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Trunk Club Review – Athleisure Edit

Trunk Club Review – Athleisure Edit

**I paid for my items and styling fees, and receive no benefits from this review. I simply wanted to share my finds with you! Enjoy! **

My addiction to shopping knows no bounds. I love every bit of it: the stores, the browsing (normally with coffee in hand), and the excitement of finding the next “perfect thing”. I’m always on the hunt for a particular piece. Bonus points if it’s on sale! Due to this love of the entire experience, I shocked myself when I decided to subscribe to a clothing box. You’ve all heard of them: Stitch Fix, Le Tote, Trunk Club. You pay them a styling fee and after taking a quiz they put together some pieces for you and send them along! For Trunk Club, the fee is $25, and this amount will be credited off any items you decide to keep from the box. Everything else is sent back with the provided shipping stickers within five business days of receiving the box. This gives you five days to really decide whether or not to keep an item.

I decided to try the Athleisure box. I live in athletic wear outside of work hours, so I was really excited to see what new styles my stylist would have me try. Via the app or website you can see the original 10 items your stylist has selected for you. I go through each one and decide what I definitely want to try, and what doesn’t quite look like my style (or, normally, what’s out of my price range). They will replace any items you decided against preliminarily, and then your box is sent! My stylist so far has been GREAT with finding me dupes and replacements. On my first ever box I nixxed a pair of jeans that were $120, and she sent me a very similar pair that rang in around $70 but are easily the MOST comfortable jeans ever. Definitely kept them. I’ve had really good luck with Trunks before (check out this sweet jacket, for example!) so I was bouncing on the balls of my feet when I got the notifcation that my Trunk had been delivered!

My trunk came with these items:

 

1. Nike Free RN Flyknit 2 Running Shoe ($120)
2. Nike Dry Training Tank ($40)
3. Nike Roshe Two FlyKnit Sneaker ($130)  [[currently on sale on Nike’s website for $89.97 in seven different colors!]] 4. Coast Capris by Alo Yoga ($94)
5. Nike ‘Element’ Dri-FIT Half Zip Performance Top ($65)
6. Flex Sports Bra by Zella Body ($39)
7. 24/7 Racerback Tank by Zella ($39)
8. Recharge Keyhole Bralette by Zella Body ($23.40 on sale!)
9. Heartbeat LS Tee by Zella ($49)
10. Nike Flex Dri-FIT Training Jacket ($90, on sale for $69.96!)

 

I really wanted to like everything. Due to budget constraints, I was only willling to spend anywhere from $50-$150. So I tried on everything for a good long while to really get a feel for it.

 

The Nike jacket was neat. Pretty comfortable, an interesting matte-looking black color, a slight hi-lo cut, and really cute mesh on the upper back of the jacket that was only the slightest bit see-through. I really wanted to love this item! Unfortunately, I feel like where the jacket hit on my hips was a little too high. I have a small torso, and tops that draw attention to that are usually a no-no for me. It went back in the box.

The 24/7 Racerback Tank was one that I really thought I was going to keep (worn here with the Alo Yoga leggings). I actually really enjoyed the fit of this. It was a little tight in the tummy, but still super comfortable. The only reason I decided to send this back? While it looks a cute faded pink in the photo, it’s actually really thin pink and white stripes. I’m not the biggest fan of little stripes unfortunately. With athletic clothes I stick to plain colors or some modest graphics, but that’s about it. So, sadly, this went back. I do have it favorited though in case I feel like purchasing in a different color in the future!

I will say I adored the Element Half Zip. This thing was unbelievably comfortable. The color is identical to a McDonald’s Shamrock shake, which actually really liked about it. I don’t own anything this color! If this were maybe $45, I probably would have kept it. But due to my budget constraints (and the item I had my eye on), this ended up going back.

I loved combining the Flex Sports Bra by Zella and the Nike Dry Training Tank. I see this look on a lot of fitness bloggers and I love how cute and simple it is. I unfortunately did not keep either of these items either: the tank was too tight and I would never wear it out of the house. The sports bra was cute, but didn’t have the support that I prefer. Even though I’m a B, I still prefer feeling secure in my sports bras. Both of these went back.

