4 Ways I #GoComfy in my Cuddl Duds

What if I told you there was a ladies clothing brand that was made so versatile and so comfortable that you could wear it during any and every aspect of your life?  Well, there is, and I found it: Cuddl Duds.  You can wear it while lounging around the house, going for walks, playing with the kids, hanging out with friends, running errands, as a casual or dressy outfit, working out, sleeping, and more.  That about covers everything!  Cuddl Duds provides the ultimate warmth and cozy comfort with the perfect fit.  I’ll tell you specifically, 4 Ways I #GoComfy in my Cuddl Duds.

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out and about running errands and visiting with friends

Cuddl Duds is perfect for layering and all their pieces can be mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe.  Over the weekend, I threw on a pair of jeans, a long sleeve white shirt, a pair of booties, and this Cuddl Duds Fleecewear Long Sleeve Wrap.  This is the first weekend that the weather was pretty chilly in St. Louis.  I’m definitely not a coat-lover, so I opted for this long sleeve wrap.

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Since the weather was cooler, I threw up the hood and used the thumbholes – no need for hats and gloves yet!  The wrap is so comfortable, and it comes in black, too.  It matches every outfit.  I could easily throw it on top of anything I wear.  Yesterday I cuddled up with it on the couch because it’s like a wearable blanket, yet can look stylish at the same time.  Double win!

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My parents hosted Sunday breakfast yesterday.  I rocked Cuddl Duds Flexfit Leggings and Fleecewear Long Sleeve Half-Zip Hoodie.  Lounging around the house is possibly one of my favorite things to do.  Compliment that with Sunday morning, my baby, a cup of coffee, and some comfy clothes? Perfect!

And did you see my Facebook post about what other shenanigans ensued? 

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walking and playing outdoors

William was playing with Jacob and Jackson, so Audrey and I went outside for some fresh air.  The long sleeve half-zip hoodie was ideal as it kept me warm without being bulky.  The leggings give a nice pop of color and are very thin and stretchy.  I do think the brand runs a tad on the bigger size, so take that into consideration when ordering / purchasing.  Macy’s is having a great sale now; all of the Cuddl Duds items are very reasonable!

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stylish outfit

I debated whether calling this a casual outfit, but casual to me means leggings.  I was wearing jeans here, so really, for me, this is a more dressed up outfit.  But I know most people get dressed on a more regular basis than me.  I’m wearing the same half-zip hoodie, but this time I paired it with jeans and threw a plaid scarf on over it.  Like I’ve said before, I love how versatile all of Cuddl Duds items are.  The fleece is incredibly warm, and all pieces are very comfortable which is a must.  Other toddler mommas out there know how important comfort is in getting dressed; we’re all over the place with the kiddos!

There are other items that are on my wishlist, like the Softwear Lace Leggings.  A brand that specializes in comfort, functionality, and style combines everything you could ever want in clothing!

What types of clothes are you living in these days?

White Plum Discount Code | Pumpkin Patch 2015

With October 31st less than one week away, Halloween festivities are in full force!  We had two birthday parties to attend this weekend and went to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins!

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I couldn’t get the classic pumpkin shot because little man wouldn’t sit still for more than two seconds, but he sure did love running all around!  The only time I could keep him still was if he was in my arms.

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camo leggings – White Plum 

Let’s take a quick second and reminisce on one year ago when he was, actually, a pumpkin:

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OMG so cute! I can’t believe how much he’s grown!  He won’t even hardly let me put on a costume this year!  Saturday should be interesting…

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Some other great pumpkin shots from just yesterday:

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Audrey was cracking up because William was wiggly (as always!), so Stephanie put that gigantic pumpkin on him to keep him still.  It worked!

Jacob had to have his own picture with baby William, of course, because it’s not fair if only one of them get their own picture with him.

