Affordable Workout Clothes with Forever 21

A few weeks ago I was invited to a yoga class at Y7 to launch Forever 21’s new activewear collection. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sweat it out at Y7 and was excited to see and test out the new line. Workout clothes can be insanely expensive, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about the fact that it’s clothing you’re going to sweat in. I was honestly impressed with the new line of cute, affordable workout clothes.

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Next time I’ll get a picture before the hot yoga class.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite pieces from the new collection. Let me know what your faves are!

afforadable workout clothes

1. Stripe Sports Bra ($14.90)
2. Dot Sports Bra ($14.90)

3. Digital Print Leggings ($24.90)
4. Shadow Stripe Leggings ($22.90)
5. Dip-Dyed Capri Leggings ($19.90)

6. Mind Over Matter Tank ($7.90)
7. Active Life Graphic Tee ($17.90)

Resolution Redux with #MissionH2O

Hi, resolutions. It feels like forever since I made you.

I’m a believer that resolutions can be constantly evolving and changing, depending on what’s going on at the moment. It was funny how many of my resolutions for 2015 were no longer relevant at the end of the year, and that’s okay. Those resolutions were still things I had wanted to work on at the beginning of the year.

I like having a few overarching goals for the year, things I can always be working on, and then a few super specific, time sensitive goals such as take the GMAT… and stop complaining about it while I’m at it.

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I was excited when Drink Up reached out to me about their new campaign #MissionH2O. The idea is to give you a second chance at resolutions, because let’s be honest most of us aren’t doing so hot on the resolution front already. If drinking more water isn’t one of your resolutions, it probably should be… that is unless you’re like me and already drink an insane amount of water, thanks anxiety!

Even before #MissionH2O reached out to me, I had been talking with my close friend (Hi, Jenna!) about her frequent mid-afternoon headaches at work due to dehydration. My biggest tip is to keep water on your desk. I’m literally always reaching for my cup of water throughout the day, whether I’m on the phone or typing away. Maybe this is TMI but I also don’t mind the frequent bathroom breaks because it’s a good reminder to get up, stretch and walk around, but maybe that’s just me :)

In addition to the resolutions I already laid out, I’ve decided to add a few more to the bunch. I’m of the philosophy that you can never have too many goals.

  • connect. I want to find more ways to connect with likeminded individuals and continue to foster the relationships in my life that are invigorating, energizing and inspiring. I want to be surrounded by people that build me up instead of bringing me down, and hope my friends feel the same way.
  • travel more. As much as I love Manhattan more than any other place in the world, it can really wear me down and I know I need to get out to help me recharge. At the beginning of 2016 I had zero travel plans which was kind of sad. I just booked a two-week trip to Los Angeles for March to visit my bestie and I am SO excited.
  • sleep more (at least 7 hours a night). Sleep has always been my enemy, growing up I always had trouble falling asleep, nowadays I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to also devote 7 of them to sleep. It’s something I really struggle with, especially since I wake up sometime between 5:30AM-6:30AM most mornings to workout.

 

Now it’s your turn, share your own #MissionH2O for 2016 and tag me (@kaylaruth on instagram and twitter) for a chance to win a prize pack from Nalgene. I will be giving away 10 water bottles + you’ll also be entered to win additional prizes. Good luck!

 

This post was sponsored by #MissionH2O. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Kayla in the City.

4 Simple Happiness Hacks

I’ve been stressed out lately, to say the least. As I’ve mentioned a bit here, there’s a lot going on right now– I’m working full time, studying for the GMAT, blogging, attending events and doing my best to be a good girlfriend + friend.

When people ask me how I’m doing it all, the truth is I’m not. I feel like an asshole when I cancel dinner plans on my friends because I’m way behind on GMAT work. I have to say no a lot to things I would rather be doing. Staying up late to finish what needs to be done has become the norm.

I loved this post from my friend Sam about managing your energy because it’s so true for me right now. I remind myself it’s only temporary. The GMAT is only temporary (thank god) and soon enough I’ll go back to only juggling 99 things instead of 100.

I have this grandiose plan to write a post about how to get shit done when you have no time… BUT I’m still trying to figure that out for myself at the moment.

So, instead I got something a bit more positive for ya. Here are 4 super simple happiness hacks I’ve been doing lately to make things… uh suck less.

