Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’
December 9, 2013
*Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. Although I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!
If you frequent the blog, you have probably noticed that I have a slight love affair with fitness apparel… especially shoes. When I got the opportunity to participate in a FitFluential campaign to review the latest and greatest running shoe from Mizuno, you better believe I hopped right on board!
I have seen the brand new Wave Rider 17 pop up on blogs and social media pages everywhere in the healthy living community, and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a pair of my own. (FYI: They were just released to the public December 5th!)
Ever since my visit to the running store back in Orlando to get myself a “big girl” pair of running shoes (to train in for long distance runs), Mizuno has for sure been my go-to long distance running brand. For the past two years, I have sworn by my Wave Enigma’s and put them on my feet any time I feel more than five miles coming on.
(You might have even seen them featured under my Amazon Favorites on the right hand sidebar if you’re an observant one!)
While I have never been able to try out the *award winning* Wave Rider 16 sneakers, the main difference in the new model is the weight. They feel unbelievably light and the company took that as well as few other factors into consideration from customer feedback when designing the new version.
• This is a neutral running sneaker, made for long distance runs. Of course, you could throw them on for a quick mile around the neighborhood, but it’s nice to know they would be a good fit for the six to eight or so miles I like to conquer at a time on the weekends.
• It’s made to feel super light. So light, that it only weighs 7.4 ounces!
• There’s an upgraded sock liner, made to provide more comfort than previous Wave Rider versions.
• Lateral forefoot sculpting for smooth touchdown and transition.
• Blown rubber forefront (outsole) with deep flex grooves for optimal flexibility and cushioning.
I received my box of fresh sneaks early this morning and couldn’t wait to test them out right away. I already had plans to take a body sculpting class at the gym, so I threw them on to end my workout for the day with a 5K on the treadmill.
I am kinda bummed I wasn’t able to fit in a longer run before submitting a review, but I plan to fight the cold weather and take them out on a 5+ mile run outside so I can share more thoughts with you later on this week.
For now, I can tell you I already love them. They feel much more supportive than the Wave Sayonaras I reviewed back in the summer, but just as light.
Earlier this afternoon I noticed a comment via Instagram to look out for changes in this model’s toebox. It is widened, and to me felt comfortable enough to wear for long distances without my toes feeling scrunched up. I ordered a size 7.5, where I normally wear a street shoe size of 7. It probably wouldn’t have hurt to go ahead and go up another half a size to feel more room at a size 8.
Overall, I was very happy with the fit of the Wave Rider 17 and didn’t have any issues with rubbing or blisters. The amount of cushioning felt just right in the middle too… not too firm, but supportive enough in the heel (where I like to feel it the most) to push me through a good run.
I love the new sleek design, which to me doesn’t scream “bulky running shoe” like some of my previous running shoes have. Be sure to check back in a week or so after a long distance run, but all in all I give the Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe two enthusiastic thumbs up!
See ya tomorrow bright and early!
December 6, 2013
<BRRR!> The winter has certainly already shown it’s chilly self up here in our neck of the woods.
Since moving up north (well, technically the mid-west… but that still doesn’t seem accurate) to Michigan, I have been trying my best to invest in quality winter clothing and accessories. Last year we lucked out with somewhat of a “mild” winter and only a few snowfalls, and I admit to falling into the cheaper winter accessories and coats trap just get me through. This year, however, I sense the cold coming on quickly and have a feeling I might be in trouble if I don’t get prepared the right way this time.
Luckily, Under Armour teamed up with FitFluential just in time to give me an opportunity to review and share a handful of their warmest (and cutest!) pieces from their Women’s UA ColdGear® line.
Above I am wearing the Coffee Run Beanie, which has already found it’s way through the washing machine… twice. (Dang you, rain.) Having these accessories around has pushed me to suck it up and run in the cold, and I am very thankful to have the extra warmth of the ColdGear® lining during them!
As a native Floridian, I am drawn to anything warm and cozy when it’s cold out, but I love that Under Armour focuses on creating pieces made to be worn while being active.
