A little snow won't stop her from willing on spring. On the blog with Meghan McKenna
"This tank had me at hello – the criss-cross back, the fun colors, the fit! It is the perfect tank to work out in or to run errands. I love wearing this to my barre classes because it stays put and is so pretty! But honestly, you could find me wearing this with a pair of jeans as well… that is how much I love it!"
"These leggings, though!!! Am I right?!!? OMG, the cut outs are to DIE for! So fun and OH SO SLIMMING! Cut-outs can be a hit or miss and these are definitely a HIT! and the mesh is incredible and breathable! I am so obsessed!"
We couldn't agree more! There is no question we all love our leggings including TV Host and Producer Julia Suppa. Julia provides personal insight into the transformation of leggings in fashion and includes them in her Holiday Gift Guide.
"When I was a kid, I lived in leggings. I had leggings in every single colour of the rainbow. Like most kids of the 80s, I would wear a long t-shirt or tunic top with that little plastic loopy, belt buckle minus the belt, thingy, overtop my leggings.
Sometime between age 12 and 30, leggings became uncool. More than uncool. They were a faux pas. An embarrassment, even. Certain body types were discouraged from wearing leggings and if you did bare the bottoms, you had best be wearing them properly. Leggings are not pants, magazines and fashion shows would remind us. I even remember raising an eyebrow at the thought of putting on a pair -- no way, no how."
Read her full post here: Love My Leggings #giftguide
‘With Love, Meg’ is a Lifestyle Blog created by Megan McKenna with a focus on Fashion, Nutrition, and Travel with a few other things tossed in there. Megan is a Nutrition Student who loves to travel, live a healthy life, drink a good cup of coffee, and find amazing deals on beautiful pieces of clothing.
"Want my advice to get you up and moving today, tomorrow and this whole week? A new workout outfit! Whenever I am feeling in a workout rut, a new workout outfit is the perfect thing to re-motivate me to hit the gym, put in that extra mile, or do the extra set of burpees! My Legwear Shop is the perfect place to find that new piece to add to your sportswear collection! They have a wide variety of brands and pieces – there will most definitely be something there for you!"
"The most important part of my workout outfit? A good pair of leggings. I love ones with a fun print on them like the pair I am wearing pictured here. IN LOVE! And I love that the pattern is made of neutral colors – so I can pair it with bright colors!"
Read her full blog post here
Thank you Meg!
Need motivation or someone to give you a daily boost? Or perhaps you need a friendly face every day to keep you on track. If there is someone you must follow on Instagram and Facebook, it’s Voula Cicchelli. Along with her friendly smile she brightens your day with inspiration, holistic health advice and sometimes a good laugh.
As a Holistic Nutritionist, certified Personal Trainer, Body Transformation Coach and owner of Lifestyle4Life, Voula Cicchelli’s expertise is helping clients utilize food and exercise to battle depression, lose weight and gain their confidence back. She educates her clients, empowering them to take personal ownership of their own health and happiness. Voula is also the author of Deliciously Healthy, a recipe e-book as well as the popular Clean Eating Kick Start 7 day program. Voula’s passion is infectious and she continues to motivate and help women all over find their way back to themselves.
How We Met
I met Voula about a year ago through the power of social media. From our first meeting, it felt like I had known her all my life. What a sweet, caring, selfless young woman and powerhouse. She spoke of her journey and truly speaks to inspire and motivate you to be your very best. And you know why? Because she absolutely loves what she does and supports others along their own personal journeys. From that first meeting, she has been a constant in my life. I became a subscriber and look forward to her emails where she has a talent for uplifting you, motivating you and delivering fitness and health education in an adorably entertaining manner.
As a fan of fitness and healthy living myself, I need exercise in my life just like I need air and water to survive. But even I needed help when I couldn't motivate myself to go to the gym or I was just too busy. I started feeling guilty and depressed. That's where Voula came to my rescue. She gave me workout at home solutions using just 30 minutes a day. With 30 minutes, I had no more excuses. And these routines were by no means easy! They were short and effective.
I also downloaded her ebook “Deliciously Healthy” providing me over 25 simple and delicious recipes in under 30 minutes. I’ve also tried many of her quick 30 minutes and not-so-easy but EFFECTIVE workouts. You will often find her wearing our comfy athleisure attire from Slymwear and MPG Sport. She was also gracious enough to volunteer her time to model for us during on Rogers TV during our first debut appearance and our encore appearance featuring “Athleisure”.
Her Personal Journey
As a mom, she understands that we tend to take the back seat and because of that, we often suffer with ill health. She suffered depression after the birth of her second child and it affected her entire life. Her marriage was suffering and with a one year old to care for, she was miserable and eventually became overweight. She eventually took matters into her own hands and took the first big step. Nowadays, you will find her one of the first to wake up at the crack of dawn to fit in her workouts before the rest of her family is up and ready to start the day. She makes this a priority and makes it NON-NEGOTIALBLE.
