Sunday, March 30, 2014

Social Media Sunday: Blog Stats Reveal

Ever since I created a blog planner (click here for a free download), I've been tracking my blog stats more closely than usual, and since I am sort of an Excel nerd, I needed to analyze my growth. Of course, when you start to look at stats it only leads to more questions.

Let me first say that I was inspired by Carla at Real Into who shares her monthly blog stats each month. I thought it was refreshing for a blogger to be so open and honest. For some reason, I think we tend to think of our stats as something that we need to keep closely guarded, although I am not sure why?

It's kind of like running. What if I ran a 5k but I decided not to tell you my finishing time in case you did better, because that would make me feel bad. Silly, right? As a blogger, there will always be someone bigger and someone smaller. Kind of like life. Stats aren't some big secret that need to be guarded. They are what they are.

I wanted to talk about them because I have questions. I wonder if you see the same sort of trends on your blog that I see on mine. I started really tracking my stats and followers in February, so I was looking at how my stats changed from February to March, and then March to April. My current stats are in the yellow highlighted column.


I get my unique visitors, visitors and page views stats from Google Analytics. As you can see, I was pretty flat from February to March, but saw a significant increase from March to April. I have no idea why. All I do know is that 50% of my traffic comes from Pinterest. 50%! That is huge. That means if Pinterest didn't exist, I would have half the blog traffic that I have today. The lesson here is that if you are not optimizing your posts for Pinterest (pinnable, portrait images with light backgrounds) then you are missing an opportunity for increased blog traffic. I do think that my increase in uniques came from Pinterest, so I suspect that they could drop just as quickly as they grew. We'll see.

Then we move onto my social media followers. My top social media growth platform was Instagram. This is no surprise to me as I am very active on Instagram and I proactively try to grow my following. It is no surprise that the platform that I give the most focus grows the fastest. I use the just unfollow app to follow new like-minded accounts, and unfollow most people who don't follow back.

Bloglovin' is sort of a mystery to me because I never do anything to promote that platform except for a button on my sidebar, but it seems to grow pretty well on it's own. I may have added my Bloglovin' link to a SITS Girl thread on Facebook once this month, but that's it. It is decent growth for something I don't give a lot of attention.

Even though Pinterest has been a huge traffic source for me, it is another platform that I don't make any effort to gain new followers. I work hard to create images for my blog posts that are pinnable, but I don't go out of my way to attract new followers. I think a 7% for a completely organic growth is pretty good. I wonder how I could do if I tried to grow my following. I think Pinterest is probably the most important social media platform for bloggers. Anyone have any tips for growing your Pinterest following?

Twitter is another platform that I actively work to build my following. I have been averaging 500 new followers a month or a 7% growth each month. I am pretty happy with this, I just can't wait to hit 10K. My Twitter handle is @gealenders. Check out my tips on how NOT to grow your Twitter following. Most of these tips are so simple, but lost on so many.

My Google+ growth is completely organic. It seems to be building over there slowly, but surely. I think I was a little late to the Google+ game and now I am playing catch up. My growth in March was a little slower than in February.

Oh, Facebook. My slowest growing social media platform. I am completely annoyed and frustrated with the lack of growth on Facebook. It took me a year to rebuild to over 3k fans on Facebook (when I changed my blog name to Running with Ollie) but my posts usually only get "seen" by 300-500 people. It is so different than it was a year ago when it was one of the largest traffic sources for my blog. I still use Facebook to interact with my blog followers, but I have completely given up on any attempts to try to grow this platform. I wrote a post on tips to increase likes and engagement on your Facebook page that I think are effective, but generally, I figure my time is better spent elsewhere.

What is your fastest growing social media platform? What is most frustrating? Do you have any social media insights that I am missing? If you follow me on social media, I'll follow you back!

In case you missed it on all my social media platforms, Ollie and I are currently hosting a reader appreciation giveaway for a $50 Visa gift card. Check out the blog post to enter and win.



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Grandma for the Win

I just want to take a moment and say Happy 100th Birthday to my Grandma!

My Grandma Seligman celebrated her 100th birthday this week. She is an amazing woman that is sweet, smart, beautiful, and really funny! I don't mean to brag, but I come from really good genes.

