Affordable (and ADORABLE) Work Out Gear!

Let’s face it.

One of the most UN-appealing things about working out, is the dreadful fear of having to get ready to do so.

Maybe it’s just me, but I like to look presentable, albeit fashionable. I find that cute workout clothes actually make me more motivated get out of the house, and get moving!

Some of my favorite items I have come from none other than Old Navy!

Old Navy workout gear is affordable, comfortable, durable, and fashionable. They almost always have sales on items, and they have coordinating pieces with moisture wicking fabrics, pockets to hold keys/cards and flattering styles that suit all body types. They even go from a size XS to XXL…and if you know Old Navy, you know their clothes always run bigger!

I recently hit up Old wavy to get some new clothes, since the workout clothes I got there over a year ago were starting to fray a bit. For wearing them 3-4 times a week, I am actually really impressed at how well they hold up.

Some of my favorite items they carry? I am so glad you asked! Check out some of the best pieces I think that the Old Navy Active Line has to offer:

Old Navy Bubble Hem Mesh Tank

 

Photo Credit: Old Navy.com

Photo Credit: Old Navy.com

One of the most appealing things about these tops is the fun colors! They are SO flattering, no matter your body type, and they don’t annoyingly ride up while you run! I can go full-throttle on the treadmill or track without being self-conscious and having to fiddle with my top the whole time. Runners know the struggle. Joggers and walkers do too, actually! ūüôā

Old Navy Active Compression Tank

 

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Photo Credit: Oldnavy.com

Much like the bubble hem tank, the compression tank also comes in fun, pretty colors. I love the hem on this one, as well, because it’s elasticity conforms a bit more and allows you to not have to fiddle with it. This one has a LOT more support for the chesty, and is still super flattering because of the empire-waistline style. It’s one of those items that makes you feel “pulled together.” And that is a great way to feel while you’re working up a sweat!

Old Navy Active Cinch-Tie Hoodie

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Photo Credit: Oldnavy.com

¬†This hoodie is AWESOME for morning outdoor workouts, but is light enough to wear casually if you wanted to. I adore running/fitness clothing with thumbholes… although I don’t have a concrete reason why. I love the style of this, because it’s a bit unique, without taking away from it’s functionality as a lightweight, warm and useful item to add to your workout wardrobe. It ran REALLY large for me… I’d recommend going down one size.

Old Navy Active Compression Capris

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Photo Credit: Oldnavy.com

I have about 7 pairs of these leggings, and I adore them! Running, walking, or being the girl who looks like she came from the track when I’m really only ‘running’ errands… these leggings are comfy, stylish, and functional. The moisture wicking fabric, as well as the handy pocket inside make wearing them great at the gym or when I jog in my neighborhood and need to carry my house key or debit card/ID. It’s awesome to run with less on me, and yet have what I need tucked away in a safe place.

Old Navy Active Compression Mesh Capri

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Photo Credit: Oldnavy.com

¬†I absolutely love the mesh panels on these leggings, more for the fun pop of color than functionality. I got them with a teal color to match my Beats headphones Sean got me and a matching bubble hem tank, and it’s very fun to put on at 5:30 in the morning and get a little pep in my step! Much like they’re less jazzy sibling compression legging, they are also very comfortable, functional, and easy to wear!

These are definitely my bare-basics for workout gear, whether you’re looking to add to your workout wardrobe, or start at the beginning. These foundational pieces come in lots of fun colors, prints, lengths and sizes… and they are super affordable!

Want to save even more money? If you’re shopping Old Navy online, sign upon for Ebates.com and you’ll get cash back on your purchase, and if you’re brand new to Ebates, use my link and you get a $10 gift card of your choice when you use the site to make your first purchase! As of right now, Old Navy is 2.0% cash back…and it adds up quickly!

It’s absolutely¬†FREE to sign up, and the money adds up quickly! You get a check quarterly (hello, Christmas money), and they have THOUSANDS of retailers you already shop with.

That’s all for now! Happy shopping, and may your workout gear make pour workouts even MORE enjoyable!

That’s all for now, but I want to know where YOU found your favorite workout gear! Let me know!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

Manifesto for a Simple Life

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Just a little motivation to take you through your week. I am reminding myself of all these things a lot this past week, and trying to be okay with being limited during this healing process. Still working on BuluBox product reviews, YouTube videos (just don’t feel too “pretty” right now), and other fun stuff!

In the meantime, I went on a subscription box shopping spree over the weekend….all with promo codes! Can’t wait to share my most-anticipated ones with you!

Back soon!