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William is such a mini Jacob, especially when he wears all his old clothes. Stephanie graciously gives me all his hand-me-downs which is fantastic because she has the best style and got him the best clothes! As he got older, she got him more and more stylish outfits, so his clothing only got better.  William’s one lucky dude.

Yesterday I wore camo leggings, a white top, and brown boots which, I feel, is the perfect fall outfit.  White Plum graciously sent me the leggings after giving me my choice of their many styles.  I chose camo after texting with Stephanie and asking what the most stylish of their options were. 🙂

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These leggings are AMAZING!!!  Leggings are every girls’ staple during the fall (and winter!), and the White Plum leggings are a MUST-HAVE.  First of all, they are only $19.99 (even less when you use the discount code LINZ30 for 30% off your entire purchase!).  Second of all, they are super stretchy as they only have two sizes: 0-12 and 12-18; since they accommodate such a wide range of sizes the stretch is incredible!  Plus, they are crazy soft.  I could literally sleep in them.  The thickness is perfect, too.  They’re thick enough where I don’t feel like I have to have my entire tush covered by a long enough shirt, but the leggings are actually very thin.  So thick enough to be flattering and thin enough to be comfortable with any kind of boot!  I am seriously going to order a few more pairs. They have tons of options, including a classic black.  See all their leggings HERE.

White Plum is kindly offering all my wonderful readers 30% off your ENTIRE purchase from now until October 30.  White Plum’s prices are already amazing, so this additional discount makes their line extremely inexpensive.  I’ve already ordered a couple pairs of booties, tunics, and long sleeve tops.  I love how they always have the latest in what’s new with the fashion trends.

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I need a new fall wardrobe and White Plum is where it’ll happen!  Not to mention they have fabulous jewelry, too!  And they take PayPal.  I’m obsessed.  It’s the easiest, fastest, most fashionable, and best prices you’re going to find.  Ever since I discovered White Plum about a year ago, I’ve made purchases almost monthly.  They deliver daily emails with new deals and crazy low markdowns.  White Plum is definitely my favorite online shop!

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Now if only we could get them to make a kids line, too…

What’s your fall fashion item must have?  Have you carved pumpkins yet?

Boob Nursing Dress

I apologize for the no-show in the blog world yesterday, but life got in the way in the best way possible.  My little brother Justin and his fiance Dana came to town over the weekend.

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They don’t come to town nearly enough, so itz always a special treat when they do.  My parents threw them one heck of an engagement party.

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All of our important friends and family were there and we all had an awesome time.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to wear my new Boob nursing dress.  Did you even know they made such a thing? I didn’t, but itz so convenient!  Nursing bras are great and all, but if itz difficult to access than they’re really no good at all.  Boob makes nursing dresses which makes breastfeeding so easy.  And the nursing part of the dress is discreet; nobody would have known if I wouldn’t have told them.  I actually received several compliments on my dress, and when I shared how easy it was to nurse in, people were quite surprised!

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See where that tie is right below my chest?  Well, that part lifts up and that’s how I was able to nurse!  My exact dress is the Nursing Dress Manon and I love it.  Itz made out of cotton, so itz very comfortable.  Itz the perfect material as itz not too thin or too thick; I felt confident in it and I felt like it gave me a good shape.  It was a drop long for my taste and I will probably have it hemmed, but I didn’t try it on until the day before the party.  Whoops.

Something I thought was very interesting was Boob’s philosophy which I found on the tag on my dress.  It read, “We think mothers are amazing. First, there’s the mother-to-be. Just think about it, she’s growing a baby! We design clothes to make her look and feel every bit as fabulous as she is. Then, there’s the nursing mother. For her, we make clothes with a unique nursing function allowing her to nurse in style and comfort. And then, there’s Mother Earth. Our company exists because there are newborn babies or babies on the way. It’s only natural that we care for the planet they’ll live on.”  

Isn’t that great? So Boob carries maternity clothes and nursing clothes and cares about our earth. Triple win!  And actually, there was so much stretch in my dress, I definitely could have worn it while pregnant, as well.