Turning 100 years old is an accomplishment that apparently gets you on on a jar on Smucker's Jelly. I hope to follow in Grandma's footsteps and be on a jelly jar someday. Dream big!
Mary Seligman is 100 years old.
I was so proud of it that I posted Grandma's jelly picture on Instagram. My Grandma's jelly picture quickly swelled to over 145 likes. Oh, how I wish I could explain to G-Ma that she had more likes on Instagram than years on this earth. Somehow, I don't think she would understand.

Instagram can be a funny place. You just never know what pictures are going to garner the most likes. Ollie is usually a sure winner, he always gets a lot of love on Instagram. I posted a picture of my hubby's yummy shrimp tacos and they were an instant Instagram hit. Then I posted a picture of Grandma's Jelly and it's Grandma for the win.

Grandma's jelly pic has 151 likes at the time of this post, but then hubby's tacos were trailing behind with 122 and hubby got competitive. Tacos vs. Grandma.




Of course, it is a no-brainer. Grandma's 100 years on this earth easily trumps hubby's shrimp tacos. While delicious, the tacos are hardly an accomplishment compared to Grandma's. It's all in good fun. It's Grandma for the win.

Weigh in on Instagram with your "like" vote... Grandma or Tacos. Do the right thing.

Wish Grandma a Happy Birthday in the comments.

my beautiful Grandma.
In case you missed it, Ollie wrote a guest post on my blog and he wants you to enter our reader appreciation giveaway for a $50 gift card. Ends 4/7/14.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Happy Ollieversary and Reader Appreciation $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Hi, friends. My name is Ollie. Every once in a while my mom lets me take over her blog, because let's face it, I am the real star here. Mom may write the words, but it is my furry face that brings in the masses. (We do have masses, right mom?) I have really exciting news to share and I can't wait to tell you about the giveaway I'm hosting.

Happy Ollieversary!
Did you know today is my Ollieversary? A year ago today, my mom named her blog after me and I became an internet sensation. You see, the blog she started in 2011 was called Running for Dummies, but it turns out mom was the dummy because she didn't realize that the 'for dummies' book people own the copyright to that phrase. Since I am her all-time favorite running partner, she made the very smart decision to change her blog name to Running with Ollie. Running with my mom is one of my favorite things to do (chasing cats and receiving belly rubs are tied for second).

I know, I know. This blog is not all about me. Mom tries to keep me humble and reminds me that I am more of a blog mascot than the star, but we all know the real reason you tune in.

In honor of my one year Ollieversary, I am hosting the first ever canine-hosted giveaway. Mom and I are giving away one small gift bag with pink or black shoelaces, doggie treats, and a $50 Visa gift card as a thank you to our readers. It is the first annual Reader Appreciation Giveaway! I tried to tell mom that the treats were the only thing that the other dogs would really want, but she insisted on including the gift card. She can be so stubborn!
This is the easiest hosting gig ever. It's really simple to enter to win. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and fill out the Rafllecopter form. There are plenty of ways on Rafflecopter to earn extra entries if you are a current or new follower. Also please remember that winning entries will be verified before a winner is announced. (p.s. I don't know what a Rafflecopter is, mom told me to say all that.)

THANK YOU for reading about me (and my mom) and checking out my handsome boy pictures. I hope you'll keep coming back for more. I'll do my part. I'll keep enthusiastically running with mom and hopefully that will keep her motivated to run and write about running for years to come. We all know that dogs make the best running partners anyway. I honestly don't know what she ever did without me.

In closing, I'll leave you with a selfie.



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Sunday, March 23, 2014

PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps Copycat Recipe

When I was in Chicago last week, we went to PF Chang's for dinner and I had their delicious chicken lettuce wraps. When I eat something at a restaurant that I love, I always think about how I can make it for myself at home, because it is probably healthier that way, right?

A quick Pinterest search turned up several copycat recipes, I chose the one that looked the best (i.e. the easiest) and I was excited to get started. What did we ever do before Pinterest? You can find the recipe that I used to make these delicious lettuce wraps over on Key Ingredient.


 I chopped up ginger root and garlic.
Hubby was in charge of the chicken mixture.
...And chicken lettuce wrap dinner is served!

It was so delicious! Go to Key Ingredient to get the full recipe. Hubby told me (after the fact) that he added creole and cumin to the chicken mixture. He knew if he told me he was altering the recipe, I would have tried to stop him. I am a more of a stick-to-the-recipe kind of girl, while he is more experimental. We also topped it off with Sriracha, as we do to nearly everything we eat.

