Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stuff I Like: Fitness and Leisure.

I'm a little bit brain dead on the Stuff I Like front this week. In a nutshell: I'm not listening to/reading/watching anything new. However, a reader recently requested to know what we're liking for workout and lounge wear, so I thought I'd talk about that today. (Marianne is traveling this week for work but I'm hoping when she has time she'll chime in with more of her "stuff I like" suggestions.)

Fitness - Bike
A lot of what I do is cycling-related and I generally wear my team kit, so it's hard to recommend shorts or jerseys though if you're a mountain biker, I am big on Bell helmets and Maloja shorts are hella cute. Oh! Also, Twin Six makes really cute jerseys. I typically wear a base layer under my jersey and nobody makes a better one than Craft. I wear this sleeveless mesh layer in the summer and this short sleeve option in the winter. These tops help regulate body heat and will make your cycling (or hiking or whatever outdoor activity) apparel last longer.

For bike socks I'm crazy about The Athletic because they are just the coolest looking socks out there. You don't have to wear them just for cycling, though I do love pairing them up with my kit and I especially love the mis-matched pairs.

For my undercarriage I am very much a fan of Chamois Butt'r Her' because yes, it really does help, especially in hot weather.

Finally, I promise that I'm not a Stravasshole but I do log most of my rides on Strava (that's my profile if you want to be Strava friends) and I very much enjoy being able to track my own fitness with various segments. Also, Strava works through my Apple Watch which is SO SO NICE.

Fitness - General
I have an old Lululemon tank from, like, six years ago that I still wear ALL THE TIME. This was back when their stuff was really good quality. (I don't buy much Lulu these days but I do still really like the Energy bra.) The tank is very simple - narrow straps, high necked, mesh at the top, flattering fit. I love it and I've been looking for it's equal for quite some time. Then, on a recent trip to Athleta I found the Airy Essence Tank:

It's so good! And it's on sale! In many colors! I have it in navy and I might also buy it in the heather grey. It's a loose-fitting tank (I wear a small and it's generous) but very lightweight and comfortable and I like that it has a high neckline so I can do pushups in it without feeling like my boobs are on display. It's especially good for workouts like OrangeTheory where you're never really sure what's in store for you.

And, since we're talking about Athleta, I bought a pair of the Kata swim shorts last summer and they are worth every penny. Very flattering and great to mix and match with your existing bikini tops. I also recently bought a pair of Athleta's running shorts and they're fine but man, there's this...thing where, if you're used to running in compression leggings and then you run in shorts it feels like your ass is bouncing loose and might fly off on it's own. IT'S TERRIBLE. (Just me? Please tell me it's not just me.)

Err, so here's where I admit that my lounge wear consists of very old Everlane v-neck tees (the softest!) and whatever sad shorts or yoga pants happen to be laying around.

I did buy a couple of pairs of joggers at Gap last winter that I like - something very similar to this pair and a zip pocket version of this pair but that's winter stuff. Athleta also has some cute joggers but I can't even seem to pull the trigger. Mostly I'm wearing Target (specifically Gilligan and O'Malley) sleep shorts from last year. Exciting! I really have nothing much to share except that I clearly dress like a slob at home. You're welcome.

So, your turn! What fitness/lounge stuff do you love?


  1. following you on strava :)

    always looking for places to ride when we travel and we love the richmond area :)

    1. Great! If you do know that you'll be riding around here, send me an email and I can make some suggestions.

  2. Thanks for doing this! Always looking for cute but cheap workout clothes.

  3. I heartily second the Athleta Kata swim shorts. I bought mine in black off of Ebay and got a great deal. I love the inner liner, the fit, the pockets. I also got their tri-top, which is just okay. I love the higher cut in the front and the serious sports bra/shelf bra inside, but I feel like the material is a little on the heavy side.