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Product Review: Lucy Activewear

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you know I love workout gear.  I moved to Boston when Lululemon was just catching on and I fell in love.  I owned more Lulu than I did regular clothes and stalked the weekly emails to see what new products came out.  Eventually I out grew my Lulu addiction and found myself with an Athleta addiction.  I’ve since branched out and now own a little bit of everything.  I like to think I spread the love!  When Lucy Activewear reached out and asked me if I wanted to review their clothes I immediately jumped on it.  One of my favorite yoga teachers lived in Lucy and always raved about it.  I’d also walked by their store and was also intrigued.  After wearing their gear for runs, barre and yoga I see why people love it.

Lucy Activewear

Lucy Activewear

The lovely folks at Lucy sent me a pair of the Breeze On By Capri, the Breeze On By Dress and the Zen Seeker Tunic to try out.  I was immediately impressed by the little details.  The capri had adorable little cutouts behind the knee for venting, and the seem on the front had a nice little detail.  On the dress there was scallops on the trim, and the same little cutout detail on the back to match the capri.  The tunic was super soft and had a really cute and stylish back.  Everything felt as good as it looked when it was on.  It also fit true to size which I appreciated.

I’ve worn all of the pieces for both yoga and barre.  Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Extremely comfortable.  I often find capris like this to be really tight and not that comfortable.  These are very stretchy and soft and they moved with me the whole time.  I was really impressed at how comfortable they are.  The tops are both really loose but still flattering.  I really liked the length of the Breeze On By Dress.  The tunic is super, super soft.  I really liked how it’s fitted in the chest but fluid in the waist.  Both tops stayed snug around my hips during yoga which was awesome!
  • Wicking.  There is nothing worse than a piece of workout gear that doesn’t keep you feeling dry.  No one likes to sit in their own sweat.  All three of these pieces did a great job at wicking the sweat away.
  • Quick drying.  This goes hand in hand with the wicking properties but all three pieces dried so quickly.  It was actually really impressive.  Kudos to Lucy for that!
  • Lightweight.  I love a workout top that’s lightweight, all three pieces were made of lightweight, stretchy material that moved with me.
  • Durable.  I’ve washed all of the pieces quite a few times now and I’ve been really impressed with the quality.  They’ve come out like brand new each time.  I haven’t had any trouble with piling or the like.  The only thing I did notice was that the drawstring on the pants pulled out in the dryer really easily.  Thankfully I was able to quickly thread it back through the waistband.  I tied a knot at the end and haven’t had a problem since.
  • Versatile.  I’m actually thinking I’ll wear the dress at the beach this summer as a cover up.  I LOVE when a piece of workout gear does double duty!  I could also see myself wearing the tunic in the summer with a pair of shorts since it was so comfortable.

I like to give an honest review and usually that means some negative feedback.  Aside from the waistband issue on the capris which turned out to be a non-issue I don’t have anything negative say.  I’ve been really impressed with the product and completely get why yoga instructors and the like rave about Lucy gear!

Lucy Activewear at the Barre!

Lucy Activewear at the Barre!

In terms of price I felt that the items were on par with the cost of other major brands.  The capris are $89, the dress was $79 but is currently on sale for $54.99 and the tunic is $59.  A little bit of an investment but certainly a quality product that would be able to own and wear regularly for years to come.

I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on the Lucy Activewear clothes at both barre and yoga classes.  I’d recommend all three items I was sent!  Be sure to check out Lucy.com for the latest styles and follow Lucy Activewear on Instagram for updates and more!  A huge thank you to Lucy for letting me test and review some of their latest styles!

Have you bought Lucy Activewear before?  What do you love about their products?

Getting Fit with Gaiam

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Hi Friends!  So last time I was here I talked about the workouts that are helping me lose weight.  Today I wanted to share a little bit more about the tools that are helping me to lose weight.  Back in January Gaiam offered to send me a few different workout products to test and use as part of their Get fit with Gaiam campaign.  As a yogi, I’ve always been a big fan of Gaiam and all they have to offer.  I’ve bought yoga videos, blocks, straps, mats and props from them and have been following them on social media for years.  I love their philosophy, and I love their products.

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Get Fit with Gaiam

I opted for the Gaiam Sol Natural Cork Block and the Banyan & Bo by Gaiam Premium Yoga Strap.  I was pretty excited for the cork block as I have a foam block at home at it’s just not quite wide enough or sturdy enough for poses like supported bridge.  This cork block is really wide and thick so I feel very safe and secure when using it for supported bridge or standing splits.  I was actually thinking I need to order a second one so I can use them as props to help deepen my backbends or when working on splits.  I also really liked the yoga strap, it’s nice and thick and doesn’t have any stretch to it.  I’ve found that some yoga straps will stretch when I use them to lengthen my hamstrings or open my shoulders.  This one did not do that at all and again felt really sturdy and supportive when using it.  I’d definitely recommend both!

Gaiam Sol Natural Cork Yoga Block and Banyan and Bo Premium Yoga Strap

Gaiam Sol Natural Cork Yoga Block and Banyan and Bo Premium Yoga Strap

The other item I received was the Step360.  I was hesitant about reviewing this as I was really worried it would be another workout item I’d never use.   I have to tell you, I’m so happy I decided to test this out!  With this winter being so cold and snowy it’s really given be another outlet to sweat it out.  So what is a Step360?  The step has 2 air inflated chambers with a solid surface on the top making it a combination between a step, a trampoline and a balance board.  It was super easy to set up, I pretty much inflated the air chambers and was good to go.  It came with 2 DVDs with a variety of workouts on it and a sculpting cord.  I absolutely love the workouts.  They are interval based and really easy to follow.  The best part is they are 10 or 20 minutes long.  The cardio based workouts do a great job of increasing your heart rate and working your agility.  The strength workouts with the use of the sculpting cord really work your whole body.  I’ve been sore after every workout! The Step360 has been really fun to use and has added a whole new dimension to my workouts.

Step360 by Gaiam
Step360 by Gaiam

A big thanks to Gaiam for letting me test out the Gaiam Sol Natural Cork Block and the Banyan & Bo by Gaiam Premium Yoga Strap and the Step360.  They’ve definitely made my workouts more fun and helped me to continue to live a healthy life!

Have you tried the Gaiam products?  Would you try the Step360?