As delicious as they were, I didn't think they tasted exactly like the restaurant version, but Hubby said they were better. 

Have you ever tried PF Chang's chicken lettuce wraps? If you like them in the restaurant, I think you will love this homemade healthy version!


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

March Mad (Fit)ness: My Final Four

You almost can't mention March without someone bringing up March Madness. While my coworkers are filling out their brackets, I am thinking about my own final four. I am in a position (again, sigh) that I need to lose a little weight. The long winter got the best of me. I am approaching it from a new perspective.


March Mad (Fit)ness: My Final Four


What are the things that are important when trying to lose weight and get healthier? People often focus only on the aesthetics. Of course we want to work out to look good, but when physical appearance is the only goal, we can easily get frustrated if the progress doesn't seem to match our hard work quickly enough.

There are plenty of reasons to exercise but I work out, eat healthy, and try to live a healthy lifestyle for my own final four reasons.

1. Health
No matter what results I am seeing (or not seeing) on the outside, the bottom line is that exercising is good for my insides. Even if I never lose a pound, a few miles on the treadmill or lifting weights is improving my health every time I do it, regardless of the scale. I am building a healthier heart and a stronger body. This is the only body I get, so I'll try to take care of it.

2. Happiness
I wrote an extended post on how exercise makes me happy. When I work out regularly, I am happier, I manage stress and anxiety better and am more emotionally even. The endorphins are reason enough to work out.

3. Fuel
When I eat whole natural foods most of the time, I am fueling my body with the proper nutrients for my workouts and for my life. I have better skin, shinier hair, more energy, and the fuel I need to work and play hard. Under-nourishing or over-eating on a regular basis only inhibits the achievement of my goals.

4. Performance in Life
When I work out regularly, I usually see progress. I train to run faster, lift heavier weights, or practice Yoga with more precision (i.e. not fall over). The most important thing to keep in mind is that I am training for life. I can carry the groceries, climb the stairs, chase Ollie around the back yard and jump out of the way of a moving bus (if I needed to). Training for a sport or a marathon is great, but training for a healthy life is a necessity.

I'll focus on these final four as the main reasons to exercise and eat healthy and will consider any weight loss as a bonus and a nice side effect of a continued healthy lifestyle.

How are you celebrating March Mad (Fit)ness?



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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

That Time I Went To Chicago

Hi, friends! I spent Saint Paddy's Day in Chicago. There was plenty of green beer, a parade, and a green river in Chicago, but I was too busy working to partake in any of that! I was at the International Home and Housewares show.

I had a fantasy that I would pack my running shoes and then come home and write a blog on how to eat healthy and exercise while on the road. Well, that was a failure. First of all, I completely underestimated the number of consecutive hours I would spend on my feet. Eight hours a day on my feet for a cubicle dweller is a lot. The treadmill at the hotel was not even a option after a long day on my feet. Then there were the company dinners. Sigh. Back on track today.

Green pineapple juice! I swear!

Delicious crab salad at Park Grill, Chicago. Not pictured: Chowder, bread, wine, and calamari. lol

Oh baby, it's cold outside.

The International home and housewares show in Chicago

Curtis Stone was there. His accent is as cute as his face.


Bye bye Chicago.

Well, hello Dallas. Home Sweet Home.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Furry Friday Feature: Meet Margaux and Bosley

Happy Friday, friends! It has been a long week and now we can all let out a collective sigh of relief that the weekend is finally here! Welcome to Furry Friday Feature, a monthly post that features a runner and her (or his) favorite furry running partner.
I am happy to introduce you to our new friend Margaux and her precious boy Bosley. I love all these features with small running dogs! Who knew those little buggers could keep up the pace? Way to go Bosley!
Marqaux and Bosley - they both have sweet faces.

Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.


Bosley is a six-year old terrier mix. We're not exactly sure what he's mixed with, we think a miniature Schnauzer.


Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

My favorite place to run with Bosley is a bike trail in a nearby Forest Preserve. The path follows a creek through lots of trees and great scenery.


Have you ever raced with your dog?

I've never raced with my dog. I'm always afraid he'll be accidentally stepped on or something!


Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.


Finishing my first half marathon was a very fulfilling thing. I ran in my hometown of St. Louis through lots of hills that I didn't train for!


