Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shine with Shine Athletica

There is something about wearing workout clothes that is transformational for me. I just feel good in my running clothes and shoes. Even when I don't feel great in regular clothes, even when I have a few pounds to lose, there is something about my workout clothes that make me feel great. I feel comfortable and not just because of elastic waistbands and Lycra blends. I feel like workout clothes are my true skin.

They make me feel strong and confident simply because I know when I wear those clothes I am doing something to be a better person. I look in the mirror and despite my imperfections, I generally like what I see. I feel more beautiful in running clothes with no makeup than I do in lipstick in high heels. Wearing workout clothes is like returning to the real me.

Can you relate? If so, I am excited to tell you about my new friend Heather from Shine Athletica.

Disclosure: I was provided a Shine Athletica outfit at no charge for the purpose of a product review and giveaway. 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

When I first met Heather I was just so inspired by what she was doing with her company. Heather contacted me a few months ago because she is a local Fort Worth gal and has started this new fitness apparel line. She asked me to meet for coffee so we could discuss working together. The timing was perfect because at the time I was working on rounding up sponsors for my four mile virtual run, scavenger hunt, and giveaway and I felt like her apparel was a great match for this blog.

But coffee? With a stranger? I pushed down the introvert in me and met her at this cute place on Magnolia in Fort Worth. I was so glad that I did. I loved hearing her story (and now I have a new friend). She's the kind of person that you want to be around just to soak up all her creative and positive energy. She is living her dreams. She makes clothes that understand everything I said just above about finding confidence in workout clothes. Her clothes are made to inspire from the inside out.

Shine Athletica embodies everything I love about health, fitness, and fashion. Great fit, comfortable, super cute, with motivating messages. She let me choose a few pieces from her site to review for you and also offered prizes in the virtual run giveaway.

The Yoga Pants!

Naturally, I chose the "runner" yoga pants, although truth be told, I wouldn't actually run in these pants because they are a cotton blend. However, they are great for other activities and workouts. The first day I wore these, I slipped them on to run errands. The first person I ran into that day said, "You look really skinny today." Enter new favorite Yoga pants ever! They are comfortable and have this amazing fit with a high waist, slim fit throughout the thigh, with a boot cut leg opening. There are a lot of motivating sayings to choose from. I think I am going to buy another pair because it would be kind of awkward to wear the same pants every single day.

Just some of the designs. Check out the site for more.

The Sheer Rib Racer Back Tank!

I love this tank. It is so comfortable and soft. It's form fitting and flattering without being tight. I actually should have sized down one size, but the looser fit works for me too. I chose the pusher tank because I think it is such a cute design, but just like the Yoga pants there are tons of cute designs to choose from. I personally love the pusher and the fierce.

I get requests to do reviews on my blog all the time, but I turn down way more than I accept. I only agree to review things that I know I can stand behind. I try to review apparel and products that I think you will love too. I love workout apparel designed to inspire and build confidence. I love that Heather is pursuing her dreams. I love supporting local business. This relationship is a win-win for me.

Now if you act fast (I mean fast) you could enter to win the Yoga pants and a tank because Shine Athletica is a sponsor in the Running with Ollie virtual four mile fun run, scavenger hunt, & giveaway. However, the run and giveaway ends today (10/5) at midnight. You have a small window of opportunity to enter to win.

If you are reading this past 10/5, I highly encourage you to visit or the Shine Athletica shop on Etsy. If you stop by her Facebook page, I'd love it if you would tell her I sent you.

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  1. I love that graphic and wearing pajamas out in the world. :)

  2. Those clothes are adorable! Love them and I too live in my workout clothes all the time. Why not?

  3. I love the messaging on these clothes! love it!

  4. I especially love those tanks - great messages!!

  5. Those tanks are stellar! Love the messages on them!

  6. That graphic made me laugh out loud. I love those yoga pants..I could live in some yoga pants :)

  7. Those tanks are BOSS!!!! I really like the FIERCE and PUSHER ones!!!

  8. Super cute! There is something about wearing workout clothes that makes me feel stronger and more confident too.

  9. I love the messages on the clothes and they look super comfy. I definitely feel like my workout gear is a second skin!

  10. Wow your workout dress is so cool please tell me from where you bought them.

  11. I like your workout dress, For good results of workout one needs good comfortable workout apparel.


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