“Gee, did she keep anything?!” you ask? Yes. I did. We’re getting there I promise!

These. These were cute. The mesh cutouts were large but still felt secure. I always worry about mesh snagging, and I felt like these were thick enough that it wouldn’t be a concern. I’ve always wanted to try a pair of Alo leggings. I have to say, while they were pretty comfortable I wouldn’t say they were more comfortable than my favorite pair of Forever 21 leggings. Is that horrible? I do have a few Alo leggings on my wishlist. I adore the moto-style ones. If I would have received a pair of those, I probably would have kept them! These, unfortunately, as I’m sure you can already guess, went back to my stylist.

As I’m sure you’re starting to guess, it came down to the shoes. Of course, the shoes. Why wouldn’t it be the shoes? I have a shoe ADDICTION. And I’ve really been itching for a new pair of Nikes. The last time I  owned good Nike shoes were my Free Run 2.0 back four or five years ago, simple black and white. I wore them until my toes wore holes into the fabric on the side. I wore them running, training, walking, hiking, to school, to work, EVERYWHERE. I’m shocked they lasted as long as they did. So getting to try on these two cute pairs of shoes was a lot of fun, and I just knew I was going to end up keeping one of them.

Honestly, I thought it was going to be a more difficult decision. I tried on the Roshe’s, and they were nice. Decently comfortable, probably a good walking shoe. When I first saw the shoes I would be getting in my trunk I was convinced these were the ones I would be getting. I liked the colors in the photo, and loved the half black half white sole. Unfortuntely I didn’t like the shoe as much ON. I felt like I noticed more of the dark blue, less of the mint. And if anything, I preferred the mint.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy the Free Run Flyknit shoes. I never thought I’d like the Flyknit, although I’ve only ever heard good things. I thought it would feel to flimsy, to awkward with socks, not sturdy enough for my wants and needs. Boy was I WRONG. These shoes are the most comfortable shoes I own. It’s almost as if someone just took the sole and attached it to my foot. I feel like I’m wearing nothing, but still have tons of support. They’re great for running (for me! always learn more about your running style and cushioning needs before going out and buyihg a running shoe!) and training and walking. I haven’t worn them outside yet because of all the rain. My other pair of running shoes are grey and pink and have a HUGE brown mud stain on them. I’ve learned that lesson. Indoors only for a while.

So, I kept the Nike Free Run shoes, and everything else went back.

 

I had a lot of fun with the Athleisure Box. I definitely think I’ll try one again in the future. For now, I’ll stick to everyday wear. I should probably start working out more regularly before spending more money on athletic gear!

Do you participate in a style-box service? Which one do you use? What have been some of your favorite pieces? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

 

xo, Karli

 

Fit for 5K

Fit for 5K

The holidays are right around the corner! And for a lot of us that means good food, time with family, and did I mention good food?

I’ve struggled with maintaining my health since college. Going to the gym and running was a lot easier when you had three hour breaks between classes and plenty of free time and daylight to work with! Now that I’m all grown up, working that 9-5, and trying to study for the CPA exam? Definitely not as easy to make time as it used to be. And I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way. Add kids, pets, social lives, and the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays and suddenly finding time is even more difficult than it already was. Yikes.

This year, I’m tackling my health during the holidays with a much more lenient approach WITHOUT forgoing my actual health and fitness goals. I’m doing this in a few different ways:

First of all: I’m doing my best to stick to a caloric deficit for a minimum of five days a week, with trackless Saturdays. This means that for five days of the week I aim to burn more calories than I consume, while also making sure to eat AT LEAST the minimum recommended for my height/weight. I give myself one day of no-tracking. Now, this doesn’t mean I eat whatever I want and however much of it I want. On these days I try to eat intuitively. I’ll order foods that sound yummy. I’ll eat, but only until I’m comfortable. Once comfortably satiated, I’ll place my silverware over my plate to signal my brain that I’m done eating, and I’ll try to drink a glass of water. I don’t remember where I read this one, but it really helps me from eating more food just for the taste of it even though I know it will make my stomach hurt. If the food makes for good leftovers, I make sure to box it up and store it appropriately. Easy lunch for the next day!

