Alluring Activewear: Espalier Sport

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Fitness_Fashion_nike_espaliersportDuring my September holiday to The Canary Islands, American Husband inspired me to keep working at my fitness and created for me a series of largely bodyweight-focused ‘WODS’ (workout-of-the-day in CrossFit terms).  Since no equipment is needed you can pretty much do these anywhere, anytime – perfect for when you are traveling or can’t make the gym*.  I’ve been trying to incorporate this style of activity into my workout routine back home, and of course whenever I start any new fitness regime, you can pretty much guarantee I’ll need some new kit to wear that motivates me to work hard and feel my best.

Espalier Sport are a new brand that weaves sleek, seductive, silhouettes with subtle yet powerful feminine details into an active-lifestyle collection for withstanding the rigors of fitness as well as being something you want to incorporate into everyday wear.  Designer Karen Hseih developed Espalier Sport from an appreciation of lingerie and an interest in the empowering nature of innerwear for some women. With this active-wear collection, she seeks to embrace both ease in movement and sensual freedom of expression, which she achieves very nicely with this comfortable and a-hint-of-the-provocative line.

I’ve worn this cropped wide-band bra-top for yoga and the bodyweight WODS I mentioned at the start of this post.  Whilst some might find the straps insubstantial for lots of high impact activity (you might prefer the midriff bra top), the wide band gives good support around the chest area.  This top is lined, has removable cups and a racer-back which I much prefer for freedom of upper body movement.

You can view the whole collection of tops, bottoms and cover-ups HERE.

Wearing: Wide band bra top by Espalier Sport. Shorts and trainers: Nike. Beach towel, KOZA. Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

*Go on – feel inspired!  Fall is a perfect time of year for running outside or getting involved in activity in your local parks and gardens.  And if you’re really interested – to view some travel WODS, click HERE.

 

Black, White & Denim: Nike, Hollister & Helmut Lang

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Nike tee and denim shorts styleonthecouchThe weather in England is pretty amazing right now, Blog Reader.  Fully expecting to be back in my wellies and winter coat when I returned from Georgia, here I am instead in my denim shorts this weekend!

The first weeks after a wedding are kinda weird. You are still filled with the glow of happiness but the return to reality sets in – I’ve had a really busy first week back at work and the jet lag hasn’t helped!  This weekend I finally felt I could press the reset button. I stocked up on nice food (with some recommendations from my fitness and nutrition guru Charli Cohen, more on her on the blog next month) and my usual favourite treats (champagne and macarons, what else?!) and hit the gym hard. I clearly don’t want summer to end, so thank you English weather for playing along.

Lots of new stuff coming on the blog over the next few weeks, Blog Reader! I have some accessories and style posts, including the second dress I wore at my wedding, from DKNY.  New designer features too.  You may have noticed Friday Lingerie Lust returned this week and will be continuing with new collections from innovative lingerie and boudoir accessories brands. I’m also beginning a new fitness thread on StyleOnTheCouch as my gym wear is becoming as important as my day-to-day style lately.  For me the right workout gear gets me moving every time. Try it – I have some great fitness recommendations for you coming up in October.

Wearing: Nike tee, Dick’s Sporting Goods (somewhat of a mecca for me in the States for work out gear!); denim shorts, Hollister (I am too old to shop in this place but I have to say these shorts fit me perfectly); holding Helmut Lang leather jacket.

Beauty Lies in Strength: CrossFit / Sure Challenge

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In just one month, Blog Reader, I head over to the States to get married*.  Inspired by uber-fit American-fiance I’ve taken on a bit of a fitness challenge before the day, over at the CrossFit Norwich gym.  Here I take on a series of WODs (Workout-Of-The-Day) resulting in an intense fitness session involving squats and lifts with gymnastic movements.  It’s a huge challenge for someone my shape and size but one that reminds me that beauty lies in strength which is a great feeling.

But. It’s summer. It’s hot. And I’m one sweaty mess when it comes to intense physical activity, the level of which I haven’t experienced since I hung up my pointe shoes many years ago.  To accompany my new (and far more serious) fitness regime I needed a new deodorant to protect me from the moment I applied it all the way through the CrossFit workouts.  Sure sent me one of their new Maximum Protection range to test out (four scents are available, I will be taking Clean Scent through its paces) – designed to provide 48hr protection against perspiration. You read that right, 48 hrs – meaning I can apply the unique cream format at night time and allow the product to adjust and adapt to my body whilst resting.  Because my body temperature is consistent at night when I am sleeping, Sure’s new TRIsolidTM technology can acclimatise to my skin and form a protective network across my sweat glands for a deep layer of protection.  Well hey, perfect for psychologist-me running around the hospital during the day to all my different sessions and perfect for gym-bunny me with my CrossFit challenge two to three times a week in the evenings.  Sure claim that their new range is 2x stronger than other deodorants, so check back next week to read more about my workouts and see how Clean Scent performed.

*Eeeeee!! :)

Photos of me by said uber-fit-American-fiance William Williams.

Post sponsored by SURE who gave me a free product trial of their Sure Women Maximum Protection deodorant.  For further information on sponsorship or collaborations please email me at styleonthecouch@gmail.com