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New Collection Release Functional and Fashionable Fitness Apparel

ZUMBA® Fitness, the workout that has helped melt the pounds and inches off 12 million fitness enthusiasts, has an exciting new spring/summer collection that transitions easily from sweating it out in the gym to strolling the streets thanks to the vibrant colors and exciting silhouettes that have become a signature of the brand.

Dubbed the “Universe” collection, the pieces combine the vibrancy of the workout which it mirrors with light weight materials and free flowing designs to keep you moving through any warm weather routine.

ZUMBA® Wear’s spring/summer collection features galactic prints, cropped silhouettes and asymmetrical cuts designed using licensed ZUMBA®   instructors as its models to represent the brand’s diverse and expressive community.  Motivated by the energy and passion of these ZUMBA® instructors from more than 185 countries across the globe, the “Universe” collection is an eclectic cultural mix of design inspiration and passion people feel when they experience ZUMBA® Fitness. I have to say after almost 10 years in the Zumba community I am impressed that they have started adding variety to their models as far as size and shape. 

5-z1t00429-whte They have also added variety to their clothing line.  This has to be one of the largest lines released to date that Zumba has offered and they have revamped their shopping experience as well, made it easier, aesthetically pleasing and streamlined – just like their clothing.  No longer is Zumbawear just for sporting to Zumba class, pieces can be worn outside of the gym too!

For example, the Solar Burst Top in white (Shine Bright in New Gear with the White Story) is a soft lightweight cotton blend that can b1-z1b00142-blcke worn high on the waist or low on the hip thanks to the contrasting color waistband. Think comfy boyfriend top made a little more feminine and a lot more sexy, with kangaroo pockets and an off the shoulder wide boat neck. This shirt is so versatile I can wear it out with the kids and still breastfeed – that is a feat for fashionable clothing. Now you could pair this top with your favorite slim jeans or you could go full Zumbawear all the way and snag a pair of Hubble Hubble Leggings and show your Zumba Love all the way.

Don’t forget that Zumba has a full line of clothing and accessories, including iPhone cases, jewelry and even socks.  From experience I can say that their socks can’t be beat with their velvety nylon microfiber material they are my go to pair of socks – in or out of a Zumba class. My kids actually steal my Zumba socks to wear for themselves and I always get questions about where I get my colorful comfy socks from when I pad around the studio in them.

Zumba really has hit the mark not just on fun fitness classes but on creating versatile clothing that is functional as dancewear and fashionable on the streets.  Cost is also a big factor and before you look at the price tags and think they are a little more than you want to spend consider the cost of some of the top athletic apparel companies out there – Zumba is in line with, if not less expensive than, many well known athletic wear brands with the bonus of being Zumbawear offered from one of the hottest companies for dance classes, music and now clothing. Zumba has been around for over a decade and they are only getting bigger so shop the collection at zumba.com/shop to be a part of the party.

I received the Solar Burst Top and one pair of Zumba socks for review.  I was not compensated in any way for my review, the opinions expressed are given freely. I have been a ZIN member and Zumba Instructor since 2007.

Where Are You Gok Wan Nothing Looks Good On Larger Than Size 2


You don’t know Gok Wan??? I love the BBC and recently Gok was on “Would I Lie To You” one of my favorite comedy shows, he is normally the celebrity in charge of “How to Look Good Naked” a genius in non-surgical body transformation through fashion. Put it plainly I am in desperate need of new clothing and even more I am in need of help shopping for clothing.  For the last 10 years my vocation has allowed me to live in standard Old Navy black yoga pants.  At $14.99 they are a deal, comfortable and moderately flattering to my fuller frame figure.  We are moving in little over a month to a state with no tax on clothing and I hope to replace some of my black yoga pants.  I really need to.  I mean I have worn some of these through two pregnancies along with my tank tops and to say that my 100 lbs per babe weight gain stretches the boundaries of elastic is an understatement. These pieces have been with me longer than some of my kids and the clothing needs to go.

So I have been paying closer attention to Facebook sidebar ads and Google ads aimed at garnering my non existent clothing budget.  I have no idea what to wear or where to start shopping.  Other than the once in a blue moon trip to ON to pick up a sale pair of black yoga pants I haven’t been shopping for a new wardrobe since my school days – let’s call it twenty years. The last time I tried I wound up crying in the corner of the dressing room – and I’m not exaggerating. Clothes shopping is torturous for me because I love the outfits on the tiny waisted mannequins but they never look right on me and I really have no idea how to combine clothing – same reason I never wear makeup. Yes, not ever. Never. I put it on and I look like a clown – the scary type.

Here are some interesting pieces I ran across but I feel I could never purchase them online because the models all look to be a size 2 and while I love the patterns and really want to be the type of gal who wears upbeat clothing I can’t see spending this much to look flubby and frumpy. I can’t possibly be the only one alone with this plight. What are some of your go to pieces? Where do you shop?

1. Teeki: Clouds Bell Bottoms $66. image Teeki: Northern Lights Hot Pant $64









2. Ever/After: High Low Women’s Slub Skirt $58


3. Lur Apparel: Sweetpea Dress $56 Lur Apparel: Wisteria One Shoulder $40



4. Spool 72: Glazed Lace Dress $64 Sweet Thicket Ruffle Top $42

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5. The J Peterman Company Brazilian Sun Dress $158 Stendhal Dress $199 Jaisalmer $199 She Does Dress $299

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6.Sundance: Vanessa Sleeveless Tank $58 Stinson Striped Pants $88 Stretch Canvas BootCut Pants $128

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I have no relationship with any of these companies, I just virtually windowed shopped their online stores. I would gladly review them if given the chance 🙂

The Tide Odor Absorbing Travel Bag and Sports Bag for Family and Fitness

image Tide has created some ingenious bags to keep the funk of running and working out away.  The Tide Odor-Absorbing Travel bag is perfect for the workout weekends or even just to stash your gear in your hamper at home.  And with that same odor-absorbing technology, they have also created the Tide Odor-Absorbing Sports Bag – so you won’t leave a trail of odors as you leave the gym or the track!

I received both of these bags and they are great.  Water proof, or moisture proof – with a pull string closure I have even used these on car trips when I don’t have my wet bag for cloth diapers. Anything that can hold in the stank of a toddler’s dirty diapers surely can work on some sweaty gym clothes, or even a wet swimsuit from the beach. The possibilities are vast for this odor blocking bag.

Now, I am not a runner and I am more likely to spend $14 on yoga pants not $100 but the strong smell of a Power Yoga or Zumba class does not discriminate.   Now there is a product that is perfect on conquering smells, and safe on any technical fabric – Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator.  One small capful in the washer and these clothes clearly don’t smell.  I have even used it on our cloth diapers.  It is a more liquidy than soap, less thick than other brands and does not cling to the material.  It is safe for HE washers which makes it great for my family.

Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator is a laundry aid that works in the washer with detergents to eliminate odors such as perspiration, cooking image oil, grease, motor oil, pets, garden soil and mildew from virtually any washable fabric. While detergents clean the soils Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator cleans away odors that get trapped in fabrics.

Use Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator in any of your laundry loads with odors that can be hard to remove with detergent alone.  These loads often include items such as work uniforms or clothes, sports or fitness clothing, cooking towels, or restaurant uniforms. I worked in a movie theatre as a teenager and nothing could get the smell of popcorn oil out of my clothes, if there had been Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator back then I could have avoided the embarrassment of smelling like popcorn everywhere I went.

You can get some great coupons and give Febreze products a try for yourself at http://www.newfebreze.com/coupons/

I received one of each to review and was not compensated in any way, my opinions are my own.