I texted Gym Buddy Allison the other morning: “Black and white cheetah, pink or purple pineapples??” She picked orange bears eating sherbet or something. But I let her have the purple pineapple one anyhow even though it was my fave. Want one of these headbands? Ten GFE readers get a free Violet Love headband – keep reading to find out how!
Bikram kickboxing – you many not have heard of doing kickboxing in a super heated room before but let me tell you it’s all the rage at my Y. Oh it’s not intentional, it’s just what happens when you cram 70+ sweaty bodies into a tiny studio with poor ventilation. We sweat so much all over the floor that Turbo Jennie had to bring in carpet dryers to keep us all from hitch-kicking right onto our well-toned tushies. (Confession: while I haven’t kicked myself onto the floor – YET – lest you think me more of an athlete than I am, I did accidentally slide into the horizontal splits trying to do a plie squat. I’m already getting excited for ice-rink kickboxing come winter, when all our sweat freezes to the floor!) So today while I did slip-n-slide roundhouses, I was contemplating fitness trends that I really really wish would come back in style. Why? Because thanks to my propensity to sweat like a dude and my cute bangs, so much salt water runs into my eyes that I’m considering shaving off my eyebrows to fully embrace my pale-wet-and-clammy aesthetic:
You know what I need? A sweatband. Oh yes, one of these bad boys:
They still make them. Under Armor even makes pink ones and I had one in my cart before bowing to the whims of fashion and taking it out. Hey, I may not be the most fashionable girl around but I do like to look au courant and for some bizarre reason bangs-in-your-eyes is the It style right now.
I’ve tried other solutions. Bobby pins work great for pulling my bangs out of my face but they don’t do squat for the sweat rivulets. Headbands are super cute right now but I must have the world’s weirdest shaped head because they pop right off with all the zeal of the tabloids talking about the status of Jennifer Aniston’s womb. And I can’t pull off do-rags due to the fact that I’m neither black nor an extra on Little House on the Prairie.
So you see how I have arrived at the sweatband? The terry cloth is wonderfully absorbent, the circular shape enfolds my sweaty forehead in a gentle hug, AND it’s machine washable! The only problem is I think I’d look more Muppet-unibrow than trendy Hipster:
For the love of little green apples, I’m a 32-year-old soccer mom! (Okay, “soccer mom” in name only – my boys actually do Show Choir, and do it awesomely, I might add.) But there is an alternative to the terry cloth awesomeness: a company called Violet Love recently sent me some of their wide stretchy headbands to try out. Allison and I each wore one and I gotta say that they took care of the sweat-in-the-eyes and the random-flyaway-hair issues beautifully. Alas, it still worked its way off my head periodically. But I also got to try out a fun pair of cheetah-print leggings that were both functional and fun! If you are bored by all the solid color basics that look the same everywhere you shop, you should definitely check out all the funky prints at Violet Love.
You know what else is awesome and I wish I got to wear more of? Tennis dresses. All the coverage of a skirt but so many more cute options! Although maybe not quite like this:
Want to win some Violet Love for yourself? The first TEN GFE readers to like their Facebook page and leave a comment telling them that I sent you will win a free headband! Then come back here and leave me a comment about how you deal with sweaty bangs. It doesn’t have anything to do with the giveaway but I need help, people!
P.S. The first meeting with the nutritionist went awesome! More on that later! Also, I’m on vacay this weekend so if I’m slow responding to your e-mails/questions/comments, have patience:)