While I have bought a small collection of hats and ear warmers since being up here, I only own one quality hat I can actually run in. You can imagine my excitement to see the start of my own little collection when my Women’s UA care package arrived!
The Infrared Alpinelite Beanie (right) is the type of style I adore, but would have been too afraid to purchase on my own. I’m so glad it was included because it has completely put me on board to knit hats with fun accessories like a poof ball on top. That’s right, I said poof ball.
The infrared lining is a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating that absorbs and retains your own body heat! I also love how it has an oversized fit, making it extra comfortable to wear all day long.
Oh, and that bag I am holding on the right? That’s their Define (Water-Resistent) Reversible Tote I am currently swooning over. Priced at $29.99, it’s really a great deal and a perfect gift for anyone in need of a new gym or fun and colorful tote bag (everyone).
While I am more than happy with everything in this shipment, my favorite accessory has to be the Mystique Knit Headband. It looks like it is currently sold out on the UA website, but you can still find it at Dick’s, Nordstrom, and other retailers that sell the brand.
Once again, having this at home pushed me out of my somewhat boring winter fashion ways and make a statement. I have already worn it several times this week and find it perfect for those days where I don’t feel like doing much to my hair.
If you have never tried an ear warmer style of headband, I highly recommend it. It keeps your ears nice and warm (hence the title of the style) and you hardly feel like you are wearing anything at all, making it an all-over win!
And that concludes my mini photoshoot with winter accessories for you guys. Ha! While I love any excuse to post an absorbent amount of selfies (<- totally joking), the point was to show off some great accessories to keep in mind when holiday shopping for that special someone, or even to add a few items to that wish list for yourself. Hey, I know I would be one happy camper if more (or all) of these were to show up under my tree again!
Don’t forget about stockings, either! Any item above would also make an excellent stocking stuffer and give you tons of bonus points. Stay tuned for more stocking stuffer ideas coming your way next week.
By the way, there’s still plenty of time to link up with this morning’s Friday Favorites if you haven’t done so already! Hope you all have a great weekend.
Stay warm out there!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with these products by Under Armour, free of charge, through my ambassadorship with FitFluential. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
October 29, 2013
I have two things to share with you today.
One is this delicious fruity protein smoothie I made last night for dinner and again this afternoon for lunch.
It was that easy and dreamy. The protein powder I used was Deisgner Whey Luscious Strawberry and it was really, really good. I’m sure you could create something similar with any kind of vanilla powder, but I enjoyed the extra sweetness I could tell came from the strawberry.
Also, I recently received a question about how to measure out my “1 scoop” of protein powder in my recipes. In the last handful of smoothies, I have used the same one serving size scoop that holds 28 g. So, I would say 1 serving = 28 grams of protein powder. I hope this helps!
Second is something pretty neat from my friends over at Reebok. If you have been following the blog for a while, then you already know I have an ongoing partnership with them to review new inventory and share my thoughts with you guys.
This month, I had the opportunity to create my very own pair of customized sneakers using the YourReebok page. This page allows you to customize your own pair of Reebok shoes in a variety of styles, colors, and personalization options to make them truly yours!
The site was really easy to navigate, and I started the process by simply selecting “Women”. I played around with different styles for a few minutes, then ended up selecting the CrossFit Nano Speed sneaker to make my own. It’s been my favorite review so far as an overall versatile sneaker I can wear for almost anything, including dance practices.
The first this you choose is whether to start from scratch or customize an already existing design.
Those who know me will agree that I am not the most decisive person out there. I am notorious for going back and forth on minor decisions, even on something as simple as where to meet a friend for lunch. When it comes to selecting something that offers options upon options (i.e. designing your own shoe style and coloring) my perfectionist tendencies take over and I could easily spend hours making a final selection.
Just for fun, I started from scratch to see what I would come up with.
My favorite option had to be the personalized logo option on the back. You can make it say whatever you want in seven or less characters!
After an hour of going back and forth between an obnoxiously colorful and bright shoe to the opposite extreme of a black and white design, I finally came up with a sneaker perfectly suited to me.
