Workout Wear, etc.

Love Life and Lollipops- Lulu Lemon's Power Y Tank

I've been going to spin at Soul more and more these days and I find myself in the predicament of not only living in my workout clothing, but lugging around so much in my bag all day every day. I've been figuring out the right products and gear slowly, but surely, but so far, here are a few of my favorite things to keep me comfortable and light on spin days:

I've been wearing:

Here's what I need in my bag (aside from my spin shoes of course):

All that "said", all the hubbub, and it's still all worth it!  I love love my spin days.  I feel one hundred million times better each time I step out of that studio.  Soon I'll have it all figured out, get it down to a science, meanwhile I'm happy to try new things and find my groove:)

Vegan Bags and Shoes Oh My!

Love Life and Lollipops- Deena & Ozzy vegan leather bag

In a major effort to defrump and get my life back to a place of style and glamour (insert appropriate joke on me here), I've been seeking out new pieces to add into my wardrobe and accessories bin.  I've been making a real effort to re-chic my life since gaining and losing and regaining and relosing baby weight can make a girl lose any and all interest in attempting coolness. Whenever possible, I chose vegan options for my fashion purchases.  It's not all that easy (though getting progressively easier as time goes on).  That said, when I can sneak new and cool vegan pieces into my wardrobe (without granolifying it too badly), I'm a happy camper.

Here are two of my most recent purchases in the vegan realm which are (hopefully) making me just a tad cooler each time I hit the streets with them:

Also, I'm a bit of a Free People fanatic and I love love that they have a whole section of their site dedicated to vegan leather goods!  Check it out here:)  I'm swooning over oh so many of their vegan duds!

DIY Cut-offs

Love Life and Lollipops- DIY Cutoffs

Not only does reinventing your wardrobe serve you, it serves the earth;)  Taking what's old and making it something new avoids adding to the piles and piles of trash we create as a society and avoids putting your money toward something that is (most likely) industrially made and new.

I am so close to this concept that I actually had a business based around it: eve*lynn clothing.  I bought up vintage raggy clothing and reinvented it into new stuff...from there grew a collection.

I closed up the business a while back, but the idea sticks with me.  I find it difficult to get rid of any old clothing because I always worry that one day I'll pull it out of the back of my closet and want to chop it up and sew it into something new.

Now onto the real issue: I have an obnoxious amount of clothing!  And this is not because I'm a shopping addict.  It is merely because over the last 4 years I've changed sizes so many times gaining and losing weight from baby making.

A ton of it I wound up giving away, but a lot of it I've not been ready to part with.  For my birthday this year, I was just postpartum and feeling really ugh about my body.  As my birthday gift my mom took me to Topshop to buy some new duds.

Amongst all that I bought a couple jeans to hold me over until I was back down to size.  Now those jeans look really silly since they're a couple sizes too large.  They hug in some of the right places, but are saggy in others.

I decided to experiment and in the interest of staying cool this summer and not going out to buy new shorts (it's been a while since I've been comfortable wearing short shorts), I DIY'ed myself some cut-offs.

Here's how I did it:

  1. Lie the jeans flat and make sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric.
  2. Make sure you have supersharp scissors.
  3. Cut a straight line a bit longer than you think you'd like them (you can always roll or cut more, but you can't go the other way.
  4. Fold the jeans in half so that the legs are lined up.
  5. Measure the length and start cutting the other leg.
  6. Try on the shorts and check if you want them shorter.  If so, repeat.
  7. Then strut your stuff in your new shorty shorts!

Summer Style

Love Life and Lollipops- Summer Style

For the first time in ages I'm feeling good about my body, motivated to look good, interested in my get the picture.  It feels good to feel like a part of society again (haha).  On this Motivational Monday post, I thought I'd share some of the summer style pieces I'm coveting:

I'm also always looking for more eco-conscious brands.  Any suggestions for me?!?

DIY Bleach Dye Yoga Pants

Love Life and Lollipops- Bleach Dyed Yoga Pants

Seeing as I've been doing so much working out these days, I find myself walking around in exercise gear all day (not cute).  Generally speaking I'm pretty simple about my work out clothes: solids and solids and once in a while a neon sports bra to jazz it up.  I'm talking leggings and racerbacks and that's about it.

For yoga I'm a huge fan of American Apparel's high waisted skinny legging.  You can fold over, or leave it up (dorky like me), and they're comfy and soft and not too pricey.

The other day, I was bored in the house, and getting bored of my outfit, so decided to do something about it.  Generally I don't keep regular bleach in the house (I only use the Seventh Generation color safe one), so I had to run out to the market to pick some up.  I poured it into a high sided glass tupperware type thing and filled it to about 2" deep.  Then I took my leggings and tied them up pretty tight with a number of rubber bands.  Then I dipped.  I only tied and dipped from about the knee down and made sure it was pretty soaked.  I let it sit for only a few minutes before untying the bands and rinsing through some cool water.  Then I washed them and voila!

