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Last weekend we sent the clocks forward. In Vancouver the flowers are in bloom and every other day we’re blessed with sunshine and mild weather. On Saturday I laced up and set out for my first run of the season. The sun shining, the ski blue, the birds chirping, the air mild and fresh. Perfect running conditions. I’m not sure when I went from obsessive runner to seasonal runner but these days if it’s too cold, too wet or too windy you’ll definitely find me working out in a studio rather then battling mother nature.

With Spring on its way, I sorted through my fitness wardrobe and recent purchases and decided to share my personal “Must Have” Spring Running Finds for the Fitness Fashionista.

Shopping is my cardio!” Carrie Bradshaw

So, let’s start with the Zandra 2 piece outfit from Fabletics! The Salar Mesh PowerHold Legging are designed with ultra-lightweight performance fabric that wicks away moisture & enhances airflow to help you remain chafe-free! The max-compression performance fabric sculpts & supports you and is designed with runners in mind with the side pockets big enough for your iPhone and keys. The super soft-fabric feels like you’re wearing next to nothing at all and sit perfectly on you hips.

Salar Mesh PowerHold Legging
Salar Mesh PowerHold Legging
Shira Sports Bra
Shira Sports Bra

The Shira Sports Bra is made with a wide bottom band for extra support and wide, adjustable elastic straps deigned for full support. The removable cups and power mesh detail at the neckline are moisture-wicking compression fabric.  This sports bra is one of my season’s favorite for sure.

 

 

I can never have too many sneakers and I can never have too many shades of pink! I found these Reebok – Women’s Guresu in Sandy Rose at DSW in San Francisco. They are super lightweight and provide stability & support, with EVA midsole to absorb shock and a midfoot wrap to anchor your foot. I feel like I’m running on air!

REEBOK’s WOMEN’S GURESU

So now you’re dressed and ready to go. But before you head out on one of your long runs, you better think about staying hydrated. Drinking  before, during or after your workout will help you feel and perform at your best. This electrolyte comes in a tablet and will replace and replenish what you lose through sweat. Bonus it’s only 10 calories, 1 gram of sugar and nothing artificial. Just drop a tablet into your water bottle before leaving and enjoy. It’s available in a number of different flavors and can be purchased online and at most supplement stores and drug stores.

 

I don’t know about you, but you won’t catch me on a run without music! Since December I’ve lost 2 iPhone headsets and a wireless rose-gold headset. When I came across the Skullcandy Chops In-Ear Sweat Resistant Sports Earbud with Mic for only $19.99 I figure it was worth a try. This headset may not be pink but it’s the best I’ve used for running so far, and this is why:

  • Designed with a swivel hinge, you can swing the buds out during runs or when you need to hear surrounding sounds.
  • Sweat Resistant: Fully sealed construction protects sensitive components from moisture that can destroy your earbuds.
  • Won’t Budge: TheStickyGels technology is 30% more secure when sweating which boosts in-ear stability.
  • Epic Sound: Chops In-Ear produces attacking powerful bass; warm, natural vocals; and precision highs. All that is left to do it get lost in your favorite beats!

Every day is a fashion show, let the world be your runway.”

What’s your favorite running apparel or accessory? Leave a comment below!

 

A good friend of mine recently turned fitness fanatic bought me the Cleo Harper’s Coco Bralet in evergreen and a pair of the Dash Shorts in black.  Both items are feminine and sleek, designed with luxurious and functional fabrics. But to be honest I wasn’t sure if the unique looking sports bra would keep everything in place during my high intensity workouts.

Cleo Harper’s Coco Bralet- front
Cleo Harper Coco Bralet – back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But apparently my friend did her fitness fashion due diligence because it turns out this garment is incredibly supportive and holds everything perfectly in place, nothing moves, zero slips! Even during my craziest cardio sessions, I did not pull a Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl XXXVII halftime show!

So what makes this bra so different? Cleo Harper has the exclusive BodyCapsule™ fabric. The Coco sports bra molds to your body like a seamless second skin. It’s also moisture wicking and antibacterial and is designed to support you with three layers of breathable sports-ready fabric. It has an outer and inner layer of BodyCapsule™ fabric, and a power mesh layer to encase the removable bra cups. (Made so perfectly, the cups don’t pop out or shift when you put this bra in the washing machine.)

Made for any fitness activity, this bra us perfect for the yogis, spinning fanatics, runners, gym goers and cross fitters. In summary, the Coco Bralet is  “Abs-olutely” fabulous and a must have for any fitness fashionistas!

