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YogaSmoga Twistie Tank Review

This is a review of the YogaSmoga Twistie Tank.

  

YogaSmoga

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

I’ve checked out & reviewed a pair of workout capris and a headband from YogaSmoga once before and found the quality & comfort of their pieces is sublime. The Run Jump ‘n’ Play Capris are still one of my favorite pairs hanging in my closet and they get a ton of use. You can check out that whole review & the photos with it here.

So, with this tank, I’ll get the teensy bit of bad news out of out the way first: tanks with a flowy/loose bottom seem to be the only ones that work for me. Tighter fitting ones (like this one) always ride up on my waist (likely because of my shape–it’s not a product flaw) and are not suitable for me to run in because they don’t stay put.

However, judging this tank just as it is designed to fit, it’s pretty freaking awesome. (Is this making sense?) Basically, I will live in this tank around the house and for things not exercise related. I just won’t work out in it often because of how it moves on my torso.

I was very impressed by the feel of the material and how the built-in shelf provides enough support that I can wear this tank comfortable out of the house without a bra–love that! The color combination is pretty & vibrant & I love the design of the straps in the back. It’s an excellent staple piece to have in your closet to wear even as a cami. If this tank would work for around-the-house AND for running, it would get my highest rating.

As expected, excellent-quality product from YogaSmoga & I’m sure many gals who are tight tank fans will adore this one.

YogaSmoga Yoga Apparel Review

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YogaSmoga

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Yoga Smoga:

“Honoring the tenets of Yoga, we aspire to create world-class products.
Growing up in the Himalayas, the birthplace & capital of Yoga, our founders instinctively
infuse the timeless principles, spirit and practice of Yoga into everything we do. From our
cosmopolitan aesthetic, to our product technology, right down to creating our very own way
to give back, we’ve meticulously designed every part of the whole, one breath at a time.

IMAGINE IT AS A PRACTICE, A WAY OF BEING: BUILDING A PATHWAY TO GREATER GOOD

We take the stand that physically, mentally, and emotionally Karma works in harmony with innovation, so that technology becomes a pathway to greater good. In the act of balancing science with spirituality you cause a chemical reaction that can promote something as great as change. Connecting, interacting and creating a positive impact beyond the Yoga mat.

We engineer, design, and manufacture fabrics that do more than cover someone up. They open them up to greater good. While we work with the most technically advanced fabric and manufacturing technologies, we also pursue a relentless focus on the deep traditions of Yoga. We embody the soul of Yoga and instinctively embed this into everything we create, including investing much time into creating the NAMASKÁR FOUNDATION.

WE MAKE THINGS FROM THE HEART AND WITH LOVEFOR WHEREVER LIFE TAKES YOU

A lot of people think of themselves as clothing companies who sell Yoga apparel. We think of ourselves differently. We are a Yoga and wellness company that makes things for life. Our focus is not on building a brand; our goal is to have a love affair with our consumers. We create our products from the heart and with love and we want everyone to feel that. We are building YOGASMOGA from the ground up with a purpose and passion and our products reflect this love and care.

We strive to become your partner in the pursuit of wellness–wherever you are today and wherever you are going tomorrow. From Yoga class, to the gym, to life. Whether you’re on the go, or simply being, we’re happy to be with you. We hope to bring a little more Yoga into your journey, Everyday.

A BIT MORE ABOUT USJOY, ENERGY AND BALANCE

Staying true to the spirit of Yoga, everything we create intends to balance the joy of life with the energy required to live it. Take our name as an example, in Hindi, it’s traditional to rhyme words and similar items-so our name is a jubilant nod of respect to our culture.

To combine that joy with energy, our iconic logo is based on traditional symbology that conveys a balanced and powerful energy center. We see this as a beautiful metaphor for our human experience.”

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Verdi Headband

About:

“This simple headband packs in a lot of punch. Soft silicone dots line the inside of the headband and an added specialized stitch ensures no flyaways, no slipping and no annoying hair pulling. Made from our moisture wicking Aurum fabric, the Peace Band is a narrow 1 ¾ inch headband.

