The Reversible Revolution – Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty’s Reversible Revolution is here, and you can get two awesome looks for the price of one from leggings to bras and even a jacket! Reversible leggings have been in stores for years, and I’ve always loved them, but this season Sweaty Betty have really pulled out all this stops on their reversible range. Here are some of my favourites:sweaty betty, sportswear, fitness, yoga1. Iridescence – I love the subtle pattern on these, and the mesh panels are so flattering, SB always gets this right. A plain back on the reverse makes them super versatile too.

2. Euphoria – If you’re going for a striking pattern on both sides, these are the perfect choice for you. The bold, geometric print will make sure you stand out on the front row of your next yoga class!

3. Jelly Fish – There’s nothing more to say here. A jelly fish print. What more could you want?! You can get this print in a full length, 7/8 and a cute yoga short.

4. Jackie Reversible Embroidered Jacket – SB’s reversible range isn’t just about leggings, I’m lusting over this jacket! Embroidered with SBLDN on the beetle blue satin side, and a fluffy faux shearling on the other, it’d be a struggle to choose which to wear.

5. Strappy Yoga Bra – A pretty lilac on one side, and wear-with-anything black on the other, this will become a wardrobe staple for me. I hope they bring it out more colours!

With these reversible items, and lots more in the range, there are so many reasons to expand your workout wardrobe. Not that I ever need much convincing! Keep reminding yourself that you’re basically getting two for the price of one…and what’s not to love about that?

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Sweaty Betty SS17 Wish List

Another season, another Sweaty Betty Wish List! With bold prints inspired by North African Nomads and Moroccan Souks, and with beautiful textures and styles, the Spring Summer collections from SB is stunning this year!

As always, I’ve got my eyes on so many things, mentally spent over and beyond my allocated Ambassador allowance, and can’t wait to be teaching in all these jewel-like colours and fabrics.

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  1. Merino British Knit Escape Jumper – Although I wouldn’t wear it to teach, this lovely merino knit is stylish and easy to wear with both jeans and sportswear.
  2. Thermodynamic Run Leggings – Now I’ve started teaching a couple of classes outdoors, thermal leggings are a must! I love the bold geometric print of these, and the brushed fleece lining is seriously cosy.
  3. All Sport Tote – I do not need another bag. But this one’s such a gorgeous colour!!
  4. Hamsa Fashion Sweat – I love a Hamsa Hand. Since a visit to Tunisia in my early 20s, this symbol of protection has a certain pull for me. I love this sloppy sweater, it’s the sort of thing I’ll live in.
  5. Insulate Down Gilet – Again for training outside, this is something I can wear throughout the end of winter and into spring.
  6. Fleece Tech Workout Pullover – How stunning is this teal colour? With a high neck, and cosy fleece feel, I can imagine wearing this with the gilet above!
  7. Urdhva Reversible Yoga Leggings – Urdhva leggings are my favourite, I buy them every season. Being reversible, you get two pairs in one, and they are always super soft.
  8. Zero Gravity Run Leggings – You may have seen these appear on my instagram in a lovely black and red pattern, but I love these vibrant blue ones as well. SB’s infamous bum sculpting leggings, they hug everything in the right places.

 

Head to Sweaty Betty to check everything out, and let me know what’s on your wish list!

I am a Sweaty Betty Ambassador, and receive an allowance for clothing. I promote the brand as part of this role, however all opinions are my own.

Fit Footwear – SOLE Sport Flips

Who doesn’t love summer? Long evenings, weekend picnics, sleeveless dresses and flip flops. OK, the British summer is always short and sweet, but it doesn’t stop us all indulging in the above, and I’m just the same. But when it comes to flip flops, I am never satisfied. I’m always suffering with blisters between my toes, or across my stupidly high instep, rolling over my annoyingly weak ankles, and generally tripping over. Some flip flips are so flat make my shins hurt, and others are clumpy and heavy. sole sport flips, summer, flip flopsIn my quest to find comfy flip flops, the lovely folk at SOLE introduced me to their Cork Flips last year, and this year invited me to review their Sport Flips, I need safe, secure shoes I’m not going to fall over in, especially since my knee surgery, so I was happy to give them a go!

SOLE Sport Flips – £50 (some colours are on sale!)

These versatile, waterproof flip flops are perfect if you like long walks on your summer holidays. With a strong grip sole and shaped footbed, they’re supportive, comfy and perfect for walking along the beach, by the pool or through the park.

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The Style

OK, they’re heavier than most ‘fashion’ flip flops, but right now, that works for me. I need to have foot support with my dodgy bones, and, well my feet aren’t the prettiest so they need some love, care and attention! They come in a variety of colours, I chose purple (of course) but you could go for anything from understated black, to baby blue or simply a flash of yellow.

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The Comfort

A pair of flip flops that don’t give me blisters! The toe bar is fabric, and the strap is nicely cushioned against my instep. The beauty of these is that the sole moulds to the shape of your foot over time giving personalised comfort and orthopaedic support. Perfect for me, and for anyone who suffers from foot pain or joint impact issues. I actually find them softer than the Cork Flips I’ve got from last year, and I think I’ll wear these more.