What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?

To keep going. Dogs will run with you through anything; rain, snow, heat. They're just happy to be with their masters. Dogs teach us to persevere and enjoy life.


Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?


I started my running journey with Bosley. In the mornings I started to run with him until I eventually built up enough stamina to run my first 5K in 2009.

Thanks so much to Margaux and Bosley for sharing their story with us! You can keep up with Margaux on her blog, Facebook, or Twitter. <-- Seriously, go follow her.


Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry running partner? Just fill out this form to be considered for a future Furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Idea World Fitness Blogfest

I forgot to tell you something pretty exciting! I'm going to Idea World Fitness Blogfest in Anaheim!
If you know me, you know just attending a blog conference is sort of a step outside my comfort zone in itself. Talking to strangers, being social, making new friends, it is not really my thing. I'm not a total weirdo, I usually feel awkward at first, but then once I remember that I have something huge in common with the other hundred people in the room, I kind of loosen up and maybe even (gasp!) make a friend. That is what blog conferences are all about, right? You go to socialize, network, and learn!

Then I did something really weird, for me.

I applied to speak at the lightening round sessions. You know, in front of people. A lot of people. If I get selected I will present my topic for five minutes using 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. What is wrong with me? That is probably the most terrifying thing that I can think of doing! But I had this idea and I felt motivated to pitch it. It is really good opportunity! Maybe I had the courage to apply because I think the chances of actually getting selected are pretty slim.

Here is part of my pitch, without giving it all away.

What can you learn about social media from a social introvert? 

Take the ME out of social media. It is not all about you.

Social Media may appear to be all about you. After all, it is your face on that Facebook page, your words behind the blog, your lunch on Instagram, and your wit on Twitter, but if you keep making social media all about you, there won't be any social left in the media. 

After my presentation you will turn from a social media introvert into a social media butterfly. 

Who else is going to Fitness Blogfest? Do you have any words of encouragement for me?

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Social Media Sunday - Twitter: What NOT to Do!

Welcome to the latest edition of social media Sunday! Over the last few months we covered tips for social media success, tips to increase likes on your Facebook page, and I offered you access to my free blog planner download. What's up next? The great mysteries of Twitter and more importantly, what NOT to do when trying to grow your Twitter following.

To many people (especially those of us over 30), Twitter can be this enigma that cannot be understood. But if you are a blogger looking to grow your online presence, Twitter can be important tool. You'll need it to grow your blog following, reach, and social media influence. Maybe more importantly, you'll need it for connecting with your readers, other bloggers, and brands.

I'm not a Twitter expert (is there such a thing, do they teach college courses on Twitter?) but this week for social media Sunday, I thought I would share a few things I have learned along the way that have helped me grow my Twitter following.

The first couple of years I was on Twitter, I largely ignored it. I had a handful of followers and I didn't pay it much attention. It was always my smallest social media presence, my Facebook fan page was my largest. Things sure have changed.

Then my blog started to grow and I realized that a larger Twitter following would allow more of the opportunities I was pursuing. I didn't really "get" Twitter at first, but I realized that it was important enough to start paying attention.

A few things I learned pretty quickly (probably the hard way). Here is what NOT to do when trying to grow your Twitter following.

How NOT to Grow Your Twitter Following


 
1. TrueTwit Validation
TrueTwit is a validation service for Twitter that is intended to protect your account from spammers, but in reality it just blocks potential followers. I personally have never experienced a huge spam problem on Twitter. Every once in a while I need to block someone, but it is not a big enough problem that I need accuse every person who attempts to follow me of being a potential spammer. If someone uses the TrueTwit Validation service and I receive a direct message asking me to prove that I'm not a spammer, I get annoyed and immediately unfollow them. If you use this service, you are likely annoying and losing potential followers and readers. This guy says it better than me. 

2. Protect Your Tweets
If you protect your tweets then I can't see them and neither can anyone else. If you want a private account, that is fine. But if you are trying to grow your Twitter followers, please make your tweets public so everyone can see them. When I see an account with protected tweets, I assume that they don't want strangers to follow them. I respect their privacy and do not request to follow (or follow back) private accounts. If you have protected tweets, you are inhibiting your growth.