Exclusively Ours. AURUM® is a technical blend of Supplex® and Lycra®. Our competitors use a form of Nylon that is inferior and falls apart quickly. Supplex® fibers are technically far superior, giving you the soft feel and breathability of cotton with the performance benefits of advanced fiber technology. AURUM® fabric is manufactured in the USA.”

Run Jump n Play Crop

About:

“Run Faster. Jump Higher. Play harder. Whatever your game is, this cropped pant instantly transforms you into a stunning vision of curves and strength. So no matter what you’re getting into you’ll look good getting there.”

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My Thoughts:

Seriously. Love. Yoga Smoga. The amazing thing is that I’ve only had to try to different Yoga Smoga pieces to delineate this brand from the rest. You can truly feel and see the quality in these products–they are designed and meant to endure vigorous exercise.

Specifically, the fabric of the Run Jump n Play crops is substantial enough to keep everything in the right place, so to speak. It is flattering on the bum and the waistline stays put, which I’ve had issues with in the past with workout pants.

Simply put, I could just very quickly tell that Yoga Smoga doesn’t mess around. Yoga Smoga knows workout apparel and they do it right. I would purchase their entire line if my bank account would allow it. I also love how unique their designs are. They have unique detailing on some of their workout pants and I like how they make themselves different from every other workout pant that looks the same. These black crops that I’ve been lucky enough to try may look simple–and perhaps the idea of them is–but I love that they have their detailing on the back of the pant, while also still allowing these pants to be so versatile; as they can match and go with anything. What sets them apart, too, from every other black pant is the fit. They are snug, flattering and stay put. I can’t ask for a whole lot more in a pant than that.

I love the vibrant color of the Verdi headband and the width of it. I rarely workout without a headband, and this one has quickly made its way into the regular headband rotation. It’s snug enough to stay put (thus far) during my runs, workouts and volleyball practice, but it will inch back on my head a little bit over time. I think this could be helped by having a grippy strip on the under head of the headband. Fortunately, though, it’s not a huge issue since it’s designed well (is tight and wide).

I’d tell anyone who normally goes to Lululemon or similar high end fitness apparel stores to take break from those all-too-common looks and explore a brand that has a beautiful, unique thing going. Yoga Smoga leaves so many other nice fitness apparel brands in the dust on looks, quality and fit. Ohh! AND they make men’s apparel! Woop!

Binka Girl Apparel Review: Supporting Local Dog Shelters!

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Binka Girl

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Binka Girl:

“Inspired by growing up on the beaches of Jupiter, Florida with her shelter dog, Binki, Jessica created the simple yet versatile in wear style of binka.

Binki was adopted from a high-kill shelter and given a second chance at life. Her amethyst charm dots the “i” in “binka” and her legacy continues to inspire Jessica to save homeless and shelter dogs and support the No Kill Nation movement. All excess fabric and a portion of binka’s proceeds are donated to various shelters and rescue groups. With your purchase, you are joining binka’s mission to support and save abused and homeless animals worldwide.

Binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups.

You can learn more about binka’s current corporate partner rescue programs and fundraising efforts on our facebook page.
Please visit your local shelter, humane society or rescue group’s website for more info on how you can get involved or adopt your next pet!”

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My Thoughts:

I was (and still am) SO excited to connect with Binka Girl–a brand on a beautiful mission that is based out of my hometown: Jupiter, FL. Supporting Binka Girl warms my heart. The fact that they donate 10% of their orders to local pet shelters is such an incredible thing.

We rescued our dog, Kona from a shelter here in Kansas City called Wayside Waifs. Because of that whole experience, I became even more passionate about not only owning a dog, but getting them from a rescue shelter. My family has had many dogs growing up. Thus, my love for dogs has always been there and we are so lucky and blessed to have the best dog in Kona. We may be biased but she truly is an incredible dog. It just goes to show that you do not have to get a dog from a breeder to have a good one. Rescuing is the way to go!

I digress a bit, but, I believe that Binka Girl’s mission is just as beautiful as their clothing. They have a great thing going down there in south Florida!

