New Year Self-Care

weekend athleisure style

I’m not one for making grand New Years’ Eve resolutions, but
when January 1st rolls around, I do like to evaluate things and
decide if there are any changes I want to make – whether it’s
rearranging my schedule, adjusting priorities or committing to
something that’s important to me…the beginning of the year is a
perfect time to sit down & make a new plan.  Taking care of my
body is always a top priority for me because it’s essential to
managing my Lupus symptoms & keeping my disease in remission as
much as possible.

Since my diagnosis in 2014, I’ve learned so much & I’ve
had to come to a place of acceptance in regards to my physical
limitations.  I will never be a hard core fitness star or someone
who can run multiple marathons because my body simply won’t let
me…and that’s okay.  Rather than fighting that, I’ve chosen
instead to pour my energy into replenishing my immune system,
healing my body & doing what I can (even if some days that
means just gentle stretching).  Making a weekly exercise plan is
great, but really listening to my body is even more important so I
don’t get run-down or overdo it.

So, if you’re heading into the new year with a plan to
recommit to physical fitness & self-care, I want to encourage
you to give yourself grace – you don’t have to live in the
black & white in order to achieve your goals.  Your journey
will be a much more enjoyable one if you can learn to be flexible
& make adjustments along the way.  Allow yourself treats, take
days off & find a healthy balance that works best for you!

I’ve always believed that one of the keys to having a
consistent workout schedule is having the right gear.  And I think
we can all agree that we’re more motivated to hit the gym when we
have something cute to wear that we feel good in!  So, today I’m
sharing 3 new activewear looks with you that I’ve specifically
tailored to different workouts – no matter what type of exercise
is your go-to, I’ve got you covered.  And they’re all on sale
now as part of Lord &
Taylor’s New Year, New You Sale
– get an extra 15% off
regular & sale-priced styles now through January 8th using code

I tend to be the most picky about workout pants, so I wanted to
really put these to the test before sharing my honest reviews with
you.  So, for each of these looks, I actually wore them for a full
workout to see if they were easy to move around in, comfortable
& held their shape.  All three were slightly different (which
I’ll share in more detail below), but I was very impressed with
the quality, so I feel 100% confident recommending them to you

winter activewear

These leggings have
the lowest compression of the three pairs I’m wearing here, which
would make them best for a spin class, strength training or
Barre.  They are super soft & comfortable and I liked the moto
detailing, which gives them a cool, modern vibe.  Plus, they’re
under $14 – such a steal!  I ordered my usual size & found
that they stretched a bit with wear & movement, so I would
recommend sizing down in these so you don’t have to worry about
pulling them up throughout the day.

Askya moto leggings

winter running outfit

Shape Sunday Pullover

Words cannot describe how obsessed I am with this top – I mean, how cool is
the texture?!  And it has thumb holes + pockets in the front!! 
This is one of those “special pieces” that is a bit of a
splurge, but it’s so unique.  I had never heard of this brand
before but, as you’ll notice, several of the items I’m wearing
here are by them.  Their styles can be somewhat expensive at full
price, so it’s great to snatch them up while they’re on

Timberland Knit Sneakers

These are definitely the
coolest sneakers
I own & I was so impressed with the
quality for the price!  I probably wouldn’t run in these, but
they are perfect for a casual weekend or athleisure look.  I love
that the color is a lighter neutral, which will be ideal for
transitioning into the spring (recommend going down a half size in
these as they run a little big).

activewear for cold weather

snake print textured pullover

What I’m wearing:
c/o Shape Funnelneck Top,
c/o Askya Sports
c/o Askya Moto Leggings,
c/o Timberland Knit

blush puffer jacket

When I’m running or going to Zumba class, I want to wear
pieces that will stay put & hold everything in.  These pants have a high
compression (which I love) and they were definitely my favorite of
the bunch.  The colorblocking is subtle but gives them a little
more interest than solid black leggings.  I also picked up
the matching sports bra
because I loved the longer length & I threw this cute puffer jacket on top,
which is surprisingly warm for how thin it is!

Shape Colorblock Leggings

design lab puffer coat

Neutral Activewear

Shape Bolt Sports Bra

What I’m wearing:
c/o Design Lab Puffer Jacket (another
option here), c/o
Shape Sports Bra,
c/o Shape High-Rise
, c/o Skechers

white puffer vest

I saved my favorite outfit for last – I honestly didn’t want
to take it off!  I’d wear this ensemble to Pilates, yoga or for
a walk along the canal.  But you could easily pair the top &
vest with jeans &
rain boots for a casual weekend look – I love pieces that can do
double-duty like that!  I’ve actually been wearing this sweatshirt around the house
with joggers & cozy socks – it’s great for lounging around
in & you can’t beat the price (only $13.50!).

These pants are a
medium compression & they have a high waist, which is great for
wearing with cropped tees & long-sleeve tops (my favorite).  I
liked the shorter capri length & the mesh detail – just be
careful when putting them on so you don’t pull too hard in that
area and tear one of the holes!  These run true to size & also
come in black – there’s also a hidden pocket for a key or your

Mark New York Performance Vest

Shape Divine Capri Leggings

Askya Cropped Sweatshirt

activewear layers

Mark New York Quilted Vest

What I’m wearing:
c/o Marc New York Quilted Vest, c/o
Askya Cropped
c/o Shape Capri Leggings,
c/o Skechers Sneakers

Thank you to Lord &
and ShopStyle for kindly sponsoring this post.
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