Sweatstyle

Perhaps it is confirmation bias of sorts (ya know, since I am a mom living in the ‘burbs and my informal focus group consists mostly of women in the same demographic) but everyone seems to be obsessed with finding high fashion and high function new activewear that doesn’t necessarily come from Lululemon. Nothing against Lululemon- I happen to be a big fan- but right now I feel like everyone wants to discover things they haven’t already seen a million times over. 

So, when I found out about SWEATSTYLE, I did something I have never done before- signed up to receive curated seasonal shipments. In the past, when offered the opportunity to try similar services in the fashion space, I declined- but this particular concept really resonated with me- a low risk ($20 charge per delivery, which, if you buy any item in said delivery, gets deducted from the price), super convenient way to find new brands and add pieces to my closet that every other girl in my spin class didn’t necessarily own.

In case you aren’t familiar with this emerging trend of “stylist curated fashion delivery services”- here is the gist: You create a profile and answer a ton of questions so they can get an idea as to your style preferences, sizes and current needs. Based on that, pieces are selected that hopefully fit the bill, and soon a package arrives filled with items that will you will hopefully fall hopelessly in love with. And if you don’t, no biggie- you provide feedback when you return the pieces that don’t work for you, and ideally with each delivery, more and more items suit your style needs to eventually build a complete, cohesive wardrobe. 

My first SWEATSTYLE delivery introduced me to Vimmia compression leggings which I am now wearing constantly, and the loose fit tank top from Prismsport which is so perfect for so many occasions.  SWEATSTYLE works with so many great labels- here is a partial list- such a perfect conduit between those of us obsessed with activewear and the independent brands that we need to know about but would not necessarily come across otherwise. 

Oh- and even if you are super lazy when it comes to online returns, let me add that the delivery includes a pre-labeled, postage-paid bag so dealing with the return part of the equation really is effortless. 

You guys really should give this a go- sign up here. I am so, SO glad I did. 

Note: Photos featured are from the SWEATSTYLE Instagram account.

 

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The top 2 reasons I don’t live in glamorously flowy summer dresses? 

1: I can’t stand the feeling of my thighs touching when it is sweaty and humid out. I mean, if you have that oh-so-sought-after-on-social-media thigh gap, all the power to you. But this girl most certainly does not, so…

2: Nobody needs to get a glimpse of my bra. They aren’t hideous or anything, but they are certainly functional (i.e. I’ll take all the lift I can get after 2 kids) and especially when it comes to strapless bras, the last thing I can worry about is how pretty it will look should it happen to peek out from under a drapey arm-hole, low v-neck or mid-back plunge cut. 

Recently I discovered two things that have made it possible for me to wear any and every dress I want- be it a structured daytime shift, a resort-inspired maxi or a body-con t-shirt style (i.e. these dresses I wrote about a couple weeks ago that now is owned, and beloved, by pretty much every single one of my friends)- and had to share:

Jockey Skimmies Slip Short: Under $30 a pop, super soft and lightweight, and in pretty much any shade you need. Skimmies smooth you out without sucking you in- because some days, especially under a flowy dress where nobody sees your shape anyway, you don’t want to cut off your own circulation. I wear them under every dress in my closet, because it just makes them so much more comfortable and, if I have to squat down to pick up my 5 month old or sit in the grass for a game of duck-duck-goose with Alexa, it all stays completely PG. 

Flying Tomato Bandeaus: Finally, a bandeau that you can slip over a strapless bra so you get the best of both worlds- fashion cred and functional support. Plus, the tribal prints are amazing- not to mention the price. I also happen to love this one for subtle shimmer, or, for a true staple solid, this $10 bandeau can’t be beat. And if you are looking to make a modern fashion statement, check out this find. (Note: The bandeau in the image above is actually from Charlotte Russe and is the most similar one I could find a clean image of to the Flying Tomato version, hence, it was used for visual effect. However, if you like it, you can find it here.)

For real. If only I had known it was this simple years ago, there are so many summer frocks that I let get away which would currently be in my closet, and worn on high rotation. Oh well- shoulda, coulda, woulda…

 

Often times it is the easiest healthy habits that, for me, are the hardest- and when I force myself to take inventory of my daily routine and look critically at the little things I skimp out on, I could seriously slap myself. So, a few months back, as part of my “okay, I’m not pregnant anymore and will have two kids to chase around, I better get my act together” kick, I decided eliminate the ability to make excuses and instead commit to super simple fixes that would make it impossible to not live a healthier life.

Check out this video I created with Laneige in which, over the course of 2 minutes, I confess my health and beauty sins, and share the solutions that, to date, have been really working.

In the event that you too do things like, um, go to bed with makeup on or short change your sleep in favor of sitting up in bed checking your Instagram feed til all hours, you absolutely must enter to win a one year supply of the two Laneige products featured in the video (valued at $318!)- the Firming Sleeping Mask and the Brightening Sparkling Water Foam Cleanser. The brand is selecting 5 lucky winners- so be sure to enter below. The winners will be selected at random in 7 days* (Wednesday, June 17th).  

Laneige Skincare Giveaway

*The 5 grand prize winners will be contacted by a representative from Laneige via email within 48 hours of the contest close, and will have 48 hours to replay with delivery information. After 48 hours, a replacement grand prize winner will be chosen at random and contacted via emails. Contest is open to US residents only. No purchase is necessary to enter. 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Laneige. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Laneige. 

 

 

Jenn Falik Sporty One Piece Swimwear Picks

Black & White / Long Sleeve Gold / Navy & Aqua
Mint, Black & Cream / Red & Gray / Coral & Slate

This is my summer of the one-piece swimsuit. And while I am still completely obsessed with this miracle working bathing suit I wrote about last year, I need to add LOTS of options into my arsenal given that, in the immediate future, there is not a chance in hell I will bare any more of my body than is absolutely necessary. Fortunately, scuba-inspired sporty swimsuits are very much on trend for summer.

In my extensive swimsuit shopping experience (when you don’t fit in to any bathing suits you currently own AND live in a beach town AND have a daughter who wants to jump into any open pool in her vicinity at all times, trust me, extensive may be an understatement) there are several elements that guarantee your sporty swimsuit will be as flattering as possible. Here they are:

1- A zipper down the middle elongates the torso and gives  the option to be a little sexy if you feel so inclined by unzipping ever so slightly.
2- Color blocked side stripes create accentuated (in a good way) curves.
3- Super stretchy material sucks you in where you want to be while not cutting off circulation around the arms and legs.

Above are a few of my most favorites- however, a special shout out is due to the navy and aqua Splendid one on the top right. It is INSANE- there is a built in bra that lifts and shapes, and somehow it manages to be incredibly comfy while also being flattering. Plus, it is well-priced. An all-around winner in my book.

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