*image from www.cleoharper.com

Every 3 months or so, Cleo Harper releases a new collections of fitness wear and usually includes 12 gorgeous pieces of fashionable active-wear which can be mixed and matched with previous pieces and collections. Just recently released was the Cleo Harper CLASSIC VI collections.  Classic, chic and stunning! I’m off to add some leggings my collection. “Its a great day to add to shopping cart!”

“What you wear is an expression of who you are!” Diane Kruger

Do you have any Cleo Harper workout apparel in your Fitness Fashion Closet? Leave a comment below!

 

The “Starlight Tights” will infuse a lil’ magic into your fitness closet!

NYC Pretty Starlight Tights are only available for a very limited time. Christine Bibbo Herr, a well-known fitness & lifestyle blogger, spokesperson and creator of NYC Pretty recently partnered with Four Athletics and designed her own leggings called “Starlight Tights”. Available HERE until February 6th, HURRY UP and get yourself a pair!!

Does running out of champagne count as cardio?

I’ve been following @NYCPretty for some time now and the first few weeks of January I was lovin’ her Insta posts featuring the launch of her new Starlight Tights. Anything with stars, the moon, or that has a “spiritual chic” vibe to it  – is a must have these days!

Twice I went online to purchase myself a pair and got side tracked. Then not long before I left for my Fit & Fit Girl’s luxury fitness retreat in Costa Rica I received an email from the owner Rebecca Garland telling me that Christine from NYC Pretty and her husband John (a professional photographer) would be attending the retreat.  “Not sure how but you know I’m getting myself a pair of those Starlight Tights!” I told myself.

Fast forward to the sixth day of the fitness retreat, Hannah (our personal trainer) and Christine walked into the villa after modeling for a photo shoot and dropped off a big box of fitness wear for us. We all rummaged through the fitness apparel, picking & choosing the pieces that suited us best. Then Hannah came back and said, “Here’s one more pair of leggings.” and threw a pair of NYC Pretty Starlight Tights in the box. All those beach sprints and hill runs came in handy because I shot up and grabbed those leggings before anyone had a chance to even blink! I pulled them on as fast as possible, hoping to god they were my size. Perfection!

Early next morning, I woke up and put on my new leggings for our last yoga class. Afterward John called me over and said, “Let’s do this….”  waving his camera at me. “One second…” I responded as I ran to my room and came back with an empty bottle of champagne in hand. (Long story…)

Now if you’ve been following me for anytime you know two things about me; 1) I love champagne and 2) I do my very best to lead a fit & fun life. To me, a healthy life style doesn’t mean the gym and counting calories. It’s about making fitness fun, tasting all the nutritious foods, being adventurous, taking chances, pushing my boundaries and drinking champagne!

“Everything in moderation, including moderation!”

Choose joy, jump into life with both feet and unleash your bliss!

Early last year I was in the process of re-designing www.fitandflirty.com and I had a vision for the images; I took the time to story-board every scene; which included me in a variety of fun fitness wear doing different workouts with a bottle of champagne always visible somewhere in the photograph. (Sorta like a Superman figure can always be seen in almost every Seinfeld episode) I hired a photographer but alas, life got in the way and although my new site launched the photography project never came to fruition.

Come quickly, I’m tasting the stars!” DDom Pérignon

So, when these few seemingly insignificant moments lined up and these pictures were the outcome, I could not ignore the magical work of the universe. Serendipity comes in many forms; know that the universe wants to give you what you desire. Ask, then be patient and trust in the timing. The universe will deliver what you need at the right time and will remove what is no longer serving you. Remember, not matter how big or small the wish granted, always practice gratitude.

What do you think, was this a random coincidence or a small dose of magic from the universe? Leave a comment below.

If you’re looking to infuse a little magic into your fitness closet, the Starlight Tights are for you! These leggings are bare fabric, high- waisted and beautifully designed!  With less then a week left, hop over to NYC Pretty and snag a pair for only $68 USD before it’s too late!

“Star light, star bright. The first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might. Have the wish I wish tonight…”

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I don’t know why it took me so long, but I finally purchased some leggings from Fabletics, fabulous fitness fashion by Kate Hudson. Seriously, how can you not love Kate Hudson? She’s the beautiful girl next door that seems to have it all yet has managed to remain humble and charming!

I’ve seen the TV ads, the Instagram posts and endless reviews about Fabletics fitness wear but was scared away by the VIP program. (I’m a commitment phobic) Last week I took the time to read the details, and this program was actually designed just for me! For signing up you get your first two pairs of leggings for $24.00. Hellooo!!! That’s a no brainer for any fitness fashionista, on any budget!

Without hesitation, I started browsing the online store and quickly added two pairs of leggings to my shopping cart.  The total with shipping to CANADA was ONLY $30 and delivery took less than a week!  Both pairs of leggings are good quality, made of breathable material and fit like a dream.