3. Don't Follow Back
I follow everyone back who follows me unless they are clearly a spam account, porn, offensive, private, in a language I can't read, or claim to like the band Nickelback. It's just the right thing to do. Remember that unless you are a celebrity or a pretty big name blogger, most people follow you simply because they are hoping you will follow them back. A recurring theme in my social media Sunday posts, it is not all about you

4. Don't Try to Grow your Following
There is nothing wrong with sitting back and letting your following grow organically, but if you aren't that patient, there are some things you can do to speed up the process.

I use the app (or site) JustUnfollow to help grow my following. It has a feature where you can copy the followers of similar Twitter users or search for people to follow using relevant keywords. It suggests people to follow who are most active on Twitter and most likely to follow you back. The free version limits you to follow 50 new people a day. As it's name suggests, JustUnfollow also shows you the people who have unfollowed you or are not following you back. I usually follow 50 people who have similar interests (running, fitness, blogging, dogs) wait 48 to 60 hours, then use the same app to unfollow anyone who has not followed back. Repeat every few days to grow your following just a little faster.

5. Only Share Your Own Blog Links
It is absolutely fine to share your own blog links on Twitter. Twitter moves so fast, I think it is acceptable to share your own link multiple times a day because it is very unlikely that the same people will see it each time (unlike on Facebook where people might get annoyed seeing the same thing over and over again).

Twitter is social media, so get social. Share relevant content. Share the blog posts that you love. Retweet (RT) the things that you find funny or interesting. As a general rule, for every one link of my own that I share, I try to share at least three from other people.

Start conversations. Talk to the bloggers you love. Ask questions. Get to know people. Be social on social media. If you are only sharing your own content, you're doing it wrong.


 
6. Don't Say Thank You or Return the Favor
Bloggers are generally pretty good about saying thank you when I share their blog post or retweet their links. I would guess about half say thank you. It is nice to hear from them, and I appreciate that they took the minute to recognize that I went out of my way to share.

As nice as it is to say thank you, it would be even nicer to return the favor. If someone shares my content, I scroll through their Twitter profile and look for something they posted that I can share or RT (that makes sense for my audience). It just takes a few seconds and is a nice way to show your appreciation. Twitter should be more about giving than receiving.

7. Don't Use Hashtags
#Hashtags are important because they are a way that non-followers can find your tweets and hopefully be converted to followers. Think of Twitter as a search engine where people use hashtags to search for content that they are interested in reading. If you don't have many followers yet, it's OK, people can find your content using the hashtags in your tweet. I often use community hashtags (#Fitfluential, #SweatPink #GirlsGoneSporty) and hashtags relevant to my content (#running, #runchat, #fitgear, #healthyeating).

8. Send Auto-DM (direct messages)
It may just be me, but it annoys me when I follow someone and I immediately get an auto-DM that says "Thanks for following, now please check out my Facebook page." It is worse when they include a link to something they are selling. I just followed you, please don't spam me. Depending on how aggressive the sales pitch, sometimes I just ignore and delete the message, but sometimes I unfollow. It feels very spammy to me. I would never follow a Facebook page because of a DM message (no matter how great the page), simply because I do not want to encourage that behavior. It's not polite.

I really don't like any auto-direct messages, but the ones that I don't mind as much are ones that are not as self-promotional or at least a little less blatant about it. How about this for an idea?

"Thanks for following! I look forward to checking out your tweets. If you tweet me your FB page link, I'll be sure to follow you there too."

See how that works? It's not all about me. I'm not spamming someone asking them to follow me. People want to share their own Facebook page so they will be more receptive to this message. I think it is much nicer and probably more effective in getting a return Facebook follow. Don't you think?

9. Stay on Twitter all Day and Night
I know what you are thinking, "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!" And you're right! Social media can be so time consuming, especially considering that most of us have families, jobs, and other responsibilities. I don't do it every single day, but if I have a blog post that I am promoting, I like to spend 15 minutes in the morning and schedule some tweets for the next 24-48 hours.

I use HootSuite to schedule Tweets for the day. I usually share my own link three times, around 9am, 3pm, and 7pm with slightly different text and hashtags each time for the same link. Instead of just typing out the name of my post, I try to ask a question, so that I can spark a conversation.


Remember what I said about sharing three links for every one of your own? In between my own three shared posts, I'll schedule three other links to share, so tweets are scheduled to go out about every hour or two, all while I am busy going about my day, not spending time on social media.