I am going to wait to debut the exact design when the shoes arrive at my doorstep, but for now I can at least tell you that I ended up using an original design to at least help me coordinate a color theme.
Starting with colors already set and then substituting them for others (red where there’s blue, grey where there’s yellow, etc.) made it so much easier, and the final design came out looking well thought out and put together.
My order is placed and the shoes should be arriving in the next four to six weeks, just in time for the holidays. You know what I am looking forward to just as much as getting these new sneakers? Hosting a giveaway for YOU to customize a pair of your own too!
As a thank you for tuning in today, you guys get a heads up to keep a lookout for this giveaway ($125 value!) around mid-December, courtesy of Reebok.
All right… looks like it’s time for me to boogie. I had plans to get in a trip to the gym before our final Opening Night halftime rehearsal tonight, but I just might enjoy another workout in the basement instead. I’ll be sure to share anything interesting tomorrow. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!
October 10, 2013
Oh boy, do I have something fashionably fun to share with you today!
But we’ll get to the details in just a minute. *Tease*
We’re officially back in game season, folks. If you are a regular around here, then you’ve already heard all about the events and madness going on in our lives right now. It’s crazy. Once summer ends and October rolls around, we’re released into a world of long nights, no-such-thing as weekends Saturdays and Sundays, and outings to attend almost daily.
I often joke that this type of lifestyle is not for the weak. Dancing is a “part-time job”, yes, but I have always said it is a full-time commitment. My days, nights, and weekends now revolve around a basketball court and representing it in our community at all times (hence my now unpredictable posting time every day). Welcome to it!
I spent the majority of today catching up on some work and going through emails. I have just enough time to fit in an afternoon run around the neighborhood before getting ready for tonight’s game BUT after how sore I felt during the last game, I’m going to rain check it until tomorrow. I’m sure my legs will thanks me.
Instead, let’s quickly recap today’s eats! Breakfast was something most of you have seen here before… a bowl of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch. Alone or topped with fresh fruit, it’s just too good not to eat and bring up again. So I did.
I enjoyed another bowl of fresh berries (same mid-morning snack as yesterday) and wasn’t kidding when I mentioned I could keep refilling this and eating it all day long thing, either.
Give me all the berries.
I am finishing up lunch as I type with a turkey and vegetable wrap made out of Tuesday’s monster salad leftovers.
When putting those together I always make sure to have extras to put on the side or in something for the next few meals. The whole wheat Smart & Delicious Low-Carb tortilla is fiber packed and makes any wrap just a little more filling. I wrapped it tight, dipped it into a side of Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, and enjoyed every single bite!
Violet Love Headband Giveaway
I was contacted a few weeks ago by a custom printed headband and clothing company. After scrolling through the blog, they caught on to the fact that I am fan of big headbands, as I wear them often on runs and in group fitness classes.
Violet Love was started by Rebecca Michaels, a former engineer, when she couldn’t find a headband to fit what she was looking for. She created Violet Love headbands, which are all LA-made, PETA-Vegan approved and eco friendly. They are no slip, no headache headbands which makes them perfect for running, yoga or anything in between!
Although I haven’t tried these running yet, I have a feeling they will be perfect for my secret earbud trick.
So far, I have been loving the patterned prints that spice up my every day yoga/lounge/dance wear.
I don’t know about you… but when I put on adorable yoga gear, I instantly want to put it to use and practice.
(Don’t mind the awkwardness of trying to hold the camera and the pose.)
I will be sure to report how these headbands hold up during workouts, but for now can share how soft, stretchy, and fun they are to wear anywhere. They are loose enough to prevent headaches, but just tight enough to comfortably stay in place.
While I really don’t want to part with any I was so generously sent, I have some good news for those interested. One lucky Housewife Glamour reader will win two Violet Love headbands in Pigeon and Wild Thing!
(Retail Value: $34)
Leave a comment on this post sharing where you think you would wear these headbands the most (around town, in a yoga class, on a run, etc.) and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter!
You have until Midnight Monday, October 14th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing Tuesday morning.
*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: I was provided with these headbands, free of charge, from Violet Love. I was not compensated for this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!