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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

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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.

Palm Beach Athletic Wear Apparel Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

If you have read the story under my “About the Author” tab, you might know that I was born in West Palm Beach, FL and lived there until about age 10. I stumbled upon Palm Beach Athletic Wear’s site while on a mission to discover new fitness blogs. Two other fellow healthy lifestyle bloggers, Lisa and Lindsay had written review about PB Athletic Wear’s apparel and I was instantly interested and intrigued by the products because of their vibrant colors and unique patterns. You can read Lisa’s post here and Lindsay’s post here. I thought it was the neatest thing that there were two other bloggers raving about a brand based in the Palm Beach area. This brand has been on my radar ever since!

Even before reading my review, I am confident that any active gal can find a Palm Beach Athletic Wear product that they will love. Founder of PB Athletic Wear, Kristen Lemoine, has very graciously offered this to all of my awesome readers:

This code they can be used to get 10% off anything in stock on PalmBeachAthleticWear.com. CODE: “RUNON813”

Here is the back story on Palm Beach Athletic Wear:

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Palm Beach Athletic Wear

“In April, 2009, Palm Beach Athletic Wear was created out of a desire to help woman escape from the boring, basic and poorly made fitness wear available at big box retailers. Palm Beach Athletic Wear has quickly grown to become one of the top fitness fashion boutiques online, offering women of all shapes and sizes quality made and unique athletic wear with high style.

Several years ago, Owner and Fitness Wear Designer, Kristen Lemoine, managed a large chain fitness facility. After hearing countless stories from women that felt too self conscious to work out, Kristen knew she wanted to help women feel confident through quality made fitness apparel that would help them achieve their ultimate fitness goals. Kristen researched and found several top fitness brands and workout clothing that held jiggle in, smoothed out the lumps and bumps and was colorful and gorgeous. Many of the athletic wear brands she discovered were hard to find, Colombian designers that understood the importance of looking good and feeling great when working out.

“As the owner of Palm Beach Athletic Wear, I personally inspect, wear and launder samples of all the items we offer to ensure that the quality and longevity of our fitness wear stands up to our highest expectations for our customers. It’s essential that we provide women with excellent products that stand the test of time and hard workouts.” stated Kristen Lemoine, in a recent interview.

Leading the fitness revolution in fashionable women’s fitness wear and colorful yoga apparel for over 4 years, Palm Beach Athletic Wear and Palmbeachathleticwear.com continues to seek out top fitness fashions that are extremely well made, survive countless washings, make women feel confident when working out and fitness wear that can go beyond the gym and yoga studio, for every day comfort without sacrificing style.

Women today, seek active wear designed for them that is made to last, looks great no matter what sport or fitness activity they do, is colorful, unique and doesn’t lack style…. Exactly what Palm Beach Athletic Wear and palmbeachathleticwear.com is all about!”

Kristen graciously provided me with a top and a bottom to try out in my workout ventures:

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Bluefish Tweety Top

PB Athletic Wear’s Description:

Like silk against your skin this beautiful flowy top from Bluefish Sport is made to be worn during your workout, as a cover up and to and from the gym for everyday wear.  This fitness tank top is made of lightweight, flowy yoga soft material perfect for practicing yoga or pilates.  The front pleating creates a very flattering fit and the drawstring tie that cinches at the hem allows for a more custom fit. Silver rings at straps add a design element only found in the highest quality athleticwear.  We love to pair this top with the Basic Capri Pants or Basic Shorts but can be worn will all your fashion fitness pants.

My Description & Thoughts:

Since I am such an avid wearer of spandex pants when I workout, I tend to lean towards looser fitting tops so that I don’t feel that I’m in one big spandex outfit. This tank top is the perfect mix of breathability, comfort, sass, and ability to stay put while running.

The adjustable tie feature at the bottom hem of the top is a great idea and allows me to secure the shirt more around my torso, when I prefer to wear it that way. This piece is a great example of an item that can be worn around running errands after a workout because the mid section is forgiving, so you don’t feel like you’re showing too much.

The vibrant color reminds me of south Florida. Anything that reminds me of where I was born is an instant-favorite of mine. 🙂

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Chill Capri Pant Tie Dye Blue

PB Athletic Wear’s Description:

“This fitness fashion artfully designed printed activewear capri pant by Bluefish Sport is the hottest item to arrive at Palm Beach Athletic Wear.  The print lycra blend not only looks amazing it feels amazing and is so comfortable on you can wear them anywhere. From the gym to the street the Chill Fitness Capris have the potential to mix and match with just about any top for any occassion. We love to wear them with the Tweety Top or T Back Top and the Balance Bra.

Product features:

  • Lycra blend keeps you dry
  • Soft to the hand
  • Smooth flattering fit
  • Wide comfort waistband – no muffin top
  • Machine Washable
  • Odor reducing technology.”

My Description & Thoughts:

One item in my closet that I would deem indispensable is the ever-so-useful running tight, otherwise known as spandex. They have been my go-to for working out because I’m a gal who has always had muscular legs. I’ve found that shorts ride up and don’t stay put on me, especially while running.

I was intrigued to try these tights by Bluefish Sport (and sold by Palm Beach Athletic Wear) and see if they worked well for me during my workouts.

These tights are excellent. They wear like a dream–they don’t bunch up, they don’t move around and the waistband stays put & isn’t too tight. They are also figure flattering, especially with the way the waistband doesn’t cut in dramatically on the hip area–they are snug enough to stay put, yet forgiving enough to be comfortable.

The capri feature of this pants makes them versatile and suitable for summer and cooler temps.

I’m excited and grateful to add these two pieces to my daily workout apparel rotation.

Thank you, Kristen for your help and generosity in this process!

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.