Second: I try really hard to stick to my minimum workouts per week goal that I set at the beginning of each month. For this month since I’m trying to get back into some semblance of a routine, I’m sticking to an “easy” three days per week. I killed it this week! And I’m actually going to try for four, because I’m currently part of Nikki Blackketter’s “Four Weeks to Find Your Happy Challenge”, which is both a mental health and physical fitness challenge. I need to get one more workout in to meet the challenge goals for the week! Joining a challenge really helps me stick to my goals, especially if it’s one I paid for and has fun prizes to win! Scope out Pinterest for a lot of fun free workout challenges, or team up with one of your fave online personal trainers who occasionally host their own! The trainer-hosted ones usually cost money, so expect to fork up a pretty penny for that professional training. But they will offer you a lot of good insight and answer any questions you may have (at least, if they’re good people they will), and some even offer up some pretty fun prizes. I know Nikki is considering hosting more challenges, so make sure to check her out @BlondevsWorld on Twitter.

To make the month even more interesting, my sister and I signed up for the annual Turkey Trot in Cleveland! It’s a total blast, and I highly recommend one if you have them in your area. There’s nothing more rewarding than joining a bunch of crazy runners early on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K/5 mile run! Plus, it makes that delicious Thanksgiving dinner that much more exciting. For my 5K training, I’ve been using the 5K training segment in the fitness app Aaptiv (formerly known as Skyfit, which you can read about in my previous post or check out on your device’s app store!). As I’ve mentioned in the last post, having a prerecorded class with a trainer talking to you along the way really seems to work for me. It keeps me motivated, and helps me push harder than I normally would on my own self-paced workout. I highly recommend giving the app a try if you’re looking to change things up and class-mentality works for you! They have tons of other workout programs also, ranging from cardio like elliptical and rowing machines to strength training and yoga.

The most important thing I tell myself: I’m not letting me beat myself up. I’m going to slip up. It happens. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is hard. I really love wine and food and wine and ice cream and…did I mention wine? So no, it’s not always easy. And maybe there are days I could have done better. But the most beautiful thing in life is forgiveness and I really believe it’s important to forgive yourself for these slip ups and these mistakes. Forming an unhealthy relationship with the lifestyle you’re trying to create and associating that bad mentality to it can be disastrous. I’ve been there, and it doesn’t feel nice. So make sure to really give yourself some slack and reassure yourself that it’s okay to make these changes slowly and over time. Change doesn’t happen in a day! Don’t rush it, take your time, and enjoy the process.

So those are my quick tips! Nothing fancy, nothing special. Super easy to follow. If you’re really struggling with motivation, having an accountability partner would definitely make your cause easier! Reach out to friends and family who may be interested in joining you on your new journey to health. Who knows, maybe that will be just the motivation someone else needs to get started too!

Above all, make sure to really enjoy the holidays. Whether you’re spending them alone or with loved ones, it is a wonderful time of year for reflection on all that happened, how much you accomplished, and planning on what you want to do with the upcoming year. Enjoy each and every day.

What do you do to stay motivated throughout the holidays? What are your go-tos? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Karli

Exercise Inspiration and Motivation

Exercise Inspiration and Motivation

As with many people, I really struggle sometimes to find motivation for exercise. Between working full time, studying for the CPA, and trying to find time to wind down and just relax, working out often falls to the wayside. Sometimes this is simply due to being too tired, but let’s be real: trying to plan what to actually DO when you get to the gym can be the hardest part. For the past few months I’ve found myself in a slump of being uncertain as to what to do in the gym. This leads to me going in and doing simple, not challenging enough, low intensity steady state cardio (ie. walking on a treadmill at interval inclines for 40 minutes). And then, since that’s not always all that fun, I won’t be motivated to go to the gym again for a while. A long while. We’re talking weeks here, people!

What’s a girl (or guy!) to do?

Enter: Pinterest.

