Adidas Avenue A – Winter 2016

…featuring the Rita Ora collection!  Think really bold prints.  REALLY BOLD.  The Winter collection was also rather special because they included two pairs of shoes (usually, we only get one): a running shoe and a lifestyle shoe.

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First–can we start with how pretty the lining box is for this season?  I was in love with Fall’s box but Winter’s really hits it out of the ballpark. (I’m using mine as a drawer insert to help organize clothes)

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The running shoe is a gray pair of AlphaBounce sneakers.  They’re really comfortable–I was a bit worried about the chunkiness of the sole but I like them!

And the lifestyle shoe is a really classic Adidas model: the Superstar.  Dang, these things have been around since 1969?  I’ve never owned a pair of Superstars myself–my favorite part of these are the gold logo tags.

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And on to the clothing!  There were two Rita Ora collection pieces in this box: a Sweatshirt and tights.  Both of them feature her ‘Banned from Normal’ slogan.

Here’s the sweatshirt–when I say bold I mean BOLD!

This is personally, way too busy for me to wear out and about but I’m still of a fan!  I like the overall color scheme and I’m digging that Tiger trefoil on the back.  The slouchy, loose fit looks really comfortable.  Poshmark it is!

The tights are less funky and more wearable, I think–These will look great with the other included top (coming up) and either one of the shoes!  That’s the best part about Avenue A, in my opinion.  Lots of outfits, yeah!

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The last piece is a 2 in 1 Top from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection.  I love love love that it’s a layerable top that actually comes apart easily!   This top has a gray tank underneath a white t-shirt that has a keyhole in the back.  I use a lot of my running clothes for yoga as well so this is a great tank/shirt piece for both activities.

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And that’s everything!  I’m still a huge huge huge fan of Avenue A–I totally recommend this box if you’re into activewear!  🙂

Adidas Avenue A: Fall 2016

The Avenue A box is $150 a quarter–this makes it $50 more a quarter than my Sub Box staple (the Box of Style)–but it is AMAZING.  I fall into the category of people who LOVE athletic clothing and I’m a big fan of the Avenue A presentation.  The goods come in these really cool printed cardboard packaging that’s really versatile to use around the house/in your closet/at work to sort things, etc.

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The box typically consists of these sorts of items:

  1. Workout Outfit — YES a complete outfit!  The pieces differ depending on the other items in the box but there’s usually a top/bottom.
  2. Workout Extra — Something special that goes with said workout outfit .  Depending on the outfit, there can be more/less items in this category.
  3. SHOES — There is always always always a pair of running shoes.

The double-edged sword aspect of this box is that YES there is always a pair of shoes (and I do forsee us all starting to toe the line of how many athletic shoes does one girl need?).  If I don’t dig the pattern too much, I sell them on Poshmark.  Currently, I use my first pair to run outside and I keep my second pair clean to exercise in the house.

But anyway–this is what was in the Avenue A Fall Box.

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OUTFIT: Supernova Workout Bra + Leggings, Performer Tank.  An entire outfit!  The bra is strappy and designed for high-impact activities (it also works well for yoga) and the pattern really pops when layered under the black performer tank (not pictured).  THANK YOU ADIDAS for making a bra with the padding sewed in!  That’s one of my love-hate things about Lululemon bras.  I love the option of removal but everytime you wash it and you have to readjust the little pads (or you lose one), it’s such.adfjklajf;ajf;a–sorry.  That’s my laziness talking.   Back to the leggings– like the reflective details and all the special things like mesh on the calves, the pocket which is GREAT for when you take your dog sprinting and all you need is your house key…

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OUTFIT: ZNE Hoody.  I guess this could be considered the ‘extra’ since this box included an ENTIRE OUTFIT (yeah!) but to me, it’s more of a hero item.  This is a GORGEOUS white hoodie that has a bit of a dolman cut to the sleeves–it’s fitter in the lower half.  The material makes it the perfect amount of warm for Fall and I really like the feel and texture.  If anything, this jacket is made for taller people–I’m 5’2″ and it bunched a little too much because the torso is longer (and the fit is kind of dolman-like).  Because of the fit and the fact that I live in Hawaii which is always warm (aka we can get a little sweaty/sticky at times and this jacket is WHITE), I sold it on Poshmark.  AHHH if it was black, I would have kept it FOREVER.

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SHOES: Adizero Boston Sneaker.  From what I read on past spoilers/comments, this shoe was intended to commemorate the Boston Marathon.  It’s a REALLY comfortable shoe–extremely lightweight and flexible.  I use mine to workout in my house but I think I’ll upgrade it to sprint duty later because they’re really that comfortable.  I like that the sole is made of Continental Tires?  Isn’t that pretty neat?  (I used to own a really nifty pair of leather Adidas sneakers that had Goodyear soles.  Man, I loved those shoes)

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What’d you guys think?  I’m in the process of purging old stuff in my closet that has lost its stretch over the years, I’ve loved to death, or has slowly been pushed to the back of my closet (this is what Poshmark is for).  I love that the Avenue A box helps me fill-in-the-blanks!  I hope that they send a pair of long leggings for Winter’s box.  I’ll selfishly (and boringly) wish for them in black.

Adidas Avenue A: Summer 2016

I went off the deep-end, for Summer. In terms of adding new Subscription Boxes, that is. HAHA oh gosh. Its true, I get buyer’s remorse sometimes but the Avenue A box from Adidas definitely has NONE. Yes, it was THAT good.  ut, to be fair, I signed up because I already saw full spoilers on MySubscriptionAddiction.com.

There were two spoilers that convinced me to sign up (BTW this is a $150 subscription sent quarterly):  These really awesome and comfortable Edge Lux Bounce Running Shoes in this really fun blue color and this Fit Smart running watch.  I actually gave it to B who has been using it daily–he wishes it wasn’t white but he’s been using it daily.  It has a heart rate monitor and interacts with an app to give you workout coaching.  Back to the shoes–the tongue is part of the top fabric so it doesn’t slip and the toebox is very stretchy which makes them extremely comfortable for those with wider feet, like me.  These make great weekend errand shoes–stylish yet comfortable when you’re darting from place to place.

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The other things in the box (YES there were other things) were amazing as well!  There was a pair of running shorts (the kind that comes with its own liner), a great lightweight running top (that I wore to Yoga), a headband (that I also wore to yoga) and a pair of slides that are not something I really wear.  I come from a slipper wearing culture (we wear slippers as our daily footwear –not the plastic flip-flop kind, we wear the leather-wrapped, ergonomic with arch support kind) and these would be out of place in Hawaii unless you were going to the pool to swim laps?  Or in a gym locker room?  Hmm.  These might get eBayed but I am digging the colors of the stripes and they do look rather comfortable.  Hmm decisions decisions.

Anyway, what’d you think?  I feel like $150 for two pairs of footwear, an exercise watch, and an entire workout wardrobe is a STEAL, especially since its quality stuff.  I’m definitely looking forward to Fall’s box!  The spoilers are on MSA already–there’s a pair of fun leggings and a pair of shoes that are commemorating the Boston Marathon.