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Listening to podcasts during my commute

I was getting sick of listening to the same songs over and over again on my walk to work so decided to start listening to podcasts again since I loved listening to them during my training runs this fall.

It’s made my walk to work feel more productive in some ways. Maybe this is just me, but I love podcasts because they often times discuss similar topics to what I would read on a blog… but instead I can listen to these discussions while I walk. I’m currently catching up on season two of Starr Struck Radio and it’s made my 30 minute long walk to work far more enjoyable.

 

Reading juicy fiction before going to bed

I’m totally obsessed with non-fiction books– think anything Gretchen Rubin, #Girlboss, and memoirs of famous funny females (Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling…). Recently, though, I just can’t get into non-fiction and have been exclusively reading fun fiction novels before going to bed.

After spending the day working, reading blogs, writing, and studying word problems, it’s really satisfying to get sucked into a fun, juicy story, instead of something that feels educational.

 

Nothing wrong with a little bit of fluff reading because hey, it’s still reading.

 

Enforcing dinner time as a no-work zone. 

I’m really tempted to be productive during every waking moment. The reality? It’s not humanly possible and my attention span just won’t do it.

Dinner time has become me-time, and sometimes friend-time if I’m meeting someone for dinner after work. I refuse to study while I’m eating dinner and won’t even write a blog post while eating these days so I can truly savor meal-time as down time. I live alone so maybe this is a no-brainer for people that eat dinner with family or their significant other.

I give myself about 30 minutes to eat and decompress before getting back to it and find that it seriously helps me be more productive afterwards.

 

Booking my favorite workout for Monday morning

Waking up early lately has been rough. It’s SO dark out at 6AM and my bed is all snuggly and warm. Whenever possible, I book my weekly class at Uplift for Monday mornings because it’s my favorite and you’ll never see me miss an Uplift class. It’s been a really simple and small way to not only ensure I’ll get my ass out of bed and to the gym Monday morning, but also starts my week on a good note.

 

Your turn: hit me up with your super simple happiness hacks. 

GG Shorts Review + Why Everyone Should Run a Half Marat..

why everyone should run a half marathon
I love products that were designed out of need by the creator. GG Shorts came to be when co-founder Amy was frustrated with the lack of running shorts out there that offered longer inseams. This is the first pair GG Shorts has come out with and boasts a 6″ inseam, much longer than the 2″ or 4″ inseams I typically see on the market.

why everyone should run a half marathon
I love that the fabric is super soft and that there’s a draw string, nothin’ worse than shorts that won’t stay in place. The shorts have two large pockets on the side, perfect for stashing your iPhone, keys or some fuel during long runs. They’re great for layering over running tights in the winter, because let’s be honest running tights aren’t exactly flattering on anybody.

If you’re looking for a pair of shorts that offers a bit more coverage than shorts you would typically, definitely check out GG Shorts. You won’t be able to buy a pair until March 2016, however you can add yourself to the email list to be the first to know when they’ve officially launched.

why everyone should run a half marathon

Registration for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May happened last week. After a bit of deliberating (okay, like two seconds of thinking about it) I decided against running this spring half… and probably any half marathon this spring for that matter.

But don’t let that deter you from running a half marathon. I whole heartedly thinking that anyone that has even the tiniest bit of desire to run a half marathon, should. I was thinking about why I love the half marathon distance during 30-seconds sprints on the treadmill at Body Space Fitness.

First and foremost, it’s a challenging but attainable distance. Yes, you’ll have to train for it and work really hard, especially the first time around. but as long as you follow a smart training plan you’ll get there. When I was training for my first half marathon a friend mentioned that if I could run 7 miles, I could run 13.1. I thought she was crazy, but now that I’ve done a few half marathons, I agree with this theory.

There’s also something insanely satisfying about conquering a goal like that. If you’re like me and grew up being a terrible runner that walked the mile run in high school (truth), seeing the mileage creep up, up, up, is kind of insane. My first 10 mile run was one of the most satisfying fitness moments of my life… and this is coming from the girl that can now say she ran a marathon.

So wishing lots of love and luck to those training for their first half marathons this spring. You got this!

why everyone should run a half marathon

This post was sponsored by GG Shorts. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Kayla in the City.