Where to Find Her
You will find her daily on Instagram and Facebook sharing daily motivation, nutrition tips, workouts, recipes and more. You can also check out her Website where you can subscribe to her awesome and informative weekly emails and shop for one of her popular programs. You can also grab one, or both of her FREE guides that will get you started in the right direction.
So what are you waiting for? Follow her along and she will follow you along your personal journey to get healthy, strong and confident!
Have you ever felt like you were just going through the motions of your day-to-day routine? Do you consistently question the direction you’re headed but are too afraid to make certain changes? Let’s talk about our "comfort zone".
1. The Science behind our Comfort Zone
The comfort zone is a mental state in which we tend to feel familiar, at ease and in control. Stepping out of it tends to raise anxiety and causes a stress response. This stress response is known as the ‘optimal performance zone’ where performance and skills are enhanced. Performance declines if anxiety levels rise beyond a certain point (i.e. the “danger zone”). If we let fear dictate our direction we may end up feeling stuck in our comfort zone. The result will leave us feeling uninspired and unhappy.
2. My Comfort Zone
Ask yourself these questions. Do you embrace challenges? Or is your preference to follow rigid routines and organize every aspect of your life? For myself personally, I'm an extreme planner and organizer. I never thought I was the type to embrace change easily. I realized that I was afraid to face certain challenges and goals. Realizing that I was not as rigid and inflexible as I thought I was, it was time to face these challenges.
Challenge #1 - I have a real fear of heights. If I find myself standing at a certain elevation and I can’t look down, you will usually find me with my eyes closed. Have you heard the phrase, “when in Rome?” Well, for me…it was Paris and the Eiffel Tower. As one usually does when visiting the Eiffel Tower, we took the elevator to the top. Then a crazy thought occurred to me. Why not face my fear of heights in Paris?! I don’t know what possessed me to face this fear but I did. I actually WALKED DOWN the Eiffel Tower! Anyone who has a real fear of heights knows that looking down is a big no-no. And walking down without looking down was a huge challenge. I picked the back of my husbands head as my viewpoint the whole way down. Did I mention I was also 6 months pregnant and hanging on for dear life the whole way down? Now it may not seem like a big deal but let me give you some perspective. It wasn’t too long before this episode I needed to call the authorities for help after climbing a ladder with my 3 year old at an indoor children’s playground. I literally froze and lost my pelvic floor.
CHALLENGE #2 – I enjoy a healthy lifestyle and consider myself generally active. I enjoy the routine of attending instructed fitness classes. I'm also not competitive and am the first person to quit if a game of Monopoly gets too heated. Here is another challenge I can throw into the bucket. I’ve been asked many times to join an outdoor women’s soccer league but I always declined. I had too many strikes against me. For one, I had not taken part in any organized sports in my life. But one summer I decided to take the plunge and join a team of strong and inspiring women who welcomed me with open arms. These girls didn’t give a hoot that I had never played the game in my life. But that didn’t stop me from getting butterflies before every game. So why was I putting myself through this? Joining a team sport was always a goal but I doubted whether I had enough physical or mental skill to do it. I was too "old" to learn the game right? Wrong. That was fear holding me back. You are never too old to take chances. I needed to crush my doubts and just “GO FOR IT”. And it felt damn good.
3. Facing my ultimate fear
Now comes the very scary part, my career. Yes, I was able to accept certain physical challenges but my career was a whole other story. I had a steady job and income in an industry that I loved. Over the years I developed the skills and the confidence to climb up the corporate ladder. I was in my comfort zone. But then something started happening, I started to feel demotivated, distracted and too “comfortable”. I started waking up anxious with that dreaded “pit of your stomach” feeling that you get when you just don’t enjoy it anymore. It was a tell-tale sign that this was not what I wanted to do anymore. I was no longer challenged. I always had this wacky crazy idea of owning my own business, being my own boss and becoming an entrepreneur. I never fed that vision or took it seriously. Why change a good thing? So I should just learn to be happy and just stick to it right? However, I reached a certain point in my life that I could no longer deny this ambition any longer. Deciding what that was or how to even begin was the hard part. It took quite a bit of thought, research and the overwhelming support of those closest to me and that’s how My Legwear Shop came into fruition.
4. Your Optimal Performance Zone
Time is one of the resources in life that you cannot buy back. If you have convinced yourself that you can’t achieve certain goals or aspirations or that some obstacles are preventing you from going forward, then you may eventually end up feeling stuck. You may get “too comfortable” which may eventually lead to unhappiness. We are each unique individuals with our own unique talents and skills. What we can do is harness our strengths to learn new skills and challenge ourselves. We can push our boundaries to work on our weaknesses and fears and crush those goals. The comfort zone needs to be constantly nourished to make you feel at ease, in control and engaged. If you find yourself questioning your direction or asking yourself “what if”, it’s time to do some soul searching. No matter how big or small, goals can excite and scare us at the same time. The scary part is what we have to attack. But you don’t have to do it alone. And it does take time, effort and brainstorming. Are you ready to challenge yourself and break out of your comfort zone?