‘Til Next Time!!
XOXO

Bulubox….an Exciting SeeSondraSlim Partnership!

If you know me, you know I was previously obsessed with Birchbox.com, and my monthly subscription to adorable boxes packed full of awesome samples (sometimes even full-sized) beauty products for only $10/month!

I just recently learned about bulubox.com. I am so excited to share more about this with you all, because I personally think the concept is GENIUS.

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Bulubox.com sends you a similar box chock-full of premium samples geared towards Health and Fitness or Weight Loss. These samples are products you can give a shot before you drop a ton of money on the full sized thing.

How many times have you bought a $50 container of protein only to get home and realize it’s disgusting? Or those protein bars that taste like chalk and make you miss real food?

Not anymore, my friends! With 4-5 premium samples per month, and free shipping on all boxes, there is waaayyyy less risk involved! You earn points every month for being a subscriber, as well as bonus points for things like referring friends and completing your member profile. The best part is, points can be redeemed towards purchases! So, if BuluBox sends you a protein sample that blows your mind, you can go to the site, and purchase the full-sized product! You can redeem your points to help pay for it, and orders over $50 always ship for free! Each purchase even earns you more points! You can choose a month-to-month subscription and have your $10 auto-debited, or pay up front for the time you want. So, you can pay $30 up front for a 3-month subscription.

Obviously, I am excited for this. The hardest part of my weight loss journey and lifestyle transition was having to find products that were not only affordable, but bearable. I am a girl who loves having options, and BuluBox gives me that variety at a super affordable price…and it’s a bonus that I can share the love, and info about the assorted products with you, my readers!

I have partnered up with BuluBox.com and become an official BuluBox Brand Ambassador! What does this mean? It means I give you premier discount codes for BuluBoxes of your very own!

I hope you love bulubox as much as me, and that you give it a shot for all your health/wellness/fitness curiosities!

And you know I love a great deal….so how about some promo codes!?!

Save 50% off a 3 , 6 or 12 month subscription with promo code: “BULUGAN342” !!

Not ready to commit to that long or don’t wanna pay up front? (Just make sure to cancel before the next month’s shipment to avoid your card being charged).

Get your first box FREE with the same promo code: “BULUGAN342” !!

Again, if you sign up for¬†a free one-time box, it will store your card info for a month-to-month subscription. So, you have to be sure to cancel your subscription as soon as you receive your free box! Who knows…maybe you’ll love it and keep ’em coming!

Happy BuluBox-ing! I know you’ll love it! Don’t forget to share, and let me know which products are YOUR favorites!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

Gym Bag Genius!!

For some reason, I am more inspired to hit the gym during the summer, rather than doing so in preparation for the summer. Sigh.

As¬†a result, there is this constant pressure (read: my OCD leads me to it) to make sure that my gym bag is an arsenal for all things necessary to effectively give myself NO possible reason to skip my gym sesh at lunch time. Ashley, my gym buddy, will testify to the fact that lack of items such as a towel, flip flops for the showers, or proper workout pants haven’t been enough to stop me before….like that time I used the disabled shower with the low faucet since I forgot my shower cap, and didn’t want to get my hair wet.

Alas, although anecdotes such as these lead me to believe that¬†I should have my own TV show similar to that of “Dual Survival,” ( I love that show. I never want to be stuck in the Mexican desert in triple digits and want to have to know how fashion a pair of flip flops out of old tire from an abandoned VW Buggy, but still!) I still like to think that my gym bag is a testament to my preparedness…and further proof that Mary Poppins has nothing on me! I can fit more items than you could imagine in a Nike drawstring basketball bag!

So, without further adieu, some of what I consider to be the most imperative Gym Bag Essentials! Whether you are of the high or low maintenance varietal, I think you’ll see there are some handy items for those of us who aren’t entirely crazy about that mid-day, post-cardio shower.

Some may think some of my recommendations are a little “bourgeois,” but I assure you…if there is anything I will preach to you, it’s that a little extra money goes a long way! Your hair, nails, and skin will thank you!

My Favorite Cleanser:

PurityPhilosophy and I have a love-hate relationship. I love Philosophy products. I hate going broke purchasing a skincare regimen consisting of 2-3 products! Fortunately, upon purchasing my Clarisonic Mia two years ago, I stumbled upon the Purity Cleanser. A little 2 oz bottle came with the Clarisonic set I purchased on QVC, and it lasted FOREVER. I then purchased an 8 oz bottle earlier this year and threw that one in the bag, and my giant 36 oz bottle with a pump is used at home, and is also used to refill the 2 oz bottle that has been conveniently transplanted to my travel case I take in my carry-on whenever I travel.¬† It’s a light, mildly-sudsy formula that literally will remove ALL traces of makeup. Whether you use a wash cloth, a Clarisonic (or comparable device), or your bare hands…you’re getting a fresh, deep, clean feeling that makes that post-workout glow even more satisfying! Bonus points for a little bit going a long way. On the occasions when 24 Hr Fitness runs out of Green Tea Body Wash foam in the showers? Poof! A little purity is totally gentle, and super strong…so you can use it to double as body wash in a pinch, too!