“Shopping is my favorite sport”

Borgan Capri II
Borgan Capri II

Borgan Capri II

These beautiful capris, have it all:  mesh, sparkling rose and perfect fit! Features are styling: UPF 50+ Technology, Moisture-Wicking Compression Fabric, Chafe-Resistant, Internal Waistband Pocket for Key/Card, All-Way Stretch, Metallic and Power Mesh Paneling.

 

 

 

LISETTE HIGH-WAISTED LEGGING
Lisette High-Waisted Leggings

LISETTE HIGH-WAISTED LEGGING Fabletic Fabulous Fitness Fashion by Kate Hudson

The Lisette High-Waisted Leggings are perfect! This is Fabletic’s first-ever high-waisted legging. It has all of the performance elements (sweat-wicking & UPF 50+) that you love and need along with a power mesh-lined waistband for extra support and streamlining. I got the cascading flowers, (perfectly themed for my fitness retreats in Costa Rica) but you can choose from a variety colors and patterns.

 

VIP Program – the quick and dirty on the membership rules:

1. Get a personalized fitness fashion outfits on the 1st of each month. –  a stylists will email you handpicked fitness outfits for your review.

2. Review your fitness fashion outfit by the 5th – Log in to your online account and browse your outfits by the 5th then buy your favorites.

3. Skip ANY month! NO OBLIGATION TO BUY (for the Commitment Phobs like me!!!) – If you’re not ready to make a purchase, you don’t like anything or your short on funds this month, simply log into your account and ‘Skip The Month’ by the 5th and you will not be charged. Skip as many months as you’d like. If you do not take action by the 5th, your credit card will be charged US$49.95 on the 6th for a member credit until you cancel. This accumulating balance can be used to shop whenever you like. Cancel at anytime!

Are you a VIP Fabletics Member? If not, what are you waiting for? Join NOW!

On Your MarQ Running Co.On Your MarQ Running Co. is fun and stylish running apparel based on witty running quotes and mantras which are inspired by the owner Lisa while she’s out pounding the pavement.

As a female juggling two completely different businesses I understand the struggles and the highs and lows that come with being self-employed, so I like to make a point of supporting small businesses.  For me it’s also important to learn about where my purchase is coming from and who dreamed it up. Getting to know the soul that birthed its creation somehow makes the purchase process magical.

The t-shirts and tanks at On Your MarQ are all unique and playful, jam packed with double entendres. I’ve been eyeing the “Any Given RunDay” tank; obviously perfect for my Sunday run, after the NFL games… and with my big birthday coming up in January, the “Birthday Girl, Pace Yourself” tank is a perfect fit! I’ll get to wear it on my luxury fitness retreat in Costa Rica and it’ll also serve as a reminder to pace my champagne intake!

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Lisa on Instagram, her positive vibes and never give up attitude is truly refreshing! After I put in my online order, I reached out to her and asked if  she had time for a short interview and today I’m excited to share with you a little bit more about her journey!

Chasing Boston
New York Marathon

Like so many runners, it didn’t take much for Lisa to get hooked. After she completed her first 5km race she was a full blown running addict.  As a former marine, running was definitely not foreign to her but the feeling of satisfaction and joy that accompanied her when she started running for herself was unfamiliar. 

FIT & Flirty – When did you start your company?

Lisa- I am actually coming up on my one year anniversary which is very exciting!! December 6th of 2016 was our official launch date!! I cannot believe it has been almost one whole year!!

FIT & Flirty- What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to see your dream come to fruition?

Lisa- Ahh, my biggest obstacle was myself! lol. I don’t know how many times I’ve talked myself down from this. I’d get excited and then I would say to myself “meh, maybe it’s not a great idea, maybe I’ll be in over my head!”

FIT & Flirty – How do you come up with the slogans/sayings/ideas?

Lisa – Most of the time my ideas come when I’m out on a run! (hence “Designs Born on the Run”)  I’ve had to stop in the middle of my run to jot my thoughts and ideas down on my phone notes so I don’t forget later! The ideas really just flow in. I have a slew of slogans just sitting and waiting. Some may never make it out, but I keep ideas tucked away. Some ideas are really just random thoughts I jot down and may only make sense to me, but I know, in my mind, where I want to go with it. Some ideas are instant and some take time to develop into what makes sense in my head! My latest design for the New York City Marathon was born while I was on a girls trip to NYC way back in April! I knew I wanted to do a shirt for the race, like i did for the Boston Marathon, but it had to be right and it had to come to me. I was running in L.I.C.(Long Island City) Hunter’s Point South Park Pier and along with playing Alicia Keys’ song in the car “Empire State of Mind Part II”, the idea was born. I’ve revised it so many times since that trip, until finally settling on THE one! (I’ll attach pic from running on pier in regular clothes and heeled boots lol…we were just having fun with pics. i f you want to use it)

FIT & Flirty – What’s does a running week for Lisa look like?

