I am so behind on my blog posts. This whole going back to work thing? Seriously killing my free time. This was supposed to be posted Wednesday… but oh well. Real life called and wanted my free time back.
Anyway, I’m honestly not quite sure how my activewear addiction came about. I used to just wear a random baggy tee and old shorts from high school to go to yoga class. Then I discovered yoga pants and started wearing them instead. Then, one day, I was introduced to Fabletics… and my activewear collection exploded. I now have more than enough activewear to last me at least two months without laundering them… and I still keep buying more!
But the old adage is true – cute workout clothes make me want to go and work out. I feel guilty when I’m wearing activewear and I don’t actually go workout – buying and wearing all of my activewear tends to force me to head to an exercise class, even if I’m really not in the mood. I tell myself that wearing my activewear and not using it is a complete waste of money, so I might as well go to sweat. Plus, I’d get to show off my cute workout gear, which is always a perk. This is why I’ll sometimes wear a sports bra instead of a regular bra… plus sports bras are just so much more comfortable.
Anyway, to kick off 2017, I bought two activewear outfits – one from Fabletics and one from POPFLEX Active. I’ve been a Fabletics VIP member since 2014 (when I first started a regular yoga practice), so I guess you can say that I’m a fan. If you haven’t heard of Fabletics yet, it’s an activewear brainchild of Kate Hudson and JustFab. So when you subscribe and become a VIP member, you can buy a new activewear outfit for $49-89, depending on how many pieces your outfit has.
I’ve liked almost everything that I’ve ordered from Fabletics, and the quality is actually really good for the price point. I’m a big fan of their leggings and sweat-wicking tops. I originally liked their bras for low-impact classes, like yoga and Pilates, but Fabletics has been coming out with some seriously supportive and affordable sports bras lately – good news for girls with bigger busts, like me.
Fabletics has also always had very cute crop tops – many of which I own. I’ve just never been confident enough to actually wear a crop top in public… but I’m hoping that changes this year. My goal for 2017 was to feel more confident in my body – confident enough to rock a bikini and a crop top in public. Otherwise, all of my bikinis and crop tops will be laying around my apartment… for a very long time (if not forever).
POPFLEX Active, on the other hand, has been a brand that I’ve been wanting to try forever but never actually took the plunge to try – until now. It was started by Pop Pilates queen Cassey Ho, and the lookbooks always looked really great. I was cautious about trying it originally because whenever I looked for a review online, it would be written by a model-sized or an extremely fit female. I’m not model-sized or extremely fit – I wanted to see a “normal person’s” review, and I couldn’t find one. Also, at the time, they only had VIP pricing and I wasn’t a huge fan of the first collection. Then came the “Mermaid” collection and this new “Dark Bloom” collection… and since it was a new year, I decided to try this new brand. (more…)