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I love my family.  They’re the best ever.  We have more pictures from the evening, and by “we” I really mean Stephanie.  More to come.

How was your weekend? What’s new with you?

PinkBlush Maternity Clothes Giveaway {CLOSED}

I hope all you mommas and momma-to-be’s had a very Happy Mother’s Day! My first Mother’s Day was a special one, indeed, as I got to spend it with my two favorite guys.

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Two incredibly good looking guys, if I do say so myself!  Jonny and William definitely made the day special and it was all I could ask for.  We spent the morning with Jonny’s family and the evening with mine.  It was a busy but wonderful day, hence the lack of blog post yesterday.

My family has always had incredibly strong women starting (as far as I’ve been around) with my Great-Grandma Rose.  My grandma Mama now has taken of the leading role with my mom following in her footsteps.  My sister, a new momma compared to my mom and grandma, has already started paving her own incredible way, and this is the first year I’ve been able to join the “momma” club with those beautiful, inspirational ladies.  I’m blessed to have them in my life and learn from the very best.

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I aspire to be like each of them every single day as a woman, wife, friend, and momma.

We had a nice time celebrating the ladies on Jonny’s side, as well.  Though William definitely stole the show which everyone was happy about.  He’s lucky to be so loved.

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Also, a special shout out to my wonderful dad whose birthday is today!  He played some lullabies for William on Mother’s Day and William loved it.  William was sleeping, but opened his eyes when he heard the music.

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So just days before William’s arrival, I was sent a gorgeous maternity dress from PinkBlush.  However, since William came so soon, I wasn’t able to wear it during my pregnancy.  So, I rocked it on Mother’s Day!  I have no shame continuing to wear my maternity clothes post-baby.  Not only are they super comfortable, most of my maternity clothes were way more stylish than my regular clothes!  (Really, just because I borrowed my sister’s and friend’s maternity clothes!)  PinkBlush has the most trendy maternity clothes and I wanted (and still want) everything on their site.  The dress I wore on Mother’s Day is definitely my favorite, and I will continue to wear it even though I’m not pregnant!

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Itz perfect as a maternity dress (obviously), but also post-baby.  The fabric is so soft, comfortable, and stretchy which makes it easy to nurse in, as well.

Their prices are very reasonable, and there’s quite a lot of variety on their site in terms of dresses, tops, bottoms, nursing, sleepwear, and accessories.  I’m only sad I didn’t discover PinkBlush’s maternity clothing earlier in my pregnancy!

PinkBlush is graciously giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky Itz Linz reader!  To enter, leave a blog post comment telling us what maternity clothes you would choose from PinkBlush if you won (mandatory).  Additional optional entries include:

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry.  This giveaway will be open until Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Tuesday, May 20th.  CLOSED!

Congratulations to #80 Caroline O! Please email me so you can start your shopping at PinkBlush! 🙂

*Note: Entrants who have won a giveaway from PinkBlush in the past 6 months, or have hosted a giveaway in the past 6 months, are not eligible to win a gift card again. I was sent the dress for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Baby Shower

Here’s my baby shower post finally. Itz long overdue as baby William is obviously already here.  However, my baby shower was thrown just four short days before his arrival and I’m excited to recap it as it was such a lovely event given with so much love.

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The dress and belt I wore was from Seraphine.  They have awesome maternity clothes and I love what I wore for the shower.  Actually my sister Stephanie picked it out since she’s way more stylish than I, but like she said, it was perfect.  It was the White Lace Maternity Dress with the Yellow Leather Skinny Maternity Belt.  I love the belted look, but none of my belts fit when I was pregnant!  Obviously they wouldn’t fit around my belly, but they wouldn’t fit higher either. This yellow belt had an elastic part in the back making it fit comfortably and able to grow as I did.  Prices at Seraphine are very reasonable, as well.  Now that William is here, I’ll need to check out their nursing gear.  Pregnant mommas, definitely take a look at their maternity clothes – especially if you have a fun event like a baby shower coming up!

