Steals and Splurges: My Favorite Running Gear

A little over a year ago, I picked up running as a way to relieve stress and fill my free time after I was laid off from my job. The good news of this story is that I went back to my job shortly after and all this time later, I’M STILL RUNNING! It was a pretty slow transition for me into a healthier lifestyle, but the more I ran, the more I wanted to be healthy all around.

I’m also so proud to say that I just finished my second half marathon and finished in under 2 hours! Over the course of my training, I’ve tried a lot of gear and thought I’d share my favorites to save you the hard work (or blisters).

Best Shoes: Nike Pegasus 32 (or the *new* 33’s)
When I first started running in cheapie DSW Nikes that weren’t even running shoes (#fail), I experienced a lot of foot pain that actually sidelined me for a while. A friend recommended these as a supportive running shoe and after I got a pair, I have never looked back! I’ve tried other shoes here and there but the pesky pain comes back. In the winter, they offer a water-proof and reflective version Nike just came out with the new model and I love it just as much. I start to change my shoes out around 300 miles because I can sense they aren’t as supportive. Getting me to buy a new pair of shoes is not difficult though..

 

Best Sports Bra: Nike Pro Indy

These are the comfiest sports bra I’ve found and they are great for running. Or wearing pretty much every day like I do. They wash and wear really well too.

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Best Phone Holder: Shockstock from Amazon
It drives me crazy if anything moves around when I’m running and I’ve tried quite a few arm bands to hold my iphone 6 while running. This cheapie option is the better than ones I’ve bought for double the price. It holds my phone in place and is super comfortable. It even has a secure slot to put my key!

Best Running Pants: Champion from Amazon
This has been my little secret for a while, but these $20 pants from amazon are AMAZING. They stay up while running (which is my biggest problem with pants) and they last way longer than pricer options that I have bought. They’re super basic, but work well for running or any other workout.

Best for Winter: Nike Pro Hyperwarm Collection
I live in Minnesota and run outside most of the winter. Nike makes a great line of gear that keeps you warm during the freezing winter. I have a collectin of pants, base layer shirts, and jackets that I layer depending on how cold it is. I love their zip ups so that I can unzip if I start to get warm. They also include a lot of reflective elements which is helpful when its dark in the morning and evenings. I’m still on the hunt for the best shoe spikes for icy roads.

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I’m still searching for the best-ofs for wireless headphones and socks. And for spikes for winter, ones that ACTUALLY stay on. Any suggestions? What are your favorite fitness products??

 

Go Ahead and Buy It: 5 Smart Fashion Splurges

As a fashion designer who can’t say no to a deal, I’ve made a few good and not so good splurges in my life. Some items I thought I needed sit in my closet collecting dust, while others have been worth the investment. Here are the tried and true items I’ve found to be worth spending a little more on:
1. Classic Jeans: I have a closet full of jeans, yet reach for the same one every time. My personal favorite is Madewell’s Skinny Skinny in a dark rinse. Madewell claims their jeans won’t stretch out, but I’ve found that they do just a little so I buy them with a snug fit. The jeans maintain their dark color well, and the denim has not worn out over many casual Fridays like some other brands do. Madewell’s jeans also aren’t ridiculously priced, and they send out coupons once you join their mailing list.
Its also worth having your jeans hemmed or tailored to fit just right if you’re going to wear them hundreds of times!
2. A Tan Wedge: A tan wedge is my go-to for summer looks. Tan is a great neutral that matches almost everything, and the wedge looks great with everything from skinny black work pants, to jeans, to sundresses.The wedge is less risky than a heel, especially for summer outings (hello grass!). The key is to find one that fits well and is comfortable to walk in. I’ve worn out my favorite pair the past few summers and finally found a replacement. Do you see the sole on these things?

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