Dry Shampoo

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Whether I am rocking my natural curly hair, or trying to maintain flat ironed locks, I always keep dry shampoo on hand. I’ve tried quite a few brands I liked, but Batiste is by far my fave. No matter what texture my hair is in, this product always keeps its promises, and it’s not a major hassle to find it in a convenient travel size! A little bit, again, goes a long way. No gray/white residue, and hair actually feels significantly cleaner on those occasions where you just don’t have the time or resources to wash/condition/flat iron/blowdry before heading back to work! Bonus points for the brand having fun retro-style packaging, and a variety scents and hues to suit everyone’s style. I like sticking to the basics in these cases…but a cheetah print can boasting floral-scented dry shampoo? Totally brings a smile to my face!

Good Jams

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Notice my use of the word “good.” Not “rapper-worthy” or “Dr. Dre-approved.” I pretty much only use my headphones at the gym or on the rare occasions I go out alone on walks, runs, etc. So….I’m not buying $200, not to mention bulky, headphones for the gym. As soon as Kanye interrupts me on stage to steal my VMA spotlight, I’ll invest in something a little fancier…’til then? These are PERFECT! SkullCandy has fun colors, patterns, and great quality design and sound that is perfect for ipods, various mp3 players, or your personal mobile device. With a price point easily under$20 at most retailers, they’re a great investment. The 2.0 Ink’d line was designed to provide better comfort and acoustics, and it’s a bargain for your beats! Bonus points for comfortable buds that don’t fall out every five seconds, and a plethora of colors to choose from. Now, if only¬†I could get a pair that is coated in glitter…..

Smell-Goods

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As if I could choose just one. I love the convenience of travel and sample sized items specifically for instances like these. “Gee….I need to maximize the content of a relatively sized gym bag and make sure that I have something to spritz after my post-workout shower…whatever shall I do?” You use all those sample vials you’ve been collecting¬†at beauty counters, that’s what! I stash those babies in¬† cute little candle holder on my vanity, and I can just grab one and throw it in my gym bag to use at will. Half way through the day, I’m not really too particular about what I scent I wear (as long as it smells nice!), but obviously I only keep the ones I enjoy. Also, I usually stock up on those little travel body mists that I get with free gifts at Victoria’s Secret or Bath and Body Works and can keep those in there to my hearts content. I have been using VS Sexy Little Things body mist in my gym bag for months…and it’s perfect. A little floral, a little sweet, and not too obnoxious for being in a room with patients all afternoon after I go back to the office. Bonus points for smaller sizes…usually they are less hazardous because the vials/bottles are made with plastic, and small perfume vial samples don’t evaporate easily. Bada Bing!

Lip Balm

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Smith’s is my ULTIMATE fave. I keep it in my purse and gym bag and it never lets me down. It’s great not only for lips, but those random dry spots on hands, elbows, etc. It has a delicate rose scent that makes me feel feminine and flirty, and totally put together! The tin is awesome and accessible, and unlike chapstick, if things get a little melty, it doesn’t affect you as much. You use your fingertip to apply, so you don’t risk your chapstick smearing all over your face when you start to smooth it on your lips! Thank goodness!! This product is usually between $3-5 at my local Sephora, and lasts forever.

Dental Hygiene

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Colgate Wisps are a God-send. Although it seems more economical to simply carry a toothbrush and toothpaste, I personally am totally icked out by the idea of putting a wet toothbrush back in agym bag until my next gym visit. I also know if I tried to take my travel or personal toothbrush with me separately each day, I’d fail miserably. I buy new underwear every time I stay at my boyfriend’s house because I always forget the same things no matter where I travel…undies and PJ’s…which is ironic, because the thought of not wearing chonies makes me uncomfortable
(in the wild, perhaps I could fashion a pair of panties out of VW buggy tires/parts? Eh…I’d rather not find out!). Hence, where the miracle of Wisps come in! They have a¬†little “bead” of¬†toothpaste that you truly get a clean feeling from,¬†and you can¬†use them with or without water. Bonus points for the floss pick on the end of the handle!