*I received the dress & belt for review purposes only. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

The lovely hostesses:

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From left to right: my friend Diana, my Aunt Marcy, my sister Stephanie, me, my soon-to-be sister-in-law Dana, my Aunt Laura, and my friend Whitney.  Not pictured is Caren, Whitney’s mother-in-law, who is a close family friend of Jonny’s family.  She helped host and created the beautiful flower centerpieces.  Each table’s flowers were slightly different – all gorgeous!

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On each table was a martini glass filled with cashews dipped in white chocolate – amazing!  Party favors were white chocolate and dark chocolate coated Oreo’s with little baby feet stamped on top. Simple, yet elegant and delicious.

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The baby shower was held at The Women’s Exchange.  Itz an upscale shop that also has a back area for dining.  On Sundays, itz closed for private parties and is just a lovely venue.  The whole look:

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And an up-close look at the pretty tables:

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My sister made menu cards:

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Side note: St. Louis friends, the famous Women’s Exchange salad is AWESOME!

While my mom was not an official hostess of my baby shower, she sure did a lot of behind the scenes work. As always, I’m grateful for her time and effort she puts forth for me.  My mom and my grandma Mama are two of the strongest women I know. They set the bar extremely high for women in my family. I’m lucky to learn from their guidance, support, and knowledge in raising William.

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And how pretty are they both?!  Like mother, like daughter!

Stephanie and her typical pose with me while I was pregnant:

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To read the speech she delivered at my baby shower, click HERE.

Big thanks to everyone for their constant love and support. xoxo

Leading Lady Nursing Bras and Tanks

I thought given my breastfeeding post yesterday, I would continue the boob talk with a new mom essential: nursing bras and tanks.  But real quick, how about a little peek of William:

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photo by Stephanie Cotta Photography

You know I couldn’t go a whole post without showing you our little man!  And I have lots more amazing photos coming.  Stephanie has taken some incredible pictures of him outdoors (as pictured above), as well as some studio shots.  Stay tuned.

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I knew getting nursing bras was something I needed as I’d planned on breastfeeding.  I learned about Leading Lady and after browsing the website, I knew I wanted to try their nursing bras.  I reached out to them to inquire about a potential review and we set something up.  Interestingly enough, my package arrived the Saturday we came home with William from the hospital.  Talk about good timing!

Leading Lady has a large assortment of nursing and maternity bras.  I knew I wanted wirefree (as opposed to something with an underwire), and they graciously sent me three nursing bras and one nursing tank.

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1.  Seamless Wirefree Nursing Nursing Bra (style 477): This is by far my favorite of the three bras.  Itz the most comfortable; when I was engorged, I slept in it. (I don’t typically sleep in bras.)  There are also removable pads for added coverage, if needed.  I took them out as I’ve just been home, but when I start leaving the house more, I’ll probably put them back in.  If you were to only purchase one nursing bra, this must be it because of the level of comfort.

2.  Molded Seamless Wirefree Nursing Bra (style 454): This bra is perfect for everyday wear when leaving the house.  There is a bit more structure and it fits great under all tops.

3.  Molded Seamless Lace-Frame Wirefree Nursing Bra (style 405): If itz possible to feel sexy while nursing, itz because of this bra. The fit, comfort, and coverage is identical to the previous bra, but the lace adds a very pretty touch.

4. Modern Square Neck Nursing Cami (style 4044): Love this! There’s enough support to where I don’t have to wear a bra as there’s a built-in bra.  I also love that the tank is not super tight and a bit loose in the belly area which is perfect for post-partum.

