Panasonic #OpenYourEars Headphones Review (Plus a Playlist)

Panasonic Open Ear Headphones Review (plus a playlist)

This post was sponsored by Panasonic. I was compensated and given the product free of charge, but all opinions—as always!—are my own.

Lately I’ve gotten the chance to try out a lot of fitness-related technology and gadgets, and I’ve been loving it. In fact, I’m actually heading to NYC a little later today to attend a health and fitness demo event (more on that to come!). Most recently, I was given the opportunity to check out Panasonic’s Open Ear Headphones as part of their #OpenYourEars challenge. These headphones actually transmit sound through the cheek bones, leaving your ears open to hear surrounding noise (car horns, people calling your name, etc.).

Panasonic Open Ear Headphones Review (plus a playlist)

As shown in the above picture, the speaker part goes in front of your ear opening, and the headset then goes over your ears and connects behind your head. They’re comfortable, and I found they stayed put well during activity (I went for a run to test ‘em out). They’re sweat and water resistant, and have reflective strips for outdoor nighttime visibility/safety.

When Panasonic first reached out to me, I thought these were essentially mini speakers (i.e. everyone around you would also be able to hear your music). How else would you be able to hear the music if your ears aren’t covered, right? Wrong. Just like regular headphones or earbuds, only you can hear the music (unless of course you’re that annoying person on public transportation blasting your music at max volume). The sound vibrations go directly to the cochlea through the cheekbones, so you can hear the music without clogging your ear opening, and on songs with heavy bass, you can sorta feel the vibrations through your face—it’s pretty cool!

From a workout standpoint, I think these would be ideal for someone running/biking/etc. outdoors during quiet hours who is concerned about being able to hear surrounding noise for safety. I tested these out on a run around the city and along the Charles River and found that the noise from cars actually drowned out the music a bit, and even at max volume, the headphones couldn’t get my playlist quite as loud as I would have liked it (I do admittedly like loud music during workouts though).

I also think these are perfect for the work day—especially if you work in an office. I remember I always liked to listen to music through headphones in my cube, but then I could never hear when a coworker was trying to get my attention or ask me a question. These would have solved that! Listening to music without bothering anyone and still able to overhear workplace gossip: Win! ;)

Panasonic Open Ear Headphones Review (plus a playlist)

Since we’re talking about jammin’ out, I wanted to leave you with a playlist of mine. These aren’t necessarily workout songs (although, depending on what you like to listen to when you work out, you might find some in here), but these are the songs that are currently on repeat for me when I’m working at my computer, walking around running errands, getting ready in the morning, driving in the car, etc. Enjoy! 


What do you think–would try these headphones out? The Panasonic Open Ear Headphones retail at $79.99 and are available in multiple colors HERE. You can follow Panasonic at @PanaAdventure.


Med Ball Tabata Workout

Med Ball Tabata WorkoutHey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’m in the process of transferring my website over to private servers because my current shared ones can’t handle the amount of traffic P&I has been getting—most certainly not a bad problem to have! However, what is a bad problem to have is my lack of technical website knowledge. It’s taking longer than it should because I’m learning as I go (story of my blogging career), but I think it should be smooth sailing from here. I’m back to a regular posting schedule and just crossing my fingers nothing explodes over the next couple days.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably noticed that my go-to workout getup is a pair of leggings (the funkier the better) with a lose tank top. I do wear other workout tops with built-in bras from time to time, but I just love the comfort and laidback style of tossing on a muscle-cut tank or racerback over a sports bra. So when Michelle from Reverence Apparel reached out to me about rocking one from her line on the blog, I thought it’d be a perfect fit. With all the HIIT and tabata workouts I post, I had to go with this tank:

Reverence Apparel tank

Med Ball Tabata Workout

Equipment I Used:

  • 6-lb med ball (would have liked to use a 10-lb but this is all I own right now)
  • Exercise mat
  • Gymboss Interval Timer

You’ll set your timer for 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. As you’ll see, for each exercise, you flip-flop each of the 8 intervals you’re working. For the most part, that just means right side then left side. For the pushups, you’ll alternate between hands and feet (see below). Once you complete your 8 rounds of one exercise, do the same thing for the next (so in total, you’re spending 4 minutes on each exercise).

This is a great workout for beginners and takes only 20 minutes to complete. If you’re more advanced, I would recommend going through the workout twice (so that you spend an entire tabata block on each side, rather than alternating).

