April Health Challenge Week 2 Giveaway

giveaway-week-2How’d everyone’s week go? Kick ass? Take names? Eat your veggies? For all you participating in the DietBet or just trying to tackle a goal at home this month, I have your second motivational boost. As for my handstand progress, I actually had a nasty fall and landed on the back of my neck, and it’s totally spooked me. So I sorta took a step back and spent the last couple days playing around with forearm stands instead.

Week 2 Giveaway Prizes

BioSport Headphones from Intel & SMS Audio ($150)

I mentioned in my last post that Intel was generously giving me two sets of their BioSport headphones to pass on to readers. First pair is up for grabs today! The sound quality on these is awesome and they sync to the RunKeeper app to display your heart rate while you run/workout. You’ll love ‘em!

$50 Giftcard to Lululemon

I was browsing the new arrivals on the Lulu website yesterday and wanted to buy literally everything. Instead I’m going to buy YOU something (…and probably myself, but shhh).

Group Fitness Class at the Studio of Your Choice

Just like last week, the winner will get to pick any fitness studio—from national brands like Pure Barre and CrossFit to your neighborhood yoga barn.

Enter the Giveaway

Use the widget below to enter the giveaway. Open to everyone (international, local, another planet…). The winner will be randomly selected Tuesday at 5PM.

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Good luck to all the runners getting ready to dominate the Boston Marathon tomorrow! I’ll be cheering you on at the home stretch as you turn onto Hereford St! :)

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A Marathon Playlist, BioSport Headphones & Hanging Out with Me This Weekend

running-playlists-spotify-soundcloudWith the marathon right around the corner, Boston is BUZZING. I live a couple blocks from the finish line, and as cliché as it sounds, you can feel the excitement in the air. Even as a non-marathoner, it’s one of my favorite weekends in the city (a day off from work, friends, roof decks, beer—yes, please!).

Although I’m not running it, I thought it’d be fun to share some of my current favorite workout music in case any of you marathoners need some inspiration for your race-day playlist. I go back and forth between using Spotify and SoundCloud, so I’ve included both (with different music on each). I actually prefer SoundCloud because you can find crazy good remixes, but they’ve started playing ads so I can’t use it while teaching class. What a bummer!

First up, some jams for all you SoundCloud users:

Next up, some jams for all my Spotify peeps:

 

Intel x SMS Audio BioSport Headphones

intel-sms-audioSpeaking of music, I’m working with Intel and SMS Audio on a fun project for their new BioSport headphones (spoiler alert: I get to give away a couple sets to you guys!). These headphones, which have an in-ear heart rate monitor, are the lovechild of Intel’s technology and SMS Audio’s studio-quality sound.

For all you techies: They use a built-in optical sensor that continuously and accurately measures your heart rate while simultaneously removing noise signals caused by your body’s motion during your workout. The earbud shape allows it to sit deeper in the ear canal for consistent data collection, and the headphones are sweat and water-resistant.

The headphones also have a self-charging system (it’ll draw power from your smartphone) so no batteries are required. It won’t drain the battery life though—it uses the same amount of power as any set of headphones with a built-in mic.

For all the rest of us: 50 Cent—or as I like to call him, Fiddy—is the CEO of SMS Audio. So yeah, if the man who made the soundtrack to my high school years stands behind these headphones, count me in, too. (Anyone else jam out to Hate It or Love It at high school parties??) :)

runkeeper-biosport-headphonesThe in-ear heart rate monitor wires directly to your smartphone and syncs with the RunKeeper app. I’ve been playing around with it the last couple days, and it’s pretty cool!

Also, it’s worth noting that I’m super picky about earbuds (usually I don’t like having something stuffed in my ear), but the part that goes inside is actually pretty narrow on these. I think they’re comfortable–and that’s saying a lot! I’ll be giving away two sets of these headphones (they retail at $150 so it’s a pretty kickass prize!) in the coming weeks on the blog.

Come Hang Out with Me This Weekend!

marathon-playlistAs part of this project, I’ll be at the SMS Audio booth at the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo this weekend. If you’re local or will be in town to run, I’d love for you to swing by and say hi! I’ll be there Saturday from 3 to 3:30PM. The expo is open to the public, so you don’t have to be running the marathon to check out all the exhibits. It’s at Hynes Convention Center and you can check out a full list of the exhibitors/where their booths are located HERE. I’ll be at booth #2735 and hope to see some of you there!

Are you running Boston this year? Let me know if you’ll be by the expo!

What workout songs are currently on repeat for you? Side note: You can enter to win a pair of the BioSport headphones by sharing your top workout songs on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #IntelxBioSport. The contest is open until April 19th so hop on it! Terms and conditions

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Intel. Although I was compensated, all opinions—as always!—are my own.

My First Golden Tote (Review)

Golden Tote ReviewOh man do I love these faux fashion blogger posts. I was recently given the chance to try out Golden Tote, and jumped at the opportunity. I loved all the clothing I received so it’s time for a picture overload!

Golden Tote is one part personal styling, one part online shopping. They offer two different sized totes: a large tote for $149 that includes 5-6 items and a small tote for $49 that includes 2-3 items. A new tote is offered once each month, and the sale lasts the duration of the month.

For the large tote, which is what I received, you start by picking out two items from their boutique. You fill out a style profile, and based on your preferences, a stylist will surprise you with 3-4 additional items. You can also add on to your purchase by buying any of the other items in their online boutique.

My two picks were the Barcelona Pant and the Pop Print Tee Dress, and I’m obsessed with both. How fun are these prints?! The dress had “me” written all over it—bright colors and bold patterns paired with a casual, sporty design. And the pants are so on-trend right now, I couldn’t pass them up. Plus, they’re like one small step up from pajamas so … hello, lover (Carrie Bradshaw voice).Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | dress Golden Tote / shoes Jeffrey Campbell (similar here) / bag H&M (similar here) / sunglasses Buffalo Exchange (similar here)

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OUTFIT DETAILS | pants Golden Tote / top Brandy Melville (similar here) / shoes ASOS (similar here) / bralet Urban Outfitters (similar here)

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In addition to the two pieces I picked, I received three tops—all of which I love—and a dress that I’m not crazy about, but is still really cute. That’s the one downside of Golden Tote: returns are all or nothing. Although you can’t return just one or a few items, there is a Facebook group for trading pieces. I’ll hang on to the dress and see if I end up wearing it, and if it doesn’t get any use, will probably just give it to a friend. It’s cute, just not really my style. Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | dress Golden Tote / sneakers c/o Reebok (similar here) / sunglasses Ray-Ban

The three tops are all awesome additions to my closet. The following two will be perfect for summer weekends on the Vineyard and Nantucket. Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | top Golden Tote / shorts Urban Outfitters (similar here) / shoes MIAGolden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | top Golden Tote / pants Hudson (similar here) / shoes Sperry (similar here)

The last shirt is totally my style. Sporty neckline with animal print, and I loved the mixing of delicate materials with casual cotton.

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As an added bonus, the striped neckline matches my favorite mug perfectly (I got it in a Yankee Swap a couple years ago—cute, right??). Ever since that nasty stomach flu I had a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to handle how acidic coffee is, so I’ve switched to tea. Lately I’m loving the organic Tiny Tea from Your Tea.

Golden Tote ReviewFinal verdict? I would 100% get another tote. This one was complimentary (thank you, Golden Tote!), but considering I now have six new items in my wardrobe that I love, I think the $149 price tag would be well worth it.

Have you tried Golden Tote? Which is your favorite of the pieces I received?

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