July 23, 2014
I have an exciting giveaway for you guys today!
Fabletics is a fitness apparel company that is designed to provide stylish, affordable workout gear to keep you moving. I have been eyeing some of their pieces over the past couple of months and am thrilled to be working with them on this review!
From comfortable and flowy to tight and fitted, they have a variety of looks and materials for all sorts of body and fitness types. I just love the looks of their new bright prints and colors this season!
I have seen some of their cute and unique outfits pop up in magazines and all over social media, so I was interested to find out more about the company and how they work.
Fabletics is co-founded by Kate Hudson who I absolutely adore.
She has a casual, cool style about her that certainly shows through the look of her designs with this line.
You can choose to order pieces straight from their website at the regular retail price or become a VIP Member and receive a full outfit sent to you each month for $49.95. Similar to other styling services, you fill out a style profile to help pick what items would suit you best and always have the option to skip a month when you need to.
Compared to other designer brands that offer similar looks, the prices for the quality of their pieces are very affordable!
I was asked to pick out a handful of them I was drawn to in their latest collection, and instantly fell for this fun high intensity print that also happens to be included in Kate’s Favorite Styles.
I went with a stylish, yet comfortable outfit selection that I could wear to classes at the gym or even on an active day around town. Lately, I have been loving moisture wicking materials that allow me to break a sweat without requiring a shower directly after my workout.
I received a shipment of mix and match pieces that has certainly spiced up my every day gym fashion, and have been wearing them on rotation since I put them on for the first time. Check them out!
My favorite type of legging this year has been the capri length, so when I saw this pair with the unique mesh design, I had to have them.
It may sound silly, but having a handful of vibrant, stand out pieces to my workout wardrobe instantly gets me motivated to get out there and move something. Or… in this case, get my yoga on in the backyard.
Anyi Sports Bra in high intensity print.
I was able to give every piece a good wear before we left for vacation and have been somewhat living in the Lima Capris. I like to call them my “party” pants and have received a ton of compliments while wearing them!
The Norwalk Tank is ideal for studio classes with the built in bra and mesh material. I like the adjustable hem and stretchy feel and flow.
The matching sports bra is also a stand out item to me. I love the back design and feel fully comfortable wearing it on it’s own without additional support. I was worried about the size, and ended up going up one more than my normal (Small instead of XS) after browsing their sizing chart.
The tops seem to fit very true to size, while the bottoms had me questioning between two sizes. I ended up ordering the smaller (XS) after looking at their pant size suggestions, and think they would be even more comfortable if I just stuck to my normal order size (Small). Did that confuse you?
What I am trying to say is don’t pay too much attention to the sizing chart. Initially, I was worried that the pants would run large, but in the end they fit just like most other brands. Stick to what you know!
Even so, I’m still very happy with my shipment and have a feeling you will see these items show up in my photos often.
I wasn’t fully sure about the white Havana Coverup tee at first, but as soon as I put it on I loved the feel of the open back and soft burnout fabric. It will be great to have to throw on to and from hot yoga classes!
And last, but not least I’ll be saving the mesh capris for those days where I’m feeling extra sassy. Love them!
Since Fabletics is on board to share the fit-spiration and keep you motivated to live a healthy, active lifestyle, they have agreed to get you to the gym with an on-the-go prize package.
One lucky Housewife Glamour reader will be chosen to receive their True Gym Bag packed with a $49.95 gift card + workout essentials!
Including: hair ties, socks and a water bottle.
Leave a comment on this post (mandatory!) sharing what kind of outfit you would purchase with your gift card and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
You have until Midnight Sunday, July 27th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Monday morning, the 28th.
Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.
Disclaimer: While the items featured in this post were provided to me by Fabletics, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
July 22, 2014
While planning out a couple of new recipes last week, I realized I didn’t really know much about roasting and slicing almonds.
The concept seems easy enough, but then I remembered I have never actually attempted it before without someone standing right next to me. Last Thanksgiving, Scott’s step-mother showed me that roasting almonds is a very easy and delicious step you can do to make recipes with almonds taste even better.
I often buy pre-sliced almonds, but figured it was time for me to learn the best way to do it on my own, just in case I find myself with an overabundance of whole almonds laying around.
After searching around for the best tips and tricks, here are my complied list of steps to pass on to you!
Roasting almonds takes very little effort and twenty minutes of your time.
Start by preheating your oven to 300°F. Spread the almonds out evenly onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
Roast the almonds in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, until they have a golden brown hue.
If you aren’t sure if they are done, try one.
The inside should be light brown in color.
Allow them to cool and keep in a covered container for recipes + snacking!
If you intend on slicing the almonds after you’ve roasted them, might I suggest one quick step before you get started?
Throw them in a bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to sit overnight (ideally), or at least a couple of hours before roasting them.
Drain them, then pat the almonds dry with a paper towel. This will soften the texture and make them easier to slice.
Once you are done roasting the pre-soaked almonds, cut one in half, then in half one more time.
Repeat until you have sliced enough almonds for your dish!
Now that I’ve successfully roasted and toasted my own almonds, I might not go back to cooking without doing so. I hope this helps!
Stay tuned for a couple of recipes using roasted almonds coming soon!