As you can see, I am sharing the absolute essentials…we’d be here all day if I went over everything in my actual, personal gym bag! But these products are guaranteed to do the job…a great job, and¬†make that mid-day/early morning workout a cinch to bounce back from before heading back¬†to class, work, or wherever you have to be…no excuses!

I’ve found the best travel sizes(including everything here, except the Wisps, I get those at Target/CVS) at Ulta. They have these giant, distracting rounders by the checkout counters with all your favorite designer/pricier products in smaller sizes….just enough to give you a taste of what you need, be luxurious with the best of them! Plus, Ulta has a free rewards program, so you’ll earn points you can redeem for free products on every single thing you buy…no matter how small! Lots of regular-sized product purchases always come with free deluxe sample sized products that are absolutely perfect for gym bags or travel totes (airline friendly…woot woot!)!

You can thank me later. ūüėČ

That’s all for¬†now…but I hope¬†somebody finds these things¬†useful. I love sharing!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

Sondra’s Spring Essentials!

Hey Everyone!

Most people know that Spring is pretty much my favorite season….it’s still totally appropriate to wear your cutest, comfiest hoodies…but you’re not risking hypothermia if you step out in a cute dress or tank, either! It’s time to break out the floral fragrances, wedges, and gradually introduce Summer into your style!

So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things for making that happen, at the moment. ūüôā

You’ve read enough by now (hopefully) to know that I have an AMAZING boyfriend, and to be quite honest, he spoils me. My birthday seems to be every day when it comes to this guy, and a few of my new favorite additions to my spring (and Summer, and Fall) accessory collections are thanks to him!

A girl needs to have that one statement bag that just kinda turns heads and makes people think “OMG! That bag is IT!” And my friends, I found my “It Bag.”

Michael Kors Hamilton Tote in Blue Stripe

Michael Kors Hamilton Tote in Blue Stripe

I am super excited about this tote for a few reasons:

1. Plenty of room! This bag is fab for a lunch date, work, or even the beach!

2. It’s all in the details! I mean seriously…nautical theme, with sophisticated leather and gold accents, and that lock and key? Not something you see everywhere, everyday.

3. Um…matching wallet, anyone?

He got me this, too!!

He got me this, too!!

Let’s face it. It’s killer. And I cannot WAIT to rock it. I’ll debut it in a few weeks. Still enjoying my cute Coach bag I got for my birthday, too!

 

A girl has to have a notable Spring fragrance. I have an entire shelf of various scents I adore, and I routinely switch out…but when the seasons change, I find myself drawn to certain ones for awhile. This year, I am loving Gucci Flora in Gorgeous Gardenia.

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It’s alluring, without being too sweet or spicy, and it’s still got a fresh vibe to it. I prefer it more for the daytime, but you could easily touch it up for a night out, as well. Personally, my favorite Springtime floral scent for the evening is still Issey Miyake Florale. I got that one for my birthday last year, and was really excited to add it to my fragrance collection next to my Issey Miyake Summer ’09 Limited Edition fragrance that I save to wear every summer (and stalk eBay for when it’s time for more). This scent is certainly a little more exotic and seductive…but it’s great for day and night.

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Another thing I love? Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Sea Salt Texturizing Spray. You can buy this product at Ulta stores for like $6, and it is AMAZING! It creates crazy beautiful beachy waves, without making your hair stiff or sticky. I have decided to go back to short hair until after surgery, so I am excited to do the shoulder length style and add a little fun texture to it with this product. Lately, I just throw my hair in a bun or braid, spray with this, take out later, run a brush through it, and done!

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Last but not least, another gift from a wonderful boyfriend…something I’ve wanted for years and been too afraid to buy: REAL sunglasses!

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I chose these lovely Ray Ban “New Wayfarers” in olive green. And I ADORE them! They’re unique, and they come with a sturdy case so I won’t have to obsess over ruining them. Lol.

Simply stated…these are MY favorite Spring things. But really, there is no limit to what you can use to spice up your Spring wardrobe. I accessorize while I am fighting everyday not to buy new clothing….but you could easily add a few new key pieces to your closet to refresh things. And if you know me, you know I typically would be suuuuuper bargain hunting for new things at Forever 21 or Target…but it’s nice to have some new additions that are quality investments for years to come!

That’s all for now. Thought I’d share my Fashionista 2 cents with you all!

I hope everyone has a great week! Go into it with an attitude that tells people you can’t be brought down, and everything will be just fine. FIVE MORE DAYS ‘TIL FRIDAY!

 

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO