I feel like I find a pair I THINK (??) I like online & then they end up being uncomfortable, or too girly, or they make me look like I have giant clown feet.
Wellllllll recently I’ve found two RIDE OR DIE PAIRS of fitness kicks.
They happen to both be Nike but I can fully assure you that’s a coincidence & none of this is sponsored. Nike just happens to have the two best pairs of fitness kicks on the market ( in my opinion, of course ) right now.
This week I’m sharing my favorite black pair & next week…wait for it…I’ll share my favorite white pair. I know, weird, right? Me in white shoes.
That’s never happened.
So black gym shoes are just COOL. And these black beauties? Let’s just say I screamed when they came in the mail. BECAUSE LOOK:
Not only are they comfortable, chic, & Kendall Jenner-esque, they’re also $68 dollars. AND I like them because they’re timeless. So ya, leopard New Balances are fun & Instagram cute-ish but you kind of get sick of them, you know?
Also, these shoes give off a pulled together, fashionable fitness look with very little to absolutely no effort.
Like you could so go from the gym to drinks in these.
In order to successfully do this make sure you’re wearing amazing leggings & a top like this one ( an off-the-shoulder for working out is perfect because it’s light weight & not too heavy…& it transitions seamlessly from day to night ). As you know, my favorite leggings are called ‘Live-In Leggings’ which is entirely appropriate because I do live in them. Too much information?
Ok point: these shoes are great to get you through the whole day. Wear this get-up to work, the bank, the post office, the market, while you’re doing TSC Bombshell Body Guide, & then don’t feel like you have to change to meet your best friend for dry rosé & a cheese plate.
Kind of a win/win, right?
Long gone are the days of me changing in the car ( yes, I used to do this— nineteen & vain ). I’m too lazy to change in the car these days, so shoes that work all day are ideal.
I’ve literally been LIVING IN these black kicks so naturally I had to share with you guys.
If you have a pair of fitness shoes that JUST GET IT, share below. Stay tuned for next week’s white kicks ( I can’t decide which one’s I like better??? ).
+ note: I’ve seen these shoes on a lot of other sites for over $90, but I found mine for $68 dollars here.
Check out my smoking hot GF, Carly. Not only is she gorg, she’s also the sweetest girl EVER.
Carly recently got engaged to her fiancé, Adam:
How freaking cute are they? I mean, right? They just may be the most adorable couple on the planet. The second she told me they were engaged I wanted to know all the deets on her wedding prep. Here ya go, babes:
+ Introduce yourself:
Carly Feagler: I’m a special education school teacher who is a self-proclaimed Yogi, dog lover, foodie, traveler, & lover of all things healthy and green! I just got engaged to my fabulous fiancé, Adam & we’re super excited to tie the knot July 6, 2013.
+ Weekly workout routine + wedding fitness plan:
CF: I’m a firm believer in switching up my exercise routine daily. However, I still tend to be a creature of habit so having a weekly routine works best for me. To prepare for my big day in July, my goal is to stay firm with my current weekly routine, adding one extra hot yoga class each week. My weekly routine will be as follows: hot yoga three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays. I like to switch up yoga studios, but Core Power Yoga is my favorite right now because their classes fit any schedule. They have two locations that are super convenient for me, and they give student, teacher, & military discounts! On Tuesdays I will do a yoga sculpt class so that I have a little weight training in my routine. Every Thursday I play cardio tennis with a girlfriend. This is our own made up thing- we just play a couple matches & it’s a great workout. Since neither of us are star players we run each other around the court a lot! Tons of fun!
On the weekends I allow myself some flexibility, as long as I get a good sweat in! Usually on Saturdays I love to go on a long bike ride then a walk at the beach with my dog. On Sundays my fiancé and I like to walk with our dog around the Rancho Santa Fe golf course, which is about a two & a half mile walk. I love my weekly workouts. This type of routine is fun, I don’t get bored, & I look forward to all my different activities throughout the week!
+ Favie Body Part?
CF: If had to pick one body part to flaunt in an LBD it would be my booty. I’ve learned to embrace my bubble butt.