All of the bras and tanks are incredibly easy to clasp and unclasp with one hand.  Since I nurse William using one hand, itz very convenient to be able to have easy access with my other.  Leading Lady bras are also so reasonable in price ranging from approximately twenty to thirty dollars.  They run sales and if you sign up for their email list, you receive additional discounts.  I had looked at several other sites and stores, and all the nursing bras were considerably more expensive.  While I did receive these items to review, I’ll most likely be purchasing a couple additional bras and tanks because of how much I love them.  As a new momma, the last thing I want to worry about is a stinkin’ bra, and Leading Lady totally takes care of that.

Mommas: Where is your favorite nursing bra / tank from?

Albion Fit GIVEAWAY {closed}

Hi and happy Monday to you!  Are you off work for Martin Luther King day?  I am, and itz important to remember what this day stands for.  While we certainly have come a very long way since Dr. King’s I Have A Dream Speech, we can still use this day as a reminder to be kind to every person we encounter, and one by one make this world a better place.

Completely switching gears, let’s talk clothes – one of my very favorite topics!  I recently had the chance to review Albion Fit.  I was sent their Go Crew Long in ivory.

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Albion Fit’s mission statement is to provide women with the most luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel on the market.

I’m not kidding when I tell you that I LOVE my Go Crew Long shirt and have literally lived in it this weekend.  I took a yoga class in it, hung out, and ran five million errands in it.  Totally makes sense since itz description reads, “Transitioning seamlessly between low-impact workouts, everyday layering, or simply lounging, our multitasking Go Long Crew features a silky and lightweight spandex blend material that will have you craving to wear it all the more.”  I do want to live in it.  At some point though, I suppose I’ll take it off to wash. 😉

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Oh hello, Baby Itz!

Itz extra long which is another feature I adore.  Most “long” shirts simply fall just past the waist.  The Go Crew Long covers my bottom which is perfect for pairing with leggings.  Itz also super stretchy which is nice for my growing belly.  I am wearing a size small just to give you some perspective.

The few details this simple shirt has are wonderful.  Their logo is discreetly placed on the wrist/hand area which is nice that itz not obnoxiously loud and overtaking the shirt.  And the thumb holes?  An obvious bonus!

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Linking up with Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in my Monday today!

A couple of items that I’m lusting for include The Sweet Stripe Full Zip and The Petal Pant:

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Seriously, how cute are the ruffles?  Anyone can feel free to send them my way! 😉

Use the discount code “itzlinz15” to receive 15% off any purchase! (exp 1/24/14)

Something else I love about the Go Crew Long in ivory is how sheer it is.  I’m not sure if the other colors are as sheer as this one, but I think itz fun to wear with a brightly colored sports bra underneath as the color comes through.  The wide shoulders also provide a comfortable and sexy look.

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How about YOUR chance to win the Go Crew Long shirt in a color of your choice? Yeah?

Visit albionfit.com and leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite item (mandatory).  Other additional, optional entries include:

  • On Twitter, follow Itz Linz and Albion Fit and tweet the message, “I want to win an @albionfit Go Crew Long shirt from @ItzLinz! Itz luxurious, flattering, & super comfortable! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-2a3″
  • On Pinterest, follow Itz Linz and Albion Fit and pin your favorite item (from the Albion website) onto a Pinterest board and paste the link to that pin in a blog post comment.
  • On Instagram, follow Itz Linz and Albion Fit and tag 3 friends on the ItzLinz giveaway Instagram post.

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry (four total entries possible).  This giveaway will be open until Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, January 24th and will have forty-eight hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.  CLOSED!

Congrats to #128 Kristi Buster! Please email me so we can get you all set up!

Thanks to everyone for entering – don’t forget, today is the last day to use code itzlinz15 to receive 15% off!

Five Things Friday

Happy happy happy happy Friday!  Woah, happiness overload, eh?  Itz because Jonny and I are currently in Arizona visiting both of our brothers and I’ll be walking the Phoenix Hot Chocolate 5k on Sunday!  Plus, we narrowly escaped some nasty weather in St. Louis (like snow day for most schools – including the one where I teach – go figure since I took a personal day!).  Itz actually not that warm in Arizona (50’s), but that’s about twenty or thirty degrees warmer than the STL, so we’re not complaining!

