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Scenes from Soldier Field: Nike Workout + Fashion Show

16 Nov

I mentioned yesterday that I took advantage of a last minute opportunity to attend a Nike Women’s workout event at Soldier Field.

In case my pics didn’t give you this hint, it was awesome. And yes, that is Kristin Cavallari, and yes, she is showing off those shoes I want so desperately. I think I want them as much as Kristin wanted to roundhouse Lauren Conrad in the face circa 2004. And now I’ve been sucked so deep into a Netflix Laguna Beach marathon, I’ve almost convinced myself that chokers and toe rings were kind of cool after all.

  Damn her. That’s what I get for cheating on LC.

Reality TV affinities aside… the evening was divided into two parts: a football-inspired workout with NTC Master Training Marie Purvis, followed by a fashion show highlighting Nike’s newest looks, hosted by Brittney Peyton and none of other than K Cav herself.

The workout consisted of everything from plyometric drills to individualized toning exercises. We were FREEZING on the field (mid-November in Chicago isn’t exactly a walk in the park), but I swiftly forgot about the chill as soon as we started in on some jumping lunges, air squats, and skaters, maintaining a steady jog throughout. With upbeat music vibrating through the stadium as we worked out in droves, I have to admit this was one workout whose end I regretted!

I quickly forgot about how sad I was to stop working out when I realized it was time to head inside to the [heated] club level of the stadium for some warm appetizers, complimentary wine and fantastic fashion show. I kind of want to buy everything I saw, especially these.

Overall, not too shabby for a Wednesday night. Nike made hundreds of ladies feel like a hundred bucks!

This weekend I’ll be hitting the road, heading to Atlanta with JC via car trip (picking my brother up along the way.) I can’t express how stoked I am for a calendar week at home, eating, drinking and yoga’ing myself into oblivion. Don’t worry about me, I packed exclusively stretchy pants.

I’ll post from the road this weekend, but stay tuned early next week for Thanksgiving tips from my Friendsgiving feast!


Tailgate Envy

15 Nov


{ Julius Peppers Jersey / Dunk High shoes / Tailgater Fleece }

Last night I seized an epic opportunity to attend an exclusive Nike Women’s event, working out on Soldier Field with hundreds of other women. The evening also featured bites & sips accompanied by a fashion show highlighting Nike’s newest looks, many of which centered around Chicago’s finest sports enterprise.

I’ll share more deets about the event itself tomorrow, but thought I’d share a teaser today by showing off my favorite Nike tailgate picks. Gotta represent Julius Peppers, my favorite bear (I mean… how can you not?) Plus I cannot tell you how badly I want those kicks on my feet right this second!!!

More tomorrow. In the meantime: what’s your favorite sports team? Do you enjoy putting gameday outfits together as much as I do? Dressing up is as much a sport as the sport itself, y’all.

Zumba Jitters

12 Jul

If you’ve read the blog somewhat frequently, you might know that my Tuesday night Hip Hop dance class is my ritual.

You might also know that I make a frequent habit of having a bad class. I dance basic level at a studio, but apparently in the dance world “basic” doesn’t mean easy; it just means “slightly slower-paced than Beginner. G’luck.”

I like the challenge, but sometimes it feels stressful. And I already have work and moving and all that good junk to do the stress thing for me.

So for this week I traded my typical Tuesday popping locking & dropping for something a little more… approachable?

Fact is, I’ve been mulling over the Zumba thing for a while. Tuesday night, I took the plunge!


Calorie burnfest. I certainly didn’t wear a heart monitor or anything, but I’ve read multiple reports of Zumba-goers burning 400-800 calories per session. And me & my drenched-in-sweat-self believed it. All while dancing around to some Shakira? Sign me up!

Many dance-y funktown moves. I have been known to bust a mean chest pop or hip shake in my day. These parts of the choreography I embraced with sassy zeal.

All ages & experience levels welcome. Ages ranged from 25-65 in my class last night. Very different than the exclusively 20-something demographic I’m used to in Basic Hip Hop.

Nice mix between easy to follow & challenging combinations. There’s a brief pause after each song combo, so you can quickly catch your breath and grab some agua. Just when you get comfortable, it gets fast and exhilarating again.

The accessories!! Because Zumba is kind of a giant Latin party lovefest, there are hoards of fun apparel choices to rock out with while you shake it.


Cheese city, at times. You’re really going to have to get over yourself if you want to get anything out of this except besides a wounded pride. Yes, much of the party is a hip shaking good time, but other parts are very much jump-and-clap; kind of a modern day Jazzercise if you will. Who cares if you feel like you belong in a bad American Idol audition at certain points when you’re not feeling the choreography? It only feels worse with self-consciousness.

Varies depending upon instructor. Seems like there is a lot of creative freedom in the choreography department, so I’m sensing it might take a bit of searching around and class sampling to determine which instructor best fits my personal taste.

I really can’t think of any other drawbacks. Once I was 15 minutes in I had a sweaty helluva time, and I think I’ll try some more classes with different instructors to find out whether this is something I’d like to add into my regular rotation! While I really missed the challenge of a full Hip Hop routine, the light-heartedness of a dancey good workout was just what I needed.

Have you ever tried Zumba? Yay or Nay to the dance cardio? Anyone try any new classes or routines outside their comfort zones recently?

New Gear

5 Mar

How was everyone’s weekends?

Ours, while productive, was verrrry busy. With our wedding just over 3 months away, things are really cookin’ over in this neck of the woods – wedding prep through the church, registry updating, invitation printing, the list goes on. BUT it’s all good stuff, and all part of the journey 🙂

Since this wedding tornado bowled into town and made my brain its chaos nest, I’ve really been focusing on keeping things in perspective. For me, that means not taking myself or any of this stuff too seriously – after all, it’s meant to be fun! I’m glad we have spent so much time “taking inventory” in our relationship by enduring enjoying hours upon hours of preparation, communication and counseling through the church.

And no matter how nuts things get, we also have health & fitness to fall back on, which have really become routine over here.

I don’t know about you guys, but nothing gets me more excited about working out than acquiring some fun new gear.

After all, studies show that those who felt confident and comfortable in their workout attire actually made exercise a more regular habit than those who didn’t dig their threads.

My weekend loot:

Dry fit Nike tank for dance, dry fit t-shirt for lifting, AND

Rough & tough lady lifting gloves.

Like a boss.

Did I mention we’re bad ass?

Also, did you guys read on Saturday that I’m going to dive into CorePower Yoga this month?

I wouldn’t lie to you.

My first-ever yoga mat! This one’s got fish friends on it. Pretty zen, right? I know. At least I’ll look the part when I head to my first class 😉

I’m ready to hit the gym this week!

What do you think, does new gear get you amped for exercie? Anybody out there get some kickin’ threads recently?