I love having pieces of clothing that are unique, that I won’t see everywhere, that feel like home. This hoodie is just that. It makes me think of Jupiter, reminds me to stay anchored in who I am (I seriously love this anchor graphic!) and keeps me comfortable and uniquely outfitted. I also think it’s very figure flattering and I like how it’s a good length (as well as the sleeves).

I can’t think of a single woman I know that wouldn’t love one of these. They would make an awesome gift or just an addition to your own wardrobe. In addition to having a great piece of clothing, it will feel really good knowing you’re help supporting an amazing cause and helping Jessica of Binka Girl support local dog shelters.

I can’t rave enough about this brand. I was lucky enough to be gifted this hoodie–but they also make many other pieces such as bermuda shorts, pants, tees and tanks. It’s truly hard to close because they are all so unique, well made and designed.

Go get some Binka clothing! You’re doing a whole lot of good in doing so.

Use code BINKARUNONORGANIC for 25% off at www.binkagirl.com

Mika Yoga Wear Review

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Mika Yoga Wear

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Mika Yoga Wear:

“Mika aims to produce affordable, fresh, flattering, feminine workout wear for women all over the world. We understand the differences and uniqueness each body has and strive to produce products which will encompass all. Each piece has been thoughtfully crafted with this in mind. The beautiful blend of fabrics satisfy all workouts; whether you’re in the hot yoga room, twirling on a pole, or simply running around town, our clothes offer long-lasting comfort and durability. We design our products to move and contour to each woman’s body no matter the movement or workout. However you move, Mika products will move with you. We strive for you to feel comfortable, confident and inspired. Let Mika allow you to let go of distractions and be in the moment.

Mika Yoga Wear is family owned and operated from our factory in Peru to our office in California. We know you will feel the love and be satisfied with our product. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy and endear your Mika wear!

Perfect products for those practicing Bikram yoga, Hot yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Power yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Pole fitness, Pilates or any other Fitness activity.”

Serene Top

About:

Suu-reen: calm, peace or tranquil; unruffled.  It’s no coinkidink this top is perfect for…everything. You don’t stop at looking fabulous when you workout; you want a little flare, but not too much, you look through your closet, and alas, you find the perfect crop top that has the best of both worlds. The Serene top will add to your wardrobe, making you look fabulous as you sweat, or layer under your daily clothes.  The delicate braid flatters and defines the back, making you look chic, and sporty, while the crop accentuates your trim waist.  A built-in shelf bra provides extra support, and the braid keeps the halter  away from the neck for added comfort and less strain.  Sport this top in hot yoga, yoga, the gym, dance class, or wear as an under-shirt, under a low-scoop back shirt to show off the unique braid.

Features: braided razor back, shelf bra

Fabric: Perfit

Care: Wash with like colors.  For best results, hang dry, or tumble low. Do not wash with towels.

Designed for: hot yoga, dance, swim, a little flirt, a lot of comfort

Activity level: best for low to medium intensity

Flat Seams to avoid chafing

Medium-low scoop neckline.”

Bella Pant (Tall)

About:

“A pant that can take us everywhere, from the bed, to the gym, to yoga class, to getting a pint of ice cream and baking brownies at home (you deserve it after a hard working day).  You won’t want to take these off once you’ve slipped into their comfort.  For a lazy Sunday, or an active week, these will surely be the right fit for any activity.  The soft and supple 2” waistband blends into your hips with ease, no pinching, tugging, or adjusting.  The 30″inseam is ideal for the average female height, not too long and not too short.

Features: soft 2″ waistband, with newly re-designed front-tie strings, gusset lining

Inseam: 30″

Fabric: Perfit

Care: Wash with like colors.  For best results, hang dry, or tumble low. Do not wash with towels.

Designed for: hot yoga, yoga, dance, running, biking, gym, lounging,  and everything under the sun

Activity level: best for low to high intensity

Semi low rise

Waistband flexibility provides about 4″ of stretch.”