Today I’m linking up with Clare at Fitting It All In and her Five Things Friday!

#1) My niece Audrey Rose is too stinkin’ cute.  She loves her aunt La La.

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And I’m obsessed with my new headband ear warmer from my in-laws!

#2) About a month ago I told you all about MizzFit’s Fashion & Fitness Quarterly Box that I had purchased.  It arrived and itz awesome!  Itz making me itch to get back to the gym full time, but that will come soon enough.  Take a look at the goods:

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Pack a smart bag for a killer workout is the theme and lesson of this first box.

  • Electric Yoga Ultra-Lite Gym Bag: First of all, pink and black are the colors which I totally love!  Second, it really is super light and stylish.  I’m totally using it not just for the gym.
  • Fresh Feet Wipes: Ok, my feet don’t stink, y’all, but these wipes have a peppermint scent which I imagine will be invigorating on a tired day.  Plus, MizzFit says she wipes down everything with these (hands, yoga mat, etc.).
  • Words To Sweat By Towel: There are “quotivations” to stay motivated.  Mine reads, “Carpe Dumbbells.” Heh heh, gym humor.
  • Banjees Wrist Wallet: I actually have one of these already and get a lot of use out of it; can’t hurt to have a spare!
  • Nature Made Vitamelts Energy:  I first learned about these and sampled them at Blend Retreat.  Now that I’m pregnant, I won’t be taking them, but they’re definitely a nice “natural” way to get an energy boost (perhaps pre-workout or mid-day?).

All in all, I’m very happy with this first box.  I’m curious as to what number two will entail.  I adore MizzFit, so I know it’ll rock again.  This would make a fun gift for someone who loves fitness and fashion – you can gift one box or an entire subscription.  I’m not getting paid for this and I used my own money for this subscription.  I really do think itz cool.

#3) You know how sometimes on airplanes the snacks are peanuts and pretzels?  Well, last night they passed out honey roasted peanuts (better than dry roasted!) and Ritz bits cheese crackers.  Jonny and I were quite pleased.  The flight attendants were really funny, too, which always makes flights more fun.  They said, “We need your tush in a cush before we push!” to get everyone situated before take off.  They also said, “We’re coming around to make sure you’re buckled up because we don’t trust you.”  Everyone got a kick out of it.  (Southwest is the best!)  We did not get a kick, however, when they said that we were “crawling” to Arizona as we were facing 160 mph headwinds!  We were flying at about half the speed of normal.  Boy oh boy was I ever glad to get off that plane four hours later.

#4) I was recently sent a pair of Pluggz shoes to review.  Their tagline is all about style and comfort, and since I work on my feet all day, comfort is very important (we all know I’m lacking in the style department haha).  I chose a pair of their mustard color ballet flats from the fall collection.

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I don’t typically find flats very comfortable for extended periods of time because I have high arches and there is never any arch support.  While there wasn’t really any arch support in the Pluggz, my feet didn’t hurt at all at the end of the day.  The inside is super cushioned which is why I think they felt so good.  Nor did they rub and create blisters at all (another annoyance of flats for me).  I also really like the color I picked out.  I feel like most cool weather clothes are so dram, so I liked adding a splash of color with my shoes!  They have several other styles including suede loafers which would be great for the winter.

#5) Uhhh I’m so happy to be in Arizona (and apparently have nothing better to to post for numba five!)?  I know I already said that, but I didn’t count it as part of the official five things Friday, so it totally counts now.  Robbie and Becca picked us up from the airport last night and Jonny and I grabbed dinner at My Big Fat Greek at 9:30 at night because we were starving.  We get to see Justin today, so we both get lots of brother time this weekend which will be fantastic.  I’m sure I’ll bombard your Instagram, so make sure you’re following me at ItzLinz to see the events of our mini-vacay.  You know how exciting we are! 😉

Tell me five things for Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

Dimvaloo: Itz Lorna Jane in St. Louis

Dimvaloo: Itz Lorna Jane in St. Louis! Dimva-what?  Lorna who?  Ladies, let me educate you today and you can thank me later.