I got a little psyched and went a little crazy, dip dying some tanks.  They came out pretty cute too.  I may move on to old jeans soon.  If so I'll keep you posted;)

Maternity Jeans In Full Effect

AG Jeans are making eco-friendly jeans!  

A couple weeks ago, my mom was over our apartment helping me get ready for the amazing birthday dinner my parents took us to for Richie's 30th.  I was standing frustrated in front of my closet and she was dumbfounded that I had so little to wear.

Long story short: she convinced me to haul my growing tachat (that's hebrew for tush) into A Pea in the Pod for some maternity jeans.  I wound up walking out with two pairs of jeans and a tie dyed skirt all of which have already been worn to death.

Let me tell you a little about the jeans I bought: they're adriano goldschmeid, one black the other dark blue, they feel amazingly soft, are totally comfortable, and the kicker: they're made by eco-friendly processes!!!

AG Jeans recently started using an ozone technology that significantly reduces their water consumption, chemical and energy use.  I was totally impressed and I'm totally in love.

FEED 2 Kenya Bag

Love Life and Lollipops- Feed 2 Kenya Bag
This FEED Project bag feeds two Kenyan kids school meals for one full year.

Sorry again for the quiet day yesterday.  Just got home and still recovering from all the moving around, cooking, family time, and general craziness.

I did though get a superspecial present from my amazing Aunt Bonnie this week though.  She ordered my birthday present in October for my birthday in November, but unfortunately due to some mix-ups and backorders it just came.  Nonetheless I'm superpsyched and it actually came in perfect time for summer.  It's a good size for diapers, snacks, wallet, a change of clothes, toys, the whole nine!

It's my FEED 2 Kenya bag.  It's beaded and lined with plaid and supercool.  Most importantly with the proceeds it pays for 2 Kenyan children school meals for one full year.  It not only wards of potentially fatal hunger, but it allows them to stay focused and attentive in school offering them a real education.

And on top of all that, it is hand crafted by a co-op of Kenyan women and deaf artisans, so you're supporting the local culture as well.  If you're so inclined to have one for yourself you can find them here.  The site also sells tons of other cool things which all donate proceeds to worthy charities!  I'm thinking about buying us all some supercute FEED Japan t's and maybe a dop kit and another simple tote for the beach this summer.  I already own 2 of the ones that zip into a small square that I purchased at Whole Foods.  They're great for food shopping!  Here it is, the FEED 100 bag.

Keep me posted if any of you purchase and how you like your FEED goodies:)

Matt & Nat

Matt and Nat makes amazingly cool vegan belts, wallets, and handbags. (Apparently in my fogginess I accidentally published this instead of saving it early on in my post writing, so sorry to any of you who received an errant email on Saturday evening!  I guess I'm foggier than I even thought...)

Last week I was a little overwhelmed, overbooked, and over worked and because of that I had a serious case of the stupids.  In my fog I was driving myself a little crazy, putting things down and forgetting where I put them, not remembering whether I had written an email or returned a call on a few occasions, going out to do errands and blatantly forgetting a couple of them!  But the icing on the cake was losing my wallet!  I generally have a bad memory, but because of that I've taught myself to put all important things in their place EVERY TIME or I'll surely forget where they are.

Well, I'm pretty sure I put my wallet down when packing my groceries last Monday and didn't realize it was gone until Tuesday morning (it definitely got swiped when I wasn't looking, but who puts their wallet down in a grocery store?!?).

Canceling my credit cards and filling out paperwork for a new license was a super way to spend Tuesday afternoon;)  But on the bright side: I had full authority to order a new wallet!

I snagged myself a Matt & Nat vegan wallet that is both earth-friendly and totally rockin!

This Matt & Nat wallet is totally earth-friendly and made from recycled materials.

The inside of this vegan Matt & Nat wallet is made from apx 21 recycled plastic bottles.

With Valentine's Day Looming...

Love Life and Lollipops- Eco-friendly Valentine's Goodies

I've picked some Valentine's Day inspired goodies to share with you.  Although we're not "celebrating" this year, and totally feel like it's a commercial holiday, the festivities are fun to indulge in. So in the spirit of commercial goodness and eco-friendly celebrating, here are some of the things I'm loving:

All of these things are both earth-friendly and Valentine's Day inspired.

  1. A romantic number from Eko-Lab (LOVE LOVE this)
  2. Cutie petutie bloomers from Eko-Lab
  3. Simple Eye Masks from Eko-Lab (Yes, I'm loving this collection...just found it and I always get excited about finding new fabulous lines)
  4. Himalania Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries (I eat these all year long, I usually get the cacao dusted ones)
  5. Bonterra Rosè (what's better than pink wine? organic pink wine!)
  6. BsaB Bamboo Aromatherapy Candles and Pillars made entirely from plant materials. I'm a candle freak and am totally loving these!
  7. Nicobella Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles in Pure Cocoa Bliss, Walnut Flaxseed Crunch (Yum, right?), and Pumpkin Chai (Yum again!)