Sweat in Style : Spring Trends I’m Loving!

Bold Patterns

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Capris: Walmart (similar style), Tights: Onzie

For my 9-5 job, I wear a LOT of black and white. It’s simple, it’s professional, it’s…sigh…kind of boring (or so my younger sister tells me). However, I put the more stark looks to the side when I get dressed to work out, often option for a pair of boldly patterned pants or capris. Pattern pants have been en vogue for a while now, and there is no shortage of styles to choose from! I own everything from floral motifs to cosmic explosions. They’re my favorite to pull out when getting dressed for an early morning workout. Nothing like says “6 AM” like sparkly stretchies!

Colorful Crops

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Clockwise from top L: black – lululemon, lime & navy – Aritizia, red – Lorna Jane,lime – Lorna Jane, black & white – Lorna Jane, turquoise – Alo Yoga

I literally went from the girl who owned two simple sports bras (black and white, the same style from American Eagle) to the girl who has a full drawer of crops exploding with color! Lately, I’ve been loving longer, crop-top style sports bras because I can wear them to spin class without a shirt on top. I also love to pick sports bras with bold patterns that peek through slouchy tanks.

Barre Humor

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Tee by Emi Jay, barresocks (similar styles)

I can’t resist a good barre joke. Let’s face it, you need something to make you laugh as you stare into the mirror, teeth gritted, fighting for those final ten counts in thigh work! Plain tops?! Come on now, don’t tuck with me like that 🙂

Fitspirational Tanks

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Lorna Jane: Teal, Navy, Coral

I love Lorna Jane and her collection of ultra-feminine workout wear. Taking the top spot in her shop for me are her inspirational tanks. In line with her Move Nourish Believe motto, they remind me to never, never, never give up while giving my workout all that I’ve got!

Splits 59 by Pure Barre

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Erid Tight, Lynx Tank

As a Pure Barre instructor, I am always excited to see new clothing pop up in my studio’s store. Since the fall, I’ve been obsessed with the Splits 59 by Pure Barre collection. It’s a special collaboration that can only be found at Pure Barre studios or on PureBarre.com. My favorite piece of the collection, hands down, is the Erid tight. I own them in black, grey, and this season’s new navy.

Matchy Matchy

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Nike Pants, Nike Free Sneakers (similar style)

 Some people would disagree, but the Type-A in me just loves a well-coordinated look. I like to find ways to match my sneakers to my pants, my Lily and Laura bracelets to my tanks, even my socks to my headband! Feeling put together from head to toe makes me feel like I am on top of the world!

Sweat Worthy – Link Love

Happy Friday, Sweathearts!

It has been a crazy week. I’ve spent a lot more time at home than usual, because I was snowed in on both Monday and Wednesday! In between home workouts and baking cookies (of course), I came across a few fabulous links that I’m going to share with you today. Look for “Link Love” posts every other Friday. I hope you enjoy these blogs, images, and recipes as much as I have.

MIND DETOX – We often focus on detoxing our bodies. And while that is very important, so is detoxing the mind! This powerful post shared on the Move Nourish Believe blog challenged me to really be aware of the negative thoughts that I direct towards myself, and to work on minimizing them.

ROCKIN’ RIVERDANCE – Chances are, you’ve already seen Jason Brown‘s fantastic free skate from the US Figure Skating Championships in January. But if you haven’t, today is the perfect day to see it as the Winter Olympics have begun! It is so inspiring to see an athlete compete at the top of their game. Good luck, Jason!

IT’S OKAY TO INDULGE – I try to eat as clean as I possibly can. But, I love sweets! I love bread! And I’m not going to spend the rest of my life avoiding them at all costs. Taralynn of Undressed Skeleton feels the same way, and I loved her post that recognizes that perfection is impossible.

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THE SMALLEST LOSER? – Rachel Frederickson, the latest ‘Biggest Loser’ champion, has taken a lot of flack on social media for her dramatic weight loss this season. Do you think that Rachel took it too far? I don’t follow the show, and I’ve only seen this photograph. From the picture, I actually don’t think that she looks overly frail. I think we need to shift the focus from Rachel (who I sincerely hope is healthy, inside and out) to the practices of “The Biggest Loser“. From what I’ve read, the physical and mental pressure put on participants can be very detrimental. Thoughts?

SHAKE IT UP – One of my favorite afternoon treats are smoothies! I even keep a Magic Bullet in my office so that I can blend them fresh daily. I can’t wait to try out this Apple Pie Smoothie recipe from Claire at The Slender Student. Apple pie is one of my favorite decadent desserts, so I want to see how this captures its essence.

What were some of your favorite links from around the web this week? Do you have any great fitness plans for the weekend? Leave a comment and let me know!