“U have a bedazzler?” Turbo Jennie texted me the other day. You know you’re addicted to the shiny stuff when you are the go-to girl for kitchy 90’s era sparklifying gadgets. Regrettably, due to my abhorrence of clutter, I had to text her back in the negative. But it wasn’t because I wouldn’t love to attach rhinestones to all of my workout clothes! I love me a good sparkly. (Seriously: check this top out. Love.)
One of the hard things about being pregnant for me is that you are severely limited in your workout wear options. First, actual maternity exercise gear is hard to come by (I don’t own a single piece) and second, it all looks the same. So for the past 7 months I’ve been rocking the colored wife beaters and black capri pants. Nothing offensive but then I’m the girl whose fave website used to be 101 ways to cut up your t-shirt.
Non-gestating, I have one criteria for my clothes, workout gear included, and that is: different. I’m not terribly enamored of brand names – the Nike swoosh still strikes me as a lazy check mark – but I do like to be original. What this translates to in real life is that one day I had a friend refuse to stand next to me because, in her words, “You look like Stevie Nicks in drag.” This was impressive since I’m not even blond. Sometimes I miss with my personal style, is what I’m saying.
But if finding fun every day clothing is tough, finding unique workout wear is even harder. There is a fine line between retro-funky and pitiful throwback and I have crossed it on more than one occasion, my friends. True story: I own a gold lame-accent-on-the-e leotard. Also a true story: I once cut-up a neon green Wal-Mart tee so badly that it literally fell off of me while I was lifting weights. Thank goodness for a full-coverage sports bra.
So when the delightful Sally from Oiselle, a running apparel company that is both unique and not-line-crossing, contacted me I was thrilled. She had heard about my predilection for dressing like a dork (albeit a glittery dork) and wanted to save me from myself with some cute new duds.
This is how much I love you all: I ‘fessed up to being preggo and told her that one of you would be more deserving of the Oiselle outfit. She agreed to let one of you pick both a top and shorts! Seriously cute stuff there. My fave is the “logo” tee ’cause it’s my favorite color but the “running is renewable” one is also pretty awesome.
And judging from yesterday’s comments on the Dick’s Sporting Goods $100 giveaway (still open, by the way – go enter!!), what y’all really want are some new workout clothes. Your wish, my command. To win this fab outfit, check out Oiselle’s website and tell me what your favorite item is and in what color. For kicks and giggles, tell me about your workout wear philosophy! Do you get a better workout when you feel better about what you are wearing? Or are you devoted to your track shorts from high school and the free tee you got when you signed up for a credit card?
The giveaway runs until Friday, August 28!
PS> Men, you may have noticed, Oiselle only makes female clothes. But you can still win the Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card! Feel free to scratch and grunt.