I'm not an early bird and treasure what little sleep I get - they're like golden bits of deliciousness. But, when winter hits and night falls at 4 pm it's time for me to start making sacrifices in the name of stress-relief, and first on the block is the snooze button.
Although I'll miss that extra hour of snoozing through an alarm, I know I'll feel better in the long run.
When it comes to me and my winter habits it's important to play to your body's strengths, not weaknesses: I'm more energetic in the morning, running in the dark gives me the heebie-jeebies, and after a long work day I'd rather eat than sweat (must be the hibernation tings).
All signs point to rise and grind morning Classpass classes - the early sweat sessions also put me in better spirits too.
I do have a few gripes - finding studios with showers, and lugging toiletries & clothes for the rest of your day. But, with a few months of classpassing behind me here are a few tips and tricks I've learned along the way to make the whole process easy peasy.
1. Wear sneakers/shoes that are great for working out and presentable for the office. These all white Theas from Nike (size up!) are so crisp and so perfect for the athleisure trend and my life. Another great option, go for classes that are sans shoes: yoga, pilates, and cycling classes (rent them there). That way you'll only have to worry about one pair.
2. Wear clothing that can take you from studio to street. This is essential if you're trying to minimize the bag-lady look. Lucy Activewear does such a great job of designing clothes for this exact reason. Their team always has us in mind and constantly creates versatile and high-performance pieces. Their winter collection fits seamlessly into my life and the luxe layers are perfect for the busiest time of the year.
For this look, I couldn't head into the office with leggings but Lucy does have some amazing pants sans prints. Or, you can follow my lead and pack a midi skirt. The quilted long sleeve from Lucy is super soft, warm, and appropriate for my office - which I love.
3. Beauty products that can multi-task and come in travel size are a godsend. I've shared my beauty travel bag before here, but my everyday beauty bag carries the true heavy hitters. This might be a post for another day, but my top three products that currently make getting ready a breeze are: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Benefit's Gimme Brow (obsessed!), and PUR's Chateau Cheek Stain. I also spray on Avène Thermal Spring Water pre-glam sesh to rid my face of any exercise-induced redness.
Eyeglasses: Warby Parker Long Sleeve Top: Lucy Top: Lucy Leggings: Lucy Skirt: Ann Taylor Sneakers: Nike Necklace: Marc Jacobs (similar style) Bracelet: Vintage Purse: Marc Jacobs Lipgloss: Grace via Buxom
As we enter the mad rush of the holidays, remember to treat your body right - it's the only one we got.
P.s. I created a "Current Sales" tab at the top of my blog. It'll be updated daily with new sales to help you (and me) as we navigate the stores & web during the holidays. I'm almost positive Lucy Activewear will have one so check back on Black Friday!
Photos by Lydia Hudgens.
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