Dimva-what?  Dimvaloo is located at 8813 Ladue Road in the Colonial Market Place in St. Louis and is a new women’s retailer that exclusively carries Lorna Jane, fashion-forward athleisure wear for your every day active life.  Lorna Jane activewear is designed in fashion and function to keep up with women’s active lifestyle.

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* do what you love * love what you do *

Lorna who?  Lorna Jane is Australia’s premier women’s activewear that opened itz first store in 1990.  Lorna Jane in Australia is what Lululemon is here in the U.S.  Only bigger.  Like a lot bigger.  Here’s some perspective: Australia’s population is ~22 million and has ~128 Lorna Jane stores.  U.S.A.’s population is ~300 million and has ~200 Lululemon stores.  Way bigger comparatively, like I said.

In 2012, the company went global by opening stores in California.  Currently, there are ten stores in California and by 2014 there should be twenty-five LJ stores in California.  What about the rest of the US?  Dimvaloo is the only store (other than California) that sells Lorna Jane exclusively.  And St. Louis is home of Dimvaloo, created by Kate Duryea who I got to meet and hang out with yesterday as I tried on half the clothes in her store.

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I asked Kate how the name Dimvaloo came about since itz such a unique name.  Itz a fictitious name that she created by combining two words: Didgeridoo and Tuvalu.  Didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia and Tuvalu is a is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia.  Dimvaloo – perfect for a Lorna Jane store!

I brought my sister Stephanie to Dimvaloo and as she began checking out the apparel she commented, “Oh my gosh, this is even cuter than Lululemon!”  It didn’t take long before we both had a fitting room full of clothes and put on a full fashion show.

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How fun is the wall I’m standing in front of?  Perfect for a fashion show by moi!

Not only are the clothes so cute and so stylish, but they are SO comfortable!  Yes, most workout gear is comfortable, but this is not like the rest.  Plus, itz super flattering.  The top I’m wearing in the above picture has a built in bra.  Normally I need extra support (even though there’s not much there) when wearing shirts with built in bras, but this tank was probably the most supportive workout shirt I’ve ever worn.  There are removable pads and they give the ladies a nice little oomph if ya know what I mean! 😉  Lorna Jane always has the cutest details, too.

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A bit of ruching in the back is a nice detail that sets it apart from just a regular top.  I also like how the top is fitted and the bottom is a bit looser.  Flattering for all!  Lorna Jane comes out with numerous items that go together without being too matchy-matchy.  The pants I’m wearing have a small waistband that has the option of being flipped over and comes in the same color as the top I’m wearing.

Dimvaloo and Lorna Jane’s hope is to inspire women to live their best life through active living, adhering to the three pillared philosophy ‘move, nourish, believe.’  Dimvaloo, along with Lorna Jane, encourages and motivates women globally to be the best that they can be; while providing them with Hi-Tech Fabrics, such as the trademarked LJ Excel.  LJ Excel designed for high intensity activities and contains the following properties: shrink and fade resistant, anti-pilling and moisture wicking, 100% UV Protective, quick drying and breathable, durable and long lasting, and 4-way stretch for support.

Check out Lorna Jane’s Move Nourish Believe website which has a plethora of health-related information including workouts, recipes, healthy living tips, and of course lots of fashion inspiration.

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I’m kind of obsessed with this tank.  Itz white, purple, and orange with the colors fading into each other and the open material makes it super breathable, light, and perfect for the crazy heat and humidity we have in St. Louis!  Another detail of Lorna Jane is a little charm that is placed on the back of many items as in the tank and sports bra pic shown above.  And seriously how cute is that skirt?  The first time I met Kate she was rocking it and I knew I had to try it on.  There are shorts underneath to make it more functional for the gym or just your everyday life.