Introducing "Slymwear" exclusive to My Legwear Shop and made in Canada! It features premium quality athletic wear suitable for all types of activities. How did we come up with this name? The name represents "MY Legwear Shop" (underlined capital letters in reverse). It also represents how the fabric feels against you like a second skin! Slymwear also offers a collection of "Bamboo Naturals". Bamboo is antibacterial, odor resistant, has natural wicking properties and is static free. All of the Bamboo used in this line is pre-shrunk will maintain its properties for over 50 washes!
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We are thrilled with Julia Suppa's review of our Slymwear Lonnie Legging. Julia Suppa is the woman behind www.simplysuppa.com. She is a Journalist, TV Host and Producer. She loves to immerse herself with interesting things and people. She is a writer, a reader, a knitter, a traveller, a wine lover, a foodie, "an amateur DIYer and ...social media obsessed." If there is one woman you want to follow on social media, its her. She provides informative, personal and honest reviews.
"When I was a kid, I lived in leggings. Like, every single day. I had leggings in every different colour and wore them with my favourite long tunics and that little plastic circle doodad that you looped your shirt into. You know what I mean, '80s child. Flash forward 20+ years later and while leggings are back "in", my body has changed, more than slightly. Plus, the WAY we're supposed to wear leggings has changed, too."
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Fall Winter season brings about a season of change and new beginnings. It's also our most favorite fashion season for a variety of different leg wear options available to us. If you google "ways to wear leggings" you will find numerous articles and blogs with tips and opinions of ways to wear our favorite fashion piece. One of our favorites is written by Aisha Jones "What to Wear with Leggings - A Little Legging Can Go a Long Way". She cleverly summarizes the general rules of how we should wear leggings. She also adds some tips of what items we to wear them with right down to the shoes.
Here are some of our favorite ways to wear them:
1. Tunics and Dresses: With so many options, colors and styles, you can go for a classy evening look or a conservative day look. Instead of wearing tights or hosiery to warm up those gams, a dressy pair of leggings with booties or heels and your favorite dress/tunic will add some glam to your look! Have fun accessorizing with some chunky jewelry and scarves. We recommend a basic pair of leggings with the Peppered Knit Grey Dress or the Long Sleeve Tunic Top. For a more casual look, opt for jeggings - the look of jeans with the added comfort and forgiveness of a legging. Browse our collection of Jeggings which come in a variety of prints, colors and styles.
2. Blouses and Tops: For those days you are busy catching up on your errands and comfort is on your agenda, a comfortable longer length top such as the Slymwear Dolman Bamboo Top with one of our leggings or yoga pants from our Slymwear collection will do the trick. For more formal occasions, a perfect length blouse can dress up your look. Try the Damask Printed Sheer Blouse , the Off Shoulder Ivory Crochet Top or the Rhinestone Strap Chiffon Top with one of our Italian imported leggings from Calze Trasparenze.
3. Sweaters and Wraps: Personally one of our favorite looks of the season. From long sweaters, short sweaters, long wraps, dolman inspired wraps or cowl collared wraps, there are so many options! Try one of our best sellers, the Slymwear Kelsey Bamboo Wrap. This cowl collared wrap comes in different colors such as basic black, charcoal or brilliant blue. Pre-order yours today at firstname.lastname@example.org as we can't keep these in stock for very long! Another one of our favorite looks is the Slymwear Elise Versatile Bamboo Wrap paired with our Slymwear Lucy Long Skirt in black.
4. Jackets: There are leggings or trouser type leggings (also known as 'treggings') which are very suitable to wear at the office. Try the Hue Ponte Shaper Leggings, the Hue Ottoman Paneled Ponte Leggings or one of our best sellers the Button Trim Dressy Legging with a sport jacket or suit jacket for an office/day look.
Whatever your preference or style, there are many options available to us. Its time to start this season with a fresh look and we can start with some fresh additions to our wardrobes.
The momentum is building. And so is Amanda Bingson, the American record holder in hammer throw. Amanda Bingson is yet another inspiring woman who embraces her curves and shows them off in the 2015 ESPN Body issue. Showing us all, yet again, that the beauty and strength of women come in all shapes and sizes! She spoke with ESPN reporter Morty Ain about taking it all off for the Body Issue, and spoke about what she'll do if she wins gold in 2016.
Our new favorite word is "Dense".
"Dense would be the right word for me. Generally when you look at athletes, you see their muscles and all that stuff; I don't have any of that. My arm is just my arm -- it's not cut, it's not sculpted. I don't have traps bulging out to my ears; I have a neck. I don't have a six-pack. My legs are a little toned, but they aren't bulging out. I'm just dense. I think it's important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes."
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