5 Activewear Brands I’m Loving: MICHI

Michi NY style picksFROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: Luna Leggings  | Shadow Legging  | Mesh Front Tank  | Hydra Crop Leggings  | Supernova Colorblock Performance Leggings  | Chameleon Colorblock Performance Tank  | Psyloque Short  | Colorblock Sports Bra  | Allegro Ballet Mesh Insert Tank

___

I’ve mentioned MICHI before on the blog (I wear these leggings all the time), and the obsession has not gone away. Maybe it’s because their stuff is way too expensive for me to buy regularly that I’m so infatuated with the bold cuts and colors, but whatever the reason…I’m in love.

Have a good weekend, friends!

Do you own any MICHI? Expense aside, what do you think?

signature

A Two-Move Workout You Can Do Anywhere (Perfect for Summer Vacations!)

athleta-pumps-iron-3When I got the opportunity to work with Athleta on this post, it took me all of 0 seconds to get on board. The Athleta in Boston is dangerously close to Btone, and I can’t help popping in on my way home from teaching. I’ve been a big fan of their casual tanks for a while, and now I have to add sweatpants to that. Guys. These Downplay Capri sweatpants from their summer collection have not come off my body since they arrived. Athleta asked me to share my ideal active summer day with you guys, but honestly, right now that could be anything as long as I’m in these sweatpants. That won’t make for a great blog post though, so…

My Perfect Active Summer Day

athleta-pumps-iron-10If I were in Boston, it’d involve waking up early (I’m one of those annoying morning people) and going for a run along the Charles before it gets too hot out. If I keep the run short, I’d plan to end it at Btone to take a class. On my way home from the studio, I’d do some (window) shopping, maybe grab brunch with friends on Newbury Street, and eventually make my way back to my apartment to hit up our pool for the rest of the day.

But if we’re talking perfect summer day, I wouldn’t be in the city—I’d be by the beach! All the pictures in these posts were taken on the Vineyard. Usually when I’m visiting my parents there, I start the day with a quick workout at the house and then head out for a run along the beach or through the forest near our place. Then it’d be beach time! After the beach, I’d head downtown to grab a drink on the harbor with friends. athleta-pumps-iron-11 athleta-pumps-iron-4 athleta-pumps-iron-8 athleta-pumps-iron-9 athleta-pumps-iron-2So I’ve already professed my love for a pair of sweatpants, but let’s talk about the other Athleta goodies I’m rocking. The white Sugar Wash tank with pocket is perfect for everyday wear and layering. I’m a big jeans and t-shirt/tank girl, so this top is a new wardrobe essential for me. Another piece that works well for the gym as well as everyday wear is the gray and white Essence Double Tank. I love the layered look!

On the fitness (vs. everyday) side of things, are the Glacial Luma Chaturanga Capris–I’m obsessed with the marble pattern! The wide waistband is comfortable and they go perfectly with the Essence Energize Tank. I think the mint color is perfect for summer and the strappy crisscross back is totally on trend. I also paired the capris with the Renew Tank in pink, a piece that’s made with “unstinkable” fabric. It’s soft and stretchy and I love the high neckline.

Last but not least, the Maldives Bikini! While I don’t do it as often as I’d like, I do love swimming as a workout. I was a lifeguard growing up and usually just wear one of those suits for workouts, but it’s not ideal having LIFEGUARD plastered across your chest when you’re definitely NOT qualified for the title anymore (haha). This Athleta bikini is great for swimming laps or distances in the ocean because it’s functional (drawstring bottom, supportive top). It’s also adorable! I love the color scheme and as someone who’s spent way too much time in the sun, I appreciate having my chest covered.

10-Minute Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Set an interval timer for 10 rounds of 50 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. You’ll alternate between the two compound exercises 5 times. 10-Minute Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Anywhere

  • Push-Up, Reptile Crunch, Plank Jump Combo | Start in a plank position. Do one push-up. Back in your plank, do one reptile crunch on each side, pulling the right knee in toward the right arm and then the left knee in toward the left arm. Once you’re back in plank, jump both feet up toward your hands (stay light on your feet, weight should remain in your hands) and then hop them right back into plank. Start back from the top with a push-up.
  • Lunge Hop to Lunge Jump | Start in a lunge position with your right foot forward, both knees bent to opposing 90-degree angles. Keeping your feet in this position, hop up, landing back in your lunge. Next, do a jump lunge, switching your feet midair so that you land in a lunge with your left foot forward. Do a hop on that side. Continue repeating back and forth.

athleta-pumps-iron-6 athleta-pumps-iron-5 athleta-pumps-iron-1

What does your ideal active summer day look like?

signature

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Athleta through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Athleta, all opinions–as always!–are my own.


5 Activewear Brands I’m Loving: ALALA

Stylish activewear brands -- ALALAFROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: Captain Ankle Tight | Zip It Up Bra | Got Your Back Tank | Hoodie Tee | Blocked Crop Tight | Cropped Tee

___

Time for another round of window shopping! I was actually gifted the cropped leggings pictured above and was going to wait until I wore them in a workout post to mention ALALA on the blog, but I just love the surfer-meets-city vibe they’ve got going on. Plus anything mesh has my name written all over it. Their line is small (not too many different products yet), but worth checking out for sure.

ALALA DISCOUNT CODE FOR READERS

You guys can get 15% off any order from ALALA by using the code PUMPS15 at checkout. Woop! :)

Do you own any ALALA gear? Thoughts?

signature