If you aren’t already on Pinterest, I’m not quite sure what you’re waiting for! Pinterest is my number one go to for anything: OOTD inspiration, interesting books to read, design ideas for the apartment, hair and nail inspiration for my next salon visit…the list goes on! But the number one thing I use it for is to find good, simple workouts that I can incorporate into my day. As with any internet source, Pinterest is full of some really bad misinformation. For example, you will most likely NOT burn 1000 calories doing a 30 minute workout that includes bodyweight squats, pushups, and jumping jacks only. Yes, I’ve seen that floating around on there. Is that a good workout if you’re starting out and don’t have access to a gym? Of course! But you aren’t burning 1000 calories, I’m telling you that now. On a good day, a day I really push myself with cardio and strength training, I’m lucky if I burn 400 calories in an hour. Of course, I’m also short and weigh in at 136 lbs. My calorie burn is totally different than someone who is 5’7 and 180 lbs. Regardless: don’t think too much on what these handy workouts will say when it comes to calorie burn. Pick a workout that suits your needs and your fitness level. Looking for a good bodyweight workout? Find one that lists a few moves you enjoy. Want to incorporate weights? There are plenty of those on there as well. Check out my Pinterest board for some of my favorite workouts (mostly beginner stuff, nothing too crazy) here!

Unfortunately, even Pinterest can cause some exercise anxiety (or boredom!). If you’re like me, you’ll start seeing the same thing over and over and you’ll feel the need for something new. And this is fine! Changing up your fitness routine is key to seeing changes in your body, and to not getting bored at the gym.

If you’re like me, sometimes you day dream about joining a class. Having an instructor tell you what to do and when and having it all planned out for you is a dream come true. You just have to show up! The problem? That will cost you. And although some gyms have complimentary classes, those classes can fill up. Quick. So if you’re on the way home from work and hit bad traffic and want to join in on that 6pm spin class, good luck finding a spot am I right?

Enter: Skyfit

Have you seen this app yet? It’s currently available on the App Store, just waiting for you to try your first 7 days for free. I’ve seen the ads all over Instagram, and I was intrigued. So, I gave it a try. And let me tell you, I’m in LOVE. Workout “classes” are organized by type. You’ll find a full range of workout styles: treadmill , elliptical, outdoor running, cycling, strength training, and more. Just yesterday I went into the gym with an arm workout in mind, but I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do on the treadmill. So I peaked into the Treadmill running category and found a workout that would fit my level (beginner, and slow slow slow). Each workout tells you how long it is down to the last second, the highest speed you will reach, the highest incline you will get to, and who your instructor is. This makes it super easy to pick the perfect workout for you! And, each workout has a pre-curated playlist, just like you would expect of a real in-person class.

Having an instructor in my earbuds telling me the next move, motivating me to keep going, and talking to help take my mind off the workout really helped keep me going. But it wasn’t so much talking that it was overwhelming either. It was the perfect mix of focusing with music, and hearing some encouragement. I definitely ran harder than I would have had I been doing my own self-paced workout!

Even better? After my workout was finished (I gave it a 5 star rating!), a recommended workout pops up to follow up with the one you just did. For me, the Yoga workout for Treadmill Running cooldown came up, It was only 5 minutes, so I decided to go ahead with that one as well. And I’m so glad I did: I hardly feel sore today, and I’m really bad at getting my recovery stretching in normally after a run (oops). The only thing I didn’t so much enjoy about the yoga part is that it’s hard for me to follow verbal instructions with yoga (I’m not much of a yoga person, so I don’t know what these moves look like in person). So if you’re new to yoga, this might be more difficult to follow. I’m sure more seasoned yogis would have no issues!

Another fun tidbit: this app ties in almost flawlessly with your Apple Watch and Apple Health apps! I didn’t recognize this at first, so I was already tracking the workout through my watch as “other”, as you can see in the screenshot. I’d say the calorie burn was on par with what I’d expect for the timing, and it was pretty darn close to what the Skyfit app suggested the burn would be. I will have more certain information on calorie burn actual vs. the app after I test out a few more workouts!

I definitely recommend giving this app a try. It’s $9.99 a month for a subscription, or $24.99 for three months. I get no perks for recommending this app, I just wanted to share it with other like minded people who may need that extra something to get them into the gym.

What are your favorite apps for the gym? And where else do you find your inspiration to live a healthier, more active lifestyle? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Karli