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Studio to Street Wear

Weekends aside, I am in leggings or stretchy pants, tank tops and sweaters most every time I leave the house. I am always on my way to, or coming from an exercise class where stretchy pants are an absolute must, and who has time to change into street clothes every time they have to run into a store?

That’s why when I’m shopping I try to find styles that can go from the studio to the street without missing a beat.

Styles that are both functional and fashionable make it easier for me to pop into a store between classes to pick a few things up without feeling like I look like someone who just came from the gym and Bench. styles are made to be multipurpose, in fact they have right on their clothing tangs, “Multipurpose City Clothing”

Or you know, multi-purpose country clothing… ;)

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This Bench. Sinker II Fleece in Polar Ice is quite possibly the softest hoodie I’ve ever felt. It’s like wrapping yourself up in a blanket! Complete with the beloved thumb holes and sleeves that are actually long enough for this long limbed girl give it two distinct thumbs up from me!

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A not so well kept secret about me is that I’m always cold, so when I saw this adorable grey snood (scarf meets hood) I knew it had to come home with me. Not only is it great for keeping my neck warm, but if my ears get cold and I don’t have a hat or hood near by I can pop it up over my head like a hood for double duty!

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As for the fingerless gloves, I’ve been wanting a pair of those for well over a year. The Bench. Leyko B Glove are fleece lined making them super cozy for those times you want to keep you hands warm but need the freedom of bare fingers.

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I picked up the hot pink Supta Vest tank from the sale section, so I’m not sure if you’ll be able to find it in store, but the tank is made from lycra supplex making it a high performing tank that looks amazing paired with the Baddah Legging.

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These leggings might have tied my much adored herringbone WU’s for favourite leggings. They are super comfy, soft and let’s face it, look pretty dang amazing.

Prior to now I never would have thought to look to Bench. for multi-purpose clothing like this. Actually I thought they only made outwear and hoodies (oops…), and now that I’ve seen what great pieces they have to offer you can be sure I’ll be looking to see what they have to offer the next time I’m looking for new pieces.

From studio to street to studio. That’s how I live my life, and these pieces from Bench. are definitely helping me do that with a little more style!

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to Bench. in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Sears Pure NRG Athletics

Happy Monday y’all! :) Today I’m going to be reviewing the new athletics line from Sears Canada – Pure NRG!

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And before I get started, can we take a moment to talk about how cute the striped outfit on the right is the that picture?  It reminds me of my favourite outfit from when I was in grade 2, which my family called my “Hamburgler outfit”.  I wants it.

Anyway… a few weeks ago Sears Canada contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing their new athletic line Pure NRG, which is an exclusive line of performance clothing with features including:

Another great selling feature for me (and I expect all fitness enthusiasts) is that the entire line has been designed to provide high quality at an accessible price point with all items costing less than $50.00!

Now, as a fitness professional, I look at my wardrobe as an investment.  Fitness clothes to me, are like a business suit to a business man, so while I don’t mind spending more for quality items, I also love a deal, and if I can get quality for a lower price – I’m there.

They were kind enough to send me a number of pieces from the collection which I received and began wearing to classes a little over a week ago.

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Included in my package were the studio tank in deep aruba blue, the karma crop in grey, the motion crop in black, the stride pant in black, a grey t-shirt and the Jersey Knit Mock-Neck Jacket.

At first glance my favourite item was the studio tank.  Possibly because it was bright blue ;) but also because of the quality.  It has a built in bra (with removable cups) and considering it’s $29.97 price tag felt a lot like some much more expensive tanks I’ve owned.  If I were to wear it to teach Zumba or for running I would wear another bra underneath (a built in bra is rarely sufficient for me during high impact activities), but for teaching strength training classes or yoga it’s perfect.  I wore it on Saturday morning to teach Zumba Toning and really enjoyed it.  I’ve got a long torso and was really pleased that this tank hits me a a good place so I don’t feel like I’m showing everyone my mid drift throughout class.

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Don’t mind my cranky face.  That’s the face of someone who loves her tank top, but is getting really sick and tired of her chest cold.

My next favourite item is the stride pant.  It is from the “performance” section of the line and they are fairly lightweight feeling, but are super comfy and two things I particularly liked are that the sit right at my waist (just below my belly button) and that the seaming on the legs comes in and runs down the side/front of the legs instead of the traditional side seam.  I find that type of seaming is more flattering and I am really happy that more and more companies are starting to go that route!  I tried to take a picture of what I mean with the seaming but I don’t think it translated onto the picture well so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

I actually wore a full Pure NRG ensemble last monday to teach Barre and Yoga Relax – the stride pant, along with my grey T-shirt and the mock-neck jacket.

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I was trying to look more lively here.  Also ignore my unmade bed.  There was a cat asleep in it ;) Believe it or not, I didn’t actually have a plain black zip up jacket so this was a more than welcome addition to my wardrobe.  I wore it to classes the first night I got it!  It’s a light jacket so it great for those times when it’s too warm for a sweater, but you still want a cover-up of some sort.

The grey t-shirt (which I’m wearing in the photo above), the karma crops, and the motion crops are also great inexpensive pieces in the collection.  I’ve been wearing them to teach my seniors fitness classes, and while doing my Physique 57 workouts:

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after teaching Zumba Gold on Friday in the karma crop

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and doing a Physique 57 workout last week in the motion crop.

Over all I am really impressed with the Pure NRG line from Sears Canada, and in looking at the website see some other pieces I would really like, to add to my collection like the studio jacket, the performance legging (these look great for running!), and of course my grown up Hamburgler pants ;) the fashion pant.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new line from Sears Canada.  What it your favourite piece in the collection?

Disclosure:  Sears Canada provided me with six pieces from the new Pure NRG line in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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