Style Sleuth: Title 9 Tankini

Before swimsuit season got underway, I received an email from a friend.  She was shedding a little extra weight from having a baby not long before.  She took up running to do it, and was training for her first half marathon to give herself a reason to stick with it.  I gave her a few suggestions, but ultimately thought of Title 9 for their athletic-friendly swimwear.  The bottoms are full coverage, and the tankinis and bikinis have great support.  See her email below:

Another quick question for you…

Because you’re so amazing regarding fashion, any thoughts on where I should start my swim suit hunt?

I’m really anxious about buying online because I sort of feel like suits need to be tried on in person…but if you have thoughts…I would be so appreciative.

Thanks!

And here is what she found on Title 9.com!

Color Me Rad – Do it!

So, a friend asked me several weeks ago to run the Color Me Rad race with her.  I declined because I am somewhat OCD about having dirty hands, and certainly of feeling altogether messy.

But when a staff member contacted me about promoting the run on LittleBlackSweats.com, 1) I was flattered that she chose LBS.com (the little fashion site that could) and 2) thought it was a sign from the universe that I was supposed to run this 5K and possibly conquer my aversion to “filth” with good ole colored cornstarch.

With that said, I’m recruiting.  Whether you are training for some longer race or you just want to run this for the fun of it, Color Me Rad is coming to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs on July 8th at 9am.  You can register online and the registration fee is $40, which includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, race bib, sponsor swag and color packet for the color fight post race.  Or volunteer to be on the color bomb squad that “bombs” the racers every 5 minutes throughout – go easy on me!

Check out pics and videos from previous races on the website or join 70,000 other fans on Facebook and “like” the Color Me Rad page.  Once you’ve seen the pictures, you can’t help but sign up… take it from me!  You can also keep up to date on the other races around the country, and let friends know you are doing this great event that benefits the Special Olympics.

Check out this great YouTube video for inspiration, and I hope to see you there!

Daily Covet: Beauty don’t come free… or cheap

Last night, after dropping a bundle on three new bras (after going waaayyyy too long without replacing old, worn out, and played out bras), I was lamenting the cost of being a woman.  I like the finer things for sure, but I won’t say I’m excessive about my beauty regimen.  Hair cuts and highlights run me about $150 every 12 weeks – yep, I said 12 – as I try to put them off to save myself a couple trips per year that way.

I spend about $50 on day cream, $40 on eye cream and $40-ish on cleanser every couple of months.  I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I don’t regularly wear makeup, except my $26 Lancome Definicils mascara and $18 juicy tubes of lip gloss.  Or just a tinted Burt’s Bees lip balm for $9.  Perfume gives me a headache, and my family membership to the gym, is probably comparable to most gyms – relative to the part of the country you live in.

My point you ask?  Big news!  Jennifer Aniston reportedly spends $8K per month on her beauty regimen.  I was driving this morning, and my radio station’s DJ was remarking over Jennifer Aniston’s monthly beauty bill of $8K.  Apparently, $900 per week goes to Yoga lessons, neck ointment by Euoko is $450, and regular splurges on Tracie Martyn Spa Facials are $500+.

Everyone seems up in arms about this fact.  And while I don’t begrudge Jennifer Aniston her beauty routine (hey, she’s not getting plastic surgery every day like Melanie Griffith!), why is this news?  Articles keep talking about how high and mighty Angelina would be about all the coin Jennifer’s dropping for beauty, while she’s trying to save the world.

Angelina probably spends that and more on tattoos and private jets to wander the globe.  (Yes, I’m Team Aniston…)

All I have to say is… all that money is NOT in vain, as witnessed below.

Daily Covet: On thin ice

Riedell Ice skates 117 Red Ribbon Womens, skates.com sale $112

Our family has taken up ice skating lately.  This afternoon, we went with some friends from my son’s preschool for another spin around the ice, and got talked into buying a season pass to the outdoor rink.  True to form, the rental skates sucked and hurt my feet.

It was just like when I took up skiing as a kid, and had the hardest time finding boots to fit and be comfortable.

So here I am, not 4 hours after purchasing our season skating pass, coveting my own pretty, white figure skates.  They are pretty inexpensive these days.  You can get a recreational pair for as little at $39.99.  These particular skates are a little more expensive, but I figured my chances of actually finding a cheaper pair to be comfortable enough would be slim to none.

I think these would be sufficient for practicing my triple toe loops, don’t you?!

 

My "Fit Minded" Feature!

I am heading into month 4 of my Fit Minded Book Club. I have met a group of wonderful women, ranging in ages but all with a common concern – their health and making physical activity a priority.


Thanks to Dr. Huberty and her staff for bringing this group together and for tackling some issues that women face when it comes to their health!