Stephanie was totally loving all the inspirational messages.

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* hard work wins *

Stephanie ended up buying a pair of capris and a ridiculously cute black tank that’s a bit shorter in front, longer in the back, with a slight ruffle around the bottom.  Something else aside from the fashion-forward style and comfort of all the Lorna Jane clothes that Stephanie and I were talking about was how functional the clothes are.  Sure, you can wear workout gear to run errands in and whatnot (trust me, I do all the time!); however, LJ has numerous items that are not just gym-only as they have an entire “leisure wear” line.

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Totally loving the off the shoulder purple long sleeve mesh top!  I mean… I’m not saying this definitively (but I kind of am), but Dimvaloo and Lorna Jane is going to give Lululemon a run for their money.  Picardy lane, a fellow St. Louis blogger, wrote about Dimvaloo and titled her post Move Over Lulu.  Make room for Dimvaloo.  If you’re in St. Louis, you have got to check out Dimvaloo.  Everyone is wearing Lululemon all over the country.  Itz just so cool that Dimvaloo is the only store outside of California in the entire U.S. that sells Lorna Jane exclusively.  If you stop by, you will fall in love immediately, guaranteed.

Be sure to become a fan of Dimvaloo Active Living on Facebook as they’re always posting pictures of new styles that are constantly arriving in the store.

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Audrey Rose was a fan of Dimvaloo, too!

Have you heard of Lorna Jane before?  What’s your favorite workout apparel line?

Ellie – new fitgear for 20% off!

Itz been a marvelous weekend over here!  Actually itz been a marvelous four-day weekend thanks to our two lovely snow days last week.  On Friday, my family went out to my parents’ new place in Innsbrook.  Many good times were had including adventures while walking and climbing trees – you know how I do! 🙂

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Today I have something else marvelous to share with you.  Remember pv.body – the subscription workout apparel?  Well, itz changed into something new – Ellie.

What is Ellie?  Ellie mixes essential fashion-forward looks with high-tech performance activeware for the most stylish fitness experience you’ve ever had.

So here’s how it works:  You can shop any individual piece you want on their website.  Or, you can join their Fit Fashionista Club and choose any two pieces (at any price!) for just $49.95 per month (what I recommend)!  AWESOME!  To sweeten the deal, get this: there is absolutely NO commitment with Ellie.  If you just want to try it out for a month, cool!  If you want to do it for a few months, cool, too.  You choose the length of time you subscribe for, and you choose the items you want.  For my first month, I chose the Peek A Boo Layering Tank which is super light and airy.

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I LOVE how open the back is!  It uses moisture wicking fabric that dries fast which is always a bonus when sweating.  I failed to take a picture of the front, but itz just plain black.  Each month, Ellie will launch a brand new 24 piece collection that includes 16 tops and 8 bottoms.  I’m a sucker for plain black capris or pants, so I chose two different tops this month because they were so fun!

For my second piece, I chose the Vixen Racerback.

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How fun is that?  Clearly, I’m digging the tops that show a little skin!  Another perk of Ellie?  Always free shipping, exchanges, and returns!  Like I said – NO commitment!  If you don’t want to choose, no problem – they’ll choose for you.  Just so I’m completely transparent on my blog, I want you to know that the links I’m providing you are affiliate links.  That means I do make money on any sales linked from my blog.  So I do thank you in advance for that.  🙂

Regardless, I do truly love my tops and can’t wait to see what their next new line will be!  Getting new fitness gear has never been this exciting, especially at this awesome price!

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Oh, have I mentioned that on your first order you get 20% off?  That means you’re getting two pieces for around $40.  Seriously.can.not.beat.that!  Go check it out!

What type of fitness gear do you like?