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My Thoughts:

These two pieces have been a real treat to wear. The quality of the fabric is incredibly comfortable, yet substantial and practical enough for intense running and workouts. I’ve enjoyed wear this Serene top (it’s supportive enough and stays put) for outdoor summer runs. The braid and cut of this top is so unique and I found it to be figure flattering.

My favorite thing about these pants is the fit and the length. I love that Mika offers the “tall” option. I’m about 5’9″ and often find that athletic pants aren’t long enough for my liking. These are plenty long (with about a 36″ inseam). No worries about wearing high-waters with these 🙂 The drawstring waist is normally something I wouldn’t expect or desire in a yoga pant, but in this case it works well and is comfortable to keep them up on my hips (though not absolutely needed–because they stay put). They feel great while running, but these pants are my favorite for lounging/running errands pants because of the comfy material.

This is a pretty simple review for me to write because I have no complaints. Mika has been very helpful, friendly and their products are excellent and worth every penny. I have nothing but good things to say here:

-Fit is fantastic

-Comfortable fabric

-Figure flattering

-Pants are not transparent (as some spandex pants tend to be)

-Long enough for tall women

-Cute and unique style

Go check out this amazing brand! I’d encourage you to browse their yoga wear even if you aren’t a yogi–as I’m an avid runner (occasional yoga practicer) and have found these pieces to be perfect for my running routine. I even look forward to exercising just so that I can wear them!

Nux USA Fitness Wear Review

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Nux Fitness Apparel

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Nux:

“At NUX, we measure our success by the inspiration we are able to evoke.

Every facet of NUX is infused with inspiration: From our made in the USA commitment to our dedicated team and most importantly our customers.

Whether you are enjoying the supple touch of our micro fiber nylon, or the comfort of our proprietary natural fibers, there is an unmistakable common thread: inspiration!

So if our beautiful apparel can inspire you to reach higher, exercise harder, or if our Nuxology puts a spring in your step, you have helped us succeed- thank you.”

Union Cami

About:

“-Super soft moisture wicking fabric

-Loose fit design

-Adjustable Strap

– Body Engineered ® double layered bra

Perfect for: Yoga, Running, Pilates, Hiking, Dance, Tennis, Spinning
Fabrics: Outer: 100% Nylon, Bra: Microfiber Nylon/Spandex
Compression: Low- Bra, No Compression- outer layer
Shelf Bra: Yes.”

Serra Legging

About:

“-Beautiful two toned jacquard design 
-Comfort Gusset 
-Low Rise 
-Circular Seamless Waistband 

Perfect for: Yoga, Spinning, Pilates, Aerobics, Lunge to Lunch, Keeping you warm on a brisk run in the early morning 
Fabrics: Microfiber Nylon/Spandex 
Inseam: 27” 
Gusset: Yes 
Compression: Moderate.”

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My Thoughts:

For a long time I relied on the same few pairs of plain black running tights and white v-neck tees, run after run. Nowadays, I really look forward to trying out and using unique, sometimes colorful and sometimes patterned apparel.

I really love this top. The black color goes with any bottom, which makes it very versatile. I love that it is a little bit loose around the stomach, as tight tights sometimes tend to ride up on my torso during a long run or workout. The detailing of the tank is really feminine and unique–making it a stand-out piece in my closet of tank tops. The material is breathable and is comfortable against skin.

I was instantly drawn to these tights because of the unique, intricate pattern on them. Fit-wise, they are more loose at the waist (less compression) than through the legs. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good because it does not cut in on your waist line and creating a “muffin top”. Bad because they do not always stay up and stay put on your waist. I prefer to wear my tights up at my natural waist, close to the narrowest part of my torso. These tights don’t stay put at the point on my waist where I feel comfortable wearing them. That said, NUX does clearly provide that they are low-rise pants. I do like the feel of the compression throughout the legs, though.

I would recommend the top to a girl looking for a fun change from your typical, plain workout tank. I’d recommend the pants to a girl looking for a low-rise, unique workout pant with a unique twist. NUX also has a wide range of other workout apparel that I’d imagine would appear to many women that are looking for a change of pace in their workout clothing.