Lisa – Right now I am dealing with a nagging hamstring injury so I’m not getting out there like I want to! 🙁 I’m probably only running anywhere from 9-15 miles a week. I’m not currently training for anything, but I’m dying to get back to feeling strong again and crushing some goals!

Birthday Girl: Pace Yourself

FIT & Flirty  – They say that our biggest challenges in life make us who we are; is there a lesson or message you learned during your battle with cancer and would you like share with my readers?

Lisa – Life really is a gift. Try to live each day as such and embrace the good with the bad. If there is something you are unhappy with then make the change. It can start with a small change, a single step towards the bigger picture. I know that sometimes this can be easier said than done (I still work on this everyday), but just know you are stronger than you think and capable of so much more than you think! Never stop fighting!

Well said Lisa!

A true inspiration; with her life shaken to the core with the diagnosis of cancer she persisted, stayed positive and today (bless her heart) is in full remission, living every day to its fullest!

So if you need a remind that you’re blessed, or you’re looking for some running motivation,  good vibes and giggles make sure to follow Lisa  @_onyourmarq and her company IG @getonyourmarq

You can also subscribe to the mailing list On Your MarQ and be the first to hear about exclusive offers and giveaways!!  BONUS – with your purchase you can expect some unique little extras inside you package which show how much Lisa cares for her business and customers! Class Act my friend xo

dream·catch·er

ˈdrēmˌkaCHər,ˈdrēmˌkeCHər/
noun
1.    a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dreamcatchers were originally made by American Indians.

The first pair of Amicafox legging I saw was of the White Tiger on Instagram and I was floored by the striking image. I also really liked the Enchanted Unicorn legging because well… who doesn’t like unicorns?? But when I saw theDreamcatcher legging I instantly fell in love “those are made special just for me!” I thought.

As far back as I can recall I’ve always been a vivid dreamer. When I wake, I remember colors, sounds, smells and sensations. I can recite full conversations and I’m often exhausted in the morning from chasing dragons or flying to far away planets all night long. I believe dreams are messages from our subconscious; they’re a way for our inner voice to guide us in our day to day life. We are all intuitive; we just need to silence ourselves long enough to receive the memo! The dreamcatcher is known for its spiritual powers which protects the owner from bad dreams/nightmares, allowing only good dreams to filter through.

I couldn’t get the Dreamcatcher legging out of my mind. “Nothing haunts us like the things we didn’t buy” so I went to www.amicafox.com and added them to my shopping cart. The company is based in the U.K. and a pair of leggings will run you about 40 GBP (which is about $62 USD). As a bonus they were offering worldwide free shipping. I click “purchase” and anxiously waited. When my delivery arrived I tore open the silver packaging.

package FINAL1I LOVE THEM! The Dreamcatcher legging is beautiful and magical! I appreciate the hand written Vogue post card as well. It reads “Hey Anna, Thank you for your order! We hope you love your leggings! When you post on social media please @amicafox and use hashtag #amicafoxstyle so we can see your photos. Best Wishes, Emily & Bianca xx”. This small but very significant personal touch goes a long way for me. We live in a world of big box stores and online shopping which has created a big disconnection between the consumer and the vendor.

The Amicafox concept was born during the many travels and great adventures of two best friends, Bianca and Emily. The beautiful and vibrant patterns are inspired by the amazing places they visited, such as Amazon rainforest, the Sahara desert, the Great Barrier Reef, Sedona, the pyramids of Giza and the ashrams of mountainous northern India.

I’m always curious to learn how the name and logo of a company is formed. Amicafox originated from the combination of two great symbols. Amica is the Latin word for loving friend and the fox stands for good luck and playfulness. Could it be any more perfect?

amicafox collage

I total relate to the Amicafox brand and what they stand for “’To be unique is beautiful and your individuality should be celebrated through what you wear and how you wear it.”  I feel there are real people behind the brand who believe in what they are selling.

The Dreamcatcher legging is vibrant, fun and mystical.  They fit extremely well and would be great for any type of workout!  Because I feel at peace wearing them they are now my favorite new yoga legging. So silky, soft and comfortable I know I’ll wear them when I travel on long flights as well.

The Amicafox leggings are a must have in any fitness fashionista’s closet, two thumbs up from FIT & Flirty. xo

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