Do you have any other tips for what NOT to do on social media? Do you have a Twitter account? Leave your handle in the comments or send me a tweet @gealenders so that I can follow you on Twitter! (See what I did there? I am asking to follow you, not begging you to follow me.)


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A St. Paddy's Day Poem from 1988

When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be a writer or a rock star. I started a blog and married a drummer. Close enough, right?
A rare pic of hubby on the blog.
When I was a little girl I also liked to write poems. If you read this blog regularly, you might have noticed a few poems pop up here and there. I never claimed to be particularly good at it, it is just something that I like to do. I like to move words and sentence structures around to make them rhyme.

I was going through some old things and I came across this poem I wrote in 1988 (that was middle school, I feel old). I don't have a lot of old stuff laying around. In fact, this might be the only thing in my house that dates back to the 80s. Back in the day I won a little poetry award for this one and I remember being so proud, but now that I think about it from an adult point of view, it was probably one of those "honorable mentions" that they give to everyone who enters.

In honor of Throwback Thursday, when once a month I usually share a post from the blog archives, I thought I would share my middle school poem instead. It seemed appropriate for St. Paddy's Day month because it is called Make Your Own Luck.

Throwback Thursday: a St. Paddy's Day Poem from 1988




A Poetrygram from World of Poetry. You're impressed. I can tell.

26 years ago I was so proud of my little poem and my silly little certificate award. Who knew that the grown up future me would think enough of it to share it on my blog. I hope you are all out there making your own luck!

Throwback Thursday. Me and my nine closest friends. 



Happy Thursday, Friends! How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day? What are you sharing for throwback Thursday?


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring Fitness Fashion Featuring Lorna Jane

Spring is in the air! Well, if you live in most parts of the United States today, spring is decidedly not in the air. But spring is in our hearts, right? We are all longing for the sun to shine it's warmth down on us once again. Raise your hand if you are ready for this long winter to be over.

With great optimism of early spring-like weather and many outdoor workouts to come, I wanted to day dream about spring fitness fashion (while the snows falls outside of my window).
Lorna Jane

 Disclosure: I was provided a Lorna Jane outfit at no charge for the purpose of a product review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give them a positive review. If I hated them, I'd tell you.

Color

When it comes to spring fashion, orange really is the new black. It's time to shed the dark dreary colors of winter and freshen up your fitness wardrobe with bright, vibrant, spring colors!

Just because bright colors are hot right now, there's no need to dress head-to-toe like a glow worm. This is where bright pops of color work well. I love this neon sherbet sports bra peaking out from under a freeze blue tank in this Lorna Jane demi-tank/bra combo.

Orange is the new black

Details

If the devil is in the details, then the devil wears Lorna Jane. (Joking!) I love the fashion-forward cross over strap detail on the tank. But looks aren't everything. It's the details that you can't see that can make or break a fitness outfit. This tank is shrink and fade resistant, and most importantly, quick drying, and moisture-wicking, which means it pulls your sweat away from the fabric rather than absorbing it. That way when you sweat, you won't end up with sweat circles. There is nothing fashionable about that!



speaking of details...I love the heart that is sewn into the inside of the sports bra.

Fit

Nothing ruins a good workout like ill-fitting workout gear. The last thing we want is to tug and pull at our clothes when we are working out. The workout should be the challenge, not the clothes. You know the saying, fashion before function? There is no reason why we can't have both. These Lorna Jane Ying Core Stability tights have mesh panels that help firm and control where I need it most. They fit snug and comfortably without riding up or falling down. The sizing runs a little on the small side, so if you are in between sizes, I suggest sizing up. The 3/4 length silhouette is perfect for spring weather.

If you are reading this from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you can spruce up your spring fitness wardrobe at Lorna Jane's very first Texas store opening on March 21st at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco! YAY! In the meantime, you can shop online at www.lornajane.com.

One of things that I love about Lorna Jane is not just the great, fashion-forward, high-quality work out gear, I love the philosophy behind the brand; Move, Nourish, Believe. It's a healthy lifestyle from every perspective.

Fitness and fashion don't have to be mutually exclusive. You can have fitness gear that is fashionable, so you look great at the gym and while you run your errands. I don't know about you, but if I could just live in workout clothes, I would. With Lorna Jane you can easily go from fit to fashionista.

Hang in there folks, spring is just around the corner.


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Keep Running,

Lea

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