+ Trend you’re loving:
CF: My favorite trend right now is COLOR! I always add a punch of color to every outfit. My favs right now are colorful bags, jewelry, & shoes. Think mint green, orange, & plum.
+ Natural Beauty Product:
CF: Organic coconut oil! I use it as a hair mask about once a week and also as body moisturizer-it keeps the skin so soft. Not only is it a beauty product, I also use it almost daily for cooking, baking, & even as a topper for my dog’s food [ it’s really good for dogs’ oral hygiene & coat ]. Favorite natural makeup line is Tarte. I love their marajuca oil & cheek stain in apricot, bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, & smolderEYE eye liners.
+ Quick Skinny Tips?
CF: Drink warm water with lemon first thing every morning, followed by blended greens [ see my recipe below ]. Also, take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily. I mix it with 1/4 grapefruit juice + a cup of water to dilute the vinegar taste a bit.
+ Fav Healthy Snacks?
CF: Coconuts [ pre-cut at Whole Foods; the juice is delicious & don’t forget to eat the meat ], fermented veggies [ local fav found here– the “Power Krautage” is the BEST ], apples with peanut or almond butter, pistachios, & avocados with a little sea salt. I love food & have learned that when you start eating healthy your body no longer wants the bad stuff! I like clean, natural foods.
+ Let’s talk cocktails…
CF: I LOVE a fresh margarita. Don Julio tequila, splash of Grand Marnier, lots & lots of fresh lime juice, shaken and served up freezing cold. Lauryn makes the best skinny margs!
+ Five Fashion Essentials:
CF: Since I am a school teacher, I do a ton of traveling in the summer. I live in bathing suits, little, lightweight dresses [ think Urban Outfitters ], & hats. These are the five things I can’t live without in the summertime:
CF: I drink this every single morning- swear by it. I know there are a ton of green drink recipes out there, but it’s always fun to mix it up!
About 4-5 handfuls of organic kale, chard or spinach [ I use two or all three, depending what’s in the fridge ], fresh lemon juice [ one lemon ], fresh ginger [ as preferred ], 1 tablespoon of organic flax seed oil, 1 cup water, & 1 banana. Blend & enjoy daily!
Coconut Blueberry Quinoa With Lime
[ Serves 4 ]
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup light coconut milk
2 limes, juiced
1 cup fresh blueberries
Dab of honey to taste
+ Directions: Cook the quinoa to package directions and measure out 2 cups into a medium mixing bowl. Allow to cool. Mix in the rest of the ingredients & enjoy! Note: I highly recommend rinsing the quinoa before cooking it, even if the box says it’s already rinsed. It tones down the earthy flavor considerably & allows the other flavors to come through. Also, if you double the recipe, only use 3/4 cup coconut milk; 1 cup is too much.
1 cup dry oatmeal
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter [ I use 1/4 almond butter & 1/4 cup peanut butter ]
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
+ Directions: Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Mine were about 1″ in diameter. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week. Sub different nut butter & dried fruits, if desired.
I spent my Tuesday night surrounded by peppermint candy canes, Christmas carols, & a fashion show to benefit San Diego After School All-Stars. Bloomingdale’s was kind enough to extend the invitation to myself & a few other bloggers [ see above ] to participate in their blog bar. The event, Fashion-Aiding: Holiday Mingle & Jingle, turned out lovely & the children were unbelievably sweet & appreciative.
Healthy, Skinny Tips for Holiday Events:
+ Eat something before the party begins [ I always eat protein before an event so I am not dying of hunger ].
+ Put the apps on a napkin: it’s smaller than a plate & keeps you accountable for portion control.
+ Bring a skinny recipe to the party [ apples with peanut butter, cheese & brown rice crackers and/or a veggie plate ]
+ Try not to consume too many Hors d’Oeuvres so there’s room for dessert.
+ Have a two drink limit [ ending up, drunk & dancing on the rented chairs is a no-no ]
+ Bring gum [ aspartame-free! ] for when you’re done munching.
* Special thanks to Adrienne Baravetto Saks & Bloomingdale’s.