Fitness Friday // SELF Magazine

Happy Friday, Glitteraries!

As you know, fitness is a regular part of my lifes, so I'm always on the hunt for fun workouts. Anytime I can do this outside, even better!

A couple of weeks ago, SELF Magazine hosted their annual Workout In the Park right here in Chicago. This was my second year attending, and even though it's a 4 hour fitness endeavor, it always a guarantees a day full of sweat, laughs, and toned bums.

While, I'll enjoy most any workout, once I'm in the zone, I think I like this event most, because it hosts a variety of cardio routines heavy in dance. This year's sessions included the likes of some bollywood, beach body, and drumming all led by key instructors from across the country. My new favorite? PoundFit, a full blown jam session with rock out results of 400 to 900+ calories per hour, plus additional strength and toning through lightly weighted drum sticks. Not bad for what felt like a drumming lesson to my favorite tunes.

Also at this year's event, a fitness genius who was seriously going to kick my butt, none other than The Biggest Loser's, Bob Harper. This year's weather forecast was not nearly as generous as last, and this meant that when Bob came down off the stage and walked by, you couldn't hide in the crowd and slack off. Talk about intimidating! Thankfully, Bob was nice enough to get down in the mud with us if he was going to demand burpees. Needless to say, this was our most strenuous workout of the day, but if Bob says "jump", we say "how high"...

Oh, and let's not forget the swag. SELF always brings in the best sponsors, providing healthy snacking and hydrading throughout the event, not to mention a great oportunity to try out new product from brands like Athleta, Reebok, Garnier, and Victoria's Secret Sport.

This year's theme was Sweat is Sexy, an effort to inspire women to re-energize their lives and feel their best. As to be expected the immediate (and lingering) result was soreness, but nothing gives you a better boost of self esteem than knowing you pushed your limits and surpassed them!

What are your favorite ways to stay active? Any plans for weekend adventure?... xoxo

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To: Chicago / From: the Lululemon Lab


Yesterday I mentioned a top secret event, today I'm spilling the details... Join me, as we unpack a special delivery straight from Vancouver. Today and today only, shop an exclusive collection from the Lululemon Lab making its first ever US debut.

The Lululemon Lab is a unique and inovative section of Lululemon, producing casual day wear, not athletic wear. These designs, are traditionally sold exlusively at the Lab in Vancouver, and are not available online. Chicago is receiving 160 pieces.

When Lululemon approached me about this venture I was honored to be included. We all know and love Lululemon's premium & flattering fitnesswear, so when they introduced me to the idea of daywear that reflected these same values, I was beyond excited about the possibilities!

A little bit of background...

The Lululemon Lab is a design concept space for Lululemon established in 2009. Here, Lululemon's in-house design team combines the functional roots of Lululemon's athletic gear with the latest local and international fashion trends to produce an exclusive collection of premium, functional, and on trend designs for everyday wear. This team is dedicated to producing key pieces designed to take you from morning to night - streamlining your wardrobe from commute, to work, to yoga, to dinner.

These collections have never been seen in the US, until now. Chicago's Halstad Lululemon location is one of a few select Chicago & New York stores to receive a very limited edition shipment of Lululemon's Lab collection, and tonight I'm helping you style it!

I cannot emphasize how much you're going to love this line, and it is extremely limited, so grab your best guy or girlfriend, and join me tonight 5-7pm, at Lululemon's Halsted location (2104 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614).

See you soon!!!