At the beginning of the month, I imposed a strict shopping ban upon myself.
The ban has two caveats:
1. I can buy food.
2. I can buy things for a bachelorette party I am co-hosting in August.
The ban lasts until August 15, the party weekend, and will resume after that weekend until Labour Day, at which time I will reassess if I deserve to get my privileges back.
I wasn’t always a big shopper, but this year I’ve been a little out of control and I definitely needed reining in.
Even though I can’t shop, I can still tell you about my favourite gear, clothing and products, and then you can go shop and let me live vicariously through you.
Note: This post is definitely not sponsored. If I was sponsored by Lululemon I would probably quit my job and just Instagram mirror selfies all day. And my husband would probably leave me.
Current favourite Lululemon pieces:
I am a complete Lululemon addict. There’s no denying it, so I may as well just make the brand its own list. The funny thing is I used to despise this company and everything it stood for.
Of course, that was when I was a couch potato. I still think spending that much money on workout clothing when you never workout, just because the brand is “cool”, makes no sense. However, I choose to spend my money there because I spend a lot of time sweating, like to dress down on the weekends, and appreciate the good quality and fit.
Favourite running shorts:
Surprisingly, this award does not go to Lululemon. I love the Old Navy active wear line of shorts. I even wore them in my marathon because they chafed the least out of all my shorts.
By the way, they are currently on sale for $9.99 with an extra 25 per cent at checkout. I will wait here while you go browse.
Favourite beauty product:
No exaggeration: I have changed many lives by recommending this product. I even get emails at work about it from colleagues.
Throw it in your gym bag and sprinkle it in your hair after a workout when you don’t have time to shower. Or take a shower and don’t bother washing your hair, just apply this after. It’s all natural, smells great and works better than any other dry shampoo I’ve tried.
Have you ever noticed that elite runners kind of look … old? I mean, they’re still amazing athletes of course, but the sun has obviously taken a toll on their skin.
I recently started wearing SPF 45 on top of my regular moisturizer with SPF. Apparently the moisturizer cuts down on the effectiveness of the sunscreen so it wasn’t working as well as I had hoped. I apply this every morning on top of my moisturizer and before applying makeup.
I have two of these and wear them all the time — you may have noticed them in my photos. They do get a little warm when the temperature goes up so I recommend a lighter weight mesh running hat in those cases. I wear mine running or for after a workout when my hair is a mess and I need to go out in public.
I get a lot of questions from both friends and blog readers about sports bra recommendations. It’s so important to wear a properly fitted bra when exercising. My hands-down, gold medal, no-questions-asked favourite brand is Moving Comfort. For larger chested women — and I can personally attest that it will fit a FF cup — the Fiona is great. Anyone smaller than that should also check out the Juno.
I would love to hear about your favourite products … leave a comment or write your own blog post. I look forward to reading and trying to restrain myself from purchasing your recommendations.