Hall. Yahoo sponsored the class every morning along with healthy snacks, mini manis, a DJ and comfy lounge areas. They even had blenders hooked to a stationary bike so you could blend your own Chobani smoothie! I’m glad the yoga classes and events gave me a good excuse to wear my yoga clothes for the rest of the week. On one of the warmer sunny …

Don’t iron your Lululemon

I’m not the type to iron anything in my wardrobe. If it requires ironing, I pretty much don’t buy it (or I have my husband iron because I’m a klutz and will inevitably burn myself). So in conversation at work about clothing mishaps, a story was being shared about how in addition to splitting his jeans around the thigh, there was a horrible ironing accident with this guy’s Lululemon pants. Apparently, the heat from the iron stuck to the Lycra and ripped a huge hole. My first question to him was, “Who irons yoga pants?” (Since he’s a dude, they were probably not yoga pants but workout gear is still a little strange to iron, right?) I never got a clear answer to my question, but I did go on the interwebs to see what the deal was with ironing care. An official response on lulu’s Facebook page reads: Luon is an ironing don’t – the heat will severely damage the lycra. If you’re looking to iron, say, the Endeavor or Kahuna Pant, be careful. …

Modifying with a growing belly

After Thanksgiving and more than a few days of poor eating that followed, I have a much more substantial belly. The second half of pregnancy is comical to me because every week I’ll think, “I’m getting so much bigger!” And with every inch of girth, I’m demanding more and more from my yoga clothes to keep pace. My first ashtanga class coming back from Turkey Day told me a few things. 1. I need to do all forward folds with legs wide so there’s room for the belly. I can barely sit perpendicular without my belly already touching the tops of my thighs. 2. I’m carrying pretty low this time, and my belly is really fighting the waistband on my yoga pants. My pants seem to be winning this battle so far. Talk about uncomfortable clothing! 3. I’ll need to retire some pretzel poses very soon. Folding in half for halasana is squishing the belly. So is kurmasana. 4. To have the energy to make it through full primary, I need to skip vinyasas between …

Is maternity yoga wear necessary?

Recently, Beyond Yoga came out with a maternity line of yoga wear. Before it was revealed on the site, I was actually eagerly anticipating what simple and sleek designs they would come up with. And honestly, I was disappointed. The designs themselves were okay. I’m not a fan of a full panel until the very end of pregnancy, and while I know the waistband on the Long Legging can fold over, it’s a lot of extra fabric to deal with up until the last few months. AND the $93 price point is pretty painful for something you wear for only a few months. The Great Expectations Tank is pretty cute with the shirring and the adjustable length. But again, I have a hard time swallowing that price point. It doesn’t have a built-in bra or a racerback, which I prefer for all my yoga tanks, so it’s just a super expensive tech-y top that will likely end up as loungewear. All the pieces at least do feature natural sweat-wicking properties, which I’ve enjoyed in the …

Could yoga earrings be the next big trend?

I had a fun chat with some of my fellow ashtangis at a very rare after-yoga social event where the topic of functional yoga wear came up. I remembered Kino MacGregor’s article explaining why she wore shorts when she practiced. It wasn’t to show off her legs or her body (although, her body is sick and pure muscle, so why wouldn’t she show it off?), but the shorts kept her honest in arm balances. Instead of cheating by using yoga pants to absorb sweat and add friction, she wore shorts to force herself to use muscle and the bandhas to find lift and stay in the balance. One gal in class always practiced in just a sports bra. Her abs are crazy tight, and she’s in amazing shape. Her reason? It’s a visual reminder for her throughout the practice to engage in mula bandha and uddiyana bandha. Instead of letting her belly pooch out throughout her practice, SEEING her gut forces her to suck it all in. (Seeing my post-baby body makes me want to hide even …

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