Med Ball Tabata Workout

  • Med Ball Crossbody Chops: Start in a split-stance lunge position right foot forward, ball of left foot planted behind you, both knees bent to 90 degrees, holding the medicine ball by your right foot with straight arms. Your left foot is going to pivot as you stand up, bringing the medicine ball across your body (keep arms straight) and reaching it up to the left. Chop it back down diagonally across your body to starting position, pivoting left foot and bending your knees.
  • Med Ball Push Ups: These are your basic push up, only you’ll alternate between having your hands on the ball (similar to doing a diamond push up on the ground with your hands in close and elbows going out wide as you lower) and balancing your feet on the ball (hands on the ground).
  • Med Ball Hip Bridge Leg Lift Thrusters: Start in a bridge position: right foot on the med ball, shoulders on the ground with arms by your side for support, and left leg held straight up, toes pointing towards the ceiling. Squeeze your glutes to lift your hips off the ground—your bum should not come to rest on the floor throughout the duration of the exercise. This is your starting position. From here, it’s one hip thruster with one leg lift at the top: lift your hips off the ground as high as you can, squeezing your glutes. Hold at the top and lower your left leg parallel to the floor (keeping it straight) and then lift back up so toes are pointing up. Lower your hips back down so that they’re just hovering above the floor, and then repeat: thrusting upward and then lowing the left leg.
  • Med Ball Plank Roll Out: Start in a plank position, right hand on a medicine ball, left hand on the ground. Slowly roll your right palm–>wrist–>forearm over the top of the ball. As you reach forward like this, you’ll need to bend your left elbow, lowering the body (but still keeping strong plank form!). Reverse the motion, rolling right forearm–>wrist–>palm and straightening your left elbow back to starting position as you do. Alternate each 20-sec work interval: right, left. If you need to modify, do this from your knees.
  • One-Leg Med Ball Burpees: This is your basic burpee except you keep one leg lifted the whole time and are holding a medicine ball in your hands. This is the whole sequence: Keeping your left foot hovering off the ground, bend the right knee to bring the medicine ball to the ground in front of you. Hop the right foot back into a plank position, and then hop it back up forward towards the ball. Stand up straight, bringing the ball with you and then hop upward on the right foot, pressing the medicine ball overhead as you do.

Reverence Apparel tank

WEARING | tank: c/o Reverence Apparel // leggings: c/o lucy // sneakers: Nike

I wanted to leave you with a few other tops from Reverence Apparel I like and to spread the word about their #CycleForSurvivalHealthie challenge that’s taking place through the end of the month. Not only do a portion of proceeds from the Spincess tank below benefit cancer research, but you also get involved via Instagram. If you post a selfie doing some sort of exercise to instagram with the hashtag #CycleForSurvivalHealthie and tag @reverenceapparel and three friends, you can enter to win a prize package from Equinox, Athleta & Reverence Apparel. Details here.

Reverence Apparel tank


My Third (and Favorite!) Fix: Stitch Fix Gets Me

Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix)I got my third delivery from Stitch Fix a couple weeks ago and they get me, guys. They really, really get me. Everything in it rocked—either something I needed or something I didn’t know I needed but apparently did because I’ve been wearing it for a week straight. So instead of the painful mirror selfies I took for my previous two Stitch Fix reviews, I’ve stepped this one up with some outfit styling and a photoshoot (a.k.a. hey mom, wanna come over and take a bunch of pictures of me pretending to model?) in the oh-so-chic alleyway behind my apartment. That’s what you get when you have a fitness blogger pretending to be a fashion blogger…

If you missed my first two Stitch Fix posts and have no clue what it is, you can read about the online styling service here and here.

Renee C. Skirt= KEEPER

Before I even tried this on, I know I was going to keep it based solely on the print. As soon as the weather starts to cool, I swear the only colors I wear are black, off-black, dark gray, and more black. I’m so boring.

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I can wear this skirt all year long—pairing it with a white crop top in the summer, a darker top and scarf in the fall, and then layering on a blazer and adding some tights in the winter. For this particular look, I paired it with a t-shirt tied up in a knot, scarf and some booties.

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IN THIS LOOK | skirt: Renee C. via Stitch Fix // top: c/o Reebok // booties: Jeffery Campbell

Mavi Black Skinny Jeans = KEEPER

I actually already have a pair…ok two…of black skinny jeans, so I debated keeping these, but convinced myself they’re all different enough that three pairs of black skinny jeans is rational and necessary. I had a leather pair and a biker-inspired pair with edgy zippers, so this classic pair is a good complement to the others. Just humor me…

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41 Hawthorn Blouse = KEEPER

I love this flowy blouse. The print is fun, and it has pretty beading along the neckline (you can’t really see it in these pictures). You could pair it with black lace shorts and heels for a night out, or with a blazer and dress pants for the ol’ corporate look (work style advice coming from a girl who wears yoga pants as a career…).

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IN THIS LOOK | blouse: 41 Hawthorn via Stitch Fix // pants: Mavi via Stitch Fix // blazer: Nordstrom Rack // heels: asos

Tart Scarf = KEEPER

It’s scarf season, and it’s always leopard-print season (in my mind), so this circle scarf was a definite keeper. You can wear it loose, looped around your neck a couple times, or wind it into a sort of neck warmer. Lots of ways to style it!

Stitch Fix leopard scarf

Mystree Crew Neck Sweater = KEEPER

I know I’ll wear this comfortable crew-neck sweater a ton. I don’t have enough neutral, wardrobe-staple sweaters (I have a white one that I refuse to part with, but it’s riddled with holes—it needs a backup).

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IN THIS LOOK | sweater: Mystree via Stitch Fix // shirt: Brandy Melville // jeans: Mavi via Stitch Fix (from a previous fix) // shoes: Kork-Ease

Every time I do a fashion-related post, I read it back to myself and think You are one basic, baaaaasic bitch, Nicole. Spewing out sentence after sentence gushing over an article of clothing with I-can’t-even’s and OMG-so-cute-right’s may not be the most intellectually stimulating way to spend my time, but WHATEVER these posts are so fun for me to make! I can’t help it: I love clothing; I love playing dress-up; and adding new items to my wardrobes fills me with joy and excitement. Stitch Fix, you made my day with this fix!

Which item/look is your favorite? Is it just me or do you slip into Basic Mode against your will when clothes are mentioned? :)

Disclosure: Links to Stitch Fix in this post are affiliate links.