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I must be becoming sensible as I approach my 30s, because as much as I like my 5mm sole, totally unsupportive yet sparkly flip flops, I will certainly be taking my Sport Flips with me on my holiday later this year as well. Comfort is key when it comes to looking after my feet, because after all, they’re the only pair I’ve got!

SOLE kindly gifted me these in return for a review. All opinions my own, see disclaimer for more information.

Fit Kit – Ginger Orange

If leggings with the faces of 1950s sailor pin-ups or beautiful geisha are your thing, then look no further than Ginger Orange! Although I love a patterned legging, I can’t quite get away with such a bold statement, however when Ginger Orange asked if I wanted to try a pair, I noticed their collection of plain leggings with a patterned waistband for the less brave – perfect! In the heart of East London, Ginger Orange believes that activewear should be bold, adventurous, and packed with energy. You can’t go wrong with that! I chose their classic leggings, in a rich royal purple colour.

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The Style

With a thick waistband that sits in a mid-rise position, these leggings are super comfortable and feel like they hold me in in all the right places. I like the contrast of the purple and orange, but also available are the black Onyx leggings, with just the orange contrast for super flattering finish. I’m a fan tucking my leggings under my heel for the ‘dancer-yogi’ look, but being 5 ft 8 with long legs, I don’t find many pairs that are actually long enough to do this with! Ginger Orange’s are perfect for this, but also fine if you prefer to wear them at the ankle with a little rouching (ruching?).

The Fabric

There’s no denying how soft to the touch these leggings are! A blend of nylon and spandex, they’re stretchy, figure hugging and designed with pilates and yoga in mind. I found, honestly, that they went a little see-through in my most extreme stretch test however. It’s nothing that a pair of no show pants wouldn’t fix, but I promise honest reviews, and honest reviews you will get.

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If you’re taking yourself off to a gym class, pilates, gentle yoga or even spinning, Ginger Orange leggings are a fun way of livening up your workout wardrobe. If you’re a fan of squats or you’re a super-flexi yogi, perhaps just whack a pair of big pants on underneath!!

Ginger Orange very kindly gifted me these leggings, however all views are my own, See disclaimer for more details.

Tempo Pilates X Lexie Sport

When it comes to leggings, I’m a little bit of a magpie. The brighter, or more patterned, the more I want them. Realistically, I don’t actually wear my highly patterned leggings a lot, as I don’t have a lot to go with them, however I do love them, and have certain classes or days that call for a crazy pair of leggings! My favourite brands are (apart from the standard Sweaty Betty and Lululemon) are Shadi Activewear, Vie Active (from ActiveinStyle), Onzie and the lovely Lexie Sport. I recently had a chance to browse through the whole Lexie range at Tempo Pilates East London studio.

Lexie Sport

I bought my first par of Lexie Sport Lake leggings last year and they’ve gotten me so many compliments since! The jewel like pattern on the leg and waistband is flattering and the fabric has a soft sheen without being ‘shiny lycra’ that reminds me of dance costumes from the 1990s. On me, they’re a low rise and fit snugly just underneath my hips and although they’re not compression, they hold everything in where they should!

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When I spotted the new Francis leggings at a Tempo Pilates pop-up, I couldn’t tear myself away from them! Such a busy, kaleidoscope-like pattern on the whole leg, as opposed to just a stripe, risks accentuating problem areas, but I actually don’t find this! They’re just as flattering as my Lake leggings, and I think I love them even more. Slightly higher on the waistline than previous lines, the waistband is wider and more figure-hugging. Perfect if you’re a little waist-line conscious!

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Tempo Pilates

At the Tempo X Lexie pop-up, I got to try the Tempo Reformer class for the first time. Taught by head trainer Kate Hanlon, who I’ve actually known for years before we both entered the world of fitness, I really enjoyed the class. With an anatomical, methodical approach that’s still dynamic, and set to music, I liked it more than any other group reformer class I’ve tried in the past. Once my troublesome knee gets better, I’ll be back for sure!

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Summer Wish List

It might only be May, but being on my little break away, I can’t help but think of what I’m lusting after for the rest of summer…hoping we get one in the UK of course!

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Sweaty Betty Tiki Bikini

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Having recently joined Virgin Active, but not being able to do a lot of proper exercise at the moment, swimming might just be my saviour this summer! I love the longer line of the bikini top, more supportive and safer for when I’m swimming lengths (no ‘whoops’ moments), but still stylish enough for a cheeky spa afternoon. From Sweaty Betty.

Striders Edge Jaguar Leggings

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I discovered the amazing comfort of Striders Edge just a few weeks ago with their Sculpt Leggings, they pass my ultimate stretch test! This jaguar print is so stylish and I’m looking to get my hands on a pair! Available at Hip+Healthy.

Alo Yoga Spectra Bra

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Summer in a sports bra. I love my Goddess Leggings but have never tried an Alo Yoga bra…anyone got one? Available at Hip+Healthy.

Lululemon Glass Water Bottle

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I saw this in New York and was seriously tempted to treat myself then. Made of BPA free glass, I’m imagining water with cucumber, mint, lemon etc. in a refreshing summery drink. Find it at Lululemon.

Lululemon Var-City Crops

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I love the criss-cross detailing on the side of these!! I spotted them on one of my colleagues, they look better on her than they would on me, but I’m still lusting after them! From Lululemon.

What’s in your wish list this summer?