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: 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.

Standing Ab Exercises AKA Helpful Moves for People Who Travel

There is a gym in this hotel.  I think it also includes a semi-outdoor driving range!  Unfortunately, I don’t golf (but I really wish I did, does anyone want to take lessons?).  Typically when I’m on work trips and its too late or it isn’t practical to run (IT SNOWED TODAY I was confused), I hang out in my room, blast iTunes, and do a lot of non-noisy cardio and body weight exercises.

My only rule is: CAN’T TOUCH THE GROUND because hotels and carpets and ugh.  It rules out yoga for me and some ab exercises…which makes me sad!  Good thing for Pinterest: now I’m happy.

For the travelers out there, here’s some standing abs from GymRa!  Thought I’d share–I tend to do a lot more squats than anything else because of the Rule.  They have a lot more regular workout routines too, which are great for combining to make interesting sets!  I need to incorporate arms and back into my workouts.

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DIY Workout Shirt

I would love (x 10^5) to have a closet full of Lululemon…but you know that isn’t going to be happening.  I have exactly one Lululumon item–their wonderful Scuba jacket (and I bought it on eBay, brand new with tags at a discount!).

*sigh*

But that’s okay!  Blogilates to the rescue!  Click through for their DIY workout shirt that will transform any ratty old t-shirt lying around your closet into something awfully cute to work out in.  Why thank you, this will be one of the most useful DIYs ever.

Blogilates’ DIY Workout Racerback T-Shirt

BTW, they’ve even got a video tutorial!  I think I’m going to turn some of B‘s old University of Hawaii shirts into cute belted tank dresses for football games.

(P.S. Happy August!  Holy cow, the year is just passing by so fast.  Wasn’t it February last week?)