March 2013 Zumba Wear Launch

Hi everybody!  I hope you’ve all been having a good weekend <3

About 1 1/2 weeks ago Zumba launched a new line of Zumba Wear online, those who went to the LA Conference have had this stuff for a while, but for the rest of us it’s new, and there is only one thing crazy Zumba instructors like more than new Zumba music, it’s new Zumba clothes!

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On Thursday my order from Zumba Shop Canada finally arrived, and I figured I’d throw up some pictures of the new stuff I ordered and tell you what I thought about the sizing, fit etc.  Zumba wear sizing is often very different from one release to the next and I know it helps me whenever I can get some insight on how things fit when placing my orders.

I will apologize in advance for the photos, I took them to send to some of my friends to help me decide on what to keep and what to send back, at the time I had no intention of publishing them online, if I had, I probably would have fixed my hair and cleaned my mirror ;)

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This top isn’t from the new release, it’s the Flow Bubble Tank in Zumba Green from last fall I decided to pick it up because it was on sale and I really love my older bubble tanks.  This is the M/L which is what all of my other bubble tanks are and I think it fits the same (and I heart it!).  On the bottom I’m wearing the Flash ‘Em Paper Bag Capri in size medium.  These are really comfy and soft.  I really like them!  I was concerned that the side pockets would make me look even hip-ier than I am but don’t.  They will be perfect for the nights I teach a strength training class right after Zumba since you can move a bit more freely in them.  Plie squat pulses in Zumba cargo pants isn’t my favourite thing ;)

Next up is the Galaxy Loose Racer Back, I ordered it in both Lemon

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and Orchid.

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Based on previous knowledge I sized down in this shirt and ordered a small.  I know some people hate that they made this version of the Loose Racer Back much longer than previous versions, but i love it!  I ordered two of the loose racer backs in the fall and ended up selling them.  On my long torso I looked like I was wearing a toddlers baby doll dress.  They look so great on so many other people, but the short length made my long torso look mega weird.  I thought I still had the photos on my computer but I guess I deleted them.  In the end I decided to keep the orchid version of the top and sent the lemon back.  The fabric is quite thin which is great for keeping cool, but the lemon seemed pretty see-thru, and while I like burn-out tanks, they are suppose to be see through, I felt like this one just looked cheap.

In the above photo I’m also wearing the new black Stellar Samba Cargos.  LOVE THEM.  I always order my cargos in a large because I like them roomy.  I find that the waistband on these is certainly more snug than some previous releases (I think they are on par with the shout outs and the cargos from last winter with the tassels on the pockets but not the back.  What were those called?  I’m not sure but these are the ones I mean:

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Anyway, aside from the waistband I find the rest of the pant to fit normally, and because I buy mine larger than I need to I appreciate the tighter waist.  I’m forever having to pull up my Fusions so they don’t fall down!

I also ordered the Sambas in the new blue colour

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Again, total love.  The bright blue with the yellow is just awesome sauce.  In fact, I sold my beloved navy blue Fusions to a friend of mine last week since I decided to keep these beauties.

Pictured with the cargos is the new Zumba Toning instructor tank.  In the past I’ve always ordered the tanks in a size medium, but the past year or two they seem to keep getting shorter and shorter!  I miss the longer tanks from Zumba from back in 2010 and earlier.  Anyway, I decided to order this in a large for the extra length and I’m glad I did.  It’s a bit big overall, but a quick trip through the dryer should shrink it just enough.

I also ordered the Aqua Zumba instructor tank in a large

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same deal here, a tad big but I’m so glad to have the extra length that I’ll deal with it.

New up is the new Instructor Jacket.  I ordered my standard size medium, but it was huge on me.  I wish I would have taken a better photo showing just how big it was, you could have easily put two of me in that jacket.  If it had been a small, or maybe even an x-small I probably would have kept it, but since it wasn’t I sent it back.

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Something else I sent back – the Oh, You Fancy Top.  I really wanted to love this.  I’ve always liked the previous versions of the fancy top (on other people) so was hoping I would like it.  I ordered the M/L which fit great in the waist, but it was all kinds of sloppy up top.  I don’t think it was made for me…

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Now my friend Josie ordered the top (in the other colour) and it looks super adorable on her.

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Just goes to show how no one item will work for everyone.

Something else that didn’t work?  The Moonrise Crop Top.  It looks so cute on the models and on me, it looked like I found a worn out shirt in the garbage and decided to wear it.  :/

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The last thing I ordered and really wanted to love was the baseball tee.  I adore my baseball shirt from last year

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And when I saw this year’s was a burnout tee I was SOOO excited!  Then I found out it tied in the front and I felt a bit like I was back in grade 2 in the 80′s

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I also tried it with a tank underneath, and liked it a lot more (mostly because it gave me more length)

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but in the end the tie was a deal breaker and I sent it back.  For sizing reference, I ordered this in a medium and it fit me well.  The arms were a bit snug so if you don’t like your shirts snug in the arms I’d size up in this shirt.

You’ve probably notice that I have one of the new bras on in all of the photos, I ordered my standard size medium in the bra and I find it fits the same as past V Bras.

So there you have it, my thoughts on the new release and the sizing.  If you ordered any of the items I didn’t review and would like to chime in with your two sense please let me know, I’d be happy to update the post with some of your photos/info on how you feel this new line shapes up compared to others. 

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Broccoli Beef Stir Fry

I’m back today with another recipe in support of PC’s “Create” section of their website where you can find lots of healthy recipes for you and your family.  Today I am sharing the recipe for Broccoli Beef Stir Fry (reprinted with permission)

Broccoli Beef Stir Fry

 

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At the PC kitchens, we love stir-fries. They’re loaded with vegetables, quick-to-cook, and a great way to stretch one package of meat to serve a whole family. In this version of beef-broccoli, we’ve even added the rice.

Serves: 6

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In medium bowl combine sugar and cornstarch; whisk in soy sauce and 1/3 cup (75 mL) water until combined. Pour mixture into small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes or until sauce thickens. Set aside. 
  2. Meanwhile, place rice pouch in microwave on a paper towel, seam side up; cook on HIGH for 2 ½ to 3 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave; set aside. 
  3. Pierce bag containing broccoli with tip of a sharp knife; place on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH for 2 ½ minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes. Carefully remove bag from microwave and open with caution because steam will be released; set aside. 
  4. In large wok or frying pan, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; add beef and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute or until browned but not cooked through. Transfer to bowl. Return wok to medium heat and heat remaining oil until you see a slight haze over pan. Add onion, red pepper, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly tender. Stir in hot pepper flakes, broccoli, rice and soy sauce mixture; toss to combine. Heat for 2 minutes or until warmed through. Stir in beef. Serve immediately.

Per serving: 240 calories, fat 7 g (of which 1.6 g is saturated), sodium 470 mg, carbohydrate 31 g, fibre 4 g, protein 13 g

Low in Saturated Fat

Excellent Source of Vitamin C

Good Source of Vitamin A

Source of Iron

Source of Potassium

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