The Best Sporty Pieces To Wear On The Weekend

Sporty pieces (or athleisure-wear) have become an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe. When done right, a sport style can be functional and fabulous. And, in 2019, the trend is getting a bit of an update. To make sure you stay up to the times, I’m sharing 3 of 2019’s must-have sporty pieces to rock on the weekends or any time.

1. Say yes to colorful stripes.

sporty pieces trend

Sweater and cap via Kindred Boutique (see more Kindred finds here). P.S. I totally own the colorful stripe leggings and sports bra below too.

2. Be open to shifting lengths–Biker Shorts

3. Try color-blocking

Chic Activewear In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The only thing on my personal Nordstrom Anniversary wish list this year is chic activewear. I’m in my gym at least 4 days a week, and I like to look and feel good when I’m there. So, I approach getting dressed for workouts seriously. I’ve been slowly phasing out pieces that just don’t work for the kinds of routines I participate in, which has left a space for new items, and hence a wish list of activewear.

I struck gold in the Nordstrom Anniversary active sale. I ordered a pair of super fly Zella leggings. All of my Zella leggings are black, so I love that I can always find a new pair with unique details. My surprise purchase was an Ivy Park set. I love the abstract, graphic design of the lettering stamped on the pieces. But, I’ve viewed Ivy Park as solely a fashion brand and not a performance brand. These pieces surprised me by being both. I rocked my set in HIIT, and they were supportive, moisture-wicking, and stayed in place.

Chic activewear

Chic Activewear:

Ivy Park sports bra (now $22.90, after $35)| Ivy Park leggings (now $32.90, after $50)

Nike trainers (on sale) | Nike cap (on sale)

Ivy Park sports bra (now $22.90)| Ivy Park leggings (now $32.90)

Ivy Park pullover (now $37.90) | Zella leggings (now $38.90) | Zella tank (now $24.90)

More Chic Activewear:
For more Nordstrom Anniversary sale favorites, see here and here.

Make Your Workout Style Fabulous And Functional

I really got my workout groove back last year, which made it easy to jumpstart my 2018 fitness goals. Since I’ve been spending more time in the gym, I thought I deserved some new gear. New year, new gear, right? Naturally, my workout style reflects my overall style. More importantly, I like activewear that supports the activities that I perform when I’m in the gym. I look for high-performing pieces that are moisture wicking, soft, stretchy, and durable. Also, I only wear black in the gym because I sweat a lot, but I don’t like to look sweaty. Don’t ask, it’s just my thing. Lol.

Anyway, here are a few of my current favorite styles for the gym. I especially swear by Nike Flyknit trainers because they’re such a durable, all-around gym shoe. I’ve been buying them for years (see old faves here and here). This year, the sleek black on black style had me at first sight.

workout style

Fabulous and Functional Workout Style:

Support tank | Stripe capri | Nike Flyknit trainers | Cap | Water bottle

Fall Workout Clothing + Win a $100 J.Jill Gift Card [Closed]

It’s getting to that time of year when I need to tweak my workout clothing to suit the colder weather. I slowly start packing up my capri leggings and bringing out my long ones. Of course, I’m always on the hunt for new workout gear because my workout schedule puts heavy demands on my activewear. When I recently learned, then, that J.Jill had launched a Pure Jill Fit collection, I had to try it. All of the J.Jill pieces I own have a super high quality. So, I imagined the brand would bring that standard of quality to its fitness collection. I was right!

To celebrate the launch of this new collection, I’m giving away a $100 J.Jill gift card so that one lucky person could try the line. Enter using the widget at the end of this post.

Pure Jill Fit Collection

What I’m Wearing:

Pure Jill Fit Funnel-Neck Jacket | Pure Jill Fit Just Breath CamiPure Jill Fit Leggings (all c/o J.Jill)

Madewell backpack | Nike Sneakers

I don’t ask too much of activewear. I look for items that are comfortable, stylish, supportive, and moisture-wicking. And, I’m so pleased that J.Jill got it all right in this new collection. My favorite feature is undoubtedly the performance fabrics used throughout the line. My pieces move when I move but hold their shape and stay in place. From HIIT class to hitting the streets, my Pure Jill items gave me the support I needed.

So, what you are waiting for? Enter the giveaway below to win a $100 J.Jill gift card.

For more fit fashion inspiration, see here, here, and here.

Location: Central West End

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This giveaway is sponsored by J.Jill and hosted by me. Winner must have a valid mailing address in the United States. The giveaway ends on November 19 at midnight CST. Winner will be notified within 24 hours of the giveaway ending and will have 48 hours to confirm address after being notified.

The Best Fitness Finds in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I shared my top picks in this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week. Nordstrom cardholders have early access to the sale now through July 20. The sale, then, opens to the general public on July 21 through August 6. I always find it helpful to see items on real people, so I thought I would check back in to share some of the items I actually purchased during the sale. Today’s post shares the activewear I bought. One item is a perennial favorite (Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2 Bionic Training Shoe), and the other is an item from a new-to-me brand (Zella Intrigue High Waist Crop Leggings).

Old top | Leggings | Sneakers


I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym. Your girl is trying to meet her 2017 health goals. I go through so much activewear in one week that I like to periodically add new pieces to my wardrobe. It’s a chore, though, because my taste has become discerning. My activewear has to support the workouts I do, so it has to be moisture-wicking, soft, stretchy, and durable. Of course, I need my activewear to be stylish too. I also only wear black at the gym, so I look for items that have unique details. With all that said, I can now declare my LOVE for the two items I purchased in this year’s #NSale.

The Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2 Bionic Training Shoe was no surprise. This particular Nike style became my all-time favorite training shoe back in 2015 when I purchased this pair. They’re lightweight, breathable, flexible, and so perfect for the gym. They’re also true-to-size. I wear an 8.

This year, I was especially drawn to Zella leggings because of the cutout details on a couple styles. I had never tried anything from Zella before, but once I did, I became a fan. The leggings have that high-waist I prefer. They’re moisture-wicking. The cutouts look edgy and vent heat. I was so sure the leggings wouldn’t accommodate my thighs, but a size small fit perfectly. I often size up to a medium in other brands. By the way, I’ve already done a HIIT class in these leggings, and they stayed put for the entire hour. I never needed to pull ’em up. Zella has a new fan. Actually, I bought another pair of Zella crops.

P.S. I passed on the other pair of Zella leggings in my initial Nordstrom post because they were too long on me.